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we are live near the frontlines. a new fight in the race for president. which candidates are going toe-to-toe for the conservative votes. good morning. welcome to "early start." i'm christine romans. >> i'm john berman. 5:00 a.m. in the east. it is a major development in the battle against isis. new military offensive launched. kurdish peshmerga forces looking to recapture the town of sinjar. this is called operation free sinjar. the town is at the foot of the mountain. a key link between two halves of the isis caliphate. the city of mosul and the lands that isis holds in syria. our correspondent nick paton walsh is with the peshmerga forces outside sinjar. he joins us live. 7,500 militia troops moving. this is a major operation, nick.
>> reporter: and they appear to be attacking sinjar from three areas. one from the north near sinjar mountain where you saw the terrifying pictures of people fleeing for their lives in brutality of isis. today, we understand the offensive started at 9:00 last night. intensification of coalition air strikes. we saw it throughout the sky in the dark. from where we are, toward the west of the city itself, we are seeing intense fighting around. you cannot see it in the distance behind me, but this is the chief objective. that is the many highway that runs through sinjar. it goes through mosul in iraq to raqqah in syria and the caliphate and self declared capital. the hope is from pentagon officials, you sever this road and you prevent isis from trading oil from outside world or resupplying people inside
mosul. we heard intense explosions in the past 20 minutes or so. it is seemingly from further away from behind us. isis trying to move toward sinjar and fight again for the main highway. we are also seeing many explosions in the distance from coalition air strikes. a lot of movement here. another blast in the distance just now. the offense at dawn is diffusing slightly. the traps and roadside bombs and mines may slow them down. there will be a more intense fight in the hours ahead to try to reclaim that road. whoever is in control of it now, both sides like to claim they are. it is vital as is potentially the symbolic victory of retaking sinjar back from isis. john. >> nick, what is the u.s. role? we know the united states involved in the air strikes. there are special forces
involved as well? >> reporter: we know anecdotally there are special forces involved. certainly in the region. most likely the offensive. the drones and aircraft in the skies above us dropping the air strikes. there is a substantial coalition presence in making this happen. they are not involved in the messy fighting around us with the chaotic movements of the peshmerga. it is about gaining momentum and cutting off raqqah and mosul. john. >> must begin the process of taking back the territory that has been held by isis now for well over 18 months. nick right near the frontlines in the new major offensive against isis. thanks, nick. this morning, the energy ick fight for conservative votes ted cruz and marco rubio campaigning in primary states. new hampshire and south carolina. each trying to carve out an
appeal for conservative votes. mainly on immigration. cruz has been highlighting the one-time support of immigration reform helping author a bill in the senate before he backed off. >> if republicans nominate for president, a candidate who supports amnesty, we will have given up one of the major distinctions with hillary clinton and we will lose the general election. >> rubio avoided being drawn into the discussion in tuesday's debate. now he says he would allow undocumented immigrants in the u.s. longer than ten years to get a work permit if they learn english and pay a fine. cnn's sunlen serfaty is with rubio in south carolina with the latest. >> reporter: good morning, john and christine. marco rubio trying to keep the momentum going after the debate hitting two key states.
iowa and south carolina. here in columbia, he opened up his first office in the first in the south primary state and talked about the importance of this state with his road ahead. >> we plan to be here often. we want to do very well here. we want to be successful. this election could very well be decided, the nomination could be decided in this state. >> reporter: the poll out in south carolina shows that marco rubio and ted cruz are running neck and neck for third place in south carolina. that is behind donald trump and ben carson. cruz told cnn it is a plausible outcome that it could be down to he and marco rubio. he is telegraphing a few lines of attack that he is ready to wage against marco rubio in that debate on tuesday night. certainly this potentially sets up a big battle between the two ahead. john and christine. >> thanks, sunlen.
>> joining us to talk about this, jeremy diamond. we heard her talking about it. six minutes after 5:00 a.m. the narrative today seems to be the battle between ted cruz and marco rubio. a battle in some ways has already started. the dividing line is on the issue of immigration. you see ted cruz starting to inch closer to directly confronting senator rubio on his past support for immigration reform. let me play you a bit of sound that highlights this. listen. >> it is not complicated that on the fight over amnesty in congress, the gang of eight bill that was the brainchild of chuck schumer and president obama would have granted amnesty to 12 million people here illegally. that i stood with the american people and led the fight to defeat it in the united states
congress. >> it is not complicated he said where i stood. also not complicated who did not stand there. he is speaking directly about marco rubio, jeremy. >> of course. this is classic ted cruz where he highlight what is he has done without talking about opponents. he is clearly drawing a contrast here. if you know as the narrative currently pointing to maybe we could see a fight with marco rubio and ted cruz for the nomination, the issue of immigration is probably going to be central to that debate. that's largely a factor of the fact that immigration has become so central in the republican nomination process. largely because of donald trump. he has brought this issue to the floor. it would have been a big issue, but he magmatized it.
>> let's be clear. donald trump wants to build a wall. he goes over and over and over again on the stump and interviews. he was on with o'reilly last night. listen to this. >> that was brutal what they did to those people to kick them back. the stuff they did was brutal. it could never happen today. >> i heard it both ways. i heard reports. we would do it in a very humane way. >> talking about something called operation wetback. >> the actual name. >> the eisenhower administration where people deported back deep into mexico. some of those people were sent without food, without water, without money or anywhere to go. they were dropped in the desert. people died. you have bill o'reilly from fox news holding him to task for that. >> not only was it inhumane
largely the way it was done, but catching people crossing in as they were going through the southwest into arizona and california. you know, it was not rounding people up who live in new york or the midwest cities as where undocumented immigrants live today. donald trump is coming under scrutiny. i don't want to jinx it, but we may be entering the phase of the campaign where policy and specifics matter more. donald trump is going to continue to face questions over his immigration plan. he has talked about deporting 11 million undocumented immigrants. that is a mammoth undertaking. he is explaining how he would do it or he needs to given that other candidates are starting to criticize him and question him and so is the media. >> he is happy to have this discussion.
he is happy to have this controversy. he did inject the eisenhower policies in the debate in the more public debate than before. this is intentional. this is a dividing line. forget what the nation thinks. this is a matter of winning the republican primary. >> absolutely. it is almost a litmus test in the immigration stance. that is why jeb bush has taken a lot of flack for not being conservative enough because of his support for a path to legal status. he supports a path to citizenship for the dreamers. the people who were brought here as children illegally. and that's why you have seen marco rubio really stepping back from his past support for comprehensive immigration reform. he was a member of the gang of eight. he was negotiating the top negotiators on this issue and he since stepped away from that.
he real you now the way he has addressed and some others addressed it, we first need to address border security. we will deal with illegal and undocumented immigrants living in the country later on. >> only too eager the other night. jeremy diamond, thank you. two men apprehended and accused of posting racial threats online targeting the university of missouri campus. the latest developments next. what makes this simple salad the best simple salad ever?
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breaking news this morning. a new u.s. backed operation to cut a key isis supply line. we are there live. the battle for conservative voters. now candidates train eyes on marco rubio. the immigration discussion and how he has so far avoided moments of tension. welcome back to "early start." i'm john berman. >> i'm christine romans. 31 minutes past the hour. plenty of tension here. breaking news. a new military offensive launched against isis. kurdish peshmerga forces aimed to recapture the town of sinjar.
it is being called operation free sinjar. the mountain is a key link between who halves of the isis so-called self described caliphate. the city of mosul and the lands isis holds in syria. senior correspondent nick paton walsh joins us by phone outside sinjar. this is a new strategy here. what's the latest? >> reporter: at this stage, we are hear extraordinary blasts in the last 20 minutes. the direction of the town of sinjar is creating a strain. this is the main route. now, there appears to have been
some advantage here. we cannot say exactly where we are because of the conditions as we agreed to be with the peshmerga forces as they advance. we have seen intense fighting along the main road. we see the peshmerga has put themselves upon it. at one particular point to the west and in control to some degree in that area. there have been enormous amounts of air power dropped on a town further to the west which we suspect is where isis has their position. intense fighting along the area here. the peshmerga in large numbers, 7,500 forces here. they are able to corroborate that with the idea. sinjar is important because of the fate of the yizidis held there. also because of the main route. the goal is to take the road and
cut off mosul from isis. the hope of this operation is to show peshmerga with the coalition to have momentum to retake territory. >> nick paton walsh on the phone. we are not saying where he is for security concerns. be careful. thanks, nick. very interesting development. this morning, the fight for conservative votes heating up if the primaries. t ted cruz and marco rubio campaigning today. mainly on immigration. cruz has been highlighting rubio's one time support for immigration reform helping author a bill in the senate advocate amnesty before backing off. >> if republicans nominate for president a candidate who
supports amnesty, we will have given up one of the major distinctions with hillary clinton and we will lose the general election. >> rubio avoided being drawn into the immigration discuss on tuesday's debates. now he says he would allow undocumented immigrants in the u.s. longer than ten years to get a work permit if they learn english and pay a fine. cnn's sunlen serfaty is with rubio in south carolina with the latest. >> reporter: good morning, john and christine. marco rubio trying to keep the momentum going after the debate hitting two key states. iowa and south carolina. here in columbia, he opened up his first office in the first in the south primary state. he talked about the importance of this state in his road ahead. >> we plan to be here often. maybe not in the office every day, but in the state. we want to do well here. we want to be successful. this election could very well be
decided. the nomination could be decided in the state. >> reporter: a poll out in south carolina this week shows that marco rubio and ted cruz are running neck and neck for third place here in south carolina. that's behind donald trump and ben carson. now ted cruz recently told cnn that it is a plausible outcome. it could come down to he and marco rubio. he has been telegraphing a few lines of attack. he is ready to wage war against marco rubio. certainly this sets up a big battle between the two ahead. >> thanks for that. joining us to breakdown the action is jeremy diamond. good morning. so much is about cruz and rubio defining positions. rubio trying not to define his position on immigration. all of this is because donald trump has really dominated the immigration conversation until
now. even in the debate, he talked about an eisenhower plan and movement called operation wetback. where they sent more than 1 million people back into mexico which was criticized at the same and very inhumane. donald trump holding that up as an example about how he could send people out of this country. bill o'reilly on fox last night challenged him on that. listen. >> that was brutal what they did to those people to kick them back. the stuff they did was brutal. it could never happen today. >> i heard it both ways. i heard good reports. i heard bad reports. >> we heard him promise that. we really don't have the plans. it is true that donald trump has certainly with conversations like this, he keeps pushing the other candidates to the right. >> absolutely.
you know, donald trump has set the tone for this debate over immigration. he started off talking about it at his june campaign launch when he jumped into the race. mainly because it was controversial in the way he talked about it. the comments of immigrants being rapists and killers. he pushed through that. now of course that has an effect on the other candidates with pushing other candidates like marco rubio to the right on immigration. marco rubio recently saying that he would repeal president obama's executive action on the dreamer kids to allow them to remain in the country legally. that's something that rubio in the past said he would not repeal and without some plausible alternative. he is letting that go all together. when it comes to the issue of legal status, he is simply saying we will deal with that
later. we want to deal with securing the border. that is the message that resonates with the conservative voters in the party. it will set him up for a challenging primary fight if he does go to the final two or three candidates as senator ted cruz for example and other conservatives will question his record on this issue. >> you brought up ted cruz. one of the things that every major political reporting outlet has done a story of the possibility of ted cruz and marco rubio going head-to-head. where are the dividing lines with these two candidates? they both have cuban parents. it is interesting to see. >> absolutely. they have a lot in common beyond their background. they rocketed to the senate in the tea party wave. so both of them have credentials
with that tea party hard line conservative base. ted cruz made a name by being that hard line conservative. he is the unflinching that doesn't move to bring democrats and republicans closer together. he led the fight that shutdown the government. that is one of his most famous moments and the filibuster of reading "green eggs and ham" on the senate floor. marco rubio has conservative ratings from the conservative groups that look at voting records and positions on abortion. he is not in favor of exceptions for that some candidates are in favor of. on the issue of immigration, he was one of the republican leaders in the discussion with the democrats with chuck schumer and harry reid to address comprehensive immigration
reform. those efforts failed and marco rubio quickly stepped back and tried to distance himself from it. now it is coming to bite him. >> ted cruz will talk about this as much as he can over the next several weeks. it will be interesting to see if a confrontation on the debate stage. the cnn debate stage one month from now. jeremy, thank you. racial tensions rising on college campuses across the country. new threats of violence and protests. we will tell you about it next. ok, we're here.
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now dunkin' donuts unveiled cups with the word joy. same as always. social media users are praising dunkin' donuts for embracing christmas unlike starbucks. >> i'm glad. i'm glad we can finally have this debate. >> it is an important business story that matters to no one. a new operation taking a key iraqi town back from isis. a major development in the battle of isis. "new day" picks it up now. >> kurdish peshmerga kurdish peshmerga forces in for sinjar. >> isis has had a year now. taking sinjar will really be an important step. this started out with the police going to help a man. >> an hour later, he's dead. >> force was add quilt at that time. once they got his leg shackled, it should have stopped. it was intentional.
>> there's no accident here. people want borders, we don't have a border, we don't have a country. >> with the border, you can't build a wall. i don't care what donald trump says. >> after ten years, i'm personally open. >> i'm in favor of securing our borders and this is not a difficult thing to do. >> announcer: this is "new day" with chris cuomo, alisyn camerota and michaela pereira. good morning. 6:00. u.s. involved in major fighting in iraq. this is called a major offensive in the cross roads on the war on isis. thousands of peshmerga fighters supported by u.s. power are doing battle. >> objective is to cut off major jihadist supply lines from syria and drive the terrorists out. let's get the latest from cnn senior international correspondent nick paton walsh. he's outside of sinjar this morning. good morning, nick.
>> reporter: local time last night, that's when it began. the night sky lit up by a series of explosions part of days of efforts by coalition aircraft to soften up the town of sinjar isis defenders. it's symbolic because of what happened last year to the yazidis that live there. forced into the mountains. what's clear today, as the fighting continues, it's about the highway that runs a distance behind me here. highway 47. it goes from raqqa in syria, the caliphate self-secured hold in isis to iraq. they feel if they can get that, they can secure isis around the region. what we're hearing is intense explosions behind us. it clearly shows the aircraft come to get support of what may have been isis counterattacks and moving back down the highway. the kurds are clear. they need to cut the roadway