Herman Cain joins Fox News

February 15, 2013

Former presidential candidate and Godfather's Pizza CEO Herman Cain has joined Fox News.


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In a statement, Cain called the move "an opportunity to be one more voice for intelligent thinking in America."

Before the 2012 Republican presidential primary, Cain was a little-known businessman whose only past political experience was a non-competitive run for Senate in Georgia in 2004. With his catch 9-9-9 plan he soared to the top of early polls, only to collapse before the Iowa caucuses amid allegations of sexual harassment and marital infidelity.

"Cain’s impressive resume makes him a valuable addition to the Fox News and Fox Business lineup. As a political expert with business savvy, he brings an important voice to the nation’s debates," Bill Shine, Fox News' executive vice president of programming, said in the same statement.

Cain has been talked about as a potential candidate for the Senate seat being vacated by retiring Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R). But he has said he is not interested in the seat.

Back in 2011, Cain told the Post that he was not hoping to launch a television career. “I don’t have this long-term ambition of I want my own show on Fox,” he said. “I want to be president.”

Former Massachusetts senator Scott Brown recently joined Fox News as well, along with former congressman Dennis Kucinich. The network has jettisoned former Alaska governor Sarah Palin and pollster Dick Morris.

Rachel Weiner covers local politics for The Washington Post.
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