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Could Bill be Hillary's pick for VP?

Two Presidents in the White House?
Updated Dec. 11, 2007 12:01 a.m. ET


We now face the extraordinary possibility of having two presidents in the White House who are married to each other. That prospect is something that never occurred to our nation's founders, and is only now beginning to catch the attention of the public, with Hillary Clinton's position as front-runner for the Democratic presidential nomination.

Imagine being asked to serve as her running mate, knowing that her husband would be far more influential than any vice president. What would a potential secretary of state face now that Sen. Clinton has already said she would use her husband as ambassador to the world? As a former president, would Mr. Clinton read the daily intelligence briefing? His unofficial portfolio would potentially overlap with everyone in authority, without his being subject to Senate confirmation.

The federal anti-nepotism law enacted in December 1967 -- partly as a reaction to John F. Kennedy's appointment of his brother Robert as attorney general -- prohibits any official in the three branches of government, including the president, from appointing a relative to a job over which that official has authority or control. This means Mr. Clinton could not be a cabinet secretary or an ambassador, or White House chief of staff. His role would be necessarily ambiguous. At a time when voters are crying out for more openness in government, such an arrangement raises questions about transparency and accountability.

While Mr. Clinton's return to the West Wing wouldn't directly violate the 22nd Amendment -- designed to limit a president to two terms in office -- it has significant implications because of the unusual nature of Bill and Hillary Clinton's marriage, which is such a deeply entwined political duopoly that "it has always been hard to distinguish who played what role," according to their longtime friend Mickey Kantor.

Bill Clinton for Vice President

By LeftOfYou
2016/04/22 · 15:47


Obviously, Hillary Clinton needs to pick Bill Clinton as her Vice President. You say she can’t do that? Oh yes she can, brothers and sisters. Let’s look at the pertinent language of the 22nd Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which applies to such questions:

No person shall be elected to the office of the President more than twice, and no person who has held the office of President, or acted as President, for more than two years of a term to which some other person was elected President shall be elected to the office of the President more than once.

You’ll see that there is nothing here to interfere with anyone ever running for Vice President, no matter their previous service as President. Likewise, nothing in the Amendment interferes with the succession of a Vice President to the Presidency, otherwise than through election to the office. So a Vice President Bill Clinton could legally succeed a deceased, incapacitated or impeached Hillary Clinton, and the 22nd Amendment would have no effect other than to forbid him to later seek reelection.

A Vice President Bill Clinton would also be a virtually impregnable firewall protecting Hillary Clinton from impeachment by Republicans. Bill Clinton for Vice President is a no brainer.

If Hillary were to pick Bill as her VP this would be an extremely interesting and historic election.

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