Why does a candidate for president only need one running mate?
- CliveLv 71 month ago
Same as last time you asked.
- Tmess2Lv 71 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.
- ocularnervosaLv 71 month ago
It's in the Constitution. The 12th Amendment.
- Anonymous1 month ago
To assume the presidency in case of absence