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Al Sharpton: ‘Mr. O’Reilly and Others Can Be There or Not, But I’ll Be There’

SharptonAl Sharpton responded last night to President Obama’s shout-out to him and Bill O’Reilly during the “My Brother’s Keeper” initiative speech held yesterday at the White House.

“Yes, Bill O’Reilly and I have differences…and we will continue to,” Sharpton said on “PoliticsNation.”

“What is more important to me, is not who I differ with, but who I can stand up for and stand up with.”

The differences between Sharpton and O’Reilly played out last summer, when the two hosts engaged in a back-and-forth over race.

Sharpton added that people must stand together to help men of color: “Mr. O’Reilly and others can be there or not, but I’ll be there, if I have to be there by myself.”

On the “O’Reilly Factor,” O’Reilly didn’t mention the president’s shout-out to Sharpton and him, but had an extensive interview with Obama senior adviser Valerie Jarrett, giving her his ideas on how to make the program work.

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