Herman Cain enthusiastically told Mother Jones on Tuesday that several advertisements by Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney were free of any racial undertones.
“There are no racial implications,” he told reporter Tim Murphy in Tampa. “This is fabricated on the part of the Democrats. Man, I’m just sick of all this so-called racial implications. It is a fair ad that Governor Romney put out about welfare. And for the Democrats to continue to talk about racial implications, they are just trying to deceive people! I’m sick of it!”
“There is only one color that matters in the American dream and that’s green,” he added. “And by the way, there are poor black people and poor white people, and poor Hispanics, so there are no racial implications.”
Romney has released ads claiming that President Barack Obama gutted the work requirement in the welfare program called Temporary Assistant for Needy Families (TANF). But fact-checkers have claimed the ads are false. The Obama administration is actually trying to improve employment outcomes in the TANF program by giving states more flexibility.
In response, a pollster for the Romney campaign said Monday that the former Massachusetts governor’s messaging strategies are not “dictated by fact checkers.”
The Romney campaign has been accused of sending racist “dog-whistles” to white voters with the welfare ads.
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