Stephen Colbert: Exploring run for president of USA of South Carolina
Comedy Central host Stephen Colbert announced on his show Thursday night that he is forming an exploratory committee for a “possible candidacy for the president of the United States of South Carolina.”
“This is a difficult decision. I’ve talked it over with my money. I’ve talked it over with my spiritual adviser,” said the comedian who puts on the persona of an ultra-conservative news anchor on his late-night show “The Colbert Report.”
Colbert said he would try to compete in the Republican primary in South Carolina, his home state, on Jan. 21. The filing deadline is long past but Colbert may be able to participate as a write-in candidate.
During the show Colbert transferred his Super PAC, Americans for a Better Tomorrow, Tomorrow, to fellow Comedy Central host Jon Stewart of the “Daily Show.” The move exempts Colbert from election law barring candidates from also managing political action committees.
Colbert formed his Super PAC, which was approved last summer, largely to ridicule the contradictions in laws that allow corporations to spend an unlimited amount of money on elections.
On the show the Colbert announced that the PAC would now be called The Definitely Not Coordinated with Stephen Colbert Super PAC. In a back and forth with his legal adviser Trevor Potter, a real-life former chairman of the Federal Election Commission, the two established that Colbert could still volunteer for the PAC.
A recent poll from Public Policy Polling showed Colbert ahead of former Utah governor Jon Huntsman, who has spent most of the campaign at the bottom of the polls and just finished third in New Hampshire.
“Clearly my fellow South Caroliniacs see me as the only Mitternative,” he said.