Today’s installment of campaign-related news items from across the country.
* A new Quinnipiac poll shows Vice President Biden doing about as well as Hillary Clinton against leading Republicans in Florida, Ohio, and Pennsylvania.
* According to a newly released invitation, Jeb Bush will headline a fundraising event in Texas this fall along with his former president brother and former president father. The “I am my own man” rhetoric from the spring seems almost quaint now.
* Steve Deace, an influential conservative Iowa radio host, announced his support yesterday for Ted Cruz’s presidential campaign. “In my view, he’s what we’ve been waiting for,” Deace told his audience. “He’s an end to the false choice between principles and electability.”
* Jeb Bush, campaigning in New Hampshire yesterday, made his most direct criticisms of Donald Trump to date.
* As Rachel noted on the show last night, Ben Carson is apparently willing to make deadly drone strikes over American soil, targeting undocumented immigrants along the border.
* Hillary Clinton’s campaign released a new television ad yesterday, emphasizing her focus on economic inequality. “When you see that you’ve got CEO’s making 300 times what the average worker’s making, you know the deck is stacked in favor of those at the top,” Clinton says in the spot.
* Carly Fiorina’s private-sector experience is drawing fresh scrutiny, though new reporting paints an unflattering picture of her business background.
* And Bobby Jindal wants everyone to know how much he likes the phrase “anchor babies.”