It's Tuesday, and Dan, Leon, and Vinick are at a Border Patrol station in El Paso. Dan gets off the phone and tells Leon that Santos has moved up another point, leaving Vinick with a four-point lead. Vinick is making remarks to some Border Patrol agents and some reporters. He tells them that doubling the Border Patrol is not just about stopping illegal immigration, but that it's also about protecting the U.S. from terrorists. Vinick is wearing a light blue plaid shirt and some khakis that are way too big for him in the ass. I know this will sound ageist (and maybe it is), but he looks like he's packing some Depends under there.
On the Santos campaign jet, somewhere in the sky, Lou walks past some reporters. (Yes, "Lou." The mob has spoken.) One of them asks her if she has any comment on Vinick's proposal to double the Border Patrol. Lou answers her question, but not really: "No, I was not surprised the Santos VFW speech was interrupted by applause eighteen times." The reporter cuts her off, pointing out that Vinick is labeling the border as a security issue. Lou tells her, "I'll get back to you on that." Reporter: "Really?" Lou: "No."
Lou enters Santos's private chamber. (Not like that, you pervs.) She tells him about Vinick's Border Patrol proposal, and Santos wonders how Vinick will pay for it after his tax cuts. She tells him to save that for the debates: "You need to keep chipping away at Vinick's lead on national security issues." Santos notes that Vinick is only making that proposal because his opponent is Latino. Lou tells him that it's time for some one-on-one interviews, and that the story of the day is "momentum, momentum, momentum." A reporter from the Boston Globe enters and immediately asks a question about the Border Patrol. Santos immediately spins it around to the campaign's momentum, claiming that as his poll numbers go up, the Republicans will come up with more and more desperate ploys. Lou watches his performance with approval.
Bruno storms through Vinick HQ. As he enters Sheila's office, she asks him why he hasn't left for the Santos HQ to start debate negotiations. He leans over her shoulder and starts messing with her computer, telling her that there's something she has to see. He browses over to the Drudge Report, where the top headline is "Vinick Promises Pro-Life Judges." Sheila hops on the phone and asks the operator to get Vinick for her. Vinick is arriving at the Minutemen encampment. Leon is with him in the car, and he hands Vinick the phone. She tells him about the Drudge article. He tells her that he has to go speak to the Minutemen. She tells him that they'll issue an immediate denial of Drudge's story. But he tells her hold off on that. Sheila: "You didn't promise him anything, did you?" Vinick doesn't answer, telling her that they'll speak later. He hangs up. Bruno asks Sheila what Vinick said. She tells him that he said nothing, and he notes that they have a pretty big problem. Commercials.