The Importance of the Vice President?

3 May 2013 – Joe Biden planning fresh gun control push

In terms of gun control, it was always going to be controversial for the first African American President to push this issue through. Step in Joe Biden – the older, whiter, more experienced face of the administration who can perhaps quell some of the criticism that would be leveled at Obama. Arguments over the importance of the VP will often be answered by the traditional, ‘it depends on the circumstances’ answer, and Biden has been quite a quiet VP. But in these controversial issues, he has been front and centre for most of the gun control debate…so, how important is the VP?