Stephen Colbert backs Rick 'Parry' for prez
August 10th, 2011
08:22 PM ET
11 years ago

Stephen Colbert backs Rick 'Parry' for prez

Washington (CNN) - It's not a typo. Comedian Stephen Colbert wants America to vote for Rick Parry - that's right, Parry with an "A."

In the first released ad by his "super" political action committee, Colbert urged Iowa voters to write in "Rick Parry" at the Ames straw poll on Saturday, suggesting in a satiric nod that he's throwing his weight behind Republican Gov. Rick Perry of Texas for president.

"I called dibs on Rick Parry a long time ago," said Colbert, who dubs himself president and assistant equipment manager for his PAC, in a statement Wednesday.

The ad, "Episode IV: A New Hope," is a play on the Supreme Court's 2010 Citizens United ruling, which allows super PACs to receive and spend unlimited amounts of money, as long as they don't coordinate with a particular candidate.

"So to prove we're truly uncoordinated, we're asking voters to write in Parry with an A – as in America, IowA, or PresidAnt," Colbert said. "You can feel confident he's not asking us to do that."

The one-minute spot blasts other groups, including Jobs for Iowa and Grow PAC, for using their "unlimited super PAC money" to rally behind Perry, who's widely expected to launch a presidential campaign soon.

"But what about our unlimited super PAC money? We want you to vote for Rick Perry, too," the ad said. "But not their Rick Perry, our Rick Parry."

The ad took to the airwaves Wednesday in the Des Moines media market.

Colbert's PAC - "Americans for a Better Tomorrow, Tomorrow" - was granted legal status in June by the Federal Election Commission.


Filed under: Rick Perry • Stephen Colbert
soundoff (87 Responses)
  1. ficheye

    Jimmy, Jimmy. You've been mad ever since the results of your IQ test.

    August 11, 2011 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  2. Casual

    You people do get it that Steven is a comic right? I watch the show and he is clearly not a Republican...

    And he would never endorse him in real life, if you will. Perry has zero chance, we already did the jesus freak in the White House....and look where that Bozo got us....we ceratinly do not need a repeat of that disaster.

    Here is a gem from G.W. Bush...

    " The great thing about America is everybody should vote" Dec. 8th, 2000....oh, don't worry, I'll be voting.

    August 11, 2011 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  3. Liz the First

    Stephen Colbert is an extremely talented satirist and a staunch Democrat! some repubs, like "Jimmy," are too dumb to even know they're being made fun of.

    August 11, 2011 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  4. realitybites

    Please Stephen, give us more than this. Let it be a beginning. It's bad enough the Greedy Old Pigs are a massive joke but, this is one dog that needs to get kicked a lot and by someone who knows how. I've seen the wing tips you wear. They have secret spikes of tongue in cheek sarcasm in them.

    August 11, 2011 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  5. DannyCali

    Another G.W.B run for President again.........????????? I think enough is enough for American.

    August 11, 2011 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  6. clearcut1

    All I have to say is: W's back, W's back with everybody sayin W's back

    August 11, 2011 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  7. One of the little people

    What if people write in dumber than W? Same person? Well then...

    August 11, 2011 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  8. Panther7

    It is funny how some commenting here don't realize that it is a joke.

    August 11, 2011 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  9. scott

    I think we should let Texas secede...then we wont have to mess with them anymore....

    August 11, 2011 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  10. scott

    You know how to find Texas?....Go west til you smell it and then south til you step in it.....

    August 11, 2011 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  11. Jay

    Some of you posting the "Colbert supporting Perry?! HOW CAN HE DO THAT DERP DE DERP" really don't get it.

    August 11, 2011 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  12. Unknown

    A lot of people misunderstand Stephen Colbert. He's humor is intended to be ironic and sarcastic.

    August 11, 2011 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  13. leb1281

    Satire at its best!

    August 11, 2011 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  14. USA USA USA

    ..yeah yeah ~ rick parry will take this country back to it's baby jesus roots
    we will smote the catholic/pope cult and win the crusades

    August 11, 2011 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  15. Aaron

    Someone should form a PAC to get rid of those crusty old goats on the Supreme Court with term limits. See how they like their politicized verdicts then.

    August 11, 2011 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  16. lalo

    He he he, right wingers actually think he's backing them. So over their heads it won't budge a single hair

    August 11, 2011 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  17. detada

    Many of us who live in Texas are truly embarrassed that this buffoon is jumping into the race. We have yet to regain respect from the last moron from Texas who slid his way into the White House.

    August 11, 2011 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  18. sueo

    Very funny. But I really would like Texas to keep him, even though I know there are more than a few that wish he would just go away. There apparently are a lot of the right who don't recognize that Cobert's views are satire. Not sure if that is good or bad.

    August 11, 2011 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  19. Charlie in Maine

    Another holier than thou violent Texas Gov fo rPesident eh? Thanks to Rick Parry and Stephen Colbert for reminding us of how we got into this mess in the first place. Maybe instead of carping on our current Peez the t-baggers should pitch in and help.

    August 11, 2011 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  20. coy4one

    Perry's campaign slogan..... "A Vote For Me Is A Vote For George W."

    August 11, 2011 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  21. A Kickin' Donkey

    Forget the Newsweek Article on Michele Bachmann.

    If you really want to know her religious / theocaracy leanings and connections, read the article in the New Yorker. Ten pages of details that make it clear how she developed as an adult and what the drivers and motivations are for the way she processes information. It doesn't pass judgement, it just gives you the facts. Once you read it, I doubt if you'd vote for her or Perry.

    August 11, 2011 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  22. tara

    It is kind of hilarious and kind of tragic that so many people hear don't realize that Stephen is a comedian... making a joke.

    August 11, 2011 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  23. NYCMovieFan

    Love this! And Stephen, please remind us how the Republlicans in Alaska screamed that the write in votes for Murkowski had to be spelled correctly – true justice is a coming when we see old Rick PARRY win, and PERRY lose from the get go!!!

    August 11, 2011 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  24. Ian

    I'm going with Tyler Perry. Dude knows his comedy.

    August 11, 2011 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  25. TommGI

    Comedian Stephen Colbert's opinion means nothing. His ratings are 1/5th Pawn Stars so his audience is only about a million with a margin of error of a million so that means possibily nobody is watching his show. Big deal.

    August 11, 2011 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
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