The Vice President certainly doesn’t get the same attention as the
President of the United States does but they do have plenty of
responsibility. As the second in command of the country their roles can
change in an instance. Should the President become incapacitated, be
killed, or be kidnapped they will have to step in and fill those shoes.
There have been some Vice President in history that have had to complete
the term due to the assassination of the President.
This leads to a very serious vacant spot though – who fills in for the
Vice President when he becomes President? In most cases the position has
not been filled until the next election. However there hasn’t been an
issue of the Vice President becoming President for decades. In the early
days they didn’t very many responsibilities. Yet today they handle many
important duties so having one in that position would be essential to the
ongoing government operations.
In the history of the United States Presidency, a total of nine Vice
Presidents have had to step up to the role of President during their
term. Four of them ran for the office of President and successfully won
the seat. Richard Nixon is the only person in history to serve two full
terms as a vice President and then two full terms as a President.
Since the Vice President may have to one day become President they have
to meet all of the same criteria. They must be at least 35 years old and
be a natural citizen of the United States. A person can be Vice President
for more than two terms even though the President can’t hold that role.
To keep the balance of power in place anyone who has served more than six
years as President can’t fill the role of a Vice President in the future.
The Vice President works very closely with the senate on a regular basis.
The main function there is to vote when there is a tie on issues. This
can put the Vice President into a very difficult situation. Yet a
decision has to be made and so this takes place after careful
consideration of both sides of the issue has been completed.