Colbert: Vote for Cain, he's on the ballot
January 20th, 2012
05:44 PM ET
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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. John Tarver

    The Mormon religon taught that being Black is the mark of Cain. Vote Cain in South Carolina.

    January 20, 2012 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  2. Mitt

    Now, that's interesting. I have a great smile!

    January 20, 2012 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  3. longtooth

    It's good to see a little humor in this otherwise crushingly serious and boring republican primary. God save us from these Bible-thumping phonies!

    January 20, 2012 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  4. J

    "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."

    That is the exact messege that Colbert is trying to get across!

    January 20, 2012 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  5. mike

    dear god, i love stephen colbert

    January 20, 2012 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  6. thes33k3r

    Colbert would make a better prez than any of the repub candidates (current or former).

    January 20, 2012 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  7. conoclast

    What's not to like about Herman Cain and why wouldn't everybody in the US of S. Carolina vote for him at least twice? I like the man; he's all chutzpa like Newt but with none of the megalomaniac Dark Force. Uncle Herman just wants to be your friend - and to ride the Fame Train for as long as he can, just to see where it's going. Kind of like Palin, come to think of it. What's not to like about her, right?

    January 20, 2012 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  8. Obamabus

    Colbert/Cain 2016! (lol, j/k)

    January 20, 2012 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  9. RckyRaccoon

    Colbert in 2013!!!

    January 20, 2012 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  10. TomGI

    Both of these guys are just looking for free media exposure. They are both irrelevant and distract from the seriousness of this election.

    January 20, 2012 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  11. ThinkAgain

    I guess Herman Cain never watches The Colbert Report ...

    January 20, 2012 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  12. george of the jungle

    Let's see how many people do this. One more thing to add to the repo circus

    January 20, 2012 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  13. MPATL

    Thank you Stephen Colbert for highlighting the stupidity of our election system, especially the role of Super Pacs. For those who have not recognized the absurdity of our system that Colbert and Stewart have shown us, get educated. Super Pacs are controlling our elections, thus they control our government. We the people is now we the corporations thanks to the Citizens United ruling that corporations are people entitled to free speech and that money= speech. Colbert has managed to educate, scare and amuse, so kudo's Stephen Colbert, Kudo's!

    January 20, 2012 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  14. Brian

    Two things. First it's stephen not steven. Second, its Definitely Not Coordinating With Stephen Colbert, not Making a Better Tomorrow, Tomorrow. Get it right CNN Radio Producer Susanna Capelouto.

    January 20, 2012 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  15. Stephen Colbert

    Herman Cain is making a fool of himself in public and Stephen Colbert is leading him on and egging him on.

    January 20, 2012 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  16. DDanny1

    You got to feel a little sorry for Colbert. No matter how over the top, outrageous and ridiculous he gets, the candidates keep one upping him. At this point, Colbert might be the only truly viable candidate. I can promise you this, he incorruptible. Lobbiests would soon find out that to Colbert, padding his pockets is not nearly as important to him as getting a laugh. They would soon find themselves as the subject of one of his investigative reports, or worse yet, being interviewed by him. And unlike the "lame" stream media or Faux News, what they think of as the most hard hitting interviews he considers pleasantries and softball questions. He couldn't care less if they never interview with him again. He'll get enough mileage out of the first interview.
    Steve Cobert 2012 / Because you might as well.

    January 20, 2012 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  17. G.W.Bush

    No one could be as good of a president as I was!

    January 20, 2012 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  18. Nick

    Colbert & Stewart's mockery of the Citizen's United decision is GOLD! Perhaps some of the best TV ever. I feel bad for people who don't "get it".

    January 20, 2012 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  19. Jewels

    I used to like Colbert. Don't know if I've just changed but, he's gotten sort of annoying. When interviewed about his intentions with entering the race, he sends different messages and makes a mockery of it all. I'm ok with Stewart and his jokes but, Colbert grown an annoying figure.

    January 20, 2012 10:16 pm at 10:16 pm |
  20. dan

    It's StePHen Colbert...come on CNN, it's not that hard to spell names correctly. You even spelled it right at the top.

    January 20, 2012 10:37 pm at 10:37 pm |
  21. Wylie-Mike

    People need a name on the ballot that they can check either as a vote of protest or a vote of defiance.
    SC could be a surprise if a Herman Cain name on the ballot actually rallies a double digit vote count. He isn't a fictitious character like a Mickey Mouse write in.
    Herman Cain being supported by a Stephen Colbert PAC?
    To many, it is being brushed off as a joke. But what if it evolves into a movement that is driven by the people instead of a candidate? But what if Herman Cain is 'carried' to the swearing in ceremony for the President of the United States of America without doing the heavy lifting of doing the farcical campaigning; Stephen is expert to do just that. It's a laugh now, but it could be a laugh that leads into a rally cry.

    January 20, 2012 10:59 pm at 10:59 pm |
  22. ColberNationtCitizen

    I hope Cain comes in 1st place... probably won't happen, but it would be nice.

    January 20, 2012 11:17 pm at 11:17 pm |
  23. Joe

    Colbert said that other then Cain, Ron Paul is the best candidate!

    RON PAUL 2012!

    January 21, 2012 12:07 am at 12:07 am |
  24. marieee

    Thanks Colbert for adding to that freak show in SC. You have made it tolerable.

    January 21, 2012 12:33 am at 12:33 am |
  25. Tom

    I know all that's been said about Mr.Cain. But when it comes down to it does his past really represent the way he feels for this country.All these folks that accused him and all those who believed the stories even if they were true or not, really has no right to try to ruin a man,that really had a plan to help get us back to being America.They had no right because what's in their closet, they need to look at themselfs. What unethical thing have they done, but do they still love America, and want the best for the U.S. If he did or didn't do what been said about him, I feel even at this point Herman Cain is still the best one out there, my vote would go to him, if he was still in the race.

    January 21, 2012 12:56 am at 12:56 am |
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