Florida U.S. Senate Candidates DeSantis, Lopez-Cantera Sign Term Limits Pledge
By Space Coast Daily // February 8, 2016
BREVARD COUNTY • MELBOURNE, FLORIDA – U.S. Term Limits (USTL), the leader in the national movement to limit terms for elected officials, today praised U.S. Senate candidates Rep. Ron DeSantis and Lieutenant Governor Carlos Lopez-Cantera for signing its congressional term limits pledge.
The pledge is provided to every announced candidate for federal office. It reads, “I pledge that as a member of the U.S. Senate I will cosponsor and vote for the U.S. Term Limits amendment of three (3) House terms and two (2) Senate terms and no longer limit.” It does not require a self-limit.
In November of 2014, 15 new U.S. Term Limits pledge signers were elected to Congress – including five new U.S. Senators. The Constitutional Amendment has been introduced in both the U.S. Senate by Senator David Vitter (R-LA) and the House of Representatives by Representative Matt Salmon (R-AZ).
USTL President Philip Blumel commented on DeSantis and Lopez-Cantera’s pledges, saying, “We applaud both candidates for having the courage to make term limits a top priority of their campaigns. It is important that we have people in the Senate who are willing to uphold the principles of a citizen legislature and rotation in office as laid out by our founding fathers.”
He added: “These two candidates have shown exceptional leadership by standing with 75 percent of the American people who support term limits on Congress.Their commitment will put lobbyists and professional politicians everywhere on notice.”
DeSantis and Lopez-Cantera are the first candidates in this race to sign the pledge.
According to the last nationwide poll on term limits conducted by Gallup, the issue enjoys wide bipartisan support.
The poll showed that 75% of Americans support congressional term limits, including supermajorities with both parties.
The term limits amendment bills would require a two-thirds majority in the House and Senate, and ratification by 38 states in order to become part of the Constitution.