Washington, Nov.5 (ANI): Leaked copies of two speeches former Alaska Governor and 2008 Republican vice-presidential nominee Sarah Palin prepared for last year's election in the US, have revealed she planned to salute her husband Todd as the nation's "first ever Second Dude" in the event of victory.
In defeat, however, which she suffered with Senator John McCain at the hands of Barack Obama and Joe Biden, the Republican vice-presidential candidate wanted to tell Todd to "get ready for the Iron Dog snow machine race!"
A new book, Sarah from Alaska, details how the then state governor fought tooth and nail to introduce Senator McCain on stage in his home town of Phoenix, Arizona, in the early hours of the morning.
According to The Telegraph, Palin decided not to tell her own staff members that permission had been denied by senior McCain staff hours before the candidates took the stage, apparently in the hope of a last minute reprieve.
After formalities were over, authors Scott Conroy of CBS News and Shushannah Walshe, formerly of Fox News, who were "embedded" with Palin's campaign, revealed that McCain aides "literally turned the lights out on Palin when she retook the stage later that night to take pictures with her family, fearing that she would give the concession speech after all".
The candidates' lack of rapport was demonstrated by the absence of any post-campaign celebration or wake of any kind.
"Instead, Palin and her entourage accidentally ran into McCain in the parking lot as they were making a quiet exit. McCain's wife Cindy was already in the Chevy suburban when Palin halted them by calling out, 'John, is that you?'" the authors wrote.
In the months after the poll McCain aides poured anonymous scorn on Palin's refusal to toe the line and ignorance of policy.
The book disclosed that shortly after McCain's shock appointment of the virtually unknown conservative governor, his aides had to prepare dozens of flash cards to get the candidate "up to speed on foreign affairs and major national issues".
McCain aides were worried an election night speech, apart from being unprecedented, would deviate from the respectful tone that the war veteran senator struck to wide praise in his own remarks. (ANI)