Comedian Stephen Colbert, who mockingly ran for president in 2008, as a Democrat, said he has formed an exploratory committee to run as a Republican in 2012.
“They said you can’t go to the moon,” Colbert joked about his electability on ABC’s “This Week.”
He said he “got burned by the Democratic Party in 2008,” and would consider running as a “fourth- or fifth-party candidate” if the Republicans won’t nominate him.
Colbert’s super PAC, run by fellow comedian Jon Stewart, recently created a campaign ad calling front-runner Mitt Romney a serial killer. The ad portrays Romney as “Mitt the Ripper” for slashing jobs, because “Corporations are people.”
“I have no control over that ad,” Colbert said. “I am not calling anybody a serial killer. I can’t tell Americans for a Better Tomorrow Tomorrow what to do.”
The satirical shenanigans are an attempt to initiate discussions about the power of corporate-run super PACs and the influence they have on elections.
Colbert said super PCAS are outspending candidates in South Carolina, with $11.2 million in political ads.
When queried by host George Stephanopoulos about whether he agreed with the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision that led to creation of super PACs, Colbert riffed, “Money equals speech. I believe in super PACs. Why would you worry about what money is doing to the political environment?”
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