Lessons from the campaign trail on film
By Emily Christianson, Noelene Clark, Patrick Kevin Day, Lily Mihalik, Nate Jackson, Jevon Phillips and Nardine Saad
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2012 | 'Game Change'( Phillip V. Caruso / HBO )
In 2008, presidential candidate Sen. John McCain (Ed Harris) selected relatively unknown Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (Julianne Moore) as his running mate. While the book by John Heilemann and Mark Halperin focuses on both Sen. Barack Obama's and McCain's campaigns, the Jay Roach-directed HBO film focuses on Palin's effect on the latter campaign and her personal interactions throughout. When Palin stepped out in front of the American people, her Great Northern accent, shoe selection and odd sayings came under fire and potentially cost McCain the race.
Campaign lesson learned: When choosing an unknown running mate for vice president, be prepared for the polarizing effect her Great Northern accent, shoe selection and odd sayings may have.