Herman Cain says President Barack Obama’s support in the black community and among unions is waning and there are no guarantees the president will get full support from the two constituencies that helped lead him to victory in 2008. Cain, who won the Florida Straw Poll Saturday, also said Monday on Fox News his victory shows his message is resonating.
Cain told Fox News’ Greta Van Susteren that Obama “does not have all of the union rank-and-file tied up — he might have the leadership tied up.”
“When I was in Florida last week . . . some union members came up to me and said: ‘Obama does not have all of us’ — and that’s a direct quote — I can’t measure that, but I do believe that some of them are going to go against their leadership,” Cain said. “Now, the African-American vote — I am confident, based upon black people that I run into, black people that used to call my radio show, black people that have signed up on my website to support me — I believe, quite frankly, that my campaign, I will garner a minimum of a third of the black vote in this country and possibly more.
“Especially after what the president did recently when he was addressing the black caucus — that didn’t go over well with a lot of people in this country,” he said. “My message is resonating — not because of my color but because the message is simple — and it is sticking to the American people in terms of actually making a difference.”
Van Susteren asked Cain how he expected to break the traditional bond unions and blacks hold with the Democratic Party — especially with Obama serving as America’s first black president.
“I think that they’re over this first African-American president thing — I think that is behind them,” Cain said. “Here’s what’s going to do it, Greta: Growing this economy — growing this economy is what’s foremost on the minds of black Americans, Hispanic Americans — all Americans.
“The fact that my plan resonates, the fact that if we boost this national economy, we’re going to help the state economy — that’s going to help the local economy, and that’s going to help the household economy,” he said. “And because the unemployment rate for black people is nearly 17 percent, instead of the 9 percent, they’re looking for something that's going to boost this economy.”
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