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. Robert

    @"me" – Actually, Herman Cain is liked by the Tea Party. Do your homework before making generalizations based on media trash theories.

    September 29, 2011 08:41 am at 8:41 am |
  2. zen24

    Mr. Cain has been brainwashed by money and greed like all millionaires; logically wealthy people are by nature hoarders of money or they would not be rich. When one has enough is that not enough? Why do you need more than what it takes to live comfortably? Why have millions in the bank? He knows that the best way to hang on to every nickel is to vote GOP, the party of loopholes and subsidies for wealthy individuals and corporations. Hey GOP and all the wealthy of the world would Jesus and/or your God be monetarily rich if he/she had the opportunity?

    September 29, 2011 08:42 am at 8:42 am |
  3. Blue Moon

    You people have to be some of the most uneducated people I have ever seen in my life...Democrats voted against the Civil Rights's a matter of public record. Not only did they vote against it, they fought VIOLENTLY aginst it's inception. They also fought violently for segragated schools. History books are your friend. You people are probably the same ones that think the civil war was fought because of slavery even though the Emancipation Proclamation ended slavery ONLY in the south...noth the north where it was still VERY prevalent. Lincoln, in his own letters stated the war had NOTHING to do with slavery, and only with upholding the union. Just some FACTS that none of you want to hear.

    September 29, 2011 08:45 am at 8:45 am |
  4. MJP

    How quickly people forget! Wasn't it a republican president that abolished slavery? What more do you want? With your freedom you should be able to go out there and get like everyone else. I get it you need the white Democrats to help you because you are not capable of doing it yourself, it is too hard.

    September 29, 2011 08:46 am at 8:46 am |
  5. JM1951

    Just one question... Why is it that Black Democrats ask "What are you going to do for ME?" and Black Republicans ask "What are you going to do for America?"

    September 29, 2011 08:47 am at 8:47 am |
  6. bobbyhoying

    The Tea Party is comprised of Americans who want government the way the founders intended. We do not want European Socialism promoted by Democrats. We don't want a government that confiscates what we work for to give it to their voting base. Most of us are self-employed and get nothing but obstructionism from Democrats and their minions. Herman Cain shares our values. We love him for his character. His skin color means nothing. This opinion comes to you from a guy who grew up in the City, not burbs of Philly and is blessed by God to live in Georgia now.

    September 29, 2011 08:48 am at 8:48 am |
  7. Hongli

    Now let me get the last word. Who is Herman Cain??? Your answer-- Herman Cain is a BRAIN-WASHED BLACK REPUBLICAN . I'll say to Mr Cain -– if you think the White Republicans will let you be the NOMINATED LEADER then KEEP DREAMING ON. Dream on -Dream on MrCain. Shame on you!

    September 29, 2011 08:49 am at 8:49 am |
  8. Nupe

    Cain, I can't say I disagree with what you're saying but some things are best left unsaid. You keep this up and you'll chew your own foot off like Bachman and Perry.

    September 29, 2011 08:49 am at 8:49 am |
  9. Kathryn

    I can't believe what I'm reading. Read your history books. It was the DEMOCRATS who were against Civil Rights. If the Democrats are so FOR blacks, why is unemployment and education worse now than it was 50 years ago?? The Tea Party stands for lower taxes for middle class and smaller government. Try attending one sometime. You will see all colors there.

    September 29, 2011 08:52 am at 8:52 am |
  10. Tony

    All the libs are crying in their soup cause MR. Cain has offered more solutions in 3 months than the empty suit in the white house has offered in 2yrs and 9 months. Time to put party aside and fix the dang country. Don't care if your red, blue, black or green.

    September 29, 2011 08:53 am at 8:53 am |
  11. Michelle

    I live in a neighborhood that is predominantely black and hispanic and during the 2008 election, I was amused while waiting in line to listen to black women talk about how they were raising their children (in ways one would consider "conservative", or Republican) and how they were proud to vote for the black man, the Democrat. Brainwashing is one word for it, I guess; ignorant might be a better term. The fact that I went to school with these women and understand the difference would preclude 'education' from being a factor.

    September 29, 2011 08:53 am at 8:53 am |
  12. kim

    I think Hermain Cain would be an excellent president. I don't see how Obama is anything special to the liberals, he doesn't seem to care about them at all.

    September 29, 2011 08:55 am at 8:55 am |
  13. lauradet

    I am an African American and I listen to what Republicans have to say, which is not impressive at all. So far they have demonstrated a lack of empathy for the poor, the environment, the joblessness, and for the middle class. All I hear coming from Republicans is that they are business friendly, that they do not like Muslims, that people on welfare and unemployment should get tested for drugs etc.

    No, Mr. Cain, the African American community is not brainwashed in voting for Republicans. It's just that we have better since to vote for a party that has and will do great harm to the country, with little or no disregard for the common citizen.

    September 29, 2011 08:55 am at 8:55 am |
  14. Phillip NC

    There is a lot of "Class" rhetoic among the liberals. They need to go through the intercities and see the projects that Democratic leadership have allow to happen for so long. What have the Democrats done to get people out of that rut? The Democratic Party has done nothing but to keep the Blacks down in the Welfare system and Unemployement. I truely believe there is an agenda in that. It's a Conspiracy! If there is anyone who is "Racist," it's the Democratic Party.

    September 29, 2011 08:56 am at 8:56 am |
  15. Nutty

    Democratic voters (black and white) are the Cubs fans of politics. The7y are going to stick with their team no matter how lousy it is.

    September 29, 2011 08:57 am at 8:57 am |
  16. kim johnson

    Mr. Cain we as the black community know that the republican party only have you in the race so that they can trick the black community into voting for you. Becasue they think that if you run against President O'Bama and win then the republicans will have control of things. But that is not happening. They are using you to run against O'bama because they don't have anyone who can beat him.

    September 29, 2011 08:58 am at 8:58 am |
  17. CJ

    "What have Republicans ever done for Blacks?" Uh..... Lincoln was a Republican. Not surprising though that these publicly educated Democrats have no clue about that. Lyndon Johnson bought the black vote for 100 years (and he said so in not such nice terms) by signing the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which he endorsed, but knew he'd lose the Southern Democrats for an equal amount of time. And by the way, the Republicans were the ones who supported the Act in Congress.

    It's so fun arguing with idiots.

    September 29, 2011 08:59 am at 8:59 am |
  18. Robert

    I wonder why a group of people who more than half live on either welfare or unemployment insurance might not want to vote with a party that's looking to cut them off...

    September 29, 2011 08:59 am at 8:59 am |
  19. Steve

    Maybe African-Americans rather not be sell outs like you Mr. Cain...

    September 29, 2011 09:00 am at 9:00 am |
  20. EllieLight

    Sometimes I get the feeling that this country is finally coming to its senses. To sober up all I need to do is read the comments on the CNN website. "Me" says the repubs voted against the civil rights ammendment. Someone else says the repubs didn't want an end to slavery. I guess government education has finally done it job. From my perspective, we are doomed as a nation. There is no freedom without knowledge. All we are getting from our union lackey teachers is propaganda. Goodbye USA.

    September 29, 2011 09:01 am at 9:01 am |
  21. bear knucklez

    I see people on here trying to make a point that blacks aren't brainwashed and that they DO have a conservative point of view (against gay marriage, against abortion, etc.). But what do you call it then, if you are constantly voting for a party who is fundamentally against your beliefs? The only reason that is the case, is that the dems are the "we will take care of you party" that many blacks have come to be dependent on. Republicans are the "we believe you can take care of you better than we can" party. Cain is living example of that. Worked his way to the top... trending really well with Repbulicans/Tea Party (yet you call us racists.) That is simply blind and irrational hatred on your part.

    September 29, 2011 09:02 am at 9:02 am |
  22. David

    "Repubs serve the corporations and Dems serve the public" hahahaha....ahahahaha

    September 29, 2011 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
  23. DwayneL

    He's absolutely correct! Blacks vote democratic because that's what they've always been told, not because it's in their best interest. Wake up!!

    September 29, 2011 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
  24. Casey W

    Herman Cain says: "African-Americans have been brainwashed into not being open minded" – and most of the posters on here have proven it. Herman Cain refuses to live on the Democrat Plantation, and he is the one called brainwashed by the posters here. His stance is an abomination to DemocRats, he is supposed to serve them and put all hope in them.

    September 29, 2011 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
  25. DaJondra

    Cain doesn't understand that we Americans of African decent can only raise our standard of living by voting as a block and electing government officials that will offer us special treatment as reparations for what was personally done to us hundreds of years ago. "Hard work and rugged individualism" are the white man's code words for wanting black people to have to fend for themselves when they know damn well that we were conditioned over hundreds of years to fight amongst ourselves for the leavings of our masters. His lack of clarity on these facts astounds me.

    September 29, 2011 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
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