Quote: Vice Presidential Debate


Title: Game Change
Author: John Heilemann
Author: Mark Halperin
Page: 405

Prepping for the Vice Presidential debates the authors mention many of the problems Palin was having. This little snippet was interesting in that it gives background on why she started the debates asking Biden if she could just call him ‘Joe.’

  [Palin] also continued to stumble over an unavoidable element: her rival’s name. Over and over, Palin referred to Obama’s running mate as “Senator Obiden”—or was it “O’Biden”?—and the corrections from her team weren’t sticking. finally, three staffers, practically in unison, suggested, Why don’t you just call him Joe?
  Palin stared at them quizzically and said, “But I’ve never met him.”

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