John Edwards is taking Stephen Colbert's candidacy seriously — or not so seriously.
On Sunday, The State newspaper in South Carolina compared the two candidates on the issues, their connections to South Carolina and even hair. (Edwards was "naturally fluffy;" Colbert's "very stiff.")
It quoted Colbert, who was raised in Charleston, saying he'd like to get a corporate endorsement from "some sort of salty snack" and claiming he is the true native son.
"John Edwards left South Carolina when he was 1 year old. He had his chance," Colbert said. "Saying his parents moved him — that’s the easy answer."
Edwards' campaign spokesman, Eric Schultz, responded, tongue in cheek, that Edwards was born in South Carolina, learned to walk there and "will kick Stephen Colbert's New York City butt."
"Stephen Colbert claims to represent a new kind of politics, but today we see he's participating in the slash and burn politics that has no place in American discourse. The truthiness is, as the candidate of Doritos, Colbert's hands are stained by corporate corruption and nacho cheese. John Edwards has never taken a dime from salty food lobbyists and America deserves a President who isn't in the pocket of the snack food special interests."