November 3rd, 2007
09:00 AM ET
14 years ago

Edwards would have liked Colbert candidacy

John Edwards said Stephen Colbert are both South Carolina natives.

CHERAW, South Carolina (CNN) - Former Sen. John Edwards said Friday that having comedian and fellow South Carolina native Stephen Colbert on the Democratic presidential primary ballot would have made the electoral process a little more fun.

Asked by CNN about the state Democratic party's decision Thursday to keep Colbert off the ballot, Edwards laughed and said he had not heard the news.

"Is that true?" he asked, smiling and looking around at reporters. "I hadn't heard about that."

Edwards, whose campaign issued a light-hearted statement last week saying they would "kick Colbert's butt" in South Carolina, said he would have liked to see Colbert run.

"I kind of like Colbert on the ballot myself," Edwards said. "I think it adds a little bit of interest. I like it though. I think it's fun."

Related video: Watch Edwards discuss Sen. Clinton and Stephen Colbert

- CNN South Carolina Producer Peter Hamby

Filed under: John Edwards • South Carolina • Stephen Colbert
soundoff (100 Responses)
  1. Muthoni,boston,ma

    ya, I kinda knew what this was all about. It was to boost edward to no. 2 guy and we kick obama out to no. 3, now it didn't work out we can kick his butt. right edward? too bad!
    I am just an immigrant but these games I know how they are played in America. Remember we told Obama to say that we can not be able to be out of IRaQ by next march and he did? Now that makes him like hillary and Edward and doesn't stand a star like he used to be. Then to make clinton strong and look presidential, lets play you are attacking me because we I am female. This is not book writing where we just use some pages to increase the size and keep going to and end where we resume. Hillary has been playing games lately and now looks like being attacked by 2 men. We are approaching primaries and I hope she get nomitated after being helped by CNN! Meanwhile, ya Edward has kicked the but of Colbert….It is all the game after we have been so emotional in the last eight years….Hey Colbert, don't worry we are going to change trick to win this game. Obama wont get number one or 2. What do you think? I am just a Kenyan anyway!

    November 3, 2007 12:20 am at 12:20 am |
  2. Sian, LA, CA

    Clearly the democrats are more concerned with joking around than with the serious business of running our country. Which is why the power should remain in the hands of the responsible republicans.

    There are many issues at hand that are no joking matter. The war against barbaric terrorists in Iraq, Afghanistan, and around the globe. The plots of the other two members of the axis of evil to kill Americans. The assault on the sanctity of marriage by homosexual deviants. The daily murder of innocent infants by their own mothers through an evil process called abortion, which should really be called infanticide. The crisis of marriage whereby couples ignore biblical law and are divorcing at an alarming rate.

    It is sickening that there is even a debate to elect the democrats.

    November 3, 2007 12:58 am at 12:58 am |
  3. Trevor Black

    What? Colbert IS America!!! Where is the ACLU when a South Carolina native son's rights are being trampled by liberals! Mr. Edwards watch out for the write-in campaign!

    November 3, 2007 01:01 am at 1:01 am |
  4. Kevin, Raleigh, NC

    John Edwards did not seek re-election to the US Senate in 2004. Get your facts straight, Peter.

    November 3, 2007 01:06 am at 1:06 am |
  5. Eric, Staten Island, NY

    How could the South Carolina part say that Colbert's running was not serious but yet say that Kucinich and Gravel are? Wasn't he polling better then they were? Shouldn't the same standards be used for all?

    November 3, 2007 01:27 am at 1:27 am |
  6. Gordon, Marietta, GA

    I completely agree with you Jon Nadelberg, to an extent. I just don't see any candidate (Republican, Democrat, Libertarian, or Independent) that's represents the typical voter. Stephen would have been the only candidate that understands the voter’s point-of-view. Now, all we have are the same old “giant douches” and “turd sandwiches” on the ballot.

    November 3, 2007 01:42 am at 1:42 am |
  7. rayne,philadelphiapa

    no he's not serious about running for president so while waste his time ,and eveyone elses, he hasnt held office? would you trust him to run our country, he'd proably win'll be a slap in face,

    November 3, 2007 02:36 am at 2:36 am |
  8. Volk, Columbus OH

    Umm.. I believe Edward's campaign made a few funnies this past week. How do we know he's a "serious" candidate? So what is he doing on the ballot?

    November 3, 2007 02:41 am at 2:41 am |
  9. Bud,Canada,Sober

    Colbert should run for "Emperor"

    The presidency is nothing compared to thee "emperorcy".

    November 3, 2007 02:54 am at 2:54 am |
  10. Max, Boston, MA

    They did the right thing by excluding him for the ballot. As much as I enjoy the Colbert report, it would have been more of a slap to the face of democracy if the presidential ballot were used to hype his status as a political comedian.

    It would have been a shame to factor "What if?" questions if Colbert were to capture enough of a margin to influence the South Carolina results. And if people are truly emphatic about voting Colbert, they are still able to carry out the joke with write-ins.

    November 3, 2007 05:30 am at 5:30 am |
  11. joe, san antonio, tx

    how could anyone support Ted Hitler for President?

    November 3, 2007 06:05 am at 6:05 am |
  12. Ron, Greenville, SC

    Totally amazing and more proof what a joke the political process is. The republicans require a small fortune up front, the democrats will allow you to get on with just signatures but both have the final say so on whether someone can run. And they wonder why people are fed up with elections and politicians. This year is ridiculous. It has been nonstop campaigning since the last election and this individual is fed up with it already.

    November 3, 2007 06:14 am at 6:14 am |
  13. sonny oconner covington virginia

    that is un called and unfair. it will hurt much the democratic partys as well it thing stephen run as a american as was ross perot did in last elction.

    November 3, 2007 06:43 am at 6:43 am |
  14. Red Melfin, New York, NY

    Wait a minute, the Republicans demanded 35,000 to allow Colbert to run. Why did CNN forget to mention this?

    November 3, 2007 07:39 am at 7:39 am |
  15. Noah, Lexington MA


    Gravel < Stephen Colbert

    November 3, 2007 08:23 am at 8:23 am |
  16. buffy

    so much for us being a government of the people. apparently only gazillionaires and career politicians are allowed to represent us. sad day for the US.

    November 3, 2007 08:29 am at 8:29 am |
  17. Richard, Ewing, NJ

    I am not even a Democrat, but the Democratic Party is correct to deny Colbert. It has nothing to do with do with violation of democracy. Colbert has no national strategy which is one of main requirement to be a Democratic candidate. You cannot simply run for one state if you are running for president. The Democratic Party has the right to deny such candidacy within their own rank. Colbert can run as an independent if he wants.

    November 3, 2007 08:32 am at 8:32 am |
  18. christian, selden, ny

    the funny thing is all these people saying EDWARDS is a horrible candidate because he said it would make the elections that cancels out everything hes done and everything he stands for. he is a human being and everything he says and does is always in the public eye. how about instead of judging him for 1 comment why dont you look at his commitment to change. take a look at what he stands for, instead of being the INSTANT GRATIFICATION americans you are and you make decisions LICKETY SPIT based on nothing!!!!! edwards is actually a good man with some pretty good ideas. patience and research is good for your soul try it out sometime....

    November 3, 2007 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  19. Mitch, Ellicott City, MD

    I do not know how it was decided that Colbert would not make a viable candidate while there is a Facebook petition of over 1 million young people ready to vote for him. I say John Edwards had to pay somebody to get that decision, thats alright though. We'll just have to keep working on Gore.

    November 3, 2007 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  20. Daniel, Dunnellon Florida

    Why are people so shocked to learn that running for office is no longer a viable option in a police state? Democratic fees are $2,500 to file, and the GOP charges something like $35,000 to file for running.


    Not anybody can run for President anymore. This is no longer a free country. The US Constitution is nothing more than a piece of paper to those in charge these days.

    Good, the more that wake up, the better off we are into getting our Country back. We used to be a country By the People and For the People. Now we're For the Controlled Population, By the Party Elite.

    November 3, 2007 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  21. roger, conway sc

    Edwards after the fact says he would have liked for Colbert to be on the SC ballot...had it have happened Edwards & his wife would have found something to whin about...these two act just exactly what they are spoiled little rich attorneys...cry babies & whiners

    November 3, 2007 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  22. Terry, El Paso, TX

    "The Big Brother is watching, Jon.
    Oddly enough, rereading 1984 is like a study in events being reported on…" – Michael, New York

    Could you illustrate your point, Michael. I read that novel a few years ago, so perhaps there are some parts that I don't recall. What in 1984 reminds you of Colbert's short presidential campaign? There were no elections as I recall in 1984. I'm an Orwell fan and would love to understand the analogy you are making.

    November 3, 2007 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  23. Keith, Charleston, SC

    TO: roger, conway, sc

    Just want to point out that you made a mistake and I'm sure it was unintentional of course (cough, cough). Excuse me there as I had something in my throat that wanted to come out.

    That aside, Edwards made a statement welcoming Colbert the other day. I don't think that sounds like he waited until after the decision. So just that you can now have your """""facts"""" corrected, I wanted to let you know that.

    Of course I'm sure this was just an oversight on your part.

    November 3, 2007 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  24. joe,newton, ma

    I think Colbert is nothing but a media employee who is trying to bring humour on the ticker!!! They want to blurr you from clinton, Obama ,edward and other republicans from the blunders they are doing. Now we can talk about Colbert. This is an amazing political tricks people!!

    November 3, 2007 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  25. Daniel, NY

    A new general election poll released this morning has John Edwards destroying his Republican opponents nationally. Link.

    November 3, 2007 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
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