Stephanopoulos to Schumer: Do You Buy That There's Billions in Gov. Waste?
On Monday's Good Morning America, ABC's George Stephanopoulos took a skeptical tone during an interview of liberal Senator Chuck Schumer concerning a new report from Senator Tom Coburn, which pointed out the 100 most wasteful federal government projects of 2010: "He [Coburn] says there are hundreds of billions of dollars of waste. Do you buy that?"
Stephanopoulos turned to Senator Schumer after ABC correspondent Jonathan Karl highlighted the findings of Senator Coburn's "wastebook" report, and led the interview with his "do you buy that" question. After the Democrat from New York gave his initial answer, the former Clinton administration official trumpeted the accomplishments of the outgoing liberal Congress in its lame duck session:
STEPHANOPOULOS: And you are- looking like you're going be [there] until Christmas, doing an awful lot of work during this lame duck session of Congress. I know you were critical of the President's negotiating in this tax compromise, but decided to vote for it. You've also now passed the 'don't ask, don't tell' [repeal], the food safety bill, and you seem to have a breakthrough on something you've been fighting for for years, this several-billion dollar bill to get health benefits to emergency workers for 9/11. Are you confident now that you have the votes to get this through the Senate, and will the House stay in session to make sure it gets passed?
Near the end of the interview, when Good Morning America anchor
prompted Schumer to give advice to President Obama on how he should deal
with the incoming Republican majority in the House of Representatives,
the liberal Senator replied with a hyperbolic attack on conservatives in
Congress: "My advice to the President is, compromise when you can, but
when people are being unreasonable- and we have hard-right people who seem to be wanting to move us back to the 19th century- draw some lines in the sand and fight."
The full transcript of George Stephanopoulos's interview of Senator Chuck Schumer, which began 12 minutes into the 7 am Eastern hour of Monday's Good Morning America: