Is there a better way for the University of Georgia College Republicans to end their school year?
This past Wednesday night, Herman Cain recorded his radio show in front of a 300+ audience, comprised of the student GOP club, the Clarke County Republican Party, and other students, in the Miller Learning Center. It will be broadcasted this Tuesday, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., on News 95.5 and AM 750 WSB.
During his two-hour show, Cain talked about what hopeful GOP candidates for president (there are currently three) need to do to appeal to their conservative bases. His biggest chant was for the candidates to “go bold.”
“Replace the tax code,” he offered to his audience, as his unorthodox example. “Even if you’re not sure what you want to replace it with, it needs to be replaced. We need to restructure the Social Security system. As soon as you talk about that, people will go ‘Oh, you’re gonna mess with Social Security?’ It’s broken!”
The GOP lost the popular vote in five of the past six presidential elections, and it is the radio personality’s opinion that the Republicans’ nominees lost because they were too weak-minded and moderate for voters.
“I wanna support a candidate that shows the strongest leadership skills,” Cain said, “and I don’t care what their label is. I don’t care if they are a conservative Republican, a liberal Republican, or they are a far right-wing conservative. I don’t care, as long as they have their priorities right, and they demonstrate, or at least give me the indication, they have great leadership skills.”
When asked what he would say to the potential Republican candidates if he were afforded the chance to meet them all at once, he answered they need to work on presentation.
“I would tell them to sharpen your speaking skills and your communication skills, because they are going to be tested more than you ever expected,” he said.
Cain started his answer with “Gentlemen and lady,” clarifying there should be one female candidate from the Republican Party.
Colin Daniels, Executive Co-Director of the UGACR, enjoyed the chance to ask Cain a question on the radio show.
“Cain was awesome, I absolutely loved it,” he said. “Cain is a powerful and engaging speaker, and I appreciate him coming to UGA.”
Jeremy Cross, a finance major from Roswell, heard about Herman Cain coming to UGA about thirty minutes before the radio show started, from a friend of a friend.
“I consider myself conservative,” he said, “and as far as advancing the Republican Party, I definitely agree with him one hundred percent on the fiscal and social issues.”
Cain believes he was one of the few presidential candidates during the 2012 race who offered “bold solutions” for the country — much to the dismay of the establishment factions, in both parties, and the mainstream media. And despite the fact he withdrew less than a year before the general election, Cain thinks the American people connected with his message of limited government and personal responsibility.