Rep. Jim RenacciJames (Jim) B. RenacciOhio is suddenly a 2020 battleground Democrats fear Ohio slipping further away in 2020 Medicare for All won’t deliver what Democrats promise MORE (R-Ohio) vowed on Tuesday that, if elected to the Senate, he will not serve more than two terms.
Renacci, who is challenging Sen. Sherrod BrownSherrod Campbell BrownHillicon Valley: Senators raise concerns over government surveillance of protests | Amazon pauses police use of its facial recognition tech | FBI warns hackers are targeting mobile banking apps Democratic senators raise concerns over government surveillance of protests Some realistic solutions for income inequality MORE (D) in November, told supporters at a press conference that he supports term limits as a way to restore accountability in Washington, D.C.
“Let’s face it, term limits are supported by so many people, whether it’s Republicans, Democrats, independents … and I think it’s important,” Renacci said. “I’ve said all along Washington is broken. I said the best way to fix Washington is two things, and one of those key things is term limits.”
The problem with career politicians is that they make decisions based on their next election instead of the next generation. I’m a small biz owner, not a career politician like Brown. That’s why I’m pledging to the people of Ohio to serve no more than 2 Senate terms. #OHSen pic.twitter.com/UmhFF7qqNW
— Jim Renacci (@JimRenacci) July 10, 2018
He knocked Brown as out of touch with Ohioans after years of service in Washington. Brown is seeking his third term in the Senate after serving in the House for 14 years.
Brown’s office and Ohio Democrats were quick to criticize Renacci and call out what they viewed as hypocrisy in his pledge. They noted he is in the middle of his fourth term in the House and previously served as a lobbyist and held local political offices.
– Been in politics since 1999
– Is a four-term Congressman
– Was running for governor, then switched to the Senate race because he thought it was easier to win
– Was a registered lobbyist while in Congress#OHSen https://t.co/cLULYeJSfT
— Lara Sisselman (@larasisselman) July 10, 2018
Renacci secured the Republican nomination last month to challenge Brown. President TrumpDonald John TrumpSenate advances public lands bill in late-night vote Warren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases Esper orders ‘After Action Review’ of National Guard’s role in protests MORE has endorsed Renacci in the race.
Trump has previously voiced support for congressional term limits, though the idea has not gained traction with high-ranking lawmakers.
The Cook Political Report, a nonpartisan elections analyst, rates the Ohio Senate race as leaning Democratic.
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