Monday, 03 August, 2020

Herman Cain, 2012 GOP presidential candidate, dies after contracting COVID-19

Herman Cain speaking during a Republican Leadership Conference in New Orleans in 2011 Herman Cain Dead at 74 from COVID-19, Got Sick After Trump Tulsa Rally
Deanna Wagner | 01 August, 2020, 09:04

Cain, 74, was a former GOP presidential candidate and business executive. "Having a fantastic time!" Kemp would say later that Cain has the "voice of Othello, the looks of a football player, the English of Oxfordian quality, and the courage of a lion".

Mr. Cain attended President Trump's June 20 rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma, though Mr. Calabrese had previously said they had no idea how he contracted the virus.

"We knew when he was first hospitalized with COVID-19 that this was going to be a rough fight".

In a July 2 post Calabrese wrote, "I realize people will speculate about the Tulsa rally, but Herman did a lot of traveling the past week".

Cain, Cabrese wrote, "was basically pretty healthy in recent years, [but] he was still in a high-risk group" because of his history with cancer, as well as his age.

"Masks will not be mandatory for the event, which will be attended by President Trump". Cain withdrew from consideration less than three weeks later, after acknowledging that his past sexual misconduct allegations would make the nomination process "cumbersome".

Six other Trump campaign workers also tested positive while in Tulsa.

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The death of Cain, a close ally of US President Donald Trump, was announced on his website, which five days ago said there had been "hopeful indicators" for him in his Covid-19 battle.

Cain was born on December 13, 1945, in Memphis, TN, and grew up on the west side of Atlanta. The president wanted to nominate him for the Federal Reserve Board, but Cain dropped out after receiving backlash from Republican lawmakers.

Herman Cain was leading the Republican polls in the 2012 primary for a brief period of time. He suspended his campaign a month later.

The allegations played a role in thwarting his return to the national stage past year, when Trump was said to be mulling Cain's appointment to the Federal Reserve Board.

Cain had recently started hosting a show on Newsmax TV, and was "so pumped up about playing a role in the 2020 election campaign", according to his death announcement.

Cain is survived by his wife, Gloria Etchison, whom he married in 1968, and two children.