Orlando (CBS Tampa) — GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain said at a recent campaign rally that he was relieved his doctor was a Christian after finding out he was from Lebanon.
The comment came last Friday at the Holy Land Experience, a biblical theme park in Orlando, while he was discussing his battle with Stage IV colon cancer.
His speech talked mainly about his religious beliefs, but when he opened up about his cancer, Cain said that he felt he was going to survive when he found out that his doctor’s name was “Lord,” his nurse’s name was “Grace” and the incision from his surgery would make a J-shaped scar on his chest.
However, during chemotherapy, he had doubts about one specific doctor — Dr. Abdallah.
“I said to his physician assistant … ‘That sounds foreign — not that I had anything against foreign doctors — but it sounded too foreign,’” Cain said, according to Yahoo! News.
The physician assistant said that Dr. Abdallah was from Lebanon. Cain then talked about how he was worried about the doctor’s religion.
“Oh, Lebanon. My mind immediately started thinking, wait a minute, maybe his religious persuasion is different than mine. She (the physician assistant) could see the look on my face and she said, ‘Don’t worry, Mr. Cain, he’s a Christian from Lebanon,'” Yahoo! News reports.
Cain then bellowed to the audience, “Hallelujah! Thank God!”
Cain was diagnosed with cancer in 2006. He was treated with a combination of surgery and chemotherapy and has shown no signs of recurrence since he’s completed treatment in 2007.
Cain has been sliding in recent polls due to sexual harassment allegations made against him during his time with the National Restaurant Association.