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Bill O'Reilly: The battle for America begins

By Bill O'Reilly

After last night's vote there is no doubt it will be Mitt Romney running against President Obama next November. And the President is already defining his opponent as a guy who cares only about the rich and if elected would harm every day Americans.

The strategy is not new because the Republican Party wants to cut government spending. Some people will be adversely affected. Thus, Mr. Obama will say if you don't want to pay for a woman's birth control, you're anti-woman. If you don't want to spend more money on education, you don't care about the kids. And if you call for Medicare reform you want to hurt the elderly, et cetera.

That's the game.

President Obama and the Democrats are the party of compassion. Mitt Romney and the Republicans are the bad people who just don't care except about the rich, of course, they want them to get even richer at everybody else's expense.

Now, Democrats and liberal Americans will buy that and conservative Americans and Republicans will not. But it is those in the middle, the Independents, who will decide the election. President Obama has won huge advantage in courting them, the media. And now I'm going to show you something truly amazing.

The Associated Press is the most widely distributed news service in the country. The Chairman of the Board at the AP is a man named Dean Singleton. He's a big shot. And the other day he was speaking to the American Society of Newspapers Editors… big shots all. Singleton is also the Chairman of the Media News Group which owns dozens of newspapers like "The Denver Post," "The Salt Lake Tribune" and "The San Jose Mercury News."

So here’s how Dean Singleton introduced President Obama to the journalists.

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

DEAN SINGLETON, AP CHAIRMAN: As President, he inherited the head winds of the worst economic recession since the Great Depression. He pushed through Congress, the biggest economic recovery plan in history and led a government reorganization of two of the big three auto manufacturers to save them from oblivion. He pursued domestic and foreign policy agendas that were controversial to many, highlighted by his signature into law of the most comprehensive healthcare legislation in history.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

O'REILLY: I'm surprised Singleton wasn't wearing an Obama button. I mean, come on.

The President well understands most in the media will back him and portray Mitt Romney as a mean, rich guy. But it will go beyond that as MSNBC demonstrated last night.

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LAWRENCE O'DONNELL, MSNBC HOST: Mormonism was created by a guy in upstate New York in 1830 when he got caught having sex with the maid and explained to his wife that God told him to do it. Forty-eight wives later, Joseph Smith's lifestyle was completely sanctified in the religion that he invented to go with it, which Mitt Romney says he believes.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

O'REILLY: What a smear. Are you kidding me? That's like saying no Episcopalian or Anglican could run for president because of Henry VIII. And so the campaign is underway, it could be the dirtiest in the nation's history.

And that's “The Memo.”

Pinheads & Patriots

New movie called "Rock of Ages" will be out in June. It's based on a Broadway show, and Tom Cruise plays a rock guy.

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

TOM CRUISE, ACTOR: Light this place on fire.

(MUSIC: "WANTED, DEAD OR ALIVE")

(END VIDEO CLIP)

O'REILLY: So, I guess the question is do I want to see a topless Tom Cruise with tattoos? No. Anybody?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: No.

O'REILLY: Anyone?

All right. "Risky Business," we liked it, Tom. May be a “Pinhead” here but maybe it will be an Oscar-caliber thing. We don't know.

O'Reilly Factor, hosted by Bill O'Reilly, airs on Weekdays at 8PM ET on Fox News Channel.