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:
* Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) appeared on Fox News last night to throw some jabs at Sen. Ted Cruz’s (R-Texas) presidential kickoff, mocking the fact that Liberty University students were required to attend Cruz’s announcement speech. Paul added that his candidacy will go beyond just “throwing out red meat.”
* In Massachusetts, a new Emerson College Poll shows Hillary Clinton leading Sen. Elizabeth Warren in the senator’s home state, 43% to 16%, in a hypothetical Democratic presidential primary. Among Bay State Republicans, Jeb Bush and Scott Walker were tied for first with 19% support each.
* Speaking of the former Secretary of State, Clinton visited the White House yesterday and met privately with President Obama for about an hour.
* Clinton also commented yesterday on her “complicated” relationship with the press, but offered an olive branch. “I am all about new beginnings. A new granddaughter, another new hairstyle, a new email account. So why not a new relationship with the press?” Clinton asked. “So here goes: no more secrecy. No more zone of privacy. After all, what good did that do me?”
* Ted Cruz may struggle to pick up endorsements from his Senate colleagues, and that includes his fellow Texan. Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn (R) was asked yesterday about whether he’ll support Cruz and Cornyn replied, “You know, we’ve got a lot of Texans who are running for president, so I’m going to watch from the sidelines.”
* In a bit of a surprise, the current executive director of the Florida Republican Party conceded publicly that he does not want Sen. Marco Rubio (R) to run for president. “I hope that is not going to happen,” David Johnson told the New York Times over the weekend, adding, “It’s going to cause a lot of problems in the state of Florida.”
* Though it’s widely assumed that Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) will run for president, he said yesterday he wouldn’t announce any future plans until June. That seems awfully late.
* Proving that some political developments are entirely predictable, Donald Trump raised concerns yesterday about Ted Cruz being born in Canada. “It’s a hurdle and somebody could certainly look at it very seriously,” Trump said yesterday. “He was born in Canada … if you know … and when we all studied our history lessons … you’re supposed to be born in this country, so I just don’t know how the courts would rule on it. But it’s an additional hurdle that he has that no one else seems to have.” (For the record, Cruz’s eligibility should not be questioned and his critics would be wise to focus their energies elsewhere.)
* And finally, the official logo for Cruz’s presidential campaign is raising eyebrows in a way the senator probably won’t like.