Both the Republican and the Democratic candidates for the late Robert Byrd’s U.S. Senate seat in West Virginia say they would limit the time they serve if they win. Republican John Raese says he wants to fill the two years left on Byrd's unexpired term and then serve one more six-year term before handing the seat over.
"There is a human nature to try and re-elect yourself, and that's when I think our politicians get in a lot of trouble," the Morgantown businessman said. "If we had term limits, it would take that situation and remove it."
Raese said the ideal term should be two six-year terms for senators and three two-year terms for representatives. But he also believes it would be difficult to get such legislation passed.
Manchin said he would like to serve Byrd's unexpired term, and then two more full terms before retiring from politics.
"I'm telling you that I will be two full terms maximum, if I'm elected and able, two full terms," Manchin said. "I guarantee you, 12 years will be more than enough time."
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