Posted by | January 7, 2010 20:24 | Filed under: Top Stories

A new book by political reporters Mark Halperin and John Heilemann, Game Change: Obama and the Clintons, McCain and Palin, and the Race of a Lifetime, details how close the debate between Sarah Palin and Joe Biden came to being a wipe-out.

McCain campaign manager Steve Schmidt (right) said Palin’s opening line, “Hey, can I call you Joe,” was suggested after she repeatedly got his name wrong in practice sessions, referring to him as “O’Biden.”

He said he had been warned by a campaign staffer that Palin was doing very poorly in her preparation.


“He told us the debate was going to be a debacle of historic and epic proportions. … She was not focused … not engaged,” Schmidt told [Anderson] Cooper. “She was not really participating in the prep.”

Among other revelations:


…when the president-elect called [Hillary Clinton] a second time to persuade her to be his secretary of state, after being turned down the first time, Clinton told him there was a problem.


“At that point she says, ‘There’s one last thing that’s a problem, which is my husband,” Heilemann said. “‘You’ve seen what this is like; it will be a circus if I take this job.’”

The interview about the book airs Sunday on “60 Minutes.”

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