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and we continue on. you're watching cnn. i'm brooke baldwin. thank you for being with me. we're back with our special live coverage. millions are casting their votes in the most important battle thus far in this presidential race. 11 states on each side. let me show you here what's at stake. 595 delegates there at stake. almost half the number needed to clinch that nomination. without question, the crown j e jewel today, the state of texas.
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more than a third what is required to win that party's nomination. so with me now this hour, i have chris freights, in kentucky, cnn's brian todd, voting station there in northern virginia, and cnn's martin savidge in chattanooga, tennessee. but mr. freights, to you first, sir, where trump is about to hold his second rally of the day. just as he was in ohio looking ahead to that primary, march 15th. it's not a super tuesday state. >> that's exactly right, brooke, i'll tell you, a lot of excitement here in louisville. the lines going around the block here. as people wait in the rain to get in to see donald trump. if you want to see how trump is feeling today, just look at the map. he was in ohio today.
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they vote march 15th. he's n it's not a super tuesday state. so trump already looking ahead past today's votes to the next contest of course taking shots on the stump today. but also saving his sights, his target on hillary clinton, saying she's not strong enough to be the next president of the united states and that's no mistake there, brooke. he's looking towards a future with republican nominee. and to give you some sense of maybe how he's thinking today, he tweeted this out just yesterday. gandhi quote where they said first they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win. maybe a little peek in donald trump's mind as he gets going here in kentucky and on to florida to watch these results roll in, brooke. >> chris frakes, thank you. what are voters in virginia telling you? >> brooke, a lot of voters are
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saying they're going against their traditional voting patterns. here are some sample ballots. this is the republican ballot, democratics here. especially for candidates like rubio and sanders on the democratic side. because there are a lot of first-time primary voters here. a lot of crossover voters. sanders and rubio benefit from those. you don't have to register by party. then you vote by paper over here. side step these voters here. you vote by paper behind these partitions. then the vote gets tabulated here. the reason we're watching this so much, sample balloting when people come out of the polls what we've talked to people about, you know, who did you vote for, why, and when did you decide, that's crucial. marco rubio does well with last-minute deciders. a lot of those here in this
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precinct. he also does well with first-time primary voters. among our sampling, fully a third of them are primary voters. as a result, rubio is aware of that. his campaign is aware he does well in those demographics. here was here in this town two kays ago. hundreds of thousands of ads over the weekend. the big question is are those people going to be enough to help rubio beat trump in virginia right? the polling does not suggest it will be enough for him. some political analysts say if he can't do well in virginia, he can't win in virginia, an upset victory. and his candidacy might be in trouble. so that's why we're watching that so closely right now, brooke. >> please do, we shall see, brian todd, thank you very much. to tennessee, to martin savidge where we know republican delegates are up for grabs there. what are you seeing there in chattanooga? >> well, say hello to look out
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valley here in tennessee, located on the outskirts of chattanoo chattanooga. relatively small precinct but they've been voting like crazy all day long here. they were waiting to get in around 7:00 a.m. this morning. significant because the polls don't open until 8:00 a.m. even though this is a small precinct, the lines have been consistent all day long. what's remarkable is tennessee also has early voting. and they had a record turnout. 17% above the previous record for early voting. which you would have thought meant the lines of people showing up would be down but no, there have been many, many people wanting to come in which shows the enthusiasm that there is. this is the republican sample ballot. the candidates are up here but look down here. you can actually vote for the delegates that would go to the convention. you're only supposed to vote for 14. the problem is, some people are voting for more than that. that invalidates the ballot. they're working through that
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problem. so far, there is a steady stream of people anxious to get in here and cast their ballots. they want to vote. >> we will check in with you on this super tuesday. as we watch all these votes come in, let's talk about what's at stake today with david gregory, former moderator of meet the press. cnn political commentator donna brazile vice chairwoman at the democratic national committee, also a superdelegate who has not endorsed a candidate. and sam clovis, policy adviser for donald trump. welcome, nice to see all of you. let's begin with you, sir. donald trump has said over and over he wants to run the table. when you look at the states tonight do you think he can pull it off, will we be waking up tomorrow morning with him as the nominee? >> think it's quite possible. he looks very strong across the board. he has the potential to do extremely well in at least 9 of these 11 states and because it's proportional, he has an ability to rack up delegate numbers even where he's not winning. because of the rules the rnc put
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into place, it could hurt either cruz or rubio and other states. if trump is on top and either one of those other two don't get to 20%, they can't get to any delegates. that becomes important. the other thing is at the end of this night, how big is his lead? will determine whether or not a guy like rubio has any running room left. even if he pulls off a big night on march 15th in those winner take all states, can he overcome the lead? it's not just momentum at stake, although that's a big piece of it, it's raw delegate numbers that trump has the ability to rack up. >> he could have an incredible night tonight. if you had to put your finger on one ability of his what would it be? >> everybody has misread the electorate this year like no other time in history. we know who's coming to the rallies. who is turning out to vote.
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we'll likely have record turnout in every single one of these primaries and caucuses tonight. that will go already with the four we've already had record turnout. iowa generated 53%, higher turnout, in this caucus season than any other time in our history. when we bring in that many people and we start to see the coalitions that are out there and the number of people, first-time voters, all these other factors, i think it really gets to the point where the math starts to go against the other candidates. they just can't -- they can't come to that. i think that's really been the issue. i don't know whether that's a vulnerability or -- >> that was a diplomatic answer. >> thank you. >> what about texas? >> texas is going to be a close-run thing. i think -- but i do think what's important here is what david brought out the proportionality. we're going to pick up delegates there. if we win those congressional
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districts, we can win 13, 15, maybe 20 of those congressional districts. may not win the popular vote but we can win those districts. that give us a chance to break even or even come up on top in the delegate count. that's the way the math works. >> i'm just fascinated by the symbolism that is the lone star state. donna brazile, on the democratic side. extraordinarily significant on the democratic side, proportional, especially margin of victory for hillary clinton? >> 15%, that's the threshold, unlike the republicans which has a system from place to place, from congressional district. in some places, you have to go back in order to get your precinct delegate. on the democratic side this is all about finding delegates in the 11 states and including democrats abroad. as you well know, early this morning, there were 28 votes cast. i believe bernie sanders got the bulk of them. so this is a day in which both
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candidates are not just try to win states, they're trying to get delegates and some voter-rich states like texas, 222, of course, georgia, virginia, i can go on. tonight, i think it's a good night for both candidates since i'm neutral. >> one of the things you look for tonight, bernie sanders does better in whiter progressive states, vermont, massachusetts, minnesota. the significant for hillary clinton and for women and younger voters -- >> she did extraordinary in south carolina -- >> two among three, he's still doing well among younger voters. that's the obama coalition from 2012. she's going to need every bit of that this year, if she's up against trump where she can be vulnerable among white men who are not likely to vote for her in large numbers anyway. she can be particularly vulnerable to him among reagan democrats. so she needs to turn out these numbers in big, big ways to really bring up that obama
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coalition. >> the obama coalition has been split. i mean, bernie sanders has been able to get the millennials. hillary, the minorities and women. when you look at the minority vote, alabama, tennessee, arkansas. look, i think the other parts of the country that we have to look at in addition to minnesota, oklahoma, colorado, hillary is also vying to win delegates in massachusetts where she went to college. >> why is sanders doing so well in oklahoma? i don't understand. >> bernie sanders is doing very well all across the country, better than expected. i think the reason is he's connecting with a lot of democrats and independents who really feel the bern. >> what about hypotheticals? >> way to go, donna brazile. >> on the spot there. >> hypotheticals, what everyone is sort of looking at these numbers? general election matchup shows in a race between rubio and clinton would lead to a virtual tie. clinton would beat trump.
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are we surprised that she's losing or in a virtual tie with these republicans? >> first, you have to remember, you look at trump and clinton right there, one of their vulnerabilities, they both have extremely high negatives. he's able to mitigate that because it's a large field. why rubio wants desperately to go one on one with trump. she has those high negatives as well. if you're marco rubio, you say, look, i'd do better against hillary clinton. think there's a lot of reasons for that. he has fewer -- >> i want everybody to remind themselves what day it is on the calendar, it's the first of march. wi we went into may of 1980 with reagan down 30 points to jimmy carter and it turned out a little different on election night. the fact once we solidify the nomination, once it looks like we're inevitable, we'll start that push, you'll start to see the negatives go down, the positives come up, and he'll compete favorably, if not dramatically, against mrs. clinton. >>cy want to make one prediction, the obama coalition will turn out for the democratic
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nominee and not for donald trump. >> well, and probably in larger numbers. one of the advantages i think hillary clinton has, if trump is the nominee, there will be a real fear factor. we've seen the freakout factor among the republicans. among democrats, it's going to be high too. whether you trust hillary, whether you like he any of those things, you're going to turn out. if you care about the supreme court, you're going to turn out. if you're scared about what trump believes in, you're going to turn out. she's going to rely on that. >> i want to go the other way, though, i'll argue it the other side, and -- you're absolutely right, and i hope, you know, i hope you're right, because what i'd like to see is 70% turnout on this election. >> i agree. >> and i think -- >> i agree. >> the other way, the 10 million that wouldn't vote for romney -- >> you may also have a lot of republicans who choose not to vote. >> that's a fact. a lot in the last election that didn't vote. >> looking at you, sam what will surprise you the most? >> tonight? >> tonight waking up
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tomorrow mon morning saying whoa? >> 100 delegates. >> no question, texas will be the key factor. >> david? >> i think underperformance by trump on a delegate total. if cruz can win texas that is really, really bad for rubio. because that no reason for cruz to get out if he can pull that off. every day that this is a big field, the better for donald trump. and rubio's chances really go down. >> cruz said earlier if anyone doesn't win a single state marco rubio -- >> can we talk about kasich and carson? i want to be totally neutral. kasich is try to rack up some delegates up in vermont today. >> think he'll hang in there through ohio? >> i haven't heard from dr. carson, may have to page him. >> because of the rules, because of the 20% rule, we're going to see a lot of dry holes out there. >> which we'll get into all the weeds, political super bowl, going there. you're sticking around, donna, thank you so much.
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coming up next, marco rubio, moments ago comparing trump to jesse van chur ra, asking voters if they really want to elect another celebrity, talking about embarrassments and not exactly being a class act. we'll play that. plus, how speaker paul ryan called out donald trump earlier and just a short time ago, the senate's top republican also calling out his own party's front-runner. this is very significant stuff. we'll have those details ahead. and the government releasing a treasure trove of never before seen documents from the osama bin laden raid some years ago in pakistan including a handwritten letter about america and his will. what do they reveal? that's ahead. you're watching cnn special live coverage on this super tuesday. oh, look at you, so great to see you! none of this works. come on in.
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best 68,000 employees ever. that's how we own it. welcome back. you're watching cnn. i'm brooke baldwin. when you look at the super tuesday map, you see today is all about the numbers. finding out which candidate will ultimately get certain number of delegates and the way the system works for republicans is actually brand-new. after the long drawnout nasty primary battle in 2012, the rnc made efforts to expedite the
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process so a front-runner would be decided sooner. now those changes are helping donald trump. back with me, david gregory, former moderator of "meet the press" and genevieve wood, former spokeswoman for the rnc, the republican national committee, and now a senior contributor to the daily signal. great to have you both here. to have you back. explain to all of us the changes with the delegates, how this really is a boost to trump. >> the intention was to help the nominee, the front running nominee, wrap up the nomination. >> quicker. >> yes. what they did in a lot of proportional states, they said, you have to hit a certain threshold in a congressional district. you have to get to 20%. if you don't, you don't get any delegates. >> the delegates go to the other candidates. >> right. what it does, allow a squeeze to happen where trump would get more delegates, can get to the victory line sooner. this was done to really help mitt romney who, you know, because mitt romney went through
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a longer run in the nomination, the party wanted to make it a little better for the nominee. in this case, the party's freaking out because they're not as interested in trump being the nominee. they're realizing that the people they might prefer are going to have a harder time getting to the finish line. >> on the freaking out notion, as a former spokesperson for the rnc, can you sort of measure out the freak-out factor at the moment for the rnc and the rule changes? >> it depends who you talk to. look, brooke, forget the candidates for a moment, critiquing them. i would say we ought to critique the republican party and its leaders right here. they are focused on -- well, they focused on politics and strategy and how do we get somebody in without having to go through a tough primar as opposed to focusing on a bold policy agenda that people could get excited about. look, voters in 2014 gave republicans control of congress. instead of really painting a
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contrast of here's what a republican idea machine would look like versus a liberal machine, the obama administration. th they've tried to play it safe. frankly, the base was fed up with that. in a year that cronyism and outside washington became a big theme, they could have focused on that, but they didn't. and they played with electoral maps and primary dates. now they're not getting exactly what they expected. >> this is now -- so let's say with present day and david, what about -- we fixate so much on trump. he could have a huge night tonight. as far as rubio and cruz, we are talking about wondering how texas goes, cruz's home turf. rubio may not win a single state tonight. how could this shake out? how long do they hang in there? >> genevieve makes an important point which so many exit polls show us the trail of republican
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primary or caucus voters feel with republicans, they really feel the republican party has let them down. i think about, you know, the tea party movement starts not with barack obama, it starts with president george w. bush bailing out the banks. that's what really brings out the tea party sentiment issues. all of a sudden, the process is flush with the ideas. i think trump represents more of a feeling of conservativism and attitude which got a lot of traction. texas is important, as you talked about. if you're cruz, you got to win your home state to get some delegates and to show that you can go toe-to-toe with trump again and win. that's his calling card. i can beat trump in a contest. again, for rubio, it's about, you know, could he play in, you know, in minnesota. could he win some delegates? his team is saying, look we're looking for delegates tonight, not out and out wins. who knows how that will go. he's got to win somewhere at some point. certainly in his home state of florida by march 15th. >> what about, genevieve, on
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texas? you know, i made this point this is deep red, this is the home of george w. bush and rick perry and ted cruz. who -- all of whom trump has ripped apart on this campaign and i'm just curious, you know, where the state of the republican party will be if trump wins. >> i'm from texas, and what i'm hearing from there and also dallas, the turnout is exceptionally high in the primary even for texas. i think most people there are expecting cruz to pull this out. to pull it out by bigger numbers in one or two points. a high turnout in other places has meant good things for donald trump as well. we'll have to wait and see. a lot of these states, i think other people made mention of, not near as many polls have been done in these individual states as we saw in iowa, new hampshire. so i think we may have a few more surprises than we might have expected. but it's going to be a very
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close call. i agree, look, tonight is important. if trump wins all of this, it's going to get tougher for others to get ahead. >> thanks to our texan, genevieve wood and david gregory, thank you both, so, so much. coming up next, marco rubio warning crowds in minnesota today about the risk of electing what he called a celebrity candidate, comparing donald trump to a former wrestler turned governor. >> jesse ventura was an embarrassment. let me rephrase that. is an embarrassment.
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just about the bottom of the hour. you're watching cnn. only four states have voted so far and he still has exactly zero wins. he is hoping that changes and he can stay in the race. rubio hit minnesota after lunch today going hard after donald trump who he linked to former governor jesse ventura. jason what exactly did he say? >> well, we heard a lot. especially lobbied at donald trump. one of the rubio advisers telling me in terms of the outlook tonight, they're not lying down any markers in any of the states. they're hoping in any state where they can come ahead of ted cruz that, they say, would be a good thing for them. in terms of the comparison, as rubio addressed the crowd, he
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warned them about the pitfalls of electing another celebrity to office. of course, referring to their former governor, former pro wrestler jesse ventura. >> if any state in the country has experience with electing someone who runs on the promise of being some great celebrity, this tough-talking celebrity, well, how did that work out with jesse ventura? jesse ventura was an embarrassment. no, let me rephrase that, jesse ventura is an embarrassment. >> one rubio adviser telling me he feels trump's angry message is not something that's going to resonate with voters here in minnesota. as for rubio, he's heading back to his home state of florida where he'll have a watch party tonight. that is his home state, as you know, brooke, and a must-win state for him come march 15th. >> jason carroll, thank you so much.
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meantime, donald trump is expected to take the majority of delegates up for grabs today. but his stumble when asked to condemn white supremacist groups is continuing really to haunt him. mitch mcconnell distancing his party from donald trump just a short while ago. >> there's been a lot of talk the last 24 hours or so about one of our presidential candidates and his seeming ambivalence about david duke and the kkk. let me make it perfectly clear. senate republicans can dem david duke, the kkk and his racism. it has nothing that is not the view of republicans that have been elected to the united states senate and i condemn his comments in the most forceful way. >> and house speaker paul ryan also call on donald trump. >> if a person wants to be the nominee of the republican party
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there can be no games. they must reject any group or cause that is built on bigotry. this party does not prey on people's prejudices. >> joining me now, david ch chalian, cnn political director, and dana batch, cnn chief political correspondent. dana, hearing from mcconnell, hearing from ryan, and beyond, in terms of republican leadership this has to be a tough spot for these leaders to be in. >> incredibly tough spot. it should be noted that at least i know in the case of paul ryan, that was unsolicited. he didn't wait for a question about it, which was inevitable. he came out of the gate with this prepared statement. you could see him reading from it. i am told that although there is kind of an understanding at this point that republican leaders really can't do anything about donald trump, that that time has passed, that they might have missed the boat, that they'd be sitting on their hands too much
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and thought it would work itself out. given that what republicans leaders feel in big moments where -- whether it is when trump called for a temporary ban on muslims or now with this kkk issue, the leaders want to be out there on record as opposing this because they know that however this ends up, the republican party is in a very, very new place where it is kind of -- it's combustible right now. so they want to be on the right side of the major issues that have repelled a lot of voters they needed. hispanic voters, black voters. so that's why they make a point of coming out at these big moments where the rest of the time they think it will probably, you know, help trump rather than hurt. >> agreed that it was probably unprovoked. that's the republicans. we talked a lot about the republican party. what about super tuesday, david chalian?
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happy super bowl to you. >> happy super tuesday. >> thank you. what are the three things you'll be watching for tonight? >> first and foremost, i'm looking for trump's margin of victory. obviously heading in to super tuesday in a lot of these states across the 11 states where we have republican contests, he'd leading in most of the pre-election polling. now we have to see how far he ends up winning a lot of these states because that will help determine if he develops a sort of unbeatable delegate lead is sort of what the margin of victory will help determine. if he's at 45% or 40% in some of these states and rubio and kasich and cars reason down below 20, he's going to rack up all these delegates. the first thing i'm watching. the second thing i'm watching is cruz versus rubio. one of these guys is going to endemerging tonight with a stronger rationale for continuing their campaign. a greater ability to rally donors. a greater ability to rally the
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establishment, the cause, the anti-trump cause. one of them emerges tonight with the rationale to do that. and third on the democratic side, i'm looking to see hillary clinton's delegate lead at the end of the night. if she puts a delegate lead so far ahead of bernie sanders that it is impossible for him to ever catch up because of the way the democrats apportion their delegates, they do it proportionately from now all the way through june in every contest, but if he can never catch up to her, then the burd be tu burden turns to him about what is he looking for here. >> let me step back half a beat and dana, to you, on the republicans and specifically rubio, we were talking to carroll and we played the sound of rubio saying what he did, essentially telling voters, if you vote for donald trump, you're essentially electing a celebrity. saying everyone who supports him is an embarrassment and then saying he's as bad as jesse ventura. what did you think about that?
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>> that was probably the nicest thing he said about trump in the last three or four days. and, remember, brooke, you're not old enough to remember this, but i am and david, you're definitely not. jesse venture what was a popular governor for a little while. times have changed. a whole bunch of things have happened. he was pretty popular. i remember back in 2000, i was covering al gore's campaign and he was appearing with jesse ventura because he thought it would help him. you know, it sort of -- as i said, any chance and any opportunity marco rubio is getting at taking a whack at donald trump, it seems as though the kind of personal insults and the you know vulgar jokes, that's one thing. maybe it's his way of getting attention. it's the specifics that he's hitting trump on. the way he unloaded his campaign's opposition research book starting last thursday at
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our debate and continuing. that is probably going to have the most effect, if any. i underline if any. >> right, but didn't this whole notion of, hey, you'd be electing a celebrity argument, didn't john mccain, david, didn't john mccain use that against obama in '08? >> i think it was literally one of the names of his ads was called celebrity. he tried very hard to take all the huge crowds that barack obama was getting when he went on his europe trip to berlin. >> yes. >> that added to this notion of celebrity and that somehow equaled lightweight -- >> and they compared him to paris hilton. >> that's right, and it did not stick it did not work, brooke, and i don't know -- if i read the republican electorate the way it has been reading so far, the way we see it in polls, i don't believe they are open to some argument that trump is somehow not appropriate for the office. that has not seemed to take hold yet as an argument that wins. >> okay. david, dana, we'll see you later, thank you both so much.
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meantime, donald trump is expected to speak live any moment. we're checking in with all these different candidates of course all day long. live pictures at his event in louisville, kentucky. for his final pitch. we'll be right back.
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11 states are voting today for their choice of republican nominee. for cruz, his home state of texas matters the most. obviously counting on a win there to remain in the race for the white house. a loss there would be a massive embarrassment. ed lavandera, standing by for us at a polling station in allen,
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texas, just outside of dallas. ed, how's turnout? >> the turnout is rather impressive. we've seen that in the early voting weeks. the republican party chairman here, which is just north of dallas, and this is an area full of spraurling suburbs where republicans have done very well for many election cycles. this is the kind of place where cruz needs to do very well. the republican party chairman tells me the voter turnout has already set new record levels. that was before he got to election day. this is already the highest voter turnout in republican primary history, in this county's history. that gipps you a sense of how much interest there is in this race, as we've been reporting. ted cruz needs to do well today. it is one of the few states where someone other than trump is leading in the polls, leading into super tuesday. just a short while ago, ted cruz was talking after he voted down in houston today. saying any candidate that can't win his own home state is in a
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lot of trouble. so he's setting the bar high but he's also clearly sending a signal there to rubio it indicates are rubio is coming in second right now in polling to trump in his home state of florida. so really ted cruz hoping after super tuesday they can solidify this and make this a two-person race and other candidate fall off. there's a great deal of interest at these polling locations. >> ed, thank you so much. in texas for us. cruz obviously has a shot at a win there in the lone star state but florida senator rubio has no home state advantage in today's primaries. he also has no clear path to victory in any of the states in play today. congressman duffy has endorsed rubio for president. welcome, good to see you, sir. >> you, too, brooke, thanks. in order to convince your party that your candidate should be the nominee, you have to win. i know you'll tell me it's all
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about the delegates. what state will he win tonight? >> so i think he has a good shot at minnesota, colorado and virginia. i think you look at all the polling and i think that undermines the fact that marco rubio has momentum on his side. since he started going after trump, you've seen his rallies go from 1,000 people, 8,000 people. you're covering those now live. yes, he takes some shots at trump. >> he like taking the shots? >> i think he has to but about 80% of what he's doing is talking about policy, how you make america work again. better paying jobs. give us a more security america. and that's what people want. republicans don't want someone just to throw out big words and big slogans, they want to win and they want to fix their country. if you listen to trump, this guy, i mean, he doesn't have any policy depth. he was talking in your debate about the lines. that's how he was going to fix
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health care. this is complicated stuff that we need conservative solutions for if we're going to make america great again and trump hasn't had the cure roiousosity even look at ideas to fix it. >> we talk about the rhetoric, specifically with rubio, and yes, he has definitely been hitting back. we played a clip saying listen, it's like a celebrity. my question is where was marco rubio doing this back in july? it could have been effective then. it's super tuesday now, congressman. >> no, you make a really good point. i think most presidential candidates want to stick to policy and ideas and how we can go from eight years of progressive liberals and how we fix the country. >> isn't it too late? >> they see the media follows trump and so a little bit of a pivot here. >> following all of them. >> i don't think it's going to be too late. i think what marco has done in the past week is going to be effective and you'll see the results of that tonight. i was in minnesota when jesse
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ventura was elected. absolute disaster making the comparison between trump and jesse the body is a great one because they know what a disaster when you elect someone who has no experience and talks big but doesn't have any policy experience to fix the problems. >> congressman duffy, were you the genesis of that line? was that you? >> i can't take credit for it. i lived it and it was not pretty, brooke. >> okay, i don't know if you've seen this but ben carson, he's just issued this statement. personally calling for a private meeting of all the candidates ahead of the debate in detroit thursday. he wrote this, the american people deserve so much more from the candidates who are seeking the most powerful position in the free world and i share their concern that this race has taken a turn for the worse to the point of embarrassment on the world stage. your candidate did recently talk about the size of donald trump's hands for example.
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should marco rubio accept that invitation? >> sure. listen. i think to have the candidates sit down and talk is a good thing. but make no mistake, marco rubio focused a vast majority of his comments and his rallies on policy. at the debate, it's focused on policy. yes, he's taken a half a page out of trump's playbook and started to punch him back. the thing that's great about it, he's having fun, brooke. he's not angry. he's not mean. he's having a good time. he's laughing. he's a happy warrior. which is what i think conservatives and americans actually want. they want a leader who's strong but also has policy depth to fix the country. and i think what also he's done, brooke is no one's called out donald trump for -- whether it's the bankruptcies, the illegal immigrant workers, trump university. all of these things are bringing questions in to the minds of voters of can trump win in november. when you put $1 billion of hillary clinton money behind ad s against donald trump, this is
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a disaster for the party. so let's bring out a you got it. coming up next here, taking a minute away from politics because we have to talk about this find, bin laden's will is public. some of more than 100 personal documents released. what he wanted to happen on the tenth anniversary of 9/11. it's a fact. kind of like social media equals anti-social. hey guys, i want you to meet my fiancée, denise. hey. good to meet you dennis.
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stunning, never before seen documents from the osama bin laden raid in pakistan, now declassified including his last will and testment and letters. cnn correspondent jim sciutto joins me. what the heck did these letters say? >> reporter: remarkable insight into the organization, al qaeda, but the man. osama bin laden who was obsessed you might say with his own death. a last will and testament. he claimed to have a lot of money $29 million in sudan alone, and his plans in that will were, one, to stage a major terror attack there, but also he named specific family members he
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wanted some money to go to if killed. he was always thinking about that. when you think of the organization, he talked about establishing a caliphate and said, listen, this is too difficult for us to do as an organization. it would be too unpopular, something to sort of push done the line, of course, in retrospect, we've seen icy kind of the child of al qaeda that's managed to establish the caliphate in iraq and syria. >> 30 seconds, jim, what was his plan for the tenth an vertry of 9/11? >> reporter: so, you might call him ambitious. he wanted to reach out to western media organizations, named specifically cbs but al jazeera, he talked about planning a moderated conversation led by the journalist robert fiske, he said, he claimed that he might be able to get him, all to commemorate tenth anniversary of the attack and, at the same time, he said, claim credit for the financial crisis of 2008. that little compound, he still
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had big, you might say, dreams, disconnected from reality for advertising, in his view, al qaeda's success. >> unreal. unreal. jim sciutto, thank you. and thank you. donald trump, by the way, speaking live. we'll take it live, next. when i lay in my tempur-pedic contour- the next thing i know it's morning. with tempur-flex you've got the spring and bounce of a traditional mattress and it also adjusts to my body. my cloud feels... it's like somebody's hugging you. how can a bed do that? (vo) there's a tempur-pedic for everyone. most new wealth flows it's called a rigged economy, and this is how it works. to the top 1%. it's a system held in place by corrupt politics where wall street banks and billionaires buy elections. my campaign is powered by millions of small contributions. people like you who want to fight back. the truth is you can't change a corrupt system by taking its money. i'm bernie sanders. i approve this message.
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and super tuesday is under way. are there any surprises afoot? "the lead" starts right now. good afternoon, welcome to a very special edition of "the lead" i'm jake tapper in washington, d.c. truly a super tuesday, biggest day of the presidential race. with the most at take for the candidates, one-quarter of all delegates are on the table today. when the polls close in a few hours, we may find out if the battle for the white house is effectively down it a race between donald trump and hillary clinton, or if the rest of the field can take enough delegates to stay in the game and keep it competitive. for the republicans today, 11 states vote with

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