The hosts of Bloomberg Masters in Politics caught up with Stuart Stevens, author and top strategist on Mitt Romney’s 2012 presidential campaign to discuss his new book The Innocent Have Nothing to Fear, a fictional depiction of a contested convention set in 2020, and get his thoughts on Donald Trump’s general election strategy, including making a prediction about his Vice Presidential pick.
According to Stevens, “If I had to bet, I would bet on Newt for all kinds of reasons. He’s been through this process and it’s something that’s unique to the process of running. He’s a known quantity. He can be a formidable debater and I think that the relationship between Trump and he would be a comfortable one.”
Stevens had some harsh words for the Republican presidential nominee saying, “I don’t think Donald Trump thinks, I think he feels. He just emotes. He literally is just incapable of expressing coherent thoughts unaided by a script. He can’t argue a case in 5 logical sentences. Everything is about him. He reacts to everything. It’s one of the reasons I thought he would be so easy to beat, and I think he’s going to go down to historic defeat. He responds to everything. If I was in a campaign against Donald Trump I’d have three or four teams of people who are competing with each other to get Donald Trump to react to whatever they do. Every weekend I’d take the group that won the most out to dinner.”
You can check out the full interview here.