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A Purdue alumnus and potential Republican candidate for the 2012 presidential election fired up a crowd of listeners Wednesday night at Purdue University.

Herman Cain, an Atlanta native who says he has been gaining popularity in recent months as he eyes a run at the White House, attracted hundreds of people to the Class of 1950 Lecture Hall for a speech and question-and-answer session.

Cain recently stated that he was "within weeks" of deciding if his exploratory committee, formed in January, will launch a full campaign.

Despite Cain not officially announcing a presidential bid as of Wednesday night, he used the talk to discuss what he considers to be the biggest problems facing the country, and how he would solve them if in the Oval Office.

"The Founding Fathers had it right. They did their jobs," Cain said to the audience that greeted him with a standing ovation. "Now we have to become the defending fathers. That's our job."

Cain, who earned a master's degree in computer science from Purdue in 1971 and an honorary doctorate from Purdue in 2004, is founder and CEO of T.H.E. Inc, a leadership and solutions company.

He has been CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank in Kansas City and Godfather's Pizza, vice president for Pillsbury Co. and a business analyst for Coca-Cola Co.

On Wednesday, Cain touched on several topics, including the economy, immigration, how technology is changing the way people receive information and the tea party.

"The tea party movement in America is reshaping the political landscape in America, because now people have the ability to find out the truth for themselves," he said. "With this new technology at our fingertips, it makes it a lot harder for politicians to lie to us, and we have the opportunity to hold their feet to the fire."

Cain also talked about the need to restructure federal programs so they motivate people to reach success without the help of the government, stating that we need to go from "entitlement to empowerment."

But Cain said the biggest crisis is what he calls the "deficiency of leadership." He said there are four things true leaders must do to be successful.

"Number one, work on the right problem. Number two, you make sure you set the right priorities," he said. "Surround yourself with the right people. That's the key to running any organization, big or small. And four, you put together the right plan based on common sense.

"This is not rocket science, folks."

Cain's appearance was organized by Purdue College Republicans and co-sponsored by Purdue Student Government and Young America's Foundation.

Michael Cunningham, president of Purdue College Republicans and a junior studying history, said although he was disappointed to see the campus lose its recent bid to host a presidential debate, it was an honor to be able to bring Cain to the university.

"It's a great opportunity for Purdue University, for the state of Indiana and for the local community," he said. "It's up to groups like ours and others to bring a voice to campus like Mr. Cain's."
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