Herman Cain has seen a huge surge in his polling numbers since his big Florida straw poll win. But he’s pretty sure he can do even better. After all, according to him, the African American population only votes Democrat because they are “brainwashed” into doing so.
Cain told CNN in an interview that, “African-Americans have been brainwashed into not being open minded, not even considering a conservative point of view…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 also told CNN that based on his own one on one contact, he thinks he could get a great deal of the African-American vote compared to sitting president Barack Obama.”This whole notion that all African-Americans are not going to vote for Obama is not necessarily true. 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.”
Conservative pundit Pat Buchanan agrees with Cain, blaming Democrats and their “whole welfare state mentality” for any issues and struggles in the community. “John McCain got the same share of the African-American vote as David Duke got for running for Governor of Louisiana. Anyone think John McCain is a racist or an ex-klansman? That is ridiculous…I think the African-American community has embraced the Great Society liberalism which has proved devastating for the African-American families.”
The “brainwashed black” isn’t a Cain conceit, of course. Florida Republican Allen West has been criticizing African Americans for voting for Democrats for months now, recently calling on them to “get off the plantation” and vote for conservatives instead.
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