'Red, White, and Truth' tour coming to UCF's CFE Arena
Sean Hannity, Brian Kilmeade, and Herman Cain will be making an appearance at the CFE Arena on Oct. 30 for "Red, White, and Truth: Solutions for America."
The event was announced at UCF on Sept. 3, when Cain hosted a live radio show from the Pegasus Ballroom. The men will be joined by Dana Loesch, a Fox political commentator and a talk show host in her own right, as they discuss issues facing both Florida and the nation.
Fox & Friends host Kilmeade gave a summary of what some of those topics will be.
"There'll definitely be discussion about the gubernatorial race and the midterm elections," he said.
Although Kilmeade runs his radio show out of New York and acknowledges himself as an outsider to the Florida political sphere, he has strong ties to the state – especially Central Florida.
"We get the most calls from the Central Florida area," Kilmeade said. "I've also spent a lot of time in the region, both with my family and during my book tour. This event has been two years in the making. Personally, I'd come here anyways, no matter if it was 10 people or 10,000."
Despite viewing himself as an outsider, he had a few thoughts about the gubernatorial race that he was willing to share.
"Just comparing the two governors, Scott didn't have a lot of the politics when he became governor. He did things, and he didn't really stop to explain what he was doing or why he was doing it, and he's paying the price for that," he said. "It was a very business way of doing things, and he's not the only governor acting like that right now. Crist on the other hand, he was very political from the beginning — he did nothing but talk."
He also had a few things to say about what to be watching for in the midterms and looking ahead for the presidential election.
"I feel like this president has underperformed. Since he won the election, there's been a sense of not really caring coming out of the White House. Congress gets blamed, but every president has had their struggles with Congress, and they've managed to get things done," Kilmeade said. "The truly dangerous thing, though, is that it feels like that ambivalence, that sense of not caring, has extended to the electorate.
"A lot of people, Republicans and Democrats alike, are feeling like their representatives aren't doing anything, and as such, there's a good chance of power changes in this election. Voting matters — and that's how we're really going to see what people are thinking."
And on that matter, he had advice for voters, especially for those who might be voting for the first time.
"Take some time to find out the issues," Kilmeade said. "Voting shows character. You've got to research the options and make up your own mind. You have to look at the report cards of those who are running and see what they've done. It's as important as getting into college, and it's something you should absolutely be proud of."
Some of the other topics that will be featured at the event include ISIS, Ebola and the economy.
"We'll be inviting people from the audience to come and ask questions," Kilmeade said. "There's no script — people will be able to come and ask what they've really wanted to know."
WDBO-FM 96.5 will be presenting the event. Drew Anderssen, 96.5's news director, emphasized the fact that the event includes audience engagement.
"When we're not doing the news, we're talking about the news. This event gives listeners an opportunity to engage with our hosts in a live, interactive setting," Anderssen said.
"Red, White, and Truth: Solutions for America" will be held at the CFE Arena Thursday, Oct. 30, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets can be bought through the CFE Arena Box Office or Ticketmaster.