Herman Cain says U.S. headed ‘towards socialism and towards communism’

Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain announces he is suspending his campaign as his wife Gloria, left, looks on Saturday, Dec. 3, 2011, in Atlanta. "I am suspending my presidential campaign because of the continued distractions and the continued hurt caused on me and my family," Cain told several hundred supporters gathered at what was to have been the opening of his national campaign headquarters. (AP Photo/David Tulis)
Herman Cain, with wife Gloria, in December 2011. (David Tulis/AP)

Herman Cain, who ran unsuccessfully for the GOP presidential nomination in 2012, told a gathering of conservative activists in Washington, D.C., on Saturday that they shouldn't wait until  2016  to "take our country back".

"This train is running full speed down the tracks towards socialism and towards communism," he told the Faith and Freedom Coalition. "Yes, I said it. Before we stop it and reverse it, we got to slow it down. That's what we do in 2014."

Cain, who suspended his campaign amid allegations of sexual harassment, told the activists he has a plan for a conservative rebound.

"After I dropped out of the presidential race because of the viciousness of the media, they thought I was going to be quiet. That's not going to happen", said Cain, who has a radio talk show.

Lyndsey Layton has been covering national education since 2011, writing about everything from parent trigger laws to poverty’s impact on education to the shifting politics of school reform.
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