Cumulus Media Networks’ Mark Levin has offered to donate $50K to a super PAC supporting President Obama if he’ll agree to debate him. Speaking on his show 3/14, Levin promised Priorities USA $50,000 in exchange for a one-hour debate.
Said Levin: “People are giving a lot less than that. Just one hour, a debate. It doesn’t even have to be televised. In fact, we’ll do it right here on this program. [It would] be very professional, be very fair, equal time, just a debate.”
He even offered a “neutral place” for the debate: “PBS is no neutral place, but we’ll find a neutral place. Maybe a McDonald’s.”
This is not the first time Levin has offered someone a large sum of money on the air. Following the shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords in Tucson, Levin offered MSNBC host Chris Matthews $100,000 to prove his claim that radio hosts like Levin and Michael Savage promoted what Matthews referred to as ugly rhetoric – something that came under harsh scrutiny in the wake of the Tucson shootings.
It seems to be a trend: In December, Savage also offered GOP candidate Newt Gingrich one million dollars to drop out of the Republican primary race.
RBR-TVBR observation: We won’t get political here, but the President clearly won’t take up the offer. Nonetheless, we won’t make any teleprompter references/suggestions/comments, either. The unprecedented 20 Republican debates have super-charged Talk radio and we’d all like the debates to continue—they’re great for the medium.