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Stephen Colbert Super PAC Ad Depicts Mitt Romney as Serial Killer

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A (faux) TV ad purchased by the group "Americans for a Better Tomorrow, Tomorrow" portrays Romney as "Mitt the Ripper" for slashing jobs.

While Stephen Colbert is still mulling his possible (faux) presidential bid, his super PAC managed by Jon Stewart is running an attack ad against Mitt Romney in South Carolina.

The ad, purchased by Americans for a Better Tomorrow, Tomorrow portrays Romney as “Mitt the Ripper” for slashing jobs, because “corporations are people.”

The voice-over in the ad sternly warns: "If you believe corporations are people, do your duty and protect them. On January 21, stop Mitt the Ripper before he kills again."

In a light-hearted interview with ABC's George Stephanopoulos on Sunday, Colbert tried to distance himself from Stewart, calling him a "loose cannon."

“I have no control over that ad,” Colbert said. “I am not calling anybody a serial killer. I can’t tell Americans for a Better Tomorrow, Tomorrow what to do.”

The ad is meant to be a spoof on the anti-Romney ads being run by a super PAC supporting Newt Gingrich.

Colbert engaged in similar shenanigans during the 2008 presidential race. This time around, he decided to "explore" his presidential prospects after a poll that showed him leading Jon Huntsman in South Carolina.

It's too late to get his name on the ballot in South Carolina, and the state doesn't allow for write-in candidates. But Colbert said he wasn't worried.

"They say I can't get on the ballot in South Carolina?" he told Stephanopoulos. "They said you can't go to the moon. They said you can't put cheese inside a pizza crust, but NASA did it."

 

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