Norquist: Democrats are lying
November 21st, 2011
12:13 PM ET
2 years ago

Norquist: Democrats are lying

(CNN) - Notorious anti-tax crusader Grover Norquist said Democrats who've blamed him for the super committee's bipartisan budget gridlock are simply lying.

The president of Americans for Tax Reform encouraged Republican members of the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction to sign a pledge that binds them to resist raising taxes as they work to find $1.2 trillion dollars in deficit-cutting measures by Wednesday, but on CNN's "American Morning," he said the pledge was between the country and its congressmen, and not with him.

Programming note: GOP presidential candidates face off at 8 p.m. ET Tuesday, November 22, in the CNN Republican National Security Debate in Washington, D.C.

Democratic Sen. Patty Murray called Norquist out Sunday on CNN's "State of the Union" saying his name came up too often during super committee negotiations.

"As long as we have some Republican lawmakers who feel more enthralled with a pledge they took to a Republican lobbyist than they do to a pledge to the country to solve the problems, this is going to be hard to do," she said.

Norquist fired back Monday.

"The senator is not telling the truth," he argued.

"For the congressmen and senators who signed the taxpayer protection pledge, they and the American people know the pledge is from them to the voters of their district and their state."

And although he admitted, "they have tried to say I'm the reason Republicans won't raise taxes, that's not nonsense," Norquist directed blame back at Democrats saying, "The Democrats want higher taxes. That's off the table."

"It's been off the table for a year," he continued. "The Democrats are a little hard of hearing."

Defending his role in promoting the pledge, first signed by President Ronald Reagan in 1986, Norquist insisted again, "The pledge that congressmen and senators make is not to me despite what Reid and other Democrats pretend. When they say that, let's use the kind word. It's not true. It's a lie."


Filed under: Congress • Debt • Deficit • Deficit commission • Democrats • Grover Norquist • Taxes
soundoff (420 Responses)
  1. John Gabriel

    Grover Norquist is a fool. On 60 minutes he was asked how not raising taxes would accomplish his goals. He gloated gleefully and responded:

    "I want to cut down the size of government by giving them less money to spend. I want to reduce it so that it fits into a bathtub. Then I want to shrink it again in half."

    What the moron does not realize is that this approach is systematically destroying the middle class and the United States. Here is an analogy to Norquist's idiotic approach:

    "I have a crop garden that is full of weeds. I know! I will stop watering the garden until all the weeds die. What a 'genius' I am!"

    You do not destroy a government because you want it to spend less; you change the way it taxes and how it spends its taxes. This moron Norquist and his followers are killing the US!!!! Get rid of the swine and his rich supporters (Koch brothers and who knows who else...)

    November 21, 2011 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  2. Russell Garner

    Tax increases off the table...Norbutt! You really think that's your desition to make....I DON"T THINK SO BUD!!!

    November 21, 2011 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  3. quinLee

    What's the difference? It's a pledge that HE enforces and they listen. He's attempting to use word-play to distract but in the end he could not help but blurt out his true beliefs–taxes are off the table regardless if the country is burning. That's a lot of power for one man that was not voted in by the people.

    November 21, 2011 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  4. dean

    I'm sorry, but what state does he serve as an elected official? Why is this guy in control? He's all about Reagan, who raised taxes 11 times. What a dolt! Conservatives can do better.

    November 21, 2011 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  5. BOB OH

    Civil war is the only solution. Liberals want anyone that holds a different opine dead so they can steal the property from their bodies.

    November 21, 2011 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  6. Voice of Reason

    He can call it a lie, or whatever, but when Grover Norquist tells Republican Senators what is or isnt 'off the table' in closed-door negotiations, then he is really the one pulling the strings. It makes you wonder: who is pulling HIS strings?

    And in the face of overwhelming popular upheaval asking for compromise, the GOP still dont get it. They still think they have support for this hardliner stance. To be clear, Grover Norquist is part of the problem, not the solution. When members of congress put party dogma ahead of the good of the American people (and with the commission's failure, the good of the American people is certainly in doubt), then you are playing politics.

    Grover Norquist talks about his pledge as if it were a deal between the Senators and their constituents, but that's total BS – those same Senators already made an oath to look after the good of the American people when they took office, and they dont need Grover's Secret-handshake-welcome-to-our-no-yucky-girls-allowed-club pledge to do it.

    November 21, 2011 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  7. Renee Marie Jones

    He's really scared that people will see him for what he is.

    November 21, 2011 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  8. 2Sharp

    Who is this guy and why is talking?

    November 21, 2011 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  9. Plantiful

    Grover Norquist should go away somewhere. He might like Bolivia where the richest 10% make 93 times what the poorest 10% make. Sounds like his kind of place.(United Nations Development Programme, 2002).

    Who is he to decide U.S. income tax policy?

    November 21, 2011 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  10. Mikey

    Norquist was on 60 minutes and said he will not disclose who is funding his activities because it would put unfair pressure on them and members of congress. He said it is not right because the legislators might feel their jobs would be threatened. Yet he and his organization very clearly threatens any GOP member of congress or candidate if they don't either make his pledge or stick to it no matter the circumstances. Does anyone else see the logical disconnect here?

    This guy is a plague on America and he and his supporters are bringing our contry down. It is a shame, because they will point the finger at everyone else and never take any responsibility for the gridlock they have created.

    November 21, 2011 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  11. Joe Schmoe

    What district does Grover Norquist represent ? He seems to be an awfully powerful Rep or Senator.

    November 21, 2011 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  12. It is sad

    Mr Grover is the liar! I have never signed off on this... I am an american. This contract is between him and the republicans he has bought off. I am at the point where I believe all americans need to vote out their reps. Nothing will change in congress until we sweep them out.

    November 21, 2011 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  13. 60minuteman

    If this guy's pledge is meaningless, let all who signed it, disavow it publicly. How many and exactly who on this committee signed it?

    November 21, 2011 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  14. Jenncoolva

    hAHAHAHA Oh Grover crawl back under that rock from whence you came... He's a joke. The tea party is only hurting themselves and their constituents... AND the rest of the country. Take heed the next time they need your vote and VOTE THEM OUT. TAX THE RICH! TAX THE CORPORATIONS! TAX THE RICH!

    November 21, 2011 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  15. Joseph

    LOL what a nerd. Its not that they wont work with the dems now, its just that they wont work with the dems ever is basically what hes saying. click click, bang

    November 21, 2011 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  16. Mikey

    Norquist will not disclose who is funding his activities because it would put unfair pressure on them and members of congress. He said it is not right because the legislators might feel their jobs would be threatened. Yet he and his organization very clearly threatens any GOP member of congress or candidate if they don't either make his pledge or stick to it no matter the circumstances. Does anyone else see the logical disconnect here?

    This guy is a plague on America and he and his supporters are bringing our contry down. It is a shame, because they will point the finger at everyone else and never take any responsibility for the gridlock they have created.

    November 21, 2011 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  17. sophie

    they should be a laws in place to prevent people like norquist to have to mush power congress. he should be investigated and not allow to have this pledge. and also all the republicans should be held accountable and should not be about to part of congress.

    November 21, 2011 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  18. Jack Be Humble

    Norquist generated the pledge. Norquist engaged the politicians to sign it. I would say he has some input into the pledge and the Republicans who signed it. If he had not done the initial legwork, it would not have existed, and raising taxes would not be 'off the table' as he has put it. I think Mr. Norquist needs a lesson in simple cause and effect.

    November 21, 2011 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  19. Gabe Melo

    IT ALL goes gos back to what the GOP said 3 years ago... WE WILL DO WHATEVER WE CAN TO MAKE OBAMA A 1 TERM PRESIDENT. evennnnn if that means destroying america as a whole... SAD but true my friends.

    November 21, 2011 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  20. Al-NY,NY

    I watched this pathetic twerp last nite on 60 Minutes. He deflects any blame from himself but he sure does make it his business to pump money and advertising into destroying any Republican that dares to cross him

    November 21, 2011 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  21. Jameson

    Uh, as part of "The Country", I don't recall asking ANYONE to sign a pledge not to raise taxes. It's like Republicans literally don't know what the word "honesty" means.

    November 21, 2011 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  22. nigel

    Spending cuts now, whether agreed on or automatic, are going to destroy a lot of jobs and threaten national security. The private sector right now has plenty of profits and plenty of cash. But there is no reason for them to hire. The whole GOP mantra is just a big delusion.

    The present debacle is largely the result of Republican tax cuts, unfunded wars, and the prescription drug benefit (which benefits the drug industry more than it benefits seniors). The GOP should face up to the fact that it screwed up and make amends (reverse the tax cuts, find a way to fund the wars, and repeal the drug benefit). But there is no chance that this will happen.

    The GOP may love their country. But they sure hate Americans.

    November 21, 2011 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  23. Paul

    Norquist is the one that is lying. I don't ever recall demanding anyone to sign a "pledge". So if I did participate, then Norquist is lying saying that they are pledging to ME! This one guy has an agenda and has hijacked the US Government!

    November 21, 2011 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  24. Ed DFWTX

    I would like to ask Grover Norquist where his political action committee "Americans for Tax Reform" get their money from. He will not disclose the sources to the American people. I believe it's a lot of big corporations and 1% rich who fund this group who totally control the GOP. Norquist is dangerous and a disgrace to our democracy. Instead of "for the people, by the people, Norqust has turned it into "for the rich, by the rich." Very sad. The Repbus and their leader, Grover Norquist, are to blame for the super committee's bipartisan budget lock.

    November 21, 2011 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  25. Tom from Canonsburg

    Every time the left moves to the right to compromise, the right moves further right. This lack of compromise has been since Reagan with some excepttions during the Clinton admin. Carly above is correct with what she says, they want us to go back to when the ways of the Robber Barons. There is nothing fair about what the GOP wants for our country and they have pulled the wool over a hundred million eyes.

    November 21, 2011 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
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