Though Jon Stewart on Thursday concluded his 16-year run as host of The Daily Show, Stewart’s interviews will live on — including his informative and entertaining interviews with former US House of Representatives member and presidential candidate Ron Paul.
While Stewart did not see eye to eye with Paul on every issue, Stewart’s conversations with Paul were always respectful and centered on exploring important issues underlying political debates. As with many people, Stewart’s respect for Paul stems at least in part from a recognition of Paul’s consistency. Near the conclusion of Stewart’s 2011 interview with Paul, Stewart explains:
It’s always great to see you, and I always enjoy our conversations. You really are one of our last consistent politicians that we see in this world.
In fact, in an effort to demonstrate an absurdity in American politics via humor as Stewart often does so well, Stewart suggests near the beginning of that interview that a strategy for success in the presidential campaign would be for Paul to abandon the consistency Stewart admires. Says Stewart with deadpan delivery:
It seems like what gets a lot of attention is saying one thing a few years ago and then changing your position. Have you thought about … flip-flopping?
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