Stewart, O'Reilly Trade Jabs in 'Rumble'

Pundits spar in 90-minute, zinger-laden debate
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 7, 2012 5:57 AM CDT
This Sept. 22, 2010 file photo shows Jon Stewart and and Bill O'Reilly during an interview for "The O'Reilly Factor" in New York.   (AP Photo/Peter Kramer, file)

(Newser) – Bill O'Reilly and Jon Stewart rumbled "in the Air-Conditioned Auditorium" of George Washington University last night, and zingers flew, moderators were overrun, and Stewart occasionally zipped up and down on a mechanical platform that helped him bridge the 10-inch height difference between him and the Fox host. The Washington Post and Entertainment Weekly have a few highlights for those who were too cheap to fork over the $4.95 to watch:

  • O'Reilly on the country's current slate of problems: “Bush. Is. Gone."
  • Stewart's opening statement: "My opponent is completely full of shit."

  • O'Reilly on the war on Christmas: "We won."
  • Stewart on government assistance: "Why is it that if you take advantage of a tax break and you're a corporation, you're a smart businessman? But if you take advantage of something you need to not be hungry, you're a moocher?"
  • O'Reilly on including birth control in health care plans: ‘I’m entitled to my birth control paid for by the taxpayer?’ That’s insane."
  • Stewart on economic redistribution: “Give me back the $800 billion for the Iraq war . . . and it’s rubbers for everyone on me."
  • O'Reilly on Stewart's claim that America is only as good as its weakest link: “We’re only as good as CNN? Are you kidding me?”
Apparently some users had issues streaming the Rumble, which is now available here (for those who have ponied up the $4.95, who will also be eligible for refunds). Half the proceeds went to charity.

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