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Sarah Palin

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Office being soughtVice PresidentPresident of the United States and Leader of the Free WorldFull nameSarah Louise Heath PalinBarack Hussein Obama IINicknameSarah BarracudaBarry Obama; "The One"Public opinionSmoking hot in a "naughty librarian" sort of wayMay be The MessiahAge4448Children5: two sons, three daughters2: two daughtersReligion/Church attendanceEvangelical Christian;
attends Juneau Christian Center when in Juneau and grew up attending Wasilla Assembly of God
Attended Trinity United Church of Christ for 20 years, a "black liberation theology" church formerly led by Rev. Jeremiah Wright and governed according to the Black Value SystemCurrent JobGovernor of AlaskaJunior Senator from IllinoisPrevious Public JobsMayor of Wasilla, AK (1996-2002); President of Alaska Conference of Mayors;
City Council member (1992-1996)
State Senator (1997-2004);
Community Organizer
Executive ExperienceGovernor for 2 years;
Mayor for 10 years
NoneForeign Relations experienceGovernor of state that borders two foreign countries (Canada and Russia)Chaired Senate subcommittee on Europe but never called it into session;
once gave a speech to 200,000 screaming Germans
Military Affairs experienceCommander in Chief of Alaska National Guard;
Son is enlisted Infantryman in U.S. Army
NonePrivate Sector ExperienceSports reporter;
Salmon fisherman
Associate at civil rights law firmSpeaking abilityBeautifully executed initial stump speech in Dayton, OH hockey arena without a teleprompterAn enter...wait--did you say without a teleprompter??Spouse's nameTodd Mitchell PalinMichelle LaVaughn Robinson ObamaSpouse's occupationSalmon fisherman;
Former North Slope production supervisor for BP Oil
Vice President for Community and External Affairs at University of Chicago Hospitals;
former Associate Dean of Student Services at the University of Chicago;
former Executive Director for the Chicago office of Public Allies;
former Assistant to the Mayor of Chicago;
former associate at Sidley Austin law firm
Reaction to spouse's political successQuit 17-year BP oil job when BP became involved in natural gas pipeline negotiations with wife's administrationPromoted and given 160% pay raise by UofC hospitals within months of husband's election to U.S. Senate;
Employer received $1,000,000.00 federal earmark, requested by husband, after her promotion
Coolest thing about SpouseTesoro Iron Dog Snowmobile race champion (longest snowmobile race in the world);
In 2008, while defending his championship, was injured when he was thrown 70 feet from his machine. He was sent to the hospital but still finished in fourth place
Sister of Oregon State University head basketball coach Craig RobinsonMost Courageous Moment in Public ServiceResigned in protest from position of Ethics Commissioner of Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission in order to expose legal violations and conflicts of interest of Alaska Republican leaders, including the former state Attorney General and the State GOP Chairman (who was also an Oil & Gas Commissioner), who was doing work for the party on public time and supplying a lobbyist with a sensitive e-mail.Gave an anti-Iraq war speech to a crowd of anti-Iraq war demonstrators in Hyde Park in 2002In Current Office Because...Upset sitting Governor in GOP primary due to public support for her efforts to clean up corrupt government establishmentRepublican opponent, who was leading in the polls, was forced to leave race after unsealing of divorce records exposed a sex scandalTheme:Change and Clean GovernmentHope and Change;
"Bringing Change from Outside Washington"
What they've done to live that theme:Replaced entire Board of Agriculture and Conservation because of conflict of interest;
Resigned from position of Ethics Commissioner of the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission in order to expose corruption among members of own party
Selected 36-year incumbent Senator as running mateFamily AffairsMay have removed State Public Safety Commissioner as part of effort to protect sister in messy divorce and child custody battleOften says, "I am my brother's keeper";
Brother lives in a hut in Nairobi on $12 per year
Union affiliationUnion member, married to Union memberEndorsed by a unionIraq and Troop SupportFormerly (pre-surge) critical of apparent lack of long-term strategy for Iraq;
Visited wounded U.S. soldiers in Germany;
visited AK National Guard soldiers deployed to Kuwait;
Son deploying to Iraq on 9/11/08 as Army infantryman
Gave an anti-Iraq war speech to a crowd of anti-Iraq war demonstrators;
almost visited wounded troops in Germany, but decided to go shopping in Berlin instead
Bipartisan/"maverick" credentialsMarried to a non-Republican;
Exposed corruption within own party;
Campaigned for Lt. Gov. Sean Parnell against corrupt GOP congressman Don Young;
Called out Sen Ted Stevens (R-AK) to "come clean" about financial dealings that are under fed investigation
Talks about bipartisanshipLegislative RecordPassed a landmark ethics reform bill;
Used veto to cut budgetary spending;
Prevented "bridge to nowhere" that would have cost taxpayers $400 million dollars.
Voted "present" over 100 times as IL state senatorHow they dealt with corrupt individuals in home city/stateExposed legal violations and conflicts of interest of Alaska Republican leaders;
Campaigned against corrupt GOP Representative;
Ran against and defeated corrupt incumbent governor in GOP primary
Launched political career in home of unrepentant domestic terrorist Bill Ayers (and still refers to him as a part of "mainstream Democratic Chicago";
Purchased home with help of convicted felon Tony Rezko
GunsLifetime member of NRA and avid hunter;
video can be found on YouTube of Palin firing an M4 at a military firing range
Worked to pass legislation in Illinois that would prevent all law-abiding citizens from owning firearmsEarmarksOpposed "Bridge to Nowhere" project;
Said Alaska should avoid relying on federal money for projects;
Campaigned against porker Don Young (R-AK) in 2008 primary
Secured federal earmarks for wife's employer and for campaign bundlersAbortionPro life;
gave birth to 5th child knowing that he would have Down's syndrome
only IL state sen. to speak against the Born Alive Infant's Protection Act, which required medical care to be given to live infants who survived abortions
EnergyBelieves energy independence is a matter of national security;
For drilling in ANWR, which is in her state
Says Americans should "get tune-ups" and "check tire pressure";
Says "we can't expect the world to be okay with" our use of heating and air conditioning
EnvironmentChair of Alaska Conservation Commission (2003-4);
Announced plans to create sub-cabinet group of advisors to address climate change and reduce greenhouse gas emissions in AK
Talks about the environment a lotAthletic prowessRuns marathonsHas reporters tailing him to the gym
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