a lot has happened in the last ten months. >> i'm a businessman and i have to do what i have to do. >> the presidents cannot just say anything they want. >> this is not about insults or attacks. >> we're all in this together. i cannot believe how civil it has been. >> i cannot wait to say madam secretary, you are asking for a third term of a failed administration. >> hopefully we will all come to our senses. >> there's two of us that can and two of us that cannot at this moment. >> what's true today is not necessarily true tomorrow. >> this is cnn breaking news. >> good morning. welcome to "new day." alisyn and i are live at the u. j.b. is in new york. the four candidates toning it way down in the final debate before the crucial winner take
all primaries in ohio and florida. they turned up the substance and the points of contrast. that is what they were doing instead of the personal insults we have become accustomed to. now a different debate. trade, social security and very importantly, islam and what it is and isn't. among the very hotly contested issues featuring trump's position against the others that were up on the stage. the 11th debate. >> i'm glad somebody has been keeping track. this one was different. ted cruz looking to solidify his position as the trump will appear together this morning.
>> reporter: it's like everyone knew the stakes going into the debail. it raised the level of discourse. candidates actually dug in on policy. gop debate. the rivals moving away from the personal attacks of the past. >> they're like this. little marco. lying ted. >> reporter: towards more civil contrast. and trump's competitors argue he doesn't have the details to back up his campaign promises. for u.s. trade deals -- >> trade deals are chutely killing our country. the only way we will be able to do it is taxes. >> donald is right, for example. he was just talking about international trade. he's right about the problem. but his solutions don't work. the effect of a 45% tariff. when you're going to walmart shopping for your kid, the prices you pay go up 45%.
>> the 45% tax is a threat. it will be a tax if they don't behave. >> reporter: to social security. >> my absolute intention to leave social security the way it is. not increase the edge. and leave it as-is. get rid of waste, fraud, and abuse. >> the numbers don't add up. we can't tip toe and throw out things like i'm going to get rid of fraud and abuse. you still have hundreds of billions of dollars of deficit you have to make up. >> reporter: and mid east peace. >> if i say i'm pro-israel, listen, i would like to have at least the other side think i'm somewhat neutral as to them so we can maybe get a deal done. >> the policy was outlined. i don't know if he realizes it's an anti-israeli policy. i don't know if that is your intent. there is no peace deal because there is no one to negotiate
with. >> reporter: the audience chuckling about his response about whether to close the u.s. embassy in cuba. >> i would probably have the embassy closed until a really good deal was struck by the united states. >> here's a good deal. cuba stops putting people in jail for speaking out. cuba has freedom of press. >> reporter: the sunshine state senator looking for any opportunity to go after trump in a do or die debate for his campaign. >> last night said, islam hates us. did you mean all 1.68 million muslims? >> i mean a lot of them. i will stick with what i said to anderson cooper. >> the problem is presidents
can't say whatever they want. >> you can be politically correct. i don't want to be politically correct. we have a serious problem. >> i'm not interested in being political correct. i'm interested in being correct. we will have to work with the people in muslim faith even as they face a serious crisis within it. >> there were big moments of contrast. >> donald trump went into last night's debate wanting to appear more presidential and above the fray. and i think he will try to continue to do that. >> that's exactly where it seems to be headed. sara murray, thank you very much. he went out to see if he would hold fast to a couple controversial positions. yes is, overall, it was a
kinder, gentler tone. but he was not kinder and gentler when it came to his ideas about islam and his ideas about violence at his own event. >> i thought it was a very elegant debate. i thought it was very substantive. i think your folks did a great job. i thought it was fair. we needed this kind of debate. this kind of a tone. >> do you think it plays to your advantage? >> i think so. look, the other is the other. if somebody hits, we hit back. that's true in life. it's true in running countries. it's true in running businesses. i found this to be a very elegant evening. and everybody did a good job. >> what would happen if it were you versus ted cruz when you're one on one. you making your own case, how was your confidence level in how that would go? >> it would go very well. we are doing very well right now. we're leading. we have a lot more people voting
for trump than voting for ted. but i like ted. i think we all did a very good job. i thought it was actually terrific and very different. because it has really been harsh. and i like that also. but i think there was something -- we were ready for this kind of an evening. >> i guess you could basically call it the all verse some argument on islam you spoke to anderson and you had there's a hatred coming from islam. >> no doubt about it. >> you understand the sensitivity to it. you call it political correctness. the counter was it is correctness. >> i don't want to say anything. i've answered the question. i answered it many times. we have to get to the bottom of it. >> you said in the past you hire
muslims, you have muslim friends. you're not saying they are part of the hatred, are you? >> you look at the mosques and you look at what is going on there. it is 100%. you can say radical islam is a disaster right now. causing tremendous problems worldwide, not just here. but the question was asked about islam and there is a great hatred, this is no question about it. >> it makes an environment around the world where muslims feel that the united states has negativity towards them. >> we're going to have to run open place. we have a country with a lot of problems, a lot of debt. we have so many different problems right now, we're just going to do our thing. but the question was asked of me. i'll tell you what, you probably heard the audience. and i don't do it for the audience. i don't care in terms of doing it for the audience. i'm not doing it to be incorrect politically. but there is animosity like i've
never seen before. hopefully i can straighten it out. >> okay. so much to talk about now. discuss the big moment of the night with journalist and moderate of "meet the press", david gregory, and matt lewis and maeve reston. glad to have you. let's talk about our big take aways from last night. maeve, what jumped out? >> there was very striking policy contrast on entitlement reform. he has taken an interesting position. last night in florida he said he doesn't want to touch social security. and you had some of his opponents saying we have to do something to change the system. i think that is such an interesting position for him to have taken going forward. it has helped him. a lot of moderate blue collar
voters. and i think it will be fascinating to see how that debate plays out the next couple of days here. >> also, you have older voters when they they're not going to mess with the check. we know where he was going with that. where was he going, matt, with all islam has a hatred problem? and he was given many, many chances to qualify that statement. rubio qualified. kasich qualified. cruz qualified it. where is he going with it? >> first, we talk about the civility of last night. as you noted earlier, let's not give trump too much for humanity. but his tone has a change in the positions. my book is called dumb to fail." marco rubio points out you can't fix social security by reducing waste, fraud, and abuse.
marco rubio points out we need some islam cups to support us if we're going to win the global war on terror. donald trump paints with a broad brush. but guess what, the voters, primary voters probably reward donald trump for being wrong on all of those issues. >> on that same topic, david, marco rubio tried to counter what trumped. he had, no, muslim americans love this country. he nevered donald trump is flat wrong. he didn't use his name. he never went after him. he just talked about the difference in opinion. was that effective? >> i think rubio was trying to do something different. i think he was trying to say, look, let me be bigger. let me be more positive about understanding there are millions of muslims in america, many of whom have fought and died for our country. and i thought he made that without trying to disqualify trump in particular.
he was trying to position himself as a future of the represent party. and to be a bigger contrast. let's not remember that trump is understanding the moment that he is in. he realizes he is on the verge of winning this nomination if he has a big week next week. wanted to calm down the tone, call for unity, but still wanted to stick to those things that are rallying his core supporters, whether it's having a sloppy, xenophobic, really hateful view of islam or not touching social security in a state where people don't want you to touch social security. >> he did not apologize for making comment about muslims even though it ovened a lot of people across the country. we have to remember his core supporters love that about him. even if they don't agree on
certain policy aspects, they love that about him. >> i get what maeve is is saying on other issues. when it comes to this one, i think this is going to be a very big deal about who we are and how we include it. >> i completely agree. you have to remember that trump has real limitations and vulnerabilities as a general election candidate. you see big numbers. 40 plus percent of primary voters who are opposed him. extremely high negatives you see in recent polling. let's be clear on what the facts are. a lot of conservative christians. violent tenets that are core to islam. radical islamists are leading isis who believe in creating a caliphate that would take on western civilization. that is who trump is talking about. how about -- indonesian is the
most muslim country in the world. do you think they're talking about killing the west? no. living their lives. so it is sloppiness. and i think somebody who is really willing to take him on is going to do that and do it on a sustained basis. >> to your point quickly. i think that's where the anti-trump debate is going is to the electability argument. we will see them dropping all of this money in these states coming up as they try to take donald trump out and allow other republicans to rise. they are going to go very hard after that electability issue because of comments like that pointing out to trump voters on the bubble not sure about him that these comments will be damaging to the republican party in the general election. >> that's part of the big problem. i've spent most of my adult life trying to tell people that what they think the negative stereotypes they have about conservatives are wrong.
i think it is the best philosophy to bring about human flourishing, to help them rise. >> how are you feeling about trump? >> he reinforcing the stereotypes that republicans are racist. no, that's just what they say about us. the danger that he reinforces kind of proves him right. >> two primarily muslim countries. that was in many ways the trump model of go in there, crack down, and beat them to hell. now we have isis. so if you're going to start arguing on the merit, that's where he gets weaker and shallower is on the idea how do you do what he is proposing? >> i have to tell you something that wassed last night. marco rubio touched on it. i would be surprised if he doesn't develop it more. he talked about military men and
women who are muslim. they do ask you why do you hate us. we say why do they hate us. i have been in the country where the wars are going on. they look at you and say why do you hate us? why? >> the republican primary voters care, or do they like donald trump? >> which game are you playing? right now or are you playing for the long game? >> these guys were really good. don't you agree? >> oh, i agree. >> coming up, we will talk on "new day" to florida senator marco rubio. he had a very, very important night. stick for that the next hour. and on the democratic side, hillary clinton and bernie sanders seriously campaign ahead of next super tuesday. both of them hoping to shore up support in the key battle ground states. jeff zeleny is live with more.
>> the subject of the democratic race shifts from florida into the midwest. that's where the key three states are they will be campaigning for, in ohio, illinois, missouri. but bernie sanders's crowd yesterday told the story. 9,000 people in tampa, some 5,000 people in orlando. 5,000 people in gainesville as well. clearly so many democrats wanting to see this race go on and wanting to see him succeed. we caught up with hillary clinton to ask about this long race. >> i'm just going to keep going until i hope to have the number of delegates to secure the nomination. but it is up to everyone to decide how long they stay in and if we go to the end, we go to the end, just as i did in '08. >> that's key there. just like i did in '08. that's why you will not hear hillary clinton calling for
bernie sanders to get out of the race. he is going to be campaigning here in chicago later today. she'll be attending the funeral today for nancy reagan. but now the focus of this race is going to be on the industrial midwest. here in illinois as well ohio, missouri. those are the places bernie s d sanders believes he can win. that will determine how long this contest goes on. chris. >> no one knows better than you, that race is far from over. so the big
theme last night was issues not insults. that seemed to be what it was about. cnn republican debate gave a lot of straight talk and revealed a lot of stark differences between the candidates. we have a top notch town that will tell you everything you need to know. stay with us.
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a bunch of cheap shots. let's discuss the impact. let's bring back "meet the press" fame david gregory. maeve reston and cnn political analyst and senior editor "the atlantic" professor ron brownstein. i saw you. a furrowed brow. what was your takeaway. >> i was frustrated. donald trump represents a change in direction for the blue collar or nationalism. free trade and opposed to entitlement programs for the elderly. in addition, you have this very harsh language on islam last night. you have a proposal to deport 12 million people. i mean, if he is the nominee, he
is a significant redefinition of the party and one in which i think a lot of republicans are going to question where they fit into. >> maeve, let's look at those moments. an issue so important in florida is social security. let's see how marco rubio and donald trump contrast it. watch this. >> i will do everything i can to leave social security the way it is. to get rid of deficit, waste, fraud, and abuse. which is rampant in this country. totally rampant. >> the bottom line is we can't just continue to tip toe and throw out things like i'm rid of fraud and abuse. someone my age would retire at 68. we would continue to allow it to increase for future generations until it hits 70. and so my children would retire at 70. >> okay. so, maeve, on this topic and
others, did marco rubio do enough last night in what he had to do to win florida? >> that is going to be such a tough climb for him. he clearly was the marco rubio that everyone wanted to see last night. talking about the future. talking in specifics on social security, giving much more substantive policy prescriptions than donald trump has. but that will be to his peril here in florida where you have a huge population of seniors. >> the highest number of seniors in the country. >> the rapid answer that donald trump gave about waste, fraud, and abuse, but giving up no idea what he would do other than to not touch social security. he may end up being rewarded for that here in florida. ? you have more seniors, 3 million, as you said, in florida. you also have a higher participation rate than dow seniors in general. that to look at this in a very
specific way. let's look at the most recent one. >> i think they crunched the latest six polls. >> we do this, as you had, everyone claimed this particular poll. this is the average of all of them. this is the truest picture. david gregory, this does not show us those who have voted already. 1.5 million floridians. most of them are for us. came in early. rubio was surging. how big a deal could that be? >> look, if there's anyplace rubio can show grassroots strength that predates the grassroots it will be his home state of florida. marco rubio did acquit himself well on substance, on being forward looking, drawing contrast with trump in a way that was not a school yard
taunt. he held himself well. but he has been quite inconsistent on a debate stage and in the campaign. speaking to his overall electability. and trump, for all we can break him down on issues, he understood the moment, which is to say that he wants to be subtler, less cutting. he wants to speak less about himself and say there are millions of people behind me. this different view of what the party should be to rally behind me and focus a general election. he understood if he has a big night on tuesday -- >> i think trump was about reassurance, not persuasion. he did not seem like he had to peel away voters from the other candidate. he looked like someone who felt that he is on the path towards the nomination. he wants to reassure republicans, it's okay. i'm not crazy. you can hand it over to me. it is also like a farewell
address. >> right. >> someone who is trying to remind someone of why they liked hill. than someone who is scratching, kicking, doing everything last thing to rage against that good night. everybody on the stage, cruz seemed to be the one person who still thought he might beat donald trump. huge vulnerabilities. huge negative. you saw it on policy, trade, social security, vladimir putin, islam. he tries to build a koe legislation in the general election. >> i think those older voters here in florida will pay attention to the substantive issues. they have been hearing a lot of states to poll. this may be closer but maybe not as close as marco rubio would like. >> thank you great to have you here.
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the rnc chairman said any republican is better than hillary clinton or bernie sanders. >> can you at least agree with me without question that any one of these four gentlemen would be a world better than hillary clinton or socialist in bernie sanders? >> and now president obama is even weighing in on the republican field.
ladies, great to see you. good morning. let's start by talking about the debate last night. maria, does it worry you as a democrat to see a softer, more reasonable tone and what looks like some of the republican party uniting? >> well, certainly it seemed that the chairman was beg. i think no matter who the nominee is, it's going to be tough. it will be tough for whoever the nominee is on our side. we live in a very divided polarized electorate. i think the only way democrats can-can win, and i will say i think we can win. regardless of who the nominee on the republican side is. it's not going to be easy. we shouldn't pretend it is going to be easy. we need to wake up every single day worried. the only way you can win is
what? >> by being unified. the democrats being a unified party. and that is all the divisive rhetoric happening on the other side. >> if the divisive rhetoric tones down, is it more worrisome for the democrats? >> listen, let's put this in perspective. that was toned down compared to how outlandish and ridiculous it had been. but there was still outlandish rhetoric. you had donald trump saying, yeah, i think the world's 1.6 million muslims hate america. you had trump had to answer for the fact that he basically i want to punch protesters in the face. and one of his supporters punched a pretester in the face. he said, yeah, i don't like that but i like how much they love america. i like their passion or whatever he said exactly. that sort of thing, again, in the context of even though we're
not talking about hand size, it seemed like toned down rhetoric but still out of touch with where most americans are. >> they have surprised by the rise of donald trump. they are wondering how did this happen? who is to blame by this? yesterday president obama absolved himself. >> i have been blamed by republicans for a lot of things. but being blamed for their primaries and who they're selecting for their party is novel. >> is he wrong? >> every election is a reaction to what has just happened in the way that president obama was a reaction to george w. bush. george w. bush a reaction to
clinton. suspect he responsible for the rise of trump in that way? >> no. and i will say this. the republicans made their bed. now they have to lie in it. what i mean is the anger that you see in the republican base and the grassroots activism, yes, it is always focused on obama. it is also incredibly focussed and some would say more focused on the republican establishment they feel haslett them down from the moment they elected george h.w. bush, then george w. bush who have been completely awful presidents in their heads and then romney and mccain, who were complete failures we have heard they are angry at the republican party. but isn't this election reaction, as they all are, for what we have had the last eight years. >> there is probably a reasonable reaction to president obama's policies. and i would like to vote for something different. maria is right. this is the bed republicans have
made. they dent react to president obama in the same way. they are 100% against him in every sort of way. that's combined with, let's be fair, a feeling, a sentiment, among a small and shrinking part of the population. it is mostly older white voters who are angry, frustrated, resentless that they see the country changing in ways they feel minimizes their influence. and it's attached to all these other things, stagnating wages, seeing their future looking more bleak. and the republicans have not said, hey, let's stop giving tax breaks to rich. they said let's blame muslims and let's get you afraid about terrorism. and that gives rise to donald trump stphrfp trump. >> sally, maria, thank you very much.
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jarrett is a donald trump supporter. james is a ted cruz supporter. and rodolfo is a marco rubio supporter. rodolfo, i'll start with you. your man came in here with the most desperation to his cause. how do you think he performed last night and what do you think it will mean here in florida? >> i think he was absolutely outstanding last night, particularly on the foreign policy questions, particularly on the cuba question, which not only did it play to a hometown crowd, but he was absolutely correct on it. israeli conflict and in palestine. i think also on some domestic issues like the v.va. he really hit home on that. and he was honest on social security. this is a state with a lot of senior voters. but i think it is unfair and dishonest to say this system can continue as is. and i think it takes courage to
say that changes have to be made and to bring that issue up. >> so senator rubio was lighter last night on going after donald trump personally. so was senator cruz. but not as much. james, you had senator cruz last night drawing consistent points of contrast with the solutions trump was offering versus his own. how did that give you confidence in your man? >> well, basically it comes down to this. the basic issue that i have with donald trump is that, let's face it, he has had a path where he has supported very liberal candidates. and that is often pointed out. and he off brushes it aside and said, oh, i did it because i am a businessman. for example, when he did his victory speech after super saturday, march 5th, he openly said it. i was once part of the establishment and now i am not.
that's what he stated. he made zero connection to state what caused him to go from establishment to anti-establishment aside from the fact that, oh, i'm not the chosen one to run. that doesn't sit by me here. >> so that's an interesting point we are hearing from him. why are you okay as a trump supporter to say, listen, i used to use money to influence politicians. now i know it's a problem. i used to abuse visas as a businessman. that's why i am the guy to change it. how do you play it like the one next to you plays to hypocrisy. >> as james was saying you can change your ideas as long as you have good reason for it. like a lot of voter base and just like me, people are fed up. that's what the last eight years have done with mr. trump. a lot of failed policies and rhetoric. and he's just finished.
in regards to the visas and all that sort of thing, like you say, he's a businessman. if the law is there, he's going to use it. so these things need to be changed. like he said last night in the debate, which was a great point, it need to be changed so companies like disney don't use them to their own advantage like they should be used. >> a big morality play you will hear a lot about going forward certainly in the general. rodolfo, the idea of what is the threat within islam. is it all muslims? is it islam hates the west? or is it about radical islam. donald trump was very slow. he talked about some. >> i think it is important to state, as marco did and the other two traditional candidates did, that we need to work with the islamic world, moderate islamic world to solve the isis problem. this cannot be done on our own. we need allies in the muslim
world. the fact that he did not walk back those remarks is telling to me. marco said a president can't just pop whatever comes in his head. it may make us feel good for the candidate to stick it to the people and say whatever he thinks. but they have consequences. it affects world markets, our relationships with other countries. and i think last night shows we have three candidates with the temperament and experience to be president and one that i think is an amateur. >> james, do you think all islam is the problem? you're a trump supporter. what do you think about that? >> i'm a cruz supporter, first of all. >> you're a cruz supporter. what do you think about it? i have close muslim friends who are some of the nicest people i have ever met. so i am ruling out the idea that all islam is a problem. however, i do -- i have come to the conclusion that islam, along with other religions, including
my own religion, christianity, have had pieces of scripture that could be interpreted very easily as promoting violence. perhaps, some of the things in the old testament could be seen as warfare similar to that of jihad. >> people who are following donald trump resonate with the idea that this entire group of 1.6 billion represent an enemy. does that work for you? >> i think right now donald is just appealing to his voter base. >> that's you. that's why i'm asking you. >> that's true. i think he's misrepresenting himself when he says that. i think what he really means is there is a general dislike for america in most parts of the world. a lot of people don't like us because of the 23r50ed onlies we represent and the values we love for.
a lot of other things, people get mad that he reverses the position on. this is one time where he stood up and said, and now people are getting really mad at him. i think it was right for him to stick with his guns there. >> thank you very much for making your points. good luck in your election. appreciate it. all right. there is a lot to be covered in the debate last night ahead of these all important primaries here in florida and ohio. we have the man of the hour, marco rubio, who is fighting for his life, coming up on the show. stay with us. the answer can't just be wave a magic wand and say, problem, go away. >> nobody on this stage is more pro israel than i am. >> strong doesn't mean good.
beauty sin a strong leader. >> the other side is running a campaign based on insult. >> i'm not the interested in being politically correct. i'm interested in being correct. >> this is cnn breaking news. good morning, everyone. welcome to your "new day". chris and i are live here at the university of miami. john berman is in for michaela in if new york. republicans showed a new civility in their final debate before tuesday's critical primary in florida and ohio. the debate highlighting policy over personal insults. some say donald trump appeared more presidential than he he has in the past. some say it was low key for what he has in the past. >> ted cruz, fair to say, had eyes on one man last night, and it was certainly donald trump.
he made it clear a dozen ways this is a two-man race. this is where he went to law school. this is his state. we're going to hear from the senator himself in just a few minutes. all of this comes as trump gets a really surprising endorsement. one-time rival dr. ben carson will come out for trump this morning. we have this covered the only way cnn can. sara murray in palm beach. that's where they will have this big endorsement this morning at mir-a-lago. >> i cannot believe how civil it's been up here. >> reporter: a major shift in
tone at last night's gop debate. the rivals moving away from the personal attacks of the past. >> they're like this. little marco. lying ted. >> reporter: towards more civil contrast. and trump's competitors argue he doesn't have the details to back up his campaign promises. for u.s. trade deals -- >> trade deals are absolutely killing our country. the only way we will be able to do it is taxes. unless they be leif. >> donald is right, for example. he was just talking about international trade. he's right about the problem. but his solutions don't work. the effect of a 45% tariff when you're going to walmart shopping for your kid, the prices you pay go up 45%. >> the 45% tax is a threat. it will be a tax if they don't behave. >> reporter: to social security. >> my absolute intention to leave social security the way it is. not increase the edge. and leave it as-is.
get rid of waste, fraud, and abuse. >> the numbers don't add up. we can't tip toe and throw out things like i'm going to get rid of fraud and abuse. you still have hundreds of billions of dollars of deficit you have to make up. >> reporter: and mid east peace. >> if i say i'm pro-israel, listen, i would like to have at least the other side think i'm somewhat neutral as to them so we can maybe get a deal done. >> the policy was outlined. i don't know if he realizes it's an anti-israeli policy. i don't know if that is your intent. there is no peace deal because there is no one to negotiate with. >> reporter: the audience chuckling about his response about whether to close the u.s. embassy in cuba. >> i would probably have the embassy closed until a really good deal was struck by the united states. >> here's a good deal.
cuba stops putting people in jail for speaking out. cuba has freedom of press. >> reporter: the sunshine state senator looking for any opportunity to go after trump in a do or die debate for his campaign. >> last night said, islam hates us. did you mean all 1.6 billion muslims? >> i mean a lot of them. i will stick with what i said to anderson cooper. >> the problem is presidents can't say whatever they want. they have consequences here and around the world. >> you can be politically correct if you want. i don't want to be politically correct. i like to solve problems. we have a serious problem. >> i'm not interested in being political correct. i'm interested in being correct. we will have to work with the people in muslim faith even as they face a serious crisis within it.
>> reporter: donald trump set to have another big day today. he will be picking up the endorsement of dr. ben carson. a carson insider tells me there is a lot of residual anger toward ted cruz over what happened in iowa. ben carson and donald trump both have homes in palm beach. they have known each other a while. >> two points of comparison. they both have homes here in south florida. and ben carson thinks ted cruz stole the election from him in iowa. tw very different points of motivation. last night in the debate it was very different. you want to hear what matters, the policies. you got it with jake tapper all night long keeping a stepped hand. we got to talk to donald trump right after the debate. controversial reports about islam and violence at his
events. here's what he had to say. >> i thought it was a very elegant debate. i thought it was very substantive. i thought your folks did a great job. i thought it was very fair. we needed this kind of debate. we needed this kind of tone. i'm glad it took place tonight. >> do you think it plays to your advantage? >> i think so. look, the other is the other. if somebody hits, you hit back. that's true in life. it's true in running countries. it's true in running businesses. everybody did a good job. >> what would happen if it were you versus ted cruz one on one? listen to go him make the case and you on your own, how is your confidence level? >> i think it would go very well. we're leading. we have a lot more people voting for trump than voting for ted. but i like ted. i think we all did a very good
job. i thought it was actually terrific and very different. because it has really been harsh. and i like that also. but i think there was something -- we were ready for this kind of an evening. >> a couple points of contrast on the stage last night. one i guess you could basically call it the all versus some argument on islam. you spoke to anderson and you said there's a hatred coming from islam to the united states. >> no doubt about it. >> you understand the sensitivity to it. you call it political correctness. the counter was it is correctness. what do you want to say now? >> i don't want to say anything. i've answered the question. i answered it many times. we have to get to the bottom of it. >> the concern is you wind up painting in two broader brushes. you said in the past you hire muslims, you have muslim friends. you're not saying they are part of the hatred, are you? >> you look at the mosques and you look at what is going on
there. it is virtually 100%. you can say radical islam is a disaster right now. causing tremendous problems worldwide, not just here. but the question was asked about islam and there is a great hatred, this is no question about it. 12k3w4r. >> one of the people on the stage said it makes an environment around the world where muslims feel that the united states has negativity towards them. >> we're going to have to run open place. we have a country with a lot of problems, a lot of debt. we have so many different problems right now, we're just going to do our thing. but the question was asked of me. i'll tell you what, you probably heard the audience. and i don't do it for the audience. i don't care in terms of doing it for the audience. i'm not doing it to be incorrect politically. but there is animosity like i've never seen before. hopefully i can straighten it out.
donald trump uses the word elegant, usually a word i save for you. amanda carpenter. republican strategist kevin madden. and former george w. bush con kevin active of the american union, matt sclapp. last night, fair to say your man on the stage was the most to point out the contrast with trump. what was the plan? what was the impact? >> he was focused like a laser. this is a two-man race. not only is donald trump watching him. it's like hillary clinton. it's a two for one attack. every question he got he manages to direct it that way. he wasn't interested in pigging a fight with rubio. everything was on donald trump. >> were the stakes higher for marco rubio? all eyes on him. he has reached the rubicon. the rubio rubicon.
>> i like it rubiocon. >> he is a god gifted communicator. he has had so many great debates. for some reason it doesn't seem to correspond with a surge in the polls. i would say here in his home state of florida that usually you just count on winning your home state. ted cruz won his home state. he of course has to win here. but he has to go further than that. most people view it as donald trump is as close to being inevitable. and ted cruz is the alternative. the other two guys on the stage, great people. >> ted, let's give a point of analysis is they are probably not going to hear much this morning. "the x factor" for marco rubio is not on the stage last night but what may have already happened in florida. 1.5 million votes already cast in florida. it is an early voting state. they are putting all their chips
on that. >> they believe that the late breakers moving forward is marco rubio. if they have that amount of votes, panning, already before they go into it, coupled with late breakers, they are in a great position. >> but the polls would not pick up. >> correct. they're in a position here to really win. since it is his home state, they feel they have a built-in structural advantage with voters here that is key to winning the state. that's why they have -- you have seen in all the previous states campaigns start to play the expectations game. they try to lower or manage expectations. in florida, rubio campaign has embraced expectations, guaranteeing a win here. there is a risk to that at this point in the contest. they don't have a choice. >> earlier before the debate donald trump sat down with anderson cooper and stated something very controversial about islam. he did not back down when jack
tapper gave an option to clarify. marco rubio, between how he feels about that. let me play you that moment. >> the problem is presidents can't just say anything they want. they have consequences here and around the world. gyau to any national cemetery, you will see american men and women in uniform muslim. and they love america. >> that was a nice reminder that he gave the audience there. but did he -- he had an opportunity where he could have said donald trump is wrong, flat wrong. but he didn't do that. >> he should have went harder a at donald trump. he said, listen, i think all muslim people are evil. somehow, by the same token, i'm going to be able to negotiate in people in the palestinian authority. i'm going to be able to negotiate -- >> he did not state they were evil. but he did paint with a broad brush >> but when you speak that way
with a billion people and say i can be this great negotiator, those things don't add up. >> look, i worked for president bush. when 9/11 happened, our talking point was islam is a re-lincoln on of peace. we tried not to use the analogies to the crusade. the american people heard all of that. there is a problem that we have radicalized muslim terrorists who are on a regular basis, a daily basis, coming after us. >> you have to draw the distinction -- >> the jihadists are all muslim. fair to say there is serious problems with the religion. there are muslims that are wonderful. >> this is the same thing. i know this hits home close to you, matt, because of your own family. this is what you guys were saying last time about latinos.
now you found a guy to double down. this was the group about the gop not to alien ate one group. >> the other thing we shouldn't do is avoid the tough answers. and i think one of the questions on global security is talking clearly about who our enemy is. and i think trump is connecting with people on who our enemy is. the american people get it. i think there is a benefit to people unvarnished. when it comes to hillary clinton, she's all about the varnish. and i think that's going to be a great juxtaposition if we're there. >> marco rubio's line, and it was a great line, i don't want to be politically correct. i want to be correct. >> the civility broke out at the
debate. civility at this stage in the race didn't change anything during the debate. it didn't change the trajectory, who is first, is second and who is third. that always benefits the front-runner. donald trump comes out in the same position he was, which is front-runner. >> we'll have an opportunity to talk to marco rubio. one man who likes to hear he had a great line. senator marco rubio will come on "new day" to talk about what he wanted to do last night and why he believes he is going to be in this race going forward. here he is. good to have you, senator. the smallest pinch of pure mccormick can make meals legendary. because pure tastes better.
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how does he feel he did and what is his fate? senator, good to have you here on "new day". let me put up numbers that are familiar to you but for audience sake. the poll of polls. the last six measurements on of what's going on in your state, 16 points to the south of donald trump. you came in here last night. you came in with a plan to change that. what is that plan and do you think you executed it? >> well, we felt good about the debate. credit to cnn for having a policy debate. and i thought that was important. as far as the polls are concerned, i don't have to tell you i'm very concerned. i don't think they're accurate. i feel good about our work here. one thing that's happening in florida is ted cruz has some supporters here, but he is not going to win. john kasich is not going to win florida. there's a majority of florida republicans who do not want donald trump to win florida or
be the nominee. supporters ted cruz and john kasich realize no matter how much they like their candidate, a vote for them is a vote for trump. >> any concern that the pendulum swung too much the other way? >> well, we made policy contrasts last night. i think we have to ask ourselves. this is interesting. we had a debate like we did two weeks ago. people say we don't like it. sit is too personal. they're not talking about policy. so we have a debate about policy and people are asking why didn't you guys get person. here's the bottom line. credit to cnn for asking policy questions. this is not a reality show. it is not about entertaining people. it is about informing people. we are electing the president of the united states. commander in chief of the most important military in the world. this person who we are about to vote for know what they are talking about. when it comes to foreign policy
in particular, i think last night you saw sharp distinctions. and i thought i was able to make them without calling anyone a name or going in that direction. >> well, you're going to get a big amen from a lot of people. they wanted to hear what matters. that was the setup of the debate. a huge point last night. many credit you with the line on it. donald trump said you want me to distinguish between all and some muslims. that's you being politically correct. you said i'm not being politically correct. i'm being correct. how dangerous do you believe it is is, not just for your party but for this country, to say all muslims hate america? >> well, let me put it to you this way. the next president of the united states will be the commander in chief. invariably, if they're out there, they will meet with a man or woman in uniform who happens to be muslim willing to die for our country.
how can you be commander in chief saying all muslims hate the united states? i don't think you can be a good commander in chief. how do you reach out to the king of jordan or president of egypt or military allies, saudi arabia or the sun sunni transcribes we need to defeat isis. number two, it doesn't happen to be true. the fact is the majority of muslims do not hate america. i don't know what he bases that on. is there a radicalization problem in islam? absolutely, there is. we shouldn't be politically correct to say there is a problem with radical islam, radical islamic jihadists. that is a real threat to islam and it is a real threat to america. we need to beat them both at home and abroad. i know people like that donald trump says whatever he wants and whatever they say.
presidents have to worry that their words have consequences for real people in the real world. >> very often you picture yourself and picture yourself as, look, i'm a new generation. i see things a different way. i speak for the future of this country. one of the departures is where you are on climate change. you spoke about it last night. you spoke about what practically can be done to make a difference with what you say is the weather. why not speak to the science? you didn't speak about it last night. 99% is seen as clear, a future perspective. why tonight you share it? >> because, number one, okay, there is a con sepb tuesday among scientists around the world that humans are contributing to what's happening on our climate. there is no consensus is how much is due to humans. here's why that matters.
these people pushing this are acting like it a religious tenet they want us to admit. here's the bottom line. we don't know how much is due to human activity. that's relevant in the policy world. they are asking me to support public policies that by their own admission, it would not have a measurable impact on the ecology now or the foreseeable future. on the other end -- >> you could paint it as a denier, though, senator? >> sure. by the people who want us to say yes or no. >> as a scientist, you can say -- >> it won't do anything for our environment. >> yeah. but, look, climate change is measurable. is the sea level rise something you can measure that. that's not the question you should be asking a policymaker. the question you should be asking a policymaker is what can we do in government to affect the rise of sea levels?
the answer is pass he's laws we want you to pass. so i asked, how many inches of feet will that law prevent? and there answer is it won't prevent any. andive ask the economists and they say it will have a real impact on our economy. they are asking me to support public policies that will do nothing to affect the environment but will have a direct and immediate impact on our economy. that's a terrible tradeoff. i don't think that's a good way to go about it. these people are off on their own crusade here. it is just not good public policy. >> understood, senator. this may be your last chance to reach our entire audience with your entire words. that do you say to the voters in florida for why they should look at marco rubio to be the next president? >> for republicans, i give us
the best chance to beat hillary clinton. if you care about polls, every single one says that. i'm the only one that can unite the republican party. i'm the only one that can grow it. i'm also the only one running on an agenda that says it is time to turn the page. the 21st century is here. we have an economy. we need to take our conservative principles and apply them to the challenges of the 21st century. that's what my campaign has offered from day one. if they elect me as president, this generation will confront and solve our problem. and i believe we have a chance to leave our children the freest and most prosperous americans to ever live. and i ask them to go make a donation. >> thank you for coming on "new day". thank you, senator. >> thank you. >> senator rubio and the rest of the republican field certainly
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we just heard from senator marco rubio here on "new day" about his debate performance and hopes of winning his home state of florida on tuesday. is this all enough to revive his political campaign? michael smerconish is host of smerconish. >> is this a campus or country club? >> both. >> let's talk about what we just heard from marco rubio. chris interviewed him. did he hear him make an effective case there? >> he was very effective last night. i had last night if there were a winner last night, i think it was senator rubio. whether it helps on tuesday, i don't know. the fact that he could come in with such poise is he is on the ropes. it is very difficult to see any
path where he gets to 1,237. alisyn, so let's concede that. so he wins florida. it gets him momentum. is it momentum that can thwart trump or get him to 1,237. if he arrives in cleveland without 1,237 i don't know how they give it to him. he had a great night >> i'm thinking about it. isn't that the whole strategy is they are not going to get 1,237. trump is not going to get it. >> it is really interesting last night at the end of the debate when donald trump was asked should the individual with the most delegates take the nomination even if they don't hit the requisite numbers. he said yes. >> of course he said yes. >> if he doesn't get to that number, he's not coming out with the gop nomination. ted cruz seemed to go in that same direction for similar reasons. it was very interesting at that level. here's my big takeaway.
there's a sports tphaanalogy of running out the clock. they just want to run out the clock. that's what trump was doing last night. i think status quo benefits him. the other play defense. why? i'm not sure because they're losing. >> something that is so important in florida, climate change. people fear miami will soon be under water. marco rubio said something different than what i have heard before is, sure, the science climate change is happening but show me a law that will stop the sea levels from rising. >> i thought he was a bit of contortionist. this is what comes from running in very conservatives caulks. he acknowledge's man's role in climate change. i was sitting here watching the
monitor and saying, what, so we do nothing? we should be doing something about this. i'm sure he is afraid of offending republican voteers who come out in the primaries and caucuses. they are a very conservative lot. >> he will win some people on that. others will want him to go further. that's a tricky issue in the gop. what shouldn't be tricky issue is the nature of islam. and what donald trump said last night, he obviously has reason to believe it's the right place to be. go general. talk about all. don't worry about it. >> that's nutty. i will be curious to see if next wednesday, assuming he is able to win here in florida and ohio, we're not sure about either. but i want says on wednesday. that seems like someone making a pitch to the base of this party. that is not a line that allows you to get elected in the general election. i can't believe he did reign
that in. and the others were very effective, including senator rubio on that issue. >> marco rubio said, no, there are muslims who serve in the military. they serve honorably. they love this country. but should he have gone after donald trump more? >> they all should have. if they weren't called on, they should have said, wait, jake, i need to get in on this question. that's not who we are. president of the united states, if that's your position on an entire religion. >> the rules change, if i called alisyn out, she's got 45 second for rebuttal. second, going after donald trump has not been a success. all three of them did, in fairness to the gentlemen. what they didn't do is say you're a dope and here's why.
they just dealt with the here's why. at some point you want to rise above just saying the other guy is wrong. >> at some point you need to confront the bully. jeb bush said you need to be able to lose primaries to win the general. throw caution to the wind. can't stand for it. that's appalling. >> one hour and a half from now ben carson will be endorsing donald trump here in florida. how did that happen? >> i think it's significant. ben car son, up like others who have phone out of the race thus far with zero, 0.0, this guy had some percentage. i think it is a comfort level to evangelical christians. one of the shocks to this race so far is how well donald trump is running with evangelicals. >> even though he doesn't look or act like an evangelical
christian? >> 2 corinthians. >> hey, i'm not just my faith. i feel a lot of different things. that's what the rationale is for going for trump. even though he doesn't share your values. no, not as the christian i see myself as. but i will vote for him because of x. >> it is not amon know lithic lot. it is still pretty stunning. >> if you said to me a year ago i am unstable and liken me to a pedophile, he would not be here. >> great to see you. >> some say you should watch smerconish 8:00 eastern on cnn, saturday. >> how are floridians feeling this morning? we will ask florida governor bob graham. >> did you catch his animal
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sanders actively campaigning, in key battle ground states. jeff zeleny is live with much more. hi, jeff. >> hey, good morning, alisyn. bernie sanders hillary clinton are in the midwest focusing on the industrial midwest states, illinois, ohio, missouri. those could be the key states for bernie sanders. where he hopes to carry on and extend the win in michigan. he did address nearly 20,000 people yesterday at three different rallies across florida. and he talks about his own expectations, how he is defying the odds. >> about a week ago, we were 20 or 30 points behind in michigan. when all the pundits said bernie sanders and the political revolution in michigan, we won.
he's going to be coming here to chicago tonight to campaign. but the question here is bernie sanders going to be able to continue. in florida if they close the primary only democrats can vote. he has been winning with independents and others. if he wins one or other key states in the midwest, be iowa, ohio, or missouri, this race will go on and on even longer, alisyn. >> okay. there you go, jeff. thanks so much for that. so four days now could be critical. he's on the leadership council. good morning, tpofrpbor.
because you do know florida and floridians so well, i want to get your take on what's happening on the republican side. what do you think will happen here tuesday? do you think that florida will go for the hometown candidate of marco rubio? >> alisyn, if you asked me that yesterday i would have answered confidently trump will win. it won't be a blowout but we will win by five or more points. i think last night's debate could have been a game changer, particularly for marco rubio. i thought he did extremely well. he was articulate, smooth, it was a very gentile, intelligent debate, which is the format in which he best presents himself. i think it will be a close race here on tuesday. >> governor, what issue was it
that jumped out at you that he felt he handled particularly well? >> well, i thought he handled the issue of the protesters in the trump rally. i thought his presentation on the middle east was thoughtful. >> it will be very interesting to see what happens tuesday. let's talk about the democratic side of the race. at the latest moment, the latest poll of polls, where they crunch the latest six and take average, this came out just an hour ago, hillary clinton is handly winning. of course after the lesson of michigan and beyond, polls can be wrong. do you have some colonel michigan was a cautionary tale and she might repeat that loss
elsewhere, including here? >> i guess yes to all the above. this has been a very tough year for pollsters, beginning in south carolina, particularly in michigan. they were far off the results. but i'm not surprised that ms. clinton has a 2-1 lead here in florida. she's well-known, popular. and she has invested a lot of time, effort, and ground game in this state. so i think she will carry florida by a significant margin. >> tkpwofrpb, i want to show you the latest head to head matchup. hillary clinton against the possible republican rivals. it's very interesting. marco rubio, if it were to
happen today, the race, the election, would beat hillary clinton, 48% to 44%. she's tied with ted cruz. he gets 47%. she gets 46%. but then she beats donald trump. 50% she gets to his 43%. are you and other democrats pulling for donald trump to be the republican nominee? >> look, we democrats have enough work to do on our side of the equation. we are spectators watching what's happening on the gop. but members of that party who have the opportunity to decide who their candidate is going to be in november. >> as you know, governor, democrats are have basically been racking their brain, trying to figure out the trump phenomenon. how it happened, who is to plame, how he got so far ahead of the field. yesterday president obama talked
about this and basically absolved himself of any of the blame. >> i have been blamed by reps for a lot of things. but being blamed for their primaries and who they are electing for their party is novel. republican party is to some degree all of those efforts over a course of time creating an environment where somebody like a donald trump can thrive. >> governor, how do you explain the enthusiasm for trump across the country and particularly here in florida? >> well, let me answer a slightly different question -- why have we had this apparent disconnect between so many americans and their government? where they see government as
being evil? my answer to that is, while there are a lot of reasons, i think the most fundamental is that about 40 years ago we stopped teaching what it means to be a citizen in a democracy in our classrooms. so we've had two generations of americans who have been raised without any formal instruction on things like tolerance and compromise and the role that they play in a democracy, and i believe that the chickens have come home to roost. we are now seeing a significant segment of american whose were turned off and are willing to go to candidates and vote for candidates that in the past would have been thought of as far outside the acceptable mainstream. >> yeah. governor bob graham, great to get your perspective. thanks so much for being here on "new day." >> thank you, alisyn. well, clinton and sanders
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one trump supporter arrested after this punch at a rally this week. one of several incidents that have been reported. so what does the trump campaign have to say about this, and a host of other issues that came up. we have sam clovis, friend of "new day" and trump's national campaign, co-chairman and policy advisor. good morning, sam. >> good morning, chris. how are you? >> well, sir. let's talk straight politics. first, the theory of the case for marco rubio is, this is my home state. i've got the infrastructure, can get out the vote and 1.5 million early voters that have already decided here. many of them during the period when rubio was riding high, and also late deciders tend to go away from trump. is that enough to get it done here in florida, according to your numbers? >> well, i'm going to have to look at where we are. there are also a lot of early voters that are going to vote for mr. trump as well, because you saw the commanding lead, and
i think with the numbers, they indicate a lot of the early voting should come our way as well. could be a crap shoot and tuesday and fascinating to see how the vote comes out in all the states that are voting. i think every demographic, every state harks a different electorate and a different set of demographics than i think it would be hard to be, to have one universal statement about all of those, because each is quite different. >> despite everything that has transpired between the two men, is senator rubio still a top-tier consideration for vp for donald trump? >> we have not talked about any of that. no one has talked to me about any of that, so i have -- i can't speculate on where we are with that. i think that, first, we need to secure the nomination and then we'll worry about putting together the team that's going to run whoever the democrats throw at us in the fall.
>> all right. then two big points of controversy here from politics to policy. the first one was about what kind of moral you instruction donald trump is giving at his events. you know about the reports of different ugly incidents that happened there, huge crowds, thing doss happen. the question is if not ene encourage, does mr. trump do enough to discourage the events we've seen in the past events? >> phoo you' >> i think so. if you've been 0-of-to the events we coach the crowd before mr. trump arrives, a pregame that gets up and talks about this very issue. about the fact there will be protestors that come in and how the protestors are to be treated, and so we have that up front, and then mr. trump himself typically when the protests break out, that he's always said, let the local people handle it, and let that
go. i think what has to be looked at here is the fact that the size of the crowds that we get -- at a lot of our events, there's no way to possibly screen all of these people. these are not seances. these are political rallies. so you're going to have people -- >> right. >> -- who are there, excited and sometimes emotions overcome people, and we're talking about a crowd of 25,000 people, one person. so, okay. >> right, sam. but they're not -- they're not excited -- >> we discourage it. we absolutely do, and i think you know that we do a tremendous amount of work up front to discourage people from this kind of behavior. >> right. one more quick step on this and then i want to talk about something that row jeprojects l in this regard. they're ugly, you know that, and i'm sure condemn the behavior. when you say, i want to punch that guy in the face, and you say, get 'em outta here and
becomes a ritual, that's sending a dangerous message. the point, do you change course here now that we see a pattern? >> i don't know that we've seen what you would call a pattern. i think that we've be had a couple of occasions to that, but how many rallies have we held? i mean, my goodness. hundreds. and we've seen millions of people. so we're talking, you know, two or three incidents that would probably happen in the course of human events. so, again, we're not condoning. we condemn this type of behavior and you know we spent a lot of time telling people not to behave this way. and so this is a -- again, i think you know, it's -- we're out here picking pretty close to the -- to the issues here that frankly i don't think that they rise to this level of concern that you seem to project on it, chris. >> well, but here's why i'm doing it. because i think it respects a mood. it respects a tone that we saw,
then, we the notion of islam and that islam has a hatred for america. you know that that is painting with too broad a brush. you know this is about a radical movement within a faith, the name of which means peace. what is telling you guys that going all-in on all muslims is the way to go? >> i think last night i watched the debate myself. i watched your show this morning. i watched a lot of the pundits you have on there and are good people i don't have any argument with any of that. i answered this question for you directly yesterday. that we do have -- this is -- the thing that i heard over and over again. i heard it on the stage last night and i heard, in your show this morning, is this conflation of a political movement with religion. and until people understand that this -- that radical islam is a political movement with direct political intent, we are going to continue to trip over this political correctness as we go
forward. >> sam clovis, thank you very much for coming on "new day." appreciate it, as always. >> all right. we'll see you later, chris. thanks. all right. let's talk about the implications of what sam clovis just said and all that transpired in this all-important gop debate just last night and let's do it right now. a lot has happened in the last ten months. >> i'm a businessman and i have to do what i have to do. >> presidnts can't just say anything they want. >> this debate is not about insults or attacks. >> we're all in this together. i cannot believe how civil it's bun up here. >> yeah, i cannot way to say, madam secretary, you are asking for a third term of a failed administration. >> hopefully we will all come to our senses. >> there's two of us up here that can and two of us that cannot at this moment.
>> what's true today is not necessarily true tomorrow. >> announcer: this is cnn breaking news -- good morning. welcome to your "new day." alisyn and i are live at the university of miami. john berman in new york, and last night, boy, oh, boy, the republican rivals squared off, and in the right way. it was about substance in this crucial winner take all situation that they're in with florida and ohio. this debate was different. you're not going to see it be about insults. you're going to see substance. you're going to see contrast in what happened. many saying even the front-runner donald trump appeared presidential. >> ted cruz, meanwhile, repeated a familiar theme, that he's the only one in the race who can actually beat donald trump, but many analysts say that marco rubio was the winner of the night. was that enough for him to win florida? also, this morning, trump is about to get a big endorsement from a one-time rival. let's begin our coverage with,
where donald trump an ben carson will appear together in the next hour. >> reporter: good morning, alisyn. that's right. everyone knew the stakes going into this debate last night. they knew this was the last pivotal moment before the winner take all state's vote and the candidates showed a different side. instead of childish insults and taunts we actually got policy discussion. >> i cannot believe how civil it's been up here. >> reporter: a major shift in tone at last night's gop debate. the rivals moving away from the personal attacks of the past. >> have you seen his hands? they're like this. >> and little marco spews this crap. >> i call him lyin' ted. >> reporter: and towards more civil contrasts and trump's competitors argue he doesn't have the detail to back up campaign promises. from u.s. trade deals. >> trade deals are absolutely killing our country and the only way we're going to be able to do, we have to do taxes on less they behave. >> donald is right, for example, talking about international trade. he's right about the problems, but his solutions don't work.
the affect of a 45% tariff would be, when you go to the store, when you go to walmart when shopping for your kids, the prices you pay go up 45%. >> the 45% tax is a threat. not a tax, it was a threat. it will be a tax if they don't behave. >> reporter: to social security. >> my absolute intention to leave social security the way it is. not increase the age and to leave it as-is. we're going to get rid of waste, fraud abuse and brig back business. >> the numbers don't add up. bottom line, we can't continue to tiptoe around and that and throw out fraud and abuse and you still have hundreds of billions of dollars of deficit you have to make up. >> reporter: and mideast peace. >> if i go in, i'm pro-israel, told that to anybody and everybody that would listen, but i would like to at least have the other side think i'm somewhat neutral as to them so we can maybe get a deal done. >> the policy donald outlined, i don't know if he realizes, is an anti-israeli policy. maybe that's not your intend.
here's why it an anti-israeli policy. there is no peace deal possible with the palestinians at this moment. there just isn't, because there's no one to negotiate with. >> reporter: the audience chuckling at trump's simple response whether he would close the u.s. embassy in cuba. >> i would probably have the embassy closed until such time as a really good deal was made and struck by the united states. >> reporter: as rubio jumped at the chance to weigh in on an issue that might give him a boost here in florida. >> here's a good deal. cuba has free elections. cuba stops putting people in jail for speaking out. cuba has freedom of the press. cuba kicks out the russians anden kicks out of the chinese listening station and stops helping north korea incade u.s. sanctions. >> reporter: the sunshine state senator looking for any opportunity to go after trump in this do or die debate for his campaign. >> last night you told cnn "islam hates us." did you mean all 1.6 billion muslims? >> i mean a lot of them. i mean a lot of them.
>> there's tremendous hatred and i will stick with exactly what i said to anderson cooper. >> the problem is presidents can't just say anything they want. it has consequences here and around the world. >> you can be politically correct if you want. i don't want to be so politically correct. i like to solve problems. we have a serious, serious problem of hate. >> i'm not interested in being politically correct. i'm interested in being correct. we are going to have to work with people in the muslim faith even as islam itself faces a serious crises within it. >> reporter: now, we're just about an hour away from donald trump's press conference here in maralago, expected to pick up that ben carson endorsement giving him another moment to point to. amp chris christie, now ben carson, trump's leading in the dell gant and and look, time for the rest of the party to rally behind me. chris? >> all right, sara, thank you very much. so after the debate, donald trump, we got him to talk about the big points of contrast that happened, and what he thought of the night in general.
here's what he said -- >> i thought it was a very elegant debate. i thought it was very sub stan in ative and i think your folks did a great job. i thought it was very fair and we needed this kind of a debate. we needed this kind of a tone and i'm glad it took place tonight. >> do you think it played to your advantage? >> i think so. i mean, look, the other is the other. if somebody hits, you hit back, and i think that's true in life. that's true in running countries. that's true in running businesses, but i just found this to be a very elegant evening, and everybody did a very good job. >> one of the questions is, what would happen if it were you versus ted cruz, one on one. when you're up there on the debate stage listening to him make the case you making your own, how is your confidence level how that would do? you versus him. >> go very well. we're doing very well against ted now, you well know. we're leading, have a lot more people voting for trump than voting for ted. i like ted and i thought we did
a very good job tonight. actually terrific. very good and different because it has really been harsh, i like that also, but something -- we were ready for this kind of an evening. >> there were a couple points of contrast up there on the stage tonight. one was, i guess you could call it all versus some argument against islam. you remember, you spoke to anderson and said there's a hatred coming from islam towards the united states. >> no doubt about t. the criticism, but not from all muslims but from some. you understand the sensitivity to it. you call it political correctness. >> always some, but, look -- >> just correctness. what do you want to say now? >> i don't want to say anything now. i've answered the questions, answered it many times, there is a great hatred and we have to get to the bottom of it. >> the concern is that you wind up painting with too broad a brush. you said in the past you hire musli muslims, have muslim friends. >> i do, but there's a lot of the mosques, go to various places and look what's going on
there and it's virtually 100%, and certainly you could say radical islam is a disaster right now. it's causing tremendous problems worldwide. not just here. but the question was asked about islam and there is a great hatred. there's no question about it. >> one of the people up on the stage with you tonight said, it makes an environment around the world where muslims feel that the united states has antipathy towards them, nagtivety? >> we have to run our own place. we have a country with a lot of problems, a lot of debt. a weakened military. we have so many different problems now we're just going to have to do our thing. the question was asked of me, you probably heard the audience. the audience -- i don't do it in terms of for the audience and not to be incorrect politically, but there is animosity like i've never seen before, and hopefully we can straighten it out. >> all right. let's discuss. we have cnn political
commentator and former reagan white house political director jeffrey lourde, a donald trump a porter and tim miller, anti-trump superpac and communications director for the jeb bush campaign. let's pick up on this point that we were just making in the interview here. jeffrey lorde, make the case for why it's okay to say islam has a hatred towards america, and not deal with radical islamism, not deal with the radical slice but deal with the whole? why is that? >> one of the problems, frankly when president obama refuses to go there, with radical islam, you get a sensation maybe it's everybody. >> why is donald trump doing the same thing and not drawing a distinction. >> right, right. to be perfectly candid, i think he looks at this as a problem coming and he's not alone. there are a lot of distinguished people who say there is is a problem with sharia law and all of this kind of thing.
to some degree we'll dealing with semantics but most assuredly there is is a problem and we have to figure out what to do with it, how to deal with it, the issue of fixing the immigration system, malik and coming into the country, and banning muslims temporarily until we can figure out what's going on with the immigration system. >> tim, did the other people do enough to counter that last night? >> yeah. i thought marco's answer was perfect. i don't know why it's so hard to say, yes, there's some muslims that don't hate us. it's an easy thing to say. i don't know why that's so hard for donald trump sow admit. >> just as easy to say, "most" muslims don't hate us. there is a fraction of them part of a radical movement. the question, why you want to play to the general and who does that pander to? >> and marco last night was clear when it cams to, think about our missionaries overseas in muslim countries. our soldiers, muslim sal joldie. why won't donald trump have respect for them?
similar to one other point. if ronald reagan was listening last night when donald trump was asked about the tiananmen square violence and donald trump could not clearly say that, that is evil. that is wrong. what he said that the communist leaders were strong. that there was strength in the way that they killed unarmed protestors. >> not as a positive asset, though. just strong as a neutral description. >> you know who was strong in that exchange? the protestors, standing up for democracy and freedom. it is not strong to murder unarmed protestors. >> no, no, no. no. >> donald trump's view of the world is so warped that he complemented. >> there we go. >> the chinese leaders. complemented vladimir putin. he did. >> no, no. >> he said there's no more -- >> let me ask you, do you think vladimir putin is a weak leader? >> yeah. i think he's a weak person. >> do you think he's a weak leader? >> a weak person overcompensating. i would never complement vladimir putin. >> it's not -- you're not
saying -- strength in a positive -- no, no. >> when donald trump says somebody strong, that's a compliment. we can agree. donald trump loves talking about strength. never criticizing anybody, and ronald reagan, e he saw the soviet union for what it was, the evil empire and moral clarity. no moral clarity from donald trump. vladimir putin is strongknop. i'm sorry. cracking down on journalists. >> you're making that up. >> the journalists are the strong ones and i thought ted cruz and marco rubio last night stood up for freedom-loving people everywhere and donald trump every time did not. >> make this case of strong as a neutral and not as a compliment. >> look, look, i can say that, vladimir putin is, indubitably a strong leader. you're using the term to imply approval. i don't do that. donald trump isn't doing that. he's simply saying objectively
speaking -- >> come -- >> no, no, no. what do we call the third world dictators? a strong man. yes. we do. >> oh. a strong man. >> a strong man. >> as one word. >> one word. >> why doesn't he do that? call him a thug? >> a pejorative. >> guys, guys, you're trying -- >> you're trying to be cute, jeffrey. everybody watches knows donald trump loves strength and talks about strength. that's like the highest complement donald trump can give somebody that you're strong. guess what? he is totally wrong on this, the fact he's sucked up to putin, because vladimir putin said something nice to him, it's embarrassing. that goes against republican principles and american principles. >> so when president bush 43 said i looked him in the eyes and saw his soul he was -- that was a good thing? >> no. i think he was wrong on that. >> holy cow! you didn't say that which working for jeb bush. >> sure, yeah, sure i did. >> jeb bush was very clear about vladimir putin. absolutely. >> getting back to protestors a second. >> yes. >> one closer to home.
that's whatting. violent episodes at donald trump's rallies. >> right. >> and some say that it's engendered by donald trump's rhetoric. he says, i punched somebody in the nose. this protestors isn't getting awayty, let's punch him in the noses. >> first of all, everybody's responsible for their own personal actions. >> but does he have a personal obligates to tone it down? >> you can imagine, i've gone back and looked and certainly some of us are old enough to remember this. the american left has a taste for violence. a long and well-documented taste for violence. >> what ar the rallies now, jeffrey? what we're talking about now. >> this is the pattern. i'm saying. they go to incite violence. this is what they do. >> he sucker punched the guy. >> yes. >> sucker punched him out of nowhere. >> look, these people show up. >> just say it's wrong. how hard is that? >> of course it's wrong in respect is no -- >> why are you trying to justify
it. >> i'm not trying to justify it. i'm saying let's not play games here with people who show up as rallies with the intent of inciting violence. >> here's the question -- >> if you're that naive you shouldn't be in the white house. >> i don't want you getting piled on, although you invite. talk about people who incite this stuff you do it how you cleverly depict what's brought your way. you are getting a reflection of the different analysis between the primary and the general. >> right. >> when you get into the general, if you are so fortunate as to do so. >> right. >> the idea of who we are as a country and tolerance is going to loom large. >> right. >> you cannot believe what he said about islam is going to work in his favor? >> yeah. >> that's what i'm asking, how do you translate this then? >> i don't buy the premise, chris. if we're going to go down that road, if we are, if -- we are going down that road, we are going to talk about hillary clinton. right? >> yes. if she gets the nomination. >> she's crushing him right now f. she -- right. when she tried to play the sexism card on him the other
week, he wheeled around and went after her, as he should. if we're talking about positive things answers positive attributes and not going after people, there's a lot of women out there that are already out there supporting donald trump because of juanita broderick, kathleen -- >> getting crushed in the polls among women. you're saying this hillary jujitsu, if it's so great, so effective, why is he losing to her in all the polls? >> i'm saying the willingness to fight back, what you're asking is in terms of general election. i'm saying you have to have a nominee who fights back. >> sure. >> when we had mitt romney they were calling mitt romney in essence a murderer because he killed the steel worker's wife because he didn't provide health care. >> i don't think there's any doubt ted cr donald trump will back against hillary clinton. the trump modeling story.
>> did anybody step over him on that stage? seemed they were bowing down? >> we'll find out on tuesday. >> if this is all true why is he the front-runner and jeb bush is out of the race. >> the answer, because donald trump now is getting crushed in the general election. >> why is jeb bush out of the race? >> jeb bush wanted to win the election. >> exactly. and he didn't get the vote. >> donald trump 33%, one-third of the vote within the republican primary. kudos for him for his success in maintaining the one-third but hasn't expandeded that. >> got more than jeb bush. yes? >> jeffrey, you're not listening trying to play games. the reality in the general election, donald trump's unfavorable rating is 67%. two-thirds of the country says, i don't like this guy. they've seen plenty of him. all over tv. they've rendered a judgment, and people haven't even heard about all, about his record of taking advantage of people to enrich himself in the private sector. he has no chance in the general election. >> tim -- >> no. it's going to be a disaster.
>> that's the establishment. tim, this -- >> this has to -- we have -- >> one more issue of last night. >> saying conservatives across the country are standing up to him. >> you're running an anti-trump pac. >> yes. >> a tense moment when you encountered donald trump, your very target, last night in the spin room after the debate. this was the first time sort of that you two had come face to face. so we have that moment. let's play that. >> where's the -- >> mr. trump -- >> where's the -- [ inaudible ]. >> is that a trump tie? i'm allowed. take your hands off me. take your hands off me. >> did you a great job. a great job. a nice job representing bush. >> you did a great job, where's your -- >> a great job representing jeb bush. >> where was the -- >> hard to know exactly what you were saying. >> i think you just took a swing at donald trump, though. >> that was your moment.
so what was your question to him? >> just walked past me. i asked if his trump was made in america? a trump tie made in america. >> the response? >> he wouldn't respond. >> look, every trump product, we have ads in ohio, was madeover seas. this is the deal. donald trump throughout his entire life has never cared about the american worker, always cared about himself and had plenty of opportunities to create jobs here in america, he's chose ton kraect thn to kc overseas. >> fair play. you know what you were trying to do. like a baby jorge ramos. >> yeah, yeah. >> let me ask you this. he's making a case. i know how it works in campaign finance because i've been one of these guys who gives him money. i know how to fix it. i've built things, i know how to get things done, that's why i'm the guy -- it is working. people believe him, and you have to deal with his success. >> it's not working. i don't know how many times -- i have to say this. two-thirds of the electorate do
not like him. two-thirds. this is his -- he would have historically bad poll numbers, historically bad -- >> tim -- tim -- you have to win. you're not winning. you're not winning. you have to win. >> -- beat him in eight races. a long primary. plenty of opportunities to beat him. he right now hasn't even gained half's delegates if he thinks mitt romney was such a loser, at this time he was swamping the field. >> how did romney work out? how did his administration make out. >> look, george w. bush became elected president. >> and he -- >> won the primary in a way that let us win the general. the whole point here. >> with the help of the supreme court. >> jeffrey, tim, thank you for illustrating both sides so well. we appreciate you both being here on "new day." great to see you, and relatively civil! i'm glad it's wearing off from last night. >> relatively. >> all right. we hope you stay with cnn. we have donald trump's big news conference with ben carson
expected to announce his endorsement of mr. trump. 9:00 a.m. eastern. ted cruz trying to sell himself as the only alternative to donald trump. did he make the case effectively? we ask team cruz, next. you can worry about them. you can even choose a car for them. (mom) honey, are you ok? (child) i'm ok. (announcer vo) love. (mom) we're ok. (announcer vo) it's what makes a subaru, a subaru.
race but marco rubio and john kasich disagree. joining me to discuss this is ted cruz's national spokesperson ron naehring. great to have you on "new day." >> you bet. >> let's talk about what's going to happen a half hour from now. why isn't ben carson endorsing ted cruz. >> i think very, very good people can make mistakes. we'd love to have ben carson the vote bit he's going to do what he's going to do. jed so much energy coming into the campaign with enforcements from carly fiorina, senator mark lee, endorsements wind up against senator cruz with more to come and we're excited. >> is it peculiar ben carson is endorsing donald trump after they sparred certainly on the campaign trail and donald trump thought there was something psychologically wrong with ben carson. if the autobiography was true, a child molester, never cured from that level of anger. how do you explain what's happening? >> so many things donald trump says, many of the things he said
about ben carson were bizarre and i suspect carson's supporters remember that and therefore the endorsement won't have that much of an effect. people made their judgment about donald trump. he is the highest negatives of any candidate not only running for president now but running for president's in recent memory. two-thirds of americans have a negative view of him that is sky high, why he's not electable in november, and it's why he's going to have continuing problems, going to have growing problems as this republican field narrows. >> yet he's won the most primaries, is winning in polls. how do you explain the people voting for him? >> i think that you look at a multicandidate field. right? we started with 17 candidates. now we're down to 4. as that field narrowed to a small number of candidates, we've seen ted cruz move up, because most people don't want donald trump to be the nominee at the end of the day. donald trump taps into a certain amount of frustration with the status quo. it's not only about frustration
but who has solutions? the debate worked well for senator cruz. the longer format meant more time to go into greater depth of policy, donald trump does have the knowledge on policy necessary to be commander in chief of the united states and why ted cruz really did a good job. >> what did you think was his strongest issue or point last night? ted cruz? >> several different areas. foreign policy, with respect to ill, with respect to cuba, with respect to social security, how to preserve social security for the future. i think he did really, really well demonstrating he understands the problem as well as the solution. stands in stark contrast to donald trump reverted to repeating himself to run out of the clock because of the longer segment. that was really clear. >> many pundits thought marco rubio did the best, won the debate if there is such a thing, and ted cruz saying it's a two-man race between he and donald trump.
obviously marco rubio disagrees'slet me play what he has to say about that. >> i feel good about our work here. one of the things happening in florida is ted cruz has some supporters here but he's not going to win. so does john kasich. there are a majority of florida republicans that don't want donald trump to be the nominee. increasingly supporter of ted cruz and john kasich are realizing no matter how much they like their candidate, they can't win florida and a vote for them is in essence a vote for trump. >> if marco rubio wins florida, and if john kasich wins ohio is it back to a four-man race in your mind? >> no. these candidates have no pathway beyond that. marco rubio does have the resources to compete beyond florida. he's going to lose florida but doesn't have the resources or campaign structure to go beyond that. our campaign by contrast is a 50-state campaign. i'm the chairman of the campaign in california. we vote june 7th. organizing california since last august. we have that structure together,
way ahead of other candidates in that regard because we're prepared to go all the way to june 7th to win the nomination. that's what it may take because of the delegate math, the number of candidates we have now, but the sooner we get to a two-person race the sooner we get to 1,237 and be the nominee. >> where is ted cruz going to -- does he have to win states on tuesday? >> sure. and as we go forward, there's plenty of opportunities to win delegates. but in terms of which states we're going to win, take a look at our travel schedule, because we're keeping that type of flexibility. you saw that we were behind by 17 points in the state of maine, for example, and we came in and won. we maintained that flexibility because we can watch what's happening, leverage resources we've deployed and pick ud victories where people didn't expect it. the landslide in kansas, victory in alaska, in idaho, these weren't predicted but we were able to deliver those anyway because we deployed resources in a smart way and have a lot of supporters on the ground.
>> great to have you here on "new day." we're watch closely what happens tuesday. thanks so much. cnn will have complete coverage of super tuesday number three. five states head to the polls including republican winner take all states of florida and ohio. so the coverage is all day long, tuesday, here on cnn. well, former first lady nancy reagan will be laid to rest today. her close friend and former social secretary will share what mrs. reagan was like behind the spotlight. that's next.
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this is -- it is a day of mourning for a very great lady but also a day of celebration and a week of looking back at what a wonderful woman she was. lots of memories. >> what did nancy reagan teach you? >> oh, you know, my -- my involvement with her was in the social arena, and i think the country really appreciated that she brought style and elegance, but i don't think they knew the degree to which she was so talented. she was naturally gifted as a hostess, and she took that job very seriously. she was meticulous. it was not an accident that the state dinners were as wonderful. it wasn't an accident that john travolta came and cut in on the president to ask princess diana to dance, and she -- you know, she thought these things
through, and she just had a style and innate talent, a very aesthetic sense as well. >> you know, every performer wants to be a director and a producer. i don't think nancy reagan, the farmer nancy davis, the actor, was any different. she became, at the national level that picture of john travolta dancing with then princess diana. how did that moment happen? you credit nancy reagan for actually producing this moment we're looking at? >> well, she did. she wanted him to cut in on the president, and ask the princess to dance, and, in fact, it was my job to see that that happened, and i remember he was -- he was standing sort of on the sidelines watching the guests dance, and the president, of course, was dancing with the prin set princess and i said, mr. travolta would you please cut in on the president. he looked at me horrified. i can't cut in on the president! i said, oh, yes, you can and
sort of pushed him and i remember he finally got together and, of course, the rest is just -- everybody backed off of the dance floor and left it to those two, and to, also, the prince, who was dancing with a wonderful little ballerina from the new york city ballet. that was no accident either. just an incredible moment. >> the pictures are stunning. >> wonderful. >> you've had a chance, you had a chance to spend time with nancy reagan these last few years. what message do you think she wants today to send to the american people? look, she was very involved with the services after her husband ronald reagan died. we know she was very involved with the planning for what today is. what's the image she wants to portray to the american people? >> well, i think, again, what i can speak to is what she brought in terms of elegance and style and dignity. dignity i think was very, very important. she just had a way of understanding the white house. she understood the history of
the white house. she knew how far to go to make an event just as fun as it could be with a john travolta or whatever, but she knew how far not to go. she knew -- and she knew how to make it beautiful. i remember at one event we had lou louis xvi rose trees and a special touch that she brought. i think that that awareness of dignity and elegance, that belongs at the -- at the top of our country, i think she brought that, and she would want that to be her legacy. >> there's something -- >> at least a part of it. >> something so poignant where she will be laid to rest, beside ronald reagan, outside his gorgeous library, know, overlooking the horizon, together with her husband, and you get the sense that the two of them being together anywhere in the world is exactly what they both would have wanted. >> yes.
well, i know that, and i know she's with him now, and when i had that sense i just immediately started to cry, after -- after i heard she had passed away. their love story was palpable. not only on television, people could see it, but when you worked around them, you could see the affection, the mutual affection. i remember there were times, the morning before a state dinner, we would have to gather down in the diplomatic reception room and wait for the head of state to arrive for the 21-gun salute and he would come from the oval office and she would come from the private residence, and they would have to wait there for a while, and i remember there often she would kind of drape her arms around his neck and just hang there, and it was such an image. they were so comfortable and so loving with each other and i really didn't care who saw that. it didn't matter. just the way they w. we all saw it to be sure. linda faulkner thanks for being
with us this morning. really appreciate t. thank you for having me. it i'm honored to be here. i appreciate that. thank you. and the symbolism and majesty of that event to the presidential campaign. the republican presidential debates, a magnet for satire. what happens when they tear a break from the name-calling and insults? showing you now, a live look from maralago in palm beach. donald trump's estate there. just a few minutes from the now dr. ben carson will endorse donald trump. who saw this coming a couple months ago? this should be quite an event. cnn will bring it to you, live. wheat? in purina one true instinct grain free, real chicken is always #1. no corn, wheat or soy. support your active dog's whole body health with purina one. [sportscaster vo]command performance sales event... there's always a cause for celebration. [sportscaster vo] with extraordinary offers on
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time for the five things to know for your "new day." civility rules for the cnn republican debate. four candidates attacking the issues instead of each other. dr. ben carson minutes from now set to endorse donald trump. that happens in florida. cnn will bring that to you live. again in just a few minutes. hillary clinton and bernie sanders campaigning hard ahead of next tuesday's big contest. hundreds of delegates at stake in key battleground states
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and humorous dave barry, author of a new book "live right and find happiness." dave, great to have you here. >> good to be here. >> how miserable? >> awful. i don't know about you, i speak for millions when i say we don't tune in to debates to see civil discussions of issues. okay? somebody hit donald trump with a tranquilizer dart early on last night and downhill the whole -- awful. i sat there waiting for something. >> the nothing. >> no. >> he only counterpunches. fair to put it on him and not the other -- >> yes! we have come to depend on him. i speak for the humor industry, to step up. >> the silent majority? >> kind of insulting him without actually insulting him. marco rubio and ted cruz and john kasich would say, here what i would specifically do about this and all look at donald. we need to make a better deal. we need deals. make a deal. making deals. it's terrible. >> if you want to take a look back to happier times for you. >> happy when things were bad. >> we have contrasts.
the last debate, filled with insults that you loved, versus last night. watch this. >> okay. >> look at those hands. are they small hands? and -- he referred to my hands. it they're small, something else must be small. i guarantee you, there's no problem. i guarantee it. >> we're going to come up with solutions. we're going to find the answers to things, and so far i cannot believe how civil it's been up here. >> you asked him about the economy and the first thing he does is launch an attack about some little guy thing, because they doesn't have answers and asking us to make him the president of the united states. >> no, no. >> the policy donald outlines i don't know if he realizes is an anti-israeli policy. maybe that's not your intent, by is it an anti-israeli policy -- >> he supported her four times in -- >> it's a inmooer civil case. there are many, many civil cases. >> count to ten, donald, count to ten. >> this debate is not about insults, attacks, not about any
of the individuals on this stage. this election is about you and your children. >> the good old days. >> i miss it. i miss it a lot. >> he means it. >> yeah, i do. >> i mean, seriously now, what are people going to be talking about next week, you know, two weeks from now? not talking about that. what we saw last night. >> a little red meat. you have ben carson endorsing donald trump. >> yeah. if we can understand what ben says. he's a very soft spoken individual and you can't -- enuns kwlciate what he's saying speak, not actually endorse him but we may translate it that way anyway? >> and may drift off into another topic altogether. might be interesting, might be fun, and who knows, mr. trump may bring out another product. some good could happen. >> good news, you have many months ahead when they could revert to insults. >> i hope. we can only hope.
>> that's right. >> for america. >> yeah. that's -- your face. >> you're feeding the problem, by laughing at him. >> i'm enjoying the problem. >> all right. >> dave barry, you're nerve are the problem. you're the solution. >> thank you. and i am willing to run for president if if gets to that point. >> if called upon, you will serve? >> making americans using low-flow toilets, where i stand. >> great. who can't get behind that. >> so to speak. >> dave barry, great to have you here on "new day" as always. >> my pleasure. all right. stay with cnn. live coverage of the aforementioned donald trump news conference with dr. ben carson announcing his endorse innocent just moments. "newsroom" with carol costello begins right after this quick break. see you sunday. >> low-flow toilets. this... i can do easily. benefiber healthy shape helps curb cravings. it's a clear, taste-free daily supplement.... ...that's clinically proven to help keep me fuller longer. benefiber healthy shape.
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roots with ted cruz. another surprise -- no attacks, no insults, no name-calling in cnn's republican debate last night. in fact, even trump voiced disbelief at how civil everything was. there's a lot to break down this morning. let's bring in cnn's sara murray and dana bash at the trump news conference waiting for that to begin. so sara, tell us more. >> reporter: yeah, good morning, carol. any minute now donald trump will come out here and officially pick up ben carson's endorsement. while it may seem a little strange or a little out of nowhere actually the two both own homes in palm beach, been friendly for a while and a carson insider said ben carson is feeling animosity towards cruz after everything that happened in iowa. this is a way for donald trump to say that republicans are now coalescing behind him as we saw on the debate stage last night, trying to appear more presidential instead of childish insults we saw candidates digging in on policy differences.
>> i cannot believe how civil its been up here. >> reporter: a major shift in tone at last night's gop debate. the rivals moving away from the personal attacks of the past -- >> have you seen his hands? they're like this. >> and little marco spews his crap. >> i call him lyin' ted. >> reporter: towards more civil contrasts as trump's competitors argue he doesn't have the details to back up his campaign promises. from u.s. trade deals. >> trade deals are absolutely killing our country and the only way we'll be able to do it, we have to do taxes unless they behave. >> donald is right, for example, talking about international trade. right about the problems, but his solutions don't work. >> the effect of a 45% tariff would be, were you go to the store, go to walmart, shopping for your kids, the prices you pay go up 45%. >> the 45% tax is a threat. it is not a tax. it was a threat. it will be a tax if they don't behave. >> reporter: to associate