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?
Politics would never be the same.
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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 six months after leaving office, and if she were to succeed John McCain as President then ten years after leaving office. See more
If you had to do it over again, would you have her on the ticket?
You don't get to go back in time, Anderson, and have do-overs in life.
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