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Brown's Past Support for Term Limits Has Waned

Renacci calls Brown a "career politician" and vows to only serve two terms as senator.

July 12, 2018, 11:05 a.m.

Sen. Sherrod Brown (D) was initially supportive of term limits when he first entered Congress in 1992, but over the years, his enthusiasm for the concept has waned. “Brown backed several term limits proposals when he first arrived in Washington, including a 1997 proposed Constitutional amendment that would lawmakers to serving 12 years in office. That measure fell 69 votes short of the amount needed for approval and did not become law.”

“By the time he'd served 12 years in Congress, Brown had soured on the term limits concept. In 2004, Brown told the Associated Press that he changed his mind after concluding term limits kept local lawmakers too focused on learning their jobs and being re-elected than dealing with longer-term problems like school funding, health care and the budget.”

Rep. Jim Renacci (R) appears to be making the concept of term limits a campaign issue, taking shots at Brown’s long stint in Congress and vowing to serve a limited number of terms if he wins.

Renacci: “There are too many career politicians in Washington. The problem with career politicians is that they make decisions based on their next election instead of the next generation. I'm a small business owner, not a career politician like Sherrod Brown. I want to serve the great state of Ohio by sharing my first-hand experience as a small business owner - and then come back home to Ohio. That's why I'm pledging to the people of Ohio to serve no more than two terms in the U.S. Senate." (Cleveland Plain Dealer)

SUIT UP. Brown wears his support for American businesses on his sleeve, buying "all of his suits from the Keystone Tailored Manufacturing plant located about ten miles away from his Cleveland-area home. The factory sews and assembles suits for seven different lines, including Hart Schaffner Marx, Brown’s favorite brand.”

The flag pins that Brown wears on his lapels and even his family’s cars also come from Ohio. President Trump has publicly taken a similar “Buy American” stance, but he and his daughter Ivanka’s companies do a lot of manufacturing overseas.

Brown: “His family continues to make a lot of money off of outsourcing jobs. I can take the president or his family to Hart Schaffner Marx in Brooklyn. I can take them to an Ohio tableware company, I can take him to a glassware company in Toledo.” (Time)

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