Summer, 2008: John McCain secures the nomination, but polls behind Barack Obama. Strategist Steve Schmidt suggests a game changer: picking a conservative female with media savvy, unknown Alaska governor Sarah Palin, as vice president. She's an immediate hit and a quick study - the gap closes. Then, Tina Fey's impersonation, a raft of criticism, and missing her family send Palin into a near-catatonic state: she doesn't prepare for her Katie Couric interview and bombs. Schmidt searches for an answer: don't expect her to learn the issues, but give her a script. Palin does well in the debate with Biden; she finds her voice, goes off script, and goes rogue. A mistake? Written by
Politics would never be the same.
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, John Heilemann
The two original writers of the book Game Change, on which the film is based, appear as the two reporters asking Steve Schmidt about Palin's "amniotic fluid". See more
Steve Schmidt tells Sarah Palin that, if everything goes according to plan, her Secret Service agents will be with her for the rest of her life. Vice Presidents only receive Secret Service protection for up to 6 months after leaving office. See more
Governor, do you know why we're in Iraq?
Because Saddam Hussein attacked us on 9/11.
No, no, Al Qaeda attacked us on 9/11
Not Saddam Hussein?
No, it was Al Qaeda. That's why we're in Afghanistan.
Do you know the primary differences between the war in Afghanistan and the war in Iraq?
[Palin doesn't answer
May God Bless America
Written by Bobby Bare
and Boyce Hawkins
Performed by Loretta Lynn
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