Sunday on ABC’s “This Week,” while discussing presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump picking Indiana Governor Mike Pence (R-IN) as his vice-presidential running mate, Matthew Dowd, a former chief strategist for the Bush-Cheney ’04 presidential campaign said he thought they had “messed up the process” and he likened it to a “‘Keystone Kops’ situation.”
Partial transcript as follows:
BRAZILE: — and if he’s — I agree with that. If Trump is such a great businessman and manager, why does picking a vice president — which is one of the big tests of a presidential candidate — why does it devolve into a clown show?
DOWD: Well, I actually think his pick of the vice president was the first time, I mean I think the process, I think they messed up the process; it made it look like a Keystone Kops situation.
STEPHANOPOULOS: Well, it sure seemed like he had second thoughts late Thursday night.
DOWD: — his pick —
CASTELLANOS: — there was a terrorist attack in the middle of all of it, slightly disruptive.
DOWD: Well, it didn’t disrupt him to get on FOX News two or three times in the midst of it.
CASTELLANOS: And talk about the attack, yes.
DOWD: But I think that his pick was actually the first time when you saw Donald Trump — I think there is an assumption by many voters that say I don’t think he really believes everything he says. They sort of give him a pass on many things.
And so when he picked somebody like Mike Pence, who is conservative but feels strong and steady, was a governor, was a congressman — gives him an insight, oh, wait, he may actually put together a cabinet and a team that actually is what I think he might do.
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