From Friends of Herman Cain:

(Stockbridge, GA)- Business executive and conservative leader Herman Cain announced today that he has accepted the invitation to participate in the South Carolina Republican Party/ FOX News Presidential Debate at 9 p.m. EDT, Thursday, May 5, 2011 in Greenville, South Carolina.

“I look forward to participating in the debate Thursday,” Cain said. “It gives me the opportunity to share my ‘Common Sense Solutions for America,’ as well as my private sector experience in balancing budgets and creating jobs.”

“We are incredibly pleased that Mr. Cain plans to join our field of candidates for this debate,” said Karen Floyd, Chairwoman of the South Carolina Republican Party. “We are eager to hear from him and the rest of our great candidates about their plans for putting our country back on track.”

Cain meets all debate qualifications and will file necessary paperwork with the Federal Elections Commission to participate. This is not an announcement of a candidacy. Rather, Cain will use the debate as means to “test the waters” and gauge the reaction to his “Common Sense Solutions for America.”

“Americans agree: it’s time to change the occupant of 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.,” Cain said. “That starts with selecting a Republican nominee willing, able and qualified to take on President Obama in 2012 to ensure we restore America to its greatness. It all starts with the first debate in Greenville on May 5.”

Well, now I have something to do Thursday evening.