THE POS­SI­BIL­ITY OF CLIN­TON/CLIN­TON 2016

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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.”

AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

Clin­ton/Clin­ton 2016? Hil­lary Clin­ton ad­mits she has mulled the pos­si­bil­ity of in­clud­ing hus­band Bill Clin­ton on a pres­i­den­tial ticket.

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