U.S. Term Limits is excited to announce that Libertarian presidential candidates Governor Gary Johnson and Governor William Weld have pledged, if elected, to support a constitutional amendment for term limits on members of Congress.
With Sens. Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio out of the race, Johnson-Weld is now the only presidential campaign to have made this commitment to the 75 percent of Americans who back term limits.
Their support for term limits shows they are committed to preventing career politicians and restoring the founders’ idea of a citizen legislature.
The USTL pledge reads “I, as a candidate for president of the United States, pledge to support congressional passage and state ratification of an amendment to the U.S. Constitution that would set term limits on service in the U.S. Senate and U.S. House as there are term limits on the President, as enacted by the 22nd amendment.”
The Supreme Court ruled in the 1995 case U.S. Term Limits v. Thornton that congressional term limits can only be achieved by constitutional amendment. While the president does not have a vote or a veto in this process, his is an important pulpit that can be used to get the amendment passed.
Both Johnson and Weld have track records of support for term limits. Johnson has called the reform “a silver bullet.” He has said “if term limits are in effect, politicians will do the right thing as opposed to whatever it takes to get re-elected.”
As governor of Massachusetts, Weld served as national Co-Chairman of U.S. Term Limits and honored his promise not to seek a third term as governor.
Both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump have turned down the term limits pledge, despite it having support from a vast majority of Americans.
View Gov. Gary Johnson and Gov. Bill Weld’s term limits pledges by clicking HERE.
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