Today’s installment of campaign-related news items from across the country.
* At last night’s debate in Louisiana for the two remaining gubernatorial candidates, John Bel Edwards (D) told David Vitter, “You’re a liar and you’re a cheater.” Ouch.
* Jeb Bush picked up an endorsement this morning from former Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole, the Republicans’ 1996 presidential nominee.
* One of Jeb Bush’s super PACs launched a new television ad in the first three nominating states yesterday, insisting that leadership is “not about yapping … it’s about doing.”
* In related news, Marco Rubio has a new super PAC that’s called – I’m not kidding – Baby Got PAC. (If you have no idea what this is intended to reference, see here.)
* In still more super-PAC-related news, Chris Christie’s America Leads claims it saw a bump in fundraising after the New Jersey governor was excluded from last night’s prime-time debate.
* After months of near-total silence on the endorsement front, Marco Rubio picked up another new congressional supporter yesterday afternoon, this time from Rep. Sean Duffy (R-Wis.).
* Of the 15 Republican presidential candidates, only two acknowledge the climate crisis as real – and both were excluded from participating in either debate last night.
* And speaking of candidates left out of the debates, Jim Gilmore is defending his credentials: “I’m not some weirdo that’s out here just kinda running crazy, I’m the former governor of the state of Virginia. I’m the former chairman of the Republican National Committee. I am world traveled, I not only have the credentials of being the chief executive of a state but I have deep foreign policy credentials. I am a United States army veteran.”
* The U.S. Senate race in Arkansas next year isn’t widely seen as competitive, but the DSCC is cautiously optimistic about former U.S. Attorney Conner Eldridge, who’s taking on incumbent Sen. John Boozman (R). The Republican is favored, but note that in the third quarter, Eldridge outraised Boozman, $403,000 to $359,000 – and Eldridge had only been in the race for one of those three months.