A national organization advocating for term limits in Congress is throwing its support and money behind Republican U.S. Senate candidate Richard Mourdock, who is trying to unseat six-term incumbent senator Richard Lugar.
Term Limits America is a political action committee whose goal is to get a constitutional amendment passed instituting term limits for Congress – three terms in the House and two terms in the Senate.
Monday, Richard Mourdock received the only political endorsement nationwide the PAC is making this election cycle. Mourdock says he’s long supported the idea of term limits, and if he is elected, he will limit himself, only running for two terms.
“When the odds are what they are against an incumbent, a lot of good people otherwise sit on the sidelines,” Mourdock says. “So I think those who think that they are indispensable are quite incorrect.”
Incumbents in Congress are reelected nearly 95 percent of the time. Lugar campaign spokesman Andy Fisher says seniority and experience are vital qualities.
“There are lots of job creation, deficit reduction and national security issues that would never have happened had Lugar not served more than two terms in the Senate.” Fisher says.
The Term Limits PAC endorsement comes with a $5,000 donation and an outreach effort to voters in the state on behalf of Mourdock.