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AP: Lugar: Norquist tax pledge, others hamper Congress

On July 31, 2011. the Associated Press reported:

Lugar is the only Republican in the state’s Congressional delegation who hasn’t signed Norquist’s pledge, which requires the signer to “oppose and vote against any and all efforts to increase taxes.” The pledge is popular in Tea Party circles, and for Lugar, who faces a tough primary challenge from State Treasurer Richard Mourdock, a Tea Party favorite, signing it might seem to make sense.

But Lugar said he won’t sign any political pledges because they tie lawmakers’ hands.

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