Merrie Spaeth

A Sneak Preview of Tonight's Veep Debate -- From 1984

This morning, Salon, like every one else, is offering Joe Biden and Sarah Palin advice about how to conduct themselves during tonight's vice-presidential candidate debate. Only, Salon's quoting a local with substantial experience: longtime Republican operative Merrie Spaeth. As Salon notes today, the Dallas-based GOP strategist helped prep George H.W. Bush for his 1984 showdown with Geraldine Ferraro. And Spaeth says today that, "Vice President Bush was used to treating women, including me, in a deferential way. And it is hard to change the habits of a lifetime. I wonder if Sen. Biden, after more than 30 years in the Senate, will have the same kind of problem." Let's flashback to that cautionary tale with a video after the jump. --Robert Wilonsky

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