Is it possible for a former President of The United States to ever become a Vice-President?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    I assume you are referring to a former President who has served two terms. Former president Clinton has said he doesn't believe he could legally serve as vice-president. His reasoning goes like this:

    1. Article II of the constitution states: "No person except a natural born citizen, or a citizen of the United States, at the time of the adoption of this Constitution, shall be eligible to the office of President; neither shall any person be eligible to that office who shall not have attained to the age of thirty-five years, and been fourteen years a resident within the United States.

    2. The 12th amendment to the constitution states that "no person constitutionally ineligible to the office of President shall be eligible to that of Vice President of the United States."

    3. The 22nd second amendment states: "No person shall be elected to the office of the President more than twice, and no person who has held the office of President, or acted as President, for more than two years of a term to which some other person was elected President shall be elected to the office of the President more than once. "

    4. Since he couldn't be elected president again, he believes that it would violate the spirit of the constitution for him to be elected vice-president.

    However, some people have argued that there is a difference between the qualifications to be "eligible to the office of president" and the qualifications to be "elected" president; and have argued that a twice elected president such as Clinton could later be elected vice-president.

    The issue came up in 1964, when there was talk of a Goldwater-Eisenhower ticket.

    See: http://www.presidentelect.org/art_preztoveep.html

    and

    http://volokh.com/archives/archive_2006_06_18-2006...

  • 1 decade ago

    No. Any person who is no longer constitutionally eligible for the office of President is no longer eligible for the office of Vice President. That is contained in the Twelfth Amendment to the Constitution. The 22nd Amendment to the Constitution limits a President to two terms. So, any former two-term President cannot serve as Vice President.

  • TedEx
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago

    it's been done. In the last 55 years------ Lyndon Johnson did after JFK was assassinated.

    Gerald Ford became president after Richard Nixon Resigned.

    Richard Nixon ran for, and was elected president. he was Esenhower's VP.

    Yes. It's possible.

  • lakia
    Lv 4
    4 years ago

    He comes from a screwy history, his father left him, so did his mom, he has Narcissistic character affliction and it is led to with the aid of an risky youngsters and a ought to assert administration whilst a individual grows up feeling very out of control.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Yes but not if he has already served two terms as President.

  • Yes if he has served only one term.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Bill Clinton said he does not believe it is legal.

  • 1 decade ago

    No-- not possible if you are referring to President Clinton!! That would be according to his research.

    I think it would be awesome if he could.

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