Tuesday night on "The Colbert Report," host Stephen Colbert opened by reminding us (as if we could forget) that the 2012 presidential election is just around the corner, and that this election is going to come down to a clash of ideas.

"Do we want bigger government, gay marriage and class warfare?" Colbert asked, "Or do we prefer Mitt Romney's message, 'I look like a president.'?"

He went on to elucidate that, in practice debates, Sen. John Kerry (D-MA) has been standing in for former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney (R), the president's opponent in November. Colbert looked askance at the choice of Kerry, calling it "shocking," mostly because he can't believe "somebody chose John Kerry for something."

However, after a rundown of Kerry's qualifications and a list of his eerie similarities to Romney, Colbert announced that he was left with no choice but to endorse John Kerry for president.

"Who better to face America's challenges," asked Colbert, "than a man with so much face?"

Watch the clip, embedded via Comedy Central, below: