06/20/2011 08:37 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Van Jones Challenges Glenn Beck To Debate (VIDEO)

Van Jones, the man whose White House career was famously torpedoed by Glenn Beck, issued a debate challenge to Beck at the annual Netroots Nation conference on Saturday.

Jones was one of Beck's first major targets when he moved to Fox News. He relentlessly hounded Jones and the Obama administration during 2009, painting Jones as a Marxist revolutionary and demanding that he resign as Obama's so-called "green jobs czar." Eventually, Jones did.

Speaking to a crowd in Minneapolis, Jones said he wanted to talk to Beck while he is still on the air on Fox News. (Beck's show ends June 30th.)

"I issue a personal challenge to my beloved brother Glenn Beck," Jones said. "I will debate you anytime, anywhere, at any point. I'll give you an hour, you give me five minutes ... you got one week left before your show goes off. My phone is ringing. Call me! Call me, Glenn Beck!"

Watch (via Think Progress):