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But -- stage is set the countdown is on for Thursday night's vice presidential debate.
An aide from the Palin campaign tells Fox News that the governor has been prepped outdoors -- McCain's ranch in Sedona in -- relaxed environment.
And -- and invited her person for the big -- and Wilmington Delaware although earlier today the senator stopped by a local burger joint this family.
So what I have a -- actually doing to prepare right now just live is president George H.
Bush and Vice President Cheney.
It's Bob Barnett and my good friend who acted as a stand and during mock practice debates against President Clinton and many others Bob you -- candidate so to -- Well only so to speak I don't have the abilities or the temerity to actually be a candidate but I have enjoyed having the opportunity to play one.
In the movies if you -- So you actually you prepared yourself and you -- stood up next to them and basically let him have it if necessary.
When I tried to do when I was acting as the surrogate was prepare myself as if I were preparing -- alcoholic and I prepare briefing book went.
Everything -- -- every vote they cast every position they've taken.
And I'm not an imitator I'm not Dana Carvey or Darrell Hammond but I try to imitate if you will their words and their positions.
Now I'm this week's debate there's -- -- with a vice president to be different from last Friday night.
Yes it is it's going to be both different from Friday night in different from years past in the following way.
As you remember Friday night there were nine question pods start out with 22 minute answers and then a five minute sort of free form.
Discussion and questioning period.
That same model will be employed Thursday night but it will be ninety seconds ninety seconds and -- two -- that.
More free for all period.
This is unprecedented as you know in past years pull it back to sixty and then there was a gap 76 every four years it's been much more structured -- that's.
This time there's more opportunity for back and forth moderator to candidate.
Candidate to moderator follow ups questioning eccentric.
Is that I guess some can MI think he or she might have an advantage of protective Foreman in the solicit and then they fight over this little details don't think they ignorant are -- -- say fight but he.
In the negotiations there's a lot of -- -- it's not so much -- about this it's often about sitting vs standing.
Or length -- answer a -- well or whether there's a closing statement whether there's an opening statement those kind of things.
This time there is it literally a 31 page memorandum of understanding between the campaigns that details everything from tickets to camera positions.
To answer -- eccentric.
Taking the shots because the pool camera takes a shot -- second make a big difference a member of the dead George Bush 41 but this watch which I never felt such a big a -- would look at mine so -- -- -- sympathetic.
At all times but -- Who is then negotiating anyway.
They can't deal.
Placement of the cameras.
Is negotiated and then the pool as you say feeds into the networks and the cables and then the networks and the cables decide their directors decide.
Whether they're gonna do split screen or they're gonna do straight everything -- look at the moderator or whatever.
The notice and no audience shots and there's no from the side shots it straight on.
But the director at a particular network or cable can decide how to frame which.
Tightened during the primary that in the democratic primary particularly awful and debates.
To -- the -- practice for each one get a grilling on each one.
-- I can only speak for the candidate I work with and that was Senator Clinton and she practiced fully and completely for each debate these are very serious and particularly when you get in the general election.
These can be crucial I think it's fair to say that in 1992 and I think I've -- President Clinton say this.
It was probably the three debates that swung the election to his favor because at that point he was a little known governor from Arkansas.
Most people not junkies like us but most people don't really focus until these debates.
And once they focus at the time of these debates.
How they judge the candidates their demeanor their answers how -- if you will respond can be dispositive and can swing -- You must be so fun for you if you practiced with the candidate and you hit -- discussion about more than for the team's work with the Canon.
To -- here when the debate happens you might hear some been some been some sort tip for something -- -- body part recession actually appear in the debate.
One of the funniest experiences that I've had this I won't say the candidate for.
We would practice not only the obvious substantive questions but also the off the wall questions one of those -- who were your heroes commonly practiced.
And in the practice we did that question and I answered with my Republican heroes and the candidate who shall remain nameless.
Answered with his democratic heroes and when the actual debate came that question was asked the democratic candidate to -- can use my heroes.
And I said -- a little bit of -- fortunately I don't blame Canada -- As well so wasn't bad.
Out and -- and that I understand that there a whole lot of questions were they -- to send a pretty in the -- who are pretty anticipated.
Well it's not so much the wording of the question you can it just.
But if you've done your homework you can often anticipate the areas of question for instance.
It's obvious should -- questions about the bailout bill it's obvious that you're gonna get questions about the effects of the -- the economic.
Disaster that we're here in the United States and so you can sort of anticipate many of the question Harry is not the specific words and the interesting thing about these debates.
People can be very Smart and I've had the blessing of working with some very Smart candidates but this is a very peculiar and artificial format.
Try some time answering a complicated question -- national health insurance in thirty seconds it is an -- -- -- thank you thank you.
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