11/02/2008 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

President Palin? 30 Percent Of VPs Take Over Top Spot

Despite Vice President John Nance Garner's notorious description that the vice-presidency as not worth a pitcher of warm spit," the fact is that the office, and who holds it, matter enormously.

That was true in Garner's time and even more so today. Nine vice-presidents before him had advanced to the presidency, six by succeeding a deceased president.

Five more men have been added to that list since Garner's day, three because of the death or resignation of the elected president.

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