Bill Clinton for Vice President? Is That Even Possible?

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Former President Bill Clinton at a rally for his wife, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, in New Hampshire in January 2016. (Getty)

Bill Clinton reigned as our 42nd President from January 20, 1993 – January 20, 2001 and he was revered by many. Now, wife Hillary Clinton is the Democratic candidate for President and Bill Clinton is supporting her.

Unfortunately for Bill Clinton fans, Bill will not be announced as Hillary’s VP running mate. However, Bill is reported to be supporting former Governor Tim Kaine as a pick for the job.

The NY Times reports that Hillary Clinton may announce her running mate on Saturday, July 23, 2016, at a rally in Florida. However, an announcement could come before then.

So, why can’t Bill be Hillary’s Vice Presidential running mate? There are actually several legal reasons, but according to the Washington Post, the twelfth amendment, which states, “No person constitutionally ineligible to the office of President shall be eligible to that of Vice-President of the United States,” is a giant road block. Because Bill Clinton served two terms as President, he is not eligible for office.

Though Bill Clinton could not be Vice President, he will be involved in Hillary’s administration, should she be elected as President. According to the NY Times, the role Bill Clinton would have in the White House would be to focus on economic growth and job creation. When speaking in Kentucky in May 2016, Hillary Clinton stated that her husband could be “in charge of revitalizing the economy, because, you know, he knows how to do it.” On The Late Show With Stephen Colbert, Hillary again stressed her husband’s role in creating jobs if she is elected. She explained:

Nobody did it better, created more jobs, helped incomes rise. I want every bit of advice he can give me about how we do the same going forward.

Hillary Clinton also confirmed that her husband would not hold a cabinet position should she be elected President. And, she is running her own campaign. She is not trying to run for her husband’s third term in office. Some have voiced on social media that Bill Clinton is “the only thing Hillary has going for her.” During Bill Clinton’s presidency, he kept a balanced budget, created jobs for millions of Americans and brought millions of citizens out of debt.

The formal nomination for Hillary Clinton’s VP mate, is made at the Democratic National Convention, which begins on Monday, July 25, 2016. The deadline nears and Hillary Clinton must choose her partner.