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only one more day. >> it's the men and women of iowa. >> the candidates make their final pitches before the first votes are cast, and we are all over iowa. bernie sanders joins us live, telling us his path to victory. >> if there is a large voter turnout, i think we win. >> will he deliver hillary clinton's second iowa loss? plus -- >> that's so nice. >> as the clock ticks down, donald trump continuing his tough attacks on ted cruz. >> ted cruz may not be a u.s. citizen. you know, he's an anchor baby. ted cruz is an anchor baby in
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canada. >> and in an interview with us, cruz punches back. >> if i was interviewing with you and i called you up and said i'm not willing to show up at the job interview, you wouldn't hire me. that's what donald said to the people of iowa. >> cruz now also attacking marco rubio who's rising in the polls here. >> marco broke his promise to the american people. >> rubio rising fast and hitting back hard in an interview with us. >> the lie that his whole campaign is built on is that he's the only conservative and everyone else is a sellout and a rino and it's absurd. >> in this unpredictable race, what surprises await us tomorrow night? the best political minds will be here with insights from the campaign trail. what a race. hello, i'm jake tapper live in des moines, iowa, where where the state of our union is ready to vote. we have just one day until the iowa caucuses when the first votes in this wild, wacky
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election season will finally be cast. and on both sides of the aisle, it is very tight and very tense as the candidates head into their final 24 hours on the campaign trail. the very latest numbers revealed overnight by the gold standard in iowa poll, "the des moines register" showing donald trump on top leading cruz 28% to 23%. rubio in third place surging with 15%. on the democratic side, it is within the margin of error with hillary clinton leading bernie sanders by just 3 points, 45% to 42%. really anyone's race there. real nail-biters on both sides. and you can feel the excitement here in iowa. it is that energy that senator bernie sanders is counting on to win. and he joins me now live from cedar rapids, iowa. senator sanders, thanks so much for joining us. appreciate it. >> my pleasure. >> so the gold standard in iowa
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polling, "the des moines register"/bloomberg poll last night shows a very close race with clinton ahead 45% to 42%. what do you need to do to win? how do you expand turnout and win the iowa caucuses? >> well, jake, you know, when we started this campaign here in iowa, we were 50 or 60 points behind secretary clinton. we have come a long, long way. and the reason for that is we have 15,000 volunteers who today are going to be knocking on doors. they're going to be making telephone calls. they're going to be urging people in very large numbers to come out and vote. what i sense is there are a lot of people who will participate in the caucus process on monday night who previously were not involved in politics. that's working-class people. that's young people who now want to direct the future of this country. they don't want to sit back. and they want to take on a rigged economy, a corrupt
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campaign, finance system, and they want to stand up and be counted and have iowa be the first state in the country to lead us in a very, very different direction. so i think if the turnout is high, jake, i think we've got a real shot to win this. >> i'm sure you've seen the story in buzzfeed, the clinton campaign training caucus leaders to throw support to martin o'malley who's in far, far third place in some cases in a way to manipulate the process, completely, according to the rules, but also some people might find it odd. what do you think about that tactic? >> you know, i can't keep up with what the clinton campaign does, to be honest with you. what i do get disturbed is i'm seeing ads on television suggesting, for example, that i am attacking planned parenthood when i have 100% lifetime pro-planned parent hood voting record. i think they're one of the great organizations in america. i don't know what the clinton campaign is doing. all i know is that we are
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bringing out large numbers of people. we're creating a lot of excitement and energy on the part of people who really are tired of establishment politics and establishment economics, tired of seeing all this new income and wealth top 1%, want us to address climate change, want us to address a broken credit justice system. so i'm feeling good, jake. our issues are out there. people are really enthusiastic. and if people come out to vote, i think you're going to look at one of the biggest political upsets in the modern history of our country. >> the viewership for the democratic debates has been very, very strong. you and hillary clinton have agreed to do more debates. the details have not been agreed to. you want to do one in brooklyn. she's challenged you to debate in flint, michigan. will you debate in flint, michigan? is that okay with you? >> sure. i don't have a problem. but as i understand it, this is what happened -- you know, the dnc, without my input, without our campaign's input, announced
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six debates, and then suddenly secretary clinton -- she may not be doing so well in new hampshire, she wanted another debate. and i said fine, you want another debate, that's fine, but let's do at least three other debates in california. let's do one in new york. let's do one in michigan. but obviously, if you do one in michigan, you want to do it before their primary, not after their primary. god knows what's going on in flint, michigan, is an outrage beyond belief. a public health crisis. i don't have a problem with being in flint, michigan. let's do it before their primary. so let's work out the details. i've always wanted more debates. i think our message is resonating with the middle class and working families of this country. so to have those debates is something that i look forward to. >> we learned recently that you now have protection from the u.s. secret service. were you getting threats, or is this just part of rising in the polls and becoming a credible, legitimate candidate?
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>> well, i think, you know, security issues is probably something we should not talk about. >> fair enough. "the washington post" wrote a scathing editorial about you this week. it said, quote, sanders is not a brave truthteller. they cast you as just another politician pandering to liberal voters. a clinton ally says that her campaign is handing out copies of this editorial. i want to give you a chance to respond. >> look, i am not greatly beloved by the economic establishment, by wall street, by the big-money interests or by, you know, the major media of this country including "the washington post." i am being attacked because i am too ambitious, because i say, among other things, that maybe we should have attacks on wall street speculation whose greed and recklessness helped destroy our economy and the lives of many, many people. and that maybe we should use that money to make public colleges and universities tuition free.
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and maybe we should do away with these outrageous corporate loopholes that allow billion-dollar corporations to stash their money in the cayman islands, not pay a nickel in taxes. maybe we should use that revenue to rebuild our crumbling infrastructure and create 13 million jobs. maybe we should expand social security so that millions of seniors in this country don't have to live on $11,000, $12,000 a year by lifting the cap and asking millionaires to contribute their fair share. yeah, "the washington post" doesn't like it. they don't like my idea of a medicare-for-all single-payor program which would enable the united states to join the rest of the industrialized world, guarantee health care to all people and, by the way, jake, by the way, save middle-class families thousands and thousands of dollars a year on their health care costs. we are taking on the establishment. "washington post" is the establishment. doesn't surprise me they don't like my ideas. >> let's turn to national security. there have been some questions about who is advising you on
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military and foreign policy issues. who are the former generals or former senior defense officials upon whose counsel you rely? >> look, we have been talking in the last month to, you know, many, many, many people who are very knowledgeable about national security issues and foreign policy issues. and i am confident that we have the judgment and the experience to do what has to be done for the american people. and i would just remind the viewers, jake, that on the most important foreign policy issue in our lifetimes, or at least in the last 20, 30 years -- >> right. >> -- i voted against the war in iraq, and hillary clinton voted for it. i am confident that in terms of dealing with the middle east crisis, the need to put together a coalition to prevent our young men and women in the military from getting involved in perpetual warfare, i am absolutely confident that i can
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handle that issue. >> i know that you assert that you have the right judgment, but i'm just wondering if you could name a former military official -- >> there are too many. >> too many? >> larry cobb has worked in the reagan administration is somebody we have consulted with. >> all right. fair enough. in october you famously told hillary clinton -- i'll spare you my bernie sanders impression -- but you said the americans are sick and tired of hearing about your damn e-mails. should we take from those comments that you think nothing w that was done was wrong? >> no. >> is that a fair classification? >> that is not a fair assessment. i think this is a very serious issue. i think there is a legal process right now taking place. and what i have said -- you know, and i get criticized. you know, bernie, why don't you attack hillary clinton? there is a legal process taking place. i do not want to politicize that
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issue. it is not my style. and what i am focusing on, jake, are the issues impacting the middle class of this country. you know, jake, i go around the state of iowa. i can't go to a meeting where kids do not tell me -- not kids, middle-aged people -- how much in debt they are in terms of student debt or people who can't afford health care. those are the issues that we're going to focus on. there's a legal process on the way with regard to the e-mail situation. it will play out. i'm not going to politicize it. >> fair enough. senator bernie sanders, congratulations on what you've been able to build here in iowa. we'll see you on the campaign trail. >> thank you very much, jake. coming up next donald trump says he skipped this week's debate because of an argument with fox news, but his strongest rival, ted cruz, well, he's not buying it. >> i was interviewing with you,
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the union." i'm jake tapper live in des moines, iowa, where we are just hours away from the first voting of 2016. here in iowa, senator ted cruz is locked in a brutal battle with donald trump, trying to win republicans and win the state. will it be enough? i caught up with ted cruz on the trail here in iowa. >> thanks for joining us. i really appreciate it. >> it's good to be with you. >> you sold a group of pastors recently that if trump wins iowa and new hampshire where he already enjoys a substantial lead, there is a, quote, very good chance he could be unstoppable and be our nominee. are you the firewall, the one that can stop trump from being the nominee? >> look, i'll leave political punditry to other folks. >> this is your punditry. >> we're competing hard on the ground here in iowa, in new hampshire, in south carolina and nevada. and we're running a national campaign. we've got an incredible team all across super tuesday, across the s.e.c. states. >> so you don't have to win here
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necessarily. >> no. we don't view any state as a must-win. i think we're positioned to do very well in iowa. i think we've worked very hard. the grass-roots team we've got it unbelievable. it is second to none. we've got 200,000 volunteers nationwide, 12,000 volunteers on the ground here in iowa. and tomorrow we will complete what's known as the full grassley. we will have been to all 99 counties in the state of iowa. we will have stood in front of the men and women of iowa and asked for their support. i think that's what it takes to win iowa, but we're going to find out. >> it's gotten heated between you and the front-runner, donald trump, in recent weeks. and you've expressed your concerns about him. i know he abeing thttacked you r the record. but you have since counterpunched. in retrospect, you have made your concerns about his, in your view, new york values, his support for partial-birth abortion and more earlier, do you think? >> listen, there's a phase to any campaign. you know, a month ago, donald was telling everyone how much he
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liked me and how much i was his friend. and then his poll numbers started falling, and ours started rising. and now i wake up every day and look at my phone and discover what new insult he has launched out. >> there have been a lot. >> and they're always interesting. i will give him credit that when he insults someone, it's always memorable and colorful. you know, my approach has been i'm not going to respond in kind. so i don't intend to insult donald trump. no matter what he says, i like donald. i will continue to praise him as bold and brash. now, i do think policy differences are fair game. i do think pointing out that he and i have very, very different views on questions like life and marriage and religious liberty. he and i have very, very different views and records on questions like health care and obamacare and amnesty. and so all of that is fair game. but i think the people of iowa deserve more. i think the american people deserve more than just a battle of petty insults. so i don't intend to play that game. >> as you point out, there have been a lot of policy
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differences. lately you've been focusing more on rubio who trails you in the polls here, but some say he has momentum. he, this weekend, said that your campaign is being deceitful about his record. why should voters pick you over marco rubio, and why are you better to go after hillary clinton in november than rubio? >> well, listen. i think the central question in this primary is trust. we are tired of being burned. we keep having politicians who sound great on the trail, and they don't do what they said. if you look at when marco and i both ran for senate, when marco ran in florida, he promised the men and women of florida he would lead the fight against amnesty. in texas, i promised the men and women of texas i would lead the fight against amnesty. we made the identical promises. but when we got to washington, he and i made very different decisions. he decided to break the promise he made to the people who elected him. and he joined with chuck schumer and harry reid and barack obama, and not only did he not lead the fight against amnesty, but he led the fight to pass amnesty.
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it was the rubio/schumer amnesty bill. it didn't secure the border. it made it easier for obama to bring in tens of thousands of syrian refugees without mandating any background checks. that's a serious national security risk. and it granted amnesty to 12 million people here illegally. now, i made a very different decision. i chose to stand with jeff sessions and steve king and millions of conservatives across the country against amnesty. we led the fight against it, and we defeated it in congress. for you, if you're asking who can i trust to do what he said, the fact that on his signature issue marco broke his promise to the american people is significant, that would be like me coming to washington and suddenly discovering i was for obamacare. that would be commensurate with what marco did. and so a vote for marco is a vote for amnesty. and i'll tell you this. if we nominate a candidate who supports amnesty who has the same position on amnesty as hillary clinton, we will lose. the same millions of reagan
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democrats, of steelworkers and autoworkers and truck drivers and ee electricians who stayed home in 2008 and '12, they'll stay home in 2016. we've got to be fighting for the working men and women of this country. and amnesty takes their jobs and drive down their wages. we've got to be on behalf of the working men and women of this country. >> rubio's response to that obviously is that you offered an amendment that would have provided a path to legal status. not citizenship. but a path to legal status. >> yeah. and his response is false. the amendment i offered was 38 words. it was one sentence. and it said nobody here illegally will ever be eligible for citizenship, period. didn't say a word about legalization. and the differences are very clear now. marco supports amnesty. he supports legalization. and he supports citizenship today as a presidential candidate. i oppose amnesty. i oppose citizenship. i oppose legalization. you know, jake, i'll give you another difference, which is i had pledged on day one to rescind every single illegal and
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unconstitutional executive order issued by barack obama. that includes president obama's illegal amnesty. marco has gone on univision in spanish and told jorge ramos he will not repeal, he will not rescind obama's illegal executive amnesty on day one. he says you can't do it overnight, and he won't do it. now, that's a sharp difference. that's not a personal difference. it's not a personal insult. it's just a difference in policy. and by the way, marco's support for amnesty goes back many, many years when he was speaker of the house. >> in florida. >> in florida. he led the fight to provide in-state tuition for illegal aliens. i disagree with him on that. he's entitled to have that view, but he doesn't get to try to convince the voters that his position is different from what his record is. and for anyone who says, well, gosh, how do i know who's telling the truth? i would suggest you look to what jeff sessions and steve king and rush limbaugh and mark levin say.
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every one of them said ted cruz led the fight against it. jeff sessions of alabama said if it weren't for ted, the rubio/schumer gang of eight amnesty bill would have passed. and that's a difference that matters. and i would note during that whole battle, donald trump was nowhere to be found. >> let me ask you one final question. the debate. >> yeah. >> you were obviously took a lot of heat from the fellow candidates on the stage. and your campaign argues it was an establishment audience. it was not an audience that were a bunch of cruz supporters. do you think that donald trump didn't participate in the debate because he wanted you to be the target, or do you think it was because he didn't like megyn kelly or fox news or whatever? >> look, i don't think it was because he was afraid of megyn kelly. i think it was because donald did not want his record challenged. it's the same reason, actually, that donald engages in insults. because he can't defend his substantive record. his position on health care is the same as bernie sanders'. they both support socialized medicine, expanding obamacare to
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put the government in charge of our health care. his position on cronyism and corporate welfare is the same as barack obama. he supported obama's t.a.r.p. bailout for the big wall street banks. he supported obama's stimulus that it should be larger. and so, you know, look. i think it was a real mistake for donald not to show up at the debate. i think anyone who wants to win the state of iowa owes the people of this state the respect to show up at the iowa debate to answer the questions. i get that it is unpleasant to have your record subject to scrutiny, to be potentially criticized. but this is a job interview. you know, if i was coming to work for you, jake, if i was interviewing with you and i called you up and said, i'm not willing to show up at the job interview, you wouldn't hire me. and i think that's what donald said to the people of iowa, that he wasn't willing to submit to the scrutiny, and i think that's a mistake. what i am doing every day is asking the men and women of iowa, examine my record, pray on this, and i'll tell you, if conservatives come out tomorrow
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night, monday night at 7:00 p.m., if conservatives come out, we're going to win, and we are bringing together a grass-roots army, person to person, friend to friend, pastor to pastor, iowan to iowan, that's how you win the state of iowa. >> all right. good luck. thanks so much for doing this. appreciate it. some tough talk from senator cruz. when we come back, i'll hit the trail with mar roe rubio. he's been rising in the polls and striking back at ted cruz's argument to the voters about his authenticity. >> i think as people learn more about his record, they'll realize that he really isn't very calculated. he's always looking to take whatever position it takes to win votes or raise money.
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welcome back to "state of the union" in iowa. one of the many cliches about politics these days, that there are three tickets out of iowa after the caucus for the top vote getters. right now competing hard for the bronze or maybe even the silver, as florida senator marco rubio currently locked in a tough war of words with ted cruz here. i caught up with mr. rubio on his way to a rally in ames, and he pulled no punches when discussing his rivals. >> thanks so much for doing this. appreciate it. >> thanks for having me. thanks for coming. >> so the buzz in iowa is that there is marcomentum, that you are rising. do you feel it? does that seem accurate? >> we feel good about our team and the work we've done here. what it leads to, we'll see. obviously ted is the
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front-runner. 10,000 volunteers. he's truly the favorite, but we feel good about our work. what that translates to in future states, and we love being in here here. the people here are fantastic. i do feel good. the crowds are growing. the people signing up are growing. our campaign structure feels good about it. so we'll see what it leads to. but i feel real good about wednesday. we'll have a strong showing on monday night. >> i was just talking to senator cruz and asked him why should people pick him over you. and he said that you both ran in 2010, promising that you would block amnesty. and he kept his promise, and you broke your promise. >> yeah, so ted's -- the lie that his whole campaign is built on is that he's the only conservative and everyone else is a sellout and a rino, and it's absurd. even on immigration. i mean, he helped design george w. bush's immigration policy. he talked openly in an interview -- national interview about needing to reach a compromise on people that are here illegally. there's a tweet that was going around yesterday that he put out during the immigration debate talking about legalization.
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he said he wanted to bring people out of the shadows. he said he wanted to obviously pass immigration reform. so i think it's just not an accurate statement. i've tried to fix a problem that's a very serious issue in texas and in florida, and it's a hard issue. and clearly we're not going to be able to do it comprehensively, and we're not going to be able to do it until we enforce our immigration laws. i don't support amnesty. we're not going to have amnesty when i'm president. there's going to be real consequences for violating our law. but this whole notion that he's the only conservative, i think as people learn more about his record, they'll learn he's very calculated. he's always looking to take whatever position it takes to win votes or raise money. we're not going to beat hillary clinton with someone that will do or say anything to get elected. >> one of the things cruz said is that you gave an interview to univision to jorge ramos in which you said in spanish that you would not try to undo the executive actions president obama made when it came to -- >> that's also inaccurate. that just never happened. what i've always said is that
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the president's dafa on adults needs to be -- now it's being stayed by a court, but i'll repeal it, and daka needs to end, too. the only thing on daka, the people wouldn't be allowed to re-register and we shouldn't be adding people to it. that's consistently my position. it's just not accurate. at the end of this election, he's just making stuff up. and it's strange, given, you know, the formidable organization that he has here in iowa. he's obviously spooked by something. and so we expect the kitchen sink here in the next 48 hours. >> ben sass, the senator from nebraska, with whom i believe you've campaigned. >> mm-hmm. >> he hasn't endorsed anybody, but he certainly made it very clear that he thinks trump would be a disaster as the nominee. and he's a constitutional republican. sass has brought up donald trump's private life. talking about relationships he's had, extramarital, et cetera. is that fair game? is that kind of thing fair game? >> i don't bring it up. i like ben very much.
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if he wants s ts t s ts to bri you'd have to ask him about it. quite frankly in my mind, that's not the issue in this campaign. this country wants someone that will help undo the damage barack obama has done to america. so that's what i focus on. and that's what my campaign is about. so i can talk to you about the things i say or don't say. what somebody else says, you'll have to ask them. >> you were talking about how voters seem to really like authenticity and genuineness. and when i talk to voters in iowa, one of the things they say, the trump supporters, is they don't bring up his policies, even. they just like that he says what he thinks and he doesn't care about political correctness. he doesn't care about ruffling feathers. he's just honest. you are very disciplined politician. i'm not calling you ungenuine, but you're a very disciplined politician. do you think that that might work against you in a cycle like this? >> no, look. people can call it disciplined. i'm running on a very specific agenda. i mean, i'm running for president of the united states. i'm not doing it for entertainment.
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i'm doing it because this country is headed in the wrong direction. seven years of barack obama has done tremendous damage to our economy, our standing in the world, our national security, and those are the issues oom focused on. and i keep talking about them over and over because they're the reasons i'm running. donald is the greatest show on earth. he's very entertaining. this campaign isn't about that. it's got to be about the serious issues confronting this country. if we get this election wrong, there may be no turning back on these issues. >> can trump be stopped? >> in terms of the nomination? >> yeah. >> sure. this is a very unusual year. no one is unbeatable. this election won't be decided by one or two states. i think the race will narrow after a couple states, but no one -- myself or anyone else -- is going to have to earn this nomination. and it is going to be a very unusual, highly contested, i think, longer-than-usual process given the size of the field and given the challenge before the country. >> where can you win? what states can you win? >> well we try to do well everywhere. obviously i'm not the campaign strategist.
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you can talk to them about that. i'm running for president. and so what i focus on is i go out every day and try to get as many people as possible to be inspired and believe in our message and vote for me. whether it's here in iowa on monday in the caucus, whether it's in the primary a week later in new hampshire. what that translates to, you know, we'll see. i feel good about it. you know, i really don't spend a lot of time thinking about the strategy. i spend most of my time thinking about what i need to do when i'm president. >> a lot of people think that trump can be stopped but not if there are so many traditional politicians, which i don't mean as an insult, but traditional politicians in the race. you, christie, kasich, jeb bush, et cetera. do you think after iowa and new hampshire it will be time for some of these traditional candidates to coalesce behind one? >> no. you can't force anyone to do that. people are going to run until they feel it's time for them not to. and you know, i've never called for anyone to get out of the race. i think it will just happen. it always happens. i suspect that after iowa, there
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will be perhaps a candidate or two that may decide not to continue. certainly after new hampshire, i think that will be the case. and so that will play itself out in due time. but these people have worked very hard. i mean, i'm out there, but they're out there, too. they've been working for a year. they've been doing the town halls and shaking of the hands. they deserve to have voters weigh in on their candidacy and not have somebody calling on anyone to step aside. it will happen. and it will happen at the appropriate time, you know. no matter what our differences might be, i do respect people that are out there running for president in both parties. it's hard to do. having done this, having gone through this now, i have tremendous respect for the people that have done it before and are doing it now. >> one of the things that was interesting about the republican debate the other nighted that to the absence of the front-runner was the fact that hillary clinton was mentioned, i think, 32 times. barack obama was mentioned, i think, the same. donald trump was only mentioned 14 times. before you are able to take on hillary clinton, as i know you're eager to do, you have to
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get past the front-runner. and it seems like a lot of candidates are reluctant to even take him on. >> no, i mean, when i've had disagreements with donald we've discussed them in the past. not so much in the debates because it just hasn't come up, but we've most certainly done it during the campaign. if you go back to early, late fall, you'll see that. this campaign is not about republicans tearing each other up. this campaign is about ensuring that we can turn this country around. we're not going to turn this country around if a socialist like bernie sanders or someone like hillary clinton is elected president of the united states. >> senator, thanks so much. really appreciate it. >> i appreciate it. when we come back, will iowa deliver the victory that eluded hillary clinton once before, or will bernie sanders start the revolution he's been calling for? our panel's here in des moines with insights from the campaign trail. that's next. try the superior hold...
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i'm leading every single state including this one, but this is the closest of all of them. this is the closest. a poll came out yesterday or something. i'm leading by five points. i'm not used to five points. i like new hampshire where i have a 21-point lead. i don't like this five points. >> i don't like this five points stuff. donald trump lamenting his first place status here in iowa. joining me to talk about that and the race here and much more, conservative radio talk show giant hugh hewitt. republican strategist anna navarro and brian schweitzer, former governor who endorsed martin o'malley. thanks so much for being here in this freezing weather. let's put up the poll numbers from "the des moines register" poll right now. donald trump, 28%. ted cruz, 23%. marco rubio, 15%. ben carson, 10%. hugh, as ted cruz said, closed doors but wouldn't support his
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own punditry when i asked him about it, if donald trump wins here, is he unstoppable? >> no. i don't think anyone's going to get over 30%. so i don't think this race is actually going to move new hampshire much. i don't see the carson number staying at 10%. i see a lot of flexibility. i noted that marco rubio about three half hours this weekend, ted is rushing to the end. donald trump is staying here 24/7. wide open but i don't see anyone getting 30%. >> okay. can i ask you, do you think the ted cruz ground game can get him over the hump and have him win? is that possible? >> it is possible, but we don't know. really that is the gigantic question that is above both the democratic and republican caucus here on monday. will celebrity stardom, will authenticity, will persona trump, you know, the classic organizations? we've got hillary clinton and ted cruz who have classic on-the-ground organizations in iowa. we have got, you know, bernie sanders and donald trump who are all about persona, personality,
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just, you know, who they are, attracting all these rallies. the question is will the rallygoers turn into voters? if they do, i think you see bernie sanders and donald trump win. if they don't, i think you see hillary clinton, you know, get it. >> governor, let me ask you, we'll get to the democratic race here in iowa in a second, but do you think democrats, in general, are underestimating donald trump and how strong he might be in a general election? >> i think everybody has including most of the pundits. but what donald trump is, none of the above. his voters are -- i don't like anything that's going on in washington, d.c., and you don't sound or look like them. and i'm voting for you. >> that's interesting. >> what's interesting about trump in iowa is he might prove that ground game doesn't matter. i think he only has 12 staffers here in iowa. so is he able to reach people are social media and get them to show up on caucus night? i think something like 40% of the people who say they're going to vote for him on caucus night have never been to a caucus before. will they this time? because if he gets them there and if he wins iowa going away,
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it changes politics for democrats and republicans. >> whole book out the window. is hillary clinton underestimating donald trump, assuming she's the nominee and he's the nominee, is she ready? i hear a lot of democrats in washington, not you, kind of like sneering as if oh, he's going to be easy to defeat. and as has been pointed out, pundits are wrong about donald trump almost every time. >> yeah going away. i agree. look, i don't think, you know, if you're the republican nominee, you have a very good chance of being the next president. any major party leader, it could be president. so i think -- and also, we should recognize he's transformed politics. he's a new breed of political force. so no one should underestimate him. i do think he helps bring out the rising american electorate. he will bring out voters. you're seeing latino voter registration going up now. >> against him. >> against him. he will also attract different people to politics. >> disenfranchised white voters. >> i think that's something that both parties have to deal with. >> let's look at the democratic race from that gold standard
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poll, "the des moines register"/bloomberg, hillary clinton, 45%. bernie sanders, 42%. sorry, governor, o'malley only at 3% there. if that ends up being the final vote count, is the headline, do you think, governor, hillary clinton wins iowa, or is it bernie sanders almost beats hillary clinton in iowa? >> i don't care what the headline is because it isn't winner take all. if you get to 15%, you get some delegates and if you don't, you don't. what bernie ought to say is, look, i got 45% and i won. and hillary has to say, i won. outright. >> yeah. >> so, you know, bernie really ought to say, i got 45% of the delegates in iowa. that's pretty dang good. and go on to new hampshire. >> did hillary clinton underestimate bernie sanders, do you think, or did the clinton organization underestimate him? >> you know, we've seen bernie sanders rise in the fall. so i think you know, this isn't just like he was rising just now. he had a big, big surge in the
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fall. came down a little, is surging again. i think the reality is is that people are tired of politics as usual. and i think what's great about this race is hillary in the last week has really been, you know, fighting for it. she's really, like, doing better in the clutch. >> this is -- this poll was taken before the 22 e-mails marked top secret were revealed. this is an enormously important issue of national security. her biggest vulnerability is she is not trusted. yes, they do and republicans care. >> "the des moines register" poll, this question was asked about the e-mail. 85% democrats say they don't care. >> no, this is before the 22 e-mails came out friday that were marked top secret. she is lying to the american people. >> she is not lying. >> it will make its way -- >> i want to go into the poll. one thing that's interesting is if you look at the democratic vote, according to the poll, the most predictive thing about whether they support sanders or clinton is not gender, it's age. older voters going for clinton,
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younger voters going for sanders. and women under the age of 45, look at that. 48% of women under 45 are going for sanders. and 33% for clinton. why is hillary clinton not connecting, do you think, with younger women? >> because younger women don't just go for gender. because, you know, they don't think that being a woman is, you know, is an historical glass ceiling thing. you know, we've grown up. i am a woman that's under 45. we've grown up without some of the limitations that the women that came in front of us had. so we don't see it to the same level that you may, if you are of an older generation. and frankly, because, look, bernie sanders comes across as authentic. it is fascinating that the 74-year-old from vermont who's a cranky old guy is the one that is really resonating and cutting through with the young people because of passion. >> we've got to pay the bills. quick break right now. when we come back, panel, stay here. final predictions on who's going to win, who's going to get a ticket to new hampshire.
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welcome back. we're live in denoise and who is going to win the iowa caucus tomorrow night. governor, who is going to win both side? >> on the democrat i can side you will see horse trading in the democratic kau sus than would be at a kentucky county fair. if you don't get to 15 percent, and that's going to happen on the republican side too.
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you snead multiple people in the primary so that it's not over in two months. >> bernie wins the democrats and ted is second and mark rubio is third. >> and i think on the democratic side it's going to be bernie sanders because i really want to see larry david give a victory speech. >> i love how the republicans love bernie sanders. maybe there's a message there. >> yeah. >> let's see you tomorrow. when i think hillary will win. >> by a will the or a little? >> i think it's going to be close. she will will win and that's good momentum, and sadly for america donald trump will win. >> by? >> more than a few points. >> it's not going to go neck and neck. >> what about you? >> i don't do that. we're out of time.
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