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October 12th, 2011
12:05 PM ET

Is Herman Cain calling out critics in the black community, or a political puppet? Two experts on race discuss

2012 GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain has come under fire from the black community after he remarked that he doesn't "believe racism in this country today holds anybody back in a big way."  But Cain says his critics just can't stand to see a black Republican run for the GOP nomination – and challenge an African-American president.

Carol Costello spoke to Ron Christie, Republican strategist and fellow at the Institute of Politics at Harvard University, and Boyce Watkins, a professor at Syracuse University, about whether they agreed with Cain's provocative statement -and whether they feel blacks can embrace the GOP.

Filed under: 2012 • GOP • Race
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