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PRESS Pass: Mark Halperin and John Heilemann

Authors John Heilemann and Mark Halperin believe the new HBO movie Game Change, based on their 2010 bestselling book of the same name, paints an accurate picture of former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin during her time as John McCain's running mate in 2008. 

"Its hard for any public figure to see themselves presented on the page or on screen as a person in full," John Heilemann said. "I think if she could see it through fair eyes.  She would think it was a fair treatment."

The film, which debuts on HBO this Saturday night, centers on the few months of the campaign from when Sarah Palin was announced as the Vice Presidential candidate to election night. The book, however, contained a much broader range of topics and told the story of all the candidates that cycle.

The reaso n, Halperin says, is that Palin’s roughly 60-day foray into the public spotlight was more compatible to a compelling storyline on the silver screen as compared to the drawn out two-year saga of Obama vs. Clinton. But more importantly, as John Heilemann put is, "She’s an incredibly relatable character... She was the everywoman."

As far as the 2012 race, Mark Halperin believes that the different external factors this cycle will provide for numerous compelling story lines. 

"You ’ve got the Tea Party movement, you’ve got Occupy Wall Street , you have lots of rich people who want to affect the outcome of the race, you’ve got a string of fascinating Republican candidates, so and the election is taking place in an environment more volatile than anything I’ve ever covered in my career, so I think we’re okay."