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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Rivals grudgingly defend Romney from Bain criticism

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. Saboth

    Hell, I'd vote for him or Stewart over any Republican candidate currently in Congress.

    January 12, 2012 11:01 pm at 11:01 pm |
  2. Spiffy


    January 12, 2012 11:01 pm at 11:01 pm |
  3. Richard S. Russell

    If he promised to do his own press briefings, I'd TOTALLY vote for this guy!

    January 12, 2012 11:04 pm at 11:04 pm |
  4. US Citizen

    My choices 1. Ron Paul 2. Colbert 3. Obama.

    January 12, 2012 11:05 pm at 11:05 pm |
  5. stang

    I love Stephen Colbert! Freakin' hilarious!

    January 12, 2012 11:05 pm at 11:05 pm |
  6. Delle Jambo Jr.

    Putting Steve Colbert, a Democrat Reject, in the White House is like fixing a jester/clown in the circle of Genius folks. Colbert, why waste precious funds to satisfy an egocentric calamity!

    January 12, 2012 11:38 pm at 11:38 pm |
  7. nooneknows

    Stewart/Colbert 2012 !

    January 12, 2012 11:46 pm at 11:46 pm |
  8. Colbert Makes a Fool of Us


    January 12, 2012 11:47 pm at 11:47 pm |
  9. Adam

    I'd vote for Colbert.

    January 12, 2012 11:55 pm at 11:55 pm |
  10. Neal Cornwell

    Colbert/Stewart 2012!

    January 12, 2012 11:56 pm at 11:56 pm |
  11. D

    Colbert/Stewart 2012!

    January 13, 2012 12:02 am at 12:02 am |
  12. Joke

    Great Job by Colbert and John Stewart , elections in the U.S are now jokes

    January 13, 2012 12:05 am at 12:05 am |
  13. Anonymous

    I'd vote for him...

    January 13, 2012 12:08 am at 12:08 am |
  14. Frank

    I wish he could run.

    January 13, 2012 12:11 am at 12:11 am |
  15. Patrick

    The man is a genius. I give a tip of my hat.

    January 13, 2012 12:19 am at 12:19 am |
  16. blaqb0x

    Since he's running in the South Carolina Presidential Primary "Unofficailly" then I can vote for him from California, "Unofficially".

    January 13, 2012 12:19 am at 12:19 am |
  17. Norm

    He's got my vote...

    January 13, 2012 12:26 am at 12:26 am |
  18. Anonymous

    He should run. I think he has a chance.

    January 13, 2012 12:26 am at 12:26 am |
  19. BrofromtheO

    Colbert 2016!!!

    January 13, 2012 12:51 am at 12:51 am |
  20. Dee

    The best part is, he's not even running for POTUS. He's running for "The President of the United States of South Carolina" and I can't wait to see his ads trying to convince the good people of South Carolina that they need their very own President.

    January 13, 2012 01:01 am at 1:01 am |
  21. chuchsheen9

    Only liberals would vote for a Hollywood personality.

    January 13, 2012 01:39 am at 1:39 am |
  22. ED Denson

    It took 3 writers to create this story? It must be 200 words long, at least. You guys are the answer to the need for jobs. On behalf of the struggling economy, I thank you.

    January 13, 2012 02:13 am at 2:13 am |
  23. matt

    Uhhh thanks for the spoiler?

    January 13, 2012 02:25 am at 2:25 am |
  24. andrew

    Romney 2012!

    January 13, 2012 02:27 am at 2:27 am |
  25. Bastion

    Can't do any better in a Republican primary than Steven Colbert.

    January 13, 2012 03:19 am at 3:19 am |
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