Colbert for president (again)
January 12th, 2012
08:08 PM ET
2 years ago

Colbert for president (again)

(CNN) - Faux-news host and comedian Stephen Colbert announced Thursday night he was launching his second run for president in South Carolina.

"I'm proud to announce I plan to form an exploratory committee to lay the groundwork for my candidacy in the United States of South Carolina," Colbert said at a taping of his show Thursday evening.

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Colbert said voters in South Carolina saw him as an alternative to current GOP frontrunner Mitt Romney.

"Clearly my fellow South Caroliniacs see me as the only Mitternative," Colbert said.

However, according to South Carolina election law, Colbert may not get his way. The state's website said write-in votes are prohibited in political party primaries or for president and vice president.

South Carolina Election Commission spokesman Chris Whitmire told CNN with the Republican presidential primary just nine days away, there "won't even be a way for someone to do that because it's not allowed under the law."

The comedian missed the November 1 filing deadline to get his name on the GOP primary ballot. Whitmire added that, in accordance with the law, there's no write-in space on the electronic and paper primary ballots.

Colbert, who filed to run for the White House as a Democrat in 2007, lost a fight with South Carolina's Democratic Party when it removed him from the state's 2008 primary ballot, a step that ended his presidential bid.

But the comedian has been back in full force this election cycle with his own Super PAC, called "Making a Better Tomorrow, Tomorrow."

In October, the Federal Election Commission allowed Colbert to form the group, which can raise and spend unlimited amounts of money on a candidate as long as it doesn't coordinate with a candidate's campaign.

In the taping of his show Thursday, Colbert confronted that hurdle, officially signing over the super PAC to fellow Comedy Central host Jon Stewart.

As a satire on super PAC rules, the group created a commercial endorsing "Rick P(a)rry" just days before the Texas governor launched his White House bid this summer.

"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."

In the fall, Colbert also made news when he offered $500,000 of super PAC funds to cover the cost of South Carolina's primary on January 21, following a heated battle within the state over who would pay for the contest-the state party or the taxpayers.

In return, Colbert, a South Carolina native, asked for the rights to change the name of the primary to the "The Colbert Super PAC South Carolina Republican Primary."

The state did not take him up on the offer.

– CNN's Shawna Shepherd, Ashley Killough and Julian Cummings contributed to this report.

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Gingrich: South Carolina will be 'Armageddon' of attacks


Filed under: 2012 • South Carolina • Stephen Colbert
soundoff (239 Responses)
  1. NVa Native

    Hey little Timmy – all the "dismal failures" are on the GOP side, so the Colbert Presidency would be in good company.

    January 13, 2012 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  2. Nick-o

    Colbert-Parry 2012!

    January 13, 2012 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  3. narfzort

    i'm glad that colbert is mocking our election system, our government, our supreme court declaring that corporations are people–it is a joke. the problem is that we laugh about it, but are unable to do anything.
    i have to think that colbert finds it absurd that voters would rather vote for him than for an actual, real candidate. i don't blame those voters–at least they know that colbert is just putting on an act.

    January 13, 2012 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  4. realitybites

    Steven and John, if you are reading this. Please spend your super pack $ on class A political adds pointing out the obsurdity of the current GOP clown show. You, know. The saterical faux conservative bit you do?. And then just keep bombarding peoples TV's w/ them. Mitt comes out w/ another McNasty mudsling and you pArry w/ a jab.

    January 13, 2012 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  5. Doug

    Obviously it would be a comedian to best represent the Democrat party and its eichmen, after all their ideology is nothing but a sick and sad joke.

    January 13, 2012 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  6. Truth and Nothing But the Truth

    We already have a clown in the Whitehouse!

    January 13, 2012 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  7. skyjmpr

    At least he has a sense of humor.

    January 13, 2012 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  8. amazedinUS

    Simply amazing how many people think this guy is for real!!
    If he were to run, I bet he'd get half the conservative vote while mocking them!
    Deniers of truth just don't get sarcasm, I guess!

    January 13, 2012 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  9. albert einstein

    Colbert for anything serious that requies actual work????

    Don't be idiots.

    January 13, 2012 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  10. Debbie

    I love this as it shows how Citizen's United is the biggest terrorist threat to our representative democratic republic. His PAC, 501, and now candidacy shows how money and power under the Citizen's United ruling is absurd and dangerous! I will vote for the candidate who will introduce an amendment to overturn the Citizen's United ruling. Otherwise, it is evidence that the US Supreme Court officially and legally is a monied plutocracy,.

    January 13, 2012 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  11. Gurgi

    Well, Colbert would be a better president that the current occupier of the white house.

    January 13, 2012 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  12. Mike

    People - seriously. Colbert is a caricature. He's method-acting. He's not "pretending" to be a Conservative any more than Johnny Depp "pretends" to be a pirate. Comparing him to Romney (from a RINO perspective) makes you look ignorant and foolish.

    January 13, 2012 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  13. liberal voting?

    chuchsheen9 – you mean only liberals would vote for Hollywood personalities like Reagan or Schwarzenegger?

    January 13, 2012 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  14. Truth and Nothing But the Truth

    Debbie - I love this as it shows how Citizen's United is the biggest terrorist threat to our representative democratic republic.
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    Yes, because free speech and the dissemination of information is a VERY DANGEROUS THING! I am amazed at the Democrats and leftists constant attempts to control the dissemination of information in a free society. THAT my dear is the biggest terrorist threat to our representative democratic republic.

    If you're ideas are so good then let the people get all the information and decide for themselves. Selling inferior and already proven to fail BS like the left does, I know why they don't like the free flow of information.

    January 13, 2012 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  15. rs

    Colbert would in fact be better than any of the GOP/TP contenders at the moment.

    January 13, 2012 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  16. DIANA

    Go Colbert! I'd vote for you.

    If the Donald could do it, why can't he? At least he knows what a comedy show this is and not egotistical as the rest of them who don't have a clue on how ridiculous they look.

    Colbert/Stewart 2012 and 2016!

    January 13, 2012 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  17. Tony

    I would totally vote for Colbert!

    January 13, 2012 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  18. capiers

    We all know Colbert is not actually a Republican, that is what makes this so funny. I still think someone like him or Stewart could do a better job than any of the current candidates as well as Obama. They actually spend time getting intimate with issues and which allows them to come to a fair and realistic opinion on how or what should be done. Presidents of the U.S.A only need to be intelligent, knowledgeable, compassionate, fair, understanding, firm on issues and lastly have a good sense of humor. "Colbert for President"

    January 13, 2012 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  19. Socrates

    Sorry, Colbert. We have too many comedians already. Next time.

    January 13, 2012 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  20. dBigpicture

    It amazes me how people like Colbert, Jon Stewart, Bill Maher, are lining up their pockets, making millions catering to populist ideas that have failed their core audience. The real unemployment among the young in this country is over 25%...mostly due to relentless useless regulations imposed by Obama administration, which I consider the worst president for the economy. The next worst president for the economy was Bush II.

    January 13, 2012 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  21. Terri

    "As a satire on super PAC rules, the group created a commercial endorsing "Rick P(a)rry" just days before the Texas governor launched his White House bid this summer."
    A satire? Ok, yes it is funny but it is all being done legally in front of a camera to expose just how ridiculous the rules are for super pacs and running for office. I laugh to keep from crying all the while realizing how serious the issues being brought up on a comedy show really are. Thanks to Stephen and John for exposing all of it, how sad is it that comedians are the ones "reporting" on this? It is sad too that so many people don't realize just how bad things are in our political system.

    January 13, 2012 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  22. Pimpson

    Just proves how irrelevant and removed from reality CNN is.

    January 13, 2012 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  23. Deej59

    Sadie Boyd said: "We need the dumbing down of America to stop. Vote Parry!"

    Was that intentional? You want credit for not being dumb, but you say "Vote Parry"? It's Perry. And even if you'd spelled it right, you'd still apparently be supporting a candidate with a less stringent personal ethical code than many of the people his state executes. Look up "Todd Willingham" and see what a great guy Rick Perry is. I don't want anyone capable of allowing state sanctioned murder just to keep his poll numbers up among the "tough on crime" crowd, never mind that the inmate in question is looking less guilty by the hour as revelations about the flawed investigation are revealed. And just crickets from Perry's end of the phone. I hope he drops out soon and is never heard from again.

    January 13, 2012 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  24. ted

    There goes the GOP's chance to be relevant. Too bad.

    Vote Obama/Biden 2012

    January 13, 2012 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  25. DUDE!

    Now wait a minute! How do we know that this guy is serious? Could this just be another joke? lol

    January 13, 2012 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
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