OFF TO THE RACES: Rubio’s “Day One”
RUBIO: Team Rubio is selling special “Day One” swag on MarcoRubio.com today for those hoping to bank the proof that they were his earliest backers.
NBC's Andrew Rafferty wraps Rubio's announcement: "Florida Senator Marco Rubio declared "yesterday is over" and pledged to lead the country into a "new American Century" of prosperity when he began his presidential run in Miami on Monday."
And our Perry Bacon Jr. delves into Rubio's rise to power in the Florida House.
Rubio, asked about Jeb Bush on TODAY: ""I just honestly believe that at this moment in our history, we need to move in a new direction as a country."
Rubio in USA Today: It’s time to revive Lincoln’s “One Country, One Destiny.”
The Atlantic asks if it's Rubio's time. "American presidential politics now is less determined by party; more by personal appeal, advocacy groups, ideologically fueled money, and extra-party vote-getting machinery. This is the context that made 2008 Obama’s Time, and may now make 2016 Rubio's Time."
He told ABC that he'd keep Guantanamo Bay prison open -- and grow it.
And he told NPR that he's "very confident" and ready to be president "on Day One."
"Sen. Marco Rubio has been cultivating a relationship with Mitt Romney and his intimates, landing some of the 2012 Republican nominee’s top advisers and donors and persistently courting others as he readies an expected 2016 presidential campaign," writes the Washington Post.
The Des Moines Register: "U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio's race to the White House will run through Iowa, but his stand on immigration and his parallels to another young senator who ran for president could present obstacles in the first-in-the-nation caucus state, Republican activists said."
CLINTON: If you're dying for the details of Clinton's Chipotle stop, we got you covered.
She's kicking off her Iowa campaign with a low-key event in Monticello. Also, per the AP: "Advisers have set a modest goal of raising $100 million for the primary campaign and will not initially accept donations for the general election."
Ruth Marcus calls her kickoff video "vapid."
Patrick Healy writes in the New York Times: "On one side is a crowd of Republicans trying to look presidential. On the other side is a lone Democrat trying to look normal."
POLITICO reports that Republicans are rallying around a plan of attack against Hillary Clinton "rooted in her accumulation of wealth and designed to frame her as removed from the concerns of average Americans."
Also from POLITICO: "The former secretary of state isn’t naming a finance chair in her latest bid for the White House, according to several sources close to her campaign. The move is part of a larger strategy of trying to maintain a nimble campaign structure and avoid the mistakes of her 2008 bid when she was criticized for building out a massive and overpaid staff."
CARSON: Dr. Ben Carson will announce his presidential bid on May 4 in Detroit, one of us writes.
CHRISTIE: People in New Jersey are even MORE sour on Chris Christie than they were earlier this year. A new poll finds nearly 70 percent of registered voters in the state say he wouldn't make a good president.
The Asbury Park Press previews the entitlements plan he’ll be pitching today.
Yahoo’s Matt Bai has an extended interview with Chris Christie, who says he’s ready to run for president now but wasn’t in 2012. (Timing’s everything, right?)
KASICH: He's saying he's "seriously considering" a run.
And around the country...
ARIZONA: Looks like John McCain is getting a primary from State Sen. Kelly Ward.
MASSACHUSETTS: So much for those who thought Deval Patrick was heading straight for national politics. "The former governor of Massachusetts, Deval Patrick, has joined the private equity firm Bain Capital as a partner to focus on socially oriented investments, a person briefed on the matter said on Monday."
OBAMA AGENDA: Negotiating into the night
The New York Times: "Leaders of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee negotiated into the night on Monday to soften language and possibly shorten a congressional review period in legislation that would give Congress influence over the shape of President Obama’s nuclear accord with Iran."
From the Washington Post: President Obama’s quest to get a deal with Iran on its nuclear program hinges on not only reaching across the aisle in Congress but also across oceans to find common ground with enemies. That strategy — which links two themes that have dominated his presidency, a yearning for post-partisan politics and a belief in engagement — receives a new test Tuesday as the Senate Foreign Relations Committee begins debate on a bill that would severely restrict Obama’s ability to cut a nuclear arms deal with Iran."
The Iraqi prime minister is here in Washington, looking for billions of dollars in loans and aid.
Reuters: "Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said nuclear talks between Iran and the P5+1 group of countries would resume on April 21, the semi-official Tasnim news agency reported on Tuesday."
*** Tuesday’s “News Nation with Tamron Hall” line-up: Tamron Hall speaks with The Daily Beast’s Michael Tomasky, Republican strategist and former RNC Chairman Michael Steele about former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Senator Marco Rubio’s announcing they will run for President, Attorney Michael Grieco about the latest on the Aaron Hernandez trial, Attorney for Tulsa man killed by reserve deputy Donald Smolen, and former contestant on Discovery Channel’s Naked and Afraid Forrest Galante about the show’s new season.
*** Tuesday’s “Andrea Mitchell Reports” line-up: NBC’s Andrea Mitchell reports live from Monticello, Iowa on Hillary Clinton’s road trip to Iowa. She’ll interview Sen. Claire McCaskill, Fmr. Gov. Ed Rendell, Fmr. McCain senior campaign advisor Steve Schmidt, NPR’s Steve Inskeep, the New York Times’ Amy Chozick and Jeremy Peters, the Washington Post’s Chris Cillizza, NBC’s Stephanie Gosk and Ann Lewis, Senior campaign advisor for Hillary Clinton’s 2008 presidential run.