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about that. linda's surgery is scheduled for tomorrow. we wish her well and we will bring you an update when we have it. time for news room now with carol costello. good morning. >> good morning. you guys have a great day. "newsroom" starts now. happening now, donald trump on the kkk. >> i know nothing about white supremacists. >> i disavow david duke. when we looked at it i disavowed david duke. i disavowed david duke all weekend long on facebook and twitter and obviously it is never enough. >> i ask donald trump jr. about race in america with one day to go until super tuesday. hillary clinton turns focus to november targeting trump. >> we don't need to make america great again. america has never stopped being great. >> bernie sanders is saying don't count him out. plus, chris rock at the oscars.
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>> otherwise known as the white people's choice awards. >> taking on the oscars white controversy head on. will anything change? let's talk live in the cnn newsroom. and good morning. i'm carol costello. thank you for joining me. this may be the single most important week of the crazy political season and maybe one of the bloodiest at least among republicans. this time tomorrow voting will begin in primaries and caucuses across 12 states and super tuesday with hundreds of delegates could push the front runners closer to locking up the nomination. here is how the races stack up. according to a new poll, hillary clinton appears to be pulling away from bernie sanders, 55% to 38%. in the republican race it is looking even more lop sided. donald trump absolutely dominates with 49% or roughly more than all of these challengers combined.
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alabama's jeff sessions becomes first sitting senator to back trump. his rivals are on the attack with new zeal over trump's endorsement by white supremacist david duke and interview in which trump seemed reluctant to disavow. here is how trump responded. >> the question was asked about david duke and various groups. i don't know who the groups are. i said will you tell me the groups. he was unable to tell me them. >> he said i'm talking about david duke and the ku klux klan and you said i don't know david duke. >> i'm sitting in a house in florida with a bad ear piece that they gave me and you could hardly hear what he is saying. i heard various groups. i disavow david duke and i disavowed him the day before in a major news conference which is
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surprising because he was at the major news conference and they heard me very easily disavow david duke. now i go and sit down again and i have a lousy ear piece provided by them and frankly he talked about groups. he talked about groups. and i have no problem with disavowing groups but i would like to know who they are. it would be fair to disavow a group if the group shouldn't be disavowed. i have to know who the groups are. i disavowed david duke. if you look on facebook right after that i also disavowed david duke. when we looked at the question i disavowed david duke. i disavowed david duke all weekend long on facebook and twitter and obviously it's never enough. >> we have a lot to cover so let's begin with chris freights in birmingham, alabama. >> reporter: the race for the gop campaign sounding a lot more like a middle school spat than
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race for the highest office in the land with marco rubio and donald trump trading personal insults over looks. with voting starting tomorrow marco rubio saying donald trump is a con artist and donald trump saying marco rubio is a choker. >> he doesn't sweat because his pores are clogged from the spray tan he uses. >> reporter: marco rubio in his latest string of personal attacks on donald trump. >> donald is going to not make america great, going to make america orange. >> reporter: hours after trump took jabs at the freshman senator at a rally in alabama. >> little marco rubio, a total, total featherweight. >> he is calling me little marco. he is taller than me like 6'2" which is why i don't understand why his hands are the size of someone who is 5'2". have you seen his hands? they are like this. you know what they say about men
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with small hands? you can't trust them. >> reporter: as trump stirs up controversy for what he didn't say. >> donald trump refused to criticize the ku klux klan. >> reporter: the billionaire refusing to disavow support from david duke. >> i don't know anything about david duke. >> reporter: trump deflecting questions by jake tapper. >> i don't know what you are talking about with white supremacy. i don't know. did he endorse me? or what is going on because i know nothing about david duke. >> reporter: on friday. >> david duke endorsed me? i disavow. >> reporter: and trump does know of the clansman. the billionaire ended brief flirtation with the reform party saying in a statement this is not company i wish to keep. trump took to twitter once again to disavow duke's support but
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only after he was attacked by some rivals. donald trump got another boost from the establishment on sunday when alabama senator endorsed his candidacy at a big rally here in the state. the immigration hard liner the first sitting senator to get behind donald trump's run as the billionaire continues to call less establishment support behind his candidacy. >> thank you. donald trump's awkward tap dance on david duke's endorsement have given challengers something in short supply, hope. they seized on the stumble with marco rubio saying the controversy makes trump unelectable. joining me spokes woman for the trump campaign. welcome to both of you. >> hi, carol. >> hi. katrina i will start with you. trump disavowed duke on friday
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but not on sunday and then tweeted he did disavow duke. this is how ronald reagan disavowed ku klux klan in 1984. this is a quote. ronald reagan said those of us in public life can only resent the use of our names by those who seek political recognition for the doctrines of hate their espouse. katrina, why doesn't mr. trump follow reagan's lead and use strong language like that? >> you know, i think what is important and being left out of the media reporting is that david duke did not endorse donald trump and david duke came out against cnn just last night to say that was not true. i will say this. mr. trump without hesitation disavowed the endorsement when it was brought up. cnn was there. that is why he was confused when jake tapper was asking the same
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question. mr. trump said i don't know what you are talking about. i think this has really been blown out of proportion and does highlight more media bias when no one asked barack obama to disavow senator robert burt who was a leader in the klan when he endorsed him. >> was mr. trump just confused? he said he had ear piece problems. >> there is no level that this guy will not stoop to to not take responsibility. he thinks the american people are stupid. he brags about how he manipulates folks. he talks about how he plays to people's fantasies and how you can con people for a while. we sit and watch this play out over the weekend where donald trump took five different positions because he got pressured into having to actually admit to what was going on.
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david duke absolutely came out and said it is against your heritage if you don't vote for donald trump. that is an endorsement. then to say i couldn't hear what was knowing on, anyone who watched that saw the interview with jake tapper. donald trump heard everything and responded to it. he didn't say i can't hear you. for katrina to make excuses and try to deflect which is what donald trump does all the time, to deflect away from what we saw in his own words and actions is insulting. apparently, these folks are buying into it. we need to start to expose this stuff because donald trump never takes responsibility for anything he says. >> should mr. trump perhaps give a speech once and for all strongly disavowing david duke? >> no because he has already done that and david duke did not endorse and you can look at david duke's own words.
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i know that the establishment is grasping for straws because they see that their guys aren't going to make it. i completely understand the frustration. the facts are that he was not endorsed by the kkk or david duke and when he was first asked about it without hesitation he denounced david duke period. >> why did he hedge on sunday? >> i just explained the whole thing to you. cnn was there. cnn was there. they asked him another question and said other groups. what exactly is that? let's admit this, the media and democrats have called the tea party racist and extremist and nazi, should we have him disavow the tea party? >> donald trump went and brags about how smart he is. you are telling me he couldn't answer. if that is the case i absolutely disavow -- >> shall we roll the tape?
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>> i don't know why he said that but he did say that. >> and try to blame it on the ear piece. >> there were reports that came out that it was not true, that there was no endorsement. he didn't know what jake was talking about. >> he said he didn't know who david duke was. >> let me say something here. >> it didn't happen. >> all of that doesn't matter. clear that donald trump is a manipulator and thinks everyone is stupid. we aren't stocking about donald trump's questionable history with race. when the doj sued the trump organization for racial discrimination in the 1970s or when donald trump came out and said how much he loves quote the blacks." maybe katrina is one of the blacks he likes since he pays her. >> snows is a good website to
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check this out. >> he wants short guys to count his money and he hates black bankers. >> republicans are very, very desperate right now. they are turning into actual democrats trying to use tactics like that. >> i got to end this. >> unfortunately to you, apparently. >> thanks to you both. stay with us. in just about a half hour we will talk to donald trump jr. about his dad's campaign and trump's momentum heading into super tuesday. the democrats are hitting multiple states looking to score big. hillary clinton's through massachusetts and virginia. her husband, bill, will visit massachusetts following a swing
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through texas. you are about to look live at the stage in houston where the expresident is expected. bernie sanders begins in minnesota then boston and vermont. senior washington correspondent is traveling with sanders who just got a major endorsement from a former dnc official. >> reporter: i think one of the things that shows is that the republicans are not the only ones who have cracksin the armor as we go through this presidential nominating process. that endorsement for bernie sanders coming from democratic congress woman tulsi gabbard of hawaii throwing her support behind bernie sanders. she has been an outspoken critic of the dnc's handling of the debate process but she says her reasons for doing this have more
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to do with the war and the position of president as commander in chief. >> we need a commander in chief who has foresight and exercises good judgment and who will not waste precious lives and money on interventionist wars of regime change. >> reporter: we are in minneapolis, minnesota where, by the way, bernie sanders is expected to appear a couple hours from now. throwing her support behind him. >> reporting live from minneapolis this morning. thank you. still to come, he didn't take home an oscar but chris rock is taking over oscar headlines this morning. talk about that next. the future belongs to the fast.
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chris rocked it. the comedian bringing the comedian so white controversy center stage at the academy awards. >> i'm here at the academy
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awards otherwise known as the white people's choice awards. you realize if they nominated hosts i wouldn't get this job. y'all would be watching neil patrick harris right now. this is the wildest, craziest oscars to host because we have this controversy, no black nominees. people are like chris, you should boycott, you should quit. you know, how come there is only unemployed people tell you to quit something? why this oscars? why this oscars? it's the 88th academy awards which means this whole no black nominees thing has happened at least 71 other times.
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i'm sure there were no black nominees some of those years and black people did not protest. why? because we have real things to protest at the time. we had real things to protest, too busy being raped and lynched to care about who won best cinema. when your grand mother is swinging from a tree it is hard to care about best documentary foreign short. everybody wants to know in the world is hollywood racist? you know, that's -- you have to go at that the right way. is it burning cross racist? no. is it fetch me some lemonade racist? no. it's a different type of racist.
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we want opportunity. we want black actors to get the same opportunities and that's it. just not just once. leo gets a great part every year. great parts all the time. what about the black actors? >> so let's talk about this with cnn senior media correspondent. chris rock, he could have come out on stage and made a couple of jokes and went on. he just went for it. >> kept going and going and going to the point where in the 9:00 hours people felt it was too much. he was continuing to hammer home the point maybe too much. better to have too much than too little on a topic like this. this is the second biggest stage on all of tv in the united states. after the super bowl the oscars
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is most watched show on television here. he had a huge and one of a kind opportunity to talk about this issue thmpt way he addressed it saying this is about opportunity was spot on. >> mark, did he rock it? >> absolutely. chris rock is one of the great observational comedians. i knew that when he was hosting these oscars after the controversy he was the perfect person for it. he hit hollywood repeatedly. he went the entire show basically with race jokes. it was inversely proportionate to the number of nominees there were. >> i thought it was interesting when chris rock was poking fun at jada pinkett smith for boycotting the oscars. let's listen to that. >> jada boycotting the oscars is like me boycotting rihanna's
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panties. i wasn't invited. it's not fair that will was this good and didn't get nominated. you are right. it is also not fair that will was paid $20 million for wild wild west. >> what is the underlining meaning? >> he was trying to offer criticism saying not everybody was nominated but not everybody deserves to be nominated. maybe leo deserved the award. it is who gets nominated and access to the academy and who gets to do deciding. chris rock was having fun with the smith family. >> i think anyone who climbs inside a deceased horse caucus and lives inside it for warmth is an acting performance that does win an oscar. >> i didn't see that movie. >> it was really good. >> i was happy "spotlight" won
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the issue. it was wonderful to see such a serious issue highlighted on stage like that. lady gaga singing a song for sex abuse survivors serious tone to the whole night. >> back to chris rock, as he was speaking and giving his monologue they were showing reaction shots in the audience. for me i felt kind of sorry for some of them. so uncomfortable. i'm just throwing the other side at you. >> watching a bunch of uncomfortable white people in a crowd made me so happy. that is part of the conversation. you have a conversation about race you will be uncomfortable sometimes. chris rock was pointing out profound truths about the oscars and racism in america. some people didn't know whether to clap or laugh. i thought that was awesome.
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i thought that was amazing. i think that can be the kind of discomfort that moves us into a new place as a nation, discomfort combined with action. >> maybe so didn't you feel sorry for those who did win the oscar because now they think -- >> some of the people accepting awards weird they weren't acknowledging the controversy. i always love watching chris rock poke fun at millionaires in the audience, talking about the $30 million salaries and hitting them up for money for girl scout cookies. fun watching them wiggle receipts talking about how rich they all are. >> hopefully it opened up a wider conversation in our nation. still to come, marco rubio take ag page out of donald trump's play book calling trump orange and making fun of the size of his hands. what is this about?
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and good morning. i'm carol costello. thank you for joining me. hillary clinton hoping to run up the score against bernie sanders. these are live pictures from springfield, massachusetts where clinton is holding a get out the vote rally. massachusetts along with 12 other states set to take part in tomorrow's super tuesday show down. marco rubio on the trail, too, this morning. he is in tennessee fighting for the 595 delegates at stake on super tuesday. 58 are up for grabs in tennessee. over the weekend rubio got rude and crude about donald trump. >> he is always calling me little marco. he is taller than me like 6'2" which is why i don't understand why his hands are the size of
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someone like 5'2". have you seen his hands? they are like this. you know what they say about men with small hands? you can't trust them. you can't trust them. you can't trust them. >> joining me now, michael warren and john avalon. welcome to both of you. >> good morning. >> john, it's like high school except when i ran for student body president in high school i didn't make small hands jokes. i didn't win, either. >> that might have been the difference. >> you wrote speeches for rudy giuliani. would you include that line? >> no. we in the last cycle we saw that
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the more [ inaudible ] trump is completely redefined what the bound of acceptable is. it's no small irony that now rubio is getting a ton of press for taking a page out of the trump play book and trump supporters are acting offended. it's not just about trump. it's about the conditions the republican party has created by shrinking base and elevating conservative populists you get a context in which playing to cheap seats is a winning strategy. this is a perfect storm led us to become stupid as america. congratulations, everybody. >> michael, maybe the strategy will work but marco rubio is so far behind in the latest national poll it doesn't seem like anything will make a difference. >> i don't know about that. there are things bigger than polls here. conservative principles.
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i disagree with john that the republican party's abrasive conservatism is to blame for this. marco rubio i have covered him and presidential candidates they talk about policy and the things they want to do for the country and nobody cares. donald trump gets up there and says insults like this and i have seen much worse than this particular insult that rubio slew and he gets all the coverage. not to pick on cnn, all cable networks do this. for two weeks at the end of august 77% of political coverage was about donald trump. there were 16 other republican candidates. i think that we in the media have a lot of blame here if we want to wring hands -- >> i want to interject one second. we have given the public donald trump speeches. don't you have to look to supporters and say isn't it your fault you are supporting this man? all those republicans in the audience?
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if you don't like donald trump that's fine but people are supporting him. isn't it their fault in the end? they are listening to the same stuff you are. >> don't we think donald trump's celebrity has a lot to do with it? he has figured out a lot of things that are wrong with the republican party but he is similar in many ways to pat buchanan and ross perot. do we think they would be doing as well? i don't think so. i think the attention that donald trump is a big part of the reason he is doing so well. >> i think you are hitting on something with regard to the fact of his celebrity. he understands how to use the media's conflict bias to promote himself. i think you misunderstood the point. the point is conservative populism, people who profit off of dumbing it down. donald trump talks around a seventh grade level to folks.
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it is no surprise when candidates respond in kind. as you head into super tuesday support increasing, not decreasing after things like refusing to denounce the kkk. that speaks to a larger problem in the coalition. >> the poll was taken before any of the kkk controversy or most taken before kkk controversy. >> controversy tk, a rolling boil. reforming laws and wanting to suggest that we bring the act back. pick your day and a new one to tick off. >> i have to leave it there. michael warren, john avalon, thanks to both of you. cnn's clarisza ward, her exclusive report next. >> there are snipers all around. avo: when laquinta.com sends craig wilson a ready for you alert the second his room is ready, ya know what he becomes?
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president will award the medal of honor to a navy s.e.a.l. here is cnn with how the rescue went down. >> reporter: as a navy s.e.a.l. edward buyers jr. is well acquainted with danger. >> the mission, to us that is a no fail mission. our objective, our goal is to bring back an american hostage alive. >> reporter: and that he and others did rescuing dr. joseph who taliban had been holding captive. >> at that time that i engaged the person and jumped off the guy i was on and on to the doctor who was about three or four, maybe five feet away to my right. >> reporter: for his heroic
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effort president obama is awarding him the highest military honor. >> wasn't until he called and i got to speak to him and he said congratulations. i looked at your award and i am approving you to receive that congressional medal of honor. >> reporter: he is dealing with another reality. he was the second to burst into the taliban hideout to free dr. joseph. the first s.e.a.l. was killed. >> nick embodied the essence of what it is to be an american hero. he will forever be remembered in the pages of history for the sacrifices that he made. >> reporter: plenty of people are calling him a hero. >> my daughter knows i'm daddy. and she loves me just for that. if you talk to her she will tell you five different nick names she has. i don't think one of them
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includes hero. >> reporter: the magnitude isn't lost on everyone especially mom. >> when i called my mom that night and told her, got to love my mom, her first question was do you think i will be able to come to it. i said of course, mom. i'm pretty sure you will be allowed to come. >> cnn, the white house. >> cnn is learning this morning that an elite group of u.s. army members are ready to target, capture or kill top isis operatives. >> reporter: there is really a common thread here, increasing reliance on the elite special operations unit by the u.s. military. we are not going to talk about specifics. we are not talking about timing. we are not talking about specific locations but what we do know now from our sources is that delta force operatives are
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ready to begin the operations that they were sent in there to do several weeks ago. back in december secretary of defense ash carter announced something called the expeditionary targeting force. that is the special forces. they have been spending the last several weeks doing what they do, living covertly, gathering intelligence, establishing informant networks and have collected enough intel to have perhaps half a dozen isis targets to go after in northern iraq. what they are doing is what they have always done in places like afghanistan, in places like iraq. they develop intelligence. they hit a compound, capture or kill who is in there, get all the intelligence they can from laptops, cell phones and then use that, leverage that to conduct additional missions. what we are going to see perhaps in the coming weeks now is a real ramp up in what special
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some of the killing and destruction inside syria has stopped at least temporarily because of a tentative truce negotiated. it does appear to be holding
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despite several reports of violence. clarissa ward just returned from rebel-held syria. she was on the ground when the cessation of hostilities have come into effect. here is her exclusive report. >> reporter: we are in the heart of rebel-held syria and this entire area has seen some of the most intensive bombardment in the past few months. we have been traveling around here for nearly a week. since the cessation of hostilities began there has been a dramatic decrease in number of air strikes. we visited a town on the outskirts of aleppo. people told us about 30 hours after the cease fire began there was an air strike on a house. we were able to capture some video of the after math of that air strike. there have also been reports of
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clashes in other parts of the country but certainly it does feel quite a bit quieter here. what is interesting is that you won't find anybody here celebrating about this cease fire. that is for a number of reasons. in the run up to the cessation of hostilities there was a edwa secondly, the people here who live in rebel-held territory simply don't trust the rejeenl of asaad. they see is cease fire as a trick designed to the regime can take more territory. for that reason, many people wove spoken to are against the cease fire. a few days ago we attended a protest where people were carrying signs saying this is a betrayal of those who have died for the cause. they were chanting we must fight and unite. even in a weekly sermon, they were urging people not to heed
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the cease fire and to continue fighting. >> all right. clarissa ward joins us live along the turkey syrian border. what's next? >> reporter: well, that's the million dollar question, carol. it doesn't seem like anybody has any real answers. certainly want to make one thing clear. from the people that we talked to, they do want peace. it's not that they don't want peace. they just don't believe in the terms of this cease fire. i think what that really underscores is the fundamental disconnect between the people fighting and dying and the people out of the country who are brokering these types of deals. everyone we spoke to said they didn't feel their voice is being represented. they feel like a part of a game of chess that's being played out between the world's superpowers and they're concerned without an agreement that baa shshar al as the president of syria must go,
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there can be no talk about peace, and there can be no cease fire implemented. >> all right. reporting live. and while all of this is going on in the middle east, rubio is campaigning to become the president of the united states in tennessee. he's been bashing trump, calling him unelectable. >> nominate someone who refused to distance himself from an avowed racist like david duke, and we can't lose this election. the media knows donald trump can't win. and that is why they are giving him a pass. you think they don't know all these things about his business record? you think they don't know all these storys? they're waiting for him to be the nominee which is not going to happen, but they're waiting for that so they can go on him like the hounds of hell. they're shred him to pieces and then get hillary clinton elected in the that's what they want.
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we can't allow for hillary clinton to be elected. hillary clinton will follow the same policies that barack obama has put in place, and if we stay on the road we're on right now, we're going to be the first americans that leave their children worse off than themselves. hillary clinton may need to pardon himself after putting classified information on her e-mail server. and hillary clinton is someone who is disqualified from being commander in chief because she lied to the families of those victims in benghazi, and anyone who the does that can never be the commander in chief of the united states of america. [ applause ] >> we have a chance in this election to go in a different direction from the one we're headed now, and it's the direction i'm offering you. it's direction i ask you to vote
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for. it is not one that asks you to act on your fears and your anxieties, for i know that they are real. it's a direction that asks you to embrace your hopes and dreams for a better future. it's a direction that says that we, when i am president, are going to reembrace the constitution of the united states. when i'm president, for the first time in eight years, you'll have a president that defends your first amendment right to live out the teachings of your faith. you'll have a president that defends your second amendment right to protect yourself and your family. if you vote for me, you'll have a president that understands because of eight years that i spent in florida, two of them as speaker of the florida house that the tenth amendment is
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right. the government, if it has power, it belongs at the state level, not at washington d.c. you will have a president that believes in free enterprise, not because i inherited money or i'm wealthy but because my dad was a bartender and my mother was a maid, and the reason why they had jobs is because free enterprise works. free enterprise is the only economic model in the history of the world where you're judged on your merit and work, not on your connections, not on your last name. it is the only economic model in the history of the world where you can make poor people richer and you don't have to make rich people poorer, where you can lift everybody up and not tear anyone down. and that's why as a candidate i have offered serious ideas and
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serious proposals. unlike donald trump, who won't tell you where he stands on the issues, because he doesn't care where he stands on the issues. to him, we'll figure it out when we get there. we can't elect the dog that caught the car. get it? think about it. the dog is always barking at the car. what are you going to do when you catch that car? we can't risk it. and i ask you to go on our website, marcorubio.com. i have a real plan to roll back out a control regulation, so save social security and medicare, to balance the budget and fuellly utilize the energy sources. >> he's a little hoarse. he's been speaking to crowds all weekend long. we'll take a quick break. man 1: i came as fast as i could. what's up?
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happening now in the news room, donald trump on the kkk. >> i know nothing about white supremacis supremacists. >> i talked agent david duke all weekend long, and obviously it's never enough. >> one day to go until super tuesday. >> looking at little marco, and i'm saying there's something happening with him. >> and the gop race gets personal. >> and you know what they say about men with small hands? you can't trust them. >> also, hillary clinton turns her focus to november, targeting trump. >> we don't need to make america great again. america has never stopped being great. >> but barpernie sanders is say don't count him out. >> plus chris rock rocking the
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oscars. taking on the oscars so white controversy head on. will anything change? let's talk. live in the cnn news room. >> and good morning. i'm carol costello. thank you so much for joining me. this may be the single most important week of this crazy political season and maybe one of the bloodiest, at least among republicans. you're looking at rubio no tennessee taking swipes at trump, calling him une lexable. by this time tomorrow, voting will have begun across 13 states and super tuesdays with hundreds of delegates could push the front runners closer to locking up the nominations. according to a new cnn poll, hillary clinton appears to be pulling away from bernie sanders. 55% support to 38%. and on the republican side, it's now looking even more lopsided. donald trump simply dominates
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with 49% or roughly more than all of his challengers combined. alabama's jeff sessions becomes the first sitting senator to officially back donald trump. his rivals, though, are attacking trump with a new zeal over a show of support for trump by david duke. and specifically, a cnn interview in which trump appeared reluctant to disavow the former klansman. here's his reaction. >> the question was asked about david duke and various groups. i don't know the groups. i said would you do me a favor and tell me the groups. he was unable to do that. >> he says i'm talking about david duke and the klu klux klan here, and you said honestly, i don't know david duke. >> i'm sitting in a house in florida with a bad ear piece. you could hardly hear what he was saying. what i heard was various groups. and i don't mind disavowing anybody.
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i disavowed him the day before at a marriage news conference which is surprising. he was there. cnn was there. and they heard me very easily disavow david duke. now i go and sit down again. i have a lousy ear piece that's provided by them, and frankly, he talked about groups. he also talked about groups. i have no problem with disavowing groups, but i'd like to know who they are. it would be very unfair to disavow a group if the group shouldn't be disavowed. i have to know who they are. i disavowed facebodavid duke. i disavowed david duke all weekend long on facebook and twitter and obviously it's never enough. >> we have a lot to cover. let's begin with chris frates. good morning, chris. >> reporter: good morning, carol. this refusal by donald trump to
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disavow david duke in the kkk, driving the news cycle. it's important to understand the time line. on friday he was asked whether he would disavow the support. he did disavow that, but then with jake tapper he was asked repeatedly whether he would disavow the support and he refused to do that. his rivals jumped on that, cruz and rubio hitting him for refusing to repudiate david duke and the klan. here's what rubio said yesterday. >> should the head of the conservative movement, the republican nominee be someone that today like donald trump refused, refused to criticize the klu klux klan? he was interviewed on cnn and asked to disavow the klu klux klan. he refused to do it. he was asked to criticize david duke c he said i don't know who that is. he knows exactly who that is.
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he knows exactly who that is. >> reporter: so there's marco rubio. he's right. donald trump does know who david duke is. if you go back to 2000, trump decided not to ran was a -- he said that's not the company he wants to keep. certainly trump did know of david duke and about his affiliations with the klu klux klan. on saturday donald trump taking to twitter to disavow david duke again, and then, of course, we heard in the today show interview him saying that he does, in fact, disavow david duke and blamed his inability on sunday on a bad ear piece. this has been an issue on the campaign trail. both rubio and cruz hitting him on it. i suspect we'll continue to hear more of that as we go into super tuesday, the big primary day tomorrow. >> i suspect we will. chris, thanks so much.
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chris was explaining this is what he meant when donald trump responded to jake tapper about whether trump would disavow white supremacist groups. >> i don't know what you're talking about what white supremacy or white supremacists. i don't know. did he endorse me or what's going on? >> reporter: i guess the question from the anti-defamation league is even if you don't know about their endorsement, there are groups endorsing you, would you say you condemn them and you don't want their support? >> well, i have to look at the group. i don't know what group you're talking about. >> reporter: i'm just talking about david duke and the klu klux klan. >> honestly, i don't know david duke. >> and then you heard how donald trump responded to matt lauer on the today show this morning. he said he couldn't hear jake tapper, but he does disavow david duke.
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he tweeted that this morning and over the weekend. let's talk about that with hugh hewitt. hi, hugh. >> good morning, carol. >> good morning. i'll just ask you point blank. is donald trump racist? >> no, i don't think he is, but i believe that's the 47th% moment of this campaign cycle, and i heard earlier today someone say it's a disqualified moment for him. and joe scar borrow is no enemy of trump. neither am i. it's much worse than the 47% error that romney made. when rubio went after it, he went that and hillary clinton's server which is her 47% error. you look for the moments that define a campaign. you'll remember this. in 2000 the gore campaign dropped george w. bush's dui on him. george w. bush was six points up and lost the popular vote to al
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gore. i think you'll see enough damage to deny him wins. he'll have to come of the march 10th debate and defend it. there's rumors he'll skip. now he has to do what romney did not do on the 47% which is go after the kkk at every stop again and again. he ought to be calling every radio station in america to denounce the kkk. that is a disqualifying audio. that may be in every book about this campaign cycle in the first paragraph. >> what if donald trump did as ronald reagan did back in 1984 because the kkk also endorsed ronald reagan, and ronald reagan, this is a quote from the new york times. he said, those of us in public life can only resent the use of our names by those who seek political recognition of hate they espouse and he went onto
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say he repudiated their endorsement. what if he would come out and say strongly, and in his mind he has disavowed him strongly, but what if he came out and disavowed them strongly? >> the 30 years that separate us from that is a year in which the media has shattered. it's impossible to capture the audience again. the audio remains forever. it would be in every hillary clinton ad. it will be in every marco rubio and ted cruz speech. it is there. it's marked. now, donald is doing what he needs to do. he should be doing it on every show today to try and get it back. but that audio that you played that jake tapper audio, you can't erase it. it's never going away. can you imagine the impact of that when that plays on the weekend before the november election in every african american community across every swing state in america? that's what joe was saying this morning when he said it's
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disqualifying. political professionals think in 30 second sound bites. that's devastating. the republicans passed the civil rights act over the filibuster by al gore's father. they beat back the white racists of the south. they are the party of lincoln. donald has to go out and attack this. it was a huge error, terrible zblflt . >> he has the endorsement of sessions. >> you also saw a nebraska senator come out and say he'd never endorse trump. i'm sure sessions knows the legacy of the kkk is evil, and everybody knows who david duke is. i don't know if you can get away from the ear piece explanation. it's a very bad -- and it comes after the tax return questions
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and rubio and cruz asking does he have mob ties, no charitable giving, overstatement of wealth after trump university and trump mortgage? he's ahead in the new national cnn poll, but this is the kind of thing that in two weeks can sink a campaign. he has the use the national stage at the next cnn debate to denounce right in the camera, let me put ted and marco aside, the kkk is evil and i denounce them then david duke. >> unless come don't know who david duke is, he was a former grand wizard for the ku klux klan. and they were responsible for the church bombings in alabama that killed the three little girls. >> i can't imagine anyone who wants to be president who david duke is? i don't know what was going on. he denounced him two days earlier.
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it's like gerald ford saying poland is free in the 19 76 debate. it's clilike hillary clinton sag she left the white house impoverished. she has a long list as well, but none of them as devastating on election weekend in november as this one. >> so let's talk about how marco rubio could pull it out. the latest poll shows him lacking far behind trump nationally. trump has something like 49 %. rubio has 16%. rubio, as you heard, as come out swinging against donald trump. he's also using crude, rude language. will that do it, hugh? >> i don't think he's using crude, rude language. he's using funny lines and innuendo. i think it's a delegate hunt. the polls have been wrong. they were wrong in iowa and south carolina. they're just wrong.
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it's a delegate hupnt. right now we are at 600 dell dpats up for play tomorrow. when the dust settles, i think you'll see we're going to an open convention in cleveland. i would not be surprised to see some combination of cruz, rubio, and kasich get together and try and run as a ticket, maybe wrought together by intermediaries who are coming from the place where we cannot have a kkk sound bite defining the party. and that is, and donald trump has got to -- i go back to the march 10th debate. he has to use that moment to kill this story. he began this morning in doing what he needs to do, but that jake tapper audio, that is going to be the defining moment of this primary season, i think. >> i want to ask you before you go about john kasich. is there any path to the nomination for the ohio governor? >> oh, sure. sure. look, an open convention means anyone can go, and john kasich is doing well in michigan.
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he'll do well in ohio. he'll have chips at the table when they sit down and negotiate in cleveland, who's going to be the nominee and vice president, the secretary of state and the secretary -- there's going to be an open convention, not a brokered convention. if you have delegates and you have sway, they'll listen to you. kasich has a lot of options. cruz can say he's the only guy that has won something. rubio probably won't win anything until march 15th unless there's a sunner tomorrow. but the impact of the last few days, trump university, the tax returns not coming out and now the kkk, the race has been thrown into disarray again. it's like the oscars tonight. it began with racism, ended with climate change, and between it was a mess. and then the broadcast ended. that's what we're doing right now. >> always a pleasure. thank you. >> thanks, carol. >> the democrats are preparing
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for a super tuesday show down. hillary clinton and bernie sanders chris crossing several stating including massachusetts and texas. joe johns traveling with the sanders campaign, he's in minnesota this morning. hi, joe. >> reporter: good morning, carol. one of the big things happening in the orbit, if you will, of bernie sanders is he has a new endorsement, a big new endorsement. this is from the congresswoman of hawaii who is an outspoken critic of what's been going on with debates in the democratic party. but she says that her support for bernie sanders has more to do with the commander in chief and uses of the military. listen. >> we need a commander in chief who will exercise good judgment and foresight and stop getting us into these interventionist regime change wars as we've seen
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in iraq, as we've seen in libya, and we're seeing now occurring in syria. the stakes are very high, and the contrast is clear between hillary clinton and bernie sanders. >> reporter: the endorsement of a member of congress is not to be underestimated in a presidential campaign. they are super delegates to the conventions, and the other thing is they impi matly know their congressional constituents. >> the next debate is live from flint, michigan. join us for the cnn democratic presidential debate sunday night 8:00 p.m. eastern only on cnn. still to come, chris rocks the oscars in the middle of a diversity controversy. will it spark change? dad, you can just drop me off right here. oh no, i'll take you up to the front of the school. that's where your friends are. seriously, it's, it's really fine. you don't want to be seen with your dad? no, it's..no..
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last night's oscars was all about what do you stand for, and we know where chris rock stands. bringing the so white controversy center stage at the academy awards. >> well, i'm here at the academy awards, otherwise known as the
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white people's choice awards. you realize if they nominated hosts, i wouldn't even get this job. so you all be watching neil patrick harris right now. but this is the wildest, craziest, oscars to ever host because there's all this controversy. no black nominees. you know? and people are like chris, you should boycott. chris, you should quit. you should quit. you know, how come it's only unemployed people who tell you to quit something, huh? the big question, why this oscars? why this oscars? you know? it's the 88th academy awards. @the 88th academy awards, which means this whole no black nominees thing has happened at least 71 other times. i'm sure there were no black nominees some of those years.
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say 62 or 63 and black people did not protest. why? because we had real things to protest at the time. [ applause ] >> we had other things to protest. we're too busy being raped and lynched to care about who won best cinema. when your grandmother is swinging from a tree, it's really hard to care about best documentary foreign short. everybody wants to know in the world is this hollywood racist? is hollywood racist? you know, that's a, you know, you got to go at that at the right way. is it burning cross racist? no. is it fetch me some lemonade racist? no. no. it's a different type of racist. we want opportunity. we want the black actors to get
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the same opportunities. that's it. you know? you know, not just once. leo gets a great part every year, and, you know, and everybody -- look, all you guys get great parts all the time. but what about the black actors? >> so let's talk about this now with mccakayla davis and stephae elin. stephanie, you were on the red carpet last night. how did the actors react to the monologue? >> i think a lot of it, when you look at it, carol, it was expected. we all knew that chris rock was going to go in, and he was in his element. it was almost a complex of perfect timing to have this oscar so white happening and to have chris rock host it. you know he's going to go at it and call it as he sees it. he didn't leave anything alone. he toughed everybody.
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he went after jada pinkett smith and the committee a bit and talked about the people who were in decision-making positions. he did do all of that. i think people expected that. if you didn't expect that, you were coming from a different planet. most everyone expected that. and i think because he did it with humor that it made people uncomfortable but happy that he was the one who was at the command center at that point to make it happen. >> some people looked really uncomfortable. >> uncomfortable, but a lot of people are uncomfortable talking about race. as soon as they hear it they get frazled. for a lot of people, they were happy with the way it went. i've heard people say they were happy with his performance. >> i think the moment i realized how comfortable some members of the audience were was when chris rock singled out leonardo dicaprio, and there was a closeup, and he said he was
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offered great roles every year. black actors are not. >> it's interesting. it was an awkward night in fact it was oscars so awkward. when he said -- when you said what do you stand for at the same time there were two that were raising money for poor people in flint. some of hollywood's biggest stars were somewhere else doing something that we were really standing for. so the opening was awkward because a lot of black folks are thinking should we be watching this or watching flint? and so everyone on different levels felt awkward, and the lens of the whole night changed. and that's what activism does. i was watching it, and the actresses seemed extra white and extra skinny and some of the black people seemed extra tokened. i feel like they were wheeling black people out for gratuitous
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things. it was a very weird night, but that's what change is. i think people felt like they should be happy, but they also felt really uncomfortable, and some of it went too far, and some of it didn't go far enough. it was weird. >> i want to continue on that. you're right. it went on the entire night. they shad sketches. after a while, it was like let me stop and enjoy this for a moment. stephanie, did you get a sense of that from people. >> yes, but if you have chris rock as your host, you should know that's what you're going to get. that, to me, is not a shocker. also when you take a look at the conversation about diversity. chris rock kept it specific to black actors, but a lot of the conversation has been wider than that. i also saw some asian actors coming out on stage. the problem is they're not nominated. you have the director who won for the revenant. he was talking about it because, obviously, he's hispanic, and
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talking about the fact he's put into this category as well. you have to look at this diversity conversation as being whiter than it is, and at the same time, while it makes a lot of people uncomfortable to talk about race, it makes people uncomfortable that they can't get roles. and the martian, you have martinez who is hispanic and donald glover who is a great mathematician who is black. that's where the conversation needs to go, not necessarily casting the black guy to be the black guy, but he's a great guy and could be in this role. >> i think change is happening, but at a smaller level. if you watch shows on netflix, there's a lot of diversity on netflix. even if you watch television, it's not happening in movies, though. >> television, broadway. change is awkward. hollywood has been so white, so male, so straight for so long. this is the process. right? from one night you can feel
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jabbing at donald trump lobbing insults about an orange tan, thin skin, and even tiny hands. and it may be more than just political theater.
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listen to john oliver talking about trump's response to earlier criticisms of his small hands. >> so how about the claim that he is tough? well, again, i'm not sure about that, because for a tough guy, he has incredibly thin skin. thigh magazine called him a short fingered vulgarian. usually with a note reading see? not so short. and look, look. his fingers seem fine. but the very fact he is sensitive about them is absolutely funny. as is the fact that the notes were apparently written in gold sharpie. which is so quintessentially donald trump. something that gives the passing appearance of wealth but is actually just a cheap tool. >> oh, let's pull the curtain back for a glimt to the real
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donald trump. the donald trump we don't see. joining us is trump biographer, michael dantonio. >> thank you. good morning. >> good morning. give us a glimpse of the real trump. >> well, his fingers aren't that short. i shook his hands many times. they're pretty regular, but he does have a thin skin. if he were a boxer, i'd say he has a glass jaw. what's happening now is people are playing the game that he plays. you can't really reach someone in the gutter unless you get down in the gutter. it may be too late for marco rubio, but he's engaging at the right level. >> you wrote this biography and had extensive interviews with donald trump. what kind of guy is he? give us a sense of who he is? >> he's pleasant enough in person, but he's very much the same person that you see on the campaign trail. he told me that he's who he was at age six, and hasn't changed
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since then. so think about a six-year-old with billions of dollars and everybody listening to him. he says everything. he means everything that he says, but then changes his mind whenever he feels like it. it's very hard to pin him down. >> what do you mean he hasn't changed since he was six? >> temperament. he doesn't believe people change or grow. and he said to me that he doesn't read books. he's very focussed on the media, but mostly where his name appears. so every morning he starts the day with a sheaf of printouts of where he's been mentioned and his name circled. it's very narcissistic -- he's got no observing ego, as they say. he doesn't know what you're seeing when you're looking at him and his outrageous behavior. >> your book and the title, the title is "never enough, donald trump and the pursuit of success". >> why did you title your book
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that? >> he used the phrase never enough over the weekend. he had a lawyer call me. this is like getting a call from tony soprano with a law degree. i want to talk to you about your book. he threatened me and the publisher. i said, you can't have that many problems. i said is the title enough. he said no, not really. there's enough enough for donald. there's never enough money or controversy. he's able to generate more and more and more any time he wants. >> so you're not surprised he decided to run for president? >> he told me he would three years ago. i didn't believe it at first. he says he's the smartest guy in the world. he says everything. so when he said this, i thought, okay, yeah, yeah, donald. as it got close, i realized he was serious. he kept telling me how many twitter followers were saying he should run, and that's more
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important to him than anything else. it turned out he was right. he didn't need the party an rut us behind him. he needed twitter followers. >> what is it about him that people love? >> i think they love the plain spokenness. but he is also signaling. this thing with race, back in the 70s, he played the racial victim. his father's business was sued for not renting to black applicants. he sued back saying oh, i've been injured. in the 80s he said i'd rather be a well-educated black man. that's a ridiculous thing to say. in the 90s it was going after the central park five and saying bring back the death penalty. he knows who david duke was. he knows all of this stuff. for anyone to think that he's not doing this purposely and knowingly, they're naive about donald trump. >> do you think he's going to win the nomination? >> i do. i think he'll go into the convention with the most
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delegates, so whether he can play the game at an open convention, i don't know. i wouldn't have said it in august, but by october, i was believing it because i saw the ground swell like everybody else. >> you know, i was just having a short conversation with brian stelter. we were marving about how rubio is talking about donald trump, the innuendo is there. and we wondered would hillary clinton use the same tactics? as a woman would donald trump use the same tactics against hillary clinton? >> he would use them against her. he calls rosie o'donnell my fat little rosy. he has another who is ugly on the inside and the outside. he goes after women on the appearance. it's hard for a woman to do the same. most women have more empathy and wouldn't do that to somebody. she may eventually have to start talking about that, but boy, would that be a sad day that our national politics are reduced to that level. >> they're already at that level. >> i'm afraid they are.
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able to participate in the process when it mattered. we should. there's a lot of great things happening in georgia and throughout the south. this was a way that gives us a voice this year. i think you can see by the crowds there turning out, the excitement that we've had, the record turnout we've had in early voting that people are really excited about this idea. >> i was just going to ask you about the enthusiasm on the voter's part. what are you hearing? >> it's been unbelievable. trump had a huge crowd in alabama. marco rubio has 4,000 or 5,000 people at his event the other day. cruz had a big event. rubio is coming back. trump, back here tonight. and we've seen candidates barn storming all throughout the south. i'm sure they're loving this weather down here compared to iowa and new hampshire as well. >> i'm sure. i'm certain you're right about that. you know that there's a little bit of unrest within the
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republican party. some republicans are up in arms about donald trump's success at the polls. what do you make of that? >> well, i think that's the great thing about this primary. you know, here in georgia we had over 4 00,000 people that voted. that's more than the '08 election. i think we'll be a snapshot of what's happening in america. our delegates are going to be spread out proportionately. it gives the candidates a way to campaign to all different sectors of our family membeolks. that's on both sides of the aisle. i think that's exciting. that's why we have the race, the elections, things are very fluid right now. it's going to be interesting to see whether trump rides this wave on to the nomination or weather the winds change tomorrow and we'll see. >> well, the senator of nebraska
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says if trump wins the nomination, he'll have a third party nomination. do you think that's right? >> i'm going to be supporting the nominee. i think that's the best way that we have to win the white house back. i think the republican voters are energized in that regard. that's one thing about the election in the south. it gives us an opportunity to weigh in on the race when it really matters, and i think republicans will coalesce around our nominee. we have a long way to go, and i'm encouraging everyone here to get out and vote. that's republicans, indenpendens and democrats. that's what america is all about, let your voice be heard. >> absolutely. thank you for joining me this morning. >> thank you. >> still to come in the news room, we're hearing from an american college student detained by north korea for two months. hear what we had to say, next.
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today we got our first look at otto frederick bonbia since his arrest. this was released by the north koreans. in it the 21-year-old apologizes to all north koreans. there's cnn's will ripley with the latest from beijing. >> reporter: another american front and center in pyongyang's propaganda parade. >> the government of the dprk for your forgiveness. please, i made the worse mistake of my life. >> reporter: this university of virginia business major making a dramatic, emotional confession. >> please, save this poor -- >> reporter: cnn cannot verify if he's speaking under dur rez. he's accused of attempting to
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steal a banner from a hotel. this is where it allegedly happened. it is legal for americans like him to visit north korea on government supervised tours. those who obey the rules usually come and go without a problem. the u.s. state department won't comment on this case. the agency strongly recommends against all travel to north korea saying they risk arrest and long term detention. we were granted surprise interviews with three detained americans, two who entered as tourists. all were eventually released after u.s. intervention. >> please, think of my family. >> reporter: his parents issued a statement saying they were relieved to finally see him, noting they haven't heard from him since he was detained in january. they urged the north korean government to consider his youth and make an important
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humanitarian gesture by allowing him to return to his loved ones. just days after the arrest, north korea claimed to test the first h bomb followed weeks later by a satellite launch. two things that will mean stronger sanctions against the regime. now another detained american, seen as a valuable political pawn in north korea's ongoing propaganda war with the west. will ripley, cnn, beijing. >> still to come, the party seems to never end for johnny manziel. the latest spot where he's been reportedly -- well, where he's been reportedly letting loose, next. elongs to the fast. and to help you accelerate, we've created a new company... one totally focused on what's next for your business. the true partnership where people,technology and ideas push everyone forward.
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like april with the highest prices on holiday weekends. thanks for joining me today. i'm carol costello. at this hour with berman and bolduan starts now. hello, everybody. >> a lot going on this hour with less than 24 hours to go until the biggest day in the campaign, super tuesday. we're waiting to hear from donald trump. will he address his refusal to disavow former kkk david. he did before and after. also any minute now, a break from politics were something that really should bring us all together. >> absolutely. president obama's presents the nation's highest award for valor in come watt, the metal of honor. the man is believed to be the

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