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. Rinos for Winos

    I understand black walnut goes very well with black sheep.

    October 1, 2011 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  2. T'sah from Virginia

    Cain – just like Steele – is on his way to becoming "too much BLACK for the RIGHT!!! His WALNUT is about to be crushed!!

    October 1, 2011 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  3. Root and stem

    The lefty crowd at CNN is nothing but a pack of racist dogs. Just read the garbage spewed by the CNNistas above. And CNN actually posts this crap. CNN = Racism

    October 1, 2011 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  4. ritmocojo

    Whew! I thought he was going to say his favorite was, 'Baby Goo-goo'!

    October 1, 2011 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  5. John

    Anybody that worry about what Saran Palin say about anybody much be a nut. That all Saran Palin does Is Complain about People and LIE. When Is CNN and Other news station going to Quit printing everything saran Palin Say. She the biggest nut case of all of them.

    October 1, 2011 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  6. Noodle Nose Johnson

    Cain will be out after the 2nd primary, so no reason to come up with a comment.

    October 1, 2011 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  7. George Guadiane - Austerlitz, NY

    I don't care what "flavor" you call it, Republican "Tax Cut/Job Creation" ideologues will NOT help Working class and poor America.

    October 1, 2011 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  8. jb

    Well, now let's see, I believe the Obama savior was the left's boo boo boy. Herman Cain has a resume that puts obama where he belongs (and we all know where that is -OUT. (oops did Obama even show us a resume?) Cain is a gentlemen with class and lefties are scared to death of him. So run him down more and may get a black man for president that has enough experience to run this country, where Mr. Obama has failed so badly. Cain has created more jobs at Godfather's Pizza than Obama has in the last 3 years as the dictator in chief radical w/no common sense token b/c a president. LOL

    October 1, 2011 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  9. 21k

    cain has "the substance", and ron paul wants to legalize "the substance". maybe we lock them both up.

    October 1, 2011 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  10. Terry Gloege

    You know much about black walnuts?? Their green husk turns black and mushy after several months on tree and leaves a stain that is nearly impossible to remove. Their shell is extremely hard and the nut is very bitter.

    October 1, 2011 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  11. no1atall

    Yeah. You right wingers can talk, joke, curse, spout 'Martin Luther King', talk about how much the republican party has done for Blacks historically, but two things will not happen: 1st-Herman 'El Deludio' Cain will never be the Republican nominee for president, because that would put white people completely outside the equation, something they would never let happen.

    October 1, 2011 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  12. JeffinIL

    We need a president that comes with a choice of toppings.

    October 1, 2011 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  13. Jim

    Please go back to rolling dough! I admire his success, but would never want him as president. He brings too much negativity.

    October 1, 2011 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  14. no1atall

    2nd, you will not produce enough words to hide the heart and motives of the republican party of today from Blacks. I don't care what republicans did during the time of Lincoln, how they voted on the civil rights act, what ever. The Republican party of today and the last FORTY YEARS (that's 40 YEARS) has systemically excluded Blacks, and has fought against EVERY reform that would benefit Blacks, from education to minimum wage. Say what you want, for as long as you want, but we know who you are.

    October 1, 2011 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  15. edyvan

    Palin not calling Mr, Cain his proper name shows that she is a racist.

    October 1, 2011 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  16. awsomedeal

    My hope someday that all americans will wake up and make peace with each other before its too late. Please try to work for the common good of all .Remember history, think back to the horrors of WW2 we all worked together than and can do it again to solve some of our economic woes. This partisan vitrol is way too much. Remember that life blows by at lightning speed hug your kids, visit grandma etc.etc. Find a way to let it be.. Good Luck

    October 1, 2011 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  17. Liz the First

    I never understand why people with no experience in public office think they can start at the top. government doesnt work like business. if you're the CEO, you give orders and they are carried out. in government, that is called a dictatorship. we don't have that, yet! if you were a business person hiring new employees and someone came to you applying for a job and said 'i have no experience at all so i'm the best person for the job,' you'd laugh them out of your office. so being a repug and having no government experience are two huge reasons not to vote for mr Cain. he may be a decent guy but his ideas are terrible and he would be totally over his head in an environment where he couldn't just snap his fingers and get things done. it's like expecting a great brain surgeon to be able to step into the kitchen of a 5-star restaurant and make gourmet meals. skill in one area doesn't mean skill in a totally different one. and sorry, jb, Obama did have experience in gov't before being president. but that would negate your argument so you just conveeeeeeeeeeeeniently forgot he left THE SENATE to become president. and in what alternate universe is he anywhere remotely a dictator? put down the 'shrooms, man, you're tripping.

    October 1, 2011 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  18. maxdenn

    Like the rest of the Republican presidential contenders, Cain doesn't have squat.

    October 1, 2011 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  19. A Democrat in North Carolina

    He is just hoping the Black community will turn against the President Obama.

    October 1, 2011 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  20. Mike Buck

    Very Freudian for Sarah; Palin called him Herb Cain because she's smokin' the 'erb!

    October 1, 2011 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  21. B W Styles

    'Herb' Cain: legitimate Republican contender or HOP comic dupe? Stay tuned to The Conservative Circus!

    October 1, 2011 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  22. DENNA

    Good luck Mr. Cain. The GOP is quietly, but surely scaring the daylights out of the most important voters of all: the independents who are not loyal to either party. Many of the Tea Party ideas are excellent, but their slash/burn technique of governing, via their representatives and senators, is seriously scary. Their reps are so afraid for their jobs, they cannot even compromise in the best interest of American. If they can tone down the shrill partisanship, they might convince the rest of us GOPers and their Tea Party masters can be trusted. Until then, President Obama is a sure thing for 2012 with Hillary in 2016. Yeah, I would still love to see another Clinton in the White House.

    October 1, 2011 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  23. Shawn Irwin

    I first I thought this guy was alright, but come to find out he is just another religious nut.

    October 1, 2011 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  24. AgrippaMT

    It's been obvious for some time now that Herman Cain "has the substance." Obviously it's a controlled substance. I wonder which one he prefers; marijuana, crack, coke, or peyote?

    October 1, 2011 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  25. maxdenn

    As for me, I'll vote Obama's way in the next election.

    October 1, 2011 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
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