"I plan only to serve two terms in the U.S. Senate," said Pat Roberts in 1996.
Roberts was a Republican congressman at the time running to replace retiring Sen. Nancy Kassebaum.
Roberts is today running for his fourth term as senator and is in a tight race against independent candidate Greg Orman, a businessman.
Roberts was one of the few candidates that year vehemently resisting taking a term-limits pledge in 1996, saying he was wary of the idea.
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