Herman Cain has never been shy about his political beliefs. During his speech to CPAC in February this year, he described the hate mail and comments he used to receive at this radio studio calling him an "Uncle Tom," "oreo," "sell-out" among other things for being a black-conservative and an avid opponent of Barack Obama. He even started a list to keep track of them.
"It may surprise you and a lot of folk that some black people can think for themselves without having somebody else think for them."
Last night in an interview with CNN's Wolf Blitzer, Cain described the overwhelming black vote for Obama as "brainwashing."
"African-Americans have been brainwashed into not being open minded, not even considering a conservative point of view," Godfather's Pizza executive Herman Cain said on CNN's "The Situation Room" in an interview airing Wednesday between 5-7 p.m. ET. "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 went on to explain that his interactions with African Americans led him to be optimistic about his own chances with the demographic.
"This whole notion that all African-Americans are not going to vote for Obama is not necessarily true," Cain said.
He continued, "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."