Byrd supported Barack Obama for President in 2008. He also opposed the Invasion of Iraq in 2003 and was one of a few Senators to oppose the nomination of Wall Street insider Timothy Geithner as Treasury secretary.
Behind the cut is a poll which questions whether Byrd was a great legislator, or a racist who publicly abandoned blatant racism motivated by political opportunism. It also questions whether or not term limits should exist in congress.
Today Senator Robert Byrd of Virginia died at the age of 92. Should there be an age limit for persons who serve in congress?
If there should be a mandatory age of retirement for persons serving in congress, what should that age be?
Byrd was a Senator for over 51 years. Should a person be permitted to serve for that long, or should there be some sort of term limits?
If there should be term limits, what is a reasonable limit for senators (who serve a term of 6 years)?
Byrd was a member of the Ku Klux Klan in his youth and made a number of blatantly racist statements even after being elected. He fillibustered the Civil Rights Act of 1964, but later recanted his earlier racist positions and apologized for them. He also supported Barack Obama for President. Should Byrd be forgiven for his earlier racist views?