Today’s installment of campaign-related news items from across the country.
* Despite talk from some of his supporters about rejecting the Democratic ticket in the fall, Bernie Sanders told MSNBC yesterday, “I will do everything that I can, and I think Hillary Clinton and I agree on this, that we will do everything we can to make sure that a Republican does not win the White House. I will knock my brains out, I will work seven days a week to make sure that that does not happen if I am the nominee and if I am not the nominee. That’s what I will do.”
* Donald Trump’s success in Pennsylvania is even more impressive than it initially appeared: “NBC News reached out to all 54 delegate winners after the polls closed Tuesday night. Interviews reveal that as of Wednesday afternoon 35 said they intend to support Trump on the first ballot at the convention – a number that could rise north of 40 when the final 10 delegates are reached.”
* For the record, I don’t care that Trump used a teleprompter yesterday. I do care that he used a teleprompter after saying a few months ago, “When you’re really, really, really smart like me … I don’t need teleprompters.”
* Sen. Cory Gardner (R-Colo.), a former Marco Rubio supporter, officially threw his backing to Ted Cruz yesterday. Believe it or not, for all the Capitol Hill anxiety surrounding Trump, Gardner is only the fourth of 54 Senate Republicans to back Cruz, and only the second since mid-March.
* Despite the agreement that was supposed to help give Ted Cruz a “clear path” in Indiana, John Kasich continues to campaign in the Hoosier State.
* Rep. Marlin Stutzman’s Republican Senate campaign in Indiana appears to be moving in the wrong direction: he reportedly “failed to report $1,100 in expenses to federal campaign officials, including a private plane trip last month from a friend with a real estate development business.”
* And Carly Fiorina told Fox News this morning that she no longer believes what she said about Ted Cruz a few months ago. Among other things, Fiorina argued in the recent past that Cruz is a typical politician who’ll say anything to get elected, and who can’t beat Hillary Clinton.