A couple points worth noting in a piece just moved by Shannon McCaffrey of the Associated Press out of Tennessee:
Republican presidential hopeful Herman Cain said Saturday he’ll go toe-to-toe with Rick Perry for the GOP primary’s critical evangelical vote.
In an interview, Cain said the Texas governor “thought he had carved out that niche, when he didn’t own that niche by himself.”
“People are realizing that he is not the only Christian conservative in this race,” Cain [said] at a campaign stop in Harriman, Tenn., where he spoke before close to 1,000 tea party activists.
The Georgia businessman and former radio talk show host is giving himself a little wiggle room with the phrase, but “not the only Christian conservative” isn’t just a slap at Texas Gov. Rick Perry. It’s certainly a way to highlight GOP frontrunner Mitt Romney’s religion.
More importantly, Cain will be in the Washington D.C. audience tomorrow when President Barack Obama dedicates the new Martin Luther King Jr. memorial:
Cain also said he will attend the dedication of a memorial to the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. on the National Mall in Washington. Cain said he’ll be a guest of Alveda King, the civil rights pioneer’s niece and an anti-abortion activist. Cain called King, “one of my personal heroes.”
Democratic President Barack Obama, the man Cain wants to replace in the White House, is set to address Sunday’s event.
Cain has drawn criticism from, some in the black community for his views on race.
At a campaign stop Saturday Cain accused liberals of playing the race card “until it’s the joker in the deck.”
“America isn’t worried about color. It’s worried about content, character and ideas,” he said. “It ain’t about race.”
- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider