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Former Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain is hospitalized with the coronavirus

Business Insider logo Business Insider 7/2/2020 insider@insider.com (Eliza Relman)
a man wearing glasses: Herman Cain, CEO, The New Voice, speaks during Faith and Freedom Coalition's Road to Majority event in Washington. Molly Riley/AP Images © Molly Riley/AP Images Herman Cain, CEO, The New Voice, speaks during Faith and Freedom Coalition's Road to Majority event in Washington. Molly Riley/AP Images
  • Herman Cain was hospitalized with the coronavirus, conservative news outlet Newsmax reported on Thursday. 
  • Cain, who hosts a regular show on Newsmax TV, was stable and not on a ventilator as of Thursday afternoon.
  • The 74-year-old former pizza restaurant executive was diagnosed with stage IV colon cancer in 2006, but beat significant odds by surviving the disease and becoming cancer-free. 

Herman Cain, the former Republican presidential candidate, was hospitalized with the coronavirus, conservative news outlet Newsmax reported on Thursday

Cain, who hosts a regular show on Newsmax TV, was stable and not on a ventilator as of Thursday afternoon.

The 74-year-old former pizza restaurant executive was diagnosed with stage IV colon cancer in 2006, but beat significant odds by surviving the disease and becoming cancer-free. 

In April 2019, President Donald Trump announced that he would appoint Cain to serve on the Federal Reserve Board.

"He's a very terrific man, a terrific person," Trump said of Cain last year.

But Cain's path to the Federal Reserve was derailed by reports that at least two women accused him of sexual harassment while he led the National Restaurant Association, which paid out settlements to the women. 

Cain denied the allegations of harassment and said he withdrew his name from consideration because the position's $183,100 salary would require him to take a significant paycut.

As a 2012 presidential candidate, Cain was best known for his "9-9-9" tax proposal, which featured a 9% income tax, a 9% federal sales tax, and a 9% business-transaction tax.

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


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