Palin- More Power to VP- Not Executive Branch?

October 2, 2008

Sarah Palin claims that the Vice Presidency not only has more power than a vote in case of a tie in the Senate, but agrees with VP Cheney that it should have ambiguous oversight.

IFILL: Governor, you mentioned a moment ago the constitution might give the vice president more power than it has in the past. Do you believe as Vice President Cheney does, that the Executive Branch does not hold complete sway over the office of the vice presidency, that it it is also a member of the Legislative Branch?

PALIN: Well, our founding fathers were very wise there in allowing through the Constitution much flexibility there in the office of the vice president. And we will do what is best for the American people in tapping into that position and ushering in an agenda that is supportive and cooperative with the president’s agenda in that position. Yeah, so I do agree with him that we have a lot of flexibility in there, and we’ll do what we have to do to administer very appropriately the plans that are needed for this nation. And it is my executive experience that is partly to be attributed to my pick as V.P. with McCain, not only as a governor, but earlier on as a mayor, as an oil and gas regulator, as a business owner. It is those years of experience on an executive level that will be put to good use in the White House also.

Nuts. This notion that the VP is not in the Executive Branch is asinine.

Article II, Section 1 of the US Constitution (Article II Deals with the Executive Branch):

The executive Power shall be vested in a President of the United States of America. He shall hold his Office during the Term of four Years, and, together with the Vice-President chosen for the same Term, be elected, as follows:

Each State shall appoint, in such Manner as the Legislature thereof may direct, a Number of Electors, equal to the whole Number of Senators and Representatives to which the State may be entitled in the Congress: but no Senator or Representative, or Person holding an Office of Trust or Profit under the United States, shall be appointed an Elector.

Bam. Over. Done. That’s it. He’s in the Executive Branch, no questions.

But, If you want more, again Article II, Section 1:

In Case of the Removal of the President from Office, or of his Death, Resignation, or Inability to discharge the Powers and Duties of the said Office, the same shall devolve on the Vice President, and the Congress may by Law provide for the Case of Removal, Death, Resignation or Inability, both of the President and Vice President, declaring what Officer shall then act as President, and such Officer shall act accordingly, until the Disability be removed, or a President shall be elected.)

Do you want more?

Article II, Section 4:

The President, Vice President and all civil Officers of the United States, shall be removed from Office on Impeachment for, and Conviction of, Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors.

Get your power hungry hands off my Constitution, you neo-con wackos.



  1. Very well said! Thanks for the history lesson too (-: I never really studied the constitution and legalese makes my head hurt )-:
    I can’t believe she said that! rather, I can’t believe she thought that. She must have been instructed to pull that one out of her ass, and as controversial as it is, I wonder why.

  2. The radical right wing claims that since the Vice President gets the title of ‘President of the Senate’ so that the VP is indeed attached to the Legislative Branch. In reality, if one looks at the structure of the British Parliamentary system, from which many functions and structures evolved, the Vice President acts somewhat as a Lord Chancellor, a member of the cabinet who ensures the independence of the legislative branch. The Lord Chancellor can be viewed as the Monarch’s representative that oversees the goings on of the Parliament.

    Furthermore, the Vice President is an elected civil officer, and in section 6 of Article 1 of the Constitution it states that “and no Person holding any Office under the United States, shall be a Member of either House during his Continuance in Office.” This precludes the VP from being a member of the Legislative Branch, as in Article 1, section 1 it states that “All legislative Powers herein granted shall be vested in a Congress of the United States, which shall consist of a Senate and House of Representatives.” There is no defined other members of the legislative branch other than the Senate – “The Senate of the United States shall be composed of two Senators from each State” and the House of Representatives – “The House of Representatives shall be composed of Members chosen every second Year by the People of the several States, and the Electors in each State shall have the Qualifications requisite for Electors of the most numerous Branch of the State Legislature.”

    I really hate this whole argument by the neo-cons, it’s so dishonest, it repulses me.

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