Friday’s Campaign Round-Up, 1.15.16

Today’s installment of campaign-related news items from across the country.
 
* Does Hillary Clinton feel the need to choose a male running mate to balance the ticket if she’s the Democratic nominee? She told Rachel on the show last night, “Absolutely not.”
 
* Donald Trump’s campaign unveiled its second television ad this morning, and despite all the hype about a new kind of advertising, the spot simply features the candidate telling a crowd he’s going to “make America great again.”
 
* Former Sen. Paul Kirk (D-Mass.), who briefly served as an appointed senator in 2009, endorsed Bernie Sanders late yesterday at an event in New Hampshire. Kirk is the first senator – former or current – to throw his support to the Vermont independent.
 
* The Rubio campaign released a video this week featuring praise from Glenn Beck. The controversial host, who supports Ted Cruz, did not give his permission to Team Rubio, and Beck yesterday referred to the senator’s move as “a little slimy.”
 
* During last night’s kids-table debate for under-performing candidates, Carly Fiorina went after Hillary Clinton’s personal life, boasting, “[U]nlike another woman in this race, I actually love spending time with my husband.” Soon after, the Republican talked to MSNBC’s Chris Matthews. Five times Fiorina was asked whether she believed the Clintons’ have a real marriage. Five times she would not give a straight answer.
 
* While attempting to praise South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley (R), Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) said the governor is “an immigrant.” Haley was born in South Carolina.
 
* As if Ben Carson’s presidential campaign weren’t in enough trouble, he lost yet another staffer yesterday when finance chairman Dean Parker resigned.
 
* Rep. Scott Rigell (R-Va.) announced yesterday he’s retiring at the end of the year. Interestingly, the Virginia Republican, when first running for the seat, vowed he would serve no more than six terms. Rigell is now retiring after just three terms.
 
* And the Democratic presidential field will meet tomorrow night for the trio’s latest debate. Martin O’Malley, who was teetering on the edge of ineligibility, has qualified for the event, which is sponsored by NBC News.
 
 

Friday's Campaign Round-Up, 1.15.16