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.


  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...

  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.