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Posted on Wed, Nov 9, 2011 : 10:18 a.m.

Herman Cain to visit Big Sky Diner in Ypsilanti as part of whistle stop Michigan tour

By Cindy Heflin


Herman Cain

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If you want to catch a glimpse of Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain in Ypsilanti Thursday, you’d better get there early. At least that’s the advice from Dennis Moore, director and founder of the Willow Run Tea Party Caucus.

Cain will be at the Big Sky Diner 1340 Ecorse Road in Ypsilanti Township for a public appearance at 10 a.m. Thursday. Moore expects an elbow-to-elbow crowd. He promises Cain will also go outside to greet people and said speakers will be set up outside.

During the appearance, Cain will do a remote interview with Fox News host Sean Hannity for broadcast at a later time, Moore said. The appearance at the diner is expected to last at least an hour, Moore said. From Ypsilanti, he’ll move on to Kalamazoo, Grand Rapids and Traverse City in a whistle stop tour of the state.

The Willow Run Tea Party Caucus has endorsed Herman Cain for the Republican nomination and leaders of the organization recently reaffirmed that endorsement in the face of recent accusations of sexual harassment against Cain. Moore said he believes the allegations are false.

“We looked quite clearly at what we thought was happening and what we viewed to be the character of the man and we reaffirmed our endorsement without a dissenting vote,” Moore said.

Among Cain's accusers is Ann Arbor native Karen Kraushaar, who worked at The Ann Arbor News in the 1980s.

Cain, Moore said, represents the opposite of everything he hates about politicians. “He’s unconventional. He’s going to give you his gut.”



Thu, Nov 10, 2011 : 4:42 p.m.

I live less then 10 minutes from there. The place is a dump nothing but trash eat there. Cain fits in perfect. He will never ever be President. If you want a nice place to eat try Ruth Chris in Troy Michigan


Thu, Nov 10, 2011 : 3:44 p.m.

O nuts and I live less then 10 minutes from there. Love the food at this diner. I love meeting the candidates but still not sure who I am going to vote for in a year. O well I will catch it on the noon news I guess.


Thu, Nov 10, 2011 : 1:39 a.m.

I stopped spending my money there after I found out the Willow Run Tea Party (aka Koch Bros yes men) hold regular meeting there. I live less than 5 minutes from there so it was convenient. Boot the tea party out, apologize for allowing them to assemble there, and I may return.


Thu, Nov 10, 2011 : 3:47 p.m.

I don't care who holds town hall meetings there, we eat there because it is cheaper then anywhere else. Plus they are open 24 7. Sorry to hear you have a preference.


Thu, Nov 10, 2011 : 8:06 a.m.

The City Dinner, is right down the street from Big Sky, and they have great food there. The only problem is that they close at 3pm.


Wed, Nov 9, 2011 : 9:56 p.m.

Based on the rants on here I think the lefties are a little nervous about a 100% black president and how conservative he is. He's staying off message from the typical black male.................not good


Thu, Nov 10, 2011 : 12:18 a.m.

Mike he has my vote even if I have to write it in.


Wed, Nov 9, 2011 : 9:25 p.m.

Women should not wear skirts; make it harder for him to grope. Reporters should put "lie detector" tags on their microphones when they ask him questions.

David Briegel

Thu, Nov 10, 2011 : 3:05 a.m.

Hillary could never work for Rupert. Thank goodness Hilary would never work for Rupert!


Thu, Nov 10, 2011 : 12:17 a.m.

Hillary doesnt wear a skirt.


Wed, Nov 9, 2011 : 7:54 p.m.

Big Sky is in Ypsi Township, not Ypsilanti. It would be nice if at least the newspaper could get it right.

In doubt

Wed, Nov 9, 2011 : 7 p.m.

Gee, aren't people innocent until proven guilty, still? You don't hang someone BEFORE the trial.


Wed, Nov 9, 2011 : 7:18 p.m.

I see a strawman! In doubt, Cain isn't on trial. Innoncent until proven guilty is not applicable.


Wed, Nov 9, 2011 : 7:03 p.m.

Or ask the citizenry to waste their time and electoral process on you while you remember simply who all your victims are.

In doubt

Wed, Nov 9, 2011 : 6:23 p.m.

I believe the charges against him are probably a setup because he poses a real threat against the big 0 to not get re-elected. And that 0 is a zero.


Wed, Nov 9, 2011 : 7:13 p.m.

LOL yes, they're VERY AFRAID of Herman Cain.

Ron Granger

Wed, Nov 9, 2011 : 6:40 p.m.

The Democrats would love to run against Cain.

hut hut

Wed, Nov 9, 2011 : 6:34 p.m.

The only thing anyone will remember about Herman Cain is his simplistic 9-9-9 "plan" that serves the ultra wealthy, no job creating, 1% at the expense of you and the rest of the 99% and his complete denial that he did anything wrong.


Wed, Nov 9, 2011 : 6:31 p.m.

doubtful at best.


Wed, Nov 9, 2011 : 6:16 p.m.

This buffoon would make a better impression by spinning few pies at the nearby Hungry Howie's.


Wed, Nov 9, 2011 : 5:38 p.m.

Thanks for the heads up. I will warn my daughters and granddaughters to lock their doors.


Thu, Nov 10, 2011 : 12:49 p.m.

Where is Monika?


Thu, Nov 10, 2011 : 2:20 a.m.

Just tell your daughters that "nein" means "nein."


Wed, Nov 9, 2011 : 5:47 p.m.

under $10? $9.99!!!


Wed, Nov 9, 2011 : 5:44 p.m.

Come on, Cash. Let your daughters be and the doors unlocked. This guy will sell you a $2.00 pizza for under $10.


Wed, Nov 9, 2011 : 5:27 p.m.

Another republican in this state? This guy is a sexual predator, and why is he in the race anyway. I doubt he adds up to a boil on Obama's behind. He has been outcast by sexual harassment charges. He should be hiding his head under a rock or something. It's way to early to have such allegations on his score sheet. I say go Libertarian, and start fresh with new ideas. Both the dem's. and rep's, have burned out their seats.


Wed, Nov 9, 2011 : 5:13 p.m.

Yo People! Remember when Bill Clinton was running for office and all these sexual allegations came out against him. I'm not condoning by any means, sexual harassment but it seems that if you want to derail a Black man on anything, throw sex in to the pot. Once a sexual allegations are made, people lose site of everything else about a person. As I follow this saga, it seems that many astute observers are now beginning to figure this out.

hut hut

Wed, Nov 9, 2011 : 6:19 p.m.

@Joe Cain's never been elected to any public office including dog catcher. No experience at all. The only thing he's most likely been "elected" to was a high paying, cushy position on some corporate board of directors.


Wed, Nov 9, 2011 : 6:04 p.m.

That is why we have the Andrew Bartbright House of Representatives after the Anthony Weiner do? Right. Nice try though. Sorry 'bout your status quo.


Wed, Nov 9, 2011 : 5:52 p.m.

@Joe_citizen - its only black men that are brought down by sex scandals.


Wed, Nov 9, 2011 : 5:28 p.m.

Why do you have to throw black into the pot??...


Wed, Nov 9, 2011 : 5:27 p.m.

That is right keeping it something. Herman Cain has his experience as a successful governor of a state in the republic, being a Rhodes Scholar, to whether these allegations ... oh wait ... that was the 42nd President of The United States we the Americans duly elected. The latter can rely on his exponential opus of keeping $2.00 pizzas under $10 ...oh wait ... that is Herman. Well at least they were both leaked by the right wing conspiracy. How right you are, keeping it something.


Wed, Nov 9, 2011 : 5:18 p.m.

They did not come out till after he was elected, nor was there harassment involved. You can't harass the willing.

Ron Granger

Wed, Nov 9, 2011 : 5:09 p.m.

More like whistling past the graveyard, because his campaign is dead. He just doesn't know it yet. Maybe we'll credit that to the popularity of Zombie Culture. I can't decide whether the man is a liar, someone who abuses power by repeatedly harassing women, or both. And I wonder what else is going to come out, because there is never only one roach.


Wed, Nov 9, 2011 : 5:08 p.m.

That gravy train would be the No-Fault Corporatism railway, tim'


Wed, Nov 9, 2011 : 4:55 p.m.

"Whistle stop?" Is he taking the train? Just because his campaign may want to evoke the memory of Harry Truman or some other popular politician who ACTUALLY arrived on the train, you should not HELP his campaign by passing along this false characterization. It is your job to pass along facts, not spin.


Sat, Nov 12, 2011 : 11:53 a.m.

Aaaaaaaaaaaaand no response from No quotations marks, no changes, just passing along campaign sloganeering.


Thu, Nov 10, 2011 : 1:49 a.m.

Maybe it's the Crazy Train.


Wed, Nov 9, 2011 : 5:37 p.m.

Excellent point.


Wed, Nov 9, 2011 : 4:55 p.m.

Well of course it will be elbow-to-elbow in there, it always is, the place isn't that big


Wed, Nov 9, 2011 : 4:29 p.m.

I hope Big Sky gets rid of their very, very lengthy and tedious menu and just offers a burger and prices it at $9.99.


Wed, Nov 9, 2011 : 4:47 p.m.

Imagine how many jobs Can would create in the time it took to peruse the menu!


Wed, Nov 9, 2011 : 4:21 p.m.

Herman Cain needs to stay away and be with his family while both his sexual harassment and prevarications of them are brought more fully into the light. He needs to understand that Michigan and the country do not want him impairing our presidential electoral process while he figures out simply who his victims are. If they had their say, America would rather not be the next.


Wed, Nov 9, 2011 : 3:54 p.m.

Just don't ask for a job! ;)


Wed, Nov 9, 2011 : 3:51 p.m.

Yawn. I'll pass.


Wed, Nov 9, 2011 : 3:50 p.m.

With a little luck, by being there you may have witnessed the latest in sexual harassment.


Wed, Nov 9, 2011 : 4:58 p.m.

or one of his last hurrahs.

hut hut

Wed, Nov 9, 2011 : 3:33 p.m.

Herman Cain wants Tea Partiers and other working and middle class people to pay higher taxes while advocating cuts to corporations and ultra wealthy CEO's, like the Koch Brothers. You're all being taken for a ride straight down to the bottom where your wages won't be any more than what corporations pay workers in Mexico, India and Viet Nam. See the "free market" works!