The American Vice Presidency Reconsidered by Jody C. Baumgartner

By Jody C. Baumgartner

Since 1960 the workplace of the vice presidency of the U.S. has advanced right into a essentially varied establishment than the single the founders expected, attracting better-qualified aspirants who might be referred to as upon to accomplish various very important projects. This e-book bargains a corrective to the overwhelmingly damaging view that american citizens have had in their vice presidents via demonstrating how the position has replaced through the years. moreover, Baumgartner examines those that have been applicants for vice chairman yet who weren't elected. The ebook is prepared thematically based on the occupation course of the vp, from the choice strategy via crusade and nomination to election, provider in place of work, and post-White condo contributions.

John Adams famously referred to as the vice presidency, the main insignificant place of work that ever the discovery of guy contrived or his mind's eye conceived. Harry Truman referred to as it, approximately as invaluable as a cow's 5th teat. How issues have replaced in an international the place many contemplate vp Dick Cheney the main strong determine within the present administration.

Since 1960 the place of work of the vice presidency of the USA has advanced right into a essentially assorted establishment than the single the founders estimated, attracting better-qualified aspirants who might be known as upon to accomplish quite a few vital projects. not a ceremonial figurehead or legislative drudge, the vp this present day consults heavily with the president and performs an incredible function in govt judgements. people who are selected as working associates are tested extra completely than ever earlier than, now not only for the advance they could supply the presidential candidate within the common election, but additionally for the type of president they may be if destiny known as upon them to serve.

In a ebook that's as readable because it is interesting, Baumgartner deals a corrective to the overwhelmingly adverse view american citizens have had in their vice presidents through demonstrating how the position has replaced over the years. surroundings the degree with a trip to the Constitutional conference and a quick examine pre-modern vice presidents, he examines the nineteen males and one girl who've been vice presidents or applicants for the workplace on account that 1960. His insightful e-book is prepared thematically based on the occupation course of the vice president-from the choice approach in the course of the crusade and nomination to election, provider in workplace, and post-White condo contributions.

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1 Many became presidential candidates subsequent to their run for the vice presidency. 1 lists these individuals. In this chapter we explore the background and experience of second selections in the modern era. We will begin by looking at personal attributes of the candidates, including their race, gender, religion, socioeconomic background, educational attainment, whether they came from a political family or served in the military, and their prepolitical occupations. Next, various aspects of their political careers will be considered: the age at which they first held political office; which offices they have held at which levels of government throughout their careers; how long they held those positions; and the office they held immediately prior to their nomination.

The exceptions were Hubert Humphrey, Nelson Rockefeller, Geraldine Ferraro, Richard Cheney, Joseph Lieberman, and John Edwards. The higher proportion of candidates with military background in this period can be explained by the fact that the United States had more military conflicts or wars in the twentieth century. 7 Lloyd Bentsen was the last vice presidential nominee to have been a WWII veteran. Al Gore served in the conflict in Vietnam, while Jack Kemp and Dan Quayle each served in the reserves.

Bush in the rather exclusive club of being the only sitting vice presidents in the postTwelfth Amendment era to win the presidency immediately following their terms as vice president. qxd 6/2/06 10:37 AM Page 23 Afterthought? The Premodern Vice Presidency • 23 who was Ulysses Grant’s second vice president; Thomas Hendricks, who was Grover Cleveland’s first vice president; and Garret Hobart, who was William McKinley’s vice president. John Calhoun, who served under both John Q. Adams and Andrew Jackson, resigned late in his second term as the result of differences with Jackson, then successfully ran for the Senate in South Carolina.

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