October 13, 2004
Conservative talk show host Sean Hannity opened his Phoenix engagement Tuesday by inviting Michael Moore on stage.
"Are there any Liberals here?" asked Hannity, best known for the Fox network’s "Hannity and Colmes" talk show. "Come out, come out wherever you are. Where are you Michael Moore?" Moore, if there, did not respond.
Moore, documentary filmmaker of the Bush-bashing "Fahrenheit 911," was reported to be hiding in the audience of roughly 3,000 at Dodge Theater to spy on Hannity.
Hannity, who will be a commentator for Fox News after today’s debate between President Bush and Democrat John Kerry, has been shadowing Moore as a Republican counterpoint to Moore’s "Slacker Uprising Tour," scheduled for today at the Celebrity Theater in Phoenix.
Radio talk station KFYI (550 AM) arranged for Hannity’s Phoenix appearance.
Before Hannity appeared on stage at about 8:30 p.m., station executive Barry Young also mentioned Moore’s possible presence. " We have an unconfirmed report that Michael Moore is spying on us tonight," Young said.
Hannity focused primarily on the differences between Kerry and Bush and what he called Kerry’s "flip-flopping." Hannity urged Republicans to not be complacent despite Bush’s apparent lead in Arizona.
"Twenty days, and we re-elect George Bush, no doubt about it," Hannity said.
He mentioned Moore one more time, referring to how KFYI spied on Moore’s presentation in Tucson this week. Hannity criticized Moore, saying he is "literally going around college campuses . . . telling kids that terrorism is not a threat."