Today’s installment of campaign-related news items from across the country.
* Planned Parenthood, for the first time ever, is making a presidential primary endorsement, throwing its support to Hillary Clinton. (Disclosure; my wife works for Planned Parenthood, but she played no role in this piece or the endorsement.)
* On a related note, Rep. G.K. Butterfield (D-N.C.), the chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus, also endorsed Clinton’s campaign yesterday.
* Marco Rubio has become increasingly aggressive while going after Chris Christie, blasting the governor in a Fox Business interview yesterday over gun policy, education, and reproductive health.
* On a related note, Rubio has also begun complaining regularly about then-candidate Barack Obama’s “cling to guns and religion” comment from eight years ago. What’s that expression about never fighting the last war?
* During an interview with Hugh Hewitt yesterday, Jeb Bush was asked repeatedly whether he’d commit to voting for Donald Trump if Trump wins the Republican nomination. The former Florida governor dodged every time.
* Former AIG chairman Hank Greenberg reportedly made a $10 million donation to Jeb Bush’s super-PAC, but then distanced himself from the contribution, saying the money came from his company. “Listen, I like Jeb Bush. Sorry he’s not living up to expectations but that’s the reality of it,” Greenberg said.
* Ben Carson claims “several” House Republicans approached him about becoming Speaker of the House last year, but he respectfully declined. Whether this actually happened remains unclear.
* In a bit of a surprise, Rep. Lynn Westmoreland (R-Ga.) announced he’ll retire at the end of this Congress, ending a career that began in 2004.
* Jim Webb, who ended his Democratic presidential campaign in the fall, is now working with a “Draft Biden” operative about raising money for an independent campaign.
* And though it seems very early, Utah’s 2020 gubernatorial campaign is already getting interesting, with Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R) conceding that he’s taking a “serious look” at the race, and Josh Romney, the son of the failed presidential candidate, saying this week he’s “strongly considering” running as well.
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