Breaking (sort of): Colbert pulls out of race
January 24th, 2012
01:20 PM ET
2 years ago

Breaking (sort of): Colbert pulls out of race

(CNN) - Following his big rally endorsing Herman Cain for president in South Carolina last week, comedian Stephen Colbert announced Monday he was calling it quits.

"My fellow Americans of South Carolina: While your turnout on Saturday was historic, unfortunately–and no one could have predicted this–Herman Cain did not win the South Carolina primary," Colbert said on his Comedy Central show.

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He added: "So it is with a heavy heart and a spastic colon, that I am re-suspending Herman Cain's suspended campaign."

Colbert had tried to get his name on the Palmetto State ballot, but since he missed the November filing deadline and because the state doesn't allow write-in votes, Colbert urged supporters to vote for the former Godfather's Pizza executive in his stead.

Cain suspended his campaign last month but his name remained on the ballot.

The faux TV news host also announced plans to end his own short-lived White House bid, saying he was shutting down the presidential exploratory committee he started nearly two weeks ago - members of which, he joked, included Henry Kissinger, a "super intelligent" ferret, the iPhone software Siri, and a roll of quarters.

"So now that my exploration has come to an end, who knows what I'm going to do. Maybe I'll be like Herman Cain and hit the road in a bus with my face on it," Colbert said. "Maybe I'll hit the road in a bunch of tiny cars, each with a different part of my face on it."

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Filed under: 2012 • South Carolina • Stephen Colbert
soundoff (99 Responses)
  1. JasonP

    Anyone who thinks Colbert is not funny needs to put their brain in a garbage disposal and get a life.

    January 24, 2012 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  2. Alex in NJ

    World class reporting CNN, world class.

    January 24, 2012 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  3. Seattle Sue

    Did Cain/Colbert receive any votes in SC primary?

    January 24, 2012 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  4. Ed Peters

    Indeed, the real reason for him dropping out was because he did not trust Stewart running the Super-Pack! Maybe we will now get Jon to enter the race! Gotta admit I have learned a lot more about Politics in the USA from Jon and Steve than all the politicians put together!!! Some here think it all a joke, the real joke is the non-comedians in the race. YMMV

    January 24, 2012 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  5. Bill

    He's the only one with a consistent message – Citizens United is an awful ruling and this is why it is an awful ruling. Good for him for sticking to one issue that's foolish to at least increase awareness of how campaign finance works.

    January 24, 2012 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  6. Jerry

    Stupid, stupid (Colbert). Liar, liar (the president).

    January 24, 2012 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  7. Really?

    Jerry and Don, you really do need to get a life. You appear to be full of yourselves.

    January 24, 2012 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  8. john

    I wonder how many people actually voted for Cain.

    January 24, 2012 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  9. Annie, Atlanta

    Hopefully he made his point. We have to get the money out of politics. It's beyond obscene. Don't know how many people caught on to what he was doing, but hopefully enough to make it stick. Romney's super pac came in and blasted Gingrich in Iowa, Romney won. Gingrich's casino billionaire came in before SC with a big check, and Gingrich won. Maybe we need to get the message, no? The commercials don't have to tell the truth. Stop believing them. The millionaires in public office take care of their own. Stop voting for them. Citizens United put the final nail in the coffin of democratic elected officials. We need to find a way to reverse that horrible decision by a Supreme Court that is obviously politically polarized now. We've got a lot of work to do, y'all.

    January 24, 2012 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  10. Rob

    The sad part is Colbert is less of a joke than the GOP candidates left in the race.

    January 24, 2012 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  11. rs

    Too bad. The comic faux-Republican was probably a more viable candidate than the real ones.

    January 24, 2012 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  12. SME

    RSprings – Actually it's our right to mock it. It's our right to stand up and say, this system is a joke and we don't like it. Things need to change. Colbert is practicing his right to protest as an American citizen using a public medium and using comedy. Not everything has to be reported like it's Armageddon. It's ok to laugh. It's important to laugh.

    January 24, 2012 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  13. AQ

    Too bad he wasn't really running – he would have won hands down over GOP or Dems. The problem? Colbert is far too smart to take on the BS that is DC.

    January 24, 2012 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  14. Znews

    Now, if we could just get him to Drop-Off the air!

    January 24, 2012 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  15. Catfish

    Oh good Lord we are doomed! President Colbert we need you. Come back and save us from the Liberal Media. We hard working God fearing folk will be hounded till we pearish and die. Our bodies will be fed to Deamons from New York. Come back Prince of South Carolina! You are our only hope

    January 24, 2012 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  16. Jon

    So how many votes did Herman Cain/Colbert get?

    January 24, 2012 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  17. Diane

    Too bad, he was the only one in the "Republican" race worth voting for.

    January 24, 2012 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  18. GI Joe

    He is a republican - and the only republican (other than Huntsman) that has any intelligence at all.

    We need that humor at this time, with Newt Pouting, Mitt attacking, Santorum lying, and Paul being totally ignored.

    Oh well..............................................

    January 24, 2012 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  19. Texas Doc

    It was Newt's awesomeness that scared him. Go Newt You are the GOP!

    January 24, 2012 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  20. JT

    Cain/Colbert got 1% of the vote. I voted for them. Cain received more votes than Bachman, Huntsman, Johnson(who?), and Perry had combined.

    But still only 1% of the vote :)

    It was a nasty, rainy day. I was tempted to stay home but wanted to show my support for Colbert!

    January 24, 2012 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  21. D

    Way to go CNN, you forgot to mention several things: Cain/Colbert garners 6,234 votes (far more than Cain got in the previous primaries) AND the fact that Stewart refused to return control of the SuperPAC (too busy counting all the money).

    January 24, 2012 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  22. JohnW

    The main difference between Colbert and the rest of the GOP candidates is that Colbert is being ridiculous on purpose.

    January 24, 2012 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  23. New England Independent

    Tip of the Cap to you Mr. Colbert.

    January 24, 2012 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  24. FD

    Is anyone really surprised- lol? Colbert's still cool though.

    January 24, 2012 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  25. DIANA

    NOOO! I was about to go re – register as a Republican just so Steven could be out next President. Maybe as someone said before – he was worried about Jon Stewarts spending of the PAC money.

    January 24, 2012 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
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