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of the republican party. plotting secretly in back door meetings from washington, d.c. to west palm beach to find a way to take down the republican frontrunner. trump and opponents, kasich and cruz are heading west on the campaign trail. trump and kasich in utah. cruz in arizona. both states vote on tuesday. let's get more on the widening fracture within the republican party from sunlen serfaty. >> reporter: good morning, john and christine. will this stop trump movement seem to be picking up steam among republicans. conservative came with a firm message. potentially calling for a unity ticket. maybe between ted cruz and john of launching a third party ility candidate in an effort to stop donald trump. back on capitol hill yesterday, marco rubio making his first appearance since suspending his
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campaign this week. he stopped short of any endorsement, but used the opportunity to blast donald trump. >> i think that's going to happen now that the race narrowed further. hopefully there is time to prevent a trump nomination, which i think would fracture the party and damage the conservative movement. >> reporter: in a surprising move, lindsey graham tells cnn that he this ted cruz, yes, ted cruz, is the only potential to stop donald trump. >> the first goal is to stop mr. trump from getting 1,237. then to use the process that's written. not to do something unfair to mr. trump. right now, you need 1,237 delegates. right now, ted cruz is the best alternative to mr. trump in terms of denying him. >> reporter: part of that is helping senator cruz raise money. graham is slated to head a fund-raiser monday in
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washington, d.c. fund raising more essential now the primary has a potential to last longer. >> thank you, sunlen. bernie sanders returns to the campaign trail hours after conceding missouri to hillary clinton. sanders makes stops in idaho and arizona today. despite trailing clinton, the senator still sees a path to the nomination. more from jeff zeleny. >> reporter: john and christine, as many democrats are trying to turn the corner to donald trump, bernie sanders is trying to remind folks the primary fight is still alive. he is campaigning aggressively in arizona. the next primary state in four days. he campaigned there last night. >> we're going to have elections not only here, but in utah and idaho and we're heading further in a couple months to california
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and washington state, on to oregon. we think that the climate is a little bit friendlier for us. we think we have a path toward victory. if we can bring out large turnouts, we're going to win this thing. i'm proud that up to now we have won nine states. we have almost 850 delegates. and with your help on tuesday, we're going to win here in arizona. >> reporter: but even as sanders campaigns, the political reality is setting in he would have to win a vast majority of votes in all of the states to catch up with hillary clinton. the clinton campaign is still running against bernie sanders. they are not taking anything for granted in arizona or other states.
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on air with new tv ads. the clinton campaign is running dual track strategy. one eye on bernie sanders and one eye on donald trump. john and christine. jeff zeleny, thank you. for a closer look at the situation around the country, the political situation, we are joined by political reporter tal. tal, paul ryan yesterday, the speaker of the house, paul ryan talks about what he thinks of the race and what he thinks about donald trump and maybe being a candidate for president himself one day. listen. >> more likely to become an open convention than we thought before. we're getting our minds around the idea this could become reality. those of us involved in the convention need to respect that. it's not going to be me. it should be somebody running for president. people are campaigning and
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caucusing and there are primaries. that is whom we should select. >> he is saying it won't be me because the former speaker john boehner actually endorsed paul ryan for president. that's why paul ryan is saying he won't do it. he said at one point he won't be speaker either. tal. >> i think ted cruz was right about one thing. he is calling it a two-man race. he is wrong about the two men. donald trump and not donald trump. what are you seeing is conservatives wracking their brains with what seems to be an insurmountable lead for trump in terms of another candidate jumping over him and getting to 1,237. if we really don't want this man to be our party's standard bearer, what can we do to open it up at the convention? i'm talking to a lot of folks about this. i talked to one donor from marco rubio's campaign who is saying
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he wants to run for a delegate in the state which already voted so he can go to the convention and support marco rubio and be there if there are multiple rounds of balloting. this is a parlor game and d.c. is loving to play it. in other ways, it is a real existential crisis for the republican party. >> absolutely. let's talk about marco rubio. he went back to washington yesterday. he does have a day job. he has ten more months on the day job. listen to what he said. >> i'm not going to be anybody's vice president. i am not interested in being vice president. i don't mean that in a disrespectful way. i'm not running for governor of florida. i'll finish out my term in the senate over the next ten months. we will work hard. we have things we want to achieve. then i'll be a private citizen in january. >> he had been campaigning so hard. to see him so subdued. remarkable, tal. >> absolutely.
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one of his spokesmen tweeted the hallway of capitol hill and applauding him as he returned to work. all along, he said i'll be president or a private citizen at the end of this. he is sticking to that line for now. there's a lot of buzz about him potentially mounting a run for governor in a couple of years. he doesn't need to make that move now. depending on the nominee, i don't know he wants to be on the vice presidential ticket. when asked about potentially teaming up with ted cruz by dana bash, he dismissed that as "house of cards" stuff. i think in some ways, he is being honest. at this moment, he is not planning his next step. he is decompressing. i don't think we should take that to mean his political future is over. >> one of the most important things, he said, the call with minnesota republicans who supported him in the caucus. he said ted cruz is the one true conservative left in the race. a lot of people think marco
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rubio at some point could endorse ted cruz. that would be a significant development. tal, i want to shift to the democratic race. the piece in the newspaper yesterday which says president obama told democratic donors, that soon they have to get behind hillary clinton. the white house is denying this. listen to the denials from josh earnest. >> the president did not indicate or specify a preference in the race. i didn't say he couldn't make up his mind. the president has cast his ballot in the democratic illinois primary. >> i'm not going to say that josh earnest isn't telling the truth, but i think they are terrific reporters. i quite believe them when they were at a meeting where the
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president said soon people have to get behind hillary clinton. if that is the case, tal, what difference does that make? >> i don't know if it is a substantial difference. i think the white house has been playing this game for months. barack obama made many comments of subtle endorsement of hillary clinton. there are lots of people who are quick to bring up in 2012, he saw a primary challenger from the left. suddenly all along, the white house indicated it is very much behind hillary clinton and not as much behind bernie sanders. you know, clinton has fully embraced the obama administration in every way she can. we have seen bernie sanders try to do it more as she does it more and more and as popularity
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goes up. most of the obama world is in the hillary camp working for her. it is everything but obama standing up and saying i endorse her. they are surmise where he has fallen on this even if he doesn't say it. >> nice to see you. thank you. talk to you soon. >> thanks for having me. the white house with new pressure on republican senators to consider the president's supreme court nominee. will it work? pure is mccormick. because it's our mission to help you realize the rich taste that pure can bring. the smallest pinch of pure mccormick can make meals legendary. because pure tastes better. can make meals legendary. but you shouldn't forget yoforget this. c. hep c is a serious disease. left untreated it can lead to liver damage and potentially liver cancer. but you haven't been forgotten. there's never been a better time
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lawmakers heading home for a two-week recess today leaving the president's nomination for supreme court in limbo. most republicans refusing to sit down with him or grant him a hearing. here is cnn's michelle kosinski. >> reporter: john and christine, we are seeing this big push. almost like another difficult campaign trail. the president's supreme court
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nominee merrick garland goes to capitol hill. he is beginning to have the sit down meetings with senators. at this point, none has been with republicans. there are seven senate republicans, including the senate judiciary committee chairman chuck grassley up for re-election. he is now saying he is willing to sit down with garland, but they will reiterate they will not consider him as a nominee or any nominee for that matter right now. the white house believes there is a chance that some vulnerable republicans could be won over and public pressure will be strong. the white house is using twitter and special hash tags. the president had a special phone call with progressives. he urged them to get out and get their voices heard and work on this to show that garland should have a fair shot. it is strange. on the one hand, republicans are
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saying i don't know why we're talking about this. we made it clear we are not holding hearings. the white house expressing confidence the nominee will ultimately be confirmed. it will boil down to what do republicans see as their least damaging option. to consider this consensus nominee or wait and see if there is a democratic president and who they would bring forward. is it better to be seen as not obstructing the process or as some republicans believe, will voters be motivated by them trying to do everything they can to keep the balance of the supreme court from shifting. john and christine. >> michelle. brawl on capitol hill as lawmakers try to assign blame for the flint water crisis. it happened in the house oversight committee. members blasted gina mccarthy. the decision to take the water
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from the flint river was poorly handled. governor rick snyder says he was misled and was assured the water was safe. fbi investigators say say student who stand four people on the college campus before he was killed by police may have been inspired by isis. 18-year-old faisal muhammad was a student at the university of california merced. he may have become self radicalized and drawn inspiration from propaganda. he visited extremist web sites. and police investigating the sexual abuse allegations at the sidwell school for friends. it is not considered to be a crime at this time. it is not known where on campus it took place. also breaking overnight.
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go. the reverse lay in. baylor fumbled it away as yale pulls off the upset. 79-75. the other 12 seed upset of the day came from little rock. they made a big comeback against purdue in the final three minutes. josh hagin, the fade away three. ties the game with four seconds. we go to double overtime in this one. little rock would hold on, 85-83 to get the first tournament win in 30 years. one seed virginia with no problem and hampton yesterday. a scary moment for the team. tony bennett collapsed during the final seconds of the first half. he was just dehydrated. after the game. he joked he drunk a ton of power aid to fix the problem. during the game, he started trending on social media. prompting the singer to clear it up on twitter. he tweeted, i want to let all my fans know i'm okay.
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glad to hear uva coach is fine after his fall. congrats on the win. trending on social media. arizona wildcats head coach sean miller. you can tell why. his dress shirt completely drenched with sweat. this is the first half. a team manager had to go back to the hotel to get him another shirt for the second half. that second shirt might actually be covered in tears now as arizona was upset by wichita state. john berman cannot lose at anything. he wins every cnn quiz show and he is in first place in the bracket challenge. on "early start" we are a balanced team. to balance out berman, christine romans is at the bottom in last place. like i said, i'm somewhere inned middle. perfect. >> embarrassing. >> first day. >> i have to say is victor behind me?
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i think i'm second to last. >> second to last. >> you can't see this, but a lot of red already on my bracket. >> andy scholes. thank you so much. donald trump returning to the campaign trail today. the movement to stop the republican frontrunner is building. we will tell you about it next.
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to find a way to take down the frontrunner. trump and his visible opponents. kasich and cruz, are heading west on the campaign trail today. trump and kasich at utah and cruz in arizona. let's get more on the widening rift within the republican party from sunlen serfaty. >> reporter: good morning, john and christine. the stop trump movement is picking up steam among conservative republicans. conservatives emerging from the meeting in washington, d.c. yesterday came with a firm message calling for a unity ticket. maybe between ted cruz and john kasich and yes, the possibility of launching a third party candidate. all in an effort to stop donald trump. now meanwhile back on capitol hill yesterday, marco rubio making his first appearance since suspending his campaign this week. he stopped short of any endorsement, but used the opportunity to blast donald trump. >> i think that's going to happen now that the race
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narrowed further. hopefully there is time to prevent a trump nomination which would fracture the party and damaging to the conservative movement. >> reporter: in a surprising move, senator lindsey graham tells cnn that he thinks ted cruz, yes, ted cruz, is the only potential to stop donald trump. >> the first goal is to stop mr. trump from getting 1,237. then to use the process that's written. not to do something that's unfair to mr. trump. right now, you need 1,237 delegates to become the nominee. i think ted cruz is the best alternative in terms of denying him 1,2377. >> reporter: senator graham slated to head a fund-raiser for cruz in washington, d.c. fund raising more essential now the primary has the potential to last longer. thank you, sunlen.
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bernie sanders returns to the campaign trail this morning hours after conceding missouri to hillary clinton. that gives clinton a super tuesday sweep. bernie sanders makes stops in idaho and arizona today. both states that vote on tuesday on the democratic side. despite trailing in the delegate count, bernie sanders still sees a path to the nomination. let's get more now from jeff zeleny. >> reporter: john and christine, as democrats are trying to turn the corner and look ahead to donald trump, sanders is reminding folks the primary fight is still alive. he is campaigning aggressively in arizona. the next big primary state in four days. he campaigned there last night. this is what he had to say. >> we're going to have elections not only here, but in utah and idaho and we're heading further in a couple of months to california and washington state.
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to oregon. we think that the climate is a little bit friendlier for us. we think we have a path toward victory and if we can bring out large turnouts, we're going to win this thing. i'm proud that up to now we have won nine states. we have almost 850 delegates. and with your help on tuesday, we're going to win here in arizona. >> reporter: but even as sanders campaigns the political reality is setting in he would have to win a vast majority of votes in all these states to each catch up with hillary clinton. the clinton campaign is running against bernie sanders. they are not taking anything for granted in arizona or other states. on air with new tv ads. the clinton campaign is running
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a dual track strategy. one eye on bernie sanders and one eye on donald trump. john and christine. >> jeff, thank you. joining us live from washington is political reporter tal copen. i want to get your opinion on a couple things here. paul ryan. the speaker of the house. the guy who used to have his job, john boehner, has been going around saying if there is an open convention, paul ryan is the guy who should be the republican nominee. paul ryan is saying no. here's why. listen. >> it's not going to be me. it should be somebody running for president. people campaigning and caucusing and there are primaries. that's who we should select from for our next president. >> remarkable how much reaching there is going in washington for the anybody but trump movement here.
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>> reaching is great word. grasping at straws. i wrote a story about this a few weeks ago before florida and ohio voted about why rubio and kasich needed to win the states to stop trump. i talked to people about the delegate math. we have seen the delegate situation before. donald trump's lead in any other year would basically be everything sewn up and no other candidates would have a chance. a lot of the people i talk to say this is an unprecedented year. a huge portion of the republican party don't want trump to be the nominee. people will not drop out. there is a chance with enough money and effort, he could be prevented to get to the number to clinch the nomination outright. some of the possibilities are far fetched, but people are putting real effort behind.
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>> one guy who is trying to stop donald trump was running up until a couple days ago. marco rubio. would he be a vice presidential nominee? would he run next? who would he endorse? listen to answers to part of the questions. >> i'm not going to be anybody's vice president. i don't mean that in a disrespectful way. i'm not going to be vice president. i'm not running for governor of florida. i'll finish out my term as senate in the next ten months. we have things we want to achieve. i'll be a private citizen in january. >> he seems exhausted. >> no v.p. pick for rubio. he did tell people in minnesota that ted cruz is the only true conservative in the race. tal, a lot of people wondering if he will endorse ted cruz. >> we are keeping an eye out. it is unclear if or when that
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would be coming. i covered marco rubio's campaign more closely based on our assignments here. at the end, it became a campaign against trump. he still mentioned his campaign theme, but his message was elect me so it is not trump. it stands to reason he is looking at the field and thinking what can i do to prevent donald trump from becoming the republican nominee. if you look at the field, it is basically ted cruz. they are friendly. they refer to each other as friends throughout the way. senator mike lee endorsing ted cruz, waited a long time because he is close with both senators. they run in the same circles. it would absolutely be not out of reason for marco rubio to turn around and endorse ted crui cruz. >> let's talk about the democrats. it was a clean sweep for hillary clinton on the last super tuesday. missouri is in. bernie sanders conceded.
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it is hillary clinton who won missouri. there is a piece in "the new york times" talking about a private meeting with the president and top democratic donors. at some point, soon, you guys all need to get behind hillary clinton as the frontrunner. listen to josh earnest when asked about that. >> the president did not indicate or specify a preference in the race. i did not say he couldn't make up his mind. the president voted in the illinois democratic primary. >> who did he vote for? >> we have not indicated that preference. >> interesting. so do you think at some point soon here there has to be an obama endorsement of hillary clinton? >> i don't think there ever has to be an outright endorsement from him. he has been subtling endorsing her all along the way. most of his world, so to speak,
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many of them are in hillary's camp. you know, she is on a roll. i don't know she needs his hand to come in here and tip the scales. it doesn't mean he can't do it. it would be pretty forward of him. there are people outside of hillary's core campaign staff calling for bernie sanders to drop out. his campaign's argument is you took this all the way to the convention when you were running against obama back in 2008. you can't turn around and say get out to us now. so there's really no need for anyone directly related to her or for the president to call for sanders to get out. he's allowed to keep running. she will pivot to the general and picking up delegates. >> it is interesting people left the meeting with the president convinced he was suggesting they should act soon. tal, thanks so much.
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lawmakers head home for a two-week recess today leaving the supreme court nominee in limbo. judge merrick garland met with democratic senators on thursday. only democrats. most republicans refusing to sit down with him or grant him a hearing. the president is hopeful there may be cracks in the resistance. here is michelle kosinski. >> reporter: john and christine. we are seeing this big push. almost like another difficult campaign trail. the president's supreme court nominee merrick garland goes to capitol hill. he's beginning to have these sit down meetings with senators. at this point, none has been
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with republicans. there are seven senate republicans, including some up for re-election. including the senate judiciary chairman chuck grassley who has now said we will be willing to sit down and meet with garland, in some cases, including gr grassley, they will not consider him as the nominee or any nominee for that matter right now. there is a chance that some vulnerable republicans could be won over and public pressure could be strong. the white house is using twitter and hash tags. yesterday, the president had a phone call with progressives and urged them to get involved and get their voices heard to work on this to show that garland should have a fair shot. it is strange. on the one hand, republicans are saying i don't know why we're talking about this. we made it clear we are not holding hearings. you have the white house expressing confidence that the
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nominee will ultimately be confirmed. what it boils down to is what do republicans see as the least damaging option. to consider this consensus nominee or wait and see if there is a democratic president and see who they bring forward. is it better to not obstruct the process or as some republicans believe, will voters be motivated by them trying to do everything they can to keep the balance of the supreme court from shifting. john and christine. >> michelle kosinski at the white house. a brawl on capitol hill as lawmakers try to assign blame for the flint water crisis in the house oversight hearing. members blasted gina mccarthy. she said the decision to take the water from the flint river was poorly handled. and governor rick snyder said he was misled by employees and
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so-called experts, his words, to assure him the water in flint was safe. governor snyder rejected calls for him to resign. and david petraeus making the appearance on the committee before benghazi. he will face the hearing tomorrow in closed session. he faced the session in january and lawmakers had more questions. the ex-cia chief was forced out of office with an affair with his biographer. cuba's foreign minister is rejecting president obama's plan to promote change in cuba when he arrives. he said the president should focus on america's problems instead. the white house insiders say the president will call for more freedoms for cubans. time for an early start on your money. february fear gone. stocks at the year's highs and the dow erased 2,000 points and is now higher for the year.
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a new provocation from north korea. the pentagon confirms the launch of two ballistic missiles into the sea off the coast of the korean peninsula. this comes as sanctions against pyongyang as the u.s. and south korea are conducting the yearly exercises. we have ivan watson with more information on the situation. >> reporter: it is the second time the north koreans have fired ballistic missiles in eight days. violating the united nations security council. they will not let the pressure stop them to continue to develop the ballistic missile technology and the missile program. the rocket launched ahead from pyongyang into the sea of japan. one disappeared off the radar
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after reaching an altitude of ten miles. the second traveled a distance of 500 miles. why would that frighten japan? u.s. key ally. the distance from pyongyang to the port city of hiroshima in japan is under 500 miles. north korea demonstrating it can hit a key u.s. ally at the time when north korea vowed it has developed the technology necessary to miniature the nuclear weapon and stick it on the tip of the ballistic missile. the leader kim jong un ordered the military to carry out missile tests and continue to carry out nuke tests. although the real ally, china, has called for the denuclearization of the korean peninsula.
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all this is happening as the u.s. is engaging in joint military exercises with south korea. this takes place every year and the north koreans hate it. they call this a possible precursor to invasion of north korea. in 2014, when the same string of exercises took place, the north koreans fired by the south korean's government count, around 90 missiles and rockets. this time, the north koreans say they developed the technology to put a nuclear warhead on top of one of the missiles. much cause for concern in this world. >> dangerous twist in the longstanding dispute. european union leaders with a new refugee crisis deal to the turkey prime minister today. the plan offers financial concessions if it stops the flow of migrants to greece.
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they are grappling with the largest refugee crisis since world war ii. 1974 is now history. not the year, but the deepest-point loss for the dow jones industrial average this year. strong gains yesterday took the dow positive. the final run is impressive. wiping out 1,974 points loss. the blue chips with a five-day win streak. futures are not moving much right now. slightly higher. oil is down slightly. still above $40 a barrel. stocks in europe are up and shares in asia closed with gains. the u.s. grants apple a new patent for evncryptioencryption. in the application to the u.s. patent and trademark office. apple has techniques to make it
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harder to crack a lock. it is an effort to keep people from pirating media. apple submitted the application back in 2014. it was approved thursday. it shows the tech industry has long been pushing for stronger security just as the government is pushing companies to help break down the features. a collision of world views with the government. the conservative movement to stop donald trump. new developments overnight in the battle to keep him from getting the nomination. "new day" starts now. >> i don't think you can say that i don't think you can see we don't get it. >> there is time to still prevent a trump nomination. >> religious bigotry. >> you would have problems like you have never seen before. >> this is more likely to become an open convention like we thought. >> we are in the west.
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the climate is a little bit friendlier for us. >> i think we've done a really good job. those who say we haven't are not paying attention. >> mr. trump will not be president. i have a lot of faith in the american people. >> you need to resign. >> i kick myself every single day. but what i could have done to do more. >> i have had enough of your false contrition and phony apologies. this is "new day" with chris cuomo, alisyn camerota and michaela pereira. >> good morning. welcome to "new day". it is march 18th, can 6:00 in the east. this morning we have another shocker in the election. not only are party officials talking about an open convention, but now a third party threat is real. conservative leaders of the gop calling for a unity ticket to stop donald trump.
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trump cracking down from his warning there could be rye if he is delivered the nomination. >> senator marco rubio says he is leaving politics and will not be anybody's running mate. president obama plans to take on trump in an effort to stop him and protect his own leg epwn le. let's begin with phil mattingy. >> donald trump wasn't even on the campaign trail yesterday. he was only person anybody was talking about across the party public and private. how on earth do you stop trump's role in the nomination? >> i don't think you can say that we don't get it auto mat

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