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:

Santorum warns voters of scary rhetoric

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. someguy

    That is too funny. I would vote for him over any republican.

    January 13, 2012 04:23 am at 4:23 am |
  2. jon

    Just goes to show ya that it isn't true what they taught in school, that anyone can become president.

    January 13, 2012 04:52 am at 4:52 am |
  3. Ace


    January 13, 2012 05:16 am at 5:16 am |
  4. Iamcheese

    Colbert for President!!!!!

    January 13, 2012 05:34 am at 5:34 am |
  5. Bil

    Where is Ron Paul? Not even one word on this page.

    January 13, 2012 06:26 am at 6:26 am |
  6. applepious1

    Romney and Colbert, they both are Democrats pretending to be Republicans to further their careers, I really don't see the difference.

    January 13, 2012 06:31 am at 6:31 am |
  7. yo

    Stephen Colbert for president 2012!!!

    January 13, 2012 07:04 am at 7:04 am |
  8. Paul

    I see him as the smartest in the Rep field. I'd vote for him.

    January 13, 2012 07:07 am at 7:07 am |
  9. TheFatherofLies

    My kind of conservative.

    January 13, 2012 07:10 am at 7:10 am |
  10. FedUp

    He would probably be better than any politician we have right now.

    January 13, 2012 07:14 am at 7:14 am |
  11. Alex

    I thought he was Canadian

    January 13, 2012 07:21 am at 7:21 am |
  12. Chase

    Stewart/Colbert 2012!

    January 13, 2012 07:26 am at 7:26 am |
  13. janette Brown

    Why everyone ks so protective of Mitt Romney and his lies? McCain don't attack Mitt now Sc Gov Haley Don't

    January 13, 2012 07:34 am at 7:34 am |
  14. Mr. Black

    South Carolina's just scared of the truthiness!

    January 13, 2012 07:36 am at 7:36 am |
  15. Blue Khakis

    Not allowing write ins is just another way the establishment limits voter choice and pushes for its own anointed golden boys. Write ins are an integral part of voting liberty.

    January 13, 2012 07:39 am at 7:39 am |
  16. Anonymous

    You call this news!

    January 13, 2012 07:45 am at 7:45 am |
  17. jamarsu

    Yay Steven. I hope he wins!

    January 13, 2012 07:52 am at 7:52 am |
  18. mike_t

    Just another example of how the 2 parties collude to keep any serious alternative candidate out of the running so they can keep raking in that "Presidential Election Fund" tax money.

    January 13, 2012 07:52 am at 7:52 am |
  19. Anonymous

    About time we had a candidate who is in touch with the needs of others, and himself, especially himself...well mostly himself. I am looking forward to a brighter future, in the future...

    January 13, 2012 07:56 am at 7:56 am |
  20. EEB

    About time we had a candidate the was in touch with the needs of others, and himself, especially himself, actually mostly himself...looking forward to a brighter future, in the future.

    January 13, 2012 07:58 am at 7:58 am |
  21. Bertina

    CNN calls Colbert faux news but he is more legitimate than anything out of the real fake news station Fox.

    January 13, 2012 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  22. Timmy

    All you morons who think Colbert is so great. State ONE of his positions. Being funny is not a prequisite for president. With idiot voters like you no wonder we end up with dismal failures like Obama

    January 13, 2012 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  23. NVa Native

    Finally a GOP candidate worth voting for!

    January 13, 2012 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  24. Jerry Senzee

    A truly intelligent candidate emerges. Colbert in 2012 !!!

    January 13, 2012 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  25. NVa Native

    Unlike the rest of the GOP field (especially Paul) – Colbert knows when he is saying crazy things that don't make any sense.

    January 13, 2012 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
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