(CNN) - With his much sought-after endorsement, Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio told CNN he's still considering who he'll back for the 2012 GOP presidential nomination.
But the Maricopa County sheriff, known for his strict stance on illegal immigration, is set to hold his second meeting with Georgia businessman Herman Cain on Monday.
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When asked why candidates are wanting his support, Arpaio credited his experience in border security.
"Well, it's not because I'm tall, dark, and handsome–which I'm not," Arpaio said on CNN's "American Morning." "But I have been around 20 years, and many years as head of the Federal Drug Enforcement in Mexico, Texas, Arizona. So I think I know where the border is. That may be one reason.
According to his website, Arpaio worked as a special agent with the Drug Enforcement Administration for 25 years, both internationally and in the U.S.
Arpaio, who also met with Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann last month, holds his meeting with Cain as several of the candidates head west for a debate and Republican conference where immigration is expected to be a top issue for discussion.
The Arizona Democratic Party said they find it "bizarre" that GOP candidates are seeking Arpaio's endorsement.
"By propping up Arpaio at a time when he's investigating the president's birth certificate and one of his top political lieutenants is sitting in an ethics hearing, Herman Cain and Michele Bachmann have made it perfectly clear what choice Arizona voters face," said the party's executive director, Luis Heredia, in a statement Monday.
Arpaio is currently facing a civil rights investigation by a grand jury over charges of abuse of power.
Cain, now a front-runner with former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, drew attention over his immigration policy this weekend for saying the United States-Mexico border should have an "electrified" fence with a sign warning "it will kill you."
Cain followed up on Sunday, saying the comment was a joke.
Arpaio agreed Cain was "probably joking," but said he thinks Cain "probably" takes border security seriously.
"I'll see how he stands on the illegal immigration problem," he said.
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