In an interview with Bill O’Reilly last night, former White House press secretary Tony Snow said that his future career plans may include writing a book on cancer and possibly returning to Fox News.
When Snow revealed his plans to write a book on how to deal with cancer, O’Reilly responded:
O’REILLY: You know what you can do with all respect? You can combine how I deal with cancer with how I deal with the White House press corps. Because they’re both insidious, invasive. They both have to be wiped out.
Snow also informed O’Reilly that he’s considering returning to Fox News, but that he is also open to other networks that would give him the opportunity to do a “radio/TV piece.” O’Reilly responded:
O’REILLY: But you can’t go over to CNN. I mean, that’s the devil over there. You can’t. You know. You’re a religious guy. You can’t go into the pagan throne over there.
O’Reilly warned that if CNN put Snow on the 8 pm slot as a competitor to him, “it’s going to get bloody.” Watch it:
In the interview, Snow also said he “very well may” join a Republican presidential candidate’s campaign, though he said he “has no horses in the race” at this time.
O’REILLY: Now what is the career plan here? You’re a fat cat now, ex-White House spokesperson. You can make a lot of money bloviating like I do, give the speeches, I mean, you know, you can write a book. I assume you can do that, right?
SNOW: Yes, yes.
O’REILLY: But you’re not going to tell all in the book?
SNOW: No, as a matter of fact, I’m going to do – interested in two books. I’m going to do a lot of speeches, but also, I’m going to do a book about how you deal with something like cancer. You know.
O’REILLY: A new cancer book.
SNOW: Yes, well, it’s going to be with cancer and also how you deal with the unexpected, because it’s a lot broader.
O’REILLY: You know what you can do with all the respect?
O’REILLY: You can combine how I deal with cancer with how I deal with the White House press corps. Because they’re both insidious, invasive. They both have to be wiped out. And you know, you see the theme that I’m getting at here?
SNOW: Well, maybe I could thread it into.
O’REILLY: You know, you put little microbes and David Gregory’s face on the cover. You know, it’s huge. This is a high concept deal, I’m giving you, man.
SNOW: Oh, man. I’ll tell you what. I’ll let you have that one.
O’REILLY: All right, campaign ’08.
O’REILLY: Are you going to try to be a partisan Republican in this? Are you going to try to get a Republican elected in ’08?
SNOW: I very well may.
SNOW: I’m not going to campaign, at least at this juncture, I don’t have any horses in this race. So I’m not supporting any candidates. The one thing I know to do between now and the races, talk about stuff I care about. I haven’t really figured out what I’m going to do in terms of whether there’s going to be extensive direct partisan activity or not.
O’REILLY: All right. So if the — whoever the nominee may be could call you and say would you work for our campaign or X, Y, and Z?
O’REILLY: And you would consider it?
SNOW: You know, again, I’ll have to figure it out. I’m more interested right now talking about things that I think are important . In many ways, the Republican party’s falling off the rails. It’s forgotten about.
O’REILLY: Tell me about it.
SNOW: It’s forget about fiscal discipline. It’s forgotten about the importance of liberty.
O’REILLY: I always think back. I was the guy hammering you because of that. Do you remember? Put yourself back six months ago. That was me, Snow. All right, any chance you come back to FOX News?
SNOW: Could be. Like I want to – I’m trying to get a radio TV piece in the career.
O’REILLY: Great, the mix.
SNOW: Yes. I just don’t know yet.
O’REILLY: But anything could happen.
SNOW: Anything can happen.
O’REILLY: But you can’t go over to CNN. I mean, that’s the devil over there. You can’t. You know. You’re a religious guy. You can’t go on into the pagan throne over there.
SNOW: I’m an open minded man. I’ll have to see.
O’REILLY: See, this is what I mean with Snow. He gives you the – like CNN’s says hey, no, wham. You’re out of here. O’Reilly who?
O’REILLY: If they put you at 8:00 up against me, Snow, it’s going to be bloody. You know what I’m talking about? All right.
SNOW: I know what you’re talking about.
O’REILLY: We wish you the best. We hope you come back to FOX News. And anytime you want, come on in here. And I’m glad you’re feeling well.
SNOW: I’m feeling well. It’s always good to be here.