The executive vice chairman of the Communist Party USA Jarvis Tyner spoke at the University of Missouri – Columbia. Casey Smith writes on ColumbiaMissourian.com that Tyner spoke to a crowd of about 70 students. Smith quotes Tyner as saying “[President Obama is] only the beginning… I think he's a transitional president. I think somebody else is going to come in and take it even further."
The Universities “Karl Marx Reading Group” invited Tyner to speak at the school. Tyner told student the Communist Party USA is looking to move into the mainstream, “We're not ready to run for president, but we are ready to run for City Council, school boards. And we're going to do that more.”
There was some protest to Tyner’s visit. Smith writes there was a group of seven students that set up a mock-gulag, “(demonstrating) the Soviet labor camps used to imprison political dissenters as well as criminals…”