2008 Presidential Candidate Biographies, Historical Debates & How to Vote on Infoplease

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Voters Turn to Trusted Reference Site to Learn Candidates' Views on Hot Issues & Where to Vote

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Our collection of in-depth, factual articles on campaigns past and present, as well as information on how and where to vote, puts the information needed to make an informed choice at the fingertips of U.S. voters everywhere.

Campaign 2008 has been a long journey, jam-packed with excitement, history-making candidates, controversy and two national conventions that will be engraved in voters' memories for years to come. As the polls show the McCain-Palin and Obama-Biden campaigns neck in neck in this heated race, voters can turn to Infoplease for the information they need to make an informed decision on Nov. 4, as well as to review highlights from past elections.

As the two vice presidential candidates, Sen. Joseph Biden and Gov. Sarah Palin, get ready for their one-and-only debate on Oct. 2, voters can visit Infoplease to find out where both campaigns stand on top issues of the day, such as the war in Iraq, the environment, immigration, education and taxes. And they can take a trip down election memory lane with an article featuring quick-witted one-liners and gaffes from historical presidential debates.

"Pundits have compared the high number of Americans who vote each week on American Idol with our country's low voter turnout for presidential elections. Living in the blur of negative campaigning and media spin on the campaigns, many non-voters cite lack of accurate facts for making an informed decision as the reason for their reluctance to go to the polls," said Jess M. Brallier, publisher, Infoplease. "Our collection of in-depth, factual articles on campaigns past and present, as well as information on how and where to vote, puts the information needed to make an informed choice at the fingertips of U.S. voters everywhere."

On Infoplease, voters will find well-researched biographies of the presidential and vice presidential candidates, with links to other sources of information. They can learn more about Barack Obama's multicultural childhood and work as a community organizer in Chicago. Or they can read about John McCain's service in the U.S. Navy, including his years as a prisoner of war and his role as a reformer in the Senate.

This year - more than any in recent history - the vice presidential slot on the ticket is garnering great interest from voters. Biographies of Biden and Palin on Infoplease offer voters insights into where the candidates come from and who they are today. In Sen. Joseph Biden's biography, they will learn his reputation during his more than three decades in the Senate. Gov. Sarah Palin's biography describes how the self-proclaimed "hockey mom" became the first female governor of Alaska.

Infoplease also features information about how and where to vote in 2008. By visiting the reference Web site, people can find out if they are eligible to vote and, if yes, how to register and where to vote. Plus, voters needing absentee ballots to vote in this historic election can find information on Infoplease about how to get them.

With all the buzz about the election on television, Web sites, newspapers and daily conversation, children are also interested in its importance. Parents and teachers will find fun quizzes and activities on Infoplease for discussing the election with children. Together they can play the popular word game Hangman and compete to spell the names of past presidents or complete a President's Day crossword or a First Ladies quiz.

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