Today’s installment of campaign-related news items from across the country.
* Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) suggested this morning he may use the mass shooting in Orlando as a rationale for breaking his promise about forgoing a second term in the Senate.
* Donald Trump’s rally in New Hampshire today has been postponed in light of yesterday’s massacre.
* Bernie Sanders is scheduled to meet with Hillary Clinton tomorrow, where the senator hopes to “get a sense of what kind of platform she will be supporting, whether she will be vigorous in standing up for working families and the middle class, moving aggressively in climate change, health care for all, making public colleges and universities tuition-free.”
* The Clinton campaign unveiled its first television ad of the cycle on Saturday – before the shooting in Orlando – and it includes footage of Trump mocking a journalist’s physical disability. In a voiceover, Clinton asks, “Do we respect each other? Do we help each other? Do we stand together?”
* Around the same time, the Clinton campaign released a rather brutal fake infomercial-style ad about “Trump University.”
* Trump’s campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, said yesterday in reference to Mitt Romney, “You know, Romney wanted to run, chose not to. He’s now attacking this past weekend all the other Republicans who ran for president as well saying they should have done a better job. Well, if he feels that way he should have run. He was a coward.”
* Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), the only senator to endorse Bernie Sanders, said on Friday, “I’m going to support our nominee and our nominee is Secretary Clinton.”
* In case his nationalistic themes were a tad too subtle, Donald Trump was reduced to literally hugging an American flag at an event over the weekend.