There's an alphabet soup of government overreach, Cain says
June 15th, 2013
01:47 PM ET
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There's an alphabet soup of government overreach, Cain says

Washington (CNN) - The federal government is an out-of-control train racing down the tracks toward socialism and communism, Herman Cain said Saturday.

"We've got the IRS abuse. FEC intimidation. EPA discrimination. DOJ intimidation. NSA corruption. And it goes on and on and on in terms of the abuse and the corruption in the government that wants to control all of our lives," he said at the annual Faith and Freedom Coalition conference.

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The former GOP presidential candidate denounced the government, accusing it of overreach and telling the conservatives gathered that "if you don't agree, they will try to find ways to silence you."

He said it's like a scene out of George Orwell's book "1984," which introduced the Big Brother government that controlled minds, journalism and virtually everything else.

But conservatives can retake government, including both houses of Congress, he said, through enthusiasm, activism and targeting specific races for office.

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As to possible 2016 presidential contenders, Cain urged the conservatives to pay as much attention to potential 2014 congressional candidates and to break the high levels of incumbents being re-elected.

"Before you stop a train, you have to slow it down," he said. "Too many people are discouraged because they think that this is a sprint. It's a marathon. ... That's what we do in 2014: We focus on slowing it down."

Cain ended his roller-coaster bid for the White House about a month before the first votes were cast and has since continued to criticize President Barack Obama in speaking engagements and an online video channel.

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  1. Pete

    Cain you idiot go back to where it all started with Nixons Watergate wiretapping even Kennedys phones before election time to hear campaign secrets..Republicans hiding behind that false front of being patriotic when its they with their partys guilty past that are so scared as was with Bushs were about thinking everyone except them were guilty of something when it was them all the time...Typical hypocritical republicans the party of NO nothings,your time is near at midterms reps, time to pay the piper!!

    June 16, 2013 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  2. Jersey Girl

    The original Clown Car party is trying to get back in & stay relevant. First the Alaskan moose lady, now the pizza guy. They think the American people are going to fall for their ilk again. But we are smarter than that.

    June 16, 2013 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  3. rs


    They were and are “conservatives” who inflicted the PATRIOT Act and FISA on us in the first place.
    Not to mention Obamacare. Oh.... wait.....

    Yeah, wait. The ACA contains a good many Republican healthcare ideas- it is virtually the Massachusetts "Romneycare" expanded for the entire nations. Republicans however elected to dump their policies to attack the President- and virtually anyone who couldn't afford healthcare in America.

    June 16, 2013 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
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