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article imageFormer U.S. Pres. Clinton says presidents should serve third term

By Andrew Moran     Nov 9, 2011 in Politics
New York - Former United States President Bill Clinton said in a recent television interview that he supports the idea of letting a two-term Commander-in-chief take time off and then be allowed to run for the White House for a third term.
Former U.S. President Bill Clinton left office with one of the highest approval ratings in presidential history with nearly 70 percent approving of his job as the head of state.
Many of his supporters were saddened that Clinton could not run for a third term due to the 22nd Amendment in the U.S. Constitution, which does not permit a president to serve more than two terms.
Although Franklin Delano Roosevelt was a three-term president, the XXII Amendment was not introduced until 1951 when they concluded that since George Washington did not serve a third term, the Founding Fathers believed two terms were enough for the incumbent.
In an interview on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” the former Democratic president promoted his new book “Back to Work,” talked about President Barack Obama, the state of politics and the present field of GOP candidates.
When asked by former Republican Congressman Joe Scarborough if the American people should have the choice of electing a president to a third term, Clinton responded that he always thought a president should be allowed to leave office for a short time and then run for a third term.
“I've always thought that should be the rule,” said Clinton. “I think as a practical matter, you couldn't apply it to anyone who has already served, but going forward, I personally believe that should be the rule.”
He also explained that people are living longer and are able to perform “greater capacities.” “So I've always thought that should be the rule, not to affect me or anyone that's served, but going forward.”
Clinton did note, though, that you couldn’t apply it to anyone who has already served as president.
The former governor's new book deals with ways to improve the U.S. economy and get the people back to work.
Controversy has already occurred with his new book. Analysts say that a passage of his new book is interpreted as a criticism of Pres. Obama. Clinton is now recanting the passage of the book.
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