The former CEO of Godfather’s Pizza appeared on the political scene in 2011 as a candidate for the Republican presidential nominee. Against a field of more established politicians, Cain took off and briefly led the GOP nomination. His White House bid spilled over allegations of inappropriate conduct during his tenure as head of the National Restaurant Association.
More recently, Cain served as a surrogate for President Donald Trump and co-chaired Black Voices for Trump. Cain attended Trump’s Tulsa, Okla., Rally in June, two weeks before his coronavirus diagnosis.
In April 2019, Trump publicly considered nominating Cain for a seat in the Federal Reserve, a move that was met with skepticism among Republicans in the Senate. The president later admitted and wrote on Twitter that Cain had asked not to be nominated.