'This Week' Transcript: Gov. Rick Perry and Stephen Colbert

STEPHANOPOULOS: One of your top supporters got in a little hot water, Jon Stewart, you just called him Jon "Stew-air," he's running now...

COLBERT: Again, I'm not familiar with him.

STEPHANOPOULOS: He's running your super PAC. But listen to this, what Roger Ailes, the chairman of FOX News, said about him. He said that Stewart "hates conservative views, he hates conservative thoughts, he hates conservative verbiage, he hates conservatives, he's crazy. If it wasn't polarized he couldn't make a living. He makes a living by attacking conservatives and stirring up a liberal base against it."

It's not going to help you all that much in South Carolina to have someone who, according to Roger Ailes, hates conservatives supporting you.

COLBERT: No, Roger is a friend. We hit the steam room together a lot. And I usually do his back. I agree with Roger. I mean, that's why I'm disavowing anything that Jon Stewart does that is not accurate. I believe that Jon Stewart is a loose cannon. I believe that he's a liberal. I believe that he has it in for conservatives.

And that's why I think if any of these ads are inaccurate, if any of these ads cause trouble, that's Jon Stewart actually trying to undermine my exploratory committee, because, again, I don't have a super PAC anymore. That's Jon Stewart's super PAC.

It's one of the reasons why it's so hard to form this exploratory committee, George. I had to give away my super PAC. That is my baby. You know how hard it is to give away your baby?


COLBERT: Now imagine if that baby also had a whole lot of money, how much harder would it make it to give away your baby? Because you might get the baby back, but it may not have the same amount of money when you gave the baby away.

STEPHANOPOULOS: I'm going to try to get serious here. I don't know how much...

COLBERT: Good luck with that.

STEPHANOPOULOS: ... success I'm going to have here. But what difference do you hope to make with this mock campaign?

COLBERT: It's not a campaign.

STEPHANOPOULOS: This mock exploratory committee.

COLBERT: Exploratory committee. And it is not mock. It is a real exploratory committee. As a matter of fact, I will be the first person to ever actually have committee members on my exploratory committee.

We're going to have someone who's good with explosives. We're going to have a guy who's a mountain climber. And we're going to have a brain in a jar.

STEPHANOPOULOS: So you are -- but are you worried about how much money, what money is doing to this political environment?

COLBERT: No. Why would you worry about what money is doing to the political environment? There are $11.2 million in super PAC ads being run in South Carolina. Super PACs are outspending the candidates two to one in South Carolina right now.

That just means, according to Citizens United, there's just more speech than there was before. And I don't know about you, but I believe in the freedom of speech, especially as a member of the press, you should support that.

STEPHANOPOULOS: When is your decision coming?

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