THE POSSIBILITY OF CLINTON/CLINTON 2016
It would certainly rev up a sagging campaign, that’s for sure. Some wonder if Democratic front-runner Hillary Rodham Clinton would pick her own husband as her running mate in a relentless quest for the White House.
Well, let’s see here. If Mrs. Clinton was the ultimate victor in 2016, that would make her Madame President, and Bill Clinton would be known as former president Vice President Clinton, or words to that effect — as opposed to the first gentleman, if he was a mere spouse. The candidate herself admits mulling the possibilities of husband Bill on the ticket.
“He would be good, but he’s not eligible. Under the Constitution he has served his two terms and I think the argument would be as vice president it would not be possible for him to ever succeed to the position — at least that’s what I’ve been told,” Mrs. Clinton told Extra TV’s Mario Lopez. “It has crossed my mind,” she added. Constitutional scholars have been arguing about this possibility since roughly 2006, when talk of the former first lady’s bid for the presidency became serious. Language contained in the 12th and 22nd Amendments that parses the eligibility for persons seeking the presidency or vice presidency is subject to interpretation. It is complicated, and it’s a cliffhanger.
“Could former President Bill Clinton be vice president?” asks FactCheck, a project of the Annenberg Public Policy Center which delved into the many possibilities.
“Probably not, but it’s an untested constitutional conundrum,” the organization concludes. — and always, the GOP comes back to Reagan conservatism, at least in rhetoric,” Craig Shirley, a Reagan biographer and historian, tells Inside the Beltway.
“Reagan’s inspiration came from the American Revolution, which taught in part that we must always be in a state of revolution, always challenging conventional wisdom, always challenging the status quo. Reagan’s entire career was about challenging the status quo. None of these candidates call themselves Nixon Republicans or Bush Republicans, but most call themselves Reagan Republicans,” Mr. Shirley continues.
“The Gipper is simply the most successful and interesting Republican president of all time, now surpassing even Abe Lincoln as the most beloved president of the Republican Party and one of the most beloved presidents of the American people. But if any of these candidates thinks it was every easy for Reagan, they have much to learn, he adds.”
Clinton/Clinton 2016? Hillary Clinton admits she has mulled the possibility of including husband Bill Clinton on a presidential ticket.