Could the plot behind Designated Survivor become a reality?

Posted at 6:43 PM, Nov 16, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-16 18:43:25-05

Imagine a catastrophic attack on U.S. soil wiping out the president, Congress and upper levels of government.

It's the premise of the new ABC show Designated Survivor. 

Keifer Sutherland plays a low-level cabinet secretary who survives and is thrust into the presidency.

It's a contingency plan that may not be far from reality.

Watch the video above for more. 

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