Saxby Chambliss: ‘I care more about the country than a 20-year-old anti-tax pledge’

As the nation began to shut down for Thanksgiving Day, U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss tackled that anti-tax increase pledge he once signed – the one pushed by Grover Norquist and Americans for Tax Reform. From 13WMAZ in Macon:

From the TV station’s website:

“I care more about my country than I do about a 20-year-old pledge,” Chambliss says. “If we do it his way then we’ll continue in debt, and I just have a disagreement with him about that.”

….Does Chambliss think Norquist will hold the anti-tax pledge against him during his next re-election bid in 2014? Yes.

“But I don’t worry about that because I care too much about my country. I care a lot more about it than I do Grover Norquist,” Chambliss says.

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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professional skeptic

November 22nd, 2012
10:30 am

Amazing. Never thought I’d see the day that a Republican politician from GA would come to his senses like this. We elect our leaders to pledge allegiance to America– not smarmy, entitled, self-important, power hungry opportunists like Grover Norquist.

That’s one Georgia Republican to see the light, and a whole mess to go. I am thankful for small steps like this


November 22nd, 2012
10:37 am

Sanity comes back to the GOP.
Thanks Saxby.

Burroughston Broch

November 22nd, 2012
10:41 am

Saxby, plan on being retired by the voters in 2014.


November 22nd, 2012
10:42 am

Good for Saxby. A couple hundred more conversations and perhaps rationality will return to Washington, D.C.


November 22nd, 2012
10:53 am

I have never voted for Saxby. I find many of the criticisms of him to be accurate. He was elected by one of the dirtiest negative campaigns in American history. He carried the water for W and plentiful special interests. He is lazy and out of touch with your average Georgian. He is ultra-conservative on almost all issues. If the Democrats come up with a credible opponent I will vote for them. Yet, now and in recent years he has acted like a statesman on fiscal issues. I applaud him for that and for that he far outshines any of the petty alternative universe Republicans who have been mentioned as possibly challenging him in the Republican Primary. It is up to the Republicans to clean their own house but I have enough reasonable Republican friends to hope that Saxby will be chosen to continue as Senator.

Gritz Blitz

November 22nd, 2012
11:01 am

Senators are supposed to represent their states. This country would be better off if the election of our senators was returned to our state legislators. Zell Miller was correct when he said our founding fathers had it correct in the beginning. Repeal the 17th amendment.


November 22nd, 2012
11:12 am

Saxby needn’t think that one correct act will absolve him from all the rest of his political career.

The man has been nothing but a political sell-out to corporate interests over what is best for the American people.

And a shill for the intelligence agencies who have broken, and still are doing so, all kinds of laws in order to spy on average American citizens.

Church of the painful Truth

November 22nd, 2012
11:18 am

Tell me one thing that Saxby has done for Georgia.One bill or funding that has improved the lives of everone who lives in Georgia.Time to retire Sax.Happy Thanksgiving but it is your time to go home.

East Cobb RINO, Inc. (LLC)

November 22nd, 2012
11:27 am

Good for Saxby. Bless his heart. Now if a few Republicans in the House will do the same. Dems picked up more seats in close contests where results were in doubt. Just need a few lame duck GOP Reps to do what is best for country and not what some unelected bozo tells them.

Auntie Christ

November 22nd, 2012
11:46 am

This is just like the life-long criminal who is about to be sentenced to 30 years hard labor and claims he has ‘found jesus.’ This life-long opportunist sees the writing on the wall for beloved gooper party and after a life of putting party before country, he suddenly ‘finds jesus,’ and tells us he that the country is more important than party. What will come as a shock to this bozo is that his sudden conversion will mean nothing to his detractors, who wouldn’t vote for him at the point of a gun, but it will matter deeply to his one-time supporters who will finally see him for what he is, a sell-out and opportunist, who will say or do anything to stay in office.

Rafe Hollister

November 22nd, 2012
12:19 pm

Gritz Blitz is correct, the 17th Amendment was the death knell for states rights. The states have no representation in WA.

I think we need more revenue and should focus on the problem rather than the symptoms. If Obama had put as much emphasis on growing the economy as he had on health care and social justice, the economy would have fixed most of our problems Again, we attack the symptoms of a stalled economy. The tax revenue, Ole Sax is talking about is just going to be wasted on more government spending, so what is the point. Dedicate it to the national debt and I will sign on.

Elder Ray

November 22nd, 2012
12:21 pm

Such is the state of career politicians: comparing themselves to another citizen who has an alternative opinion. Such is the joke of those in the Washington power plant.


November 22nd, 2012
12:21 pm

“That’s one Georgia Republican to see the light, and a whole mess to go. I am thankful for small steps like this”

…and yet there is zero dems in this state who have came to their senses and will be able to defeat Saxby or the GOP candidate.


November 22nd, 2012
12:21 pm

Good ol’ Sellout Sax, determined to take the country down in flames along with his political career. Can’t get this vile excuse for a RINO out of office fast enough, he’s reached the point of being worse than useless.


November 22nd, 2012
12:24 pm

“The man has been nothing but a political sell-out to corporate interests over what is best for the American people.”

The lib morons who think that Saxby represents the American people must be graduates from the APS system. He represents the residents of GA.

political arsonist

November 22nd, 2012
12:47 pm

saxby has shown brief moments of lucidity in his older years, but his team’s time is over and its time for him to retire to south ga

Democrat Seeking to Work With the Former "Big Tent" GOP

November 22nd, 2012
1:09 pm

If moderates in the Republican Party are called RINO’s, they
should wear the title with honor. The Republican Party should
be inclusive enough to build coalitions. Senator Saxby Chambliss
knows the consequences of not dealing with the ” Fiscal Cliff”
problem.The GOP needs to move away from the desire to seek
ideological purity from elected officials on every issue. People
derisively use the term RINO, but beware of the GOP LEOPARD
(LEOPARD = Lose Elections On Presidency After Rejecting Dissent).
No political party is always right, and ethical, logical, and reasoned
dissent is critical to building a stronger party and a nation.

Chris P

November 22nd, 2012
1:29 pm

I recently moved down here to Georgia but I’d like to tell the good Senator that if you want to return to fiscal sanity you start by reducing waste and getting rid of legislation that inhibits business growth. Until these good folks in Washington learn to live within their means and can begin to reduce the debt I’m afraid that any tax increase will only be spent on some frivilous program.


November 22nd, 2012
1:29 pm

Now if we can only find a Democrat that will agree to REDUCE FEDERAL SPENDING (not reduce the rate of increase, reduce actual spending)? Then we’ll have two smart people as politicians.

Joseph Wilson

November 22nd, 2012
1:42 pm

Raising the top marginal rates in the first term of President Bill Clinton resulted in eight years of peace and prosperity. George W. Bush gave huge taxes cuts to the rich, fought two wars on the credit card (emergency spending), and crashed the economy. Bill was out there campaigning every day for Obama’s re-election. W.’s picture appeared on milk cartons as missing. Republicans lost the election and cannot continue to drive it over the cliff.


November 22nd, 2012
1:56 pm

Chambliss is nothing but another big gov’t liberal neo-con!

No amount of American blood and treasure wasted in the Middle East is enough for Chambliss and the Neo-Cons.. They love to piss away our money in that damn desert for their masters in the Middle East..

Tychus Findlay

November 22nd, 2012
2:02 pm

Here’s a thought- if you voluntarily accept benefits from the State/Fed, you voluntarily give up your right to vote until the aforementioned status is reversed. If you don’t have skin in the game, you don’t get to play.


November 22nd, 2012
2:19 pm

Happy,safe and blessed Thanksgiving, all! I’m grateful that Sen. Chambliss has stated his patriotism, and I’m hopeful that he will build a bipartisan consensus among his colleagues in re-prioritizing their function while in Congress.

Apropos of Sen. Chambliss’s remark, here’s an excerpt from President Lincoln’s 10/3/1863 Thanksgiving Proclamation: I do therefore invite my fellow citizens in every part of the United States, and also those who are at sea and those who are sojourning in foreign lands, to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November next, as a day of Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens. And I recommend to them that while offering up the ascriptions justly due to Him for such singular deliverances and blessings, they do also, with humble penitence for our national perverseness and disobedience, commend to His tender care all those who have become widows, orphans, mourners or sufferers in the lamentable civil strife in which we are unavoidably engaged, and fervently implore the interposition of the Almighty Hand to heal the wounds of the nation and to restore it as soon as may be consistent with the Divine purposes to the full enjoyment of peace, harmony, tranquillity and Union.

l jones

November 22nd, 2012
2:40 pm

I hope this is the beginning of the end of Grover Norquist’s influence on the Republican Party. But I doubt it. Grover will find an obedient robot to run against Chambliss. Georgia’s voters are predominantly morons who will do as Fox News and Rush tell them to do. Between our governors and our legislators, Georgia keeps falling further and further behind while the politicians and their business partners and contributors get richer and richer.


November 22nd, 2012
2:50 pm

NO federal retirement for presidents, senators or congressmen. Such terms in office are a service to your country, not a career. You may avail yourself of Social Security just like all other Americans.

NO special health insurance or treatment for presidents, senators and congressmen. You must rely on Medicare or that very special insurance that had to be passed before anyone could know what was in the legislation.

NO acceptance of gifts, trips, vacations, property, stock or stock options or money from ANYONE by presidents, senators and congressmen.

ALL expense account information shall be made available monthly on the president, senators and congressmen and shall be published in all major newspapers and made available on the internet.

Have anything you’d like to add to this list?

Buford T Justice

November 22nd, 2012
2:50 pm

Oh Johnny where art thou?


November 22nd, 2012
2:54 pm

Forgot to add that presidents, senators and congressman shall be subject to all laws, rules and regualtions that every American citizen must obey, and no laws shall be made by Congress exempting the federal elected officials from such laws, rules and regulations.


November 22nd, 2012
3:06 pm

Boycott poppa johns, Denny’s, Macy’s and kid rock, screw them all.


November 22nd, 2012
3:06 pm

I, too, remember the ruthless campaign against Max Cleland. Just think if a Democrat ran a campaign like that against a John McCain. What an outcry there would be. I give the senator no points for stating what is the obvious__we need more revenue due to still needing to pay for two wars that were off budget. He has already revealed his character and I did not like what I saw. l can’t vote for him unless I see years of policy reversals and not just lip service.


November 22nd, 2012
3:25 pm

Hopefully this will be a seminal moment for previously intransigent GOP members and more will follow suit


November 22nd, 2012
3:44 pm

AMAZING BREAKTHROUGH! Senator Chambliss, you have risen astronomically in my eyes. It is high time that the Republican members of congress stand up for what is right, not just what is Republican. Thank You!

This is Mrs. Norman Maine

November 22nd, 2012
4:00 pm

Forgive me for being skeptical. WHEN did Saxby start caring so much about this country? I guess anyone can have a conversion but……….

Political Mongrel

November 22nd, 2012
4:47 pm

it’s way too early to say that sanity has returned to the GOP. A lot of them have doubled down again on the same tired baloney that brought the nation to this point, the same slander and lies, the same fundamental denials of reality. It’s great that many of them are jumping off the Nordquist Express like rats deserting a sinking ship, but there’s still a long way to go between Republican fantasies and the real world.


November 22nd, 2012
4:58 pm

Thank you, Saxby. Never thought I’d witness this moment of fiscal sanity, but I appreciate your candor. Too bad unprincipled lightweights like Price and Graves don’t concur.


November 22nd, 2012
5:02 pm

Political Arsonist.Happy you said Saxby retire to South Ga.We got enough hipocrites in N Ga..Israel says mission accomplished.Hope this not a repeat.


November 22nd, 2012
5:16 pm

‘That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for Republicans.’

Habersham Dawg

November 22nd, 2012
5:26 pm

NO federal retirement for presidents, senators or congressmen. Such terms in office are a service to your country, not a career. You may avail yourself of Social Security just like all other Americans.

NO special health insurance or treatment for presidents, senators and congressmen. You must rely on Medicare or that very special insurance that had to be passed before anyone could know what was in the legislation.

NO acceptance of gifts, trips, vacations, property, stock or stock options or money from ANYONE by presidents, senators and congressmen.

ALL expense account information shall be made available monthly on the president, senators and congressmen and shall be published in all major newspapers and made available on the internet.

Have anything you’d like to add to this list?


I would; no representative, senator or president will sign any loyalty oath, unless it is to the people of the United States of America.


November 22nd, 2012
5:31 pm

I agree with professional skeptic. These extremists called tea party would rather see their country, state or local government fail than to use common sense. Monitor your local and state and national officials who use the no tax pledge as their reason to not have to think and use rational analysis. The Republican party has made such an effort to widen the tent they have brought in the extremists like the TP and Ron Paul groupies who love their agenda more than their country. BTW I am republican and I think we need to move more towards the center and away from the edges. If we learned nothing else from November 2012 (Paul Ryan selection) surely we learned that.

l jones

November 22nd, 2012
5:35 pm

Saxby Chambliss is still a piece of garbage. He portrayed Max Cleland, a triple-amputee Vietnam veteran as unpatriotic because Cleland voted against a Patriot Act bill that punished federal employees. Fine to hate federal employees if you’re that stupid, but Chambliss got his Senate seat based on slander. Still, I hope more Republicans get tired of being Grover Norquist’s little yes men.

Not in the 47%

November 22nd, 2012
5:43 pm

I will not vote for anyone who considers raising taxes on those who already carry more than their fair share. Let sequestration come. At least we get some spending cuts and everyone pays more taxes. I am tired of Washington insiders who think the problem is us, when it is them and their spending habits. Come on Tom Price or Karen Handel. Take out this guy if he really thinks raising taxes is the fix this nation and its achievers need in this economy. That is insanity. The country may have voted for it by a slim margin, but it is not what we elect Republicans to do. I’ve always supported Saxby, but with this attitude–no more!


November 22nd, 2012
5:46 pm

Chambliss is a realist. There are a few Republicans that are realist. Chris Christie is one of them.
Wasn’t he one of the Gang of Six who went against Republican orthodoxy by coming up
with budget proposal against Paul Ryan budget dogma.

Ralph Christian

November 22nd, 2012
5:56 pm

Coastal Dawg

November 22nd, 2012
6:18 pm

Thanks, Saxby. I was not going to vote for you or any other Republican who continued to stick with Norquist who has nothing to do with Georgia voters. I will now vote for you again.

Greg Camp

November 22nd, 2012
6:19 pm

Good for Saxby, getting more like Mark Warner by the day. Grover Norquist needs to be run OUT of DC ASAP. Norquist is a lobbyist, not like an elected official. The Tea Party, and the crazies that run it, were voted down in November. Maybe now, we can get things accomplished and the economy back on track.


November 22nd, 2012
6:30 pm

Good Move Saxby! Now let’s stop politicizing abortion and worrying about the time required to create the earth. The goal should be to save our nation, not fighting for lost cause social issues. Wake up America, You are surrending our country to the radical left. One more thing, I am so tired of hearing that a tax increase will impact small business owners who include business revenue and expenses on their personal tax returns. Are we not smart enough to identify these returns and not charge them a higher tax rate? People making over $250,000 should pay a higher tax rate. Damn, why couldn’t the Republican Elite including Romney come with this idea?


November 22nd, 2012
6:33 pm

The GOP has about 2 or 3 national election cycles left…..then they go away for it really doesn’t matter what Saxby says today. Yawn.


November 22nd, 2012
6:38 pm

Good for Saxby, more people need to stick it in Norquist’s eye. Oh, BTW, getting blown up by your own grenade while drinking beer does not qualify one as a war hero.

Talk Is Cheap

November 22nd, 2012
6:39 pm

Senator Clarence Saxby Chambliss’s Voting Records

NAY – July 25, 2012 S 3412 Middle Class Tax Cut Act Bill Passed –
Senate (51 – 48)

NAY – July 19, 2012 S 3364 Bring Jobs Home Act Cloture Not Invoked –
Senate (56 – 42)

NAY – June 21, 2012 S Amdt 2310 Requires Labels on Foods with
Genetically Modified Ingredients Amendment Rejected – Senate (26 – 73)

NAY – June 21, 2012 S 3240 Agriculture Reform, Food, and Jobs Act
of 2012 Bill Passed – Senate (64 – 35)

YEA – June 19, 2012 S Amdt 2172 Rescinds Bonuses to States for Administering
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Amendment Rejected – Senate
(41 – 58)

YEA – June 19, 2012 S Amdt 2174 Limits Eligibility for Supplemental Nutrition
Assistance Program (SNAP) Amendment Rejected – Senate (43 – 56)

NAY – June 5, 2012 S 3220 Paycheck Fairness Act Cloture Not Invoked – Senate
(52 – 47)

NAY – April 26, 2012 S 1925 Reauthorizing the Violence Against Women
Act Bill Passed – Senate (68 – 31)

NAY – April 16, 2012 S 2230 Establishes a Minimum 30 Percent Tax Rate
for High-Income Taxpayers Cloture Not Invoked – Senate (51 – 45)

NAY – Feb. 17, 2012 HR 3630 Extends Payroll Tax Cut Conference Report
Adopted – Senate (60 – 36)

NAY – Dec. 1, 2011 S 1931 Reduces Payroll Tax Rate Motion Rejected –
Senate (20 – 78)

joke on us

November 22nd, 2012
6:55 pm

couple things to think about

with Obamacare congress is exempt from it and now that the SC has ruled it a tax; shouldnt the members of congress be exposed to the same taxes every American has to pay? health spendig accounts have to be able to roll over year to year. if these health care exhanges are so great; congress should be required to get their insurance from them.

thats one of the topics the republicans should push first; obamacare is the law of the land and by god even congress should be responible enough to use it.


November 22nd, 2012
6:55 pm

Our economic crisis is caused by over-spending, not under-taxing. Saxby is one of those corporate politicos who set our house on fire and then demand we pay them more to put it out.