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if there's one exception, i would say it's bernie sanders. smart politicos in new hampshire democrats and republicans one reason the vice president senat -- vermont senator has a chance to beat hillary clinton his ads stand out on the air waives. fun month ahead. that's it for "inside politics." see you soon. state of the union starts right now. bill and hillary. will his past become her problem on the campaign trail? trump says you bet. >> we're going right after the president and the next president. she has a major problem. >> is a new round of attacks coming? >> of course bill clinton is fair game. he's a former president. >> carly fiorina will be here live. plus, trump amps up in iowa promising to blanket the air
waives in the final days before voting. >> i'll be spending a minimum of $2 million a week. >> it it a show of strength or a sign of pan ib? >> and bernie sanders said he's trump's worst nightmare. doubting his ability to beat the republican frontrunner. >> let me tell trump it's easy to talk about being tough, it's more important to be smart. >> is he really stronger than clinton when it comes to taking on trump? he'll join us live. plus, the sharpest political minds will be here with insights on the campaign trail. >> hello. i'm dana bash filling in for jake tapper in washington where the state of our union is waking up to an election year. with just 29 days until the first votes are cast, the race is speeding toward a conclusion and the republican frontrunner
donald trump has his sights set squarely on hillary clinton. >> they've created isis. hillary clinton created isis with obama. created with obama. this comes after the debut of a new terrorist recruiting video by al qaeda affiliate al shabaab that features trump. >> yesterday america was the land of slavery, segregation, lynching, and ku klux klan. tomorrow it will be a land of religious discrimination and concentration camps. >> so remember this, so
listen, donald j. trump is calling for a total and complete shut down of muslims entering the united states. until representatives can figure out what the [ expletive ] is going on.
>> the rest will eventually turn against its muslim citizens. >> joining me now is republican presidential candidate carly fiorina. good morning. happy new year to you. let's start with that video. >> good morning. >> good morning. what message do you take from trump's appearance in it? >> well, first, no one is responsible for isis ideology. i find it pretty rich that this isis propaganda tape talks about the cruelty of the west. these are, after all, people who crucify, behead, subjerape anyo that doesn't share their ideology. it's true that
barack obama called isis a jv team. hillary clinton declared victory in iraq and withdrew all of our troops, precipitously against
all the military advice because of political expediency giving isis an ability to declare a caliphate. isis is indeed not contained. what we need to focus on is how to defeat isis. frankly, near hillary clinton, barack obama, or donald trump don't have a plan to defeat isis. i have a plan. >> i want to ask about an escalading situation going on now. the sunni-run saudi regime executed a sunni cleric and the saudis say he was a terrorist. the ayatollah and iran quickly condemned it. it lead to violent protests, as you're seeing on the screen. are you concerned the whole exchange could enflame sectarian violence, of course, tensions in the middle east? >> well, of course, it's not at all helpful. again, i take the iranian condemnation with a huge grain of salt. this is a regime that tortures
its own citizens routinely. that thinks nothing of executions. that still holds four americans in jail. the obama administration has done nothing about that. on the other hand, we need to be clear that our role is to try to tamp down this conflict. saudi arabia is our ally despite the fact they don't always behave in a way we condone. iran is a real and present threat. not only to saudi arabia but to our other arab allies, indeed, to the united states interests. our role here is not to enflame tensions. our role is to try to help calm the situation. >> so if you were president right now, how would you do that? >> well, i think we need to understand that saudi arabia and the rest of our arab allies are looking to us for leadership and strength and resolve. this administration has not provided it. we need to provide it. i will provide it as commander in chief, because we need the
saudis' help, the jordanians' help, the bahrainys to defeat isis. we need to be clear with our allies that iran is not our ally. nor is russia. so when russia and iran combine together in an unholy alliance, we cannot, as, for example, donald trump suggest, outsource our leadership in the middle east to russia or to iran. they're not our allies. they are our adversaries. >> let's turn to what is happening at home. president obama is preparing to issue an executive order that will expand background checks to high-volume gun dealers. is that something you can support? >> no. president obama has been lawless in his use of executive orders. whether they're around immigration or gun control. it is delusional, dangerous, not to mention, unconstitutional for
barack obama and hillary clinton to continue to talk about climate change and gun control in the wake of a paris terrorist attack, a bernardino terrorist attack instead of talking about how they plan to defeat isis. the thing this president should be doing on gun control, dana, is enforcing the laws we have. we have long lists of criminals who own guns. who routinely purchase guns. we know who these people are, we are not prosecuting any of them. actually, we're prosecuting less than 1% of them. that's why you get a situation like, say, chicago where you have very tight gun control laws and incredible level was of gun violence. in a situation like south carolina where someone who never should have been permitted to purchase a gun got to purchase a gun. because somehow they dropped in the cracks. let's enforce the laws we have. >> okay. so just to clarify quickly. you're saying you oppose the executive order. the way he's doing this, and the policy itself. you don't think that background
checks should be expanded? >> i think we need to enforce the laws we have. we are not doing so. what that means, because we're not enforcing the laws we have, we have people like dylann roof in south carolina who never should have been sold a gun. we have loads of criminals running around with guns and perpetrating violence with those guns. we're not prosecuting them. meantime, barack obama has not presented the american people with a clear plan to keep this nation safe. >> okay. >> we learned two days ago that our own homeland security doesn't even know the people who are in this nation who have overstayed a visa. that's a big problem given what we know about bernardino. >> okay. we're finally in 2016. let's get to some -- >> yes, we are! >> donald trump, this week, promised to go after president clinton's sexual history. in response, you said "of course bill clinton is fair game".
which parts of bill clinton's past do you think hillary clinton needs to answer for? >> i said bill clinton is fair game. i said going after bill clinton is not going to defeat hillary clinton. the way to defeat hillary clinton, which donald trump cannot, but i can. the way to defeat hillary clinton is to go after her track record. her lack of accomplishment. the reality -- >> and we've heard -- >> every single foreign policy challenge wrong and to deny her what she -- >> we've heard you say that on many occasions. we've heard you say it 0 maon m indications. you said bill clinton is fair game. >> what i meant is if any former president is fair game, donald trump through george w. bush -- threw him under the bus. any president is fair game. how do you beat hillary clinton? in my opinion, that's not the way to beat hillary clinton. donald trump will run his race. i'm going to run mine. we'll see who wins. >> let's talk about another one
of your opponents senator toed cruz. he said he thinks he'll have the republican nomination wrapped up by the end of march. you were critical of him during the fight of obamacare, which lead to a government shut down. let's take a listen. >> there's no honor in charging a hill you know you can't take. only casualties. all though, ted cruz maybe got name recognition and money along the way. president obama wanted the shut down. ted cruz played into his hands. >> do you think ted cruz would doom the republican's chances in november? >> first, let me explain why i said that. at the time we didn't control the senate. we didn't have historic majorities in the house. without controlling the senate, there was no way that obamacare was going to be prarepealed. thank goodness the senate used the same technique to repeal obamacare that the democrats used to pass obama. we'll see if ted cruz has the
nomination locked up. ted cruz is like any other politician. he says one thing in manhattan, another in iowa, whatever he needs to say to get elected and do as he pleases. i think the american people are tired of the political class that promises much and delivers much of the same. >> you gave me an unfortunate segue to the next question talking about the political class and saying one thing and meaning another when you want to get elected. stanford university, where you went to college, they played -- >> yes. >> they played iowa friday in the rose bowl. before the game got underway you tweeted this, "i love my alma mater but rooting for a hawkeyes win today #rosebowl." i'm sure you've seen it when iowa got creamed people started tweeting about the #carlycurse. is. >> for heaven's sakes, can't a girl ever have a little bit of
fun? that was a tongue in cheek tweet which the people of iowa understand. i was asked over and over again in iowa having attended a hawkeye tailgate. they knew my heart was torn. based on this reaction you would think i had said something controversial like "isis is a tv team." if the biggest mistake i make is about a rose bowl, the american people will sleep safely. >> it was a joke not real? >> yes, it was tongue in cheek. for heavens sake, a girl needs to have fun sometimes. i guess it was a slow news day for the media. >> it was new year's. thank you so much, carly fiorina. appreciate that. >> thank you. who needs ryan seacrest when you have bernie sanders? the democratic candidate rang in the new year with supporters and celebrated a record-setting fundraising goal.
welcome back to "state of the union" i'm dana bash in for jake tapper. as president obama leaves hawaii and makes his way back to washington today, he's said to unveil new executive actions he hopes will curb a seemingly endless string of mass shootings in america while he's been in office. the president has been candid about his frustration with congress for refusing to tighten gun control laws. >> we know we can't stop every act of violence. what if we tried to stop even one? what if congress did something, anything, to protect our kids from gun violence? >> now he said he won't wait for congress and he's planning his
own measures to expand background checks. following his announcement, president obama will join anderson cooper for an exclusive one hour live town hall event on the issue of guns and gun control in america. anderson and the president will talk about this controversial issue from all sides, and president obama will take questions from the audience. a live town hall with president obama guns in america 8:00 p.m. this thursday right here on cnn. now let's talk about gun control and more with vermont senator and democratic candidate for president bernie sanders. happy new year to you, senator. as a united states senator, are you okay with the president acting alone bypassing congress on guns? dana, i would prefer we could have bipartisan support, but the truth is republicans are not interested in doing anything about gun safety. i think the vast majority of the american people are horrified by the mass shootings we have seen.
they want action. overwhelming consensus understands that people who are criminals, who have mental issues should not be owning guns or buying guns. what the president is trying to do now is to expand the instant background check by closing the gun show loophole. i think he's doing what the american people would like him to do. >> now you are a senator from vermont, as you well know, there's a lot of support for gun rights where you're from. do you think your constituents will object to you supporting this without congress? >> look, gun safety issues are very, very controversial. we are a divided nation. i think most gun owners in this country understand that people who should not own guns should not be able to buy them. we do need to expand the instant background check. i don't think that's an onerous
burden on anybody. by the way, from what i've seen the vast majority of the american people agree with the sentiment. obviously bipartisan activity would be preferable. we're not seeing republicans do anything on the issue. i think the president is doing what the american people would like him to do. >> okay. let's talk politics. you have been going after the working class supporters of donald trump. for people who scratch their heads and say, wait a minute, how can liberal bernie sanders attract trump voters who tend to be quite conservative. what is your answer? >> well, in my last election -- re-election effort in the state of vermont, we won about 20 -- 25% of the republican vote. working class republicans are seeing their wages going down. they're seeing new income wealth going to the top 1%. they can't afford to send their kids to college.
they want a president who has the courage to stand up to the billionaire class to raise the minimum wage to make public colleges and universities tuition free. by the way, to address a corrupt campaign finance system where millionaires and billionaires and corporations are spending unlimited sums of money to buy elections. that's a pretty across-the-board sentiment. the american people want change. i believe i'm a vehicle of change being prepared to stand up to the wealthy and the powerful and create an economy that works for all americans. >> now, of course, you differ vastly on how to address that change and help working class people. one of your signature proposals is medicare for all. you said recently you'd only support one new tax on the middle class to fund paid family leave, but how are you going to pay for the massive new health care plan without taxing the middle class, except for the
narrow tax? >> first of all, first of all, you can do it. we have massive incumbent wealth inequality in the last 30 years. trillions of dollars have flown from the hands of working families to the top 1%. you have major corporations in america making billions of dollars a year and in a given year pay nothing in federal income taxes. i believe in progressive taxation. asking the large corporations and the wealthiest people in this country to stop paying their fair share of taxes. in terms of guaranteeing health care to all americans through a medicare for all single payer program, the truth is we will save the average middle class family thousands of dollars a year in health care costs because today by far we are the most expensive health care system in the world. we pay the highest prices in the world for prescription drugs. so my proposal will cut health care costs for the middle class by thousands of dollars a year.
>> senator, you -- your health care proposal, the wall street journal estimates would cost $15 trillion over ten years. you really can pay for that without raising taxes on the middle class? it just seems hard to -- >> what we can do -- there are a variety of ways to go forward, dana. at the bottom line what the "wall street journal" forgot to tell the american people in that article is people will not have to pay a private health insurance and the cost of prescription drugs are going down. at the end of the day, we pay not even close, we pay almost three times more per capita on health care than the british. 50% more than the french. much more than the canadians. our proposal will save the average middle class family thousands of dollars a year in health care, lower prescription drug costs. >> it sounds like you're not ruling out a tax to get there. let's talk about the tax plan. we haven't seen it yet, but
we're pretty close 29 days until voting in iowa. do iowa voters and voters in new hampshire and elsewhere deserve to see your full tax plan before they vote? >> well, they sure do. they will. that's not kind of a vast statement. we have issued a number of -- >> i said full tax plan. >> what we have said is that in the year 2016, public colleges and universities should be tuition free, and we should lower interest rates on student debt. we do it by a tax of wall street speculation. that's a plan. we have also said is that unlike the republicans who want to cut social security, i want to expand social security. we do that by lifting the cap on taxable income for people earning above $250,000 a year. that's a tax plan. what i've said is i want to rebuild america's crumbling infrastructure, create up to 13 million jobs, rebuilding roads and bridges, we do that by doing
away with the ability of corporations to tax havens like the cayman islands and bermuda. we have more to do. >> before the iowa caucuses? >> yes. >> okay. donald trump says that bill clinton's sexual history is fair game. do you agree? >> i think that donald trump might want to concern himself with the fact he's dead wrong when he says we should not raise the minimum wage. he's dead wrong when he says that wages in america are too high. he's dead wrong when he thinks we should give huge tax breaks to billionaires like himself. he's dead wrong when he thinks the climate change is a hoax on the entire -- virtually an entire scientific community thinks it's the great environmental crisis. maybe trump should worry about those issues rather than bill clinton's sex life. >> only bernie sanders can segue
from the sex life of bill clinton to climate change. what is the answer to the question. fair game or not? >> no. i think we have more important things to worry about in this country than bill clinton's sex life. >> we have to tend there. thank you very much, senator sanders. we'll see you on the campaign trail. it has already been a wild ride. this is only day three of 2016. but the presidential politics of 2015 will probably look tame compared to what is coming next. the drama, the uncertainty, the intensity of the 2016 campaign when we come back. cane lane. i know. oohhh. oh, holiday ferris wheel. i kind of love it. look at those reindeer. jeffrey, you're awfully quiet back there. i was just thinking... maybe it's time we finish this test drive and head back to the dealership? that is so jeffrey... soooo jeffrey... so jeffrey... oh. elves.. it's practically yours. but we still need your signature. the volkswagen sign then drive event. zero due at signing, zero down, zero deposit,
welcome back to "state of the union." i'm dana bash. it is a new year, and by the end of it we'll have a new president ele elect. getting there, however, is a long road. if you thought this presidential campaign was already crazy, buckle up. for some of us it felt like 2016 for awhile now. the race for the white house is about to start moving fast. very fast. >> i would like to have the election tomorrow. i don't want to wait! >> even before the first votes are cast in iowa, the january sclarnd jam packed. first up an appearance by the guy currently occupying 1600 pennsylvania avenue. remember him? >> in the state of the union is strong. president obama will give his final state of the union address in just a few days. his agenda motivate republicans or divide the demes? then there are more debates
dotting the calendar. january alone will see three more. republican party chairman engineered the 2016 calendar to try to coalesce his party around a single candidate. here is what he said this time two years ago. >> i think we have a six month slice and dice festival that is destroying our party. so the first thing i want to do is shrink that six months down to 60 to 70 days. >> february 1st is the critical day. shaping up as a battle between donald trump and ted cruz. cruz might have the better ground game. >> we have over 500 volunteers. to come from all over the country to relive life in a college dormitory. [ laughter ] i'm told they're having a keg party next week.
[ laughter ] >> but trump could lure new voters, if they turn out for the complicated caucus process. >> if we win iowa, i think we're going win everything after that. >> the winners and losers from iowa will face each other again for another debate. wedged in just before the next vote in new hampshire. >> i love new hampshire. >> i appreciate the men and women of new hampshire. >> it's great to be in beautiful new hampshire. >> a win by an establishment republican in new hampshire could set the stage for a south carolina show down. the gop primary is days later. january 20th. >> it's great to be back in south carolina. a place that believed in me. >> don't forget the nevada caucuses for the gop just three days later. it's exhausting just thinking about it, but no rest for the political weary. one week later, the first day of march super tuesday. when no fewer than 13 states will cast their primary votes.
>> there is a very good possibility that the republican primary will be decided by the end of march. starting tomorrow morning, we're in a 90-day sprint to win the nomination. >> with the pedal to the metal, the race to the white house is full speed ahead. a new year's message for trump written in the sky. who is responsible? it might surprise you. stay with us.
trump is disgusting anybody but trump. you see there that was the message written in the skies over pasadena during the famous rose parade. the message brought to you by stan pate. a real estate developer also a donor to marco rubio's campaign. does it say anything about the state of the race? we'll talk about it with the vice chair of the democratic national committee, cnn political commentators bakari sellers who is supporting hillary clinton and anna navarro supporting jeb bush. thank you for coming in this post new year's weekend. good marketing move? >> i like to see the inner party fighting, first and foremost. we believe that donald trump is the standard bearer in the republican party. donald trump is a bigot, offended those with disabilities, african-american
voters, hispanic voters, the list goes on an on. i'm finally glad to see that somebody in the party has stood up against him. and marco rubio did that. i don't know if it will farewell in the primary in the long run. i'm glued that somebody stood up to him. >> congressman brat, donald trump is a bigot. >> i don't get in the name calling. i think the rules class in d.c. is not listening to the american people, and the ruling class up here needs to get the message straight. there's huge american anxiety problem out there when it comes to the economy, when it comes to foreign relations, when it comes to domestic terrorism. the economy we have $18 trillion in debt, $100 trillion in unfunded liabilities. folks can't find jobs. the median family income is down $2,000. on foreign policy we have a disaster from china to russia to syria to iran shooting missiles at us and strait -- terrorism is
a strong issue right now. we have complete open borders. >> congressman, a lot of your colleagues, i'm sure you hear about it in the cloak room and maybe, you know, elsewhere on the house floor are really worried about donald trump as the republican nominee. what it would mean for the party map it would mean for races like yours and others. >> yeah. if they're really worried they need to listen to the american people. and the ruling class in d.c. needs hearing aids so they listen better. the budget we passed is a bipartisan tragedy. we didn't do anything in the national security on the budget. >> what was your resolution this year to start us off with the doom and gloom. >> before we get to that. >> it was good marketing? >> absolutely. we're talking about two days later. it's against the marketing king.
donald trump is an expert. >> if we have learned anything from donald trump in the last nine months is the value of earned media of free press and how to manage and manipulate that and how to take advantage of that. what you're seeing is the reality that we are in the midst of a tough, heated and in the final sprint of the race. >> thank you. iowa is the place where ted cruz is leading. he said he might have the nomination wrapped up by march. listen to what he told supporters on a conference call on new year's eve. >> get ready. strap on the full armor. get ready for the attacks that are coming the month of january. we ain't seen nothing yet. >> he's quoting scripture. >> yeah. >> the whole -- >> oh, my gosh. >> he's part cuban and the man has a flair for drama. >> this is the part of the
campaign if you've been involved in the iowa caucus, you have to get serious. you have to get people out of their homes from work to go to a caucus to stand in a room, to hear speeches from 11 republicans. democrats only have three. hallelujah to. to hear from the 11 republicans and take a stand. >> are we down to 11? >> you're down to 11. so ted cruz knows retail politics. he's been on the ground. he's been signing people up. donald trump has a lot of flair. donald trump understands how to command a crowd. and to speak to that noisy inner voice of the republicans. donald trump can really -- >> and i think ted cruz is right. he's about to get a lot of attacks. he's i think very viable in iowa. he's been smart. >> do you think he's going to wrap up the nomination by march. >> i think we can call it
optimistic. >> wow. >> had he -- if he defeats donald trump in iowa after nine months of donald trump leading, ted cruz comes out of iowa as a dragon slayer. >> i think one thing that is going on a lot of people, a lot of republicans are falling into the same trap that hillary clinton did in 2008. they under estimated the turn out power of barack obama at that time. i think they're also under estimating the turn out power of donald trump. be if those people show up to the caucus. the way that barack obama voters did in 2008, then donald trump may surprise you. >> barack obama had a seasoned team of political veterans. >> with 70% of the american people think the country is going in the wrong direction. 70% people don't think the president has incredible foreign policy, a national security strategy. we talk about 11 on the republican side. the outsiders amassed a 70% lead. that's important. why? they're addressing the concerns of the american people.
we have thousands of terrorist cases open across 50 states domestically, according to the head of fbi. what are we doing about that? a couple are talking about it. most are not. the democratic candidates debated us on the budget so we couldn't put any of the visa waiver program, the visa overstay program, no solutions on the southern border. isis threatened to use all the venues to come in and infiltrate our own domestic security. >> hold that thought. we have more to come. >> people want to hear about the egyptian pyramids -- >> what did we just do in the budget? the leadership. we're not doing anything. the american people -- >> hold those thoughts, guys. i like this energy here. we're going to turn to anna navarro's favorite subject. bill clinton is hitting the campaign trail this week. donald trump pledges to remind people of the expresident's sen
. >> give me a break. give me a break. >> that was donald trump this week promising to go after bill clinton as the ex-president plans to hit the campaign trail for hillary tomorrow. will the president's past hurt her? with me to talk about that donna brazil, congressman dave brat, bakari sellers, and anna navarro. anna, do you think it could be a good political strategy for republicans to bring back up the problems that he had 20 years
ago? >> let's be fair, it's not republicans bringing it up. it's donald trump. this he knows if he says something outrageous he'll get media. it might be good for him. there are some people in the base. there are some people who like donald trump who may like the idea of him taking it to hillary. you know, no, i don't think it's helpful. i think it's helpful to hillary clinton in the long-term. it's an old issue. in fact, i would say mr. trump gave bill clinton's foundation $100 invited bill and hillary clinton to his wed iding. after all these allegations and scandals. we all know bill clinton had his issues. a lot of things to go after hillary clinton i would skrut
nice her on. i think her husband's personal issue is not one. >> of course, the republicans are going to use it. some people in media say it's a fair game. others said, you know -- >> do you think it's fair game? >> as a democrat, i've known about this issue. i had to work through the issue. >> as a political operative, do you think it's fair game? >> you can't put it under the rug. it's out there. yes, deal with it. we can say it's an old issue. hillary clinton received 18 million primary votes in 2008. she came up short on delegates. 18 million. and republicans know it. democrats know it. independents know it. if donald trump want to go into the sewer and play this game, do it. that's what donald trump enjoys doing. >> more importantly, as we say back home in south carolina, bill clinton -- i say this as a -- >> bernie sanders has been referring to -- >> no. i will tell you and we'll get
you, professor. i'll tell you as an avid barack obama supporter, there is no better politician in the history of the united states than bill clinton. bill clinton can handle his own. bill clinton versus donald trump is a mismatch. we'll take that any day. >> i want to put you what anna said. it's not republicans. it's donald trump. but news flash donald trump is still the republican frontrunner and could be the republican nominee. you talk about sort of the appeal the working class people. this is different. this is raw politics. >> no, i want the republican party and the conserative party to talk about values for real. this is all bigger part of a values conversation. president obama, unfortunately, has been critiquing and using the new testament to make demock to republicans saying we don't care about widows and or fans lately. on immigration he said we need to have concern for -- he quotes hebrew scripture. i wish he would invoke the entire --
>> you are so already in congress. you just took my question and took it in the exact direction you wanted. >> good. >> it's not a bad thing. -- >> do you think -- >> there it is again. >> donna just helped me donna j. president obama and the democrats are willing to invoke the judeo-christian tradition to invoke the power of the federal government. a great new movie on exodus, i don't think moses was best buddies with pharaoh and i don't think jesus was best buddies with pilot. if you want to get serious about first principles, these guys set up the constitution and the bill of rights to protect us from the government. when it comes to values, keep it state and local and in the church, good. but don't use the power of that prodiggs to get a bigger central
government. >> go ahead, donna. >> seriously speaking, you know, we're not throwing any book at the country. the constitution is the bedrook of our democracy. and i don't need to speak to president obama. he's very eloquent. bill clinton is an asset. he's a tremendous asset. >> you didn't use him when you were campaign manager for al gore. >> we had to use him strategically because -- >> you didn't bring him into florida. you lost florida. >> we won florida. we didn't get all the votes counted. >> we can't go down that hole. >> to make a closing argument in a campaign when you need to generate more enthusiasm, i couldn't -- bill clinton is an asset. >> i went to church with bill and hillary 25 years ago down at foundry methodist church. bill would come in with a big bible, that's great, but the democrat party last year with their platform almost ejected go god out of their party platform. are we toting a bible to win
votes or -- >> i think that's pretty asinine. i keep the bible in everything i do. i think that if we're -- since on sunday morning we're talking about the bible and all of these other things, we do know that there's one person who the standard bearer for your party which doesn't live those words and that's donald trump. >> i absolutely reject your idea that donald trump is a standard bearer for the republican party. >> how is he not? >> there are 17 people that were running for president. there are divisions and factions in the republican party. >> you have to deal with the fact that donald trump has been a presence. he's been a strong presence. he has led since july and you know what? he's going to lead a long time. >> stand by. this so did not go the way i thought it was going to but it was amazing. >> let me get my baseball out. >> hit the gym, quit smoking, move into the white house. the crop of 2016 contenders may be making slightly different
it's gotten squarer. brighter. bigger. it's gotten thinner. even curvier. but what's next? for all binge watchers. movie geeks. sports freaks. x1 from xfinity will change the way you experience tv. haven't really come up with one other than winning. that's my new year's resolution. is that a good one? >> that's jeb bush with his new year's resolution. i guess he's already ahead of all of us because he's already lost a lot of weight.
welcome back to our panel. we're going to ask each of you for your resolution for one of the candidates. >> you're too skinny to talk about resolutions, okay? >> congressman? >> i got one in general for all the candidates. listen to the american people and put your promises down on paper ahead of time. that's ethics. put your promises down ahead of time so we can hold you accountable for something. >> donald trump, try humility, it's virtue. it will go a long way. jeb bush, stay in the game, spend all your money, and i think dole better. >> i think carly fiorina's resolution, i would like for her to root for every team that plays against the miami heat. >> and hillary clinton, i want her to continue to be the candidate we saw in new hampshire, but please no more hillary happyian iaian -- kwan.
no more pandering to specific groups. >> that's for hillary clinton. >> as a hillary clinton supporter that's -- >> some of those things were a bit overt. she has to be who she is. >> we call that love. >> we call that love. >> i think it has taken pand pandering to a new level. >> my only other resolution is viewers continue to tune into cnn for the year long. >> we're going to rock it all year. >> whether it's the constitution or the bible, we got it going. >> we got it covered. >> congressman, i like the fact you said people should write down their promises because, you know, politicians are a little skittish about doing that. >> way skittish. >> we in the media and their skaentser constituen constituents, we hold them to it. are you speaking as a political novice. >> my people are giving me good reviews because i ran on six
principles and they like that. they hold me accountable. >> i'm all in for dave and politicians writing down their promises but can we lay people not right down ours? >> i will tell you, dave, aur really good guy, a great congressman. what people have portrayed about you, you're not that, so it was a pleasure. >> wow. >> sunday morning, too, right? >> people get out and vote this year. we need more energy in both political parties. >> be careful with that kind of endorsement. eric cantor might come back and run against you in the primary. >> i promise you, i won't say anything nice. >> okay. well, here at cnn we are gearing up for a big week in politics, and you're not going to want to miss it. president obama will join anderson cooper for an exclusive one-hour live town hall event to talk guns and gun control in america. that's thursday night at 8:00 eastern only on cnn, and
tomorrow on "new day," donald trump, he's going to be chris cuomo's guest. you want to watch that 7:00 a.m. eastern, and then at 4:00 p.m. eastern jake tapper sits down with dr. ben carson to talk about his campaign shake-up. that's all for us. thank you so much for spending why your sunday with me and everyone here. i'm dana bash. fareed zakaria gps starts right now. this is "gps" the global public square. welcome to all of new the united states and around the world. happy new year. i'm fareed zakaria coming to you live from new york. we will spend much of the hour talking about the year ahead and what it might bring. in the battle against isis and the struggle to find new homes for refugees, in the american presidential race and its swirling controversies, in