(Image source: therumble2012.com)

 

BY DANNY MATTESON

ANCHOR CANDICE AVILES


A couple of heavyweights duked it out on the debate stage Saturday night but it wasn’t President Obama, Mitt Romney, Joe Biden, or even Paul Ryan. No, last night it was Comedy Central funnyman Jon Stewart facing off with Fox News host Bill O’Reilly in a debate dubbed “The Rumble in the Air-Conditioned Auditorium.”

 

The debate was moderated by CNN’s E.D. Hill and was held at George Washington University in front of around 1,500 people who according to ABC News — got what they paid for.  



“It was very much a rumble. There was some yelling, but mostly an honest exchange of ideas, and great laughter … O'Reilly and Stewart ... seriously debated major issues that face the United States.”



And the two debaters didn’t simply act as mouthpieces for the parties they’re commonly aligned with. According to DCist ...

 

“... to couch Stewart and O'Reilly as proxies for Obama and Romney would be a disservice to both. Each found plenty of faults with their supposed party lines.”



Highlights from the debate included the 5’ 7” Stewart using a mechanical lift to get on eye-level with his 6’ 4” opponent, Stewart sitting on O’Reilly’s lap during a question about bipartisanship, and O’Reilly saying he thought the Iraq war was a mistake — a comment that prompted in Stewart to demand ...  “Somebody better live-tweet that … ” in slightly more colorful language.



If you weren’t able to be there in person, a live stream of the debate was available at the event’s website for $4.95. According to the Twitterverse, however, it wasn’t the most reliable option. The debate’s official account tweeted this during the event ...

 

“Due 2 overwhelming demand, our servers have been overloaded. We apologize for any inconvenience and we're working to resolve the issue.”

 

… while would-be viewer @TheDCD added ...

 

“The #rumble2012 isn't between Stewart and O'Reilly. It's between potential viewers and the official website. #losingbattle”



After the debate both Stewart and O’Reilly were given championship belts for their participation. Half the proceeds from the event will be donated to charitable causes including Doctors Without Borders, the Wounded Warrior Project, the Alzheimer’s Association, and the USO.  

Bill O'Reilly and Jon Stewart 'Rumble' in Debate

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Oct 7, 2012

Bill O'Reilly and Jon Stewart 'Rumble' in Debate

(Image source: therumble2012.com)

 

BY DANNY MATTESON

ANCHOR CANDICE AVILES


A couple of heavyweights duked it out on the debate stage Saturday night but it wasn’t President Obama, Mitt Romney, Joe Biden, or even Paul Ryan. No, last night it was Comedy Central funnyman Jon Stewart facing off with Fox News host Bill O’Reilly in a debate dubbed “The Rumble in the Air-Conditioned Auditorium.”

 

The debate was moderated by CNN’s E.D. Hill and was held at George Washington University in front of around 1,500 people who according to ABC News — got what they paid for.  



“It was very much a rumble. There was some yelling, but mostly an honest exchange of ideas, and great laughter … O'Reilly and Stewart ... seriously debated major issues that face the United States.”



And the two debaters didn’t simply act as mouthpieces for the parties they’re commonly aligned with. According to DCist ...

 

“... to couch Stewart and O'Reilly as proxies for Obama and Romney would be a disservice to both. Each found plenty of faults with their supposed party lines.”



Highlights from the debate included the 5’ 7” Stewart using a mechanical lift to get on eye-level with his 6’ 4” opponent, Stewart sitting on O’Reilly’s lap during a question about bipartisanship, and O’Reilly saying he thought the Iraq war was a mistake — a comment that prompted in Stewart to demand ...  “Somebody better live-tweet that … ” in slightly more colorful language.



If you weren’t able to be there in person, a live stream of the debate was available at the event’s website for $4.95. According to the Twitterverse, however, it wasn’t the most reliable option. The debate’s official account tweeted this during the event ...

 

“Due 2 overwhelming demand, our servers have been overloaded. We apologize for any inconvenience and we're working to resolve the issue.”

 

… while would-be viewer @TheDCD added ...

 

“The #rumble2012 isn't between Stewart and O'Reilly. It's between potential viewers and the official website. #losingbattle”



After the debate both Stewart and O’Reilly were given championship belts for their participation. Half the proceeds from the event will be donated to charitable causes including Doctors Without Borders, the Wounded Warrior Project, the Alzheimer’s Association, and the USO.  

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