The powerful group endorsed McCain, who faces a tough primary, and said it may run an issue ad.
John McCain will campaign with California Senate candidate Carly Fiorina (R) on Tuesday, her campaign announced.
Fiorina was a high-profile surrogate for McCain's 2008 presidential campaign and the two have since remained allies. The Arizona senator endorsed her candidacy several months ago but this will be their first joint campaign appearance. Both Republicans are embroiled in tough primary fights.
The two will appear at an employee townhall-style event at Affinity Medical Technologies in Irvine, Calif., to talk about healthcare, jobs and the economy, according to a Fiorina campaign release.
Majority Leader Harry Reid barely cracks the 40% mark in his bid for re-election and trails two of his possible opponents by double digist, according to a new Rasmussen poll.
When paired against former state GOP chairwoman Sue Lowden, Reid trails 54%-39%. Former Assemblywoman Sharron Angle leads by a similar margin of 51%-39%.
Reid does slightly better against businessman Danny Tarkanian, to whom he would lose 49%-42% if the election were held today.
A devastating 53% of Nevadans have a "very unfavorable view" of Reid.
Cross-posted from the Blog Briefing Room
State Sen. Gilbert Baker (R), who's running for the GOP Senate nomination in Arkansas, launched his first campaign ad on statewide cable television and statewide radio Monday.
The 30-second spot features Baker saying, "President Obama, forcing America down the wrong track. Congress shares the blame." As he speaks an image of the president dressed in a lab coat appears on screen. The ad also features an image of incumbent Sen. Blanche Lincoln (D-Ark.), but doesn't mention her by name.
"We have to stand up to President Obama and put Arkansas values first," Baker says in closing.
The Little Rock and Baton Rouge-based consulting firm The Political Firm produced the ad.
Lincoln is running for a third term. She faces a primary opponent and there are several Republicans running for the GOP nomination. The primary is May 18.
Former Rep. Tom Campbell (R-Calif.) raised $1.63 million in the first quarter of his campaign for California's GOP Senate nomination, according to the Associated Press.
But Campbell has a ways to go before he meets the $7 million fundraising goal he set ahead of the June 8 primary.
James Fisfis told the AP the campaign is on track to meet its financial goals.
Campbell's competitor for the nomination, former Hewlett-Packard businesswoman Carly
Fiorina, had $2.75 million in the bank even before he got into the race
The former congressman was originally running for governor of California, but switched to the Senate race when he couldn't match rival Meg Whitman's self-funding. The former e-Bay CEO has given her gubernatorial campaign $39 million so far.
Fiorina hasn't released her first quarter fundraising numbers, which are due April 15th.
Campbell got some other good news this morning. A new Los Angeles Times poll gave him a slight lead over Fiorina in the Republican Senate primary.
John McCain is quoted in a new Newsweek piece claiming that he "never considered myself a maverick."
Many of the GOP's most faithful, the kind who vote in primaries despite 115-degree heat, tired long ago of McCain the Maverick, the man who had crossed the aisle to work with Democrats on issues like immigration reform, global warming, and restricting campaign contributions. "Maverick" is a mantle McCain no longer claims; in fact, he now denies he ever was one. "I never considered myself a maverick," he told me. "I consider myself a person who serves the people of Arizona to the best of his abilities." Yet here was Palin, urging her fans four times in 15 minutes to send McCain the Maverick back to Washington. [Emphasis added]
And for those who’ve been asking in the last few weeks what has happened to the “maverick,” now that his campaign keeps him away from free-wheeling talks with reporters every day, the campaign has decided to revive the label, calling him the “original maverick”. [Emphasis added]
Cross-posted from the Blog Briefing Room
Updated at 3:07 p.m.
Calling it his most successful fundraising quarter to date, former Rep. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) announced Monday he raised $2.3 million in the last three months. The former congressman now has more than $4 million cash on hand, according to his campaign.
Toomey is running for Pennslyvania's Senate seat.
Sen. Arlen Specter (D-Pa.), who rode along with President Obama to the National's home opener, and Rep. Joe Sestak (D-Pa.), who's challenging Specter in the Democratic primary, have yet to release their first quarter numbers.
President Barack Obama is throwing out the first pitch at the Washington Nationals home opener Monday and Sen. Arlen Specter (D-Pa.) is along for the ride.
Specter rode along with the president in the motorcade from the White House to Nationals Park, according to the White House pool report. And the senator was wearing a Phillies jacket to show his support for his home team.
Specter asked for the president's support when he switched parties last year. And Obama has delivered: hosting a fundraiser for the senator, having him to the White House and now bringing him along for a baseball outing. If Specter can win his tough May primary, he faces a difficult general election.
The Nationals are taking on the Philadelphia Phillies this afternoon and Specter tweeted his enthusiasm about the day: "What could be better than Opening Day with President Obama? A Phillies win. Go Phillies!"
UPDATED: Phillies win 11-1. Specter tweeted: "11-1 -- what an opener. Great game Phillies."
Rudy Giuliani hints his backing Rubio in Florida's Senate GOP primary is a political payback for the 2008 presidential race.
Vice President Joe Biden is in Miami Monday where he'll meet with community leaders at the Little Haiti Cultural Center and talk with officials about the earthquake recovery effort underway in Haiti.
One notable absentee from the event: Florida Senate candidate Kendrick Meek (D), whose House district includes the Little Haiti neighborhood.
When the massive quake struck the Caribbean nation in January, Meek rushed into the disaster zone to pitch in. He got significant press coverage as a result but since then his profile has ebbed as the state's GOP Senate primary retook the spotlight.
The Meek campaign said instead of meeting with Biden the congressman is "taking care of personal business."