Edwards: Colbert in the pocket of Big Snack Food
Republocrat candidate Stephen Colbert held his first rally in South Carolina this weekend drawing a few hundred fans and supporters at the University of South Carolina. Frankly, all I can say is thank God. We need a little humor in this race. From CNN:
Colbert, a native of Charleston, told the raucous crowd of several hundred gathered on the University of South Carolina campus that, "I love South Carolina almost as much as South Carolina loves me."
He joked that, "Over the past 18 hours, this campaign has gone everywhere in this state, from Charleston to Columbia."
After spending several minutes espousing the quality of South Carolina peaches, Colbert laid out his vision for the future of the state.
"In the 19th century, South Carolina was the first to secede," he said. "In the 21st we will the first to succeed. First to secede. First to succeed. I own the copyright on that phrase, if you use it you must pay me a royalty."
The Edwards campaign, never ones to shy away from contrasting the former senator with his opponents, had this to say:
Asked about this apparent conflict, the Edwards campaign said that until Colbert wins the primary like Edwards did in 2004, he cannot claim to be a favorite son.
Edwards spokesperson Teresa Wells also ribbed Colbert for his ties to the snack food industry. Colbert has said his campaign will be sponsored by Doritos.
"What is more troubling than his quest for a status his own mother won't grant him (favorite son) are his ties to the salty food industry," Wells said. "As the candidate of Doritos, his hands are stained by corporate corruption and nacho cheese. John Edwards has never taken a dime from taco chip lobbyists and America deserves a President who isn't in the pocket of the snack food special interests."
It is nice to see that the Edwards people know how to play along.