I am going to re-up this April 2020 piece I wrote for the @thedispatch about the "dead nominee" problem, which Congress should have addressed long ago. Because we might in 2024 have an octogenarian vs. septuagenarian presidential contest. https://t.co/s1JaWQYZnx— Kevin R Kosar (@kevinrkosar) November 11, 2022
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Friday, November 11, 2022
Mortality and Contingent Election
Congress presently lacks a procedure to handle the death or disability of a presidential or vice presidential candidate during a contingent election. Come November, Trump will be 74 and Biden will turn 78, and will have endured a long, hard campaign. Whoever wins will be the oldest person ever elected president. If one of them or their running mates cannot serve, there are no agreed upon rules to provide a substitute candidate. Congress would be without a map for proceeding, and the selection of the president delayed for months.