Herman Cain, the GOP presidential flavor of the moment, argues that he can peel away a third of the African American vote from President Obama, which if true, has the potential to unsettle electoral calculations in 2012.
Speaking on Fox News on Monday night, Cain, whose presidential ambitions were lifted by a weekend straw poll win in Florida, is still riding a wave of positive publicity though he still trails badly in the race for the Republican presidential nomination. The latest national poll shows him at 7%, tied with Sarah Palin the former governor of Alaska and GOP vice presidential nominee, who has yet to declare her intentions.
“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,” Cain said Monday night.
He also criticized Obama's comments at a Congressional Black Caucus awards dinner over the weekend. Obama exhorted the crowd to work harder to help him achieve his program. Republicans including Cain, and conservative critics argued that the president seemed to be hectoring his supporters.