October 31st, 2007
03:00 PM ET
14 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
soundoff (46 Responses)
  1. looneytune

    Still waiting to see that Dorito's split...

    October 31, 2007 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  2. CNB, Washington State

    I can hear it now, there are about to be a dozen or so comments about how Colbert is a joke and this is a mockery to the system. Sorry everybody that's already the case!!! HAVE YOU SEEN THE OTHER CANDIDATES!!!. People like Colbert should be elected president, I wouldn't blindly support the man but I am very interested in seeing what he has to say and I would pay pay per view charges to watch a debate that included him. Just because I want to see him challenge the other candidates' intellect. If anything else don't you think he could at least possibly expose some of the other candidates that aren't ready to face someone that will challenge their wits instead of simply reading prepared questions off to candidates lets see what they're really made of. Give him a chance people that's all I ask.

    October 31, 2007 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  3. Mark, Shreveport, La

    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.

    October 31, 2007 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  4. Chris, Middletown, CT

    I watch Steven Colbert and think he's really funny...but people will vote for him...Steven Colbert is a character....on a TV ....people who actually vote for him...are called "morons"

    October 31, 2007 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  5. Doug, New Jersey

    I wouldn't vote for Ann Coulter so I certainly won't vote for the left's version of her.

    Seriously, how can you guys be so hatetful, partisan and dishonest? To support people like Coulter or Colbert is idiotic, I mean they do say funny things from time to time but to take them serious shows that YOU have a serious problem.

    BTW, if you discount that Coulter and Colbert are not the exact equals on the left and right, then you are too partisan for individual thought and should go back to getting your marching orders from Micheal Moore-on.org. Oh and listen to Air America, they need your support to keep going, they recently gave the ultimate sign of being true liberal democrats by trying to create a fake hate crime story about their host Rhodes being attacked by conservatives when she fell down from being too drunk.

    October 31, 2007 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  6. Erica, Madison, Wisc.

    I know it's a farce, but that's unfortunate that Colbert can't get on the Republican ticket for SC. For what it's worth, he took a higher percentage from the Republicans in a recent Rasmussen poll last week:

    Comedian Colbert Reaches Double Digits As Third-Party Candidate "For what it’s worth, the overall numbers show Hillary Clinton at 45%, Rudy Giuliani at 35%, and Colbert at 13%."

    October 31, 2007 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  7. Daniel, NY

    Don't forget that Rasmussen polled a three-way Clinton-Giuliani-Colbert match-up and found Colbert in double-digits.

    October 31, 2007 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  8. Kade in Phoenix, Arizona

    Is it necessarily a bad thing to have a smart, witty candidate running? What's the big deal? You don't want to vote for him, then don't.

    October 31, 2007 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  9. Anonymous

    i dn't care about this man.

    October 31, 2007 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  10. Joseph, Nashville, TN

    I think it's important to note that yes, this is a joke – but it's probably a little deeper than it would look at first glance.

    Look at the CNN Political Ticker. The top stories on it: "Bush: Cheney's Darth Vader for Halloween," "Kucinich: I saw a UFO," "Will the real Joe Biden please stand up?" "Candidates who bust a move," and so on. Colbert is demonstrating that the media, and a lot of Americans, could care less about the issues behind every single one of the candidates. Sure, we see a lot about Romney, Rudy, Hillary and Obama now that the media has narrowed the field a lot, but the media doesn't cover the raw issues behind Dodd's, Biden's, Richardson's, Paul's, or Huckabee's candidacies. Instead, we only hear about Kucinich seeing UFOs and a Comedy Central anchor making a joke out of the political process.

    October 31, 2007 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  11. Jacob, Columbus OH

    The problem is that it took the GOP a while to figure out that his show was a satire and it would take the american people even longer to realize this.

    October 31, 2007 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  12. Mark C, Asheville NC

    BTW, if you discount that Coulter and Colbert are not the exact equals on the left and right, then you are too partisan for individual thought

    Actually, if you think they ARE then you're brain damaged beyond repair.

    October 31, 2007 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  13. Tom, Texas, USA

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

    October 31, 2007 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  14. Evan, Milwaukee

    Doug from New Jersey – Coulter is a conservative commentator. Colbert is a political satirist. There is a huge difference.

    Coulter is not a comedian. She just uses humor as her after-the-fact excuse for her offensive, attention-starved commennts.

    Please list some examples of mean or hateful things Stephen Colbert has said.

    October 31, 2007 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  15. josh

    Well, it is a joke, but no more than any of the other democratic candidates.

    October 31, 2007 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  16. Andrew, LA, CA

    Colbert and Colter are two very different entities. One uses wit and humor, the other uses hate.

    It is true that Colbert takes more liberal positions, mostly from his Christian upbringing, but he role is satire and not advancing any particular agenda.

    I do not completely understand his motivation for running, but it is very entertaining to watch.

    October 31, 2007 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  17. Doug, New Jersey

    Jacob is just another lib liar, I guess you cannot be an honest person and be a democrat anymore, that's sad.

    No one who is not a lib ever thought Colbert was anything but a hateful lib acting like a conservative that only exists in the minds of hateful libs and not found anywhere in the real world. Maybe there is a Colbert type conservative on the planet of Dennis K's extraterrestrial friends, but not on this planet, at this point it just invokes a yawn to point out another lib liar, seems they all are.

    Since the libs cannot debate real conservatives, they need to create a fake one, Colbert is just like Dan Rather’s 1973 Microsoft font documents.

    October 31, 2007 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  18. Evan, Milwaukee

    Doug from New Jersey

    Of course Colbert is "acting like a conservative." It's a character. But I still don't see how he's "hateful."

    And I couldn't help but notice that you haven't provided any examples of Colbert's "hate."


    October 31, 2007 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  19. Sophie, Baton Rouge, Louisiana

    I am by no means any of those you listed Tom in Texas. I watch the Colbert Report and enjoy the show. What no one realizes is it's all an act. Stephen Colbert has admitted never actually being interested in politics. This is all just something to wake everyone up and get bigger ratings for the show. As for John Stewart I love his show. He's honest and definetly lets the world know his own opinion regardless of the popular one. Just my thoughts.

    October 31, 2007 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  20. Terry, El Paso, TX

    Here is the problem with Colbert. Many voters may decide to vote for him as a way of saying "None of the above." If "real" candidates are outpolled by Colbert, it will make their candidacies look trivial. If Colbert has a strong showing, then the whole field of candidates cannot outpoll a clown.

    The electorate is in a mood that a whimsical vote for Colbert might be used to teach our politicians a lesson.

    The pro's know this, and will work to block his candidacy as a joke. Democrats did the same thing to Nader, even though he was a very serious candidate.

    October 31, 2007 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  21. richard,ks,mo

    He's not even cute the way I used to see him in his "nation show".........

    October 31, 2007 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  22. Loyda, DC

    I think what Colbert should do is a DEBATE with everybody EXCEPT the top 3 candidates (Obama, Edwards and Hillary)....

    THAT will be a debate... not a loopsided, we-are-not-interested-in-the-rest "debate" like last night!!!

    October 31, 2007 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  23. Rob, Cupertino CA

    Hmmm, what would be his next step?
    Changing his last name to Nader?

    October 31, 2007 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  24. Matt, Chicago

    Comparing Cobert and Coulter is idiotic.
    Colbert is an actor. Coulter is a venomous, xenophobic, racist snake-oil saleswoman.

    And to Tom + others who chastise people who watch Colbert/Stewart- check out the Pew Study on whose audience is most knowledgable on current events. http://people-press.org/reports/display.php3?ReportID=319
    Kind of embarassing that most "in-tune" audience is the one that watches "fake news" (the show that admits to being fake – not the ones on FoxNews that lie + misrepresent facts)

    And I suppose all his donations that he's bringing in and are going to S.C. schools are a bad thing as well, just like the ones that went to Veteran's Health Care over the summer.

    Take your hate somewhere else.

    October 31, 2007 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  25. margaret,nashua,nh

    I think colbert is nothing but another independent who is trying to devide the votes, Period!

    October 31, 2007 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
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