What unwritten qualifications are there to become president?

Informal qualifications to become President are:

  • Experience in government or high military rank
  • Ability to raise large amounts of money
  • Political beliefs- be a fit for a major party
  • Personal characteristics- mental stability
  • Skill in debating and in fielding leading questions from reporters

Qualifications for presidential candidates have stayed the same since the year Washington accepted the presidency. As directed by the Constitution, a presidential candidate should be a natural born citizen of the United States, a resident for 14 years, and 35 years of age or older. These requirements do not exclude a woman from being President, yet this has yet to occur.

Roles of President:

  • Chief of State
  • Chief Executive
  • Chief Diplomat
  • Commander-In-Chief
  • Chief Legislator
  • Chief of Party
  • Chief Guardian of the Economy

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Updated on Thursday, March 13 2014 at 11:32AM EDT
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