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    Political question -term limits

    I am watching House of Cards (season 3) and wonder how many future terms a president who takes office midway through his predecessor's term can serve. Does serving about 2years of that term count as a full term towards his 2 term limit? Do only terms he is elected for count?
    And on the eighth day, God said, "OK, Murphy, you take over"

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    As far as I know, it's only elected terms that count. A historical example would be LBJ, sworn in to finish Kennedy's term, elected, then famously refusing nomination for another term as President. There was never any discussion as to whether he could run or not.

    Johnson's speech.
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    Thanks.
    And now my Hollywood inspired speculation kicks in: Someone serves 2 terms as President. His successor later appoints him as Vice President (I know, a step down from being POTUS, but work with me. Maybe it is only supposed to be for a "short span" until another VP is found/vetted/finished a critical task/...) , then POTUS dies in office. Can the VP (the ex-President) step back into the POTUS shoes and gets another term?

    Given the way Frank Underwood on House of Cards operates, I would not put something like that past him if it is even remotely legal. Love this show.
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    Amendment 22.

    You can serve a maximum of 10 years. If: You served 2 years or less of someone else's term, then you could be elected twice.

    If you served 2 years and 1 day of someone else's term, then you can only be elected once.
    "Time's fun when you're having flies." -Kermit the Frog

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    Quote Originally Posted by Largo View Post
    Amendment 22.

    You can serve a maximum of 10 years. If: You served 2 years or less of someone else's term, then you could be elected twice.

    If you served 2 years and 1 day of someone else's term, then you can only be elected once.
    Then, with the backing of the military and a manufactured national emergency, you could serve as President for Life!

    (Frank Underwood Constitutional Suspension Amendment by Force of Arms.)
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    I was talkin' about the long long ago, in the before-time. Back yonder when folk abided by the Constitution.
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