chapter 12 president - Must get 270 EC votes General...

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PRESIDENT Most recognized political actor (96%) Expected to be better than the people Expected to one of the people Expectations can lead to isolation FORMAL POWERS AND DUTIES Outlined in Article II of Constitution (fairly general) Commander in Chief Make Treaties (with “advise” of Senate) Appoint ministers and judges (with “advise” of Senate) State of the Union (from “time to time”) Recommend legislation Make sure that the laws are faithfully executed
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MAJOR ROLES Chief of State Chief of Foreign Policy Commander in Chief Chief Executive Chief Legislator Chief Economic Officer Head of Party
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PRESIDENTIAL POWERS FORMAL VETO EXECUTIVE ORDERS EXECUTIVE AGREEMENTS APPOINTMENTS BUDGET PREPARATION COMMITMENT OF TROOPS INFORMAL USE OF MEDIA PERSONAL BARGAINING SKILLS PUBLIC SUPPORT
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GETTING ELECTED Electoral College votes are key
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Unformatted text preview: Must get 270 EC votes General strategies include concentrating on large states protecting your base targeting the most time for contested states Generally (but not always) seek a more centrist position to attract voters beyond your base Before the general election (primary) a different strategy Must go to the side and then the middle (primary voters are more base voters) Must have money Must show that you can win in multiple sections of the country Ideally you win early WHO BECOMES PRESIDENT? Formal Requirements : At least 35 years of age Native born U.S. citizen 14 years residence (immediately prior to service) Informal Characteristics : (perhaps a changing list?) White Male Anglo-Saxon (Western European) heritage Religion (Protestant) Educated (at least college grad) Prior economic or political success...
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