A conservative staple in American history, Herman Cain, passed away Thursday. He was a former Republican presidential candidate, businessman, minister and U.S. Navy rocket scientist who strongly upheld conservative Christian values.
“Herman Cain has gone to be with the Lord,” a headline on Cain’s website read. “Herman Cain – our boss, our friend, like a father to so many of us – has passed away. He’s entering the presence of the Savior he’s served as an associate minister at Antioch Baptist Church in Atlanta for, and preparing for his reward.”
Cain’s Hospital Battle
The 74-year-old was admitted to the hospital on July 1 after testing positive for the coronavirus.
“We knew when he was first hospitalized with COVID-19 that this was going to be a rough fight. He had trouble breathing and was taken to the hospital by ambulance. We all prayed that the initial meds they gave him would get his breathing back to normal, but it became clear pretty quickly that he was in for a battle,” a statement on his website read.
Cain’s website editor, Dan Calabrese, said doctors thought he would make a recovery, but due to Cain’s previous bouts with cancer, he faced high-risk complications related to COVID-19. He was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer in 2006 but was able to become cancer-free a year later.
Young Life and Career
Cain was born in Tennessee in 1945 but grew up poor in Atlanta, Georgia.
A true entrepreneur who found great success as the CEO of Godfather’s Pizza from 1986 to 1996 and he then stayed in the food industry and became the president of the National Restaurant Association until 1999.
Cain took the political stage with a run to secure the 2012 Republican presidential nomination and wowed audiences with his debate performances. He became well known for his “9-9-9” tax reform plan with stunted for a nine percent income tax, a nine percent corporate tax, and nine percent sales tax.
Trump’s popular business approach to politics is one that Cain adopted as well when it came to his own political philosophies.
“I’m not a professional politician. I’m a professional problem solver,” he said.
Cain Had Big Plans for the Future
Many top Republican voices took to social media to give their heartfelt tributes of the former Navy veteran.
“He had a great sense of humor and was the eternal optimist. I loved just being around him as his vivacious spirit was truly contagious. I’ve hated all that the Chinese Virus has done to the world, but I’m especially angry that this awful virus took the life of a great American, a kind gentleman, and my friend, Herman Cain,” Mike Huckabee wrote on his website.
Fox News host Sean Hannity tweeted: “I’m heartbroken at the news about my dear friend Herman Cain. He brought joy, happiness, light & his signature smile & laugh to all. A great American Patriot who loved this country. All our Love & prayers to his family, as he enters God’s Kingdom and the mansion prepared for him.”
A Life Well Lived
Cain’s life story of growing up poor, facing real discrimination, and beating stage 4 cancer shows his sheer determination to overcome obstacles and accomplish the American Dream.
Herman Cain embodied the American Dream and represented the very best of the American spirit.
Our hearts grieve for his loved ones, and they will remain in our prayers at this time. We will never forget his legacy of grace, patriotism, and faith.
— Kayleigh McEnany (@PressSec) July 30, 2020
Receiving a Master of Science in Computer Science from Purdue University in 1971, he still managed to work full-time as a ballistics analyst for the U.S. Navy.
He rose up the ranks to become a leader in some of the country’s biggest corporations and had a relatively successful presidential nomination run.