Herman Cain, who officially announced his candidacy for President on Saturday, was once the spokesperson for a highly controversial group that, among other things, suggested Democrats wanted to kill “black babies.”
The group, called America’s PAC, spent millions to run advertisments on black radio stations in swing states during the 2004 and 2006 elections. Cain served as a spokesperson for the group and performed voice-over work in many of the ads.
The New York Sun reported on one of the ads that focused on abortion:
“Black babies are terminated at triple the rate of white babies,” a female announcer in one of the ads says, as rain, thunder, and a crying infant are heard in the background. “The Democratic Party supports these abortion laws that are decimating our people, but the individual’s right to life is protected in the Republican platform. Democrats say they want our vote. Why don’t they want our lives?“
Another similar ad featured Herman Cain’s voice:
“If you make a little mistake with one of your ‘hos,’ you’ll want to dispose of that problem tout suite, no questions asked,” one of the men says.
“That’s too cold. I don’t snuff my own seed,” the other replies.
“Maybe you do have a reason to vote Republican,” the first man says.
Listen to the ad:
Another ad produced by the group linked Democrats to members of the KKK: “Now, I can understand why a Ku Klux Klan cracker like David Duke makes nice with the terrorists. They fight voting rights in Iraq, just like he does back home. But what I want to know is why so many of the Democrat politicians I helped elect are on the same side of the Iraq war as David Duke.”
The ads, and similar ads that were produced with Cain’s help in 2004, were widely denounced. Civil Rights icon Rep. John Lewis (D-GA) “called the ads ‘repugnant, vicious‘ and filled with ‘outright lies that distort the facts.’” University of Dayton law professor Vernellia R. Randall said, “These are targeted to the black population to raise their fears of being overrun by whites, of being wiped out as a race and of genocide.”
Appearing as a spokesperson for the group on Fox News in 2006, Cain defended the ads, saying “the general concept of having ads that give people the facts, that tell people the truth — and, sometimes, the truth hurts.”