Activist Grover Norquist on Monday responded to the growing list of Republican lawmakers who suggested in recent days that they are not beholden to their anti-tax pledges, which they signed at the behest of his group "Americans for Tax Reform."
In an interview with CNN's Soledad O'Brien, Norquist specifically took aim at Rep. Peter King (R-NY), who on Sunday said a pledge "you signed 20 years ago, 18 years ago, is for that Congress." Norquist said that King and others expressed similar openness to raising tax revenues during the debt ceiling debate, while quibbling with the New York Congressman's interpretation of the pledge:
“Look, Soledad, as you know, the people making this case, the two senators and the congressman that were put forward, they all said that two years ago when we were arguing over the debt ceiling limit, so their position hasn’t changed. And during the debt ceiling limit, we cut spending, we didn’t raise taxes, so other Republicans did not listen to Peter King and others and say, ‘Oh, let’s go raise taxes.’ They’re speaking for themselves. I do want to correct one thing. Peter King knows, Congressman Peter King of New York knows full well that the pledge he signed and others have is for while you’re in Congress, not a two-year period."