The answer technically is…it depends on who the president is. If you meant Bill Clinton, the answer is no. If you mean first George Bush or Jimmy Carter, the answer is yes.
The reason is that because of the 22nd Amendment to the Constitution, no president may serve more than two full terms: another amendment to the Constitution (the 12th), prevents someone from running for Vice-President who is not qualified to be President. So, Clinton, having served two full terms, would be prohibited from running for Vice-President. But Carter and George HW Bush, having been elected only once, (each having been defeated for a second term,) could theoretically still be elected Vice-President.
But the 12th Amendment says technically that no one not qualified to be President could RUN for election as Vice-President. But supposed a Vice-President died? Could a president name a former President to fill the vacancy? Again, it depends: but since the appointment requires a confirmation by both houses of Congress, I doubt that he could succeed to that position in that manner (even that he would be confirmed).
Interesting thought. But not likely for political more than constitutional reasons. It just would not happen that way. Neither party would be in favor of it even if it were possible. The public might punish the party that attempted it, as seeking to establish dynastic rule through some technicality like that. It is just not in keeping with our system of government.
One of the answers above points out the fact that the president and vice-president must be from different states. But that is technically NOT what the Constitution says. It technically says that they cannot be ":inhabitants": of the same state (Note: not ":citizens": of the same state). That is why, on election day, the presidential and vice-presidential candidates go to their own states, and do not appear together on the same stage in the same state. Technically , they do not ":inhabit": the same state on that day. Of course, in an election where that provision of the constitution might apply, all one or the other has to do is just move temporarily to another state, even for one day, (election day,) to stay within the provisions of the constitution.
Yes. However, if he served two terms, he is constitutionally ineligible to be President under the terms of the 22nd Amendment to the Constitution. So, under the terms of the 12th Amendment, he would be constitutionally ineligible to serve as Vice President. That would count out William Jefferson Clinton serving as even a Vice Presidential nominee should Senator Clinton gain her party’s nomination.
There is one other problem with all of this speculation about an ":All Clinton": ticket as well. Under the terms of the 12th Amendment, the President and Vice President have to be from different states. At last check, the Senator and the former President were both residents of New York State.
C’mon folks, do your research.
Amendment 12 says:
But no person constitutionally ineligible to the office of President shall be eligible to that of Vice-President of the United States.
So any President that has served over 6 years or 2 terms may NOT be elected Vice-President later on. Bill cannot be Vice-President. Thank the Lord!
":But no person constitutionally ineligible to the office of President shall be eligible to that of Vice-President of the United States.":
":No person shall be elected to the office of the President more than twice":
I take the two Amendments in concert to mean that a former two-term President is ineligible to be Vice President. However, others disagree.
The 22nd amendment would not prevent it, but that person could never ascend to the higher office if they have served two terms, that would go to the Speaker of the House (Currently Nancy Pelosi). But as the reply above properly points out, the 12th may prevent it…
However, there is currently an anti-nepotism law in place, Congress wrote the law after the Kennedy Presidency, that does not allow Presidents to appoint their relatives to any positions which requires Senatorial approval, so Hillary cannot appoint Bill to the Bench, and ambassadorship or anything like that. Which means that she cannot appoint him to the VP position if she is President and the current VP resigns, or dies.
this question got here up in 1960 while there grew to become into a minimum of a ordinary hazard that the Republican occasion might pick then-President Eisenhower because of the fact the vice chairman nominee. there grew to become right into a lengthy diagnosis of this question interior the conservative national evaluation magazine, which concluded that definite, Eisenhower ought to legally functionality vice chairman, yet ought to not suceed to the presidency. it would have helped the Republicans win that election, because of the fact Eisenhower grew to become into very time-honored, besides the incontrovertible fact that it does not have been a great lengthy-term flow, because of the fact if the president had died or resigned, and Eisenhower could not be triumphant to the presidency, the political actuality grew to become into that a member of the competition occasion (Speaker of the domicile McCormick, a Democrat) might then have become president, which the Republicans does not have enjoyed. so as that they chosen a touch boring senator to be the vice chairman nominee instead: and in spite of everything they lost that election to Kennedy and Johnson.
Do you mean could Hillary pick Bill as her running mate?
I think she could! There’s no law against it.
In fact the 22nd Amendment says that nobody can be ELECTED president for more than two terms. It doesn’t say an ex-president can’t assume the presidency through succession.
But I don’t think she’d do that because I don’t think she could get away with it.
OTOH, if she said ‘Elect me president and I’ll put Bill to work as an adviser, an ambassador, etc.’, that would be good!
It has never been done, but more then likely, if the President Term limited out, he would not qualify. (IF the president died with-in the first 2 years, he would be a president longer then a 10 year term as set out in the constitution)
There’s nothing prohibiting it (other then the personal idea of it being a demotion) except one cannot serve as President for more then ten years or two terms. In other words, no, inmate 838475 Bill cannot be VP.
Yes, if he was a single term president. Those who would qualify are Jimmie Carter and George H. W. Bush.
The ones that are constitutionally barred are Clinton and George W. Bush.