McCotter Postponed, Candidate Herman Cain to Speak Next Week
Posted: Wednesday, July 27, 2011
Due to the pending vote on the nation’s debt ceiling in the U.S. House now scheduled for tomorrow, Thursday, July 28, 2011, the planned noon appearance by presidential candidate and Michigan U.S. Rep. Thaddeus McCotter has been postponed so he may remain in Washington D.C. to participate in the vote. The McCotter campaign expressed great interest in rescheduling the Des Moines appearance for the 2012 Presidential Candidate Speaker Series sponsored by the Greater Des Moines Partnership, Mediacom, and IowaPolitics.com in partnership with the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs. An announcement of the new date is anticipated within the next two weeks.
Meanwhile, announced candidate and businessman Herman Cain will be the next speaker in the 2012 Presidential Candidate Speaker Series. Cain will speak Thursday, August 4, 2011, from noon to 1:00 p.m. at the State Historical Building, 600 E. Locust St. in downtown Des Moines.
“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, 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.”
As the first in the nation caucus, Iowa falls under a global spotlight, and an open invitation will be extended to prospective presidential candidates to address Central Iowans as part of the series between now and the 2012 Presidential Caucuses. Lynn Campbell of IowaPolitics.com, which is owned by the Franklin Center for Government and Public Integrity, will serve as the moderator for the series.
“The Franklin Center is once again honored to be able to participate in such an important event. The previous events 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.”
These events are free of charge and open to the public, but reservations are requested to ensure adequate accommodations for the event. Attendees may register at www.desmoinesmetro.com/events. Attendees will have the opportunity to submit questions via social media on the Partnership Facebook (Greater Des Moines Partnership) and Twitter (DesMoinesMetro) sites.