Grover Norquist to Republicans: There is no escape clause
On Sunday morning, Rep. Peter King joined to the growing number of Republicans who've said they don't feel bound by a pledge they signed to anti-tax activist Grover Norquist promising never to raise taxes for any reason.
King said the pledge is for "that Congress" and likened it to a pledge he might have signed in 1941 to attack Japan.
"Congressman Peter King of New York knows full well that the pledge that he signed and others have, is for while you’re in Congress," Norquist said on CNN's "Starting Point" this morning. "It’s not for a two-year period.
"It's explained to everyone when they signed, it's in writing with them when they signed, it's a commitment while you're in the House, or while you're in the Senate."
Asked about the notion that congressman would have to re-up the pledge for each Congress, Norquist said Ohio Republican Steve LaTourette "once tried to make that case, but it doesn't pass the laugh test."