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Is Gingrich a 'Progressive?': Beck and O'Reilly Debate Issue on 'The Factor


A "gentleman's disagreement."

For the last couple weeks, Glenn Beck has been trumpeting the mantra that Newt Gingrich is a "progressive" Republican. Others, including Joe Scarborough and even Chris Matthews, have echoed that sentiment in part by noting Gingrich's "big government" tendencies. But one person who's not quite sold on the idea is Bill O'Reilly.

During Thursday night's "O'Reilly Factor," O'Reilly had Beck on to talk about the issue. The two ended up having a "gentleman's disagreement," as O'Reilly noted, about whether Gingrich was a Teddy Roosevelt progressive and if that means the same thing now as it meant during Roosevelt's time. Despite their differences, O'Reilly noted that Beck wasn't attacking Gingrich personally, but simply didn't agree with Gingrich's politics.

You can watch the lively discussion below (which also includes the two talking about Michele Bachmann and her past mistakes and even an appearance by a baby):

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