Skip to comments.Pelosi raises possibility of becoming acting president in chaotic election outcome
Posted on 10/01/2020 3:40:40 PM PDT by BlackFemaleArmyColonel
Speaker Nancy Pelosi raised the possibility that she might become acting president if neither President Trump nor Democratic nominee Joe Biden wins enough electoral votes to declare victory in the election on or after Nov. 3.
Pelosi, a California Democrat, told reporters Thursday that she is preparing House Democrats for a potential role in determining the winner with a vote by each state delegation.
But if a majority still does not emerge for either Trump or Biden, Pelosi said, then it goes into another range where the speaker becomes the [president]. Its complicated after that.
It is rare for the House to play a role in determining the outcome of a presidential election, and it hasnt happened in 150 years. But Pelosi is girding party lawmakers to play a role if the election is so close that neither Trump nor Biden is the electoral winner.
In such a scenario, each House state delegation would cast one vote for president, depending on the majority party in each delegation.
Pelosi said she is aiming for Democrats to be able to cast at least 26 votes, a bare majority, which would hand the White House to Biden.
The Senate, meanwhile, would be empowered with voting to determine the vice president.
But if the House delegation results in a 25-25 tie and the Senate cant agree on a vice presidential winner, Pelosi would become acting president, according to the 1947 Presidential Succession Act.
Republicans currently have the advantage in state delegations, and last month, Pelosi wrote to Democrats and urged the party to focus on flipping seats with Nov. 3 wins in Alaska and Montana, which now have GOP majorities. Additionally, Pennsylvania's delegation is split 9-9, so picking up a seat in November could give the Democrats an edge.
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When Pelosi becomes the face of American Government, that’s officially when America becomes a world laughing stock.
No, not Nazi Peelousy not Ever
It is imperative that the Democrats remove her from the speakership immediately, and choose someone else who is sane.
She wouldnt last one day usurping the presidency.
Not so fast. The new House is seated first and she has to be voted as Speaker.
That’s been the plan all along ...
that’s their best shot.... they know it, and we know they are going to take it there at all costs.
Nancy spends Waaaay too much time talking out her ass
It ain’t gonna happen (legally) IF the House goes Cherry Red
Get on it, patriots
>>> Not so fast. The new House is seated first and she has to be voted as Speaker.
Ummm.. not so fast again... if the presidential election is indeterminate due to fraud, so will be most of the house/senate contests as well.
That thought should get some more votes for Trump.
Who would be the worst disaster? bug eyed monster, or one-finger joe?
This is a striking example why no one in Congress should be in the presidential line of succession. There is just too much opportunity for mischief.
that’s the exact reason why the republicans have to retake the house. All they have to do is flip 18 seats.
This is one of the big problems. We are so focused on Trump, we are not focused on the Senate and the House. We lose them, Trump is hosed! Trump is great at getting the black vote, but I wonder if they will go ‘D’ down the center? Trump really needs to emphasize that he cannot get this done alone. He needs both house and senate, and they are far easier to steal!
Dream on. Pelosi will become president at about the same time she assumes Room temperature and joins Ruth Bader Ginsburg at wherever she is right now.
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