Open Thread: Stephen Colbert Enters Race for Republican NominationPosted: January 12, 2012
The Comedy Central funny man announced his intention to run for president of the “United States of America of South Carolina” at the taping of his show Thursday night and will try to compete in South Carolina’s GOP primary Jan. 21.
“I’m proud to announce I plan to form an exploratory committee to lay the groundwork for my candidacy,” Colbert said….
While Colbert won’t actually compete for the GOP nomination in the general election, this may give Republicans another option beyond Mitt Romney in a pivotal state. Every Republican presidential candidate since 1980 has won South Carolina’s primary.
“Clearly my fellow South Caroliniacs see me as the only Mitternative,” Colbert said.
The decision followed the news that Colbert is polling higher than Jon Huntsman in South Carolina–at 5%.
On tonight’s Daily Show, Colbert transferred control of his super PAC to Jon Stewart, since candidates aren’t permitted to have super PAC’s
If only he could participate in the debates!