With the South Carolina primary days away, Stephen Colbert is pressing on with his mock presidential campaign. Having missed the deadline, Colbert—or his Super PAC—is trying to hijack Herman Cain’s name, urging South Carolinians to vote for the former candidate as a way of supporting Colbert. On Monday, the Comedy Central host addressed a Café Moms town hall meeting in Myrtle Beach by video, imploring attendees to support corporate personhood and asking them how they felt about his potential bid. (They supported corporate personhood; they weren’t thrilled about the prospect of a Colbert campaign.)
Colbert’s continued teasing of a presidential bid raises an inevitable question. George Stephanopoulos broached it this Sunday: whom would Colbert pick as a running mate? The comedian went with the obvious choice: himself. But when Stephanopoulos pointed out that his running mate couldn’t be from the same state, Colbert begged off, saying he was still in the exploratory phase. “I’m a one man Lewis and Clark, and I’m just looking for my Sacagawea.”
As a prospective candidate, Colbert would be remiss if he picked a running mate so soon. And politics junkies would be remiss if they didn’t speculate about whom he should choose. The Daily Beast team weighed the pros and cons of some potential vice presidents.