GOP hopeful Herman Cain admits he refused pizza to black neighborhood

By Stephen C. Webster
Monday, June 13, 2011 11:45 EDT
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In a startling admission recently, Republican presidential hopeful Herman Cain, the former CEO of Godfather’s Pizza, said that he would apply his experience in business to a potential job in the White House: specifically, his experience in denying pizza deliveries to a black neighborhood in Omaha, Nebraska.

Cain, who is himself black, said that because the neighborhood was violent he refused to send delivery drivers there, and that he’d apply the same logic to his foreign policy decisions.

He made the remark speaking to reporter Alex Pappas with The Daily Caller.

“When I first became president of Godfather’s Pizza, there was a very dangerous part of town in the black community where I wouldn’t allow my restaurants to deliver because we had kids beat, robbed,” he reportedly said.

“And I said ‘if I won’t send my son over there, I’m not going to send someone else’s son or daughter over there.’ Last week in Omaha, Nebraska, that same neighborhood that I wouldn’t deliver in — that they are delivering in now — a Pizza Hut driver was killed.”

Cain added that if he were ever confronted with a major foreign policy decision, he’d think of it in the same manner, as if he were sending his own son or daughter.

“I’m not going to do that lightly,” he reportedly insisted.

In a recent Gallup poll on the 2012 slate of Republican candidates, he placed fifth at eight percent, trailing better-known candidates like former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney (17 percent), former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin (15 percent), Texas Rep. Ron Paul (10 percent) and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (nine percent).

Cain, who today hosts a conservative talk radio show, has never held elected office.

Stephen C. Webster
Stephen C. Webster
Stephen C. Webster is the senior editor of Raw Story, and is based out of Austin, Texas. He previously worked as the associate editor of The Lone Star Iconoclast in Crawford, Texas, where he covered state politics and the peace movement’s resurgence at the start of the Iraq war. Webster has also contributed to publications such as True/Slant, Austin Monthly, The Dallas Business Journal, The Dallas Morning News, Fort Worth Weekly, The News Connection and others. Follow him on Twitter at @StephenCWebster.
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