Business executive Herman Cain will speak on campus this month, nearly two years after his unsuccessful bid for the Republican presidential nomination.
The GW College Republicans and GW Young America’s Foundation will host the Tea Party activist Nov. 18 at the Elliott School of International Affairs. Cain also visited the University in 2011 after he announced plans to compete for the GOP ticket.
Alex Pollock, public relations director for College Republicans, said the two student organizations chose Cain as their fall speaker because he stands for the diversity of the Republican Party.
“He represents a very good conservative success story of someone who grew up in segregated Atlanta and he was able to go to college and rise above those challenges and have a successful career in business,” Pollock said.
Bolstered by support of his “9-9-9” tax plan, Cain nosed ahead of the other candidates vying for the Republican nomination in fall 2011.
But his success in the polls was cut short after allegations of sexual harassment and a 13-year affair overshadowed Cain’s campaign. He suspended his candidacy in December.
Pollock said the College Republicans had “no concerns” with the scandal.
“I think he still represents good fiscally conservative principles that we want to promote on campus,” Pollock said.