November 1st, 2007
03:21 PM ET
15 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
soundoff (137 Responses)
  1. JR, Buffalo, NY

    CNN's subtitle to the picture at the top: "Colbert's presidential bid is likely over."

    Says who???? Obviously he can be a write-in candidate. In every state. But I guess CNN would like to close the book on this guy so they can pander to Obama, Clinton, Guliani - the three middle-of-the-road stooges that don't take decisive positions on any issue and won't change anything in this country. The election has already been decided and it's loathsome to think how Americans are prodded to feel 'inspired' by the whole process.

    Wake me up in four years.

    November 2, 2007 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  2. david houston texas

    Looks like a Republican Decoy of some sort. Went on shows defaming the political system under a democrat veil: With his comedian type of demeaner.

    November 2, 2007 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  3. BRG Gvegas SC

    Wait... who are Gravel and that other guy?

    November 3, 2007 07:43 am at 7:43 am |
  4. James Aire

    Forget S.C., the Colbert Nation should write him in on every ballot for every election, primaries and the general election. Mickey Mouse usually gets quite a few votes, but this time everyone can write in Colbert.

    November 4, 2007 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  5. Billis Fly Las Vegas, NV

    They're just afraid that Colbert will win. Get out of the 1800's and embrace a breath of fresh air such as a man who is un-tainted by corrupt politics.

    November 5, 2007 05:16 am at 5:16 am |
  6. Anonymous

    So much for a country of free elections and a party that included all. Im out what a waste, like the last 8 years wasn't enought to explane the problems. The free world is gone.

    November 6, 2007 01:13 am at 1:13 am |
  7. michael, st louis area

    colbert gravel kucinich paul nader [conyers?] united for truth elicit fear smear blacklist.

    honesty compassion intelligence guts...

    November 8, 2007 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  8. Ri, Norfolk, Virginia

    Oh, this is ridiculous. I've read several comments stating how it's a good thing that Colbert wasn't allowed on the ballot because this is such a serious election. How funny.

    Most people are sick of politics, many don't like the state our country is in, and for many it isn't even a topic for discussion. People are tired of the president and congress.

    By making a mockery of the political system, not only was Stephen Colbert bringing attention to how idiotic the 'powers that be' can be, he was also making it humorous. When something is funny, people are willing to talk about it. When people talk, solutions are found.

    Our political system is turning into a joke with or without the help of comedians. At least with a comedian running, more people would actually look up and pay attention.

    November 9, 2007 12:06 am at 12:06 am |
  9. Dyan Wisconsin

    All you South Caroline Residence out there, Make Stephen Colbert your write-in canididate! He may not have any expericance in politics, and I feel that our country needs a change, and some humor.

    November 9, 2007 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  10. Susie ---Houston, Texas

    Stephen, can I call you Stephen? I don't care what those losers're the winner in my book!

    November 14, 2007 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  11. Matt Kingston Ontario Canada

    COME TO CANADA! we know how to treat you right

    November 28, 2007 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  12. Bryan, Norman OK

    Aren't the primaries held to determine who the most viable candidate is?

    December 3, 2007 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
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