VIDEO: Cain Says Blacks 'Brainwashed' Against GOP

He has been the target of vitriol because he is running for the GOP nomination, he said in a CNN interview.

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GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain (Getty Images)

Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain said during an interview that aired on CNN's The Situation Room on Wednesday evening that some members of the African-American community "have been brainwashed into not being open-minded, not even considering a conservative point of view."

He went on to say: “I have received some of that same vitriol simply because I am running for the Republican nomination as a conservative." He added, "So it's just brainwashing and people not being open-minded, pure and simple."

Still, the surprise Florida straw poll winner remains hopeful, saying that he meets black supporters all the time. This whole notion that all black Americans are necessarily going to stay and vote Democrat and vote for Obama, that's simply not true," he said. Cain 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."

Unfortunately, this is more of the same "vitriol" from Herman Cain. He should remain focused on the issues instead of making provocative remarks about race and religion in order to cater to the Tea Party.

Read more at CNN.com.

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