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Herman Cain Draws Big Crowd in Bartlett

An estimated 1,000 to 1,500 gathered at the Bartlett’s W. J. Freeman Park to hear the former businessman and radio talk show host Herman Cain, who has emerged as one of the frontrunners in the 2012 Republican race for president, reports the Commercial Appeal.
And it didn’t take long for Cain, 65, to acknowledge he was born in Memphis. The family moved to Atlanta when he was 2.
“One of the best-kept secrets about Herman Cain is he was born not too far from here,” he said, then adding: “I’ve got a lot of relatives here in Bartlett, Tenn. And as far as I’m concerned, all of y’all are my relatives today.”
With the crowd cheering as he outlined his platform on everything from tax reform to economics to a government that answers to the people, Cain delivered a message that seemed to resonate with those in attendance.
Signs were held up saying: “Let’s Raise Cain” and “Category 999. HeriCain.” Others invoked the term “Yes we Cain.”
Bartlett officials were expecting anywhere from 100 to 500, estimates significantly lower than the turnout.
The presidential hopeful addressed the crowd in a 35-minute speech in which he highlighted his 9-9-9 economic plan, addressed questions about his foreign policy and said it is time for the White House to listen to the concerns of the people.
“Stupid people are running America,” Cain told the crowd, “and we’ve got to out-vote them in 2012.”