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Watters' World: Most Important Issues Facing America

This is a RUSH transcript from "The O'Reilly Factor," March 23, 2011. This copy may not be in its final form and may be updated.

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BILL O'REILLY, HOST: In the "Watters' World" segment tonight: What is the most important issue facing America right this minute? We have lots of problems in the country, as you know, and Jesse Watters was given the assignment to find out what the folks think should be the top priority.

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JESSE WATTERS, "FACTOR" PRODUCER: What's the most important issue facing America right now?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: It's really hard for me to get a job.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Every media station keeps talking about Charlie Sheen.

WATTERS: Be honest, have you watched any of the Charlie Sheen interviews?

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Oh, my God, yes.

WATTERS: What's the biggest issue facing America right now?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Earthquake in Japan.

WATTERS: And how does that affect this country?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Uh...

WATTERS: Are there jobs that you won't do?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I won't work in the supermarket.

WATTERS: So you're trying to find a job. How are you going to make any money?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I guess because I'm handsome.

WATTERS: What would you do to get the fiscal house in order in this country?

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Get rid of the conservatives, man.

WATTERS: So the conservatives are ruining the nation?

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: I think that people need to not be so worried about changing the status quo and kind of work together.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Wages for middle-class people have stayed basically the same, while wages for CEOs have been skyrocketing.

WATTERS: There's a lot going on in Japan right now. Do you think that global warming caused the tsunami?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: No. I think that we caused it.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: The nuclear leaks going on in Japan, that's pretty huge.

WATTERS: So how is Obama doing?

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: I love Barack. We're big fans.

WATTERS: What would be the first thing you would tackle at the White House?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Tackle? Like physically tackle?

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: We have so many illegal immigrants here working, not putting money back into the economy.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Mexicans, they have a lot of babies.

WATTERS: So then you can get a job and not have to compete with the Mexican babies?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: They'll work for anything. Me, I want to work for a good amount of salary.

WATTERS: Let everybody just walk across the border, and that's your policy?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Sure, I mean, we like to take vacations.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: …governor of a state, president of the United States.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Fox News lies.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: What's up, man? How are you doing?

ROB MONACO, "FACTOR" PRODUCER: Do you want to say something?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Fox News lies.

MONACO: Why don't you talk with us?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I've got places to go.

MONACO: Why would you interrupt someone's interview with that opinion? Why don't you just talk to us? We'll give you a fair shake.

WATTERS: You have a tattoo on your neck. What is that?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: It's Michael Jordan.

WATTERS: Why did you get that?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Because I love Michael Jordan. I play basketball and collect sneakers.

WATTERS: So when you go for a job interview, what do people say?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: We'll give you a call.

WATTERS: Do you guys watch Fox News ever?

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: For entertainment value.

WATTERS: What's the most entertaining show on Fox?

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Bill O'Reilly.

WATTERS: You're on "O'Reilly" right now.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Love you, Bill. My grandpa loved you. So keep it up, man.

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O'REILLY: But she's the one blaming -- Watters is here, by the way. I have to put him on. I don't know why. She -- but she blames conservatives for...

WATTERS: Yes.

O'REILLY: ...the Japan thing.

WATTERS: Or something like that.

O'REILLY: All right. Now the guy that said Fox lies, is this an Internet mantra? Is that what they're doing, Fox lies?

WATTERS: You know what I think? The last four times I've been out in the field, someone has interrupted the shot, heckled me, called me a Nazi. That was Rob Monaco chasing him down, our producer.

O'REILLY: The producer.

WATTERS: But what I think is happening is after Wisconsin, after what happened with Mike Tobin being demeaned and bullied on television…

O'REILLY: They saw that.

WATTERS: …I think the left has been emboldened by this, and they're becoming more aggressive.

O'REILLY: Now, when you -- when you tracked this moron down, he didn't have anything to say, right? He couldn't say, "Well, I object to the Fox News" or why he interrupted or anything like that, right?

WATTERS: A hundred percent of the time, these guys have no clue what they're talking about.

O'REILLY: Right.

WATTERS: And no evidence to point to that Fox News lies.

O'REILLY: All right, last question. You -- to put together a three-minute piece like that, you interview, what, 20 people?

WATTERS: Less, actually. Fifteen people.

O'REILLY: Out of the 15 people, how many would you say really know what's going on?

WATTERS: I'd say about 20 percent. And when I'm in New York City...

O'REILLY: So one out of five?

WATTERS: Yes. In New York City, it's usually the people that are visiting from out of town.

O'REILLY: Who know?

WATTERS: Yes.

O'REILLY: So this is just random people? You're just picking these people up and say, "Would you like to do an interview with me?"

WATTERS: Yes, usually the younger crowd.

O'REILLY: Only 20 percent know anything about the news?

WATTERS: I think that's about accurate.

O'REILLY: All right. Does that include you, Watters? Are you in that 20 percent? All right. Jesse Watters, everybody. There he is. Pink tie tonight. Very sharp.

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