Given that some polls are now showing Herman Cain leading the Republican presidential field, do you think that maybe someone in the media might be able to get around to asking him about his role in the 2006 radio ad campaign that the Bush administration called “inappropriate” and the RNC called “racist”?
Here is a refresher: Back in 2006, an organization called America’s PAC was formed for the purpose of spending $1 million to get Black and Hispanic voters to support Republican candidates with absurdly over-the-top and offensive radio ads:
The group, America’s Pac, began running ads last month in more than two dozen congressional districts.The campaign discusses issues ranging from warrantless wiretapping to school choice, but the most inflammatory spots pertain to abortion.
“Black babies are terminated at triple the rate of white babies,” a female announcer in one of the ads says, as rain, thunder, and a crying infant are heard in the background. “The Democratic Party supports these abortion laws that are decimating our people, but the individual’s right to life is protected in the Republican platform. Democrats say they want our vote.Why don’t they want our lives?”
Another spot attempts to link Democrats to a white supremacist who served as a Republican in the Louisiana Legislature, David Duke.The ad makes reference to Duke’s trip to Syria last year, where he spoke at an anti-war rally.
“I can understand why a Ku Klux Klan cracker like David Duke makes nice with the terrorists,”a male voice in the ad says. “What I want to know is why so many of the Democrat politicians I helped elect are on the same side of the Iraq war as David Duke.”
According to the New York Sun, Herman Cain was the spokesperson for the group and personally voiced some of the radio ads:
The group referred calls from The New York Sun to a conservative, African-American talk show host who voiced some of the ads, Herman Cain.
“The main thing that America’s Pac is up to is it basically is challenging the thesis or the belief on the part of the Republican Party that they cannot attract the black vote,” Mr. Cain said. He said similar advertisements run in 2004 helped boost President Bush’s share of the black vote in Ohio to 16%, from 9% in 2000.
“We don’t believe that was an accident,” Mr. Cain said. The IRS filing indicates that the ads are running this year in 10 battleground states, including Ohio, New Mexico, and Nevada.
Mr. Cain, who once managed the Godfather’s Pizza chain and ran unsuccessfully for the Senate from Georgia in 2004, said he was not troubled that Mr. Rooney, who is white, is funding ads using black voices who claim to speak on behalf of the black community.”You don’t have a lot of black billionaires who would want to fund something like this,” he said.
We managed to track down the audio of one of America’s PAC’s most infamous ads a while back and uploaded it to YouTube:
Is that Cain featured in the ad? We don’t know for sure – it kind of sounds like him, but it is entirely possible that it is not him … but since nobody seems willing to ask Cain about the ads and his role with the organization, it is impossible to know.
It is known that Cain was a voice and spokesman for the America’s PAC ad series, so even if he didn’t voice this particular ad, it seems worth asking him which ads he did voice and whether he feels ads about a “Ku Klux Klan cracker” or snuffing the seed of “one of your hoes” are appropriate, especially since even the RNC denounced the ad’s “racist or race-baiting in intent.”