Mike Huckabee Wants Term Limits for Supreme Court Justices

Perennial presidential candidate Mike Huckabee thinks Supreme Court justices should not be appointed for life.

The Los Angeles Times reports Huckabee says the nation's founders did not intend for anyone to have a lifetime post.

"If the president who appoints them can only serve eight years, the person they appoint should never serve 40. That has never made sense to me; it defies that sense of public service," he said. 

Such a move would require a constitutional amendment. Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry and Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, two other potential 2016 candidates for the Republican nomination, have also backed court term limits.

Huckabee said the Federalist Papers, written by Alexander Hamilton, James Madison and John Jay, supported his view that the nation's founders came close to imposing judicial term limits in the Constitution; they never could have imagined people would want to serve in government for decades, he said.

Huckabee also suggested term limits for all branches of government. He made his comments during a speech at the Nixon Presidential Library in California.