"I’m bothered by our politics generally that suggest that if you don’t get exactly what you want, that’s somehow a failure," said Senator Roy Blunt, a member of his chamber’s Republican leadership and the former second-ranking Republican in the House of Representatives.
Blunt, who is Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s liaison to the Senate, spoke at the Reuters Washington Summit, where political leaders are discussing the pressing issues currently confronting U.S. politicians.
Current Democratic congressional leaders charge that an anti-tax hike pledge taken by many Republicans, including Blunt, have made it difficult to compromise, particularly on efforts to reduce the record U.S. debt.
Blunt said he had no regrets about having signed the pledge drafted and circulated by Grover Norquist, head of Americans for Tax Reform, an influential conservative advocacy group.
"I really think the (deficit) problem is a spending problem, not a taxing problem," Blunt said.
Asked if pledge makes it more difficult to compromise, Blunt paused, shrugged and then smiled. “Pledges would make compromise more difficult,” he conceded.
So Blunt probably meant that Democrats need to compromise more, not both sides.