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Labrador now backs term limits, but won’t self-limit his own terms without law

Here's a link to my full story at on how freshman Idaho Congressman Raul Labrador, after serving in the U.S. House and seeing what it's really like, has changed his mind and now supports term limits. “It's really a shame,” Labrador said. “All decisions back in Washington, D.C. are based on whether you're going to be elected, re-elected, whether you're going to be in the majority or not.”

However, he said he won't unilaterally impose term limits on himself, without them applying to everyone in Congress. “I think that hurts you as a congressman,” he said. “But I am going to start advocating for term limits.” Labrador said he was contemplating a self-imposed limit, but the daughter of the late Idaho Rep. Helen Chenoweth, who voluntarily limited herself to three terms or six years in Congress, “just begged me, 'do not self-impose,'” Labrador said. “She always regretted it.” Chenoweth represented Idaho's 1st District, the same district in which Labrador now serves.

Labrador says after experiencing D.C., he’s now in favor of term limits

Freshman Idaho Rep. Raul Labrador, in response to a question about term limits at the Boise City Club today, said, “This is actually an area where I have changed in the last eight months. I believe that we need term limits in politics, especially congressional politics.” He said in his months in Washington, D.C., “I have heard people actively voice openly that the reason that theyre not making the tough decisions they have to make … is because they're worried about the next election.” Asked by moderator Jim Weatherby if his change of heart on term limits extends to state offices as well, Labrador said, “Yes.”

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