Nick Tomboulides, U.S. Term Limits

The U.S. just had its biannual election for Congress and many would call it a “Blue Wave”, but not my guest from U.S. Term Limits.

Nick Tomboulides is the Executive Director of U.S. Term Limits and he argues that there is very little turnover in Congress, merely that the power of leadership is shifted to other incumbents and that the only way to actually “get things done” is through term limits.

On the show, we discuss:

– The “No Uncertain Terms” Podcast
– The appeal of term limits on a bipartisan level
– Why he transitioned from working in partisan political activism to the term limits cause
– Term limits: 82% support by the American people
– Why politicians like Democrats Ed Rendell and Bill Daley (brother of Richard Daley) support term limits, when it was also a Republican idea in the “Gingrich Revolution” with the “Contract for America”
– Why Americans are fed up with the 95% reelection rate in the House of Representatives
– Did the election this year in Virginia, with three incumbents losing, hurt the term limits argument?
– What is the future of the term limits issue and how is U.S. Term Limits involved?
– How term limits played a role in the Rick Scott v. Bill Nelson U.S. Senate race in Florida.
– The U.S. Term Limits Major goal: Term limits on Congress either through a Constitutional Amendment passed by Congress or through a Convention of States. They are actively recruiting support through state legislatures and members of Congress.
– Why term limits are necessary: Competition, better and innovative government, and curbing corruption
– Do politicians keep their word or follow-through on their term limits promises? What does the current pledge ask elected officials to do?
– Why are three terms sufficient for a citizen legislator?
– What about committee chairs/assignments?
– His key takeaways from this election and his hopes for the future

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