July 18th, 2008
07:30 AM ET

The ethics of picking a vice president

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Bruce Weinstein, Ph.D.
AC360° Contributor
The Ethics Guy®, BusinessWeek.com

Who should Senators Barack Obama and John McCain pick as their running mates? This is one of the most debated questions in the presidential campaign, but it shouldn’t be viewed as merely a strategic concern. Whenever we ask what someone should do, and the rights or well-being of others hangs in the balance, we are asking an ethical question. That’s why who our next vice president ought to be is an important ethical issue.

The Vice Presidency: Much Ado About Nothing?

The U.S. Constitution specifies two primary duties of the vice president: to be the first in the line of succession to the office of the Presidency and to preside over the Senate. Beyond these two responsibilities, however, the Constitution leaves the exact nature of the office open to the whims of the President, and up until the 20th century, vice presidents had little contact with the executive branch.

However, nine occupants of this office have succeeded to the presidency... FULL POST

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July 18th, 2008
07:28 AM ET

Morning Buzz: The Next President...


As of writing we plan to bring you a special edition of AC360 tonight...UP CLOSE: The Next President

Anderson and Erica Hill give you up close and personal look at the two men that could occupy the White House come 2009…Senator Barack Obama and Senator John McCain…They talk to friends, family members and colleagues about these two potential president...we learn about the the events in their lives that shaped them into the men they are TODAY…Randi Kaye also contributes to this special, she profiles the candidates wives..Cindy McCain and Michelle Obama... A really good insightful hour of TV...


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