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Q20. “How old must the VP be? If the VP is less
than 35 and the President dies and the VP is sworn in as President, who
determines if he is eligible for the office?”

A. The age of the Vice President is not specified in the original version of
the Constitution, but the method of selecting the Vice President was clear:
the VP was the person who came in second. So, to come in second you had to
have been running for President, and you therefore needed to be at least

Today, the rule is set by the 12th Amendment,
which states that no person who is ineligible to be President may be Vice

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