Wednesday's campaign roundup

Today's installment of campaign-related news items.

Published July 2, 2008 3:58PM (EDT)

Today's installment of campaign-related news items that wouldn't generate a post of their own but may be of interest to political observers:

* If the McCain campaign wants to do more to distance McCain from Bush, it probably shouldn't send out pictures of McCain and Bush standing side by side.

* McCain blasted Barack Obama Tuesday for not having voted to confirm Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito. When McCain learned that Joe Lieberman had also voted against Alito's confirmation, McCain decided it was time to change the subject.

* Was Obama hinting about his V.P. intentions Tuesday?

* Why is McCain accepting major financial support from an accused sponsor of terrorists?

* It looks like reports of Obama's difficulties with Latino voters have been greatly exaggerated.

* A new CNN/Opinion Research national poll shows Obama leading McCain by 5, 50 percent to 45 percent.

* The polls out of Florida have been all over the place, but in the latest survey from Public Policy Polling (D), Obama enjoys a narrow edge over McCain in the Sunshine State, 46 percent to 44 percent.

* Public Policy Polling also shows McCain leading Obama by 4 in North Carolina, 45 percent to 41 percent.

* Quinnipiac shows Obama crushing McCain in Connecticut, 56 percent to 35 percent.

* Rudy Giuliani still seems to believe he's better qualified for the presidency than McCain.

By Steve Benen

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