Today’s installment of campaign-related news items from across the country.
* While Donald Trump’s campaign is currently not running television ads anywhere, the Republican ticket will soon air commercials in Florida, Ohio, North Carolina, and Pennsylvania. They’ll be Trump’s first ads of the general election.
* Former Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer (R), a prominent Trump supporter, yesterday called Hillary Clinton a “lying killer” during a radio interview. She later told BuzzFeed it was “a stumble of the tongue” – according to Brewer, when she said “lying killer,” she was mispronouncing “Hillary Clinton.”
* Daniel Akerson, the former CEO of General Motors, has a new op-ed in the Washington Post today, explaining that while he’s voted Republican in every election throughout his adult life, he’s backing Clinton over Trump this year.
* The RNC’s Sean Spicer, defending his work on behalf of Trump’s candidacy, told the Washington Post this week, “There are doctors who help people who have done bad things, there are lawyers who defend bad people.” That’s quite a ringing endorsement, isn’t it?
* Bill Clinton was reportedly in Utah recently, meeting with some community leaders and gauging whether the traditional Republican stronghold may be competitive in this year’s election.
* Priorities USA, a pro-Clinton super PAC, is reportedly scaling back its ad investments, at least for now, in Colorado, Pennsylvania, and Virginia, confident of Clinton’s advantage in these battlegrounds.
* In Indiana’s U.S. Senate race, the latest Monmouth University poll shows former Sen. Evan Bayh (D) leading Rep. Jeff Young (R), 48% to 41%.
* The same poll found Eric Holcomb (R) with the narrowest of leads over John Gregg (D) in Indiana’s gubernatorial race, 42% to 41%.
* Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.), the former Club for Growth chief who’s spent much of his career supporting free-trade agreements, announced his opposition to the Trans-Pacific Partnership yesterday. The Pennsylvania Republican had previously offered at least tacit support for the TPP.
* Rosario Marín, the U.S. Treasurer in the Bush/Cheney administration, wrote a rather enthusiastic endorsement of Hillary Clinton this week.