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. An American, USA

    cost to appear on Democratic party ballot in SC: $2,000.

    cost to appear on Republican party ballot in SC: $38,000.

    cost to appear as a write in: free.
    cost to see who tallies up Colbert: PRICELESS.

    November 1, 2007 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  2. Anonymous

    not cool

    November 1, 2007 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  3. Ryan Pease, Wilmington, Delaware

    National viability?? Colbert lacks national viability? How about Dennis Kucinich? Mike Grvavel, who is he?? Maybe the Dems need to come up with a more viable solution all together. Quite honestly, neither of the latter have a chance. If they fear mockery of their party, they need to get ALL new candidates. They are taking a gigantic risk. In fact, the only way I see them losing is by bringing the candidates they have now, popular and otherwise. I'm all for seizing opportunity, but don't blow it. We could have four maybe eight years of Rudy G. Democracy is in trouble.

    November 1, 2007 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  4. Anonymous

    He SHOULD SUE in good ol american fashion. WRITE HIM IN SC DEMS.

    He paid the $$$ He should be on the ballot. Pretty simple.

    November 1, 2007 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  5. RJ, SV, AZ

    Why the hell do they have to pay $20,000 for each candidate going on the ballot? More and more our gov't shows that money, not the American people, makes the world go 'round.

    November 1, 2007 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  6. Elizabeth Ashwood, Tulsa OK

    You know why they don't want him running? They don't want him WINNING and beating out anyone who is more popular.

    Colbert is a viable candidate. I would vote for him.

    November 1, 2007 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  7. Tony, Wilton, ME

    The South Carolina Democrats lack a sense of humor. They remind me of Republicans.

    November 1, 2007 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  8. Terry, El Paso, TX

    Thank you South Carolina! At last Texas is not the state with the dumbest politics. I have been so embarrassed by Bush, Tom Delay, Halliburton, the Jack Abramoff Indian Casino Scandal, etc. but finally I can sit back and laugh at another state.

    November 1, 2007 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  9. Patrick, Tulsa Oklahoma

    Anybody know how the process of formally running as an independent in South Carolina works?

    November 1, 2007 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  10. Wayne, Greenville TX

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

    Posted By Neill C., Montgomery, Al : November 1, 2007 3:30 pm

    That 35 grand the GOP wanted up front doesn't make them seem very inclusive, Neill. In fact, that much dough just to get on the ballot keeps out all but the well-heeled candidates that the GOP seems to love.

    At least when Pat Paulson used to run, he ran under the banner of his own party – the STAG party....

    November 1, 2007 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  11. John Best, State College, PA

    It's too bad the SC dems didn't see that the Colbert glass as half-full. He has a creative and ultra-hip way to get into the race, and perhaps traditional party people don't get it.
    Give him a chance SC dem party! Nobody cares about any of the traditional candidates, Republican or Democrat. Stephen is a person who could energize and get this country back on track! John Best
    State College, PA

    November 1, 2007 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  12. Nick, Eden Praire MN

    I agree it was a joke, but the real reason they wanted him off the ballot was they were scared he might actually do well

    November 1, 2007 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  13. Louisville


    November 1, 2007 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  14. Anne E., SLC

    A "Tip of the Hat" to the 13 SC Dems and the party's Executive Council; with one stellar vote, you've managed to make yourselves the real joke; you're right up there with my state's legislature!
    Re comment that "That's what is wrong with Hollywood…everything is about acting to them." THAT'S why Colbert AND Stewart are on the EAST COAST.

    November 1, 2007 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  15. nick, los angeles, california

    what a childish move.

    November 1, 2007 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  16. Terry Fletcher, Birmingham, AL

    Colbert for President of the United States! He would be the best canidate for the office and also a true American hero! God bless America! God bless Stephen Colbert! America loves you Stephen Colbert!

    November 1, 2007 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  17. John, San Jose, CA

    Way to go SC Dems...

    I'm sad to admit I am a Democrat today.

    I'll be writing in Colbert for my primary, and the national election.

    November 1, 2007 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  18. Rufus

    Was looking foward to the Doritos Campaign Bus...

    November 1, 2007 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  19. Kim, Dallas, TX

    Thank you Democrats for making some sense. This guy would have made a joke of our political system.

    November 1, 2007 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  20. PM, CA

    Write him in.. It would make the voting more interesting.

    November 1, 2007 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  21. Deb, Seattle, WA

    Kucinich is a long shot? Hmmmm am I reading the national polls incorrectly? Last I saw, he was 4th nationally, 2nd in a California straw poll and 1st in the DFA poll....Can't the media get this right?

    November 1, 2007 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  22. Pres Watkinsville, GA

    Anyone remember Pat Paulson from "Laugh In"? His candidacies were hilarious. I love the fact that Colbert is mocking our rapidly degenerating political discourse. I'm not so sure he should actually be filing as a candidate, however.

    November 1, 2007 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  23. bubala, Charleston, S.Carolina

    Write him in ! Write him in!

    November 1, 2007 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  24. Earl, Ohio

    I like how Republicans rail against the Demcorats for not allowing Colbert on the ballot, yet not a single one of them stepped up and offered him the $38,000 to appear on the Republican ballot.

    At least he was given a chance with the Democrats.

    "Hello pot? This is kettle calling. Am I getting through?"

    November 1, 2007 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  25. Chris, Berkeley CA

    People saying that Colbert was a viable candidate are joking, right? He could be polling 100%, but if he says he's not going to run in any state other than S.C., that's not viable. Come on.

    November 1, 2007 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
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