April 15th, 2008
11:45 AM ET
6 years ago

Colbert talks politics with Larry King

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(CNN) – Stephen Colbert, the Comedy Central host who launched his own short-lived presidential bid last year - discussed politics with CNN’s Larry King Monday night. Some highlights:

On Bill Clinton: “I think that he’s a rogue operative that they’re having trouble shutting down. …He’s a totally separate entity unless, of course, we’re talking about the time that he was president and Hillary Clinton was getting experience by being his wife.”

On the Pennsylvania primary: “I’m a kingmaker. I just want to help the people of Pennsylvania decide who I think they should vote for.”

On Chris Matthews: “He’s probably running for Arlen Specter’s seat in 2010.”

On the Iraq war: “Certainly, in a time of war, there should be no questioning of our leaders and no questioning about whether a surge is or is not successful. We should start thinking more about how the war is feeling and less about how we are feeling about the war.”

Colbert is broadcasting his show, The Colbert Report, from Philadelphia all week. Barack Obama will not be a guest on the show, but wife Michelle Obama is scheduled to make an appearance Tuesday night. Obama’s rival, Sen. Hillary Clinton, is reportedly scheduled appear on the show Thursday.


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  1. Oscar, Rio Vista, CA

    Michelle Obama is a really wonderful person and I am looking forward to seeing her on Colbert's show tonight. She has been campaigning continually for her husband and thousands of people come out to hear her.

    People who write negative things about her are just showing their ignorance. And if you want to bring up the "proud" remark as your reason... that just makes my point valid. If you cared to hear everything she said and why she said it then you would understand what she meant.

    April 15, 2008 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  2. Jonathan

    I'm supporting Hillary which is why I can't wait to see what Michelle Obama does. I can only hope she actually answers one of Colbert's questions.

    April 15, 2008 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  3. Kris, Pennsylvania

    TL, are you serious? You would decide who to vote for based on your opinion of someone's spouse...

    Well, at least I know you won't be voting for McCain (...talk about baggage! Check out his old lady's history!!)

    Putting your foot in your mouth is one thing, but Michelle is actually the only one of the three spouse's who hasn't committed a serious crime in her lifetime. (She also happens to be a brilliant women.)

    April 15, 2008 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  4. PA takes a stand!

    Maybe Michelle will talk about her husband's memory loss over being at Rezko's house.

    he should be ashamed for lying... AGAIN..... and again, and again.

    April 15, 2008 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  5. PA takes a stand!

    In a moment sure to irritate the presidential campaign of Sen. Barack Obama, the senator's name came up again in the trial of his one-time fund-raiser Antoin "Tony" Rezko. The testimony put Obama at Rezko's house for a party whose guest of honor was someone Obama has said he can't recall ever meeting.

    Rezko is charged with influence-peddling and shakedowns in connection with Illinois state government. Obama is not charged with any wrongdoing.

    Monday, as morning testimony was nearing the lunch break, Rezko's defense attorney, Joseph J. Duffy, was still plowing through his seventh day of cross-examining the government's star witness, Stuart Levine. Duffy, who has been methodically trying to establish instances in which Levine has lied to the government, asked Levine about a party held at Rezko's house in honor of an Iraqi-British businessman Nadhmi Auchi, who has been convicted of fraud in France — where he is appealing his sentence — and is suspected of doing business with Saddam Hussein when Hussein was ruling Iraq

    April 15, 2008 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  6. bernice

    TL, you probably have not heard her speak, she is quite articulate. Her faith in her husband and country is very strong. Unfortunately you like a many others do not do your own research before opening your own trap.
    Go Michelle and Sen Obama!!

    April 15, 2008 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  7. Kentucky

    Who cares what he thinks? This is just a planned event to help Obama. CNN is lost all its credibility . We are going to see more MCain Democrats than ever before if Obama wins the nomination. He can't win this fall. He is rude and so are most of his supporters. They are so scared Obama won't win that they go online everyday to talk about Bill and Hillary. I don't think we need these anti-AMerican haters in Washington.

    April 15, 2008 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  8. Maxine

    Doesn't even deserve a comment, considering this guy is stupid.

    April 15, 2008 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  9. heartlight 3, Maui, HI

    If you read some of the commentaries about Obama from Hillary supporters on these blogs, you will understand why Michelle might not be proud of America. If you had people saying those kinds of things about you and your husband, how would you feel? I am ashamed of some of the hatred expressed in these comments an I'm not the one who wrote them.

    April 15, 2008 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  10. Roger B from Portland, OR

    I love it when people don't get that there is Stephen Colbert the character and Stephen Colbert the actor.

    April 15, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  11. Darth Vadik, CA

    ***AMERICAN***

    if people would look at the facts instead of opinion,
    NO REPUBLICAN WOULD EVER GET EVER GET ELECTED.
    EVER...

    April 15, 2008 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  12. Emma

    Colbert is a comedian. What gives him the credibility to determine who the find voters in Pennsylvania should support?

    We are in serious and desperate times and I do not take the state of our economy as a joke. There are thousands of Americans who will be put on the street and unable to feed their families. Do you think they care about Colbert? How has he supported those families in Pennsylvania facing foreclosure or a family of four only able to feed a family of three?

    Get off the comedy scene............I could be facing bankruptcy nexxt week or next month or even next year.

    McCain's economic plan is a joke. He talks about tax free gas.....why not get Exon or BP to lower there gas prices for the next five years. They have made lots of money and they could afford to help the American public. Tell Exon and BP that by lowering their gas prices, consider this as their tax cut.

    If we don't pay taxes, what happens to our roads and bridges? Do we wait until we have a bridge collapse as happened in Minneapolis? How many Americans must die? McCain is out of touch.

    Please, please talk about issues that matter to the everyday American who is facing enormous challenges.

    April 15, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  13. Mike

    Michelle is the worst speaker, terrible syntax, difficult for me to believe that she holds the position (job) that she does.

    Go Hillary!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    April 15, 2008 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  14. CHERYL FOR HILLARY

    WELL VERY INTERESTING!

    MY QUESTION IS WHY ISN'T OBAMA'S LATEST GAFF BEING TALKED ABOUT ON HERE?

    HIM GOING TO THE PARTY AT REZKO'S AND RUBBING ELBOWS WITH CRIMINALS (STEWART LEVINE) ETC...

    SOMEONE HE CLAIMS THAT HE DOES NOT RECALL MEETING?

    OR OBAMA'S SHADY LAND DEALS WITH TOM REZKO?

    IT IS ONLY A MATTER OF TIME!

    MAYBE THE GOP IS SAVING THEM FOR THE GENERAL!!!!

    REMEMBER THIS WHEN VOTING!!!!!!!

    I AM VOTING FOR HILLARY!!!!!!!!!!

    April 15, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  15. gary

    YOU CLINTON HATERS. HRC DOSN'T HAVE TO HIDE ANYTHING FROM US. HER BOOK OF LIFE HAS BEEN OPENED FOR THE WHOLE WORLD TO SEE AND TRASH HER ON. START THINKING ABOUT YOUR CANIDATE O.B. ,THAT IS A CLOSED BOOK. HE CAN LIE TO YOU ALL AND SMOOTH IT WITH A SPEECH ,AND YOU ALL KISS HIS -. HE ONLY TELLS YOU WHAT HE WANTS TO. YOU VOTE FOR SOMEONE YOU KNOW NOTHING ABOUT. THERE IS A SAYING IN THIS WORLD .WHAT YOU DONT KNOW WONT HURT YOU. THINK ABOUT IT IF YOU YOUNG HAVE ANY BRAINS LEFT.

    April 15, 2008 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  16. Eric O.

    Colbert is hilarious, and his satiric overtones are spot on. This appearance on LK wasn't quite as funny as the last time Colbert came on LK as himself. Even Stephen ColberT is hilarious.

    April 15, 2008 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  17. PLEASE FORGIVE ME, CNN, for I have SINNED. I apologize for whatever I did to have EVERY one of my comments blocked.

    (please , please... PLEASE post this??) PLEASE?

    There are many things that make me proud to be an American. Like the freedom to say what I want, just as those who have a differing view have the right to express THEIR opinion.

    But there are a few things that make me HATE America as well. And "HATE"....... is what makes me sometimes HATE America. (and NO, I'm NOT gonna leave... YOU leave..) then maybe America wouldn't be such a HATEful place!!!

    The HATE displayed throughout this campaign... the HATE "played" upon throughout this campaign... both,covert and overt... is a shameful thing to watch. People accuse the first African American candidate (with a legitimate) chance of becoming a party nominee), of playing race, when he AND HIS WIFE have done ALL they could to run on ANYTHING "BUT" race... To be a candidate that TRANSCENDS it.

    WHILE THE STRATEGY OF THE OPPOSITION (both democratic and republican) IS TO PLAY 'UP' RACE AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE... (the republicans have gone so far as to commission a "study" as to just how 'far' they can push race WITHOUT turning off voters. - who the hell DOES this kind of thing). answer: people who will use fear, prejudice, biggotry, and hate as dividers TO HOLD ONTO POWER.

    have you NOT noted how QUIET the likes of Reverend's Jackson and Sharpton have been, overall.... WE "KNOW".. that it is TOO easy to be pulled into the gutter of politics.. we have seen it over and over since the late 80's. I know this will be dismissed, (or even never make it to post..((I seem to have upset a moderator somewhere..)), but this DIALOGUE 'has' to be had. These words will be dismissed as just some liberal who should leave America or love it. These words will be dismissed by the very people who MOST need to read them with an OPEN HEART AND AN OPEN MIND.... Alas... were that the case.. there might not be a NEED for words like these to be written...

    Since it seems that an EXTRAORDINARY "MAN" is being ravaged from both within his party, and without...... Since it seems that ONCE AGAIN..... "HATE"..... will rule the day, and again.. our country.. then there is NOTHING to lose in TELLING people to TAKE an "HONEST"

    at youselves... internally, and externally... if you are OK with where your mind is... where your heart is... where your soul is... then so, be it.

    If you have searched yourself and you are NOT ok with these things.. then take as hard of a look at Senator Obama, as you did yourslef. and realize.... and KNOW..... that America is THROWING AWAY... the opportunity to be led by truly a ONCE-IN-TWO-GENERATIONS type of leader. ALL because.... of..... HATE !!!!

    April 15, 2008 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  18. Veronica CA

    Why are you posting posts full of sexism? Look at the posts of Baby and New Mexico, for instance.

    April 15, 2008 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  19. kathleen

    There is absolutely nothing wrong with Michelle. To those who
    say they won't vote for Obama because of Michelle are just looking
    for an excuse. Idiots.

    April 15, 2008 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  20. Vera from Long Beach

    dude you are not funny..DId some1 tell u that u were?

    April 15, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  21. rice, bryan

    I can tolerate this guy to any right wing ding bat on talk radio. why is it that when low i.q. rush limbaugh talks on the radio nobody cares, but when left wing says anything the lowest of i.q. people come out of the wood work to complain? i do believe in free speech, gun ownership. i do not need a pill poppin' fat guy to be my voice in the media. i can make up my own mind for who i am going to vote for. but i understand that alot of people need a little motivation,or brain washing to make up their mind. hitler used the radio to get his trash through. hitler like limbaugh are two of the most hate mongers i can think of in history. i guess who the gop needs as its's voice.

    April 15, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  22. frank

    Obama think people go to Church just because they are bitter. Do you believe he believe in God.
    He also promise he will not accept any money from lobbyists, but he has accepted a lot of money from their spouses according to yesterday's CNN fact check. Can you believe what he has said?

    April 15, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  23. Anonymous

    their having trouble with shutting Colbert down GO HILLARY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    April 15, 2008 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  24. ho tc

    Is Obama so busy to campaign?
    Just like he skipped that Black Union thing because he was so desperate to win Ohio and Texas, by dumping millions of dollars on TV ads. Or, he's afraid that he might misspeak on Colbert's show.

    April 15, 2008 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  25. Bridget

    Colbert is a brilliant satirist. Brilliant.

    April 15, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
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