Today’s installment of campaign-related news items that won’t necessarily generate a post of their own, but may be of interest to political observers:
* At least one likely presidential candidate had something positive to say about the international nuclear framework with Iran: Hillary Clinton called it an “important step,” adding that while “the devil is always in the details” in such negotiations, “diplomacy deserves a chance to succeed.”
* Ted Cruz isn’t just the first White House hopeful to formally announce; he’s also the first to hit the airwaves. The far-right senator has “reserved time during ‘Killing Jesus,’ a documentary-style adaptation of Bill O’Reilly’s book that will run four times this weekend on Fox News.” Team Cruz has also purchased airtime in all of the early primary and caucus states for Sunday – during NBC’s “A.D.: The Bible Continues.”
* Speaking of Cruz, he appears to have benefited from “several taxpayer-funded excursions” that may not have been entirely related to Senate business.
* Sen. Michael Bennet (D-Colo.), who’s up for re-election next year, became the second Democratic senator to distance himself from Sen. Robert Menendez’s (D-N.J.) financial support. Bennet said yesterday he’ll donate to charities in Colorado the money he’s received from Menendez’s political action committee.
* Though Jeb Bush is arguably the GOP frontrunner in the 2016 presidential race, the new Quinnipiac poll shows the former governor with lukewarm support in his home state of Florida, and struggling even more in Pennsylvania and Ohio.
* Mike Huckabee continues to take steps towards a presidential campaign, launching a super PAC this week: “The group, called Pursuing America’s Greatness, will be led by Iowa operative Nick Ryan, who worked for a PAC supporting former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum (R) in 2012.”
* And despite his often strange antics, Sen. Chuck Grassley (R) is apparently eager to run for re-election If he prevails, as seems likely, Grassley will win a seventh term at the age of 83.