Debate postscript #1

Biden was wrong on the vice-president’s constitutional role as related to the senate:

In attacking Vice President Dick Cheney, Mr. Biden said the vice president’s only role is to support the president and to preside over the Senate “only in a time when in fact there’s a tie vote. The Constitution is explicit.”
The Constitution, though, actually says the vice president is always president of the Senate and legal scholars say he has the right to preside at any time. Early vice presidents, such as Thomas Jefferson, actively exercised that role, the vice president still keeps offices at the Capitol, and scholars say it wasn’t until the middle of the 20th century that the vice president had an office at the executive office building.

4 thoughts on “Debate postscript #1”

  1. It’s really semantics. The VP can do whatever the President tells him or her to do. I.E., delegation of powers. But as far as the Senate is concerned, the VP has no vote unless there is a tie.
    That’s what Palin said and what Cheney does. There’s nothing extraconstitutional about how the VP conducts him or herself so long as the President delegates the power.
    Otherwise, the VP does little. Truman spent his time drinking an playing cards with his senator buddies when he was VP. He was out of the loop on almost everything FDR decided. He didn’t even know about the Manhattan Project.
    Yet you have all these libs who really having nothing but an agenda and are spinning what she said as if she had no clue about the office of the VP.

  2. The Veep is the PRESIDENT of the senate not the President Pro Tempore. The President Pro Tempore presides over the Senate when the veep is not present (which is 99.99% of the time).

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