October 31st, 2007
03:00 PM ET
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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
soundoff (46 Responses)
  1. Ryan, New York, NY

    Great, a hollywood leftist, elitist pretending to be a conservative.
    To be fail and balanced, we need Ann Coulter to run as a socialist liberal!

    It's sad how many young people think Colbert and John Stewart are unbiased political analysts and not just hollywood elitist liberals using humor to further the left's agenda. They're just liberal versions of Limbaugh and Hannity, albeit funnier.

    Posted By Mark, Shreveport, La : October 31, 2007 3:50 pm

    You might need to speak to more of these young people that you're concerned about if you really think they think that believe "Colbert and John Stewart are unbiased political analysts." No one thinks that, but sadly, they do a better job of conveying the real news on their fake news shows than the people who are supposed to be conveying real news. What's sad is the number of people like Doug right below you who don't get it. Jersey must be a tough place for someone with such limited logic skills considering the rest of the population.

    Oh, and by the way, they're New York liberal elitists. I don't think either of them has even lived in California (though I could be wrong). Colbert's a southerner for Pete's sake.

    October 31, 2007 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  2. Doug, New Jersey

    It's subjective Evan, however if you are honest and not a partisan puppet, then if Colbert is hateful then Coulter is hateful, if Colbert is not hateful as you seem to suggest, then Coulter is not hateful. His attempt at humor at that diner with Bush was just the same as the humor found in an Ann Coulter piece, there is your example if you find Coulter to be hateful.

    So Evan (and other libs), I guess all those old 1940's blackface [i]comedies[/i] were not hateful either, I mean they were just satire, right?

    October 31, 2007 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  3. Gene, Salem, Massachusetts

    Do any of you remember a guy named Ronald Reagan. He was a third rate movie actor and a shill for General Electric on a TV show.

    Stephen Colbert would slice and dice Reagan in any type of political debate. Who debased politics by pimping entertainers? The GOP started it.

    October 31, 2007 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  4. Evan, Milwaukee

    Doug from New Jersey

    You're hiding in generalizations when we're talking specifics. Just because some satire (black face minstrel shows, as you bring up) can be hateful, doesn't mean ALL satire is hateful.

    Please provide some specific examples of hateful comments Colbert has made.

    Some examples of Coulter's hate: -Calling John Edwards a f*g
    -Saying how she wants jews to be perfected is neither satire or comedy.
    -Calling 9/11 widows "self-obsessed"

    Those comments, and countless others, are neither comedy nor satire.

    Comparing those two people is beyond idiotic.

    October 31, 2007 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  5. Christian, Tampa FL

    Comparing Stephen Colbert to Ann Coulter is just terrible and insulting to Colbert. I demand that everyone who said that take it back.

    The Colbert Nation will rise!!!

    October 31, 2007 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  6. CNB, Washington State

    ARE YOU FREAKING KIDDING ME!?!?!?!?!?!?! Those of you that are attacking Stephen Colbert for joining a primary are THE WORST KIND OF PEOPLE IN AMERICA!! It's any man's right to run for office, I can give a crap less about your opinion about the man's intent but what the heck are you afraid of? Who are you to say ANYONE can't run for office, if you don't like him DON'T VOTE FOR HIM! and i don't know if you haven't noticed but Stephen Colbert makes fun of the left as well, It's just easier to make fun of the right because you're all too stubborn and easy to pick on. You raise Cane every time someone does something different than the status quo, well guess what YOU DON'T OWN THIS COUNTRY! It was founded by Men that knew how to think outside of the box and weren't slaves to a polical party. You all make me sick to hear this crap.

    October 31, 2007 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  7. Tina Feiollo, Charleston, SC

    Guess the only thing now for Colbert to do is join FoxNews as a fair and balanced news pundit (i.e. reporter)!

    October 31, 2007 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  8. SSG Tobin, Baghdad, Iraq

    Maybe it was a key word that got my post pulled. Was it perhaps Patriot?
    Or was it SATAN...hmmmmm? (think Dana Carvey) Are you telling me that if I insult a FEMNEOCON my post gets pulled?

    October 31, 2007 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  9. Olivia Martinez

    I love how one member of the democratic party stated that Colbert would be to make a mockery out of the political process...has she been hiding under a rock???

    October 31, 2007 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  10. Tom, Chapel Hill, NC

    I love how everyone is blaming Colbert for supposedly making a mockery of the electoral process when in fact he's just exposing what flaws are already there. It's not him that makes the system laughable – it is the system itself. So instead of criticizing his "candidacy" maybe we should all be asking ourselves what it is about our electoral process that is so ripe for being made fun of with his farcical campaign.

    October 31, 2007 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  11. looneytune

    I wrote in Goofy for Clinton/Dole. Colbert would be synonymous for a Hillary/Rudy choice..

    October 31, 2007 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  12. Vic, Los Angeles, Ca

    Repubs knocking Colbert for being an actor need to remember that their champion Ronald Regan was an actor, their boy Fred Thompson was an actor, and the guy they elected to be governor of California was an actor! What, would you guys like him more if he was a BAD actor?

    October 31, 2007 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  13. harvo, boynton beach, florida

    As a Floridian, I want to vote for Stephen. He's got psazz, wit, and much intelligence. As a leader he would shine. His heart is for people, truth, and common sense. Go Stephen, GO!!!

    October 31, 2007 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  14. sean, metamora, IL

    our system should be mocked,
    a liberal pretending to be a conservative mocking a system in which
    2 corupt cartels pick assign a leader pretending to be a democracy is quite fitting

    October 31, 2007 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  15. Kim, Dallas, TX

    This is the one time I wish that the Democrats were more like Republicans.

    October 31, 2007 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  16. ronnie - knoxville, tn

    True actors can be Presidents; it shouldn't matter the other jobs you've had, but you should have some public service experience in there somewhere. Hello !

    p.s. subliminal message to libs- VOTE COLBERT !

    October 31, 2007 10:33 pm at 10:33 pm |
  17. Tricia M Charlottetown PEI

    I only have one question regarding Colbert's Presidential Campaign – Who is paying him the big bucks for such a moronic political stunt? And I'd bet the answer to that question might be the Republican Candidate who has the best chance of losing against Hillary. American Politics at it's best.

    He hope he plans on taking a 101 Running a Super Nation Course before he hits the White House. He'll need it! Funny isn't the werd for it. The werd is Ridiculous.

    October 31, 2007 10:57 pm at 10:57 pm |
  18. Michael, Jacksonville, FL

    Actually Tricia M, since he is only trying to run in the SC primary, it is more likely that a Democratic candidate put him up to it in order to hurt one of their opponents in an effort to steal an early voting state. Maybe Hillary is concerned about all those socially conservative black voters turning on her and going Obama's way; so her minions send Colbert out there to split the "young, idealistic" vote and hurt Obama's numbers.

    Or maybe the company that published Colbert's new book is behind it.

    Or maybe the aliens traveling on the UFO that Kuccinich saw set the whole thing up.

    Regardless of the intention, I think it's funny.

    November 1, 2007 04:26 am at 4:26 am |
  19. Robert, Vivian, La

    Here's an idea to combat the increasing partisanship in the country:

    Let's turn off Rush Limbaugh, Al Franken, John Stewart, Stephen Colbert, Sean Hannity, and Bill O'Reilly. Let's boycott Ann Coulter and Bill Press.
    Let's ingore all of these preaching to the choir people who think political discoure means ridiculing those who disagree with you.
    Let's tune out this vicious humor based partisanship.

    Let's find commentators and analysts from the left, right, and center that offer solutions, not just criticisms and humorous attacks.

    Let's realize that people who hold different social and political views are not as Limbaugh, Stewart, Franken, Coulter et al are evil and/or ignorant.

    Let's study ALL of the candidates, not just those who raise the most money. Let's study the platforms of the GOP, Democrats, Greens, and Libertarians, and see what ideas we like and why.

    Let's do all of this through the November '08 elections and bring civility and discourse back to politics!

    November 1, 2007 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  20. Josh Conover from Boulder Colorado

    Firstly, I am neither shocked nor empowered by the fact that there are so many closed minded conservatives posting impertinent, irate, mudslinging comments to the educated analysis of others on this topic. If you want to make a comment, make one that provides a useful argument in the spirit of debate. Don't waste our time and make yourself look foolish in the process.
    As to my useful political commentary...
    I will graduate in December with a degree in Political Science and another in International affairs. I think that this is so great. It is making people, particularly the politically ignorant of our generation, aware of the political process. Not only that, but it shows them that although the system claims that anyone can participate, in fact, it is quite exclusive. You still have to be a rich white partisan male to have any chance of success in the current political system. Where is the justice? the equality? Why doesn't the American public care? Because they remain in the dark on the issues. It is surprising to me that he is doing this in South Carolina, which is a predominantly conservative state. As you probably noticed, even the democrats (or dixiecrats, which means that, although they are democrats, they are just as conservative as republicans, a trend unique to the south and east) are up in arms about this. I want to verbally slap that
    guy, Howe, in the face. Of course Colbert is making a mockery of the system. The system is a joke. The only reason this guy is so vehemently opposed to Colbert is that Colbert is showing the world what a farce this man's power actually is. I suppose, then, that it isn't a surprise that he chose South Carolina, because it makes the whole thing controversial, and therefore will get more publicity. Perhaps he should have done it
    in Georgia... or even Texas...
    You cannot label him as a "hollywood leftist" because he is running within the nomination processes of parties, but not on the ticket of either.
    I love that everyone is so offended that he is accepting the Dorito's lobby. Would you rather he accepted lobbies from big oil, big business, or any of the other white-collar criminals who own our current leader? He's already made more than enough to bypass the petition and just pay for a party ticket... He is just looking for a way to get heard... and his only option is to weasel his way into the partisan dominated nomination process. He has laid a more honest, solid platform foundation than any "legitimate" politician can claim to do. Colbert is doing a great service to the uninformed citizens of the US by giving them an exciting, blatantly truthful taste of American politics.

    November 1, 2007 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  21. Joe, Charlotte, NC

    Whose audience has the bigger collection of kooks, dupes, freaks, fools and idiots: Colbutt's, Jon Stewart's or Bill Maher's?

    Posted By Tom, Texas, USA

    Colbutt's??? Oh I get it, you're from Texas.

    November 1, 2007 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
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