Cain: Rev. Wright-Obama Connection 'Fair Game', Not Racist, in White House Race

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GRETA VAN SUSTEREN, FOX NEWS HOST: Tonight, he’s back! If you thought that Reverend Jeremiah Wright controversy ended in the 2008 election, you were so wrong! Do you remember this?


REV. JEREMIAH WRIGHT, PRESIDENT OBAMA’S FORMER PASTOR: Who cares about what a poor black man has to face every day in a country and a culture controlled by rich white people? Somebody missed that. You got nervous because we got some white members here. I am still in Bible country. I am still in the text. Jesus was a poor black man who lived in a country and who lived in a culture that was controlled by rich white people!


VAN SUSTEREN: Here we go again. This time, Republican strategists proposed an ad campaign to a super PAC connected to conservative billionaire Joe Ricketts. The focus, political ads throwing Reverend Wright right back in the spotlight, Governor Romney quickly repudiating the strategy, and the super-PAC then releasing a statement on Mr. Ricketts’s behalf saying, in part, “Not only was this plan merely a proposal, one of several submitted to the Ending Spending Action Fund by third-party vendors, but it reflects an approach to politics that Mr. Ricketts rejects, and it was never a plan to be accepted but only a suggestion for a direction to take.”

So it looks like we’ll never see that ad. But does that even matter? People are already buzzing about the president’s former pastor.

Joining us is former presidential candidate Herman Cain. Nice to see you, Mr. Cain.

HERMAN CAIN, FORMER GOP PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: Hello, Greta. Happy to be here. Thank you.

VAN SUSTEREN: Glad to have you here. OK, first of all, is it fair to in any way tie President Obama to Reverend Jeremiah Wright? Our is that old and he’s distant from him and it’s really — this is just a — just an effort to sort of dirty up the president?

CAIN: I think that it’s an effort to sort of muddy the water. But I think it is fair if someone wants to highlight the Reverend Jeremiah Wright and his relationship with Barack Obama because, quite frankly, it wasn’t highlighted enough in 2008 when he was running for president the first time.

The second point I’d like to make — I know Joe Ricketts. Joe Ricketts would not spend a total of $10 million on that one issue. Joe Ricketts is concerned more about the fiscal security of this country.

So as he said in the statement, it was a proposal, but the proposal didn’t go anywhere. But it is fair game.

And the reason — the third reason that it’s fair game is that if this administration, which has been shown to go after people who donate to Mitt Romney and try and slander their reputation, then, yes, it is fair game. I don’t think it is off-limits. But I don’t believe Joe Ricketts would put that much money into just this one angle of a presidential campaign.

VAN SUSTEREN: All right, one of the considerations, one of the thoughts is that no one wants to be tagged or be racist towards the president. Is bringing this up — does it have that because a lot of people are going do say that it is. You say that it’s fair and it’s relevant. But then we got the second consideration. Where do we draw the line? How do we know when something is racist and when something is fair for discussion?

CAIN: Greta, the reason that the liberals are going to call it racist is because President Obama is black and Jeremiah Wright is black. They’re going to call it racist. It is not racist! They hide behind the race card any time that someone wants to attack the president on grounds that he would freely and liberally attack somebody else.

So no, I just — I don’t think that it is racist simply because they are going to bring it up. It’s fact. It’s truth. So why not expose the truth? Because the president, as you know, back in 2008, denied and disowned Jeremiah Wright, when, in fact, how could he have been in his church for 20 years and not assimilated some of the things that he was talking about?

So no, it is not racist. It’s just that the liberals want to play the race card when it is convenient.