GOP Sen. Jeff Sessions Dodges Breaking Grover Norquist Pledge On Fox News
While Republicans in Congress are doing everything they can to distance themselves from Grover Norquist‘s anti-tax pledge while still appearing sufficiently conservative, Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL) is mostly sticking by it.
On Fox News this morning, Sessions told Martha MacCallum, “I signed it and I absolutely believe we don’t have to raise taxes now.” But Sessions let some hints of compromise show when he added, “we’ve got to deal with the crisis we face. We’ve got to deal with the political reality of the president’s victory.”
As the ranking minority member of the Senate Budget Committee, Sen. Sessions may ultimately have more say in the fiscal cliff negotiations than his colleagues like Senators Saxby Chambliss (R-GA), Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and others who have essentially disavowed Norquist and his 20-year-old pledge.
Fox’s MacCallum ends her interview with a dark assessment of the optimistic talking points the Republicans have been pushing over the last few days:
“The talk of compromise may in some ways be to sort of present that to the American people so that when they go into that room, if they come out with nothing, they’ll all be held accountable.”
Watch below, via Fox News:
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