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. eileen

    It's insulting to black people in the US that you would call them "brainwashed". Are you proposing Mr Cain...that as a race... black people are not able to think for themselves? I think not...and if I were black...I would be outraged at such blanket assumptions. Methinks, Mr Cain, that you just might be the one who is being brainwashed!

    September 29, 2011 12:27 am at 12:27 am |
  2. HammerDown

    If y'all are not brainwashed then, are you perhaps– maybe just a little– biased, as Black People vote approximately 90% Democrat. The average Republican, in my experience, loves their Democrat, African-American brothers and sisters. They just want to find a way for all people to to avoid "victimhood," like the plaque and drag that it is. Neither side has the market cornered on what is the best way to govern. Creating "victims" is one trend we should all agree needs to be shown the door.

    September 29, 2011 12:27 am at 12:27 am |
  3. Wake up!

    Every post I read on here that was Pro Democratic/anti-Cain was nothing but "talking pointing;" not one showed free thought! Herman Cain is right; most black folks ARE brainwashed (and are too much into self-denial to admit it)! It's funny; but it seems the black community has to have self-appointed leaders (i.e. The so-called Revs Jackson/Sharpton) to represent them! The other "races'" in this county; don't seem to have a need for leaders to represent their race! If that is not evidence of letting others think for you (and you not thinking for yourself), then what is? TIME FOR ALL AMERICANS TO THINK FOR THEMSELVES!!! CAIN/RUBIO 2012!!!

    September 29, 2011 12:28 am at 12:28 am |
  4. JJGH

    It's sad and funny to hear brainwashed brain-dead Democrats bash Corporations. Corporations hire people. Large corporations like Microsoft hire tens of thousands. Anyone can create a corporation if they have a business. One reason for creating corporations is to save on taxes to keep the business afloat and hire more people. Sucessful corporations often bring in tremendous tax revenue unless you are buddies with obama, like GE and pay no taxes.

    September 29, 2011 12:28 am at 12:28 am |
  5. stoptouchingthatmabel

    The "Black Community" is not brain-washed into voting for democrats, they vote for whoever can get them free money that they don't have to pay back, and that would be any run of the mill democrat.

    September 29, 2011 12:29 am at 12:29 am |
  6. Proud American

    I am not brain-washed. Republicans are generally racist (the base, not the moderates/every-day people), and have consistently voted against minorities.

    Civil Rights Act.
    Southern Strategy
    DREAM Act.

    September 29, 2011 12:30 am at 12:30 am |
  7. Frank

    Steve Fielder
    Folks in the black community are not "brainwashed", Mr. Cain, and are perfectly aware of what the Conservative message is. That message was delivered with dogs, fire-hoses, and nightsticks in the '60's, and by discrimination in employment, housing, education, political representation, law enforcement, and bank-lending practices ever since! By voting Democratic, black folks are acting in their own best interests

    What? Most of the presidents elected in the 1960s were Democrats. From 1961 to 1969, Democrats ran the white house.

    September 29, 2011 12:30 am at 12:30 am |
  8. captnboston

    Wake up people Herman Cain is the "real deal". He is on a role and frankly the general Black electorate is tired of Obama too. Wait until the Tea Party votes for him!!! ROFLMAO

    September 29, 2011 12:30 am at 12:30 am |
  9. Plain Talker

    Many blacks are still on the Plantation. The demogogic Democratic party derive its power by impoverishing and making blacks dependent on Government handouts. The poor liberal black is enslaved by a tyrannical government that wants to keep you down to keep your vote. The Black unemployment rate graphically illustrates this point.

    So think about this, where is your great President going to get his help for his re-election? It is the wealthy leftist white elitists and their deep pockets. Those are the folks that the will owe favors to–not you. If you think he really cares about you, think again.

    Herman Cain illustrates what is possible for all Americans who have drive and initiative. He has created far more jobs, wealth and opportunity than the President has or ever will.

    September 29, 2011 12:32 am at 12:32 am |
  10. jon

    Before you comment on a person know your history, for being black you know about as much as a slug knows about moving fast. If you don't know the history of the guy dont judge, Did you know he had to ride in the back of the bus. He had to drink from a separate water fountain for colored people. Did you know that he actually went into the businesses that he was running as CEO and saw how they ran and made pizzas, hmm do you think Obama has a clue about that stuff. Nope, he relied on donations to organize rallies, what a business man. Go Obama, raise the African unemployment it seems they all like it anyway. Oh, his tax plan means people half to live by there means, and the rich would pay more because they buy more.

    September 29, 2011 12:33 am at 12:33 am |
  11. ItsMyRight

    Mr. Cain is correct. Black Americans have been brainwashed and seduced by the false promises of their slavemasters, the Democrat Party. The Republicans have nothing to be ashamed of regarding black citizens. The abolition of slavery was the moral issue for Republicans in the 1850s. (This idea originated in the church; do not know the value of religion) It was a Republican president who freed the slaves; it was a Republican president (Eisenhower) who sent the National Guard to Little Rock Central High School when a Democrat governor openly defied orders to allow nine black students to integrate. Despite the overwhelming majority of Democrats in Congress, it required 27 Republican Senators out of 36 (75%) to help a Democrat president pass the Civil Rights Act.

    It was the Democrats who wore the white sheets and passed Jim Crow laws to hold the black man down. It is still the Democrats who keep their slaves (black and white) believing they cannot do anything without government assistance. Why do they settle for such a little pittance when there is much more to be had with the right encouragement. Mr. Cain is offering that encouragement. Open your minds. Listen, people, to his words of wisdom.

    September 29, 2011 12:34 am at 12:34 am |
  12. W!

    Note to Cain: Thank you. Who knew my ethnicity has cleansed my brain enough to vote the courage of my convictions and exercise rational judgement at the voting booth. You won't be getting my vote anytime soon. And for the morons that say Obama won because he was Black, WAKE UP. It wasn't an issue of race that put him in office. Lots of white people disgusted with the Republican management put him in office right along with those "brainwashed" blacks. it was an issue of America wanting change. And if Obama is not re-elected, it won't be because of race, it will be because America felt he didn't fulfill his promise. Like I said: WAKE UP. Or, go find a hole to go crawl in so the rest of us can move on with a healthy discourse of issues. Or go build a time machine and go back to the 1950s and stay.

    September 29, 2011 12:35 am at 12:35 am |
  13. shybou69

    Oops. There goes another Republican candidacy down the tubes. The problem is that Republicans are not politically correct like Democrats. Democrats won't open their mouth unless it is to utter PC garbage about racism or global warming or American imperialism or evil corporations or the wealth. You know, the liberal agenda that the media also shares. Funny how Democrats and the media seem to be the purveyors of political correctness.

    September 29, 2011 12:35 am at 12:35 am |

    Cain is brainwash by listening to Rush Limbaugh.

    September 29, 2011 12:36 am at 12:36 am |
  15. Anonymous

    Jim crow was a democrat .
    Martin luther King was protesting against democrat oppression in the south .
    Rosa parks protested against democrat policies

    Brainwashed is an understatement

    September 29, 2011 12:37 am at 12:37 am |
  16. Cain will win!!

    Cain will win!! Lib's R????? honest right???

    September 29, 2011 12:37 am at 12:37 am |
  17. TeaParty RULES

    Spread the h8, Fan them flames you sweetie libs... The day of reckoning is upon y'all and a new dawn is on the horizon. Cain/Gingrich is gonna fix this economy and learn y'all a lesson in humility!~ Bring on the New America and prosperity and impeach and imprison the Kenyan imposter and his cronnie capitalist warmongers!~ Can't wait to bring the troops home and close down the borders, bring factories back to American soil and drill here, mine here and produce here so we can sit atop the world again. Vote for a real Black man and be proud of your Country!~ Bless you all!~

    September 29, 2011 12:42 am at 12:42 am |
  18. Mark Reece

    It is a myth that Repubs have done nothing for minorities. Southern Democrats were ferocious about holding back civil rights. Republicans in Congress and the Senate were very supportive. Go back and look at the voting records. Making promises they can't pay for is the way this administration perpetuates the myth. There are plenty of rich white donors looting our treasury thanks to Obama. And our Black unemployment rate is through the roof. Obama's chief advisor, Valerie Jarret, is one of the worst slum lords in the country – collecting government money but not repairing and maintaining her properties the way her tenants deserve.

    September 29, 2011 12:42 am at 12:42 am |
  19. blackeveryman

    If what Cain (and a lot of the conservative posts here) said is true, then we can look forward to the first all Black presidential race in American history> They say he espouses their conservative views, is straight forward, pro-business, anti-government, etc. The perfect GOP candidate! So he should be a shoo-in for the nomination! That is... unless the GOP have no plans whatsoever to vote for him, and are just using him as a 'mouthpiece' to denigrate and divide the Black community.

    September 29, 2011 12:42 am at 12:42 am |
  20. Tez

    Can't be mad a Cain. I hope the Floriday straw poll will elevate his status in the GOP. We had the Soul Bowl at the Super Bowl a few years ago wiht Dungy vs. Smith. Let's have the Soul Poll with Cain vs. Obama.

    September 29, 2011 12:45 am at 12:45 am |
  21. iiRIGHTii

    Take a good look at your next President Libtards!
    This guy is Obama's worst nightmare, a self made black man with genuine ideas how to fix this mess.
    Obama is done, get use to it

    September 29, 2011 12:46 am at 12:46 am |
  22. Bill in Florida

    So let's see. If blacks are brain-washed, and Cain is black, then Cain is ...

    September 29, 2011 12:48 am at 12:48 am |
  23. Aaron

    If the media would quit reporting on Cain, Palin, and Bachmann, they'd be doing the country a favor. Between the pizza, lying, and the out and out insanity, it's become a freak show of candidates.

    September 29, 2011 12:50 am at 12:50 am |
  24. Vern

    Crazy thing reading a majority of comments here is that they are so full of democrat talking points and hate towards Republucans with nothing backing up the claims. Tea Party and Republucans are racist. Nothing to back that up at all. It's a common fabrication that Dems throw out and guess what? It works. Comments on here prove it. Conservatives want everyone to be rich regardless of skin color. They want the rules to be set where everyone has the best chance possible to do that. Give me a break. If you believe in working hard for a piece of the Amerucan dream...there is only one party to vote for. That's not racism. That's treating everyone equal. The only racism on here are those of you calling tea Partiers or conservatives racists point blank. Stereotyping is racism.

    September 29, 2011 12:52 am at 12:52 am |
  25. jimmy figueroa

    Herman Cain... 100% black and 100% American, as opposed to you know who!

    September 29, 2011 12:53 am at 12:53 am |
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