Mac's Big Guns Turn to Polishing Palin

Honchos, candidate huddle at Ariz. ranch to prepare for Thurs. debate with Biden

By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff

Posted Sep 29, 2008 1:48 PM CDT

(Newser) – Sarah Palin will be coached by the best people John McCain’s campaign has to offer in preparation for her debate Thursday with Joe Biden, the Wall Street Journal reports. Campaign manager Rick Davis and strategist Steve Schmidt are headed with Palin today to McCain’s Arizona ranch as the campaign comes under fire for mishandling the Alaska governor.

Palin will also get help from McCain’s debate coach, who will seek to undo previous preparation that resulted in “rote” answers, an adviser told the Journal. Some conservative pundits have slammed Palin for faltering during recent public appearances, and polls show a drop in her popularity. “It's time to let Palin be Palin,” one GOP strategist said, “and let it all hang out."

Sarah Palin was due to head to John McCain's Arizona ranch following a rally today in Ohio to prepare with top campaign advisers for Thursday's vice-presidential debate.   (AP Photo)
"Gov. Palin is a team player, but the campaign needs to adjust to a game plan that works for her," says one strategist critical of how the vice-presidential candidate has been handled.   (AP Photo)
Republican presidential candidate John McCain, accompanied by running mate Sarah Palin, gestures during a campaign rally at Capital University in Bexley, Ohio, today.   (AP Photo)
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