Chambliss Edges Away From Norquist Anti-Tax Pledge

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Video: Nov. 21, 2012: Full interview with Sen. Saxby Chambliss

Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-GA) (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)


Republican Sen. Saxby Chambliss of Georgia said solving the nation's fiscal woes may mean breaking the anti-tax pledge he signed years ago.

Chambliss signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge, penned by conservative activist Grover Norquist.

"I care more about my country than I do about a 20-year-old pledge," Chambliss says. "If we do it his way then we'll continue in debt, and I just have a disagreement with him about that." 

Chambliss spoke with 13WMAZ's Kenny Burgamy.

Now Chambliss says he wants to do what it takes to right the U.S. fiscal ship, even if that means findings ways to raise revenue, which Norquist strongly opposes.

Does Chambliss think Norquist will hold the
anti-tax pledge against him during his next re-election bid in 2014? Yes.

"But I don't worry about that because I care too much about my country. I care a lot more about it than I do Grover Norquist," Chambliss says.

Chambliss is one of the Gang of Six, a bipartisan group of senators working together to try and find a solution to the nation's mounting debt.

He criticized Norquist's plan by saying it only adds to the debt. Chambliss called it the basis of a "fundamental disagreement" between the two.

"I'm willing to do the right thing and let the political consequences take care of themselves," Chambliss says.

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