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22nd Amendment

FDR’s third-term election and the 22nd amendment

November 5, 2018 By NCC Staff

On November 5, 1940, President Franklin D. Roosevelt won a third term in office in an unprecedented act that would be barred by a constitutional amendment a decade later.

A historical first and last - FDR’s final inauguration

January 20, 2017 By NCC Staff

The Constitution now sets January 20th as inauguration day every four years, but it was 72 years ago today that a historical first – and last occurred: The inauguration of a U.S. President to a fourth term in office.

Can Ivanka Trump or Bill Clinton be the next Vice President?

June 24, 2016 By Scott Bomboy

Recently, the Washington Post listed 36 possible Donald Trump running mates, including his daughter, Ivanka. And there has been a debate since 2008 about Bill Clinton as a VP candidate. Does the Constitution allow these scenarios?

Five big moments in New Hampshire primary history

February 5, 2016 By Scott Bomboy

This Tuesday’s New Hampshire primary has the potential to offer another dramatic moment in presidential election history. Here’s a look back at five reasons why the nation’s first primary is so closely watched.

History wouldn’t favor third term for Obama, or most Presidents

July 28, 2015 By Scott Bomboy

On Tuesday, President Barack Obama jested that he could win a third term in office, but that he was also glad he was constitutionally barred from running. While Obama spoke in a context about African leaders, the comments caused discussion back home about third-term Presidents in general.

Chris Christie becomes 435th candidate to declare for 2016 election

June 30, 2015 By Scott Bomboy

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie declared his presidential intentions on Tuesday in what appears to be crowded GOP field. But “crowded” is a relative word according to the FEC’s official list of candidates.

22nd Amendment: Presidential Tenure

February 22, 2014 By NCC Staff

Following Franklin D. Roosevelt's election to third and fourth terms, this amendment set a future limit at two terms.

22nd Amendment: Two-Term Limit on Presidency

December 17, 2013 By NCC Staff

Following Franklin D. Roosevelt's election to third and fourth terms, this amendment set a future limit at two terms.

Should a president face term limits when Congress doesn’t?

February 27, 2013 By Scott Bomboy

With the anniversary of the 22nd Amendment on Wednesday, Constitution Daily looks at two hot-button topics: Should a president be allowed to serve a third term? And should members of Congress have term limits like the president?

Happy birthday, 22nd Amendment!

February 27, 2013 By Holly Munson

Today we celebrate the anniversary of the 22nd Amendment (ratified in1951). Here’s what you need to know.

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