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Thu Jul 31 19:39:04 SAST 2014

Rumble in aircon jungle

Sapa-AP | 08 October, 2012 00:30
File photos of Bill O'Reilly and Jon Stewart
File photographs show Jon Stewart speaking at George Washington University in Washington March 31, 2012 and Bill O'Reilly attending Time magazine's 100 most influential people gala in New York May 8, 2008. O'Reilly and Stewart will face off next month in a presidential-style debate that will be streamed live on the Web. REUTERS/Chris Kleponis/Lucas Jackson/Files (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT POLITICS ELECTIONS MEDIA)
Image by: STRINGER / REUTERS

US celebrity TV hosts Bill O'Reilly and Jon Stewart tangled over the election, birth control and the "War on Christmas" in a rambunctious mock presidential debate on Saturday night.

They shot off witty retorts and over-the-top declarations in the so-called Rumble in the Air-Conditioned Auditorium.

Stewart - who arrived with a mechanical pedestal he used to elevate himself, making him taller than O'Reilly - said that to see that the US was an entitlement nation one had only to watch an Oprah Winfrey "favourite things" episode.

O'Reilly said President Barack Obama needed to show support for Israel by going on a double date with its prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu.

The two debated the national debt, healthcare and security.

"He's done a good job on terrorism," O'Reilly said of Obama, but he and Stewart agreed that the president had mishandled the attack on the US consulate in Benghazi, Libya.

"Give me back the $800-billion for the Iraq war . and it's rubbers for everyone on me," Stewart said when discussing economic redistribution.

O'Reilly said income redistribution was like Robin Hood on steroids.

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