Colbert One-Ups Kasich's Audacious Announcement With His Own 'Kasich for President' Ad

“The 2016 presidential election has been full of twists and turns and excitement… and also John Kasich,” said Stephen Colbert on “The Late Show” Tuesday night. Despite Ted Cruz dropping out of the race last night—and trailing behind Marco Rubio, who dropped out five weeks ago—Kasich still remains in the race.


“It’s like the old saying—quitters never win, but they still beat John Kasich.” Kasich’s campaign has consistently defended staying in the race by showing 17 polls in which Kasich beats Hillary Clinton in a head-to-head match-up.

However, upon winning less than 8 percent of the vote in Indiana, Kasich’s super PAC released what Colbert claimed was “the most optimistic ad [he] had ever seen.”

“In the final hours, it came down to 1,237 brave Americans, delegates, you—who overcame tremendous personal pressure and did the right thing. They nominated the only candidate who could win the only election that mattered,” a female voice announces in the spot that fantasizes Kasich's winning of the GOP nomination.

To date, the Ohio governor has won just one state, his own. But if we’re going to be thinking big, why stop there? Kasich for president! Colbert sarcastically mused. And in true could-only-come-from-the-imagination-of-Colbert fashion, an even more optimistic fictional ad provides hilarious exaggerations of what Kasich would do if he won not just one nomination, but five whole presidential races. He’ll balance the budget, defeat ISIL and repel the spider beasts from space, the ad jokes. Can Trump do that? We didn’t think so.

Watch: Colbert mocks Kasich with a perfectly presidential ad:

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