Tom Kirkman: What do you want me to do, General, declare war? Why not. 40 minutes ago, they showed me the nuclear football. I guess I've had it long enough to try it out.
Designated Survivor (2016)
Starring: Kiefer Sutherland, Natascha McElhone, Kal Penn, Adan Canto, Italia Ricci
Continuity mistake: Agent Wells is chasing the bad guy on foot. In the first shot her SIG is not cocked. In the next shot it is cocked. In the next shot the slide is retracted. In the next shot she somehow magically fires it. Then the hammer is somehow forward again. A few seconds later as she climbs the stairs it supernaturally transforms into a Glock. And at no time does she use a proper grip on the gun.
Question: If there were two designated survivors (Kirkman and Hookstraten) then why was it decided so quickly that Kirkman would be president instead of Hookstraten?
Answer: While both parties picked a designated survivor, only Kirkman was a cabinet member and in line for succession. Hookstraten was the Majority Whip leader for the House of Representatives and not in line for succession. She would only have become president if something happened to Kirkman.
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Answer: The line of succession is VP, Speaker, President Pro Tempore, then the Cabinet Secretaries in the order the department was created. If none is qualified, then the Chief Justice or senior member if no Chief or Chief is ineligible or declines, acts as POTUS until either the House chooses a new Speaker or the Senate chooses a new Pro Tempore, whichever is first.