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Presidential Succession

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Presidential Succession

Presidential Succession

Presidential Succession

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If the president and vice president were to be incapacitated, the U.S. Constitution states that Congress should name an "officer" to assume the presidency. At a joint hearing conducted by the Senate's Rules Committee and its Judiciary Committee, scholars and senators discussed the problems with the presidential line of succession as it stands today. NPR's Renee Montagne talks with Akhil Reed Amar, a legal scholar who participated in Tuesday's senate hearing.