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Why did the Founding Fathers create the Vice Presidency?

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Devlyn Brisson The Presidency Dr. Fistek Why did the Founding Fathers create the Vice Presidency? It appears to me that the vice president serves little or no significant purposes in the American political system. When I think of the role of vice president, the only thing that comes to mind is the fact that if the president dies or is not able to hold office it is the job of the vice president to take over as president. I am sure I share this ideology with many others; however, the role of the vice president is far more complex than that. In this paper, I will discuss the position of the vice presidency and the role of the 25th amendment. The Framers devoted little attention to the vice president's duties when designing this role. They provided that "he shall be president of the Senate, but shall have no vote, unless they be evenly divided" (U.S. Senate). I feel that when the Framers sat down to debate the powers of the presidency, they were fearful of a powerful executive that would in any way resemble in its powers of the King of England. ...read more.


The vice presidency has also served as an important training ground for future presidents. "One third of America's presidents were first vice presidents, including five of the last nine" (This Nation). Another significant role they play is "balancing a ticket." Vice presidents can play an important role in the election campaigns of the presidential candidates with whom they run. It is important for a presidential candidate to select a likable running mate who he can trust and rely on. For example, John Kerry who just ran last election for president chose John Edwards a U.S. Senator from North Carolina to be his running mate. He chose Edwards on the platform that he was more charismatic and we can assume that he would be able to attract more votes for Kerry, considering his humble background and good looks. He was someone that Kerry chose to further his campaign and gain support nation wide. The 25th Amendment clarifies even further the line of succession to the Presidency, and establishes rules for a President who becomes unable to perform his duties while in office. (Legal Information Statute). ...read more.


President is unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office, the Vice President shall continue to discharge the same as Acting President; otherwise, the President shall resume the powers and duties of his office (U.S. Constitution). As you can see, the vice presidents role is an ambiguous position, with little responsibilities. Vice presidents who served in the past would agree with me. During John Adams tenure as vice president, he remarked: "My country has in its wisdom contrived for me the most insignificant office that ever the invention of man contrived or his imagination conceived." Because of the primary role of the vice president sitting and waiting in the wings, Lyndon Johnson once said, "Every time I came into John F. Kennedy's presence, I felt like a raven hovering over his shoulders." Even these two veteran vice presidents agree with me. The role or position of the vice president is an ambiguous role, where one often wonders his or her significance or purpose in the American political system. Reference Page http://www.thisnation.com/question/039.html http://www.senate.gov/artandhistory/ history/common/briefing/Vice_President.htm - 92k www.answers.com/topic/ twenty-fifth-amendment-to-the-united-states-constitution - 55k www.usconstitution.net/constquick.html - 25k ...read more.

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