Stephen Colbert has lunch with Hillary Clinton, impersonates Bill, asks for drugs

Hillary Clinton and Stephen Colbert eat at Carnegie Deli
(Image credit: Late Show)

With the New York primary on Tuesday, Stephen Colbert invited Hillary Clinton to lunch at the famous Carnegie Deli for Monday's Late Show, and Clinton accepted. Colbert started off the conversation with the important stuff, asking if her vegan husband, Bill Clinton, would give her grief for eating meat. She said no, he's not like that. "He's not a smug vegan?" Colbert asked, trying out an impressive Bill Clinton impersonation. It didn't matter, because Hillary Clinton didn't eat on camera — for reasons she describes later. Then Colbert got down to business.

"Politics seems to be about finding common ground," Colbert said, earning a nod from Clinton. "What do you have in common with your likely opponent, Donald Trump?" "I'm not sure yet," Clinton said, before pivoting to Congress, saying presidents can find common ground with lawmakers there. Colbert asked why she would ever want to move back to D.C. ("Well, that's where our seat of government is," she shrugged) and face the meat slicer Republicans in Congress are preparing for her. Clinton said she can work with Republicans and get things done. "You think they will work with you?" he asked. "Of course they will, absolutely," Clinton said. "Can I have $5 of whatever you're on right now?" Colbert asked.

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Peter has worked as a news and culture writer and editor at The Week since the site's launch in 2008. He covers politics, world affairs, religion and cultural currents. His journalism career began as a copy editor at a financial newswire and has included editorial positions at The New York Times Magazine, Facts on File, and Oregon State University.