Stephen Colbert challenges Mike Pence's claim to be "Rush Limbaugh on decaf": "I didn't realize caffeine was the active ingredient in OxyContin"

Colbert compared the first VP debate to "watching a loaf of white bread get pistol-whipped by a jar of mayonnaise"

Brendan Gauthier
October 5, 2016 3:10PM (UTC)

Stephen Colbert's "Late Show" aired live following the first vice presidential debate between Mike Pence and Tim Kaine.

"They say these vice presidential debates don't matter," Colbert reflected. "And Hillary Clinton better hope so because both men ... tried their hardest but it was like watching a loaf of white bread get pistol-whipped by a jar of mayonnaise. Not a lot of flavor, but there was a clear winner"


"I gotta say, Pence had a good night. There were some surprising admissions from this cultural conservative," he said, referring to the Indiana Governor's inadvertent sailor talk:

"Apparently Mike Pence is also very close with Vladimir Putin," Colbert added. "Fair warning, Mike — Indiana businesses can now refuse to serve you."

Pence — who for a short time in the '90s hosted a conservative talk radio show — once described himself as "Rush Limbaugh on decaf," Colbert noted.

"That's interesting," Colbert said. "I didn't realize caffeine was the active ingredient in OxyContin."

Limbaugh was arrested in 2006 and charged with one count of what's referred to as "doctor shopping" — obtaining overlapping prescriptions for the same drug from several different doctors. Authorities shortly thereafter dropped the charge on the condition that he continue treatment.


Brendan Gauthier

Brendan Gauthier is a freelance writer.

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