November 6th, 2007
09:49 AM ET
11 years ago

Obama supporters pressed Dems to keep Colbert off ballot

Prominent Obama supporters in South Carolina pressed Democratic party officials to keep Stephen Colbert off the primary ballot.

COLUMBIA, South Carolina (CNN) - Two prominent supporters of Illinois Sen. Barack Obama's presidential campaign in South Carolina called state Democratic Party officials and urged them to keep funnyman Stephen Colbert's name off the primary ballot, according to party officials and Obama supporters.

The Obama campaign denied any connection to the phone calls.

"Democrats in South Carolina, including supporters of ours, had strong feelings on both sides of the ballot issue, and ultimately it was South Carolina Democrats who made this decision," said Obama's South Carolina communications director Kevin Griffis.

The South Carolina Democratic Party Executive Council voted last week 13-3 to block Colbert's bid for the Democratic primary.

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  1. Spc. Lee (U.S. Army), Camp Bondsteel, Kosovo

    So, Obama supporters are blocking Stephen Colbert from being added to the primary ballot in SC. Does this strike anyone else as being strange? In a free country, they are spending time blocking someone from being put on a ballot instead of focusing on, oh I dont know... ISSUES!!! When will Obama and supporters realize that it will take a lot more then just Oprah's backing to make it in politics. Come on Team Obama, please realize that this country is still free and it will take a lot more then blocking people from being added to the state primary ballot and having the backing of Oprah to win the presidency.
    P.S. Please don't stop free speech, because here is a short list of those who do.. Nazis, Communists, Islamic Fundamentalists... Lets not add to this list.

    November 7, 2007 06:50 am at 6:50 am |
  2. Frank tulsa, ok

    The reason there can even be a slip up on the Obama-Osama name is because the latter is still sipping tea with his American hating buddies while we're bogged down in Iraq. Rumsfeld said there were no good targets in Afghanistan for his toys. I can think of one good target....and again he's sipping tea with his American hating buddies.

    Bush has been the biggest disaster for this country.

    November 7, 2007 08:10 am at 8:10 am |
  3. jaredbares

    It was all a joke people! Have a sense of humor!

    November 7, 2007 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  4. Rebecca Risman, Santa Monica, CA

    The absurdity of our campaign process deserves ridicule and Colbert is just the guy to handle this assignment. If this country can't experience some lighter moments, the future is very bleak.

    November 7, 2007 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  5. RP, City and State

    Attention Obama Supporters:

    Please stop it with the loony conspiracy theories. Please stop whining about so-called bias. Please stop calling it the Clinton News Network.

    You sound like crazy people going on about Clinton like this. You are not helping out the candidate you supposedly support by making it look like only insane people are voting for him.

    November 7, 2007 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  6. Tony, Grand Rapids, MI

    how is it that barack obama political ticker comments aren't restricted but Ron Paul's limit of comments are?

    November 7, 2007 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  7. Jim, Columbia, SC

    Way to make yourself look like a jerk with no sense of humor Obama.

    November 7, 2007 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  8. Tapera, Toronto

    Where in the text does it say that Obama instructed his staff to stop Colbert? It says "HIS SUPPORTERS"

    People should wake up!!

    November 7, 2007 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  9. Brandie Tampa FL

    I think it's really...interesting, that people are calling Obama supporters losers, yet they don't even give their names? "Winner"?
    I'll take my "silver" medal–of honor. the only silver–or gold for that matter–that you have is in your teeth.

    Only the honest, intelligent members of society want Obama to win. Just because you can't handle a stand-up guy, doesn't give you the right to judge me. And there lays another unfortunate reminder that all this country seems capable of in unison, is making judgements on other people.
    We ALL, yes, EVERY single person–need to start looking in the mirror more often(AND I DON'T MEAN TO CHECK OUR HAIR!!!!!!!!!) and stop running our mouths about other people.

    November 7, 2007 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  10. A. Thomas, New York, NY

    Attention Obama Supporters:

    Please stop it with the loony conspiracy theories. Please stop whining about so-called bias. Please stop calling it the Clinton News Network.

    You sound like crazy people going on about Clinton like this. You are not helping out the candidate you supposedly support by making it look like only insane people are voting for him.

    Posted By RP, City and State : November 7, 2007 11:57 am

    WELL SAID! Obama sounds like a cult.

    November 8, 2007 08:14 am at 8:14 am |
  11. Alex, Arlington, Minnesota

    Colbert should run as a Republican...just get to get into the election. Look at the support he has. If he could get on the ballot, he would have a serious following.

    November 8, 2007 10:45 pm at 10:45 pm |
  12. Alex, Arlington, Minnesota

    Besides, with the Writer's strike, Colbert has a load of free time...what better to do than make a strong run at the presidancy.

    November 8, 2007 10:48 pm at 10:48 pm |
  13. Drew, Chicago, IL

    so the democratics have turned Colbert into Ralph Nader- convincing people that a vote for him is essentially hurting the democratics thats absurd- and any candidate who was worried about Colbert including Obama should just quit now

    November 12, 2007 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  14. Justin Steele, Masontown, Pennsylvania

    From what I learned in school about who is the largest voting population regardless if they actually vote or not, Colbert's viewer population is that same population. College students 18-25. What more is that they don't even vote according to statistics I have learned from school. If the largest voting population who is at the same time the largest viewer population for Colbert, why can't he win THE ACTUAL PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION? This brings another issue, why do we have the need to seemingly mostly vote either DEM or REP? I would say after learning about PSYCOLOGY we as a nation are programmed to do so. There is also the issue of the electorial vote. Why do we still use it? It is out dated and the popular vote should be the only means of determining the winner. As to the question if Colbert would make an effective President, who is to say he would not until he actually has the chance to hold the position of president. Would Lincoln be able to win today in a presidential election if he were to run today, and growing up in today's US in a similar life as to the actually origins of Abe Lincoln. I would say we would not. I mean, we as a nation won't vote someone that has facial hair anymore. Why is that? Personally, the polical crap that happens in this nation is one of the reasons that makes me ashamed to me an American.

    November 15, 2007 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  15. km, new york, new york

    its cuz obama is scurrrrrrrrrrrred

    November 17, 2007 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  16. Hahn

    Our democracy is a joke. Every Americans are allowed to vote, but the list of candidates is determined by a very small group of people.
    Are we really that different from China?

    November 25, 2007 04:41 am at 4:41 am |
  17. Kristen

    Who cares if Stephen is on the ballet or not? I think the fact that he made it that far is funny. This country is too serious and needs to be lightened up. Maybe Stephen would be a great addition to the list of past presidents. He's probably do a better job then the past few presidents we've had. It would be like "Man of the Year" but real. The country can't get much worse, and I doubt that Stephen could send t he country into a depression.

    Basically Give me a break, and give Stephen a chance. Serious or not, he deserves the possiblity

    January 10, 2008 12:55 am at 12:55 am |
  18. ImmorsAmelm

    Make peace, not war!

    January 11, 2008 06:49 am at 6:49 am |
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