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How many terms can a president serve?

What is the real case? can a president serve more than 8 years in office?

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  • 6 years ago
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    Only 2terms although I did hear Obama is working on changing that rule.

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  • Bob B
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    6 years ago

    Ordinarily, only two terms, with a total of 8 years.

    The only exception is if the existing president dies or is removed, and the vice-president takes over. In that case, provided they serve as president for less than 2 years before an election, then they still have 2 terms (otherwise they only get 1). So in that situation the president could serve 10 years. Two terms used to be an informal limit, until FDR managed to win the election 4 times in a row.

    And no, Obama is not trying to change this, or take over forever, or any other such nonsense as some people seem to think. At the end of this term, he cannot run for office again.

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  • John
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    6 years ago

    At present a President can be elected to no more than two terms in office. However, if a president dies in office and the vice president takes over the vice president can still run for 2 terms of office so in theory a single person could serve for almost three terms under the present law.

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  • 6 years ago

    In 1940, Franklin D. Roosevelt became the only president to be elected to a third term; supporters cited the war in Europe as a reason for breaking with precedent.

    In the 1944 election, during World War II, Roosevelt won a fourth term but suffered a cerebral hemorrhage and died in office the following year

    Section 1. 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. But this article shall not apply to any person holding the office of President when this article was proposed by the Congress, and shall not prevent any person who may be holding the office of President, or acting as President, during the term within which this article becomes operative from holding the office of President or acting as President during the remainder of such term.

    Section 2. This article shall be inoperative unless it shall have been ratified as an amendment to the Constitution by the legislatures of three-fourths of the several states within seven years from the date of its submission to the states by the Congress

    February 1951, enough states ratified the amendment for its adoption. While excluded from the amendment's restrictions, then-President Harry S. Truman ultimately decided not to seek another term in 1952.[3] ( wikipidia, 2014)

    He can run for as many terms as he wants ain't that a b*tch

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  • 4 years ago

    2 terms

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  • 6 years ago

    if a new President takes over a term that has less than 2 years remaining, they can serve 2 more full terms, for an absolute maximum of 10 years

    Source(s): 22nd Amendment
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  • 6 years ago

    Franklin Roosevelt was elected four times. Congress passed a law in 1952 to limit a president to two consecutive terms. I'm sure if Obama's legal team can find a way around it, they will.

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  • 6 years ago

    Two (2) terms in the US and terms vary in other countries.

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  • 6 years ago

    No. At first it was just a tradition, till FDR did three terms, and died in the last term. To ensure no one would rule till death, they made it law.

    Source(s): Experience
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  • Anonymous
    4 years ago

    It takes 8 seconds for the Yahoo Answers web page to display for me to be able to click on the [add your answer] box. does this mean my laptop is slow?

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