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. Al

    If all the voters were somewhat educated or had the ability to think on their own, there would not be a need to have REP or DEM on any of the voting ballots, but when it was talked about taking it off the groups of idiots came out and said it was not right that there people would not know who to vote for. I say take it off, it will save money and make people look into who the person is an not color of skin or hair.

    September 29, 2011 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  2. Rolco

    Wasn't thanks to the Tea Party, that we have an America? Tea Party = Red, White and Blue ! Not just RED !

    September 29, 2011 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  3. John

    Didn't they bus them in for obo

    September 29, 2011 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  4. bikermo

    it's funny just how many anti-republican comments there are on here. could it be because the republican supporters are out actually WORKING and the dem supporters are sitting at home in their mother's basement waiting for their SS check to come?!?!?!

    September 29, 2011 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  5. DJ

    I think Mr Cain is the brainwashed person to even think he has a snowballs chance in hell of winning the nomination. Why should I vote republican when they are right now trying to prevent people from voting by their voting laws, trying to do away with the unions, not giving women equal pay, making me pay more taxes than GE wish I made 5 Billion I would gladely pay 30%! Never had welfare always worked for what I wanted and have and would not have it any other way! so what has he done for the community other than ge trich and hire at minimum wage, Gee I was in the Navy rode Submarines so What!

    September 29, 2011 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  6. chris

    Well, sure Republicans consider Rosa Parks a filthy criminal and they violently OPPOSED the Civil Rights Act.

    September 29, 2011 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  7. Woman In California

    @ Mark


    Herman Cain is absolutely correct.
    The democrats had better pray that blacks never figure out how they've been exploited for their votes.
    It's the dems who have never done a thing for minorities, not the Republicans.

    I will reverse the question for you.
    The republicans had better pray that poor whites never figure out how they've been exploited for their votes.
    It's the republicans who have never done a thing for minorities, not the democrats.
    See how incompetent you sound?

    Newsflash: I'm not looking for ANY help from anyone but personally and maybe it's just me – I don't like being called monkeys, a lazy welfare recepient and tar baby. Again maybe it's just me.

    September 29, 2011 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |

    who freed the American slaves of the 1900's? Not Democrats. As I recall reading Democrats were the owners of the slaves who were sold by Africans to Europeans. Freed by Republicans.

    September 29, 2011 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  9. theStugatz

    the truth is painful isn't it

    September 29, 2011 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  10. vivian m.

    Cain is the one who has been brain washed.

    September 29, 2011 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  11. Karen

    WOW, Mr. Cain is a man to admire!

    September 29, 2011 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  12. Mac

    Along with Blacks, are Hispanics and young adults brainwashed too? Those groups vote Democratic too. It sounds like Cain is suggesting Blacks can't think for themselves.

    September 29, 2011 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  13. vivian m.

    Look at Cain's campaign website. On his homepage it shows a pic of him and behind him are photos of white people. Now, who has been brain wahsed?

    September 29, 2011 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  14. mdn

    What a boob. He thinks he'll be the first black candidate in the white people party. I wonder who is really brain washed.

    September 29, 2011 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  15. Marie MD

    Oh thank "your" god!!!!!!!!!
    All of 1.113 comments and counting. I think cnn finally found their new bashee. Maybe now they will concentrated on cain and we won,t have to deal with the AK imbecile anymore!!!! YEAH!!!! 🙂
    hey, I can dream can't I???

    September 29, 2011 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  16. Rolco

    Wasn't it thanks to the Tea Party, that we have an America? Tea Party – Red, White and Blue ! Not just RED !

    September 29, 2011 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  17. jgraves58

    Herman Cain IS telling the truth. Just read some of the comments of those opposing him. None of their assertions are backed up by examples or facts, just exhortations based on unsubstantiated beliefs. A clear indication of indoctrination. It's extremely sad and horrific.

    September 29, 2011 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  18. Michael B (Sacramento, CA)

    Insulting. But what should we expect from someone who has not studied American history with respect to the Reconstruction Era. Somehow, he has been brainwashed into thinking the GOP supports his 'community.'

    September 29, 2011 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  19. Reading comprehension...the impossible American dream.

    I've posted this before, but it hasn't shown up.

    When looking at political and ideological positions historically in this country, its imperative to drop the Democrat/Republican labels and look more at who was conservative/liberal, Northern/Southern. There have been paradigm shifts throughout our history, and party tags are not truly representative of political compositions at various points in time.

    In other words, Democrats were nor always the liberals and Republicans were not always the conservatives. Please read some history books.

    September 29, 2011 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  20. proud markist

    IM WITH STUPID -----–> vote democrat

    September 29, 2011 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  21. Marty Mills

    'Why should a party have to "offer" anything? Just run the country in the best intrest of the country. You who have your hand out and pointed toward the government to "help you out" are not serving any cause but your own, and on other peoples back.

    September 29, 2011 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  22. Travis

    Although the position from which he speaks make his perspective most utterly ridiculous but I have to admit that he's partially right. He forgets to mention the fact that African-American have been equally and more effectively brainwashed as well to vote in support of the GOP. Neither party acts in service of the American public but has been very effective in convincing us that they don't service corporate interest at the expense of the American public.

    September 29, 2011 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  23. auratune

    The un-informed are brainwashed. We do have a history of voting exclusively for Dems. My mother became a Repub during the Clinton years because she was convinced that they were the Anti-christ. Pat Robertson and many in the Bible belt where told thats its anti-christian to vote for anyone thats for abortion. The Civil Rights legislation is credited to the Dem's if you poll older voters. Reality is Thurgood Marshall and the Supreme court are responsible. The GOP was established to eradicate slavery and womens sufferage, dont know what happened since. I can tell you when Reagan was nominated at the National GOP convention, there were alot of Cowboy hats in the audience. Kind of scary.

    September 29, 2011 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  24. Mike Rodriquez

    The word is not "Brainwashed" but rather what is commonly referred to as thought "orthodoxy". Both represent a motivation based upon "fear" of the unknown. Most people will gravitate to that which their "own kind" advocate to whether it be philosophy, skin color, ethnicity, geographic lineage, etc. Just as difficult as it for the Liberal news media to detached themselves from the Liberal "orthodoxy" that all Balcks" are monolithic in their allegiance to the Democrat Party, it is not any surprise they would continue to ignore Herman Cain as a serious "Black Candidate". what can you attribute this to? Well it's called "Racism", only this time you see the "Racism" of the Liberal Left against a "Black American" because he dares to be "conservative". So "Racism" against "Conservatives" is allowed in this country. That's what Herman Cain is saying. And he is right.

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

    Seriously? Are African Americans better served by a party that wants to supress the vote, cut education spending, cut unemployment benefits,social security and eliminate afirmitive action? What planet did the Pizza guy come from?

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