Former Republican Presidential candidate Herman Cain shakes hands with news talk radio host Neal Boortz after he was announced as Boortz's replacement following Boortz's retirement announcement during his morning show at WSB in Atlanta in 2012.
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Former Republican Presidential candidate Herman Cain shakes hands with news talk radio host Neal Boortz after he was announced as Boortz's replacement following Boortz's retirement announcement during his morning show at WSB in Atlanta in 2012.

Atlanta radio host and former Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain is fighting COVID-19 in a local hospital, according to a statement on his Twitter account. 

Cain, 74, attended President Donald Trump's June 20 rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and posted a picture of himself in the crowd without a face mask. He called the atmosphere "electric" and blasted the news media for focusing on the smaller-than-expected crowd size.

"The president's words were inspiring," Cain wrote in an opinion piece. "The crowd loved it, and it's a great plan. It's far better than the incoherent nonsense Joe Biden offers."

Cain tested positive June 29 and was hospitalized July 1, the same day he sent a tweet admonishing masks and social distancing.

On Cain's website, Dan Calabrese wrote that it was unclear where Cain contracted the virus. He noted that after the Tusla rally, Cain "did a lot of traveling the past week, including to Arizona where cases are spiking."

 

 

 

 

 

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Trump Tulsa rally! As expected! An electric crowd! #trumptulsarally #rally

A post shared by Herman Cain (@thehermancain) onJun 21, 2020 at 9:55am PDT

Cain, the former CEO of Godfather's Pizza, rose to national prominence in 2012 as a Republican presidential front-runner. He was also a Trump favorite last year for a seat on the Federal Reserve Board of Governors. But the president said Cain asked to be removed from consideration.

Cain replaced WSB news talk radio host Neal Boortz in 2013. He recently began hosting a weekend show called "Herman Cain's America" on Newsmax TV.