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Stewart, Colbert Schedule Competing DC Rallies

  • The Wrap, Monday, September 20, 2010 12:41 AM
Jon Stewart and Steven Colbert announced plans for competing rallies to be held Oct. 30 in Washington, D.C., on the National Mall. Stewart described his "Return to Sanity" rally as an attempt to tone down the level of dialogue in debate over issues. Stewart called the "million moderate rally" an attempt "to take it down a notch, indicating the two-to-three-hour rally will be "spreading the timeless message of 'Take it down America.'"

Colbert, meanwhile, announced his "March to Keep Fear Alive" to be held the same day "to fight Jon Stewart's creeping reasonableness," and offering his own Web site. (Clicking on a big "Don't Click Here" button on Stewart's site takes you to Colbert's, and vice versa.) "Now is not the time to take it down a notch," said Colbert. "Now is the time to freak out for freedom." He also warned that in the poor economy "Americans cannot afford to face reality."

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