Stephen Colbert pitches himself for Jim DeMint’s seat (VIDEO)

December 7, 2012

Sen. Jim DeMint's (R-S.C.) abrupt resignation announcement put the future of his seat in the hands of Gov. Nikki Haley (R), who will appoint a replacement to serve until a special election in 2014.

On his show Thursday night, Comedy Central's Stephen Colbert, a South Carolina native who previously made an effort to get on the presidential ballot in the state, floated himself as a possibility to fill the vacancy. 

 "Who will she pick? Let's see, you want somebody young, somebody conservative, somebody from South Carolina, maybe somebody who had a super PAC," Colbert said before pointing at himself.

"When I look at the U.S. Senate, I say to myself, 'You know what they could use? Another white guy,'" he added.

Colbert encouraged his viewers to send tweets to Haley with reasons why he should be appointed, using the hashtag, 

On Friday morning, Haley, who has appeared on "The Colbert Report," took to Twitter to thank Colbert for his interest

Check out the complete clip below. 

Sean Sullivan has covered national politics for The Washington Post since 2012.
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