Today’s installment of campaign-related news items from across the country.
* Hillary Clinton addressed the refugee crisis in more detail yesterday, telling CBS, “We’re facing the worst refugee crisis since World War II, and I think the United States has to do more. And I would like to see us move from what is a good start with 10,000 to 65,000, to begin immediately to put into place the mechanisms for vetting the people that we would take in.”
* Jeb Bush told a Republican audience over the weekend that he believes President Obama is an American and a Christian. My fear is this is what passes for GOP moderation in 2015.
* Late last week, Donald Trump’s campaign released a position paper called, “Protecting Our Second Amendment Rights Will Make America Great Again.” The document calls for vastly expanded gun rights and appears to have been written by leading officials at the NRA.
* Trump also said late last week that he’s prepared to spend at least $100 million on his presidential bid.
* Just before the deadline, Rand Paul’s political operation gave the Republican Party of Kentucky $250,000 to finance the state GOP’s presidential caucus on March 5. To appreciate why this is important, take a look at our coverage from last month.
* The Maine Republican Party announced over the weekend that it will hold its presidential caucus the same day, March 5 (thanks to my colleague Laura Conaway for the heads-up).
* After some poorly worded comments about Latinos last week, John Kasich clarified yesterday, “Look, if I have to be clear about it, I’m just trying to say that in the course of a presidential campaign I’m glad I don’t move so fast that I ignore people and my views on our Hispanic friends across this country have been very positive. They have been impactful in so many ways.”
* And if you missed Friday’s show, you may not have seen the latest poll of Vermont Republicans and their 2016 preferences: Donald Trump and Ben Carson are tied for first place, along with Bernie Sanders, each of whom have 12% support. No, that’s not a typo – in this poll, 12% of Vermont Republicans would choose Sanders as their top presidential candidate.