Herman Cain Gets Secret Service Security Detail

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After a spate of awkward media ambushes, Herman Cain has applied for and received a big security boost. Federal agents will now follow and protect the beleaguered candidate on the trail.

In past campaigns, reports Politico, candidates only received Secret Service agents after winning the nomination. But Cain must be just too popular — or media-pursued — to settle for local law enforcement, as Ron Paul and Jon Huntsman have been doing. While Cain is the first candidate to bring in the federal muscle, his rivals have also racked up unprecedented security bills: Together, Cain, Mitt Romney, and Michele Bachmann have already spent $222,000. In a (rare) stroke of luck, Perry's protection is free, provided by the state of Texas.

To be fair, though Cain may be going a bit too far, Bachmann does have a former Secret Service agent in her detail. As Ed Rollins, her former campaign manager, put it: “Michele is small, so I felt I needed to have someone there to protect her.”