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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soundoff (119 Responses)
  1. GOP is for the rich

    Hey 'Fact'(less) a communistic program Pres. Obama has started....
    Half of the reptili'con's say Pres. Obama has done nothing and half say he is bringing communism....can't have it both ways, guys.

    October 15, 2012 07:38 am at 7:38 am |
  2. Willa45

    It's hard to tell the difference because Romney/Ryan have a veiled message and it's hard to know who they really are!!

    How come Romney/Ryan supporters can only tear down Obama, in order to win points?. Why can't Romney/Ryan supporters talk about their candidates' records? Why doesn't anybody tell us why he/she trusts Mitt Romney, even though he won't show us ten years worth of tax returns? Can anybody tell us (with facts to support your claims) why Mitt Romney would make a better president? Also, please state his actual (relevant) accomplishments with proven results.....don't use "he has 'experience' or he's a businessman" just to build up his resume...that's not good enough! I only met Mitt Romney a few months ago....I still don't know who Mitt Romney is and I seriously doubt anybody else does either!!

    October 15, 2012 08:08 am at 8:08 am |
  3. DOG1

    Mr. Colbert: If this helps at all, Romney's the one who owns stock in several Chinese factories. The ones he was talking about during his 47% conversation with his high end donors and laughing about how little the girls that worked there earned. He's also the one who's invested in the company the conducts FETAL material disposal, so he's against abortion but not against profiting from it!
    President Obama's the other guy, the one who cares about this country!

    October 15, 2012 08:15 am at 8:15 am |
  4. MagicPanties

    Romney picked Ryan like McCain picked Palin.
    Ryan perhaps not as dumb (that would be difficult) but surely as dangerous.

    Ryan wants a nationwide personhood amendment outlawing all abortion (no exceptions) and making birth control illegal.

    Romney/Ryan – back to the dark ages.

    October 15, 2012 08:18 am at 8:18 am |
  5. MightyMoo

    I can't in all honesty vote for a party that gets a bunch of old religious guys in on a Congressional Hearing on women's health issues instead of actual women. Then to hold the purse strings of Congress at the House level and not work with the Senate and the President all the while getting our credit rating knocked down a notch doesn't sit well with me either especially when they blame it all on the other party when they themselves refused to work with others in a "My way or the highway" approach.

    No.. Democrats have their problems that is for sure, but it seems like this past four years the GOP made a deal with devil itself with their ultra hard line they took with the Tea Party. They got some really great ideas but I'm convinced they can't work with others to get things done anymore. They drove out all the moderates from their party.

    October 15, 2012 08:19 am at 8:19 am |
  6. waterboy

    im tired of hearing ronmey doesn't have a plan/ it was 4 year old obama would say it time for change, it time for change / change what/ what are u going to change

    October 15, 2012 08:25 am at 8:25 am |
  7. Seriously

    LOL @ people who don't understand colbert is satire.

    October 15, 2012 08:26 am at 8:26 am |
  8. kwdragon

    It's comedy people, lighten up. If you are taking the word of a "political pundit," who is actually a comedian, seriously, Obama or Romney supporter, you need to reexamine your social filters...

    October 15, 2012 08:26 am at 8:26 am |
  9. Goose66

    Colbert has done a lot of interviews lately as himself – Steven Colbert – instead of his character – Steven Colbert. This is counter to how he has portrayed himself publicly for the last ten years. Does this mean retirement is in the works for Steven? Does he want to move on to movies (he would certainly need to drop the faux conservative persona to make it in Hollywood)?

    October 15, 2012 08:29 am at 8:29 am |
  10. Marie MD

    @namereason, remind me what war was going in when President Obama could have served? Right, none.
    The twit spent the Vietnam war (45,000+ Americans lost their lives necer mind how the ceterans sere treated when they returned to the US) and his five non serving sons have had plenty of wars to go fight for their country and none of them have done so.
    The tax cheating bully spent our war years in France writing love letters in the sand (literally) to that non working wife of his and his sons have been too busy campaigning for the last decade or so for their twit of a father.

    October 15, 2012 08:30 am at 8:30 am |
  11. Paul

    Colbert's show is much like Fox News. It's entertainment. The basic difference is that Colbert slants liberal. Fox is a wing of the GOP. But they are much the same, but for the honest comedy. Fox pretends to be serious. Oh wait, so does Colbert.

    October 15, 2012 08:31 am at 8:31 am |
  12. JD

    There's no difference between Bush and Obama.

    Almost identical domestic and foreign policy. Politicians have the American public on a sting. I suspect they have a good laugh off hours at the Hundreds of millions that ralley for the words (not decisions, words) of 537 people. House senate PresidentVP

    October 15, 2012 08:37 am at 8:37 am |
  13. West Coast

    The way I see it, if Obama can't run on his accomplishments, then why should I vote for him? The US workforce is at it's lowest level in 20+ years, and Obama thinks this is ok? He misjudged the economy, made claims that it was fine, when we all knew it wasn't. He chose an idiot for a VP; Obama would be better off selecting a new VP, but instead, goes with the fool. He spent BILLIONS of our money on fraudulent, pork spending stimulus package. He uses tax dollars to fund failing "green" companies and gives our dollars to overseas investors. Our embassy is attacked and he tries to cover up his failings to improve him image. He wasn't qualified when he was elected, and he's proven incapable of doing the job. He said it himself, if he isn't able to do the job, then he shouldn't be re-elected. The facts are there people. He has failed terribly by his own account. He should not be given more chances to ruin the country.

    October 15, 2012 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  14. Penny Wright

    Bush's SEC let Wall Street run a derivatives Ponzi scheme that destroyed the world economy.

    George W. Bush was the goose that flew into the engine.

    Obama landed the plane in the Hudson.

    October 15, 2012 09:09 am at 9:09 am |
  15. steve

    Why is what Colbert thinks news? Shouldn'tTMZ be covering this?

    October 15, 2012 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  16. TY

    oKAY There is a big differ and he know this, he talks about it on his show so I don't know why he is saying this. JD you don't know what you are saying to much FOX............FOREIGN POLICY come on know..WAR not WAR......................

    October 15, 2012 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  17. Tee


    I will vote r/r for the sake of my children if nothing else I grew up in a great country I would like to see them grow up in one that was still a free country.

    You sound foolish. If thats the case you need to vote Dem, because if you have a girl R&r is trying to take away womens rights as we know them. Also medical and SS they claim they want to help the young, well think about this one please. If they do the Vplan the plan is not going to work, so its a fail plan so its a fail program. Your kids want have it. Its a game R&r is playing and if you want to believe them go ahead. But lets not get it twisted. R&r is not for you they have their own agenda Romney its his desire he really dont want to serve the people and Ryan he was to be on top on day and do away with womens and civil rights...........................

    October 15, 2012 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  18. Bolaji09

    Of Romney ... "... he seems absolutely sincere as a moderate, and he also seemed sincere as a severe conservative."

    October 15, 2012 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  19. Puddin

    It appears Colbert is trying to stay neutral (maybe)? Who is Mitt Romney? He is the male on those secretly recorded "47% tape.." He's tried to walk it back, but that is exactly who he question ? Who knows what he might dish out on the American citizens.

    October 15, 2012 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  20. herb

    Woe, Colbert endorsing Romney? Has Colbert switched sides? I always thought of him as a Democrat.

    In these times, we need a business-friendly president, not Obama who demonizes business for political purposes.

    October 15, 2012 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  21. Jerry

    I've NEVER seen Colbert out of character. How do we know that this is what he really thinks?

    October 15, 2012 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  22. Marie MD

    Here's a BIG difference Colbert.
    President Obama's middle class, of which he was once part of while growing up, the 47% of retirees, military, poor who the twit classified as leeches.
    The twit's middle class? Folks making $250,000.

    October 15, 2012 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  23. dlhsr

    George Bush the first. READ MY LIPS NO NEW TAXES. Think that will happen with Romney/Ryan, if they can drop the defict with out raising taxes on the middle class, I would kiss them on the lips. But, it's not going to happen (taxes are going up for the middle class under Romney/Ryan). Read my lips Obama/Biden 2012.

    October 15, 2012 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  24. marobi1

    Once again I completely agree w Colbert. Colbert for Pres!

    October 15, 2012 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  25. Dave

    Oh please. Give me a break. One wants America to succeed and the other wants to build other nations. One wants a strong economy and the other wants socialism. The choice is clear for those who want to see the truth.

    October 15, 2012 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
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