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CBS This Morning on Thursday scored an exclusive interview with Tom Steyer, a newly announced Democratic presidential candidate, yet never once managed to refer to him as progressive or liberal. Instead, he is simply a “billionaire activist” who also is leading an expensive campaign to impeach Donald Trump.
Avoiding the liberal label, co-host Anthony Mason introduced, “Tom Steyer, the billionaire investor and activist who spent millions advocating for the impeachment of President Trump, is launching a campaign to take a job.” In a tease for the segment, guest co-host Michelle Miller called him the “the activist billionaire.” But, again, no ID of him as very progressive.
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This is the same person who said his NextGen America group would not “work for a single candidate who is not pro-choice.” He’s also staunchly anti-Second Amendment. But instead of mentioning any of these points or calling him a liberal, Miller wondered if he vast fortune could be better put to use on other liberal causes:
Let’s talk about what’s in your win column. You poured $120 million into the midterms. Some would say you won the House back for the Democrats. Millions into campaigns against big oil, against big tobacco, against corporate tax loopholes. Why is $100 million running for president money well spent?
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On Monday, This Morning co-host Tony Dokoupil wondered if Steyer “counts this running for president thing as charity?” On that day, at least, guest co-host Vladimir Duthiers managed to refer to Steyer as a “progressive billionaire activist.”
On Thursday, in a speed round of questions, the co-hosts pressed Steyer from the left to see if he supported these liberal agenda items:
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“Do you support proposals for free college?
“Yes or no, would your insurance plan coverage provide for undocumented immigrants?”
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