Senate Democrats

Early Contender for “Worst Week in Washington”: Grover Norquist

ABC News: ‘GOP Starting to Rebel Against No-Tax-Hikes Pledge’

Sen. Lindsay Graham (R-SC): “When you’re $16 trillion in debt, the only pledge we should be making to each other is to avoid becoming Greece, and Republicans — Republicans should put revenue on the table. We’re this far in debt. We don’t generate enough revenue.”  [ABC’s This Week, 11/25/12]

Rep. Peter King (R-NY): “A pledge you signed 20 years ago, 18 years ago, is for that Congress.  For instance, if I were in Congress in 1941, I would have signed a declaration of war against Japan.  I’m not going to attack Japan today.  The world has changed.  And the economic situation is different.  Ronald Reagan and Tip O’Neill realized that in the 1980s.  I think everything should be on the table.” [NBC’s Meet the Press, 11/25/12]

Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-GA): “I care more about my country than I do about a 20-year-old pledge.  If we do it his way then we’ll continue in debt, and I just have a disagreement with him about that.” [WMAZ News, 11/22/12]

Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN): “I’m not obligated on the pledge.  I was just elected; the only thing I’m honoring is the oath that I take when I serve, when I’m sworn in in January.”  [The Hill, 11/26/12]