Today’s installment of campaign-related news items from across the country.
* In an odd tweet yesterday, Donald Trump declared, “I am ‘the king of debt.’ That has been great for me as a businessman, but is bad for the country. I made a fortune off of debt, will fix U.S.” I’m not entirely sure what that means, but he repeated the claim this morning.
* Also this morning, Trump continued to question Hillary Clinton’s religious beliefs.
* Ahead of Trump’s anti-Clinton speech this morning, the Democratic candidate delivered a speech of her own yesterday blasting the presumptive Republican nominee’s economic record and worldview.
* In Ohio’s U.S. Senate race, a new Quinnipiac poll shows incumbent Sen. Rob Portman (R) tied with former Gov. Ted Strickland (D) at 42% each.
* In Florida’s U.S. Senate race, most recent polling shows Sen. Marco Rubio (R) roughly tied with Rep. Patrick Murphy (D), but Quinnipiac shows the incumbent up by seven, 47% to 40%.
* Perhaps the day’s biggest surprise is Pennsylvania’s U.S. Senate race, where Quinnipiac shows incumbent Sen. Pat Toomey (R) with a surprisingly big lead over Katie McGinty (D), 49% to 40%.
* Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) recorded a notable video this week for MoveOn.org about Trump.
* Reflecting on fights over defense spending next year, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said this week, “The next president, whoever he or she – most likely she – is going to be, needs to get these defense cuts set aside.”
* Though a few recent polls showed a competitive presidential race in Utah, a new UtahPolicy.com survey shows Trump leading Clinton by nine points, 36% to 27%, with a whole lot of undecided voters.
* And in fundraising news, the DSCC outraised its Republican counterparts in May, $7.2 million to $5.3 million. Despite being in the minority, Democrats have won the Senate fundraising fight in 15 of the last 17 months.