Herman Cain: U.S. is headed "towards socialism and towards communism"

He added that he dropped out of the presidential race "because of the viciousness of the media"

By Jillian Rayfield

Published June 16, 2013 7:08PM (EDT)

Failed Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain warned attendees at the annual Faith and Freedom Conference that America is headed toward communism and socialism, and called for supporters to “take our country back" in 2014.

“This train is running full speed down the tracks towards socialism and towards communism,” Cain said, The Washington Post reports. “Yes, I said it. Before we stop it and reverse it, we got to slow it down. That’s what we do in 2014.”

He continued that though he dropped out of the 2012 presidential race (amid sexual harassment allegations) because of the “viciousness of the media," he has no plans to leave the spotlight. "They thought I was going to be quiet. That’s not going to happen," Cain said.

Jillian Rayfield

Jillian Rayfield is an Assistant News Editor for Salon, focusing on politics. Follow her on Twitter at @jillrayfield or email her at jrayfield@salon.com.

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