Today’s installment of campaign-related news items from across the country.
* On the eve of the first debate for the Democratic presidential field, Hillary Clinton attended a labor rally just outside the Trump International Hotel in Las Vegas, organized by the Culinary Workers Union. According to the New York Times’ account, the candidate “spoke for less than five minutes, but she was forceful and energized, her voice sometimes so loud that the microphone’s feedback clipped out as she brought the crowd to its most fervent pitch with a poignant word: Trump.”
* Bernie Sanders picked up his second congressional endorsement yesterday, with Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) throwing his support to the Vermont senator. Both of Sanders’ Capitol Hill supporters are the co-chairs of the Congressional Progressive Caucus.
* Jeb Bush is scheduled to unveil his health care plan today, sketching out his alternative to the Affordable Care Act, which he intends to repeal. Jonathan Cohn took a closer look at the Bush plan, and the degree to which it’s inferior to “Obamacare.’
* John Kasich, meanwhile, is rolling out a plan of his own today, presenting his “entitlement reform package” at an event in New Hampshire.
* In Maryland, the latest Washington Post/University of Maryland poll shows Hillary Clinton leading the Democratic presidential field with 43%, followed by Vice President Biden at 26% and Bernie Sanders at 20%. Former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley, in the state he led for eight years, is a distant fourth with just 4% support.
* Sanders, perhaps feeling vulnerable on an issue of concern to progressive voters, has begun moving to the left a bit on gun policy.
* Rick Santorum traveled to Texas yesterday, where he unveiled his economic plan built on tax breaks for the wealthy.
* And the details for an upcoming Republican debate were released yesterday: the fourth GOP gathering will be held on Nov. 10 in Milwaukee. It will be aired on the Fox Business Network.