"I'm just one of many moms who will say an extra prayer each night for our sons and daughters going into harm's way."
— Sarah Palin

Sarah Palin
America's Northern Star
Biological Information
Name Sarah Palin
Gender Female
Race Caucasian
Age 53
Political Information
Office Governor (formerly)
Party Republican
State Alaska
Predecessor Frank Murkowski
Successor Sean Parnell
Greatest Accomplishments B.S. from University of Idaho, Governor of Alaska, Chair of National Governors Association

Sarah Louise Palin, born Sarah Heath, was the 9th Governor of the state of Alaska and was John McCain's Vice Presidential running mate in the 2008 presidential election.

Personality Edit

Sarah is energetic, passionate, and a true fighter. She isn't the type that wastes her time sitting in a political office signing papers and writing speeches. Instead, she's on the front lines battling for our Conservative values. She is also famous for her ability to OWN hecklers.

History Edit

Born on February 11, 1964, in Sandpoint, Idaho, to Charles Heath and Sally Heath, Sarah moved to Alaska with her family at the age of three months, when her father took a teaching position in Skagway, Alaska. Later, they settled in Wasilla. A graduate of Wasilla High School, Palin was the co-captain and point guard of Wasilla’s 1982 state championship women’s basketball team. She moved on to receive a Bachelor of Science degree in communications-journalism from the University of Idaho in 1987. After graduating, she took a job as a sportscaster for KTUU-TV and KTVA-TV, based in Anchorage. She soon met and married Todd Palin, an Alaskan native and commercial fisherman. Together, they moved to Wasilla.

With 63% of the vote, Palin was elected to the Wasilla City Council. While holding her seat, she called out mayor John Stein for failing to spend sales tax revenue wisely. She decided to challenge him in the next mayoral election won. Successfully trimming wasteful spending, Palin easily defeated Stein in her reelection effort, beating him with 83% of the vote. Although, she had the opportunity. The rest of the state was impressed, and chose her to be the President of the Alaska State Mayors.

In 2002, Palin sought to be the Lieutenant Governor of Alaska. In Republican Primary of five candidates, she came in second to Loren Leman who went on to join the ticket of Frank Murkowski/Lora Leman for Governor/Lieutenant Governor. Palin campaigned actively for them, and when the won, Governor Murkowski appointed Palin to be the chairwoman of the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission as well as the ethics supervisor. In 2004, she had the opportunity to challenge Governor Murkowski's daughter, Lisa, who was the incumbent U.S. Senator, in a Republican Primary. She turned it down to spend time with her family.

Two years later, she encountered Governor Murkowski another time. On this occasion, she was running against him on the base that he had led an unethical administration as Governor. After defeating him in the primary, she went on to beat former Democratic Governor Tony Knowles. She won and was sworn in with her running mate, Lieutenant Governor Sean Parnell, who now serves as the state's Governor. By doing this she became Alaska's youngest Governor and the first female to serve in the position.

As Governor, she improved the state's education, public health, transportation, workforce development, and helped Alaska become more independent from federal funding. She also built a major pipeline that transported gas from the Alaska North Slope to the other 48 states through Canada. Additionally, Palin sold the Governor's private jet and eliminated the Governor's private cooking staff.

It was on August 24, 2008 at the Alaska State Fair, that Governor Palin received a personal cell phone call from Senator John McCain to be his running mate in the 2008 Presidential Election. She accepted and the announcement of her candidacy created a dynamic moment in the campaign. She brought a new wave of energy across the United States, and most respected analysts have concluded that McCain would have received less votes if she had not been on the ticket.

Following her ultimate loss to Joe Biden, Palin took on the new mission of leading a grassroots Conservative movement in the United States. She founded SarahPAC and campaigned for several TEA Party candidates in the 2010 Congressional, Senatorial, Gubernatorial, and state elections. [1] Although many Conservatives begged her to join the 2012 Republican Primary, she ultimately declined and instead voted for Newt Gingrich.[2] After the eventual nominee, Mitt Romney, selected Congressman Paul Ryan to be his running mate, she made it clear that she supported the ticket. [3]

On January 25, 2013, it was announced that Palin had left FOX News as a political contributor. [4] Less than a month later, the Washington Post falsely claimed that she was joining the Qatari-owned news organization, Al Jazeera, drawing criticism from Palin and her fans. [5] Palin herself poked fun at the newspaper, tweeting "Hey Washington Post, I'm having coffee with Elvis this week. He works at the Mocha Moose in Wasilla."[6] The Mocha Moose, is, in fact, an actually eating establishment, although Elvis does not work there.[7] The business had signs that read "Palin Fever."

Political Positions and Stances Edit

Abortion Edit

Sarah Palin's views on Abortion are the following:

  • The "new-feminism" includes pro-life women.
  • Life is a beautiful choice.
  • Supports Alaska Right-To-Life
  • Advocates for choice of life in case of teen pregnancy
  • Bristol can be a teaching tool for others
  • Abortion is a states' issue.
  • Opposes embryonic stem cell research
  • Abortion only okay if mother's life is in jeopardy[8]

American Culture and Values Edit

Sarah Palin's views on American Culture and Values are the following:

  • Being a mayor is a lot like being a community organizer, but with actual responsibilities.
  • Tea Partiers love America but dislike what's happening to her.
  • Everything worthwhile comes through effort.
  • God has a distinct plan for everyone.
  • US is a shining city on a hill.
  • Proud to be Washington outsider.
  • Leadership is a responsibility to prepare for tomorrow.
  • We are each made in the image of God.
  • We are a prayerful country.[9]

Economics Edit

Sarah Palin's views on Economics are the following:

  • TARP is crony capitalism at its worst.
  • Vetoed 25 million dollar earmark.
  • As Governor, reduced fund spending by 124 million dollars.
  • Believes in free-market capitalism.
  • First campaign was to lower taxes in Wasilla.
  • End the death tax.
  • Cut capital gains tax.
  • Raising taxes hurts small business.
  • Supports seasonal sales tax, but no income tax[10]
  • Obama's stimulus package should be killed.
  • Bailouts should focus on job-creation, not just health care.
  • Unions should get member-permission for political donations.[11]

Education Edit

Sarah Palin's views on Education are the following:

  • We need more flexibility in No Child Left Behind.
  • Teaching morals is important in education.
  • k-12 grades should be fully funded.
  • She supports charter schools, home schools, and all alternatives.
  • Target early education programs to at-risk groups.
  • Ultimately, schooling is the parents' choice.[12]

Energy and Oil Edit

Sarah Palin's views on Energy and Oil are the following:

  • Fought to replace secret gasoline deal with open competition.
  • Cap-and-trade = Cap-and-tax.
  • Leaving our domestic supply untapped is nonsensical.
  • Would have focused on energy independence first and foremost as Vice President.
  • Energy is linked to security and prosperity.
  • We must produce more of our own oil.
  • We need more pipelines, more coal, and more alternatives.
  • Government should life the moratorium on offshore drilling.
  • We should fully fund the Petroleum Systems Integrity Office.[13]

Foreign Policy Edit

Sarah Palin's views on Foreign Policy are the following:

  • We cannot negotiate with terrorists.
  • Dictators simply hate what America stands for.
  • Israel and Palestine need a two-state solution.
  • We should not challenge Israel if they attack Iran.
  • Rising democracies look to America as a leader.[14]

Global Warming and Environment Edit

Sarah Palin's views on Global Warming and Environment are the following:

  • Built bike paths in Wasilla.
  • Fought hard to clean Exxon Valdez spill.
  • Environmental issues should not slow the free market.
  • Encourage timber, drilling, mining, and fishing.
  • Feds should not list Bulga Whales as endangered.
  • Railroad provides link between business and development.
  • The Alaska Constitution should not include rural subsistence fishing. [15]

Government Roles Edit

Sarah Palin's views on Government Roles are the following:

  • Funding for NPR and NEA should be cut.
  • Transparency meetings should not be held behind closed doors.
  • Cut her own pay as mayor.
  • Resigned as AOGC chair to protest its corruption.
  • Ran campaign against "Corrupt Bastards Club"
  • Put state checkbook online for all to read.
  • Made it a crime to trade favors by voting.
  • Reduced overall spending by 7%.
  • Mayors are the front lines of accountability.
  • Vetoed almost half a billion dollars in wasteful spending. [16]

Health Care Edit

Sarah Palin's views on Health Care are the following:

  • Tort reform is needed.
  • We need more competition and more choices when it comes to coverage.
  • Families who buy their own coverage should receive a $5,000 tax credit.
  • She is an organ donor.
  • Alaska is the leading state for organ donors.
  • Health care should be business-driven.
  • People should take personal responsibility for much of health.
  • Doctors should manage health care, not bureaucracies.[17]

Immigration Edit

Sarah Palin's views on Immigration are the following:

  • There should be a path to citizenship, but no amnesty for illegals.
  • The U.S. should address jointly with Canada to secure borders.
  • Illegals should not be given drivers licenses.[18]

National Security Edit

Sara Palin's views on National Security are the following:

  • If you love your freedom, thank a vet.
  • Vietnam vets are not "baby killers".
  • A mosque should not be allowed near Ground Zero.
  • Economic sanctions should be put of North Korea.
  • Terrorists from Iraq are biggest threat to America.
  • Any country that houses Islamic terrorists is danger to the U.S.
  • Only a small percent of Muslims are extreme.
  • The Bush doctrine is correct.[19]

Same Sex Marriage Edit

Sarah Palin's views on Same-Sex Marriage are the following:

  • College roommate in same-sex marriage.
  • We cannot allow anything but traditional marriage.
  • Government can provide same-sex partner benefits.
  • Marriage is between a man and a woman.[20]

Second Amendment Rights Edit

Sarah Palin's views on Second Amendment Rights are the following:

  • Allowed open carrying of weapons in the library.
  • Don't blame the GOP for the Giffords shooting.
  • Shot first rabbit at age 10.
  • D.C. should end its ban on handguns.
  • Is a member of the NRA. [21]

Accomplishments Edit

  • B.S. from University of Idaho
  • Miss Wasilla
  • Wasilla City Council
  • Wasilla City Mayor
  • President of Alaska Mayors Association
  • Chair of Alaska Oil and Energy Conservation Commission
  • Governor of Alaska
  • Chair of National Governors Association (NGA)
  • Author of two successful books
  • Mother of five

Quotes Edit

"America's finest - our men and women in uniform, are a force for good throughout the world, and that is nothing to apologize for."

"I guess a small-town mayor is sort of like a community organizer, except that you have actual responsibilities."

"Politics isn't just a game of clashing parties and competing interests. The right reason is to challenge the status quo, to serve the common good, and to leave this nation better than we found it."

"To win this war, we need a commander in chief, not a professor of law standing at the lectern."

"Here's a little newsflash for those reporters and commentators: I'm not going to Washington to seek their good opinion. I'm going to Washington to serve this great country."

"I'm pro-life. I'll do all I can to see every baby is created with a future and potential. The legislature should do all it can to protect human life."

"There are the world's standards of perfection, and then there are God's standards."

See Also Edit

References Edit

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  20. Palin on Same-Sex Marriage
  21. Palin on Second-Amendment Rights
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