Destination 270

SMU Students Analyze the 2012 Presidential Election

The Rumble in the Air-Conditioned Auditorium

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For $4.95, people across the nation could tune into a 90-minute debate between ‘frenemies’ Jon Stewart and Bill O’Reilly. The debate, mockingly entitled “The Rumble in the Air-Conditioned Auditorium,” took place at George Washington University in Washington D.C, with half of the proceeds going to charity. Both the Fox News anchor and talk show comedian brought their political “A-game” as well as props, profanity, victory dances, and witty banter. However, despite the amusements, the debate was nothing less than brilliant. In stark contrast to the often reserved, polite, structured presidential debates that have characterized the American election cycle, O’Reilly and Stewart both logically and heatedly debated the issues.

The audacity to which O’Reilly and Stewart answered questions ranging from the War on Christmas to President Obama’s foreign policy was a refreshing reprieve from the usual viewers are used to. You can watch all of what “The Rumble in the Air-Conditioned Auditorium” had to offer here.


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