Stephen Colbert Super PAC South Carolina Ads: Romney “A Serial Killer”, Vote For Herman Cain, Destroy Other Super PACs
The political advocacy group founded by Stephen Colbert- excuse me, the Definitely Not Coordinating With Stephen Colbert Super PAC- has released several ads in South Carolina, just days before that state’s primary.
The first ad skewers Mitt Romney‘s infamous declaration that “corporations are people”, and the drama that has been made of his corporate past.
“If Mitt Romney really believes corporations are people,” warns narrator Jon Lithgow, a friend of The Colbert Report, “then Mitt Romney is a serial killer.”
The ad refers to Romney’s time as the head of Bain Capital, when he (like many in the financial industry at the time) engaged in many leveraged buyouts of struggling companies. This process often involves instituting drastic cost-cutting measures, and selling off the company in pieces.
Recently, a Super PAC supporting Newt Gingrich released a 28-minute film supposedly documenting Romney’s “vulture capitalism”. The film has been criticized for factual inaccuracies.
More recently, many were scratching their heads at another Colbert Super PAC ad showing images of Colbert, but urging South Carolinians to vote for former candidate Herman Cain. Observers assume that Colbert is “entering” the race the only way he can: it is too late to register for the primary and get on the ballot, and South Carolina doesn’t allow write-ins.
And just today, the group released yet another ad. This one asks for help to launch a destructive avalanche of negative ads against the Super PACs supporting Romney and Newt Gingrich, leaving behind only “the clean campaign we all deserve.”
The Colbert Super PAC is technically no longer affiliated with Stephen Colbert, after the late night host announced his possible run for the presidency. To avoid illegally collaborating a Super PAC with a campaign, Colbert handed over the organization to Jon Stewart.
A press release from the Super PAC says that South Carolinians deserve a leader “who shares their state’s values, and perhaps even their state’s initials.”