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security and seeing on the streets of kabul today, wolf. >> nick paton walsh, thank you for your excellent, excellent reporting. that it's for me. the news continues next on cnn. hi there. you're watching cnn. i'm brooke baldwin. a big day here on this tuesday. this is the first new york republican primary in generations that counts. in fact, voters right now playing a direct part in who the next presidential nominee will be for both parties and as new yorkers are out and about casting the ballots, two of their own fighting to be out ahead. republican donald trump and democrat hillary clinton. both today voting. both also face rival who is are coming off of a string of victories. talk about momentum there. while secretary clinton needs a simple win, donald trump needs a
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little bit more than that. he needs to break 50% statewide in new york and within each congressional district. that way all 95 republican delegates are his. trump needs every single delegate in his pursuit of that magic number 1,237, the number of delegates to clinch the republican nomination and needs to do this as the campaign leadership is going through massive shakeups. first to the poll, to the new yorkers themselves. my colleague bryn gingrass is live in brooklyn. bryn, what are people telling you? >> reporter: well, you know what, brooke? it's quiet right now but that's not a good indicator of how busy these polling places have been. at least here in brooklyn, we have been talking to election observer who is sort of moved around the borough and have said that turnout seems to be pretty high. i want to talk you through the process that people that want to vote in this particular location
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go through. walking in, they talk to one of these nice ladys that are here and then considering who you are with, you get either the democratic ballot or the republican ballot and then what you do is you head on over here and you can see it's quite empty right now but this is where you fill in with a pencil who you're casting your vote for and then and here's the line waiting for, there's a little bit of a line as they take the paper ballots through the electronic system and your vote is cast. of course, we are seeing a lull but we did see longer lines earlier this morning. there were actually lines down the hallway here and maybe that is because it was the early morning rush and we expect possibly the same thing once we get into the later afternoon hours. brooke? >> all right. brynn, thank you so much in brooklyn. back to something i mentioned and the trump campaign, while donald trump hoping for a sweep today in the home state and shaking things up with the campaign staff looking to step up the ground game ahead.
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stuart jolly is out. jolly resigned two days after trump met with the senior staff. trump bumped up rick wiley for ground operations and happens to be the former campaign manager of scott walker of wisconsin. how does trump feel about the campaign moving forward? here's what he told cnn after he voted today. >> i think it's great. i think the campaign's been doing well. many, many senators, governors, they're all gone. we have tremendous support. and, you know, having ben carson and having chris christie and so many others supporting me, senator sessions. we have amazing support and honored and putting in that vote today was really something. >> joining me now, haley bumgarner senior press representative for the trump campaign. nice to see you, haley. >> nice to see you. >> so, we talked about, you know, the field operations
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manager, jolly, he is now out. there's also been reported of a shrinking role for corey lewandows lewandowski. who's steering the ship now? >> i think what we're seeing happen is we're bringing on the top talent in order for us to get to 1,237 so we don't have to worry about a contested convention. we bring on the top-notch that will ent to do this. >> so who's in charge? >> corey lewandowski remains the campaign manager, absolutely. >> is his role -- not shrinking whatsoever? >> no. this is complete media speculation. we are adding talent to our roster in order to, you know, secure the path to victory. >> adding talent to the roster. has trump not felt strong enough about his campaign or staffers for a need to do so? >> again, i think that's speculation. i don't think there's any feelings or sentiment like that
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whatsoever. >> i'm just asking questions. >> yeah, yeah. we're at a very critical time and bringing on added talent to fill the needs of the campaign and seeing happen. every campaign just like every business has to grow at a certain point and that's the point we are in. >> let me play some sound for you. this is tannen goats, adviser and chair of trump's. >> with a campaign and a thing or two to say about ted cruz. take a listen. >> i mean, what i have just seen is corruptness, the rigged system that mr. trump talks about. i have seen it in action here in iowa. i have seen shady behavior. let's just call it that. until we expect the specifics of what transpired in the shady behavior i witnessed with my eyes then i'll come back on your show and tell you more about that. until i speak to mr. trump, i'm not at liberty to discuss this. >> we just wanted to ask you, haley, do you know anything
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about the shady behavior of which tana speaks? >> i don't know specifically. i have said on the record prior in interviews that, you know, ted cruz is a snake in the grass and he will stop at nothing to slit sbeer the white house. he is full of dirty tricks. who knows what she is referring to? but i wouldn't doubt anything that he has up his sleeve. >> snake in the grass. i mean, i know trump accused the cruz camp of wining and dining delegates or potential delegates. have you seen any of that with your own eyes? >> i have not. you know, i'm very busy. i travel. i do a lot of events, out on the front line with voters on behalf of mr. trump and his campaign so i have not seen ted cruz or the campaign up close. but, you know, i know that is happening. >> final question for you, healy. you know, there's obviously more at stake beyond here in new york and a report of trump giving the
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top adviser something like $20 million budget to spend on the upcoming contests. can you confirm that for me? >> i am not privy to actual advertising budgets or those type of dollars. or those type of activities. quite frankly, however, i do think that we're going to be engaging a lot more on multiple fronts including advertising events and just being out there and engaging with voters from all walks of life because every voter is important to mr. trump and making america great again. >> okay. thank you so much. good luck today. let's talk about what haley told me and beyond. i have the author of the woman in charge, commentator carl bernstein and also with us aren't we lucky, normally in d.c. bob cusack. editor in chief of "the hill." gentlemen, good to see you both. >> good to be here. >> thank you. >> beyond calling ted cruz a snake in the grass, earlier she said that corey lewandowski is
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campaign manager despite the roles shrinking. what do you think? >> i think it's a new phase for the trump campaign. so close to getting the 1,237 and bringing in establishment figures to get 1,237. i think the campaign feels like if they don't get to 1,237, who knows at the convention and then the momentum moves to cruz. trump is only one to get to 1,237. i think that's part of it. and they're starting to say take this guy away and replace him with this one. that's part of a strategy that we have not seen before. the trump campaign, trump himself, more careful. not going on the sunday shows as much as he newsed to. trying to close this out and this is his strategy. >> think about, carl, just campaigns past. is this something, though, you have this sort of small campaign and suddenly it's quite successful. you're operating out of like a phone booth and then all of a sudden you're the front-runner
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of the republican party for the nomination to be the president and then changes. this is happening before, yes? >> sure. times when the ground game changes and looking to establish that he can play within these rules and somehow this arcane super delegate business that he can prevail. the importance you said who's in charge? donald trump is in charge. and it's him that brought them this far. not any of the other guys. easy to get too wrapped up in inside baseball. he is adjusting because he knowinknows he nows has to get to the establishment figures to win. >> do you think it's smart, hiring the new people? >> what is smart is if brings in the right people who know the inside game at this point, but it's the outside game that donald trump invented and has made monkeys of the press, made monkeys of the republican establishment that worked so far and continues to run the outside game. >> again, if trump, of course donald trump, is ultimately in
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charge, would he be the one to also be accountable to the failures in terms of outmaneuvering and lack of delegates and that kind of thing? >> i think this is a response to that and a response to how effective the cruz campaign has been really superior on the ground. and now, trump has been superior in the air on the air all the time and they are going after cruz saying basically calling him a liar as they have. dirty tricks. trying to really go after his integrity and that's part of their game plan of getting to 1,237 knowing they're worried about kasich in new york and then trump. indiana is a state to worry about cruz winning. the trump campaign is evolving. if you're not evolving you're not improving and won't win because it's awfully close. not sure he gets to 1,237. >> cnn our wonderful folks cnn digital with a clip showing match-up of the arc we'll call it of the republican of the
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clintons and mr. trump. here you go. >> hillary clinton is a fantastic woman who i have known for a long time. >> hillary clinton is a joke. if she gets in, she is like a joke. >> she got schlonged. she lost. >> she's terrible. >> i'm a big fan. she's a wonderful woman. >> everything in hillary is losses. >> she doesn't have the stamina. >> she's a friend of mine. >> she should not be allowed to run. >> i think she was treated very poorly. >> hillary, that's not a president. >> with hillary clinton, i said be at my wedding and she came to my wedding. you know why? she had no choice because i gave -- >> listen. there's a lot of fun and interesting with that to talk ahead about the general election and them pitted against each other. you have the two and homes or adopted homes fighting the good fight. they don't have it locked up. what is this? like april 19th? you know, don't you think that's
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fascinating? >> of course it's fascinating. we never thought donald trump would be here. we did think that hillary would have it wrapped up. not only does she not have it wrapped up, the issues have been defined by her opponent, not by her and she is moved closer and closer to bernie sanders' position. but we're also talking about nuts and bolts and now we're seeing in trump's campaign he's going to attend to the nuts and bolts, got the big picture. now he needs some help. >> okay. carl and bob, thank you both so much. just reminder, of course, new york primary covered for you from here on cnn. keep it locked right here all day long. special coverage of the crucial primary beginning at 4:00 eastern. next, on the democratic side, the bernie sanders campaign making serious accusations against the clinton camp. arguing that she and the democratic party broke campaign finance rules. we have that and we'll get responses from both sides. plus, they're known as the loud guys who drink beer and
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welcome back. you're watching cnn. i'm brooke baldwin. here in new york, the showdown is on for both parties. focusing on democrats right now. former secretary of state hillary clinton says she can, quote, wrap up the nomination with a big win here and the one person standing in the way, brooklyn native bernie sanders on a mission to slow her down. in fact, senator sanders campaign leveling serious accusations at secretary clinton suggesting that hillary for america camp set up a joint fund-raising system that skirts
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existing campaign finance laws. now joining me, congressman, sorry you're not back here in new york. good to see you, sir, nonetheless. >> great to be with you, brooke. >> let me right out of the gate talking about the allegations of the sanders campaign pointing out clinton's campaign allege misuse in the letter to theednethe dnc. i was talking to joel beninson this morning and adviser and very directly saying, brooke, desperate, false, wrong. i want your response. >> well, look. it's really unfortunate that bernie sanders who promised to be a different kind of candidate, run on ideas and aspiration, is engaging in nothing but insinuations and low bl blows. i wouldn't mind him making the accusation but he himself had joint accounts. perfectly normal. absolutely legal. lots of people do it.
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both parties do it. so look. bernie sanders won't take my advice with respect whether he should quit this race but i do wish that he would quit these attacks against hillary clinton, leave those low blows to donald trump, ted cruz and john kasich. >> hmm. let's stay on the theme of money. you wrote an opinion piece in "the times" a couple of months ago saying you spent so much time in office as a politician trying to raise money than doing your job and i know that's a turnoff for you and george clooney i know not a member of congress might agree with you. would you support, do you support clooney doing what he hates, helping raise an obscene his word amount of money for hillary clinton and the demonstrates? >> i'm thrilled in the same company as george clooney. this is a big deal for me. but look. i think our system is broken.
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it's one of the reasons i decided not to run for re-election and supporting hillary clinton. she supporting citizen empowered elections and rolling back citizens and a federal order saying you have to disclose political contributions and because she is such a leader on reforming the system and bringing the immediate l class and families' voices back in the system i support her so strongly. under the system we have now, you got to raise the resources to win an election to change the rules and unstack the deck. >> okay. we're looking at pictures of george clooney. here we go, just as i'm talking to you, stay with me getting pictures of melania trump exercising her right to vote here in new york. so there you have that. we can stay on the picture and, congress, let's follow up. as former chair of the dccc, you
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worked to protect vulnerable incumbents and when you hear donald trump say the republican process, the democratic, you know, primary processes that they're rigged. that the system is broken. is there any piece of that you would agree with? >> no. i fundamentally agree with the fact we have a political process that's broken, mostly by the supreme court with the citizens united ruling saying if you have a superpac you can buy yourself an election and not disclose why you're doing it or how much you're spending. that's wrong. that's why people are so angry right now. the thing is we need a president who's not just going to rail about it. we need a president who's going to produce results and that's why i think hillary clinton is so strong. she's going to get it done. >> congressman steve israel, thank you for the time in washington. >> thank you, brooke.
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coming up, a power struggle at the heart of the republican party. donald trump says as we just mentioned the rules are rigged against him. the chair meeting privately with republicans what to expect in cleveland in july. what was said behind closed doors. and later, what happens when you mix a little beer with some politics on a new york commuter train? answer, unfiltered new yorker opinions. we'll ask these riders who they're voting for today. >> i think he's -- very interesting campaign. >> he is so unpresidential it's unbelievable.
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no matter what happens in today's new york primary again, these are pictures of melania trump, donald trump's wife, out moments ago exercising her right to vote. we have seen a number of candidates throughout the day casting their ballots in the state of new york. the republican party is probably still headed to a contested convention. nervous republicans in congress, they got a chance to talk to party chairman reince priebus, talking about how it should play out in cleveland in terms of rules, if there is no clear nominee going in. cnn senior political reporter joins me now from capitol hill. manu, i know you have the scoop. tell me what happened in the meeting. >> reince priebus laid out how the delegates are selected, the rules of the party and now this is done, on a state by state basis. a lot of members are hearing concerns back home from constituents of what is going on. how's the party's presidential nominee going to be selected, particularly as donald trump raised questions of a rigged
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system and priebus didn't take questions of members. laid out how the nominee is selected and the delegates and asking paul ryan about the presentation, he gave a vote of confidence for reince priebus when's been in the fight with donald trump. >> reince received extremely favorably. i'm so pleased that such a meticulous attorney is head of the rnc making sure that the rules are the rules that we follow the rules. and so what reince was doing is basically walking the members through how a convention is organized, what are the convention standing committees, how those committees are selected. >> reporter: now, reince counterpart senate majority leader talked to reporter s abot the process. over the weekend he said he was optimistic going to a second ballot and that was widely speculated does that mean he doesn't support donald trump?
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mcconnell walked that back and said the comments were inartfully and explaining how the process would work and i asked him, well, that does mean you don't want donald trump to be the nominee. he declined to comment, brooke. >> no surprise there. good on you to ask with the follow-up. manu, thank you so much for us. speaking of donald trump, you know, he's expected to win. the question is how big he wins in new york. it's possible he sweeps all 95 of those republican delegates up for grabs and trump has the work cut out for him to clinch the nomination. as ted cruz continues to slam him in the hunt for delegates here, behind the scenes, ted cruz, remember he was in maryland yesterday. he is moved on. campaigning there and holding a rally just a couple of hours from now in philadelphia. not in new york. but back here in new york, texas senator certainly not forgotten. listen to what congressman peter king says he would do if senator
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cruz was the one to win the nominati nomination. >> in case anybody's confused, i'm not endorsing ted cruz. i'll take cyanide if he got the nomination. >> wow. >> okay. there's that. let's talk to someone who knows the delegate system well, mike shields, cnn delegate analyst and a former chief -- did we lose him? i'm guessing because it went black we lost him. guys, let me know. we'll go to a break and try to get mike shields back up and talk about the new york primary and all-important delegate situation on both sides of the party. stay with me.
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i'm not endorsing ted cruz, i hate ted cruz and think i'd take cyanide if he got the nomination. >> mike shields, take two, delegate analyst. let's straight out of the gate cyanide. your reaction to that? >> well, look. i mean, we are at the part of the nomination where all the battle lines are drawn. people are picking sides. they're pretty split apart and i think whoever does get the nomination in cleveland, a first job is bringing the party back together and i think since the delegates, could be headed to a contested convention. the delegates choose the nomination an one of the things i think the delegates looking for who can bring the party together. i think the top two candidates running have to make the appeal. running to get voters and running to convince the delegates to vote for them and i think they have to convince the delegates i can bring the party together and get peter king and everyone back on board with this again. >> on the delegates, nebraska
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committee man j.l. spray reached out to the trump camp to warn them of the cruz presence in nebraska eclipsing trump. quote, trump had a campaign with earned media and has no grassroots. he's astro turf and it's hard to grow grass roots all of a sudden. saying trump has no ground game and heard that. a woman in georgia said the same thing days ago. when's your response? >> i think it's difficult to retrofit a ground game. it's something to build at the beginning for efforts and now delegate selection efforts. having said that, the trump campaign are hiring people. you're hearing news of that every day now. >> yep. >> starting to put people out in the states and there are still a number of states to do the delegate selection of the choosing of the delegates and a number of states into june ahead of the convention in july.
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so they have time to catch up. i do think they're behind. cruz campaign did a good job of this and the trump campaign can catch up doing the right things and very difficult to build relationships. loot of ground games and delegate selection is about relationships and knowing people that have been putting up yard signs and being a part of the county local party apparatus for years helping republicans get elected and if you didn't have a relationship with them, it's hard to know who to talk to to get them elected. >> mike shields, thank you very much. meantime, over in a second here talking about to the folks voting today in the nigh mare primary. millions of voters expected to make a choice today in a primary that means more than it has in decades and few have insight into the minds of new yorkers like the host of "hot 97" here in new york, pioneering hip hop station home to some of the most raw conversations on race and politics. >> it's vuler in to believe have
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a conversation on the radio. you know? being really honest and the mike is on and you know new york is listening. >> my father in poland. nobody asked me for my birth certificate. >> completely unrealistic for a conversation of hillary and not talk about sexism. >> i want to break down all the barriers holding americans back. >> here his, peter rosenberg, host in the morning and co-host on espn radio. nice to meet you. thank you so much. >> thank you for having me. i'm excited to be a part of -- almost a part of election day coverage. i'm just an hour and 21 minutes away. >> on the screen with the countdown clock. >> look at that. i'm here. i have arrived politically. >> congratulations. >> thank you so much. >> you have reached to out to every single candidate, democrats, republicans. successful with bernie sanders and hillary clinton. begin with bernie. getting him in the studio, you said was tough. took months and months to get
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that man in that seat. >> yes. >> how was that? >> it was awesome and super excited to get him and felt privileged to have a conversation with him. he's someone i have admired for, i don't know, 20 years. i thought he was an amazing person. we were frustrated with how long it took to get him to come sit down. we reached out probably the first time after he had that gaffe with the black lives matter. >> months ago. >> protesters. yeah. and it just seemed like that situation mishandled and maybe there was a disconnect we thought between him and a potential voter base we thought to really like him but they didn't know him yet so we really wanted to start that conversation and unfortunately it took a long time to get there but i think they have had traction recently. >> once you did, of everything he talked about, what surprised you the most? >> you know, i got to tell you, by the time we talked to him, i don't think anything surprised me. what you see with bernie is what you get and people sort of -- >> part of the appeal for a lot of folks. >> hearing it, you can make a
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joke you know his catchphrases over and over again and appealing because it seems like it's coming from him. honestly, number one thing i have heard from listeners and people on social media and you can take that for what it is, obviously. >> sure. >> people don't fully believe hillary. and i mean, it's funny. it is the same thing that insiders and people who know nothing all basically see it the same way. which is, bernie's ideals are so great. can he really, really be a professional politician on capitol hill in an effective man in snth. >> i've talked to people and been at the rallies and not met bernie sanders or donald trump and feel something at the rallies an they truly believe that they will bring more jobs, they will fix -- break up the big banks. but they don't know them. i'm curious for the folks who love bernie feeling the bern when you're talking to them and calling in, would they switch over to hillary clinton if he doesn't clinch?
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>> i think some will. there are some who won't, though. i will tell you this. we posted the bernie sanders interview, granted he was in person and video and so it does more traffic. >> secretary clinton called in. >> called in. but his video has like 400,000 views but the likes to dislikes is astounding. it is like anyone. like interviewing beyonce practically. >> wow. >> hillary's the polar opposite. it was all dislikes. now, are those people actually voting? who knows anyone who actually comments on youtube videos. >> no research. >> unfortunately, bad news for the clinton campaign basing it on this, real trouble. i don't think that's what it will be what happens today. >> themes, you all discussed sex, racism. how have that all -- those themes been, you know, intertwined in these different candidates and races? >> obviously, with trump we
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ended up talking race a lot. >> why do you say obviously? >> because, i mean, trump has said things that are inherently racist and divisive. i think when people say overt racist, that is a thing -- i'm a liberal and we as liberals say it. it's not exactly overt. it's just really perfectly covert. right? and in moments it's been really, really obvious like the wall, like the muslims comment where he says that we should -- temporary ban on muslims. those things obviously, you know, if you're anyone with honestly decent morals or beliefs that are not archaic you raise an eyebrow and go hold on let's have a conversation about that. >> you invited him to come on. >> many times. >> kasich and cruz. >> no one replied. listen. who knows where the requests go? >> what if donald trump called into the show tomorrow? what would your number one question be to him? >> he would think the show was terrific. i want you to know that. >> good endorsement ire thank
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you. good. no. i just -- my number one question for him is, how do you reasonably expect americans who you have clearly offended to turn around and vote for you in a general election? like, i just don't understand if amount of hard working americans who have been offended. >> compared to the amount of americans who believe in him. >> but the thing is adding up the numbers won't add up enough, right? 40% of republicans, okay? and gets no democrats. and then female republicans are not voting for him. >> they fwael -- he's done pretty well among female republicans. >> today or -- >> this just in. no, no. this is what we've talked about in the last couple of months. >> i can't see how the numbers add up. you know much more than i do. i grew up in a political household but i don't know everything. i can't seem to imagine how the numbers add up.
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the scary part is, you know, if hillary isn't really on her game and those debates, let's face it. if you have a faux and clearly for liberals donald trump is a faux, be realistic about that person. that person for obnoxious as you may think he is, charm egg and charismatic, you know how many democratic debates i watched? i think 90% of republican debates. you have to be an litd call with yourself. why did i tune in to watch donald trump? he can charm you and if hillary's not prepared, really prepared, without seeming overprepared, then she could have more issues than we like to think. >> it's a delicate dance and i think -- i have talked to a few people and they would argue that bernie sanders, perhaps even bernie sanders would say himself he's helped make hillary clinton a better candidate if, in fact, she goes on to clinch. peter, thank you.
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terror. had the privilege of meeting quk quaid, pitcher, allen and adams. aboard their home away from home, the cruiser in the persian goufl of "uss anzio" and offered me rare, exclusive, honest conversation. i wanted the know how they wake up, eat, why they're sacrificing as they are and i started by asking for a show of hands. how many of you feel like your family or friends back home fully understand what you're doing out here? okay. how many of you have left behind children to be out here? how many of you are willing to sacrifice your life for this country? wow. thank you for doing that. thank you. this is 24/7.
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you're in the middle east. how would you describe what your mission is out here? >> we're the air missile defense commander for harry s. truman strike group. the carrier is our best friend. pretty much always with her and here to protect her and we're here to support our oir mission so whether you're sonar technician or ship storekeeper or yoman making sure the paper work is on point so the xo doesn't get mad at us, we all have a role in accomplishing that overall mission. and we are here to protect not only our american freedoms but, you know, the morals that we hold as a humanity, you know, worldwide. >> what is a bad day look like? >> i'm a ship serviceman so right now i do like vending machines and barber and stuff like that so if i don't fill the machines and help people when they have bad days, kind of improve ship morale, that i feel
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like myself i kind of my worst critic because i know i can do better. >> how hold are you? >> 27. >> you see your buddy back home complaining because he got out of his 9:00 to 5:00 20 missed late, can't get to movie on time. what is your first thought? >> i like to think of i chose this life style. i take pride in what i do and that's what they chose. >> i do this, we do this just so they can have the luxuries and makes the job easier. this is a kind of remove our emotions away from what we do. we all have a bad days, sometimes wake up on the wrong side of the bed. that's life. but to remove the emotions as soon as you get up to quarters and you hear everything you have to do for the day, it's really about getting a job done. we have our outlets. even here. >> what do you mean outlets? >> well, for example, i'm a reader. pretty sure some of us are reading some books now and in
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our spare time. we have some sailors who play video games. we have sailors who work out. being on the mess decks, you see a personal side of each other. work isn't getting done. i joke all the time, you know, saying that i see them more than i see my wife. and it becomes a family like that. if i have a situation going on at home, i ask an older sailor who may have dealt with that particular issue. >> you're a dad. how many and how old? >> one son, he is turning 2 this month. he's silliest kid in the world. runs around, always laughing and happy and it -- it gets difficult, obviously, being away and as great as it is to hear from family, see pictures and videos -- there are times where that video will pop up and i'll get an e-mail with a video of my
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son doing something, running around or giggling and i just got to walk out for a few minutes. it's hard being away. >> what do you -- what's your favorite meal? >> i think pizza and wings is everyone's favorite meal. >> i would have to disagree. it's italian wednesday or italian thursdays or taco tuesday. >> i'm a big fan of tacos. >> is there a meal you can't stand? >> oh yes. >> steak. >> salisbury steak night. >> whenever they have it, it's paired with something like mustard baked fish or something else -- >> not a solid combo. when's the first thing you do when you go home? >> hug hi mom and dad and then probably go out and have a beer or something. >> hug my wife and son and then get tackled by my dogs at home. >> hug that baby. >> hmm.
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>> kiss my wife. >> we have so much more from them. see how closely these four sailors watching the elections back here at home and extremely tapped in. do not miss the continued conversation there on board the" uss anzio" in the persian gulf. you premium like clockwork. month after month. year after year. then one night, you hydroplane into a ditch. yeah...
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election, what they want holia l qualities in a president in chief, how they perceive the terrorist attacks in paris and brussels, they're paying attention and they have much to say. >> given what's happening out here in this important mission that you're involved in, why do you think this election is so important? >> one of the few things they have direct control sovreign the military. who takes the best care of the people. whether they have the knowledge themselves or they have to knowledge to pick someone with the best advice, democrat or republican, whoever it is, doesn't matter, find the best advice and listen to it. >> i know you all as active members, you can't comment on any candidate specifically. i won't ask about a potential president clinton or a potential president trump. when's the most important quality in a commander in chief? >> being a leader. so we're leaders.
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each and every single one of us out here every day. so the president, you're leading our neigh. you're the commander in chief. we take orders, you know, from you essentially. we have our chain of command. but that's what it takes is someone when's willing to make the right decision and for us living these sacrifices, you know, realtime to execute the orders given. >> you're not a total dark hole. so how much are you following what's happening back home, updates on the war on terror, brussels? what was your immediate reaction? >> sadness. sucks. sad for the people there and people involved. we hope that we can find a way to keep pushing to keep prevent things like that happening in the future. >> we have a huge part in, you know, cushing some of the terrorism happening in the world. >> does that frustrate you? what you're doing out here and, yet, they've been successful
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elsewhe elsewhere. >> it's not necessarily frustrating. but to do our job. this is part to protect our country and the human race itself. the idea of getting everybody on the same page and hopefully our country can solve things diplomatically. that would always be the best solution. that's why we have our presidential terms as short as they are try to get new per suspect and insights sigh what do you think the biggest misconception is back home to you? >> our emotions to the people maybe doing this. we don't hate anybody. but we do need to make the proper decisions without that emotional connection. and that's -- i think that's what it's all about is making a best decision for our country and for the world essentially.
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you are watching cnn. thank you so much for being with me on this tuesday. i'm brooke baldwin. we are in the midst of the first new york primary in generation that is counts and voters right now playing a direct role in cho w.h.o. the next presidential nominee will be for both parties. republican donald trump, democrat hillary clinton trying to stay out front. both of them having voted today. both face rivals off of a serious string of victories. while clinton needs a simple win, donald trump needs to win big. he has to break 50% statewide and within each congressional district to take all 95 republican delegates in the quest to reach the magic number of 1,237 and then clinch the republican nomination and as trump vies for vote, the campaign leadership is going through a shake-up. more on that in a moment.
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first to the polls this afternoon. cnn's brynn beggingras and migu in lancaster. how's voting going? >> reporter: it is big. for example, the last time that we had sort of a competitive or an interesting primary in new york was 2008 with obama and clinton. at that point about 33% turnout and we are running well ahead of that in erie county and seems across the state. very, very busy polling station. about eight different voting districts. check in here and then the voting districts over there, they vote behind those -- i'm calling them baby booths. privacy screens and run the votes through a machine over here. running about 15%, perhaps 20% of the electorate and to the busy part of the day yet.
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that's later in the afternoon. polls open until 9:00 p.m.ment both the democratic and republican nominees matter in new york matters in this primary race and don't forget. there are three new yorkers running in this race this time. brooke? >> all right. miguel marquez there for us all day. casting votes in lancaster, new york. thank you. to brooklyn now and brynn, how's the turnout been thus far? >> reporter: you know? it's been pretty good. brooke, quick he behind me. this is where people finish the voting. hand in the ballot and walk on out of here. i want to speak to the excitement of people voting in this particular primary. grandparents bringing in the grandchildren. i actually saw a teenager walk out here with her mother and said i feel like an adult. you can see people are excited about actually casting their
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ballot and why wouldn't they be? we know that brooklyn is somewhat the epicenter at least for the democratic primary and seen it in the numbers. voter turnout as we've been hearing from people official saying it is high here in the borough of brooklyn and may mean bernie sanders is on a roll. he said he is tore cli at least recent history, he does well when turnout is high but talking to voters and there are a lot of people casting their ballot for hillary clinton. one gentleman saying he likes her experience, her dedication an it's not so much that he doesn't like bernie. she just says he doesn't really have a plan. he has a dream but he doesn't have a plan so certainly this is a borough we'll be looking out for and see how it goes, brooke. >> sbraesing, though, i talked to the clinton camp this morning and on turnout they said what are they talking about? any time turnout is high our candidate has done well. thank you so much. so here are the details of
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the trump campaign shake-up. director stuart jolly out. rick wiley is now in leading trump's ground operations. wiley interestingly used to be campaign manager for wisconsin governor scott walker. senior press representative told me the changes are about adding talent. >> we're bringing on the top talent in order for us to get to 1,237 and not worry about a contested convention. we bring on the top-notch tall toent do that. >> who's in charge? >> corey lewandowski remains the campaign manager, absolutely. >> okay. with me now, cnn chief political correspondent dana bash, analyst, gloria allred and van jones. happy new york primary day to all of you. >> thank you. >> fine people. dana, i'm turning to you first
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because you heard the trump spokesperson saying corey lewandowski the campaign manager. she said they're adding talent. other people questioned as to whether or not maybe trump isn't satisfied. what's up? >> i think it's a little bit of both. maybe a lot of both. that first and foremost this has been -- i think for people who understand how any organization is run, if they understood how lean and mean the trump organization has been to this point and been able to get where he has gotten to this front-runner status and then some, it's pretty astonishing. they -- it's basically corey or has been corey the campaign manager and a few other staffers and effectively one communications person. and so they have to expand. they are expanding. paul manafort who we talked about last week or the week before when he first came on is officially in charge of the
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delegate selection process going towards the convention. i think he's like the convention campaign manager and clearly taking on a much greater role to help the campaign get to that process. and goat that final point. and then rick wiley who you just named he has a lot of experience within the republican party h historically at the republican national committee and so he is obviously taking a much more robust role. so look. it's time that they brought in some veterans. where they have just been kind of going mostly based on donald trump's gut. which is okay so far. >> right. he's doing all right. >> yeah. >> and on your point about being lean and mean to begin with, gloria, you know, listening to rudy giuliani, former mayor this morning saying this is what oftentimes happens with an insurgent campaign, lean and mean, not spending a lot of money and then here you go, all of a sudden you have a huge success, rolls in and you have
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changes. >> sure. >> that has to happen on both sides of the aisle. >> right. and it doesn't only happen with insurgent campaigns, brooke. it happens with any campaign. usually it's some point most of the campaigns i have covered there's new blood that's brought in because there have been issues. and i think the issue that quite frankly that trump campaign has was a certain overconfidence after winning and winning and winning they didn't think they'd ever be in the situation where they had to start counting delegates and recruiting delegates and courting delegates. that was not something i think any of them had in mind. and when they had an opportunity to consolidate the support that they had, they didn't take it. they didn't use it. and then he had the loss in wisconsin and then his own mistakes and then he had some bad poll numbers so it makes an awful lot of sense if you're donald trump. you take a look at the lay of the land. and you say, wait a minute. you know? we need some help here.
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doesn't mean corey is fired but it means that you have other people with different skills who can help you sort of right the ship which is what they need to do because they don't want to have ballots at a convention. >> that's right. >> they want to get to 1,237 before the convention. >> before they do, van, let's just pivot to the -- you know, republican race in general. talking democrats after the break. staying on republicans. here in new york you have had the front of any tabloid, you have talks of new york values and what does that really mean and people eating pizza with forks. john kasich. >> what? >> who walks away, van, in your opinion the most dinged up, the most bruised up after tonight? >> well, i mean, first of all, let me just say coming to donald trump, we have to say, yes, he has a campaign shake-up. you don't see cruz having a shake-up or clinton. or sanders having a shake-up. it lends the impression it's a
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hot mess trying to figure out how to fix flying the plane and i do think it goes to his core claim for himself he is a great leader. he's a winning leader. and yet he doesn't seem to have picked a winning team to get across the finish line. yes, sometimes you have changes and very late in the game for this major of a change. >> i don't agree with this. >> in terms of people getting dinged up, you know, i just think if you're kasich, you just -- i mean, you wish you were more dinged up and unbelievable how invisible this guy has been. he is an incredibly accomplished leader. a leader in the congress. he's been a successful governor. this must be a nightmare to be in what should be favorable territory for him and not usually worthy of being attacked and like he is a tourist in new york watching the election happen. really he suffered most and expected to catch fire some place, certainly trump gets most of the attention but, you know, cruz has collapsed in new york and yet somehow kasich is not
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rising. >> let me ask all of you to stick around. we talked republicans. i want to get to the demonstrs bounce circling on the kalcale r calendars. plus, here's the thing of beer, brings these ride earls together on a commuter train in new york. they are loud. they disagree. they ride the train home together and they will join me live. talking to the new yorkers about who they're voting for and why. and you have heard the protesters of george clooney over the weekend. what happened behind closed doors? live with a couple who won the chance to wine and dine with them.
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and help make tomorrow possible. ♪ you're only a day away ♪ welcome back. you are watching cnn on this tuesday. this new york primary day. big battle under way to clinch the delegates in new york's democratic primary. the state could be a game changer for bernie sanders and hillary clinton. clintons casting the ballots early this morning. senator sanders greeting voters out and about at the polls, as well. secretary clinton leading in the battle for the state's 247 delegates but sanders fighting and hard. let's bring back the panel.
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dana, gloria, van. kicking it off, dana, is this. if and when clinton wins tonight, when's the big next moment for her? what's the date they're circling on the calendar? >> now. bernie sanders campaign is circling june 7th which is the final contest before the convention. it's california and a few other states. which drives the clinton campaign bonkers. as you can imagine. because even if and when hillary clinton wins new york, all of the delegates are proportional. it's quite complicated the system in new york and more complicated than normal times and to say it's complicated and bottom line is he can still lose and capture a fair number of delegates. so that is why you've seen hillary clinton, you know, not taking it for granted and campaigning all over the state. >> over and over again.
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>> so much of the democratic vote is where we are in new york city and the boroughs and she is basically -- i saw someone refer to it like the united nations form of campaigning. not that she went to the u.n. but every single ethnic group and in new york city every ethnic group that exists campaigning for votes because so much of the vote on the democratic side happens and matters here ivan jones, to you, what do you think waking up tomorrow and all of you are on late this evening? what will surprise you the most? >> well, i think that there could be a surprise with regard to the performance of sanders when it comes to african-american voters. you know, he's had a hard time breaking through. if he ever breaks through somewhere, it has to be here. he has the working families party, kind of a local pow earlhouse behind him. they have deep reach in the black community and the transit workers for him. deep reach in the black
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community. ben jealous saying they're seeing a surge with the black vote. doesn't mean that he can win but it would be interesting to see if he can break out of the 13%, 22%, you know, 27% and embarrassingly low performance with black voters. if that happens, very interesting tonight. >> gloria, to you, i'm going to play a little sound and i want everyone to watch and want your comments on the other send. this is a mash-up of the relationship over the years of clintons and donald trump. >> hillary clinton is a fantastic woman who i have known for a listening time. hillary clinton is a joke. if she gets in, she is like a joke. she got schlonged. she lost. she is terrible. i'm a big fan of hillary. a terrific woman. everything that's been involved in hillary has been losses. i say she doesn't have the stamina to be a good president. >> a friend of mine. >> she should not be allowed to run. >> i think she was treated very poorly. . hillary, that's not a president. with hillary clinton, i said be
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at my wedding an enshe came to my wedding. you know why? she had no choice because i gave. >> i like her. i don't like her. i like her. i don't like her. >> here's what fascinates me. they're indirectly competing against one another and still both april 19th fighting for their party's nomination. i just find that fascinating. >> right. talk about the definition of a love/hate relationship. there you are. you've got it. look. this is going to be a big night for both of them. you know? if donald trump wins the lion's share of the 95 republican delegates he is that much closer to the magic number before the convention and a narrow path for him to do it. if she wins in the high double digits, she moves on to the northeast where she's polling very well and she's looking at the rear-view mirror and looking at bernie sanders saying, you
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know what, bernie, you have to win with democrats. that is closed primary in new york. only democrats can vote. and if you want to win the democratic nomination, you can't depend on independent voters. so it's going to be a big night for both of them and, you know, honestly, they both want to face each other in the fall. and wouldn't that be an interesting race to cover, brooke? >> wouldn't it, indeed? got to get to cleveland first and see how that all happens, as well. watching all of you through the evening all of our primary coverage here on cnn. dana, van and gloria, thank you so much. >> sure. >> we have heard from the brilliant analysts. now a chance to hear from voters in new york. cnn talked moll ticks last month with commuters there on the train to long island. a couple of them will join me to talk about who they voted for in today's republican primary. and why. plus, president obama leaving any moment now for saudi arabia and the midst of this firestorm over what role the country played in 9/11 and this
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primary day here in new york. for the first time in years, decades, the vote really matters. to find out what voters are thinking, you need not go further than a commuter train. >> possibly trump. >> no. he will not. >> i think very interesting campaign.
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>> he's so unpresidential, it's unbelievable. hour more years of obama over this guy? >> with hillary being the only chance that the first woman is elected president to the first female president excite you? >> so the short answer is, yes. i would love to see a woman govern and never vote for someone because they're a woman and wouldn't be happy just because some female is leading the country. >> i think she is going to win the election. probably a pretty close run election but i think she'll be the next president. >> if i look at her resume, most qualified for the job. >> throw out ted cruz still. >> can't elect a guy whose party despises him. one thing the republicans struggle with, negativity that they pervay and i'm a republican. i eat distressing and hurt them in the general election. everything is going to hell. >> good morning and doom. >> everybody. they said the place is going to hell. donald trump said --
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>> make america great again. >> he's not a republican. bernie sanders is a -- >> not a republican. leading the republican field. i'm saying that what they should be doing -- >> leading the fold. >> be hospitoptimistic. >> make america great again. >> so we took them, we grabbed them before they get on the long island railroad, we have tom, a donald trump supporter, kevin, a john kasich supporter. so nice to meet you. i love the piece we -- thank you for letting us shove cameras in the faces. i'm sorry i'm not providing the booze. you have been riding this train for ten years. gotten to know each other and starting to talk politics, an unprecedented election. kevin, to you first, why is john kasich your man? >> i think we need somebody with experience in government. >> state executive. >> ted cruz does, obviously, have senate experience but, you
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know, governor kasich is a congressman for many years and did a pretty good job with ohio. has credibility. i think he's probably a better person person to work with democrats across the isle and somebody to bring those types of, you know, skill sets and experience, you know, to the task. i think he's the best qualified person to do that and from what i gather he's the only person on the republican side of the fence, you know, who can defeat hillary clinton in november and that's the obvious goal. >> you disagree, tom. tell him why he's wrong. >> i tend to disagree. i think donald trump has actually accomplished more in his career. i tend to favor a candidate who hasn't been on the political wheel for most of their career. donald, if you look at what he's achieved, he's done more with less in terms of the amount of funding he needed to support --
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>> scrappy. >> scrappy. scrappy. he had better results than anyone else. i think he has presented himself with leadership skills. i mean, you could debate his tactics. but at the end of the day, i think he's the one who's going to, you know, get america to where we need to be. >> you believe him. >> make america great again. >> you believe what he's saying. >> i believe what he's saying. i will say, you know, he says a lot of things and i think he makes a lot of good headlines. but i don't think that everything he says can be taken as literally as it maybe has been. >> okay. let me come back to you. >> come back. >> on the ohio governor, you know, he's -- barely talking about him. seems to be a bit of a blip. may do better than ted cruz. already up and gone to maryland and on to pennsylvania. but, you know, governor romney was saying to david gregory on the podcast, you know, it could
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be, if kasich stays in, he may allow trump if it goes to the contested convention to win on the first ballot because cruz and kasich battling it out between those delegates. >> right. >> he's been called a spoiler. >> yeah. >> you obviously will tell me you don't think he should get out. >> no. i don't think he should get out. you know, he's been in the race from day one. i think he brings a lot of credibility to the process. so, you know, with the brokered convention issue, that's a possibility. but i think he's actually showing a lot of courage staying in and working his strategy through and we'll have to see what happens over the next several months. >> what about the new yorker the whole ted cruz new york values comment? how did that sit with you? >> annoyed me. i grew up in pittsburgh. grew up in the midwest. some would consider. but to hear that, you know, that's just uncalled for. that made my support of donald trump that much stronger to tell
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you the truth. >> and you, though, ultimately did i hear correctly you think hillary clinton wins the whole thing. >> i do think so, yes. >> are you okay with that? >> not really. not sure what i'm going to do. but, you know, it won't be a tragedy obviously. certainly would rather see a republican in the white house. but if it's hillary clinton, it's hillary clinton. >> in the end ultimately, the nominee is trump that's your man? >> yes. i'll vote for the republican nominee no matter who that is. >> thank you so much. >> thank you. >> love talking to new york voters. got to do it more often. coming up next, they broke bread with hillary clinton. and george and amal clooney. how a couple from pennsylvania got into the most exclusive political party in the country and quite expensive $33,000 a ticket for free. they will tell me what happened inside that tent. plus, melania trump arriving
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the state's strict voter registration rules. independents to vote for any of these candidates today cannot unless they registered as democrats back in october and that rule in place for nearly 40 years. still, senator sanders tells cnn it's just not right. >> but today, 3 million people in the state of new york who are independents have lost their right to vote in the democratic or republican primary. that's wrong. paying for this election. it's administered by the state. you have a right to vote. >> let's bring in linda sarsor, a senior strat yis to take on hate and a confounder of muslim democratic club of new york. nice to meet you. >> thank you for having me in. >> how do you think he'll do today? >> for me personally, i feel like i won. i'm watching the communities enthusiastic. i was at the train station --
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>> with your kids. >> they're so excited for uncle bernie to win today. i think that the enthusiasm and the spirit makes me feel really hopeful. >> if he loses and if he loses in the double digits, do you still consider that a win? >> i think he's going to do really well in new york. i think we have seen him do well in places where no one thought he would do well like michigan where it's a large, high concentration of arab americans, muslim americans not engaged in the larger -- >> when you say well, if it's not an upset, would well be losing in the single digits? >> i fthink for me, i'm going t be hopeful, yes. this is the home turf of hillary. that would be a huge political upset. i don't think the pollsters think we'll do that well. >> okay. let me ask you about we know that hillary clinton is saying today that, of course, she is
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not taking anything for granted and she is hoping to do really well tomorrow and hoping to wrap up the nomination. how would you respond to that as a bernie supporter? >> i think condescending. we have pennsylvania's coming up. we have states like new jersey and california with enormous amount of delegates. to say you wrap it up i think disregards the many bernie sanders supporters and also people who want to be engaged in the process. disregarding voters who haven't voted in some of the primaries coming up so i think that race is still competitive and bernie sanders and his supporters are going to the convention. >> final question on the allegations from the sanders camp about the misuse of funds between the clinton camp and the dnc and the dnc said, listen, we made the same agreement with the sanders camp. i talk to and i got a response of joel of hillary and this is what he told me this morning. >> this is a kind of desperate false attack they're making on
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the eve of an election they know they're losing and they call the must win. >> you think it's different? >> same agreement senator sanders himself signed with the dnc and past nominees, barack obama, john kerry, have signed and used. same kind of agreements that senator sanders benefited from when committees supported him in the elections for senate even though he wasn't running on the democratic line and supported by them. >> joel benenson there. your response? >> i'm not surprised that senator sanders calls out this kind. >> they say desperate and false. >> i mean, millions of dollars going into campaign that hillary campaign with a 501c4. we don't know where it comes from and to be shocked i think it's important that money out of politics. this is about campaign finance reform. legal and doesn't mean it's moral and this is part of his platform and i support it that we need reform and money out of politics. >> linda, thank you so much.
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good luck to you and the sanders campaign. next, we'll talk to a lucky few paid tens of thousands of dollars to get into a hillary clinton fund-raiser hosted by george clooney. my next guest got in for free. what happened at the swanky los angeles party.
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imagine winning a chance to wine and dine with your favorite candidate for president along with a host of a-list celebs, clooney, jane phenomenfonda and party's at clooney's house. that happened to a pennsylvania couple traveling to southern california to hob knob with the rich and famous at a hillary clinton fund-raiser. the contestants made headlines at beating out thousands and thousands of entrants for the chance to rub elbows with democratic front-runner and others. joining me now, alyssa and rob. nice the meet you all. >> thank you. >> nice to meet you, brooke. >> yeah. >> first of all, explain how this even happened. i mean, i understand there were
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50,000 people who wanted to, you know, go to this mega party. how did you win? >> i literally just clicked on an e-mail saying do you want to win a chance to meet hillary in person at the clooney's house for dinner? hey, why not? i literally just entered an e-mail address and phone number. as simple as that. >> as simple as that. oh my goodness. i want all of the stories. as i was talking to you in commercial break, rob, tell me, where do you want to begin? jane fonda, hillary clinton, amal clooney. you pick. you tell me a story. >> actually, i mean, going into the bubble of the celebrity rich and famous world was quite a transition for us. and when you're approaching going up the driveway and the security services there and you're being scanned before you're even entering the house,
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it can be somewhat intimidating. it was interesting how when we were led through the house, we were led through the house and then back to a deck around the pool area. we walked out into that area. there were at time for the cocktail hour 25, 30 people, the first person who approached us came up and said to us, hi, i'm jane fonda. so that -- it really broke the ice for us because it was a type of thing that just really made us feel at home. took all the intimidation away because she is a great person. and she warmly welcomed us. kind of into the event. she very quickly followed that up with calling ellen and portia over. >> i'm sorry. we're on a first-name basis now.
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when we drove up into the area, there were a lot of bernie protesters along the way, not -- they were being quiet, civil and that kind of stuff. i wanted to say, hey, we're the 99%, too. >> that's funny. that's funny. so, as you're hanging out with porsche and ellen and imal and george, and the former secretary of state, i read that you're the winners and people are paying you so much money, expected to be in the nose bleed dinner seats. instead, who were you seated with? >> george, emal, hillary, at their table. the other winner was and his guest seated at other table where porsche, ellen, and jim parsons were. hillary did switch tables one point, after the salad, they got her as well. we were sort of stunned.
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what are we going to do here? sitting across from these people eating salad. they were engaged in a lot of conversation. it wasn't that we were all talking back and forth. >> what were they talking about? what small talk over a salad and fancy tent in l.a. >> small talk at a big table. we had 11. >> yes. >> 11 high-paying people. >> what were you talking about? >> we were tuning in to them, find out what their backgrounds are, what they actually do and it was -- it was interesting. as far as the big money there, they were genuine people who have really good skill sets that for, you know, how they worked it through, money just came. and they -- they are honestly looking for ways to use their finances positively for society. >> how was secretary clinton? we have to get there.
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obviously, you're a hillary supporter. anything about her that meeting her in person surprise you? >> well, we have to go back. we were talking about the actual dinner. but we were allowed 15 minutes, meet and greet with hillary, and then so the first thing that surprised me about hillary was she looked -- after the week she's had, every week is like this, she looks completely beautiful. really chic and beautiful. and she was so warm and that edge that you see on the news, as she's fighting for territory and for votes and whatnot, it's just -- i just wish everyone could see that kind of relaxed, warmth. >> as she's looking chic and beautiful, rob, most important question, how was george clooney looking? >> of course, what a genuine guy, fun loving, down to earth.
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just makes you, just welcomes you, makes you feel really at home. and the same for imal as well. stepping into this kind of environment, looking at how you get to greet people, face-to-face, and you get away from the filter that they come to you through, the media, all of that basically how we get to know them. but to shake hands, talk with them, chat with them, it was really refreshing. you get to see a din side. >> changes the game. changes the game, meeting these folks in person. for the most part, they are real people, and you have pictures to prove it, rob and alyssa bair, thank you. >> thank you. >> thank you. >> coming up next, president obama wheels up to saudi arabia now holding fast to his promise to veto a bill that would let 9/11 families sue the arab nation. complicated politics behind his decision. you both have a
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right now heading to saudi arabia, tensions between the u.s. and arab building. one, vee to the bill. josh earnest says it is unlikely the president would sign that, and the president explained why. >> if we open up the possibility that individuals in the united states can routinely start suing other governments, then we are also opening up the united states to being continually sued by individuals in other countries. >> cnn's nic robertson live in riyadh. i have to imagine, this would be front and center when the
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president meets with government officials. >> reporter: you know saudi reaction, they'd pull out hundreds of billions from the united states is symptomatic of the nature of the relationship between the saudi leadership and president obama. they feel during the course of president obama's eight years in office, that he has deserted his gulf state allies, saudi arabia, among them. they built up defense forces and formed their own sunni coalition. when president obama touches down here, what they want from him is missile defense field against any aggression from iran, we wants their help in bringing peace to syria. 28 pages, bill before congress, all of this is going to weigh heavily on their meetings here. >> we will turn to you for coverage to see what's discussed, how we move forward. nic robertson, thank you, in
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saudi arabia. i'm brooke baldwin. thank you for being with me in new york. jake tapper continues our live special coverage of the new york primary. that begins right now. new york, new york, will donald trump's hometown advantage put him over the top here? will the city that never sleeps punish ted cruz for his slam on new york values? and if she can make it here, can hillary clinton snap bernie sanders' winning streak? "the lead" starts right now. good afternoon, welcome to a special edition of "the lead." i'm jake tapper. live in new york. here is something that hardly ever happens here in the empire state. primary vote here actually matters on both sides of 0 the aisle. new yorkers playing a crucial role for the first time in decades. democrats have


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