|August 10, 2020: Donald Trump signed four executive actions on Saturday for coronavirus economic relief. Several Democratic operatives and activists in Texas launched Blue Texas PAC.
“The Constitution doesn’t give the vice president much to do and he or she rarely performs those constitutional assignments. Beginning with Richard M. Nixon (1953-61), vice presidents rarely preside over the Senate and although the successor role is important since nine vice presidents have succeeded to the presidency upon the death of eight presidents and the resignation of one, more than 80% of vice presidents don’t succeed to the presidency.
But vice presidents, especially since Walter F. Mondale (1977-81) held the office, have been busy and important. Mondale and Jimmy Carter recreated the job as an across-the-board, high-level presidential adviser and trouble-shooter and their successors have largely followed the patterns they created.
Of course, there has been some variation from administration to administration due to the different presidential leadership styles, presidential needs and vice presidential talents, and relationships between presidents and vice presidents. But ideally the modern vice president functions as part of the president’s inner circle, and usually they have. So in practice, if not constitutional design, the vice presidency has become an extremely important and busy position.”
– Joel Goldstein, St. Louis University law professor
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Flashback: August 10, 2016
The Clinton campaign launched Together for America, a group focused on recruitment of and outreach to independents and Republicans.
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