Cain: I'm 'not playing the race card' with Perry
October 3rd, 2011
03:35 PM ET
11 years ago

Cain: I'm 'not playing the race card' with Perry

New York (CNN) - While speaking to reporters outside of a meeting with Donald Trump on Monday, Republican presidential contender Herman Cain dialed back his criticism of Rick Perry over his family's use of a hunting camp named "Niggerhead."

"I really don't care about that word. They painted over it," he said, referring to a sign painted on a rock at the property the Texas Governor once leased. The Washington Post first reported Sunday that the slur appeared on the hunting grounds' gated entrance.

The matter "doesn't bother me at all," Cain added, emphasizing that he was satisfied by Perry's explanation of it and that he was "not playing the race card. I am not attacking Gov. Perry." The Perry camp has maintained that aspects of the Washington Post's report were "incorrect" and that the sign was painted over long ago.

Cain's comments Monday mark something of a reversal. Yesterday he called the Perry property's name "very insensitive" in an appearance on ABC's "This Week."

He repeatedly referred to the issue as a distraction as he steered his remarks toward his "999 Plan," which calls for a business flat tax, an individual flat tax and a national sales tax of 9%.

After emerging from his meeting with Trump, Cain said the two had hit it off. "I very much enjoyed it," the former Godfather's Pizza CEO said of the tete-a-tete, adding that he felt a kinship with Trump over the "fact that we're both businessmen."

The two discussed Cain's 999 Plan and the impact of Chinese economic policy on the United States, Cain said. Trump did not speak to reporters immediately following the meeting.

Stopping by Trump Tower has become de rigueur for Republican presidential candidates. Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney and Perry paid previous visits to the reality TV personality and real estate mogul, who himself weighed a bid for the Republican nomination earlier this year.

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Filed under: 2012 • Herman Cain • Rick Perry
soundoff (66 Responses)
  1. HZ

    It's funny how racists always accuse Obama and now Cain of playing the race card when neither one ever has. Actually cries of 'race cards' is just how racist whites try to distract from their own wrongdoings. Hillary and Bill Clinton tried to play the race card against Obama during the election but it backfired and woke up the black voters who before that point in time were mostly behind Hillary or indifferent.

    October 3, 2011 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  2. abcdefg

    What do Cain, Rommey, and Perry want to learn from Perry? How to bankrupt a big company (u.S.A.) and enrich themselves

    October 3, 2011 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  3. CAIN WHO?

    JanineC: I guess you forgot about the poorest states that are ran by Rep such as Miss, Louisiana, and Alabama. Yeah those Republican strongholds are great examples of prosperity.

    October 3, 2011 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  4. JN

    The Republican Party candidates are getting their marching orders from Donald Trump??? So the great political guru for the Republican Party is Donald Trump???? The one person they want to associate themselves with is Donald Trump???? Is Donald Trump the best face the Republican Party can come up with to represent it? Earlier Sara Donald Trump???

    October 3, 2011 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  5. Felipe

    I've got the "K" word for both these dudes–Knuckleheads. If this is the best the Teapublicans can muster, then they're in rough shape.

    October 3, 2011 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  6. YOU Decide 2012: A bankrupt socialist welfare country or a thriving capitalist super power

    No one is ever "enslaved" by welfare programs.
    Which is why you find generation after generation existing on welfare programs, right?. Almost all government programs establish thresholds that once triggered, end assistance. Far too many decide to exist on the government dole with free everything. More kids means more government assistance. And add to this the fact that many are engaged in fraud and working under the table.

    October 3, 2011 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  7. Angela

    Political move that's all. He dissed blacks last week and this is supposed to make us feel better. Guess what Hermain i'm not brainwashed I see right through you.

    October 3, 2011 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  8. Joshua Ludd

    Yes, Herman... keep playing down your race every chance you get to try to placate the racist GOP base. Given how they reacted to Obama's campaign, I'm sure they will just jump to vote for you!

    October 3, 2011 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  9. Whatever next?

    America deserves a GOP president. The country will be destroyed and the rest of the world can have some peace.

    October 3, 2011 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  10. Sorensen

    Cain, Perry, Trump !!! This is now the face of the GOP. Trying to become the leader of the free world!!!
    This is so embarrrassing and the reason The USA is becoming the laughing stock of not just the free world
    but the entire world.

    October 3, 2011 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  11. Patricksday

    This man stands about as much chance as being selected for the GOP ticket as Jesse Jackson, the GOP want a "certain kind" of leader who they will take orders from, even a Hollywood actor as long as he isnt a Mormon, Black Man or Woman.

    October 3, 2011 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  12. YOU Decide 2012: A bankrupt socialist welfare country or a thriving capitalist super power

    Yes, Herman... keep playing down your race every chance you get to try to placate the racist GOP base.
    He's not playing it down, he's just not PLAYING IT UP like the Democrats like to do. Yes, he's black and a conservative. Get over it libtards. You can't keep EVERY black on the Democrat slavery-of-the-mind plantation.

    October 3, 2011 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  13. QA_NJ

    Cain explained what his assumptions were when he called the name insensitive and now he's saying that he believe's the Perry camp's explanation, which differs from those early assumptions. The main lesson for Cain to learn is to not trust anything the media tells him when asking a question like that without verifying the facts himself, because this whole story is simply another attempt by the Obama Palace Guards (known as the mainstream media) to get their guy reelected and to preserve their narrative about race and conservatives. This is a manufactured controversy.

    October 3, 2011 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  14. bobcat2u

    How could you possibly accuse Herb of playing the race card ? This man is so white on the inside, he makes an albino look like they have a tan

    October 3, 2011 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  15. SiriusVH

    It looks as though Cain would be willing to sell his mother, just to get elected 🙂

    October 3, 2011 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  16. Aaron

    Come on now. Perry and the teabaggers like black people and want to make sure all have jobs....workin' in the fields, workin' in the big house, happy as can be.

    October 3, 2011 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
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