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Colbert Campaign: Big Shtick May Dip Doritos

10/24/2007 1:04 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Wry TV host Stephen Colbert has launched a faux-ish campaign for the presidency (with Republican airport restroom foot-tapper Larry Craig as his running mate) -- but the joke could backfire if the Feds take corporate campaign contribution laws seriously -- and bar Doritos and others from sponsoring "The Colbert Report." What's the truthiness?!
Stephen Colbert
Amazingly, Colbert is trying to get on the ballot in his home state of South Carolina (as both a Democrat and Republican), he launched a campaign website, and officially announced his candidacy on his show. In a shrewd political move, he appeared with potato-headed Tim Russert on "Meet the Press" this past Sunday.

It's a tricky matter for the Federal Election Commission, as running a real, but fake, but truthy-ish campaign could cause all kinds of tricky corporate sponsorship laws to trip up commercial sponsors and even Comedy Central, unless Colbert admits it's all a joke.

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Cartman    

Colbert has small shtick.

2453 days ago
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eyeamtym    

braindead people who love and fall for propaganda love this guy

http://myspace.com/nemerom

2453 days ago
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Laurie    

As the show has become less funny, his antics seem more foolish.

2453 days ago
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Ed    

Tax dollars potentially at work!!! If he somehow raises $2 million in donations towards his candidacy, he is entitled to federal money as well. Question is, will he take it and waste people's tax money? Regardless of what you think about politics, it is such an insult and a waste of time on his end. There are people fighting and dying in other coutries for the right to vote and live in an elected government society, but yet we mock it. It is a very expensive and inappropiate ratings trick. Not to mention this guy can't sit down and conduct an interview with his joke button off. Who is the real Colbert? The world may never know!

2453 days ago
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Merry Christmas    

Ed #4 - I agree with you. Well said! I find this whole thing an insult and I fail to see the humor in it.

2453 days ago
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CaliforniaGirl    

Oh please, Colbert ROCKS and his faux candidacy is as legitimate as toad-faced Fred Thompson's or one-term senator Edwards'. Colbert 2008!

2453 days ago
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omofmom    

It seems that you fail to see the humor in anything. He is saying that if we had a system that works he would not even have to make this statement. P.S. Free speech people.
IT'S THE LAW

2453 days ago
8.

Who???    

The cost of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan could total $2.4 trillion through the next decade, or nearly $8,000 per man, woman and child in the country....HELP US!!!!!!!!!

2453 days ago
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celebrity.web.net    

i want colbert sooo bad.

2453 days ago
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matt    

We live in a democracy? Hmmmm.

2453 days ago
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Justin    

Colbert, and McCain are the only 2 people that are worth voteing for, and Colbert has said he does'nt want to be president he only wants to run for President. I personaly hope he gets a lot a nomination. I call for a Colbert and McCain Ticket! Go Colbert McCain! Go Colbert McCain! Go Colbert McCain! Go Colbert McCain! Go Colbert McCain! Go Colbert McCain!

2453 days ago
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Merry Christmas    

If it WERE FUNNY, I would be the first one "LMAO" as the kids say. But, I am not a kid and I do take this a little more serious than others.

2453 days ago
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Justin    

Im not a kid and I love the fact that Colbert is running you sound like a Democrat

2453 days ago
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omofmom    

Did they surgically remove your sense of humor at birth, I take the election seriously (registered voter) but maybe this will get some younger, new voters, to pay attention to the election. It has its merits. so chill (as the youngens would say)

2453 days ago
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Merry Christmas    

I am not a democrat [insert shudder]!

2453 days ago
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