“We are protecting Herman Cain,” Secret Service spokesman Ed Donovan said Thursday night. He said the decision was made by Homeland Security “Secretary Napolitano, at the request of the Cain campaign and in consultation with the Congressional advisory committee.”
“The authority was given to the Service to protect Herman Cain [beginning] today,” Donovan said.
Asked about the decision to protect Cain about a year before the general election, Donovan said: “Historically, it’s not that unusual.” The Secret Service spokesman noted protection was granted to Jesse Jackson at a similar point during his two campaigns, to the late Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-Mass.) in October 1979 and to a variety of candidates at a similar point in the 1976 cycle.
Donovan declined to say whether any threats prompted the decision to protect Cain, who at this point is the only candidate under protection other than President Barack Obama. “We don’t discuss the deliberations on which an assessment is made,” the spokesman said.
Death threats against Cain, who had been experiencing a bounce in the polls, triggered the request, according to an official with knowledge of the situation who asked not to be identified because of the sensitive nature of the situation.
Cain’s campaign had no immediate comment.
Cain said he is focused on the economy and his plan to fix it.”Uncertainty is what’s killing this economy from the national level all the way down to the local level,” he said. “Jobs, jobs, jobs — and that’s what we’re going to be talking about today.“In a conversation with News 9, Cain showed some vulnerability, choking up when he started talking about his faith, his wife and her role during a possible inauguration.”I almost can’t say it,” he said. “Holding the Bible when I’m sworn in. It’s emotional.”Cain later said the rigors and scrutiny of the campaign has been tough on those around him.”If I ever reached a point where this campaign became damaging to my family, my wife and my family, I’m not a quitter, but there is a point beyond which you will not go,” he said.At a rally in Nashua, Cain responded to criticism that he lacks foreign policy experience.
I saw Cain choke up the same way during his speech at Smart Girl Summit in St. Louis, last summer. He was speaking about a 14 year old girl he had met at one of his campaign stops who had led a very tough life, and ran away form home with her little brother because he was being abused – they lived on the streets before being adopted.
I don’t see these moments as signs of weakness – but of moral strength. When a man his age is still able to choke up like that – it just means he has a big heart. This is one of the reasons I love Herman Cain.
Found the video, it starts at the :25 spot