November 1st, 2007
03:21 PM ET
13 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. Terri Tacoma, Wa

    Hey all you S.C. Dems – make Colbert your write-in candidate!

    November 1, 2007 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  2. Mike, Cleveland, OH

    What a crock of crap, Colbert deserves just as much of a chance as anyone else in this country. Our two-party system is a joke

    November 1, 2007 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  3. Kate M, Somerville, MA

    It's not over yet.


    November 1, 2007 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  4. Neill C., Montgomery, Al

    That's your Democratic party. A party of exclusion.

    November 1, 2007 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  5. sc, SC

    So much for that "anyone can run for president" malarkey.


    November 1, 2007 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  6. Tim, Madison, WI

    Viability seems to be a rather vaguely-defined term, if Gravel, Kucinich, et al. are included while Colbert is not.

    November 1, 2007 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  7. Steve Mantua, NJ

    Despite being both a democrat and a fan of Stephen Colbert, I am glad the SC DNC declined to allow him onto the ballot. We do a good enough job of making the political process in this country a joke. Vowing to crush Georgia if elected....cmon! Make the punchlines...dont be one!!

    November 1, 2007 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  8. Pete, T.S. FL

    Dear citizens of South Carolina,

    Due to the decision by State Democratic Party Chairwoman Carol Fowler and friends we the people of these United States of America have decided that your state no longer meets the requirement of being part of the union. We therefore request you pack up and join with the government of Mexico!

    Who do you think you are! How dare you require a standard of national viability!

    November 1, 2007 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  9. Joel Hagen, Fargo ND

    Kucinich and Gravel meet the standard of national viability? Really?


    November 1, 2007 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  10. Keith, Des Moines IA

    All I have to say is that if given the choice between Hillary and Roody (currently the two front runners) I'm doing a write-in vote of Colbert!

    November 1, 2007 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  11. Tony, Alexandria, Va

    This guy needs to go away. This is not time for people playing games. That's what is wrong with Hollywood...everything is about acting to them.

    November 1, 2007 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  12. demwit

    Whose afraid of the BIG BAD WOLF??

    November 1, 2007 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  13. Mike, Warren MI

    Wow. C'mon Dems, he would have really encouraged young people to pay attention to politics. Oh well.

    November 1, 2007 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  14. Tim, Chicago IL

    To be fair, Colbert would only be taking votes away from another potential winner. For example, I would hate Stephen Colbert forever if he kept, say, Barack Obama from winning South Carolina and it was that win that kept him from beating Clinton for the nomination.

    If he's not going to run for president, then he shouldn't be allowed to run at all.

    November 1, 2007 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  15. AM, Minnesota

    NOT COOL! I wanted Colbert to be our next president...I am sad now.

    November 1, 2007 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  16. Bob, San Francisco, CA

    Joke's over. I love Colbert, but seriously, it's time to get back to making sure every American votes wisely for a qualified candidate (yeah, right!).

    November 1, 2007 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  17. William, Albany, NY

    Sad, Sad day. I would have voted for him. He reminds me of Robin Williams Character in Man of the Year. Colbert was not dry, didn't shy away from topics, and was ready to slap Clinton and her cheerleader husband back to Arkansas. It is a shame, he would have brought some humor into a boring presidential race. I am sick of hear about "big balls" Clinton and "soon to come out of the closet" Obama. And realistically we are going to lose again to "big oil" republicans.

    November 1, 2007 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  18. Rob Kull Ypsilanti,MI

    This is bull. Colbert your more than welcome to run in Michigan.

    November 1, 2007 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  19. T. Tim, Lodi, Wi

    Cheap shot, Dems! Too bad the Repubs didn't do the same to W in 2000.

    November 1, 2007 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  20. John, Tallahassee

    This is good news for any person with half a brain. Colbert was going to most likely split the votes away from Ron Paul.

    November 1, 2007 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  21. Ian, Canton, Oh

    Fine, I'll just write him in when my state has its primary

    November 1, 2007 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  22. Corey, Terre Haute, Indiana

    Viability?! Colbert polled better than Gravel, Kucinich, and Richardson in South Carolina!

    November 1, 2007 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  23. Steve Mantua, NJ

    To Tim from Madison, WI

    Couldn't agree more than Gravel and Kucinich have no place on the ballot. After countless debates I still have next to no idea who Mike Gravel is or what he stands for. As for Kucinich, I wish a UFO would just abduct him already. Didn't Perot pull that back in '92?

    November 1, 2007 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  24. J. Daniel, Houston, TX

    My "Democratic" party of inclusion? Do you happen to know why he didn't register as a Republican? It was because the GOP filing fee was 15 times the Democratic one.

    But I guess anyone can drive through a gated GOP community, as long as the car is nice enough, you are white, and a security guard opens the gate. Puuh-leease.

    Seems like the Dems are pretty humorless themselves, but they fairly applied the criteria based upon Colbert's own statements.

    November 1, 2007 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
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    November 1, 2007 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
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