Bill O'Reilly Offers To Broker Debt Ceiling Talks (VIDEO)

07/15/2011 08:01 am ET | Updated Sep 14, 2011

Tongue somewhat in cheek, Bill O'Reilly offered to fly down to Washington to personally broker the stalled talks over raising the U.S. debt ceiling.

Speaking on his Thursday show, O'Reilly noted that he has broken with Republicans such as Michele Bachmann in actually wanting to raise the debt ceiling. He offered what he said would be his outline for a compromise, which included $2 trillion in spending cuts and a closing of tax loopholes for the wealthy.

Then, O'Reilly did something he doesn't do every day: approvingly played a clip of White House Press Secretary Jay Carney. Coincidentally, it happened to show Carney praising O'Reilly as a voice of "moderation" around the debt ceiling debate.

O'Reilly took these kudos in stride--and then made his surprising offer.

"I am offering to broker the debt compromise," he said. "I'll go down there, I'm ready to answer the call! Because I'm looking out for you, not some crazy ideology."

How can President Obama refuse?

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