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. Hypocrisy Hawk

    Excuses, excuses Cain.......If wishes were horses....beggars would ride....

    September 29, 2011 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  2. walter

    If herman cain think so much of the chilean model and it can fix everything wrong in our United States of America, then may he should run for the president of chile.

    September 29, 2011 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  3. John Wolf

    We are not racist. We voted for Obama. Guess what, we are so screwed.

    Quote: "I voted for Obama to prove that I am not a racist. Now, who do I vote for to prove that I am not an idiot?"

    September 29, 2011 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  4. JD

    "The republican/tparty represents today's modern day equivilent of the planation owners who want to bring back slavery" WHAT??????? it is the democrats who keep the black man and poor people – (color need not apply) enslaved now! MODERN DAY SLAVERY ... through BIG Government programs! DUH What a shame / I mean sham! Herman Cain for PREZ.......Allen West for VP!!!!!

    September 29, 2011 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  5. learntoread

    makes some sense actually...however i disagree with his comment that the media is pulling christie in to the race- kean was the guy who started the rumor....he's republican and christies mentor...and rick perry was called on by God to join in...unless you consider fox news to be–well-godlike...

    September 29, 2011 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  6. Jack in Florida

    I think you are delusional to think that the Repbulcan party is that openminded to accept Blacks, just like the Log Cabin Gay Republicans are delusional to think they are accepted.

    September 29, 2011 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  7. Sniffit

    Civil Rights Act cont'd:


    The original House version:
    Southern Democrats: 7–87 (7%–93%)
    Southern Republicans: 0–10 (0%–100%)
    Northern Democrats: 145-9 (94%–6%)
    Northern Republicans: 138-24 (85%–15%)

    The Senate version:
    Southern Democrats: 1–20 (5%–95%)
    Southern Republicans: 0–1 (0%–100%)
    Northern Democrats: 45-1 (98%–2%)
    Northern Republicans: 27-5 (84%–16%)

    So you see, not only tdo the vote tallies show that more Dems voted for it than Republicans (contrary to what the imbeciles are claiming), it also wasn't really a division along party lines back then...but more along the old North-South lines. The Dems who opposed it were southerners who promptly left the Dem party and joined the Republicans, helping make the contemporary Republican party what we are dealing with today.

    September 29, 2011 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  8. John Wolf

    How about fairness. Would all of those who work for Soros et al., please identify yourselves. Let's see who gets paid to pass on the progressive agendas.

    September 29, 2011 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  9. Sniffit case that didn't come thru...

    Civil Rights Act:

    By party

    The original House version:
    Democratic Party: 152-96 (61%-39%)
    Republican Party: 138-34 (80%-20%)

    Cloture in the Senate:
    Democratic Party: 44-23 (66%–34%)
    Republican Party: 27-6 (82%–18%)

    The Senate version:
    Democratic Party: 46-21 (69%–31%)
    Republican Party: 27-6 (82%–18%)

    The Senate version, voted on by the House:
    Democratic Party: 153-91 (63%–37%)
    Republican Party: 136-35 (80%–20%)

    So yeah, more Dems voted for it than Republicans, despite some of the Dixiecrats from the South throwing a tantrum. They went over to the GOP after anyway, helping give us the GOP we have today.

    September 29, 2011 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  10. sellout

    I wonder how much he got when he sold out to the RNC... I hope it was worth the embarrassment.

    September 29, 2011 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  11. Bryan

    Does anyone remember President Lincoln? What party was he associated with? If history is correct he was a Republican. Why would anyone vote for the democrats who only want to control people by class warfare and handouts.

    September 29, 2011 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  12. Freygunnr

    "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." ??? The media SUCKED Rick Perry into the race? Does RICK know that?

    September 29, 2011 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  13. Clifton in Indiana

    I'm sorry but – I really don't see anybody that is Conservative as being Open-Minded. Liberals are Open-Minded – it's kind of why their called Liberals. Conservative people want to control how you live. Liberals will let you live how you want. I am generalizing this of course but to be Conservative is NOT being Open-Minded. Why can't others just let people live and stop controlling the way they want to live. America has not been FREE for a long time. You might think you're Free but honestly, you're not. You just don't know any better.

    September 29, 2011 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  14. Freygunnr

    I just cannot believe the things the GOP's candidates say! Everytime one opens his/her mouth it keeps adding to the horrifying spectacle. Is it any wonder Republicans are BEGGING other politicians to enter the race? They don't want any of their own candidates either.

    September 29, 2011 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  15. Anonymous

    Wow! I think Cain is saying, in code, that blacks are stupid and easily manipulated with free government money and rap music. It's amazing what this Uncle Tom will say given a bag of money thrown at him. You know- the republicans now see the American people are not falling for M-I-L-F-S, but may fall for another bought and paid for black man.

    September 29, 2011 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  16. Derock

    Reading the comments posted about Mr. Cain's comments........proves his point. Check your was the Republican party that were the champions of Civil Rights, and the Dems (i.e. KKK member Robert Byrd) that opposed it. The Dems simply promised.....promised...promised, and have never delivered(i.e. The Great Society). The mind set should be ,to give a "hand-up" to minorities, not a "handout". "Give a person a fish and they will be hungry tomorrow (Democrats)...Teach a person to fish, and they feed themselves for life (Republicans)". Minorites who don't rely on the federal government for their livelyhood understand this and tend to vote Republican.....those that are affraid to stand alone vote Democrat. It is a farce to say that Republicans don't want to help minorities....the elderly....or those in our society that cannot care for themselves, rather Republicans believe that the best way to help these individuals is through the private sector, through. donations both monetarily and physically to Non- Federal programs (i.e. Churches, Goodwill, etc), and these programs get more of the actual money and services to the people who need it ,and at a faster rate than the Federal Government ever could. This is not saying that Federal programs are not needed and should not simply is a philisophical difference in the approach.If you are a Democrat who is a minority.....look at your past.....your families past.....can you honesty say you are better off today than your parents were. If not, then maybe it is time for a new direction politically for you weather you are a Democrat or a Republican. Stop blaming others for your lot in life.....Stand on your own two feet .....and make your future.

    September 29, 2011 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  17. itsallgoodnow

    Wow, you liberals are a bunch of haters.

    Cain is right on about the black community. Blacks have supported democrats for decades and still have ridiculously high unemployment, significant high school drop out rates, increasing single parent households and too large of a percentage of prison inmates. How are the democrats helping?

    More handouts is not the answer people and that is all the democrats are doing.

    September 29, 2011 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  18. David, CA

    "People are not being open minded"
    Lets see- we get lies and false promises from the GOP (Boehner) to "laser focus" on jobs and then he spends nearly a year wasting tax payer $$$ defending DOMA and fighting a repeal of DADT while doing NOTHING on jobs at all. The GOP fights tooth and nail at ANY talk of letting GWB tax cuts for the rich expire and they disingenuously call it a tax"hike". The GOP takes the USA to the brink of collapse to get their way (yet still fight for tax breaks for their rich buddies) and are on record saying the economy AND jobs aren't their main concern. Winning elections are more important. Just HOW open minded does Cain want people to be? So open minded that our brains fall out and the GOP can shovel in more steaming piles of Bee Ess?

    September 29, 2011 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  19. seebofubar

    It always amazes me how absolutly mindless liberals are. Here is a sucessfull black man who is speaking to his community to enlighten them as to the failings of the democrat party and to an alternative path for sucess. It looks like the black community resents that Cane achieved sucess in buisness and life by education hard work and determination and not by government handouts.

    September 29, 2011 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  20. JK

    Boy... I'm not even black and I'm offended by this remark. God forbid people are free to think/vote how they want. Thank you for making a blanket remark about an entire group of people. Cain doesn't want democracy... he wants autocracy... like so many other government leaders.

    September 29, 2011 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  21. Bill

    Ok, let me get this straight – the Democrats are the good guys and the Republicans are the bad? Then tell me, if the Northern States, Washington, and the Democrats are so good and look out for the minorities, then why did it take 99 years from 1865 to 1964 to pass the Civil Rights Act or 100 years to 1965 to pass the Voting Rights Act? No, greed and self service comes in all flavors of politics.

    September 29, 2011 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  22. Lynne

    I just want to point out that many states with GOP lead state government are working hard to enact laws that will limit who can vote...need ID, didn't vote last year, etc....which is basically cutting out low income voters which = minorities! = many many many African American voters. How are they going to vote for you Mr. Cain if your own party doesn't want African Americans to vote????????????????????????????????????

    September 29, 2011 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  23. Phil

    A few hundred years ago, Africans were spry hunters and astute gatherers. They lived off the land and worshiped nature. Now fast forward the centuries and watch as their descendents become corn-fed consumers who live from paycheck to paycheck and worship the white man's messiah... This guy has no idea what REAL brainwashing is.

    September 29, 2011 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  24. Squigman

    Another blanket statement, made to advance the cause for intellectual smallness everywhere. A republican, can state hateful epilets from every corner of the political spectrum, yet be looked upon as a true patriot. A democrat, can state a need for tolerance, understanding, the necessity for jobs and education, and be branded a damned liberal, or communist. Something is wrong in this country, and me thinks it is cloaked in racism, and greed.

    September 29, 2011 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  25. Patrick

    funny how conservatives forget how blacks vote for whatever party is against the south and their race politics

    September 29, 2011 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
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