Robert Reich challenged Bill O'Reilly on Wednesday to a debate on HuffPost Live, telling the Fox News host, "Be a man, have the courage, let's debate."
It was the latest shot lobbed in the conflict unfolding between the two. Reich, an economist and the former Secretary of Labor under President Clinton, was responding to O'Reilly's criticism of Reich's recent op-ed in the New York Times. In it, Reich said that O'Reilly has called him a communist.
Reich renewed his call to debate O'Reilly in a piece for The Huffington Post on Tuesday, and during his HuffPost Live on Wednesday.
"I have said to Bill O'Reilly repeatedly, 'Will you please have me on your show so we can debate this... Let's have a civil discussion," Reich said. "He will not do that." He later challenged O'Reilly to a "civil debate."