SHAWNEE, Kan. — According to a new report yesterday from the Kansas City Star, during his first campaign for Senate back in 1996 Senator Pat Roberts told Kansans he didn’t plan to serve more than two terms in the Senate. That was then. Today, Senator Roberts is desperate to keep his job in Washington and is seeking a fourth term.
“Senator Roberts told Kansas voters one thing when he was campaigning in 1996, and yesterday we learned he hasn’t kept his word. Career politicians like Senator Roberts are part of the problem in Washington, and saying one thing but doing another shows that he can no longer be trusted. After working in Washington for 47 years, it’s clear from the kind of campaign he’s running that Senator Roberts is desperate to keep his job there.” said campaign spokesman Sam Edelen.
Yesterday’s report revealed that during a debate in 1996 Senator Roberts was asked specifically whether or not he supported term limits and he told voters: “I don’t plan on serving more than two terms in the Senate.” The report goes on to point out that “at some point, it seems, his plans changed.” Roberts’ Democratic and Reform Party opponents both supported term limits of two terms during the 1996 campaign.
Unlike Senator Roberts, Greg Orman on the other hand has released a Congressional Reform Plan that will have a dramatic effect on the way Washington operates. Orman’s plan would enact a Constitutional amendment creating term limits, end Congressional pensions, enact a lifetime ban on lobbying by members of Congress and eliminate so-called Leadership Political Action Committees (PACs).
Roberts told Kansans he didn’t plan on serving more than two terms in the Senate.
HEADLINE: “Politicians’ views on term limits change the longer they are in office” [The Kansas City Star, 9/22/14]
In 1996 Senator Roberts said he didn’t plan on serving more than two terms in the Senate. Reported the The Kansas City Star, “In September 1996, during a debate in his first Senate campaign, then-U.S. Rep. Pat Roberts was asked about term limits, which were all the rage in those Ross Perot years. Roberts dodged the issue a bit — he said he supported term limits for House committee chairmen — then added, casually, “I don’t plan on serving more than two terms in the Senate.” At some point, it seems, his plans changed. The Kansas Republican now wants a fourth term.” [The Kansas City Star, 9/22/14]
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