As part of the “Take Back Our Government Tour,” the nationally syndicated Herman Cain Show tapped a live address from the Square, which will air Monday morning on 95.5FM & AM750 News/Talk WSB, during the normal 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. weekday broadcast.
To start the evening, Cain, 64, said Washington, D.C. is “not working with us and is not for us.”
He later added that U.S. congressman need to work together, and if not, “send them home in 2014.”
The hot issue was the IRS’ targeting of the tea party.
“We are not customers, we are employers,” said Cain.
He added the tax revenue agency has been intimidating taxpayers for decades.
Cain’s visit was a chance for fans to feel a part of the studio by seeing how the WSB staff runs the sound board and keeps the show on schedule, as well as providing audience reaction to an applause sign.
Area residents brought lawn chairs almost an hour early to set up seats close to the stage.
Joe Scelsi and Chris Scelsi of Powder Springs said they came straight from work and expected more people when they arrived.
They listen to Cain’s show every morning and have been fans since before he ran for office, said Chris Scelsi, 48, who moved to Georgia 15 years ago from Pennsylvania.
“He is a straight shooter and he is never at a loss for words,” Scelsi added.
Chuck Enix and P.J. Enix were so excited about the chance to see Cain in person that they drove from Stone Mountain and ate dinner from take-out containers next to the fountain.
“I think he is an inspiring person and he can get people to listen,” Chuck Enix said.
Sandra Riley, 46, who works for the Cobb County Sheriff’s Department and moved to Marietta from Michigan four years ago, said she listens to Cain’s radio show during her lunch breaks to get information, specifically about the Affordable Care Act that is not available from other media outlets.
“It don’t matter if you are a Republican or Democrat, people need to listen,” Riley said.
Riley said Cain, as a businessman, is the perfect person to advise against future economic setbacks as the U.S. reaches the end of a recession.
“I do admire him,” Riley said.
Ask the ‘Hermanator’
Cain said before the taping that he cares more about “teaching than preaching” and that “people can connect the dots if you give them the right information.”
He added the Herman Cain Show has outspoken listeners and the tour tries to put a face with the voice to inspire people.
“They are opinionated … because they are intelligent thinkers,” Cain said.
The event included a special tapping of the ‘Rapid Fire’ segment where listeners, or in this case, audience members get to ask questions.
“You get a minute, I get a minute, and we learn from each other,” Cain said.
The first question was from a young kid, who asked, “When are you going to run for president again?”
Cain, who ended his last campaign in December 2011, said, “I am a man of faith and I allow my God to lead me.”
Cain also fielded questions on Medicaid and the Federal Reserve.
Chris Scelsi said with Sen. Saxby Chambliss leaving office she expected the night to include discussion about the future of the Republican Party, especially since Cobb County is a very conservative area.
One participant did ask Cain how to show the “true Republican Party view” on minorities that is misrepresented in the national media.
“You don’t need to pander to black people, Hispanics, Asians, just show them the road to prosperity,” Cain answered.
Honoring local vets
The show is set to air on Memorial Day, and Cain, who worked for the Navy while earning a Master of Science degree from Purdue University, recognized military veterans, specifically servicemen who fought in World War II, Korea and Vietnam.
“Freedom is not free,” Cain said.
Cain also brought a special guest, Sgt. Brian Anderson, who lost two legs and part of his left arm during an improvised explosive device attack in Iraq.
Anderson is part of USA Cares, which provides financial assistance and advocacy to active duty U.S. military personnel, veterans and their families, according to http://www.usa
Cain grew up in Georgia, and traveled from his studio in Stockbridge that afternoon “braving the horrible Atlanta traffic to reach tranquil Marietta,” said Pete Spriggs, program director for WSB.
Spriggs said the last time he brought Cain to town, the former CEO of Godfather’s Pizza ate at the Marietta Pizza Co., but last night Cain dined at Shillings on the Square.
Cain said the station measures the amount of listeners by zip code, and Cobb County is one of the most active areas.
“They don’t just talk about it, they do it,” said Cain about local residents getting involved, especially during election cycles.