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Biden's got the chops [Commentary]
Biden's got the chops [Commentary]

One of the enduring misperceptions of American politics is that the vice presidency is a steppingstone to the presidency. Of the 47 men who have held the office, only four were elected to the Oval Office as sitting standbys: Adams, Jefferson, Van Buren and, 152 years later, the senior George Bush. And, of these, only Jefferson was given a second term. This bit of history has not discouraged the widespread impression that the individual "a heartbeat away" from the presidency has some kind of leg up on competitors for the office. Rather, it has taken eight presidential deaths and one resignation to elevate the other veeps who have reached the presidency directly from the second...