Over the weekend, Congressional Republicans echo Hal Rogers' take on no tax pledge

11/26/2012 07:50 AM

The Sunday political talk shows were littered with Republican lawmakers saying they didn’t believe the no-tax pledge circulated by Grover Norquist’s Americans for Tax Reform group should be a lifetime commitment.

At the end of last week, Georgia Sen. Saxby Chambliss told WMAZ-13 in Macon that he signed the pledge 20 years ago and believed the pledge was for that particular Congress. But he said “times change.”

His fellow Republicans, South Carolina Sen. Lindsay Graham and New York Congressman Peter King, made similar comments on Sunday on ABC’s “This Week With George Stephanopoulos” and NBC’s “Meet the Press,” respectively.

If this sounds familiar, Kentucky U.S. Rep. Hal Rogers of Somerset — the House appropriations committee chairman — made similar comments a year ago on Pure Politics.

“I think those pledges are only good for the Congress you’re elected to,” he said in that interview a year ago. “I think after you’re re-elected or elected the first time, you’re free of any of those types of obligations.”

Here’s the full interview from Nov. 22, 2011, but that discussion about the tax pledge starts at the 7:50 mark:

About Ryan Alessi

Ryan Alessi joined cn|2 in May 2010 as senior managing editor and host of Pure Politics. He is now pursuing an advanced degree in non-fiction writing from Murray State University and is a regular contributor to Pure Politics. Ryan has covered politics for more than 14 years, including seven years as a reporter for the Lexington Herald-Leader. Ryan can be reached at purepolitics@twcable.com or @mycn2 on Twitter.

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