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situation room." my one-on-one interview with donald trump. we go through a lot of issues. for our national viewers, "amanpour" is next. for our viewers in north america, "newsroom" with brianna keilar and brook boulden starts right now. and here we go, top of the hour on this monday. thank you so much for being with me. we're exactly one week to go until the first votes in the presidential primary season. tonight, three of the candidates get their final chance to make their cases and that is where my colleague brianna keilar is standing by. hello, brianna. >> hello, brooke, thank you so much. i'm live from des moines where in less than seven hours the democrat face iowa caucusgoers during a cnn town hall. take a look now at where we stand. the current iowa front-runners, once considered far-fetched also
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rans. the poll which averages the recent polls shows trump leading the gop field in this state. for democrats, the cnn poll of polls shows sanders just ahead of hillary clinton. sanders speaking in iowa today, where his push to close the widening income gap is striking a deep chord with some iowans. it got pretty emotional at one point. listen. >> you can't buy presents for your children. it's really, really, really hard. and i worked, i worked three, four, five jobs sometimes, always minimum wage. i have a degree. divorced. and it's just waiting for disability to come through so my parents don't have to support me. it's just hard. >> let me just -- right. thank you. thank you.
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[ applause ] it is not easy for people to stand up and say that. but the truth is, that until millions of people who are experiencing exactly what you guys are experiencing do say that, we don't make change. so i thank you for saying -- and for telling us what's going on in your lives. because the truth is, you can't make it on $12,000. you can't live in dignity on $10,000 or less. >> cnn political director david chaloen joining me to talk about all this. it strikes me when you see that woman getting so upset and emotional at that bernie sanders event. there seems to be i think sanders likening his campaign a little bit or certainly his insurgency from barack obama in 2008 but the mood seeps to be
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different here, right, rather than the hope and change, there seems to be this frustration, almost desperation that we heard from a woman here in iowa. >> i think what bernie sanders just experienced there is having his core message sort of given voice through the -- through the voice of a voter. that's an important tool on the campaign trail. and you saw, he kind of handed over his campaign stop to one of the voters. so that he put a real person's story into the message that he's been driving all along on income inequality and these challenging economic times for the middle east. this is the message that's been working for him. yet, you heard barack obama say this morning in an interview with politico that you can't just do one thing in this job, right, and i think that was a subtle dig to bernie sanders. to say sort you can't just be a one-trick pony, you've gotmessa broader and you've got to do the complete job of the presidency and that is why hillary clinton drives her message.
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>> notable that he spoke highly of hillary clinton. of course he's withholding an endorsement until there's a nominee. but that was certainly something we noticed. this is a town hall which means the people asking the questios s are going to be able to drive the conversation. at the same time, these candidates are going to try to pivot to what they want to talk about. what does hillary clinton want to focus on? >> if you look at the television ads in iowa, her closing argument is i am the experienced person that can achieve the goals we're all talking about on the campaign trail. that's a very different message than we're hearing from bernie sanders. that is the clinton campaign closing message. what i find so fascinating, it's not that dissimilar from the message she was selling in 2008. it is an amazing thing to see this candidate back in a similar position in terms of finding herself in this really tight race in iowa with this outsider candidate, and she's resorting to the very same message that she was using back then. you know, it didn't work for her then and it's clearly barack obama and bernie sanders are not
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the same person, but i do think it is the message she is clearly most comfortable with. >> maybe she's banking more on her organization working on the message. bernie sanders is selling political revolution. hillary clinton is saying experience. one's a little more like dessert to caucusgoers and one's a little more like eating your vegetab vegetables. when iowans think about where they are in the scope of the nominating process, what are they more likely to go for, the dessert or the vegetables? >> you ask the question, and this will come down to as you said the clinton campaign has invested heavily into an operation that identifies everyone who wants their vegetables. they said they're going to eat their broccoli, they show up and do it. bernie sanders campaign i think is a little more reliant on, well, everybody loves dessert so they're going to come out for that, to use your metaphor. that i think is the great unknown. we've seen two different versions of this. howard dean 2004, they didn't show up and caucus, you know,
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barack obama 2008, they did, and i think that's what we're waiting for a week from tonight. >> which one is bernie sanders. we will wait and see. bernie, thank you. back to brooke in new york. >> brianna, thank you. as they were just mentioning, president obama has not endorsed anyone but in this interview with politico, he's not hiding who he favors. he oozes with admiration for hillary clinton as he spoke about competing against her in 2008 and the president points out that the disadvantage clinton faced against him then is an obstacle for her now against sanders eight years later. >> the sheer strength, determination, endurance, stick-to-it-ness, never gave up attitude that hillary had during those primaries. i mean, we had as competitive and lengthy and expensive and tough primary fight as there's
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been in modern american politics. and she had to do everything that i had to do, except, like ginger rogers, backwards in heels. bernie came in with the luxury of being a complete long shot and just letting loose. >> right. >> i think hillary came in with the both privilege and burden of being perceived as the front-runner. you're always looking at the bright shiny object that people don't, haven't seen before. that's a disadvantage to her. >> with me now, cnn inside politics contributor jonathan martin who is also a national political correspondent for "the new york times." hello, john than, how are you? >> good, thank you, how are you? >> i am well. with this interview, i mean, it was incredible how sort of unreserved the president was. when you listen to people like
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the president, i'm always listening to what he says but what he does not say. here you have this heaping praise of hillary clinton. it's the lack of praise, almost going out of the way of praising bernie sanders is what really stood out to me. what about you? >> well, he's not comparing his '08 candidacy to bernie sanders campaign today. and that tells the story right there. bernie sanders wants to make the case that he has the kind of insurgency against the democratic establishment that propelled obama here to a surprise win in '08. the vet man who is the father of that surprise insurgency a week before the caucuses says no, not so much. that's a wet blanket on the bernie sanders campaign, when they were really starting to move here. barack obama ostensibly is not a hillary clinton surrogate. but in that chat with glen thrush in the oval office, he sure sounded like one.
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>> he did. peeling back this curtain of '07/'08, the revelations of what it was like in iowa for him then. how the media treated him versus hillary clinton. how he admits to the fact that it seemed the media was tilted toward him and away from her. >> right. i was so struk by that. the fact that he conceded what every clinton backer noticed in '08, which is the media were putting a thumb or maybe an entire hand or arm on the scale for barack obama during that campaign, and the fact that he's saying that now, to your point, it's above and beyond what he had to do at this point in the campaign for hillary clinton. it comes just a few days after the white house insisted he's totally neutral in this primary. of course he's not. he wants to see hillary succeed him because he believes she will sort of carry on the work of his administration. i believe he's gone as far as
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he's going to go, at least right now, into helping her out. >> you look at how she was in the last debate and the obama bear hug, you know, so it's sort of he's giving favor back toward her, right? so but on the flip side, jonathan, and you know politics so well, he was asked about trump and cruz and all this sort of angry rhetoric that's just everywhere. his point was the gap is as wide as he's ever seen between republicans and democrats. what did you make of that? >> he is basically confirming something that ted cruz himself said a couple weeks ago. which is the republican electorate has been radicalized by barack obama. and the example of mccain's campaign eight years ago. said mccain was a conservative but somebody who accepted that the climate was in fact warming who accepted kind of a much less, you know, doctrinear style
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of conservativism. so i think he's trying to start what you'll see secretary clinton do more of this fall, if she is the nominee, to say effectively this is not your grandfather's gop. they've become much more extreme. and you have to sort of support me to stop them. look, she's not going to have the enthusiasm that barack obama had in the last two campaigns. i think every democrat will concede that. >> he even mentioned that, he said, listen, she's better than -- >> -- yes, so the enthusiasm they have to harness for her is going to be in opposition to the republicans rather than in support of their own nominee. >> totally different feel. jonathan martin, thank you so much. it was a great interview. great interview, glen thrush, with politico. you have to tune in, the democratic town hall is tonight, starting at 9:00 eastern, right here on cnn. we will take you back to des moines and brianna, but coming up next, a manhunt is under way
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for three inmates who managed to pull off a stunning escape. bed sheets, tunnels, all part of this whole break. also ahead, new threats of large-scale terror attack after isis releases video of the paris terrorists before that coordinated massacre. on this monday afternoon, the nation's capital still shut down, even though new york, for the most part, back up and running. other major cities also struggling to return to normal as we kick off the workweek. we will take you there. you're watching cnn. let's get these dayquil liquid but these liquid gels are new. mucinex fast max. it's the same difference. this one is max strength and fights mucus. mucinex fast max. the only cold and flu liquid gel that's max-strength and fights mucus. let's end this.
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three prisoners here on the run since friday are considered armed, desperate and very, very dangerous. police say these three broke out by cutting through half-inch thick steel bars, crawling through plumbing tunnels, rappelling down a side of this four-story building using ropes made of bed sheets and towels. all three suspects in violent crimes. and then just walked away. the briefing ended just a bit ago. what did you learn? >> again, they talked about they're concerned that these three extremely violent criminals may turn desperate. they reached out to the community, warning community members to be on the alert. two of these criminals, suspected vietnamese gang members. let's listen to what one of the officials had to say about their concerns right now. >> we feel that they may be embedded somewhere in the community. that's why we're reaching out to the community and letting them know, we understand if you're in
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danger. we understand you're fearful. we understand you may be fearful about coming forward with information about where these individuals are located. we're telling the community, it's an obligation for you to company out and let us know. we can keep you anonymous. we need the information to help us go forward to find these people. >> and as a precaution, they have issued 30 search warrants and also warned victims and witnesses about these men being released. the rap sheets, just staggering. each one of them basically a one-man crime wave. let's start off with nayeri. he's accused of kidnapping, torture, using a blow torch among other unmentionable things, aggravated mayhem. he was held without bond. at one point, he fled to prague, chezechoslovakia czechoslovakia. the second of the three, he is only 20 years old. he's been in the system for at least five years.
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murder and attempted murder among his greatest hits. and then boc tien duong, he's 33 years old, attempted murder, assault with a deadly weapon and more. these three men considered right now to be armed and of course extremely dangerous. >> got to find them. paul vercammen, thank you so much. let's discuss further with los angeles-based bounty hunter zeke unger. what we just heard from the lieutenant, the fact they believe these three are embedded in his community, that's his phrase. why stay in the community? if you're, you know, trying to get out of this maximum security prison, why not go as far as you possibly could? >> normally fugitives do stay around their local area. they need support from family. they need to be able to gain some kind of income. in this particular matter, i believe these defendants have fled the area. i think what we're going to see
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is see something occur soon out of desperation which will put them somewhere else in the country. >> what do you mean something? >> a car jacking, a home invasion, a robbery. some way that they can gain income in order to keep on the move. >> you know, we think prison breaks, obviously most recently, we talked so much about el chapo. we talked about, you know, what happened in new york last year. when you read the details, the fact they cut through steel bars, went through plumbing tunnels, tied bed sheets together, you know, to repel down from this roof. this is like, you know, apparently the first jailbreak at this facility in nearly 30 years. how does this happen? >> basically, this is a local county jail and not a maximum security facility. which makes it a little bit easier. they don't have to pen traetrat
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much. although these inmates have a long time to think about what they're doing and orchestrate. they were lucky to catch a break at the same time. but it was well thought out, well planned. >> i thought i had read it was a maximum security jail but i hear you on it was not a full-blown prison. also we believe -- authorities believe there was a fight staged to help these three escape. believing they had es scaped after that first head count friday morning, 5:00 a.m. the next head count wasn't until 9:00 at night. why so much time in between and how smart would have distraction be? >> well, i mean, we have to investigate. we can't assume. i think that will come to light when they're caught and debriefed. but my thought is these local facilities are very overcrowded and not managed properly. i think a lot of these things we're seeing is due to poor management and security within the facilities themselves. >> i like how you said that, when they are caught.
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isis has released new video reportedly showing the paris terror attackers. claiming responsibility for the slaughter that left 130 people dead. the propaganda video is gruesome. it shows beheadings. it also warns of more violence
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acts of terrorism to come. let's go straight to london now. to our cnn international editor nic robertson. what do you know about this video? >> it looks like an effort to show these paris attackers in iraq or syria, wherever they're carrying out these bloody executions, and as a side note about those executions, they're absolutely macabre and abhorrent because these poor men who are being executed in a brutal way by these paris attackers, individually, one at a time, these attackers give speeches and then go ahead and execute these men. we know nothing about the people that are being executed. they're some sort of macabre extras in isis propaganda. one of the things you notice about these attackers is they're all wearing new battlefield uniforms. it looks like it's straight out of a box. it certainly doesn't look like these guys have been to the front line any place. what isis is trying do is say look, we got these guys to
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paris, they perpetrated this attack. it's a slickly produced video, propaganda isis-style. and the last minute, they imply that britain could be next in line for an attack like paris because britain decided to bomb isis in syria, to join the united states in the last few months and do that, brooke. >> frightening, nic robertson, thank you. coming up next, a rising star in the democratic party is in iowa rallying support for clinton. could he become a potential contender for vp? and the dnc chairwoman debbie wasserman schultz is in iowa ahead of the town hall. what she thinks about president obama's suggestion that bernie sanders is a one-issue candidate. we'll take you straight to des moines next. 's mouths often need a helping hand. after brushing, listerine® total care helps prevent cavities, strengthens teeth and restores tooth enamel.
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tonight, the three democratic presidential candidates will make their final case to voters here in iowa. one of the biggest rising stars in the party is on the stump here for hillary clinton. julian castro now heads the department of housing and urban development under obama. one of many surrogates trying to rally support here for their candidates in iowa. this is where of course hillary clinton's early lead oversanders has slipped away, just weeks before the all-important iowa caucuses. you have not only castro but cory booker here, jamie liee curtis, the musical group foster the people, actress susan sarandon and others. i spoke earlier with castro about why he is supporting clinton. >> you're going to get out there and you're going to get out there now. i also think cory, myself, others, are here to say that folks of different castros and
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different generations support secretary clinton because we believe she speaks to the issues that are important to people across the economic spectrum, that she's fighting for hard-working families, and that when you cast a vote for hillary clinton, you're casting a vote for the future. >> now, remember that face, because some political observers say that castro's stumping here in iowa is also part of a test run for being clinton's potential vice presidential pick, should she win the nomination. castro has already formally endorsed -- he's been formally endorsed for the job by the national hispanic chamber of commerce and he could be key to helping clinton win the support of latino voters in predominantly white iowa and new hampshire but also beyond, in states like nevada, in his home state of texas, where large delegate counts could prove crucial for the nomination. >> the fact is secretary clinton for four decades now has reached out to the latino community.
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her first job was down in south texas registering hispanic voters. and whether the issue has been immigration or improving education or improving access to health care, he has been there fighting for families, including latino families. so it's not a hard sell. i'm glad to offer my perspective in support. >> and tonight at 9:00 eastern right here on cnn, hillary clinton and her two democratic rivals will face caucusgoers during a town hall here in iowa. this will be moderated by cnn's chris cuomo. this prime-time event will give candidates another chance to win over iowans. cnn's latest poll of polls shows sand esers has a slight edge ov clinton in iowa. they had been dead even last week. joining me to talk more about tonight's big event is congresswoman debbie wasserman
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schul schultz, chairwoman of the democratic committee. i know you've taken a little flak for some of the debates, except for the -- >> that's in the job description. >> i know that it is, except for the first one that was on cnn, you know, props to us. theme been on weekends. i have to wonder if at certain points you've taken flak from sanders supporters who is saying this is putting the hand on the scale for hillary clinton, sort of protecting her. looking back on this, where hillary clinton could have used more of -- she did pretty well in the debates. maybe she would have liked to have debated, say, instead of here at drake university on a saturday following the paris terror attacks, maybe she would have wanted to debate on a tuesday. looking back on it, do you think for all of the candidates, that maybe a different schedule would have worked better? >> no, i think actually if you look -- first of all, let me state, again, we are not putting our thumb on the scale for any candidate. in fact, i'm very proud of the result of our six debate schedule because quite frankly
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it's resulted in record viewership. the cnn debate, which was our first one, was the largest viewership of any democratic debate in history. the last debate was the third largest. we have actually bested every single republican debate from '08 and '12 in the pretrump era. we have a substantive and robust discussion about how to build on the progress that we made. so like cnn's town hall tonight, like the brown black forum we had a few weeks ago, there are a lot of opportunities for particularly early stage voters to get a good up-close look at our candidates and we made sure with a smaller debate schedule, with originally five candidates and now three, it gives the candidates an opportunity to stay on the campaign trail for those early campaign voters to get a really close look. that's what the purpose of the early state window is for. >> i've been covering hillary clinton now for almost two years in her precandidacy and now in her campaign.
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i was really interested going into this experience how young women were going to relate to her. something i think that's been surprising talking to them at events is that a lot of them are swinging over to bernie sanders and they don't feel an urgency, democratic young women, about electing the first female president. they're confident that at some point in their lifetime that's going to happen. you're a woman who has fought her way through the ranks of politics. i know you can't take a position here for a candidate. is that a trend that surprises you? >> you know, it's in a way alarming and accelerating at the same time. because it is really actually quite wonderful that the younger generation of women believe that -- with a certainty that they don't have to grab the first opportunity necessarily to elect a woman president. but at the same time, and like you said, not commenting on a
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specific woman candidate, but at the same time, we have to make sure, as i've said recently and gotten flak for this too, we have to make sure that every generation of women, whether it's millennial, whether it's mine, whether it's older women, stay fully engaged and aware that their rights are at stake, that they have to actually get out and vote. we've had a significant drop-off in the turnout of millennial voters and of women voters in general. in 2010, we actually had a drop for the first time, brianna, since 1982, with the number of women serving in congress. that was in part because of the significant drop between 2000 and 2010 in the turnout of women voters. when our rights are at stake, we need to make sure that women turn out. when women succeed, america succeeds. we've got to make sure we leave nothing on the table and take nothing for granted. >> president obama spoke to politico. this question is in the spirit of this idea that the dnc and the president theoretically
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trying to abstain from favoring a target. >> not theoretically, actually. >> actually. except when you look at his interview -- >> el with, the dnc is actually -- >> when you look at the president's interview, he says something about bernie sanders really just kind of being, oh, he doesn't call him a one trick pony but he talks about how he's sort of pushing on one thing and this message is resonating with voters. then he sort of bemoans when you're not shiny and new. and then about her being smart and the wherewithal for the position. is that appropriate? i mean, when you're coming from your point of view and you're trying not to help a candidate -- >> while there is a rule that the dnc remain neutral and that the dnc chair and our officers remain neutral, there's no rule that the president has to remain neutral. i think president obama is absolutely neutral at this stage. it isn't surprising at all given the experience and the history
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that the president and secretary clinton have that through the years, you know, since 2007 that he knows her really well. he was her secretary of state. so he would have a well-formed opinion about her abilities. and he also served with senator sanders and senator clinton so he knows them both. but, you know, i'll leave it for president obama to declare who he's for if he ever decides to. at this point, i know he's neutral and trying his best to just make sure he can continue to build on the success we've had economically and manage the foreign policy challenges we have going on at the moment. >> thanks so much for being with us. we know you're looking forward to the big town hall. >> we are, it's very exciting. >> it starts at 9:00 eastern right here on cnn. i want to go back now to brook baldwin in new york. >> let's talk about the weather here, the worst of it is over, but the east coast is beginning to recover from this weekend's deadly blizzard. at least 27 people reported dead
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across multiple states. many federal and state offices as well. schools remain closed. nick valencia is in washington, d.c. where the mayor said it will be days before all that snow is cleared. i believe i spy the white house over your left shoulder. >> we are right outside the white house. the storm is over. the sun is shining. a good sign for residents who had to go through so much this weekend. more than 22 inches of snow in the district. and the clean-up has a far way to go. we're joined by some residents who actually went through the blizzard. hey, guys. come on in here, real quick here. what was it like going through it? >> i mean, everybody was pretty much locked up in their houses. very consistent snowfall. other than that, there wasn't anything too wild. i've just never seen the street so blocked off. >> maggie, you're used to this, you're from norway, right? >> yes this is like home. this makes me feel very at home. >> for you, you had a flight. what happened? what are you going to do now?
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you stranded here? >> no, i postponed it to tuesday. but the people that were flying out on friday, they were stuck in the airplane for seven hours or something i think so i'm really glad i just trusted the weather. >> flights are back and up and running in a limited capacity at dulles and reagan international airport. but of course the clean-up here has a long way to go. this area really got hit hard, brooke. of course, there is a bleak forecast for tomorrow. rain is in the forecast and that is not good. this snow, thousands of tons of it, all around here. has no place to go. when that rain comes in, i'm sure there's a potential for flooding. brooke. >> i see the sun and the blue skies overhead are deceiving, at least for now. nick valencia, thank you very much. in our nation's capital. coming up next, "saturday night live" taking on the race for the white house again this weekend and tina fey, surprise, surprise, she was back with her take on sarah palin.
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so the real winner of this year's presidential race shaping up to be the comedians, the comedy writers, sketch comedy artists, talk show hosts. take a look. >> i'm here for all your teachers and teamsters. you farmers and charmers. whether you're a mom or two broke girls or three men and a
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baby or a rock and roller, holy roller, pushing stroller, pro bowler with an abscess molar. >> she's a firecracker. she's a real pistol. she's crazy, isn't she? >> is what the mainstream media is spinning. heads are spinning. they're saying trump and his trumpeters are right winging proud clingers of our guns but he can kick isis' ass because he commands fire. >> i hope nobody's allergic to nuts because we got a big one here. she's two corinthians short of a bible. >> oh, they're so good. joining me now, cnn media analyst bill carter, who has
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covered the tv industry, by the way, for more than 25 years. but that was hysterical. don't you know the second palin showed up on stage with trump last week, someone in wardrobe was, like, find that jacket and get tina fey to 30 roc now. she nailed it. >> i think their people say she's reluctant to do palin anymore but she had to do this. it was so -- the public demanded it. >> she was co-hosting with amy poehler not too long ago and she brought it back then. and then what's also really exciting is -- i think they're taking this next weekend off but the following weekend. >> the following weekend, yes. larry dave. >> larry david. >> who is bernie sanders. >> this is when you know you nailed an impersonation. when i hear bernie sanders, i hear larry david. if you've not seen a clip, roll it. >> i don't need no fancy introduction. i'm not elvis presley.
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just get on with it. i've actually got a question for you. what the hell is this tonight? why are we even doing this? >> so larry david is back. >> yes. >> after the iowa caucuses. >> very smart because he's going to be the story. even if he doesn't win, he'll be very close and have the momentum going into new hampshire. i think it will be well talked about. these two impressionings are amazing. you're like, is that the real guy or is that the impressionist? about sarah palin. against tina fey. the hand motions, the voice intonations are exactly the same, it's remarkable. >> we should give props to "snl" because here in new york, there was a little bit of snow, as in 2 1/2 feet worth. broadway was shut down. >> but "saturday night live" was on. >> texting with a buddy of mine who's on the show, he said he walked. he lives a couple miles away. they put people up saturday night because nobody could be on the roads.
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con you imagine a bunch of "snl" people together after that thing? >> i'm surprised they had an audience. >> it was totally full. >> people saying maybe you can get in on short notice. i bet you could really get in. >> what is it about -- i think "snl" is on fire when they -- >> when they're doing political -- >> when they're doing politics. >> no question. >> real-world stuff. even the oscar sketch over the weekend was like one of my favorites. >> when they do real satire it really works. they're a little reluctant to do it. i think they think a lot of young viewers don't pay attention to the news but in political news they do. >> people may be getting their news from -- >> they probably are. >> bill carter, thank you very much. we'll talk again i'm sure. just ahead, staying on politics, he is richer than donald trump, a lot richer. as michael bloomberg considers a possible presidential run, we'll speak live with a former member of his international circle about what it will take for bloomberg to say "i'm in."
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future films and there's a lot of talk about that. there are three big names pushing other big projects. they were also willing to talk about this oscar so white controversy. that's spike lee. this, despite the fact that he actually was granted an honorary oscar in november. take a listen to what the three men told me. >> i would like to see more people step up, because we're going to be on the right side of history. this is the right side of history. equality for everyone. >> hopefully, over time, as they promise, they're going to increase the number of women and the number of people of color in the academy and i think they've gotten the message that people want to see some change. they want diversitdiversity. it doesn't mean that people who are nominated now don't deserve to be nominated but i think everybody deserves a chance to be seen and deserves a chance to have their voices heard.
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>> what i hope happens is that chris rock goes in and skewers everybody, those who are complaining, those who are being nominated, those who have been passed over. i think he should -- this is a moment on the world stage i think to kind of turn the mirror on this whole thing. >> and spike lee saying that he will watch the oscars after it's over because the knicks might be playing at the same time and that's his priority. but he does hope at this point -- for chris rock, this could be a defining moment. the other point is all throw of them said that this is not a black and white issue. that comes down to it, it's about everyone being included. when people see themselves reflected in the stories being told on film, everyone benefits from that because it's more of a diverse pool to pick from and that's what they would like to see happen. don cheadle even saying to me it's not like he thinks it's
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some cable of white people who want to keep brown people out of movies and out of screen writing. he doesn't think that. it helps if everyone's coming from a diverse place, be it asian or indian or what have you, brooke. >> and that everyone talks about it. stephanie elam. thank you very much. in park city, utah. let's continue on, shall we. top of the hour, you're watching cnn. we are exactly one week away from the first vote of the presidential primary season. the candidates get their last chance to make their cases to you, the public. so let's go straight there to des moines, iowa, to my colleague, brianna keilar, who is standing by. hello, brianna keilar. >> thank you so much. i am live here in des moines where in less than six hours the democrats will be surrounded by iowa supporters perhaps, people who aren't sure who they want to go for during a live cnn town hall.
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take a look at where we stand. the current iowa front-runners once considered far-fetched also rans. a cnn poll of polls. this averages the four most recent iowa polls shows that donald trump leads the gop field in this state. for democrats, the cnn poll of polls shows sanders is just ahead of hillary clinton. sanders spoke in iowa today where his push to close the widening income gap is really striking a chord with some iowans. it got pretty emotional at this point. >> you can't buy presents for children. it's really hard. i worked four, five jobs always minimum wage. i'm divorced.
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it's waiting for disability to come through so my parents don't have to support me. it's really hard. >> all right, thank you. thank you. [ applause ] it is not easy for people to stand up and say that. but the truth is, that until millions of people who are experiencing exactly what you guys are experiencing do say that, we don't make change. so i thank you for saying -- and for telling us what's going on in your lives. because the truth is, you can't make it on $12,000. you can't live in dignity on $10,000 or less. a lot of emotion here going into the caucuses. that is what candidates are trying to connect with. joining me now, we have senior washington correspondent jeff zell lenny and we have cathy obragovich, columnist for "the
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des moines register." you talked to many people going to des moines caucus. are there really that many people who are undecided? and the ones who have not made up their minds, what do they want to be struck with in the next week? >> i talkeded to somebody today at a marco rubio rally who said he's still trying to decide between rubio and cruz. he is definite he is going to go to his caucus. this is where the ground game comes in. it's important for all these campaigns to have somebody good at every single precinct to speak up for their candidates. i think there will a lot of people who sit down at their caucus and make up their minds on caucus night. >> it really will come down to perhaps that enthusiasm. well see who that benefits. i wonder what you think, jeff, about this interview president obama did with politico. something so many people have raised their eyebrows at. let's take a listen to what he said when he really sang the praises of hillary clinton. >> bernie came in with the luxury of being a complete long shot. >> right.
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>> and just letting loose. >> right. >> i think hillary came in with the both privilege and burden of being perceived as the front-runner. you're always looking at the bryant shi bright shiny object that people don't -- haven't seen before. that's a disadvantage. >> aside from the deja vu, he knows what it's like to have the benefit of being a long shot. when he says that, do folks in iowa who are thinking about, am i going to support her, does that matter to them? >> i don't think so. he knows what it's like to be the bright shiny object. the reason that people sort of fell in love with this state, with iowa, was because of his aspirations and dreams. some of those people are
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disappointed. a lot of that is fueling sanders rise. so i cannot imagine anyone who's firmly committed to sanders at this point hoping for health care and other things will be swayed by what the president's saying. he's officially going to be neutral. talked to the white house today and he said, well, he's not endoersed. we all know what he did. he's putting a thumb on the scale. we'll see if it goes any further. i find it hard to believe for anyone to be moved by that. maybe if he would get out and campaign for secretary clinton. if it came to that. if this race goes on and on and on. i don't know. i think -- people can make up their own minds. >> let's talk about republicans now. today you had ted cruz who poked fun a little bit at donald trump. as they're try to really go for the evangelical vote that is so important here in iowa. of course trump made a gaffe when he spoke at liberty university, calling it not 2nd corinthian, the book in the bible, he called it two
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corinthians. here is how cruz responded at a rally. >> you know, we're standing on the promises of 2nd chronicles 7:14. if my people -- [ child crying ] well, you know, two corinthians walk into a bar -- [ laughter ] ah, yes. general corinthian leather. you have to be a certain era to remember that commercial. >> all right, so we're witnessing like a "bible-off" here, right? who's winning do you think when it comes to the evangelical vote? >> i think ted cruz went in with the evangelicals. that is one of the reasons. he knows his bible. he can make those scripture references. trump can't. and ted cruz i think is getting traction with evangelicals. trump is actually picking up a
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little bit more establishment in mainstream republican support in iowa. >> can donald trump make any sort of a dent in some of the evangelical votes? >> sure, he's trying. i think he can on the edges if you sort of don't like ted cruz. ted cruz is showing pretty clearly there he knows his bible all directions, frontways and backways. >> he knows the good book. >> exactly. >> cathy, jeff, thank you so much. i want to head back now to brooke in new york. >> thank you very much. let's remind everyone, do not miss cnn's democratic presidential town hall tonight live from des moines. bernie sanders, hillary clinton, martin o'malley. they will go face-to-face with the voters exactly one week before the iowa caucuses. chris cuomo will be moderating. tonight, 9:00 eastern, right here on cnn. donald trump is in the coveted position one week out from the iowa caucuses. he leads not only in the cnn
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poll of polls but specifically the latest fox poll taken just last week has him a good 15 points ahead of his closest competitor ted cruz. he sad down with my colleague wolf blitzer who is with me in new york. good to see you. >> always good to be here. >> trump, you asked him specifically about this word establishment which has been thrown all over the place. i don't mow if it's like a good word, bad word anymore. >> it's not a good word. nobody wants to be the establishment. but trump was trump. he was very forceful specifically about his main rival, senator ted cruz. it's neck and neck in iowa. we'll see what happens in new hampshire. then south carolina, nevada. if trump wins in iowa, that's a huge deal for him. he could then be on the roll in those other primary and caucus states. he minced no words in going after cruz. even at one point suggesting ted cruz is a liar. listen to this.
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you say the establishment is against you. why do you say that? >> i think the establishment actually is against me but really coming online. because they see me as opposed to cruz who is a nasty guy, can't get along with anybody. at a certain point, you have to make deals. we can't have a guy who every other senator think he's a whack-job, right, you have to make deals, you have to get along. that's the purpose of what our founders created. and ted cannot get along with anybody. he's a nasty person. you don't see that. even when he was supportive of me, i kept saying, watch what's going to happen, he's a nasty guy. he started it, i finished it, but he started getting very bad at the debate. he tells lies. he says i knocked down some woman's home. i didn't knock down some woman's home. she didn't want it. and the words eminent domain. the keystone pipeline is all
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based on imminent domain, you wouldn't move that thing ten feet without taking that land on which it sits. by the way, all those people get paid a lot of money. it's not like they take it, they take it and pay a lot of money. but he makes a big deal out of imminent domain. you wouldn't have one highway in this country if you -- you wouldn't have a railroad. you wouldn't have anything. >> he tells lies. those are pretty strong words for the republican presidential front-runner speaking of ted cruz. that's a big deal. when you formally accuse the other one of effectively being aliar. >> what i thought was interesting, you swung by my office earlier today and we were talking about your interview. you've interviewed him, you go back how many years? >> at least for a decade. we've had many, many interviews over the years. >> point being, critics would say oh, he's registered democrat, he's buddies with the clintons. europe s you're saying on specific issues he's been very consistent. >> we talk about this in the interview today. on certain national security issues like iraq, for example, during the bush administration,
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he was very, very strongly opposed. i played some clips for him. what he told me in earlier iterviews, and i've gone through a lot of that, getting ready for this new stage of interviews. he's pretty consistent, what he said eight, nine years ago on some specific issues. also on international trade issues, whether china or india, over these past, seven, eight, nine years, he's been very consistent. he said very similar things about these issues during the bush administration, george w. bush administration that he now says during the obama administration. at one point, i asked him, who do you think is more responsible for what he describes as the decline of america. he gives me a pretty specific answer. >> it's a good tease. >> yeah. >> it's a good tease, wolf blitzer, thank you very much. >> we're going to run the interview at 5:00 and 6:00 in "the situation room." >> thank you very much, wolf blitzer with the donald trump interview today. again, "situation room," 5:00 eastern here on cnn.
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you're watching cnn. i'm brook baldwin. here in new york, new yorkers are beginning to dig out of one of the biggest blizzards ever to
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hit the city. so many people made the slushy trek back to school, back to work today, but the clean-up is far from over. some areas were buried under 30 inches snow. boris sanchez is out in the thick of it. at least i'm seeing cleared sidewalks where you are. my highly technical term for today is mush, it's mushy. >> it's mushy and it is nasty on the street. for the most part this is a typical new york day. we're here on 31st and 8th near penn station. behind me, traffic is moving smoothly. food is cooking. tourists are moving around. things are relatively normal except for the fact there are giant piles of snow on the side of the street. slush on the street as well. it's a minor concern for officials because obviously as the sun sets and we get closer to freezing temperatures, that slush can freeze and turn to black ice and create problems for tomorrow. in terms of travel, the long island railroad is up to 80%
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capacity at last check. they got it running on a delay earlier this morning. fortunately, the longest commuter line in the united states is almost to capacity now. in terms of air travel, all the airports are open. there are cancellations and delays though in the hundreds. aside from that, some sad news to report. there are 9 deaths here in new york because of the storm. 5 in new york city and 4 in long island. 3 of those people actually passed away because of shoveling their snow outside. it's a common thing that happens during snowstorms and a sad note. as things start get back to normal here in new york, brooke. >> yes, i know, it is important to note it was absolutely a deadly snowstorm. boris sanchez, thank you very much. have you heard this one out of california? these three cut through steel bars, crawled through plumbing tiles and slid down a rope made of bed sheets and towels. next, the manhunt for these
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law enforcement has a message today for the vietnamese in and around los angeles, we know you are scared but we need your help. at least three violent inmates, two of them, with links to vietnamese gangs. police say these inmates escaped from the maximum security jail in indiana by cutting through half-inch pipe and then crawled through the plumbing before crawling to the roof of the jail, using a rope made of bed sheets and towels tied together to rappel down from this building. larry lavigne is a former prison
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inmate, now serves as a consultant. you're always incredible walking us through these jailbreaks, these prison escapes. first to you, when you hear the details of the tying of the bed sheets, it's like this is the stuff you see in the movies. how can this happen still? >> well, first of all, they're not in a jail cell. they're in a dormitory with maybe 50 or 60 people. and there's constantly laundry call where people are turning in their old laundry, getting in new laundry. it's so really easy to accumulate bed sheets, pillow cases and such. and there's a constant flux of inmates coming and going. so the cops really don't know at any given time how many people are in the pod. it's not like it's count time and they're coming to the cell and the inmates have to stand up and they're counting 1, 2, 3. i've been in county jails in california. and what they'll do is they'll have the inmates come to the
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door of the pod of the housing unit with your i.d. card and you will check in, they'll check you off a list. but remember a county jail, it's not like a state prison where you have inmates that are going to court, they're going to medical, psychology, recreation. at any given time, they really don't know how many inmates that are there and where they're at. >> yeah, i know that there's a head count at 5:00 in the morning and then the next head count isn't until 9:00 at night. that's a huge gap where i guess technically these inmates go unaccounted for. add to that, there's some sort of fight that broke out at this jail. and now authorities are thinking that was all a plot, a ploy, a distraction tactic so these three could escape. >> well, when an institution -- they call it when the stuff jumps off. they'll generally lock the institution down to try to quell
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the riot or the disturbance. they're in a pod in an orange county jail. which is, you know, orange county is like vietnamese heaven. that's where they all went after the war. and i'm sure this pod was loaded with vietnamese inmates. two of the men who escaped were vietnamese inmates. so it would be real easy for them to have their confederates, you know, plan a disturbance, divert the cop's attention. it looks like that's what they did. >> and when you hear from this lieutenant in orange county, from the sheriff's department. he was saying they absolutely believe some, if not all, of them are, his words, were embedded in the community. sort of unlike the upstate new york prison escape where these guys had, what, it was like rivers and streams in the middle of nowhere. this orange county, california. or santa ana. >> well, you're in a major metropolitan, the los angeles major metropolitan area,
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millions and millions of people. you can blend in. also, remember interstate 5 is not far from where that jail was and you're about 120 miles, two hours, from mexico. so the iranian inmate, he'd only been there for a month. how well could he really have known these two vietnamese. maybe he provided them some outside resources they didn't have such as transportation. but also how did they get a hacksaw blade in there? this isn't like upstate new york. you don't have a county jail, inmates working around tools. they had to have gotten than in there somehow. i expect we'll hear somebody bribed a deputy or jail official to actually get those blades in there. maybe through the book cart, maybe in through laundry or something. >> unreal. unreal that we're talking about this again and that one of them is convicted of murder. they're very, very dangerous
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hi there, i'm brianna keilar live in des moines where tonight the three democratic candidates will face iowa caucusgoers in a town hall in their final push before the caucuses one week from today. hillary clinton is getting support from one of the biggest rising stars in the democratic party, that's hulian castro, the
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former mayor of san antonio. and he's one of many clinton surrogates on the stump in iowa over this past weekend and beyond. castro has also been widely mentioned as clinton's possible vice presidential pick should she win the nomination. and he can also help swing latino voters in clinton's favor in predominantly white iowa. i did speak with him a little earlier about that. >> hillary's connection with the latino community, with the african-american community, is genuine and it goes back decades. she's been working hand-in-hand with those communities. and so they see in her somebody who has been a true champion. saw issues that matter and fighting for them. that's why you're seeing such a big difference right now. because she's an old and consistent friend of these communities and we know that she's going to be there in the future. >> why so much focus on a state that is 5% hispanic? >> well, because, number one,
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it's a growing part of the electorate. secondly, i think all of us, no matter which these surrogates you talk about, all of us appeal to different folks. i see myself as somebody who is also relatively young as one of the surrogates so we need to get the youth vote out and engineerize young people so youth community, i'm glad to lend my voice. >> bernie sanderser is gats are also pounding the pavement in iowa. among them, actress susan sarandon, the owners of ben and jerry's ice cream as well. someone else who is trying to get sanders elected, even though she can't vote herself. she serves as the national press secretary for latino outreach for the sanders campaign. an action that was taken by president obama helped her and other undocumented young people from -- gave them protection from being deported. they have become known as a group as the dreamers. erica, thanks so much for being
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with us. and i know you have an amazing personal story. you arrived in the u.s. when you were 11. you're now a big advocate for immigrant's rights. the clinton camp reached out to you. in the end, you decided to work with the sanders campaign. why is that? >> yeah, i've been involved in the dreamer's movement for a couple years now. one of the biggest things we wanted to do was pass immigration reform. it was one of those challenges that we couldn't get through. we didn't get it. we couldn't make it happen, just like many other issues that have gone through congress have fallen through the cracks. one of the reasons why we realized that was happening is because we had such a broken congress that, you know, one of the main reasons for that is the fact that we have so many companies and so many private interests going into so many political campaigns. at the end of the day, those people don't necessarily work for us but they work for those private interests. bernie was one of those, you know, was the candidate that i saw that was going to be able to
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focus on the solutions and that was going to be able to focus back on the people who have supported him since he has gotten absolutely no money from companies including private detention centers that are hosting, you know, that are having millions of undocumented immigrants in their own detention centers in their own facilities and, you know, unfortunately hillary clinton took money from them since the beginning and for me that was the completely, you know, i got really turned off by the fact she was taking money from these companies and saw bernie was the only one who didn't, among many other, you know, reasons why i decided to join the campaign. >> do you think that she would not fight for immigration reform, the immigration reform that you want? you think bernie sanders would and she would not? >> you know, there's different ways to approach this, right, one way is to say we're going to go in and we're going to try to get congress to act, you know, if it takes years, congress doesn't act, then we'll get, you know, we'll try to figure out a
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solution. what we're asking for is as soon as the president that we elect comes into office we need to make sure that they find those solutions that we can work with and then continue to pressure congress to get a solution in, you know, pass a law, pass immigration reform, and bernie has been the only one who has been saying as soon as i get elected, i'm going to make sure that i get rid of the detention centers that shouldn't be there, i will make sure that, you know, when the supreme court decides -- >> let me ask you about this because she has said she wants there to be a pathway to citizenship. she's actually come out further to the left on this then president obama. obviously, where do you see the differences that are so important? you're supporting bernie over hillary clinton when it comes to immigration. >> first of all, hillary clinton has no plan. if you look at her website, if you look at an actual platform,
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she has no platform. there's absolutely no specific plan with details on what she would do. with senator sanders, we actually worked with him, to create a platform on immigration reform that of course is going to provide a path to citizenship but is also going to focus on what he can do as a president to stop the pain of so many people like my own mother who's in deportation proceedings, like other folks who are waiting to have a solution that doesn't necessarily have to require to wait for congress to act when they're in gridlock. i honestly think hillary would be the type of president who would play the political games and then, you know, try to figure out what to do after, you know, years. and that hasn't worked. we had a deportation machine that happened because we tried, you know, to wait until congress acted. and so bernie has said i'm going to make sure that people who have been deported return to this country. i'm going to make sure as many people as possible get included into dopa once he is out of the
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supreme court. >> thank you for being with us. i want to give you a reminder that tonight here in iowa, you don't want to miss cnn's democratic presidential town hall. it's live from des moines. right here on cnn. brooke, back to you in new york. >> brianna, thank you. coming up next, is there room for a second billionaire, presidential candidate in this race for the white house? we'll talk to someone who is in mayor michael bloomberg's inner circle. also ahead, a marine veteran's open letter to sarah palin responding to her remarks on the campaign trail just last week about her son's domestic violence arrest and how she characterized ptsd. he will join me live coming up next. people are coming out to the nation's capital to support an important cause that can change the way you live for years to come. how can you help? by giving a little more, to yourself. i am running for my future. people sometimes forget to help themselves.
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welcome back. you're watching cnn. talking politics. the already crowded presidential race with one billionaire at the helm may soon welcome another billionaire. sources telling cnn former new york mayor michael bloomberg is seriously considering a possible independent run. he reportedly told sources he is looking to make a decision in march. the news here got some mixed reactions from the front-runners of both parties. >> the way i read what he said is if i didn't get the nomination, he might consider it. we, i'm going to relieve him of that and get the nomination so he doesn't have to. >> if donald trump wruns and mr. bloomberg gets in, you'll have two empt multimillion far running against me. i think we'll win that election. >> i would love to have michael get in the race. michael's been a friend of mine over the years. perhaps we're not friends anymore. you know, he's wanted to do this for a long time. and he never pulled the trigger.
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we'll see if he does right now. i would personally love to compete with michael bloomberg. >> a source close to the former mayor tells cnn there are a lot of ifs in michael bloomberg's decision making. saying he would consider jumping in the race if it appeared donald trump or cruz would face senator sanders. joining me now, someone who knows quite well. nice to meet you and have you on. let's get to it. what a piece of news to sort of wake up to this morning if you're following, you know, this race. my question is, if mayor bloomberg, you know, is looking to see, depending on how well hillary clinton does, we may not know by march if that sort of deadline he has. we talked to his former press secretary who also told us that hillary clinton nomination wouldn't necessarily rule out a bloomberg run. so the question is, what would lead to a green light for him?
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>> i think bloomberg has looked at the direction of the country and the tone of the campaign and he is worried. at a time when our nation need ace bipartisan approach to solving problems, we're getting to the most divisive, angry individuals rising to the top. you have donald trump who is fearmongering, race baiting, extremely divisive. you have ted cruz who, to quote donald trump, is not a very nice guy and ultimately i think would make it very hard at the country. mike is looking at this and saying, you know what, let me take a look and see what would be necessary to get on the ballot in all 50 states, which is a hard task to do. let's see what would be necessary. if you look at the poll, 60% of the country would like a third party -- >> i will get to that but what specifically would he be looking at? we've been talking about trump for a while and cruz for a while. that's not new, what's happening among republicans. and also what's sort of new is
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watching this sanders surge. what is he waiting for? what will determine a yes from him? >> i think he's going to look at a number of factors including can he get on the ballot in all 50 states? is ted cruz likely to be the nominee? how much strength does bernie sanders have coming out of iowa, coming out of new hampshire, going into south carolina and nevada. i think if he senses at a time when a commonsense approach to government, which is what he did here in new york, getting the best and brightest minds in a room and powering them to go and really make some tough decisions to advance the country forward, if he feels that people who want to bring the country back, want to keep people apart, are extremely divisive, get the nomination, be that sanders, be that trump, be that cruz, then i think he would seriously get into the race. >> meantime, sarah palin's comments about the president during her stump speech for donald trump has angered at
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least one u.s. veteran. palin seemed to blame president obama for her son's domestic violence arrest because after her son served in iraq, he then suffered from ptsd. >> my son like so many others, they come back a bit different. wondering if there is that respect for what it is their fellow soldiers and airmen and every other member of the military so sacra fishally have given to this country that comes from our own president where they have to look at them and wonder, do you know what we go through, do you know what we're trying to do to secure america? >> now, u.s. veteran who is also a ptsd survivor's responding to palin in this open letter. u.s. marine sergeant and naval officer chris mark calls her out for, quote, trivializing the disorder and being disingenuous.
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quote, in which you attempted to excuse your son's arrest on domestic abuse charges by referencing his supposed ptsd. based upon your previous comments, i am not surprised you would choose to use this very serious condition as a political football and once again, attempt to divert blame from your own family's abhorrent violent behavior. he was in operation in somalia, operation continued hope. thank you so much for joining me and thank you so much for your service to this country. >> thank you for having me, brooke. >> let's get to first you, i want to talk to you about your service, coping with ptsd. know you help a lot of veterans. so not just you know this intimately, describe your struggle for me. also i know you just lost someone who you were trying to help just yesterday. >> yes, let me correct let me correct quickly, i was a veteran in somalia in 1994 so after that ranger incident everybody is familiar with.
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it was 1994. i will say that my own struggle, i struggled undiagnosed for about 20 years. for about the last ten years or 12 years, my wife has been imploring me to go in and get tested. so just in the past year i decided to go to the va and get tested, quite frankly just to kind of get her off my back a little bit. i thought they would send me home and i would be done. instead what i got was an invitation to come back and talk to a professional. when i went through that process, i realized that a lot of what i had been struggling with so many years was indeed due to ptsd so my diagnosis is relatively recent but i did struggle with the effects of some of the things for quite a few years. >> so this is personal for you and it's personal for so many men and women in our country. i know i've talked to them. i've talked to parents of men and women who have taken their own lives because they couldn't cope. so when you see sarah palin stand on that stage last week and say what she did, your thought was what?
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>> well, i was angered on two levels. one, ptsd is a very serious issue, but it's also stigmatized in the press and people don't really understand it so we don't need veterans being treated like they're violent individuals simply because they're struggling with some effects of ptsd. on the second part, you know, we have a very real issue here which is domestic violence. there was a domestic violence victim involved in this. and again i think by blaming ptsd she's doing a disservice to people who are in domestic violent relationships. >> in addition to that too, those two points, i was just talking to the iava on the show last week and they were bringing up the point, sort of the lack of specifics that some of these presidential candidates have offered in terms of how if elected commander in chief they would help our nation's veterans. i'm just wondering if you have any particular candidate in mind who you think would take these issues seriously? >> you know, and this is probably going to offend some of my republican friends, but i think all candidates take it
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seriously. i think president obama currently takes it seriously. i'm a republican. i don't have a particular candidate in mind, but i quite honestly can't envision any candidate ignoring it, especially in light of what we've seen over the last few years with the problems in the va and, you know, kind of the exposure of veterans taking their lives. >> chris mark, thank you very much. marine sergeant chris mark, i appreciate it. >> thank you. coming up next, democrats preparing to make the final pitch tonight before the iowa caucus in one week. we will take you live to des moines for a preview of tonight's critical town hall. plus, mcdonald's. was the demise of mickey d's greaty exaggerated? the fast food giant proving breakfast may indeed be the most important meal of the day. what makes this simple salad the best simple salad ever?
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call it the burger bounce b bounceback. a huge turn-around for the world's biggest fast food company. just six months ago mcdonald's was reeling with declining sales. flash forward to today and mickey d's announcing soaring numbers and nearly a 6% jump in sales in the u.s. in the fourth quarter. the ceo announced a plan to turn the company around last year and that plan included all-day breakfast. now steve easterbrook says the all-day breakfast is the main reason for the turn-around. i have paul with me from cnn money with this great news from mcdonald's, at least for right now. all day breakfast? that was the magic solution? >> it is amazing that that was the solution for what has been years of problems for mcdonald's. a lot of people complaining about the food just not tasting very good. i think steve easterbrook got that. he was a mcdonald's insider, was promoted to ceo. they haven't just changed the menu with all-day breakfast. that is a big reason why the fourth quarter sales were up so
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much because that was announced in october. they had some nice weather helping them but they're doing well internationally also and they have revamped the menu to focus more on higher quality ingredients, better service. i think they got the fact that mcdonald's was a bit of a joke. it was known for poor quality food and not great service. they couldn't get by with doing that forever. >> so tell me more, you say the ceo came from within but obviously he's brought something pretty significant to the table to see this change. >> yeah, so far investors are obviously very happy. the stock is at an all-time high and customers are back. you can't ignore the sales growth in the u.s., and it seems that not just the all-day breakfast, that's definitely a big part of it, but they're revamping the burgers, having more customization. think of all the fancy burger joints out there, the five guys of the world. they're competing with that, not just the burger king and wendy's out there. >> in addition to the burgers, new items on the menu like what? >> they're going to be
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experimenting with sweet potato fries, mac and cheese, mozzarella sticks. the pick two for $2. they know they have to focus on that value customer because there's a value war going on. burger king five for $5, wendy's four for $4. what are the competitors? by the way, sweet potato fries? yes, please. what are the competitors doing to obviously go up against the boom at mcdonald's? >> price is part of it but a lot of experimenting with the menu to get millennials. burger king, they have some spicy fries. >> millennials like spice? >> apparently they like anything that's not standard. i'm not one of them. >> paul, thank you very much for this new iteration of mcdonald's. this is a big day for us on cnn. you have all three of the democratic contenders who would
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like that nomination for president, martin o'malley, bernie sanders, hillary clinton tonight. the town hall is 9:00 eastern here on cnn. definitely tune in. thanks for being with me here on this monday afternoon. let's go to washington, "the lead" starts now. >> thanks, brooke. exactly one week from today we begin picking a president. "the lead" starts right now. a critical night in the 2016 race. it's the last time democratic candidates will be able to make their national pitch before the iowa caucus. tonight cnn's town hall, all of this as president obama gets surprisingly frank about who should replace him. uncivil war, the gop front-runners tearing each other to shreds with a week till iowa decides will a different billionaire businessman, mike bloomberg, be there to try to pick up the pieces. plus the big dig,