Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain will receive Secret Service protection, according to the agency.
U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano made the decision at the request of the Cain campaign and 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.
Cain spokesman J.D. Gordon didn’t immediately respond to an e-mail request for comment.
The Department of Homeland Security acknowledged putting then-Senator Barack Obama under Secret Service protection in May 2007.
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