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Prominent Republicans Break With Norquist

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November 26, 2012

Grover Norquist hasn't had the best couple of days, with several prominent Republicans saying they might break the Americans for Tax Reform no-taxes pledge as the fiscal cliff approaches. Here's who's come out against it so far -- we'll keep updating the post if and when more Republicans chime in:

Sen. Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga. kicked things off last week in an interview with WMAZ-TV. "I care more about this country than I do about a 20-year-old pledge," he said. "If we do it his way then we'll continue in debt, and I just have a disagreement with him about that."

Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y., went on NBC's "Meet the Press" Sunday and said he was with Chambliss on the pledge. "I agree entirely with Saxby Chambliss," said King. "A pledge you sign 20 years ago, 18 years ago, is for that Congress."

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., on ABC's "This Week" on Sunday said, "The only pledge we should be making to each other is to avoid becoming Greece. And Republicans should put revenue on the table."

Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., told CBS's Charlie Rose Monday morning that "I'm not obligated on the pledge."

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor added his two cents on MSBNC's "Morning Joe" Monday: He didn't go as far as the others, but appeared to distance himself from the pledge. "When I go to my constituents, it's not about that pledge," he said. "It really is about trying to solve problems."

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