Why Do We Even Need A Vice President?

@gewcew23 (8011)
United States
August 13, 2008 8:01pm CST
One of the big stories is who will the Presidential candidates choose as their running mate. Story have been written, discussion started and committees build for one reason, picking the prefect Vice President. We have pundits talking about why this person would be better than that person, and worse than others. This takes time and energy for a position that really does not matter. The only role of the Vice President is to be the successor if something happen to the President. Could not the Secretary of State or Defense feel in for the rest of the term? Candidates for President will take the best possible person out of a useful role and place them into a position that does not serve any of purpose. Come November the 4 no matter who McCain or Obama pick for VP the decision should not change your mind on who you are voting for.
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@Destiny007 (5820)
• United States
14 Aug 08
Yes we need a vice president. Either follow the Constitution or revert to anarchy. Right now I am leaning towards anarchy.
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@gewcew23 (8011)
• United States
15 Aug 08
I think we could do without the VP and still follow the Constitution.
• United States
16 Aug 08
Not if the Constitution provides for a VP...
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• United States
14 Aug 08
I thought it was the VP's job to pull the strings??
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@gewcew23 (8011)
• United States
15 Aug 08
Oh well yes the evil puppet master Richard Cheney the nightmare of every Democrat.
• United States
16 Aug 08
LUKE, I am your FATHER. ;)
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• United States
4 Nov 08
LOL, Thanks for the BR!
• United States
14 Aug 08
In the case of McCain, given his age, the VP could be important this time.
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@piasabird (1737)
• United States
14 Aug 08
Amen to that one! I am really interested in seeing who McCain is going to chose because of his age.
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@gewcew23 (8011)
• United States
15 Aug 08
Is McCain's age is a problem but still the Secertary of State could feel in if McCain was to die in office.
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• United States
16 Aug 08
Yes, the constitution could have been written that the Sec of State functioned as the VP. In hindsight, it might even be better.
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@philjas (1134)
• United States
14 Aug 08
I think the Secretary of State is next in line after the Vice President. I know it seems like the Vice President doesn't do anything, but they're like an understudy. They're entire job is to PREPARE to take over if something should happen. In all likelihood the average President is going to last out their full time, but IF something happens and they can't, it would be worse to then pull The Secretary of State of their job and throw them into the Oval Office. The Vice President, I suspect, spends most of their time simply preparing for the task of President should it ever fall to them. Also I think they do a lot of PR stuff, kind of like the First Lady.
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• United States
14 Aug 08
This is pretty much right on. The VP functions as both a second-in-command (or in Bush's case, first :P), and as an 'understudy' of sorts, needing to be ready to take the helm should anything happen. Better to have someone who's in the same 'loops' as the President to take the job if something happens, than the Secretary of State or someone else who is more detached.
@piasabird (1737)
• United States
14 Aug 08
The speaker of the house is next in line after the vice president. That would be Nancy Pelosi. Pretty scary if you ask me.
• United States
14 Aug 08
It will not change my mind. I refuse to vote for Obama, and I am so disappointed in all the so-called intelligent and educated people who are considering him. I have lot my confidence in such people.
• United States
14 Aug 08
People like you are so quick to imply that Obama supporters are basically stupid and uneducated, but in the meantime, I never hear people like you talk about the VIRTUES of John McCain as a Presidential candidate. All I hear from you guys are smears like these. Instead of being so desperate to get people to vote AGAINST Obama, why don't you try to explain honestly why people should vote FOR John McCain? Stooping to statements like these is a sign that these kinds of personal attacks are your last resort, having nothing better to fall back on. Is that all you've got? Really?
• United States
14 Aug 08
Clarus... After looking at the issues, and what Obamoron's stances are on those issues... thinking that his supporters are uneducated, stupid, and just plain dumb is a reasonable and accurate assessment. Since you are obviously an Obamoron supporter... I guess that pretty well labels you hmmm?
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@piasabird (1737)
• United States
14 Aug 08
Well, when all they can say is that they're for hope and change then it makes you wonder. Obama is a junior senator with no experience and no major accomplishments. Many people just want to vote for/against him because he's African-American. I don't think the man's race is of importance at all. I am concerned that he sat in Wright's church for so many years and listened to the anti-American rhetoric of a man he said was like a family member to him. And then there's his wife's speech where she said that for the first time in her adult life she was proud of her country. And the man is way too liberal for my tastes.