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He was decidedly in favor of whatever had this effect, as according with the true spirit of the Constitution; and he was, therefore, opposed to the amendment of the gentleman from Maryland. His own opinion, too, was that it was best to express in one article whatever related to the election of President and Vice Presi40 Historical Background on the Twelfth Amendment dent, than refer to the Constitution; by which the provisions on that subject would be rendered much clearer. Influence of Large States Mr.
For this reason he was in favor of the proposed amendment. . Mr. J. ” These words were accordingly added. 35 Presidential Election Process Debate on Numbers Mr. Dawson observed that this proposition had been submitted to the select committee, who had considered it more objectionable than that reported. Their object was to innovate as little as possible on the Constitution. A great part of it referred to cases so extremely remote as were not likely to happen. The only material change it made was to reduce the number of persons from whom a choice should be made from three to two.
Mr. —To secure the United States from the dangers which existed during the last choice of President, the present resolution was introduced. It was impossible to act upon, or pass the amendment offered by the member from New Jersey, with a full view of all its bearings at this time. It ought not to stand in the way of the resolution reported by the committee, for two-thirds or three-quarters of the State Legislatures would be in session in two or three months; the Senate had, therefore, better not admit the amendment, even if convinced that it was correct, because it might jeopardize the main amendment of discriminating.
Amendment XII Presidential Election Process (Constitutional Amendments) by Jared Zacharias