Welcome to The Lid, your afternoon dose of the 2016 ethos… Campaign finance groups expressed concern Tuesday over the newly formed pro-Rubio super PAC “Baby Got PAC,” worried that the name could lead to more music puns in politics, like, “PAC Street Boys,” “Mo Money, Mo PACs” or “We Are Never Ever Getting PAC Together.”
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It’s Debate Night! Your trusty NBC News Political Unit team will be live-blogging tonight’s primetime GOP debate in Milwaukee, hosted by Fox Business Network & the Wall Street Journal. So tune in and follow along at 9pm ET for insights, analysis, fact-checks, top tweets, and all the latest action here.
POPPING ON NBC POLITICS
- A slew of recently released polls confirm that Ben Carson and Donald Trump are the top dogs going into tonight’s debate.
- MSNBC’s Alex Seitz-Wald has a nice look at how Bernie Sanders history as an independent is becoming a liability in his White House run.
- NBC’s Dante Chinni notes the GOP trend of holding debates in solidly blue cities.
- Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio are courting former GOP presidential candidate Scott Walker, NBC’s Alex Jaffe and Hallie Jackson report.
- From First Read this AM: Another Bush-vs.-Rubio fight is brewing ahead of the Milwaukee debate.
CAMPAIGN QUICK READS
His superPAC may be planning it, but Jeb Bush declined to take a shot at Marco Rubio over his abortion record last week in an interview with the Huffington Post.
Frontloading HQ offers its take on the story that Jeb Bush failed to line up a full slate of Alabama delegates.
Al Gore says he’s not endorsing Hillary Clinton yet.
A new superPAC supporting Marco Rubio is called BabyGot PAC.
FOR THE RECORD…
“I’m not some weirdo that’s out here just kinda running crazy, I’m the former governor of the state of Virginia.”
Jim Gilmore, to the Girard at Large radio show (h/t Buzzfeed)
Trump holds an MSNBC “Morning Joe” town hall in Manchester, New Hampshire at 7 a.m. He then is the guest for Politics & Eggs.
Ted Cruz, Rick Santorum and Lindsey Graham also campaign in New Hampshire.
Jeb Bush, Chris Christie, Rand Paul, and Marco Rubio are in Iowa. Rubio then heads to South Carolina, where John Kasich also will be.
Ben Carson delivers a speech at the Liberty University convocation in Virginia.