Today’s installment of campaign-related news items from across the country.
* Jeb Bush’s campaign conceded yesterday that when the former governor said he received the NRA’s “statesman of the year” award, that wasn’t actually true.
* At a campaign event this morning, Marco Rubio defended his poor voting record by dismissing Congress’ importance. “We’re not going to fix America with senators and congressmen,” the senator said, in a quote that will probably end up in one of his opponent’s campaign commercials sometime soon.
* On a related note, Rubio has been referring to members of Congress as “they,” instead of “we,” as if the Florida senator hasn’t been a member of Congress himself for the last five years.
* Donald Trump’s campaign commercial that shows people running at a border features footage from Morocco, not Mexico. One campaign official said this was intentional, though another said it was a mistake.
* Rep. Jim McDermott (D-Wash.) will wrap up his long career as a progressive champion in Congress at the end of the year. The 79-year-old lawmaker announced yesterday that his 14th term will be his last.
* Ben Carson told a New York audience yesterday, “[I]n a lot of cities, you know, you can buy a pack of heroin for less than you can buy a pack of cigarettes and it’s destroying us.” I’m not entirely sure what that means.
* And in North Carolina, Sen. Richard Burr (R) will face a primary challenge after all, with obstetrician and 2014 Senate candidate Greg Brannon (R) filing the paperwork just before the deadline. “He’s solid on economic conservative issues, and certainly if there was an opportunity to meet with him we would,” Club for Growth Communications Director Doug Sachtleben told Roll Call.