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Polsci 3/26/09 Core Powers of the President: President as the Head of the Government Choosing a Vice President Originally the 2 nd place runner-up in the Electoral College became the Vice President. However, having a majority was not necessary. With the rise of parties and the adoption of the 12 th amendment, parties would field a national ticket. Since 1940, beginning with FDR’s personal preference for Henry Wallace to be his VP, the selection of the vice-presidential nominee became responsibility of the presidential nominee. o 1 st true decision the possible President has to make. Chosen around Democratic/Republican National Elections in July/August. o What might this President be about? (By looking at his VP) o Think of Presidency as a team. Nearly 1/3 rd of all our Presidents have served as Vice Presidents. o 5 elected directly from VP President o 14/43 have served VP office o On the ballot the President and Vice President come as a package, so you’re voting for a team.
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