Chapter 13 The Presidency
1 The President’s Job Description
a Natural Born Citizen (born in the United States)
at least 35 years old
years a resident of the U.S.
Term of President
22nd Amendment limits to a maximum of two 4 year terms (Elected
to a 4 year term and then if he/she wins reelection another 4 year term).
are calling for the repeal of the 22nd Amendment so a president
can serve more than two terms.
argue in favor of a single 6 year term.
Advantage would be a president not having to campaign for reelection.
Pay and Benefits
a year salary
(The White House, Camp David)
(Air Force One, helicopters,
2 Presidential Succession and the Vice Presidency
Succession Act of 1947-
Amendment states the VP will become acting president if the president
informs congress that he is unable to discharge the power and duties of his
office or the VP and a majority of the members of the Cabinet inform
Congress that the President is so incapacitated.
President may resume his powers by informing Congress that no inability
the VP and a majority of the cabinet challenge the President, Congress has
21 days to decide the matter. (Now
that would be interesting!)
The Vice Presidency
are to preside over the Senate (“The President of the Senate”) and help
decide questions of presidential disability (above).
chosen by the Presidential candidate to “balance the ticket”.
there is a vacancy the President shall nominate a VP with approval of a
majority of the House of Representatives and the Senate.
3 Presidential Selection: The Framers’ Plan
4 Presidential Nominations
Role of Conventions
by the two major parties in American politics (currently the Democrat and
and Location for convention chosen
to the convention are chosen by states based on that states electoral votes
and using additional methods.
vote for Presidential and Vice-Presidential candidates.
It’s usually a formality.
unity to the party
the party platform; statement of basic principles; what the party stands
events that are major media events
choose among various candidates for that
parties presidential nomination.
Or they can…
delegates committed to a presidential candidate
Hampshire has a state law making it the “First in the Nation” primary
elections used to be Winner-Take-All meaning the candidate that won captured
all of that states delegates. Now
however there is…
Representation meaning any candidate that wins 15% of the vote in a primary
state (like New Hampshire) gets that number of delegates from that state.
Evaluation of the
but useful in determining each parties nominee for President.
removes “lesser” candidates.
in Power (occupying the White House) will usually support the
President seeking reelection.
nationwide primary to choose party nominees for President
primaries (New England, South, West, Mountain, etc) to determine the party
nominees for President.
meet and announce their candidate preference and/or delegates pledged to a
has the first caucus, usually a week before the New Hampshire primary.
Section 5 The Election
5. National Bonus Plan-