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By Andrew Rafferty and Carrie Dann

Welcome to The Lid, your afternoon dose of the 2016 ethos… GOP presidential candidate Scott Walker announced that he’ll be going on a three-day RV trip in Iowa soon after he announces his 2016 campaign. Because nothing says “everyman” like living out every teenager’s nightmare family vacation on live television.


NBC’s Katy Tur talked to Donald Trump in an extensive interview Wednesday in which he insisted that he’d win the Latino vote, continued to say he has “nothing to apologize for” re: his comments about Mexican immigrants and outlined his plan to “knock the hell out of the oil areas” in the Middle East in order to combat ISIS. Here are a few other items from the interview worth flagging:

  • He says he will file his financial disclosure information. “I’m allowed a 45 day extension and another 45 day extension. I don't expect to be using an extension.”
  • He called Hillary Clinton “the worst secretary of state in the history of our nation” and said that, if she were president, there would be “a crime wave you’ve never seen before”
  • He said of undocumented immigrants: “I'd probably say "you have to go back". Do I like doing that? No, I'm a nice person believe it or not, I mean I have a heart. But I'd probably tell them "you have to go back.”
  • He said: “I made a tremendous fortune and that's the kind of mentality we need in this country. Jeb Bush will never take us to the promised land. He doesn't have it. Hillary will never take us to the promised land, Hillary will be a disaster as a president. Jeb will be very poor as a president, no energy.”

Worth noting: Trump’s name isn’t melting from the headlines anytime soon. On Saturday, he’ll give a speech in Arizona on illegal immigration, which is sure to kick up more comments that GOP candidates will be asked to discuss.


  • Donald Trump told NBC’s Katy Tur he will win the Latino vote and that there is “nothing to apologize for" regarding his controversial comments about Mexico. More from the can’t miss exclusive interview here.
  • Scott Walker will go on a blitz of early voting states next week after he announces his presidential campaign. He is also planning to visit Super Tuesday states this month, one of us wrote.
  • And he’s betting big in Iowa, First Read noted this morning.
  • GOP presidential candidates are taking different approaches to gay marriage after the recent Supreme Court decision, NBC’s Perry Bacon writes.
  • Hillary Clinton will visit Capitol Hill next week to meet with Democrats, NBC”s Alex Moe reports.


KASICH: The nonprofit political organization supporting the Ohio governor has purchased TV time in New Hampshire.

HUCKBEE:Buzzfeed reports that, in 2008, he told two Orthodox men at a campaign stop: “There’s really no such thing as a Palestinian.”

WALKER:The New York Times explores how he’s often his own strategist, delving into the mechanics of politics and campaigning.

And the Washington Post examines why he keeps dropping Marco Rubio’s name as his VP.


“Nobody else wants to swim in Myrtle Beach in March except the Canadians, and we’re glad to have them.”

-- South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham during a foreign policy speech in Washington on Wednesday.


Carly Fiorina is in New Hampshire.

John Kasich campaigns in Tennessee.

Marco Rubio is in Iowa.