Colbert says he can't tell differences between Romney and Obama
October 14th, 2012
02:48 PM ET
2 years ago

Colbert says he can't tell differences between Romney and Obama

(CNN) – Comedian Stephen Colbert says it will make a difference whether President Barack Obama or Mitt Romney wins the election in November - but he doesn't know what that difference will be.

"I'm not Ralph Nader. I don't think there's no difference," Colbert said in an interview airing Sunday on NBC's "Meet the Press." "There is a difference. I don't know what the difference is, though."

But he does speculate.

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On Obama, Colbert said there's a possibility he might be "a more aggressive reformer or changer in the second act of his presidency."

"If he wins, I hope he keeps some of the promises he didn't keep the first time," he added.

Colbert said he didn't know how Romney would govern if elected president. "He might govern as a technocrat. That sort of seems to have been his career, as like the guy from Pepsi who comes in to run GM - he can't tell us what he'll do because he hasn't seen the books yet."

"We don't know because he seems absolutely sincere as a moderate, and he also seemed sincere as a severe conservative," Colbert said of Romney, even as he insisted that wasn't a slight. "It's honest confusion, because he has a good shot at winning, and if he does, I hope he's a good president."

Asked if he's ever considered running for political office, Colbert said no way. "I have said terrible things with a straight face on camera. Can you imagine the political ads that could be run against me?"

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soundoff (119 Responses)
  1. Ash

    Sincere as a moderate.. sincere as a conservative!!! Colbert has it right... lying cheating all the way.... has Romney have no shame? Oh I forgot, he has none.

    October 15, 2012 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  2. Popori

    I think Obama is a better man for this job,he has done so much,just in a short while,give him that sugar so he can use for his tea,he is the man.

    October 15, 2012 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  3. carlos

    the willard belongs to the sect LDS which spells Lie...Deceive...Smear

    October 15, 2012 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  4. ThinkAgain: Hey, networks, fact-check the debates in real-time and put it in the crawl!

    No one knows how Mittens would govern, because not only does he keep changing his position on everything, apparently, according to his wife, he has some mental issues we should be concerned about ...

    Obama/Biden 2012 = The only sane choice

    October 15, 2012 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  5. jpmichigan

    I would like to see Obama FINALLY take some responsiblity for his lack of leadership and governing. He has shown he is not a President for ALL Americans. He picks and chooses whom he will help. Why are there so many of food stamps and mediaide? Because he didnot make as many jobs as he likes us all to believe. The private sector not government creats jobs, and they are bogged down with so many regulations, that they can not or will not create more jobs under this President. The middle-class is between a rock and a hard place., only solution is to CHANGE administration and HOPE for things to get better. Obama's policies and his senior advisors are stopping Americans from prospering.

    October 15, 2012 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  6. ThinkAgain: Hey, networks, fact-check the debates in real-time and put it in the crawl!

    @Paul: "Colbert's show is much like Fox News. It's entertainment."

    Colbert's show is on Comedy Central (note the word "comedy") and is on 4 nights a week, 22 minutes a night.

    Fox calls itself "Fox News," claims they are "fair and balanced" and has news reports, talking heads and hosts and interviews politicians. Fox only hides behind the "we're just entertainment" crap when they get called on their lies.

    If you don't see the difference, then you're blind.

    October 15, 2012 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  7. ThinkAgain: Hey, networks, fact-check the debates in real-time and put it in the crawl!

    Here's a difference, plain as day: Mittens only cares about 53% of our people and President Obama cares about 100% of our people.

    Obama/Biden 2012 = The only sane choice

    October 15, 2012 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  8. Shawn in MD

    Brian, you said

    "...
    the other sits there like an empty suit, enjoys the trappings of the office, but LETS THINGS SORT THEMSELVES OUT then sees what he can take credit for ...... Do I really need to spell out which is which? Uh, DUH....
    =========================================
    Sort of like kick the ball down the field and lets see what happens right? Yep Brian, you NEED to spell out which is which!

    October 15, 2012 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  9. SuperDave

    Obama has done NOTHING! Geez, someone actually wrote he has done a lot. What exactly? Hope and Change garbage is not an accomplishment. Oh, except for advancing the principles of welfare mentality and socialism. Perhaps that is Popori means.

    October 15, 2012 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  10. Brandon_D

    I think alot of people are missing the point of what Colbert said. He's saying, Mitt Romney is not true to himself, much less the American people. Mitt Romney doesnt know who Mitt Romney is. He also says if Mitt is elected President, he hopes he does a good job. I think we can all agree with this notion... even if we sincerely hope that he is not elected.

    October 15, 2012 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  11. Critical Thinking

    Here is a big difference between Romney and the President. Romney wasn't responsible for getting 4 americans killed and then create a false narrative to try and cover it up, while jetting off to Las Vegas for a fundraiser. Now we finally get the truth from Hillary Clinton, who btw should have been running this year instead of this disgraceful President.

    Secretary of State Hillary Clinton told reporters that her agency was not the source of misinformation concerning the attacks, charging instead that the White House was the source of the false mantra that the murders were spurred by an anti-Muslim film made in the United States.

    Clinton told reporters that when Susan Rice, U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, made her rounds on every Sunday morning news show to claim the film motivated the attacks, the information had been fed to her by the White House and not the intelligence community in the State Department or the CIA.

    Not only does Clinton’s statement contradict early White House accounts but directly contradicts statements made by Vice President Biden during the debate

    October 15, 2012 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  12. joan

    That is becaue Romney is lying to win at any cost. He is making a mockrey of you all and you are so blind with hate for the black president you will let this man win and mess up the country evn more than Mr. Bush. We need to send a clear message to Romney and Ryan that we are not that stupid. Instead it seems as if you all are going to reward these guys for their lies. We are the laughing stock of all the World. Mr. Obama is not perfect but he had done his best without the help of the GOP. There is a stark differenent between how the President plan for making the country a level playing field.

    October 15, 2012 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  13. Sniffit

    '"Colbert's show is much like Fox News. It's entertainment.""

    Yes, they are both parodies of conservatism...one intentional and the other, apparenlty, unintended.

    October 15, 2012 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  14. Sniffit

    "Not only does Clinton’s statement contradict early White House accounts but directly contradicts statements made by Vice President Biden during the debate"

    Where do you come up with this tortured nonsense? Where do you think the information came from that the WH was relying on when it told Rice? Oh, gee, you mean the intelligence community said something and the WH beleived and repeated it? Wow...shocking. Nothing in what Clinton said supports your strange assumption that the fact that the WH informed Rice means that the WH was simply maknig thinsg up instead of repeating what it was told by intelligence.

    BTW, you can stop with the silly PUMA-esque attempts to sow dissent and resentment among Dems/liberals over the fact that Hillary isn't running, etc. That crap didn't work the first time. I suppose you trying to do it again is somewhat predictable though, since the entire GOP/Teatroll policy premise is that we should keep doing the same things over and over, particulalry with the economy, and expect a different result.

    October 15, 2012 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  15. Littlegirl

    Well, he got rid of bin Laden for everyone. But Cheney and rest created "TERROR" for the rest of the world, which we'll never be rid of. So choice of president doesn't matter a whole lot. The greatest evil still exists and will always exist. Just get used to your civil rights being taken away. The war machine will keep marching on...

    October 15, 2012 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  16. Anonymous

    Yeah, Clinton contradicted herself as she became aware of more facts. She should have had all the facts correct from day one. Shame on her. It's kind of like declaring "Mission Accomplished" a few weeks into a conflict despite facts that might lead any person with a brain to think that things may drag out for 9 more years, put billions of $ on the U.S. credit card and take over 4,000 American lives – all justified by proven lies about the presence of WMD's.

    October 15, 2012 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  17. NOTADEMOCRAT

    Colbert's obvious problem is that he never learned to count to $3 BILLION dollars. You know, the amount Obama is charging on your childrens debt, every single day!

    October 15, 2012 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  18. simp

    I want to know how does stephen colbert matter? To me he's very silly, too silly for my taste. how can anyone take him serious? This is soooooo not news.

    However I do want to mention the fact that candy crowly had grover norquist on her show yesterday...WHY? he is not a political figure he is a nobody but she had him on the panel that as usual has more republicians then democrats. This evil man is holding these spineless men and woman in congress hostate by sighing this pledge not to raise taxes, how in the hell do you justify having someone like this on a panel discussing the presidental race?

    October 15, 2012 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  19. TheTruth06

    Why is everyone arguing their position on CNN blog post? You're conservative vote for Romney, you're a Democrat, vote for President Obama. I doubt seriously any of you are what the media would call undecided. Reading your posts you sound pretty well decided to me. So good luck to all of you on Nov 6. Then after the President is elected you can begin your claims of how the world will be destroyed by the one you didn't vote for. I'll be sipping on wine laughing at most of you anyway

    October 15, 2012 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
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