Stephen Colbert: ‘I like Ron Paul. I really do.’

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It took some pressure to get Colbert to discuss an actual candidate he admires. The Comedy Central host first quipped “Herman Cain” when asked which GOP candidate he would choose, on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” on Friday.

“He’s a Washington outsider, how much more outsider do you have to be? He’s not even running,” Colbert said.

Cain, who dropped out of the GOP race in December after allegations of alleged sexual improprieties surfaced, plans to appear with Colbert at an event Friday at 1:00 p.m. in the Palmetto State. Colbert’s political action committee, now dubbed “The Definitely Not Coordinating with Stephen Colbert Super PAC,” has begun running ads urging South Carolinians to vote for Cain in Saturday’s primary.

When pressed further on who he would pick from the remaining four presidential contenders, Colbert said, “Can I chop them up and sew them into one person?”

He then seemed to take a more serious tone, although it’s often difficult to tell when the satirist is joking, and expressed support for Paul.

“I like Ron Paul. I really do. I really do. I really like Ron Paul. The guy is intellectually consistent. He absolutely — he says the same thing he said on Monday that he said on Sunday. He doesn’t change with the winds. That’s admirable,” Colbert said.

The host of “The Colbert Report” has integrated himself into the 2011 primary process by running a super-PAC and then forming an exploratory committee to run for the presidency himself.

Colbert, who plays a staunch conservative on his Comedy Central show, recently relinquished control of the super-PAC to fellow late-night host Jon Stewart so he could be free to explore a bid for the White House.

His super-PAC ads have primarily served to expose the political system, which allows limitless contributions to organizations loosely affiliated with candidates.

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