President Barack Obama will appear on Fox News in an attempt to rally last-minute support for the health care reform bill.
Special Report’s Bret Baier will sit down with Obama tonight at 6 pm for an interview regarding health care. After the interview, a panel will analyze Obama’s responses.
Obama has been criticized for avoiding the notoriously conservative network in the past, and it may be for good reason. In a nationwide poll of those who said Fox News was the network they watched most for information about politics, 79 percent said they disapproved of how the president is handling his job overall, and 86 percent said they disapproved of how he is handling health care specifically.
In the same poll, 72 percent of Fox viewers said that the president is spending too much time on changing the health care system and 69 percent said the US can’t afford to fix its health care system now. While most Fox viewers, 59 percent, described themselves as conservatives.
“We welcome the opportunity,” Baier wrote on his blog. “We’re going to try to really get some specifics from President Obama on a number of different topics.”
Obama has made appearances on the channel in the past, including a highly publicized interview with Bill O’Reilly just before the 2008 presidential election.
The House of Representatives is expected to vote on the health care bill later this week.
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