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              Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain delivers an announcement as his wife Gloria, left, looks on Saturday, Dec. 3, 2011, at a campaign event 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)
              Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain delivers an announcement as his wife Gloria, left, looks on Saturday, Dec. 3, 2011, at a campaign event 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: The liberal media forced me out of the race

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      Alex Pappas

      Alex Pappas is a Washington D.C.-based political reporter for The Daily Caller. He has also written for The Washington Examiner and the Mobile Press-Register. Pappas is a graduate of The University of the South in Sewanee, Tenn., where he was editor-in-chief of The Sewanee Purple. While in college, he did internships at NBC's Meet the Press and the White House. He grew up in Mobile, Ala., where he graduated from St. Paul's Episcopal School. He and his wife live on Capitol Hill.

Former Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain told a conference call of tea party activists on Sunday night that it was the liberal media that forced him out of the 2012 presidential race.

“I am as broken hearted as others about having to pull out,” Cain said, “but I couldn’t continue to try and run a race when you have a liberal media and others who did not want to see me succeed and to see us succeed — constantly fighting false accusations.”

Cain suspended his campaign for president following a series of  news stories about women who accused him of harassment and infidelity dating back to the 1990s.

He made the comments as an introductory speaker on a tele-forum with activists associated with the Tea Party Patriots organization.

Cain told the activists that he’s “not done yet” and he’ll announce an initiative in January to continue “doing what you’ve been doing for years.”

“As one of the original tea party people in this movement, I want you to know I’m going to continue to be out there fighting with you,” he said, “so stay tuned for some exciting things I have up my sleeve”

As for advice to the activists on who to support in the GOP primary, he said: “Don’t lose sight of the goal. The goal is to defeat Barack Obama.”

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