November 5th, 2007
06:00 PM ET
15 years ago

Colbert 'weeping' over Democratic rejection

Colbert's presidential bid was short lived.

NEW YORK (CNN) - With his tongue planted firmly in his cheek, Stephen Colbert said he is taking a break from his Comedy Central faux news program to mourn last week’s decision to block him from being on the South Carolina Democratic Party’s primary ballot. Even if he wanted to work, his offices would be empty because his writers are participating in the Writers Guild of America strike.

Colbert’s statement to CNN’s Showbiz Tonight on the South Carolina Democratic Party’s decision:

"I am shocked and saddened by the South Carolina Democratic Executive Council’s 13-to-3 vote to keep me off their presidential primary ballot. Although I lost by the slimmest margin in presidential election history - only ten votes - I have chosen not to put the country through another agonizing Supreme Court battle. It is time for this nation to heal.

I want say to my supporters, this is not over. While I may accept the decision of the Council, the fight goes on! The dream endures! ...And I am going off the air until I can talk about this without weeping."

The South Carolina Democratic Executive Council voted 13-to-3 vote last week to keep his name off of the presidential primary ballot.

Comedy Central was scheduled to air a re-run of Colbert’s program Monday night due to the strike.

- CNN Political Assignment Editor Katy Byron

Filed under: South Carolina • Stephen Colbert
soundoff (29 Responses)
  1. Dean, Gaylord Michigan

    I cant believe you did not get a nomination, the us needs a fresh face with fresh new ideas for home security, bring our troops home and spend all the money on home security and build our own economy from within our own borders, plants, jobs, the strength of our United States is being lost to billions wasted on other objectives!

    November 6, 2007 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  2. Brian Reynolds, Muscatine, Iowa

    There is a council that decides who runs for President? How American is that...send that crap to Russia or I may move there.

    November 7, 2007 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  3. Tricia M Charlottetown PEI

    Oh Give It Up Colbert! Who wants to hear about your weeping sessions every time something disappoints you. We hear enough weeping from Bush.

    Thank God they took action to spare the world from another Weak Weeper in the White House!

    What real man let alone a Nation's Leader would ever amit to weeping!!!

    And now we hear there is a Comedian named Colbert who pretends to run for President for the purpose of providing some funnies for the currently stressed to the hilt Americans and then slinks off to silently weep alone!!!
    (Laugh Button Please)

    Bring on the Brown Paper Bags this is the Colbert's Ad Nauseum Hour!

    Laugh and the World Laughs With You. Cry and you Cry Alone !!!! HAHAHAHAHA
    Only tears of laughter here. I can see this Movie as a Box Office Hit in another few months.. The Comedian Turned Weeper Cause He Couldn't Run !!! HAHAHAHA
    Too bad he's too blind to see how Ridiculous he really is.

    Thanks for the laughs Stephen. Here's lookin at ya! HAHAHAHA

    November 7, 2007 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  4. Hank, Fort Myers, Fl

    Keep your satire on TV!
    I don't blame either party for turning their backs on his self-promoting BS. Your show is great...but your schtick has already been done–and it was tired then.

    November 8, 2007 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
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