Colbert: Vote for Cain, he's on the ballot
January 20th, 2012
05:44 PM ET
11 years ago

Colbert: Vote for Cain, he's on the ballot

Charleston, South Carolina (CNN) - Call it the rally for wannabe candidates.

Comedian and faux television host Stephen Colbert took the stage Friday with former GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain, whose name still remains on the South Carolina primary ballot.

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"I came here to praise one man, one 'Her-man'," Colbert said. "Herman Cain is an outsider. In fact he is such an outsider, he's not even running for president anymore."

Cain suspended his campaign in December amid allegations of sexual misconduct after he had already secured a spot in the Palmetto State primary.

Colbert, meanwhile, announced last week his pseudo campaign to compete in Saturday's nominating contest.

But without much luck getting his name in the running (he missed the November filing deadline and the state does not permit write-in ballots) Colbert on Saturday urged supporters to throw their support behind Cain in his stead.

"I want you to vote for Herman Cain, because Herman Cain is me," Colbert said. "He believes in hard work, the power of free markets, and he possesses the one thing I don't think I will ever have: a place on the South Carolina primary ballot."

Accepting Colbert's praise, the former Godfather's Pizza executive said he was thrilled when the comedian asked him to be part of the event.

"Mr. Colbert could not get on the ballot, I could not get off the ballot. That's how this came about," Cain joked. "And Mr. Colbert mentioned that there was one thing that I have that he does not have...which is a bus with my face on it."

Thousands of young people flocked to the campus of the College of Charleston for the rally, which included a marching band and a choir on stage.

Stacey Hanchuck, an independent voter, said she plans to cast her ballot for Cain.

"In a roundabout way, we're voting for Stephen Colbert 2017," she said, holding a homemade Colbert poster.

Because South Carolina has an open primary, any registered voter, including Democrats and independents, can cast a ballot.

Hanchuck's friend, Brian Fisher, said he hopes Cain does well at the polls.

"I think it would send a message that people are just tired of the candidates we've been getting, that no clear leader stands out," Fisher said.

The satire-filled rally marked the second anniversary of the controversial Citizens United Supreme Court decision that allowed for the creation of super PACS, independent groups allowed to raise and spend unlimited amounts of money on candidates as long as they don't coordinate with the campaigns.

And while Colbert drew plenty of laughs satirizing the Supreme Court ruling-the comedian has created his own super PAC called "Americans for a Better Tomorrow, Tomorrow"–it was no laughing matter for Cammy Kennedy.

"The more votes Stephen Colbert or Herman Cain can get the stronger the statement it will make that I was willing to take time on Saturday to go to the polls and vote for someone who is never going to get elected," said Kennedy, who described herself as "very liberal."

"But that's not what concerns me," she added. "It is more concerning to me that the super PACS are controlling the message that gets out to voters."

- CNN's Ashley Killough contributed to this report.

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Filed under: 2012 • Herman Cain • Stephen Colbert
soundoff (61 Responses)
  1. BeverlyNC

    I have more respect for Herman Cain than ever before. He is standing up with brilliant comedian Stephen Colbert to expose the lies and absurdity of Citizens United and corporate-bought candidates who are destroying the validity of our democratic election process and not letting the People actually choose their leaders, Republicans are a very real danger to our democracy and to the future of our country. Stand up and rid every office of Republicans so the People can take back our country from corporate dictatorships and abusers

    January 21, 2012 01:19 am at 1:19 am |
  2. Matt

    Man Herman Cain is crazy but he's right, please don't waste your votes.

    January 21, 2012 01:36 am at 1:36 am |
  3. journalism

    its amazing how things come into play to distract the american public

    January 21, 2012 01:52 am at 1:52 am |
  4. gliese42

    I like Colbert and he has great potential in politics

    January 21, 2012 02:25 am at 2:25 am |
  5. Squigman

    Herman. You are nothing but a joke. And a bad joke to boot.

    January 21, 2012 03:09 am at 3:09 am |
  6. Brian Smith

    This actually makes me sad, because I wanted Cain to actually win it. I feel bad that we as a country, can't see eye to eye... Half the people feel Obama is great, the other half is unimpressed at BEST. I saw Obama do his singin' of Rev. Al Green's song. He seems like a really good guy, but he isn't taking this country in the correct direction. I feel bad we're losing this country. 🙁

    January 21, 2012 04:25 am at 4:25 am |
  7. Laura Castillo

    Stephen, I would vote for you if I lived out there. Just to prove a point regarding super pacs. Thank you for satirizing Super Pacs in such a way that America can understand. Most people are pretty dense unless you hit them over the head as to what is currently going on in America

    January 21, 2012 07:09 am at 7:09 am |
  8. Eric ross

    i will vote for you and tell everyone to vote you are the solution to america

    January 21, 2012 08:44 am at 8:44 am |
  9. Kevin

    Colbert must think this is a joke. What a crappy South Carolinian and American.

    January 21, 2012 09:05 am at 9:05 am |
  10. insight iowa

    LOL... what more can you say!!

    January 21, 2012 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  11. Sadie Boyd

    I am very proud that satire and humor is still alive in America while our liberties are being sucked away by the giant omnipresent corporation...I would like our next president to bring back small town America and blow WalMart back to China.

    January 21, 2012 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
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