Obama on cable: duel of softballs vs. shout-downs

September 9, 2008 7:47:38 AM PDT
For fans of political TV talk, it was something a bit different -- Barack Obama vs. Barack Obama. Obama appeared yesterday in interviews aired simultaneously on two different networks leaning in two different directions. The Democratic candidate also waded into cable TV's blood feud between Keith Olbermann of MSNBC and Bill O'Reilly of Fox News Channel.

With O'Reilly, Obama had to fight, not always successfully, to keep from being shouted down.

O'Reilly criticized the senator's tax plan that would raise levies on the richest citizens. He complained that Obama wanted "50 percent of my success."

It was kinder and gentler at MSNBC. Olbermann wondered why Republicans, in his words, were having success muddying the waters of the campaign.

Obama responded, "Republicans cannot always govern, but they run very smart campaigns."

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