Essay On 25th Amendment

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The 25th Amendment, ratified in 1967 states: “The Vice-President is the direct successor of the President, he or she becomes President if the President should die, resign or be removed from office”. The Amendment also requires that the Vice-President be confirmed by Congress. The very first time that the 25th Amendment was enacted was around 1973. During this time Vice-President Spiro Agnew resigned after being indicted on charges of accepting bribes and evading income taxes while Governor of Maryland. All of these charges allowed House Speaker, Carl Albert to became first in line because of the vacancy. Two days later to everyone’s surprise, Nixon nominated Representative Gerald R. Ford of Michigan as Vice-President. Then along came the Watergate Scandal which ended in Richard Nixon’s resignation, Gerald Ford being sworn…show more content…
The battle for the Electoral College vote is usually a tough one and it reflects upon a supposed popular majority. The reason it’s difficult is because often times less populated states are over-represented in the winner-take-all type of situation, when they win the Electoral College the chances of them winning the election for President skyrockets. However, if there is a tie the House of Representatives will chose who is best based upon the top three candidates. Finally, I would like to briefly touch upon the topic of impeachment. Impeachment is the removal or discrediting of a President before the end of term, this process is not easy for Congress and it is typically seen as the political equivalent of an indictment in Criminal Law. The House of Representatives may, by majority vote to impeach a president for “treason, bribery and other high crimes and misdemeanors” and if that is what is decided it moves to the Senate to be tried by the Chief Justice of the Supreme
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