Mandel pushing for term limits in Congress
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U.S. Senate candidate Josh Mandel announced Monday he supported an amendment to the U.S. Constitution limiting the number of terms members of Congress can serve.
Mandel said he would only serve two terms in the Senate, if elected. Currently, there's a constitutional amendment limiting presidents to only two terms in office but there isn't the same limit for members of Congress.
"The people of Ohio want fresh ideas and the only way we're going to get it is with new leaders in Washington," Mandel said during a press conference Monday morning. "They go to Washington to do good and they stay in Washington to do well. They get addicted to it."
He joined an effort by a non-partisan group called U.S. Term Limits. That group is lobbying for a constitutional amendment.
"Members of Congress are very self-interested," said Nick Tomboulides with US Term Limits. "They don't want to embrace something if it means they are out of a cushy job."
Mandel criticized the man he's trying to replace: Senator Sherrod Brown. He said Brown pledged to serve two terms in 1992. Brown has been in Washington for longer than that.
Democrats fired back saying Mandel was trying to change the subject after Ohio House Republicans recently closed a loophole Mandel used to spend nearly $2 million in taxpayer money on ads featuring himself leading up to his Senate race.
"The guy at every stage of his career comes up with these gimmicks," said Jake Strassberger, with the Ohio Democratic Party. "He tries to time them to distract from the fact his own party is publicly rebuking him for how he spent taxpayer money."
When asked if there's value to institutional knowledge and experience, Mandel said 12 years should be plenty for politicians to do what they were elected to do.
"That's plenty of time for them to figure out where the bathrooms are, learn the ropes, do good things for their constituents and then get home," Mandel said.
There are two ways to amend the Constitution: a convention of states or through Congress. Both measures require a two-thirds vote. U.S. Term Limits said it was trying both ways.