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Stephen Colbert Launches Campaign in South Carolina -- Edwards' Campaign Gets Hot about It

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Stephen Colbert Launches Campaign in South Carolina -- Edwards' Campaign Gets Hot about It

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Stephen Colbert launched his native son candidacy for president in South Carolina today -- and drew comparisons with Christ while earning the wrath of another native, former Sen. John Edwards.

Columbia, S.C., Mayor Bob Coble presented the "Comedy Central" hero a key to the city, declared him South Carolina's "favorite son" and officially proclaimed it Stephen Colbert day. Some in the crowd held signs with images of Colbert and Jesus that read, "Colbert. Christ. Favorite Sons '08."

Colbert said he was honored to receive the key to the city and said he "loves South Carolina, almost as much as South Carolina loves" him.

Meanwhile, The State newspaper in Columbia this weekend published a side-by-side comparison of the two native sons -- drawing a reply by the Edwards campaign contesting the findings.

For one thing, Edwards' hair was described as "naturally fluffy" while Colbert's is "very stiff." But trouble started when Colbert was quoted on his opponent: "John Edwards left South Carolina when he was 1 year old. He had his chance. Saying his parents moved him -- that's the easy answer."

This prompted the Edwards campaign to send out to the media the following:

"RHETORIC VS REALITY: STEPHEN COLBERT - PLAYING LOOSE WITH THE FACTS. …

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