John Kerry received a thumbs up for a second presidential run in ’08 from a very unlikely pundit today – Fox News’ own Bill O’Reilly. O’Reilly for Kerry ’08? Will wonders never cease… well, let’s put aside the partisan snark for a moment, I doubt we’ll catch Bill O’Reilly on the campaign trail, if Kerry does decide to run, but in the meantime, O’Reilly does see Kerry as a viable candidate in ‘o8.
“If I were him, I’d do it. What’s he got to lose? He’s got huge name recognition. He almost won last time,” said the ex-Boston newsguy turned cable news heavyweight.
“I think he’s got to come out a little bit more specific,” said O’Reilly, who plans to have Kerry as a guest on an upcoming segment of “The O’Reilly Factor.”
“If he is more specific and does engage the folks, he’s got a good shot. He’s got a lot of experience. He’s got respect abroad. I think he’s a smart guy. We need some strong leadership in this country.”
I should note that O’Reilly also sees Mitt Romney as a viable candidate in ’08, “He has a chance,” says O’Reilly, “but he’s an outside shot.”
My sources tell me that Kerry has been an guest on the Bill O’Reilly show in the past and yes, he will be on again in the future. With O’Reilly’s golden boy Bush and the GOP being so low in the polls lately, it’s no small wonder he’s looking elsewhere for some real leadership.