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Herman Cain to Receive Secret Service Protection, U.S. Says

November 17, 2011

(Updates with Cain spokesman in second paragraph.)

Nov. 17 (Bloomberg) -- Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain will receive Secret Service protection, according to the agency.

Cain asked for the protection, said his campaign spokesman, J.D. Gordon, who didn’t elaborate on the reason for the request. U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano approved the protection in consultation with a congressional advisory committee, said George Ogilvie, a Secret Service spokesman.

Ogilvie said he couldn’t comment on whether Cain has been the target of any threats, when the protection will begin or whether any other Republican candidates are being protected.

The Department of Homeland Security acknowledged putting then-Senator Barack Obama under Secret Service protection in May 2007.

--With assistance from Julie Hirschfeld Davis in Washington. Editors: Joe Sobczyk, Jim Rubin

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