Limbaugh Rips Obama Over 'Character Assassination' Obama refuses to debate in 'Arena of Ideas' By Jane Yager, Newser Staff Posted Apr 5, 2010 4:40 AM CDT Updated Apr 5, 2010 6:33 AM CDT 172 comments Comments Rush Limbaugh speaks during a news conference earlier this year. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson) (Newser) – Rush Limbaugh is accusing President Obama of trying to trick him into talking about himself because Obama prefers "character assassination" to debate. "I think the president is trying to distract me to get me talking about me on my show instead of talking about him and the regime's agenda," said Limbaugh, according to newly released details from his recent email to Politico. "But it won't work. I'm wise to their tactics." He added: "I know that a majority of Americans are angry at the regime's (and the Democrats') constant attempts at character assassination of their opposition. They want no part of engaging us in the arena of Ideas. They seek instead to discredit and marginalize us, and it has gotten old." Limbaugh's comments come after Obama called him and Glenn Beck "troublesome" in a CBS interview.