Colbert says he can't tell differences between Romney and Obama
October 14th, 2012
02:48 PM ET
7 years ago

Colbert says he can't tell differences between Romney and Obama

(CNN) – Comedian Stephen Colbert says it will make a difference whether President Barack Obama or Mitt Romney wins the election in November - but he doesn't know what that difference will be.

"I'm not Ralph Nader. I don't think there's no difference," Colbert said in an interview airing Sunday on NBC's "Meet the Press." "There is a difference. I don't know what the difference is, though."

But he does speculate.

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On Obama, Colbert said there's a possibility he might be "a more aggressive reformer or changer in the second act of his presidency."

"If he wins, I hope he keeps some of the promises he didn't keep the first time," he added.

Colbert said he didn't know how Romney would govern if elected president. "He might govern as a technocrat. That sort of seems to have been his career, as like the guy from Pepsi who comes in to run GM - he can't tell us what he'll do because he hasn't seen the books yet."

"We don't know because he seems absolutely sincere as a moderate, and he also seemed sincere as a severe conservative," Colbert said of Romney, even as he insisted that wasn't a slight. "It's honest confusion, because he has a good shot at winning, and if he does, I hope he's a good president."

Asked if he's ever considered running for political office, Colbert said no way. "I have said terrible things with a straight face on camera. Can you imagine the political ads that could be run against me?"

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  1. lands888

    I am sad that we do not have more educated financial people in the world. I have been in the positon of taking a business from loss of revenue to making a profit. All the times I have done this has been taking it from managers who have left these companies in great debt. Yet a GOOD manager can turn anything around. But it needs to have good leadership. So Obama lovers quit blaming Bush and others it is in the management. Second of all I am not an angry person but if I had millions I would not want to keep it here either so our President and his wife can travel to Africa, Paris etc and enjoy my hard earned money either. The companies, olympics and other ventures he has done for the US Mitt has put on the map in good standing. It scares me to know now that I own my own business that you that do not understand this about business may someday apply for a job and I will have to turn you down for your lack of intelligence of business. Healthcare could be fixed very easy, I too worked this for 14 years but none of you REALLY want to be taxed for it. Mitt has a better view of this. Jealous is what I believe people are who do not understand a good family man (Mitt Romney) who has worked hard like myself. Obama says medical only increased 4% mine increased 23% this year alone. I struggle but I work 7 days to make sure I am above the water as I do not want to drown with the ones who vote for Obama.

    October 14, 2012 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  2. Name reason

    @Claudia. Remind me the branch of military Pres. Obama served?

    October 14, 2012 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  3. Bill O

    What Colbert and Jon Stewart's fans tend to forget is that these two funny and intelligent comedians primarily care about their business which relies on a young mostly liberal audience. Having a republican in office would probably actually increase their audience (e.g., their audience would get a lot more excited about jokes about Romney than Obama; that would give them possibly 8 full years of comedy materials). In addition, these guys are definitely part of the 1%... I know it sounds cynical, but be sure that if R/R get elected they will go swinging at them non-stop and make a lot of money out of it... While in the mean time education, health care, the environment, social issues (right to choose, gay rights...) will take a major hits (with probably the nominations of 2 additional conservative justices -> up to 7 conservative justices!). Not counting the increased possibility of new war in Iran. Personally, I find them irresponsibly selfish...

    October 14, 2012 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  4. Rogere

    Colbert and Jon Stewart have the two best shows on TV and they should be on straight after either the ABC, CBS, or NBC News. Pity the language would stop this. Their greatest service is that they show the hypocrisy of all politicians as many news organizations. Well maybe just Fox News.

    October 14, 2012 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  5. Bill O

    Remember all the talk about "Gore and Bush are the same..."
    Colbert is smart enough to know that the differences are actually very drastic. I just think that he is thinking about his own personal interest see post above...

    October 14, 2012 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  6. Colin

    Perhaps the solution is to vote for a candidate who has real ideas about how we can change our country for the better: Gary Johnson.

    October 14, 2012 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  7. Schalaine

    I can't wait to vote for Obama/Biden. In person voting begins Oct. 22. and I will be there! Women, I implore you, do not sit this one out. Too much is at stake. Fights I thought were long over are now front and center. Republicans are intent upon forcing their religion on us. I fail to see much difference between the current GOP and the Taliban. And that scares me.

    October 14, 2012 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  8. Sandy

    He's a comedian. He's a liberal comedian who plays a conservative on television. On election night 2008 he had tears in his eyes, and it wasn't because he was sad. I think Obama has his vote, and that's a good thing.

    October 14, 2012 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  9. lame

    @Sassafras tea You do understand that his character on the show is fake and that he's a staunch democrat, right? People can't even tell what satire is, so sad.

    October 14, 2012 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  10. Harlon Katz

    GI Joe – Making women PAY for birth control, just like any other prescription – how is that not fair? Should we start handing Viagra out for free? What other FREE medication? There is nothing wrong with requiring a co-pay just like every other prescription.

    As for Romney never being your president if he is elected – WE have been stuck with this bumbling moron and his crazy jackal of a VP for almost four years, so I think you could make due.

    October 14, 2012 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  11. Harlon Katz

    David – where were you four years ago asking Obama about HIS plans – he STILL doesn't have any. More spending with money you don't have just doesn't work. Even if you take 100% from his "wealthy" foes, there still will not be enough money to keep up with his spending. Where do you think the money is going to come from – do you want to take MORE THAN 100% from "the rich"?

    October 14, 2012 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  12. yogi

    Romney's only alliance is to money and he will stash that away as much as possible to avoid paying taxes, very patriotic huh? If he had nothing to hide, of course he would show all of his tax returns with so much pressure from all sides, so it is very clear that it would be very damaging if his tax returns would be made public.
    Romney acts like he has been over the years in his "business": A man only comfortable with templates to provide solutions, incapable of new ideas, and no concern for the ordinary people.
    It is beyond me that such a large chunk of the electorate cannot see through this phony man. He would be a complete disaster as a president.
    There is a simple solutions for continuation of civilization:
    Obama/Biden 2012!

    October 14, 2012 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  13. NotSure2012

    There is little difference between Romney and Obama when it comes to thier policy. At the first Presidential debate Obama said he and Romney had similar policies on Social Security. They both agree on the NDAA, the TPP, the KXL Pipeline and neither really care too much about poverty. It's all about the middle class. A middle class that has been shrinking under Republicans and Democrats for decades. This election voters who choose from the pool of evil will have to pick a guy getting millions in secret monies or a guy getting millions in secret monies. Either way we are sure to get screwed and evil. Obama's Hope and Change message was simply a campaign slogan that was previously used by Deval Patrick. If you want change this election cycle, vote third party. Vote for Rocky Anderson of the Justice Party.

    October 14, 2012 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  14. @"Fact"

    You accuse Obama of Communism, but it's the Republicans who refuse to challenge Communist China's control over our economy. Republicans refuse to impose punitive taxes on imports from China, effectively letting them get away with rigging their currency and subsidizing their exporters. That allows China to control our economy, and that makes Republicans the real Communist supporters.

    October 14, 2012 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  15. jamdfh

    Tommy G, the irony of your statement is that you don't get it! Hilarious! Colbert got you and it is funny-peculiar because you are the problem!!!

    October 14, 2012 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  16. LegalizeReason

    "We don't know because he seems absolutely sincere as a moderate, and he also seemed sincere as a severe conservative," That's just the problem, Romney is like Zelig, the human cameleon in Woody Allen's film who becomes exactly like the people he happens to be with at the moment. We don't need a Presidnet who does not have a moral center.

    October 14, 2012 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  17. Paul

    People who don't know what communism is, shouldn't be talking about how we are going there!

    October 14, 2012 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  18. pkrbkr

    Obama/Biden 2012.....if for no other reason than the way the Rs treat women's issues!!!!! And to think a Romney in the White House would appoint Supreme Court judges.....? Scary! Women, wake up!

    October 14, 2012 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  19. Ed FL

    You can tell the difference if you clean your glasses or have new one ones made that can differentiate colors.In addition ROMNEY is another ELITE GOP DRAFT DODGER along with all his sons. His wife appears to be the strongest person in that family. Why would the American public vote for a person that has such little regard for this country that he keeps his money in foriegn banks.

    October 14, 2012 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
  20. Sam

    Romney will give tax cuts to his buddies and himself, become even more rich, bancrupt the country (Bush 08 style), and then will start the war with Iran. At that point nobody will be allowed to criticise him at such "difficult time", everyone will be expected to "sacrifice for freedom", and everyone will have to unite in the face of "evil".
    Beloved gas will be $12/gallon. A few will become super-rich. Everyone else will have to pay the price. Many will die.

    October 14, 2012 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm |
  21. Gladys

    I like his satire, but I agree with a previous poster. I'm guessing he's in Romney's corner as he seems to think he's a moderate, albeit a wealthy one. If Romney were running as himself, which I believe is more centrist, I think he's be more appealing. But it's the looney right fringe that backs away a lot of people. Romney will not be able to escape them if he gets in because as off and crazy as they are, they have money and power and they are helping him with millions.

    October 14, 2012 10:43 pm at 10:43 pm |
  22. fernace

    I understand Colbert's dilema! A few months ago Romney was severely conservative, now suddenly he's moderate & have an affinity for the middleclass! Many of his plans include measures the President has already implemented or will if he's re-elected! Romney is just difficult to pin down because of his flipflopping, etch-a-sketch personality! It's hard to believe a person like that & I wouldn't want 1 as a friend, much less a president! Obama/Biden Next 4!!

    October 14, 2012 10:45 pm at 10:45 pm |
  23. teej

    Colbert is smarter than his character lets on. I've seen him with an economic nobel laureate, and his expression at the determination was shock and dismay if I've ever seen it.

    October 14, 2012 10:46 pm at 10:46 pm |
  24. Jackie

    One reason Colbert may not be able to tell the difference is because Romney has usurped Obama's platform, style, words, policies, and even the way he runs onstage! He has tried to be like Obama in every way except skin color. Romney started talking about middle class after Obama had been talking about it for months. Romney started running on stage after he noticed Obama does it. Romney been following him around from state to state trying to gain support and in some places he even says the same words. Analyze it for yourself. It's true. That's why Colbert is confused. But...Romney could never be like Obama who cares about all Americans not just 47% of us. That is a real difference between them.

    October 14, 2012 10:47 pm at 10:47 pm |
  25. OT


    if you think this is communism, I'm afraid there is no country right wing enough for you. Too bad you missed the 1930s Europe.

    October 14, 2012 10:51 pm at 10:51 pm |
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