Meet the Press   |  November 03, 2013

Panel reviews buzz around new book Double Down

A Meet the Press roundtable examines the revelations on the 2012 campaign that emerged from the new book Double Down.

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>> i want to switch a little bit and talk about politics here in the book "double down game change 2012 ." i asked governor romney about it and maybe i'll ask chris christie about it during the break. they write in the book about the prospect of switching out biden, putting hillary clinton in place. david, you say didn't happen like that?

>> i was there. i'll tell you exactly what happened. that was the buzz in the political community in the fall of 2011 . it was raised that we should take a look and see if that even makes a difference. there were no focus groups, there was no big project. we put a question in a poll where we split the poll and we tested the obama /biden ticket and the obama /clinton ticket against the presumed republican ticket, and what we found was what people always find when they test these things, which is the effect was minimal. people don't vote for vice presidents , they vote for presidents. it would have been a disastrous decision to replace the vice president.

>> you took it seriously enough to poll it.

>> we tested everything. and that was our job.

>> everything but obama care.

>> we tested it over and over which is why the president kept misleadingly saying you could keep your doctor ask your plan. they tested that.

>> early reading on hillary clinton here, the fact they tested it and it wasn't an overwhelming change?

>> all my democratic friends say she's the front runner and i say, you're welcome to it. the republicans for years have voted for the front runner , someone who ran and lost. she's someone who is there because she's sucked up all the money from the party. let the republicans have the vigorous fight the governors have had in the past among young governors and senators who have fresh ideas. i