Jon Stewart vs. Bill O’Reilly: Cable TV Heavyweights Spar in ‘Rumble in the Air-Conditioned Auditorium’ (VIDEO)

Source: Daniel Steinberger / ABC News

It was billed as “O’Reilly vs. Stewart 2012: The Rumble in the Air-Conditioned Auditorium”, a debate between powerhouse media personalities hosts Bill O’Reilly and Jon Stewart.

It was very much a rumble. There was some yelling, but mostly an honest exchange of ideas, and great laughter for the hosts, the packed crowd at the George Washington University campus in Washington, D.C., and the people who paid $4.95 to see it live streamed on the internet. A portion of the proceeds will go to charity.

O’Reilly and Stewart, at times mocking the presidential election and the presidential debate from this past week, seriously debated major issues that face the United States.

They took on issues like income redistribution, funding of public television, social security, who is to blame for our economy, security inside Libya, and the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. But they provided themselves and the audience with zingers and a humor not normally seen on a debate stage.

To read this article in its entirety visit ABC News.