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CLEVELAND — The final hours of Donald Trump’s vice presidential selection process have played out in ways familiar with his campaign — messy, unpredictable and under the full glare of the media. Only this time the candidate lost control of the story.
At some point, Trump’s choice of a running mate will be announced. But it will take some time to sort out the events of the past few days.
Was - Process - Indecision - Part - Candidate
Was this a process that revealed indecision on the part of a candidate who has tried to project decisiveness and strength? Was it one that revealed continuing tensions inside a campaign that has been riven by staff differences? Or was it merely an aggressive media eager to break a big story that got ahead of events and created confusion when little actually existed? Or was it some combination of all of them?
At the close of business Wednesday, Trump appeared on track to a routine unveiling of his running mate. Here in Cleveland, Paul Manafort, Trump’s campaign manager told a handful of reporters that the announcement would be made Friday morning in New York. Trump later tweeted confirmation of what his campaign manager had said.
Point - Universe - Finalists - Indiana - Gov
At that point, the known universe of finalists included Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and former House speaker Newt Gingrich, with signs pointing increasingly toward Pence. But the process also had produced an intriguing subplot, a head versus heart conflict within the candidate.
Trump’s personal chemistry with Christie was well known and the candidate seemed intrigued by the rebellious intellect of Gingrich. But he was being urged by some closest to him to take a more predictable and less risky route by tapping Pence.
Trump - Pence - Indiana - Tuesday - Night
Trump had campaigned with Pence in Indiana on Tuesday night. He met again with the governor and his wife on Wednesday morning at...
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