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Boxer pans Fiorina's proposal on term limits

August 23, 2010 |  7:03 pm

U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer doesn't seem to think much of her rival Carly Fiorina’s proposal for congressional term limits that ensure that no member stays longer than 12 years in each house.

The chances of passage of the proposal are slim considering that it would require a constitutional amendment. But don't expect political realities to keep Fiorina from bringing it up on the campaign trail since she already seizes every opportunity she can to remind voters how long Boxer has been in office.

Fiorina  has pledged to serve a maximum of two six-year terms in the Senate if she is elected.

After a discussion on transportation policy with Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa at City Hall on Monday, Boxer said she believed the “founders had faith in the voters" to make decisions about how long a politician should stick around.

“I put my faith in the voters: they can kick me out if they want; they can elect me if they want,” Boxer said. “My opponent isn’t even there yet and she’s saying she’ll stay 12 years. She didn’t even stay 12 years at Hewlett-Packard—they fired her. So I mean, I don’t know how this is relevant to this incredibly important election.”

-- Maeve Reston in Los Angeles

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