April 15th, 2008
11:45 AM ET
10 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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soundoff (75 Responses)
  1. New Mexico

    We need Hillary in the white house so she can finish that fence in the Mexican border.

    April 15, 2008 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  2. Grif

    There is no such thing! As a Woman King... Where/Who brought this Guy up??? Talking to a Black "Pro Obama" Supporter????

    He will be Left at the Post... Sent back to the Paddock....

    April 15, 2008 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  3. mary-NH

    Hey 'Reality check #1'...What on earth does Michelle Obama have to do with this article?? Find a new name for yourself...How about Total Moron.

    Colbert is so funny, I forget to laugh.

    April 15, 2008 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  4. James

    I hope Stephen Colbert asks Senator Clinton the following:

    "You have previously stated that you and your husband differ on certain issues, namely free trade agreements such as NAFTA. You have also claimed your view is the correct one. Therefore, to put an end to questions regarding a potential conflict of interest, will you at this time pledge to return the $800,000 in lobbying fees Bill earned from the Columbian government?"

    April 15, 2008 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  5. Delaware

    Stop all the division about race and let us elected a good democratic president in the white house. Obama has no explaination to make to no body or no race group because he did not mention any race that was bitter with guns and religion. The comment was about Americans that live in rural PA and I far that I am concern there are all different races of people living in those region.
    People come on! This is almost the end of the 21st century and you have not over these nonsense yet. America if you did not know is a country that is compose of many races of people and I do not think there is a single one of us that is more American than others.
    Welcome back Anderson.

    April 15, 2008 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  6. DE

    Hillary Clinton is exagerating her experience and her trip to Bosnia by putting more than there was to the story. At 60 there is no way you can lose your memory unless your brain is dead. These are all lies; there was no snipers fire.
    Anyway what is the trade deal with Columbia is all about. You cannot go and have trade deal with country that do fallow US policies. What is the next trade deal for clinton?May be Iran, Cuba, Lybia, Syria,Sudan, or communist Korea.

    April 15, 2008 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  7. Alex H

    Ron – Grow a sense of humor. He plays a character... alright, he LIVES a character. It's a joke that you clearly don't get.

    April 15, 2008 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  8. Ron

    Doesn't he try to send Michelle to all the lesser venues, like the State of Black America address in New Orleans. i guess it' all amater of importance

    April 15, 2008 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  9. Sara, Wisconsin

    Great observation on Bill Clinton.

    April 15, 2008 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  10. Alonzo Demetrius

    Colbert is a highly intelligent person and entertaining, too.

    April 15, 2008 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  11. gene

    Trying to get CNN to explain the new delegate count. Clinton is up one and Obama is down one. This is a turn of two delegates. Fox reported that a Montana super delegate endorsed Hillary Clinton on Monday. If this was the delegate it would mean that a former Obama withdrew his endorsement and changed to Clinton. This change of mind came as a result of the "guns and God ' comments

    April 15, 2008 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  12. John Smith

    This issue is "not" about winning as Hillary would have all of us believe. Let me give you this:

    Let us say Hillay wins and becomes the President of the U.S. Be honest with yourself,

    1. How many Republicans will be willing to carry out her agenda?
    2. How many people will she be able to bring together across the parties to get anything done?
    3. How many Republicans will immediately start to plan to run against her after 4 years?
    4. How many "old and new scandals" is this nation willing to undertake again?

    You see, I am over 50 years old and have continued to follow politics all year round:

    It is not about winning, it is about been able to govern!
    It is not about having soultions, it is about been about to carry them out!
    It is not about being a president, it is about being able to hold the "moral torch" and to bring the people together.

    Hilllary cannot do any of these things, period. As Regan once said, people get the type of "government" that are... of them. We have made bad judgments over these years, and this is last chance, I believe, that God has given to us to redeem our levels of ignorance.

    April 15, 2008 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  13. Look byond

    This is for all of you bloggers.





    April 15, 2008 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
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    April 15, 2008 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  15. HM

    Mr. Colbert truly understands the nature of our totally wacked out political system here in the USA. And the impact of our dysfunctional news system.

    He should have a place in network TV, maybe even in place of the network nightly news.

    April 15, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  16. Rick from NJ

    Maybe Michelle will explain her misstatements for her husband.
    Why hasn't Sen. Obama apologized?

    It's not okay to have a man not apologize for his elitist attitude and it's not okay for a man not to apologize for supporting a pastor with poor views of our country and our former first lady.

    This is bad and very serious.

    April 15, 2008 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  17. ml

    it is just plain comedy, nothing else ......... right?
    So we laugh, and forget .......????

    April 15, 2008 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  18. gene

    Colbert has already invited Hillary and she has accepted. I think he will treat them same. He should be carefull with Michelle as she appears sometimes like she wants to bite your head off, plus that very angry person look.

    April 15, 2008 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  19. Deb, Texas

    He's got the right one going on his show, Michelle. She is not going to play with him. He may think he tells it like it is – so does Michelle Obama.

    April 15, 2008 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  20. Alice

    It isn't surprising that Hillary would go on the show. She needs to connect with the younger voters that are the Colbert Nation. Obama already is strong in that demographic, and needs to focus his efforts elsewhere.

    April 15, 2008 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  21. Edana Popp

    Some advice for the Larry King producers: when you have a funny guy on, keep him in the studio with Larry. This was a dud interview because of the set-up.

    April 15, 2008 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  22. hello

    Do I see a pattern over heare by CNN.
    if you look at all tickers you will notice that CNN closes the comments as soon they get negative for OBAMA and positive for Hillary.
    and it is same pattern in reverse order.

    April 15, 2008 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  23. Independent

    He is...AMERICA, and so can you!

    April 15, 2008 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  24. gigi

    CNN, I have been listening to your questions all day, about Sen. Obama's "bitter" controversy. This is like two contestants both calling tails (or heads) on a coin toss.

    What exactly do you mean by "will they (remarks) hurt him (Obama), or will they help Sen. Clinton". Is this some kind of double talk? It seems to me that you are asking if he loses both ways. Sorry if I am misunderstanding your statements.

    April 15, 2008 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  25. john williams san diego, ca.

    a two bit kind of comedian. He has his cult of slackers and that's all.

    April 15, 2008 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
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