Anti-tax leader sides with Obama on raising debt ceiling beyond 2012
July 22nd, 2011
07:34 PM ET
9 years ago

Anti-tax leader sides with Obama on raising debt ceiling beyond 2012

(CNN) - The head of a conservative group that has backed a high-profile pledge to oppose any tax increase told CNN on Friday that he would support effectively lifting the debt ceiling through the 2012 presidential election.

Grover Norquist, the president of Americans for Tax Reform, spoke shortly after House Speaker John Boehner abruptly ended debt talks with the White House, in part due to his claim that President Barack Obama was insisting that "taxes have to be raised."


Filed under: Debt • Deficit • Grover Norquist
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  1. The Greedy Old Pigs have declared class war on US!

    Jeez, when Grover Norquist sound like a reasonable Republican you KNOW the GOBPbaggers are going off the rails.

    July 22, 2011 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |

    Why would anyone in there right mind would vote Republican?

    July 22, 2011 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  3. Patricia

    I'm ashame to be a republican!
    I think if we had all democrats in office, we would have a better country by now.
    Republicans, give it a try, I am.

    July 22, 2011 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  4. GonzoinHouston

    Grover Norquist publicly agrees with Obama? Letting the Bush tax cuts expire won't violate his no new taxes pledge? Pigs are taking flight up and down Pennsylvania Ave! Elvis has returned and the Saints are gonna win the next Super Bowl!

    July 22, 2011 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  5. Anthony

    Norquist knows that if his anti-tax pledge helps bring down the economy, harming the business community that supports the Republican Party, he would be excommunicated from the party. Republicans may not care if seniors and the poor bear the brunt of spending cuts, but they don't believe in getting themselves hurt.

    July 22, 2011 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  6. Sniffit

    How's all that rope working out for ya now, GOPers?

    July 22, 2011 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  7. GI Joe

    Since when does the US Government need the permission of this one devil (see Matthew 5:33-37).

    The tea party works for the devil's advocate and takes vows against the very word of God himself in Matthew.

    July 22, 2011 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  8. Billy

    Interesting that the King of the GOP would step in and grant permission for republicans to raise the debt ceiling.

    July 22, 2011 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  9. debbie

    Here is a picture of the new "American Tailiban" This "Thug" has got our country in Deadly Territtory!!!! Bohner= Worst speaker in History!!! Cantor=Teaparty Thug!! Gop/Tea is an "Immoral,Insensitve, terror, to our Middleclass,children,veterns,and disabled!!!!! These people are "Monsters" Plain and Simple!!!!

    July 22, 2011 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  10. Positive

    Would someone please explain to me why the Republicans in the House need Grover Norquist's approval to do their jobs?


    We need a new law that if anyone has signed a committment to anyone regarding there future elected position, they are not eligible to even run for election.

    Vote out all Republicans 2012!

    July 22, 2011 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  11. The lobbyist Puppet Masters Plays GOP Like a Guitar!!

    I might not like you but this time you are right mr. Grover!

    July 22, 2011 10:53 pm at 10:53 pm |
  12. GOP has a tea problem, not a party?

    The Republican Party is sad. You vote to give them power, only for them to turn it over to a stupid pledge or Grover Norquist. Pres. Regan must be rolling over in his grave.

    July 23, 2011 12:44 am at 12:44 am |
  13. J.V.hodgson

    I am fed up of you Mr Boehner and McConnel sitting in these meetings grinning like cheshire cats at the discomfort nay Armageddon not getting to agreement on this matter involves.
    As I read it Biben plus the President have included entitlement programs in savings which was the initial complaint about the failure of negotiations from Republicans, so then you are only left to argue agains Tax adjustments of any kind which were a) supposed to be temporary in some cases and b) have not helped job creation or the job creators you speak of since over the last 10 years we have had the lowest job creation ever.
    Time to compromise or be responsible for American economic armageddon and it wont get you re-elected. But I can see a lot of re-call elections for Republican House representatives coming... some already have in some states.
    Dear John,
    Time to listen to the polls even if it hurts your ideology.

    July 23, 2011 12:55 am at 12:55 am |

    Their Wall street masters are kicking their wingnut behinds real good now,and they won't stop until the debt ceiling is raised.
    Boner will be unhinged like Allen West soon.

    July 23, 2011 06:22 am at 6:22 am |
  15. Donkey Party

    Listen to your leader, scumbag GOP.

    July 23, 2011 09:02 am at 9:02 am |
  16. fayse

    This Grover Norquist is a snake and he is "for" the idea of the President taking full responsibility for raising the debt ceiling. This is exactly what the strategy of the GOP has been all along. They refuse to compromise, take us to the brink of default and then force the President to take action because, every one knows that we simply cannot allow the USA to go into default. They are planning and plotting to make this a big issue during the next campaign. I sincerely hope and pray that this backfires on them big time. And yes, many of us on the Democratic side do pray, daily. Say whatever you will about this President, feel free to repeat the hateful propaganda that you have bought into but, it still does not change the fact that the President is an honorable man and yes he does pray too on a daily basis.

    July 23, 2011 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  17. The Obama Recession Continues Unabated, Obama Depression on the way

    Well, yeah, this is a no-brainer. The country and markets can't afford to go through this endlessly until 2012. Democrats have proven they are more interested in raising taxes to continue their spending madness. The American people are going to have to remove these dangerous people from office in 2012 if this country is to ever get out of the Democrat financial disaster.

    July 23, 2011 10:31 am at 10:31 am |