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Herman Cain visits Middle Tenn. Saturday

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NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV-AP) -

Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain is visiting Middle Tennessee towns this weekend to spread his campaign message.

On Saturday, Cain was scheduled to speak in Cookeville at Tennessee Tech University at 8:30 a.m.

He also made a stop in Waverly, TN, on Friday at the Humphreys County Fairgrounds.

"Tennessee's votes are much more important than they used to be, so we don't want to leave any opportunities on the table," he said. "It's not the model of four years ago, so we want to make sure that we went to a lot of places where we thought that we'd be able to get a good reception and we've gotten a great reception in Tennessee."

After his speech in Cookeville, he will visit Roane County and Hawkins County in east Tennessee on Saturday.

Cain kicked off his bus tour across Tennessee on Friday in the Memphis suburb of Bartlett, speaking to about 2,000 tea party activists.

The Georgia businessman has surged in recent polls and is looking to capitalize on the growing
support.
  
He is preaching a message of small government and pitching his 9-9-9 tax reform plan, which calls for scrapping the current tax code and replacing it with a 9 percent tax on personal income and corporations as well as a new 9 percent national sales tax.

Cain says Americans are ready for a leader who isn't a politician and brings a commonsense business background. Cain is the former CEO of Godfather's Pizza.

Cain signs books in Cool Springs

Cain signed copies of his book at Barnes and Noble in Cool Springs Monday.

A crowd of about 200 waited in line for a chance to meet the former executive of Godfather's Pizza.

Cain has been surging in the polls as of late after a big straw poll victory in Florida a few weeks ago. He says that success doesn't make him the next "flavor of the week" but shows people are catching on to his message.

And Cain delivered a strong message for those who are staging Occupy Wall Street and other 'Occupy' events around the nation.

"Their frustrations are directed at the wrong ones. Wall Street should not be the target and no I'm not backing down from that. What I would say to them is direct your frustrations at where they ought to be directed and that's at this administration for failed economic policy," Cain said.

Several Nashville-based recording artists and entertainers are throwing their support behind Cain.

They have created the group "Artists Raising Cain" and said in a statement they hope to rally the rest of America's entertainment community to support his campaign.

Copyright 2011 WSMV. All rights reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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