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Garrett W Brown, Iain McLean and Alistair McMillan

in The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Politics and International Relations

Fourth edition

Published in print January 2018 | ISBN: 9780199670840
Published online January 2018 | e-ISBN: 9780191749568

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In the United States the Vice‐President has few formal duties, and the importance of the position relies almost solely on the fact that the holder takes over the Presidency if the incumbent dies, retires, or is impeached; they are ‘a heartbeat away from the presidency’. The Vice‐President presides over the Senate, and votes in the case of ties. Presidents have tried to give the Vice‐President roles in specific areas of policy, as roving ambassadors, or as heads of ...

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