Today’s installment of campaign-related news items from across the country.
* On “Meet the Press” yesterday, Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort boasted, “[T]he good thing is, we have a candidate who doesn’t need to figure out what’s going on in order to say what he wants to do.” I’m honestly not sure what that means, and reading the transcript, the context doesn’t help.
* The Clinton campaign has released a new ad mocking Donald Trump for his reaction to the Brexit results. The size of the ad buy is unclear, but the spot will reportedly air on national cable.
* On a related note, Trump was asked in Scotland about his foreign policy team. “I speak to foreign policy advisers all the time. But the advice has to come from me,” Trump said, perhaps unclear about what “adviser” means. The Republican added, in reference to foreign policy advisers in general, “Honestly, most of them are no good.”
* Hillary Clinton made a surprise appearance yesterday at New York City’s pride parade.
* Clinton headlined an event in Cincinnati today, joined on the campaign trail for the first time by Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.). [Update: By all accounts, the joint appearance went quite well.]
* Though the Clinton campaign’s initial ad buy did not include Pennsylvania, Priorities USA, a super PAC allied with Clinton, is poised to begin “a $10.5 million advertising blitz” in the Keystone State, starting next week.
* Rep. Mia Love (R-Utah), occasionally rumored to be in the mix for vice presidential consideration, announced on Friday that she will not attend the Republican National Convention.
* Speaking of the convention, Trump has said Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Gov. John Kasich (R-Ohio) will not be invited to speak unless they endorse Trump’s candidacy.
* On “Meet the Press” yesterday, Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.), rumored to be a leading VP contender, said the rumors about his personality are true: “I am boring – but boring is the fastest-growing demographic in this country.”
* I don’t know if the Clinton campaign will end up targeting Arizona or not, but it’s interesting that the Democratic candidate not only wrote an op-ed slamming Donald Trump’s “bigotry” on immigration, but also published it in the Arizona Republic.
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