U.S. Rep. Kendrick Meek's office alerted reporters to his appearance today on FOX News, saying it was "to discuss the president's address to Congress."
But business new anchor Neil Cavuto took the Miami Democrat by surprise and tried to elicit a no-new-taxes pledge. "When we look at tax hikes, congressman, is it just a 'rich' problem?'' he asked.
Meek: "I wouldn't say it's a 'rich' problem, and as it relates to tax hikes that's not what I came on the show to talk about. We're here to talk about being able to balance this economy back and looking forward to the president addressing the nation tonight and the joint session of Congress."
Cavuto: "But you know part of what he's going to talk about is hiking taxes on the rich to get that budget deficit halved in four years, right?"
Meek: "Well, there's going to be a discussion that we're going to have...on how we bring down the deficit."
Later in the interview, Cavuto tried again for the read-my-lips moment: "You would argue that you don't hike taxes when you have a recession, right?"
Meek: "Well we're not doing it now, and I can tell you right now we have to bring balance in our tax structure...I'm just going to be very blunt with you. I don't want to play in hypotheticals."