Stephen Colbert Launches Campaign in South Carolina --
Edwards' Campaign Gets Hot About It
By E&P Staff
Published: October 28, 2007 4:15 PM ET
NEW YORK Stephen Colbert launched his native son
candidacy for president in South Carolina today -- and
drew comparisons with Christ while earning the wrath
of another native, former Sen. John Edwards.
Columbia, S.C., Mayor Bob Coble presented the "Comedy
Central" hero a key to the city, declared him South
Carolina's "favorite son" and officially proclaimed it
Stephen Colbert day. Some in the crowd held signs with
images of Colbert and Jesus that read, "Colbert.
Christ. Favorite Sons '08."
Colbert said he was honored to receive the key to the
city and said he "loves South Carolina, almost as much
as South Carolina loves" him.
Meanwhile, The State newspaper in Columbia this
weekend published a side-by-side comparison of the two
native sons -- drawing a reply by the Edwards campaign
contesting the findings.
For one thing, Edwards' hair was described as
"naturally fluffy" while Colbert's is "very stiff."
But trouble started when Colbert was quoted on his
opponent: John Edwards left South Carolina when he
was 1 year old. He had his chance. Saying his parents
moved him thats the easy answer.
This prompted the Edwards campaign to send out to the
media the following:
"RHETORIC VS REALITY: STEPHEN COLBERT - PLAYING LOOSE
WITH THE FACTS.
"CLAIM: Edwards abandoned South Carolina when he was
one year old.
"FACT: Edwards was born in South Carolina, learned to
walk in South Carolina, learned to talk to in South
Carolina, and will kick Stephen Colbert's New York
City butt in South Carolina.
"Stephen Colbert claims to represent a new kind of
politics, but today we see he's participating in the
slash and burn politics that has no place in American
discourse. The truthiness is, as the candidate of
Doritos, Colbert's hands are stained by corporate
corruption and nacho cheese. John Edwards has never
taken a dime from salty food lobbyists and America
deserves a President who isn't in the pocket of the
snack food special interests."
Colbert, at the campus of the University of South
Carolina today, told several hundred sign-waving fans
that he'll take care of the rival state to the south.
"I promise, if elected, I will crush the state of
Georgia," Colbert said to the cheering crowd.
Colbert added, "Our peaches are more numerous than
Georgia's. They are more juiciful."
The host of "The Colbert Report," announced his
candidacy recently, saying he would run only in this
key primary state and as a Democrat and a Republican.