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Posted on Aug 29, 2008 in Across the US, Campaign '08, Party Politics, RNC

All you need to know about Sarah Palin

Sarah Palin VP

Background:

  • Born: February 11, 1964 (44 years old) – Sandpoint, Idaho
  • College: University of Idaho
  • Profession: Journalist
  • Spouse: Todd Palin
  • Children: 5
  • Interesting Facts:
    • Placed Second in “Miss Alaska”
    • Nickname: Sarah Baracuda
    • Has one son in the military
    • Has one child with Downs Syndrome
    • Husband is three-time champion of the world’s longest snowmachine race

Political Experience:

  • Wasilla City Council
  • Wasilla Mayor
  • Ethics Commissioner of the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission
  • Governor of Alaska
    • Approval rating continually around 90%

On the Issues:

  • Abortion: Pro-Life
  • Energy Exploration: Supports drilling in ANWR
  • Second Amendment: Strong supporter of gun-owner rights
  • Health Care: Supports relaxing insurance regulations to increase competition, and lower costs
  • Taxes: Opposed to “nuisance” taxes and high fees for small business owners
  • Gay Marriage: Opposes same sex marriages

Memberships:

  • Lifetime NRA Member
  • Iditarod PTA
  • former Salvation Army Board
  • Chamber of Commerce
  • Valley Youth Sports Coach, Hockey Team Manager
  • Honorary Member, Rotary

Controversy:

Philosophy on Governing (from Gubernatorial Campaign Page):

I look forward to building a team that will put Alaskans first!  I believe in fairness and inclusion and will call on the public to work together for Alaska’s common good.  I refuse to use divisive tactics that polarize us for political gain. As Mayor of Wasilla, the fastest growing area of Alaska; as President of the Alaska Conference of Mayor; as Chair of the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission; and as a business owner and mom, I approached issues with a fair, balanced, common sense approach. I love the challenge of hiring and appointing the best people to serve with me and I will bring this positive approach to Alaska as Governor. In building a public service team, my commitment to my home state is to always put Alaskans first and never allow special interests to take advantage of us. I know that government has its place, and it should be limited. My focus is on education, public safety, infrastructure and access to our resources. As manager of our vast public resources, the Governor must act as an effective CEO on behalf of all Alaskans in negotiating the best deals for the state, and I am prepared to tackle that challenge.

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