Cain: My flavor is Black Walnut
October 1st, 2011
09:28 AM ET
8 years ago

Cain: My flavor is Black Walnut

(CNN) - Sarah Palin called Herman Cain the “flavor of the week” when he won a closely-watched straw poll in Florida, but the former Godfather's Pizza executive said Friday his particular flavor has substance.

“I happen to believe there’s iced milk, and then there’s Haagan-Daas Black Walnut,” Cain said on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno". “Substance, that’s the difference. I got the substance. I’m the Black Walnut. It lasts longer than a week.”

Cain also forgave the former Alaska governor for mistakenly calling him “Herb Cain.”

“I’m going to forgive her, doesn’t know that only my enemies call me Herb,” Cain said. “I’m going to forgive her this time.”

Cain also said he didn’t think Palin would make a late entrance into the race for the 2012 GOP presidential nomination, saying he thought she was a great voice for conservatives but that she probably wouldn’t end up running.

On Chris Christie, Cain encouraged the New Jersey governor to follow his heart before jumping into the race.

“Don’t do it because of the media hype,” Cain said. “If you don’t do it for your own reasons, from the bottom of your heart, don’t do it.”

When Jay Leno asked Cain to say one word about each of his fellow candidates, he said Texas Gov. Rick Perry was a “good governor,” but that former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney only had “good hair.”

As for former Utah governor Jon Huntsman?

“He wears ties like Mr. Cain!”

Cain used much of his appearance describing his 9-9-9 economic plan, including the provision that items like used cars wouldn’t be taxed.

“That would be fabulous for me,” exclaimed Leno, who famously owns a collection of classic cars.

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soundoff (102 Responses)
  1. Johnson

    I am black and cannot stand this guy, he becomes popular for his pizza and all of a sudden he thinks that he can run the nation. I am a veteran of 23 years in the Army and soon retiring, even my military experience does NOT make me able to run the country. Cain does not speak for me, I think for myself and am ashame of my country. Cain knows very well how his party is out to destroy the country to take down the Commander in Chief. If I were to display that type of behavior I would be under the jail. The American people created these politicians, the politicians WILL do what works. Republican politicians and conservative media started saying socialism and failure and the dumb american public started repeating it. The republican politicians must be going behind clased doors laughing their butts off.

    Obama / Biden 2012 / Hillary 2016

    October 1, 2011 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  2. encore

    cain is scared of sarah he knows she will put crosshair over his head and her racist teapot will carry out that hit hell is a smart uncle tom.

    October 1, 2011 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  3. thomas

    Cain / Black Walnut
    Parry / Tutti-frutti
    Romney / Orange Sherbet
    Newt / French Vanilla

    October 1, 2011 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  4. GI Joe

    Definitely correct on the NUT part.

    October 1, 2011 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  5. Indy

    Cains flavor is nutcake. He talks about brainwashing, but he fails to discuss the brainwashing experts of the world which is the Republican party. Republicans are the biggest brainwashing lock step group of people in the US. They have brainwashed some to believe Obama has control of oil prices, they have a very long list of brainwashing times in history and let us not forget the weapons of mass destruction,personal tax breaks for the wealthy creates jobs for middle class, my God one could go on forever about the brainwashing tactics that Republicans use.The Republicans have turned the vote into voting for the rich or voting for the middle class, they have created class warfare.

    October 1, 2011 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  6. george of the jungle

    and his political back ground is?

    October 1, 2011 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  7. Mom of 3

    Cain is such a complete JOKE! Heaven help us if Ameicans are ever stupid enough to elect someone like Cain!!

    October 1, 2011 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  8. TheTraveler

    Let's see .... hmm ... walnuts are indeed nuts. He's indeed black ...

    So, in other words, he's a black nutcase ...

    October 1, 2011 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  9. seneca

    His favorite night is a black night, his favorite pot is a black pot, his favorite nut is the black walnut and he doesn't like the kettle because the kettle called the pot black.

    October 1, 2011 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  10. Rachel

    At least he knows he has a little nut in him

    October 1, 2011 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  11. Doug

    Herman Cain is someone that Democrats cannot relate to because he has worked hard and honestly his whole life to come from nothing to great success.

    Democrats, like Obama, only know how to leach off of tax payers and steal their money with their bs public sector jobs where they don't produce anything of value, just work at taking away our freedoms, wealth, and rights.

    The white Democrats say that a black man like Mr. Cain is not allowed to have ideological freedom, because of the color of his skin he is not allowed to think for him self, he must just blindly vote Democrat. That is why Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was a Republican, which if he were alive today would be called an uncle tom sell out oreo just like Mr. Cain is for being an honest, hard working, decent person who doesn't wish harm upon those who don't agree with his ideology.

    October 1, 2011 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  12. nintex

    There was a blurb on TV the other night about Sarah Palin still thinking about throwing her hat in for president, and everyone in the room burst into spontaneous laughter.

    October 1, 2011 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  13. gibralter06

    Very good analogy. White on the outside, Nuts on the inside.

    October 1, 2011 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  14. Naztaja

    Nice to see a sense of humor about race in politics for once. Still not voting for him though!

    October 1, 2011 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  15. Doug

    Read the comments here on the ticker from these Democrats. These posts are a perfect example of your modern day Democrats, which is proof that they are just as if not more racist than their Democrat forefathers who started the klan and lynched people of color.

    Today's Republican party is the same party that it was under Lincoln, the same Republican party that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was a registered member of.

    Democrats will continue to make King's dream from becoming a reality, while Republicans will do all we can to make it come true.

    October 1, 2011 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  16. Brendan H., San Antonio, TX

    Herman Cain....getting the nod in the party of old, angry, White men?! Rrrrrrrrrriiiiiiggghhtttttt!!!

    October 1, 2011 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  17. AudreyinGa

    The man is insulting and has no heart.

    October 1, 2011 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  18. Alabama Segregationist

    Sorry, but you bleeding-heart socialists don't get to pick the GOP nominee.

    October 1, 2011 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  19. T'sah from Virginia

    @Lost in Texas FOREVER

    Thank you for your well-thought-out post. It puts a bright light onto what is truly going on!!

    October 1, 2011 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  20. Mike from MN

    Come on, we all know Palin is just *flirting* with Cain because she hasn't had any black wal-nuts in long time ... since Glen Rice.

    October 1, 2011 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  21. Justin

    And his foriegn policy platform is?

    October 1, 2011 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  22. skarphace

    Note to Palin: do not try to match wits with those more intelligent than you. By the way, that means most Americans.

    October 1, 2011 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  23. Charlie from the North

    Funny I was thinking right-wing-nut. I guess I wasn't too far off.

    October 1, 2011 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  24. Charlie from the North

    Hey Mom of 3 when you said "Cain is such a complete JOKE! Heaven help us if Ameicans are ever stupid enough to elect someone like Cain!!" I totally agree except that we had a President like this for 8 long years. So Iw ould only add heaven help us if we are stupid enough to elect someone loke him again. Same goes for Romney and that idiot Rick Parry.

    October 1, 2011 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  25. skarphace

    To you who are calling Cain a racist for referring to ice cream colors when responding to Palin: it was a clever twist on her 'flavor of the week' comment. 'Flavor of the week' often refers to ice cream, so he was well within ethical lines to name a flavor to her and also to him. I am not a Cain supporter, but calling him out on this is a bit of a stretch.

    October 1, 2011 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
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