Bruno then starts explaining to Vinick that, because he wasn't expected to win the nomination, Santos wasn't vetted like the other candidates were. He says that the press will now really start to look into his past, so the briefcase will be a moot point, since a scandal like this would come out. However, if it comes out once he's already President...Bruno, how's about you just tell Vinick what you think is right rather than playing in stories? Vinick is playing devil's advocate, saying that other presidents have had illegitimate children, and also that if a candidate had the same views he did, a story like this wouldn't change his vote. This frustrates Bruno to no end. He thinks America doesn't think like that, and goes on to wax poetic about not wanting people to regret their votes. Vinick quickly calls him on it: "Bruno, come on. This is me you're talking to. Please don't try to turn mudslinging into a respect-the-voters spiel." Oh, but upstanding Bruno insists that he does respect the voters, and listens to them, and believes wholeheartedly and unselfishly that they have a right to know about this. Oh, look! I can see the glint of a halo hanging above Bruno's sassy bob! His single legitimate point? That the country shouldn't have a leader worrying about his own scandal when he really needs to worry about trying to control the outbreak of a war in Kazakhstan. And, that's the one point Vinick doesn't come back to.
Santos is on stage, presumably at the California event.
In a grungy kitchen, Vinick waits with the briefcase.
Back in the hallway, Santos is walking with Lou. I'd like to point out how adding a coat has returned her to the professional world of politics. She's explaining why they don't want Santos to meet with Vinick, since they don't know what the meeting is about. And I have to say, from this angle, they actually appear to be two different species, with the top of Lou's head barely brushing Santos's elbow.
Vinick heads over to study some industrial cans of tomato paste as Santos walks in. Seriously, there's nowhere to talk other than kitchens? They greet each other with silent nods. Santos finally breaks the silence: "Whose idea was the press conference?" "I couldn't let you have California all to yourself," Vinick answers. He's quiet, and Santos waits. Finally, Vinick presents the briefcase: "Bruno found it in the holding room in Philadelphia." Santos is doing that patented dad move of straightening his jacket quietly before he blows. They volley back and forth, but the bottom line is that Santos guessed correctly that Bruno looked through the briefcase and that Bruno, Santos, and Vinick are the only ones who know this happened.