VP Rules

Image result for seal of the vice president of usRecent Bob Corker comments as to who should Donald Trump select as his running mate has made the rounds this week.

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The qualifications for VP are the same as for the President:  at least 35 years of age; natural born citizen; and presumably could not have previous served 2-terms as president (for the B. Obama and B. Clinton fans)- although this last one has not been tested in the courts.

One other consideration:  the 12th Amendment.

The Electors shall meet in their respective states, and vote by ballot for President and Vice-President, one of whom, at least, shall not be an inhabitant of the same state with themselves; they shall name in their ballots the person voted for as President, and in distinct ballots the person voted for as Vice-President…

This happened with Dick Cheney, who was a resident of Texas along with GW Bush.  So prior to his announcement he changed his resident status to Wyoming.

If Ivanka joins the ticket, If she does not change her residency from New York, then New York’s 29 electoral votes would not be available to that ticket.

The other calculation would be to create a ticket with the broadest appeal, or strategic selection, as in a popular candidate from a swing state with a large number of electoral votes (e.g., Ohio, Florida).

So this is basically a non-story, but I just wanted to provide some background that may not be provided in other news sources.


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