O'Reilly, Stewart to tangle in mock debate

2012-10-06 19:30

Washington - Bill O'Reilly and Jon Stewart are to tangle in a sold-out mock presidential debate that's as much about laughs as about politics.

The Fox News anchor squares off with the star of Comedy Central's The Daily Show Saturday in Washington. It's a chance to blow off a little steam amid a heated presidential race.

The celebrity odd-couple have appeared on each other's programmes since 2001, exhibiting actual respect for the other's opposing views. This is their first head-to-head debate.

George Washington University will host the event, dubbed "The Rumble in the Air-Conditioned Auditorium". Half of the proceeds will go to charity.

Unlike the debates between President Barack Obama and Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney, this one won't air on television but will be live-streamed online, for $4.95.


  • trevor.moses.98 - 2012-10-06 19:46

    Good luck with trying to win this one John Stewart: Bill O'Reilly will have you for breakfast and every other meal too.

      lownabester - 2012-10-06 19:58

      hahahaha John will have him before breakfast, for a quick snack:))

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  • titocane - 2012-10-06 19:52

    The conservatives have been caught flip-flopping and riding dirty with voter registration--advantage Stewart.

  • fishycraig - 2012-10-06 20:57

    As funny as I do find Stewart one must remember that he works from a script written by many writers. O'Reilly also obviously works from a script but he can hold his own against any politician - Republican or Democrat. The one nice thing about both of them is that they are not shy to knock both parties.

  • paul.s.riedstra - 2012-10-06 21:21

    Obama did what a good leader does and he listened and he tried to relate where it made sense and respond where arguments were made of substance. It was hard to engage. He could have taken any of many different instances, all of which have been repeatedly pointed out by the pundits and commentators. However, his instinct in a debate is different than it is in say war. He is not going for the jugular of those who oppose his views in this free and democratic country. He is looking for arguments of sense and reason. When he is dealing with the bin Ladens of the world, he goes for the jugular. I am not going to call Mitt a liar, I will leave whether he is up to the voters. I will say that Mitt has defined a new form of honesty. It's called Mittonnesty. Yes, with two nn's as in Pinocchio. http://www.allvoices.com/contributed-news/13017922-its-the-dishonesty-stupid What is really needed here, right now, to get America out of the mire that Bush built, is a strong mandate for Obama. With tremendous sway if not control of Congress. That's what is needed. http://www.allvoices.com/contributed-news/13107104-message-to-congress-thats-it-for-you-filibuster

  • paul.s.riedstra - 2012-10-06 21:21

    I would simply say to Mitt! You can be aggressive as you like, it does not make you right. Obama didn't need a haircut. It has been and continues to be a Republican fantasy that somehow Obama is not a truthful and capable man. http://www.allvoices.com/contributed-news/12889195-footprints-at-the-republican-national-convention-in-tampa-florida The facts, plainly evident to what I would call the right thinking majority of Americans is that Romney is less than honest. At the very least his memory is severely challenged from one day to the next. Or worse, he is a serial liar who does not understand the digital age, where everything you say to every interest group is recorded. Spin? Yes, and more. Romney is a whirling dervish of inconsistency. And a hurricane of "its Obama's fault, he's no good" zingers. These zingers, to me, and I think to Americans watching, searching for truth, are boomerangs. Firing Big Bird was another mistake for Mitt; he thinks it shows he is tough. He's just a bully. Indeed, if Big Bird is fired, my daughter has offered him a place at our house. Free.

  • Bob.Cee123 - 2012-10-08 17:51

    'Tide goes in, tide goes out, you can't explain that.....' http://knowyourmeme.com/memes/bill-oreilly-you-cant-explain-that Bill O'Reilly is a nincompoop of the highest order. As demonstrated by his utterly ignorant statement above.

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