The Late Show’s Stephen Colbert is practically begging Vice President Joe Biden to run for president.
“Everybody likes Joe Biden, right? Isn’t that right?” Colbert asked in a Thursday interview, as the audience cheered and applauded.
Colbert continued his unabashed praise of the Vice President, asserting that he was authentic.
“You’re not a politician who has created some sort of facade to get something out of us or triangulate your political position or emotional state to try to make us feel a certain way,” Colbert said. “We see the real you.”
Later he pointed out that so many people not only liked him but admired him, calling him “a man of substance” who suffered great personal tragedy.
After a deeply personal segment discussing his son Beau – who recently passed away, Colbert urged him to run for president.
“I know that is an emotional decision you have to make, but it’s going to be emotional for a lot of people if you don’t run.” he said, adding that his character would be “sorely missed in the race” if he didn’t.
“I think we would all be very happy if you did run,” Colbert continued. “And if you don’t, I know that your service to the country is something we should all salute.”