Dick Cheney and Joe Biden are the 46th and 47th Vice Presidents of the United States. Joe Biden succeeded Dick Cheney on January 20, 2009.

Both men have starkly different personalities and positions on key domestic and international issues. While Cheney is a very private person, Biden is known for being a tad too outspoken.

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Political Party Republican Democratic
Position on gay marriage Opposed to same-sex marriage; but has a daughter who is gay. Supports same-sex marriage. Opposes constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage. Says he supports the same federal employee benefits for same-sex couples as for married couples.
Position on Abortion Would like to have Roe v. Wade overturned. “Strongly” supports Roe v. Wade, but opposes public funding for abortion. Voted yes to a federal ban on so-called partial-birth abortions. Voted against parental notification for minors who get out-of-state abortions.
Position on gun control In favor of the right to bear arms. Cheney was also involved in an infamous, unfortunate hunting accident where he shot a close friend of his by mistake. Introduced bill to renew ban on assault weapons and to close the so-called gun-show loophole by requiring gun show sales to have background checks.
Position on domestic wiretapping As Vice President in the Bush administration, Cheney worked towards authorizing warrantless wiretapping. Has called the warrantless wiretapping program authorized by President George W. Bush “unconstitutional” and “an illegal expansion of presidential power.” However, has not taken any actions as Vice President to change Bush era policies and la
Date of Birth January 30, 1941 November 20, 1942
Place of Birth Lincoln, Nebraska Scranton, Pennsylvania
Children Elizabeth Cheney, Mary Cheney Beau Biden, Robert Hunter Biden, Naomi Christina Biden, Ashley Blazer Biden
Religion Methodist Roman Catholic
Position on Guantánamo Bay In favor of keeping the prison at Guantánamo Bay opn. 2008 position: Wants to close prison at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, restore habeas corpus and try detainees in federal courts, not military tribunals. Co-sponsored bill that would release all prisoners who have not been charged (nearly all of them).
Alma Mater University of Wyoming University of Delaware, Syracuse University
Preceded by Al Gore Dick Cheney
Residence McLean, Virginia Number One Observatory Circle (Official); Wilmington, Delaware (Private)

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