Take Five: Rep. Mark Sanford

Sanford is interviewed in his office in the Rayburn House Office Building on Feb. 29. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)


Rep. Mark Sanford, R-S.C., talks about his time as the Governor of South Carolina, Richard Branson and water sports with his sons in this week's Take 5.  

Progressives Spread GOP Valentine's Day Cheer

A progressive advocacy group is providing Valentines for every anti-conservative American out there this year. In a email on Friday, Democrat advocate Brad Woodhouse’s group, Americans United for Change, introduced its Valentine’s Day cards.  

In November, Ohio Gov. John Kasich asked a woman in Iowa if she has ever dieted in an effort to explain the work he has done for his state’s budget. vday trump In a September interview with Rolling Stone magazine, business mogul Donald Trump mocked Carly Fiorina’s appearance.  

Bernie Sanders Supporters Go for 'Revolutionary' Food

Sanders speaks at a Get Out the Vote rally in Manchester, N.H. (Meredith Dake-O'Connor/CQ Roll Call)

D.C. residents supporting Sen. Bernard Sanders, I-Vt., in the New Hampshire Caucus will meet Tuesday night at Marx Café Revolutionary Cuisine, appropriate enough for a campaign that bills itself as a political revolution. The “Bernie Sanders New Hampshire Victory Party ” gets under way at the Columbia Heights haunt at 7 p.m. "Wear your Bernie gear, get pumped up, and prepare to fall in love again!" the notice from Bernie Sanders for President says.  

In the invitation, organizers also ask Sanders supporters to call people in Nevada and South Carolina, home to the next two presidential contests, to encourage votes for their man. Phone banking centers are located at American University and in Arlington and McLean, Va., this weekend.

Cast Your Vote for the Next Bobblehead

The bobblehead prototypes (Photo courtesy of the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum).

What better way to predict the outcome of Super Tuesday than to poll Americans on which candidate they would most like to see in bobblehead form.  

The National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum launched a Kickstarter campaign on Thursday to determine which presidential candidate has the backing to become the next bobblehead. The Kickstarter campaign, which aims to raise $10,000 in pledges, will also fund the production of the figurines.  

Ben Sasse Heads to Trump's Twitter Grounds


Sen. Ben Sasse, R-Neb., is engaging presidential hopeful Donald Trump, a notorious tweeter, and questioning everything from what his governing style would be if he were president to revisiting Trump's extramarital affair with Marla Maples. This isn't the first time the freshman senator has archly mused about a Trump presidency. In December, he spoke about the topic on the Senate floor, and his skepticism was unmistakable.  

Lieberman, Kyl Don't Recognize Their Parties

Lieberman and Kyl had harsh words for their former political parties. (CQ Roll Call File Photo).

According to former Sens. Joe Lieberman, I-Conn., and Jon Kyl, R-Ariz., the Democratic and Republican parties are not the same parties they originally joined.  

After watching former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Sen. Bernard Sanders, I-Vt., debate for the primary, Lieberman says he fears for his party’s future. “Obviously I worry and I got interested in public service and politics when President John F. Kennedy was in office; that’s a long time ago,” he told HOH. “And the Democratic Party that I joined was a party that really believed in America’s global leadership, principled leadership. In other words, we’re all about the spread of freedom.”  

Facebook Users Not That Into Rubio

Rubio: Not so very popular on Facebook (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

On Facebook, at least, Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., is the least talked about on sitting senator running for president.  

In the last month leading up to Thursday night’s Fox Business debate, 1.49 million people in the United States posted about, shared, like or commented on content about Rubio over 4.5 million times, according to data released by the social media platform. Compare that with Donald Trump, who is leading candidates in Facebook engagement — 18.9 million people have posted about, shared, liked or comments on content about the business mogul more than 105 million times in the last month.