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Mark Halperin and John Heilemann double down on game change, with all due respect
Opening the final day's events of the week-long last year's Miami Book Fair International, Miami physician Dr. J.P. Austin introduced the bestselling Game Change author tandem, political junkies and journalists, writing from the right, Mark Halperin, and, writing from the left, John Heilemann. Former magazine journalists/editors and MSNBC cable TV political reporters, who, in the wake of their massive book successes, are now managing editors of Bloomberg Politics, and co-hosts of their own Bloomberg News cable TV program, With All Due Respect, Halperin and Heilemann took the stage to talk about their latest blockbuster, Double Down: Game Change 2012, just released in trade paperback (Penguin Books; October, 2014). Characterizing the difference between the elections of 2008 and 2012 as 'dream vs. track record' elections, Heilemann offered snapshots of the drama, comedy, consequences, and profanity of U.S. electioneering, including details of Barack Obama's unexpected courtship of Bill Clinton as a surrogate campaigner and speaker at the 2012 Democratic Party's National Convention. Halperin then took the podium to offer insight into the team writing process of Game Change and Double Down, and why they focused more on the 'feel' of history and relationships than the tactics and strategies, including Mitt Romney's nomination quest and the impact of Donald Trump's endorsement. Halperin wrapped his presentation with comments on the challenges of casting the parts for the HBO Double Down movie before Dr. Austin opened the microphone for audience questions on the political strengths and weaknesses of Hillary Clinton; the impact on U.S. elections of the rapidly rising Latino vote ; the political future of Sarah Palin; President Obama's immigration reform tactics and strategies scorecard; the collaborative process of co-authoring books; the prospects for fixing a broken government gridlocked by partisanship; and Mitt Romney's 'surprise' defeat in 2012.

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