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Monday, November 4, 2013

Book: Strong doubts before Hofstra debate -- By Rebecca Shabad, The Hill

President Obama said before his second presidential debate against Mitt Romney, “I just don’t know if I can do this.”

Top advisers sat down with Obama in Williamsburg, Va., and prepped him 48 hours before the next debate at Hofstra University, a new book reveals. Then-Sen. John Kerry (D-Ma.) acted as Romney in debate prep.

“Guys, what are we going to do?” David Plouffe, one of Obama’s closest advisers, asked after one mock session. “That was a disaster,” referring to Obama's poor performance in the first debate.

 “If we don’t fix this,” Plouffe said, “we could lose the whole f-----g election.”

They staged an intervention, Mark Halperin and John Heilemann write in their upcoming book “Double Down.”

‘Mr. President, you need to embrace this event. What’s wrong with you?’ John Heilemann said Monday on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” recounting what the advisers said to Obama.

The two authors write in their book Obama erupted into a 10-minute soliloquy about how he’s not wired for the next debate.

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