A VP Nomination from the States with a Plurality?Submitted by ockhamsliberty on Wed, 07/18/2012 - 20:06
It seems that the 5+ states that can demonstrate a plurality can and should submit a nomination not only for President but also for a Vice President.
It appears that the procedure to nominate a Vice President, as per RNC Rule 40, is the same as the procedure to nominate a President at the convention. The VP is not simply "selected" by the "presumptive nominee", instead the VP must also pass the 5 state plurality requirement and then each state must independently submit their nomination form to the secretary of the RNC.
Does it not make sense, for many reasons, for the 5+ states that can demonstrate a plurality to also submit a nomination form to the secretary of the RNC for a VP pick? This would also force a roll call vote for VP, otherwise the VP will be selected by a simple acclamation. If the 5+ states can officially demonstrate support for a Vice President why settle for the VP that the "presumptive nominee" picks without even a roll call vote???
The 5 state plurality must be demonstrated before a VP name is put forward for nomination, if that is done then it would force a vote.
Also, by the 5+ states nominating a President as well as a Vice President then it seems to even further undercut any attempt at saying the delegates that are bound cannot nominate a different President at the convention.... since within the RNC rules it appears to be the SAME procedure to nominate a President and a Vice President. And I can not think of any argument whatsoever as to why a plurality of delegates from a particular state cannot submit their own nomination for Vice President.
That all being said... still a VP would need to demonstrate a plurality of 5+ states... I know this is being discussed to some degree but perhaps not enough! So who as a potential VP could the 5+ states with a plurality demonstrate all their support for?
Once again, if only say 4 states demonstrate a plurality of support for a specific VP, then the VP nomination will not get a roll call vote at the convention and the Vice President nomination will simply be by acclamation.