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GOOD EVENING AND THANKS FOR JOINING US.
I'M BRITTINY BARBER.
THIS IS EYEWITNESS NEWS AT SIX.
THE GEORGIA REPUBLICAN CONVENTION CONTINUED TODAY AT THE MACON CENTREPLEX.

PRESDENTIAL HOPEFUL... HERMAN CAIN WAS ON HAND BEFORE IT BEGAN TO MEET WITH SUPPORTERS.
HE SAYS HIS SUCCESS AS A FORMER C-E-O OF A PIZZA COMPANY... MOLDED HIM TO BECOME A PROBLEM SOLVER....
AND HE SAYS HE'S HOPING HIS 'COMMON SENSE' APPROACH TO POLITICS WILL HELP GET HIM ELECTED IN 20-12.
"I HAVE TWO WEAKNESSES THAT I KNOW OF, THAT I'M GOING TO ADMIT. ONE IS, I'M NOT VERY GOOD WITH POLITICAL CORRECTNESS. I KIND OF TELL IT LIKE IT IS. AND SECONDLY, I DON'T PANDER REAL WELL."

HE WENT ON DURING THAT INTERVIEW TO TAKE A DIG AT PRESIDENT OBAMA... SAYING WHAT THE COUNTRY NEEDS IS A LEADER... NOT A READER.
WHAT HE CALLED A LEADERSHIP CRISIS IN WASHINGTON.... WAS A MAJOR THEME OF HIS HALF HOUR CONVENTION SPEECH.
AS ELEANOR LISSITZYN EXPLAINS... THE CANDIDATE INVITED DELEGATES TO GET ON BOARD TO CAIN TRAIN... AND HELP GET AMERICA BACK ON THE RIGHT TRACK.
"THANK YOU THANK THANK YOU."
GEORGIA REPUBLICANS GREETED PRESDENTIAL HOPEFUL HERMAN CANE WITH ROARING APPLAUSE AND A STANDING OVATION SATURDAY MORNING.
THE C.E.O TURNED POLITICAL CANDIDATE SPOKE TO MORE THAN TWO THOUSAND STATE DELEGATES FOR ABOUT A HALF HOUR... TOUCHING ON ALL THE MAJOR TALKING POINTS OF A CAMPAIGN TRAIL.
"WE HAVE AN IMMIGRATIONC CRISIS... WE HAVE A NATIONAL SECURITY CRISIS... AND MOST OF ALL WE HAVE A DEFICENY OF LEADERSHIP CRISIS IN THE WHITE HOUSE.":35
HIS PLAN TO REFORM THE TAX CODE... AND STIMULATE THE ECONOMY... WAS MET WITH MORE CHEERS.
"LOWER TAXES IS GOOD FOR OUR ECONOMY!"
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HE SAYS REPUBLICANS IN WASHINGTON NEED TO TAKE ON THE LIBERALS TO LOWER CORPORATE TAX RATES.
"EVERYTIME CONSERVATIVES TALK ABOUT LOWERING CORPORATE TAX RATES, OR LOWERING TAX RATES FOR INDIVIDALS...THE LIBERALS CRAWL OUT OF THE CORNER AND START YELLING... BUT YOU'RE GOING TO REWARD RICH PEOPLE... HURT OLD PEOPLE.. CHILDREN AND PUPPY DOGS! IT'S TIME TO TELL THE AMERICAN PEOPLE THE TRUTH." 1;01
"HE MAKES YOU PROUD TO BE AN AMERICAN"
BIBB COUNTY DELEGATE BILL KNOWLES ALSO ATTENDED NEWT GINGRICHS CONVENTION SPEECH ON FRIDAY... AND ALTHOUGH THE CANDIDATES HAD SOME SIMILAR IDEAS... HE SAYS CAIN IS HIS CANDIDATE.
"MR CAIN DOESN'T HAVE THE BAGAGE THAT MR GINGRICH HAS GOT NUMBER ONE. AND NUMBER TO YOU CAN SEE THAT THERE'S A LOT MORE EXCITEMENT WITH MR CAIN THAT MR. GINGRICH LAST NIGHT." :54
PUTNAM COUNTY DELEGATE BILLY WEBSTER SAYS HE HASN'T DECIDED WHO HE'LL SUPPORT IN 2012... BUT SAYS CAIN'S PLANS TO STIMULATE THE ECONOMY WERE RIGHT ON POINT.
"I THINK IF HE CARRIES THAT MESSAGE FORWARD THEN HE'S GOT AN EXCELLENT CHANCE." 1:09
CAIN SAYS HIS BUSINESS BACKGROUND... CREATED A PROBLEM SOLVER... AND HE'S READY TO TACKLE WASHINGTON.

CAIN IS EXPECTED TO OFFICIALLY KICK OFF HIS CAMPAIGN NEXT SATURDAY AT CENTENNIAL PARK IN ATLANTA.
HIS SPEECH WAS FOLLOWED UP THIS AFTERNOON BY SOME REMARKS BY GOVERNOR NATHAN DEAL....
HE SPOKE ABOUT THE NEED TAKE BACK POWER FROM THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT.... AND RETURN IT TO THE STATES.

 

 

"THIS SESSION OF THE LEGISLATURE OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF GEORGIA WILL GO DOWN IN THE RECORD BOOKS AS THE STATE OF GEORGIA STEPPING UP REPRESENTING IT'S CONSTIUTENTS AND SAYING WE WILL DO WHAT IS WITHIN OUR POWER AND WITHIN OUR PEROGATIVE AND WE WILL NOT DEPEND ON FEDERAL DICTATES."

THOSE COMMENTS WON HIM APPLAUSE FROM THE AUDIENCE... BUT IT THE CROWD BOOED HIM WHEN HE IMPLIED HE WOULD SUPPORT PARTY CHAIR CANDIDATE TRICIA PRIDEMORE... OVER INCUMBENT CHAIR SUE EVERHART.
DELEGATES VOTED THIS AFTERNOON.
EVERHART WON RE-ELECTION AS CHAIRMAN OF THE GEORGIA REPUBLICAN PARTY BY MORE THAN ONE HUNDRED VOTES.

SOME HOUSTON COUNTY BANDS STUDENTS PUT DOWN THEIR INSTRUMENTS.... TO HELP OUT THE VICTIMS OF THE TORNADOES THAT TORN THROUGH ALABAMA AND GEORGIA LAST MONTH.

VOLUNTEERS LOADED UP WATER... BAGS OF FOOD ... AND OTHER HOUSEHOLD ITEMS.
THEY JOINED IN WITH THE OTHER HOUSTON COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL BANDS AT EACH SCHOOL... TO PACK SEMI TRUCKS WITH DONATIONS FROM THE COMMUNITY.
WARNER ROBINS ASSISTANT BAND DIRECTOR CHRIS RYLES SAYS HE'S GLAD THE STUDENTS ARE REACHING OUT TO HELP OTHERS... BUT MORE IMPORTANTLY... LEARNING A LIFE LESSON.
CHRIS RYLES: " ITS JUST A WAY OF US HELPING OUT OUR NEIGHBORS AND SHOWINGL OUR KIDS IN OUR PROGRMA S THAT THERE MORE THAN JUST US. WE TRY TO THINK ABOUT OUR NEIGHBORS AND THE BIGGER PICTURE."

THE GROUPS WILL ACCEPT DONATIONS FOR THE NEXT TWO SATURDAYS... MAY 21ST AND 28TH.. FROM 10 UNTIL TWO.
THEY'LL BE SET UP AT ALL FIVE HOUSTON COUNTY HIGH SCHOOLS.

TRAILERS FULL OF DONATIONS WILL HEAD TO RINGGOLD GEORGIA... AND TUSCALOOSA ALABAMA AT THE BEGINNING OF NEXT MONTH..

SOME KIDS GOT TO SEE WHAT IT'S LIKE TO BLAST OFF INTO SPACE... RIGHT HERE IN CENTRAL GEORGIA TODAY.

IT'S PART OF THE MUSEUM OF AVIATION YOUNG ASTRONAUT DAY...
FIRST THROUGH EIGHT GRADERS... LEARNED ABOUT ALL THINGS IN SPACE.
THEY GOT TO SEE HOW EQUIPMENT WORKS ON THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION... AND TOUCH METEORITES AND MOON ROCKS.
YOUNG ASTRONAUT DAY BROUGHT TO LIFE MATH... ENGINEERING AND SCIENCE FOR THE STUDENTS.
MELISSA SPALDING DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION " MY FAVORITE PART IS SEEING KIDS COME HERE YEAR AFTER YEAR IS TO SEE THERE EXCITEMENT GROW THEY LOVE EDUCATION WHEN WE SAY RAISE YOUR HAND IF YOU LIKE SCIENCE EVERYBODY RAISE THEIR HAND THEY ARE ALL HAVING GOOD TIME"
LACEY WILLIAMS MCRAE "WE GET TO LEARN NEW STUFF HAVE FUN AND IT IS REALLY COOL"

THE STUDENTS ALSO TRAINED ON HOW TO BE AN ASTRONAUT.. SAMPLED SPACE FOOD.. AND TOOK RIDE IN A FLIGHT SIMULATOR.

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THESE PHOTOS ARE FOM THE PROM 2011 GALLERY.

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