Presentation on theme: "DO NOW: What characteristics or traits should a President have?"— Presentation transcript:
DO NOW: What characteristics or traits should a President have?
Aim: Should there be further limits to presidential power?
Qualifications 4 year term Elected by Electoral College Must be 35 Natural born citizen Resident of US for 14 yrs
The Presidency Selection Process, Terms, and Powers
The Electoral College Organized every 4 years, only for Presidential elections State’s electors equal to sum of Representatives and Senators Most votes: President; Second most: Vice President. (Changed in 1804) No majority: House of Representatives decides, one vote per state delegation
It was assumed that most elections would be determined by the House of Representatives, because no candidate would win a majority of electoral votes.
Presidential Terms Unlimited four-year terms 22 nd Amendment (1951) limited the number of terms to two
Presidential Powers Executive Carrying out and enforcing federal laws Nominating candidates for federal office Negotiating treaties Conducting wars (Commander in Chief)
Presidential Powers Non-Executive Pardon individuals convicted of federal crimes Send and receive ambassadors
Presidential Powers Shared (Great example of checks and balances) President can veto Congressional bill; Congress can override with 2/3 of each house President nominates executive officials and federal judges – must be approved by Senate Presidentially negotiated treaties require approval of 2/3 of Senate Only Congress can declare war and control the money