After President Obama singled him out for praise on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart last night, Rep. Tom Perriello got some air time for himself on Comedy Central’s The Colbert Report.
Perriello, D-Albemarle County, appeared after host Stephen Colbert featured ads from Democratic candidates who are distancing themselves from Obama (the spot of West Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin blasting a hole in the cap-and-trade bill drew hoots from the audience).
“You’re actually campaigning on the Democrats’ record,” Colbert said to Perriello, who was in Roanoke. “Why are you trying to hurt yourself like this? Is it a cry for help?”
Perriello answered earnestly: “I think we stepped up when the country was in crisis and said we’re not going to let another depression happen on our watch; we’re not going to be the party that steps up and says we care about energy independence and then does nothing about it. I think people are smart enough to understand that results take time.”
The interview, which appeared to be heavily edited, included an exchange about converting chicken waste to energy. Perriello talks up such waste-to-energy initiatives as a way to help farmers.
“That sounds like a bold energy initiative,” Colbert said. “Have you thought about running on that slogan – Tom Perriello: Chicken****?”
Perriello deadpanned: “We may have considered it but it was certainly rejected later on.”
You can watch the interview here.