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that's it for us tonight. thanks for watching. stay with cnn for all of the early super tuesday results. "early start" with john berman and christine romans begins now. here we go. pivotal elections for the race for the president begin. can anyone stop donald trump? will bernie sanders steal hillary clinton's status? we are breaking it down. welcome to "early start." i'm christine romans. >> i'm john berman. it is tuesday, march 15th, the ides of march. it is here. what could be the most crucial and most super, super tuesday yesterday. millions cast ballots in primaries that could determine the presidential nominees for
either or both parties. democrats voting in these states with 691 votes. for the republicans, 367 delegates up for grabs with a lot of eyes on ohio and florida. they are winner take all states. it could be last gasp for native sons marco rubio in florida and john kasich in ohio. donald trump wants both states. he spent the day campaigning in both states. ending in ohio where it is a tight race. a few points behind the governor john kasich. cnn's jim acosta is with donald trump and has the latest. >> reporter: donald trump was able to get his message across without interruption in ohio. the campaign required that people attending the rally park miles away and take buss to get here. one trump volunteer told us they were hoping that would keep the
demonstrations down to a minimum. it worked. it was one attack after another on the state's governor john kasich. >> kasich cannot make america great again. can't do it. if you didn't hit oil and that wasn't because of him, believe me, if you didn't hit oil, this would be a disaster. this would have been as bad as anyone. >> reporter: kasich in ohio and rubio in florida would rewrite the campaign. that would be the first time that trump would not have the clinch of the nomination. >> thank you, jim. hillary clinton exchange hard with one eye on trump saying she is best prepared to take him on. she first has to beat bernie sanders. they are neck and neck in the pivotal contests. brianna keilar has the latest for us this morning. >> reporter: john and christine,
hillary clinton and former president bill clinton hitting three states before the series of contests on another big tuesday. illinois, north carolina, florida. hillary clinton making her case that she is a better opponent to a donald trump candidacy. >> i know that none of this can happen unless we work together. unless we decide we would rather be united than divided. unless we reject the kind of bluster and bigotry and bullying that is stalking our political system. i believe that's what americans will do. i believe we are better than what we are hearing every night on television. >> reporter: certainly the clinton campaign hopes a good showing in most of the five states will solidify her position as the presumptive
nominee. they also are looking in the rear-view mirror to michigan and worried that bernie sanders' message that hillary clinton was for nafta in the '90s could resonate in missouri, ohio and illinois. >> thanks, brianna. >> big day. five states voting. let's throw up the map for the republicans. it is interesting how this breaks down. a lot of focus in florida and ohio. winner take all states. marco rubio could be in serious trouble in florida right now. if he loses that and he is trailing donald trump in polls, this would be the last day in the race for him. ohio is a different story. it is winner take all, but john kasich has a solid chance to win that and he will live to fight another day. that is interesting. don't sleep on illinois, missouri and north carolina. those are states that ted cruz is campaigning in. the delegate nomination is different than ohio and florida. it is not winner take all.
ted cruz could come out with a lot of delegates. people think if donald trump wins florida, that is not the case. ted cruz could emerge looking good. >> we have been looking at ohio, illinois and missouri and how many jobs have been lost. looking at those numbers. you know what happened in michigan and the anti-trade concern about middle class manufacturing jobs resonating. you look at ohio. it looks a lot like michigan did on super tuesday last week. the last minute push of ads, anti-trump ads. this is an anti-trump ad read by women quoting donald trump. listen. >> you know it doesn't matter what they
write as long as you have a young and beautiful piece of [ bleep ]. >> that must be a pretty picture. you dropping to your knees. >> there was blood coming out of her eyes.
blood coming out of her wherever. >> women, you have to treat them like [ bleep ]. >> this is how donald trump talks about our mothers -- >> it goes on for a while. i think the key phrase you use to describe that was last-minute ad. it went up yesterday. very effective ad. very biting ad. it went up at the last minute. i don't know how much impact it had. it may have been for media consumption for us to play it. >> maybe. you will see people in those states see a lot more of them. >> not the five states that vote today, they are done. if you are going to change anything in those states, it should have been up days ago. it may go up
in arizona. i don't know how much impact it will have. >> for the democrats, looking very keenly at ohio here because of what happened in michigan a week ago. bernie sanders, defying all of
the polls with bernie sanders with a great showing. you see 143 delegates at stake for the democrats. you look at the delegates for both sides. slowing the frontrunner or stopping the frontrunner. the delegate map, most scenarios plays out how? >> for the democrats, it is proportional all the time. the focus on ohio, missouri and illinois. can bernie sanders win in those states? if he does, there is a possibility that hillary clinton emerges from today with more delegates. that is she is expected to win in florida and north carolina. when she wins, they wins by big margins. when bernie sanders wins, he wins by more razor-tight margins. he hasn't been able to create distance in the delegate map. last week, hillary clinton had more delegates won that day even
losing michigan. >> big morning. big day heading to the polls. it gets real for those states and candidates as we move forward. eight minutes past the hour. could iran be ready to launch a rocket any minute? what one official is now telling cnn. that's next. covering is caring because covering heals faster. for a bandage that moves with you and stays on all day, cover with a band-aid brand flexible fabric adhesive bandage.
developing this morning, iran on the verge of launching a three-stage rocket with a satellite on top. this official tells cnn this is a significant advancement with the ballistic missile technology. iran test fired two missiles last week saying they were marked with the words israel must be wiped off the face of the earth. an announcement could come as soon as today for the president obama supreme court nomination. it will be difficult for the republicans to ignore the
nomination. the president conceded he is searching for a consensus candidate. his words. the white house is reversing course to allow drilling off the southeast coast. the interior department is expected to announce today. president obama approved the drilling plan last year. 106 communities signed resolutions urging him to kill it. the flint water crisis on capitol hill today. testimony from flint's former mayor and emergency manager. the former emergency manager darnell early was appointed by the state. he is prepared to blame the drinking water on state and federal expert who he claims failed him. for the first time, the nfl is acknowledging a link with football and the brain disease cte. that comes from the vice president jeffery miller.
he was participating with a round table with lawmakers and he was asked about the link. he replied certainly, yes. super tuesday number three. economy and jobs are the issue for voters. this shows why the issue is such at large. this is the disconnect. the unemployment rate in ohio is slightly lower. the overall economic data is mixed. voters feel the economy is not working for them. that is why there is passionate rhetoric is overshadowing voters. stormy weather could disrupt
voting in three super tuesday states. let's go to meteorologist pedram javaheri with the latest. >> john and christine, we could have rough weather across the midwest. you see the front this afternoon and evening. about 20 million people under a severe weather threat. the vast majority of the area confined to peoria, chicago, milwaukee. some of the major cities dealing with the rough weather. here's what we have with the storm and timing. first in the early morning hours and mid afternoon hours north of chicago into milwaukee. it's that second band that comes in right around 5:00 p.m. it will impact northern portions of missouri and eventually northern illinois as well. that's when we think some disruptive weather could come in associated with the front. as you work to north carolina or florida, voting is set to take place. not much in the way of inclement weather in the next 24 hours. scattered showers to the
midwest. here is the storm system. strikes popping up across omaha with thunderstorms. notice for super tuesday, cleveland with a foggy start. 53 degrees with partly cloudy to mostly sunny by the afternoon hours. guys. pedram, thank you. from broadway to the white house. the cast of the smash "hamilton" paid the obamas a visit. the creator and star of the show showed off his rap skills with help from the president. watch. ♪ blowing up words i'm getting to say freestyle ♪ ♪ constitution, potus ♪ i'm freestyling ♪ the president before you enacted that system ♪ ♪ hamilton wrote the other >> i think the obamas have seen "hamilton" multiple times. everyone seems to love it.
>> the former and current treasury secretaries love it. adored that show. >> they like all shows about treasury secretaries. >> the cast spent the day at the white house. >> the genre of secretary. the paul o'neil is hilarious. they performed songs from the show. a lot of people were joking that the way they were going to see "hamilton" is to see the live stream. so many people were watching. i can never see "hamilton." >> i can't get in. 17 minutes past the hour. russia suddenly pulling troops out of syria as peace talks enter a second day. we have live coverage on what this means for the war in syria and on isis next.
new this morning, vladimir putin is ordering forces to start pulling out of syria. the military has achieved its goal in the five-year old civil war. what does russian withdrawal mean for the peace talks? we have team coverage. let's go to cnn's matthew chance in moscow. matthew, that came as a surprise to the u.s. administration. >> reporter: not just to them, but everybody else. it was classic putin. it was unpredictable. the russian president gave the order for the military operation in syria to come to an end. today, the russian defense minister has announced the planes carrying out more than
9,000 air strikes are being prepared to make the long flight back to the permanent bases in russia. it does seem that russia declared victory and it is pulling out. it has victories it can point to. the bashar al assad issue where it gained 10,000 square miles of territory. it brought the warring parties to the table. they are in geneva now starting the peace process. that would not have happened if it weren't for the russian intervention and pressure on the opposition forces. this bolstered the reputation overseas. russia is seen as a global player who should be taken seriously. >> matthew chance, thank you. we mentioned the surprise move by russia comes among peace
talks. we have our editor nic robertson with the latest. >> reporter: they are saying if putin's actions are matched on the ground, they can hold the talks here. a red line was bashar al assad in the talks. they say they will not lose him. he will stay in power. the opposition saying assad has to go. two years ago, it was the same situation. russia was blamed for not pressuring to negotiate in good faith and talk about a political transition. this time it is different. that is how the opposition is seeing it. there is also and we have to look at this. a lot of pressure on russia. if these talks fail, there was every possibility that sanctions were be levied against russia. there is military pressure. the allies will want to put
surface-to-air missiles to take down russian aircraft. that would be a game changer on the battle field. you have the arabs putting pressure on sunnis. if you want a relationship in the region going forward, we will judge you on what you do now. there is evidence of russian back channel talks over the past month or so. people in the region there indicate to me they had an inkling that russia might do something like this. so a surprise to many people, but not a total shock, christine. >> nic robertson, thank you for that. a huge day in the race for president here in the u.s. critical contests in key states that could spell the end for some candidates. it could complicate the candidacies for some frontrunners. will they keep the momentum? that's next.
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you thought the first super tuesday was big. you thought it was big the second time around, but oh, no. it is here. the biggest super tuesday of all. super tuesday part three. super tuesday thrice. super tuesday, the revenge. what will happen today? it is big. am i making it super? >> welcome back to "early start." i'm john berman. >> i'm christine romans. it is 30 minutes past the hour. super tuesday. the most crucial super tuesday yet. millions cast ballots in primaries that could determine the nominees. democrats are voting in these five states. 691 delegates at stakes in missouri and illinois and ohio. for the republicans, 367 up for grabs. all eyes on ohio and florida.
those two critical winner take all states could be where john kasich or marco rubio stop donald trump from gaining the nomination outright or where trump seals the deal. trump campaigned in both states ending in ohio where the polls show he is trailing governor john kasich. jim acosta has the latest. >> reporter: trump was able to get his message across in ohio at the rally. the campaign requested that people park miles away and take buss to get here. one organizer would hope that would keep protests down and it worked. >> kasich cannot make america great again. can't do it. can't do it. if you didn't hit oil, and that
wasn't because of him, believe me. if you didn't hit oil, this would be a disaster. >> reporter: a kasich victory in ohio and less likely rubio win in florida would rewrite the campaign. john and christine. >> thanks, jim. hillary clinton is campaigning hard with one eye on donald trump making the case she is the best prepared to take him on and another eye on bernie sanders. she has to defeat bernie sanders. this is a tight race with sanders running hard in several of the states that vote today. brianna keilar traveling with secretary clinton. she has the latest. >> reporter: john and christine, hillary clinton and former president bill clinton hitting three states before the series of contests on another big tuesday. illinois, north carolina, florida. hillary clinton making her case
that she is a better opponent to a donald trump candidacy. >> i know that none of this can happen unless we work together. unless we decide we would rather be united than divided. unless we reject the kind of bluster and bigotry that is stalking our political system. i believe that's what americans will do. i believe we are better than what we are hearing every night on television. >> reporter: the clinton campaign hopes a good showing will solidify her position as the democratic nominee. they are looking in the rear-view mirror to michigan and the message of hillary clinton for nafta in the '90s could
resonate in missouri, ohio and illinois. >> brianna keilar. it is a huge election day. let's get to it. i want to look at the gop delegate map. the math, the map, the math, the map. a lot of talk about the stop trump campaign or the slow trump campaign. when you look at florida with 99 delegates. when you look at illinois and missouri and north carolina and ohio. this is a critical territory to slow the advance of donald trump or is it too late, john? >> it is not too late. you know f he were to lose all of them, he would be in serious trouble. what people in the stop trump movement say if john kasich or marco rubio could win their home states, it makes it harder for donald trump to get the 1,237 delegates needed to secure a first ballot win or guarantee a first ballot win at the
convention. you know, john kasich is having a better shot to win ohio. marco rubio falling behind in florida. don't sleep on the other states. missouri, illinois and north carolina. north carolina's purely proportional. ted cruz will win delegates in those three states. it is possible that trump even if he wins florida, doesn't leave today with that much more of a delegate lead than he has already. that is the best-case scenario for the stop trump movement. >> listen to what ted cruz. everyone said this and wanted it to be true. let's listen to ted cruz. >> i think after tomorrow it will be officially a two-man race because no other candidate has any plausible path to 1,237.
after tomorrow, we're going to engage in a long and drawn out campaign. state by state. the beauty of it is, head-to-head, we beat trump. >> john kasich trying to hold a last stand in ohio. marco rubio in florida. donald trump doing very well in florida. >> the only way it is a two-man race tomorrow if marco rubio loses florida and john kasich loses ohio. then ted cruz gets his wish. if rubio or kasich win, they stay in. there is an argument to be made that donald trump is better off kasich winning ohio. that is something people suggest. you have to plot out the math going forward in the contest. john kasich wins, he says he is staying in. you can tell by what john kasich is doing on the trail. he has shifted in the campaign. he was talking about himself. he was only talking about his sunny bright record in ohio.
now he is talking a fair amount about trump and the toxic environment that donald trump has created in the race. listen to what kasich told anderson cooper overnight. >> the toxic atmosphere has been created by pitting one group of people against another. whether it is name calling mexicans or muslims or against women. i'm concerned about it. i'm not here -- i have run a positive campaign. at some point when you watch these things, you have to speak. >> the problem for john kasich, if he does win ohio, it is hard to figure out how he has the math to get to 1,237. he probably doesn't. he is banking on a contested convention. he thinks new york and new jersey and pennsylvania that still have to vote, that they could be good for him. >> he talked about donald trump's comments about women. a new ad getting attention this morning. a new ad where women are reading
donald trump's recent or past statements about women. let's listen to a snip of that. >> you know it doesn't
matter what they write as long as you have a young and beautiful piece of [ bleep ]. >> that must be a pretty picture. you dropping to your knees. >> there was blood coming out of her eyes. blood coming out of her wherever. >> women, you have to treat them like [ bleep ]. >> will this resonate in places like florida where he is doing well among women, among men. across the education spectrum. he is doing well in the polls. >> we learned about the ad yesterday. i think it is too late to have the impact on the states today. if you believe the polls in ohio, too late to have an impact there. it changes the conversation going forward. you wonder why they did not put it up beforehand. it is interesting if they keep it up. let's put up the democratic map right now.
a lot of delegates up. biggest in ohio and florida. not winner take all for the democrats. it is proportional. the states people are looking
at are missouri, illinois and ohio. those are states where bernie sanders can do well today, maybe win one or two of them. there are two realities in the race. number one, the delegate math works in hillary clinton's favor. she pulls margins that makes it hard to sanders to catch up. if sanders can win ohio or illinois, there are people who say that will slow or bruise hillary clinton enough and could get sanders another look. >> a lot of people saying he won the economy primary. he has been able to poke holes that the recovery is for everyone and focusing on the manufacturing jobs that are gone. what's the void there? he is really hit on that point and pulled hillary clinton to the left. >> at the town meeting last night for the democrats.
he talked about that. he said he is the real democrat here. the real progressive and to a certain extent, hillary clinton has he solvevolved. >> she has evolved on the keystone pipeline. she has evolved on the trans-pacific partnership. she apologized for the noma of the '90s. one can get satisfaction of seeing her move closer to our positions. what the voters have to decide is will she be apologizing 20 years from now for actions she takes today. >> i have to say, more stark language. sharper contrast from bernie sanders than we heard. >> big day for the republicans and democrats. we will carry it all for you. u.s. official telling cnn that iran could be ready to
developing this morning, iran on the verge of launching a three-stage rocket with a satellite. that is the assessment from the u.s. official that tells cnn this is an advance for the ir irani iranians. the missiles would be capable of reaching israel. they test fired two missiles last week and they were marked with the words israel must be wiped off the face of the earth. the president on the supreme court nominee. all federal circuit court judges very broad appeal. it would be difficult for republicans to ignore. that is what the white house says. the president says he is searching for what he called a quote consensus candidate. the white house reversing course on the plan to allow gas
and oil drilling off the southeast coast. there has been an outpouring of support, but 106 communities urg urged him to kill it. the white house committee will hear on the flint water crisis. the mayor and emergency manager will testify. the emergency manager is ready to blame the water crisis on the expert whos who failed him. the nfl announced for the first time that there is a link between cte and football. jeffery miller was asked if there was a link between head trauma and cte.
he replied yes. donald trump claimed the official unemployment rate is eight times the published rate. he says as you know people give up looking for jobs and they are considered employed statistically. that is not true. they are not counted as employed. they drop out of the labor market. he also says this. >> don't believe those phony numbers when you hear 4.9% and 5% unemployment. the numbers probably 28% or 29% and as high as 42%. >> all those statements are not true. to make it to 42%, donald trump would have to count every person not working, including my grandmother and count a lot more too. everyone have students to retirees to stay at home parents. the official unemployment rate is an active measure of who is
looking for work. it currently sits at 4.9%. there's another unemployment rate that is helpful to assess the labor market. the under employment rate. it is 9.7%. it has been falling for months. that number counts people looking for work and those working part-time, but want to work full-time and discouraged workers who have given up working but would like to two to work. by no means is 42% not working. stormy weather could disrupt disrupt super tuesday in three states. let's go to meteorologist pedram javaheri. >> throughout the morning, storms in northern missouri and illinois. some the strong storms will weaken approaching chicago. a second band will develop at
5:00 p.m. that could have severe characteristics and this front will push in cool and dry air from canada. storm prediction center has given us a decent risk here for severe weather in chicago and illinois and peoria. large hail, damaging winds is the primary concerns with the storm system. florida should be on the quiet side with the weather department. here's st. louis for you. notice we go with sunny skies and temperatures moderate in the upper 70s. not a bad day across missouri. chicago, thunderstorms again work into the picture some time in the early afternoon hours with highs of 55 to 56. pedram, thanks. from the great white way to the white house. the cast of the broadway smash "hamilton" paid the obamas monday. first lady hosted a workshop and
the creator and star of the musical showed up the rap skills with help from the president. watch. ♪ opportunity knocks and i can't stop i'm here with the president ♪ ♪ and the mike drops >> how good is that? you think that's going viral? that's going viral. >> this show is so popular. alexander hamilton have a renaissance these days. you can't get tickets for this show. >> everyone was joking the best chance to see "hamilton" was to watch the live stream of "hamilton." the web site crashed. that is part of the cruel reality of "hamilton." >> treasury secretaries are very hot. >> john snow. 50 minutes past the hour. let's talk about stocks. dow jones industrial average accomplished something yesterday it has not done in months. why it is a great sign when we
breaking news this morning. russia announcing its planes have started leaving syria. called home under orders by putin. the military has achieved its goal. russia started air strikes in september. the announcement coming as new syria peace talks opened in geneva on monday. we have team coverage. first let's go to matthew chance for us in moscow. matthew. >> reporter: christine, thank you. within the past few minutes, the first aircraft of russia, based in syria, carrying out the more than 9,000 air strikes conducted by the russian air force since late september when the operations began have taken off
near the air base on the way back to the permanent bases in russia. so the troops on the ground making good of the order made by the president vladimir putin that the military operation in syria for the most part should be drawn down. we don't know how many aircraft are on the ground. we don't know to which extent there will be military hardware left in place. the kremlin has said this. there will be two military bases operating in syria on the part of russia. the air base and a naval base at the port on the mediterranean sea. there will be significant russian military installations in syria, but vladimir putin unexpectedly declared victory in the campaign in syria. he points to the wins he gained. bolstering ally bashar al assad. bringing the warring parties to
negotiations in syria. that would not have happened if it weren't for the russian military intervention. the first thing, he can point to the way russia is a major player on the international stage. russia has power diplomatically. it is shown it is prepared to use the power in syria. that will be taken notice by the united states and others around the world. >> matthew chance for news moscow. thanks. >> the surprise move by russia comes among peace talks aimed at resolving the conflict in syria. we have cnn international editor nic robertson in geneva for us. nic, how does this affect the discussions there? >> reporter: the opposition here is saying look if putin's rhetoric is matched by actions on the grounds and he reduces military footprint, this is good. the opposition is hoping this puts pressure on bashar al assad to step down. that's been one of the demands.
the syria government negotiators were here yesterday and would not get involved in a discussion of political transition. when we look at it two months ago, peace talks here stopped because of russia bombing. two years ago, the peace talks got to the same point. syrian government coming here and talking about procedure, not about bashar al assad leaving. who got the blame back then? the syrian government and russians for not doing enough. russia under president putin under pressure with the threat of escalation of conflict and missiles ending up in the hands of the rebels. of course, you know, perhaps more diplomatic and definitely the implication of economic sanctions because russia was part of the political process. the united nations security council resolution that got the talks that russia signed up for
that. there would be repercussions if they did not move syria into the negotiations. there is hope that the talks may get further than the past, john. >> interesting to see if the russians do apply pressure. nic robertson, thank you. let's get an early start on your money. a big drop in oil prices yesterday did not sink the stock market. something we have not seen in months. dow gained a fraction. crude oil dropped 3.4%. just above $37 a barrel after iran said it would not agree to a production freeze to oil levels. oil and stocks in a lock step for months. it is a good sign for the broader stock market. futures pointing lower. modest losses. oil down again. stocks in europe falling. shares in asia lower overnight. "early start" continues right now.
>> we are just a few hours away from a pivotal day in the selection. you thought the first super tuesday was big. you thought the second super tuesday was big. that was nothing. the third super tuesday. the biggest, baddest, most super of all. the revenge. this is super duper tuesday number three. i'm john berman. >> i'm christine romans. it is 5:00 a.m. in the east. it is here. the most super, super tuesday yet. millions cast ballots in primaries to that determine the nominees for either parties. democrats are voting in these five states. 691 delegates at stake. tightening polls in mi