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Herman Cain, Other Gingrich Backers Plan TN Bus Tour

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
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
10:15am – 11:15am Eastern – Chattanooga: Rally at The Car Barn (Rally with Press)
6721 Heritage Business Court, Chattanooga, TN 37421
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
Saturday 3/3 – CLEVELAND, TN
1:00pm Eastern – Cleveland TN – Public Rally at Lee University open to general public
1120 North Ocoee Street ยท Cleveland, TN 37320 (Lecture Hall)
Contact: Jarrod Casteel TN State Chair Students with Newt e: jcaste00@leeu.edu c: 423-313-2835
Saturday 3/3 – KNOXVILLE, TN
5:30pm Eastern – Tennessee Conservative Union Reagan Day Dinner
401 West Summit Hill Drive, Knoxville, TN

Herman Cain, Beth Harwell Get TCU Tax-Axing Awards

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.

Cain on Script at MTSU — Even with Protests — as Campaign Crumbles

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.)

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AP Story on Cain’s Tennessee Tour

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.

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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.”

Cain: States Like TN ‘More Important Than They Used to Be’

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.

Campaigning Cain Opposes TN Mosque

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.”

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