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Stephen Colbert On The SC Primary Ballot?


Stephen Colbert explains his referendum. Click photo to view video. The man who just might be South Carolina's funniest son is again trying to get his name on the state's presidential primary ballot. In 2008, Comedy Central superstar Stephen Colbert's effort to be listed as a candidate failed. This year he wants to sponsor the entire primary. Colbert called up the South Carolina Republican Party in September with an unorthodox request in exchange for what GOP executive director Matt Moore calls a "significant contribution." "To be honest it takes significant investments to run a party and we'll meet with any donor any place," says Moore. "We don't always say 'Yes,' but we were happy to meet with Stephen as a South Carolinian." "I love South Carolina, it's my home state," Colbert declared on his TV show this week. "It's from that rich culture that I get my love of liberty, my personal values and my chemical dependency on barbecue sauce. I love it even more than I love Colbert Super PAC." Colbert started his political action committee earlier this year with the motto: "Making America better tomorrow, tomorrow." But naming the South Carolina Republican Presidential Primary after Colbert's PAC? That's too much, says Moore. "You know, the potential for naming a primary, that's kind of uncharted territory in American history and that's not a direction we wanted to go in," says Moore. The South Carolina GOP is going further than it has in the past to capitalize on the attention aimed at its primary election. A week's worth of public events, fundraisers and a Fox News debate will precede the January 21st election. And Colbert may still make his mark on the ballot. He's proposed a referendum asking whether voters think "corporations are people." His ultra-conservative television persona says "absolutely." "I think that corporations should be able to carry guns and get married," said Colbert during his show. Moore says the South Carolina Republican Party agreed to put the question on the ballot in exchange for a donation from Colbert. It's even appeared on some of the state's sample printed ballots, but the South Carolina Supreme Court ruled last month that such questions don't belong on the ballot. Colbert has enlisted the help of the South Carolina Democratic Party Chair to ask for a rehearing on the issue. If Colbert's question about corporations ends up on the ballot, the South Carolina GOP will get his money. Then in 2016, Colbert says he'll push for a referendum on whether "Democrats are people."