The Presidency 28

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2.2          Citizens originally had no role in choosing presidents. The same was true of Congress.[1] The framers made those choices because they wanted to limit the opportunities for partisan or populist pressures in selecting presidents. That is why they invented the Electoral College.  They hoped the College would select the best candidate, regardless of politics. As you will learn over the next several days, they did not succeed.


[1] There is an exception. The Constitution in Article II, Section 1, Clause 3 specifies that the House of Representatives shall choose the President if the Electoral College votes are tied.

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