Stephen Colbert Ends Exploratory Committee for President of US of SC

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Sarah L. Voisin/The Washington Post via Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Amidst post-debate analysis and preparation for the release of Mitt Romney’s tax returns, Stephen Colbert tweeted about the end of his exploratory committee for President of the United States of South Carolina.

@StephenAtHome: “Of all my exploratory committee members, I’m going to miss Roll of Quarters most. But that’s because I haven’t done laundry in, like, a month.”

Colbert announced his plans to form an exploratory committee to look into a run in South Carolina earlier this month, in a stunt meant to draw attention to the problems of independent expenditure committees, commonly referred to as super PACs, in political contests.  In order to make his “exploration” legal, Colbert announced he would be handing over control of his super PAC, “Americans For A Better Tomorrow, Tomorrow,” to fellow late-night Comedy Central star Jon Stewart.

Colbert found a clever way around the ballot barrier he faced in South Carolina — a state that does not allow write-ins in its presidential primary — and teamed up with former GOP candidate Herman Cain, whose name still was on the ballot, despite his dropping out of the race. The two appeared together at Colbert’s “Rock Me Like A Herman Cain: The South Cain-olina Primary Rally” at the College of Charleston, in Charleston, S.C., the day before the primary.

Cain received roughly 1 percent of the vote in South Carolina’s Jan. 21 primary — about 6,324 votes.

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