• With: Maria Bartiromo

    O'REILLY: I already paid!

    (LAUGHTER)

    O'REILLY: You want me - you want to be - but I respect your opinion or I wouldn't have you on here. You say - you are saying to the folks that the stock market is OK. Stay in there. And then if you see a bargain or two, buy it?

    BARTIROMO: That's why I love sell-offs because it opens up the opportunity for .

    O'REILLY: It's an opportunity.

    BARTIROMO: It's opportunity. You see a big sell off. That's when you say OK, has anything fundamentally changed with the U.S. economy? Has anything fundamentally changed with the companies that I want to -- probably not.

    O'REILLY: But the economy is crummy. It is .

    BARTIROMO: It's OK.

    O'REILLY: It's in debt, and I don't expect it to get any better under President Obama. That's not a shot at the president.

    BARTIROMO: Great interview.

    O'REILLY: Thank you.

    BARTIROMO: Fantastic interview.

    O'REILLY: I don't see it getting better the next three years, the U.S. economy. We're just going to muddle along because he is not going to help business. He's not going to cut taxes.

    BARTIROMO: That's right.

    O'REILLY: He's not going to do it.

    BARTIROMO: But business has figured out a way around some of the challenges in .

    O'REILLY: They are hoarding money.

    BARTIROMO: Hoarding money is one of the ways.

    O'REILLY: They are hoarding it!

    BARTIROMO: . one of the ways.

    O'REILLY: That's the way.

    BARTIROMO: But if you look at the balance sheet, when you look at the situation of corporate America today, it's very strong. So that's the positive. As far as the economy, I could not agree more.

    O'REILLY: All right. So, we .

    BARTIROMO: Something along the bottom it's going to be .

    O'REILLY: Right. This is going to be slow, and unemployment is going to be bad. It's going to be hard for the people at the bottom to make any money. But thank god we are not Argentina. I don't even want to get into it.

    BARTIROMO: But that's such a good point, Bill.

    O'REILLY: Right.

    BARTIROMO: Relative to the rest of the world, the U.S.

    O'REILLY: We're still strong!

    BARTIROMO: The U.S. is the best place in town.

    O'REILLY: But could - wouldn't it be amazing if we got a president in there who really wanted to grow the economy by using the private sector and stopped all this social justice stuff?

    BARTIROMO: Business can be a big part of the solution, I agree with you. Business should be working better with Washington and creating jobs.

    O'REILLY: Well, we are glad you are here at Fox, Maria.

    BARTIROMO: Thank you so much.

    O'REILLY: And, you know, Maria wasn't spoiled being over at NBC for so long. She is still a very nice woman.

    (LAUGHTER)

    O'REILLY: All right. We will see you soon.

    BARTIROMO: Thank you.

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