Today’s installment of campaign-related news items from across the country.
* Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) was asked about his interest in possibly being Hillary Clinton’s running mate. “I love the job I’m doing,” he replied. When Jake Tapper said his answer didn’t sound “Shermanesque,” the Ohio senator conceded the point.
* On a related note, Rep. Pat Tiberi (R-Ohio) is letting folks know he’s “actively considering” a 2018 campaign against Brown.
* In Georgia, the latest Atlanta Journal-Constitution poll showed Donald Trump leading Clinton in the state by just four points, 45% to 41%. The Republican seems to think that’s great news, but given that Georgia has been a red state in each of the last five presidential elections, it’s Democrats who feel good about the poll results.
* After trading barbs recently with Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Trump has apparently begun referring to the Massachusetts Democrat as “Pocahontas.”
* Ted Cruz may be gone from the presidential stage, but he released a new video insisting he has “no regrets,” and for some reason boasting, “We sparked a fire and started a movement.” As if there were any doubts about the Texas senator’s future ambitions, the video concludes, “To be continued.”
* Carlos Beruff, a Republican Senate candidate in Florida, reportedly told a Republican group last week, “Unfortunately, for seven and a half years this animal we call president, because he’s an animal, OK – seven and a half years, has surgically and with thought and very smart, intelligent manner, destroyed this country.”
* On a related note, Beruff, competing in a crowded GOP primary, said yesterday that he will not apologize for the comments.
* And to no one’s surprise, the end of the Republican primaries has spurred “a record number of citizenship applications and increases in voter registration among Latinos.”