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With new ad, Stephen Colbert supports liberty, bad spelling

August 11, 2011 |  3:47 pm

Rick Perry may be making a run for president without a spot on the Iowa Straw Poll ballot. But Stephen Colbert has figured out a way for the Texas governor to take the Hawkeye State despite the absence of an official slot: with a write-in campaign.

The “Colbert Report” host has produced his first campaign ad from the Super PAC he recently created. Or, rather, it's a parody of campaign ads, with doomsday talk about Iowa carpetbaggers, several food-porn shots (of corn) and a knock on the idea of — what else? — Super PACs.

Mainly it suggests that Iowans should use their ballots Saturday to write in Perry's name — but replacing the "e" with an "a" so that Colbert's Super PAC doesn't align itself with a political candidate (and also to support America).

The ad comes as part of Colbert's nonpartisan but procastinatory Americans for a Better Tomorrow, Tomorrow group, and it's likely to get plenty of attention on his Comedy Central show.

And to think: Herman Cain, all this could have been yours.


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