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Conservative commentator Sean Hannity and Salt Lake City Mayor Rocky Anderson appear to be getting closer to a political debate.
Mayor Anderson called KSL tonight to tell us he and Hannity will meet Friday, May 4, which is one date Hannity suggested to KSL today.
Some details of the debate still need to be worked out, but Anderson says they are exploring the possibility of holding it on the University of Utah campus. A "U" student group is also working to set it up.
May 4 may be a problem, though, as the University of Utah's commencement ceremonies are scheduled that day.
John Daley Reporting
Fox News political personality Sean Hannity and Mayor Rocky Anderson are both telling the other to "put up or shut up." Hannity proposes two dates in May for the verbal showdown.
One of our producers just took a call from Sean Hannity in New York, who is trading jabs with Anderson who says essentially "let's do this."
Fox News personality Sean Hannity says, "It's time for this do-nothing mayor, who is obsessed with his own media coverage, to put up or shut up. He's done more name-calling than the Clintons. May 4 or May 18, pick one. I don't care what media outlets are there," he said, in reference to the questions about whether Hannity's Salt Lake affiliates would have exclusive access to the event.
A spokesman for the mayor says, "We'll take a look at it and hope something can be worked out." The mayor's office is insisting on a moderator so each one has a chance to answer without getting cut off, which was an issue when Anderson was on O'Reilly last night.
"I think that kind of journalism is on the decline in this country," Anderson said. "I don't think we're going to see the Bill O'Reillys and the Rush Limbaughs and the Sean Hannitys much longer. I think people realize that they're pretty fact-free, and I think we're getting tired of that kind of uncivil dialogue."
It looks like a debate just may take place, after all. We'll keep you posted.