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Steady job with visibility, power: the vice presidency

May 19, 2000
Web posted at: 1:56 p.m. EDT (1756 GMT)

(CNN) -- The U.S. presidential elections seem a long way off to most folks. It is spring, after all, and the election is not until November.

The nominees of the two major parties for the nation's top elected office have been all but confirmed during the primaries -- for the Republicans, Gov. George W. Bush of Texas; for the Democrats, Vice President Al Gore.

But plenty of politics remain to be played, and so the thoughts of political junkies turn to speculation about the No. 2 spot on each ticket.

The vice presidency is not what it used to be. CNN Interactive's news analysis feature, y: why it matters, offers this look from CNN National Correspondent Bruce Morton at how the job has evolved from relative idleness to activism.

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