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. Woman In California

    I didn't even bother to read this article or listen to his interview on MTP today, because even though comedians are entitled to vote and share their opionions, I really don't care or listen to anything they say.

    Obama/Biden 2012

    October 14, 2012 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  2. Tommy G

    too many dumb people don't get his schtick, especially the young. they mistake this clown for a news reporter. a sad commentary on the intelligence level of some people in this country.

    October 14, 2012 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  3. Sassafras tea

    Yet he will probably vote for R. People who vote R/R are like someone who buys a lemon off a used car lot and drives it up Pike's Peak, or who, even after discovering a leak, still rows a boat out into deep water - suicidal. O/B!

    October 14, 2012 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  4. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Mitt Romney doesn't know the difference between Mitt Romney today and the Mitt Romney yesterday, I hope that helps. President Obama is our future FORWARD, not backwards.

    October 14, 2012 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  5. plain&simple

    Congresses is the main problem no matter who is president. Romney the moderate would have to do battle with the severe wing of his party,Romney the severe conservative would have to battle the democrats. Obama might have an edge being he would not have to be in another election and could use that to a good advantage. One six year term is the long term solution.

    October 14, 2012 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  6. CBR

    Many people could help Mr. Colbert. One very important difference is the early years of each candidate. Mr. Romney 's comments about the 47%, made before a wealthy group of donors, shows that he will change his story to fit the crowd. If he should become President which crowd will he defer to. I am pretty sure it would be the wealthier Americans who bankrolled ads in his favor. It would be hard not to do so. Mr. Romney does not like criticism and has a hard time owning up to a mistake.

    October 14, 2012 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  7. pcalif

    If Colbert can't tell the difference, he certainly doesn't belong in politics. Do you see Tea Party extremists like Alan West, Bachman, FOX News, John Sununu, Santorum, Gingrich, et al. following Pres Obama around and stumping for him? Have you seen these nut cases in the White House in the last 3 1/2 years? No, and God forbid we ever will.

    October 14, 2012 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  8. Squigman

    He'd know the difference if his income were minimum wage, or a few cents better.

    October 14, 2012 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  9. David

    Romney doesn't even have a plan (a tax cut with no way to pay for it and no evidence that it will cause economic growth is not a plan it is pandering), no one knows what he stands for, he is a draft dodger and the stances he has taken are incredibly hypocritical. The repub strategy is simply to dumb down the affects of the 08 recession which even Reagan and Bush Sr.'s top economic advisors said in 08 would take at least 15 years to fully recover from.

    October 14, 2012 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  10. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Look at Romney's family today, his five(5) sons and then look back into the History of the entire Romney family and you will find not one has given their service to our U.S. Military, I can almost go as far to say the reason being is they too were draft dodgers just like Mitt himself.

    October 14, 2012 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  11. Fact

    Sad how too many people can not see that Obama and gang have made great progress "forwarding" us into collectivism/communism. Of course, what would one expect when the masses attend government run schools that push the agenda and then push it at the liberal universities, also. All to the praise of Hooleywood stars. Oh well, bye-bye the U.S. of A. that our fathers bravely defended.

    October 14, 2012 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  12. GI Joe

    Taking away women's choices for healthcare and finances is another power play. "Keep those women in their places". If you think it has nothing to do with your finances, figure it costs about $250,000 to raise a child from birth to high school graduation. Too many kids, bankruptcy, homelessness, illness, foodstamps, etc. Then criticize them for being poor.

    Shame on that damned power hungry control-freak. He will never be MY President.

    I voted Obama/Biden more than a week ago, and don't listen to Robme's lies any more. I've seen and heard enough in the 6 years he's been running.

    October 14, 2012 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  13. 2020

    Mitt Romney ran away from draft, from serving this country. His five sons suck their thumbs under mama grizzly care.

    That family doesn't know what is honor and duty. They practise from the "me only" bible. what do you expect of Romney, ABSOLUTELY NOTHING

    October 14, 2012 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  14. Andrew

    Umm, Tommy G, young people don't typically watch Colbert's show thinking Colbert is a "news reporter". Hell, anyone who grew up watching his show knows that it's a satire that was originally slated to take aim against Bill O'Riley, as in, mocking the idea of the whole "editorial news" shows that have taken a hold on Fox News.

    I'm not aware of when our satarists were confused for 'news reporting', but that doesn't make what satirists say irrelevant or nonsense. I'd imagine you'd levy these same criticisms against Twain or Swift, wouldn't you?

    Don't denagrade our youth just because you project your own dislike of Colbert on others.

    October 14, 2012 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  15. Russ in Md.

    GI Joe
    "I voted Obama/Biden more than a week ago, and don't listen to Robme's lies any more. I've seen and heard enough in the 6 years he's been running."

    You are the classic definition of an Obamabot. Don't worry, If he get re-elected (which I doubt) he will buy you a new Phone, a new house, and your gas will only be a nickel a gallon.

    October 14, 2012 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  16. Brian

    Oh, come on Colbert. That's like Obama always voting "present" on the tough calls in both Senate seats he "occupied." One candidate is a real and proven leader who makes the tough leadership moves and finds compromise across the aisle; 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 and what lies he can tell about his opponent since he has no record to run on himself. Do I really need to spell out which is which? Uh, DUH....

    October 14, 2012 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  17. beevee

    Colbert has not assessed Romney correctly. Romney is so desperate to get into the WH that he will do any thing or say any thing to please the voters. He wll lie through his teeth and shamelessly contradicts himself form one day to the other. Yesterday he was a severe conservative and during the first debate he was a moderate republican who said that he will do all the things that president Obama has already been doing if elected. Tomorrow he will say that he will continue to do what Obama is already doing and so vote for him (Romney). The guy is severely confused patholoigical liar and a political chameleon.

    October 14, 2012 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  18. Brian

    Shame on you weak-heads who let the Democratic lapdogs in the media outlets tell you how to think. If you can't see the blatant lies being told about Romney and his record by the worst President in modern times, if not ever, one which obviously has no record of his own to run upon, then I am not sure I would be bragging about it in public, even in an anonymous forum like this. Yeah, let's give Obama a pass on the failure in Libya and the LIES that they told for a month afterwards, just because an election is coming up.... NOT.

    October 14, 2012 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  19. claudia

    Always the satirist..thanks for injecting a dose of humor into this thing.

    October 14, 2012 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  20. Ballarddog

    I may not agree with the use of drones in sovereign nations, but I at least feel that President Obama has kept the use of our troops out of harms way. He has built back our allies and is moving cautiously with Iran. A country that we screwed up there own early democracy with the help of the British in the 50's. Then gave them the power of the Shah. We need some perspective here on that issue. Anyway Romney/Ryan I fear could easily send us into another war.I guess though, that could take our minds and the media's off the real issues hear at home.

    October 14, 2012 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  21. Daniel

    I will vote r/r for the sake of my children if nothing else I grew up in a great country I would like to see them grow up in one that was still a free country.

    October 14, 2012 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  22. Indy

    too many dumb people don't get his schtick, especially the young. they mistake this clown for a news reporter. a sad commentary on the intelligence level of some people in this country.

    Not to worry Tommy G, Fox news is thought to be known as actual news with real reporters but we all know they are strictly propaganda with an extreme bend to the right.One thing about Colbert and Jon Stewart is they at least come from the center and you actually get to make your own decisions and Fox is 100% one sided

    October 14, 2012 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  23. Marie

    It will take same time or more to fix the economie and unemployment that was destroy in 8 years. Obama started to fix it in less than 5 years, we should give him credit for that, this President is working hard. "No President ever fix that kind of mess in less than the time the President took"; Romney is heartless, and will not help middle class, rich people like him will become more rich and poor will become more poor. And How could he say let GM... go bakrupt? can you imagine how many familie will be lay off if the President did not step up and say No for Romney proposition? is this some one you can trust for your futurre and your family? I think he just out of touch, and doen't care about what familie are going thru; Anyway he made it clear 47% of people will suffer under his regime, to name only those...

    October 14, 2012 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  24. GI Joe

    For one, Mr Colbert, Romney is getting campaign cash from David and Charles Koch who are threatening their 50,000 employees with being laid off or fired if Obama gets back in office. You know who they are: white supremacists (trained that way by their wealthy father). Is this coercion or voter intimidation? I do believe both are illegal in all 50 states and I know for a fact several of Romney's supporters are being investigated by the FBI as we speak.

    Does that help?

    October 14, 2012 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  25. 13directors

    Colbert is voting for Obama. How we treat each other is very important to him. If you read between the lines, this is always apparent. Romney is about the bottom line. A Federalist, actually.

    October 14, 2012 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
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