'Cut, Cap and Balance' supporters pressure Romney, Bachmann and Huntsman
June 28th, 2011
04:28 PM ET
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'Cut, Cap and Balance' supporters pressure Romney, Bachmann and Huntsman

(CNN) - The coalition of conservative groups behind the "Cut, Cap and Balance" pledge to oppose a debt ceiling hike without major spending cuts and a balanced budget amendment is pressuring Republican presidential candidates Mitt Romney, Michele Bachmann and Jon Huntsman to get on board.

Huntsman, the former Utah governor, has already said he does not plan to sign the pledge, which has the backing of more than 150 tea party and conservative groups. A dozen Republican senators and 20 House members are also on board.

One of those senators, South Carolina's Jim DeMint, told CNN over the weekend that the pledge is a litmus test for his support said he has ruled out backing Huntsman's bid as a result.

Romney and Bachmann have not yet said whether they will sign the pledge.

"All presidential candidates should sign the 'Cut, Cap, and Balance' pledge or risk sending a message to the American people that they are not serious about putting our fiscal house in order," said Chris Chocola, president of the anti-tax Club for Growth.

Tea Party Express chairman Amy Kremer called on Romney, Bachmann and Huntsman to sign the pledge and prove their commitment to taking "strong, bold immediate steps" to fix the budget deficit.

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich became the latest signer of the pledge Tuesday. He joined Texas Rep. Ron Paul, former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, businessman Herman Cain and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum.

The "Cut, Cap and Balance" pledge demands that Congress not raise the debt ceiling unless it passes "substantial" budget cuts and spending caps along with a balanced budget amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

Its supporters are also asking President Barack Obama to sign the pledge, but that seems unlikely.

Filed under: Jon Huntsman • Michele Bachmann • Mitt Romney
soundoff (28 Responses)
  1. ConservaFASCISTS

    Republicans and their idiotic ideology. Their hero Ronald Reagan will be ran out of the party if he was alive today. All they want to do is cut, cut, cut. Where is their plan to create JOBS????? That is the platform they ran on. And if tax cuts is their way of trying to create jobs, that's a non starter. Enough with the tax cuts. They should have expired for EVERYONE last year as they were intended to.

    June 28, 2011 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  2. JEBUW

    Seriously Republican, what are you doing to yourselves with all these "pledges"???? Do you not realize the anyone, regardless of party, in the center is not going to get on board w/ these sweeping pledges. We live in a country w/ over 300 million people. You can't force everything you want down someone else's throat. There has to be compromise. You're not scoring any points by trying to force your issues with absolutely no talk of compromise. 2012 is going to be a rough year on the right if they don't put up a moderate candidate that is willing to work with the left.

    June 28, 2011 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  3. sonny chapman

    These guys would bring a country down to win an election.

    June 28, 2011 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  4. bobden

    Where were these creeps when the gop administration and gop congress were spending money by the buckets for no useful reason? Except that their wealthy friends wanted it. Two costly but useless wars. For NO new jobs.
    Tax cuts for their greedy friends.

    June 28, 2011 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  5. Bob

    Sometimes it almost feels like we have somehow come full circle back to King George and the Sugar Act. It’s time for responsible citizens to be elected into office and put an end to the abuse of power and mis-management that runs through DC. If that means an Amendment to the Constitution, then I'm all for it.

    June 28, 2011 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  6. chedar

    Gov. Hunstman, I urge you not to sign the 'Cut, Cap and Balance' " this way you are the president of the people and not the president of the tea party;

    June 28, 2011 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  7. XWngLady

    "All presidential candidates should sign the 'Cut, Cap, and Balance' pledge or risk sending a message to the American people that they are not serious about putting our fiscal house in order,".....The fact that you will not even consider closing loopholes and cutting subsidies for rich folks ALREADY lets the American people know that you are NOT serious about putting our COLLECTIVE house in order. Only the houses of the rich.

    June 28, 2011 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  8. Susan

    The right is looking more and more like the left in practice if not principle. It is insane, these pledges

    June 28, 2011 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  9. Republicans Are The American Taliban

    Republican candidates should also make a pledge to never help another human being.....ever!

    June 28, 2011 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  10. Susan

    You can be just as true a conservative without signing the pledge, maybe even more so.

    June 28, 2011 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  11. vet in texas

    So it's OK for party leaders and candidates to sign pledges for a group already saying what they will do, instead of representing all of their constituents?

    "I didn't vote for him, but he's my president and I hope he does a good job" – John Wayne (not Gacey).

    How can the tea party approve of something that is obviously not in the constitution...........could it be because of the mulatto?

    "that blankety blank will never be my president" – Average tea partier who needs to follow their god Reagan's quote "trust but verify...........the GOP is using you guys like Palin used you and took all of your money.

    June 28, 2011 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  12. Bob

    @JEBUW – There has to be compromise ?
    Compromise would be a consensus. The domocratic party thinks a compromise has been met when the have a party consensus.

    June 28, 2011 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  13. Republicans - The "Not Intended To Be Factually Accurate" Party

    How stupid and un-informed are these people? During the reign of Ronald Reagan, the GOP made a bunch of unproductive noise about a Balanced Budget Ammendment and a "Line Item" veto. They went nowhere.

    The Graham Rudmen Act was passed by Congress to automatically cut spending when the budget didn't balance. The Supreme Court ruled it was unconstitutional because it restricted the President's ability to make budget decisions in the best interest of the country.

    Why are these idiots repeating this nonsense again?

    Raise the frigging top tax rate to 50% for millionaires. Half of every extra dollar they get paid over $500,000 per year should go for National Debt reduction.

    June 28, 2011 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  14. Mr. Moderate

    I want to thank these people for promoting the pledge. It will be an excellent litmus test to see who is serious about being a president for all of American and who wants to embrace a gimmick to appease the lunatic fringe.

    June 28, 2011 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  15. Clwyd

    Do it you fools and put America and Americans at risk for your own selfish reason. Making Obama a one term president at all costs! Animals all of you!

    June 28, 2011 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  16. once upon a horse

    kind of like that old "Contract with America" they came up with years ago, huh? And we see how THAT worked out. Why didn't the GOPers sign a pledge to create JOBS after Nov 2010 like the platform they ran on said? Because they knew they couldn't do it and they need the economy to stay in a mire to win in 2012 that's why. The more I hear that the Republicans would go as far as to sink the economy to win in 2012 the more I tend to believe it.

    June 28, 2011 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  17. Jim

    Irresponsible spending, irresponsible tax cuts, are what got us here. And you want to listen to the architects of the debacle we call an economy? That's like electing Calry Fiorina for running on a "Keep jobs in America" platform.

    June 28, 2011 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  18. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    A litmus test is a pledge to DeMint just like he is the Grand Wizzard in disguise, the whole Tea Party is in disguise and people like Cain are no more than props.

    June 28, 2011 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  19. John

    That the trouble with the Republican party they are listening to 150 to 200 people that are call the TEA PARTY. And they are not listening to500 Millions or more American people that are telling the Republican Not to Mess the dept ceiling Up get It done so America and and American People won't get hurt by America credit rating getting ruin. The Republican Are more worry about the tea party people who are Millionaire and Billionaire that It won't hurt at all . Why don't they what to listen to the 500 Millions American people that what to get It dfone and Soon. they are a lot of people living from pay check to pay check , like the Military , The Old , the Disable and If they mess check they may get kick out of were they are living , won't have any food for there kid or them self. The Republican keep listening to the TEA PARTY let see how many of you are left In 2012. Because there are a lot more American people who think the Tea PARTY are full of Crap. And there Is Not enough of them for any one to win any thing. A lot of people got smart In 2010 and don't want anything to do with the Tea PARTY.

    June 28, 2011 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  20. w l jones

    Why the Republican do not want to hold spending at today level and raise taxes on 6o 40 %. 60% go to hold the line and 40 % go toward dept reduction.Bless.

    June 28, 2011 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  21. TomNPitt

    Why am i going to vote for someone who is already vetoing legislation that hasn't even been written? What does the pledge say, and what all does it cover? This is a big signature. This is a Presidential candidate that's pledging his allegiance to a small group of people. This Candidate is signing a pledge that he will do whatever a small minority of the country demands he do. What makes them so right? How can we entrust the future of America to someone who pledges to see only one side of an issue. How can this person say he represents all Americans? I don't think he or she, can. They're already bought.
    Mr Huntsman – you have become my front runner!!

    June 28, 2011 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  22. JEBUW

    @ Bob. Bob, do you remember last year when the democrats compromised and allowed the Bush tax cuts to go another year even though they were slated to expire? Now in deficit talks the democrats are willing to cut funding for programs that are not easy. It's hard to get and talk about cutting education, medicare, etc. The republicans have already stated on numerous occassions that tax hikes are a non-starter. And these so called tax hikes are just returning taxes rates to where they were prior to Bush and closing loop holes for already profitable businesses like Big Oil and GE. Now honestly, tell me that you feel that bringing tax rates to the level at the last time this country had a surplus, and taking away taxes subsidies for companies that literally earn billions in profits is a bad thing. Forget party affliation for a second, and give me a real answer. Please. Regards.

    June 28, 2011 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  23. bobden

    How about a pledge to represent ALL Americans, not just their wealthy donors.
    A pledge to act in the interests of our country and all of us people that live and want to work here.
    No, that would annoy the koch creeps.

    June 28, 2011 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  24. Sniffit

    Absolutist positions get us asbolutely nowhere.

    June 28, 2011 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  25. vet in texas

    if your for your leaders to sign a pledge, then your really not for the constitution as you've been yelling you were. If your worried about your grandchildrent and great grandchildren, and debt, then you shouldn't have a problem with slight tax increases for a small group of people who can write it off anyway, if your for freedoms then you should have a problem with the patriot act, if your for the defense of the home land, then you should have been running into Crawford with axe handles and torches......you didn't, therefore you have no credibility for what your saying your for. I have more respect for the skinhead with the SS tats on his forehead because you know what they stand for, Tea Partiers........ i have no idea what you really stand for, you've been changing what you stood for from day 1, now it appears your standing for big business, big oil, big pharmacy, and big SuperPacs for the GOP. If I can remember it was initally for lower taxes, smaller government, and fiscal responsibility, those you've been supporting haven't done anything regarding that, and actually over the years, did all of those things (2000-2006). "they are what we thought they were" – Coach Denny Green

    June 28, 2011 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
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