Cain: Black community 'brainwashed' into voting for Dems
September 28th, 2011
03:52 PM ET
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Cain: Black community 'brainwashed' into voting for Dems

Washington (CNN) - The one African-American running for the GOP presidential nomination said Wednesday the black community was 'brainwashed' for traditionally siding with liberal politicians.

"African-Americans have been brainwashed into not being open minded, not even considering a conservative point of view," Godfather's Pizza executive Herman Cain said on CNN's "The Situation Room" in an interview airing Wednesday between 5-7 p.m. ET. "I have received some of that same vitriol simply because I am running for the Republican nomination as a conservative. So it's just brainwashing and people not being open minded, pure and simple."

Cain went on to explain that his interactions with African Americans led him to be optimistic about his own chances with the demographic.

"This whole notion that all African-Americans are not going to vote for Obama is not necessarily true," Cain said.

He continued, "I believe a third [of African-Americans] would vote for me, based on my own anecdotal feedback. Not vote for me because I'm black but because of my policies."

Cain also weighed in on the recent chatter surrounding Chris Christie, saying the recent reports the New Jersey governor is reconsidering a run for president were hurting the electorate.

"It's not insulting as much as it is a disservice to the American people," Cain said. "Chris Christie has been saying for a long time he's not interested in running. The media is trying to create a story by sucking Chris Christie into race, just like they made a story by sucking Rick Perry into the race."

Cain said the media should focus on the candidates who have already declared their candidacy to give voters a better idea of the field.

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  1. DB

    Mr. Cain, I respect your opinion and your views. You are I must say is an educated Black man. But for you to stand there and say that other Educated Black Democratic people (OPRAH, OBAMA, James name a few) are brained wash is pretty interesting. You have the like of Don King in your party...You want to talk about brain washing, how did Collin Powell go in front of the world and tell them IRAQ had WMDs. Oh, looked to me they used the black man to do the dirty work...

    September 28, 2011 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  2. The all potent one

    Comments here show pretty clearly that both reps and dems are brainwashed.

    September 28, 2011 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  3. alienmom

    Very few original thoughts on this board.Decades of handouts for minorities and "the poor"have created generations of welfare recipients.You cannot deny those facts, so don't even bother.As a mu latto (purposely written this way) both colors voted for Obama ,mostly so they (the whites)would not be considered racist by their friends.I miss the days when who you voted for was your own business and no one else's.Cain is a successful business man with more common sense than the whole team running the WH today.Our current leader can barely figure out the economics even with the so called experts he has appointed.I love how he has to go into black speak mode and start preaching when he is in a predominantly black venue.These actions only verify what Cain has said about them being brainwashed.Bring on the swaying and the amens now.

    September 28, 2011 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  4. Gabbo

    LOL ! These comments must be made up .... there CAN"T be that many stupid people in America, can there ??

    September 28, 2011 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  5. Whodat4ever09

    Do you really think that your Tea Party family support you, when they are trying to get get the OTHER BLACK MAN out of office. YOU are "BRAINWASHED."

    September 28, 2011 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  6. David B (Oxnard, CA)

    Interesting, especially given the fact that African Americans have struggled in the US, and Republicans pander to Corporate greed instead of the middle class...who would you say is brain washed? Considering that some Red States in the South still look down on Mixed Marriages, or job equality for African Americans in their own states...who would you say is brainwashed?

    September 28, 2011 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  7. Common sense

    I would like to respond to the idiots who believe african americans only vote for african americans. We won't vote for Cain, West or Alan Keys oh wait I forgot they are orioles. They took advantage of all the privelages for education and job opportunities but want african americans to continue to pick cotton.

    September 28, 2011 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  8. Melvin B.

    Cain is a fool no other way to say it, he is wasting his time, money and breath. I'm black and I vote for the democrats because they are the party of the people for the people and by the people. The GOP is for the rich, big business and big oil. One would think everybody should know this to be true. Cain cannot and will not win. Obama 2012 all the way, and you can take that to the bank.

    September 28, 2011 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  9. Gabbo

    Truth hurts, eh ?

    September 28, 2011 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  10. DB

    Blacks have been voting democratic for centuries!!!! To elude that blacks voted Obama in to office is ridiculous. Better off thinking about how many White folks voted him...

    September 28, 2011 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  11. David B (Oxnard, CA)

    And all you geniuses saying that Obama only got voted in because African Americans do not look at policies, are you suggesting African Americans did not vote prior to Obama? This is too easy!

    September 28, 2011 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  12. EddyL

    What a jerk. What have Republicans ever done for Blacks? Unless they are rich?

    September 28, 2011 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  13. Kc

    This is the most classic case ever of the Pot calling the Kettle black.Cain the brainwashed, supreme sell-out needs to shut his mouth and troll elsewhere than the black community for votes. Not even his own party takes him seriously....a simpleton with a big mouth and minimal support.

    September 28, 2011 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  14. Larry L

    I'm astounded to hear a conservative talk about a group being "brainwashed"! I listen to right-wing radio occasionally and find it amusing how that venue is selected for all of the commercials on penis enhancement, erectile dysfunction, identify-theft insurance, magnets to purify water, herbal supplements to prevent cancer, seeds to survive the revolution, and a host of other types of snake oil products. Why do you suppose the marketing folks pick this population to sell these ridiculous products? It's because they are really vulnerable to brainwashing. They believe the Earth is 6000 years old and trickle-down economics works – even in the face of overwhelming evidence to the contrary. African Americans tend to vote for Democrats because they've observed the sea of angry white faces at the Republican COnvention – and especially at Tea Party events. Mr. Cain worked his way to the top – to his credit. But his wealth does not mean he is obligated to accept the values of the greedy and bigoted members of the Republican Party... that is unless he has been "brainwashed".

    September 28, 2011 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  15. us1776

    Cain, you are the one who is brainwashed.

    You made on the backs of all the others who came before you and blazed a path for you to walk.

    You are one of the arrogant blacks who thinks that just because they "made it" that they owe nothing to anyone.

    You would not be where you are today if it were not for the many great socially-minded blacks that came before you who put civil rights ahead of themselves so that others like yourself could have a better life.

    And it is the Democratic Party who helped champion the civil rights struggles of all blacks. And we continue to do so for other groups who face discrimination.


    September 28, 2011 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  16. Michelle

    It's absolutely understandable that an 80-90 year old black individual would say that. What do you expect someone who's lived through the civil rights movement and seen racism that today's generation can barely imagine to do? Is it not notable that we have our first non-white President of the U.S ever? It is to me. And anyway, you use one elderly woman's comment to generalize the actions and beliefs of an entire race of people? And Cain is calling African Americans who vote in their best interest stupid? I literally feel like everyone supporting these republicans need to be deported to Somalia and see what their ideal vision of a country REALLY looks like. I don't mind paying welfare. I don't mind paying social security, or the epa, or fema, or public education. That's the kind of modern country we are and it's not even just generosity, it's LOGIC that doing those things is good for us, as a society and as individuals, in too many ways for me to list here-not that it would change anyone's simple minds anyway since you're all so hell-bent on agreeing with anything the republicans say.

    September 28, 2011 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  17. peter

    This is an insulting remark that assumes that black people cannot think for themselves, cannot form their own opinion, etc. Perhaps Mr. Cain has been brainwashed to think what he thinks.

    September 28, 2011 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  18. Mindie from India

    Perhaps when a Republican candidate actually represents the people instead of the rich and corporate, maybe then us 'common folks' will listen to you. As it is now, the GOP's policies are just another downgrade of America. Of course African Americans reject that – heck ALL Americans reject that idiology.

    September 28, 2011 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  19. David

    Herman Cain's biggest obstacle is Herman Cain.

    Conservative policies currently do not seem to be in the interest of the African- American or really any struggling community given the Republican's desires to gut social programs meant to help people who need a hand up in our troubled economy – given how disproportionately the African American community has been hit in the economic crisis specifically. And it is difficult to not see a paradox in how the same Party that Cain is defending is the party that between 2008 and 2009 consistently had it's own members needing to apologize publicly for racist emails, posters, signs and comments. On the other side of the aisle you don't see that really. So it's confusing to hear him say things like this without acknowledging that disparity.

    September 28, 2011 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  20. Michael B.

    Kenneth, wow. So let me get this straight. ANY black who is a republican is a sell out/house boy? So, you can't think for yourselves, you ALL have to be democrats, you all HAVE to toe the party line. Interesting. Let's cut to the much? If I were the POTUS, and Jesse Jackson came to the WH, just like he would go to major corporations to shake them down cause there weren't enough minority workers, I'd call his bluff. Ok, we identified those eligible (hard as that would be) and came up with a sum of X dollars to be given to said eligible. After that, we're even. Not another word. Not another peep. Because, all democrats know that money is what makes everything good. Now, you're good. You have your money.....enjoy.

    September 28, 2011 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  21. Paul

    I am no African American ... but, don't the refusal of the Republican party to support civil rights clearly proves that the GOP never cared nor ever will care about African Americans? After all, the GOP started showing off blacks in their leaderships positions only after Obama got elected. ... Brainwashing ... ? yeah, the GOP did work really hard to brainwash African Americans into making sure they will never ever believe a single word coming out of Republican's mouth.

    September 28, 2011 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  22. tor5

    Given that there are much higher rates of poverty in the African-American community and Cain’s tax plan would be profoundly regressive, maybe many Blacks are not “brainwashed” but simply making a rational choice. In fact, it’s hard to find a single Republican idea that will benefit anyone but the super rich.

    September 28, 2011 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  23. Mistrust and fear mongering destroys civilization

    Divide and conquer = dumb down America = Republicans/Soul-less corporations win!!

    September 28, 2011 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  24. Charles

    Umm... Herman... The very definition of "conservative" includes a lack of open-mindedness.

    September 28, 2011 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  25. tor5

    You gotta love how "Truth" characterizes the entire US electorate based on one news story about one woman.

    September 28, 2011 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
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