On Sunday night’s “Geraldo at Large” on the Fox News Channel, Ken Blackwell — a black conservative politician, activist and Rick Perry supporter — questioned the willingness of Cain and his supporters to raise the race card in the middle of the controversy.
“I think it is a little bit disappointing when folks on the left play the race card and it is equally disappointing when folks on the right play the race card,” Blackwell said. “This is an issue that was bound to come out in the vigorous vetting of a presidential candidate, particularly when they start to do well. Vetting and opposition research and this sort of close scrutiny is par for the course.”
Blackwell didn’t say whether or not he would continue to support Perry or not if it turns out his campaign was behind the so-called “smear campaign.” But he explained that he felt Cain was not being targeted for race, but his ideology.
“Let me just say that he is not being attacked because he is black, Blackwell said. “He is being attacked because he is conservative. … The mainstream media has a bias against conservatives and that’s a fact. I just think it is so foolish for a campaign and a movement that has said the race card is played too frequently and haphazardly to now start to play the race card. It is just foolish.”
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