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:
* It’s almost certainly an implausible outlier, but the new Bloomberg National Poll shows President Obama leading Mitt Romney by 13 points, 53% to 40%, among likely voters. No one should take this too seriously.
* Knocking down yesterday’s ABC News report, Romney told reporters yesterday that Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) “is being thoroughly vetted” as part of the VP search process.=
* The Obama campaign unveiled two new ads this morning, including this one on Romney’s record of raising “taxes and fees” during his one term as governor. The spot is set to begin airing in nine battleground states.
* A lawyers for the Obama campaign filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission yesterday, arguing that Karl Rove’s attack operation, Crossroads GPS, is plainly a “political committee” subject to federal reporting requirements.
* In Arizona, a Project New America/Public Policy Polling survey shows Romney leading Obama by just three points, 49% to 46%.
* The same poll, by the way, shows an even more competitive U.S. Senate race, with Rep. Jeff Flake (R) up by only two over Dr. Richard Carmona (D), 43% to 41%.
* In Florida, the Republicans’ U.S. Senate primary appears to be just about over, with former appointed Sen. George LeMieux, quitting the race this morning, and throwing his support to Rep. Connie Mack IV.
* And finally, Herman Cain – remember him? – will kick off a “Truth Tour” in early September, right after the Democratic convention.