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What if Cheney can't serve?

November 23, 2000
Web posted at: 9:27 p.m. EST (0227 GMT)

WASHINGTON (CNN) - What will happen if George W. Bush wins the White House and his running mate, Dick Cheney, is unable to serve?

The question arose Wednesday after Cheney, who has a history of coronary trouble, was admitted to hospital after suffering a slight heart attack

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Republican vice presidential nominee Dick Cheney has a history of heart trouble  

CNN has established that until the December 18 vote of the Electoral College, his party would choose a new candidate.

Republican Party rules dictate that each state delegation may cast a number of votes equal to its delegation to the national convention. Democratic Party rules provide that a new candidate be approved by a simple majority of members of the Democratic National Committee.

If the need to replace Cheney arises after December 18, the 25th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution requires the president-elect to nominate a new vice president and the House and Senate to confirm the nomination.

The last time the Republicans replaced a candidate on a national ticket was in 1912 following the October 30 death of Vice President James S. Sherman.

The Republican National Committee approved Nicholas M. Butler as William H. Taft's new vice presidential candidate. Taft lost the election, finishing third behind Woodrow Wilson and Theodore Roosevelt.

The last time the Democrats replaced a candidate was after the national convention in 1972 when the Democratic National Committee elected R. Sargent Shriver as the vice presidential nominee on the McGovern ticket. He replaced Sen. Thomas Eagleton of Missouri, who resigned following disclosures that he received shock treatment for depression. The Democrats lost that election to Richard Nixon.


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