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Herman Cain, former GOP Presidential Candidate, Passes Away from Coronavirus

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Herman Cain Has Passed Away

Herman Cain, a former candidate for president and who President Trump once considered for the federal reserve, has passed away after being hospitalized with the coronavirus. Cain was 74.

Cain’s passing was announced Thursday on his website by Dan Calabrese, the editor of the site and who originally reported the diagnosis. The blog post read:

“Herman Cain – our boss, our friend, like a father to so many of us – has passed away. We all prayed so hard every day. We knew the time would come when the Lord would call him home, but we really liked having him here with us, and we held out hope he’d have a full recovery.”

Cain is one of highest-profile figures to pass away from coronavirus. Less than two weeks before he was diagnosed with the virus, Cain attended Trump’s rally in Tulsa, Okalhoma, which was held despite the concerns about the virus spreading.

The President Gives His Condolences

President Trump tweeted out his condolences to Herman Cain’s family, saying:

“My friend Herman Cain, a Powerful Voice of Freedom and all that is good, passed away this morning. Herman had an incredible career and was adored by everyone that ever met him, especially me. He was a very special man, an American Patriot, and great friend.”

Kayleigh McEnany, the White House press secretary, also tweeted that Cain “embodied the American Dream and represented the very best of the American spirit.”

His Battle with COVID

Herman Cain was hospitalized on July 1st, two days after he had been diagnosed with COVID-19. At that time, he did not require a respirator and was “awake and alert”.

After his hospitalization, his social media accounts provided vague updates on his condition. A July 5th message said Cain was “making progress” and that there would be “more encouraging news” expected to come soon. On July 10th, a message said that Cain himself described his condition as “cruise control” because “the progress is slow but his breathing is getting stronger every day. Make no mistake: He is improving!”

The most recent update was this Monday, in which it was said he was being treated with oxygen in his lungs, though the message, again, was adamant he “really is getting better, which means it is working.”

Where He Started

Cain first started out in business, having served as CEO to a restaurant chain, Godfather’s Pizza, and serving as a business executive and board chairman for a branch of Kansas City’s Federal Reserve bank.

He transitioned into politics after working as economic advisor to Bob Dole during Dole’s 1996 Presidential campaign.

He became a Presidential candidate in 2012, where he made headlines with his “9-9-9” economic plan to replace much of the federal reserve tax code with a 9% business transactions tax, a 9% personal income tax and a 9% sales tax. He lost the bid to Mitt Romney, who shared his condolences as well:

He is survived by his wife, Gloria Etchison, his daughter, Melanie, and his son, Vincent.

Our condolences go out to the Cain family.

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