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Obama due for O'Reilly sit-down

September 04, 2008|Matea Gold

Sen. Barack Obama is sitting down with Fox News' Bill O'Reilly for a long-promised interview today, a first for the Democratic presidential contender.

In January, Obama told O'Reilly he would make an appearance on "The O'Reilly Factor," the top-rated cable news program, and the Fox News host has relentlessly reminded him of that pledge on the air.

Obama picked a pivotal night for his appearance. The interview -- set to take place in York, Pa. -- will air at 5 p.m. PT on the last evening of the Republican National Convention. Additional portions will run in the days that follow.

His decision to go on "The O'Reilly Factor," a program anathema to much of the political left, marks a shift from the Democratic primaries, when Obama and his rivals largely avoided appearances on Fox News.

That stance softened this spring as general election drew nearer.

-- Matea Gold

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