Cain's Truth Tour to stop at MSU
Former Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain is set to visit East Lansing on Sept. 26. His speech is expected to focus on young voters and the economy. Jason Getz/Atlanta Journal-Constitution/MCT
Former presidential candidate Herman Cain plans to dish out the truth to MSU students at a tour event stop later this month, where he will share facts about problems facing the U.S. and how to fix them, a spokeswoman said Monday.
MSU officials confirmed Cain will speak at the Kellogg Center during his Truth Tour, which spans two months and visits 30 cities, focusing on economic issues facing businesses and young people primarily in college towns.
Cain’s event at MSU, which will take place at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 26 in Big Ten rooms B and C in the hotel, also will feature The Home Depot cofounder Bernie Marcus for a question-and-answer session to address facts on a tough economy that has strained many young people.
The event is sponsored by Job Creators Solutions, an organization Cain and Marcus cofounded to share best business practices with employers, and MSU Students for Life.
“I will not rest until I feel I’ve done my best to get the right information to as many Americans as possible,” Cain said in a statement. “We are at too critical a juncture in our nation’s history to simply sit back and do nothing.”
Students for Life President Lisa Jankowski said the bipartisan event will feature Cain and a to-be-determined local business leader discussing economic issues of recent years before opening up the session to submitted questions from the audience.
“It’s important because the last few years, the economy hasn’t been doing so well,” Jankowski said. “We’re trying to get students to be active and involved.… People need to know the facts.”
The group has reserved space for 500 people, which would be at capacity, said Kati Hill, an assistant in the sales and conference division of the Kellogg Center.
Cain, the former CEO of Godfather’s Pizza, also will emphasize how important it is for young people to be involved in the election process, according to Kathy Hoekstra, Cain’s director of media relations.
“College students are the next crop of job creators and business leaders, and statistics are much more grim now in terms of college students getting jobs,” Hoekstra said.
According to a report by the Pew Research Center earlier this year, 82 percent of young people between 18 and 34 said finding a job is harder for them than it was for their parents.
Jankowski said this type of political event normally isn’t something MSU Students for Life would host, but she couldn’t pass up an opportunity to bring Cain to campus to talk about the issues facing young people.
“It’s really good for him to come and educate fellow voters,” she said.
Cain’s Truth Tour began last week in Iowa and finishes Nov. 1 in Ohio. Students can register for the event at collegetruthtour.com. Registration for the event is free.