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Bill O'Reilly Says He'd Consider Presidential Run
NewsMax ^ | 11/13/03 | Limbacher

Posted on 11/13/2003 8:31:03 AM PST by Tumbleweed_Connection

"I may take a look, certainly the option is open if I want it," the Fox News star told Long Island's liberal Newsday. "But what I want to do over the next few years here is clean up the process. We have the bad guys on the run - no question about that."

But all that's way off in the future, he said, noting that, "the country's not interested in an independent candidacy. Maybe in 10 years they will be, but right now, you have 50 percent of Americans who don't know anything - they're totally disengaged from the process, the 'Mall People.' They don't know anything, don't watch the news or listen to radio or read the newspapers. The other 50 percent - and there was a recent poll on this - are a third crazy left and a third crazy right and third in the middle. So the pie you're going for is a very narrow pie."

Though O'Reilly's many liberal critics say he is one of the most outspoken voices of the "crazy right," O'Reilly steadfastly declines to identify himself as a conservative.

It's possible, he told Newsday, that he "could mobilize a certain number of independent thinkers who think, 'This guy could be a ... Teddy Roosevelt kind of guy, who could come in and clean up the garbage...'"

But, O'Reilly quickly adds "I'm not a vanity player, I'm not gonna go out like Al Sharpton, to get on 'Saturday Night Live' to run for president, so unless I'm convinced I could pull it off, I wouldn't do it."

In the immediate future, O'Reilly has been urged to take on Sen. Hillary Clinton when she comes up for re-election in 2006.

O'Reilly has shots down that speculation by predicting that it would be a lost cause. "I'd lose.... It'd be a fun race [and] I'd drive her crazy, but she would ultimately win," he said. Besides, adds Newsday, he has no interest in the Senate: "I'm not a quid pro guy" who'd have to play at pork-barrel politics to bring "goodies" back to the state.

Fueling talk that O'Reilly may have political ambitions is O'Reilly's lastest new book "Who's Looking Out for You?" which Newsday calls "(at times) a political reformist's manifesto."

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1 posted on 11/13/2003 8:31:05 AM PST by Tumbleweed_Connection
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To: Tumbleweed_Connection
Oh ya, thats a good idea.

Mr. Anti-big government who wants the govt. to solve all of our problems. I wish he would make up his mind.

I quit watching O'Reilly a long long time ago.
2 posted on 11/13/2003 8:33:04 AM PST by Sabretooth (I'm not SabERtooth, Im SabREtooth.)
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To: Tumbleweed_Connection
Can only say. . .Pullllleeeeze! He must be kidding, or. . .drunk on his book sales; or something. . .

Would suggest that he remember 'Murphy's Law' or somesuch; but he probably would rewrite them.

That said, I like him. . .and he means well.

3 posted on 11/13/2003 8:35:20 AM PST by cricket
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To: Tumbleweed_Connection
O'Reilly steadfastly declines to identify himself as a conservative.

With good reason.

4 posted on 11/13/2003 8:35:23 AM PST by gdani
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To: Tumbleweed_Connection
O'Reilly steadfastly declines to identify himself as a conservative.

This one of the reasons I don't think he could make it.

The no-spin zone...yeah right. Listen when he talks about abortion!

5 posted on 11/13/2003 8:35:42 AM PST by Zavien Doombringer (If a Democrat falls from office and nobody is around will they make a sound?)
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To: Zavien Doombringer
He is a populist blowhard. Not a conservative.
6 posted on 11/13/2003 8:36:43 AM PST by Constitution Day
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To: gdani
O'Reilly has a good show, but come on. He's in love with himself.
7 posted on 11/13/2003 8:38:05 AM PST by exile (Exile - Women want him, men want to be him, liberals fear him.)
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To: Constitution Day
I would trust him and his in my house for a month
but not my vote.
8 posted on 11/13/2003 8:38:06 AM PST by cars for sale
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To: Tumbleweed_Connection
I don't know what it is about this guy, but every time I've tried to listen to him I have to switch the station after about 10 seconds. My BS detector gets tripped big time when he talks.
9 posted on 11/13/2003 8:38:18 AM PST by SBprone
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To: Constitution Day
He is swayed by the popular opinion. He is an entertainer not presidential material.
10 posted on 11/13/2003 8:38:23 AM PST by Zavien Doombringer (If a Democrat falls from office and nobody is around will they make a sound?)
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To: Tumbleweed_Connection
O'Reilly has a pretty good program on FOX but I doubt if he is POUS material...hey, Bill ya might want to try running for Mayor of NYC and then governor of NY just to get your feet wet...these talking heads sure have illusions of grandeur... I hear there's an opportunity in NYC for a real conservative mayor...since Bloomberg's liberal slip is showing...
11 posted on 11/13/2003 8:39:42 AM PST by kellynla ("C" 1/5 1st Mar Div. Viet Nam 69 &70 Semper Fi!)
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To: Tumbleweed_Connection
OK. I might as well run too. But I'm not announcing that here! OK. This is not a formal announcement! So don't get excited. No calls, no media please. Just a trial balloon.
12 posted on 11/13/2003 8:40:16 AM PST by isthisnickcool (Guns!)
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To: cars for sale
Yeah, don't get me wrong, I do agree with him SOME of the time.
I think he's probably a well-meaning guy, too.

but, Presidential material? Puhleeze.

13 posted on 11/13/2003 8:40:48 AM PST by Constitution Day
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To: Zavien Doombringer
Precisely.
14 posted on 11/13/2003 8:41:03 AM PST by Constitution Day
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To: Constitution Day
simply, ditto.
15 posted on 11/13/2003 8:41:24 AM PST by cars for sale
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To: Constitution Day
How've you been CD? Haven't heard from you in a while :)
16 posted on 11/13/2003 8:42:00 AM PST by Zavien Doombringer (If a Democrat falls from office and nobody is around will they make a sound?)
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To: Tumbleweed_Connection
I think he should go for it. What's he got to lose?
17 posted on 11/13/2003 8:43:06 AM PST by Scenic Sounds (A veces, la locura reside tan cerca como una peca mera.)
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To: Tumbleweed_Connection
O'Reilly is a loud-mouthed jerk, and nothing more.
18 posted on 11/13/2003 8:43:08 AM PST by Sloth ("I feel like I'm taking crazy pills!" -- Jacobim Mugatu, 'Zoolander')
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To: Tumbleweed_Connection
God help us all.
19 posted on 11/13/2003 8:44:43 AM PST by brewcrew
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To: Tumbleweed_Connection
He could put Jerry Springer on the ticket as veep.
20 posted on 11/13/2003 8:44:46 AM PST by Petronski (Everybody calm down . . . eat some fruit or something.)
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To: Tumbleweed_Connection
My dream. O'Reilly and Hillary running against each other in 2008 and me selling tickets on planes leaving the country.
21 posted on 11/13/2003 8:44:55 AM PST by Blue Screen of Death (,/i)
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To: Scenic Sounds
absolutely nothing! He can write another book about the experience, then rant about how Hillary sold more ofher next book compared to his ...then continually promote the book throughout his shows...
22 posted on 11/13/2003 8:45:08 AM PST by Zavien Doombringer (If a Democrat falls from office and nobody is around will they make a sound?)
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To: Tumbleweed_Connection
BUMP-OLA!
23 posted on 11/13/2003 8:45:11 AM PST by jmstein7
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To: Zavien Doombringer
Been really busy here; FR time has been basically nonexistent.
I will drop you an FR-mail, my friend.
24 posted on 11/13/2003 8:45:27 AM PST by Constitution Day
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To: Tumbleweed_Connection
Sure. And he could have his behavioral twin, Chris Matthews as his running mate.
25 posted on 11/13/2003 8:45:36 AM PST by auboy (If frogs had wings, it would be raining warts.)
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To: All
O'Rielly never identified himself as a conservative or a Republican.

Some of his views are liberal but most of his opinions are quite conservative.

He's a great guy but I want Joe Scarborough for Pres.
26 posted on 11/13/2003 8:46:27 AM PST by Killborn (Half Thai, Half American, 95% Conservative, 100% Insane)
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To: Tumbleweed_Connection
"O'Reilly steadfastly declines to identify himself as a conservative."

And that's a GOOD thing.

27 posted on 11/13/2003 8:46:31 AM PST by Psalm 73 ("Gentlemen, you can't fight in here - this is a war room".)
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To: Tumbleweed_Connection
he should run as a Democrat
28 posted on 11/13/2003 8:48:33 AM PST by rface (Ashland, Missouri - Praying for Rush's and Marilyn's recovery)
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To: Zavien Doombringer
absolutely nothing! He can write another book about the experience, then rant about how Hillary sold more ofher next book compared to his ...then continually promote the book throughout his shows...

O'Reilly-Franken in '08!!

29 posted on 11/13/2003 8:48:41 AM PST by Scenic Sounds (A veces, la locura reside tan cerca como una peca mera.)
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To: Tumbleweed_Connection
Listening to him is like hearing fingernails across a blackboard.
30 posted on 11/13/2003 8:49:12 AM PST by G L Tirebiter
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To: Tumbleweed_Connection
I vote NO on Bill O'Reilly, YES on Sean Hannity!!!!!
31 posted on 11/13/2003 8:52:07 AM PST by pollywog (Psalm 121;1 I Lift mine eyes to the hills from whence cometh my help.)
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To: Tumbleweed_Connection
Boy.! Ego's are wonderful things to watch aren't they.?

Stopped watching No Spin Bill long ago. What the hell makes this pompous ass think people would vote him into the White House.

Amazing.
32 posted on 11/13/2003 8:53:28 AM PST by Pompah (If it ain't broke,fix it 'til it is.)
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To: Constitution Day
Is GWB a conservative, I think not.


Open borders, spends money faster than Marion Barry in a DC crack house. He needs to cut government spending first, then cut taxes (more).

Hardly a conservative.

33 posted on 11/13/2003 8:53:34 AM PST by taxed2death (A few billion here, a few trillion there...we're all friends right?)
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To: Tumbleweed_Connection
He managed to make "Fair and Balanced" a pejorative.
34 posted on 11/13/2003 8:56:44 AM PST by Consort
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To: Killborn
He's a great guy but I want Joe Scarborough for Pres.

I agree. By the way, Scarborough Country is the only reason to watch MSNBC.

35 posted on 11/13/2003 8:59:45 AM PST by Strider
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To: taxed2death
Hardly a conservative.

And....? So....?

36 posted on 11/13/2003 9:00:45 AM PST by Consort
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To: Tumbleweed_Connection
where is the barf alert
37 posted on 11/13/2003 9:01:01 AM PST by jern
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To: Tumbleweed_Connection
Who would vote for him? Liberals hate him. Conservatives hate him. My SUV hates him. Plus, the dummy thinks Senator McCarthy was on the House Un-American Activities Committee.
38 posted on 11/13/2003 9:01:25 AM PST by LibWhacker
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To: Tumbleweed_Connection
Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaahahahahahaha

(cough)

Hahhahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha
39 posted on 11/13/2003 9:02:48 AM PST by sully777 (No Pepper Allowed.)
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To: Tumbleweed_Connection
"People are promoted to the level of their incompetence".
40 posted on 11/13/2003 9:03:37 AM PST by jos65
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To: Tumbleweed_Connection
Crazy right?

I'll accept the crazy.

When does Larouche get out of prison?
They'd make a good team.
41 posted on 11/13/2003 9:07:00 AM PST by the gillman@blacklagoon.com
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To: Strider
"No passport required, no Rush bashing allowed."

Joe rocks. He's a great man and if he is POTUS, he will curb big fat Guvment rapidly.
42 posted on 11/13/2003 9:07:14 AM PST by Killborn (Half Thai, Half American, 95% Conservative, 100% Insane)
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To: taxed2death
The first one, who is willing to put troops on the borders, and deport illegals, has my vote. I wouldn't care what party he or she comes from. I think the odds of him being a liberal are pretty slim.
43 posted on 11/13/2003 9:34:14 AM PST by blaze (Welcome to the Hotel Mexifornia (WWW.AMERICANPATROL.COM) Go to links and have a cry!)
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To: Tumbleweed_Connection
I'd love to see him in a presidential debate :)
44 posted on 11/13/2003 9:35:41 AM PST by crv16
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To: Tumbleweed_Connection
he'd lose
45 posted on 11/13/2003 9:35:48 AM PST by petercooper (Proud member of the VRWC)
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To: Sabretooth
Bill is too full of Bill for my liking. I call it the, "Me Show". He takes credit for too manny things he didn't do.
46 posted on 11/13/2003 9:54:52 AM PST by Conspiracy Guy (I don't think you hread me right.)
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To: Tumbleweed_Connection
'Reilly steadfastly declines to identify himself as a conservative.

And he is exactly right, he has more Luny Left positions, than he does right wing issuies

47 posted on 11/13/2003 10:52:12 AM PST by itsahoot (The lesser of two evils, is evil still...Alan Keyes)
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To: auboy
He's not as bad as Chrissie. I can't watch Chrissie. I still like to watch O'Reilly, though I disagree with him a lot and understand he's not a conservative. President? Ha!
48 posted on 11/13/2003 10:56:36 AM PST by johnb838 (Majority Rule, Minority Rights. Not the other way around.)
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To: johnb838
You are correct. Bill has gotten better about letting people respond, and not talking over them. Chris will never stop his talking over… nor his machine-gun, 90 mph speech pattern. He should teach Speed Talking.:-)

I know their shows have time restraints, and that sometimes some folks need cutting off. OTOH, if you ask a question, you should allow a reasonable time for a response. If you're not going to allow a response, why ask the question - why schedule the guest?
49 posted on 11/13/2003 12:04:50 PM PST by auboy (If frogs had wings, it would be raining warts.)
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To: Mrs Zip; BOBWADE
ping
50 posted on 11/13/2003 12:36:52 PM PST by zip
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