by Michael Scarborough
GW's Lisner Auditorium will be on the national stage tomorrow night as it hosts Bill O'Reilly and Jon Stewart in a much anticipated debate dubbed "The Rumble in the Air-Conditioned Auditorium." The event, which is set to begin at 8 PM EST, will focus on current issues, the state of the nation, and other pertinent political topics.
While tickets to the show have been sold out for weeks, students and fans can still purchase them on third-party websites -- for a price, of course. Those interested in attending can expect to shell out anywhere between $200 to $2,000 for a single ticket on sites like Stub Hub, although quantities are becoming increasingly limited.
There is, however, a cheaper alternative for those on a tight budget. A $4.95 pay-per-view option is set up on the event website, www.therumble2012.com. Customers have the option of paying with a major credit card or PayPal and can stream live footage of the debate as it unfolds.
This will not be the first time the outspoken personalities have publicly clashed. Stewart and O'Reilly have traded jabs on each other's cable shows, arguing over topics such as the Obama presidency, the Tea Party, and U.S. foreign policy. Despite their disagreements, both men have expressed a light-hearted attitude towards the debate.
In an official press release, O'Reilly joked, "I had no idea my agent signed me up for this...How do I get out of it?"
Stewart inserted his own comedic take on the event, quipping, "I believe this will be a very enjoyable night for fans of our programs, political junkies, partisans, and people who just enjoy yelling."
WRGW News will be covering the event. Keep checking this blog for future updates and be sure to tune into our Monday 6 o'clock broadcast for a full recap of what is sure to be a lively exchange.