Today’s installment of campaign-related news items that won’t necessarily generate a post of their own, but may be of interest to political observers:
* In hypothetical 2016 match-ups, Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton leads each of her likely Republican rivals in Florida, Ohio, and Pennsylvania according to a new Quinnipiac poll. The only exceptions are narrow, one-point advantages for the Democrat against former Gov. Jeb Bush (R) in Florida and against Gov. John Kasich (R) in Ohio.
* Only 15% of Floridians in a new Mason-Dixon poll want their junior senator, Republican Marco Rubio, to run for president in 2016, while a 57% majority would prefer he run for re-election. As for Jeb Bush, 42% of Floridians believe he should run for the White House.
* Following Gov. Chris Christie’s (R) comments on vaccinations yesterday, Republican strategist Rick Wilson said, “There’s only one of two options. Either he’s so tone-deaf that he doesn’t understand why saying this is bad for him, or this is a considered political strategy. And that would be even more troubling.”
* Hillary Clinton, meanwhile, the presumptive Democratic frontrunner, tweeted last night, “The science is clear: The earth is round, the sky is blue, and vaccines work. Let’s protect all our kids.” Clinton’s message added the hashtag, “#GrandmothersKnowBest.”
* Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) is going after Jeb Bush and Hillary Clinton on the issue of political dynasties, which is an odd tactic under the circumstances: “In a 2009 interview … the son of two-time Republican presidential candidate and longtime Congressman Ron Paul cited his father as making his 2010 run for Senate possible.”
* On a related note, if you missed the Kentucky Republican shushing a CNBC anchor yesterday on national television, it wasn’t pretty. It also wasn’t a good idea.
* Former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) would face long odds against Clinton in a Democratic primary, but he’s nevertheless making a series of trips to Iowa.