November 26th, 2009
12:10 PM ET
9 years ago

CNN Radio: Term limits supporters aim for a comeback

Britney Spears isn't the only headline-grabber who hit it big in the 90s to angle for a comeback this fall: Nearly a decade-and-a-half after the last big term limits push fell short, there's a new congressional proposal to cap the amount of time lawmakers can serve - giving US Term Limits President Philip Blumel new hope the idea's proponents may be able to put an end to the age of the career politician.

But once again, the plan's gotten an underwhelming reception - just three senators have signed on to South Carolina Republican Sen. Jim DeMint's new bill, S.J.RES 21. And the odds are even steeper than they appear at first glance: To pass, the bill can't just get a simple majority - it's got to earn support from two-thirds of the House and Senate, and defeat critics who argue that the position is short-sighted, leading to inexperienced politicians who can't handle complex domestic and foreign policy challenges.

That criticism is off-base, argues Blumel. The USTL president makes the case for term limits in a CNN Radio interview with Political Editor Mark Preston.

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  1. Peter s

    Term limits plus separation of corporations and politicians. We call on other Nations for bribes! but lobbyist just spread the same !!

    November 26, 2009 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  2. ICARE

    Former Governor of MN is a classic example of serving the People and not the lobbyists.. Jesse Ventura.... He went in and served and got out of it.

    November 26, 2009 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  3. MikeH

    If the Republicans gain control they will quickly kill term limits and attempt to re-establish "Permanent Republican Majority" like what they tried when the criminal Bush administration was in power, only this time they will work hard to establish a facist state and persecute the impure.

    November 26, 2009 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  4. Daniel

    Why should we not applaud and support people who say they want to serve the public interest then live their lives flying in esteemed first class sections but push for better private jets, get driven in their own little limos, correct generals that they deem out of context -due to their own ignorance,try to direct the peasant classes for their high minded causes,accuse any opposition of their high mindedness of stupidity,become wealthy through their political contacts and savoir faire,issue though edit large quantities of worthless money for their pet projects, go from tennis shoes to italian classics,

    I am just waiting for cake!!??? and some people wonder why the founding fathers were afraid of the uneducated voting

    November 26, 2009 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  5. ThinkAgain

    We have term limits: it's called VOTING!

    November 26, 2009 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  6. B

    Take ONE day off from the Hate and Discontent people.......

    November 26, 2009 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  7. ThinkAgain

    Question: Does US Term Limits President Philip Blumel support a term limit for his job?

    November 26, 2009 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  8. ThinkAgain

    The best way to ensure more average citizen and less big money/corporate involvement in the election process is by instituting real campaign finance reform.

    Today, the biggest purse wins – not necessarily the best candidate.

    Unless, like President Obama, you have a top-notch campaign team that knows how to organize in every state. They are the exception to the rule.

    November 26, 2009 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  9. Jackalope

    Here we go again. Every time the Republicans and conservatives lose their majority status in the House or Senate, the revive the term limits issue. When they become the majority, they forget about it.

    The reality is that the politicians who seem to stay in office forever are the (mostly Southern) right-wing extremists who identify as Republican these days. Once again, the GOP seems to be cutting off it's nose to spite it's face.

    November 26, 2009 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  10. Palermo

    I agree with term limits, although I think it should only be one term. Campaign finance reform has to be an integral part of this. We need to get special interest and corporate money out of our politics.

    Although the Senate was originally designed to be the aristocrats' American House of Lords (they weren't even elected democratically by the people until 1912), the House is supposed to represent ordinary citizens, so why shouldn't anyone be qualified to run and serve? There aren't any qualifications in the Constitution at all , other than citizenship and age, for being elected to Congress. Perhaps we would get better ideas out of those bodies if they were filled with ordinary Americans instead of millionaire lawyers, corporate puppets, and political operatives.

    George Washington believed there should be no political parties at all...perhaps he was right.

    November 26, 2009 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  11. ThinkAgain

    Arbitrarily throwing people out of a job just because they've been there for a certain amount of years is DUMB!

    There are some Congressional representatives and Senators who are doing a great job for their constituents, in part because of the experience they've gained on the job.

    A more thoughtful – and less lazy – approach is needed to address this problem.

    Such as real campaign finance reform that evens the playing field for candidates of all financial means.

    In the meantime, people need to start thinking for themselves, do a little research, and stop voting the way someone else tells them to!

    November 26, 2009 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  12. me

    Yea, its just like asking them to vote on whether they want/should get a raise or not! YES, Term Limits! If you can elect a new president who leads the parade of fools every four years, why not the cohorts? I have a better one: let WE THE PEOPLE get rid of them whenever we want to get rid of them. If they were elected to do what we want them to do and they don't, fire 'em. What would happen on YOUR job if you didn't perform your duties? Do you think they would wait for four, six or eight years and say, "OK, we're done with you. Bye...oh, and by the way, here's your severence pay, your back pay and a lifetime of insurance coverage at no cost to you."

    November 26, 2009 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  13. Michiel W

    Term limits, and take the money out of politics! If they want to cap something, cap their salaries and how much money can be spent on political campaigns. The only people who run for office in this country, (at least the vast majority) are people who have money, and want more and the people who have money and want power to go along with it. There is no such thing as "public service" in our politicians. I seriously doubt there are many in our Congress who actually put the will of the people before their own party interests. Our federal government has moved so far away from our Constitution, but we have to make a start somewhere, and term limits seems a good jumping off point. Write your Congressmen/women.

    November 26, 2009 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  14. Moe, NY

    WOW...I think this is the first time ever I have agreed with a Republican. Bring on the term limits, the career politicans are killing us, most (in my opinion) are in the pockets of the lobbyists.

    November 26, 2009 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  15. Aaron

    Having experienced politicos in place who are familiar with domestic and foreign policy issues is preferable. However, the result of having career "representatives" has been little if any representation of the interests of the constituents or the nation as a whole. If term limits are what it takes to rid Congress of special interest agendas and votes based on contributions, let's do it.

    November 26, 2009 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  16. Sniffit


    We must remove the Presidential term limits NOW

    November 26, 2009 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  17. marcus (seattle)

    add to the list of reasons why the US is a doomed empire, the entrenchment of its legislators in congress.. these people approach their jobs like our grandfathers approached working in the factory, as if it was their job til they died. if we can't do any better in EVERY state, than to continually return to office the idiots who have brought this country to the brink of collapse, we will have no one to blame but ourselves when we crash... we have met the enemy, and it is us !!!

    November 26, 2009 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  18. john silvertooth, central oregon

    Any of the Senior Republicans sponsoring this measure are free to resign whenever they want to – They should work to improve their own caucus by riding themselves of Ensign and Vitter as soon as they can. What a disgrace.

    November 26, 2009 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  19. Keith in Austin

    Can you spell Barney Frank or Nancy Pelosi? Both will likely be re-elected due to their ultra-liberal districts even though 85 percent of the American people utterly disapprove of them!

    America is a Nation of, Have and Have Nots. Continued Democratic rule is contingent upon making sure more and more Americans are dependent on Big Government. To all you Liberals out there,PLEASE open your eyes and realize that the true answer to your "Have Not" lot in life lies with YOU and what you personally do for yourself! Stop blaming Bush, Republicans and those that have prospered. You will reap what you sow not what power hungry Liberals promise you!

    Happy Thanksgiving to all!

    November 26, 2009 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  20. vette gal

    Have always thought term limits should be in place for all politicians. That said, however, it's pretty naive to think that our congressmen and senators will vote for term limits when it means they will be out of a job and actually have to go back to work for a living.

    November 26, 2009 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  21. jared

    I hope that we do impose term limits. The country will always continue on the same old path of the same old thing if we are unable to get new people with new ideas in Congress. I fully support term limits. I see why members of Congress do not; but I believe those reasons to be selfish. If we ever want real change we would have to impose term-limits. Forget our greedy politicians. This is America. They are supposed to represent us anyways. How about they represent us and step down. The President has terms limits, and so should Congress.

    November 26, 2009 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  22. jules sand-perkins


    Elections offer an opportunity to change the holder of an office.
    NOT ALL change is desirable.
    Saying "change everything" is like saying, "I'm in favor of abortion–abort every fetus!"

    November 26, 2009 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  23. NoRealRepublicansLeft

    "And, if Demint cannot get this to pass now–he should DEFINITELY bring it up again-–once the Democrats lose their power/control in the 2010 and 2012 elections!"

    LOL yeah, like the past 8 years when rethuglicans were in full control? Oh yeah, you sure know your party well. The problem aint long-term politicians. The problem is the money! It leads to corruption and greed. If you can't see that then you are blind or naive.

    November 26, 2009 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  24. jules sand-perkins

    There is a great day for limiting a'coming in 2010! I can't wait to vote then and in 2012.

    November 26, 2009 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  25. payback

    .....Try telling this to NYC. Mayor m. gloomberg. We, said No. Twice, and he bought a third term as Mayor..................

    November 26, 2009 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
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