November 27th, 2012
09:50 AM ET
10 years ago

Norquist: 'Shame on Peter King'

(CNN) - Grover Norquist says Rep. Peter King of New York tried to "weasel out" of the anti-tax pledge.

“I hope his wife understands that commitments last longer than two years,” Norquist, an anti-tax activist, said on CNN’s “Piers Morgan Tonight.”

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  1. Rudy NYC

    Rick McDaniel

    Norquist is a totally misguided individual on taxes.

    While it is true that taxes are too low, the main reason not to increase them now, is simply that the money will be squandered by Obama's spending, and nothing will be accomplished.
    I don't believe it. In the not too distant past, you were 100% against raising taxes for any reason because it would bring on total economic destruction. Today, you're saying it is okay? Thought that all up by yourself, did you?

    What "spending" are you talking about? What *new spending* has the Obama administration enacted? Did you know that annual spending has actually been reduced from FY2008?

    Don't you know that large deficits do not mean too much spending? Maybe, the deficits actually do reflect a revenue problem, which were brought on by misguided tax policies during the Bush years. First and foremost being starting a war and not raising taxes to pay for it, and then doing it a second time on an even larger scale.

    November 27, 2012 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  2. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    Makes you wonder if we're better off encouraging him FOR NOW.
    It would be a good political tactic. I want to see which specific members of Congress refuse to rebuke the pledge.

    November 27, 2012 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  3. Wake up People!

    Slightly off topic here but has anyone seen Karl Rove since election night? That meltdown of his on Fox had me damn near peeing my pants. Now whenever I need a laugh I think about him. Just wondering where he is........

    November 27, 2012 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  4. Bing

    Most of those congressman are in districts like mine that are heavily GOP. Their committment is to us and if they raise taxes without at least 4-5 times the amount in cuts they can count on a battle the next election from their own party. I can guarantee most are not even going to take the chance on raising taxes if they want to remain in office. They also know that if they did vote to raise taxes they most likely would not get any additonal democratic votes so its not going to happen.

    November 27, 2012 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  5. Facts don't Lie

    @ Rick McDainiel

    You do realize that Obama can not spend a DIME without approval from Congress don't you? It's called "checks and balances". If he could spend at will like you right wingers claim he can then we would have a jobs bill passed by now.

    November 27, 2012 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  6. former Texas republican

    Grover has been carrying the republican's gonads in his purse far too long. It's time for the little boys to "man up" now.

    November 27, 2012 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  7. livingston

    It is beginning to sound like the 'little man' is starting to realise that he has lost all relevance. Republicans are starting to turn heir backs on him and his anti-American friends. Expect to see a lot of foot stamping, breath holding and toy throwing as he finds himself with no power whatsoever. It will be a great day for America when that happens.

    November 27, 2012 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  8. MrBeenThere

    Wow this idiot really trying to compare his little pledge to Marriage vows.... who actually ask this man to represent me or anybody, I think we Americans should take a vote and find out if his contract is relevant and real does represent the majority of Americans or just the 1%.
    Go Grover Go.............. just go away.............

    November 27, 2012 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  9. judy

    Norquist is holding the republican party hostage. We vote these clowns in and norquist tells them what to do. Make any sense. Get rid of this troll and maybe the repos could grow a pair. Time to put the middleclass first. we are the ones powering this great country. Or we could just vote all the repos out in 2014.

    November 27, 2012 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  10. Jan

    Norquist made a comparison of a pledge to his tax plan to that in a marriage proposal. Here is my thought on a a marriage there are two parties who are not exactly alike...they have the common sense or devine blessings of God to know that in order for their marriage to last they WILL HAVE TO COMPROMISE!!! There are two major parties in the US Government...and some independents. How on earth does Oliver Norquist think the US (with two different governing parties) can last with no compromise. If not all, manymarriages have ended in divorce or settled in drudgery where there has been no compromise.

    November 27, 2012 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  11. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    “I hope his wife understands that commitments last longer than two years,”
    What does King's wife have to do with this?
    Are you implying that marriage vows should equate signing an antiquated, gun-shot oath that did nothing to benefit the country but instead looked after the interests of the very rich, and the very rich alone?
    In case you haven't noticed Norquist, you're losing relevance in today's politics, and let me tell you whom you can thank for that: President Barack Hussein Obama.
    You're part of the CHANGE that we'd all HOPED for, and are making happen through our untied voice, our vote.
    America, the great giant, is awakening from an ignorance and fear-induced sleep. No longer will we stand idly by and allow the likes of Norquist to dictate the mandates of our great democracy by putting the needs of the few ahead of the many.
    Awake and arise America, and shake off the Norquists that would hold you in eternal bondage!!!!!

    November 27, 2012 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  12. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Oh that should've been "UNITED VOICE", but alas "untied voice" works nicely too!

    November 27, 2012 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  13. Boomer in Mo

    I pledge Allegiance to Grover Norquist of the United States of America and to the contributors for which he stands, one nation under God, indivisible, with Liberty and Justice for a few of us.

    November 27, 2012 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  14. GI Joe

    Off topic, but Lindsay Graham brought up John Bolton's confirmation problems when discussing Ms. Rice and all the hullabalue he and McCain and that Wench from N.H are stirring up. Is he trying to pay the democrats back for what he sees as a "no-no" from the past? That's so childish, but it does sound like something he and Songbird would do. Just spiteful, mean, and childish. Maybe if funding for embassy security hadn't been cut by the repubs by $549 Billion, the embassy would have had sufficient guards. Republicans make messes and blame the dems for not cleaning them up fast enough. Unseal Songbird's records, NOW.

    November 27, 2012 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  15. FRANK m

    I've known Peter King since we attended college in Brooklyn. He is a bright and articuate Congressman and anything but a weasel. The unelected and unelectable Grover Norquist is a lobbyist who will switch positions on anything as soon as a new client with more cash comes along. Now that is a true weasel.

    November 27, 2012 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
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