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Sanford Says Cruz Endorsement Was More About Trump

Sanford, center left, escorts his guest Ben Carson to the House chamber for Pope Francis' speech to a joint meeting of Congress on Sept. 24, 2015. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Rep. Mark Sanford said Monday his endorsement of Sen. Ted Cruz for president ahead of South Carolina's Republican primary was more about opposing Donald Trump than supporting Cruz.  

Sanford endorsed  Cruz on Feb. 19, the day before the South Carolina primary. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., received endorsements from several prominent South Carolina Republicans, including Gov. Nikki Haley, who succeeded Sanford, and Sen. Tim Scott.  

Former Senate Colleagues Could See Biden as President

Biden, seen here walking through Statuary Hall in 2013, is reportedly moving toward another presidential bid. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Rare is the senator who hasn’t praised Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr.'s character. But how do the senators who served with him reflect on Biden as a politician, and how do they feel he would perform as a commander in chief?  

“He has sufficient independence of thought and sufficient energy to be a very strong leader,” former Indiana GOP Sen. Richard G. Lugar told CQ Roll Call this week, as Biden considers another run for the Oval Office.  

Carney: Democrats Will Not Lose the Senate

Asked Tuesday about the possible Republican takeover of the Senate in the November midterms, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney rejected the premise.  

“The Democratic Party is not going to lose the Senate, in our view,” Carney said in response to a question from Ed Henry of Fox News about the potential impact on the president if Democrats lose control.  

Biden Boasts Democrats Want Him to Campaign for Them

Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. speaks with Rep. Rosa DeLauro, D-Conn., Del. Donna Christensen, D-V.I., and Del. Madeleine Bordallo, D-Guam, before President Barack Obama's State of the Union address. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

As he discussed his interest in a run for the presidency in 2016, Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. noted Friday that he is in demand on the stump in the midterm elections.  

In an interview with CNN’s Kate Bolduan where he said he could not see any reason not to run for president, Biden acknowledged that there are some states where President Barack Obama didn’t win in 2012, and senators from those states may not want the president to come.  

Obama Hits the Road Next Week for Delayed DSCC Fundraisers

President Barack Obama will finally hit the road next week for fundraisers benefiting Senate Democrats.

The events in Dallas on behalf of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee were previously scheduled for Oct. 21, but the trip was

U.S. Census: Blacks Voted at Higher Rate Than Whites for First Time

The percentage of eligible black voters that cast ballots in 2012 was higher than that of white voters for the first time, according to a new report from the U.S. Census Bureau.

Sixty-six percent of black voters turned out, compared to 64 percent of non-Hispanic whites, in the most recent presidential election. That had never happened since the bureau began tracking this data in 1996.

Obama Budget Puts OFA on the Spot

President Barack Obama’s budget proposal to trim Social Security benefits has intensified liberal angst over his controversial nonprofit advocacy group, Organizing for Action.

OFA’s announcement last week that it had collected just $4.9 million, the vast majority of it from small donors giving $250 or less, may help assuage critics who have cast the group as an unrestricted money magnet. But Obama’s budget proposal to give Social Security recipients smaller cost-of-living increases “puts OFA on a collision course with many of its own grass-roots volunteers,” CQ Weekly reports this week.

Rand Paul to Headline Lincoln Day Dinner in Iowa

Paul spoke at CPAC last week. (Chris Maddaloni/CQ Roll Call)

Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul will headline an annual Republican event in Iowa next month, further signaling his interest in a 2016 presidential bid.

The announcement caps several high-profile weeks for Paul. On Saturday, he narrowly won the Conservative Political Action Committee straw poll, just after he delivered a rousing speech to the annual confab. Earlier this month, Paul filibustered for 13 hours John O. Brennan's nomination to head the CIA.

RNC '12 Autopsy Due March 18, Will Address Debates

Priebus said a postmortem on the 2012 election cycle will be released later this month. (Chris Maddaloni/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus revealed in a radio interview that the RNC's internal review of the 2012 elections will be released on March 18.

In a discussion with radio show host Hugh Hewitt on Wednesday, Priebus also signaled that the Growth and Opportunity Project would recommend changes to the presidential debate process ahead of the quadrennial GOP primary. Specifically, he said the report will address whether the party will take control of the debates, including which network televises them and which journalists serve as moderators.