Colbert for president (again)
January 12th, 2012
08:08 PM ET
9 years ago

Colbert for president (again)

(CNN) - Faux-news host and comedian Stephen Colbert announced Thursday night he was launching his second run for president in South Carolina.

"I'm proud to announce I plan to form an exploratory committee to lay the groundwork for my candidacy in the United States of South Carolina," Colbert said at a taping of his show Thursday evening.

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Colbert said voters in South Carolina saw him as an alternative to current GOP frontrunner Mitt Romney.

"Clearly my fellow South Caroliniacs see me as the only Mitternative," Colbert said.

However, according to South Carolina election law, Colbert may not get his way. The state's website said write-in votes are prohibited in political party primaries or for president and vice president.

South Carolina Election Commission spokesman Chris Whitmire told CNN with the Republican presidential primary just nine days away, there "won't even be a way for someone to do that because it's not allowed under the law."

The comedian missed the November 1 filing deadline to get his name on the GOP primary ballot. Whitmire added that, in accordance with the law, there's no write-in space on the electronic and paper primary ballots.

Colbert, who filed to run for the White House as a Democrat in 2007, lost a fight with South Carolina's Democratic Party when it removed him from the state's 2008 primary ballot, a step that ended his presidential bid.

But the comedian has been back in full force this election cycle with his own Super PAC, called "Making a Better Tomorrow, Tomorrow."

In October, the Federal Election Commission allowed Colbert to form the group, which can raise and spend unlimited amounts of money on a candidate as long as it doesn't coordinate with a candidate's campaign.

In the taping of his show Thursday, Colbert confronted that hurdle, officially signing over the super PAC to fellow Comedy Central host Jon Stewart.

As a satire on super PAC rules, the group created a commercial endorsing "Rick P(a)rry" just days before the Texas governor launched his White House bid this summer.

"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."

In the fall, Colbert also made news when he offered $500,000 of super PAC funds to cover the cost of South Carolina's primary on January 21, following a heated battle within the state over who would pay for the contest-the state party or the taxpayers.

In return, Colbert, a South Carolina native, asked for the rights to change the name of the primary to the "The Colbert Super PAC South Carolina Republican Primary."

The state did not take him up on the offer.

- CNN's Shawna Shepherd, Ashley Killough and Julian Cummings contributed to this report.

Also see:

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Haley warns Republicans against Romney attacks

Gingrich: South Carolina will be 'Armageddon' of attacks

Filed under: 2012 • South Carolina • Stephen Colbert
soundoff (239 Responses)
  1. Chris

    Colbert is the most viable candidate in the race.

    January 12, 2012 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  2. pn

    He'd probably be a better presidant than any of the GOP wannabees.

    January 12, 2012 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  3. gary

    Cobert makes moer sense than any of the GOP's running ... maybe better than Obama too. If he were to run, I'd vote for him. Smart, knowledgeable, works hard, good man.

    January 12, 2012 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  4. Corey

    COLBERT 2012!

    January 12, 2012 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  5. Brandon

    I love Stephen Colbert so much.

    January 12, 2012 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  6. Sadie Boyd

    People are people and corporations are contractual agreements between certain parties for the purpose of earning money through some product, scheme or commodity. We need the dumbing down of America to stop. Vote Parry!

    January 12, 2012 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  7. T'sah From Virginia

    No Comment!!

    Obama 2012!!

    January 12, 2012 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  8. Will

    Finally a candidate worth voting for!!

    January 12, 2012 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  9. anagram_kid

    As much as enjoy Colbert's show, there is already too much comedy in the current field of GOP candidates.

    January 12, 2012 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  10. Bill1944

    His candidacy will expose the absurdity of the Citizens United ruling and the unmitigated power of Super-PACS. Gor for Stephen!! You've got my vote!!

    January 12, 2012 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  11. meeples

    Too fricken funny gotta love this guy

    January 12, 2012 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  12. Donnie the Lion

    Dr. Colbert is a more palatable choice than many other potential candidates. He'll never get the bear vote, however.

    January 12, 2012 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  13. educatorga

    I'd vote for him! He's more intelligent than all the rest of the GOP candidates!

    January 12, 2012 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  14. vic , nashville ,tn

    Last night he talks about this in his show I thought it was joke

    If can enter the race split Mitt Romney votes welcome

    January 12, 2012 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  15. brianephraim

    as an independent conservative Stephen Colbert keeps me sane

    January 12, 2012 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  16. jordan

    spoiler alert anyone?

    January 12, 2012 09:58 pm at 9:58 pm |
  17. Sanford S. Williams

    Either Colbert is amazingly brilliant...or incredibly insane.

    January 12, 2012 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  18. Brad76

    Colbert 2012!

    January 12, 2012 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
  19. boo


    January 12, 2012 10:19 pm at 10:19 pm |
  20. boo

    He has my vote.

    January 12, 2012 10:21 pm at 10:21 pm |
  21. Don

    Wonderful news.

    The sad part is that he doesn't seem that different then the Repubicans running for the nomination.

    January 12, 2012 10:38 pm at 10:38 pm |
  22. MMallon

    It is probably a good thing for Mitt Romney that Stephen Colbert can't run in South Carolina. He would do uncomfortably well.

    January 12, 2012 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
  23. Don3

    Colbert will give the other candidates a taste of their own medicine with a Super-PAC advertising campaign like none other!!

    January 12, 2012 10:45 pm at 10:45 pm |
  24. polite centrist

    Colbert is a better choice than any of the other Republican candidates!

    January 12, 2012 10:48 pm at 10:48 pm |
  25. edvhou812

    Jokes are usually only funny the first time.

    January 12, 2012 10:58 pm at 10:58 pm |
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