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more of our special coverage of today's primaries. it goes all the way until 3:00 a.m. eastern. i turn you over now to wolf blitzer and anderson cooper. they are right next door in "the situation room." thanks for watching. happening now, breaking news. making a statement, donald trump weighs in again on the judge he's been slamming. we have late details. >> textbook racism, that's what the nation's highest ranking republican lawmaker calls donald trump's attack. question is why are he and other big name republicans still supporting him? big name voice just weighed in calling trump unfit for office. >> and later, her story makes history as the final super tuesday unfolds, hillary clinton becomes the first woman to win the title presumed presidential nominee here in the united states. >> also still fighting last hhurrah, what each convention has to say. i'm anderson cooper.
>> and i'm wolf blitzer and you're in "the situation room." we begin with the latest word from donald trump after a day of taking heat over his attacks on federal judge gonzalo curiel. for that let's go straight to cnn sarah murray. sara, mr. trump just issued a statement. tell our viewers what he said. >> reporter: that's right, wolf, it was a very lengthy statement and part of defense of trump university but also to deal with this recent firestorm that he has set off by talking about the judge's mexican heritage. in this statement donald trump says it is unfortunate that my comments have been misconstrued as a categorical attack against people of mexican heritage. i am friends with and employ thousands of people of mexican and hispanic descent. the american justice system relies on fair and impartial judges, all judges should be held to that standard. i do not feel that one's heritage makes them incapable of being impartial, but based on the rulings that i have received
in the trump university civil case i feel justified in questioning whether i am receiving a fair trial. and wolf goes on in this statement to say he will not be commenting on this matter any further. obviously that's a big shift from just yesterday when he was on a phone call with his backers, with his surrogates encouraging them to defend trump university publicly and also to go after this judge. >> sara, chris christie visited donald trump today. what do we know about that? >> reporter: that's right, chris christie spent some time at trump tower today. what's interesting about that is christie is one of the notable republicans who has not been very critical of donald trump in this manner. earlier today he said he believes donald trump is not racist. he said trump has a right to speak his mind, to defend himself in this case. and of course chris christie's heading up the transition project for donald trump. and aides have told us just because he is doing that role does not mean he will be excluded from being a potential v.p. pick. so any number of things could have been discussed in that
meeting today, wolf. >> all right, sara, thank you. more voices now on whether or not what donald trump has been saying constitutes racism. and one late very sharp edition from the illinois republican senator mark kirk. he's tweeting, and let me quote now, given my military experience, donald trump does not have the temperament to command our military or our nuclear arsenal. and in a separate statement senator kirk said he cannot support donald trump regardless how it affects his candidacy or the party. house speaker paul ryan meanwhile the new jersey governor chris christie, the south carolina senator lindsey graham, they are all weighing in as well. cnn's manu raju joining us from capitol hill with more on what they're saying. what is the latest, manu? >> hey, wolf, donald trump on thin ice with republican members surveying members up for re-election, people in the leadership and your rank and file republicans. and by and large they are repudiating what donald trump
said and offering him a very tepid level of support right now. new hampshire republican in a very difficult senate race says she'll vote for him at this point, but she said she's not endorsing anyone trying to create a distinction there. ron johnson, i got a chance to catch up with him i'm going to support the nominee but not endorse him. trying to what some would say split hairs on him, but you're hearing others distance themselves even further. governor brian sandoval, moderate nevada republican governor said that he doesn't know if he can vote for donald trump this fall. and earlier today really the tone was set by paul ryan at his press conference when he really sharply criticized what donald trump had to say. >> i disavow these comments, i regret those comments that he made. i don't think that -- claiming a person can't do their job because of their race is sort of like the textbook definition of a racist comment.
i think that should be absolutely disavowed. it's absolutely unacceptable. >> now, right now paul ryan says he still supports donald trump, as most republicans do on capitol hill, but that support is tepid. one reason why they're not abandoning him, they need his supporters to come out to the polls this fall, wolf. >> manu, you had a chance to speak with senator lindsey graham about all of this today. >> lindsey graham is one of a handful republicans member of so-called never trump movement up here. and he was harshly critical likening them to joe mccarthy and said a little more. do you think it's a racist comment? >> oh, clearly. but it's funny, i don't believe donald trump the way he's lived his life as a racist person, i believe he'd hire somebody based on merit. but he's playing the race card. if mr. trump continues this, which is clearly over the top, you may not think it's un-american, i do. you may not think it's racist, i
do. but if he continues this line of attack, then i think people need to really reconsider for the future of the party and the future of the country whether they should support him. >> yeah, that last point was pretty critical from lindsey graham. he wanted to make the case if donald trump continues to say that expect more republicans to jump ship. right now we have not heard that, mitch mcconnell senate majority leader also weighed in, i asked if he was worried this would overshadow his message going into 2016. he said he is. donald trump needs to get on message and start talking about the issues, really stern talk coming from senate leadership, wolf. >> very stern indeed. thanks very much. more on hillary clinton's entry into the history books. for the first time ever the presumptive nominee is not a man. jeff zeleny is at headquarters. jeff, clinton has been encouraging voters to go out and support depiet being the presumptive democratic nominee, is that right? >> she has, wolf.
this is the reason why. she has won already 13 million votes in the primaries across the country, but she wants her popular vote total to grow even more. she right now is 3 million popular votes ahead of bernie santders, but she wants to keep that going. that's why she campaigned so hard in california. she has won 24 states, he has won 20 states, so pretty close there. she wants to make sure she kross the finish line with strength, wolf. that's why she's campaigning to the end. and they were a little bit concerned, her top aides were they told me when the election was essentially called overnight because they were afraid voters wouldn't come out. but they believe turnout in california particularly where many votes are actually cast by mail before today were actually pretty strong here, wolf. but it's that popular vote she's trying to get up even higher. that's why she's urging her voters so much to campaign or to get out and vote today, wolf. >> jeff, what are her plans going forward? >> wolf, they are already plotting the next move to the general election. starting tomorrow morning the clinton campaign is going to
start raising general election money. they're asking their top donors in an e-mail they sent out this afternoon to start gearing toward that. so that is one thing chlts she'll be campaigning in battleground states starting next week. in ohio monday, pennsylvania the next day. they are charting out their course of battleground states they believe they can compete well against donald trump. wolf, this may not be the same series of battlegrounds that we've seen in campaign after campaign after campaign. they are following the words and controversy that he's been stirring up very carefully. doing focus groups and polling and other things. they're trying to see exactly what battleground states will be in play here. because starting to morm morning, wolf, this is a new chapter in a new day of a new campaign, wolf. >> jeff, thank you. jeff zeleny reporting. just a day after a massive concert and rally in san francisco, the bernie sanders campaign is facing the possibility of doing well tonight yet waking up tomorrow facing growing pressure to wind down their entire effort. brianna keilar is covering all the late developments for us. she's joining us now.
brianna, it's still a tight race in california, we're told between bernie sanders and hillary clinton, how optimistic is the sanders campaign right now? >> when you ask senator sanders how he's going to do here in california, wolf, he says we have a good shot. now, other times when he is definitely going to win or the chances are more likely that he will win, he will come out and say that. so this perhaps is an acknowledgment of just how tight the race is here. it really is up for grabs. when you look at the polls it's within the margin of error, so we really don't know what's going to happen in california tonight, and neither does senator sanders or his campaign. though they're hopeful he can pull this out with a lot of support from young voters here in california. >> as you know the sanders campaign, brianna, is saying they're still going to continue on after today. do we know what that looks like exactly? >> no, we don't. we do know that senator sanders will be heading back to
burlington, vermont, after everything wraps up here in california. it's not unusual, wolf, for a candidate to say that they are going to stay in this until of course they say they're not going to. but bernie sanders time and again has said he's going to stay in this race until the convention. and he's really stuck by that here in recent weeks. now, his campaign manager jeff weaver says the same thing, that they're going to the convention. i have heard from other advisors to bernie sanders who may be giving him some different advice. bernie sanders wants for any voter who wants to cast a ballot in the democratic primary to have a shot. there is actually beyond this big night a sort of smaller event in a week the washington, d.c. primary a week from today. will he go all the way to the washington, d.c. primary and beyond to the convention? we don't know at this point. but if there is a win for bernie sanders here in california, he's going to feel more emboldened by that. if he loses california, and the clinton campaign feeling pretty
good about new jersey right now, there's going to be a wall of pressure that bernie sanders comes up against after these results come in today, wolf. >> all right, brianna, thanks very much. anderson, over to you. >> yeah, wolf, the panel is here to talk about the it latest trump statement. just ahead we're hoping to speak with members of team clinton and team trump as we count down to poll closings on the final super tuesday before the ultimate tuesday this fall. everything you're pretty good at now, you were once, well, pretty bad at. but you learned. and got better. at experian, we believe it's the same with managing your credit. you may not be good at it now. but that's okay. because credit isn't just a score. it's a skill. and you can get better. experian. be better at credit.
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lot of ground, makes quite a few claims. joining us with the facts inside politics editor john king, senior political reporter, political analyst david bergen, gloria borger, sanders supporter bill press, clinton supporter michael nutter, former mayor of philadelphia and here to lend expertise senior analyst jeffrey toobin. gloria, definitely a lot of moving pieces in this statement, but if anybody was looking to donald trump to say i was wrong, i'm sorry, that's not what this statement says. >> no, it wasn't. and he's never said that during the campaign. i think people shouldn't expect that from donald trump. what i think he did do is try to walk it back to a degree by saying i do not feel one's heritage makes them incapable of being impartial. but then he kind of reiterated the case again and said i'm done with it, i'm not going to talk about it anymore, which is clearly in response to the fact all these republicans are twisting themselves into knots
trying to figure out how to deal with it and distance themselves from donald trump on this particular issue. he's caused such headaches in the republican party it's kind of astonishing to watch. because these people have lined up to endorse him because they want to keep the party together, they want to save races down the ballot. and he's given them every reason to back away from him. and trying not to do it. >> jeb bush tweeted donald trump should retract his comments, not defend them, there's no place for racism -- >> right, but jeb bush has not endorsed donald trump. not voting for donald trump. but there are a lot of people most notably paul ryan for example who finally got to yes and now he's in a really tough spot. >> in jeb bush's tweet he's responding to a statement from the weekly standard which of course is a conservative magazine where they say donald trump's new statement only repackages his argument without substantially changing it. i think that's what a lot of
republicans this is sort of their worst nightmare. they were looking for a different donald trump. in many ways we've all been kind of looking for a dimpt donald trump, will he be more presidential, will he change. he has very much said explicitly that he isn't changing. >> there's a big conversation in the republican party what is the trump effect and what is it's shelf life? there are good things, he's exciting voters and bringing them out to vote, but imagine today paul ryan used to be an aide to jack kemp, a policy driven man mayor nutter may not agree with his ideas but i think he accepts his principled commitment about let's do more about poverty, let's have a competition for the african-american vote, let's get into the inner city. standing there today surrounded by african-americans saying it's a racist statement but i'm still going to vote for him. mitch mcconnell, senate republican leader, i think it's a racist statement but i'm still going to vote for him. whether donald trump wins or loses they're in relatively safe seats, but it effects their
political future. if you say i think it was racist but i'm going to vote for him and there's a camera pointed -- >> stuck with him to go farther? >> yes. >> we heard he's going to make a statement. it sounded like it might be something else. >> i thought he would walk it back. i thought he would apologize and say i've been misunderstood. i didn't express myself well. there's an argument that he has other reasons to think the judge is biased. what is not in play is the question of whether because the guy's a mexican that automatically -- which is what he said. it's absolutely remarkable that on a historic night when a woman has finally wrapped up a nomination of a major party the candidate of the other party mired and leaving the news. it's the thing we're all talking about flt i think it's a measure of how much damage he has done to his campaign that we're sitting here at this hour on this day arguing over these things. i think he's done lasting damage at a time -- >> let me just say -- >> are we sure of that?
>> let me counter that. caylee, how many times have pundits said, oh, this is the thing that donald trump has now gone too far. and if anything it's bolstered his support. john mccain making fun of a disabled reporter, i mean, the list goes on and on. >> we've heard this an infinite number of times, none turned out to be true and i think the statement was really powerful because the accusation levied against trump for that statement was trump does not think someone of a certain heritage can do their job. that's what we heard the news cycles say over and over again. >> that's what we heard donald trump say. >> no, timing matter, donald trump's intent was never to say no mexican can do their job or no one has a mexican heritage can do their job. if that was intent he would have said it two years ago when judge curiel was put on the case. only said after a series of rulings -- >> he said that about muslims. >> no, he said possibly just like possibly a white judge could be bias. >> do we have that? what he said about muslims. >> if it were a muslim judge would you also feel like they
wouldn't be able to treat you fairly because of that policy of yours? >> it's possible, yes. that would be possible, absolutely. >> i imagine if the moderator would have asked, you believe a white liberal judge could be biased against you hi answer would have been just the same, possibly yes. there's nothing wrong with saying there's a possibility. because in fact there is a possibility that any judge of any race could be bias. the bottom line is donald trump is not a racist as chris christie said he's very wise to step back and criticize donald trump and say look at the man, this is someone who believes all races are equal. this is someone who agrees with martin luther king people shouldn't be judged by the color of their skin but the content of their character. that is the mane we are talking about. that is what we are looking at. >> that's well said but isn't he judging this judge by the ethnic history of this judge? which by the way he's wrong. i mean, he keeps saying the guy's mexican. he's not. >> he's judging him by the affiliations he celebrates.
he celebrates being part of this organization which has overseen scholarship to illegal immigrant, they are clearly at odds in their views -- >> you're making that argument. he's not making that argument. >> you never brought that up days ago. in fact, all the trump people days ago were bringing up, oh, it's the same group this activist group behind all these demonstrations. once you realized, oh, actually, we've conflated two different groups, now the surrogates have come up with this thing about a scholarship. >> they both have same intent we're mistaken to think larazo was laraso, it's understandable people can be confused by that. >> every now and then in this business, and bill certainly knows this as well, when you're in office or running for office, you make mistakes. >> uh-huh. >> you should just say i made a mistake. i should not have said that. i apologize to that judge. a great judge. we'll debate our case. i'll litigate the case next year when the election is over. i'm sorry.
move on. >> but he wants to win the case. >> which he won't win in the american court of public opinion. i'm sorry. >> what struck me about this statement and why it doesn't cut it in my opinion is he still says at the very end that he believes as a conflict of interest with this judge. now, think about that, why would this judge have a conflict of interest? because he's a mexican, according to donald trump, and donald trump has said he wants to build a wall and he wants to deport all these people. that has nothing to do with the case, which is about defrauding people, students of trump university, who think they got cheated out of money. >> let's just remind -- >> against the ethnicity as his central point of conflict of interest. >> i think we have clips from what donald trump actually said during these interviews. let's just watch some of that. >> i have a judge who is a hater of donald trump, a hater. he's a hater. his name is gonzalo curiel. i think i'm going to do very well with latinos or hispanics.
you know i employ thousands of latinos. i employ over the years thousands of mexicans, they're great. they're great. i deal with them. i sell them apartments, i deal with them. >> if it were a muslim judge would you also feel like they wouldn't be able to treat you fairly because of that policy of yours? >> it's possible, yes. that would be possible, absolutely. >> there was actually a lot more to that but does this statement put it to rest? donald trump says i'm not going to talk about this anymore. >> well, i mean, he can try not to talk about it. i think that either he or the press will bring it up. he may do it first. he may decide in two days he wants to talk about it again. that's the essence of donald trump. you won't get a sorry, the best you will get in this campaign is a, hey, that seems like it became a thing. let's move on. that's the argument he's making. but let me make a wider point, i have laid this at donald trump's feet and it is unavoidable and people have to speak out on it because he was so clear, he said it so many times. let me make a larger point, i do think the media in past election
cycles with the gaffes and the racist things and the frequent citing of just criticism of obama as inherently racist in some way it's happened a lot over the years has created an appetite for a guy who says i do not care and i will not say i'm sorry. and in this case it's unavoidable and it's real. but in the past it has been -- hold on. in the past it has been binders full of women. i long for the days of the gaffes of binders full of women, but people -- they cried wolf and now this is wolf. >> to john's question which is the media making too much of this in terms of how people are going to react? do you actually think this does hurt donald trump? >> i think it won't hurt with many of his supporters because many of them like that he's just sticking a finger in somebody's eye. but with a larger electorate and with younger generations, yes, it will make a difference. that's why people are worried about it. i think that the media and many on the left have had a cry wolf problem here. and when the wolf is here, people go i'm not sure i care
about -- >> i also think if you look at the poll numbers, it is hurting donald trump. i mean, that's why he's only getting 18% among latino voters according to the recent polls he's like at 4% among african-americans. he only wins white women in this most recent poll by quinnipiac by one point. mitt romney won white women by 14%, so this idea that somehow he's a teflon candidate, it is -- >> it's just the general electorate -- we don't have an election now until november that matters. we had primaries, john mccain thing didn't hurt him, build a wall didn't hurt him, ban muslims didn't hurt him. during the primaries. republican primaries are majority white, majority men. overwhelmingly white and majority men. the general election is much more diverse and majority women. and it's very hard to see donald trump winning if he's at 20% among latinos, it's just near impossible. >> let me bring in jeff toobin. jeff, on a legal standpoint donald trump kind of has been relitigating this case in the statement today that he put out. this judge though has actually ruled in donald trump's favor
several times in the case of this lawsuit. the very fact that this lawsuit is not moving forward until after november is because the judge ruled that way. >> and in fact the party with the best chance of appeal in this case is the plaintiffs, not the defendants, because in the key ruling in the case, not the scheduling which certainly went donald trump's way, he ruled that the plaintiffs in this case are not entitled to complete refunds if they win. each plaintiff is going to have to argue what percentage of the fee that they paid to trump university that was a ripoff. so it's going to be a person by person determination of how much, if any, these plaintiffs lost. that basically kills the whole idea of a class action. and it's not even clear that the plaintiffs can proceed under that theory. so, i mean, this is a judge who
has by and large favored donald trump. the only thing he's refused to do is throw the case out altogether. but because of that donald trump has said all these terrible things about him which we've been talking about. but i think as context it's important to point out that this judge is not on some rampage against donald trump. by and large he has ruled in trump's favor. >> what do you think -- i mean, donald trump, caylee, had said his comments were misconstrued. if you believe they were misconstrued, what do you think was misconstrued? >> his intent was misconstrued because the media has reported this statement in isolation for the last five days at nauseam. what they failed to list donald trump listed a number of actions on the judge that he thought were bias and caused him to step back and say why is this judge treating me that way. he made that comment and it was inartfully worded. he clarified it rugt now and i
think it's time for the media to move onto issues that voters really care about like the economy and terrorism. >> but donald trump did repeatedly link, he's mexican, i'm building a wall. >> in context of the judge's actions. he stepped back and said linked it to the heritage, he should have linked it to the organization he's part of, the differences they have politically -- >> let's play what he said to jake tapper which sort of sparked a lot of this. >> he's proud of his heritage. i respect him for that. >> are you saying he can't do his job because of it? >> he's proud of his heritage. i'm building a wall -- >> he's a legal citizen. >> you know why i'm going to do well with hispanics? because i'm going to bring back jobs and they're going to get jobs. i think i'm going to do very well with hispanics, but we're building a wall, he's a mexican, we're building a wall between here and mexico. >> and the minute prior to that if we went back and watched the entirety of the clip he spent the first minute pointing not to the judge's heritage but to the judge's actions which caused him to step back and make that inartfully worded analysis.
>> so why would his lawyers ask for recusal. >> so why wouldn't you just go into court and make that legal argument through your lawyer as opposed to in an interview with jake? and you keep repeating, i mean, he's a mexican, i'm building a wa wall. >> make a job of competing interest and taking into consideration variety of interest. this isn't coming from the law firm, this is coming from the candidate. we have to take a quick break. more with the panel ahead, back with the trump surrogate as well as our coverage continues. when they thought they should westart saving for retirement.le then we asked some older people when they actually did start saving. this gap between when we should start saving and when we actually do is one of the reasons why too many of us aren't prepared for retirement. just start as early as you can. it's going to pay off in the future. if we all start saving a little more today,
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more now on the breaking news. a new statement from donald trump saying it's unfortunate that his remarks about a federal judge have been misconstrued. his words. joining us now is ed brookover, senior advisor to the trump campaign. ed, thanks very much for joining us. >> good to be here. >> he also says in the lengthy statement i'll read a sentence, he says i do not feel one's heritage makes them incapable of being impartial. but wasn't that exactly what he was saying because of this federal judge's mexican herit e heritage? he effectively couldn't be unbias and impartial in adjudicating this case? >> i think from the beginning of mr. trump's statements on this his point was that he'd had unfair statements -- unfair rulings made against him. he was looking for reasons why. and he thought that his policies against mexico given this judge's heritage may have contributed to that. and so it was not a broad brush, it was not a racist statement it's more about the policies he had and whether the judge was
making impartial rulings, of course being somebody who is against him based on their differences in policy. >> so does he regret bringing up the whole issue of the judge's mexican heritage? >> i think he said while he wishes it had not been misconstrued as it was. and that he wants people to understand what he meant. understand what his true feelings are. and i think as governor christie said he's not a racist and he wants people to understand. >> how should he have said it? >> what's that? >> how should he have said it? what would have been the best way to avoid what's really been a disaster for the campaign? >> he probably should have talked more about it and explaining fully what he said right now, and not left it to people who speculate against him who want to be against him to fill in the voids. and so he's clarified that today. and we think we can move on from this. >> because until this statement it's a very lengthy statement he put out today he was doubling down, tripling down and then over the weekend he also said if the federal judge was muslim
that would be a problem potentially as well. >> well, it could be if they're making unfair rulings from the bench. and just as any judge could be, be it a white judge, any kind of judge in that instance. and so i'm glad that he continued to clarify. and i think the american people will hear his statement, will understand what he meant and continue to support him. >> you're watching, tony, it's not often you see the speaker of the house, a republican, someone who had said he was going to vote for donald trump, we're talking about paul ryan, say today that what donald trump said in his words was the textbook definition of a racist comment. >> i respectfully disagree with the speaker. i think if the speaker would have more fully understood what mr. trump was talking about in the fuller context i think maybe he would have reached a different conclusion. >> it's not just the speaker. it's basically almost all republican leadership here in washington. >> the washington pundits, the washington elites, be republican or democrat have been underestimating mr. trump in the way he communicates and unz
estimating his support among the american public all along. and we think this will be another case of mr. trump carrying his message to the people, them getting what he's saying and then him continuing to receive their support. >> mitch mcconnell, majority leader in the senate he said it's time to quit attacking and get on message. lindsey graham, you heard what he said, this is the most un-american thing from a politician since joe mccarthy and senator mark kirk of illinois said he's withdrawing his support for donald trump. he doesn't believe donald trump is capable of being the commander in chief. >> well, you know, these are all senators who've -- who are members of my party who i respectfully disagree with both their understanding what mr. trump said and hopefully as we continue to lay out our case they'll continue to support mr. trump. >> he's not going to talk about it anymore. >> that's what he said today. i take him at his word. >> let's see if that happens. thanks very much, ed, appreciate you joining us. >> good to be here, wolf. >> we'll be back with the panel after a quick break with hillary clinton now clinching the democratic presidential nomination, what's bernie
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voting is happening in six states right now. the home stretch made primary season unprecedented, historic, first woman nominated for president for major party and man nominated for the other major party. gloria, what is going to happen tonight? in terms of hillary clinton, what is her message to bernie
sanders? >> well, i think whatever hillary clinton does she's going to talk about this historic moment in american politics, and in her life and the comeback that she had from eight years ago. i think she's going to do everything she can to embrace those sanders supporters. the real question is what is bernie going to do. and i was talking to some of his folks today. you know, we shouldn't expect that bernie's going to throw in the towel tonight and say this is over. one of his top advisors said to me, look, it's going to be a long plane ride back from california to vermont tomorrow. and you're laughing, bill, but they've got to figure out does bernie continue on. he is going to compete in d.c., i'm told. but how does he orchestrate this dance? i think it depends how he does tonight. that's the bottom line. >> bill, a supporter of sanders, you want him clearly going to the convention, yes? >> not necessarily. >> really? >> i think it's up to bernie what he does.
first of all, he's got to take some time to figure this out. hillary took four days before endorsing barack obama. he doesn't have to do it tonight, doesn't have to do it tomorrow. ought to go back to vermont, i think, again figure out what does he want moving forward. what does he want to do at the convention? what role does he want to play at the convention? what role does he want to play with the democratic party, with the dnc, with his new political revolution? and then how does he get the best leverage to achieve those goals? >> yeah. >> and so i'd say he's got between now and a week from today. >> mayor nutter. >> the d.c. primary to figure that out and make his decision. >> running for office is one of the toughest things you can ever do in life. it is the most public job interview process you will ever experience. and i've only run for mayor two times. this is the presidency of the united states of america. you go to virtually every state and a bunch of territories, you're on a world stage all the time, everything examined. and so he and his family and the team have put a lot into this.
going to compete through next week in washington, d.c. these voters get their opportunity and then they will have to take some time. and as bill said he'll kind of figure it out. >> let's hear from the clinton campaign. want to go to clinton spokesperson. >> thanks, anderson. clinton campaign spokesperson robb robbie, very important moment for the former secretary of state. i wonder what her message will be tonight. will she focus in on attacking donald trump, lay out a general election battle plan, or will she mainly appeal to bernie sanders supporters calling for unity? >> well, i think first and foremost secretary clinton is going to thank the thousands of supporters across the country and millions of voters who have turned out to support her. as you know, wolf, she has a lead of more than 3 million votes in the popular vote. she wants to make sure to say thank you to those folks. she's also going to lay out what she's talked about from day one in the campaign, she's in this
race to help make sure this economy works for everyone, that our next president fights for middle class families, so she'll talk about her vision for our country. and of course she'll talk about the choice that is ahead for voters in this election between donald trump, his divisiveness, his reckless and dangerous rhetoric that will harm our economy as well as our national security. and as i said her own vision. the last thing she's going to do, which is really important is reach out to everyone who's participated in this primary, all the voters, all the volunteers, all the activists, particularly senator sanders supporters and talk about the process of party unity and how we all have to work together to make sure that democrats maintain the white house this fall. >> he says he has no plans, senator sanders, of quitting, at least not yet. do you expect he will in fact concede? >> you know, i think it's too early for that. there's still a lot of hours
left for voters to cast their votes in six states today. and obviously the district of columbia. so we need to let people do that. and let senator sanders make his own decisions. but what i'm very confident of is that both senator sanders and secretary clinton are completely committed to bringing this party together and getting everybody involved, everybody active in electing a democrat to the white house this fall. the danger that donald trump presents to our country is so grave, the stakes are too high. we need all hands on deck. that means there's going to be a big and important place for both campaign supporters in the general election program. and certainly a lot of the issues that senator sanders has talked about in his race, reforming our campaign finance system, helping everyone to afford college, doing something about income inequality in this country, those issues need to be addressed in the general election. and those voices need to be heard.
>> bottom line, will she declare victory tonight that she's the presumptive democratic presidential nominee? >> well, i'm very confident first of all that the popular vote lead i talked about will expand. she's more than 3 million votes. and that will get bigger. i also feel very certain that secretary clinton will have a majority of the pledge delegates tonight and will be celebrating the first woman to be nominated by our major party to be president of the united states in our history. >> i'll take that as a yes. i will see. we'll standby for that. thanks very much for joining us. >> thank you very much. >> we're standing by, six states they're voting right now. we'll have results throughout the night. our coverage will continue right after this. the big hilton
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before the break you heard from clinton campaign manager just want to get the panel's quick -- david, how do you see this moving forward? we saw hillary clinton and barack obama come together. >> this is hillary clinton's last big speech before she gives the acceptance speech. it is a big deal for her. the reason this is so important is we've now entered the general election campaign for the first time the voters are judging this candidate verses that candidate and when he's trying to regain his bearing she's catching hold. she gave a speech that was very powerful. she's found her voice. her organization is superior to his. she needs to crack through
tonight. if she can come out with an eight or ten point led that would be big for her. >> donald trump is going to be giving a teleprompter spreeeech >> he ends those speeches letting everyone knows how much he doesn't like it. rob bbie saying of course senat sanders is important. the clintons are not always graceful at moments like this. bill clinton the other day saying he understood the sanders supporter heckling him. to the mayor's point this is hard and heated. they're not always big, yes senator sanders has to do some stuff but her being big is a big part of this process. >> we have to take a quick
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