2008 Election
Video introduction to ProCon.org and the pros and cons of controversial topics

(On Aug. 29, 2008, Governor Sarah Palin was announced as John McCain's Vice-Presidential selection. On Sep. 4, 2008, ProCon.org sent its 65-question survey to Sen. McCain's Vice-Presidential Press Office and to Sen. McCain's Presidential Press Office for completion. We have not received a reply as of Oct. 20, 2008. ProCon.org also phoned the Governor's Office of Sarah Palin in Juneau, AK on Sep. 4, 2008, and we were told that they are not responding to inquiries regarding Sarah Palin as the Vice-Presidential nominee.

The questions we have posted below, ranging from abortion to the War on Terror are identical to the 23 questions we have asked Democratic Vice-Presidential candidate Joe Biden.)
 
Sarah Palin

Republican Vice-Presidential Nominee
Governor of Alaska (R)


Sarah Palin's Positions & Statements on the Issues
Positions are categorized as Pro, Con, Not Clearly Pro or Con, or None Found.
 

Abortion: "Should abortion remain a legal option in America?"

Con: "[Charlie] Gibson: Roe v. Wade, do you think it should be reversed?

[Sarah] Palin: I think it should and I think that states should be able to decide that issue... I am pro-life. I do respect other people's opinion on this, also, and I think that a culture of life is best for America... What I want to do, when elected vice president, with John McCain, hopefully, be able to reach out and work with those who are on the other side of this issue, because I know that we can all agree on the need for and the desire for fewer abortions in America and greater support for adoption, for other alternatives that women can and should be empowered to embrace, to allow that culture of life. That's my personal opinion on this, Charlie.

Gibson: John McCain would allow abortion in cases of rape and incest. Do you believe in it only in the case where the life of the mother is in danger?

Palin: That is my personal opinion."
"EXCERPTS: Charlie Gibson Interviews GOP Vice Presidential Candidate Sarah Palin," www.abcnews.com, Sep. 12, 2008
Cuba: "Should the US continue to support an embargo against Cuba?"
None Found: ProCon.org emailed the Palin campaign on Sep. 9, 2008 with this question. We had not received a reply or found a position as of Sep. 18, 2008.

Death Penalty: "Should the death penalty remain a legal option in America?"
Pro: "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."
"Sarah on Issues," Sarah Palin's Governor website (accessed Sep. 15, 2008)

Education: "Is the increasing cost of college and university tuition pricing America's middle class out of higher education?"
None Found: ProCon.org emailed the Palin campaign on Sep. 9, 2008 with this question. We had not received a reply or found a position as of Sep. 18, 2008.

Election Reform: "Should voter verified paper audit trails (VVPAT) be mandatory in elections?"
None Found: ProCon.org emailed the Palin campaign on Sep. 9, 2008 with this question. We had not received a reply or found a position as of Sep. 18, 2008.

Energy: "Should drilling for oil in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) be allowed?"
Pro: "[Charlie] Gibson: ANWR. You favor drilling in the Arctic National Refuge. [John McCain] does not.

[Sarah] Palin: I sure do.

Gibson: You changed him on that? He changing you?

Palin: I'm going to keep working on that one with him. ANWR, of course, is a 2,000-acre swath of land in the middle of about a 20 million-acre swath of land. Two-thousand acres that we're asking the feds to unlock so that there can be exploration and development."
"EXCERPTS: Charlie Gibson's Second Interview with Sarah Palin," www.abcnews.com, Sep. 11, 2008
Environment: "Should the US ratify an international environmental agreement (such as the Kyoto Protocol) that mandates reductions in carbon emissions?"
None Found: ProCon.org emailed the Palin campaign on Sep. 9, 2008 with this question. We had not received a reply or found a position as of Sep. 18, 2008.

Gun Control: "Are more federal regulations on guns and ammunition needed?"
Con: "[Charlie] Gibson: Guns, 70 percent of this country supports a ban on semiautomatic assault weapons. Do you?

[Sarah] Palin: I do not and, you know, here again, life being an open book here, as a candidate, I'm a lifetime member of the NRA. I believe strongly in our Second Amendment rights. That's kind of inherent in the people of my state who rely on guns for not just self-protection, but also for our hunting and for sports, also. It's a part of a culture here in Alaska. I've just grown up with that.

Gibson: Isn't gun violence in America a health issue? We spend billions of dollars a year every year treating people who are victims of gun violence. Nothing we can do about that?

Palin: Do I think that all of that gun violence, though, is caused by people pulling a trigger who would have followed any law anyway? No. You start banning guns and you start taking away guns from people who will use them responsibly and use them ethically.

You put more and more laws on guns and you start taking away a Second Amendment right, it's going to be, Charlie, the bad guys who have the guns, not those who are law-abiding citizens."

"EXCERPTS: Charlie Gibson Interviews GOP Vice Presidential Candidate Sarah Palin," www.abcnews.com, Sep. 12, 2008
Health Care: "Should all Americans have a right to government or employer subsidized basic health care?"
Not Clearly Pro or Con: "I support flexibility in government regulations that allow competition in health care that is needed, and is proven to be good for the consumer, which will drive down health care costs and reduce the need for government subsidies."
"Sarah on Issues," Sarah Palin's Governor website (accessed Sep. 16, 2008)

Immigration: "Should the US build a physical barrier, such as a fence, along the US-Mexico border?"
None Found: ProCon.org emailed the Palin campaign on Sep. 9, 2008 with this question. We had not received a reply or found a position as of Sep. 18, 2008.

Iran: "Should the US use military force against Iran if Iran does not dismantle its nuclear program?"
Not Clearly Pro or Con: "[Sarah Palin] I believe that under the leadership of Ahmadinejad, nuclear weapons in the hands of his government are extremely dangerous to everyone on this globe...

[Charlie] Gibson: So what should we do about a nuclear Iran? John McCain said the only thing worse than a war with Iran would be a nuclear Iran. John Abizaid said we may have to live with a nuclear Iran. Who's right?

Palin: No, no. I agree with John McCain that nuclear weapons in the hands of those who would seek to destroy our allies, in this case, we're talking about Israel, we're talking about Ahmadinejad's comment about Israel being the 'stinking corpse, should be wiped off the face of the earth,' that's atrocious. That's unacceptable.

Gibson: So what do you do about a nuclear Iran?

Palin: We have got to make sure that these weapons of mass destruction, that nuclear weapons are not given to those hands of Ahmadinejad, not that he would use them, but that he would allow terrorists to be able to use them. So we have got to put the pressure on Iran and we have got to count on our allies to help us, diplomatic pressure.

Gibson: But, Governor, we've threatened greater sanctions against Iran for a long time. It hasn't done any good. It hasn't stemmed their nuclear program.

Palin: We need to pursue those and we need to implement those. We cannot back off. We cannot just concede that, oh, gee, maybe they're going to have nuclear weapons, what can we do about it. No way, not Americans. We do not have to stand for that."
"EXCERPTS: Charlie Gibson Interviews Sarah Palin," www.abcnews.com, Sep. 11, 2008

Iraq War: "Has the war in Iraq made America safer?"
None Found: ProCon.org emailed the Palin campaign on Sep. 9, 2008 with this question. We had not received a reply or found a position as of Sep. 18, 2008.
Iraq War: "Should the US set a timetable for troop withdrawal in Iraq?"
Not Clearly Pro or Con: "I've been so focused on state government, I haven't really focused much on the war in Iraq. I heard on the news about the new deployments, and while I support our president, Condoleezza Rice and the administration, I want to know that we have an exit plan in place; I want assurances that we are doing all we can to keep our troops safe. Every life lost is such a tragedy. I am very, very proud of the troops we have in Alaska, those fighting overseas for our freedoms, and the families here who are making so many sacrifices."
"Gov. Sarah Palin Speaks Out," Alaska Business Monthly, Mar. 1, 2007
Marriage: "Should an affair outside of marriage disqualify a candidate for public office?"
None Found: ProCon.org emailed the Palin campaign on Sep. 9, 2008 with this question. We had not received a reply or found a position as of Sep. 18, 2008.

Marriage: "Should there be a Constitutional amendment or federal law defining marriage as only between a man and a woman?"
Not Clearly Pro or Con: "In relationship to families, what are your top three priorities if elected governor?

...Preserving the definition of 'marriage' as defined in our constitution [Alaska Constitution Article 1, Section 25: "To be valid or recognized in this State, a marriage may exist only between one man and one woman."]."

"Gov. Sarah Palin Speaks Out," Alaska Business Monthly, Mar. 1, 2007

Medical Marijuana: "Should marijuana be a medical option?"
None Found: ProCon.org emailed the Palin campaign on Sep. 9, 2008 with this question. We had not received a reply or found a position as of Sep. 18, 2008.

Religion: "Should federal funds be given to faith-based (religious) organizations and initiatives?"
Not Clearly Pro or Con: Q: "Do you support an increase in state-funded, faith-based initiatives?

[Sarah Palin]: We see an adequate level of funding for faith-based initiatives today."
"Where They Stand," Anchorage Daily News, Oct. 22, 2006

Religion: "Should a candidate's religion matter to voters?"
None Found: ProCon.org emailed the Palin campaign on Sep. 9, 2008 with this question. We had not received a reply or found a position as of Sep. 18, 2008.

Social Security: "Should Social Security be privatized?"

None Found:
ProCon.org emailed the Palin campaign on Sep. 9, 2008 with this question. We had not received a reply or found a position as of Sep. 18, 2008.

Stem Cells: "Should the federal government fund embryonic stem cell research?"
Not Clearly Pro or Con: "My personal opinion is we should not create human life, create an embryo and then destroy it for research, if there are other options out there... And thankfully, again, not only are there other options, but we're getting closer and closer to finding a tremendous amount more of options, like, as I mentioned, the adult stem cell research."
"EXCERPTS: Charlie Gibson InterviewsGOP Vice Presidential Candidate Sarah Palin," www.abcnews.com, Sep. 12, 2008

Taxes: "Should the Bush tax cuts be made permanent?"
None Found: ProCon.org emailed the Palin campaign on Sep. 9, 2008 with this question. We had not received a reply or found a position as of Sep. 18, 2008.

US Constitution: "Should the US Constitution and Bill of Rights be altered or updated in any way?"

None Found:
ProCon.org emailed the Palin campaign on Sep. 9, 2008 with this question. We had not received a reply or found a position as of Sep. 18, 2008.

War on Terror: "Should interrogation techniques that some consider torture, such as waterboarding, be a legal option?"
None Found: ProCon.org emailed the Palin campaign on Sep. 9, 2008 with this question. We had not received a reply or found a position as of Sep. 18, 2008.


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Sarah Palin's Biography

Title(s): Governor of Alaska (R)
Personal Information:
Full Name: Sarah Heath Palin Marital Status: Married
Birthdate: February 11, 1964 Children: Five
Birthplace: Sandpoint, Idaho Religion: Non-denominational Christian
Involvement:
  • Governor of Alaska, 2006-present
  • Chair, Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission, 2003-2004
  • Mayor, Wasilla, Alaska, 1996-2002
  • City Council Member, Wasilla, Alaska, 1992-1996
Education:
  • BS, Communications-Journalism, University of Idaho, 1987
Affiliations and Memberships:
  • Chair, Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission
  • Chair, National Governors Association (NGA) Natural Resources Committee
  • Life Member, National Rifle Association (NRA)
  • Former Chair, Alaska Conservation Commission
  • Former President, Alaska Conference of Mayors
Other:

 

  • Owner, Snow Machine, Watercraft and All-terrain Vehicle Business, 1994-1997
  • Co-owner, Commercial Fishing Operation, 1988-2007
  • Television Sports Reporter, KTUU, Anchorage's NBC affiliate, 1987-1989
  • Baptized Roman Catholic as an infant. Baptized in a Pentecostal Assembly of God Church as a teenager and attended that church until 2002. Has since attended several evangelical Christian churches in Alaska.
Contact Information:
Campaign:
Phone: 703-418-2008
Fax: None listed
E-Mail: Web Contact Form
Web Site: www.johnmccain.com
Governor's office:
Phone: 907-465-3500, Juneau Office
Fax: 907-465-3532, Juneau Office
E-Mail: governor@gov.state.ak.us
Web Site: www.gov.state.ak.us

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