With so many embeds from different outlets, is it competitive on the trail?
You are literally living on the road with people from different networks, and you become friends. You try to maintain your own sense of self and keep true to the things that you are interested in, and you definitely want to work harder to get that exclusive or uncover that thing. We all have different strengths and weaknesses, and we all try to help each other, as corny as that sounds.
Among the many campaigns you’ve covered, what similarities and differences have you observed?
The role money plays in the election continues to be an interesting thing to point out. A lot of people may look at the ad buys, but being with a campaign gets you close to seeing how many costs there are: how much it costs to get from wherever you live to Iowa every week; how much it costs to pay the people who travel with you; how much it costs to set up a stage, to hire a sound man, just all these small things that add up.
The first two big-name candidates I followed who dropped out [O’Rourke and Harris] both cited money as the primary reason. And now, I’m with a candidate [Bloomberg] who will tell you himself that he has unlimited resources to run his campaign. In a way, you get whiplash from going to the two extremes.
What’s one of the stories you covered that stands out for you?
I was with Beto O’Rourke on Skid Row in L.A. back in September. I was proud of it because I think one of the most underreported stories today is the homeless problem. I live in New York and I see it here, but seeing it in places like L.A., it really hits you.