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November 27th, 2012
12:20 PM ET

Clips From Last Night: Grover Norquist responds to Rep. Peter King; Rick Santorum on a possible 2016 presidential campaign

On Monday evening, Grover Norquist joined Piers Morgan to respond to the recent outbreak of GOP detractors to his anti-tax pledge.

"It's little funny to watch a senator or a congressman who got himself elected by promising the citizen of his state that he would go to Washington to reform government, not raises taxes to pay for our problems, deciding that when they haven't done that and the going gets rough that they have an argument with me," said the president of the conservative activist group, Americans for Tax Reform.

Norquist reaffirmed his confidence in the remaining supporters of the pledge noting that, "The good news is that the people who made a commitment to the American voters, to their voters, to their constituents are keeping it, and the focus is where it should be."

Norquist, however, did not mince words when addressing former supporter, Rep. Peter King, accusing the Republican congressman of trying to "weasel" his way out of his commitment to the pledge. "I hope his wife understands that commitments last a little longer than two years or something," quipped Norquist.

"The commitment for the pledge, as Peter King well knows when he signed it, is that as long as you're in Congress you will rein in spending and reform government, not raise taxes," said Norquist. "It's not for 500 years or two generations. It's only as long as you're in the House or the Senate."

Later in the program, Fmr. Sen. Rick Santorum joined Piers Morgan where the host asked the former GOP presidential candidate to elaborate on a "hint" that he may run for the presidency in 2016.

"I'm open to that possibility," replied Santorum. "But we're a long way. I'm focused right now on trying to stay involved in the fray and make sure that we do the right thing up on Capitol Hill."

Watch the clips, and listen to the interviews, as Santorum shares with Morgan how he thinks the Republican party will stay "engaged to make sure that we stick to American founding principles."
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  1. Scott Fitzgerald

    Mature, rational, functional people are capable of changing their minds and positions when environments and information changes. Norquist and the obstructionist Republican members of Congress are not mature, rational, functional people.

    November 27, 2012 at 12:56 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. Eric Mayo

    What was that suggestive, pumping, below-the-belt hand gesture Grover Norquist made on camera at the end of the Piers Morgan interview? Is he serious? And why isn't the Religious Right outraged at THAT?

    November 27, 2012 at 6:48 pm | Report abuse | Reply

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