Compensation $400,000/ year (since 2001) $50,000/ year expense account Is taxed on this amount too Other benefits: White House Oval Office & West Wing with staff “Air Force One Marine One Camp David, Thurmont, MD Healthcare, insurance, pension
Role of Vice President changed over time… Officially – preside over Senate and wait… For much of history, VP was ignored Considered “political suicide” to accept spot Can help “balance the ticket” Handpicked by Presidential nominee Can strengthen ticket, balance geography Today’s VPs are much more active & involved Biden, Cheney, Gore VP vacancies – nominated by Pres. confirmed by both House & Senate – majority vote VPs cannot be fired, but may also be impeached
Election Cycle for President & V.P. Primary & Caucus Elections- A primary election or electoral college is an election that narrows the field of candidates before an election for office. Winners of the primaries for each party are announced at the National Conventions Then the General Elections occurs between the Republican and Democratic candidates.
What is a & caucus? Caucuses are a series of meetings held across a state. At these meetings, party members discuss the candidates, and then openly vote for state delegates who represent the candidate they support. Less common than primaries.
What is a primary election? A Primary Election is a nominating election. Winning the party’s nomination is the first step in the election process. It narrows the field in a political party to one individual.
2000 Election, Gore won Popular vote, lost election!
Electoral College In each state, the popular vote is counted. The Winner of the Popular vote, takes ALL OF THE ELECTORAL VOTES FOR THAT STATE!
2008 ELECTION- OHIO VOTE BARACK OBAMA WON JUST 51 PERCENT OF THE POPULAR VOTE IN OHIO AND WON ALL OF THE STATES 20 ELECTORAL VOTES DESPITE THE FACT THAT SOME 2.5 MILLION OHIOANS VOTED FORE HIS REPUBLICAN OPPOENT, JOHN McCain!