O'Reilly on young voters: "Are they gonna leave the bong and stand in line for an hour?"
Research ››› ››› GABE WILDAU
On his radio show, FOX News Channel host Bill O'Reilly declared that "stoned slackers" will vote for Senator John Kerry in the upcoming election. O'Reilly also asked of young voters that the organization Citizen Change is working to mobilize: "Are they gonna leave the bong and stand in line for an hour?" Citizen Change (slogan: "Vote or Die!"), which is partnered with MTV's Choose or Lose campaign, is a nonprofit, nonpartisan voter education organization founded by entertainment mogul Sean "P. Diddy" Combs.
From the October 28 nationally syndicated broadcast of The Radio Factor with Bill O'Reilly:
CALLER: I'm calling today because I think it's fair to say that a large amount of the youth that are involved in this election now, this time around. And I just think that the majority of them are voting Kerry. Is that crazy?
O'REILLY: Yeah, I think the stoned slackers'll go for Kerry. I think he'll carry that vote. ... The stoned-slacker vote. Ummm -- but I don't know if they're gonna go. You know, look, Puff Daddy [Combs] and his crew -- they're running around, "Vote or Die!" and all that. Yeah, it's good publicity to get on TV. Are they gonna get out? Are they gonna leave the bong and stand in line for an hour? I don't know.
- 2004 Elections