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Watch: Stephen Colbert Interviews Andrew Sullivan, Obama Supporter and Diehard Conservative (VIDEO)

Photo of Jacob Combs By Jacob Combs | Thompson on Hollywood August 29, 2012 at 1:25PM

Andrew Sullivan, the gay conservative writer who helms The Daily Beast's 'The Dish' blog, went on The Colbert Report last night to make a conservative case for Obama. Sullivan, who backed George W. Bush in 2000, was a early supporter of Barack Obama's in 2008.
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Andrew Sullivan

Andrew Sullivan, the gay conservative writer who helms The Daily Beast's 'The Dish' blog, went on The Colbert Report last night to make a conservative case for Obama.  Sullivan, who backed George W. Bush in 2000, was a early supporter of Barack Obama's in 2008.

Speaking with Stephen Colbert, Sullivan said that reelecting Obama was "the most important thing" to rid America's political climate of the "ailment" of partisan ideology, which he sees manifested most clearly in the Republicans' lockstep opposition to President Obama since his inauguration in 2009.  Sullivan told Obama he supports Obama even more in 2012 than in 2008, since the Republicans have gotten, in his own words, "nuttier" since then.

Sullivan also made the contentious argument that it was Obama, and not the Republicans, who would actually reduce the nation's debt in the coming years.  Romney and Ryan, he said, have already shown the American people they are opposed to compromise on taxes and cutting defense when it comes to future deficits.

You can check out the full interview below.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.