GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain is out with a music video/biographical introduction that puts a heavy focus on his race – and casts his presidential run as evidence that Tea Party supporters are not racist.
“To all of those people who say that the Tea Party is a racist organization, eat your words,” Cain, who is African-American, says in the video above.
One African-American supporter featured in the video says she and the Tea Party are more interested in America’s colors than skin color.
“When people ask me about the Tea Party, they ask me if it’s about color, and I say ‘yes it is, it’s about red, white and blue,'” she says.
Cain, the former Godfather’s Pizza CEO, has proved unexpectedly popular in early Republican presidential polling.
While he is considered a long shot for the nomination, he was perhaps the breakout candidate at the first and only Republican presidential debate so far, with a Fox News focus group lauding his performance.
In an interview with CBSNews.com earlier this month, conservative publisher Andrew Breitbart said his dream presidential ticket includes Cain and another African-American, Florida Rep. Allen West.
Those two on the ticket would “blow up the death star of political correctness that the left uses against the right,” Breitbart said.
Cain’s video includes a country song deeming the candidate “a true son of the South” as well of pictures of Cain and his family. The singer encourages people to “get on board the Herman Cain train.”
Cain himself is seen saying, “I left that Democrat plantation a long time ago – and I ain’t going back!”
“My great, great grandparents were slaves, and now I’m running for president of the United States of America,” he says later. “Is this a great country or what?”
The video closes with a call from various people to “raise some Cain” – that is, raise money for and donate to Cain’s campaign.