Ben Smith calls the following a “pretty Shermanesque” statement from Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) regarding the 2012 presidential race:
RUBIO: "No, I’m not going to be on a ticket in 2012."
GREGORY: "Under no circumstances?"
RUBIO: "Under no circumstances."
That’s from an interview airing today on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”
Nevada “Gov. Brian Sandoval (R) will appoint Rep. Dean Heller (R) to serve the remainder of Sen. John Ensign’s (R) term, Sandoval announced Wednesday, triggering the state’s first ever House special election and altering the dynamic of an already active Senate race,” Hotline On Call reports.
Ensign announced earlier this year that he would not run for re-election. Last week, facing pressure from a Senate Ethics Committee investigating his conduct in an affair with a married aide, Ensign said he would resign, effective May 3.
Ensign’s seat is up for re-election in 2012.
Former state House Majority Leader Adam Hasner (R) “is no longer exploring the idea of running for U.S. Senate, he is running,” the AP reports.
Hasner, 41, released a video on his website announcing plans to run. He earlier formed an exploratory committee.
In the video, he said Republicans and Democrats are both to blame for the nation’s fiscal troubles and Republicans need to go beyond just holding Democrats accountable on budget and tax issues and make sure the party adheres to its principles.
He will challenge Senate President Mike Haridopolos and former U.S. Sen. George LeMieux for the GOP nomination. Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson is seeking his third term.
New Mexico Auditor Hector Balderas “announced Tuesday that he is running for Senate, setting up a primary between two rising stars in the state’s Democratic Party,” Roll Call reports.
If Balderas can compete financially, state insiders expect a competitive primary battle with Rep. Martin Heinrich, who announced his Senate candidacy earlier this month.
Alan Khazei “today officially declared he is running for the Democratic nomination for the seat currently held by Republican US Senator Scott Brown,” the Boston Globe reports.
On his website, through Twitter and Facebook, the founder of City Year sent out the same message.
"It’s official,” he wrote. "I’m in.”
Khazei “ran unsuccessfully for the Democratic nomination for the seat in 2009.”