Presidential Candidate Herman Cain to Speak in Presidential Series in Iowa

Thursday, July 28th, 2011

Alexandria, VA – Presidential candidate Herman Cain will appear in the 2012 Presidential Candidate Speaker Series cosponsored by the Franklin Center for Government and Public Integrity on Thursday, August 4, 2011, from noon to 1:00 p.m. in downtown Des Moines, Iowa. Franklin Center’s journalist Lynn Campbell of Iowa Politics.com will moderate the forum.

“The Franklin Center is once again honored to be able to participate in such an important event. The previous Romney event demonstrated how valuable these forums are to not only the candidates but the voting public,” said Franklin Center President Jason Stverak. “At the Franklin Center, we are always telling the news. Now we have the opportunity to help make the news.”

Additional sponsors for the event include the Greater Des Moines Partnership, Mediacom in partnership with the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs. This is the second Presidential Series for this group of sponsors. The first was held on May 27th with guest Mitt Romney.

“Iowans are intensely proud and passionate of their role in helping to select our nation’s leader every four years,” said Martha Willits, CEO and President of the Greater Des Moines Partnership. “Our ‘first in the nation’ status also carries great responsibility to become acquainted with the candidates, educated on the issues, and vocal on the issues important to Iowa voters.  That’s why we are pleased to partner with local and statewide groups to host this Des Moines-area series.”

Michigan U.S. Rep. Thaddeus McCotter was scheduled to appear today, Thursday, July 28th at the Presidential Forum but due to the pending vote on the nation’s debt ceiling in the U.S. House, Rep. McCotter had to reschedule. A new date for Rep. McCotter will be announced in the next two weeks.

Attendees to the series will have the opportunity to submit questions via social media on the Partnership sites. The event is free of charge and open to the public.

Founded in January of 2009, the Franklin Center is a nonpartisan organization that believes that new technology can advance the cause of transparency in government. The Franklin Center aims to educate, to advise, and to train individuals and organizations from all backgrounds to become thorough, unbiased, and responsible reporters well versed in new media techniques and journalistic integrity.

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