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The Vice President and Presidential Succession

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The Vice President and Presidential Succession Under the Constitution, the vice president serves as the president of the Senate (voting  only to break ties) and succeeds the president in the event of death, resignation, or the  inability of the president to discharge duties. The process of presidential succession was  changed through the Twenty-fifth Amendment, which was a response to the transition  following the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in 1963. The orderly transition  of power in the executive branch is one of the hallmarks of U.S. constitutional  government.  The selection of the vice president Although the vice president is only "a heartbeat away from the presidency," politics  influences this individual's selection more than any qualifications to hold the highest 
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Unformatted text preview: office. President Kennedy chose Lyndon Johnson as his running mate primarily because Johnson was a Southerner who could help carry the key state of Texas; that Johnson was the powerful majority leader of the Senate was less important. Walter Mondale's background in the Senate, on the other hand, made him a logical vice president for Jimmy Carter, who was the governor of Georgia and running as a Washington outsider. In the case of Dick Cheney, George W. Bush's vice president, experience was likely key; while the president had been a two-term governor of Texas, Cheney served in Congress, as White House chief of staff, and secretary of defense....
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