After announcing that he is not beholden to Grover Norquist's anti-tax pledge, Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga.) emphasized Monday that he still opposes new taxes. He tweeted:
I'm not in favor of tax increases. I'm in favor of significant tax reform 2 lower tax rates & generate additional revenue through job growth
— Saxby Chambliss (@SaxbyChambliss) November 26, 2012
“If we do it his way then we’ll continue in debt, and I just have a disagreement with him about that," Chambliss said last week. A number of prominent Republicans have followed in his footsteps, saying that the pledge to never vote for a tax increase may be outdated.
But Republicans are still only considering closing loopholes and limiting deductions to raise revenue, not raising tax rates on the wealthy. Under Norquist's pledge, such changes are considered tax increases unless married to tax cuts. Chambliss' tweet underscores the huge gap between Republicans and Democrats in the "fiscal cliff" negotiations.
The Georgia senator will likely face a primary from the right; former secretary of state Karen Handel is among the potential candidates.