George Stephanopoulos Lectures Pawlenty on How Obama Has Kept His Promises, Ignores Gitmo
Published: 5/6/2011 12:48 PM ET
Interviewing presidential candidate Tim Pawlenty on Friday, George Stephanopoulos lectured the Republican that Barack Obama can say I've "kept my promises" for the war on terror. The Good Morning America anchor ignored examples such as the failure to close Guantanamo Bay.
Stephanopoulos added, "Our troops are coming home from Iraq and Afghanistan. And a weakened al Qaeda has not succeeded on a major attack on our homeland. When President Obama makes the case that America is safer on his watch, how will you respond?"
(That comment would also skip the Fort Hood shooting in 2009.) The morning show anchor began by touting White House talking points: "So, I wonder what you say in a debate with President Obama when he comes out and says when it comes to protecting America, I've kept my promises."
When Pawlenty appeared on GMA on June 11, 2010, Stephanopoulos pushed the former governor to denounce Tea Party conservatives: "Are you concerned that some of your new candidates, especially those who have been backed by the Tea Party, may make it harder to win those seats in November?"
This pattern was also in evidence for Pawlenty's March 23, 2010 appearance where co-host Robin Roberts lobbied the Republican to denounce the "tone" of some Tea Party protests.
On Friday, Stephanopoulos attempted to portray the GOP field as weak, noting, "Our last poll showed that only 43 percent of Republicans were satisfied with the presidential field. Only five of you showed up last night. What do you say to that?"
Of course, the 2008 Democratic field also included Representative Dennis Kucinich and Senator Evan Bayh, not exactly dynamic. Journalists weren't eager to portray them as a sign of problems.
A transcript of the May 06 segment, which aired at 7:10am EDT, follows: