Where the Democratic vice president and the Republican vice presidential hopeful stand on issues.
ABORTION & WOMEN'S ISSUES
BIDEN: Supports Roe v. Wade. Drafted the 1994 Violence Against Women Act which he sees as “the single most significant legislation” he’s done.
RYAN: A staunch opponent of abortion. Often co-sponsors legislation such as the Right to Life Act. Wants to criminalize abortion, in vitro fertilization and some birth control. Wants to remove federal funding of Planned Parenthood.
Photo: Planned Parenthood supporters hold up signs after a news conference by U.S. Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) outside at a Planned Parenthood Clinic. (Feb. 3, 2012)
BIDEN: Supports a balanced-budget amendment. Anti-Bush-era tax cuts. Noted for work with former economic adviser Jared Bernstein on new regulations and smart investments in infrastructure.
RYAN: Chairman of House Budget Committee. Well known for the “Ryan budget,” which includes deep cuts to social services. Some provisions: repealing the Affordable Care Act; cutting food stamps by $133 billion; $1.4 trillion in Medicaid cuts.
Photo: Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke's testimony before the House Budget Committee is visible on a television screen on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. (Feb. 2, 2012)
BIDEN: Strongly believes education is an equalizer; people need fair access to education. Would give college students a $3,000 tax credit. Regrets supporting No Child Left Behind.
RYAN: Voted in favor of No Child Left Behind. Voted against College Cost Reduction and Access Act.
Photo: Although Congress has kept the interest rate on Stafford loans stable instead of allowing to let a scheduled increase go through, it is only a year reprieve. And the price of a college education is still rising. This was a protest in Washington, D.C., this past year. (Oct. 6, 2011)
BIDEN: Known as his strength, with longtime service and leadership on foreign policy-related committees, including as chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.
RYAN: Little to no experience. Regular supporter of Bush administration’s foreign policy actions.
Photo: First Lt. Robert Gervasio shortly after his deployment in December 2010, in Marjah, Afghanistan.
BIDEN: Endorsed same-sex marriage on a May “Meet the Press” appearance, days before President Barack Obama announced his support in an ABC interview. “I am absolutely comfortable with the fact that men marrying men, women marrying women and heterosexual men marrying women are entitled to the same exact rights.”
RYAN: Voted twice in favor of a constitutional amendment to define marriage, once in favor of the marriage protection act, and is against the repeal of “don’t ask, don’t tell.” Issued a statement supporting legislation that would prevent the Supreme Court from striking down the Defense of Marriage Act.
Photo: Paola Perez, left, and her partner Linda Collazo, dressed as bride and groom, march in the annual Gay Pride parade in Greenwich Village in Manhattan after the same-sex marriage bill passed in the New York Senate. (June 26, 2011)