Stewart and O'Reilly throw some zingers

  • Updated: October 7, 2012 - 4:57 PM

Two celebrity gabbers who have claimed their stakes to the polar opposite ends of the political spectrum -- Bill O'Reilly and Jon Stewart -- exchanged words on Saturday night. During their 90-minute appearance, the Fox News anchor and the star of Comedy Central's "The Daily Show" bantered aggressively but good-naturedly over birth control, President George W. Bush and the so-called "War on Christmas."

The political feud between the two TV personalities dates back more than 10 years. The two have appeared on each other's programs since 2001, but the face-off on Saturday at George Washington University marked their first head-to-head debate.

The two quickly turned to talk of government spending and the 47 percent of Americans that Republican Mitt Romney referred to in a video as dependent on government. Stewart, defending government involvement in health care and social programs, said the United States has always been an entitlement nation.

"We are a people that went to another country, saw other people on it and said, 'Yea, we want that,'" Stewart said. Asked who he'd like to see as president, O'Reilly dead-panned: "I'd have to say Clint Eastwood."

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