Stephen Colbert backs Rick 'Parry' for prez
August 10th, 2011
08:22 PM ET
3 years ago

Stephen Colbert backs Rick 'Parry' for prez

Washington (CNN) - It's not a typo. Comedian Stephen Colbert wants America to vote for Rick Parry - that's right, Parry with an "A."

In the first released ad by his "super" political action committee, Colbert urged Iowa voters to write in "Rick Parry" at the Ames straw poll on Saturday, suggesting in a satiric nod that he's throwing his weight behind Republican Gov. Rick Perry of Texas for president.

"I called dibs on Rick Parry a long time ago," said Colbert, who dubs himself president and assistant equipment manager for his PAC, in a statement Wednesday.

The ad, "Episode IV: A New Hope," is a play on the Supreme Court's 2010 Citizens United ruling, which allows super PACs to receive and spend unlimited amounts of money, as long as they don't coordinate with a particular candidate.

"So to prove we're truly uncoordinated, we're asking voters to write in Parry with an A – as in America, IowA, or PresidAnt," Colbert said. "You can feel confident he's not asking us to do that."

The one-minute spot blasts other groups, including Jobs for Iowa and Grow PAC, for using their "unlimited super PAC money" to rally behind Perry, who's widely expected to launch a presidential campaign soon.

"But what about our unlimited super PAC money? We want you to vote for Rick Perry, too," the ad said. "But not their Rick Perry, our Rick Parry."

The ad took to the airwaves Wednesday in the Des Moines media market.

Colbert's PAC - "Americans for a Better Tomorrow, Tomorrow" - was granted legal status in June by the Federal Election Commission.


Filed under: Rick Perry • Stephen Colbert
soundoff (87 Responses)
  1. MikeinDallas

    Brilliant! Colbert is doing what no media outlet dares to do - point out the sheer danger of the Citizens United decision effectively giving the powerful and rich the ability to buy elections through covert PACs "as long as they don't directly contribute to the campaign." If Colbert can blow the lid off of this awful Supreme Court decision and exploit every election loophole so that a "Parry" can actually beat any legitimate candidate, then we all win. The media will scream "How could someone just come in and make a mockery of the system this way?" .... blah blah blah... And Colbert can say: "My point exactly."

    August 11, 2011 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  2. Save the Rich, vote GOP

    Doug – do you ever post on point? Also, is English your second language? Just asking because you might want to bone up on writing in sentences in case your tea-bagger friends think you're an illegal. Personally I don't care, just trying to help you out.

    August 11, 2011 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  3. Steve

    Heartedly recommend Rick Parry, Though I do not who is he is. Wonder if Perry would claim the vote.

    Though Avrahim, Jesus being the son of god is is more likely than that Egyptian priest Moses saying he had some personal relationship with him.. MOses was a murderer, blasphemer, preasched genocide... At least Jesus preached love, not Hate/.

    August 11, 2011 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  4. Steve

    Heartedly recommend Rick Parry, Though I do not who is he is.

    Wonder if Perry would claim the vote.

    Though Avrahim, Jesus being the son of god is is more likely than that Egyptian priest saying he had some personal relationship with him.. Moshe was a murderer, blasphemer, preached genocide

    Jesus preached love, not Hate/.

    August 11, 2011 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |

    August 11, 2011 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  5. Steve

    Heartedly recommend Rick Parry, though I do not who is he is. Wonder if Perry would claim the vote.

    Though Avrahim, Jesus being the son of god is more likely than that Egyptian priest Moshe saying he had some personal relationship with him.. Moshe was a murderer, blasphemer, preached genocide. At least Jesus preached love, not Hate.

    August 11, 2011 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |

    August 11, 2011 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  6. botaniguy

    You take this seriously? Cobert is busting on you if you believe this crap. He is as much for Parry as he is for Daffy Duck!

    August 11, 2011 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  7. Steve

    Heartedly recommend Rick Parry, though I do not who is he is. Wonder if Perry would claim the vote.

    Though Avrahim, Jesus being the son of god is at least more likely than that Egypt -an priest Mos-he saying he had some personal relationship with him.. Mos-he was a murderer, blasphemer, and preached genocide. At least Jesus preached love, not Hate

    August 11, 2011 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  8. Steve

    Heartedly recommend Rick Parry, though I do not who is he is. Wonder if Perry would claim the vote

    August 11, 2011 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  9. Fluffy

    We can only hope that Perry is as successful as Colbert's previous endorsements.

    August 11, 2011 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  10. JT Hawaii

    Haha funny. Rick Perry is a joke anyways, so why not make people laugh. He's like GW on roids; roids that make you paranoid, stupid, and crazy. Tea Baggers will love him.

    August 11, 2011 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  11. Russ

    I hope Rick Perry is the Republican nominee. Obama will be elected in a landslide. In fact, he will be elected in a landslide regardless of which Republican opposes him. They are all ridiculous in one way or another and the electorate will discover that soon enough.

    August 12, 2011 01:37 am at 1:37 am |
  12. Merton

    Awesome! The message behind the comedy is deadly serious – as all good comedy and satire is, really. Too much money in politics. This is really cool though. Love the ad.

    August 12, 2011 04:20 am at 4:20 am |
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