INTERNET — Jon Stewart announced he’d be stepping down from the Daily Show to pursue a political career. Tuesday night, Stewart told reporters, “I’m announcing my candidacy for president in the 2016 election, and I’ll be running with the support of the Colbert PAC.”
Stewart added, “I’m disappointed in Obama. I had hope and rallied for sanity, but ultimately I was let down. I think a lot of people were let down. Obama’s gone after whistleblowers and escalated foreign wars, and he hasn’t done anything about police brutality targeting blacks. Now, we’re on the brink of an all-out nuclear war in the Ukraine and it’s time for someone outside of Washington, someone sane, someone who doesn’t think it’s all about growing our economy, but cares about human lives. I think I can at least do that much.”
Other frontrunners for the presidential election include Mitt Romney and Hilary Clinton. Clinton responded to Stewart’s announcement with a shrill laugh, saying, “Hah! That comic from pot movies? C’mon, give me a break. Herman Caine’s more of a serious contender than Stewart.” However, comics such as Al Franken have had lasting careers and served in some of the most prestigious offices in US government. Stewart’s fame and popularity with American audiences may be the boost he needs, as campaign spending is set to balloon into the billions in the 2016 election cycle.