The vice president may be second in line for the most powerful job in the nation, but there isn't necessarily a lot to do besides wait – unless the president wants another adviser.
Ever heard of Shirley Chisholm? What about Charlene Mitchell and Lenora Fulani? They are among the many African American women who've run for president despite enormous political barriers.
Two researchers viewed all the television series featuring a woman presidential figure, and a remarkably consistent pattern emerged: ambitious fictional female politicians ended up being bad leaders.
In general, a candidate's choice for second-in-command doesn't directly swing voters. But it can reveal insights into who the candidate really is and how they might operate once in office.
The vice presidential debate may not set off fireworks quite like the presidential debate, but two political scientists explain why it's still important.
The senator from Virginia has a reputation for integrity, speaks Spanish and comes from a purple state. Also, control of his Senate seat isn't in play.