tv Early Start With John Berman and Christine Romans CNN May 4, 2016 1:00am-2:01am PDT
for our viewers in the united states, our coverage of the indiana we gave it everything we've got. but the voters voez another path. >> the cruz campaign over. donald trump wins indiana and overnight the republican party chair declares donald trump will be the presumptive republican nominee. >> i think we can pull off one of the great political upsets in the history of the united states. >> bernie sanders winning indiana. a big upset against hillary clinton, keeping his campaign and momentum alive. good morning. welcome to "early start." i'm christine romans. >> i'm john berman. it is wednesday, may 4th. 4:00 a.m. in the east. donald trump has knocked ted cruz out of the race. donald trump won the indiana primary. he won it huge. now according to the chair of
the republican party, donald trump will be the presumptive republican nominee. look at this. donald trump beat cruz by more than 16 points, 180,000 votes in indiana. he picked up at least 51 delegates, probably 57 by the time it's all over. cruz delivered the hard news to his crushed supporters. >> so with a heavy heart, but with boundless optimism for the long-term future of our nation, we are suspending our campaign. >> you hear the shouts from the surprised audience. late last night, donald trump praised ted cruz, calling this withdrawal a brave thing to do. cnn's jim acosta with the trump campaign has the latest. >> reporter: donald trump and his entire family were caught completely by surprise by ted cruz's announcement that he was dropping out of the gop race.
trump trounced cruz in the indiana primary, a contest that the texas senator had basically described as a must win. trump's son, donald trump jr., told cnn that his father and the entire family were shocked as they watched cruz make his announcement, and trump sounded very gracious as he praised cruz for getting out of the race. a big contrast compared to what he was saying about cruz earlier in the day. here's what he had to say. >> ted cruz, i don't know if he likes me or doesn't like me, but he's one hell of a competitor. he's a tough, smart guy. [ applause ] and he has got an amazing future. he's got an amazing future. so i want to congratulate ted. >> reporter: trump also made the pivot to the general election campaign, saying he was ready to take on hillary clinton, and he even reached out to african-american and hispanic voters in his remarks. trump still plans to keep on campaigning, saying he will continue on with stops in west
virginia and nebraska set for later this week. john and christine? >> jim acosta, thanks. let's talk about last night's developments in indiana. dylan byers. all three of you, good morning. let's start with you, brian. your headline from the gop side of this race overnight, donald trump nailed it again. >> yes, and the never trump movement loses again. whether this is the end of the gop race or whether it will officially end in a few weeks from now with the california race, the never trump movement once again losing in a very dramatic way. $75 million in tv ads were spend just on broadcast tv trying to stop trump in recent weeks and months. that has failed. you see that with ted cruz getting out of this race, acknowledging trump is the presumptive nominee. >> perhaps the most important development came last night.
a tweet from reince priebus, the republican party chair, who we'll hear from a little in "new day," tweeted this. real donald will be presumptivive gop nominee. we all need to unite and focus on defeating hillary clinton. who would have seen this coming? >> right. i think that for now, the big story is going to be will the republican party coming to, will they unify. i think they will. it's not going to be pretty. there are going to be a lot of people, bush republicans, john mccain republicans, who will never support trump. i think by and large the party will hold its nose and unify behind trump. >> unify behind trump. i got to tell you, dylan, when you look at some of the exit poll, it shows the primary season so far had been contentious for republicans. when asked if whether they're energized by the campaign or
divided, 56% said it's divided the party. can they unify here and move forward? can they rally behind their candidate now? >> yeah, i mean, look, i d disagree. for many republicans, certainly the ones that rallied by the stop trump cause, i don't see them coming around to donald trump. i think the so-called republican establishment, the rnc, republican national committee, i think they have to rally behind the candidate who has the most delegates. that will be donald trump. you can see that in the rnc chairman's statement. but i think there are a lot of republicans out there who believe that in order to save the party, they actually have to stand up against donald trump. i don't think that necessarily means fighting for hillary clinton, but i do think it means sort of standing on the principles of what the republican party has historically been about. i think if you look, for instance, at the republican media, say the weekly standard, the national review, if you look
a lot of conservative media throughout the country, conservative radio, those are people who have vowed forever not to stand with trump. >> look, mark salter, john mccain's speech writer, ben howe, a blogger at redstate.com, they both tweeted yesterday saying i'm with her, meaning they'll vote for hillary clinton. ben sass has made clear he has no plans to vote for donald trump. and ted cruz, in his concession speech last night, brian stelter, did not mention donald trump by name. and ted cruz just yesterday called donald trump a pathological liar. >> the last hours of cruz's race was astonishing. these claims involving oswalt and the jfk assassination.
really disturbing stuff. it was only hours before trump praised cruz on stage once cruz had left the race. i mean, to see it end like this is partly what makes it so historic. the word historic is overused, but we are talking about a billionaire businessman, reality tv star, who will be the gop nomination. that's a once in a generation sort of moment for this country. a true outsider. we always assume it's going to be a governor, a senator, or a congressman who has a political background. that for once in our lifetime is not happening. one of the reasons why this is extraordinary -- people like bill crystal already calling for a third party, calling for someone els to enter the race. we saw people posting pictures of themselves burning their republican voter i.d. information. that kind of thing, we certainly have not seen that before. >> greg, let's talk about the angst he's tapped into here. indiana has the highest percentage of manufacturing jobs of any state in the country.
it's where carrier, the air-conditioning company, is located. that tapped right into what donald trump is selling here, what some would call an isolationist view of going backwards to an old days view of manufacturing in america. that's really been working for him. are we going to hear more about that from him? is that going to be the kind of story line, the policy story line of this election? >> absolutely. and you've got to say bernie sanders also tapped into that last night. this great antipathy toward free trade that even has dragged hillary into opposing free trade. i think that's going to be a dominant theme. i think trump obviously has to win michigan. this really strong opposition to free trade, this economic angst, is one of the major, major plot lines of this election.
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breaking overnight, bernie sanders beat hillary clinton in the indiana democratic primary by five points. since the democrats award delegates proportionately, that means sanders picks up 43 pledged delegates. clinton, 38. that's not enough to make a real dent in sanders' huge delegate deficit, but the wink could giv him a morale boost, which
sanders says will be good for the party. >> any concern that by extending the democratic primary that it's going to set democrats a the a disadvantage in july? >> not at all. i have no doubt, zero doubt that what we have done in this campaign, what we're doing now, and what we'll do in the next six weeks is good for the democratic party, and it will result in a higher voter turnout. >> all right. let's sort through the democratic race. joining us again, dylan byers, brian stelter. look, bernie sanders won in indiana, perhaps giving him some momentum, but he still has this math problem. in some ways, it got even harder. he has to win an even greater percentage of the remaining delegates to get over the top. by cnn's estimate and politico's estimate, he needs to win more than 100% of the remaining pledged delegates to get to the number he needs. >> i don't think bernie sanders is in this anymore because he believes he can win the
nomination. by the same token, bernie sanders is not the democratic version of john kasich. he's picked up an enormous amount of support. he's demonstrated he has a movement behind him. he has proven that the future of the democratic party, that there's a lot of interest, especially among the younger group, among those 18 to 29-year-olds, in the values east espousing in a sort of democratic socialist world view, which frankly was a word that was not so easy tossed around at the beginning of this primary cycle. that's one that hillary clinton is really going to have to court and going to have to reconcile her own platform come the convention. i think what bernie sanders is doing now and what his campaign is doing now is not so much thinking about how do we win the nomination, which is not something they can do. they're thinking about, what sort of leverage do we have going into convention? when we go to the hillary clinton campaign, what sort of
terms can we set, what sort of demands can we make in order to say, this is what you're going to need to do in order for us to give you our support. and look, after winning indiana, especially on the same night when donald trump won the republican nomination effectively and when ted cruz dropped out of the race, he's got a ton of leverage going into that. i think there's a lot he can ask for from the hillary clinton campaign. >> let's listen to bernie sanders last night. he talked about how he does have an uphill battle here, but he says hillary clinton has to do better with independents. let's listen. >> we understand this is an uphill battle. but i think that you're going to see some sensible super delegates look at the objective facts. bernie sanders will not only win virtually all of the democratic votes, he is much stronger among independents. we win independent votes over her by a two-point margin. you cannot become president of the united states without winning incompetedependent vote.
>> 72% independents in indiana going for sanders, 28% for clinton. that clip right there was actually bernie sanders phoning in to cnn. what do you make of that, greg? >> you got to say that bernie sanders has wounded hillary clinton on two fronts. number one, christine, i think hillary was hoping by early may to pivot to the center. it makes it a lot tougher for her to make that pivot with sanders still in the race. number two, the longer he stays in the race, the longer he plants the seed among american voters that she is the candidate from goldman sachs. that is not a good place to be in 2016. >> brian stelter, you've seen supporters of the hillary clinton and some political analysts saying the longer bernie sanders stays in the race, the longer it prevents hillary clinton from focusing on donald trump. look, no one thought the republican race would be wrapped up before the democratic race. that's exactly what's happened right now. donald trump will be focusing exclusively on hillary clinton.
hillary clinton may not have that luxury. >> and clinton aides are increasingly frustrated in private about this situation. the idea was after new york they would be able to move on, that after indiana they'd be able to move on. now we're looking at nebraska and west virginia. yes, the map is very favorable for hillary clinton, but they can't pay all the attentioning to that map while they're still paying attention to bernie sanders. that said, in a report from politico overnight about the organization in key swing states is ramping up, how the clinton campaign is doing a lot of important things they need to do, laying the ground work for the fall already. >> all right, guys. stick around. a lot more to talk about. really, an historic night in american political history. donald trump all but wrapping up the republican nomination. we'll discuss more coming up. >> absolutely. let's look into indiana. it has the highest percentage of manufacturing workers in the country. those jobs have been disappearing.
67% of the republican primary voters say they're very worried about the u.s. economy. another 25%, somewhat worried. add that up, that's 92% seriously concerned about the u.s. economy. of that majority, 52% voted for donald trump. it's a sizable lead over the other candidates. for democratic primary voters in indiana, 84% worried about the company. they broke for bernie sanders. look at the breakdown when we asked about trade with other countries. 47% says it takes away u.s. jobs. that group went for bernie. 39% said trade creates jobs. that group split 50/50. indiana has been ground zero for the american jobs debate. >> new information about the navy s.e.a.l. killed fighting isis in iraq. that's next.
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u.s. forces moving dangerously close to the front lines of the fight against isis in iraq. more than 4,000 troops in the region right now, some of them supporting the iraqi army as it prepares to retake mosul. the u.s. suffering its third combat death in iraq directly linked to isis. charlie keating iv of arizona was killed earlier this week. let's get the latest from iman, jordan, this wee jordan. this is a man from a long line of men and women who have served in the u.s. military. >> reporter: absolutely, christine. he was killed in a coordinated and complex attack by isis
militants early on tuesday morning. about a hundred isis militants using suicide car bombs and bulldozers attacked a peshmerga base. this is a dur kish peshmerga force base about 20 miles north of the city of mosul that is under isis control. they managed to breakthrough the defense lines of the kurdish peshmerga and the navy s.e.a.l.s visiting temporarily at a base. once the isis militants broke through, a fire fight broke out. the navy s.e.a.l. was killed in this attack. the u.s. responded with an f-15 and drones, dropping more than 20 bombs on isis fighting positions. but christine, we're learning from kurdish commanders in the area that this was not the only isis attack. the group launched several
similar attacks on different kurdish peshmerga front lines early on tuesday. what sounds like a major coordinated offensive by the group, kurdish officials say they managed with the help of u.s. air power and coalition air power. they managed to push isis back. but this really highlights that the group may have suffered some losses in recent months. they've lost some territory in iraq and syria, but they still possess that ability to carry out deadly and devastating attacks like this and also of course highlighting the dangers that u.s. forces, even in an advisory role, face in iraq. >> these are the most highly trained military personnel on earth. still very, very dangerous. thank you so much for that. charlie keating, his grandfather charles keating was charles keating of the savings and loan scandal a couple decades ago. his family saying he's a hero in
every sense of the word for them. they're mourning him deeply this morning. 31 years old. >> our thoughts with that family. breaking news this morning, donald trump, he is the likely presumptive nominee, will be the presumptive nominee in the republican party. so says the republican chair. he has knocked ted cruz out of this race. more coming up. look at 'em! they're lovin' their vegetables. this is huge news! it's all thanks to our birds eye chef's favorites side dishes perfectly sauced or seasoned. what are you..? shh!
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political news, donald trump knocking ted cruz out of the race. now according to the chair of the republican party, he will be the presumptive republican nominee. trump beat cruz by 16 points, more than 180,000 votes. cruz delivered the hard news to his crushed supporters. >> so with a heavy heart, but with boundless optimism for the long-term future of our nation, we are suspending our campaign. >> last night donald trump praised cruz, calling his withdrawal a brave thing to do. cnn's jim acosta is with the trump campaign. he gives us the latest. >> reporter: donald trump and his entire family were caught completely by surprise by ted cruz's announcement that he was dropping out of the gop race. trump trounced cruz in the indiana primary, a contest that the texas senator had basically described as a must win.
trump's son, donald trump jr., told cnn that his father and the entire family were shocked as they watched cruz make his announcement. trump sounded very gracious as he praised cruz for getting out of the race. a big contrast compared to what he was saying about cruz earlier in the day. here's what he had to say. >> ted cruz, i don't know if he likes me or he doesn't like me, but he is one hell of a competitor. he's a tough, smart guy. [ applause ] and he has got an amazing future. he's got an amazing future. so i want to congratulate ted. >> trump also made the pivot to the general election campaign, saying he was ready to take on hillary clinton, and he even reached out to african-american and hispanic voters in his remarks. trump still plans to keep on campaigning, saying he will continue on with stopping in west virginia and nebraska set for later this week. john and christine? >> jim acosta, thanks so much.
let us discuss the historic developments in indiana. good morning, gentlemen. donald trump listen the first nonpolitician to be a nominee since dwight eisenhower, the first businessman to be a nominee since wendell wilke. this is historic. >> yeah, it's absolutely historic. this is really -- you talk about being witness to history, this is really one of those moments. you look at what the republican party has done ever single presidential cycle going back. the republicans rallied behind bush, the first bush. they rallied behind dole. then they rallied behind bush. then they rallied behind mccain. then they rallied behind romney. they've always coalesced around the heir apparent to the nomination, the establishment favorite.
now in 2016 after so much frustration with the way that the country has gone and with the way that the party has gone, republicans have sort of embraced a shake-up. they don't want the status quo. it's a rebuke, you know, not just to the nominees who are running, not just to the jeb bushes and marco rubios, it's a rebuke to the entire. party. you can't fault the republican party for being nervous right now. really, what we could be looking at, and i don't want to be too hie ber bollic, but we could be looking at a shake-up of what the republican party is, how it defines itself, and possibly a third party fending on how this whole election shakes out. >> this is how parties die. this is how parties are reborn. this is how parties are remade. you say a shake-up, i say they've embraced a showman as well.
i think there are so few people back last june, the day donald trump came down that escalator, so few people who were seriously predicting we would be at this point in may. yet, he led the polls in july. he led the polls in august, september, october, november. donald trump led the entire time. there were predictions he would collapse. there were predictions he would doom himself, he would screw it up, lose it. yet, here he is on the verge of being the nominee. a couple weeks ago, we were talking about a contested convention and what would happen in terms of taking this away from donald trump. now there's not that talk anymore. a lot can happen between now and july. at the moment, there's not that talk at all. >> i think the hardest job in the republican party is reince priebus, who has the distinct honor of having to herd cats here and get republicans behind who he says is now the presumptive nominee. this is what he tweeted last night. trump will be presumptive gop nominee. we all need to unite and focus
on defeating hillary clinton #neverclinton. greg, can they do that? will they know focus on the general and put these divisions behind them? can donald trump really unify his party? >> well, obviously opposition to hillary is going to be a unifying factor for the republican party. look, there are going to be lots of republicans, bill crystal and the bush family, who are never going to embrace donald trump. i understand that. i think in my world, which is the financial world, people are too confident that hillary will win and win easily. in d.c., inside the beltway, i think there's a feeling she's a shoo-in. i would just note that donald trump has consistently been underestimated. he's broken all the rules. i think as we enter the fall, hillary may look like a fairly flawed candidate. >> clips tehristine, if i could would just disagree.
one thing brian wrote up, which is a salient point, the polls always told us donald trump was going to win. it was only the media's disbelief and the republican establishment's disbelief that stood in the way of that. look at what the polls are telling us now. the polls are telling us donald trump has record high negatives among key contingents he would need in order to win the general election. so i don't see a general election, including republicans, including female republicans, hispanic republicans, i don't see that group necessarily forgiving donald trump for the last nine or ten months of what he said. i really don't think that revulsion to hillary clinton is going to be a unifying factor. i think it will build support, but i think there are a lot of republicans who are going to sit this one out. >> but he has tapped into something new. there's something new here. well, something old he's tapped into. that's this anxiety about jobs, about middle-class jobs being outsourced. i want you to listen to a little
piece of sound from february from indiana. it's a plant manager basically telling these guys their jobs are going overseas. >> the best way to stay competitive and protect the business for long term is to move production from our facility in indianapolis to monterey, mexico. [ booing ] >> greg, that little piece of sound, i think, is so important and instructive. when i keep hearing that donald trump can't win with women or donald trump can't win with people who make a lot of money or have college degrees, he's tapped into this vein that will be very powerful. is that enough to win a general? >> well, hillary is the favorite based on the electoral college map. i would have to concede that. however, if you look at first quarter gdp, just up by 0.5%, most people think the first quarter was a fluke, but what if
it wasn't? what if we see the economy stagnant for the rest of the year? that plus all this angst you talk about is a really important factor for trump. >> all right, guys. a lot more to discuss, including the future of the never trump movement. the democrats, also a big story here. >> that's true. can bernie sanders pull off one of the biggest political upsets in history? why he thinks he'll beat hillary clinton to the democratic nomination. that's next. he's happy. your family's finally eating vegetables thanks to our birds eye voila skillet meals. and they only take 15 minutes to make. ahh! birds eye voila so veggie good
delegates. i think he still trails her by more than 300. now, the win, it's still a win. it will give bernie sanders a morale boost. it might give him a fundraising boost as well. it could increase leverage leading up to the democratic convention. bernie sanders says that will be good for the party. >> any concern that by extending the democratic primary that it's going to set democrats at a disadvantage from july? >> not at all. i have no doubt, zero doubt that what we have done in this campaign, what we are doing now, and what we will do in the next six weeks is good for the democratic party and will result in a higher voter turnout. >> helping us sort through all of this, the democratic primary in indiana, brian, it is a win that doesn't close the delegate deficit for bernie sanders and is more of a moral win than a math win. >> you say it's a win.
i say, is it, though? is it a win if he's not narrowing are the pledge delegate gap? the fact the republican race was called right at the minute the polls closed with trump winning by a big amount. then of course this race wasn't called for hours because it was so close. it goes to show that every single time here, even as bernie sanders keeps on hillary clinton's tail, he is not able to get ahead. he's not able to really extend his lead in a way that would benefit him in the delegate race. it really isn't much of a race, even though his supporters want to believe it is. >> hillary clinton campaigned one day in the last week. bernie sanders spent more than a million dollars. >> clinton didn't even do an event last night, didn't even give a speech. >> yet, greg, had hillary clinton won indiana, we would all be saying, you know, bernie sanders has to drop out now immediately. it's this does give him juice to
keep in the race ooand create problems for huillary clinton. >> the ultimate issue is, does bernie sanders endorse hillary enthusiastically or tepidly? if it's the latter, she's got real problems. i think in the next week, the focus will be on what does bernie sanders want? what can she do to calm things down? can she saufr assuranoffer assu breaking up the point? her people have to reach out to his people and find out just what he wants. >> you know, let me ask you, dylan, what does he -- how does he change what the democratic convention looks like? what can he extract from her over the next six weeks? >> well, i think greg is absolutely right. he's going to ask for certain guarantees. the entire story of the democratic primary has been one of hillary clinton constantly having to tack more and more towards bernie sanders instead of pivoting to the general
election because he has been such an effective thorn in her side, because he's created a movement that i don't even think he and his campaign expected him to create nine or ten months ago. so what he has done by winning as many states as he has, by winning as many delegates as he has, by even going so far as to win indiana last night, is he's effectively guaranteed that his message survives beyond the primary into the general election. she's going to have to be not only a candidate of a hillary clinton brand of the democratic party but a hillary clinton and bernie sanders brand of the democratic party. at the end of the day, when the history books are written, he has won. he's won. he's carried his message farther than he ever thought he would. he will be able to imprint his own brand on hillary clinton's general election campaign. >> if he doesn't get the nomination, they'll say he won
influence. however, put back up the calendar for a second to show the schedule. look at that. on may 10th, west virginia. that's a state where hillary clinton is trailing. he has big problems there because of the statement she's made on coal. likewise in kentucky. oregon is a state in the northwest that bernie sanders killed in washington. hillary clinton is in for a world of hurt, perhaps, in may. not enough to take the nomination from her, but enough to distract from the campaign at a time when they want to be focused on donald trump. donald trump has cleared the field now. he's going to be focused exclusively on her. hillary clinton can't just focus on donald trump. >> i haven't even started on clinton, has been his line, which isn't really true. he's been criticizing her all along. but he's had to focus on those 16 over gop candidates he was able to knock out of the race. john kasich remaining n but only so far behind in the delegate math it doesn't count for much at this point. the fact that clinton has not
been able to pivot entirely to the general election is a topic of increasing frustration among her aides. they can't say that publicly, but they sure do say it privately. >> i think what you're going to start to see is you're going to start to hear from donald trump talking about the obama economy that is a clinton economy. i think you're going to start to hear more and more about how hillary clinton, from the republican perspective, is going to be a continuation of obama policies that will not be good for the middle class. she's got that pressure on one side. on the other side, she's got the pressure from bernie sanders to break up the banks, and she has support from wall street. >> and to my utter astonishment, hillary clinton has not laid out a prescription to jump start the economy. she's got to do that. if we just continue the obama policies, that's not a strong enough argument for her to make. >> interesting. we saw gdp very, very weak in the first quarter. although, it has bounced back in the summers the past few years. we're closely watching to see what happens. >> and i will note that president obama's approval ratings are higher than they have been.
they're higher than ronald reagan's were at this stage of the term. it may be obama is an asset, not a detriment. could be a big asset in a general election as well. guys, stick around. >> let's take a look at those jobs and your money this morning. that opinion crosses party lines. look at this. at a finance conference yesterday, republican governor scott walker of wisconsin and rick scott of florida were joined by colorado governor john hickenlooper and virginia governor terry mcauliffe. all of them say there are open jobs in their states that their employers can't fill because they can't find skilled workers. their solution, a mix of job training, apprenticeships, and changes in schools, public schools, all of which they say are needed to combat this jobs skills gap. right now there are 5.4 million jobs open in the united states, near a record high. it's a sign that employers want to hire, but it also indicates
that employers can't find people with the right skills. that's a really interesting position of those four governors a the a time when we're talking about these jobs disappearing. that's interesting. all right. an american death near the front lines in the battle against isis. new information about the navy s.e.a.l. killed in combat in iraq. that's next.
u.s. forces moving dangerously close to the front lines in the battle against isis in iraq. more than 4,000 u.s. troops in the region right now, some of them supporting the iraqi army as it prepares to retake mosul. the u.s. suffered its third combat death in iraq directly linked to isis. u.s. navy s.e.a.l. charlie keating iv was killed in a fire fight with isis forces earlier this week.
charlie keating, fourth generation military and navy s.e.a.l. killed in a coordinated attack by isis. what do you know? >> reporter: john, what we're hearing from u.s. officials was that this was a coordinated and complex attack by isis mill about its using suicide car bombers and bulldozers to attack a peshmerga front line about 20 miles north of iraq's second largest city, mosul, that is under the control of isis as you know. early tuesday morning, roughly about a hundred isis militants launched this attack on this area. they managed to breakthrough the kurdish peshmerga defense lines. the navy s.e.a.l.s were at a peshmerga base that's a bit back from the front lines by about two to three miles. they were visiting there temporarily, providing assistance to the peshmerga forces. as isis militants broke through the front lines, a fire fight
broke out, and that is how charlie keating iv was killed tragically in this attack. we're also hearing from the kurdish peshmerga that there were some casualties on their side, no specific numbers yet. the u.s. responded with an f-15 and drones dropping more than 20 bombs on the isis fighting positions. according to peshmerga commanders, they say this was not the only attack, that isis launched similar attacks, what sounds like a major offensive, a major assault, coordinated attacks on several other peshmerga lines in iraq early on tuesday. they say with the support of the coalition and u.s. air power, they managed to push them back, but this really highlighting that the group that may have suffered some losses recently in iraq and syria still has the ability to carry out such complex and deadly attacks, john. >> and it highlights the danger
the u.s. forces are n even if they're not directly engaged in combat operations. thanks so much. president obama heading to flint, michigan, today for a first-hand look at the city's water contamination crisis. the president is meeting with governor rick snyder. he also plans to meet with the mayor of flint. he plans to hold a round table to hear directly from flint residents. public school teachers in detroit are being encouraged by union leaders to return to their classrooms this morning. this after two days of sick-outs that nearly shut down the entire district. teachers are now being assured by state appointed emergency manager they will be paid for the school year. georgia governor nathan diehl has vetoed a controversial deal that would have allowed college students to carry concealed weapons on campus. he's siding with the university of georgia and georgia tech officials says the measure would make it harder for campus police to protect teachers an students. "early start" continues right
now. we gave it everything we've got. but the voters chose another path. >> donald trump delivering the final blow to ted cruz's campaign. trump wins indiana and is now, according to the rnc, the presumptive nominee. >> i think we can pull off one of the great political upsets in the history of the united states. >> bernie sanders, he beat hillary clinton in indiana. what does that mean? perhaps momentum, perhaps money, but what about the math? good morning, everyone. welcome to "early start." what a morning. i'm john berman. >> math at 5:00 a.m. in the east. i'm christine romans. it's wednesday, may 4th. breaking news this morning, donald trump has knocked ted cruz out of the race,