Norquist: Democrats are lying
November 21st, 2011
12:13 PM ET
3 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
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  1. Jay

    Howard makes some good points. We are losing our edge as a society by allowing people who are less capable to even be amongst us. So Howard, who draws the lines here? Who makes the decisions on who will have and who will have not? We can't very well depend on our current government because they can't make any decisions about anything. We're in the toilet because we are a greedy lot to begin with and our greed has made us weak.

    November 21, 2011 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  2. Keith in Austin

    Well said, Howard! Thank you for the outstanding quotes! Unfortunately, most of the Liberals on this blog are part of the 50 percent the authors warned us about! Quite sad isn't it.

    November 21, 2011 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  3. headlesshors

    Thanks Howard – that's a damn good summation of the situation we're in. Well said – too bad so many of Obama's admirers (and Republican-haters) don't understand fundamental economics and basic human behavior.

    November 21, 2011 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  4. Voltairine

    No Activist, Protestor, Patriot, Anarchist, Socialist, Communist, Revolutionary, etc., could have done more to enrage the American people to the very brink of Revolution and Civil/Global War, than big business, big money, and their most ardent minions, the GOP and Teabags. All we have to do is kick-back and watch; kind-of boring really.

    - Anarchist/Revolutionist

    November 21, 2011 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  5. TonyInNYC

    If a legislator who signed Norquist's pledge agreed to raise taxes, would Norquist lobby against him or her for doing it?

    November 21, 2011 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  6. Ken

    What's good about raising taxes? Higher taxes=bigger government. Lower taxes=private sector stimulation and growth. Why is this so hard to understand? Do we need to ask Greece or Italy or Spain?

    November 21, 2011 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  7. EddieInRI

    All 6 republican members in the debt panel signed his pledge. So you know that this failure to reach a deal is all something this ultra-conservative group has been supporting all along.
    And now some republicans don't want to keep the deal they agreed to to start with. Wait a failure.

    November 21, 2011 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  8. Jules

    Howard, Do you have any idea how many working poor are among us? Do you have any idea how many working people show up at shelters and food kitchens because they can't afford to live on what they make. We are all here to form a society and to take care of one another, we are charged by our moral belief system, faith based or not, to care for the poor and the most vulnerable among us. Would you really like a country where people die in the streets and lay there for awhile to prove that if you can't take care of yourself nobody gives a damn. You do not deal in reality but in ideology and ideology has never solved one problem, but it has certainly led to a lot of deaths throughout history.

    November 21, 2011 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  9. Jessica

    Norquist is lying. He threatens any congressman that signs his pledge and then raises taxes with defeat in the next election. Norquist had the support and means to do it. That is why no Republican will ever raise taxes because they will looser their seat. What I have said is old news and Norquist is just trying to spin it in his favor now.

    November 21, 2011 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  10. WatchOne

    Why does this idiot has so much power and is allowed to put our Nation in a potential position of financial ruin? Why are the republicans letting one man have so much control over the decisions they make? He is not an elected official. If he wants to influence decisions that have such an impact on the people of this country he should run for office. He is no more than a filthy lobbyist pushing his one-sided agenda. The Republicans are just brainwashed to let this ONE idiot run the party. Why do they listen to this nut job???

    November 21, 2011 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  11. Lizzie

    Lynda/Minn, how dare the Unions and Soros think they can dictate to the american people. Ups they're democrats.

    November 21, 2011 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  12. Trish

    He is a scary person to me. I hope all Republicas disavow themselves from their pledge, and then investigate him and find out who is paying him!

    November 21, 2011 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  13. volksmaniac

    The arguments on this forum are redundant . The R or D doesn't matter , they are both corrupt . The dems say Norquist calls the shots for reps . The reps say that the unions call the shots for dems . Well , they are both correct .

    November 21, 2011 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  14. sameeker

    Norquist and all of his republicans are trying to subvert the government. They are more of a threat then peaceful protesters. The guy need to be introduced to a nice hangin rope and so do his worshipers.

    November 21, 2011 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  15. jim

    I'm an Independent. I want Congress to raise taxes and cut spending. The Republicans are a little hard of hearing.

    November 21, 2011 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  16. epicjourney

    Dems only solution to this is raise taxes. What solutions have they talked about on the spending side that do not beggar defense?? There is not enough money in the world to satisfy the spending wants of the demogracratic party. We will be Greece soon enough, the world will find another reserve currency to use, then we are done. Repubs are only responding to the intransigence of Dems. Everyone is agenda driven, including the voters of this country.

    November 21, 2011 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  17. GRofPA

    Howard, get over yourself – that'a a lot of misguided mumbo-jumbo that has no bearing on reality. It's the same emotional idealistic rhetoric that has been used (successfully unfortunately) to lead republicans around by the nose for years.

    November 21, 2011 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  18. Former Republican, but never again!

    Come on, get real! YOU had them sign the pledge and YOU are holding them hostage!

    November 21, 2011 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  19. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    I for one do not blame Norquist,I blame the shiftless, greedy, unpatriotic, thieveing idiots who signed his pledge and feel totally beholden to it and him.
    I don't blame Norquist at all. Every one of them that remains loyal to one man and his anti-country pledges had and have the ability to just say no, and put those that elected them FIRST.
    So don't blame Norquist, blame the GopTeatards' Greed Before God and Country.

    November 21, 2011 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  20. animal48

    I', the fuhrer of the teabaggers m an American and they didn't sign that pledge for or any of my freinds. They signed for tsar norquist the fuhrer of the teabaggers

    November 21, 2011 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  21. GRofPA123

    Howard, get over yourself – that'a a lot of misguided mumbo-jumbo that has no bearing on reality. It's the same emotional idealistic rhetoric that has been used (successfully unfortunately) to lead republicans around by the nose for years.

    November 21, 2011 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  22. ctrlaltdel121

    "The democrats want higher taxes, that's off the table" is his counter to the democrats blaming him? That makes no sense. First of all, higher taxes being "off the table" because one party (and a small minority of americans) want it to be is ludicrous. Republicans keep saying that democrats arent working with them, but what they mean is "democrats arent doing exactly what we want". and that's not compromise.

    November 21, 2011 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  23. 5041360

    grover's boys sold out the country!

    November 21, 2011 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  24. Anonymous

    Nothing wrong with Grover doing his thing. The problem is with those who signed his pledge to get elected. They made a deal with the devil and they are stuck with it.

    November 21, 2011 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  25. wgf

    Grover Norquist is the largest single threat our country faces.

    November 21, 2011 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
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