On his blog on CainTV.com, Cain says,
“Why is it that whenever you hear someone talk about welfare cheats, you think about black people. Why is that whenever you hear about food stamp dependency, you think about black people? What is wrong with you? No one said anything about race. (…)The only reason you hear racial innuendo is that you’re obsessed with race. The only reason you think there’s a dog whistle is that you chase after racial controversy like a dog chases after a ball. Chris, and friends, get help to get over your racism!”
Cain was referencing an interview that Chris Matthews did in Tampa, on Monday, not long before the Republican National Convention started. In the interview, Matthews said the Republican Party was guilty of grossly exaggerating racially sensitive issues and saying things like “food stamp president” in reference to President Barack Obama.
Gingrich, who called Obama the “food stamp president” was quick to defend himself and noted that most people on welfare are actually white and not black.
Cain, who seems to support his past presidential opponent spoke highly about Gingrich, praising his refusal to admit that he should not have made the offensive statement.
“Newt was having none of it, and that’s why I love Newt. He is not intimidated by a guy who hears racism even when there is none, and takes to the airwaves accusing anyone and everyone of perpetrating it.”
In the colum, Cain calls Gingrich his “friend”.