Here is the Stephen Colbert ABC This Week video from Sunday, Jan. 15, 2012 of the full interview with moderator George Stephanopoulos regarding plans the faux conservative pundit and host of Comedy Central’s The Colbert Report has announced that he has handed over to Colbert Super PAC to Jon Stewart, host of the Daily Show on the same network, for the intention of forming an exploratory committee for a 2012 Presidential bid. Watch video and see transcript below.
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The Federal Election Committee (FEC) earlier approved the Colbert SuperPAC, which has been running campaign ads in the South Carolina primary. In handing it over to Jon Stewart, it has now been renamed ‘The Definitely Not Coordinated With Stephen Colbert Super PAC.’ Already, in South Carolina, notably, Colbert has 5 percent in the polls and is ahead of former Utah Governor Jon Huntsman in the polls. (In 2008, Colbert attempted to run in the South Carolina primary, as a Democrat.) Regarding his decision, Colbert said:
“To do this exploratory committee, I had to give away my Super PAC,” Colbert told ABC’s George Stephanopoulos in an exlusive interview Sunday morning on “This Week.” “That’s my baby. Do you know how hard it is to give away a baby? Now imagine if that baby had a whole lot of money. Imagine how much harder that would be to give away.”
Colbert is using his faux bid for the White House to draw attention to new campaign finance laws that allow unnamed donors to pour unlimited funds into super PACs, which can spend that money to support political candidates as long as they do not directly coordinate with a candidate.
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