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Stephen Colbert announces running for president

According to CNN:

Comedian Stephen Colbert announced Tuesday on “The Colbert Report,? that he will enter the race for the presidency.

"I shall seek the office of the president of the United States," Colbert said as red, white and blue balloons fell from the ceiling of the studio set.

"After nearly 15 minutes of soul-searching, I have heard the call," said Colbert.

Colbert said that he plans to run as both a Democrat and Republican.

Colbert wrote in a guest column for Maureen Dowd in Sunday's New York Times: "I am not ready to announce yet -- even though it's clear that the voters are desperate for a white, male, middle-aged, Jesus-trumpeting alternative."