America just got a glimpse of the real Stephen Colbert.
The Comedy Central host broke out of character—a rare thing for the funnyman—during an interview with David Gregory on Sunday’s Meet the Press.
Colbert argued rather earnestly that the presidential election matters because there’s a difference between President Obama and Mitt Romney’s governing style.
“I’m not Ralph Nader. You know what I mean?," the comedian said. "I don’t think that there’s no difference. There is a difference. I don’t know what the difference is, though."
Colbert also raised the possibility that if Obama wins re-election, he’ll be a “more aggressive reformer or changer” during his second term. “I hope he keeps some of the promises he didn’t keep the first time.” As for Romney, Colbert doesn’t know which path the GOPer will take because he seems “absolutely sincere” when he acts like a moderate, but equally believable when he puts his “severely conservative” hat on. “That’s not a dig. It’s honest confusion,” the comedian said, adding that Romney has a “good shot at winning.”