LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - When Rick Crawford campaigned to become the first Republican congressman in east Arkansas since the 1870s, he stuck to many of the same themes that other conservatives around the country campaigned on two years ago.
He vowed to repeal the health care law, stop wasteful government spending and never support a tax increase.
But since then, Crawford has softened his criticism of the health reform law and is now calling for higher taxes on millionaires.
Crawford wants to levy a temporary 5 percent surtax on millionaires in exchange for a constitutional amendment to balance the federal budget.
One Republican strategist says conservatives will still rally around Crawford, but not his tax plan.
Clint Reed says they applaud his effort to be proactive, but grassroots Republicans aren't sold on the idea.