Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Gingrich Spotted in Indiana; Sessions Headed to Indiana

WaPo reports:

Former House speaker Newt Gingrich was seen in Indiana late Wednesday morning by multiple Trump campaign associates who said he was scheduled to meet with Trump and his family. He appeared to be initially unaware that Trump had also met with Pence until several news outlets reported the gathering.

According to a Trump ally, the candidate and his family decided over the weekend to meet with each of the leading contenders as Trump continued to deliberate. On Monday, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie campaigned with Trump in Virginia Beach and spent time with the campaign team all day, and sat with Trump as they flew between cities.

Those conversations with Christie on Monday and Gingrich later Wednesday were described by the ally as similar in nature to the Pence dinner and breakfast Wednesday: opportunities for Trump to sit with his top candidates and have his family meet them.

Trump was joined early Wednesday by his eldest daughter, Ivanka, and her husband, Jared Kushner; his sons Donald Jr. and Eric; and some advisers, including campaign chairman Paul Manafort. Manafort in recent days has been a proponent for picking a seasoned elected official, according to people familiar with the discussions...

Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions (R), a conservative favorite who has counseled Trump through the selection process, was also headed to Indiana on Wednesday for a meeting with Trump. A Republican close to the campaign confirmed the scheduled meeting and a CNN reporter saw Sessions board a flight to Indianapolis from Washington. In a brief interview with the network, he said he was en route to see the candidate. But the Republican said that Session was unlikely to be Trump’s choice and described him as an adviser and possible future Cabinet member.

Retired Lt. Gen. Michael T. Flynn, another candidate on Trump’s short list, spent Wednesday afternoon in Washington, where he spoke at the Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank. A Flynn adviser said that he had other promotional events and meetings in the area regarding his latest book about national security and terrorism, “The Field of Fight.” When asked whether Flynn planned to fly to Indiana, the adviser said he was unaware of any plans to do so....

In an interview with Bill O'Reilly on Fox News on Tuesday night, Trump said that he has narrowed his list to five people and has a "pretty good idea" about whom he will select.

Trump said that his eventual pick would be one of the politicians who has been publicly discussed, and he doesn't plan to surprise everyone with an out-of-the-blue choice.

"I'm not doing this for surprises. I'm not doing this for games," Trump said, adding that he wants a running mate who will help him get elected and will be "good" in the position.

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