Clinton campaign spokeswoman Karen Finney said Tuesday that Hillary Clinton will announce her vice presidential selection Friday.
That means she will try to immediately steal the “bounce” Donald Trump hopes to get from the Republican convention, which ends Thursday night. Wise move.
And it means she has already chosen her running mate, though with all reporters focused on the GOP convention, it’s less likely to leak than Trump’s did, so she’ll probably have the rollout she wants. Unlike Trump.
CNN’s Wolf Blitzer broke the news, though there was already talk that Friday was the day.
Wolf is a good journalist, and he gives in the above video a little lesson in a journalistic technique that anyone can use in their own lives.
Note how he asks the question: “I take it it will be announced . . . this coming Friday,” Wolf “asks.”
“I expect that’s about right,” Finney answers, almost sheepishly.
The key here is to put someone on the spot a bit by offiering a specific alternative instead of asking an open ended question. If you simply ask “When will you announce your vice presidential pick?”, it’s much easier to say, “Well, we’ll let you know.” But if you say a specific day, you’re faced with confirming or denying something, which isn’t as easy. Your subject will feel more obligated to offer a specific response — at least something like, “No, not Friday, probably next week,” were it not actually Friday.
So, don’t ask your spouse, “Are you having an affair?” You’ll get, “Of course not, sweetheart.” Ask, “Are you having an affair with Jennifer??” The reaction will be a little different, especially if it’s Jennifer. Or maybe he’ll say, “No, it’s Emily.”