Herman Cain Battling COVID-19 In Atlanta Area Hospital

Cheryl Sanders
July 3, 2020

Herman Cain, the former GOP presidential candidate who now co-chairs Black Voices for Trump, is hospitalized with COVID-19. The Trump campaign surrogate is "resting comfortably" at a hospital in the Atlanta area, according to the statement, which described him as "awake and alert".

While it is unclear where Cain contracted the disease or how long he had it, Cain was among the several thousand attendees at Trump's Tulsa rally, most of whom did not wear masks.

Cain did not meet with the president during the time of the rally, the Trump campaign told the Globe Thursday.

Cain was diagnosed in 2006 with stage 4 colon cancer that metastasized to his liver and was given a 30 percent chance of survival.

Cain's official Twitter account on Wednesday included a posting of an article about South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem declining to impose mask-wearing or social distancing rules at Friday's fireworks display at Mount Rushmore, an Independence Day weekend event that Trump is scheduled to attend.

Editor of HermanCain.com Dan Calabrese said in a post that he's "confident" that Cain "will be fine" but that staffers at his site "honestly have no idea where he contracted it".

He also hosts "Herman Cain's America", a weekend show that airs on Newsmax TV.

Cain, who successfully steered food chains like Burger King and Godfather's Pizza to profitability and served as chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, shot to national prominence in 2012 when he launched a bid to be the Republican presidential nominee.

After denying the harassment allegation, Cain said he withdrew his name from consideration for the Fed position because the $183,100 salary would amount to a pay cut.

The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment about Cain's hospitalization.

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