Some Republicans move away from no-tax pledge
Grover Norquist, who heads Americans for Tax Reform, lobbies Congressional Republicans to promise not to raise taxes.
November 23rd, 2012
01:28 PM ET
8 years ago

Some Republicans move away from no-tax pledge

Washington (CNN) - Nothing riles up the tea party chattering class like a broken pledge against raising taxes.

Just ask Sen. Saxby Chambliss, a veteran Georgia Republican who this week turned his back on the Taxpayer Protection Pledge he signed years ago as a rite of passage of right-wing politics.


Filed under: 2012 • Debt • Deficit • Fiscal Cliff • Grover Norquist • Taxes
soundoff (11 Responses)
  1. Rudy NYC

    Republicans have finally begun to notice "The Matrix" they've been existing in.

    November 23, 2012 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  2. Canuck

    "I care more about my country than I do about a 20-year-old pledge,"

    Hopefully a sign that sanity is slowly creeping back into the GOP.

    November 23, 2012 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  3. The Unsub

    It has begun!

    November 23, 2012 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  4. DENNA

    Finally! Maybe now Grover Norquist will be relegated to the dustbin of history where he belongs. His organization is nothing more than a private club for conservatives who think they have a right to run the country without considering the liberal side of the electorate. NOW we have a democracy.

    November 23, 2012 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  5. plain&simple

    In America....majority rules! That's been the way since our beginning. We pledge aligence to our country ONE nation under God. Not Grover. Every conservative surly agrees....It's patriotic,express your differing opinion,put it out there,vote and if you lose,keep making your case! Don't suppress the vote,don't obstruct....refine,reexamine and reflect. Win on substance.

    November 23, 2012 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  6. Centrist

    I'm hopeful that the majority of House Repubicans will see the light and dismiss the Norquist pledge. Increases in taxes alone will not be sufficient to create a balanced budget. In fact, the tax increases will help but need to be combined with very deep budget cuts.

    I would also hope that the Democrats start to see the importance of spreading some additional tax burden across lower income levels as well. Imagine how little impact it would be on an individual earning between $75K and $250K who would see a tax increase of a meager 1% for the purpose of saving our country.

    It's time to put personal interests behind the good of our country. We need to find unity as we did after the 9/11 crisis and work together to prevent our own demise.

    I congratulate anyone in the GOP who shreds their Norquist pledge for the good of the country. And I hope we see 5x more savings in the form of budget cuts.

    Happy holiday.

    November 23, 2012 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  7. Sarah Pigeon

    I applaud Sen. Chambliss putting country before 20 year old pledges to causes that are long outdated. He's showing great courage and more will follow his inteligent lead. This is not the same world it was 20 years ago. Adapt and change or you cease to be, the basic law for any organism to continue to exist.

    November 23, 2012 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  8. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    All Congressman should only be taking 2 pledges, a pledge to the Flag and a pledge to the people who sent them to Washington. Let Norquist threaten them, as he will, but let the American people who sent them to Washington support those who have the guts to standup against Norquist. The only power holder is the President and even he has to answer to the American people.

    November 23, 2012 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  9. PJ

    Actions speak louder than words, and after reading the whole story, I have little hope that anything will happen.
    Chambliss will protect his 'status' before "doing the right thing" and so will the rest of them. The Tea Party will
    be vicious and Norquist's letter is very telling. Sooooooooo – we'll see, but I am a skeptic.
    BTW, why didn't Chambliss "care more about his Country" a year ago, or two or three years ago? Now he
    cares. How touching.

    November 23, 2012 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  10. DumbasRocks [R]s

    "Sen. Saxby Chambliss.....who this week turned his back on the Taxpayer Protection Pledge"

    Why, what is this?!! An ever-so-faint ember of true intellect, a faint sign of true patriotism, from the [R] party?!! I can hardly believe it, after this country has endured the onslaught of 2 decades of proud, doubled-down rightwing nonsense from [R]s.

    Why, pretty soon, one might envision even having an intelleigent conversation with one or two of them. I guess the elction has chastised a few of them to go looking for their brains......hope they still fit.

    November 23, 2012 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  11. Facts don't Lie

    so you mean that some in the GOP are reading the polls now and seeing that a majority of Americans, even some REPUBLICANS want this? Doing the will of the American people finally or looking at the Congress 12% approval record with the GOP rated even lower than the Democrats. Well if this does happen expect to find Grover somewhere in a fetal positon, rocking back and forth saying "my power is GONE, my power is GONE!"

    November 23, 2012 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |