Cain: Black community 'brainwashed' into voting for Dems
September 28th, 2011
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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. T'sah from Virginia

    Wow – after reading these blogs, almost all of the negative ones are missing the point!!! How many WHITES voted for President Obama!!!???? He would have NEVER won if he did not get the WHITE votes!!!!

    And while you're at it – ask yourself – WHY did WHITE AMERICA vote for President Obama??? Is it because he is BLACK??? ♦Maybe many of the WHITES who voted for President Obama are the same ones that are now trying to make him FAIL now and become one-term president. ♦Maybe these same WHITE folks feel that we might as well give a BLACK MAN a chance and once he FAILS, we have a right not to do it again. ♦Maybe these WHITE folks feel by electing a BLACK MAN for President, racism will no longer exist. ♦And maybe these same WHITE folks are now “brainwashing” Cain into believing he will win the candidacy and become the next BLACK president!

    95% of African Americans voted for a WHITE president since the beginning of time (well, not the beginning because we had no rights) – also WHITES!! Many forget that Blacks used to vote Republican at one time – Just like the Hispanics are doing now!!! What drove them away????

    One blogger here stated that we voted for President Obama only because he is Black and he based it on an 80 or 90 year old Black woman who said that. Now that woman – who almost living to see 100 years – had a RIGHT to vote for an African American after what she most likely had gone through.

    Black Obama/White Biden 2012!!!

    September 28, 2011 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  2. Doh

    This has the stench of a very racist comment. Hmmm, seeing how he segregated the US nation by only talking/commenting about his what is Mr. Cain, were the whites who voted democrat brainwashed or just stupid? And why weren't they included into this conversation? Well played. Two points for showing true colors.

    September 28, 2011 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  3. jane

    Ask Michael Steele "to be honest" at tell how the GOP treat people of color

    September 28, 2011 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  4. Equal Rights

    All you illiterate democrats out there – it was NOT the democrat party that passed equal rights – democrats, like Al Gore's father, refused to even show up to vote. The South was run by Democrats. Republicans voted for and passed the bill. Go read some history, or keep your illiteracy to yourself. If the Democrat party is doing such a great job for the AA community, then why do we have corrupt dysfunctional cities like Detroit and Atlanta where the Democrat party is in charge of EVERYTHING and a black person has about as much chance of getting a job as the Rams winning the Super Bowl this year?

    September 28, 2011 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  5. Steve

    As a black man, I can tell you that many of my fellow African Americans keep voting for the same people (usually Democrats) and goofy socialist policies that are keeping many of us enslaved to the government. Government needs to get off our backs and out of our pockets and we'll be just fine.

    September 28, 2011 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  6. Francis Godici

    "This whole notion that all African-Americans are not going to vote for Obama is not necessarily true," Cain said.
    Is this an accurate quote? The Dems are the ones who want blacks to say down. Just take a look at what liberal policies have done to destroy the black family.

    September 28, 2011 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  7. Random Passerby

    I don't get the generalizations some people make. Democrats are as much for corporations as Republicans. History speaks for itself. African-Americans aren't always Democrat. Democrats just cater to minorities in the same fashion Republicans cater to the 'religious right'.

    Both parties suffer from the same issues of prioritizing their reelection over results. Both shift their views, redacting on what they've said, in order to keep their power. Rather than fighting each other over so called sides shouldn't we try and see that both sides exist for a reason?

    September 28, 2011 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  8. Eugene

    The Democrat Party is finished. It is now in its last limp and will soon die with lack of life support from the American populace. Rest in pieces won't be missed.

    September 28, 2011 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  9. Chris

    "Now you tell me the whole election now isn't based upon race."

    Yes, yes it was. And you didn't vote for him because he's black- you're just as racist. "African Americans seen a black man running " seen? Seriously? Clearly you don't have any interest in politics and I would be willing to be you have nothing near a college degree. Race is a factor because of whites- not blacks.

    September 28, 2011 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  10. john Smith

    (1) The Slave owners in America were Democrats.
    )2) Democrats started the Civil War and held the slaves from escaping.
    (3) The Democrats tried to plock the 13th and 14th and 15017 .......
    (4) The KKK was populated by De,ocrats.
    (5)The Night riders and ;unchers were Demovrats.
    (6) The Femocrats fought the 2nd civil Rights bii until the last then took credit what the REpublicans worked so hard on.

    Thry to dinf a rea;l History and read.

    September 28, 2011 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  11. greystone

    We need to STOP voting for our personal interests or "what's in it for me?" and start voting for whats best for the Nation.

    September 28, 2011 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  12. David Arizona

    African Americans are still slaves and their slave master is the Democratic Party.

    September 28, 2011 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  13. JeffT

    Blacks vote Democrat for one reason and one reason only. Democrats PAY them via welfare for their votes.

    September 28, 2011 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  14. lenojames

    So there are Black people who vote their race. No surprise. In 2008, Mitt Romney was confronted by a man that said, to his face, that he would never vote for a Mormon. People voted for GWB because they wanted to have a beer with him. I could go on...

    The plain truth is that ANY voter can vote for ANY candidate for ANY reason. That's the privilege (and the hazard) of the voting process. Voters get to choose who they want to represent them based on their own personal criteria, whatever that criteria may be. If you don't like it, give them a good reason to change their criteria. Don't insult them, or accuse them of being "brainwashed". Doing that makes me more apt to NOT vote for you...but that's just me.

    So, Obama won in 2008 because he was Black. What will be the reason he wins in 2012?

    September 28, 2011 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  15. RealTime

    Yeah Democrats did much for African-Americans, like back in the 60's when they blocked passage of civil rights legislation (passed by Republicans and signed into law by Nixon) and stood in front of southern schools blocking access for black students (Democrat Governmor Wallace of Arkansas swatted aside by Republican President Eisenhower to enforce desegregation). The list goes on and on of how vile the Democrat party is to human rights especially in the USA. They are intolerant people.

    September 28, 2011 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  16. Big Bertha Butte

    Cain is the MAN!!! He can sure make all the LIBTARD commentary here seen for what it is at best... ELOQUENT FOOLISHNESS!

    September 28, 2011 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  17. Bill Trip

    Obama, a black President, had two years of power to do as he pleased. What's the fruit? Unemployment higher in the black community, misery index higher in the black community and what does Obama, a black president tell the Congressional Black Caucus, "Shut up! stop complaining and put on your marching shoes.' This guy is done in 2012.

    September 28, 2011 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  18. Nick

    Wow, the idiotic, racist, and selfish comments on here are ridiculous. You people need to grow up and start thinking about what actions we need to take to save this country from financial ruin!

    September 28, 2011 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  19. Kepingit Real

    I am simply amazed at the vitriol by liberals that despise Herman Cain because he is conservative. Most the liberals in Govenment are very rich, so saying Republican's are the party of the rich is retarded. I ask, if the Democrats have done so much good for the AA Comunity, why is it still such a mess??? Let's be real. I owe you NOTHING!! Pull up your pants, go to school and get a job. Take responsibility for yourself, or get the hell out!! That's reality!!

    September 28, 2011 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  20. wow

    Some incredibly revisionist history here.

    Who was it who filibustered the Civil Rights act? Democrats
    Who was it who segregated the military? Woodrow Wilson, Democrat
    Who was it who recently celebrated the life of a long-time Senator who was a leader in the KKK? Democrats (Robert Byrd)
    Who was it who fought against school segregation in the South? Democrats.
    Who sent in the national guard to protect those black students from those that would lynch them? Eisenhower, Republican
    Which party first ran a black man on the national ticket? Republicans (Frederick Douglas, VP, 1872)
    Which party was against slavery? Republican.

    If Cain is the nominee, who will launch more racist insults and who will be targetted more by them? Democrats and Cain.

    September 28, 2011 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  21. RJC


    Think about this – The Rich are Evil... The Rich Should Pay their Fair Share... ok.. we are hearing these messages from who??? Democrats that are worth MILLIONS themselves.. Obama and Democrat Lawmakers get a 6 figure sal, get treated to ALL kinds of perks. The Hollywood types and Corporate LEaders that vote Democrat... If they cared so much – why haven't they adopted poor families, and used their wealth to help the less fortunate instead of flying all over, buying mansions etc???

    I liken it to the radical Islamist leaders that enjoy the technology and other Western Culture items... but go out and preach to their followers about the Great Satin. If these people martyr themselves for Allah they will be rewarded with riches and virgins... if it was such a GREAT honor... why is it that they are not the FIRST in line???

    If giving being Rich was so evil and giving money so divine... don't you think that the true believers of the Liberal Ideal would WANT to be the first in line to give all their money and riches to the less fortunate?

    September 28, 2011 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  22. Silk Whisker

    I agree with Mr. Cain! Although the intentions of the War on Poverty which the Dems initiated were good, I've watched the last 40 years of welfare decimate poor whites and blacks in Chattanooga, Tn. The women had children to get a government check and live in government housing while the men ran up and down the road for the next conquest. These days, the young men and some of the women are shooting each other, taking drugs, beating their kids, and have no respect for themselves or anyone else because it is a HOPELESS CYCLE of NEVER ENOUGH to live well.
    BUT... they are told every election cycle that the Dems are the ones who really care! Meanwhile, the graveyard gets fuller, and mothers who are told the government will take care of them, walk through life with shattered hearts and shattered dreams.
    It is condescending to tell a whole group of citizens that they can't do it by themselves, and sadly, they believe it.
    The Asians and Mexicans come here with NOTHING and they work their butts off, because no one cares more about your success than you, yourself, should.

    September 28, 2011 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  23. tony coza

    we need to get after these republican-backed corporations that just screwed the american taxpayers out of half a billion dollars.....oh wait, they were democrats. well then we really need to get after these rich people that think they don't have to pay taxes like the rest of us.....oh wait, that was the treasury secretary geithner. you fools are all brainwashed. all of obama's rich donors are walking away w/ billions, while this administration can't create a few jobs. hundreds of millions spent on vacations. they tell us to carpool w/frients to work, while the first lady takes a separate jet to martha's vineyard, because things didn't work out time-wise. she arrived a couple hours before the pres, cause she could not wait a couple of hours. you are their peons. they tell you fools what to do, but do not do it themselves. for 50 years they have been taking black voters fora ride. nothing gets better for you, and it is worse now, than ever. they have no respect for you, and you are all blind.

    September 28, 2011 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  24. rex

    The left is so preoccupied with race. The right could care less. So here's a 'black man' (as though it matters) with a brain and what happens?... Again they go ballistic ...just as they did with Clarence Thomas. Race only matters for the left when their 'token' candidate agrees with their loathsome stance.

    September 28, 2011 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  25. Jane

    It is very odd that the black community votes so monolithically for Democrats.
    It's as if they don't have minds of their own
    Democrats have controlled big cities for decades, and things have not improved for blacks in those cities. So why do they continue to vote for the folks who continue to keep them under their thumbs and dependent?

    September 28, 2011 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
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