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. JR White Bear Lake MN.

    The GOP is great for some black Americans.... But the other 99% of black Americans are getting screwed by the GOP. Shame on you Herman.

    September 29, 2011 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  2. peggy

    @Keith, I don't doubt Mr. Cain is a smart man. But if it weren't for the civil rights movement of the 50s and 60s, he would be nowhere. And it was moderates and liberals he can thank for that. He seem's to have forgotten that.

    September 29, 2011 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  3. bear knucklez

    @ 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."

    Please tell me this comment is simply a misguided set up. Please. Cain (A an American of African decent) raised his standard of living by studying, working hard, and taking risks. Is your name really DaJondra. If you really believe what you wrote, you are blinded and there is no help. If you DaJondra is really a white guy with a "clever" set up, you've been too transparent.

    September 29, 2011 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  4. Diana

    Women should also pay attention. The Dems (and I am a registered Dem) have led women by the nose for decades. Where's the woman president? Woman vice president? All the DNC has to do is whisper the words "abortion rights" and like magic, the knee jerk reaction. Meanwhile, our children are poorly educated, women sink into poverty, and we still act like sheep.

    September 29, 2011 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  5. OhBoy

    Ok, so: "Any African-American who does not vote for me is brainwashed. There are none who have considered the Conservative point of view and arrived at the conclusion they are not in agreement with Conservative policy. The litmus test of their ability for autonomous thinking is based on their vote more me. Now, my anecdotal ..." (!?!?!) " indicates that a about a third of all African Americans will vote for me. And this is not because I am Black (I have personally enquired of all 12.3 million willing Cain voters and they told me so). By this, I can definitively state that the other 25 million Black people are incapable of individual thought." Oy vey...I truly had no negative perception of this candidate until today. Having considered his (poorly reasoned) arguments, I have resolved not to vote for him in the dubious case that he ends up on the ballot. This is based up on his lack of ability to construct a valid case (or, excuse) for himself and I don't like his TH-fronting. Brainwashing indeed...

    September 29, 2011 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  6. Jay

    Cain train 2012

    September 29, 2011 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  7. Greg

    I LOVE LIBS, if your black and vote DEM your smart, caring and a rightous person. If your Black and vote repub, your dumb, racist, and an Uncle Tom. Libs can never agrue facts just name call and race bait I thanks GOD for OBAMA and Pelosi, this administration showwed the American people who the LIBBIES really are and want their agenda does for this country. Sorry for the poor spelling i was a vixctim of public school unionism.

    September 29, 2011 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  8. Rachid Z

    Maybe he is the one who has been brainwashed and can't appreciate the other side of the argument. If you grow up in a bad environment, regardless of race, why would you want to give tax breaks to rich citizens and not try and support the voice of the working class?

    September 29, 2011 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  9. Live Free or Die!

    From the posts here, your right, it’s not brainwashed, it’s ignorance! Read your history, it was the democrats that that fought to keep slavery and the republicans that got rid of slavery people!

    The United States Republican Party is the second oldest currently existing political party in the United States after its great rival, the Democratic Party. It emerged in 1854 to combat the Kansas Nebraska Act which threatened to extend slavery into the territories, and to promote more vigorous modernization of the economy. It had almost no presence in the South, but in the North it enlisted most former Whigs and former Free Soil Democrats to form majorities, by 1858, in nearly every Northern state. With the election of Abraham Lincoln in 1860, and its success in guiding the Union to victory and abolishing slavery, it came to dominate the national scene until 1932. The Republican Party was based on northern white Protestants, businessmen, professionals, factory workers, wealthier farmers, and blacks. It was pro-business, supporting banks, the gold standard, railroads, and high tariffs to protect heavy industry and the industrial workers. Under William McKinley and Theodore Roosevelt, it emphasized an expansive foreign policy. The GOP ("Grand Old Party"), as it is often called, became a minority after failing to reverse the Great Depression in 1932. The New Deal Coalition led by Democrat Franklin D. Roosevelt came to power. When that coalition collapsed in the middle 1960s, Republicans came back, winning seven of the 10 presidential elections 1968 to 2004. The GOP relied increasingly on its new base in the white South after 1968, especially because of its new strength among evangelical Protestants. The key leader in the late 20th century was Ronald Reagan, whose conservative pro-business policies for less government regulation, lower taxes, and an aggressive foreign policy still dominate the party.

    September 29, 2011 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  10. Dave, Central Illinois

    Blacks keep on electing Democrats in their districts and yet complain that their standard of living is lower. DOes anyone see a connection here? It's in the Dems best interest to keep a perpetually impoverished voting block. Every couple of years they can bring the old GOP boogyman out and scare them into voting for the same old crooks that keep them in poverty...

    September 29, 2011 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  11. aMom

    Herman Cain is the opposite of Obama. He says, "don't vote for me because I'm black, vote for me because of my policies." Now that is a candidate for ALL the people not one that uses a strategy of divide and conquer. To quote Dennis Miller if Cain gets the nomination, "Cain vs. Unable".

    September 29, 2011 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  12. WIMPY38

    Isn't ironic that the most conservative group in the United States are African American. They take less risk with their finances than other groups, are more apt to be more relegious, than other groups, don't engage in life threating activties, i.e bungie jumping, white water rafting, rock climbing, etc....don't trust many from the "main stream" and yet the GOP does not court the same group that is mor conservative than themselves soley due to the "color bar". That is why Mr. Cain that AAs do not vote for a group that everything in common but nothing in common with them.

    September 29, 2011 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  13. Common Sense

    Typical ReTHUGlican. If someone doesn't agree with him, then obviously they've been brainwashed or are somehow mentally inferior

    September 29, 2011 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  14. voodooman

    Do you really think this Godfather person has a chance to get the Repub. nomination for Pres.? The Repub. party is home to most racist organizations in the U.S. This shows how stupid and brainless Sugar Cain is if he thinks being a member of the Repub. party will really get him anywhere. They just need a monkey to keep the show entertaining.

    September 29, 2011 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  15. Human rights

    Must we insult those who disagree with us? I do not like any of the name calling, from either party. Blanket statement brainwashed, not cool. Though he does bring up something interesting. There is much I have learned and much that I have seen in the news that is slanted. Both parties do it to a certain extent. I really see too much name calling. Now I would like mr. Cain instead, present what he is taking about. At least point out the presentation of information. Why not ask about specific hypocrisy that is swept under the rug or just a blip. Show the voting records. And only speak the truth. Understanding the republicans made a mistakes as well. Be honest. Hide nothing. Compare and again be honest. That is the only way. We need to be able to trust our president. Not expect a superman. Or woman. But someone who presents facts. Admits warts in his own party. And not hide stuff. All I want is to be able to trust the president and have a president who respects human dignity.

    September 29, 2011 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  16. G Headrick

    95% of Blacks voted for Obama. Communist countries are the only other places I have seen these kinds of one party numbers. If this isn't racism, explain it to me.

    September 29, 2011 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  17. Sniffit

    "In response to the comment by ME, he claims the Republicans were against the Civil Rights Act. The facts:
    House Republicans voting for: 80%
    Houser Dems: 63%
    Senate Republicans:82%
    Senate Dems: 69%"

    As I showed by posting the raw data, these numbers are purposefully used by conservatives to skew the perception of what really happened. The only reason you get 82% of GOPers in the Senate voting for it is because there were 6 GOPers in the senate total. The Dems had HUGE majorities in each chamber of Congress. The division wasn't one along party lines, but rather along the Mason-Dixon Line. The southern Dems who opposed it jumped ship and went to the GOP afterwards and that's why we have the GOP we have today. What, you've never heard of the GOP's "southern strategy"?

    September 29, 2011 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  18. steve

    Ahhh, the young leftists. Mind over matter, feeling over thought, when will you ever learn? We hate the President because of his race? How original, the race card again! And what of his black standard bearers? They stand among the millions that have no job but they do have a few more hundred in unemployment! What a great guy, to bring us this Euro-Socialism, it's doing so well over there. The great American economy grinds down into first gear and unemployment abounds but hey, we're sticking it to a few rich guys, aren't we? Herman's simple genius is that getting government out of the way is not just good for the's good for everybody. But alas, Janeane Garfalo tells us he's racist. Too bad! No one can know if we'll elect a problem solver for our myraid of issues, but bet the house on this: You're about to see the biggest race card ever thrown down on the deck!

    September 29, 2011 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  19. Sniffit

    correction...mistated unfinished sentence:

    "...only reason you get 82% of GOPers in the Senate voting for it is because there were only 33 GOPers in the senate total who voted on it and 6 of them voted against it."

    Anyway, point being, the percentage isn't the way to understand that data...when you have a much smaller number of senators, it's easier to swing the percentage one way or the other. 46 Dems voted for it while only 27 Republicans did...almost twice as many...but that's still not how to understand that data. To understand it, you have to look at who voted for it and against it based on geographic region. The parties weren't as divided along the North-South lines back then.

    September 29, 2011 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  20. phillysmart

    One think is certain 95% of African Americans will vote for Barrack according to many of the post its simply because the democrats look out for AA interest right ...but facts suggest how they have it our governments job to take care of kids feed them give them houses? Blacks are either brainwashed or incapable of taking care of themselves>>>thats the only two conclusions from reality

    September 29, 2011 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  21. Gary

    @Jerry C, you are right on point in your analysis, what you overlooked is the Republican Party of Dwight Eisenhower, Everret Dirkensen, Abraham Lincoln and Teddy Roosevelt no longer exists. Moderate, progressive Republicans have been largely exiled from the Party. And what you seemed to overlook, was a Mayor from Minnapolis who in 1948, made Civil Rights the Central Plank of a major political party, that Mayor was Hubert Humphrey, that Party was the Democratic Party. As someone rightly pointed out in an earlier post, when Lyndon Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act of 1964, he said the party lost the south for a generation, he was wrong, the Democratic Party began losing the south in 1948, that was the first foray of the southern strategy, when southern democrats became Dixiecrats and some clever strategist saw that creating civil rights as a wedge issue was a way to dismantle the democratic coalition.

    September 29, 2011 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  22. Trevor

    Don't even read the article. Just listen to what Cain says! The article removes the key word "Many" before the statement that "African Americans are brainwashed," and includes a condensed and clipped transcription. This is crappy journalism.

    September 29, 2011 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  23. Jakeema

    The Party of Lincon, the Repub party, ended slavery. To everyone saying that the Republicans don't care about black people, can a party truly not care about the largest minority group in this country? Seriously? Do you honestly believe that?

    September 29, 2011 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  24. common sense

    Anyone who thinks that the Republicans are the ones serving corporations need to check out the billion dollar checks this administration has been writing to campaign contributors with failed business models. When are people going to see that both Democrats and Republicans only care about the corporate masters. Ron Paul 2012

    September 29, 2011 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  25. desert

    Of course they do....dumocrats tried to keep them as why would they not keep voting dumocratic? once a slave mentality, ALWAYS a slave mentality!!!

    September 29, 2011 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
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