Today’s installment of campaign-related news items from across the country.
* In a surprising Bloomberg Politics interview yesterday, Ted Cruz blasted Marco Rubio’s foreign policy, slamming his rival as a proponent of “military adventurism,” and suggesting the Florida senator is part of a group of “aggressive Washington neo-cons.”
* Bernie Sanders underwent an elective hernia procedure yesterday, though the senator’s office expected him to return to work today.
* Donald Trump held an hours-long meeting with dozens of African-American ministers yesterday. The Republican told reporters after the closed-door discussion, “It went longer only because of the love. It didn’t go longer for other reasons.”
* Speaking of Trump, the current GOP frontrunner suggested yesterday he may seek $5 million from CNN as a prerequisite for competing in the next debate for the Republican presidential field.
* In Illinois, Sen. Mark Kirk (R), facing a tough fight against Rep. Tammy Duckworth (D), went after the Democratic veteran yesterday for her position in support of Syrian refugees.
* Asked last week about Trump’s ridiculous 9/11 claims, Chris Christie hedged, saying he doesn’t “recall” Muslim Americans celebrating in Jersey City, “but you know there could be things I forget.” Yesterday – a full week later – the governor was more forceful in saying Trump was wrong.
* Despite their notable disagreement over the USA Freedom Act, Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) yesterday became the latest congressional Republican to endorse Marco Rubio’s presidential campaign.
* Fox News chief Roger Ailes sat down with Adweek, which asked which of the Republican presidential candidates he’d hire as a political contributor. “Well, half of them have been,” Ailes joked. “I gotta decide which ones I want to re-hire. There’ll be a line outside here.”
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