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01/03/2012 08:35 am ET Updated Mar 04, 2012

Bill O'Reilly Invites Rick Santorum On His Fox News Show (VIDEO)

Fox News host Bill O'Reilly told viewers on Monday night that he had invited GOP candidate Rick Santorum on his show. Santorum will appear on "The O'Reilly Factor" on Wednesday.

Santorum, who has finally received his media moment after surging in the polls, appeared on conservative radio host Mike Gallagher's show on Monday. He told Gallagher that O'Reilly "has refused" to put Santorum on his Fox News show.

"I’ve seen the media completely try to shape this race,” Santorum said. “It’s not just the liberal media. It’s even Fox News. Bill O’Reilly has refused to put me on his program. As far as he was concerned, I wasn’t a worthy enough candidate to earn a spot, sit across from him and be on his program.”

On "The Factor," O'Reilly told viewers that Santorum had not been invited because his show tends "to avoid campaign segments unless there is a media controversy, and until a week ago the Senator was polling in the single digits." According to the Des Moines Register, Santorum's poll numbers are up to 15%.

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