What does a President of the U.S. do?

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Curious how to become President of the United States? There are a few requirements that must be met to even run for office. Next, there is a rigorous set of steps a potential candidate must complete in order to run as a party’s candidate. There is no minimum educational requirement that must be met in order to be qualified to run as president, though most have attained college degrees.

How to become President of the United States: Video Transcript

how to become president of the united states

How to become President of the United States. The requirements. Lots of people dream of becoming President of the United States. But to officially run for office, a person needs to meet three basic requirements established by the U.S. Constitution. A presidential candidate must be a natural born citizen, at least 35 years old, and a U.S. resident for at least 14 years.

Step 1: Primaries and Caucuses.

People with similar ideas usually belong to the same political party. The two main parties in the U.S. are Republican and Democrat. Many people want to be President. They campaign around the country and compete to try and win their party’s nomination. In caucuses, party members met, discuss, and vote for who they think would be the best party candidate. In primaries, party members vote in the state election for the candidate they want to represent them in the general election.

Step 2: National Conventions and General Election

After the primaries and caucuses, each major party, Democrat and Republican, holds a national convention to select a presidential nominee. The party’s presidential nominee announces his or her choice for Vice President. The presidential candidates campaign throughout the country to win the support of the general population. On election day, people in every state cast their vote.

Step 3: The Electoral College

When people cast their vote, their actually voting for a group of people called electors. The number of electors each state gets is equal to it’s total number of senators and representatives in Congress. A total of 538 electors form the electoral college. Each elector casts one vote following the general election. The candidate who gets 270 votes or more, wins. The newly elected President and vice president are then inaugurated on January 20th.

Article Citations

U.S. House of Representatives, Press Gallery, Salaries: Executive, Legislative, and Judicial, January 2015.

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