On civics, the Constitution, the role of the VP

One debater last night said this (paraphrased):

“The duties of the VP in the executive branch are spelled out in Article 1 of the Constitution.”

The statement was inaccurate on two levels. First, the first article creates the legislature, not the executive branch. Second, the only enumerated duty of the vice president is in fact in the first article, and it is a legislative, not executive, duty.

The person who made this statement isn’t the Alaskan governor who has been on the national scene for five weeks. It’s the lawyer who has been a sitting Senator for 35 years.