McCain 2008 presidential campaign adviser Nilcole Wallace joined ABC’s This Week on Sunday and discussed the recently released HBO film “Game Change.” The movie, which stars Julianne Moore as Sarah Palin and Woody Harrelson as McCain 2008 campaign manager Steve Schmidt is based on the book of the same title explores the McCain-Palin campaign from the reporting of journalists Mark Halperin and John Heilemann.
Wallace, who is played by actress Sarah Paulson in the film, is shown in a number of conflicts with Governor Palin throughout the movie. When asked by host George Stephanopoulos about the veracity of the contentious scene between Governor Palin and Wallace following Palin’s interview with Katie Couric Ms. Wallace answered:
“It was true enough to make me squirm, but you know, look this isn’t a movie about campaign staff. This isn’t even really a movie about McCain and Palin. This is a movie about the vast grey area in which 99 percent of our politics actually takes place.”
Wallace continued, “And I think what gets boiled down are sometimes the fights, or the instant analysis of the black and white of whose up and whose down but the truth is, and I think every one around this table has had some experience in their political careers, where you’re just feeling your way through a very grey area and you’re doing your best and this campaign was certainly one of those instances for me.”
USA Today reported:
In a phone interview, the real-life Schmidt said watching Harrelson in Game Change was like an “out-of-body experience.” Schmidt, who cooperated in the project, vouched for the film’s accuracy and called the story “an instance in which the ambition to win superseded judgment.”
“There are a lot of important lessons to be learned,” Schmidt said. “I regret playing a part in a process that yielded someone on the ticket who was not prepared to be president.”
Fox News Sunday host Chris Wallace asked Senator John McCain, Arizona Republican, his response to Mr. Schmidt’s remarks, to which Sen. McCain said, “I regret he would make such a statement.”
Senator McCain refuted the depiction the movie made of him and said that he would not use such “coarse” language as often as the film scripted his character to do so. He also refuted the way in which the movie described that Palin was chosen to be the on ticket as well as the critical film’s depiction of Palin herself.