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♪ hello darkness my old friend ♪ >> you weren't the only one watching donald trump -- listening to donald trump and just having your eyes glued to chris christie. thanks for joining us. have a great night. "ac 360" starts right now. thanks for joining us. president obama spoke today with astronaut scott kelly who has been in orbit for a year. he welcomed him back to earth and wished him luck getting used to gravity again. the world since donald trump entered the race hardly resembles one from a year ago. after yesterday's performance, they are not getting used to it. tomorrow morning just hours before they take the debate stage, mitt romney will go on national television. while he's not expected to endorse any of them, he is expected to denounce one, donald j. trump. tonight republican party resistance. new reporting from inside sources, fresh reaction from team trump, a look at who among his opponents can stop him and
that number is shrinking with the likely departure of dr. ben carson who all but suspended his campaign. also where this leaves hillary clinton and bernie sanders who are dividing up delegates but not split up their party. democrats are falling in line. republicans are falling apart. at least some are. as dana bash reports, some are trying even harder to take down trump. >> trump is facing massive lawsuits for fraud. >> reporter: this anti-trump ad is now flooding air waves in upcoming contest states. michigan, illinois and florida. >> the truth about trump university, donald trump made millions while hard-working americans got scammed. >> reporter: a million dollar superpac ad buy the result of a super tuesday conference call with some 50 gop donors who were begged to help stop trump as trump was racking up hundreds of delegates. >> look, i'm a unifier. >> reporter: in any other year with any other candidate, the gop establishment would be starting to rally around a
candidate with trump's momentum. instead lawmakers are making unprecedented moves away from him. >> i will not support donald trump now and i will not support him should he move on. >> america sees donald trump as a mature spreader. >> reporter: it's something short of trump. >> senator lindsey graham can't stand ted cruz now he's says rather have cruz as president. is this too little, too late? republican strategist doug hye wrote an op ed calling on republicans to stop trump. >> first we couldn't attack trump because he wasn't serious. then we couldn't attack trump because it wouldn't work. now because it's too late. there's one common theme and that's allowed him to have a free ride for months and months. >> reporter: even gop candidates spent most of the campaign embracing him. >> if you think donald trump is so antitheical to conservatism,
what took you so long to say so? you really cozied up to him for the majority of this campaign? >> well, listen, dana, for the last couple of months i've been taking on donald directly. i needed to build my base of support and take care so i was on a strong foundation before i could take him on. that was a natural process. >> reporter: one former rival warns republicans are attacking trump at their own peril. >> don't pretend that all these voters that have gone out and voted for hum are stupid. they're not stupid. >> reporter: trump argues he's growing the gop. >> we're going to be a bigger party. our party is expanding. >> reporter: congressional republicans worry trump at the top of the ticket will drag them down. the democrat running against john mccain is already out with this ad. >> but no matters what donald trump says, john mccain would support him for president. >> including donald trump might support him? >> she said he's [ bleep ]. >> like to punch him in the face.
>> donald trump -- >> dana bash joins us now. the gop establishment seems desperate at this point. fascinating so many are saying they'd rather have cruz now than trump. >> it is so true. to be clear, most republicans here in washington they would prefer marco rubio at this point but they are -- many of them increasingly skeptical he can do what needs tock do s to be donee delegates. i talked to somebody who knows florida well, likes rubio who said he has seen internal polling that rubio could really lose his home state of florida. that's the reason why republicans who did tell me about six weeks ago they preferred donald trump over ted cruz are saying they changed their minds. it's mostly because they didn't really think that would be a choice. and all of this frantic to'ing and fro'ing that's gone on today, it really does illustrate the deep divide and the disconnect between the republican establishment here in washington and the grassroots.
>> what about romney speaking out tomorrow? does he have much sway? >> that's a very good question. look, you said that -- used the word desperate. that's the perfect word to describe republicans here in washington and so-called establishment for lack of a better way to say it. that's the best way to describe him. and a lot of people have been saying we need a leader, a fo former nominee, somebody out there to speak to why they don't think donald trump is the right person. i'm told he's going to probably praise marco rubio. maybe even praise ted cruz. but the answer to your question is whether or not he's going to have much sway. it seems as though a lot of the people who are supporting donald trump never were really that enthusiastic about mitt romney or any of the so-called mainstream republicans. and therein lies the problem again, that really big disconnect within the republican party. >> dana, thanks. donald trump already taking shots at it tweeting this evening, failed presidential
candidate mitt romney is having a news conference tomorrow to criticize me. just another desperate move by the man who should have easily beaten barack obama. the preemptive counterpunch. our cnn executive editor mark preston has been working his sources on tomorrow's speech. >> there's no doubt these two men at one point were on friendlier terms. donald trump endorsed mitt romney back in 2012 but in just about 12 hours we're going to see mitt romney out there giving a full-throated criticism of donald trump saying not only is donald trump wrong for the republican party but that he is wrong for the country. now this comes at a time right now where the republican establishment are looking at the clock right now and realizing there's very little time to stop donald trump from receiving this republican nomination. he has the wind at his back, some very big victories last night and seems to be headed for more as we head over the next couple of weeks. in addition to that, mitt romney is also going to make sure that
he doesn't endorse one particular candidate. this is very important because there had been talk he'd get behind marco rubio. that has never happened. in many ways you have to wonder, is he doing that because he wants to keep his options open? we saw ted cruz win many victories last night. the republican party right now does not have a figure head. somebody that can bring everybody together. mitt romney the 2012 republican presidential nominee seems to be trying to fill that void. >> what's the game plan for romney? what is he actually hoping to accomplish with even more criticism? >> we're going to have states such as michigan, his father's home state, that will be voting within the next week or so. what he's trying to do is rally conservatives against voting for donald trump saying that, in fact, if you vote for trump, it will be a vote if help really dismantle the republican party as they know it today. the republican establishment is so concerned about this that they are even gaming out a plan about how do you try to derail
trump from getting the nomination. as we've talked about trying to consolidate or at least there was talk about trying to consolidate to a one on one race against donald trump, now they want to keep the field in some ways larger because the idea is, if you keep john kasich in the race and marco rubio in the race if you keep ted cruz in the race, they'll continue to get delegates and that could deprive donald trump from receiving the delegates he needs in order to win the nomination. in addition to that, there's talk about running a conservative candidate on a third party ticket. the reason they might consider doing that is to provide a safe haven for down ballot candidates, those running for the senate or house that do not want to support donald trump or it's a place for them to go if they think that donald trump is too nuclear hot for them, certainly for their own elections heading into november. >> mark preston, thanks. joining sus"inside politics"
anchor john king, gloria borger, nia-malika henderson. also jeffrey lord, charles blow. jeffrey is a trump supporter. margaret hoover is a republican strategist and sanders supporter as well as editor and publisher of the nation. let's welcome to you all. does this idea of now keeping the field suddenly divided in order to deprive him of delegates, does that make sense? >> we'll go through some of this later. you can make a case if you keep more candidates in the field and if they can start winning some sta states, it's a novel theory in politics. if kasich can win ohio and rubio can win florida, if either can win michigan, it is possible. your odds are roughly the same as winning the powerball. but listen to what mark preston just said. this is the rip van winkle's
party whose leadership has finally woken up after donald trump was amassing votes. they're going to try to stop him. the very people donald trump is running against, they're going to say to his voters, change your mind. good luck with that. the leaders of a political party, the party of lincoln and reagan running another candidate in a general election? we may destroy our party. we may decide to break it because we don't want him to have it. if he wins it by the vote, i think they call that democracy, if he wins that, we're going to break it. it's extraordinary. >> or we'll have this convention where we basically make a deal and bring somebody else in or decide for ourselves no matter what people have voted. that's not going to go over well. >> there's no good scenario. even in the unlikely scenario you were able to deny donald trump the convention, the nomination of the convention. the chances of him running as a third party candidate would be very high and resentment --
these are people that dislike, loathe their leadership already. can you imagine how they'll feel if trump comes in with a big lead at the convention and is denied the nomination? that would also probably break the republican party. >> so you have the establishment of the republican party leading an insurrection against their own base voters. it's crazy. when you think about it and as john was saying, it's a measure of their own sense of desperation and also a measure of how out of touch they have been with their own grassroots. >> that's right. on my way home last night, i was talking to my cab driver. he said big night for the big man, meaning donald trump. i asked him about his views. he said he supported single payer. he was neutral on abortion, this voter who vote forward trump in virginia. he hated trade deals. if rubio got the nomination, he would vote for hillary clinton.
this is the kind of stew the kind of ideas that seem contradictory. we heard s.e. cupp talk about republican voters being about purity. but this is anything but purity in terms of what they're thinking. >> jeffrey lord does the notion of mitt romney coming out tomorrow making a speech make you shiver? >> actually, i want to send him a contribution for his airfare and -- >> you want him to come out because it reinforces -- >> i hope cnn covers it from beginning to end. what more could he do? to be candid, the leadership of the republican party is at this point incompetent. and this is a prime example. mitt romney should have been president of the united states. he isn't. he thinks this is going to send a message to conservatives? they view him as the godfather of obamacare. they view him as the heir to gerald ford and nelson rockefeller. >> charles, it's not as if mitt romney had been in the public eye even in the last like -- i
don't know where he's been living or -- where is he -- just sort of out of the blue he appears again? >> i don't think mitt romney is going to connect with the base of the republican party. i don't think the republican leaders even understand what the base of the republican party looks like. they don't understand the res t resentment. across both parties, particularly in the republican party, there's a real anxiety, particularly among white americans in this country, and they have anxieties and fears and are looking at a dramatic demographic shift, the diminishing economic options and viability and they are all saying, this is just one of the times we get to see it in the presidential election. you get to see it and experience it as a movement and people get to talk about it together. but people are feeling a real sense of pain and disappointment. and that's not shared by minorities in polls and what have you. much more optimistic. optimistic about the future,
about the xheconomy. this is white people in america are having an argument with themselves over this. and donald trump has tapped into a large part of that. and mitt romney is not going to be able to make them pull away from it. >> margaret? >> i love charles sort of telling you what the face of the republican party is doing. there is angst and anxiety. this is it. this is the moment to pull out all the stops. if you are part of the republican party and cannot see yourself supporting donald trump because you are afraid it will no longer be a conservative party or will no longer represent the best traditions of the republican party or republican party history because you're afraid it will be a party of angry and bigoted and populist thinkers and not a party that represents individual liberty and individual thinking and fiscal conservativism and strong military support. all the things that republicans have said they have stood for for 50 years, maybe 80 years really since herbert hoover was president. no joke there. donald trump is not going to
represent those traditions in the republican party. and if it takes mitt romney and every other person who can come out and say it, that needs to be done. >> i want to bring katrina in. >> it's hard to believe how stupid the republican establishment is. it's too little and too stupid to bring out mitt romney. don't they remember he was the front man for wall street's greed revolution? the 47% candidate. but in a larger framework going back to what charles said, we're witnessing the republican crack-up. there's been an uneasy alliance between the republican base and establishment for decades. and it was referenced to an insurrection being waged. the establishment has waged war on a base because they've used a base, they've shafted a base where their corporatist policies and now we're seeing a base say we may not know what donald trump is saying but he's talking about protecting jobs. last night he spoke about let's not ship jobs overseas.
let's punish these factories. there's a toxic brew at work. what is this establishment? it is a republican crack-up and we may be witnessing a realignment we haven't seen since 1860. we're going to continue this conversation. the neighbors are talking about the neighbor running for president. what people in palm beach, florida, think about donald trump. and the latest on the democratic side after a super tuesday that left both candidates with something to boast about and the question, can both candidate goes the distance on the democratic side? fact. there's an advil specially made for fast relief that goes to work in minutes. the only advil with a rapid release formula for rapid relief of tough pain. look for advil film-coated in the white box! relief doesn't get any faster than this. advil.
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break news to bring you. the trump campaign put out details of the candidate's plan for replacing the affordable care act, obamacare. dana bash pressed donald trump in the last debate for specifics. >> you will have time to respond if you'll just let mr. trump respond to what you just posed to him. if you could talk more about your plan. you talked about -- >> we're going to have many different plans because -- >> can you give us specifics? >> he's done it again. >> there is going to be competition among all of the states and the insurance companies. they're going to have many, many different plans. >> is there anything else you'd like to add to that? >> no. there's nothing to add. what's to add. >> dana joins us. it's interesting because when you pressed him and also in
other interviews he's given, he can really say two things about his health care plan which was, you know, elim nalt the lines and competition. there wasn't much else he'd go into detail of. what's in his plan now? >> he has a little more. right on his website now. you can find his plan. i just pulled it up. and he calls for a couple of things. first and maybe most importantly, he calls for eliminating the individual mandate in obamacare which you remember, he suggested to you during a town hall in south carolina that if he actually liked, a lot of blowback from republicans. and he said he didn't really mean that. that you were talking over each other. here he makes it very clear that that mandate, which is the central part of obamacare republicans hate, he wants to do away with. he also has here the idea that he discussed in the debate of breaking down state barriers that prevent the sale of health care across state lines and
making individuals health insurance premium payments tax deductible. so that's a new part of this plan. and the other thing that is interesting, though, that i don't see in this plan is i know he's probably said this to you. he says it to me and says it often. donald trump says he doesn't want to let people die in the streets. he wants everybody to somehow be covered. have health insurance. but he doesn't in this plan on his website say exactly how he's going to do that. there's not a real mention of how everybody is going to have health insurance. >> does it say anything about pre-existing conditions. that was another thing he's talked about, that that should not ruled somebody out from getting coverage. >> i'm just going through it now. i've not seen anything about pre-existing conditions. he talked about block granting medicaid to the states. maybe that's one way he'll try to do it by the states and not kind of a federal way. that's actually a pretty typical and historic republican idea and
philosophical approach on health care. but beyond that, i don't see anything in my first glance at this. >> we'll continue to look at it. i want to bring in our panel. john king, you know, several days before a republican debate, it makes sense that he'd try to put this out. this is obviously something that could easily come up again. >> as the establishment tried to repuduate him, exile him, send him to mars, whatever they can do, what is donald trump doing? we can debate the policy. does he say how he'd pay for it. are there enough bones to it? much like what speaker ryan and most house republicans want to do. this goes back to previous republican administrations. so he's trying to say, hey, i'm one of you. let's consolidate around me. i'm going to be your nominee and repeal obamacare. i'm not for the individual mandate. what are you so mad about? here i am. >> he embraces a lot of republican ideas which is alouing people to shop for the best prices for their
prescription drugs and for their medical care. so that it enables the patient to be making these choices. and i think those are things that republicans -- >> he doesn't -- >> if you don't have a mandate, it doesn't make sense because you don't have young, healthy people in the system and it blows up economically. to john's point, the advantage donald trump has is that it doesn't matter to him one wit whether the thing that he said he contradicts today the thing he said yesterday. he'll say exactly the opposite thing on any issue. we always talk about candidates moving to the center in the general. it's easier to do that if your pay no attention to what you were saying before. and that i think we started to see that last night. i wouldn't be surprised if he starts chanting his support for gay marriage within a few weeks now once he gets enough -- >> they don't seem to mind that. they are so attached to him and also this sense among voters that there are many entry points
to donald trump. if you like him, you like him for all sorts of different reasons. you might like him because he wants to put merry christmas back on the starbucks cups, he's a good father and talks about his kids a lot. and which also makes it very hard for him to be defeated because he isn't trying to fit this mold of a conservative. >> dana, i want to check back in with you. you've been reading this. >> it's not that long. i just want to go back and make sure that i wasn't missing anything, to be fair that specifically talks about pre-existing conditions. you are right. that was the thrust of my question to him in the debate and that's the whole reason that the obama administration and democrats give for having the individual mandate because insurance companies say you need that to have the insurance pool big enough to cover people with pre-existing conditions. i don't see anything specific in there. he has some broad lines about the need to make sure that people get proper health insurance but for the most part,
to john's point, this looks like a really classic republican blueprint on how to tackle health insurance problems, whether it's the bloc granting, the doing away with the barriers across state lines, hsa, health savings accounts. this is something that no republican, mannstream or otherwise could argue with. >> i want to go to a trump supporter jeffrey lord. it is a smart move. before this next republican debate to have something else fleshed ot. >> last night before cnn, i was at the american spectator dinner for a little bit. and i had a good talk with senator jeff sessions who has just come out in support of donald trump. and it's very clear that in another area here, immigration and judges, he is giving personally advice to donald trump. and he already has a staffer who does immigration work for him now working for donald trump.
my point is, the trump campaign is itself beginning to flesh out, as all presidential campaigns when they reach this point must do. they grow from that small cluster of supporters and they become in essence a mimicking of the presidency itself. so i don't see anything surprising about this. if you notice, the night that justice scalia died, donald trump was the only one to say, and by the way, here are two people that -- he named specific judges -- that i would consider for the supreme court. he got those from senator sessions. he's consulting. he's doing what presidential candidates are supposed to do. >> go ahead. >> i just have to say this. donald trump's supporters are not supporting him because of policy. >> routight. >> it is posturing. the entire campaign is built on morning mirror affirmations. we're going to make america great again. we're going to win, win, win. you're going to get so tired of
winning. like those cassette tapes you used to buy and you feel better by the time you get to work. it's supposed to make you feel better about being who you are. that your position in america is not hopeless. that you -- that whatever position you find yourself in now, if you are hurt or angry or you are afraid that you don't have to be because there's someone like me who is going to take all that away and make you feel better. that is the entirety of what he is selling. it's not policy. no matter what he puts out, if he contradicts today, tomorrow -- >> we've got to take a break. we'll get back into this discussion. we're on for the next two hours. more on this and the larger question, the voting strength of the donald trump phenomenon. whether it can be stopped as some republicans are trying. john king breaks it down by the numbers.
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his momentum and lead in delegates is only growing. the question is for those who want to stop trump, is it too late? is it even possible? here's john king with answers by the numbers. you hear from a lot of people talking about march 15th. it's a crucial date. that's a long way away. >> if they wait for that they are ceding a half dozen contests. vermont should be filled in here, too. donald trump 332 or so. rough estimates. still sorting some estimates. starting to pull away. he's past the one-quarter mark to 1273. if we go through march 8th, including this saturday, contests in louisiana and mississippi, maine, michigan next tuesday. if donald trump runs the board then, flat-out wins them all, he's going to run out here. if you wait for the 15th, you'll let donald trump get somewhere in the area of 415, maybe more if he wins by a big margin. if you actually try to compete,
can ted cruz finally prove -- this was supposed to be ted cruz. he's been slaughtered so far outside of texas and oklahoma. can he win louisiana and mississippi? there's if there's a trump moment of doubt, cruz should be able to win there. there's suburbs in lexington and louisville. i gave it to rubio for the sake of it. michigan, another state. can you go and beat donald trump hard? blue collar appeal? the odds of this are along the lines of the powerball. why wait until the 15s. maybe you don't win all of these but you can take some of them away and keep them back here. otherwise if donald trump runs the board into march 15th, these are the -- here's ohio, florida. if he runs the board, if you don't stop now, it's over. forget about it. mathematically almost impossible. let's look at the scenario. john kasich wins ohio. hypothetical. if you art home you're saying
this guy is crazy. kasich wins illinois. keep everybody in the race and have them pick a couple of states. if kasich can do that, it doesn't matter. he's taken two big states. donald trump is still pulling out. let's look at another scenario if you go back to what i said before. cruz picks up a couple in the south. rubio wins at home in florida and rubio or kasich wins illinois. and rubio gets michigan, then you get a race. but how many states is that? to do this, powerball, walking to mars. if you look at any public data right now it's impossible to see this happening. why aren't they going out the states that vote saturday or tuesday. if you let him pull up the map and let donald trump do this, even if you take one or two of these away, you don't have to be a mathematician to understand you're that far ahead. that horse is going to win. >> what does the 15th look like for trump? >> right now, you find me a
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super tuesday lived up to its name for hillary clinton. she won seven states, including delegate-rich texas. she has a bigger lead in delegates can barack obama had over her at this point in the 2008 race. today her campaign said they raised $30 million last month. about $12 million less than bernie sanders. as for sanders, he won four states yesterday including his home state of vermont. he's vowing to fight on even as his rival is setting her sights on donald trump in the general election. jeff zeleny joins us from miami. certainly as we said, a big night for clinton. any sense of where sanders goes from here? >> bernie sanders is going to focus on the coming contests this weekend. they happen to play nicely into the kind of voter he's been reaching out. largely white voters and college students. he'll be focussing on nebraska, on kansas, on maine.
those contests are over the weekend on saturday and sunday. and then going into michigan, he is really focused squarely on michigan. his advisers believe his economic message resonates well with michigan and michigan has a white electorate. that's what he has been doing very well in. bu but he was a little punchy in maine today at a rally. the pundits have been wrong all year long. they are predicting hillary clinton is going to win. i'm going to win in a landslide. mathematically it's not possible but there are still roots for hum. and to win delegates, the clinton campaign acknowledge he's going to win delegates in the next coming weeks. >> it's also important to acknowledge he's got money, a lot of money and that's still coming in, and he's got enormous enthusiasm and support. >> he certainly does. and a lot of his supporters have yet to vote. it's important to keep in mind this calendar rolls out in a slow nation here. presidential candidates leave the race when they run out of support and money. not often in that order
necessarily. he has both. he's going to stay in and has every reason to stay in. also another reason to stay in. eight years ago hillary clinton, you know, said i'm staying in until the very end of this. he's not in the same position as her, of course, but he's going to be hard pressed to respond to any calls to get out because she did not get out of the race in 2008. >> jeff zeleny, thanks. back wither panel and also jeff. you wrote an article about how the clinton campaign is starting to pivot to donald trump to that matchup. what do you see we'll see from her camp if he does win the gop nomination? >> it's what's happening publicly and what's happening privately. publicly they have to take bernie sanders very seriously. they still need to be seen as the strongest mess. >>er messenger for the democratic party. they are expecting donald trump to be the nominee. they think he'll be a tough
opponent and know if hillary clinton is going to win the biggest political prize of her life she'll have to fight and endure and survive a brutal campaign that she was frankly six months ago not planning to have to run. and that campaign is going to be one where she's going to have to try to push donald trump and kind of edge him toward the most sort of extreme positions and statements that trump could possibly make. the thought is that for every white guy, for every voter, swing voter that hillary clinton may lose against donald trump, she's going to need to pick up one or two suburban women, suburban swing voters, even moderate republicans who just find trump unacceptable. >> that means, i'm assuming defining or redefining perhaps donald trump in the eyes of many people, or as many people as she can. >> they think that trump is doing part of their job for them
because whether it's on social media or, you know, in the news media, he is given to inflammatory statements and really sort of riling things up. but they know they'll have to do work. they'll have to talk about what kind of ads and they are looking at this now. and their supporters, what kind of ads to run against him that get at people's uncertainty about whether he has the temperament and the tone and ideas to be president. but without seeming like, you know, they are going too far, they are getting too nasty. as we know, hillary clinton has her own unfavorability problems. so what they are looking toward is a fall campaign that could be very unpredictable, very nasty where donald trump is saying things to hillary clinton's face that she's frankly never had said before to her. >> it's -- i want to bring in the rest of our panelists. katrina, you are a sanders supporter, obviously, but if it is clinton against trump, do you
see this as just a scorched earth battle? >> when we look back at this campaign, which is vertigo inducing, we'll look at something i call media malpractice. we talk about why donald trump may be unstoppable. one reason is that the media has so much of the media has lavished such obscene amounts of attention on donald trump. les moonves said this ugly circus is coming to town. it may be bad for the country but it's damn good for cbs. that's a disservice -- >> you think all those trump voters have been watching news and listening to the media? >> i think it's a factor. i think the media also wrote off bernie sanders and marginalized him when he began. it's a tough road ahead for bernie sanders. don't write his political obituary for the reasons you cited. he has donor fund-raising.
i think what we're witnessing, we talked about the gop crack-up. realignment within the democratic party and emerging progressive force. you might call it the warren sanders wing. elizabeth warren, versus the clinton wing. he's going to amass a lot of delegates and go to the convention and drive a progressive force into the plachks and may inspire a new generation. we're witnessing in baltimore black lives matter -- >> if there's a battle between hillary clinton and donald trump -- >> oh, i mean, what do you think? we've seen gutter politics. it could be -- scorched earth politics take on a new meaning. i think the clinton campaign is making a mistake -- >> by not paying enough attention to sanders? >> this election is so unprecedented we don't know what electability means anymore. it's possible bernie sanders would pose more of a threat. >> to katrina's point, people have underestimated bernie
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the new jersey governor's gaze behind trump turning quickly into a popular meme. i've made a huge mistake, joked one. restyled in another tweet. since endorsing donald trump last week, chris christie has endured a political backlash he hasn't experienced since the so-called bridgegate controversy from 2013. this time the criticism is coming from many republicans as well. >> i was very surprised by chris christie and so many positions that donald trump has taken so opposite of what chris christie has tang taken. i was surprised to see him standing there. that's hard for me to figure out. >> reporter: christie says there's a reason. he can win in november and clean up washington. >> tonight is the beginning of donald trump bringing the republican party together for a big victory this november. the fight this fall is to make sure that a united republican
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welcome back. good evening tonight. significant, potentially growing portion of the republican party, the time is now or never. the mission is, stop donald trump. even as he gets closer to capturing the nomination. they are speaking out saying why they will not vote for him in november. they'll write in a candidate or simply not vote at all. tomorrow the party's last nominee, mitt romney, will talk. he'll go on national television to denounce donald trump. all this as his rivals try to stop him the old-fashioned way by getting more votes. sara murray, super tuesday d behind them. how have the candidates been spending the day? >> hitting the campaign trail. ma