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or worried about things but now the smallest little things i can feel you well up a little more and you get affected by the sort of things that happen around the world a lot more, i think, as a father just because you realize how precious life is. it puts it all in perspective. the idea of not being around to see your children grow up. >> that documentary airs tonight and also features interviews with prince harry and their father, charles. thanks for joining me today. i'm deborah feyerick for carol costello. "at this hour with berman and bolduan" starts now. bill clinton on his first trip on the campaign rally. happy 2016, everyone. that also means 28 days to iowa, 36 days to new hampshire and 47 days to south carolina, if you're keeping track. the sprint is on with candidates
blanketing the early states. you'll hear from this hour. armed men occupy a federal building in oregon. they're refusing to leave. what happens if law enforcement trues to force them out? new developments ahead. hello, everyone, i'm kate bolduan. >> i'm john berman. the breaking news this morning, stock market plunging. the dow is down 450 points as we speak. the reasons include fears over economic slowdowns and unrest in the middle east. >> the selloff started in china. looks like it has made its way here now. joining us now to tell us what this is all about and what it's going to look like today is cnn's chief business correspondent, christine romans. how bad do you think it's going to get? >> it started in china, you're right. the chinese market stumbled 7% lower and then they halted trading for the first time ever. triggering circuit breakers for the first time ever. china closed and then europe
picked up the ball and sold stocks. selling stocks robustly around the world and buying gold and bonds. that's the fear factor you can see rushing into the safety of gold and bonds. the dow jones industrial average now below 17,000 and really starting the year on a cranky note,ly say. china's manufacturing number gets the blame to begin with but there was a u.s. manufacturing number that was also a little weak, causing concerns about global growth slowing. and then you add onto this the situation between the middle east between saudi arabia and iran and that really added fuel to the fire. >> what about that? you're dealing with a huge percentage of the world oil reserves right there in the middle of that conflict. oil prices have been low, historically low. >> they've been low. that's been a problem for saudi arabia, right? they depend on oil revenues to run their country. now you have these two countries, these two countries already at opposite ends of many global conflicts. many conflicts in the region now
that tensions are ratcheting up, a lot of concern about what that means for world stability, middle east stability and also oil prices. oil prices did spike higher briefly but they've settled out here. everyone thinks saudi arabia is going to continue to pump oil as fast as it can. iran will bring yoil onoil onass they can. >> 452 points down as we sit here at 11:03 eastern time. an ugly day so far. thanks. >> thanks. let's turn to politics now and they are off, folks. the race for 2016 enters 2016 with a major push from the top presidential contenders. they are out in force with more than a dozen campaign events scheduled just today. perhaps the most anticipated event isn't even with a candidate now. moments from now, former president bill clinton will be making his first solo appearance on the trail stumping. hillary clinton in new hampshire. >> we have live pictures from new hampshire.
i'm crossing my fingers. >> no. >> there are no live pictures. you have to take our word for it bill clinton will be there, he will be in a room of, we'll get to nassua, new hampshire, where bill clinton -- there's live pictures prosecute bill clinton will be speaking in a few minutes. hillary clinton did win there in 2000 coming from behind and, of course, today, everyone wants to know if bill clinton will respond to sdth trudonald trump raising the clinton sexual history, if you will. we will bring you bill clinton's speech live the second he steps on the stage. we'll have the picture ready. cnn's senior political correspondent breanna keilar is at nassua community college. what do we expect? >> reporter: we expect bill clinton here and so much attention -- pardon me, the program is just getting started here. we are expecting bill clinton,
and this would be a bill deals anyway because this is his first time coming out on the campaign trail for his wife. it's an even bigger deal with donald trump really making an issue of his past. he has this event here in nassua and later he'll be going to exiter where he'll be at town hall trying to organize volunteers who are so key to hillary clinton's chances during the new hampshire primary. of course, all of this comes not only as donald trump is making an issue of bill clinton, but as hillary clinton was here in new hampshire yesterday and she was actually heckled by a republican state lawmaker over the former president's past indiscretions. listen. >> here we go. right there. you are very rude and i'm not ever going to call on you. thank you. >> reporter: so, a big issue there. i'm going to send it back to you
guys as the national anthem starts here in nashua. >> breanna keilar, thank you so much. we'll check back in with you and keep our eye on that podium. bill clinton due in a few minutes. let's check in on another potential hopeful making news, chris christie, just wrapping up a speech on what he calls restoring american leadership. he is also in new hampshire, the centerpiece of his path to the white house. >> cnn's phil mattingly, welcome, phil, joins us now from manchester with details on the christie speech. phil, this was a big speech, the campaign highlighted this. wanted us all to see it. what was the message? >> the message is pivoting. chris christie says he understands the need for no political correctness. the anger among the electorate but it's time to move on from the tv-specific candidates. take a listen. >> showtime is over, everybody. we are not electing an entertainer in chief. showmanship is fun but it's not
the kind of leadership that will truly change america. >> reporter: now, behind me in a little over an hour, chris christie is expected to hold a town hall. the town hall is really the thing people here in new hampshire has driven his rise firmly into that tier of candidates, fighting for the non-donald trump related new hampshire vote. that's obviously crucial for chris christie. more than 40 town halls in 2015. this event here will be his fourth of nine over the course of three days in this new year. for chris christie, it's not just about the message of he's a governor that can get things done in new jersey. he spent a lot of time in new hampshire. as you just heard, it's a message of he's a serious candidate. he's not from d.c. but he has experience. that, he's hoping, can translate. maybe steal some voters who are angry but also want some sense of the ability to get things done. guys? >> phil, with all of that in mind and the fact this has definitely been the centerpiece of his strategy, is new
hampshire, he's also -- christie is shifting some focus to new hampshire -- >> to iowa. >> i'm sorry. new hampshire to new hampshire. that's why john is here. to iowa. what is the opening he sees there? >> reporter: there's the sense that if he can do better than expected, and i think up over the last couple months, nobody has expected him to make much of a dense in iowa, however he has a group of supporters there that are important, he has close ties with terry bran stestad. the expectations have long been low that that would add momentum coming in just seven days later to this crucial new hampshire contest. again, no expectation he'll wander into iowa and win or wander into iowa and maybe even come in the top two. but if he can do something there to where he comes out of iowa with people saying, hey, chris christie did better there than ever expected, that sends him
into new hampshire. a must-win primary there with some momentum. momentum he hopes to translate not just to a top two or three finish but a top finish. >> phil, great to see you. also this morning, donald trump made a little campaign history in trump terms. he actually put out his first television ad of the campaign. look at this.
>> the politicians can pretend it's something else but donald trump calls it radical islamic terrorism. that's why he's calling for a temporary shutdown of muslims entering the united states until we can figure out what's going on. he'll quickly cut the head off isis and take their oil. and he'll stop illegal immigration by building a wall on our southern border that mexico will pay for. >> the ad is as blunt as it is direct. let's bring in cnn's chief political correspondent dana bash for more on this. he puts out the ad. what are people saying about it? what does the trump campaign hope comes from it?
>> reporter: it was about as subtle as any donald trump message tends to be, particularly when you're looking at what he said about isis. what they're hoping is in these last four weeks, they can move beyond what donald trump has had for the past six months, which in political terms is called earned media. not spent one dime on television ads like this. and really try to coalesce his message and condense his message into this 30 seconds that you just -- or the longer part thaw just played to try to make sure his lead in the polls actually translates to getting people interested in going from their homes to the caucuses in iowa, to the polls in new hampshire and beyond. >> you really get a sense today, dana, that it's on. you have all of the candidates out, not just on the trail, but delivering messages that aren't placeholders. messages they want to see break through. marco rubio had a big event today in new hampshire. >> reporter: so fascinating.
marco rubio is hoping, hoping that, as you were talking about earlier about new hampshire, that he can sort of gibegin to really take the lead and be the guy that the establishment clings onto. particularly post-iowa. so, he's trying to more and more contrast himself and his experience, his knowledge, not just of domestic policy, but more specifically his national security chops and contrast that with donald trump. now, he's not naming him by name, but it's pretty clear who he's talking about. listen to part of that speech this morning. >> words and political stunts cannot ensure our security. isis cannot be filibustered. the job is not described in the constitution as entertainer in chief or commentator in chief or even, frankly, economist in chief. it is described as commander in chief. if you can't be bothered to offer specifics on how you will
perform that job, then, quite frankly, you don't deserve that job. >> reporter: so, that was kind of a double-whammy, talking clearly about trump as the entertainer in chief and saying, isis cannot be filibustered. a shot across the bow at, of course, ted cruz who, you know, filibustered as much as he could in the name of stopping obamacare in the senate. it's obvious why he did it in new hampshire. as we were talking about, that is the place where he is hoping that he can do well and that would spring him down into south carolina, where he has actually been more than any other candidate. just looking ahead to the calendar, guys, south carolina, you think of as a place that has a lot of evangelicals and maybe, you know, conservative, but they tend to go with the more establishment candidate historically. george w. bush, even newt gingrich, speaker of the house.
>> the foreign policy vote, they think will get the military vote. >> reporter: exactly. >> you heard marco rubio say we don't need an entertainment in chief, we need a commander in chief. you heard almost the exact same line from chris christie this morning in new hampshire. it's interesting to see the same republicans using the same lines but nothing sticks. what changes as we're in this sprint to iowa/hanl ham/early primary states? >> reporter: these candidates feel like they've got nothing to lose. they're hoping beyond hope that now as you all said, you know, it's on. and it is time not just to be talking and time not just to be telling pollsters on the telephone what you support and what you don't support. you're going to have to actually go and vote. so the hope among all of these non-trump candidates, particularly as we've seen explicitly from rubio and christie this morning, is that voters will wake up and say, you know what, it's been a fun ride
but i'm going to go with somebody who i think i can sort of feel most comfortable with on these dire issues, particularly on national security. >> you know, it's interesting. it may not hurt trump at all, but it might be that rubio and christie and jeb bush start, too, they're trying to edge each other out. they're trying to prove they are the establishment, particularly in new hampshire. it will be interesting to see how far they're willing to go with this in the coming days. dana bash, thanks so much. >> thanks, dana. again, moments from now, bill clinton will be making his first solo appearance on the campaign trail. looking at live pictures there from new hampshire. as also this comes as donald trump rips into the former president and his wife over sexism. will bill clinton push back? will he respond? we're going to take it live. we'll bring you to it. >> you get live pictures if you ask for them. plus, armed activists taking over a federal building, refusing to leave until their demands are met. how will law enforcement respond? we're going to speak live with
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we will be here as long as it takes, that's what the leader of a group of armed protesters is saying about occupying a federal building in oregon. this has been going on since the weekend. protesters there say they are upset about government overreach. they're also upset that government overreach and what the government has been doing in taking their land, they say, and that federal authorities are preventing the people from using the land and its resources.
>> so, federal authorities released a statement of their own, saying the fbi is working with the county sheriff's office, oregon state police and other local and law earn forcement agencies to bring a peaceful resolution at this wildlife refuge. sara sidner is there. you spoke to the leader, you can call it a protest, a takeover, you can call it whatever you want. what did they say? >> reporter: you can call it a takeover. there's no one here from the federal government or police to take over. they have taken over a federal court building here in the muleur wildlife refuge. we're about 30 miles from burns, oregon, which is the closest town. they put a flag over the sign. and then you'll see this tower here, a lookout tower. there is someone from the group that is up in that tower looking
down to spot anyone who comes to this area. this is the only way in, basically. you'd have to go way down that road down there. it is wilderness. this is miles and miles and miles of wilderness with not much around it. according to amon bumon bundy, helped bring this group together, who is from out of state, they say, look, if he feel like the federal government has overstepped its bounds, taken land that should belong to the ranchers and farmers so that the ranchers and farmers can work the land, raise their families and help the community grow. that is their stance. they say this is land is a part of that and they want to take it back and give it back to the local government. like the county, for example, so the people can do what they will with it. the federal government, obviously, other ideas. they say, look, this is a reserve. people can come and enjoy themselves on this land. so, we're seeing a tug of war here. the bundys basically say this is a constitutional right. they're going to stay here for
as long as it takes. >> there's a lot of social media discussion about what y'all are doing out here. they've used words like the yalquida and vanilla isis. they are basically calling you terrorists. >> that is the minority, but i would encourage people to look into what is really happening and find out who is truly doing the terrorizing. who's been taking ranches. this refuge alone, over 100 ranches have been taken so that they can make this park, this refuge. >> from oregon to new hampshire, nashua, new hampshire, former president bill clinton on stage in his first campaign solo rally of the year. >> right before we came out, you were mayor of nashua when i ran for president. and -- [ applause ]
that's got to be a good omen. but i'm glad you're back again. senator laski, thank you for being here, so members of the legislature, so many of my old friends, people of all ages and backgrounds. sometimes i follow this debate and the presidential elections, especially when i watch the other guys debating, and i think, you know, i don't fit anymore. first of all, i'm a happy grandfather. i'm not mad at anybody. and -- and secondly, i thought our election was supposed to be a job interview. and, believe me, it's important. a lot of elections are about.
i think this election is about restoring broadly shared prosperity, building the middle class, giving american kids the dream back. i think it's about these issues that, as hillary always says, keep americans up at night. new hampshire has one of the most difficult problems in the country with the opiate addictions, which in many places is morphing into heroin addiction because the heroin growing in the sierra, the poppies there in mexico harvested by preteens are now cheaper on the street in america than prescription drugs. i thought the governor did a great thing by making narcain widely available. i spent a lot of time on this.
three children, three children of friends of mine, my personal friends, have died, who were not addicted, just because they drank a few beers or drank a little wine and were told, pop this pill, it will give you a buzz. it will also kill a party of your brain that tells your body to breathe while you're sleeping. this is a very big deal. and i was proud that hillary was the first person to speak up on it and propose a $10 billion plan to deal with it. our foundation works very hard to get the first nasal spray injection of narcan available and the net effect will be to save about 40 bucks a dose on giving it out. this is a really big deal. we need it on every colleg campus, every dorm, every police department, everywhere. it is literally a miracle drug.
and so there are lots of issues like that. people who are dealing with dealing with with family with alzheimer's and all the attendant consequences that you don't have any paid family leave. so, it's about who can understand that. we need broadly inclusive economics, but we need inclusive social policies, too, that recognize that as time goes on, life works out differently for different people. and if you got one country, we should try to allow everybody to live as long and as well as they can and to do it together. the third thing the election's about is how we're going to keep america safe and still keep it america. preserve our individual liberties and our reputation for being an open country, our belief in diversity and our
understanding that one of our great meal tickets in the next 20 years is going to be there's somebody here from everywhere else. the other day there was a story in "the new york daily news" about an immigrant who had come from yemen 12 years ago. this happened right after the tragedy in san bernardino. and all this time he's been trying to get his wife and four kids here and he's working at one of these quick stop places in new york city and two robbers come in with pistols and say, empty the cash register. and he was terrified. he opened the cash register, put the money in his hands, according to the news story, and looked at it and just said, i've had this job for a year. it's not my money and it's not yours. he slapped at the gun hand. the gun goes off, misses him by a few seconds -- inches. the bullet goes into the counter right by him.
then these gunmen, praise god, were not entirely stupid. they realized they had just fired a weapon in broad daylight in new york city. so, they ran out of the store. he goes next door, calls the police, waits to make a police report. his boss is so thrilled that he gives him the afternoon off. he went home and pulled out his prayer mat and prayed thanks that his life was spared and hoped his family would some day be able to join him. that guy is more representative of most muslims in america than what happened in san bernardino. [ applause ] and yesterday i read a story about kenya, which is basically 85% christian and 15% muslim, but the further north you go, the more muslim 2 geit gets. these christians were riding on a bus. we work there, my foundation
does. i'll make full disclosure, i like the place. they were stopped by al shabab terrorists. they said, we want to separate the muslims and christians. obviously they were going to kill them. and they saw it coming. so the muslims went around giving head scarfs to the christian women, otherwise trying to disguise them. and they risked their lives to save the christian minority. it's very important that we stand against terrorists who try to abuse religion for any purpose and any religion to murder people. it's important we not be chumps when we decide what security provisions should be employed to check people's background. but we don't want to run away from the place we've been. america is a place that we will comes all people who are willing to treat other people the way they'd like to be treated, willing to follow the law.
now, so you have to have inclusive economics, inclusive social policy. we have to have politics that are inclusive enough to get something done. that means we have to do something with all this dark money. i think it's crazy. even if the supreme court says that billionaires can give all the money they want to politics, you ought not be able to give it in secret. we need political reform in this country that deals with that. and we need to recognize something that has received almost no attention in this election, which is that in all probability the next president of the united states will make between one and three appointments to the united states supreme court. and i know who i want doing that. [ applause ] and finally, we've made a lot of
progress under president obama on the environment, saving the auto industry, advances for lbgt rights, trying to work out the extreme difficulties involved in supporting immigration reform, but not letting anybody just show up at the border and jump ahead of everybody else who's been waiting in line for years. he's worked through a lot of that. and a lot of it, especially in the environment and health care will be reversed, if you get a republican congress and a republican president. and we need to stop that. so, if that's what the election's about, how do you have inclusive prosperity, inclusive social policy, more inclusive politics, and stop us from going in reverse at the very moment when we're poised to
grow together? who's the best person to do it? >> hillary! >> all right. she's here speaking for herself. i won't go through all the details of her plan, but i have reviewed it and i think it is the plan which offers the best chance to have the most rapid movement to more broadly shared prosperity. and let me remind you, we now two years ago, in late 2014, about a year and three months ago, we celebrated the tenth anniversary of my library opening in arkansas. some of you were there. so anyway, the reporter asked me just out of the blue, well, what are you most proud of? what's the most important thing you did? and i don't think i even brought it in here, but i happen to have a little chart that showed that as compared with president
reagan's term, which was the best trickle down time because that's the first time we'd ever basically spent more money and cut taxes at the same time, in peace time to that extent, we add 50% more jobs. but the most important thing was 100 times as many people worked their way from poverty into the middle class. they worked their way. and it was fascinating. the top 5% actually did slightly better under president reagan than me. everybody else did better in the 1990s. the 60% to 80% of people, about a third better, 30%. the ones in the middle, 70% better 20% to 40% earners, twice
as much income growth. listen to this, the bottom 20%, their incomes increased 0.7 of 1% in the 1980s and 23.6% in the 1990s. we grew together. we can do this. and so i think what hillary wants to do with creating jobs and clean energy economy, i think this paris agreement was great, by the way. it's going to open up millions of new jobs for america. with modernized infrastructure, with more research, with making sure the banking rules don't cost too much to make small business loans and understanding we can do that imperilling the heart of dodd/frank, all of those things are really important. paul krugman, leading progressive economist in our country said hillary of all the candidates running had the toughest program to ensure that we wouldn't repeat the abuses of
the past. and so i think those are good programs. i think what she's offered on the prescription drug abuse and heroin problem, on the alzheimer's issue, on many other health issues that we face are good. i think it's obvious that now that we've got 90% of our people insured, we've got to keep going the rest of the way. but i want to say to you -- there's a story in the paper today about how young people are leading the way this year and increasing enrollment in the health care plans. and more than 2 million of them. and if that happens, the spike we had in premiums this year will not be repeated next year because what happens is, if you try to drive everybody away, especially in the states that didn't take the medicaid
expansion, you get people who are my age and we spend more money on health care than younger people do. the more age mix we've got, the more your premiums will stay down. so, i like her plans there. i like the fact that in an uncertain world where borders look more like nets than walls and nobody's in total control, she understands what it takes to keep our country as safe as possible, to stop, big, bad things from happening and make as many good things happen as possible. when she was secretary of state, she negotiated those sanctions on iran and unbelievably got russia and china to sign off on it. i didn't think she could do that. and they made a difference. even the people that don't like the iranian nuclear deal agreed the sanctions were good. the only thing that has survived the es strangement of the united states and russia from our attempt to do better is
something called the new s.t.a.t.r. treaty negotiated by hillary's state department, which makes us much safer from the prospect of an accidental or intentional nuclear exchange. in a dangerous world, i think that's a pretty good deal. [ applause [ one of the things i love, because you've got to make more friends all along, too, is that the pep for our program, president obama's finest program, which funds our efforts against aids, tb and malaria, was saving 1.7 million lives with the money we were spending on it when hillary took office. when she left with the same amount of money by buying generic drugs, we were saving three times as many lives, 5.4 million. that's unbelievable. 5.1 million. that's -- now, this will never
be a headline at the election because nobody knows the name of those 3.4 million people. principally in africa, but not entirely. but i'll tell you what, in the countries where those people live, they like america a lot better, which is why our approval rating was 20 points higher on average around the world when she left office. but i want to just close by something that's personal to me. every presidential election, people run and, believe it or not, it's kind of scary this year, but believe it or not, most everybody actually tries to do what they say they're going to do when they're running. they're telling you what they believe.
and so you've got to take them seriously. but you also have to take seriously whether they have any chance of doing what they say they're going to do or any record of doing it. so, this is what i want to say. things that a lot you have may not know. when we met, it will be soon be 45 years ago in a couple months when we met, we fell in love, i thought she was the most amazing person because unlike now, where more than half the law students in america are women, then they were a distinct minority. and there she was at yale law school. she could have written her ticket to go anywhere she wanted. all she was really interested in was providing legal services to poor people. when we got out, she could have gone to work, big law firm, get a fancy clerkship. she took a job at the children's
defense fund. it was a nice story in the press, you may have seen, in the last several days talking about a trip she took to alabama to see if the so-called tax-exempt private schools were really just segregation academies and, therefore, not entitled to the tax exemption. i valued even more the trip she took to south carolina to see why so many african-american children were being held in adult prisons. it's hard to remember 40 years ago what things were like. she hadn't been elected to anything. but everything she touched, she made better. then she came to arkansas to be with me and we were teaching in the law school and she started the first legal aid clinic we ever had. she used to get me to drive her out to see her clients and stuff. and there was -- i'll never forget the day she was supposed to go actually formally get the acceptance of the legal system in this town where the
university is for her running legal aid. so, we had to go before the judge who was in charge. he was a crusty old guy named tom butt who wore wire-rimmed glasses and bow ties and looked over those glasses at you like there was something wrong with you and he just hadn't figured it out yet. so hillary's standing there and he said to her, i remember this like it was yesterday. he said, you know, i don't like legal aid very much. and i don't like lady lawyers very much. so, help me god, he used that phrase. within six months she changed his opinion on both things. she hadn't been elected to anything. i get elected governor and we're in little rock. and we had been just killed by some of the economic developments that we faced. one day hillary walked in and said, you know, we got all these
poor families, many of their parents have never had any education and they're doing their best. and i just read about a program in israel called hippy, believe it or not, home instruction program for preschool youngsters. it was set up to teach parents to be their kids' first teachers. even if they didn't have any education themselves. for emigrant kids coming into israel that didn't speak hebrew or english. she said, i think it would really work in the mississippi delta. and in the ozark mountains, which are -- then were our version of appalachian. i said, well, it sounds interesting, but what are you going to do? she said, oh, i just called the woman that started the program and she'll be here in ten days and we're going to set one up. before you knew it -- >> bill clinton, former president clinton, in nashua, new hampshire, his first solo campaign rally of the year. talking about a side of hillary
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welcome back. let's head back to nashua, new hampshire, where former president bill clinton is stumping his first solo campaign appearance for his wife, hillary clinton. listen in. >> when you were there, but i was the british secretary of state for northern ireland. and you remember that in 2010 we
almost lost the irish peace process. i said, yeah i -- this was the 20th anniversary of the cease-fire we got in northern ireland, so i've been celebrating it this year. so, he said, i was desperate. we were at loggerheads. the thing was about to come apart and i called hillary. i said, hillary, i know you don't have any responsibility for this now, but you're the only person who can fix it. because of what you and your husband did, he said, all i know is 36 hours later, everybody was back at the table. we'd solved the problem and we kept it going. he said, i'm telling you, she did that for a lot of people. and some of us would like to help her back. and so -- [ applause ] why am i telling you this?
because of this. when i was president, it made a big impact on me because of what you did for me. that i was only the second president of a small state to become president. the first was franklin pierce. and so, i started pretty much with franklin pierce, reading everything i could in those eight years about my less well-known predecessors. and here's what i concluded. almost everybody goes into the white house with the best of intentions. whether they succeed or not depends upon whether their instincts, their experience, their knowledge and their psychological makeup fits the time.
franklin pierce, whose only child was killed in a railroad accident when he was on the way to become president, he and his wife were depressed for a year and the country was coming apart at the seams anyway. i think there are almost no circumstances under which he could have succeeded, but he had a great career in the mexican war. he had a good career in congress. he was a good governor here. the times took him out. abraham lincoln, had he governed in the 1950s, might never have been regarded as a great president because he was gripped by crippling depression. it was only in the blood of the civil war that somehow he burned through his own feelings and absorbed the grief of the nation and let his depression go. i spent a lot of time thinking about this. i do not believe in my lifetime
anybody has run for this job at a moment of great importance who was better qualified by knowledge, experience and temperament to do what needs to be done now to restore prosperity, to deal with these human issues, to make us as safe as possible. thank you very much. and god bless you. >> quite an endorsement. quite a speech from former president bill clinton. his first campaign rally of the season on behalf of his wife, hillary clinton. and at the end he said, no one is better fit to be president based on knowledge, experience and temperament than his wife, hillary clinton. >> a lot to discuss. a lot happening in politics, as that event goes to collor bars. we'll be back in a bit. you can savor 2 of 7 new and classic creations on one plate for $15.99.
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all right. just moments ago, former president bil cl president bill clinton wrapped up his first solo campaign rally of this cal pain season for his wife hillary clinton in nashua, new hampshire, and our brianna keilar was in the room. brianna, what did you hear? >> a couple of things they noted listening to this, john and kate, and that included that we were wondering if he would push back against donald trump's comments that he has been an abuser of woman, women, and no, he did not elevate the argument, but there were a a couple of the valed knocks on donald trump, and even are from the opening when he said that i don't fit in anymore, and i'm not mad at anybody, and he highlighted two examples of heroisms by muslims here in the u.s. and abroad and that is a knock on some of the
ant anti-muslim ret tick rick that we have heard and when he was talking about hillary clinton and her headline trade trats, i guess that you could say he stressed temperament which harkened back to the beginning, and a couple of thing, he did talk about hillary clinton's achievements as a woman, but he did not talk about the women's issues, and he talked about hillary clinton and her successes and called being a lady lawyer something that the judge are referred to pejoratively and then he stressed instead, her early effort efforts to defend children and to work to advance the children and poor children of the u.s. john? >> and so a lot of things in that speech, and no direct references to donald trump or anybody else, but perhaps some valed references. brianna keilar in that event in nashua, new hampshire, and one of of the many for bill clin-to-ment and let's bring in mo aleefy and mike shields, and
guys, it is great to a see you and you got the hear from the former president bill clinton there, and mo, your thoughts despite the fire coming at bill clinton and hillary clinton from donald trump, bill clinton who does not shy away from a fight when he wants to, he did not reference, and he did not taj on donald trump in this speech. should he have? >> no, he should not have. and he did exactly what the campaign would want him to do, and it is probably the right approach here. and look, two things that he can do, and nobody else can do. and one, help introduce people. right? the role of the spouse in a presidential campaign is to help the voters see a side of the candidate that they might not see otherwise. that is particularly important when the candidate is hillary clinton that people feel they know very well. he can show a side that nobody else can see.
secondly, she is the only person out there who has done the job before, and so when you marry the things that who can know hillary clinton, and who can do the job, and someone who did it and we respected for what he did, he needs to keep doing it, and he did it very well today. >> and mike shields, i want to get your take on bill clinton, and we want to get your late breaking here of the super pac is backing ted cruz is putting out an ad and it is a negative ad going after marco rubio, and i will let you watch. ♪
>> i know i have a debate, but i have to get the fantasy football thing right, okay. >> keep the promise swun responsible for the content of this advertising. >> and dealing the fantasy football card and dealing rit from the bottom of the deck, mike shields, and this is negative just for the sake of being negative. >> and welcome to the primaries, and we are 28 days away, and we are the real game is on now, and the harsh ads, you h see them, and they will have a strident tone of the issues, because there is such a lack of leadership in the white house that the real issue is fear and anxiety, and the candidates will be mixing it up. but i have bad news for all of the democrats out there, and it is hard for them to take, but the candidate that you saw on stage in new hampshire, he is not on the ballot, but his wife is, and she is terrible candidate and it is contrasted when you see bill clinton and the natural skills that he has, and know that hillary clinton has only won one competitive
election, and she was married are to him in 2008, and still lost it. and everybody is going to be enjoying seeing him out on the trail, and great speech, but a letdown when they realize that hillary clinton is the person they have to vote for. >> and mike, do you believe it is a smart move that donald trump is bringing up the bill clinton past in taking on bill clinton this way? >> well, bill clinton and the hillary clinton are on the stage, and he becomes a issue, and the bigger issue is a clinton foundation, and that is a huge liability for her, and bill clinton and both of them have been getting millions of dollars for the foundation even though they have agreed not to do it. and they said they would not do that, and they did. and now that he is openly a part of the campaign, and i this think that bill clinton is going to recognize some of the huge
weaknesses that hillary clinton has as a candidate, but not only how poorly she contrasts to him, and brings to the forefront what a terrible secretary of state she was from him, and that is a contrast, and the clinton foundation are things that are going to be dog iging them throughout the election. and the democrats are needing an enthusiasm factor, and so they bring mim out, and it is going to be worse when they find out they have to vote for her, and there is no enthusiasm for it. >> and so now sh, mo, is there risk of too much bill clinton on the stump? >> well, she is the candidate, and she has to be out there, and he is a supportive cast member this time. and look, to the other question, this is brilliant primary politics for donald trump, because when he does it, it keeps the other candidates out of the news. at a time when ted cruz is askren dent and others struggling to get through, and
donald trump to talk about this, it guarantees that the nobody else is going to get any oxygen, and that helps him in the primary, but not the general election. it did not hurt bill clinton in 1988 in the midst of impeachment, and it is not going to be hurting him all of these years later. >> thank you, mo elleithee and mike shields. "legal view" with ashleigh banfield is going to start right now. this is cnn breaking news. and we are going to be beginning with the financial news in the stock market taking a plunge, and look at the numbers of the dow jones industrial average now down 423 points plus, and you can blame some brand-new fears over the economic slowdowns, and as well as some unrest in the middle east, and the sell-offs starting in china and now hitting here. the u.s. markets.