Today’s installment of campaign-related news items from across the country.
* President Obama has been careful not to use Donald Trump’s name recently, so it was of interest when he told Bloomberg Politics in a new interview, “There’s no successful businessman in America who actually thinks the most successful businessman in America is Donald Trump.”
* Trump’s campaign claimed yesterday that it raised $2 million in less than 12 hours after sending out a fundraising appeal this week. The Trump Victory Fund, which is a joint fundraising committee that partners with the RNC, raised an additional $3 million.
* To the disappointment of his supporters who still believe he may be the Democratic presidential nominee, Bernie Sanders conceded on C-SPAN yesterday, “Well, you know it’s hard to say, it doesn’t appear that I’m gonna be the nominee.” The senator has also scheduled a “Where We Go From Here” speech, to be delivered in New York later this afternoon.
* In an unexpected move, Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) did not endorse Sen. Marco Rubio’s (R) re-election yesterday, instead offering encouragement to Rubio’s most notable primary rival. “Carlos Beruff is a good friend of mine, a businessman and an outsider to politics,” the governor said in a statement. “The voters of Florida deserve the opportunity to consider his candidacy alongside Senator Rubio and make their own decision.”
* Former Gov. Jeb Bush (R), however, who frequently clashed with Rubio during their presidential campaign, quickly threw his support behind the incumbent senator yesterday, as did former rival Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas).
* The Libertarian Party’s presidential ticket participated in a prime-time town-hall event on CNN yesterday, but it was overshadowed by the sit-in drama on the floor of the House of Representatives.
* Hillary Clinton’s campaign announced the presumptive Democratic nominee will campaign in Ohio on Monday alongside Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), fueling running-mate scuttlebutt.
* And in Pennsylvania, Rep. Chaka Fattah (D), convicted this week on federal bribery charges, announced yesterday that he will resign from Congress in October, rather than face a likely expulsion vote. Fattah already lost in a Democratic primary. [Update: Under pressure, the Philadelphia-area Democrat announced today that he’s stepping down immediately.]