The NAACP’s smearing tea partyers as racists betrays liberals' desperation to scare voters away from the grass-roots movement, Atlanta radio talk-show host Herman Cain tells Newsmax.TV.
“The whole accusation of racism is ridiculous,” says Cain, a black businessman who often speaks at tea party events. “I believe it is a play on the part of some liberals, even though the NAACP was the one who launched this accusation. It is a sign of desperation on the part of the liberals.”
The furor started last month when the National Association of Colored People passed a resolution at its national convention last month denouncing what it alleged is racism within the tea party movement.
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“I believe the use of the race card by the NAACP has backfired because it is not true,” says Cain, whose radio show is on WSB in Atlanta.
The racism allegations are part of a smokescreen intended to divert attention from President Obama’s failed stimulus and other unpopular liberal policies, he says.
Tea partyers want the federal government to embrace fiscal responsibility; to show them their opinions count; to embrace the preservation of the free-market system; and to run Washington according to constitutional principles, he says.
“Right now, under many policies of this administration and this Congress, they are killing our free-market system, which is why our economy is so stalled,” he says.
The former chairman of Godfather’s Pizza Inc. has experience making the free-market system work, having transformed the struggling pizza chain from worst to first in the 1980s.
The talk show host gives Obama a “D” for his job performance because of his lack of “effective leadership” and his pushing healthcare and other legislation through Congress “against the will of the majority of the American people.”
“When you consider that we have issues with Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid, it didn’t make sense to me and a lot of people to force through another massive social program when we don’t have our current social programs functioning the way that they should,” Cain says.
Cain contends that Obama has broken numerous campaign promises, which he says will cost the president politically — especially among blacks.
“A lot of black people who voted for Obama are having buyer’s remorse,” Cain says. “They have seen for themselves some of the things that I mentioned in terms of why I would give the president such a low grade.”
Although an estimated 95 percent of blacks voted for Obama in 2008, Cain predicts a significantly lower percentage in 2012.
“My own personal gut feel is that a third of the black people that vote in 2012, at a minimum, are not going to vote for President Obama simply because he’s black, and secondly if the Republican Party has a very credible candidate, that number could be even higher,” he says.
He also answered questions about rumors he might be a stealth candidate for the 2012 GOP presidential nomination.
“It lays a very heavy burden on my heart, quite frankly, to watch what’s going on and then to see the lack of leadership and the lack of response of this Congress and this administration, and that’s what motivated me to be in what I call prayerful consideration” about running for president, he says.
“And yes, I would be one of the dark-horse candidates because nobody would be expecting me to be making a run since I have never made one before.”
However, it would not be his first foray into electoral politics, as he ran unsuccessfully in the 2004 Georgia U.S. Senate primary.
If Cain decided not to run, he says former House Speaker Newt Gingrich would be an excellent choice for president.
“He is one of the best minds on the planet,” Cain says.
“Nobody in my opinion has a better grasp of international issues, national-security issues, our economic issues and our domestic issues.”
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