Jon Stewart told Bill O'Reilly that he would consider voting for a Republican, and that President Obama has not lived up to his expectations.
In the second part of their chat (the first, which focused on rapper Common's appearance at the White House, aired on Monday), O'Reilly and Stewart discussed the 2012 presidential race.
O'Reilly told Stewart half-jokingly that Obama "let you down sometimes when he didn't do a far-left thing you wanted."
"How far left am I?" Stewart asked. "It depends on the night," O'Reilly responded. He then asked, "would there ever be a scenario where you could see not voting for Barack Obama and voting for a Republican?"
"Sure," Stewart said. "If I didn't have a clear sense of the direction he wanted to move the country in, and somebody else had a more logical sense of where to take it." O'Reilly expressed surprise at this, and asked if Obama had lived up to Stewart's expectations.
"No, but I don't know if my expectations were fair," he said. "I believed we lived in a more transformative time...I think he had an opportunity more in the Reagan mold to be a bully pulpit president."
Stewart also ran down the field of potential Republicans. Even though he said he could see himself voting for one, the current batch seemed rather unimpressive. The highest praise he could deliver? "I would imagine that Tim Pawlenty seems like a reasonably logical individual."