Stephanopoulos pretends to give serious interview to pretend almost-candidate Colbert

Jeff Poor Media Reporter
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Comedian Stephen Colbert of “The Colbert Report” appeared on ABC’s “This Week” Sunday to discuss his formation of an exploratory committee to consider a run “for the President of the United States on South Carolina.”

Colbert announced the formation of the exploratory last week on his show after a poll revealed he was besting Texas Gov. Rick Perry in the state. Should he actually run in South Carolina’s Jan. 21 Republican primary, Colbert faces more than an uphill climb since he is not on the ballot and there is no spot for a write-in candidate.

“Now they say I can’t get on the ballot in South Carolina, no write-in,” Colbert told George Stephanopoulos, the show’s host. “They said you can’t go to moon. You can’t put cheese inside a pizza crust. NASA did it. They had to because the cheese kept on floating off in space.”

Colbert also said he had no association with an ad by Americans for a Better Tomorrow, Tomorrow Super PAC — which he founded but last week transferred control over to comedian Jon Stewart — that suggests former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney may be “a serial killer.”

“I had nothing to do with that ad. I have no control over that ad. If anything in that ad is inaccurate, if he did not say corporations are people and if he did not make his money cutting up — I’m not calling anybody a serial killer,” Colbert said.

“I can’t tell Americans for a Better Tomorrow, Tomorrow what to do. It’s not my Super PAC, George. It’s the Super PAC of Jon Stewart. I believe it’s a soft ‘t.’ But listen, if that’s not accurate, I hope they take it down. I don’t know if Mitt Romney is a serial killer. That’s a question that he’ll have to answer. But I know one thing — that sounds like it’s superstar actor Jon Lithgow voicing that and he played a serial killer on ‘Dexter.’ Two points make a line.”

Stephanopoulos appeared on Colbert’s show last week.


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