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Odd couple: Barack Obama to visit Bill O'Reilly

September 3, 2008 |  6:10 am

THIS sounds like must-see TV.

Ben Smith of reports that Barack Obama has agreed to sit down with Bill O'Reilly on Fox News on Thursday evening -- the same night John McCain delivers his acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention.

The two events won't go head-to-head, of course. But Obama's appearance on "The O'Reilly Factor" will give him a chance to make his case to an audience that presumably will also watch McCain en masse. It's hard to imagine many of O'Reilly's viewers will be swayed by Obama, but his campaign obviously figures it's worth the effort to try to pick up a few strays.

The NFL season also opens Thursday at 7 p.m. EDT (4 p.m. PDT) with a game between the defending Super Bowl champs, the New York Giants, and one of their longstanding rivals, the Washington Redskins. But even committed football fans might be tempted to check out the action on the O'Reilly set, especially if the matchup they're watching isn't producing fireworks.

-- Don Frederick