Senator Barack Obama sat down for an interview with Bill O’Reilly which aired partially tonight. The whole thing happened after much hand wringing by Democrats over their perception of bias by Fox News against Democratic Candidates and a boycott of appearing on Fox for any debates.
Here is the first part which aired tonight, about 8 minutes:
Report on the first part from the Washington Post:
HARRISBURG, Penn. — Sen. Barack Obama made his first appearance on Fox News’s conservative talk show “The O’Reilly Factor” and was pressed on his foreign policy views.
According to excerpts released by Fox, host Bill O’Reilly questioned Obama on two issues that Republicans view as vulnerabilities, his opposition to the troop surge in Iraq and his willingness to talk even with U.S. adversaries.
“I think that the surge has succeeded in ways that nobody anticipated,” Obama told O’Reilly of President Bush’s decision last year to increase troop levels. “It’s succeeded beyond our wildest dreams.”
But he added, “The Iraqis still haven’t taken responsibility. And we still don’t have that kind of political reconciliation.”
Asked to list U.S. enemies, Obama responded, “Al-Qaeda, the Taliban, a whole host of networks that are bent on attacking America who have a distorted ideology who have perverted the faith of Islam and so we have to go after them.”
He said he would “never take military action off the table” in the case of Iran. “It is unacceptable for Iran to possess a nuclear weapon; it would be a game changer,” Obama said.
I thought it was a good interview as Obama hasn’t been pressed in that manner, especially on the surge which he and Biden both opposed. Sound off below, what did you all think?
The remaining parts will air on Monday (9/8), Tuesday (9/9), and Wednesday (9/10) of next week.