Today’s installment of campaign-related news items from across the country.
* Hillary Clinton now supports scrapping the so-called “Cadillac” tax in the Affordable Care Act – a policy loved by economists, but hated by labor unions. It’s not yet clear how she’d make up the lost revenue.
* As Rachel noted on the show last night, one of the super PACs supporting Rand Paul’s presidential campaign is no longer raising money. The super PAC’s leader described the campaign as “a futile crusade.”
* A striking figure from the conservative Tax Foundation: “Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump’s tax plan would cost an eye-popping $12 trillion over 10 years.”
* Carly Fiorina told an conservative radio host in Iowa yesterday that she never referred to marriage equality as “the law of the land.” As it turns out, that wasn’t true.
* On a related note, Fiorina said yesterday that failure to build the Keystone XL oil pipeline would cost the United States 1.2 million jobs. That’s not true, either.
* In North Carolina, PPP shows Donald Trump leading Ben Carson among Republican presidential hopefuls, 26% to 21%. Fiorina, at 10%, is the only other candidate in double digits. Note, Trump’s statewide support is actually up two points from a PPP survey in North Carolina in August.
* On a related note, Hillary Clinton is ahead in North Carolina, but she enjoys a modest lead over Vice President Biden, 37% to 30%. Bernie Sanders is third with 17%.
* In Florida, a GOP poll from the state Chamber of Commerce shows Trump out in front with 25%, well ahead of Marco Rubio, who is second with 14%. Jeb Bush is close behind with 13%.
* In Arizona, Rep. Matt Salmon (R) announced yesterday he will not take on Sen. John McCain (R) in a GOP primary next year. Rep. David Schweikert (R), however, is still eyeing the race.
* And Rep. Ed Whitfield (R-Ky.) announced yesterday that he’ll retire at the end of this Congress. The Kentucky Republican, who’s been on the Hill for 21 years, is the subject of an ongoing House Ethics Committee investigation.