“We need to stick with what works.” said Vice President Joe Biden
WASHINGTON – Congress has repealed the Twenty Second Amendment to the constitution. This will allow any active President, who’s approval rating is above 60% to run beyond a second term. Currently President Obama’s approval rating is at an all time high of 65%. This means the President is eligible to run for a third term. A reelection for President Obama is completely plausible considering he won his second election in 2012 with a staggering 332 electoral votes in spite of a bad economy and his own unfavorable policies.
A third reelection for President Obama would make him the second president to serve more than two terms. Franklin D. Roosevelt won his third election in 1940 and won his fourth in 1944 making him the only president to hold office for four terms. In 1947 the Twenty Second Amendment was passed which limits the number of times that a person can be elected president.
After the Twenty Second Amendment was ratified by the states in 1951 several members of Congress have introduced bills to repeal the amendment. The latest was in 2013 by representative Jose Serrano but the bill was tabled. Similar bills in the past were presented by Representative Steny Hoyer and current Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell sponsored a similar bill in 1995 during the Clinton administration. Barney Frank also presented bills to repeal the 22nd Amendment. Legislators never held any interest in pursuing a Twenty Second Amendment repeal because most people are supportive with term limits for the President.
Vice President Joe Biden spoke in Iowa recently and hinted of an Obama running for a third term. He said “Those seeking to lead this country should protect and defend it. Some say that would rely on a third term for this administration. We need to stick with what works.” There’s been no official word from President Obama or White House spokesman if he plans to run for a third term.