Secrets from the 2012 campaign

Taegan Goddard
The WeekJuly 3, 2013
Initially, not even Mitt Romney thought running for president sounded like a good idea.

Most of America didn't want Mitt Romney to run. Apparently he didn't want to either.

If you're still looking for a good book to read on the beach this summer, you can stop looking.

Collision 2012: Obama vs. Romney and the Future of Elections in America by Dan Balz is an incredibly interesting and fun look back at last year's presidential campaign.

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The book doesn't go on sale until next month, but many news outlets got early copies and are already leaking some of the better stories.

The Huffington Post and USA Today describe a story from Christmas 2010 when Mitt Romney's family overwhelmingly voted against the idea of a presidential campaign by a landslide margin, 10 to 2. Even the future candidate himself was against the idea.

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CNN reports that New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie threatened to use the f-bomb during his live, primetime convention speech last August if a three-minute video about him was dropped from the schedule.

Politico zeroes in on Texas Gov. Rick Perry's "oops" moment in a November 2011 debate, when he failed to remember a third federal agency he'd like to eliminate.

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Now that the campaign is long over, many of the participants are finally willing to talk about details that the public never knew at the time.

It's a fascinating read and highly-recommended.

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