When Colorado voters go to the polls on November 6, they will not see the name of their two-term Republican Senator, William Armstrong, on the ballot. In spite of a virtual guarantee of re-election, Armstrong announced last year he was retiring after 12 years in the Senate and returning to two life-long interests: his radio and television business and evangelism.
A staunch political conservative and outspoken evangelical, Armstrong was known in the Senate for his willingness to abandon party lines or stall the process if he disliked a piece of legislation. When asked by CHRISTIANITY TODAY in an interview last month what bill he would put forth if its passage were guaranteed, Armstrong answered without hesitation: limit the terms for members of Congress.
What prompted your decision to retire?
I really believe in citizen legislators. The ideal of the founding fathers was for citizens to leave their farms and businesses, come to Congress to govern the country, and then return home. I’ve always intended to return home.
Did you make a difference while you were here?
That’s for others to say more than me. In the largest sense, there are things that I’ve done here that somebody else might have done if I hadn’t. If there was work he wanted done, God could have made a senator out of a stone to do it. However, I do feel I made a difference on issues like tax policy, the Year of the Bible, and religious liberty. And I’m not at all sure that even the ones we lost didn’t serve their intended purpose. In many cases, just fighting the battle was the purpose.
What advice would you give to people entering the political process?
I would tell them to enter with a clear idea of what they want to accomplish and what they really care about. Then, I ...1
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