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Tue Nov 27, 2012, 06:24 PM

Republicans Look To Split The Baby On Norquist’s Pledge

For the past week, Republican lawmakers have faced an either/or scenario on the fiscal cliff: stick with Grover Norquist’s tax pledge and risk going over the cliff, or forgo the pledge in order to strike a deal with Democrats.

But on Tuesday, at least two conservative voices seemed to say they thought there might be a third option.

Sen. Pat Toomey (R-PA) hinted Tuesday morning that Republicans could both work out a deal with Democrats and uphold their pledge. The argument hinges on the fact that without a deal, Republicans would be partially responsible for the expiration of the Bush tax cuts. By striking a deal, they would uphold the pledge by at least avoiding an across-the-board tax hike.

“I don’t intend to violate any pledge,” Toomey said on CNN’s “Starting Point.” “My pledge is not to support higher taxes. What we’re faced with in just a few weeks is a massive tax increase. If I can help ensure that we don’t have that tax increase, then I believe I’ve fulfilled my pledge to fight for the lowest possible taxes.”



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Tue Nov 27, 2012, 06:38 PM

1. Any deal they work out with Dems will require Dem betrayal of their own base. Ball's in your court,


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Tue Nov 27, 2012, 06:51 PM

2. Somehow, from their experience, they must think that it is a sure thing.


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