A Worried George Stephanopoulos Pushes for Republican Compromise, Hits GOP Rep's 'Double Standard'
Published: 12/2/2010 4:31 PM ET
A worried George Stephanopoulos on Thursday again pushed for Republicans to accept some sort of Democratic compromise on extending unemployment benefits and the Bush tax cuts. The Good Morning America host even hit a Republican Congressman for his "double standard" on the issue.
Stephanopoulos interviewed incoming House Ways and Means Chairman Dave Camp and Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chairman Chris Van Hollen. Yet, despite the fact that it was Republicans who won an overwhelming victory in November, Stephanopoulos hectored Camp on extending jobless benefits.
He lectured, "Congressman Camp, this is a lifeline for the people on unemployment right now and it's important to our economic recovery." After Van Hollen asserted that Republicans don't want to pay for tax cuts, Stephanopoulos focused on Camp and echoed, "That does seem to be a double-standard, Congressman."
The former Democratic operative turned journalist fretted about the possible consequences of not striking a deal on unemployment and taxes: "Congressman, I have to say, let me stop you one second. I'm listening to both of you right now. And this is similar talking points, what we've heard from each side for several weeks and months, right now. The clock is ticking."
Over the last two weeks, Stephanopoulos has repeatedly pressured Republicans to compromise. On November 30, he cajoled John McCain, "Are you prepared to move the President's way for any items on his agenda?
Although the journalist did ask one tough question of Van Hollen on Thursday, he has rarely pushed the Democrats, who in 2010 lost at least 63 seats in the House, on how they are going to compromise.
Also on Thursday, GMA featured a covert liberal operative and passed her off as just a jobless American.
A transcript of the December 2 segment, which aired at 7:06am EST, follows: