Strict reading of the 22nd makes Clinton/Clinton possible ticket.

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    The 22nd amendment only restricts the number of times someone may be elected President, it does not restrict the number of years they may serve as President or Vice President. You may be elected twice - unless you have already served more than 2 years of another's term, in which case you may only be elected once.

    Thus Hillary Clinton could run for President with Bill Clinton as her Vice President. If he had to serve more than 2 years of Hillary's term there is no problem as that fact occurs after his two elections to the office of President.
     
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    I thought the 2nd was about right to bear arms? Maybe I am wrong?
     
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    The Clinton days were great days for America. I say the more Clintons the merrier
     
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    The VP has to be qualified to run as President. WJBC is not because he has been President 2x.
     
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    The 22nd amendment does not impose any qualifications on the office of President - it merely limits the number of times one may become President by election to the office.
     
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    First of all, the candidates for each office must come from different states. So that's out anyway.

    Second, a Vice President Bill Clinton would never be certified by the Senate. He would be deemed constitutionally ineligible. While the wording of the amendment may be ambiguous, the clear and obvious intent was to limit the number of terms a President can serve. The constitution does not allow itself to be side stepped so easily as to position an otherwise ineligible candidate into a position where he or she would become President upon a simple act of political maneuvering, i.e. a President resigning on his or her first day in office to allow the VP to succeed to the office for which he was unable to be elected in his own right.
     
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    Bill can move back to Arkansas. Problem solved.

    But its not ambiguous. It clearly only limits the number of times one may be elected to the office.

    Its not a side-step. Clinton is not ineligible to the office of Vice President. He is at least 35 years of age and a natural born citizen and thus eligible to the office of President and Vice President - he just may not be elected to the office of President.
     
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    Ammendment XII
    Now you're claiming that the 22nd only makes a person ineligible to be elected, not to hold the office, but that's frankly silly. The reasonable interpretation is that if someone is not eligible to be elected President then they are not eligible to be elected Vice President since the whole purpose of the 12th ammendment was elections.
     
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    Zactly.

    /discussion
     
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    You act as if the 22nd is the only amendmen that governs the issue of who is eligible to be President or Vice President.

    So unless we are talking about Hillary and Chelsea running on a ticket, we cannot legally see a Clinton/Clinton ticket. (Atleast not with the same Clinton family).

    Bill is ineligible for two reason:

    1) Any selected Vice President is required to meet the requirements to be President. He is ineligible to be President because of the 22nd amendment. And thus he is ineligible for Vice President as well.

    2) The President and Vice President must be residents of separate states. Unless something has changed in Bill and Hillary's relationship, they still live together (even if they travel alot).
     
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