Joe Biden and Sarah Palin were the running mates for the Democrat and Republican candidates for president - Barack Obama and John McCain.

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Joe Biden versus Sarah Palin comparison chart
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Current Position Vice President of the United States erstwhile Governor of Alaska
Political Party Democratic Republican
Position on Healthcare Wants to insure all under age 21, allow families to buy into SCHIP, cover children in families up to 3 times the poverty level ($61,950 for family of 4), create a pool of private plans similar to that for federal workers. Supports competition in health care, and laws allowing patients access to better information about prices. In 2008, said she was considering incentives for employers to provide insurance, based on the free market.
Position on the Economy Wants to repeal the Bush tax cuts for top 1 percent of earners, extend middle-class cuts and freeze estate taxes at 2009 levels. Supports overhauling alternative minimum tax for the middle class but has voted against full repeal. Proposed suspending the state's gasoline tax this year. Proposed giving every Alaskan a $1,200 check from state accounts that were bulging with windfall revenues from the state's tax on oil production.
Position on Global Warming Wants to create a 5-year, $50 billion project for energy and climate change to finance research into discovering alternative energy sources and developing technologies. Opposes domestic drilling offshore and in the Arctic National Widlife Refuge. Favors drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, saying that Alaska was brought into the United States for its resources. Signed a bill to create a "Renewable Energy Fund" in Alaska.
Position on gay marriage 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. Supported a 1998 Alaska constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage.
Position on Abortion “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. Strongly anti-abortion. Supported bills to outlaw late-term abortions and to require parental consent for abortions in Alaska. Is a member of an anti-abortion organization called Feminists for Life.
Position on the death penalty Supports the death penalty. On her campaign Web site, said:"If the Legislature passed a death penalty law, I would sign it. We have a right to know that someone who rapes and murders a child or kills an innocent person in a drive-by shooting will never be able to do that again"
Position on gun control 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. Is an avowed supporter of the right to bear arms, a member of the National Rifle Association and a rifle hunter of Alaskan game.
Serves on committees Chairman of the Senate Committee on the Judiciary January 4, 1987 – January 3, 1995. Chairman of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations No senate committees (she is not a senator).
Books Authored Promises to Keep: On Life and Politics Going Rogue
Date of birth November 20, 1942 February 11, 1964
Place of Birth Scranton, Pennsylvania Sandpoint, Idaho
Children Beau Biden, Robert Hunter Biden, Naomi Christina Biden, Ashley Blazer Biden <oldest>, Piper, Tripp
Religion Roman Catholic Christian
Alma Mater University of Delaware, Syracuse University University of Idaho
Preceded by Dick Cheney Frank Murkowski

Sarah Palin vs Joe Biden Debate

The 2008 United States vice-presidential debate took place on October 2, 2008, between U.S. vice-presidential candidates Sarah Palin, then Governor of Alaska, and Joe Biden, then senior U.S. Senator for Delaware, at Washington University in St. Louis and was moderated by PBS journalist Gwen Ifill.
The full video of the Palin vs. Biden debate


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