12:44pm PT by Rebecca Ford
Bill O’Reilly and Jon Stewart Talk Taxes on 'Daily Show' (Video)
Fox News pundit Bill O’Reilly continued his book publicity tour with a stop at The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.
The conversation quickly turned to taxes when the host of The Daily Show sat down with the host of The O’Reilly Factor.
Jon Stewart asked O’Reilly, who is currently promoting his new book, Killing Lincoln, about his statement that he’ll leave his show if his taxes rose above 50 percent. “What percentage of that threat is empty?” asked Stewart.
“All of it,” responded O’Reilly. He does however go on to express his frustration with having to pay high taxes when he “works hard.”
"What is this whole business with the poor, poor rich in this country?" Stewart asked. "Are you ever going to wise up, ever?" O'Reilly responded.
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“You’ve got to downsize the government so they can watch what’s happening and make intelligent decisions,” said O’Reilly in the extended video on Comedy Central’s site.
“Look, I don’t have any sympathy for the pinheads who are stealing money and doing all the derivative selling and doing all the day trading. I don’t like these people. I think there should be government watchdog that set up rules where they can’t do this, and they can’t do that.
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“So you’re a Democrat?” joked Stewart.
“On that I am,” responded O’Reilly, somewhat surprisingly.
O’Reilly’s latest book, which he co-authored with Martin Dugard, is an account of the last two week’s of Abe Lincoln’s life, and the hunt for his killer.
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