Stephen Colbert skewers State Sen. Stacey Campfield

Stephen Colbert skewers State Sen. Stacey Campfield

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Show host Stephen Colbert suggested in his normal tongue-in-cheek manner that Campfield should run for president in 2016. (source: Comedy Central) Show host Stephen Colbert suggested in his normal tongue-in-cheek manner that Campfield should run for president in 2016. (source: Comedy Central)

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Tennessee State Sen. Stacey Campfield (R-Knoxville) was the subject of ridicule on Thursday night during an episode of The Colbert Report.

Show host Stephen Colbert suggested in his normal tongue-in-cheek manner that Campfield should run for president in 2016.


Watch the Colbert Report segment on State Sen. Stacey Campfield


During the Comedy Central broadcast Colbert made fun of Campfield both for his Classroom Protection Act, which is a proposal to require schools to inform parents of homosexual activity by their children, and a proposal to cut welfare to families whose children perform poorly in school.

On Campfield's so-called "Don't Say Gay" bill, Colbert said, "If you don't talk about something, it goes away. For instance, Sarah Palin."

Colbert also reminded viewers of Campfield's comments on the source of the AIDS epidemic, which have been derided by health officials and AIDS patient advocates.

"The important thing about this, folks, it's not about ostracizing gay students into a life of loneliness," Colbert said. "It's all about education. We are teaching the children, isolated by their identity, there is absolutely no adult that they can trust."

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