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TED CRUZ: Texas senator introduces D.C. term-limit legislation

Here’s how U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, explained his position on term limits this week to Ben Shapiro:

“As you know the framers of the Constitution debated term limits, they didn’t ultimately include it. I think we have seen Washington get corroded and get corrupted over now more than two centuries. The case for term limits is essentially the case for draining the swamp.

“That [in] Washington there is a bipartisan problem of career politicians in both parties that come to Congress and stay there forever and ever and ever, they get in bed with special interests, they get in bed with lobbyists, they grow government perpetually and they stay in power. It’s one of the things that drives out-of-control spending or out-of-control deficits and debt and term limits — I mean, over 80 percent of Americans support term limits and it’s interesting, it cuts across party lines.

That’s true — the vast majority of Republicans support term limits but also the vast majority of Democrats and Independents — also the vast majority of African Americans and Hispanics, across racial and ethnic lines.

The one group that doesn’t support term limits is career politicians in Washington, and so today I chaired a hearing — I am the chairman of the Constitution Subcommittee of the Senate Judiciary Committee and I chaired a hearing on the constitutional amendment that I have introduced to impose term limits to limit members of the Senate to two six-year terms and to limit members of the House to three, two-year terms.”