What's the purpose of a VP?

ysabel

/ˈɪzəˌbɛl/ pink 5
#1
Aside from replacing the president in case he dies or unable to fulfill his duties?

What else does a VP do that makes his role that important for the country? Seems like he just has a filler job. :lol:
 

Kazmarov

For a Free Scotland
#3
The principal duty of the Vice President is to assume the Presidency should the president be killed, incapacitated, or if the Twenty-Fifth Amendment is invoked:

" Whenever the President transmits to the President pro tempore of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives his written declaration that he is unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office, and until he transmits to them a written declaration to the contrary, such powers and duties shall be discharged by the Vice President as Acting President"

Also, later in the Twenty Fifth Amendment, there is a situation where the Cabinet and the Vice President can remove the President from power.

Besides that, the Vice President presides over the Senate (which he/she rarely does in person), and casts tie-breaking votes. He/she is also a primary advisor to the President, represents the President at many functions (such as funerals of prominent foreign figures), and often helps further various issues that the President does not. For example, Al Gore was involved in helping get Internet access for schools and expanding its capability. Joe Biden wants a much better national train system, so that may be his 'VP issue'.

It's considered useless, but it's got some stuff worth mentioning. More than anything, it's an elected official to which the Presidency falls should the President be killed or incapacitated.