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Herman Cain Knocks GOP's 2016 'All White' Presidential List

Tuesday, 10 Dec 2013 01:54 PM

By Wanda Carruthers

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Former presidential candidate Herman Cain is criticizing the Republican National Committee for sending out a flier listing white men only as potential 2016 GOP contenders, which he said all but proves the party does have a "branding problem."

"The RNC sent out a flier to some of its members talking about potential 2016 presidential candidates. Do you know what they had in common?," he asked Tuesday during an appearance on Fox News. "They all have been on TV and in the media a lot. And, they were all white."

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"Where was [former Florida Rep.] Alan West? Where was Dr. Ben Carson? And, have they ruled out the possibility that I might consider another run? That's part of their branding problem," said Cain, a Georgia businessman and radio talk show host who sought the presidency in 2012.

Cain said he has been "screaming to the top of my voice to whoever will listen" about the branding problem the party has had "for years."

But he added, "There's a way to fix it."

He suggested for a start that GOP lawmakers and party members stop bickering amongst themselves and find something to rally around that moderates and conservatives could at least come to terms on, even if they wouldn't necessarily agree.

Cain pointed to the Democrats to illustrate his point. Democrats "stick together even if they're wrong," he said, "and even if they lie. Just look at Obamacare as an example."

Cain also suggested it was incorrect to divide Republicans into conservative tea party and moderate factions. He said regardless of ideology most Republicans care about "bold solutions," which he believes are missing from the GOP at the moment, thus increasing its branding problem.

"That's part of the branding problem that the Republican Party has not done," Cain said."Propose bold solutions, and everybody will rally around it."

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