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  •  Ineligible (11+ / 0-)

    Not that the diarist's plan is remotely realistic, but this one would be clearly unconstitutional. A former two-term President is ineligible to later become Vice President. See the last line of the 12th Amendment.

    "Speaking for myself only" - Armando

    by JR on Tue May 21, 2013 at 08:18:52 AM PDT

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    •  No, not remotely realistic... (0+ / 0-)

      ...but RWNJ realistic.

      Four more years!
      Four more years!

    •  not sure (4+ / 0-)

      The last line of the 12th amendment says:

       "But no person constitutionally ineligible to the office of President shall be eligible to that of Vice-President of the United States."

      However, the 22nd amendment only prohibits Obama from being ELECTED president.  It says nothing about his eligibility (35 years old, native-born, etc.).   He could possibly be president without being elected (see Ford, Gerald).    Makes one wonder if Hillary could choose Bill as her running mate....

      •  no Clinton/Clinton ticket (0+ / 0-)

           unless one of them moved out. You can't have a Prez and Veep from the same state. Bill would have to move back to Little Rock or somewhere else outside of NY.

            It is not a good idea, anyway...

        Diehard Swingnut, disgruntled Democrat, age 54, new CA-30

        by Zack from the SFV on Tue May 21, 2013 at 09:15:51 AM PDT

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        •  Sure you can. (0+ / 0-)

          The Electors cannot vote from two people from their own state, but must choose at least one candidate from another state. If Bush and Cheney had wanted to both claim Texas residency in 2000, they could have, so long as the Electors from Texas voted for someone out-of-state for VP.

          The actual prohibition from the 12th Amendment:

          The Electors shall meet in their respective states, and vote by ballot for President and Vice-President, one of whom, at least, shall not be an inhabitant of the same state with themselves
          The "themselves" there are the Electors.

          Put in simpler language, each Elector has to vote for at least one person from another state. For example, if I'm an Elector from Florida, and the two names on the ticket are both from New York (say, Clinton/Cuomo), I can still vote for both of them; if I'm an Elector from New York, I have to pick someone else for VP, and risk Congress getting to make the final decision if Cuomo ends up without a majority.

          "Speaking for myself only" - Armando

          by JR on Tue May 21, 2013 at 10:19:40 AM PDT

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        •  Hmmm, how old is Chelsea ? (0+ / 0-)

          I think she would just barely be old enough. Wouldn't that be a hoot?

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