Outsourcing Opinions has devoted two previous articles on the US Elections, on the Presidential Nominees and their stances regarding outsourcing.

Now, we’ll take a look at the Vice-Presidenatial candidates, on their platforms on commerce, corporations and evaluate how they could possibly influence or impact the global outsourcing industry.

On Senator Joe Biden (Democrat-Delaware)

Representing Workers In Trade Negotiations: When done right, expanding international trade – and expanding markets for American products – can be good for the United States. However, with the rise of new economies the global workforce has doubled, and we compete directly with countries like China that can be simultaneously low-wage and high-tech. Unless our trade policies protect basic labor standards, we risk the loss of jobs in this new global economy.

That is why Senator Biden voted against trade agreements, such as CAFTA, that rolled back standards for labor protections. It failed to guarantee American workers the security they deserve and Central American workers the promise of improved working conditions.

Senator Joe Biden on the Issue of Labor, from his official website.

Eliminating the tax breaks is not going to keep jobs here in America.

We’ve got to make it more attractive to have jobs here in America and for corporations to be here. You’ve got to take the burden off the corporations with a health care system that’s universal, so we’re not at a competitive disadvantage. You’ve got to have a better education system to provide for the highest-tech jobs that we educate our folks for, so we’re not importing 400,000 computer engineers to work in Silicon Valley.

And you’ve got to deal with the innovation and infrastructure needs in this country–tunnels, bridges, etc.–which we haven’t done to make us more competitive.

Senator Joe Biden, during  Democratic Primary Debate at Howard University held on June 28, 2007

“A president’s job is to create jobs, not to export jobs, and the idea that we are not willing to take the prime minister of Canada and the president of Mexico to the mat to make this agreement work is just a lack of presidential leadership. I would lead, I would do that, I would change it. ”

Senator Joe Biden during the AFL-CIO Democratic primary forum held last August 7, 2007

On March  March 17, 2005 Senator Biden voted YES on the “Tax Subsidy for Domestic Companies Amendment”  to repeal the tax subsidy for certain domestic companies which move manufacturing operations and American jobs offshore.

Between July 2003 to June 2006, the Senator from Delaware voted NO on free trade agreement with Oman (Jun 2006), on implementing CAFTA for Central America free-trade (Jul 2005), on establishing free trade between US & Singapore (Jul 2003), on establishing free trade between the US and Chile. (Jul 2003)

Regarding on his business policy, the US Chamber of Commerce gave Senator Biden a 32 percent approval rating in 2003; indicating that the Senator from Delaware is “anti-business”

On Governor Sarah Palin (Republican-Alaska)

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 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.

Alaska’s small business owners are the backbone of our regional economies. Small Alaskan-owned businesses should have just as much say in state policy as the big companies do

From Governor Palin campaign booklet: “New Energy for Alaska”, published November 3, 2006

International trade is important to Alaska. Our exports grew more than 12% last year, and, for the first time, our annual exports topped $4 billion in 2006. We are helping our economy and economies around the world through trade.

In all our efforts, we will keep Alaska residents first. We will help Alaska businesses succeed in their key international markets. We will improve Alaska’s positive international relations with our key trading partners. We will help open new doors.

Governor Palin’s letter on Alaska statetrade website, September 1, 2008

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