12/17/2012 01:22 pm ET

Joe Lieberman: Term Limits Would Make Congress 'Healthier And Less Partisan' (VIDEO)

Outgoing Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) offered support over the weekend for enacting term limits for both senators and House representatives.

During an exit interview with Connecticut's WFSB that aired on Sunday, Lieberman admitted that his 24 years, or six terms, in the Senate had led him to believe that Congress would function better if were "changed more often."

“Particularly -- and I don’t mean this derogatorily -- in the House, where people really tend to serve longer in one-party districts. And I think the place might be healthier and less partisan and less rigid if it turned over more often, and term limits are one way to do that,” Lieberman said.

Lieberman didn't give any specific suggestions about how long he'd allow lawmakers to serve, but the stance marks a change from comments given in his book, "In Praise Of Public Life," in which he argued that term limits would give way to too many inexperienced legislators who would be incapable of governing effectively.

In his interview with WFSB, Lieberman also spoke in favor of eliminating the Electoral College, which ended up ensuring his loss as a vice-presidential candidate in 2000, when he and his running mate, Al Gore, won the popular vote but were ultimately defeated.

“It’s kind of amazing, looking back at 2000, that there was not a whimper of an attempt to end the Electoral College," Lieberman said, according to Politico. "The Electoral College was actually created by our founders to guarantee what they worried would be a mistake, protect them from a mistake by the voters. But in this country, we have confidence in the voters.”


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