Colbert Super PAC - Coordination Problem

  • Aired:  01/12/12
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Clearly, South Caroliniacs see Stephen as the only viable Mitt-ternative, but if Stephen runs for president of South Carolina, what becomes of Colbert Super PAC? (3:45)

>> Stephen: THANK YOU,

LADIES AND GENTLEMEN.

WELCOME TO THE REPORT.

THANK YOU FOR JOINING ME.

THANK YOU SO MUCH.

STEPHEN, STEPHEN, STEPHEN!

STEPHEN, STEPHEN, STEPHEN!

STEPHEN, STEPHEN, STEPHEN!

STEPHEN, STEPHEN, STEPHEN!

>> Stephen: THANK YOU SO

MUCH, LADIES AND GENTLEMEN.

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)

>> Stephen: WELCOME MY

FRIENDS.

IF I'M NOT MISTAKEN, YOU

SOUND LIKE AN ANGEL CHIR

CALLING ME TO DESTINY.

YOU KNOW ME, I TRY TO KEEP A

LOW PROFILE.

ASK ANYBODY WHO SUBSCRIBES

TO THE STEPHEN COLBERT 24/7

LOW PROFILE WEB CAM.

(LAUGHTER)

FOR SOME REASON THE MEDIA IS

THE-- RECENTLY IT BECAUSE OF

PPPs RECENT PRESIDENTIAL P-P

P-P-POLL.

JIM?

>> ACCORDING TO A RECENT

POLL FIVE PERCENT OF SOUTH

CAROLINA PRIMARY VOTERS

WOULD PICK COLBERT MORE THAN

WOULD PICK JON HUNTSMAN.

>> COLBERT NARROWLY TRAILS

PERRY.

>> STEPHEN COLBERT IS

SHOOTING UP TO 5%.

>> COLBERT IS AHEAD OF JON

HUNTSMAN.

>> I WAS READING THAT

STEPHEN COLBERT WOULD DO

BETTER IN SOUTH CAROLINA

THAN JON HUNTSMAN.

>> Stephen: YES, I AM

OFFICIALLY BEATING JON

HUNTSMAN IN SOUTH CAROLINA.

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)

>> Stephen: THANK YOU

CRECHE.

-- VERY MUCH.

PROVING WHAT I HAVE ALWAYS

SAID, IF VOTERS WANT A

DIFFERENT VERSION OF MITT

ROMNEY, THEY CAN ALWAYS JUST

WAIT A FEW DAYS AND IT WILL

BE MITT ROMNEY.

(LAUGHTER)

NOW CLEARLY MY FELLOW SOUTH

CARLINIANS SEE ME AS THE

ONLY VIABLE MITT-TERNATIVE.

FOLKS, I TRIED TO RUN FOR

PRESIDENT OF SOUTH CAROLINA

IN 2008.

AND FOLKS, I GOT HURT.

I DON'T KNOW IF I CAN PUT

MYSELF THROUGH THAT AGAIN.

>> AH.

>> Stephen: THANK YOU.

(LAUGHTER)

ANYWAY, CLEARLY IT'S A TOUGH

DECISION.

I WOULD NOT WANT TO BE IN MY

SHOES.

BUT I AM.

AND FOLKS, THEY'RE

INCREDIBLY EXPENSIVE.

(APPLAUSE)

>> Stephen: COLBERT SUPERPAC

PAID FOR THESE BABIES.

(LAUGHTER)

AND THAT'S THE PROBLEM,

FOLKS.

PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES

CANNOT COORDINATE WITH

SUPERPACS.

>> YOU CAN-- ARE YOU GIVING

ANY DIRECTION OR ADVICE TO

WINNING OUR FUTURE OF THE --

>> NONE.

>> ARE YOU AFFILIATED WITH

THEM AT ALL.

>> I'M NOT AFFILIATED WITH

THEM AT ALLMENT I DON'T TALK

WITH THEM AT ALL.

>> THERE'S A BRIGHT DIVISION

BETWEEN WHAT I DO AND WHAT

ANY SUPERPAC CAN DO.

>> SUPERPACS HAVE TO BE

ENTIRELY SEPARATE FRAY

CAMPAIGN AND A CANDIDATE.

I'M NOT ALLOWED TO

COMMUNICATE WITH A SUPERPAC

IN ANY WAY, SHAPE OR FORM.

>> Stephen: ROMNEY IS NOT

COMMUNICATING WITH THE

SUPERPAC IN ANY WAY, SHAPE

OR FORM.

THE EXACT SAME RELATIONSHIP

HE HAS WITH VOTERS.

INSTEAD, SUPERPACS ARE OFTEN

RUN BY PEOPLE CLOSE TO THE

CANDIDATE.

THE PRO ROMNEY SUPERPAC

RESTORE OUR FUTURE WAS

FOUNDED BY ROMNEY'S LAWYER,

WINNING OUR FUTURE THE NEWT

GINGRICH SUPERPAC IS RUN BY

A FORMER NEWT STAFFER.

AND THE RICK PERRY SUPERPAC

MAKE US GREAT AGAIN WAS

STARTED BY MIKE TOOMEY WHO

WAS PERRY'S CHIEF OF STAFF

AND CO-OWNS AN ISLAND WITH

DAVE CARNEY, PERRY'S CHIEF

STRATEGIST.

BUT JUST BECAUSE YOU SPEND

TIME ON AN ISLAND WITH

SOMEONE DOES NOT MEAN YOU

COORDINATE WITH THEM.

AFTER ALL, GILLIGAN NEVER