Herman Cain, the former CEO of Godfather’s Pizza who briefly topped national polls as the Republican Party’s presidential nominee, will be on the campus of Middle Tennessee State University on Thursday for a business lecture to students.
The appearance at the Murfreesboro university this week follows national media reports that Cain is “reassessing” his presidential bid after a Georgia woman Monday disclosed information on what she claims was a 13-year affair with the candidate. Cain has denied the allegations.
Even before the latest reports, Cain, who has cast himself as a Washington outsider, had started to see his presidential poll numbers tumble following a series of sexual harassment allegations from different women.
Though Cain’s MTSU arrival comes at a crucial, tumultuous moment in his campaign, university officials say Cain won’t entertain questions about his candidacy. In fact, they say his appearance was scheduled before he entered the race.
“This event was scheduled as a student-oriented, educational session before Mr. Cain declared his candidacy,” reads an MTSU press release issued Tuesday. “Mr. Cain wants this session to be solely for the students and a discussion of entrepreneurship.
“He will not set aside time to speak to media, nor will he entertain questions about his candidacy.”
Cain’s lecture is titled, “Leadership Lessons Learned in a Turnaround – The Godfather’s Pizza Story.” It is scheduled from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m., Thursday Dec. 1, at the State Farm Lecture Room in the school’s Business and Aerospace building.
The speech is free and open to the entire MTSU community.