Political satirist and Comedy Central host Stephen Colbert will bring his presidential candidacy to the Cistern Yard Friday.
The event, humorously titled “THE ROCK ME LIKE A HERMAN CAIN: SOUTH CAIN-OLINA PRIMARY RALLY,” will begin at 1 p.m. in the Cistern. Gates open to the public at noon.
On his show “The Colbert Report” Wednesday evening, Colbert shared the exciting news of the rally, capping a week of nationally televised events taking place on and around the College of Charleston campus.
Joining Colbert will be former Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain, whose campaign ground to halt late last year after a slew of sexual harassment allegations.
Colbert, who has been a figure in the 2012 Republican primary after creating his own Super PAC, has been publicly toying with the idea of jumping into the race himself.
After a “long talk” with his Super PAC’s money, the television comedian turned attention to the Palmetto State announcing he’d be running for the nomination in South Carolina. Transferring his Super PAC’s control to fellow Comedy Central host Jon Stewart, to comply with campaign finance regulations, Colbert then had to fight the fact that he’s not on the ballot in South Carolina.
To fix that, he’s enlisted the help of Cain, saying the two are “the same man,” and that their morals were separated at birth. Cain’s name is still on the ballot in South Carolina, and Colbert is saying a vote for Cain is a vote for Colbert.
Students were tempted at the end of Colbert’s show on Wednesday when Colbert told them that “going to class is for suckers,” and that the event will be even better than Colbert’s 2010 “Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear,” which attracted more than 200,000 people to the National Mall in Washington.