I saw yesterday where Joe Biden is gearing up for another presidential run in 2016. He claims that being VP positions him well for it.
I've also seen people comment that 8 years as VP for Ryan will leave him well positioned for a run in 2020.
This is not something new. The first election I can really recall as Nixon/JFK in 1960. One of Nixon's strengths was supposedly his VP experience.
We have seen other VPs nominated since, Mondale, Bush, Gore, Ford. Other than Bush, none of them won and Bush could not get re-elected.
Since the founding, we have had 2 sitting vice presidents, Jefferson and Bush, succeed to the presidency. We have had 1 former VP elected president (since 1900) Nixon and look how that worked out.
Since 1900 we have had a 5 VPs become prez on the death of the incumbent (or resignation in Ford's case), None were able to get elected to a second full term. Bush, who did get elected was not able to get re-elected.
In other words, historically, the vice presidency seems to have been a horrible position for those wanting to be president.
Yet we keep hearing this meme year after year after year. I've never been able to understand why.
Anyone have any thoughts?