ATHENS, Ga. -- Herman Cain may be more popular now than when he was running for president.
An overflowing crowd of about 400 people came to a University of Georgia College Republicans meeting Wednesday night to hear Cain speak in a Miller Learning Center auditorium.
The Atlanta talk radio host and former corporate executive, drummed out of the Republican race last year by sexual harassment allegations, said he has been touring college campuses recently.
“The youth vote is a very critical part of determining the future of this country,” he said.
Cain’s speech, preceded by a comedian, was more motivational than political. He mentioned the poor economy and his “9-9-9” tax plan but mostly stuck to his rags-to-riches story and life lessons.
Cain’s father was a chauffeur who grew up on a farm, but Cain went on to earn two degrees and eventually became CEO of Godfather’s Pizza.
“I had to ride in the back of the bus,” he said. “Now, I own the freakin’ bus. Name me another country in the world where you can do that.”
He urged listeners to set goals, follow their dreams, find things that inspire them, stay informed, vote and volunteer on campaigns.