Today’s installment of campaign-related news items from across the country.
* The center-right Hispanic Leadership Network has warned Republican candidates for years: don’t talk about “anchor babies.” Jeb Bush has been active with the Hispanic Leadership Network, but he nevertheless defended his use of the phrase yesterday.
* Marco Rubio, meanwhile, said yesterday he does not use the phrase.
* Speaking of rhetoric, Jeb Bush told voters yesterday that being a president means being a “decider.” Maybe there’s some kind of family script the Bushes are expected to stick to?
* In Wisconsin, the new Marquette poll shows former Sen. Russ Feingold (D) leading incumbent Sen. Ron Johnson (R), 47% to 42%, in their rematch.
* The same poll shows Hillary Clinton leading Bernie Sanders among Wisconsin Democrats, 44% to 32%. The poll included Vice President Biden, who was third with 12% support.
* Clinton is in far better shape in North Carolina, where she leads Sanders, 55% to 19%, according to PPP.
* Campaigning in Iowa this week, John Kasich met a voter who asked , “In Ohio, I know half of the abortion centers closed. Can you do that in the country if I vote for you?” The Republican governor replied, “We’ll do our best.”
* Twice last week, Chris Christie said he’s open to changes to birthright citizenship. Yesterday, however, the New Jersey governor said, “Birthright citizenship is a part of the Constitution. I mean it’s just a simple fact. Some may not like it, but it’s the simple fact of the matter.”
* Democratic presidential hopeful Martin O’Malley will unveil his plan today to expand Social Security and increase benefits.
* Speaking of O’Malley, Donald Trump referred this morning to the former Maryland governor as a “disgusting, little, weak, pathetic baby.” Maybe O’Malley will appreciate the attention?
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