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  • Greg Cannon
    Message 1 of 2 , Oct 29, 2004
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      --- Julia Ohl <jaohl@...> wrote:

      > Date: Fri, 29 Oct 2004 06:28:55 -0600 (Mountain
      > Daylight Time)
      > From: "Julia Ohl" <jaohl@...>
      > To: "Carter, Bobbi" <galpaso@...>, "Cannon,
      > Greg" <gregcannon1@...>, "Green, Dan"
      > <dgreen@...>, "Green, Julia"
      > <woodyjake2000@...>, "Green, Tom"
      > <tom@...>, "Ohl, Ann"
      > <aohlbigbend@...>
      > Subject: President Edwards?
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      > October 29, 2004
      > OP-ED CONTRIBUTOR
      > President Edwards?
      > By STEPHEN J. MARMON
      >
      > hiladelphia
      > It's Jan. 20, 2005, and a stunned America watches as
      > John Edwards is sworn
      > in as both vice president and acting president of
      > the United States.
      > Impossible? No, nor is a Bush-Edwards
      > administration.
      > There are just a few upsets needed in states where
      > the presidential race is
      > very close. Even if President Bush wins Wisconsin
      > and Minnesota - two states
      > he lost in 2000 - Senator John Kerry would force a
      > 269-269 Electoral College
      > tie if he carries Colorado, Missouri, Nevada and New
      > Hampshire, and Al Gore
      > s states.
      > But Colorado's ballot initiative to divide its
      > electoral votes by popular
      > ballot, rather than have them be winner take all,
      > could change all that. If
      > it's approved, and voting in that state splits as it
      > did in 2000, Mr. Bush
      > would pick up four votes, and win 273-265.
      > If recounts, challenges to provisional ballots and
      > other legal actions don't
      > overturn that result, the Supreme Court could again
      > be called upon to decide
      > the election. Imagine a ruling that applies the
      > results of the Colorado
      > initiative only to future presidential elections,
      > not the 2004 contest. That
      > would reinstate the Electoral College 269-269
      > deadlock, and send the tied
      > contests to Congress; the House would choose the
      > president and the Senate
      > the vice president.
      > In the Senate, at least 51 votes would be required
      > to elect a vice president
      > Given current polls, the Democrats can gain control
      > of the Senate by
      > picking up seats in Alaska, Colorado, Illinois,
      > Kentucky and Oklahoma, while
      > losing seats in Florida, Georgia and South Carolina.
      > Senator Edwards would
      > be elected as vice president.
      > The House, however, votes for president by state,
      > with 26 delegations
      > required for election. If members of the House then
      > voted as their states
      > did, President Bush, in this scenario, would carry
      > 28 states, thus leading
      > to a Bush-Edwards administration.
      > Both Minnesota and Wisconsin, however, have House
      > delegations that are
      > evenly divided and are expected to remain that way.
      > Members in those two
      > states could decide to vote in line with the results
      > of their districts, not
      > the statewide result, thus their states would not be
      > able to cast a vote
      > because they deadlocked. If the Congressional
      > delegation in one other state
      > that also voted for Mr. Bush happened to deadlock,
      > or defied the state
      > result and voted for Senator Kerry, President Bush
      > would get only 25 states.
      > The Constitution provides that the vice president
      > becomes president if the
      > president dies, resigns or is removed from office.
      > But the 20th Amendment
      > states that: "If a president shall not have been
      > chosen before the time
      > fixed for the beginning of his term, or if the
      > president-elect shall have
      > failed to qualify, then the vice president-elect
      > shall act as president
      > until a president shall have qualified."
      > The House could remain deadlocked for two years, and
      > perhaps even four,
      > depending on the results of the 2006 Congressional
      > elections. And until the
      > House reaches a decision, Acting President John
      > Edwards would occupy the
      > Oval Office.
      > Stephen J. Marmon, who reported on the House of
      > Representatives for The Times from 1971 to 1973, is
      > an investment banker.
    • Ram Lau
      That s much more unlikely than the 2000 election result. But I m perfectly fine with Edawrds. President Edwards sounds great. Ram
      Message 2 of 2 , Oct 29, 2004
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        That's much more unlikely than the 2000 election result. But I'm
        perfectly fine with Edawrds. President Edwards sounds great.

        Ram
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