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ABC News' Sarah Burke reports:

 

President Obama’s renewed Middle East policy was brought into focus for the second time this week in his speech at the AIPAC conference in Washington D.C. today. 

 

Minutes before he appeared at the podium, former Godfather Pizza executive Herman Cain joined his fellow Republican presidential contenders in slamming the president for his approach to the region. 

 

In an interview with Chris Wallace on Fox News Sunday, Mr. Cain –widely considered to be a long-shot contender for the Republican Presidential nomination – appeared to be somewhat confused by the idea of the Palestinian “right of return” to Israeli territory. 

 

The “right of return” is among the many seemingly unbridgeable divides in the Arab-Israeli conflict, and a concept to which Israel is firmly opposed.

Just this week, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that the return of Palestinian refugees to Israel is “not going to happen.  Everybody knows it’s not going to happen.”

 

When asked about his stance on the matter, Cain appeared confused.

 

CAIN: Right of return? Right of return?

 

WALLACE: The Palestinian right of return.

 

CAIN: That's something that should be negotiated.

 

When asked again about whether he believes in the Palestinian right of return, Cain seemed unclear about the Israeli position on the matter, as well as his own.

 

CAIN: Yes, but under - but not under - Palestinian conditions. Yes. They should have a right to come back if that is a decision that Israel wants to make…. I don't think they have a big problem with people returning. 

 

Despite his confusion on matters of foreign policy, Candidate Cain is adamant that he is in it to win it. Announcing his candidacy for the Republican presidential nomination on Saturday in Atlanta, Cain proclaimed, “I am not running for second.”

 

Open link for Fox News Sunday video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wBM6Gvy_q0I&

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I happened to catch a piece of his "announcement" on CSPAN last night!!    He sounds more preacher than politician!!  And although no self-respecting Black person would probably ever vote for him ... he struck me as the type of "Negro" that White people really tend to like!!  In fact, he had SEVERAL of the corn-fed, confederate, "God bless America .... and the Tea Party" variety in attendance at his little speech! 

 

I'm not sure if he would be considered more "Step" or "Fetchit."    He's definitely serious about running, though.   He ended his speech by saying that once he is elected and occupying the White House, then Americans will finally REALLY be able to say ... "Free at last.  Free at last.  Thank God Almighty, we're free at last!!!"  

 

I'm serious as a heart attack.

I have to say, Cain did something that NO OTHER politician would ever do ... He told the truth on his foriegn policy position; he said, "I DON'T KNOW WHAT I'D DO (and I don't know whether America could ever like that in a politician, no matter how true and/or correct that might be.

 

I respect that, but would have felt better about it had he been able to articulate his foreign policy position, qualified by his assumptions and not those trite bumpers sticker sound bites.

 

He also lost major points with me on the economic front when he was asked about what he would do about the deficit/debt ceiling ... and all he could talk about was what should have been done and ended with, "It's too late for what I would have done."

He seems to "blunder" on a lot of other stuff, too. 

 

 

Herman Cain: Obama 'Was Raised in Kenya'

Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain says President Obama "was raised in Kenya" and that's why "he's out of the mainstream," in an interview with The Atlantic's Jeffrey Goldberg for Bloomberg View. (Obama was not raised in Kenya, but did live 

 

Related: Herman Cain Says He Proves the Tea Party Isn't Racist

 

in Indonesia from ages 6 to 10 before returning to Hawaii.) Cain, who has never held elected office but has surged in the polls following his appearance in the first Republican debate, said the difference between his heritage and Obama's helped explain the difference in their politics.

 

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Cain explained that his family had been in America since the slavery era and implied that Obama's Kenyan father had influenced his outlook, as had his academic career.

"Most of the ancestors that I can trace were born here in the United States of America," [Cain] said, hitting those last four words with a hammer. "And then it goes back to slavery. And I'm sure my ancestors go all the way back to Africa, but I feel more of an affinity for America than I do for Africa. I'm a black man in America." ...

"Barack Obama is more of an international," Cain said. "I think he's out of the mainstream and always has been. Look, he was raised in Kenya, his mother was white from Kansas and her family had an influence on him, it's true, but his dad was Kenyan, and when he was going to school he got a lot of fellowships, scholarships, he stayed in the academic environment for a long time. He spent most of his career as an intellectual."

 

When Goldberg told Cain that Obama hadn't grown up in Kenya, but Indonesia, Cain responded, "Yeah, Indonesia." Cain, a Tea Party favorite who has said his popularity proves the group isn't racist, argued that his candidacy would eliminate race as an issue in the 2012 campaign.

 

"This isn’t why I’m running, but my candidacy would take race off the table. Right now, every time someone criticizes Barack Obama, they try to play the race card, the White House, all his supporters, they try to play the race card."

Didn't the "raised in Kenya" thingy automatically go away in unison with the "here's my official long form birth certificate from Hawaii" thingy?

 

Where the hell was Hermain Cain when they made the official annoucement? Come on man.

 

Go to your inbox and please check your messages.

 

Mon. June 13, tonight primetime, 9:00 pm Eastern on CNN: New Hampshire GOP Debate, Pizza boy Hermain Cain on stage battling with the rest of the Republican wanna bees.

 

I'm watching because I'm always a sucker for a good laugh and please for the sake of the entire African American race Mr. Hermain Cain, brotherman, homie, dude........... PLEASE don't mention the "Obama was raised in Kenya" thing tonight.

 

 

Monday, June 27th, 2011
Cain resists ‘African-American’ label
 
Cain resists ‘African-American’ label

One presidential candidate’s perspective on race has ignited commentary and discussion about racial identity and its importance in the 2012 race.

 

When Bloomberg News interviewed Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain, the conservative said he did not like to be labeled as “African-American.” Instead, he said he preferred “American.”

 

“I don’t like people trying to label me. African-American is socially acceptable for some people, but I am not some people,” Cain said.

 

Gerren Gaynor, a journalist with NewsOne.com, agreed with Cain and said most African Americans had no close ties with their African lineage, and are “unidentifiable” to their “mother country.”

 

“African-Americans/Blacks/Negroes have no true sense of identity,” Gaynor wrote. “If you’re African-American, you’re more than likely far removed from the African continent and culture.”

 

Gaynor said that terms such as “African-American” are attempts to find an identity for a culture that has been “misplaced.”

 

“Cain couldn’t be more right. Identity is quite arbitrary, and there’s absolutely nothing wrong with omitting “African” from our nationality,” Gaynor said.

BET commentator Cord Jefferson refuted Cain’s statement, calling it “one of the stupidest sentences uttered” in the Black community.

 

“Believing that it is somehow inaccurate or unpatriotic for a person to call himself an ‘African-American’ rather than just an ‘American’ is absurd, and this is a question that needs to be put to rest,” Jefferson wrote.

 

 

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