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This is a "Constitution as software, government as hardware" question. It presupposes that the operation of the Constitution is entirely automatic and governed by rules, in much the way that a computer system will match its state to a set of instructions encoded in the software and mindlessly execute that instruction. It fails to recognise that ...


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Background This is a "constitutional corner case" that was surely not contemplated by the U.S. Constitution of 1789, or any of its amendments, and which would seem to violate the spirit, although not the letter of the constitution. The possibility of this scenario was quite real in the early Republic, as Vice Presidents were frequently runners up ...


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According to Section 1 of the 25th Amendment, the Vice President becomes President when the sitting President dies, resigns, or is removed from office, and according to Section 1, Clause 8 of Article 2 the President can begin executing their duties as President after they take the oath of office. In short, nothing can stop a murderous Vice President from ...


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In this case the VP would assume the office of the president due to Section 1 of the 25th Amendment. It states that the VP shall become the president upon the death of the president and there is nothing to stop that. https://www.constituteproject.org/constitution/United_States_of_America_1992 In case of the removal of the President from office or of his ...


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Yes it is possible. For the Vice President there is a specfic example of Andrew Johnson, a pro-union Democrat, who formed a "National Union" ticket with Republican Abraham Lincoln. There is no special requirement that the Secretary of State is from the same party, although there is an expectation that Secretaries of State will promote the policies ...


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The Constitution, as written, does not even allude to party politics. The 12th Amendment was written in reaction to the reality of political parties and ensures that in all likelihood, the President and Vice President will be members of the same ticket and thus likely the same party. But basically anything to do with political parties in America at the ...


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As mentioned in comments, the Vice President was originally the runner-up in the Presidential Election; this practically guaranteed that (until this was changed) the Vice President would be of a different party than the President. Now, because the Vice President is on the ticket alongside the President, they will almost certainly be of the same party, but ...


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