September 24th, 2010
01:31 PM ET
8 years ago

Conyers: Colbert 'pretty profound'


Washington (CNN) – One of the more shocking early moments of the Stephen Colbert hearing did not come from the star witness.

It was when House Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers asked a confused Colbert to "leave the committee room completely and submit your statement instead."


Filed under: Hill Hallways • John Conyers • Stephen Colbert
September 24th, 2010
12:39 PM ET
8 years ago

Pelosi on Colbert


Washington (CNN) - Speaker Nancy Pelosi defended comedian Stephen Colbert's testimony before a House Judiciary subcommittee on Friday.

Leaving her weekly press conference, Pelosi told reporters she thought it was appropriate for Colbert to appear as a witness, "He's an American. He comes before the committee. He has a point of view."


Filed under: Nancy Pelosi • Stephen Colbert
September 24th, 2010
11:37 AM ET
8 years ago

Colbert on the Hill

Washington (CNN) - There's nothing funny about the issue of migrant farm labor - unless Comedy Central's Stephen Colbert is discussing it.

Colbert, accompanied by a media swarm, sarcastically testified on Capitol Hill Friday about the conditions facing America's undocumented farm workers. The popular host of "The Colbert Report" told members of a House Judiciary subcommittee that he hoped to bring attention to the workers' hardships.

"I certainly hope that my star power can bump this hearing all the way up to C-SPAN 1," he joked.

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Filed under: Congress • Stephen Colbert
September 22nd, 2010
08:51 PM ET
8 years ago

Stephen Colbert to testify before Congress


Washington (CNN) – Comedian Stephen Colbert will testify before Congress on Friday at a House Judiciary Committee hearing on immigration called "Protecting America's Harvest."

Colbert will testify alongside United Farm Workers President Arturo S. Rodriguez to discuss the UFW's summer "Take our Jobs" campaign, in which the group invited U.S. citizens and legal residents to replace immigrant field laborers, according to a UFW press release.

The campaign is an effort by the group to debunk the theory that immigrant laborers are taking jobs away from U.S. citizens and documented workers.

Rodriguez appeared on "The Colbert Report" in July to discuss the campaign. During the interview, Colbert agreed to participate in the challenge after Rodriguez reported that only four people had signed up to work in the fields.


Filed under: Immigration • Stephen Colbert
April 15th, 2008
11:45 AM ET
10 years ago

Colbert talks politics with Larry King


Watch Stephen Colbert on Larry King Live.

(CNN) – Stephen Colbert, the Comedy Central host who launched his own short-lived presidential bid last year - discussed politics with CNN’s Larry King Monday night. Some highlights:

On Bill Clinton: “I think that he’s a rogue operative that they’re having trouble shutting down. …He’s a totally separate entity unless, of course, we’re talking about the time that he was president and Hillary Clinton was getting experience by being his wife.”

On the Pennsylvania primary: “I’m a kingmaker. I just want to help the people of Pennsylvania decide who I think they should vote for.”

On Chris Matthews: “He’s probably running for Arlen Specter’s seat in 2010.”

On the Iraq war: “Certainly, in a time of war, there should be no questioning of our leaders and no questioning about whether a surge is or is not successful. We should start thinking more about how the war is feeling and less about how we are feeling about the war.”

Colbert is broadcasting his show, The Colbert Report, from Philadelphia all week. Barack Obama will not be a guest on the show, but wife Michelle Obama is scheduled to make an appearance Tuesday night. Obama’s rival, Sen. Hillary Clinton, is reportedly scheduled appear on the show Thursday.

Filed under: Larry King Live • Stephen Colbert
November 6th, 2007
09:49 AM ET
6 years ago

Obama supporters pressed Dems to keep Colbert off ballot

Prominent Obama supporters in South Carolina pressed Democratic party officials to keep Stephen Colbert off the primary ballot.

COLUMBIA, South Carolina (CNN) - Two prominent supporters of Illinois Sen. Barack Obama's presidential campaign in South Carolina called state Democratic Party officials and urged them to keep funnyman Stephen Colbert's name off the primary ballot, according to party officials and Obama supporters.

The Obama campaign denied any connection to the phone calls.

"Democrats in South Carolina, including supporters of ours, had strong feelings on both sides of the ballot issue, and ultimately it was South Carolina Democrats who made this decision," said Obama's South Carolina communications director Kevin Griffis.

The South Carolina Democratic Party Executive Council voted last week 13-3 to block Colbert's bid for the Democratic primary.

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- CNN South Carolina Producer Peter Hamby

November 5th, 2007
06:00 PM ET
10 years ago

Colbert 'weeping' over Democratic rejection

Colbert's presidential bid was short lived.

NEW YORK (CNN) - With his tongue planted firmly in his cheek, Stephen Colbert said he is taking a break from his Comedy Central faux news program to mourn last week’s decision to block him from being on the South Carolina Democratic Party’s primary ballot. Even if he wanted to work, his offices would be empty because his writers are participating in the Writers Guild of America strike.

Colbert’s statement to CNN’s Showbiz Tonight on the South Carolina Democratic Party’s decision:

"I am shocked and saddened by the South Carolina Democratic Executive Council’s 13-to-3 vote to keep me off their presidential primary ballot. Although I lost by the slimmest margin in presidential election history - only ten votes - I have chosen not to put the country through another agonizing Supreme Court battle. It is time for this nation to heal.

I want say to my supporters, this is not over. While I may accept the decision of the Council, the fight goes on! The dream endures! ...And I am going off the air until I can talk about this without weeping."

The South Carolina Democratic Executive Council voted 13-to-3 vote last week to keep his name off of the presidential primary ballot.

Comedy Central was scheduled to air a re-run of Colbert’s program Monday night due to the strike.

- CNN Political Assignment Editor Katy Byron

Filed under: South Carolina • Stephen Colbert
November 3rd, 2007
09:00 AM ET
10 years ago

Edwards would have liked Colbert candidacy

John Edwards said Stephen Colbert are both South Carolina natives.

CHERAW, South Carolina (CNN) - Former Sen. John Edwards said Friday that having comedian and fellow South Carolina native Stephen Colbert on the Democratic presidential primary ballot would have made the electoral process a little more fun.

Asked by CNN about the state Democratic party's decision Thursday to keep Colbert off the ballot, Edwards laughed and said he had not heard the news.

"Is that true?" he asked, smiling and looking around at reporters. "I hadn't heard about that."

Edwards, whose campaign issued a light-hearted statement last week saying they would "kick Colbert's butt" in South Carolina, said he would have liked to see Colbert run.

"I kind of like Colbert on the ballot myself," Edwards said. "I think it adds a little bit of interest. I like it though. I think it's fun."

Related video: Watch Edwards discuss Sen. Clinton and Stephen Colbert

- CNN South Carolina Producer Peter Hamby

Filed under: John Edwards • South Carolina • Stephen Colbert
November 1st, 2007
03:21 PM ET
10 years ago

South Carolina Democrats say no to Colbert

Colbert's presidential bid is likely over.

COLUMBIA, South Carolina (CNN) - The South Carolina Democratic Party voted Thursday to keep comedian Stephen Colbert's name off the Democratic Primary ballot, according to Executive Director Joe Werner.

This essentially means that Colbert’s short lived White House run in the Palmetto State will come to an end, because he has said that he would not try to be placed on the Republican Party primary ballot.

The state party's executive council met this afternoon in Columbia to decide which Democratic candidates met the criteria to be placed on the ballot. To be placed on the South Carolina ballot a candidate must demonstrate national viability as well as campaign in the state.

Colbert, who officially filed papers to get on the ballot this morning, lost a roll call vote, 13-3.

Meanwhile, presidential long shots, Rep. Dennis Kucinich and former Alaska Sen. Mike Gravel, made the cut.

State Democratic Party Chairwoman Carol Fowler suggested Wednesday that Colbert does not meet the standard of national viability.

"He does not appear to be campaigning to win if he is only running in one state," she said.

Werner confirmed Thursday that viablity was the issue - because Colbert only sought to run in South Carolina and has essentially acknowledged his bid was a joke, the party could not deem him viable.

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- CNN South Carolina Producer Peter Hamby

Filed under: South Carolina • Stephen Colbert
October 31st, 2007
03:00 PM ET
10 years ago

Source: Colbert to file for S.C. Democratic primary

Colbert's presidential bid is no joke.

COLUMBIA, South Carolina (CNN) - Funnyman Stephen Colbert's presidential campaign is apparently no joke.

The host of Comedy Central's "The Colbert Report" will file papers late Wednesday or early Thursday to put his name on South Carolina's Democratic primary ballot, a source familiar with the comedian's strategy said.

The South Carolina native will not file papers as a Republican because the $35,000 required to get on the GOP ballot is apparently too high a threshold.

"They priced us out of range," the source told CNN.

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- CNN South Carolina Producer Peter Hamby

Filed under: South Carolina • Stephen Colbert
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