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1 Presidential Succession

2 Presidential Succession
WHAT: Is the plan by which a vacancy in the office of President gets filled 25th Amendment (1967) Established that the Vice President takes over if the President is removed, dies or resigns from office New President Lyndon Johnson was sworn in aboard Air Force One, following the assassination of John F. Kennedy in 1963.

3 Presidential Succession
Congress fixed the order of succession if the VP is unable to serve Vice President Speaker of the House President pro tempore of the Senate Secretary of the Sate Secretary of the Treasury Then each of the other heads of the Cabinet departments (p. 359)

4 What happens if the President becomes disabled. (i. e
What happens if the President becomes disabled ? (i.e., unable to perform his duties) The 25th Amendment outlines what to do …The VP becomes acting President if the President tells the Congress he can’t do his job or if the VP and a majority of the Cabinet tell the Congress that the President is disabled

5 Two Presidents have used the disability provision:
R. Reagan transferred power to George H.W. Bush for 8 hours while having surgery George W. Bush transferred his power to Dick Cheney for 2 hours during a medical procedure

6 I am nothing, but I may be everything”
Vice President “I am the Vice President. In this I am nothing, but I may be everything” - John Adams, the first VP 46 men have served as VP 14 of these men later became President

7 The VP’s house Official residence for the VP since 1974

8 The Vice President’s Duties
Presides over the Senate “The Vice President of the United States shall be President of the Senate, but shall have no Vote, unless they be equally divided” B. Breaks a tie in the Senate (John Adams cast 29 tie-breaking votes) C. Helps decide the question of Presidential disability

9 “Balance the ticket” WHAT:
The VP is selected to help the presidential candidate appeal to a broader range of voters It strengthen his chances to win They look at his racial, ethnic, gender, ideological characteristics

10 VP Succession The VP has been vacant 18 times, 9 times by succession to Presidency and 7 times by death, twice due to resignation The 25th Amendment outlines what to do: The President nominates a candidate who must be confirmed by a majority vote of both houses First implemented in 1973

11 The role of the VP has changed in recent years … WHY? HOW?
The media has made the office more important VP is always in the news VP is held accountable for the decisions and results of the executive branch Is a platform to the Presidency Better qualified candidates Bill Clinton and G.W. Bush have given their VP’s more power than other Presidents

12 Recent VP’s – Dick Cheney Current: Joe Biden

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