by Nick Tomboulides
Senator Ted Cruz has always stood up for term limits, and as a presidential candidate, he is reaffirming that commitment. Cruz has signed the U.S. Term Limits Presidential Pledge, vowing that as president, he will support an amendment to limit the terms of U.S. representatives and senators.
Cruz’s backing of term limits is not unique to his presidential run. As a Senator, he campaigned vociferously for S.J. RES 1, which would place term limits on all House and Senate seats, including his own. Cruz joins fellow White House hopeful Dr. Benjamin Carson in signing the USTL pledge.
His support for term limits comes from a duty to fight what Cruz calls “the Washington Cartel — which is career politicians in both parties getting in bed with lobbyists and special interests.”
If Cruz is elected president, he would not sign the term limits amendment into law, per the Constitution. He would, however, have a strong pulpit from which he could advocate for the amendment. With a president on board, it is difficult to see how Congress wouldn’t give in to the enormous pressure generated for term limits.
Nick Tomboulides is the Executive Director of U.S. Term Limits