FILE - In this June 20, 2014 file photo, Herman Cain, CEO, The New Voice, speaks during Faith and Freedom Coalition's Road to Majority event in Washington. President Donald Trump said Wednesday, April 10, 2019, that Cain is a "wonderful man," but it will be up to him to decide whether to go forward with a nomination to the Federal Reserve's seven-member board. (AP Photo/Molly Riley, File)

McConnell won't say if Senate would back Herman Cain for Fed

April 11, 2019 - 4:14 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is declining to say whether he thinks the Senate would confirm Herman Cain to the Federal Reserve's board.

When McConnell was asked whether a Cain nomination would face trouble, he noted that successful nominees must pass background checks and have a likelihood of confirmation.

Cain's a former CEO of Godfather's Pizza who ran for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination. He dropped out after allegations of sexual harassment and infidelity.

Senators from both parties have questioned whether Cain would be too partisan for the Fed board.

McConnell sidestepped a question about whether he could personally support Cain. He said he wants to see who Trump nominates.

Two GOP senators, Utah's Mitt Romney and North Dakota's Kevin Cramer, tell The Associated Press they'd likely vote against Cain.

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