The duties of the Vice President of the U.S.A. (VP) are listed in the US Constitution:
- The Vice President is President of the United States Senate. In that capacity, he or she is allowed to vote in the Senate when necessary to break a tie. While Senate customs have created supermajority rules that have diminished this Constitutional power, the Vice President still retains the ability to influence legislation (e.g. the Deficit Reduction Act of 2005).
- Pursuant to the Twelfth Amendment, the Vice President presides over the joint session of Congress when it convenes to count the vote of the Electoral College.
The modern view of the Vice President as a member of the executive branch is due in part to the assignment of executive duties to the Vice President by either the President or Congress, though such activities are only recent historical developments. Lately, the President has delegated certain duties:
- · Vice Presidents will take harder-line stands on issues to ensure the support of the party’s base while deflecting partisan criticism away from the President.
- · Under the American system the President is both head of state and head of government, and the ceremonial duties of the former position are often delegated to the Vice President. The Vice President may meet with other heads of state or attend state funerals in other countries, at times when the administration wishes to prove concern or support but cannot send the President himself.
- · In 1933, Franklin D. Roosevelt raised the stature of the office by renewing the practice of inviting the Vice President to cabinet meetings, which every President since has maintained. Roosevelt’s first Vice President, John Nance Garner, broke with him at the start of the second term on the Court-packing issue and became Roosevelt’s leading political enemy. Garner’s successor, Henry Wallace, was given major responsibilities during the war, but he moved further to the left than the Democratic Party and the rest of the Roosevelt administration and was relieved of actual power. Roosevelt kept his last Vice President, Harry Truman, uninformed on all war and postwar issues, such as the atomic bomb, leading Truman to remark, wryly, that the job of the Vice President was to “go to weddings and funerals.” Following Roosevelt’s death and Truman’s ascension to the presidency, the need to keep Vice Presidents informed on national security issues became clear, and Congress made the Vice President one of four statutory members of the National Security Council in 1949.
- · Richard Nixon reinvented the office of Vice President. He had the attention of the media and the Republican Party, when Dwight Eisenhower ordered him to preside at Cabinet meetings in his absence. Nixon was also the first Vice President to assume temporary control of the executive branch, which he did after Eisenhower suffered a heart attack on September 24, 1955, ileitis in June 1956, and a stroke in November 1957. President Jimmy Carter was the first President to formally give his Vice President, Walter Mondale, an office in the West Wing of the White House.
- · Though Walter Mondale’s tenure was the beginning of the modern day power of the Vice Presidency, the tenure of Dick Cheney saw a rapid growth in the office of the Vice President. Vice President Cheney held a tremendous amount of power and frequently made policy decisions on his own, without the knowledge of the President.
(The preceding information came from: Vice President of the United States From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vice_President_of_the_United_States)
I believe that the probable Republican nominee, Governor Romney, a moderate, must pick a conservative / Tea Party leaning VP. His only problem, within the Republican Party, is ‘are we going to believe that he will do as he says. We do not want an ‘Etch-a-Sketch nominee for President. I would like Romney to state, in writing, what the Duties and Responsibilities of the Vice President of the U.S.A.’ will be. I think that, in addition to what states he/she will carry, it is important to also know the experience that he/she has. I have reviewed my information and I have made my decision. My decision is the same one that my U.S. Representative to Congress, Steve Chabot is supporting. That decision is Senator Rob Portman. Read: Rob Portman From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rob_Portman
I will let Congressman Chabot express his view in its entirety: Rob Portman for Vice President April 11th, 2012 Posted by Steve (Chabot)
It’s pretty clear at this point that Mitt Romney is going to be the Republican nominee for President. It’s not over, but it’s pretty close.
And one of the most important decisions that Romney will have to make in his quest for the Presidency is who to select as a running mate. For what it’s worth, I think that Rob Portman would be a great choice. He’d be a tremendous Vice Presidential candidate, and if God forbid, tragedy befell a Romney Administration and the Vice President had to step up and fill the position of President, no one, in my opinion, would be more prepared to take on the awesome responsibilities of that office than Rob Portman.
I’ve been fortunate enough to know and work with Rob Portman for more than 20 years now. We represented adjoining Congressional districts in the House of Representatives for more than a decade. Sharing the responsibilities of representing Greater Cincinnati in Congress for all those years gave me considerable insight into the real Rob Portman.
He’s honest, hard-working, smart, detail-oriented and dedicated to his wonderful family. Perhaps his greatest asset is his wife Jane, who is a leader in her own right.
Perhaps most importantly, the Romney campaign won’t have to worry about getting Rob Portman up to speed to fulfill his role as a Vice Presidential candidate. He knows the issues inside and out. In fact, he’s so knowledgeable and such a good debater that when the Bush/Cheney campaign and the McCain campaign were looking for a top-notch debater to fill in as their debate prep opponent, they chose Rob Portman to play that critical role. Cheney even commented that Portman was a tougher (and better) opponent than Joe Lieberman was in the real debate!
In addition, Rob Portman has already been vetted for a job in the Executive Branch of the government – twice. First, when he was confirmed by the U.S. Senate for the Cabinet level position of U.S. Trade Representative, after leaving Congress. And then when he was again confirmed by the United States Senate to fill the critical position of Director of the OMB (Office of Management and Budget.) And when you consider how critical it is that we get our $16 trillion plus budget debt under control, experience in this area is very important.
On the political front, it’s been pointed out many times that no Republican has ever won the Presidency without carrying Ohio. And there’s no question that Rob Portman could be critical in ensuring that Ohio goes for Romney in November. Looking back at Rob’s own Senate race in 2010, Lieutenant Governor Lee Fisher was leading Rob by double-digits when that race got underway. By the time Election Day rolled around, Rob Portman had turned his underdog candidacy into an 18 point victory, and carried 82 of Ohio’s 88 counties. He could do it again.
Look, there are some other great candidates Mitt Romney will consider to be his running mate, among them Marco Rubio, Chris Christie, Paul Ryan, Mitch Daniels, Bobby Jindal, and Nikki Haley to name but a few. But after he’s considered the pros and cons of each one, I would submit that the best choice he could make is Senator Rob Portman.
Now let’s win this election and get our country back on the right track!
I apologize for such a long article, including the links. For the sake of our nation, I hope you read it. Regardless of who you may pick for V.P., the following must be accomplished:
GET RID OF OBAMA AND HIS DEMOCRATIC SENATE.
VOTE CONSERVATIVE / TEA PARTY
- The “Right” Vice President (cincinnatipoliticalactivism.wordpress.com)