Stephen Colbert’s camp announced tonight that the Comedy Central star will host a primary rally with former presidential hopeful Herman Cain. It’s being dubbed The Rock Me Like A Hermain Cain: South Cain-Olina Primary Rally and is set to go down Jan. 20 — a day before the state’s GOP primary — at the Cistern in front of Randolph Hall at the College of Charleston in South Carolina, Colbert’s home state.
“Herman is the only former candidate who truly shares my values,” Colbert says in a statement. “It’s like our values were separated at birth. And our ethics are at least first cousins.” Colbert added, “As with all my appearances on college campuses, I expect to receive an honorary degree. This time, I’m hoping for a Masters of Bachelors.”
The announcement, as you probably know, comes on the heels of Colbert actually polling higher than actual presidential candidate Jon Huntsman in South Carolina, with 5 percent of the vote. Two days ago, Huntsman exited the race and is now backing Mitt Romney.
More importantly, this stunt comes one day after Colbert released a new ad, funded by his now-famous Super PAC. The ad stars the comedian who is repeatedly referred to as “Herman Cain.” You can watch it below.
Before tonight, it was clear Cain was, at the very least, accepting of Colbert’s stunt ad. Cain told Fox News blog Fox411 that, “Stephen Colbert’s endorsement of himself as Herman Cain, I find it very clever and humorous, as it should be.” Even before tonight’s announcement, Cain was scheduled to tape an interview segment with Colbert on Friday.
On the Jan. 12 episode of The Colbert Report, Colbert bequeathed his Super PAC, Americans For A Better Tomorrow, Tomorrow to good friend and Daily Show host Jon Stewart. The entity is now being referred to as The Definitely Not Coordinating With Stephen Colbert Super PAC. The ad’s new name is a reference to the mandate that states that although Super PACs can raise unlimited funds (and not have to disclose the amount they raise until well after the election) and produce political ads that back a candidate, said candidate is not allowed to officially coordinate with the Super PAC.