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will work itself out very soon. read more of my story about this on cnnmoney.com. we're out of time on tv but our media coverage keeps going all the time including through our newsletter. see you next week. "state of the union" starts right now. bill and hillary. will his past become her problem on the campaign trail? donald trump says, you bet. >> we're going to go right after the president, the ex-president. she's got a major problem. it happens to be right in her house. >> 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 airwaves in the final days before voting. >> i'll be spending a minimum of $2 million a week and perhaps
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substantially more. >> is it a show of strength? or a sign of panic? and bernie sanders says he's trump's worst nightmare. touting his ability to beat the republican frontrunner. >> let me tell donald trump, it's easy to talk about being tough, but it is more important to be smart. >> is he really stronger than clinton when it comes to taking on trump? he will join us live. plus the sharpest political minds will be here with insights from the campaign trail. hello, i'm dana bash filling in for jake tapper in washington. with just 29 days until the first votes are cast, the race is speeding towards a conclusion. and the republican frontrunner donald trump has his sights set squarely on hillary clinton. >> they've created isis.
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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 a land of slavery, segregation, lynching, and ku klux klan. tomorrow it will be a land of discrimination and concentration camps. >> so remember this. donald j. trump is calling for a total and complete shutdown of muslims entering the united states until our country's representatives can figure out what the [ bleep ] is going on. [ cheers and applause ] >> the west will eventually turn against its muslim citizens. >> joining me now is republican
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presidential candidate carly fiorina. good morning and happy new year to you. let's start with that video. >> good morning, dana. >> good morning. what message do you take from trump's appearance in it? >> first, no one is responsible for isis ideology. i found it pretty rich that this isis propaganda tape talks about the cruelty of the west. these are after all people who crucify, behead, subjugate, rape anyone who does not share their radical islamist theology. so let's get real here. on the other hand, it's true that barack obama called isis a jv team, that hillary clinton along with barack obama declared victory in iraq and withdrew all of our troops precipitously against all the military advice at the time because of political expediency, there be giving isis the opportunity to conquer
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territory and declare a f caliphate, which meant isis has become stronger. they are indeed not contained. i think what we need to focus on is how to defeat isis. frankly, neither hillary clinton, barack obama, nor donald trump have a plan to defeat isis because they don't understand the nature of the threat. i do, and i have a plan. >> the sunni-run saudi regime executed a cleric, and the saudis say he was a terrorist. but the ayatollah in iran quickly condemned it. that has led to violent protests as you're seeing there on the screen. are you concerned that this whole exchange could inflame sectarian violence and of course tensions in the middle east? >> 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
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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 and tamp down this conflict. saudi arabia is our ally despite the fact that they don't always behave in a way that we condone. iran is a real and present threat, not only to saudi arabia but to our other arab allies and indeed to united states interests. so our role here is not to inflame tensions. our role is to try and help calm the situation. >> if you were president right now, how would you do that? >> i think we need to understand that saudi arabia and the rest of our arab allies are looking to us for leadership, 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 egyptians' help, the kurds, the kuwaitis, to defeat
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isis. we also need to be clear with our allies that iran is not our ally, nor is russia. and so when russia and iran combine together in an unholy alliance, we cannot, as for example donald trump suggests, outsource leadership, our leadership in the middle east to russia or to iran. they are not our allies. they are our adversaries. >> let's turn to what's happening here at home. president obama is preparing to issue an executive order that will expand background checks on high volume gun dealers. is that something you could support? >> no. president obama has been lawless in his use of executive orders. whether those executive orders are around immigration or whether those executive orders are around gun control. and 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 san
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bernardino terrorist attack. >> but -- >> instead of talking about how 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. and we are not prosecuting any of them. we're actually prosecuting less than 1% of them. that's why you get a situation like chicago, where you have very tight gun control laws and incredible levels of gun violence. it's how you get a situation like south carolina where someone who never should have been permitted to purchase a gun got to purchase a gun because they somehow dropped through the cracks. let's enforce the laws they have. >> 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 background checks should be expanded? >> i think we need to enforce the laws we have. and we are not doing so.
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and what tat 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. and we have loads of criminals running around with guns and perpetrating violence with guns and we're not prosecuting them. meantime, barack obama has not presented the american people with a clear plan to keep this nation safe. >> okay. so -- >> we learned two days ago that our own homeland security doesn't even know the people in this nation who have overstayed their visa. >> let's get to some politics, we're finally in 2016. >> yes, we are. >> donald trump promised to go after president clinton's sexual history. in response you said, "of course bill clinton is fair game." which parts of hillary clinton's past do you think bill clinton needs to answer for? >> i also said, going after bill
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clinton is not going to defeat hillary clinton. the way to defeat hillary clinton, which donald trump cannot but i can, is to go after her track record, her lack of accomplishment. >> right. and we've -- >> she's gotten every single foreign policy challenge wrong. >> we've heard you say that on many occasions. but you also said that bill clinton is fair game. what did you mean by that? >> so is george -- what i meant is any former president is fair game. donald trump threw george w. under the bus several months ago. any former president is fair game. the question is how do you beat hillary clinton. and in my opinion that's not the way to beat hillary clinton. donald trump will run his race and i'll run mine and we'll see who wins. >> it's talk about another one of your opponents, ted cruz. he says he thinks he will have the republican nomination
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wrapped up by the end of march. you were quite critical of him about the fight over obamacare which led to a government shutdown. let's take a listen. >> there's no honor in charging a hill that you know you can't take, only casualties, although maybe ted cruz got name recognition along the way. president obama wanted this shut down and ted cruz played right into his hands. >> do you think ted cruz would doom the republicans' chances in november? >> first let me explain why i said that. because at the time we didn't control the senate. and we didn't have historic majorities in the house. so without controlling the senate, there was no way that obamacare was going to be repealed. thank goodness the senate has finally used the same reconciliation technique to repeal obamacare as the democrats used to pass obamacare. i would say ted cruz is just like any other politician, he says one thing in manhattan, he says another thing in iowa. he says whatever he needs to get
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elected, then will do as he pleases. i think the american people are tired of the political class that promises much and delivers much less. >> stanford university, that is where you went to college. they played iowa friday. >> it is my alma mater. >> before the game got under way, you tweeted this. you tweeted, "i love my alma mater but rooting for a hawkeyes win today, #rosebowl." is this exactly the kind of pandering you were just talking about one second ago? >> oh, for heavens sakes, dana. can't a girl ever have a little bit of fun? that was a tongue in cheek tweet which the people of iowa understand because i was asked over and over again in iowa, having attended a hawkeye
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tailgate, they knew that my heart was torn. you would think based on this reaction that i had said something really controversial like, you know, isis is a jv team, or this demonstration was a result of a video. let's say if the biggest mistake i make is a tongue in cheek tweet about the rose bowl, the american people will sleep safely. >> so it was tongue in cheek? >> i guess it was a slow news day for the media. >> it was new year's. carly fiorina, thank you so much, i appreciate that. >> thank you. who needs ryan seacrest when you've got bernie sanders? the democratic candidate rang in the new year's celebrating a record-setting fundraising hall. bernie sanders joins us live, next. ou can hear me. don't even think about it. i took mucinex dm for my phlegmy cough.
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welcome back to "state of
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the union." i'm dana bash in for jake tapper. as president obama leaves hawaii toward washington today, he's said to unveil new executive actions to curb a seemingly endless string of mass shootings in america. the president has been candid about his frustration with congress for refusing to tighten gun control laws. >> we don't know we can't stop every act of violence. but what if we tried to stop even one? what if congress did something, anything, to protect our kids from gun violence? >> he says he won't wait for congress and is 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 guns 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
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obama, "guns in america," 8:00 p.m. this thursday right here on cnn. let's talk about gun control and much more with vermont senator and democratic candidate for president bernie sanders. thanks for joining me and 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 that 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 that we have seen. they want action. overwhelming consensus that people who are criminals, people 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. and i think he is doing what the american people would like him
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to do. >> you are a senator from vermont, as you well know, there is a lot of support for gun rights where you're from. do you think your constituents will object to you supporting these expanded backgrund checks, especially done without congress? >> well, look. gun safety issues are very controversial. we are a divided nation. but i think most gun owners in this country understand that people who should not own guns should not be able to buy them. and we do need to expand the instant background check. i don't think that's an onerous burden on anybody. and by the way, from what i have seen, the vast majority of the american people agree with that sentiment. obviously bipartisan activity in the congress would be preferable. but we're not seeing republicans doing anything on this issue. and i think the president is doing what the american people would like him to do. >> let's talk about a little bit politics. you have been going after the
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working class supporters of donald trump. for people who scratch their heads and say, wait a minute, how can liberal bernie sanders possibly attract trump voters who tend to be quite conservative, what's your answer? >> well, in my last reelection effort in the state of vermont, we won about 25% of the republican vote. working class republicans are also seeing their wages going down, they're seeing almost all new income and wealth going to the top 1%. they can't afford to send their kids to college. they're seeing their jobs going to china. i think they want a president to stand up to the current billionaire class, to raise the minimum wage, make public colleges and universities tuition-free, and, by the way, to address a corrupt campaign finance system where billionaire individuals and corporations are spending unlimited sums of money to buy elections. that's a pretty across the board
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sentiment. the american people want change and i believe that i am 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 you would support one new tax on the middle class to fund paid family leave. how would you pay for this massive new healthcare plan without taxing the middle class except for that narrow tax? >> first of all, first of all, you can do it. we have massive income and wealth inequality. in the last 30 years, trillions of dollars have flowed from working families to the top 1%. you have corporations and families making millions in
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profit without paying federal income taxes. i believe in progressive taxation, asking the largest corporations and the wealthiest people until this country to start paying their fair share of taxes. in terms of guaranteeing healthcare to all americans through a medicare for all single payer program, we will save the average middle class family thousands of dollars a year in healthcare costs, because today by far we are the most expensive healthcare system in the world. we pay the highest prices in the world for prescription drugs. my proposal will cut healthcare costs for the middle class by thousands of dollars a year. >> but senator, your healthcare 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 believe. >> well, there are a variety of ways to go forward, dana. at the bottom line, what the
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"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 healthcare 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 healthcare, lower 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. we're pretty close, 29 days 'til voting in iowa. do iowa voters and voters in new hampshire and elsewhere deserve to see your full tax plan before they vote? >> they sure do. and they will. but that's not a kind of a fair statement, dana. we have issued a number of tax plans. >> right. i said full tax plan. >> what we have said -- well, what we have said is that in the
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year 2016, public colleges and universities should be tuition-free, and we should lower interest rates on student debt, and we do that by a tax on wall street speculation. that's a plan. what we've also said is that unlike the republicans who want to cut social security, i want to expand social security. and 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 have said is i want to rebuild america's crumbling infrastructure, create up to 13 million jobs, rebuilding our roads and bridges. and we do that by doing away with the ability of corporations to stash their money in tax havens like the cayman islands and bermuda. that's a tax plan. so we have been very specific. we have more to do, and we will be doing that in the very near feature. >> before the iowa caucuses? >> yes. >> okay. donald trump says that bill
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clinton's sexual history is fair game. do you agree? >> i think that donald trump might want to concern himself with the fact that he is 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. and he's dead wrong when he thinks that climate change is a hoax when virtually the entire scientific community thinks it's the great crisis that we face. maybe trump should worry about those issues rather than bill clinton's sex life. >> but what is the answer to the question? is it fair game or not? >> no, i think we've got more important things to worry about in this country than bill clinton's sex life. >> we'll have to end it there. thank you very much, senator sanders. we appreciate it. see you on the campaign trail. >> thank you. it has already been a wild ride. this is only day three of 2016.
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welcome back to "state of the union." i'm dana batsh. it's a new year and by the end of it we'll have a president-elect. if you thought this presidntial campaign was already crazy --
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buckle up. for some of us it's felt like 2016 for a while now. but 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 calendar is jam packed. first up, an appearance by the guy currently occupying 1600 pennsylvania avenue. remember him? >> and the state of the union is strong. >> president obama will give his final state of the union address in days. then there are more debates dotting the calendar. january alone will see three more face-to-face confrontations. republican party chairman reince priebus is trying to coalesce his party around a single candidate. here's what he said this time two years ago. >> i think we've got a six-month slice and dice festival that's
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destroying our party. and so the first thing i want to do is shrink that six months down to 60 to 70 days. >> february 1th is the critical day, the iowa caucuses. >> this is the big potato. >> shaping up as a battle between donald trump and ted cruz. cruz might have the better ground game. >> we have to date over 500 volunteers, volunteering from all over the country to camp cruz, to relive life in a college dormitory. [ laughter ] >> i'm told they're having a keg party next week. >> but trump could lure new voters. if they turn out for the complicated caucus process. >> if we win iowa, i think we're going to 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
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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 showdown. the palmetto state's gop primary is just days later. february 20th. >> it's great to be back in south carolina, a place that believed in me. >> and 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. >> this is a very good possibility that the republican primary will be decided by the end of march. starting tomorrow morning, we are in a 90-day sprint to win this nomination. >> so put the pedal to the metal. the race to the white house is full speed ahead. a new year's message for trump
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trump is disgusting. anybody but trump. you see there the message written in the skies over pasadena during the famous rose parade. the message brought to you by a real estate developer who is also a donor to marco rubio's
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campaign. clever marketing move. but does it say anything about the state of the race? we'll talk about that with donna brazile, vice chair of the democratic national committee. republican congressman from virginia, dave bratt. cnn political commentator anna navarro, rooting for jeb bush. thanks to all of you for coming in, especially on this post-new-year's weekend. good marketing move? >> i just like to see the interparty fighting, first and foremost. we do believe donald trump is the standard-bearer in the republican party. donald trump is a big on, a 'zine xen xenophobe. if donald trump is the standard-bearer, i am finally glad to see that somebody in the party stood up against him. >> congressman bratt, do you obviously the most intense think
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you just said is that donald trump is a bigot. >> yeah, i don't get into the name-calling. i think the ruling class in dc is not listening to the american people. the ruling class needs to get the message straight. there is a huge anxiety problem out there, when it comes to the economy, foreign relations, 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 over the last eight-year cycle. on foreign policy, a disaster from china to russia to syria to iran, shooting missiles at us in the strait of hormuz, straight out of it movies. terrorism is the number one issue right now. americans want a strong voice to speak to the syrian-iraqi refugee crisis. we have open borders. >> but congressman, a lot of your colleagues, i'm sure you
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hear about it, are really worried about donald trump as the republican nominee. what it would mean for the party, what it would mean for races like yours and others. >> yeah, if they're really worried, they knew to listen to the american people. and the ruling class up in dc needs to get a hearing said so they listen better. the budget we just passed is a by t bipartisan travesty. >> what was your resolution this year, to start us off with all this doom and gloom? >> was it good marketing? absolutely. we're talking about it two days later. >> exactly. >> it's ironic because it's against the marketing king, donald trump is an expert on that. >> if we've learned anything about donald trump in the last nine months, it's the value of earned media, great press, and how to manage that and manipulate that and take advantage of that. what you're seeing is the reality that we're in the midst of a very tough, very heated, in
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the final sprint of a heated republican race. >> thank you for leading me to the final sprint. iowa is a place were senator ted cruz is leading. he says that 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. stand on the full armor. get ready for the attacks that are coming. come the month of january, we ain't seen nothing yet. >> wow, he's quoting scripture. >> he's part cuban. the man has a flair for drama. >> let me just say this. this is the part of the campaign where if you've been involved in the iowa caucus, you have to get real serious, because 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,
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the democrats only have three, and then you have to take a stand. >> are we down to 11? >> we're down to 11. ted cruz knows retail politics. the one thing about cruz, 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 republicans. we don't know if donald trump can really make it through the caucus. >> i think donald trump is about to get a lot of attacks. he's viable in iowa. he's been smart, strategic, calculating. >> will he wrap up the come nation by march? >> i think we can call it optimistic. i think i will tell you, if he defeats donald trump in iowa, after nine months of donald trump leading, ted cruz comes out of iowa as a dragon's lair, like it or not. >> a lot of republicans are falling into the same trap that hillary clinton did in 2008,
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where they underestimated the turnout power of barack obama at that time. i think they're also underestimating the turnout power of donald trump. if those people show up to the caucuses, the primary in iowa, the way that barack obama voters did in '08, donald trump may surprise people. >> but barack obama had a seasoned team of political veterans who put together an incredible team on the ground. >> when 70% of the american people think the country is going in the wrong direction, don't think the president has a credible foreign policy, national security policy, the outsiders have amassed a 70% lead versus the rest of the field. that's important. and why is that? because they're addressing the concerns of the american people. we have a thousand terrorist cases open across 50 states domestically, according to the head of the fbi. the democratic candidates debated us on the budget so we couldn't put any of the visa
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waiver program, the visa overstay program, no solutions on the southern border, and isis has threatened to use all those venues to come in and infiltrate domestic security. >> hold that thought, everybody. >> people want to hear about the egyptian pyramids. >> the leadership are not doing anything. >> guys, hold those thoughts. i like this energy here, but we're going to turn now to bill clinton. he's hitting the campaign trail this week. hillary's husband starts stumping for her tomorrow, just as donald trump pledges to remind people of the ex-president's sexual history. one... two... three... cheese! yeeees! hey! paparazzi parents! you're welcome! now that t-mobile has double the lte coverage, you can over-share just about anywhere. look at the birdie!
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they want to accuse me, and the husband is one of the world class abusers in the world? give me a break. just as the ex-president plans to hit the campaign trail for hillary starting tomorrow, will his past hurt her? our panel is back. anna, i know you love talking about bill clinton. do you think this actually could be a good political strategy for republicans to bring back up the problems that he had 20 years ago? >> dana, let's be fair. it's not republicans bringing it up. it's donald trump. and as we know, this is his modus operandi. he knows that if he says something outrageous, he says something controversial, it will lead to media coverage and he
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will continue get earned media which helps him be on top of the polls. it might be good for him short term. certainly there's some people in the base, there are some people who like donald trump who may like this idea of him taking it to hillary. but, 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 $100,000, invited bill clinton and hillary clinton to his wedding, maxed out in donations to hillary clinton, after all these allegations and scandals are surfaced. we all know bill clinton has had his issues. there's a lot of things to go after hillary clinton and scrutinize her on. i think her husband's personal issues is not fair game. >> personal misconduct, of course, the republicans are going to use it. some people in media say is it fair game, absolutely. >> do you think it's fair game? >> as a democrat, i've known about this issue, hell, i had to
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work through this issue. >> as a political operative do you think it's fair game? >> you can't put this under the rug. it's out there. so yes, deal with it. but we can also say it's an old issue, the election is about the future. hillary clinton received 18 million primary votes in 2008. she came up short on delegates. 18 million. and democrats knew it. republicans knew it. independents knew it. if donald trump wants to go into the sewer and play this game, do it, because that's what he enjoys doing. >> more importantly, as we say back home in south carolina, bill clinton ain't the one you won it with. i will tell you this, that 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 bill clinton any day. >> i want to put to you what anna just said, which is, it's
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not republicans, it's donald trump. but, news flash, donald trump is still the republican frontrunner and could be the republican nominee. do you want your republican nominee -- you talk about sort of the appeal to working class people, but this is different. this is raw politics. >> i want the republican party and the conservative party to talk about values for real. this is all a bigger part of the values conversation. president obama has been critiquing and using the new testament to mock republicans, saying we don't care about widows and orphans lately. on immigration he says we need to have concern for sojourner and wanderers, and quotes hebrew scripture. the hebrews had 600 additional laws. i wish he would quote the entire torah. >> you just took my question and took it in the exact direction you wanted to. that was impressive. >> let him finish.
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>> so president obama and the democrats, they're all too willing to use the judeo-christian tradition to invoke the power of the federal government. i just watched christian bale as the new "moses," a great new movie. i don't think jesus was best buddies with pilate. go back to thomas jefferson, these guys set up the bill of rights to protect us from the government. when it comes to values, don't use the power of that tradition to get a bigger central government. >> let's go back to what we began talking about. >> go ahead, donna. >> seriously speaking, we're not throwing any book at the country. the constitution is the bedrock of our democracy. but -- and i don't need to speak for president obama. he's very eloquent.
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i want to go back to bill clinton. i think he's asset. he's tremendous asset. >> donna, you didn't use him when you were campaign manager for al gore. >> we used him strategically. we had to. >> you didn't bring him into florida. you lost florida. >> we won florida. [ laughter ] >> we can't go down that hole. >> to make a closing argument in a campaign when you need to generate more enthusiasm, bill clinton is an asset. >> 25 years ago, bill would come in with a big old bible. that's great. but the democrat party last year with their platform almost ejected god out of their party platform. which is it, are we toting a bible to win votes? >> that's pretty asinine. i keep to the bible and the constitution in pretty much everything i do. since on sunday morning we're talking about the bible and other things, we do know there's
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one person who is the standard bearer for your party when 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 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. >> absolutely. >> and you know what, he's going to lead a long time. >> stand by. this so did not go the way i thought it would, the conversation. but it was amazing. >> let me get my bible out. >> i'll get my constitution. >> hit the gym, quit smoking, move into the white house. the crop of 2016 contenders may be making slightly different resolutions than you are. what they're promising in the new year, after the break. where do you think you're going? to work, with you. it's taco tuesday. you're not coming. i took mucinex to help get rid
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i come from a big family. i'm the oldest of six. to me being the first person to go to college, it's like setting a standard, you know? my little brother is eight years old now. i challenge his curiosity, i challenge him to dream. i have to paint a picture for him. that he can look up to, and live up to, and possibly be better than. my name is jacquez, and i am your dividend.
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winning is 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'll ask each of you for your resolution for the candidates. >> you're too skinny to talk
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about that. >> congressman? >> in general, for all the candidates, listen to the american people and put your promises down on paper ahead of time. that's ethics. so we can hold you accountable for something. >> donald trump, try humility as a virtue, it will go a long way. jeb bush, stay in the game, you will do better. >> carly fiorina, as a miami heat fan, i would like her to root against every team that plays against the miami heat. >> i want hillary clinton to continue to be the candidate we saw the last cycle in new hampshire, be the strong candidate we've seen in the debates. but please, no more hillary isny grandmother, no more happy kwanzaa, no more rosa parks, no more pandering to specific groups. >> wow, for a hillary clinton supporter, that was pretty tough. >> she has to be who she is. that's the person we support. >> we call that love.
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>> we call that love. >> how do you condense into 140 characters on twitter? it takes pandering to a new level. >> my resolution is that viewers continue to tune into cnn all year long. >> we're going to rock it. >> we're going to rock it. whether it's the constitution or the bible, we've got it going on. >> congressman, i like the fact that you said that people should write down their promises, because politicians are a little skittish about doing that. >> way skittish. >> because we in the media and their constituents, they hold them to it. are you speaking as a political novice? >> yeah, well, my people are giving me good reviews back home because i ran on six principles and i'm sticking to them and they like that. believe me, they hold me accountable. >> i'm in for dave and politicians writing down their promises. but can we lay people not write down ours? >> i will tell you, you are a
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good guy, a great congressman. who people have portrayed about you, big government, big media, that's not you. >> wow. >> sunday morning too. >> people should get out and vote this year. we need more energy in both political parties. >> be careful with that kind of endorsement, eric might come back and run against you in the primary. >> i won't tell you anything nice because that would kill you. >> okay. 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 at 8:00 eastern, only on cnn. and tomorrow on "new day," donald trump is going to be chris cuomo's guest. watch that, 7:00 a.m. eastern. 4:00 p.m. eastern, jake tapper sits down with dr. ben carson to
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talk about his campaign shake-up. that's all for us. thank you so much for spending your sunday with me and everyone here. i'm dana bash. "fareed zakaria gps" starts right now. this is "gps," the goblobal world. i'm fareed zakaria. in the battle against isis and the struggle to find new homes for refugees, in the american presidential race and its swirling controversies, in the west, chilly relations with russia. in the united states and the world's economies. china, india, africa. much more.

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