WASHINGTON — Comedian Stephen Colbert said Mitt Romney's debate performance put the Republican presidential nominee on a "rocket ride to plausible," even though it remains unclear whether the candidate is a moderate or conservative politician.
"We don't know, because he seems absolutely sincere as a moderate. And he also seems pretty sincere as a severe conservative," Colbert said on "Meet the Press." "That's not a dig. It's honest confusion. Because he's got a good shot of winning."
The Comedy Central star said Romney's game-changing debate performance against President Obama reversed the prospects of the candidate who until then "was just a walking, shambling mound of weakness."
"That guy is on fire," he said. "Now he's the man, he's got these long, luscious coattails and everybody's jumping on board."
Colbert, who once launched his own exploratory bid for president and has created a political action committee as a way to showcase the power of money in politics, said he has no interest in running for office.