Today’s installment of campaign-related news items from across the country.
* Hillary Clinton’s campaign yesterday issued a summary of her health care ideas, building on the Affordable Care Act as a foundation. Among the provisions are new tax credits to help consumers with the highest out-of-pocket deductibles.
* Speaking of Clinton, she leads Bernie Sanders in a new national Quinnipiac poll, 43% to 25%, and also in a new Fox News poll, 44% to 30%. In both surveys, Vice President Biden is third with 18% support among Democratic voters.
* A new national poll from Bloomberg Politics shows Donald Trump still in the lead in the race for the Republican presidential nomination with 21%. Ben Carson is a competitive second with 16%, followed by Jeb Bush’s 13% and Carly Fiorina’s 11%. Only two other candidates reached 5% in the poll: Marco Rubio at 8% and Ted Cruz at 5%.
* Speaking of polls, Florida Atlantic University published a new statewide poll in Florida, which found Donald Trump leading the pack with 31.5%, followed by Marco Rubio’s 19.2%, and Jeb Bush’s 11.3%. Ben Carson, who owns a home in Florida, was the only other candidate to reach double digits, coming in fourth with 10.3%.
* As of last night, Trump is now feuding with Fox News, Marco Rubio, and conservative writer Rich Lowry. Who he’ll be feuding with tomorrow is anybody’s guess.
* Carly Fiorina’s presidential campaign picked up its second congressional endorsement yesterday, with Rep. Candice Miller (R-Mich.) throwing her support to the GOP candidate. Oddly enough, Fiorina now has more congressional endorsements than Marco Rubio.
* Apparently looking for more attention, Mike Huckabee said yesterday that President Obama “pretends to be” a Christian.
* The Commission on Presidential Debates yesterday released next fall’s schedule, announcing the three events for the major-party nominees: Sept. 26 in Dayton, Oct. 9 in St. Louis, and Oct. 19 in Las Vegas. In addition, the debate for the vice presidential nominees will be in Farmville, Va., on Oct. 4. Note, of the competitive candidates, only one presidential hopeful would have a chance at a home-town crowd: Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R).