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Could Bill O'Reilly be the Ross Perot of 2012?

by Ryan Jaroncyk, published

Fox News lightning rod, Bill O'Reilly, criticized Republicans and Democrats in an interview with ABC's George Stephanopoulus.  Claiming that each side possesses a valid concern in the healthcare debate, O'Reilly urged both parties to reject partisanship and craft a plan that addresses the real needs of average Americans, though he doubts that will actually happen.  He also called out the "loons" on both sides of the political aisle and directed a few critical remarks toward Democrats Nancy Pelosi & Harry Reid, as well as Republicans Sarah Palin and John Boehner.

Finally, Stephanopoulus remarked that O'Reilly sounded an awful lot like Ross Perot and asked O'Reilly if he'd consider an independent bid in 2012.  O'Reilly largely dismissed the notion, claiming that he has more power and freedom doing what he's doing now.

So, what do you think? 

Would Bill O'Reilly be a viable, Independent candidate in 2012 if by chance he chose to run?  Or, is he just a "partisan wolf in independent's clothing?"


Editor's note:  To view the interview, click here.

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