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The Lid: For Trump VP Search, Family Matters

Welcome to The Lid, your afternoon dose of the 2016 ethos…. Donald Trump’s potential running mates met his family over the past two days. We assume they were eager to impress the presumptive nominee by talking about his favorite things, like the number of primaries he won and making fun of Jeb Bush.

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‘16 from 30,000

We’ve now entered the full Hunger Games portion of the pre-VPannouncement, with both Mike Pence and Newt Gingrich meeting privately todaywith Donald Trump and his son, daughter and son-in-law. (Chris Christie metwith the candidate’s children Tuesday, NBC’s Kelly O’Donnell reports.) NBC’sreporting shows that the candidate’s advisers are split, with some (mostnotably his family) warm towards Gingrich, while others (including some of hismost powerful campaign aides) are advocating for Pence as a choice to unite theparty. Pence checks more boxes with evangelicals and the party faithful -- and he may be a boon in the midwest. And Gingrich, who shares Trump’senthusiasm for the spotlight, likes nothing more than exercising his zest forneedling the Clintons. If we’re honest, VP selections rarely end up vastlyinfluencing the trajectory of the race, but this one will at the very least bean illuminating window into the candidate’s decision-making process.

POPPING ON NBC POLITICS

FOR THE RECORD…

“Asked what he was doing in the state, [Gingrich] acknowledged he was going to meet with Mr. Trump’s children. “See the kids, go to the zoo,” said Mr. Gingrich. (Though he is an animal lover and is known to often make time to visit local zoos, he clarified he was only kidding about visiting the Indianapolis Zoo).”

  • The New York Times on Gingrich’s trip to Indiana

TOMORROW’S SKED

Hillary Clinton speaks to the LULAC conference and meets with Senate Democrats before she campaigns with Tim Kaine

The Republican National Committee opens two days of its full Rules Committee meeting.