CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Former Republican presidential candidate and businessman Herman Cain was back in the Lowcountry and the spotlight Thursday afternoon. Cain spoke at the Southern Republican Leadership Conference in downtown Charleston.
Cain took the stage around 4:30 p.m. at the TD Arena after plenty of national curiosity about who he would endorse for the presidential nominee. His answer has sparked a social media frenzy.
"Here is my unconventional endorsement," Cain said. "Not a candidate seeking the nomination, not someone that's not running. My unconventional endorsement is the people. We the people of this nation are still in charge. That's who I'm endorsing."
Cain said that he was asked repeatedly for the last several weeks and couple of months about his "unconventional endorsement."
"Well what does that mean?" Cain asked before making his announcement. "Well, it means that many people in the media are not going to like it, but the American people are going to love it. The people are going to love it."
Comedian Stephen Colbert will hold a rally Friday with Cain, according to Colbert's website.
Colbert, a Charleston native, announced details of "The Rock Me Like a Herman Cain: South Cain-Olina Primary Rally" on Thursday.
"Herman is the only former candidate who truly shares my values," Colbert said. "It's like our values were separated at birth. And our ethics are at least first cousins."