Stewart and O'Reilly to rumble in political jungle

In an onscreen event that promises to be more entertaining than the presidential elections on which it will be based, US political analysts and arch-rivals Jon Stewart and Bill O'Reilly are to battle it out in a 90-minute debate.

The Democrat-leaning Stewart and right-winger O'Reilly have long been sparring partners, appearing on each other's television shows to argue government policy.

Each time it has proved to be a ratings winner, with both articulate and well-reasoned, but utterly opposed on most matters.

The pair have decided to use that chemistry for a long debate - run along the lines of the US presidential debate - and already O'Reilly has revealed how things are likely to go.

"In order to illuminate the vital issues associated with the upcoming presidential election, Stewart and I will debate man-to-man, eye-to-eye," he said. "Well, not really. He [Stewart] is a tiny guy."

"Oh yeah, it's on!" Stewart said. "Thunderdome, two men enter ... and both leave but not together. Probably he'll have his friends there, I'll have mine."

The argument, he added, would be like "the worst Thanksgiving dinner ever".

The debate will be held at George Washington University in Washington, DC, on October 6. It will be streamed live at www.therumble2012.com.

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