Norquist Assails Report on Republican Shift

Wednesday, 30 May 2012 06:21 AM

 

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
|  A   A  
  Copy Shortlink

U.S. anti-tax crusader Grover Norquist, scourge of any and all tax increases, said on Tuesday that news report questioning the vitality of his "no new taxes" pledge — a vow taken by many Republican politicians — is overblown.

Norquist, a registered lobbyist, heads the anti-tax group Americans for Tax Reform, which has enlisted almost every Republican member of the U.S. Congress to sign a pledge against raising taxes.

The Washington Post ran a story on May 25 reporting that "an increasing number of GOP candidates for Congress are declining to sign the promise to oppose any tax increase, a small sign that could signal a big shift in Republican politics on taxes."

Speaking at the Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank, Norquist criticized the article. "We're doing as well this year as in previous years" in terms of recruiting pledge signers, he said. "This idea that there's some shift. That's not accurate."

Republicans who have not signed the pledge may be in congressional races they are unlikely to win anyway, while other candidates have rules against signing pledges, he said.

Norquist's pledge came under scrutiny last year amid deficit-reduction negotiations in Congress. Democrats used the pledge to paint Republicans as intransigent and beholden to Norquist.

Norquist said his group plans to spend about $8 million in the campaign season preceding the Nov. 6 elections, highlighting candidates who have signed the pledge and those who have not.

Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney has signed the pledge. So did nine of the 10 initial Republican presidential candidates.

Norquist's pledge, which started in 1986, has become Republican dogma for many federal or local party candidates.

Only six Republicans in the House of Representatives have not signed the pledge. Seven Republican Senators have not signed.


 

© 2014 Thomson/Reuters. All rights reserved.

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Retype Email:
Country
Zip Code:
 
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
You May Also Like

Hillary Clinton's Book Title Revealed: 'Hard Choices'

Friday, 18 Apr 2014 07:53 AM

Potential presidential contender Hillary Clinton's memoir of her four years as secretary of state will be called "Hard C . . .

Gallup Poll: Record Disapproval Ratings for Obama on Economy

Thursday, 17 Apr 2014 22:41 PM

More than half of Americans said they had virtually no confidence in President Barack Obama's ability to improve the nat . . .

McFarlane: US Must Respond to Russian Aggression With 'Strength'

Friday, 18 Apr 2014 07:13 AM

Former National Security Adviser Robert McFarlane called on U.S. officials to counter Russian aggression in Ukraine with . . .

Newsmax, Moneynews, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, NewsmaxWorld, NewsmaxHealth, are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved