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23 Cards in this Set

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term for the president as the ceremonial head of the United States, the symbol of all the people of the nation
chief of state
term for the president as vested with the executive power of the United States
chief executive
term for the president as head of the administration of the federal government
chief administrator
term for the president as the main architect foreign policy and spokesperson to other countries
chief diplomat
term for the president as commander of the nation’s armed forces
Chief legislator*-term for the president as the main architect of public policy and the one who sets the agenda for congress
commander in chief
for the president as the leader of his or her political party
chief of party
term for the president as the representative of the people, working for the public interest
chief citizen
scheme by which a presidential vacancy is filled
presidential succession
when a presidential candidate chooses a running mate who can strengthen his chance of being elected by virtue of certain ideological, geographic, racial, ethnic, gender, or other characteristics
balance the ticket
a person elected by the voters to represent them in making a formal selection of the vice president and president
presidential electors
votes cast by electors in the Electoral College
electoral votes
group of persons chosen in each state and the District of Columbia every four years who make a formal selection of the President and Vice President
electoral college
an election in which a party’s voters (1) choose state party organizations delegates to their parties national convention and (2) express a preference for their parties presidential nomination
presidential primary
an almost obsolete system whereby a presidential aspirant who won the preference vote in a primary automatically won all the delegates chosen in the primary
winner take all
rule applied in Democratic primaries whereby any candidate who wins at least 15 percent of the votes gets the number of State Democratic convention delegates based on his or her share of that primary vote
proportional representation
meeting at which a party’s delegates vote to pick their presidential and vice-presidential candidates
national convention
a political party’s formal statement of basic principles, stands on major issues, and objectives
speech given at a party convention to set the tone for the convention and the campaign to come
keynote address
proposal for choosing presidential electors y which two electors would be selected in each State according to the statewide popular vote and the other electors would be selected separately in each of the State’s congressional districts
district plan
proposal by which each presidential candidate would receive the same share of a states electoral vote as he or she received in the states popular vote
proportional plan
proposal to do away with the electoral college and allow the people to vote directly for President and Vice President
direct popular election
all the people entitled to vote in a given election
proposal for electing a President by which the winner of the popular vote would receive a bonus of 102 electoral votes in addition to his or her State-based electoral college votes. If no one received at least 321 electoral votes, a run-off election would be held
national bonus plan