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White House Says Comedian Jon Stewart 'Put Awareness' On 9/11 Health Bill

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images for Comedy Central(WASHINGTON) -- The White House said Tuesday that comedian Jon Stewart has "put the awareness" around the 9/11 health care responders legislation, hoping that will lead to additional Republican votes for the bill.

"If there's the ability for that to sort of breakthrough in our political environment, I think there's a good chance that he can help do that," White House press secretary Robert Gibbs said. "I think he has put the awareness around this legislation -- he's put that awareness into what you guys cover each day, and I think that's good."

Last Thursday Jon Stewart devoted an episode of The Daily Show to the bill, a move that raised the public profile of the story, helping to bring the issue into the national spotlight.  Gibbs said Tuesday that he hopes Stewart can convince the Republicans further in a final push for passage.

"It seems, at the end of a long year, around the holiday season, a pretty awful thing to play politics about. But that's a decision that 42 Republican senators are going to have to make."

Likewise on Capitol Hill, Stewart is getting praise for putting a spotlight on the issue.

"We were making significant progress, but Jon Stewart really took the push for the 9/11 bill into overdrive by doing two separate nights' worth of coverage last week, and drawing attention to this that the networks had not," Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney, D-N.Y., said in a statement Monday.

"He did a good thing," Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., told ABC News when asked on Capitol Hill. 

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Jon Stewart Next US President?

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images for Comedy Central(NEW YORK) -- If Americans had to choose, which they don’t, they would elect political satirist Jon Stewart as President of the United States, over political satirist Stephen Colbert.

Forty-two percent of registered voters in a recent ABC News/Washington Post poll said they would support Stewart over Colbert, who received just 22 percent of the vote. Twenty-one percent wouldn’t support either.

Fittingly, the two also plan to go head-to-head Saturday in their own marches on The National Mall. Stewart, host of Comedy Central’s The Daily Show, has described his “Rally to Restore Sanity” as “Woodstock, but with the nudity and drugs replaced by respectful disagreement.”

Colbert, host of Comedy Central’s The Colbert Report, countered with the “March to Keep Fear Alive,” specifically the fear “that someone might take our Freedom and Liberty.” His website urged packing “five extra sets of underwear.”

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