Cain to speak at K-State

By The Mercury

Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain will speak at Kansas State University on Tuesday.

The lecture, which will take place at 7 p.m. at the Union Ballroom, is sponsored by the College Republicans, the Diversity Program Committee and Young America’s Foundation, according to a press release from the groups.

The event is free and open to the public.

Cain, a Tea Party activist and former CEO of the Godfather’s Pizza chain, is best known as a candidate for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination. His proposed 9-9-9 tax plan and performance in the debates made him the Republican frontrunner for a time in the fall of 2011, but he later suspended his campaign after allegations of sexual misconduct, which he denied.

Cain had never before held political office, but his long corporate career includes stints as an executive for Pillsbury and Burger King and as a board member for several major companies. He was also chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City and an economic adviser to the Bob Dole presidential campaign.

“Mr. Cain provides a unique voice to promote a new perspective to students,” said Ashton Archer, president of the College Republicans, in the release. “He has one of the greatest ‘American Dream’ stories of all time.”

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