THURSDAY’S CAMPAIGN ROUND-UP….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:

* Both Obama and McCain issued statements honoring the anniversary of 9/11.

* Joe Biden went off-message yesterday, and suggested Hillary Clinton “might have been a better pick” for the VP slot than he is.

* Bill Clinton will have a lunch meeting with Obama today, and will campaign for the Democratic ticket on September 29 in Florida. (I continue to believe Obama’s team would be smart to get Clinton out onto the trail as much as humanly possible.)

* On a related note, Todd Beeton reported yesterday that Obama and Hillary Clinton chatted on the phone on Monday, and Obama expressed his appreciation for the work she’s done in support of the campaign.

* Quinnipiac shows Obama leading McCain in Ohio by five, 49% to 44%.

* Quinnipiac shows Obama leading McCain in Pennsylvania by three, 48% to 45%.

* Quinnipiac shows McCain leading Obama in Florida by seven, 50% to 43%.

* Time/CNN shows Obama leading McCain in Michigan by four, 49% to 45%.

* Time/CNN shows Obama leading McCain in New Hampshire by six, 51% to 45%.

* Time/CNN shows McCain leading Obama in Missouri by five, 50% to 45%.

* Time/CNN shows McCain leading Obama in Virginia by four, 50% to 46%.

* Rasmussen shows McCain leading Obama in New Mexico by two, 49% to 47%.

Steve Benen

Follow Steve on Twitter @stevebenen. Steve Benen is a producer at MSNBC's The Rachel Maddow Show. He was the principal contributor to the Washington Monthly's Political Animal blog from August 2008 until January 2012.