Finally, Jim DeMint and I see eye to eye. Yesterday, South Carolina’s junior senator announced that his intention is to serve no more than two terms in the U.S. Senate.
Late last year DeMint called for a term limits for federal lawmakers, but at the time he did not appear to be inclined to limit himself to two terms unless the rule applied to all, according to a CP report.
Now things have changed according to CNN:
“I haven’t made any public promises about what I’m going to do in the Senate, but my intent is to serve no more than two terms,” DeMint told CN2 News in Rock Hill, South Carolina.
DeMint, 58, limited himself to three terms when he served in the House from 1999 to 2005. He was asked if he intends to make a similar commitment as a senator.
“If the people in South Carolina give me a second term, and I am on the ballot this year, right now my plans are to make that my last and to give somebody else a chance at it,” he said.
The question, of course, is why the about face?
DeMint gains from this politically, but he’s already a sure shot to be re-elected, despite being a dreaded incumbent.
Perhaps DeMint has his sights set on a higher office?