October 17th, 2007
03:21 PM ET
15 years ago

Colbert announces bid for the White House

Colbert said Tuesday he will run for president in South Carolina.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - He hinted at a possible run for the White House on CNN's Larry King last week, but Comedy Central host Stephen Colbert made it official Tuesday night: he's jumping into the presidential race in his home state of South Carolina.

"After nearly 15 minutes of soul-searching, I have heard the call….I am hereby declaring that I will enter the presidential primary in my native South Carolina, running as a favorite son," Colbert said on his show Tuesday night. "I defy any other candidate to pander more to the people of South Carolina - those beautiful, beautiful people."

South Carolina is one of four lead-off primary states that will likely play a crucial role in determining the eventual nominee of both parties.

On Larry King last Thursday, Colbert laid out his potential electoral strategy, saying he'd see how he did in South Carolina before deciding to move on to other states. (Watch Colbert discuss his political life on CNN's Larry King)

"I think maybe there's something I could offer the campaign on a state-by-state basis," he said. "I would target a state individually…a test run."

Colbert, author of the recently released “I Am America (And So Can You!),” also told King he'd seek to run as both a Democrat and Republican.

"I'd let the people decide what party I belong in," he said. "I don't dictate the people's actions."

In the interview with King, Colbert also brushed aside suggestions that it was a "cop out" to run in both parties, calling it instead courageous, because, "I could lose twice." (Related video: Watch more of Larry King's interview with Colbert)

In the slim chance that he wins a party's nomination, Colbert said Tuesday he'd consider either Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee, Russian President Vladimir Putin, or himself for a running mate.

"Colbert-Colbert - that's a strong ticket," he argued.

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soundoff (249 Responses)
  1. harry, miami, fl

    has anyone seen the movie starring robbin williams. i think its called MR. President{not so sure}. colbert could win. hands down n panty down.

    October 17, 2007 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  2. Mike Cincinnati, OH

    If you are sincerely fed up consider the serious candidate Ron Paul, he is the man.

    October 17, 2007 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  3. Andrew, Seattle, WA

    I hope he gets his name on the ballot. Given how dissatisfied Republicans or with Guiliani, McCain, Thompson, and Romney, he might do well enough to merit being let into the debates. I would TiVo every single one that he is allowed into.

    October 17, 2007 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  4. G. Bonner Lafayette, IN

    AWESOME!!! I'm in Indiana and can't wait to vote for him.
    "The Colbert Nation" Lives!

    October 17, 2007 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  5. Doug, New Jersey

    I love the fact that liberal democrats are getting their news from a channel called Comedy Central.

    Nothing is funny about hate based humor, be it a joke about someones sexuality or the demo-crap propaganda coming from Cobert. If you want someone who is truly funny since his jokes are based on reality and not hate, try Dennis Miller. The person who loves Stewart and Colbert but then blasts Coulter for being hateful should have their photo in Webster's dictionary next to the word hypocrite.

    October 17, 2007 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  6. April, Gainesville, FL

    I wish it were true, people would vote in droves if it were.

    October 17, 2007 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  7. Sue, Michigan

    Bet he won't have to raise a billion dollars either-but wait, are there rule against a candidate having a daily show???? Maybe cable's OK. Go Stephen...will Jon be your VP?

    October 17, 2007 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  8. James, San Jose, CA

    It's a joke, fools.

    If he ran, they'd have to take down his tv show. You really think that's going to happen? Look at the talk about Thompson.

    October 17, 2007 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  9. John, Toronto, Ontario

    Noooo! Dont vote for him. Theres no chance in hell he would be president. Be serious people! Any vote for Colbert is a wasted vote, your vote for Colbert could deny the possible victory of the serious candidate you would have picked.

    October 17, 2007 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  10. Greg, NY, NY

    has anyone seen the movie starring robbin williams. i think its called MR. President{not so sure}. colbert could win. hands down n panty down.

    Posted By harry, miami, fl : October 17, 2007 1:41 pm

    It was called "Man of the Year" the beginning was good, but the story around it was kinda bad. It would've been great to see an actual Presidency with him instead of where it went.

    October 17, 2007 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  11. Jon Cadillac, Toronto, Canada

    Can Canadians vote for him too.

    October 17, 2007 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  12. C, Charleston SC

    i would definitely vote for stephen! and i think he's the only candidate that can bring some people from each side together, unity that our country desperately needs!

    October 17, 2007 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  13. Gene, Barstow CA

    Hey Doug,

    Let's break this down: John Stewart and Steven Colbert are hosts of comedy shows on a comedy network. Ann Coulter is an actual pundit on an actual news network. Something should be striking you as "not like the other" at this point.

    It's also been proven time and again that people watching the COMEDY NETWORK are getting and retaining more truthful information than the people watching FOX News, which is an ACTUAL NEWS NETWORK. What does that tell you?

    October 17, 2007 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  14. Ashamed, Milwaukee, WI

    It is sad that running for the office of President of the United States has become a big joke.

    October 17, 2007 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  15. JB Hull, IA

    "The person who loves Stewart and Colbert but then blasts Coulter for being hateful should have their photo in Webster's dictionary next to the word hypocrite."
    hateful? Colbert's act criticizes a particular kind of person, and a particular ideology (ie Bill O'Reilly and Ann Coulter types)... it's really not aimed at all republicans to demonize them (whereas O'Reilly reguarly brands everyone who disagrees with him as a traitor, america hater, godless secularist etc...) Jon reguarly has guests on who he disagrees with (Lynne cheney and Tony Snow have been on in just the past week), and although he spars with them and is not shy about giving his opinion, I feel that he is much more respectful of them and invites on a wider range of guests than O'Reilly who simply calls "guests" who disagree with him names and shouts them down...

    I don't really understand why you would consider Colbert/Stewart to be "hate humor..." although I find it amusing that you imply in your post that Bill O'Reilly is more a comedian than anything, with which I cannot disagree 😉

    October 17, 2007 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  16. Mark, Shreveport, LA

    Mr. Colbert, you're no Pat Paulson!

    October 17, 2007 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  17. Karen, Orlando

    If you think that all of the people posting here are Democrats then you are way off base. What exactly has Colbert ever said that is hateful??? I'm guessing that you don't know because you have never watched his show. That's too bad because you missed the episode where Bill O'Rielly was on and they ragged on Democrats (which Colbert does quite often).
    Grow up!!

    October 17, 2007 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  18. Randy (Knoxville,TN)

    Colbert is a nobody who imitates a browbeating right-wing tool. I hope that there arent delusional Americans out there who actually take his 'candidacy' seriously. If there are, the gene pool seriously needs some chlorine.

    October 17, 2007 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  19. Kyle, Austin

    Doug in New Jersey – did you just seriously compare Ann Coulter to Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert? Hate-based humor? Have you ever even watched their shows? But hey, Colbert and Stewart MUST be like Coulter, because you FEEL they are, right? Go back to watching Dennis Miller, satire seems to go over your head.

    October 17, 2007 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  20. Bob

    Finally a politician that makes sense! He's got both of my votes!

    October 17, 2007 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  21. gigglechick, NJ

    woo!!!! Colbert '08!!!

    (this is even BETTER than Ficus 2000)

    October 17, 2007 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  22. Mark Zoeter, Alexandria, Virginia

    He couldn't be any worse than the retard who's in office right now.

    October 17, 2007 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  23. Nick Taylor Feasterville, PA

    Dick Cheney will be well missed when he leaves office with Bush. I wish Dick Cheney were running for president. Just give it time. Americans will be sorry when he retires.

    October 17, 2007 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  24. Richard, West Palm Beach, FL

    Yes, listen to classy Dennis Miller make fun of the elderly. He has lots of routines that pick on longtime Democratic public servants because they are old. That's the best he can come up with.

    October 17, 2007 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  25. jfz, napa, ca

    Stephen Colbert running for president? Why? We already have a comedian in the White House.

    October 17, 2007 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
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