Never since Roosevelt has there been such a great clamor for the return of a former president.
The Democrats have nothing more to offer. Although Al Gore lost by a tiny and widely disputed margin, there is no great call for him to try again. He has been forgotten, and rightfully so.
Although, in time of war, the people as always have rallied behind our fearless president, hardly anybody wants him around any longer than absolutely necessary. Even those who support him now are saying, "We Want Bill".
However, Bill cannot run for president any more. The 22nd Amendment to the US Constitution prohibits it. Still, there is nothing to stop him for running for vice-president.
So, the plan is this. Nominate 99-year-old South Carolina Senator Strom Thurmond for President and, as his running mate, 55-year-old Bill Clinton for vice-president.
Strom Thurmond is popular would make an acceptable president. He ran for president in 1948 and carried four states. He might not last and then we would have Bill back again.
There would be nothing illegal about this. It is not prohibited by the 22nd Amendment. While the 22nd Amendment says that he cannot be elected to the office of president again, there is nothing that says that he cannot run for or be elected as vice-president.
Here is the text of the 22nd Amendment:
Section 1. No person shall be elected to the office of the President more than twice, and no person who has held the office of President, or acted as President, for more than two years of a term to which some other person was elected President shall be elected to the office of the President more than once. But this article shall not apply to any person holding the office of President when this article was proposed by the Congress, and shall not prevent any person who may be holding the office of President, or acting as President, during the term within which this article becomes operative from holding the office of President or acting as President during the remainder of such term.
Section 2. This article shall be inoperative unless it shall have been ratified as an amendment to the Constitution by the legislatures of three-fourths of the several states within seven years from the date of its submission to the states by the Congress.
Furthermore, Amendment XII does not change anything. The 22nd Amendment stops him from running for president. It does not determine his eligibility to serve as president. Amendment XII merely provides: "But no person constitutionally ineligible to the office of President shall be eligible to that of Vice-President of the United States." There is a difference between running for election as president and becoming president by some other means.