Cain convenes meeting to plot strategy
April 15th, 2013
10:45 AM ET
10 years ago

Cain convenes meeting to plot strategy

(CNN) – Herman Cain, the former pizza executive who briefly led the pack of GOP 2012 presidential hopefuls, convened a gathering of conservatives Monday with the goal of devising a strategy to convince fellow African-Americans to join their movement.

Dr. Ben Carson, the Johns Hopkins neurosurgeon enjoying new popularity in the conservative movement, also met with Cain Sunday night, but was unable to attend Monday's meeting, held at the Willard Hotel in downtown Washington. A spokeswoman for Cain originally said Carson was attending Monday's gathering.

"Individually, we are fighting the establishment media, establishment politics, and the narrow-minded perceptions and deceptions that are making us weaker as a nation," Cain said in a statement. "Collectively we can amplify our efforts to help shape a stronger course for the nation and 'main street' America."

The meeting will provide the group conservative African-Americans a chance to get acquainted, but will also focus on "how to collectively expose the damaging effects of the current administration on the black community," according to a Cain spokesman.

Exit polls from November's presidential election showed 93% of African-Americans cast ballots for President Barack Obama.

Other attendees at Monday's meeting include: Ken Blackwell, the former Ohio secretary of state; Alveda King, the anti-abortion activist and niece of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.; Harry Alford, president of the National Black Chamber of Commerce; Armstrong Williams, a radio and TV commentator; Niger Innis, a spokesperson for the Congress of Racial Equality; A.R. Bernard, the founder of the Christian Cultural Center in Brooklyn; Star Parker, a writer and conservative activist; and Walter Williams, a professor of economics at George Mason University.

Herman Cain, a former executive at Godfathers Pizza, was at one point the frontrunner for the 2012 GOP presidential nomination. His campaign was derailed, however, after women alleged he sexually harassed them during his tenure as president of the National Restaurant Association. Cain adamantly denied those claims.

Carson, a much-lauded neurosurgeon at Johns Hopkins, burst into the conservative spotlight earlier this year after criticizing President Barack Obama during a prayer breakfast. In the weeks since, he's stated that he'll retire from medical practice later this year, and hasn't ruled out a political career.

But his rise hit some turbulence when, in an interview on Fox News, he equated homosexuality with pedophilia and bestiality. He withdrew as a speaker at Hopkins' medical school commencement after outcry from students.

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soundoff (32 Responses)
  1. Yanni

    Here is a funny joke to make you smile and say what?

    April 15, 2013 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  2. To Rick McDaniel

    Rick McDaniel – "That's going to be a hard sell, for a group of people who want the government to support them."

    How nice that you live up to the republican stereotype of a bigot. If you represent the republicans, I'm proud to be a democrat.

    April 15, 2013 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  3. Yanni

    @Rick McDaniel
    If you think people shouldn't have expect help from their government thy created, then what was the purpose creating government by the people for the people?

    April 15, 2013 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  4. Prosperid

    Rick McDaniel

    That's going to be a hard sell, for a group of people who want the government to support them.

    It's good to know white people don't depend on the government??!!!

    April 15, 2013 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  5. GI Joe

    Awwwww Shuckey Duckey!!!! He is a male Palin. Just won't go away.

    April 15, 2013 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  6. LSU18

    Can Black conservatives name 10 things that Republicans have done to help the black community after the Southern Strategy?

    April 15, 2013 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  7. Wilson


    Rick McDaniel

    That's going to be a hard sell, for a group of people who want the government to support them.
    Ahhhhh. The less-than-subtle racism burbles to the top, again.

    Don't worry, Rick- The GOP will never again be home to minorities- and that , thankfully, will be their undoing as a political party.
    Stereotyping yes, racism no. If you don't want to be stereotyped, then don't fit the stereotype. There is a reason that "stereotypes" occur.

    April 15, 2013 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
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