“He appeals to people because he doesn’t talk about race,” said South Carolina Republican strategist Chip Felkel. “I think that too often, if anyone does go into that discussion, it’s then used by other people to criticize them. I don’t think that needs to be part of his narrative. He’s a business person. He’s an American.”…

At times, Cain seems to enjoy flirting with race. He is fond of saying that he “left the Democratic plantation years ago.” At a recent campaign event in Atlanta, he told the crowd that when asked by a reporter what distinguished him from his fellow GOP candidates, he answered: “One of the biggest differences is the color of my … eyes.” At the same meeting, during a lull in the questioning, Cain sang the spiritual “Wouldn’t Take Nothing for My Journey Now” in a velvet baritone.

The mostly white audience ate it up.

“One of the things I have done throughout this … is that I’m not going to allow people to distract us with this whole color thing,” he told the crowd. “It is not about color. It’s about good ideas that will save this economy and this nation.”