Former “American Idol” finalist Clay Aiken has declared he is running for Congress in the 2nd district of his home state of North Carolina. Wednesday (April 30) he appeared on “The Colbert Report” to talk about his congressional campaign.

“I think people are very fed up with the kind of tone-deaf representation they’ve had,” says Aiken of the district where he’s challenging the incumbent. “You see what we’re dealing with now. We’ve got a representative now who has completely ignored the people she was elected to represent. … These people in North Carolina put me here. They gave me this platform, they gave me this microphone. I feel like it’s my responsibility to use that to give back and to them and make sure they’re represented in a way.”

Aiken also expresses frustration at the partisan political bickering that goes on in Washington, to which host Stephen Colbert says, “I will happily admit that partisan political bickering is how I make my living.”

When asked if he’ll do any singing on the campaign trail, Aiken says he’s on “sabbatical” from that.

“I feel like I had a great 11 years singing and this is a new chapter for me,” he says. “I think it’s more important than singing and I’ve put that on the back burner for sure.”

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