Dr. Patrick Cox of the University of Texas at Austin had this to say about former Vice President John Nance Garner regarding the position of Vice President. “When it comes to commentary about the office of vice president of the United States, no statement is more repeated than John Nance Garner’s observation that the office “is not worth a bucket of warm spit.” Garner served Franklin D. Roosevelt as Vice President during Roosevelt’s first two terms. Garner never became President of the United States. Only 14 Vice Presidents have become President of the United States. The last being George HW Bush, who served as Vice President under Ronald Reagan (1981-1989). Bush became President in 1989 and served until 1993. He lost to Bill Clinton for re-election in 1992. Clinton’s Vice President, Al Gore, was the last Vice President to unsuccessfully run for President. Gore lost to then-Governor George W. Bush in 2000.
Why haven’t there been more Vice Presidents who have become President?