Posted: 6:45 pm Wednesday, July 13th, 2016
By Jamie Dupree
If there is one thing that we have learned from watching Donald Trump over the course of this race for President, it is that Trump certainly understands how the news media operates, and how to take advantage of the spotlight. And that’s been very true in his search for a running mate as well.
Trump had news organizations on red alert all day on Wednesday, as he surreptitiously gathered top candidates for Vice President in Indiana, where he had rallied with supporters on Tuesday night.
Trump was spotted first with Gov. Mike Pence of Indiana, who had headlined that rally with Trump the night before.
Later in the day, reports surfaced that conservative talk show host Sean Hannity had put Newt Gingrich on a private plane to get him to Indiana to talk to Trump as well.
— CNN (@CNN) July 13, 2016
Gingrich wasn’t the only one getting to the Hoosier State, as Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) was also on his way to Indianapolis.
Sen Sessions is en route to Indianapolis right now. Asked if he is having a mtg there w/ Trump he tells me: "we'll have a visit I think"
— Sunlen Serfaty (@SunlenSerfaty) July 13, 2016
Sessions was the first Senator to endorse Trump; it came at a giant rally in his home state of Alabama in late February.
“Trump’s VP search enters frenzied phrase,” bellowed the headline on CNN’s website.
It was a reminder that Trump may not be an expert at playing politics, but he knows the news media is unable to contain itself about who might be his pick.
Twitter question: Name a talk show host and the person they would fly to Indiana to meet with Trump for VP.
— Jamie Dupree (@jamiedupree) July 13, 2016
About the Author
Jamie Dupree is the Radio News Director of the Washington Bureau of the Cox Media Group and writes the Washington Insider blog. A native of Washington, D.C., Jamie has covered Congress and politics in the nation’s capital since the Reagan Administration, and has been reporting for Cox since 1989.