BY Brian BrowdieDAILY NEWS WRITER
GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain, right, disputed actor Morgan Freeman's, left, claim on Friday that the Tea Party is 'a racist thing.' Herman Cain is hitting back at Morgan Freeman for calling the Tea Party racist.
The Republican presidential candidate called the Oscar-winning actorâ€™s eyebrow-raising remarks â€œshort-sightedâ€ on Friday. "Most of the people that are criticizing the Tea Partiers about having a racist element, they have never been to a Tea Party," Cain told Fox News.
Freeman, who endorsed Obama in 2007, created a firestorm when he told CNNâ€™s Piers Morgan earlier this week that conservative opposition to the President has enflamed racism in America. He added the Tea Partiers have the mentality of "Screw the country, we're going to do whatever we can to get this black man out of hereâ€¦It is a racist thing."
Despite the criticism, Cain said he wasnâ€™t offended by Freemanâ€™s comments. "Name calling is something that is going to continue in this because they donâ€™t know how to stop this movement and this movement is making a big difference in politics," said Cain, the former CEO of Godfatherâ€™s Pizza.
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