Eliot Spitzer praises Bill O'Reilly, Glenn Beck

Calls conservative pundits "spectacular communicators"

Who does Eliot Spitzer look to for inspiration when planning his CNN show?

Conservative Fox pundits Bill O'Reilly and Glenn Beck, who are across the political aisle.

Spitzer calls the two "spectacular communicators" in an interview with the Wall Street Journal about his show, "Parker Spitzer," which premieres October 4 and co-stars Washington Post columnist Kathleen Parker.

The former New York governor says he'll likely discuss his prostitute scandal, which caused him to step down from public office, on his show.

"I don't know. I guess we'll find out. The only answer I can give you is I'll do the best I can in any context. Given the course of history, it's kind of inevitable that situations will arise where others will have problems, scandals, personal crises, and we'll have to see how we handle that with some sense of delicacy and forthrightness. And I don't know what else I can do," he says.

Parker says she enjoys debating with Spitzer, even though sometimes it can become "irritating and annoying."

"I wouldn't do it if I didn't like him," says Parker, who is compared to Spitzer's wife, Silda Wall Spitzer, in the WSJ story due to their similar Southern accents. (Indeed, Eliot calls Parker "witty and attractive.")

Parker says working with Spitzer is "exhausting. He's a machine gun. And I've got a shot gun. I've got a water pistol, and he's got an Uzi."

But "she wins all the time," concedes Spitzer, who will not use a teleprompter on-air, and is working to become less long-winded and politically wonky.

"You can only talk about marginal tax rates for so long before people say, 'No, I'm not going to watch a news report being read on TV,'" he said. "[That is] frankly, an art that I need to develop, or perfect."
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