Where Dan Coats parts ways with Grover Norquist

November 28th, 2012 at 12:04 pm by under Jim Shella's Political Blog

The press secretary for Sen. Dan Coats is bothered by our story from yesterday where we reported that Coats is willing to consider tax hikes as Congress considers solutions to the fiscal cliff.   The entire story was a look at how Indiana lawmakers now view Grover Norquist’s Taxpayer Protection Pledge.  That pledge not only requires opposition to increases in tax rates, it also calls for opposition to “any net reduction or elimination of deductions and credits, unless matched dollar for dollar by further reducing tax rates.”  Coats has signed the pledge.

The Senator opposes any increase in rates but is willing “to put revenues on the table, including simplification of the tax code and the elimination of tax loopholes,” according to his spokeswoman.  That would violate the Norquist pledge but does not, apparently, qualify as a tax hike in the view of Senator Coats.

So, just to be very clear, Coats is willing to consider Grover Norquist’s definition of a tax hike.  And, by the way, that was the context of our story.

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One Response to “Where Dan Coats parts ways with Grover Norquist”

  1. Madalyn says:

    First time I’ve even heard anything about Dan Coats since he was elected … as the 3rd Senator from Virginia basically. During the 2012 elections I had to think hard to even remember who our 2nd Senator was. The guy from Virginia and North Carolina doesn’t come around much … just swooped in because we had an empty Senate seat here IMO.