Could a Republican and a Democrat work as President and Vice President of the United States?
With so much divisiveness in the United States, would the country become more united if we had a Democrat and a Republican or a Republican and a Democrat as President and Vice President? Currently I think Andrew Cuomo (Governor of New York) and Chris Christie (Governor of New Jersey) would make a dynamic duo. In other words, is it time to stop the petty party bickering and finally start working toward the common good of the country?
Agreed ! Yet I thing a two person Presidency might be better . Equal chairs , equal power !
Good morning Dennis! I think it's a fabulous idea - and i believe that somewhere in US history - it's been done, yes?
it would solve sooo many problems - and probably create a few at first as well - but - maybe some shit would get done round here!
The wheels of government have all but ground to a complete stop - it's absolutely frightening how long it takes to get some innocuous bill passed!
I don't understand the complacency of the people either - i fear it's because they are stressed and exhausted - scrambling just to make ends meet - that they can't focus on issues that might otherwise galvanize them into action!
Please D - i am begging you to write something about gun control - and share mine and others you find! We HAVE to keep it alive and spreading before it gets SHOT down...Gabby Gifford is starting a new push - AND - the newtown families are also making it their mission to get gun controls in place! (I REALLY would LOVE to know how many of them were nra types previous to this tragedy...sigh...)The white house is also gearing up - BUT - i wonder why they must meet with the NRA next week? It's not like the nra is gonna 'give' at all, SOOOOOO - wtf, D? What's being exchanged, bought, sold at next weeks meeting? This makes me fear that obama will NOT grow a pair of balls and do what must be done! He's gonna bandaid it - instead of making it his legacy..
i hope i'm wrong!
Anyways.....Yes - i believe a president and vice pres from different parties is an excellent idea!
You are correct about complacency with people. We've transformed into a world of snippets of data, with no depth. I've written Washington, my Senator and signed petitions Re: stricter gun laws that are sensible. I've shared your articles as well.
Woo Hoo...I'd like to thank the Academy...LOL..
That's a brilliant idea (precisely why it was in the original un-amendend Constitution). It would end the blaming of the old regime in order to get a new president elected of the opposite party. Too many political insiders would lose out if this happened and it would give too much of their secret little game away.
I agree. The bickering needs to stop. I think both parties would probably do better in office. There would be different view points to put together that could make things better for everyone.
We have become so little minded in our partisan politics with an attitude of "my way or the highway." It is nonsensical rhetoric filled with false pretenses. We need to put "United" back into the USA.
I think its a great idea. At the moment though, the Republican party appears to be fraught with divisions within their own ranks. They need to first get their house in order before their candidate has a chance to make this arrangement work.
Dennis......I've thought about this a few times. In fact, I remember asking my husband what he thought....and if it was even a possibility. I don't see why it couldn't happen. I like Ed's comment about TWO Presidents, one from each party.....and instead of Vice Presidents, we can elect two Referees!
I'm at the point of thinking that anything might prove to be better and more productive than the current system.
I happen to like both of the men you mention.....Andrew is our NY man and I've always liked Christie. You do realize they are both incredibly strong, forceful & aggressive personalities, I'm sure. ..but, that would be a dynamic duo. As long as they didn't kill each other within the first month. Makes the referee idea fairly sensible, don't you think?
I think if the people that are the POTUS and VP are genuinely good people interested in helping the people, it could work. However the reality is each party thinks they are right, and think their way is the only way, so its doubtful it could work. Which is sad, because they bicker, we suffer.
This has been tried and while it sounds good on paper, it probably would not work in this era of time. The powers of the Vice President are limited and it is pretty much left up to the President to determine what the Vice President will be doing while in office.
As the comment from http://wiki.answers.com which I have pasted below, it has happened several times. I remember from my college history classes, when being President did not involve a lot of international or major decisions that the Electoral College elected the President and VP from different parties. As the explanation below notes it would be much more difficult to accomplish under the present law.
Furthermore, with the ever growing gap between the two parties, I do not think it would work. I agree something needs to be done. I do not have the ultimate solution. I do know that it is probably more important that the two parties in Congress start spending more days in Washington looking for common ground and learning how to play in the same sandbox if you will. Party leaders used to be friendly toward each other and did work together. That is not the case today.
The Wiki Com comment is pasted below.
It has happened many times that the P and VP have been of different parties, for example, Thomas Jefferson and Aaron Burr, but, the possibility of this occurring has narrowed since the Twelfth Amendment stating that the P and VP should run for election on a "Joint Ticket". In theory it could still happen today due to the fact that in the Electoral College each "elector" votes for both a P and a VP, Faithless electors could simply vote for a P of one party and a VP of another President (however, many would be punished by state law). However, they could also abstain from voting for the VP which would allow the other Vice Presidential nominee to have more votes. An example of a Rouge or Faithless elector is in 2000, when Barbara Simmons refused to vote for Al Gore and Joe Lieberman as she pledged to do so, she did this so people would take notice of Washington DC's lack of representation.
http://wiki.answers.com/Q/Ever_been_pre … nt_parties
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