Posted at 06:30 AM ET, 11/22/2011
Cain courts Iowans, touts his race in new mailer
By Nia-Malika Henderson
Herman Cain, whose standing in the GOP presidential field has taken a hit in the wake of sexual harassment allegations and questions about his grasp of foreign policy, is making the case to Iowans that he will be the last man standing because he can get the black vote.
According to the Des Moines Register, the Cain campaign is circulating a seven-page mailer in the Hawkeye state that likens the former Godfather's Pizza CEO to Ronald Reagan and argues, according to the paper, that he “will be the 2012 GOP nominee because he’s a descendant of slaves who can garner a large share of the black vote, he didn’t inherit a dime, he has traveled the globe for years, and he’s a believer in Jesus Christ.”
In the mailer Cain says “as a descendent [sic] of slaves I can lead the Republican party to victory by garnering a large share of the black vote, something that has not been done since Dwight Eisenhower garnered 41 percent of the black vote in 1956.”
With the “descendant of slaves” line Cain is aiming to set himself apart from not only the rest of the Republican field, but also Obama, whose black father was born in Kenya. It’s another way to say that Cain is the “real black man” in the race, a comment that he has made less obliquely in the past, and could therefore appeal to black voters because of his ties to slavery.
Oh Herb, why did you have to lower yourself to this?