George Stephanopoulos Lobbies McCain to 'Move the President's Way' on 'Tax Cuts' for Millionaires
Published: 11/30/2010 12:53 PM ET
Playing the role of negotiator for the Democrats, Good Morning America's George Stephanopoulos on Tuesday pressed Senator John McCain to "move the President's way" on extending the Bush tax cuts. He also oddly spun such a continuation as a "tax cut" for millionaires.
The ABC anchor lobbied McCain, asserting, "[Obama] moved your way on this freeze of all pay for federal workers. Are you prepared to move the President's way for any items on his agenda?"
Stephanopoulos then forced the Arizona senator to listen to a clip of Democrat Claire McCaskill arguing against extending tax cuts for the wealthy. "What's the answer to that," the host goaded. The former Democratic operative turned journalist complained, "But, do Americans making more than $1 million need a tax cut right now?" He didn't explain how it's cutting taxes to keep current tax rates in place.
On November 16, 2010, Stephanopoulos hit Congresswoman Michele Bachmann with the same Democratic talking points: "But, why is it okay for the wealthiest Americans, earning over $250,000 a year- And remember, the President has called for extending all tax cuts for those under $250,000."
On November 15, he talked to Erskine Bowles, the co-chair of a commission on debt reduction. Sounding a similar theme, Stephanopoulos worried, "Couldn't some of this be avoided by keeping the tax rates where they are? I mean, by letting them go back to where they were in 1998 when you were White House chief of staff?"
More examples of Stephanopoulos' arguing for tax increases can be found in the MRC's Profile in Bias page.
A transcript of the November 30 segment, which aired at 7:12am EST, follows:
GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS: And for more on this we're now joined by Senator John McCain in Washington. Thank you for joining us this morning, Senator. And we just heard Jake go through the agenda. The President made an opening bid yesterday. He moved your way on this freeze of all pay for federal workers. Are you prepared to move the President's way for any items on his agenda?