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The most memorable one-liners from the Bill O’Reilly-Jon Stewart debate

There was no a shortage of one-liners and quips at Saturday's night's debate between Comedy Central's Jon Stewart and Fox News Channel's Bill O'Reilly. Below are ones that stood out most to us (Did we miss any? The comments section awaits.):


* "Give me back the $800 billion for the Iraq war and children's television is on the house." -- Stewart, during a discussion of cutting the subsidy for public TV, which Mitt Romney proposed at a debate last week.

* "About 20 percent of us are slackers. And it's a growing industry." -- O'Reilly, in his opening remarks, when discussing Romney's "47 percent" comment. 

* "I would save Oprah. She’s worth about $100 billion." -- O'Reilly jokingly, when asked what famous person he would save, if the country was burning. 

* "Then we’re both socialists.” -- Stewart, after O'Reilly agreed that he too believes in Social Security.

* "I can see why Obama did badly in the debate. The altitude really is rough up here." -- The 5-foot 6-inch Stewart, who was equipped with a lift at his podium to make him appear taller. 

* "I want the folks to be more involved. Fifty percent of the people know nothing. 'Jersey Shore' people, you know these people; the 'Colbert' watchers." -- O'Reilly, when discussing his desire for a more participatory democracy.

* "Here's what I would say -- turns out Lincoln ain't running this year." -- Stewart, when asked what would justify voting for President Obama in November. 

Sean Sullivan has covered national politics for The Washington Post since 2012.

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