Jon Stewart picks Pawlenty and Romney as top Republican candidates

May 18, 2011|By Luke Broadwater

Fans of Comedy Central's "The Daily Show" are used to comedian Jon Stewart cracking jokes and generally, well, not being very serious. 

Last night, on "The O'Reilly Factor," however, the comedian showed off his serious side -- talking about the Republican presidential candidates and President Barack Obama. 

Some interesting topics were discussed: 

• Stewart's pick for the best Republican candidate? Either Tim Pawlenty or Mitt Romney. 

• Has Obama met the comedian's expectations? No.

• Would Stewart ever vote for a Republican? Yes. 

I've always thought Stewart wasn't the extreme left-winger some on the right try to make him out to be. In my experience watching the show, he usually takes a common sense approach to politics and ridicules things that are absurd. If those things happen to be said by Republican candidates, well, then, they're the ones who get made fun of. In other words, if Donald Trump were running as a Democrat, people, including Stewart, would still be laughing at Donald Trump, regardless of his party affiliation. 

Here are the videos of a more-serious-than-usual Stewart discussing politics with Bill O'Reilly: 

• Stewart on the GOP candidates… 

• Stewart continued…

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