BOOK: How John McCain Impulsively Chose Sarah Palin

Axios reports:

At the moment the late Sen. John McCain green-lit Sarah Palin as his presidential running mate in 2008, he told top advisers: “F— it. Let’s do it.” McCain balled up a fist and shook it as if rolling dice, N.Y. Times political reporter Jeremy W. Peters reveals in his forthcoming book, “Insurgency: How Republicans Lost Their Party and Got Everything They Ever Wanted.”

The conversation in August 2008 — which took place outside, at the water’s edge near a hawk’s nest on McCain’s ranch in Sedona, Arizona — was confirmed for Axios by a top McCain source. The incident gives new vividness to how impulsively McCain made a fateful decision that badly diminished him in his race against then-Sen. Barack Obama.

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