Herman Cain gets Secret Service protection

WASHINGTON Fri Nov 18, 2011 8:11am EST

Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain departs the State House in Concord, New Hampshire November 17, 2011.   REUTERS/Brian Snyder

Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain departs the State House in Concord, New Hampshire November 17, 2011.

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain is now being protected by the U.S. Secret Service, the federal law enforcement agency that protects the president.

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, in consultations with congressional leaders, authorized Secret Service protection for Cain at the request of his campaign, the agency's spokesman Ed Donovan said Thursday.

Cain's spokesman said the protection had started but did not respond when asked in an e-mail why the campaign had asked for federal protection as the former pizza company boss tries to become the Republican nominee for president in the November 2012 election.

The Washington Post quoted Cain spokesman J.D. Gordon as saying the protection was requested after the newspaper's report Thursday detailing physical skirmishes involving journalists covering the campaign.

Donovan said it was not unprecedented for candidates to get protection in the months before the start of an election year.

Cain is the first Republican in the 2012 presidential race to receive Secret Service protection.

Barack Obama, elected president in November 2008, got Secret Service protection in May 2007, the earliest ever for any candidate.

New York Senator Hillary Clinton, now Obama's secretary of state, was under Secret Service protection before she entered the 2008 presidential race because of her status as the wife of former President Bill Clinton.

(Reporting by JoAnne Allen and Lily Kuo; Editing by John O'Callaghan and Eric Beech)

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Comments (11)
aota wrote:
Cain is eating all this up.This is like ordering a large pizza with all the toppings and having it delivered in less than 30 minutes. Are you kidding me ? What happens if Bachmann and company want the same protection ?

Nov 17, 2011 10:00pm EST  --  Report as abuse
anneshelby wrote:
He needs protection. All the woman he hurt. The men are out for blood.

Nov 17, 2011 10:56pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Clicktologist wrote:
Don’t think of it as protection – think of it as an escort out of the building.

Nov 17, 2011 11:03pm EST  --  Report as abuse
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