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:
* Hillary Clinton was reportedly planning to launch her presidential campaign in April, but will instead kick things off in July. Because the former Secretary of State isn’t especially concerned with primary challengers, Clinton has what Republican aspirants don’t: the luxury of taking her time.
* Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) said yesterday he won’t let a little thing like a felony indictment stand in the way of his bid for national office. “No, we’re going to continue on,” he said in reference to the pending criminal allegations.
* Former Gov. Mitt Romney (R) delivered a speech to students at Mississippi State University yesterday, where he “sounded out themes for a potential third presidential run.”
* Indiana Gov. Mike Pence (R), facing questions about a possible state-run media entity, seemed eager to abandon the idea altogether yesterday. In a radio interview, the Republican governor said he’d never heard of the project before this week’s media coverage, adding, “As governor I can assure you that (the plan) did not meet my expectations and if this website doesn’t meet my expectations of respecting the role of a free and independent press, I will reject it.”
* The Republican Party in New Hampshire is reportedly planning to host the “First in the Nation Republican Leadership Summit” in mid-April. The idea, according to the Washington Post, is to organize “a two-day festival of political speechmaking in April designed to formally kick off the 2016 presidential campaign in the early primary state.”
* As a reminder of just how far gone Ben Carson really is, the likely Republican presidential candidate argued in a recent interview that Congress should consider “removing” federal judges who rule in favor of marriage equality.
* The far-right group FreedomWorks is still around, and this week, one of its leaders said Jeb Bush “disqualified” himself for the Republican presidential nomination by endorsing Common Core education standards.
* And Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) appears to be the first presidential candidate to participate in a “Snapchat Interview.” Though I’ll confess to missing it, the reviews suggest it was not a success.
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