Herman Cain, a 2012 Republican presidential candidate and businessman, has tested positive for COVID-19.
A statement was posted to Cain’s official Twitter account on Thursday announcing that the ex-presidential candidate had tested positive for the coronavirus and developed “symptoms serious enough that he required hospitalization.”
Cain did not need a respirator and by Thursday, he was reportedly “awake and alert” and “resting comfortably in an Atlanta-area hospital,” the statement continues.
“There is no way of knowing for sure how or where Mr. Cain contracted the coronavirus, but we do know he is a fighter who has beaten Stage 4 cancer,” the statement said.
We are sorry to announce that Herman Cain has tested positive for COVID-19, and is currently receiving treatment in an Atlanta-area hospital.
Please keep him, and all who are battling this virus, in your prayers.
Our full statement appears below. Updates to follow. pic.twitter.com/lDRW7Rla4e
— Herman Cain (@THEHermanCain) July 2, 2020
After testing positive for COVID-19 on Monday, he developed symptoms “serious enough that he required hospitalization,” and spent the last night in the hospital where he’s been resting comfortably on Thursday, the statement said.
“Mr. Cain did not require a respirator, and he is awake and alert,” it said.
Cain had attended President Donald Trump’s campaign rally on June 20 in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
According to a photograph taken on the day, Cain was seated next to several people.
“Contact tracing was conducted after the Tulsa rally but we do not comment regarding the medical information of individuals,” campaign spokesman Tim Murtaugh said. “Regardless, Mr. Cain did not meet with the President.”
— Herman Cain (@THEHermanCain) June 20, 2020
The statement on Twitter announcing Cain’s positive COVID-19 test noted that there is “no way of knowing for sure how or where Mr. Cain contracted the coronavirus.”
It also noted that Cain is “a fighter who has beaten Stage 4 cancer.”
“With God’s help, we are confident he will make a quick and complete recovery, and will soon resume hosting The Herman Cain show at HermanCain.com, and Herman Cain’s America on NewsmaxTV,” the statement concluded.
Dan Calabrese, the editor of HermanCain.com, wrote on the website: “I realize people will speculate about the Tulsa rally, but Herman did a lot of traveling the past week, including to Arizona where cases are spiking.
“I don’t think there’s any way to trace this to the one specific contact that caused him to be infected. We’ll never know,” Calabrese added.
In 2006, Cain had received a diagnosis of stage-four colon cancer. By 2011, Cain said he was free of cancer and credited his recovery to God.
Cain was a well-known businessman who served as an executive for a pizza company for many years.
He ran for the Republican presidential nomination in 2012, but Utah Sen. Mitt Romney ultimately won the party nomination and went on to lose the general election to President Barack Obama.
Cain was best known for his tax proposal called the “9-9-9 plan,” which proposed a 9 percent income tax, a 9 percent federal sales tax, and a 9 percent business transaction tax.
Cain has also been a strong and frequent supporter of President Trump and was named by the Trump campaign as a co-chair of Black Voices for Trump.