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Perriello gets airtime on Colbert, Daily Show

Rosalind Helderman

It was a big night for U.S. Rep. Tom Perriello on Comedy Central Wednesday. The first-time Virginia Democratic congressman appeared via satellite on the Colbert Report to discuss his campaign against challenger state Sen. Robert Hurt (R-Pittsylvania).

Colbert brought him on as an example of a Democrat running in a conservative district who hasn't distanced himself from President Obama or his agenda. Perriello has been arguing his votes in favor of the federal health care bill and an energy bill that would regulate greenhouse gases were good for his district, despite their unpopularity in some quarters.

Among the highlights: Colbert asked Perriello about the importance of getting out the youth vote, particularly at the University of Virginia. The 36-year old congressman said he hopes young people will go to the polls. Then Colbert asked if Perriello favors legalizing medical marijuana. "From what I remember of U-Va., there were a lot of anxious kids there with terrible cases of glaucoma," Colbert joked. The comedian attended college at Virginia's Hampden-Sydney for two years before transferring to Northwestern University.

No, Perriello said, he does not favor it. "I'm not supportive," he said. "I think the answer is not to pander to young people but to deliver results."

"Have you met young people?" Colbert responded. "They love being pandered to."

Watch the interview below.

The Colbert ReportMon - Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30c
Indecision 2010 - Revenge of the Fallen - Tom Perriello
Colbert Report Full Episodes2010 ElectionMarch to Keep Fear Alive

Meanwhile, over on Jon Stewart's Daily Show, Perriello got a mention from President Obama. Obama named him as one of a handful of members of Congress who had taken "tough votes" and should be rewarded for them. Obama will appear at a rally for Perriello in Charlottesville on Friday.

Take a listen below. The Perriello reference comes at about the 1:10 minute mark of this second part of Stewart's interview with Obama.

The Daily Show With Jon StewartMon - Thurs 11p / 10c
Barack Obama Pt. 2
Daily Show Full EpisodesPolitical HumorRally to Restore Sanity

By Rosalind Helderman  | October 28, 2010; 10:05 AM ET
Categories:  2010 Virginia Congressional Races, Election 2010, Robert Hurt, Tom Perriello  
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