Anonymous
Anonymous asked in Politics & GovernmentElections · 1 month ago

Why does a candidate for president only need one running mate?

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  • Clive
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    Same as last time you asked.

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  • Tmess2
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    Technically, the Constitution does not require the president to have a running mate.  The electors vote separately for president and vice-president.

    However, all states currently use the popular vote to pick electors, and most require a "ticket" with one presidential and one vice-presidential candidate.

    More significantly, the rules of election require a majority of the electoral votes to win. If nobody gets 270 electoral votes for vice-president, the Senate picks between the top two.  So the parties and presidential candidates are only going to pick one vice-presidential candidate.  If you picked two or three, each would get some votes from some state which could results in party A having two vice-presidential candidates getting 170 votes and 130 votes respectively and party B having one candidate who gets 238 electoral votes.  Then, when it went to the Senate, if party B had a majority of the votes in the Senate, they could saddle a President of party A with a vice-president of party B.  So, from a long-term strategic point of view, it would be extremely dumb to have different vice-presidential candidates for different states.

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  • 1 month ago

    It's in the Constitution. The 12th Amendment.

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  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    To assume the presidency in case of absence 

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