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.

Also see:

Santorum warns voters of scary rhetoric

Rivals grudgingly defend Romney from Bain criticism

Haley warns Republicans against Romney attacks

Gingrich: South Carolina will be 'Armageddon' of attacks


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

    @NVa Native , Truth and Nothing But the Truth , The Greedy Old Pigs have declared class war on US!

    I just asked a question !

    I didn't mean to insinuate that the three of you should go down on each other when you get back to your cells !

    January 13, 2012 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  2. Gurgi

    mama4obama, you just had to add the "maybe."

    January 13, 2012 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  3. Bob

    Seems Mr. Colbert is hitting pretty close to home judging by some of the comments from those who are complaining about his comedy act. And is it really necessary to resort to mulitple exclamation marks and/or capital letters to make a point? Seems kind of juvenile to me.

    January 13, 2012 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  4. cali girl

    Dominican Mamma, you are so my new BFF!! You rock Mama!!
    Keep up the banter, it is making it a very nice day.

    January 13, 2012 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  5. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    @call girl:
    LOL!

    January 13, 2012 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  6. Sarah

    Check out this new site that just launched: http://www.political2cents.com/ Voice your opinion on all of the major issues! Check it out!

    January 13, 2012 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  7. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Gurgi

    mama4obama, you just had to add the "maybe."
    ------------------------
    Okay. That got me. Internet hugs for Gurgi(( )).

    January 13, 2012 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  8. tom

    He would be better than Obama- and he is more qualified by what he has accomplished before becoming a politician.

    January 13, 2012 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  9. T'sah From Virginia

    ►TRENDING: Colbert for president (again)◄
    Thanks to the SUPER PACs – he's allowed to get in and win
    Did the Supreme Court realize this when they passed that "DUMB PAC LAW?"
    No, because NOW they are probably saying, "What the Hell – We created a "SHOCK and AWE"

    This is really making the RIGHT look ridiculous – And then again, Cobert will probably win SC!!!

    Obama 2012!!

    January 13, 2012 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  10. T'sah From Virginia

    ►Woman In California
    T'sah, I agree with you NO COMMENT.
    Obama 2012.◄

    Thank you – But I did end up commented a few moments ago but it is the NEXT day and this story is still hanging around!!!

    Obama 2012!!

    January 13, 2012 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  11. Bob

    The Stewart-Colbert snark is long past its expiration date.
    Stephen Colbert, the official State-run
    media approved Court Jester of the Left.

    January 13, 2012 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  12. Hark

    I don't get it....born with a great sense of humor and this guy is just silly to me. I find Jon Stewart absolutely LOL...but this Colbert guy is a DUD. Saw his skit to congress and was embarrased for him ! After that, why bother watching his show? Somebody please give me a reason to reconsider.

    January 13, 2012 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  13. Rab Lerowser

    Colbert is gonna troll the hell out of the primaries and jon stewarts superpac attacks ad are gonna be freaking hilarious
    i cant wait to see where this goes

    COLBERT 2012!!

    January 13, 2012 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  14. Jerri Blank

    If you like Stephen Colbert, google a Tv show called "Strangers With Candy"... and then rent it!

    January 13, 2012 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  15. Andrew

    "Only liberals would vote for a Hollywood personality"?
    So... Reagan was a liberal? Seriously what is it with Republican cognitive dissonance about their own supposed idol, Reagan raised taxes, increased federal spending, was a hollywood actor, and yet these people still seem to refuse to acknowledge any of that.

    At least the rest of us 'liberals' get the joke. What, do you people condemn Swift's "Modest Proposal" too?

    January 13, 2012 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  16. Andrew

    "Only liberals would vote for a Hollywood personality"?
    So... Reagan was a liberal? Seriously what is it with Republican cognitive dissonance about their own supposed idol, Reagan raised taxes multiple times, increased federal spending, was a hollywood actor, and yet these people still seem to refuse to acknowledge any of that.

    At least we get the joke. What, do you people condemn Swift's "Modest Proposal" too?

    January 13, 2012 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  17. Andrew

    "Only liberals would vote for a Hollywood personality"?
    So... Reagan was a liberal? Seriously what is it with Republican cognitive d-ssonance about their own supposed idol, Reagan raised taxes multiple times, increased federal spending, was a hollywood actor, and yet these people still seem to refuse to acknowledge any of that.

    At least we get the joke. What, do you people conde-n Swift's "Modest Proposal" too?
    Evil overly sensitive CNN automatic filter.

    January 13, 2012 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  18. Andrew

    "Only liberals would vote for a Hollywood personality"?
    So... Reagan was a liberal? Seriously what is it with Republican cogn-tive d-ssonance about their own supposed idol, Reagan raised taxes multiple times, increased federal spending, was a hollywood actor, and yet these people still seem to refuse to acknowledge any of that.

    At least we get the joke. What, do you conde-n Swift's "Modest Proposal" too?
    Evil overly sensitive CNN automatic filter.

    January 13, 2012 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  19. Andrew

    "Only liberals would vote for a Hollywood personality"?
    So... Reagan was a liberal? Seriously what is it with Republican cogn-tive d-ssonance about their own supposed idol, Reagan raised taxes multiple times, increased federal spending, was a Hollywood actor, and yet these people still seem to refuse to admit any of that.

    At least we get the j-ke. What, do you conde-n Swift's "Modest Proposal" too?
    Evil overly sensitive CNN automatic filter.

    January 13, 2012 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  20. Sniffit

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

    Dangerous sociopaths are ALWAYS relevant.

    January 13, 2012 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  21. teararound

    His method of teaching is very effective. I wonder if the supreme court ever realized how absolutely hilarious their ruling was and at the same time how seriously it will affect our elections?

    January 13, 2012 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  22. teararound

    His method of teaching is very effective. I wonder if those who voted for this ruling realized the silliness and seriousness of it.

    January 13, 2012 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  23. teararound

    His method of teaching is very effective.

    January 13, 2012 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  24. teararound

    Why does my comment need moderation?

    January 13, 2012 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  25. ThinkAgain

    OK, so I googled "gurgi" and this is what I found: "He is described as being some sort of cross between man and beast, having long arms, covered with fur and leaves, and ever hungry but really "just a sort of a, kind of a thing".

    Interesting choice for a moniker ....

    January 13, 2012 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
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