Condoleezza Rice to Cain: Don't play the race card

Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice tells CBS News that Herman Cain should not play the "race card," during an interview with Chief White House Correspondent Norah O'Donnell on "The Early Show."

Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said Herman Cain should not be playing the race card in an interview aired after the former pizza executive said he is being attacked by liberals for his race but not by conservatives.

"I actually am someone who-- doesn't believe in playing the race card on either side. I've seen it played, by the way, on the other side quite a lot too. And it's not good for the country," Rice told CBS' Norah O'Donnell in an interview that aired on CBS' "The Early Show" on Wednesday.

Asked on Tuesday if race had anything to do with the allegation of sexual harassment more than a decade ago, Cain told Fox News analyst Charles Krauthammer "I believe the answer is yes, but we do not have any evidence to support it."

The former head of the National Restaurant Association also said there are those on both sides of the aisle who do not want to see him win because he is not a traditional candidate.

"Relative to the left I believe race is a bigger driving factor. I don't think it's a driving factor on the right. This is just based upon our speculation," Cain told Krauthammer.

Rice made her comments Tuesday in the taped interview with CBS before Cain's latest comments to Krauthammer on Fox, but Cain has suggested race may be a factor for attacks on him before the latest Fox interview that aired Tuesday night.

Watch Norah O'Donnell's full interview with Condoleezza Rice below:

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