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UPDATE: Stephen Colbert May Run for President -- South Carolina TV Invites Him to Kick off Bid

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UPDATE: Stephen Colbert May Run for President -- South Carolina TV Invites Him to Kick off Bid

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Appearing on Larry King's CNN show Thursday night, Stephen Colbert was accused by the host of using the publication of his new book as a platform to run for president. Colbert happily confirmed this, saying that he would likely seek the nomination from both parties.

When King said this was a "cop out," Colbert, host of his own talk show, The Colbert Report on Comedy Central, said that it actually demonstrated true "courage" because "I could lose twice."

But he would still consider a double campaign: "I'd let the people decide what party I belong in, Larry. I don't dictate the people's actions."

He said he might run on a state by state basis, perhaps starting in his native state, South Carolina, as a "favorite son."

He would not say that he was unimpressed by the current crop of candidates -- but did allow that Fred Thompson's campaign slogan should be, "Do Not Disturb."

When King had asked, with a thumb pointing up, if he planned to run for the top office, Colbert said, "You mean God? No, go down one notch."

He explained that this might be only a "test run" and "Obviously, every boy has thought of it."

But he also disclosed that he really is two different people, Stephen Colbert and-- Stephen Colbert. So it was impossible to say which one was thinking of throwing his hat in the ring -- at least in South Carolina.

Asked if he would accept the second spot on a ticket, he replied: "You know who has actually offered me a vice-presidential slot? This is in all seriousness. He has come on my show three times and each time he offered it to me: Huckabee. …

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