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    Should the Vice-President have more defined duties?

    Should the Vice-President have more defined duties? Or, is the current status of the role, where they do whatever the President wants them to do sufficient?

    I remember Libertarian candidate Andre Marrou saying back in 1992 that he would have his VP actively preside over the Senate, which he said was allowed, but (almost) never done, except in extreme circumstances.

    Some Presidents use their VPs a lot, and their VPs are key parts of the administration. Other Presidents, well... you wonder if they even know the guy's first name.

    What say you? Give the VP more specific defined roles, or leave it as is?
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    Re: Should the Vice-President have more defined duties?

    Quote Originally Posted by radcen View Post
    Should the Vice-President have more defined duties? Or, is the current status of the role, where they do whatever the President wants them to do sufficient?

    I remember Libertarian candidate Andre Marrou saying back in 1992 that he would have his VP actively preside over the Senate, which he said was allowed, but (almost) never done, except in extreme circumstances.

    Some Presidents use their VPs a lot, and their VPs are key parts of the administration. Other Presidents, well... you wonder if they even know the guy's first name.

    What say you? Give the VP more specific defined roles, or leave it as is?
    Yes. The VP should have a function, and they should actively preside over the Senate as it is the only function currently given to them by the Constitution. I'm surprised, actually that more Presidents don't have the VP do that. Having your own personal Senator is quite the political weapon.


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    Re: Should the Vice-President have more defined duties?

    Quote Originally Posted by radcen View Post
    Should the Vice-President have more defined duties? Or, is the current status of the role, where they do whatever the President wants them to do sufficient?

    I remember Libertarian candidate Andre Marrou saying back in 1992 that he would have his VP actively preside over the Senate, which he said was allowed, but (almost) never done, except in extreme circumstances.

    Some Presidents use their VPs a lot, and their VPs are key parts of the administration. Other Presidents, well... you wonder if they even know the guy's first name.

    What say you? Give the VP more specific defined roles, or leave it as is?


    The man I consider the wisest of the founding fathers, Benjamin Franklin, said of the VP's job "it is the mos useless of offices" and I could no more agree. Other than a succession to the throne, it really does have no purpose, and when that has been necessary it often turns out badly for the nation
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    Re: Should the Vice-President have more defined duties?

    Leave it as it is. The Office will continue to evolve as it is required.
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    Re: Should the Vice-President have more defined duties?

    I don't really see the need. The vice-president is a necessary position in so far as it gives a clear line of succession if the president dies or leaves office. He/she likely has the same ideological beliefs as the president the people voted for as the vice-president was hand picked by the president, which prevents a differing ideological politician from taking over if the line of succession went straight to the Speaker of the House or the President pro-tempore of the Senate.

    But besides that I don't really see the need for the VP to have any additional defined powers other than presiding over and casting the tie-breaking vote of the Senate.
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    Re: Should the Vice-President have more defined duties?

    There is absolutely no reason to hand over any more power to the executive branch of the government. We are already so far off the intentions of the Constitution when it comes to the executive branch it is not even funny, let alone the idea of expanding the role of the Vice President beyond sitting over and the tie-breaking vote in the Senate.
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    Re: Should the Vice-President have more defined duties?

    Quote Originally Posted by Anagram View Post
    I don't really see the need. The vice-president is a necessary position in so far as it gives a clear line of succession if the president dies or leaves office. He/she likely has the same ideological beliefs as the president the people voted for as the vice-president was hand picked by the president, which prevents a differing ideological politician from taking over if the line of succession went straight to the Speaker of the House or the President pro-tempore of the Senate.

    But besides that I don't really see the need for the VP to have any additional defined powers other than presiding over and casting the tie-breaking vote of the Senate.
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    Re: Should the Vice-President have more defined duties?

    Quote Originally Posted by polgara View Post
    Greetings, Anagram.

    What does he do all day to spend his time? That kind of job would drive me nuts from boredom! I had a hospital stay once where they wanted me to remain for a few extra days, and I was so bored that in desperation I helped the nurses fill the water pitchers for the other patients - and that was only for two days, not six years!
    He doesn't have to do nothing. The President can use him to stump around the country and push policies or to work with congressional members on legislation for instance. But neither of those roles are ones that need be enshrined as powers.
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    Re: Should the Vice-President have more defined duties?

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    Re: Should the Vice-President have more defined duties?

    I'm happy as is now. The only things I'd be open to changing is letting the presidential candidate who places second become VP and gets several cabinet nominations but they answer to the president if confirmed. This, if we finally eliminate the electoral college and there's no runoff.
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