Electing the American
He shall hold his Office during the Term of four Years. . . . No person except a natural born Citizen, or a Citizen of the United States at the time of the Adoption of this Constitution, shall be eligible to the Office of President; neither shall any person be eligible to that Office who shall not have attained to the Age of thirty-five years, and been fourteen Years a Resident within the United States.
U.S. Constitution, Article II
If Jefferson is elected, the Bible will be burned, the French "Marseillaise" will be sung in Christian churches, and we may see our wives and daughters the victims of legal prostitution; soberly dishonored; speciously polluted.
Reverend Timothy Dwight, President, Yale University, quoted in D. C. Coyle, Order of the Presidency ( 1960), p. 43
The way things now stand, in [the 1980] election a decision of major national importance will again be entrusted to the outdated, flawed mechanism of the electoral college. Most importantly, the Nation will again run the serious risk that due to the workings of this system the candidate obtaining the most popular votes might not be selected as President.
Hon. Jonathan B. Bingham (D-NY), Congressional Record, February 26, 1979, p. H.882