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 msnbc this morning and held many in his party partially responsible for the rise of ISIS militants. “ISIS exists and grew stronger because of the hawks in our party who gave arms indiscriminately, and most these arms were snatched up by ISIS,” he said.
* Scott Walker suggested he’s prepared to skip Florida’s presidential primary, given the notable Floridians already running. “If we chose to get in, I don’t think there’s a state out there we wouldn’t play in, other than maybe Florida, where Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio are,” Walker said yesterday,
* Bernie Sanders, who held a big campaign kickoff in his hometown of Burlington, Vermont, yesterday, has reportedly raised more than $4 million since announcing his candidacy in late April. Given that the independent senator doesn’t take PAC money, that’s a whole lot of small-dollar donors.
* Carly Fiorina apparently doesn’t think highly of the Chinese. “I have been doing business in China for decades, and I will tell you that yeah, the Chinese can take a test, but what they can’t do is innovate,” she said. “They are not terribly imaginative. They’re not entrepreneurial, they don’t innovate, that is why they are stealing our intellectual property.”
* The far-right Club for Growth has apparently taken an interest in Florida’s Democratic Senate race. The group launched a new TV ad yesterday, criticizing Rep. Patrick Murphy’s (D) support for the Export-Import Bank, while praising Rep. Alan Grayson’s (D) opposition.
* Though there’s been some scuttlebutt that Chris Christie might forgo the presidential race, those rumors appear to be wrong: he’s scheduled a series of campaign stops in June in Iowa, New Hampshire, and South Carolina.
* And while we’re getting accustomed to Super PACs helping influence federal races, don’t be too surprised if they start to take on greater importance in local races. Look no further than Philadelphia’s mayoral contest, for example.