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Origin of vice president
OTHER WORDS FROM vice presidentvice presidency, vice-pres·i·den·cy, nounvice-pres·i·den·tial, adjective
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Why is the term vice president in the news?
On August 11, 2020, Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden announced he selected California Senator Kamala Harris as his vice-presidential running mate for the 2020 presidential election.
More context and information on vice president
Joe Biden represented Delaware in the United States Senate from 1973 until 2009. He served as Vice President to Barack Obama between 2009–2017. Previously serving as Attorney General of California and District Attorney of San Francisco, Kamala Harris has represented California in the U.S. Senate since 2017. As Biden’s running mate, Harris is the first Black woman—as well as the first person of Indian descent—to be nominated on a major presidential ticket, the New York Times explains.
“It tells Black girls that they can be president."
For many Black women, @KamalaHarris' selection as @JoeBiden's running mate represents a full-circle moment after fighting for generations to have their voices heard and political aspirations recognized.https://t.co/2V7BgiodDy
— The Associated Press (@AP) August 12, 2020
The phrase vice president has been recorded since the mid-1500s. At its most general level, vice president refers to someone who serves as a deputy to a president or serves as president in the president’s absence.
In the U.S., the specific office of vice president is mentioned 26 times in the U.S. Constitution. The first use is in Article I, Section 3, in which the vice president is given the power of a tie-breaking vote in the Senate: “The Vice President of the United States shall be President of the Senate, but shall have no Vote, unless they be equally divided.”
The other constitutional duty of the vice president is to succeed the president if they die, resign, are removed, or experience a disability preventing them from serving. Article II, Section 1 of the U.S. Constitution only vaguely indicates that the office of the president devolves on the vice president if the president dies, resigns, or is unable to execute the duties; the Twenty-Fifth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution specifically established the succession to the presidency in the event of the president’s death, resignation, or incapacity.
Vice president is commonly abbreviated as V.P. (recorded in the late 1800s) and the informal veep (based on V.P. and recorded in the 1940s).
What does the vice in vice president mean?
The vice in vice president is not to be confused with the noun vice, as in “an immoral or evil habit or practice.”
The vice in vice president is a combining form (that acts like a modifier) used to denote “deputy,” “assistant,” or “substitute” in titles. This vice comes from the Latin preposition vice, meaning “in stead of, in place of.” So, a vice president performs the duties in place of the president in the event that the president cannot, such as if the president dies or is incapacitated.
This vice is related to the one used in the phrase vice versa, which means “in reverse order from the way something has been stated; the other way around.” For instance: We should favor doing what’s right over what’s easy, not vice versa.
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Did you know … ?
John Adams was the first vice president. He went on to become the second president of the U.S.
Gerald Ford is the only person to ever become president without being elected president or vice president: he replaced Nixon’s Vice President, Spiro Agnew, after Agnew resigned in 1973 and then became president after Richard Nixon resigned in 1974.
Example sentences from the Web for vice president
Both President George H.W. Bush and Vice-President Dan Quayle spoke out against it publicly.
In 1958, then Vice-President Richard Nixon arrived in Caracas on a “good will” visit.Castro Visit Causes Catastrophic Muttering in Caracas|Daniel Lansberg-Rodríguez|March 6, 2014|DAILY BEAST
I also spoke with Sandra Korn, vice-president of education for the Progressive Jewish Alliance (PJA) at Harvard.Swarthmore Hillel Breaks From Guidelines Over Ban on ‘Anti-Zionist’ Speakers|Elisheva Goldberg|December 10, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Eastwood, the surprise guest, also took on Vice-President Biden, calling him “a grin with a body behind it.”WATCH VIDEO: Must-See Moments from the Republican National Convention|The Daily Beast Video|August 31, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Well, start with the most obvious move, picking Rubio as vice-president.Michael Tomasky on Mitt Romney’s Doomed Immigration Gambit|Michael Tomasky|April 26, 2012|DAILY BEAST
If Mr. Dumby, our vice-president, will temporarily assume my office, nothing will give me greater pleasure.A Journey in Other Worlds|John Jacob Astor
It was appropriate that our Vice-president expire in the Capitol buildings, the scene of so many years of his patriotic work.Brave Men and Women|O.E. Fuller
But the cunning cripple--the vice-president--had provided for this too.Caesar's Column|Ignatius Donnelly
If they make me vice-president with Seward, as some say they will, I hope I shall be able to increase it to twenty thousand.The Lincoln Story Book|Henry L. Williams
Why, she never would have been vice-president if it had not been for me!Cap'n Dan's Daughter|Joseph C. Lincoln