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

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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. Ramrod

    The face of evil. This "man" is picking up big money from the rich to preach tax break for the rich and deeper poverty for the poor. He is just like the leader of a megachurch.

    November 21, 2011 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  2. Johnathan

    I don't know any one who voted for ANY rep because they said they would sign this unamerican pledge

    November 21, 2011 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  3. Jeff

    Why do people that refuse to think bother putting themselves into positions of responsibility? Selfish.

    November 21, 2011 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  4. dennis freeman

    He is a zealot and an economic terrorist who endorses the redistribution of wealth to the few at the top and has helped to initiate class warfare.

    November 21, 2011 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  5. We won't be ''pocket'' puppets

    Spoken by one of the slimiest conmen on the planet. You can't BUY all of the citizens of the U.S., Norquist. We will not be enslaved by agendas that don't work for us all. If the GOP enjoys being "owned" by you that's their own mental handicap, but as long as the rest of us are breathing we'll continue to remain free to think for ourselves.

    November 21, 2011 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  6. Johnathan

    It is also only for rich people, republicans have no shame in enacting higher taxes for the new poor (middle class) or poor.

    His pledge apparently only applies to "their kind"

    November 21, 2011 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  7. Earl

    In the words of Sen. Boehner, "he's just a random guy"! Yea right, he holding everyone to the fire if they want to be reelected to Congress. It amazes me that one person is holding this country hostage due to the ideological beliefs of yesteryear. It is true that Regan signed the pledge as well, yet he raised taxes during his tenure as president. Mr. Norquist and like are the absolute reason why this country is going to crap! Everything must be on the table if they truly want to get something accomplished! I've spent 26 years fighting for this country to be great and dayum if I'm going to let people like Mr. Norquist and his corrupt bunch of weak leaders drive this country into the ground!!! Voters will unite and see the common sense of all this mess!!! Retired Navy Senior Chief Petty Officer

    November 21, 2011 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  8. Marjee123

    I think annoymous should dig around in this guy and the Koch Bros's and see what slithers out. I bet the group could set these two creeps back for every. We know the Koch Bros made most of their money stealing oil from the Native American lands and from federal government land, I 'd like to know all the crap Norquist is hiding.

    November 21, 2011 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  9. Tim

    The People of the United States expect their elected officials to pledge allegiance only to the United States. Grover Norquist has established himself as a false god above the United States to whom Republicans pledge allegiance. Grover Norquist is a traitor. He needs to be charged with treason and promptly executed.

    November 21, 2011 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  10. Rudy NYC

    Four and The Door wrote:
    The fact is, Norquist is just part of an organization supporting the American Taxpayer. Republicans are on the side of the taxpayer. Fortunately the country survived 2 years where the taxpayers had no power in Washington.
    The taxpayer being referred to here is the 1% who contribute to Republican politicians.

    November 21, 2011 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  11. Emmy Skaddittle

    let me get this straight, all of these republican stooges in the committee have signed a pledge to this guy( I guess this trumps their oath of office) and it looks like the committee is going to fail because they won't break their pledge of not raising taxes.

    And the Democrats called them on it, I don't see a lie here

    November 21, 2011 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  12. Todd C

    Raising taxes is "off the table"? Why? The majority of Americans clearly support raising taxes to help control the deficit.

    November 21, 2011 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  13. longtooth

    Republicans have not forgotten George H W Bush's famous quote, " Read my lips. No new taxes! " He later raised taxes and lost the election, in good part because of that soundbite, played over and over. They're not gonna do it!

    November 21, 2011 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  14. Marc

    Hard of hearing? Raising taxes off the table? That's not negotiations, that's simply saying "our way or the highway." Way to go you failga republicans. thanks for locking our country into "our way or the highway" and looking out for the special interest groups instead of the rest of the country. Man this is so frustrating. If ANYONE gets their seat back in congress or the senate, if anyone gets re-elected on the republican side of anything then I guess this country has no one to blame but themselves. Vote against Republicans or else you basically are voting for the failure of this country.

    November 21, 2011 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  15. wncmountains

    Take a look at the 60 Minutes interview with Norquist last night and you'll see why this country is in trouble. Grover Norquist is symbolic of EXACTLY what is wrong with our political system. Here is someone called "a lobbyist" who is in a position to essentially blackmail politicians into signing a pledge to match his own agenda. The so-called pledge is the reason Republicans have become blind obstructionists more interested in loyalty to Norquist than to the voters they represent. The only thing missing from the pledge is the words "I've been bought." This is shameful - no individual, whatever his or her beliefs, should be able to wield this kind of behind-closed-door power in our government. What's more, Norquist represents an organization that isn't even required to divulge its donors - so who knows who is really behind this movement. It certainly isn't the average voter who he claims to represent. This is not what democracy is all about.

    November 21, 2011 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  16. Thing55

    There are few, if any, people who are more responsible for our fiscal mess than Norquist.

    November 21, 2011 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  17. Will

    Let's return to an age where 11 year old children worked in coal mines. That's what folks like Mr. Norquest wants. They also view anybody who doesn't have a six-figure-or-higher income as subhumans

    November 21, 2011 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  18. one voice

    Any GOP/TEAPARTY that ties themselves to the "Grover Norquist pledge" needs to be voted out of office. Obama/Biden 2012

    November 21, 2011 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  19. Henry

    Taxes are the lowest they have been in over 60 years. The narrative that businesses are being crushed by oppressive taxes has no basis in reality.

    November 21, 2011 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  20. THowellIII

    Hmm... I'm certain Nordquist is lying about this. I saw his lips move, and if he's talking, he's lying.

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

    Grover Norquist should be held accountable. He is a dangerous man and is destroying America.

    November 21, 2011 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  22. yurlipsrmuvn

    Grover is a man trying to hold Congress's feet to the CUT SPENDING fire.

    November 21, 2011 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  23. United We Stood

    Wrong again Grovel. When revenues are at their lowest in relation to GDP since the 50s, the time for no taxes has exhausted its usefulness.
    One more thing Grove - you might want to visit Bachmann's clinic to pray it away, you seem a bit suspect....

    November 21, 2011 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  24. bucman

    grover is god: just ask the repub congressmen who pledge allegiance to him, and ignore any semblence of judgement.

    November 21, 2011 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  25. Jausti

    But it's not the American citizens who are targeting the officials if they don't follow the pledge that Norquist wrote. It's Norquist and his anonymous contributors. Who are those guys anyway????

    November 21, 2011 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
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