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:
* The new Bloomberg Politics/Saint Anselm New Hampshire poll shows former Gov. Jeb Bush leading the Republicans’ 2016 field in the Granite State, but not by much. The Floridian has just 16% support among Republican primary voters, followed by Sen. Rand Paul at 13% and Gov. Scott Walker with 12%. Gov. Chris Christie, with 10%, was the only other candidate in double digits.
* The same poll asked New Hampshire Democrats about their 2016 preferences, and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton leads the field with 56%. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, who isn’t running, is second with 15%, followed by Vice President Biden and Independent Sen. Bernie Sanders, who each have 8% support.
* Speaking of the Vermont senator, Sanders talked to msnbc’s Steve Kornacki over the weekend and sounded like a very likely candidate. Reflecting on a likely race against Clinton, the independent lawmaker envisioned “a real clash of ideas.”
* Vice President Biden’s name is not usually a major part of 2016 conversations, but the Delaware Democrat will travel to Des Moines, Iowa, this week to talk about the White House’s economic agenda.
* Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) continues to hire key staff members for his presidential bid, including picking up Gregg Keller last week to help oversee national conservative outreach. Keller is a former executive director of Ralph Reed’s Faith and Freedom Coalition.
* Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) boasted last week, “Our vaccination rate in Texas [in 2000] was 65 percent. When I left two weeks ago, it was 95 percent.” In reality, that’s not even remotely accurate, but I found it interesting that Perry thought this was a claim worthy of mendacity.
* Politico had a piece over the weekend mocking three Republican former governors – George Pataki, Jim Gilmore, and Bob Ehrlich – who are all eyeing the 2016 presidential race despite the fact that they “last won election when the flip phone was hot technology.” What Politico neglected to mention: Pataki and Ehrlich last won an election in 2002, which is also the last time Jeb Bush won an election.
* And NBC’s Chuck Todd asked Secretary of State John Kerry yesterday whether he’d consider a presidential campaign next year. “I have no scenario whatsoever in my mind,” Kerry said. “I haven’t thought about it. As you can tell, pretty busy.” When Todd pressed further, Kerry added, “Well, nobody says never. But I mean, I have no concept of it.”
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