The Comedy Central funny man announced his intention to run for president of the “United States of America of South Carolina” at the taping of his show Thursday night and will try to compete in South Carolina’s GOP primary Jan. 21.
“I’m proud to announce I plan to form an exploratory committee to lay the groundwork for my candidacy,” Colbert said.
While Colbert won’t actually compete for the GOP nomination in the general election, this may give Republicans another option beyond Mitt Romney in a pivotal state. Every Republican presidential candidate since 1980 has won South Carolina’s primary.
“Clearly my fellow South Caroliniacs see me as the only Mitternative,” Colbert said. (Photo: Yuri Gripas/Reuters)
And because it is the first primary, it can make or break a contender’s momentum.
In other words, New Hampshire may be small, but its influence on U.S. politics is huge.
So what will it take for Republican presidential wannabes to win this key primary? Well first off, the nominees better forget all that stuff about wining votes through new-fangled notions like social media.
To be successful in New Hampshire requires old-fashioned “retail” campaigning, namely lots of baby-kissing, hand-shaking and Town Hall-attending. Simply put, “Granite Staters”, as they call themselves, want to see candidates up close.