A potential president... who can't legally vote for himself

SUPER PUZZLER--see if you can figure it out. The man in the picture is being seriously considered for the Republican ticket as a vice-presidental candidate. But if he voted for himself, he'd go to jail. No, he's never been convicted of any crime. Yes, he is a "natural born" US citizen. Yes, he'd old enough to be president. And he has voted before, and even won public office. But, if nominated for vice-president, he would be the first major-party candidate in US history who could not legally vote for himself. Can't figure this one out? Hint: He lives on an island. For the full answer to this strange mystery, read on...
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The man's name is Luis Fortuno and he is the governor of Puerto Rico. Like all Puerto Ricans, he is a citizen of the United States, and can legally run for president. But because Puerto Rico is not a state, citizens cannot vote for the U.S. president or vice president. So Fortuno could not vote for himself. Then  again, Fortuno is a big advocate for statehood for Puerto Rico. If the island became the 51st state, Fortuno would then be able to cast his ballot. More here from CBS news.

2 comments:

  1. Have we ever had a territorial VP before? I know none of the presidents have been.

    That said, his nomination would definitely throw a curveball at PR statehood... The main reason HR2499 failed was partisan bickering, and the Republicans holding it back...

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  2. Four months too late, an answer to tkrausse's question: We actually did have a territorial president, sort of. One of the items on William Howard Taft's resume was that he had been Governor-General of the Philippines.

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