Romney’s constitutional amendment disqualifies Ryan for no business experience

By David Edwards
Monday, August 13, 2012 13:57 EDT
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Paul Ryan and Mitt Romney speak to CBS News
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A constitutional amendment suggested by presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney would have barred Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) from serving as his running mate.

Speaking to supporters in Las Vegas last May, Romney told the story of a man who said the Constitution should be amended to require three years of business experience to be qualified to be president of the United States.

The amendment would say that “the president has to spend three years working in business before he becomes president of the United States,” Romney explained. “Then he or she would understand that the policies they are putting into place have to encourage small business to grow.”

BuzzFeed’s Andrew Kaczsynski posted the video on Monday and noted that the amendment would have disqualified Ryan.

The 12th Amendment of the Constitution states that the vice president must meet all of the same eligibility requirements as the president.

“I think this reflects how dumb Romney’s proposed constitutional amendment is, not Ryan’s fitness for the presidency,” The Washington Post‘s Ezra Klein wrote. “It also reflects Romney’s tendency to take positions strategically without carefully considering their long-term impact.”

“When he made that comment, was it really so difficult for him to imagine naming a vice president without business experience? That would, for instance, disqualify career military men, like Gen. David Petraeus.”

Watch this video, uploaded to YouTube on Aug. 13, 2012.

David Edwards
David Edwards
David Edwards has served as an editor at Raw Story since 2006. His work can also be found at Crooks & Liars, and he's also been published at The BRAD BLOG. He came to Raw Story after working as a network manager for the state of North Carolina and as as engineer developing enterprise resource planning software. Follow him on Twitter at @DavidEdwards.
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