Presumptive presidential candidate and talk-show host Herman Cain says the controversial rapper known as “Common,” who has glorified police killers and sang about burning President George W. Bush, would not be invited to his White House. Cain also indicated Wednesday on Steve Malzberg’s WOR radio show that he will announce May 21 he is running in 2012.
Malzberg noted that President Barack Obama’s press secretary Jay Carney Wednesday defended inviting the rapper, whose real name is Lonnie Rashid Lynn Jr., to a White House poetry reading by saying he has a broader message.
“Here’s the deal: In a Herman Cain administration, I, nor my wife, would ever invite someone to the White House that has espoused that kind of poisonous rhetoric — we simply wouldn’t have done it,” Cain said. “Does Michele Obama have a right to do that? Yes. Does the president have the right to do that? Yes. But I think it says a very bad thing.”
Cain said the rapper, who also has songs with misogynic lyrics, “does not have a broader message.”
“So the fact that they want to defend this — I don’t think they are defending it on a very broad ground whatsoever,” he said. “I, or my wife, or my family would have never invited him to the White House — they can defend it all they want to, but it’s not going to change the fact that they have an arrogant disregard — an arrogant disregard — for many of the values that most of us believe in, in this country.”
Malzberg asked Cain, who won the recent South Carolina GOP debate and has been doing well in the polls, when he was going to make up his mind about running for president.
“I am going to make an official decision on May 21st, in Atlanta, Georgia, at the Centennial Olympic Park — downtown Atlanta — at high noon,” Cain said. “Save that date.”
Malzberg then posed the same question he asked Donald Trump several days ago and wondered if he walked into a casino and placed a bet that the former Godfather Pizza CEO was going to make a presidential run, “how would I do?” He got a similar answer from Cain.
“Let’s say that unlike most casinos your odds would be better than the house.”
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