Stephen Colbert Interviews Illinois Rep. Phil Hare

Representative Phil Hare was interviewed by Stephen Colbert for an upcoming episode of his eponymous show “The Colbert Report.” After the taping, Hare gave Colbert a new Knox College sweatshirt.

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Hare said Colbert stayed in character during his entire 90-minute interview, and he was witty, funny and quick. The interview will be edited to a 3-minute segment but Hare isn’t sure when it will run yet.

“He does it in such a fashion I couldn’t help but laugh,” Hare said.

Hare said during the interview Colbert challenged him to debate slavery, making Hare take the pro-slavery side, accused him of being a communist and tried to trick him into saying he supported President George Bush. Colbert also tried to argue that Carl Sandburg had been murdered, and that Hare wasn’t doing enough to catch the killer.

Although many politicians refuse interviews with Colbert, afraid he’ll make them look silly, Hare wasn’t afraid to take on the challenge.

“I’d rather do him than Tim Russert on ‘Meet the Press,’ ” Hare said. “Even though I know he’ll cut up the interview to make it funny. I’m not worried though. I think people realize it’s a comedy show.”

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