Lugar: Norquist tax pledge, others hamper Congress

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Indiana Sen. Richard Lugar won't be joining many Republicans in pledging not to raise taxes despite pleas from a leading anti-tax crusader.

Pledges on taxes and other issues are becoming increasingly popular among candidates and conservatives. It might seem smart for Lugar to sign one as he faces a stiff GOP primary challenge from State Treasurer Richard Mourdock, who has strong tea party support.

Lugar says such pledges tie lawmakers' hands and make reaching agreement on issues such as raising the nation's debt ceiling impossible.

But Grover Norquist of Americans for Tax Reform says the pledges help voters hold lawmakers accountable.

Lugar is the only member of Indiana's Republican delegation who has not signed Norquist's pledge.

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