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Faith in the 2012 Election Faith in the 2012 Election
Religion emerged as an important issue in the 2012 presidential campaign. The personal religious identity of President Barack Obama and the Republican candidate, Governor...

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Abortion Abortion
This collection gathers together key candidate statements on abortion from the primary and general election campaigns, illustrating how each candidate's understanding of...

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Joe Biden on How His Faith Affects His Views on Abortion and Other Issues at the Vice-Presidential Debate

October 11, 2012
My religion defines who I am, and I’ve been a practicing Catholic my whole life. [...] With regard to abortion, I accept my church’s position on abortion as what we call a [de fede] doctrine. Life begins at conception in the church’s judgment. I accept it in my personal life. But I refuse to impose it on equally devout Christians and Muslims and Jews, and I just refuse to impose that on others. [...] I do not believe that we have a right to tell other people that women can’t control their body.
Joseph Biden, Jr. Joseph Biden, Jr.
Joseph Biden is vice president of the United States. He took office in January 2009 after serving for thirty-six years as a US senator from Delaware. When he was first elected in 1972, Biden became the sixth-youngest senator in US history. In 2007...