Today’s installment of campaign-related news items from across the country.
* Asked about the John McCain controversy, Donald Trump said on Fox News last night, “I have respect for Sen. McCain. I used to like him a lot. I supported him. I raised a lot of money for his campaign against President Obama and certainly if there was a misunderstanding, I would totally take that back.”
* The editorial board of the Des Moines Register published a piece last night calling Trump a “feckless blowhard” and urging him to end his Republican presidential campaign.
* The latest Washington Post/ABC News poll shows Hillary Clinton with a 52-point advantage over Bernie Sanders among Democratic voters nationwide, 68% to 16%. When Vice President Biden is added to the mix, Clinton leads with 63%, followed by 14% for Sanders, and 12% for Biden.
* During a live Facebook Q&A yesterday, Hillary Clinton also used the phrase “Black lives matter” in response to a question from the Washington Post’s Wesley Lowery.
* The fine folks at NBC’s First Read have crunched the numbers and believe these six Republicans are likely to be excluded from the upcoming debates: Rick Santorum, John Kasich, Bobby Jindal, Carly Fiorina, Lindsey Graham, and George Pataki.
* Lindsey Graham said yesterday that Donald Trump is “becoming a jackass.” Though I suspect “jackass” was the word that was supposed to jump out, I got stuck on “becoming.”
* In fundraising news, the Republican National Committee just had “its best ever off-cycle June,” raising $10.1 million last month. The Democratic National Committee raised $6 million over the same period.
* As for the campaign committees, the National Republican Congressional Committee narrowly outraised its Democratic counterparts in June, while at the same time, the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee outraised its Republican counterparts.