The Daily Show's Jon Stewart and Bill O'Reilly from the O'Reilly Factor squared off on Oct. 7 in a comedic debate while also bringing up important issues of our time in The Rumble in the Air-Conditioned Auditorium.
Half of the profits of the debate went to charities such as: the New York Collaborates for Autism, the Wounded Warrior Project, the Fisher House Foundation, the Alzheimer's Association, the Boomer Esiason Foundation, the Doctors Without Borders, and many more.
Stewart is known for conveying his liberal views with comedy and wit while O'Reilly is known for being a tough conservative.
The debate started of with comedy when Stewart had a mini lift installed into his platform so that he could be equal to O'Reilly in height. Stewart at 5 feet 6 inches is normally picked on by O'Reilly -who is 6 feet 4 inches- for being comparably smaller.
Stewart defended America as a country traditionally with a strong safety net when he said: "We are a people that went to another country, saw other people on it and said, 'Yeah, we want that," and, "Have you ever seen 'Ophrah's favorite things' episode?"
O'Reilly said "I'd have to say Clint Eastwood" when asked who he wants to see president.
Stewart quickly played along and said: "Well why don't we ask him," and got out of his chair and pretended Eastwood was in his chair.
They debated their ideas on the deficit and the debt, health care, foreign policy, and the responsibility of the government.
Stewart and O'Reilly have had this love-hate relationship of bitter debating ending with a few jokes and a smile since 2001. They've gone on each other shows multiple times and never seem to hold a grudge against the other.
They're the sign of bipartisanship in these ideologically divided times.
If you'd like to see the debate go to http://www.therumble2012.com/index.html