Lois Frankel and Adam Hasner, former state legislators battling for the same congressional seat, addressed the Forum Club of the Palm Beaches Monday.
Though it was not a debate, the contrast between the two candidates became clear in many of their answers to audience questions.
What had the room talking after the event was the answer each candidate had to offer on term limits.
Hasner has been emphatic about his support for term limits throughout his campaigning, saying that he wants to make congress live by the same rules as everyone else. He was unequivocal in his response.
Frankel, however, fumbled to find a way to express her disapproval of term limits.
She began her answer to the question by saying “you have to be in Congress for 20 years to get retirement, anyway.”
This is not a false statement (found on the U.S. government’s website), but it is a random fact that is part of a more complicated explanation of retirement and term limits.
Members of Congress are not eligible for a pension until they reach the age of 50, but only if they’ve completed 20 years of service.
Frankel went on to say, it should be up to the voters to decide, and then diverted the conversation to the “amount of money in politics and who’s behind electing candidates”
Frankel’s position was very clear, however, in 2010 when she pushed for an end to term limits to run for a third term as Mayor of West Palm Beach. Frankel was unsuccessful in this unpopular move as the community and city commissioners fought back. See the news report here.
Hasner and Frankel answer the question on term limits.
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