He continued, worrying about why it's acceptable for the wealthy to get "tax cuts extended, but for people who are out of a job and needing unemployment benefits not to have their benefits extended?"
Stephanopoulos set up the offer by playing negotiator. He coaxed Bachmann, "Some Democrats are now saying they might be able to go along with [extending the tax cuts] as well, if it's tied to extension of the unemployment benefits that run out for millions of Americans on November 30th. Is that a deal you can support?"
On Monday , Stephanopoulos pressed Democrat Erskine Bowles, the co-chair of a debt commission about extending the tax cuts: "By extending them, that's going to cost about $4 trillion...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 .
A transcript of the November 16 segment, which aired at 7:16am EST, follows: