Welcome to The Lid, your afternoon dose of the 2016 ethos...The crowd at a John Kasich rally erupted in laughter after a Bernie Sanders impersonator crashed an event in Illinois. And somewhere Jeb Bush thought: “Dang, I wish I thought of that.”
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Marco Rubio’s town hall airing tonight at 8 p.m. ET on MSNBC could not have come at a more precarious time for his campaign. But despite last night’s disappointing results (he is projected to pick up zero delegates) and increasing calls for him to exit the race, the Florida senator did not sound like he has any plans to get out before his home state primary next Tuesday.
And perhaps more interesting than Rubio defending his continued existence in the race, you will hear him admit the mistake of going after Donald Trump personally. “In terms of things that have to do with personal stuff, yeah, at the end of the day it's not something I'm entirely proud of. My kids were embarrassed by it, and if I had to do it again I wouldn't," Rubio told Chuck Todd. And, hours after Trump said Rubio could be a potential VP pick, you will also hear the senator pretty definitely knock down the idea of a Trump-Rubio ticket.
POPPING ON NBC POLITICS
- Marco Rubio said he is "not entirely proud" of his personal attacks on Donald Trump and said he would “absolutely” reject being Trump’s VP in a town hall that will air at 8 p.m. ET tonight on MSNBC.
- Another day, another live blog. You can follow the play-by-play from tonight’s Democratic debate here.
- NBC’s Danny Freeman gives a look at how Bernie Sanders surprise victory unfolded behind the scenes.
- Jeb Bush will meet with all of the remaining GOP presidential candidates in coming days -- expect Donald Trump, Jordan Frasier reports.
- Carly Fiorina endorsed Ted Cruz.
- And from First Read: The 2016 momentum shifted last night, but the math did not.
FOR THE RECORD…
“I know there’s a lot of people that say, ‘Well, this would be smoke-filled rooms.’ I don’t think it’d be smoke-filled rooms because they don’t allow smoking in the hotels in Cleveland.”
John Kasich on the prospect of the GOP nominee being chosen in “smoke-filled rooms” at the convention in Cleveland.
Hillary Clinton is in Florida and North Carolina. Bernie Sanders is also in the Sunshine State.
Republicans debate in Florida at 9 p.m. ET.