Colbert, Cain hold joint rally in South Carolina

January 20, 2012 4:07:31 PM PST
It's not all serious business in South Carolina right now.

Believe it or not, we could see Herman Cain's name pop back up as the results come in Saturday. But it's not because he's back in the race.

Comedian Stephen Colbert from Comedy Central appeared a rally in South Carolina on Friday alongside the former Republican presidential candidate.

Colbert is asking South Carolinians to vote for Cain, whose name is on the ballot, because he could not get his own name on the ballot.

He says people can vote for Cain while thinking of his because, politically, they are essentially the same.

"We both refuse to play by Washington's rules. We both flout convention when it comes to things like taxes, and debt, and how many Becky's there are in U-becky-becky-becky-stan-stan," Colbert said. "I say three, Herman says four."

It was a little bit of levity in what has become a serious race.

The two top contenders right now are Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich. They are taking South Carolina seriously. The game changes here as they move into Florida and then out west.

But Cain remains in the spotlight, even if he's not running for president anymore.