Grover Norquist calls Fiscal Cliff deal 'pink unicorn'

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Video: Grover Norquist discusses breaking promises on tax pledge

Grover Norquist, head of the Americans for Tax Reform advocacy group. (Photo credit NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)

CNN - Anti-tax advocate Grover Norquist says his group will do everything it can to unseat Republican lawmakers to go back on their pledge to never vote for higher taxes.

This comes after GOP lawmakers said they would consider breaking to pledge to avoid the so-called "Fiscal Cliff."

Congress is back in session, and their top issue is reaching a deal to avoid the severe spending cuts and tax hikes set to kick in on January first.

Norquist says so far, no one has broken the pledge.

"No pledge taker has voted for a tax increase. You've had some people discussing impure thoughts on national television. However, even Lindsey Graham, if you listen to him, he would support higher taxes if it was used to pay down the debt. Of course, it won't be. It would be spent. If he got, you know, 10-1 ratios on entitlement reform. I've had long conversations with Lindsey Graham. He says, 'I would raise taxes if...' Then he lists this incredible list of reforms and entitlements that the Democrats would never give him. I suggested, 'Senator, you're offering to trade a tax increase for a pink unicorn that doesn't exist.'"

Another Republican, Congressman Peter King, says he signed the pledge decades ago, and it shouldn't be considered relevant today, adding everything should be on the table.


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