December 07, 2011 2:10pm PT by Michael O'Connell
Stephen Colbert Moves Forward With Plans to Rival Donald Trump's GOP Debate (Video)
Stephen Colbert has proven his affection for blurring the line between satire and sincerity, so in the wake of Tuesday's Colbert Report, it seems fair to wonder if he'll go through with his proposed plans to moderate a debate between the Republican presidential candidates.
And the inspiration for "Stephen Colbert's South Carolina Serious, Classy Republican Debate?" Donald Trump's own G.O.P stand-off on Newsmax and his promise to endorse whoever wins.
"The G.O.P. wants a serious debate, they deserve it," Colbert said. "Bar none, they're the best party in the world, that includes space."
Colbert went on to skewer Trump's famous hyperbole.
"Everyone arrives in a limo... the limos get taken away by helicopter," he said. "It's going to be the highest rated debate in the history of television. Why? Because whoever wins, I'm going to marry them."
There's no shortage of sarcasm, but the following morning, Colbert sent a follow up email to his Super PAC email list with more details on the event.
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"It's going to be a classy affair," the release said. "Shrimp cocktail, the works."
It could still be part of the gag, but many thought the same of Colbert's 2007 announcement he'd run in the South Carolina primary as both a Republican and a Democrat. His was denied a spot on the ballot, but he always maintained he was serious.
Watch the video from Tuesday's Colbert Report below: