Bill O'Reilly and Glenn Beck had a tense argument about Newt Gingrich on O'Reilly's Thursday show.
Beck has been a fierce critic of Gingrich, currently one of the frontrunners in the Republican primary. He has said that the former House speaker is such a progressive that any supporters of his who oppose President Obama must be doing so because of Obama's race. On Thursday, O'Reilly made clear that he treats such arguments with a large degree of skepticism.
He let Beck detail some of his objections to Gingrich, but when Beck mentioned Gingrich's love of Teddy Roosevelt (a reviled figure over at the GBTV studios), O'Reilly cut in.
"You know that Teddy Roosevelt's Progressive Party is a lot different than the Progressive Party today," he said. Beck reared up in defense. "I'm not going to argue with you about Abraham Lincoln," he said. "Please don't argue with me about the Progressive Party."
The two continued sparring, with O'Reilly saying that Gingrich always appeared quite conservative to him during his Fox News years. "He voted for the Department of Education!" Beck cried. "Beck, Beck, back then the Department of Education wasn't what it is now!" O'Reilly said.
The chilliest moment came when Beck brought up his tough radio interview with Gingrich, which he said was evidence of the candidate's love of "big government."
"That's your interpretation!" O'Reilly shot back. "He didn't say it. Come on, Beck."
At the end of the interview, Beck was randomly handed a baby. He extolled the virtues of the baby, and then the chat was finished. It was odd!WATCH:
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