This Tuesday’s New Hampshire primary has the potential to offer another dramatic moment in presidential election history. Here’s a look back at five reasons why the nation’s first primary is so closely watched.
Currently browsing: 22nd Amendment
On Tuesday, President Barack Obama jested that he could win a third term in office, but that he was also glad he was constitutionally barred from running. While Obama spoke in a context about African leaders, the comments caused discussion back home about third-term Presidents in general.
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie declared his presidential intentions on Tuesday in what appears to be crowded GOP field. But “crowded” is a relative word according to the FEC’s official list of candidates.
On February 27, 1951, the 22nd Amendment was ratified, blocking any President from serving more than two terms or 10 years in office. So why was there a big push for tenure for the chief executive?
Following Franklin D. Roosevelt’s election to third and fourth terms, this amendment set a future limit at two terms.