May 8, 2012, Fairfax, VA—U.S. Term Limits celebrated the victory of former Indiana state Treasurer Richard Mourdock over 35 year incumbent Richard Lugar in today's Republican Party primary.
Philip Blumel, President of U.S. Term Limits, called the victory, "a great victory for term limits."
Mourdock's insurgent campaign focused upon sharp ideological differences between the candidates including Mourdock signing the US Term Limits Pledge, in which he promised, if elected, to cosponsor and vote for an amendment imposing Congressional term limits.
Mourdock says he intends to cosponsor Senator DeMint's SJR 11, which Lugar opposes.
"Lugar's long tenure, where he failed to even maintain a residence in the state he was supposed to represent, shows how far out of touch our national leaders can get, making Dick Lugar the poster child for why congressional term limits are needed. It is no surprise that Mourdock had an endorsement from Term Limits America PAC," Blumel noted.
According to the last nationwide poll on term limits conducted by Public Opinion Dynamics for Fox News in September 2010, the issue enjoys wide bi-partisan support. The poll showed that 78 percent of Americans support congressional term limits, including 74 percent of independents and 74 percent of the nation's Democrats.
Blumel concluded, "America is in trouble. Career politicians like Richard Lugar have let the people down. Even more importantly, it sends a powerful signal to the entrenched establishment in both political parties that it is time to send the term limits constitutional amendment to the states for ratification."
The term limits amendment bill would require a two-thirds majority vote in the House and Senate, and ratification by 38 states in order to become part of the Constitution. The U.S. Term Limits Constitutional Amendment Pledge has signatures from 167 congressional candidates this election cycle. It states that all signers will co-sponsor and vote for any bill which calls for a limit of three U.S. House terms and two U.S. Senate terms. For more information on the pledge, including a list of signers, please visit www.ustermlimitsamendment.org .
U.S Term Limits is a non-partisan, non-profit advocacy organization that works to promote term limits at all levels of government. For more information or to arrange an interview, please call Ray Wotring at 703-383-0907. U.S. Term Limits is a nonprofit501 (c) (4). It is located at 9900 Main Street, Suite 303 Fairfax, VA 22031 firstname.lastname@example.org