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Published October 06 2012

Bill O'Reilly, Jon Stewart to tangle tonight in mock debate

WASHINGTON — Bill O'Reilly and Jon Stewart are set to tangle in a sold-out mock presidential debate that's as much about laughs as about politics.

The Fox News anchor squares off with the star of Comedy Central's “The Daily Show” at 7 p.m. Central time Saturday in Washington. It's a chance to blow off a little steam amid a heated presidential race.

The celebrity odd-couple have appeared on each other's programs since 2001, exhibiting actual respect for the other's opposing views. This is their first head-to-head debate.

George Washington University will host the event, dubbed “The Rumble in the Air-Conditioned Auditorium.”

Unlike the debates between President Obama and Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney, this one won't air on television but will be live-streamed online, for $4.95. Half of the net proceeds will go to charity.