“Actually, I was thinking about running for president again,” he said. “What do you think?”

Colbert looked shocked, as did a few Twitter users who wondered whether they heard right. That’s because McCain was likely joking, given the satirical nature of the show. About this time a year ago, the Arizonan said that, despite supporters urging him to run again, another presidential campaign was not on his mind. “I can assure you,” he told The Arizona Republic, “I don’t see it.”