FrostedApe Report This Comment
Date: October 05, 2008 12:22AM
A couple days before the debate, I heard someone on the radio say she needed to
stick to what she does best, "glittering generalities", which is true,
and pretty much exactly what she did. She's just running for VP, folks. Much
too much has been made of her, and of Biden, too. VP. Say it with me... VP...
VICE PRESIDENT. VP. VP.
fossil_digger Report This Comment
Date: October 05, 2008 12:34AM
Vice Presidents who became President
Fourteen U. S. Vice Presidents became President. Five were elected in their own
right; four inherited the office through the natural death of the incumbent,
four by assassination, and one by resignation.
Election to Office
John Adams and George Bush were two term vice presidents and one term
presidents. Adams served as vice president for George Washington from 1789 to
1797, and served as president from 1797-1801. Bush served as vice president for
Ronald Reagan from 1981-1989 and served as president from 1989-1993.
Thomas Jefferson was the only person to serve one term as vice president [John
Adams 1797-1801] and two terms as president, 1801 to 1809. In addition Jefferson
was the only incumbent VP to run against an incumbent president.
Martin Van Buren is the only person to serve one term in each capacity. He was
vice president for Andrew Jackson, 1833 to 1837 and elected president from
Richard Nixon is the only person to serve two terms as Vice President and be
elected to two terms as President. He was vice president for Dwight Eisenhower
from 1953-1961 and elected president in from 1969-1973. He won re-election but
resigned from office on August 9, 1974. Therefore no person has ever served two
terms as vice president and two terms as president. Nixon is the only Vice
President to win election to the presidency after losing a previous attempt. He
was defeated in 1960 by John Kennedy.
Four vice presidents succeeded to the presidency upon the assassination of the
incumbent. Andrew Johnson for Abraham Lincoln in 1865, Chester Arthur for James
Garfield in 1881, Theodore Roosevelt for William McKinley in 1901], and Lyndon
Johnson for John Kennedy in 1963.
Four Vice Presidents inherited the presidency after the natural death of the
incumbent: John Tyler for William Henry Harrison in 1841, Millard Fillmore for
Zachary Taylor in 1850, Calvin Coolidge for Warren Harding in 1923, and Harry
Truman for Franklin Roosevelt in 1945.
No Vice President
Four Vice Presidents who succeeded to the presidency did not name a vice
president to fill the vacancy: John Tyler in 1841, Millard Fillmore in 1851,
Andrew Johnson in 1865, and Chester Arthur in 1881. At the time there was no law
addressing the vacancy of the vice president.
The Twenty-fifth Amendment now permits the succeeding president to name a second
in command upon the consent of the Senate. Gerald Ford was the first such
nominee after the resignation of Vice President Spiro Agnew in 1973. Ford became
President after the resignation of Nixon in 1974, thus making him the only
person to serve as Vice President and President without having been elected to
either office. He lost re-election in 1976. While in office Ford also
implemented the Amendment when he nominated Nelson Rockefeller to replace him as
vice president in 1974.
ToucanSam Report This Comment
Date: October 05, 2008 12:42AM
Palin. One heartbeat away from president.
shaDEz Report This Comment
Date: October 05, 2008 12:55AM
zxz555 Report This Comment
Date: October 05, 2008 05:33AM
finally, fossil makes a point, sticks to the point and wins with just a single
post. takes all the fun out of it really.