Condoleezza Rice on CBS 'Early Show': Herman Cain Should Not Play 'Race Card'

Condoleeza Rice Herman Cain Split - H 2011
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Condoleeza Rice Herman Cain Split - H 2011

Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice gives a candid interview on Wednesday’s CBS Early Show, in which she discusses Herman Cain’s highly publicized sexual harassment allegations.

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When asked to respond to Caine’s predictions of being the victim of a high tech lynching, Rice urges the Republican presidential candidate to just stick to the facts.

“I don’t care much for incendiary language. And, I actually am someone who doesn’t believe in playing the race card on either side. I’ve seen it played, by the way, on the other side quite a lot too and it’s not good for the country,” she said. “We ought to be able to look at people and say, ‘All right, maybe this is a disagreement about policy.’ Everyone goes though their time in the barrel, if you will, if you choose to put yourself forward. And so, I’m not much for the race card."

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The political action committee affiliated with Cain sent a fundraising appeal on Tuesday, Nov. 1 suggesting that Cain is facing a “high tech lynching” in the wake of allegations that he sexually harassed two women in 1991. Cain supporters insist that said allegations and the surrounding media frenzy are merely racially charged attempts to smear his reputation and character.

“I just think we ought to all step back and let Herman Cain answer the questions and let him answer them with full disclosure of everything and let the American people judge, but I don’t like the race card,” Rice continued. “I don’t like the race card when people say that people are criticizing President Obama because he’s black. I don’t like that very much either. He’s being criticized because he’s president.”

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“It just goes with the territory,” she added.

Rice’s appearance is slated to air Wednesday, Nov. 2. The CBS Early Show airs from 7 am to 9 am ET/PT.