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want to say three. >> trump says there could be riots at the convention in cleveland if he is blocked from getting the nomination. trump's closest competitor condemned trump for implying violence. >> no one should be surprised that donald trump is trying to stir up riots. i wish we had candidates bringing us together. >> there is no question there would be a lot of turmoil if the establishment tries to thwart the will of the people. recognizing millions of new vovot voters have come into the fold because of donald trump. it is unlikely they would maintain enthusiasm if shenanigans resulted in someone else be nominee. >> cruz mocked trump for not attending the debate next week.
that debate is now cancelled. cnn's sunlen serfaty has the latest. >> reporter: good morning. donald trump is making it clear he is looking ahead and he really wants the gop nominating process to come to a close. trump says he will not show up for the scheduled next debate in salt lake city. instead, he will give a policy speech in the washington, d.c. to apac. if trump is not debating, kasich says he is not going to debate either. that forced fox news to cancel it. the cruz campaign is hoping to capitalize on this. quote, donald trump is scared to debate ted cruz next week. >> i guess he doesn't like when anyone challenges him. he was saying a week ago he was eager to get one-on-one with me. this debate, the field is
narrowed more. he could have had a direct debate with me. yet, donald apparently is ducking. >> reporter: the cruz campaign says ted cruz will appear at the same speech on monday where donald trump is speaking. he intends to draw clear contrast at that speech with donald trump. john and christine. >> sunlen. new controversy over the next supreme court justice merrick garland. the judge visits capitol hill today. he will meet with senators. a handful of republicans agreed to meet with him today, but none on the schedule today. let's get more from cnn's michelle kosinski. >> reporter: you have the perfect day in the rose garden. you have the political storm getting bigger. we heard from mitch mcconnell
and republicans who supported merrick garland back when he was confirmed to the d.c. bench years ago. mcconnell is saying it is not about the person, but the principle. president obama shouldn't be putting forward a nominee in this environment. somebody who will shift the balance of the court right before a presidential nomination. let the people decide. the white house wants to present garland as the perfect consensus nominee. somebody so moderate and stellar can credentials. the white house wants to apply pressure. coming from the outside. coming from the public to convince republicans to at the very least give him a chance and if they won't, the white house would love to see maximum
political damage inflicinflicte. this would damage democracy in america from this fight. as the white house press secretary put it, we are just looking for a bit of fairness. john and christine. >> michelle kosinski, thanks for that. let's talk about the political gamesmanship. zachary wolf joins us this morning. let's talk about donald trump. he says he is convinced he is the nominee. he has swept through the states with such widespread support. he told chris cuomo something yesterday that is getting a lot of attention. he says if we get to the convention and i don't have the nomination, you have a lot of people who pin their hopes on me. who come out from not being voters because they want change with me. it could get ugly. listen to what he said. >> i think we'll win before getting to the convention. i can tell you, if we didn't and
we're 20 votes short or if we're, you know, 100 short, and we're at 1,100 and somebody at 400, because we're way ahead of everybody, i don't think you can say we don't get it automatically. i think you would have riots. >> of course, his opponents overnight, ted cruz, in particular, saying why is he predicting a warning of riots? that doesn't help the tone. what do you make of this? >> first of all, let's hope there are no riots. i think for donald trump, it is almost going to be difficult for him to reach that number of 1,237. he will have to improve his percentage of victory in a lot of states. a couple of winner take all states. he could pad his delegate count there. it maybe difficult to reach that 1,237. there is a good chance we reach cleveland with a contested
convention. the question is how to deal with it. if trump has the most delegates by far, if republicans try to stand in his way, they will be seen by their base and by the new people who come in and vote for trump as taking away the will of the republican base. that will be hard to stomach. >> make no mistake, zach, you say it is difficult for donald trump to amass the majority. it is mathematically impossible for john kasich he needs for a first ballot victory. near impossible for ted cruz. they say they still have a path. you have campaigns who are absolutely planning and plotting for this to come down to the convention. what's going on behind-the-scen behind-the-scenes? >> if you are a campaign, one state, john kasich, and ted cruz with a couple. you want to make sure donald
trump doesn't get the magic 1,237 which goes to multiple votes that marco rubio and other people who have got even delegates start to release them. after second or third votes and you are the last guy standing. staying in the game is their main goal at this point. >> let's talk about the supreme court nominee. that dropped yesterday. on this day we're talking about the races, the white house announcing the supreme court nominee. listen to what he said yesterday. emotional speech. listen. >> thank you, mr. president. this is the greatest honor of my life. other than lynn agreeing to marry me 28 years ago. as my parents taught me by both words and deeds, life of public service is as much a gift to the person who serves as to those he is serving. >> you can go easily back to the
time capsule and find orrin hatch and chuck grassley praising this guy. that is not the case here. you think he has the case of becoming the nominee at all? >> i think it is a did thing for him the honor of his life is nominating. it is hard to imagine how he gets on the supreme court. at least before the presidential election because republicans on capitol hill, a lot have said they won't meet with him, much less schedule a hearing. far be it from a vote. it is hard to see his path. maybe something happens if hillary clinton wins. they take it up in a lame duck session. people are not talking about that. it is a long way off. you know, it's hard to imagine. >> a lot of people saw this as an unusual pick. merrick garland is 63 years old. you don't usually see that. it would shorten the time he would serve in the supreme court if he were confirmed. the white house seems to say
this is the guy who is the least possible controversial pick there is. if you reject merrick garland, this proves your playing politics. mitch mcconnell and other republicans see no political risk in this fight. they see this as something that is crucial to their base. isn't that so? >> absolutely. i think if mitch mcconnell, if he allowed a vote on merrick garland's nomination, he would be seen as betraying the republican base. i don't understand why they would allow that if they have the power not. >> zach wolf, thank you. deadly flooding hitting the south and it's not over yet. we will give you the forecast coming up next.
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>> i'm john berman. donald trump says he is certain he is the republican nominee and he seems to scoff anyone else is in consideration. >> started out with 17. all tough and cunning. it is now down to three if you want to say three. >> on "new day" trump suggested there could be riots at the convention in cleveland if he is blocked from getting the nomination. last night, ted cruz condemned trump for the notion, but ben carson, now a trump supporter, agrees. >> no one should be surprised that donald trump is trying to stir up riots. i wish we had a presidential candidate bringing us together. >> there's no question there would be a lot of turmoil if the establishment tries to thwart the will of the people. recognizing that millions of new voters have come into the republican fold. largely as a result of donald
trump. it is very unlikely those people would maintain their enthusiasm if in fact some shenanigans resulted in someone else being the nominee. >> ted cruz mocked donald trump for not attending the debate next week. that debate has been canceled. sunlen serfaty has more. >> reporter: good morning. donald trump is making it clear he wants the gop nominating process to come to a close. trump says he will not show up to the debate in salt lake city next week. he will give a policy speech in washington, d.c. to the pro-israel organization. john kasich said if trump is not attending the debate, he would not either. fox now has cancelled the debate. now ted cruz has come out to say donald trump is scared to
debate ted cruz next week. >> i guess he doesn't like when anyone challenges him. he was saying a week ago he was eager to get one-on-one with me. this debate, the field is narrowed more. he could have had a direct debate with me. yet, donald is ducking. he is afraid of being challenged. >> reporter: the cruz campaign says ted cruz will appear at the same speech on monday where donald trump is speaking. he intends to draw contrast at speech with trump. john and christine. >> thank you. new developments in the controversy over the president obama pick for supreme court justice. merrick garland. he visits capitol hill today. he meets with two democratic senators. a handful of republicans agree to meet with garland eventually, but none on the schedule today. we have cnn's michelle kosinski
with more. >> reporter: the unexpectedly emotional day in the rose garden. you have the political storm getting bigger. we heard from mitch mcconnell and others who confirmed him to the federal bench in d.c. years ago. mcconnell is saying this is not about the person now, but the principle. the president should not put forward a nominee in this environment. someone to shift the balance before the election. saying let the people decide. the white house wants to present garland as the consensus nominee. somebody so moderate with stellar credentials that the republicans would look as bad as possible if they are not going to consider him. the white house wants to apply pressure coming from outside to convince senate republicans to at the very least give him a
chance. if they won't, the white house would love to see maximum political damage inflicted. if republicans go down this road of obstruction, the president says it would reduce confidence in the supreme court and judicial system and democracy in america would suffer from this fight. as the white house press secretary put it, we're just looking for a little bit of fairness. john and christine. >> thank you, michelle. >> let's talk about the political madness happening this march madness. joining us is digital ed or zach wolf. donald trump sent shockwaves again through the political world with comments he made on "new day." the question is will there be a contested convention? will the establishment try to block donald trump? trump warns there could be
dangerous repercussions. >> i think we will win before getting to the convention. i can tell you, if we didn't and we're 20 votes short or if we're 100 short, and we're at 1,100 because we're way ahead of - everybody, i don't think you can say that we don't get it automatically. i think you would have riots. >> two questions, zach, can people block donald trump from getting the nomination if he doesn't get the majority of delegates and should they try to block donald trump? should they get in the way of the plurality of what the voters are saying? >> he's a little more than halfway to the number of delegates he needs. 1,237 delegates. he is a little more than halfway there. he would have to improve his winning. he would have to win by more than he has to get there.
can they block him? yes. if ted cruz and john kasich get enough delegates, it looks like it certainly looks like they could, we would get to the convention. nobody would have an outright majority. you would see the horse trading start. the different rounds of elections and people deciding who they will back. it would be one of the fascinating political stories to cover of our time. on the other hand, a lot of the republicans who supported trump would look at it as the party trying to take away the will of the people. it will be fascinating. >> listen to what john kasich said about this. the terminology is now opened convention. not contested or brokered. open convention. all of this happening with lots of sunshine on it. list listen. >> it is unlikely anybody will achieve enough delegates to avoid a convention. for those worry about a
convention, it is out in the open. there is no closed room. nothing but total transparency. at the convention, they look at two or three things if that's what happens. it is likely. politics is so crazy, you never know. they will look at somebody who can be president of the united states who has a record of accomplishments, not just talk. secondly, they will wonder who can win a general election. who can win ohio? >> that is kasich's strategy. >> he said it is unlikely anybody will get to cleveland with the number of delegates. it is mathematically impossible for kasich to get to cleveland with the number of delegates he needs. if there is one person who absolutely twoonwants to have a contested convention it is kasich. >> he says it is all out in the open. the rules committee that meets beforehand. some stuff can easily happen behind closed doors. district convention happening right now. this is not broadcast 24 hours
on tv. a lot of gamesmanship between now and july. let's shift to the democrats. hillary clinton had four or five victories this last tuesday. she is trying to get her name out there. her face out for voters who have not been that warm. namely the young kids. they love the new shows on comedy central. hillary clinton on "broad city" last night. >> we need to do everything we possibly can. you know what i'll do? >> look at that. >> i thought this would be really good for office morale. isn't she great? >> of course. >> we assumed it was a he. >> oh, no, no. it's a she. >> zach, we're assured by people this is funny.pper than we are -
hillary clinton needs to make inroads there. >> she lost young people, i think. i think pretty much in every contest. the youngsters seem to like bernie sanders. she has this kind of difficult situation for her where she's almost assuredly the democratic nominee at this point because of her delegate lead, but she doesn't want to make the bernie sanders supporters mad in the coming months. she has to sort of walk this line of convincing them she is the person while not saying bernie needs to go away. i'm not exactly sure how she will do that. >> thanks, zach. deadly flooding hitting the south. it is not every yet. what is still to come next.
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made of syrian ex-pats is praising russia for calling the talks. we have cnn's international diplomatic editor nic robertson with more. >> reporter: what is the impact of the russia move to downsize the troops. the diplomat i talked to last night says we don't know what russia's firm intentions are here. is this about posturing or substance? the opposition, this is given them a real feeling that's talks are different from the last go-round. this is some initiative we need to put pressure on the syrian government to remove bashar al assad. last weekend, the syrian foreign minister says no way. assad stays. i asked that question to the head of the syrian government delegation two days ago. precisely that.
what does this russian move mean? does it mean you are willing to get rid of assad? he did not answer that question on assad. he just talked about the russian initiative. he says we are doing it in coordination with them. this is a step. they can come back. et cetera. from the government perspective, they are trying to play down the russian move. from the international perspective, everyone is trying to figure out what it means and is it real. this looks good for us right now. they are being cautioned by the diplomats. just chill. wait and see how it goes. a long road ahead. >> the process in and of itself is a beginning. nic, thank you. let's get an early start on your money. stock futures are higher. oil prices are helping the gains. oil climbing trading above $39 a barrel. stocks in europe and asia are up. averages standing for 2016. dow and s&p at the highest levels of the year.
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