Herman Cain, a potential Republican candidate for the U.S. presidential elections in 2012, will be attending the 18th annual Israel Day Concert and Rally in Central Park this coming Sunday. He will be featured along with MK Danny Danon (Likud).
Cain, an American businessman, columnist, and radio host from Georgia, is the former deputy chairman and chairman of the civilian board of directors to the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City. The author of four books, he graduated from Morehouse College in 1967 with a Bachelor of Arts in mathematics, and received a Master of Science degree in computer science from Purdue University in 1971, while he was also working full-time in ballistics for the U.S. Department of the Navy.
In 2004, he sought the Republican nomination for the U.S. Senate in Georgia, facing congressmen Johnny Isakson and Mac Collins in the primary. Cain finished second in the primary with 26.2% of the vote.
Cain announced his intentions to run for President in December 2010, stating that there is a 70% chance that he would attempt to seek the office. He formed an exploratory committee in January, and formally announced his candidacy on May 21.
He is up against candidates such as Mitt Romney, who formally announced his bid for the presidency on Thursday, former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty, and possibly former Alaska Governor and the 2008 Vice Presidential Candidate Sarah Palin. The latest Iowa polls show him neck and neck with Palin.
Dr. Joseph Frager, the longtime organizer of the annual Israel Day Concert, said this week that the motto this year is “Let your voice be heard”. The themes of the event will be Jerusalem United Forever -- never to be divided again, no further concessions of any part of the Land of Israel, standing up to the mullahs of Iran, and calling for the release of Gilad Shalit and for the release of Jonathan Pollard.
More than 20,000 people are expected to attend the event, which is effectively the largest rally of its kind in North America, and possibly in the world. It is sponsored by the Israel Concert-In-The-Park Committee, associated with Young Israel Chovevei Zion and the National Council of Young Israel, and it is co-organized by Aron Hirtz.
Last year’s concert was attended by approximately 20,000 people as well. The keynote speaker in last year’s event was Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele, who highlighted in his remarks the importance of American solidarity with Israel.