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Obama, Fox News Make Up

Democratic candidate appears on TV network prior to McCain's acceptance speech

By Aaron Broder | null null , null
Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama talks with Bill O'Reily, host of <i>The O'Reilly Factor</i>, on Fox News, September 4, 2008. (Image courtesy Fox News)
Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama talks with Bill O'Reily, host of The O'Reilly Factor, on Fox News, September 4, 2008. (Image courtesy Fox News)

Fox News Network and Senator Barack Obama have not always gotten along.

For the past year and a half, some of the reporters on the network have made unkind remarks, such as relating his name to Osama Bin Laden's. Obama has responded by refusing to attend Fox News-sponsored debates.

However, the era of tension between Fox and the Democratic presidential nominee may be over. On Thursday, Fox aired the first of four pieces of an interview with Obama on The O'Reilly Factor.

Host Bill O'Reilly spent very little time welcoming his guest and cut right to the chase, asking if Obama thought that America was in a war on terror. The Democratic candidate's response was immediate.

"Absolutely. [Our enemies are] Al Qaeda, the Taliban, a whole host of networks that are bent on attacking America." However, he didn't agree that Iran was in the same category. "Iran is a major threat, but they are not part of the same network," he said.

On the subject of Iran, O'Reilly attempted to get some information on whether or not Obama would be willing to use military action if Iran developed a nuclear weapon.

"It is unacceptable for Iran to have a nuclear weapon. . .[but] it is not appropriate for somebody who is one of the two people who could be the President to start tipping his hands in terms of what their plans might be," he said.

From that, O'Reilly went to the hot-button topics of Iraq and Afghanistan. Although O'Reilly insisted that Obama was wrong in his opposition to the surge (an increase in American troops in Iraq in 2007), Obama didn't agree.

"I think that the surge has succeeded in ways that nobody anticipated," he said. "[However] there is an underlying problem in what we have done. We have reduced the violence, but the Iraqis still haven't taken responsibility."

The remaining segments of this interview will be aired on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday of next week on The O'Reilly Factor.

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