Colbert-Cain rally at College of Charleston Friday

Stephen Colbert

Comedian Stephen Colbert and former GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain are holding a rally at the College of Charleston Friday.

College spokesman Mike Robertson said the free event will held at 1 p.m. at the Cistern Yard. Gates open at noon.

Colbert announced the “Rock Me Like a Herman Cain South Cain-olina Primary Rally” Wednesday on his TV show The Colbert Report.

On that segment of the show, the political satirist said that most Republican candidates are running negative campaigns. But Herman Cain is the only candidate who never ran a single negative ad.

Herman Cain “shares my values,” said Colbert, who said he’s considering a run for president.

Colbert’s name will not appear on the GOP ballot in South Carolina. He missed the Nov. 1 filing deadline. But Cain’s name is on the ballot, even though he announced in December he was dropping out of the race.

“A vote for Herman Cain in Saturday’s primary would be a strong message to me that voters want me to run,” Colbert said.

Voters who want to deliver that message to him themselves should attend the rally, he said.

“This is real. It’s happening Friday at 1 p.m.,” he said. And he promised speeches, cheerleaders, a marching band and a gospel choir.

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