In a recent speech at the White House, President Barack Obama indirectly took a shot at the anti-tax pledge embraced by many Republicans.
“Anyone who has signed some pledge to protect every single tax loophole so long as they live, they should be called out,” the President said in the Rose Garden, reports The Washington Times. “They should have to defend that unfairness.”
The newspaper reports that Obama was referring to the Americans for Tax Reform’s “Taxpayer Protection Pledge.”
President for Americans for Tax Reform, Grover Norquist, defended his organization’s pledge, saying Obama misrepresented it for political gain.
“He’s not going to get what he wants, so what you saw was a guy having a hissy fit, stamp his feet and then misstate what the pledge is,” he said.
Norquist also added that the pledge does not require people to oppose the closing of tax loopholes.
According to Americans for Tax Reform website, 279 Congressmen have signed the pledge, including three Democrats: Senator Ben Nelson (D-Neb.) and Representatives Robert Andrews (D-N.J.) and Ben Chandler (D-Ky.).