During the Republican presidential primary debates, the GOP candidates revealed just how far to the right they have drifted on budget matters when all of them indicated that they would reject a budget deal that consisted of $10 in spending cuts for every $1 in revenue increases. Today, in response to a question from MSNBC’s Mike Barnicle, Rep. Aaron Schock (R-IL) indicated that he would do the same if he were presented with such a deal:
BARNICLE: Would you accept $10 in savings for $1 in increasing fees or taxes, whatever you want to call it? Ten to one. Would you accept it?
Schock has signed the Americans for Tax Reform anti-tax pledge, circulated by ATR President Grover Norquist, which states that signees will never approve of any tax increase for any reason. But an increasing number of Republicans are breaking with the ATR pledge. Most recently, former Gov. Jeb Bush (R-FL) criticized the pledge, saying, “I don’t believe you outsource your principles and convictions to people.”