News release from Gingrich Tennessee campaign:
Franklin, TN – Gingrich 2012 announced a two day Tennessee bus tour in support of Speaker Gingrich’s campaign. The tour begins in Franklin, TN on Friday March 2 and moves to East Tennessee with stops in Chattanooga, Cleveland and Knoxville on Saturday March 3.
Andrew Ogles, Deputy Director of the National Surrogate Program and Tennessee Victory Director for Newt 2012 noted, “Tennessee is excited to host Herman Cain and Jackie Gingrich Cushman for this tour. These two, along with Fred Thompson, Governor Rick Perry and so many others, are evidence of the breadth of support for Speaker Newt among people who know what it takes to do this job.”
Cain/Cushman Public Schedule for Tennessee Bus Tour:
Friday 3/2 – FRANKLIN, TN
7:00pm Central – Franklin City Club, public reception / rally
130 9th Ave South, Franklin Tn 37064
FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
Saturday 3/3 – CHATTANOOGA, TN
9:30am – 10:00am Eastern – Chattanooga: VIP Kick Off at Gingrich Head Quarters (Meet n Greet / Load Bus)
1 Park Place, Lee Hwy, Ste 300 Chattanooga TN
FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
10:15am – 11:15am Eastern – Chattanooga: Rally at The Car Barn (Rally with Press)
6721 Heritage Business Court, Chattanooga, TN 37421
FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
11:30am – 12:00pm Eastern – Chattanooga: Tennessee Valley Sportsman Gun Show at the Alhambra Shrine (Drop In / Meet n Greet)
1000 Alhambra Drive, Chattanooga, TN 37421
OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
Saturday 3/3 – CLEVELAND, TN
1:00pm Eastern – Cleveland TN – Public Rally at Lee University open to general public
1120 North Ocoee Street · Cleveland, TN 37320 (Lecture Hall)
Contact: Jarrod Casteel TN State Chair Students with Newt e: firstname.lastname@example.org c: 423-313-2835
FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
Saturday 3/3 – KNOXVILLE, TN
5:30pm Eastern – Tennessee Conservative Union Reagan Day Dinner
401 West Summit Hill Drive, Knoxville, TN
OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
Herman Cain, the conservative Atlanta businessman who briefly ran for the Republican nomination for president last year, will speak at the annual Reagan Day dinner of the Tennessee Conservative Union at 6 p.m. March 3 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Knoxville.
From Georgiana Vines: Lloyd Daugherty, TCU chairman, said the organization will present Cain with the tax ax award for his 9-9-9 plan, which Cain described during the campaign as replacing the federal tax code with a three-part system. He will literally receive an ax, Daugherty said.
“We started the ax-the-tax award against the state income tax when we were the only ones opposing it,” he said.
…TCU will celebrate its 35th anniversary as part of the evening, which will include a “Southern Conservative Caucus” of presidential candidates. Instead of taking a straw poll of individuals, there will be a mock convention. Tables will represent states, with attendees choosing a spokesperson for a candidate and then voting, he explained.
House Speaker Beth Harwell, R-Nashville, will receive an award for a proposal to rescind the state’s inheritance tax, Daugherty said.
Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain “ignored the elephant in the room” during a talk at Middle Tennessee State University Thursday evening, reports the Tennessean, failing to mention the future of his campaign amid allegations of martial misconduct. Instead, he stuck to the script – a lecture on business for MTSU students.
The Daily News Journal notes that his visit was disrupted by Occupy Murfreesboro protesters. Midway through Cain’s presentation on his rise through the corporate ranks of Burger King and Godfather’s Pizza, four MTSU students stood and yelled, “Mic check. Mic check. We are the 99 percent. We are the 99 percent.”
Others shouted them down in the packed State Farm Room of the Business and Aerospace Building, but they still managed to get in a few words such as,
“You owe the American people an apology” and “Sexual abuse is not acceptable,” in reference to allegations that he sexually harassed women while leading the National Restaurant Association and carried on a 13-year affair with a Georgia woman.
Cain refused to respond at that point and noted he had told Jim Burton, dean of the Jennings A. Jones College of Business, he wouldn’t touch on politics.
Only toward the end of the evening when answering questions did Cain speak about the outburst by Occupy members, saying, “We have freedom of speech. Some people simply abuse it. The way I interpret it was they interrupted my party because they couldn’t attract their own.”
Note: Today’s national AP story on the status of the Cain campaign is below. (It includes a mention of the MTSU event.)
News release from Vanderbilit University:
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Businessman Herman Cain is the favorite of Tennessee voters for the state’s March 6 presidential Republican primary election, but female voters are far less likely to support him. That pattern is unlikely to change in light of allegations of sexual harassment against him, according to a new poll by the Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions at Vanderbilt University.
Cain was the choice of 22 percent of 823 likely primary voters polled Oct. 28 through Nov. 5. The poll was conducted as the sexual harassment claims started to arise. Yet Cain’s support did not change much as the story unfolded. Cain beat his closest competitor, former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney, by eight percentage points. The actual winner of the primary was “the undecideds.”
“Two things are clear from this poll,” said John Geer, Distinguished Professor of Political Science and co-director of the poll. “First, none of the candidates are wildly popular in the state. Second, Cain draws disproportionate support from males.”
Male voters supported Cain over Romney 27.1 percent to 12 percent, while women preferred Cain just 15.4 percent to Romney’s 13 percent, which is within the poll’s plus or minus 2.6 percent error rate.
The poll, conducted by the standards of the American Association of Public Opinion Research, was weighted to ensure that the sample was representative of Tennessee in terms of age, gender, education, region and race/ethnicity.
“Tennesseans can receive valuable information about the opinions of their fellow citizens through this poll,” Geer said. “The Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions is pleased to provide this important public service.”
Data from the Vanderbilt Poll is available at http://www.vanderbilt.edu/csdi/.
Following Cain and Romney in the poll of Republican favorites were Texas Gov. Rick Perry (9 percent), U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and U.S. Rep. Ron Paul (all with 6 percent) and former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania (1 percent). The largest number of respondents, 28 percent, said they didn’t yet know who they would vote for.
The poll also showed Cain, Perry and Romney all to be formidable opponents for President Obama in the November general election should they get the nomination. Romney was the most dangerous to Obama, beating him 42 to 28 percent. Cain would narrowly defeat Obama, but a race against Perry was nearly a dead heat.
The entrance of a credible independent candidate would be very advantageous to Obama, according to the poll. The addition of such a candidate into the mix would make Obama the winner against all his potential Republican opponents.
At a recent Knoxville fundraiser, a couple of hecklers told Texas Gov. Rick Perry to stay out of Tennessee, according to news reports, and the Republican presidential candidate responded that he’ll be back plenty of times.
But, of course, in all probability Perry’s visits — and those of other aspiring presidents — will be only to collect money for real campaigning in other states where votes actually matter. Barring the bizarre, the race for the Republican nomination will be over by the time Tennessee’s March 6 presidential preference primary rolls around.
Similarly, GOP candidate Herman Cain did a drive-through of Tennessee last week. At a Brentwood stop, he was questioned about whether such events were more a means to boost sales of his books than to promote his candidacy, according to WPLN radio. Well, no, he said, but then there’s nothing wrong with selling a few books while building name recognition.
Mitt Romney, Michele Bachmann and Jon Huntsman have dropped by Tennessee for similar visits. And, of course, the candidates always have nice things to say about our fair state as they’re collecting checks. But, frankly, some of those things said are a bit of a stretch.
JACKSON, Tenn. (AP) — Herman Cain is firing up the crowd at a tea party rally in this West Tennessee town when the generator powering his sound system shudders to a halt.
Cain stands awkwardly for a few moments then suddenly begins to sing. Slowly at first but gaining in speed, he belts out “Impossible Dream” in the rich baritone he’s honed in church choir.
“You know, when it’s your rally, you can do what you want to do!” Cain says as he finishes with a raucous laugh. The 500 or so supporters who have jammed the strip mall parking lot to hear the Republican Party’s newest star speak roar their approval.
Momentum restored, Cain launches into a pitch for his signature 9-9-9 tax plan, and the crowd is right there with him, chanting 9-9-9 along with the Georgia businessman.
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.”
Republican Presidential Candidate Herman Cain paid another visit to Middle Tennessee yesterday, signing copies of his latest book at a Barnes and Noble in Brentwood, reports WPLN. The former CEO of Godfather’s pizza, Cain has been gaining ground in primary polling. He’s already made a few stops in Tennessee, and has more scheduled for later this week. That’s unusual in a state not known for steering the primary process, but Cain says it’s needed because that process is moving faster.
“Instead of 120-day time period it’s now down to 90 days, so that means that states like Tennessee are more important than they used to be, so this is one of the reasons I wanted to spend some more time here in Tennessee.”
Some doubters have suggested Cain isn’t so much using events like book-signings to hype his candidacy as the other way around – using his candidacy to drive sales. To that Cain told local reporters and a few dozen onlookers such events boost name recognition, and that he could sell books and campaign at the same time.
The plurality of Rutherford County Republicans participating in a presidential straw poll Saturday night favored Texas Gov. Rick Perry by 29.4 percent to be the next president, reports the Daily News Journal. Perry had 96 votes from those attending GOP state Rep. Joe Carr’sannual T-Bones & Politics fund raising event at the Messick family farm in the Lascassas community northeast of Murfreesboro.
….Businessman Herman Cain and former Gov. Mitt Romney of Massachusetts tied for second with 68 votes each, which was 20.9 percent each out of 326 ballots. Former U.S. Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich was fourth with 32 votes, which was 9.8 percent. U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota was fifth with 24 votes, which was 7.4 percent.
U.S. Rep. Ron Paul of Texas was sixth with 21 votes, which was 6.4 percent. Former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania was seventh with 13 votes, which was about 4 percent. Former Gov. Jon Huntsman of Utah had three votes, which was just under 1 percent. One other vote was listed as uncertain.
UPDATE: Murfreesboro Muslims saddened by Cain commentary, HERE.)
Eric Schelzig, Associated Press
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. — Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain opposes a planned Tennessee mosque that has been the subject of protests and legal challenges.
Cain didn’t bring up the controversial facility in a campaign rally on Thursday, but told reporters afterward that he’s concerned about the Islamic Center of Murfreesboro.
“It is an infringement and an abuse of our freedom of religion,” he said. “And I don’t agree with what’s happening, because this isn’t an innocent mosque.”
The new mosque has been the subject of protests and counterprotests in the city about 35 miles southeast of Nashville.
A county judge ruled in May that the mosque construction does not harm the residents who sued to try to stop it, but he allowed them to move forward on claims the county violated an open meetings law in approving it.
Opponents have used the hearings to argue that the mosque is part of a plot to expand Islamic extremism in the U.S. Cain appeared to agree.
“It is another example of why I believe in American laws and American courts,” Cain said. “This is just another way to try to gradually sneak Shariah law into our laws, and I absolutely object to that.”