Colbert says he can't tell differences between Romney and Obama
October 14th, 2012
02:48 PM ET
8 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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soundoff (119 Responses)
  1. Eric

    The key problem with voting for a Republican is that, as a Republican elected official, you're not allowed to have your own opinion or represent the interests of your constituents. All you can do is vote for what the mostly unelected party leadership dictates, or kiss goodbye any chance of getting re-elected.

    October 14, 2012 10:52 pm at 10:52 pm |
  2. Mary1972

    We know Mitt Romney of the past (the moderate) and we know Mitt Romney. the present (the severely conservative and flip-flopper) but do we know Mitt Romney of the future? It is like confusion of the past, the present and the future. Roll a dice?

    October 14, 2012 11:09 pm at 11:09 pm |
  3. ObaWendon

    I think the difference would be between the middle class actually having a chance or the rich get richer while we go to war with Iran.

    October 14, 2012 11:14 pm at 11:14 pm |
  4. megan

    He is being sarcastic. Romney is trying to appear moderate at this point and as such minimize the fundamental differences in ideology with obama. Colbert and Stewart (the modern satirists) are great at what they do.

    October 14, 2012 11:18 pm at 11:18 pm |
  5. Joe

    Colbert says he can't tell differences between Romney and Obama
    Yes he can, saying this makes him just like Romney, a lier. That is the differences, Romney like most republicans lie, Obama does not and does care about all the people not just 53% of them. Romney will put our country right back in a big recession and then into another great depression. People do your fact checking, dont do as Colbert and stick your head in the sand.

    October 14, 2012 11:36 pm at 11:36 pm |
  6. Bleen Gloob

    Colbert, quite frankly isn't funny. If this guy does not understand that electing a republican will forever change a woman's right to choose, will allow the banks to become even larger, will allow the US to move from capitalism to a new thing called "corporatism", that this election will hinge on the loss of rights for minorities and if some republicans have their way, will mean the reinstitution of slavery as professed by one House of Representaives member. To allow the republican party to send the Supreme Court over the cliff with more radical right-wing conservative judges like little Tony Antonin Scalia Soprano and Clarence LOng Dong Silver Thomas would truly mark the end of this country.
    If Colbert does not understand this, then maybe he should not have a TV show. It is very obvious that he may be funny to some, the comedy he professes could cause severe tragedy and pain to others.
    This is why he is not funny. Colbert, you need to apologize for your stupidity.

    October 14, 2012 11:41 pm at 11:41 pm |
  7. XXXX

    Here is the difference Colbert. In case Romney is elected (god forbid), he will come along with the entire group of "W" era. They are all surrounding Romney now and warming up to take back their seats they left 2008. Just imagine Colbert, going back to those times!

    October 15, 2012 12:22 am at 12:22 am |
  8. Drayton

    I VOTED Mr ROMNEY/Brian.Because,there,s no comment of what AMERICA NEED.Thank you.

    October 15, 2012 12:42 am at 12:42 am |
  9. chris

    Ya I voted for obama when I found out his blood brother lived in real poverty in africa and obama has never done anything to help him at all. But then I saw him on tv say he cares about poor people. What a joke

    October 15, 2012 12:44 am at 12:44 am |
  10. YouPeople@

    @Claudia, Houston, Tx
    Sorry to contradict your post, but Romney did have a great great great grandfather that did serve in the US military – Charles Henry Wilcken (aka Carl Heinrich WIlcken) Unfortunately, he defected to the mormon militia and gave away the US Army's position and status of their provisions – Guess you could call him a defector/traitor......Interesting Utah War History.

    October 15, 2012 01:01 am at 1:01 am |
  11. YouPeople@

    I have watch Colbert's show, and I am a bit disappointed in his comments. Not what I thought he would convey.

    October 15, 2012 01:03 am at 1:03 am |
  12. nicole

    Steve colbert should be president the new comandar and chief

    October 15, 2012 01:06 am at 1:06 am |
  13. shocko

    It's kinda funny when you all comment so seriously when Colbert is a comedian...he's not a politcian....where are you people coming from.......?......?....

    October 15, 2012 01:08 am at 1:08 am |
  14. Thomas

    Sad how too many people can not see that Obama and gang have made great progress "forwarding" us into collectivism/communism. Of course, what would one expect when the masses attend government run schools that push the agenda and then push it at the liberal universities, also. All to the praise of Hooleywood stars. Oh well, bye-bye the U.S. of A. that our fathers bravely defended.

    I can't agree with you more ! Romney , 5 sons all avoided defending this great country , our country that our fathers bravely defended.

    October 15, 2012 01:08 am at 1:08 am |
  15. NoTax

    Look like some clown libs do not want to pack theirs staff for trip off my country

    October 15, 2012 02:47 am at 2:47 am |
  16. Mike A.

    I grew up on the streets of Chicago in a Republican household. My parents couldn't tell me why they where Republicans they just were. I learned very early on how to read people and know their true intentions. I voted for Obama in 2008 and even though things are not great at the moment they are getting better and the signs are there that indicate they will continue to progress. When I listen and see MItt Romney give his speeches and in video clips I get a sense of a person that will tell you whatever they think you want to hear to achieve or get what they need. I don't trust him and think he would compromise the American people to achieve his agenda.

    October 15, 2012 03:42 am at 3:42 am |
  17. ajois

    Romney has to lie his way into the center which is his temporary stand in order to win the election, that all. Is it so hard for people to understand? He is a Mormon. It is almost a Mormon edict that women are just for bearing kids (my understanding from what I have seen from my Mormon friends. I lived in Utah and Idaho for a long time) and extremely conservative views as for as women are concerned. Romney's only motivation to win the election at any cost is to put Mormonism to the American mainstream by being the first Mormon ever to become the president (nothing wrong, except he is lying thru's his teeth to accomplish it). His stands are not underpinned in what he believes for American people but what he needs in this situation to win. Hope Obama exposes this farce in the next debate.

    October 15, 2012 04:51 am at 4:51 am |
  18. Kris Wood

    In reply to Tommy – actually, you sound like you don't get it...and by it, I mean the young's reaction to this...realizing that even though he's lying and a clown, he's more honest than anything on Fox.

    October 15, 2012 05:55 am at 5:55 am |
  19. You people are clueless

    Do you not see that this is satire?!?

    October 15, 2012 06:17 am at 6:17 am |
  20. werescrewed2012

    Colbert is great. Gives the news through a comedic window got to love it

    October 15, 2012 06:35 am at 6:35 am |
  21. jnpa

    I would rather trust someone who knows where we have been and knows where we going rather than someone who has no idea where he wants to take us because he "hasn't seen the books yet". But it doesn't matter what Romney wants, the GOP/tea party will keep him in line as a far right president.

    October 15, 2012 06:43 am at 6:43 am |
  22. NameName withheld for privacy

    Pretty obvious really, with Obama we will feed the 47 percent and with Romney we will fight the 47 percent.

    October 15, 2012 06:46 am at 6:46 am |
  23. Frederic Marc

    I would rather vote for a chair than re-elect Obama. This administration, is the most divisive this country have had this last century. Because they are just unable to defend their achievements, or give us a plan for the next 4 years, beside increasing taxes. The only thing we hear is "liers", and when describing Republican voters "uninformed" "Retarded". You can now spot a Democrat when you hear somebody calling names.

    October 15, 2012 06:54 am at 6:54 am |
  24. obama is Out Of Touch with reality

    cant tell the differences between obama and romney, let me help you, obama wants bigger government, wants people dependent on government, wants people to bow to the obama will, wants all the hard working people to support the non-working trash and obama wants America to fail, and simply for Romney, he wants the opposite and wants America to become great again, choice is simple, if you are a loser vote for obama if you are a winner vote for Romney.

    October 15, 2012 07:09 am at 7:09 am |
  25. old3putt

    Although I'm not a fan of Colbert's generally, he is an excellent interviewer. I'd love to see him interview these two together. You'd see a side of both that would be illuminating.

    October 15, 2012 07:27 am at 7:27 am |
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