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The Vice President Runs the Senate«»Back when she was campaigning to be the Vice President in October of 2008, Palin gave an interview to local Colorado TV station KUSA-TV. At the end of the interview, she participated in the station's patented "Questions from the Third Grade" segment. (This was her first mistake...)
When discussing the job of the US Vice President - you know, that job she was actively trying to get - she said that the VP is "in charge of the United States Senate," and could "get in there with the Senators and make a lot of good policy changes."
Now, granted, the Constitution does state that the Vice President of the United States is "President of the Senate..." But if you keep reading the rest of that very same sentence, it also says "but [the VP] shall have no vote, unless they be equally divided." So there's that.
Also, in practice, the VP's job has become more and more ceremonial in the Senate. During his entire tenure as VP, the not-exactly-power-shy Dick Cheney only cast eight tie-breaking votes. So far, Joe Biden has cast exactly none.<< PREV 3 of 13 NEXT >>
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