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and to understand that the struggle continues. i want to thank the people of north dakota. it appears we will likely win montana as well. i don't think anybody know what's will end up here in california, but i suspect the gap will significantly diminish. and if this campaign has proven anything, it has proven that millions of americans who love
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this country are prepared to stand up and fight to make this country a much better place. thank you, all! the struggle continues! ♪ all right. that's bernie sanders. he is not conceding, not dropping out. we have projected that bernie sanders will win the montana democratic presidential primary. that's his second win of the night. he also won north dakota. hillary clinton had three big wins tonight as well. we're still waiting for california.
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that's the big prize. the biggest prize of the night. that's the biggest state. of course the biggest prize of this primary season. right now hillary clinton still has a significant lead in california. you just heard bernie sanders say it would get closer. let's get a key race alert on california right now. 39% of the vote is in. her lead still approaching 400,000. hillary clinton with 1,111,000 votes. bernie sanders, 713,000 votes. 60.2%, bernie sanders. 38.7%. you heard handerson cooper, bernie sanders say he's not giving ip. he wants to continue this race not only next week in washington, d.c., the last contest with its 20 delegates, but all the way to philadelphia. that's what he said even though he knows it's a steep, very steep climb. >> the struggle continues he said. so does our panel. they continue. let's get some feedback.
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what did you think of his speech, ron? >> i thought it was a strong reaffirmation of his core themes. he's run an incredible race. he's changed the trajectory of the democratic party, but he's lost the race. he was lossing by 3 million in the popular vote going into night. 630,000 more tonight. her lead is expanded by 20%. beat him in 15 states by more than he beat her in any state. it's kind of hard to see what the argument is going forward. >> did it sound like the speech of a man about to get out of the race? >> it did not, but it did sound like the speech of a man who put a marker on washington, d.c. cited it specifically, that next tuesday we continue to fight until the last primary. so i think he's now bought himself a week of time to figure this out. remember, eight years ago on the last tuesday primary day, hillary clinton also gave her stump speech, reaffirming her arguments. it took a couple days for barack obama and hillary clinton to sit down and meet and a couple days after that, to unwind here. so i think he just bought
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himself a week. if he gives this same speech next tuesday night, i think you'll have an entirely different -- >> you know, it's a process. it's a process he's got to go through, and so he gives his speech. he meets with obama. said he looked forward to meeting with obama. he got a gracious call from hillary clinton, who by the way was booed at his rally. and i think it takes a while to get there. i think, though, if you look at his supporters and you hear the way they reacted to hillary clinton, if he does end up joining with hillary clinton, he's got a big job ahead of him to convince the quarter -- you know, 25% of his voters say no way they'd vote for hillary clinton. he's got to figure out a way to mobilize his voters and maybe change the minds of a bunch of them. >> phil? >> you know, first of all, i was just struck by how he has grown as a candidate since we first saw him. very uncomfortable out there tonight. i thought this speech was the best condensation or
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distillation that i've heard of his message. >> a shorter speech than we've heard. >> shorter, and what the vision really was. i do think he missed an opportunity to be more gracious toward secretary clinton and to recognize the history of this moment. but i agree with david. he bought himself some time. it's next tuesday. he's got a lot to think about between now and next tuesday, which is where he wants to go with his political revolution and how does he get there and what's the best way to get there? to fight for every vote in philadelphia or to accept reality before? >> bakari? >> that was my expectation going in. i didn't think bernie sanders was going to pack it up today. he hadn't packed it up this whole time. why would he all of a sudden pack it up today? the last primary, he's assured his voters and everyone listening that he would go to the last primary, which is next tuesday. but the breaking news, the highlight of the night, is not bernie sanders saying the struggle continues. the highlight of the night is hillary clinton making history.
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the highlight of the night is after 200 years, hillary clinton is the first woman nominee of a major party. and just think about this. you're going to have malia obama, who is the daughter of the first african-american president, able to cast a ballot for hillary clinton, the first candidate, woman candidate, female candidate in the history of this country. that's the type of imagery that the democratic party can be proud of tonight. >> i still think the issue here is what does bernie want? and he is going to have a list of some sort, in some way. i would suspect he wants input on the vice presidency, the platform, and there may well be other things. and he's going to have a list of demands here, and he's going to want them. his supporters are going to want them. he's got some leverage. that's exactly right. >> look, first of all, i'm grateful that we get larry david for one more week on "saturday night live." >> they're on hiatus. >> as to the question of what bernie wants, the one clear
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message that came out to me as to what he wants is he does not want donald trump to be president, and there's this -- you know, there's this narrative that bernie sanders and donald trump voters have so much in common. but i think that bernie sanders is going to go all out to try to make sure that his voters don't go into the donald trump category. he spent a lot of time talking about donald trump's excesses and the things he has said that he finds offensive. this is something he's not going to be able to live with. and i do agree with bakari. you know, i don't know if it's because it's that late at night. >> that's a first. >> that i'm low on sugar or i'm getting sentimental or what. you know, i never thought this woman thing would mean anything to me. i definitely will not vote for somebody because of gender, because of ethnicity, because of color. i vote on qualifications. but i will confess to you that when i saw hillary clinton come out today, i did feel something. there was a stirring of emotion in me because i do know that
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all right. we pick it up from here. hello and welcome to a special morning after the final super tuesday edition of "early start." it's just after 11:00 p.m. in california. i guess it's a late-night edition from california. i'm christine romans. >> i'm john berman. it's wednesday here although it's still tuesday back there. june 7th where you are in the west. june 8th here in the east. nice to see you this morning. hillary clinton making history overnight and celebrating that history for the first time, acknowledging she is the presumptive nominee for the democratic party. and she did it in a pretty big way on this final super tuesday. maybe bigger than some expected. still counting in california, but the results look good for her. she told her supporters the
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choice ahead is clear. >> donald trump is temperamentally unfit to be president and commander-in-chief. [ cheers and applause ] and he's not just trying to build a wall between america and mexico. he's trying to wall off americans from each other. when he says, let's make america great again, that is code for let's take america backwards. >> all right. six states voted this time. hillary clinton won new jersey big. she won new mexico. she won south dakota, which is a state a lot of people thought sanders would win. bernie sanders won caucuses in north dakota and the montana primary. and as for the biggest prize of all, california, still counting votes there. the totals keep on coming in. about 41% of the vote is in
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right now. hillary clinton with a pretty big lead. this is mostly early votes still. a lot of it is early vote where hillary clinton was expected to do well. still, this is a very, very sizeable lead. >> yeah, 400,000 lead in votes there. meantime, donald trump striking a presidential tone, sticking to script, using a teleprompter, making no mention of the controversy over his remarks about a judge's mexican heritage. his speech loaded with attack lines aimed at clinton. >> the clintons have turned the politics of personal enrichment into an art form for themselves. they've made hundreds of millions of dollars selling access, selling favors, selling government contracts, and i mean hundreds of millions of dollars.
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secretary clinton even did all of the work on a totally illegal private server, something that how she's getting away with this, folks, nobody understands. >> all right. so much to talk about this morning. this campaign now pivots from primaries to the general election. let's start with cnn's brianna keilar. she is in santa monica for us this morning or last night. in california where bernie sanders just finished speaking a few minutes ago. brianna. >> reporter: that's right. he finished speaking here just a few minutes ago, and he vowed, christine, to fight on to next tuesday. that is the washington, d.c. primary. bernie sanders has long promised that he would give everyone a shot to vote in a democratic contest who wanted to, and he has seen that as the final contest even though when you look at the 20 delegates that washington, d.c. has, you might say, well, that's pretty inconsequential. he wants everyone to have a shot at a vote. now, some signs tonight that the writing was on the wall. his speech, only 17 minutes
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long. that is by far the shortest speech i have ever heard him give. he frequently goes on for an hour or more. so this was especially short. he also did not criticize hillary clinton once, and he acknowledged her victories. but here's the thing. listen to how the crowd responded when he did that. >> our fight is to transform this country and to understand -- and to understand that we are in this together. to understand that all of what we believe is what the majority of the american people believe. and to understand that the struggle continues.
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>> reporter: and actually what i thought was going to be tossing to there, christine, was bernie sanders congratulating in a very gracious way hillary clinton on her victories tonight. the crowd here responded with boos. you heard chants of "bernie or bust" during his speech tonight. there are a lot of folks here who are really his die-hard supporters, who are making it clear they are very much for bernie sanders. and you can see how it will be difficult just by the mood that we're seeing here tonight that they would pivot over and support hillary clinton. there is a long road ahead. bernie sanders has said that he wants to unify the democratic party. yes, he's going to fight on. but at the same time, we know that the campaigns are in touch, even at the campaign manager level. so some signs that behind the scenes they're building bridges. but you can just see here just how difficult it's going to be for hillary clinton to really
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garner support from these die-hard bernie fans. >> brianna, quickly, what is in store for bernie sanders over the next few days. he's got some pretty big meetings in washington, d.c. later this week. >> reporter: that's right. so he is going to first make a stop at home in burlington. then he's going to washington, d.c. he has meetings. he's going to meet, for instance, with harry reid on the hill. he's going to be meeting with president obama. he's going to have a rally in washington, d.c. and he sent out a fund-raising e-mail for people to commit to vote in washington, d.c. the big question is what happens next tuesday or next wednesday. how does that play out? >> bernie supporters booing hillary clinton's name. also booing the media every time there were news reports during the night of hillary clinton having a lead in california. big boos for that as well. all right. brianna keilar, thank you for that. >> but cheering when bernie sanders said the big goal did to take on donald trump here and that's something they all must do. so you see bernie trying to temper his message there. as for hillary clinton, she was clearly savoring her victories
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today. she said in her speech that the milestone -- it is a milestone in u.s. and women's history. >> thanks to you, we've reached a milestone. first time -- the first time in our nation's history that a woman will be a major party's nomin nominee. tonight's victory is not about one person. it belongs to generations of women and men who struggled and sacrificed and made this moment possible. in our country, it started right here in new york, a place called
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seneca falls in 1841. when a small but determined group of women and men came together with the idea that women deserved equal rights, and they set it forth in something called the declaration of sentiments, and it was the first time in human history that that kind of declaration occurred. so we all owe so much to those who came before, and tonight belongs to all of you. i want to thank all the people across our country who have taken the time to talk with me. i've learned a lot about you, and i've learned about those persistent problems and the unfinished promise of america that you are living with. so many of you feel like you're
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out there on your own, that no one has your back. well, i do. i hear you. i see you. and as your president, i will always have your back. >> that was hillary clinton tonight in brooklyn, speaking to supporters there. i want to discuss now with our panel. joining us, cnn politics reporter mj lee, josh rogin. andy dean is a cnn political commentat commentator, and dan pfeiffer, a former senior adviser to president obama. dan is making really his debut on the early morning flagship election night show. thanks for being here, dan, who also voted today for hillary clinton. mj, i want to start with you here. you know, history made with hillary clinton. she is the first woman to be a major party presumptive nominee. she acknowledged that in her speech tonight, but she did not
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stick to that. i think also acknowledging in her speech that this election, she intends to make this election just as much about donald trump as it is about whatever history she hopes to make. >> right. i mean even though we ended tonight on bernie sanders and the news that he will continue to fight on, that he will not leave the race and he intends to take his fight all the way to the convention, i think we certainly do need to keep in mind sort of this momentous occasion that clinton had and this great achievement that she had. exactly eight years after she conceded to then senator barack obama, eight years ago in her 2008 first white house campaign, i was at her campaign rally earlier tonight in brooklyn. a lot of women in the room who were really taking this in as a moment in history. they remember so well the disappointment that they felt eight years ago when she did not get the democratic party's
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nomination. and tonight i think they're feeling sort of all the more sort of the joy and sort of the remarkable moment that this is, that a woman for the first time has become the presidential nominee of a major political party. and my colleague and i wrote about this tonight as well. that in her speech, if you listen, she spoke about her mother, dorothy rodham, and clinton's aides say that in preparing to give this victory speech, she was thinking a lot about her mother and really sort of coming to the realization what she was about to achieve and what she was about to celebrate. so sort of a poignant, an important sort of personal moment for hillary clinton tonight. >> dan pfeiffer, you voted for her today. what were your thoughts on how she handled her speech, the tone she gave? >> i thought it was excellent. i think she was -- she clearly savored the moment. it was eight years in the making for her. you know, eight years to the day when she dropped out. actually more than 200 years in the making for the country. and she set both a positive
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tone, and she continued on what i think is a very successful trump contrast argument to make in the fall. so i think her campaign feels very good about it. she should feel very good about it, and now the real work begins. >> there's clearly a lot more to discuss. we're going to talk about donald trump excessively. coming up next, donald trump, how he chose to celebrate this last super tuesday. what he chose to talk about on this stage tonight. what he chose to read from the teleprompter and why he was doing so. so much to discuss. that's coming up.
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donald trump will be the first to tell you that he likes to win, and he did just that tonight, finishing first in a bunch of one-man races. part of his victory speech tonight included attacks on his democratic opponent. watch this. >> together we accomplished what nobody thought was absolutely possible, and you know what that is. we're only getting started, and it's going to be beautiful.
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remember that. [ applause ] tonight we closed one chapter in history, and we begin another. our campaign received more primary votes than any gop campaign in history, no matter who it is, no matter who they are. we received more votes. a great feeling. that's a great feeling. this is not a testament to me but a testament to all of the people who believed real change, not obama change, but real change is possible. you've given me the honor to lead the republican party to victory this fall. we're going to do it. we're going to do it, folks. we're going to do it. i understand the responsibility of carrying the mantle, and i will never, ever let you down.
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too much work, too many people, blood, sweat, and tears. never going to let you down. i will make you proud of your party and our movement, and that's what it is, is a movement. now, recent polls have shown that i'm beating hillary clinton, and with all of her many problems and the tremendous mistakes that she's made -- and she has made tremendous mistakes -- we expect our lead to continue to grow and grow substantially. to all of those bernie sanders voters who have been left out in the cold by a rigged system of superdelegates, we welcome you with open arms. and by the way, the terrible trade deals that bernie was so vehemently against -- and he's right on that -- will be taken care of far better than anyone
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ever thought possible, and that's what i do. we are going to have fantastic trade deals. we're going to start making money and bringing in jobs. we're going to put america back to work. we're going to make our own products. we're going to put america back to work. we're going to rebuild our inner cities, which are absolutely a shame and so sad. we're going to take care of our african-american people that have been mistreated for so long. we're going to make you and your family safe, secure, and prosperous, prosperous again. together we will put the american people first again.
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first again. we will make our communities wealthy. we will make our cities safe again. we will make our country strong again. ladies and gentlemen, we will make america great again. >> all right. let's bring back our panel here. and i want to start with andy dean. you are a trump supporter. you heard that speech last night. a couple of things really jumped out at me. i will never, ever let you down. this during a week where he's been sort of fighting with some of the establishment republicans. and this direct appeal for bernie sanders supporters, looking at that overlap of the criticism of trade deals and fairness for american workers. >> a good couple of points there. first, remember this is a teleprompter speech. donald trump did a good job. he obviously off the cuff on the campaign trail is a very entertaining and energetic
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speaker. but with this speech, he needed to stay focused on the issues to pivot back to the things that voters care about. and that's jobs, and that's the economy, and that's terrorism. so i think by pivoting back to the issues that people care about, donald trump came off very, very strong tonight. and, yeah, he made an appeal to bernie sanders supporters. he's going to make an appeal to all americans who care about raising our wages and getting america back on our feet, instead of getting destroyed by all these countries who are ripping us off with all these trade deals. i thought tonight was a big win for trump. one last thing about his speech. he said, look, i'm going to talk about hillary clinton next week, and we're going to talk about her many, many problems. and i think that that's going to start to illuminate the distinction between clinton and trump. and i'm looking forward to that speech. >> it's a good point. he did preview that next week he intends to give a big speech exclusively on the clintons and what he said their problems are. josh, donald trump was on telepromper. andy was suggesting he needed to
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focus on the issues tonight. why? because over the last few days he's been focused on a lot of other things, namely his comments about this judge, this indiana-born judge, who he referred to as a mexican, criticizing the judge on the trump university case. paul ryan called the comments about that judge the textbook definition of racist comments. and now donald trump tonight tells people -- and i imagine the people he was talking to tonight were people like paul ryan, reince priebus -- i will never disappoint you. do you -- >> i think they heard it, no, i don't think they believe it. i spent a last few days with a lot of senate republicans, and they were just all tied up in knots about what to do about donald trump. you know, they're bending over backwards to try to find a way to support him, but there's a point at which they cannot just go along. and this is the point, okay? and what we saw over the week was this sort of five-week, six-week effort by the trump campaign to convince
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republicans, especially republican law makers, republican leaders, that trump is acceptable, that he can communicate to their constituents, and he can lead the party in a way that won't sacrifice not only this election but the future of the party for a generation. and that was all squandered, okay? so that's what he's trying to do. i don't think he's going to be able to do it with one speech? why? because republicans have seen this movie before, right? there was that whole effort where trump came to washington and met with paul ryan, and they all, you know, shook hands and did the grip and grin. but then he totally went back on everything that he said. so until trump actually makes some concessions that people can see, until he modifies some of these more extreme policies like the ban on muslims and takes back some of these things that he said that republican leaders like paul ryan see as blight at racist, they're going to see this as more emtri words. >> everyone stay. josh rogin, thank you. everyone stays. there's so much to talk about. so much action overnight in the
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you used to advise the president of the united states, barack obama, and here you have bernie sanders giving this 17-minute speech where to boos when he mentioned hillary clinton's name, he vowed to stay in this through next week, the washington, d.c. primary, and he said he's going to take his message -- his message all the way to philadelphia. what do you take away from that speech from bernie sanders? >> i think that this is the beginning of a process for bernie sanders to get out of this race and help unify the party. he didn't attack hillary clinton in this speech. he talked about taking his message to the convention. i think under all scenarios, he will push for process reforms, some of his policy to be part of the policy platform for the party. he could have taken different tacks tonight. eight years ago after the last primary in 2008, hillary clinton gave a very feisty speech. terry mcauliffe, who was her campaign chairman at that time, introduced her as the next president of the united states. wow have thought from that speech she was going to go all the way to the convention. she was out of the race three
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days later. so i think there's a process in place. i was comforted by that speech that bernie sanders wants to do the right thing, get behind hillary clinton, and ensure that a democrat succeeds broesh. >> one of the things he did very early on in that speech is he made clear his number one goal is to defeat donald trump. that seemed like a message to his supporters and hillary clinton supporters that whatever i'm about to say after this, that's still our number one goal. can we bring the california numbers up because we keep tallying the vote in california. about 41% of the vote in right now. we'll put that up in a second so you can see where california stands. 44% of the votes in. the vote is still coming in. bernie sanders is closing in some, but he's got a long way to go if he wants to win there. mj lee, bernie sanders said we're going to fight hard to win the primary in washington, d.c. then we're going to take our fight for social, economic, racial, environmental justice to philadelphia. i suppose the question is, is
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that fight to philadelphia a literal or a met for cal one? is he going to fight for the issues all the way to philadelphia, or is he going to fight to the nomination? that's what dan was saying. dan thinks that over the next few days that fight will be more met for cal than literal. >> bernie sanders has to know there is so much responsibility on him now to unite the party even if he does want to take the fight to the convention, whether that's influencing the party platform, making sure that there are certain reforms made to the political process. he knows that -- i mean we heard the crowd booing. we heard our colleague, brianna, who was in the room sort of noting how intense the negative reactions were when he even brought up her name. this is his responsibility now to go out there and say over and over again to his supporters, hillary clinton has become the presumptive nominee when he's ready to do that and make sure this doesn't end up actually negatively affecting the democratic party. >> there was some news right
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senator sanders, his campaign, and the vigorous debate that we've had about how to raise incomes, reduce inequality, increase upward mobility have been very good for the democratic party and for america. >> hillary clinton praising bernie sanders. hillary clinton essentially thanking bernie sanders for his role in this race. hillary clinton mentions bernie sanders, she gets cheers. bernie sanders mentions hillary clinton, he gets boos. josh rogin, how much work does hillary clinton need to do to bring on board those bernie sanders supporters? >> well, as the reports show, the negotiations behind the scenes are already going on between the two campaigns. to see what hillary clinton can do to get bernie sanders to, one, rhetorically support her, and, two, give her all the data and e-mail lists and everything else that he's accumulated, now he's going to have some demands of his own. he's going to want influence over the convention. he's going to want some influence over the future of the party.
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he's got some leverage but time is running short, and he better use it or he's going to lose it. >> time is running short. at the same time tonight you heard from donald trump tonight also reaching out to bernie sanders supporters. both of them eyeing that prize. all right. everybody stay where you are. much more to talk about and where those sanders supporters will go. we're going to get to that right after the break. what's with him? 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!
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i should say, the very first point he made was that the most important job here was to defeat donald trump. donald trump in his own speech said, hey, sanders supporters, come over here. we have a lot in common. how is donald trump going to convince those bernie sanders supporters that they should vote for trump? >> right. well, look, these bernie sanders voters -- and there are millions of them -- are in play right now. there's no guarantee that they're going to go to hillary clinton. now, you know, statistically if you look at the type of voter that they are, they're more likely to go to hillary clinton. but if you're a swing bernie sanders voter and you're interested in trade deals, and you're interested in wage increases, then the candidate you're going to pick is donald trump because the best way to increase wages is to have a stronger economy and have better trade deals. and donald trump is somebody who understands the private sector. hillary clinton is somebody who does not get the private sector. she's been a bureaucrat her entire life, and bernie sanders has been railing against hillary clinton, her privilege, her connections to wall street and goldman sachs. so i think that these on the fence sanders supporters could
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get the new xfinity tv app and for the first time ever stream live tv, watch on demand, and download your dvr shows anywhere. good morning and welcome to a special morning after the final super tuesday edition of sta "early start." >> it is 3:00 a.m. in the east and midnight in california where they are still counting the votes. >> let's take a look at where the vote stands right now in california. hillary clinton at 58%, about a 400,000 vote lead. now, this margin, it is shrinking. it has been shrinking over time. bernie sanders getting closer. can he close enough? just don't know yet. no call to make just yet.
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now, even without california, history has been made overnight in this election. hillary clinton, the first woman to be the presumptive nominee of a major party, the democratic party. and last night in brooklyn, she spoke to supporters and talked about the path ahead. >> donald trump is temperamentally unfit to be president and commander-in-chief. and he's not just trying to build a wall between america and mexico. he's trying to wall off americans from each other. when he says, "let's make america great again," that is code for let's take america backwards. >> all right. six states voted in the final super tuesday. hillary clinton won in new jersey, pretty big. new mexico and san diego, which was a little bit of a surprise.
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bernie sanders won in north dakota and montana. and again they are still counting votes in california there. hillary clinton, you can see, with this lead although that includes the early vote which typically she does very, very well in. >> we'll continue to watch those numbers. meanwhile, donald trump striking a presidential tone. he's sticking to the script and sticking to a ple prompter, making no mention of the controversy over his remarks about a judge's mexican heritage. his speech loaded with attack lines aimed at clinton. >> the clintons have turned the politics of personal enrichment into an art form for themselves. they've made hundreds of millions of dollars selling access, selling favors, selling government contracts, and i mean hundreds of millions of dollars.
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secretary clinton even did all of the work on a totally illegal private server, something that how she's getting away with this, folks, nobody understands. >> so much to talk about. i'll start talking about it right now. we're joined now by an aware of people. want to first go to tal cop man. again we've been talking about this all day, since hillary clinton became the presumptive nominee 24 hours ago. but it was history. she finally acknowledged tonight as she spoke to reporters in brooklyn. >> yeah, that's right. you know, we wrote yesterday about how it was sort of an odd historical moment, really muted when all of a sudden the associated press and then us and some of the major networks decided to call it for her based on our count of delegates. and she couldn't quite declare victory yet because you still had all these votes today. well, today she finally got her moment, and she had the sort of triumphant moment onstage to the
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cheering crowds, and she, you know, returned to the glass ceiling that she had spoken about eight years ago as she conceded to barack obama. and this time had that sort of triumphant return to the stage to talk about actually beginning to break that glass ceiling. it was a really great night for her, and she also handled the speech really well. it seemed like she had her footing. she seamlessly transitioned from talking about the historic nature of the moment to thanking senator sanders for his campaign to then attacking donald trump, and she really hit her marks in that regard. >> tal, stay with us. we've got a predawn dream team here. mj lee, josh rogin is here. andy dean, cnn political commentator, former president of trump productions, and dan pfeiffer, cnn political zmentator and a former senior adviser to president obama. dan, i wanted to look at this image that the clinton campaign tweeted out, this image of hillary clinton. it looks like backstage or in
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the hallway with this little girl sort of dancing at her feet. kind of a visual image, if you will, of what the history is here tonight to every little girl who dreams big, yes, you can be anything you want, even president. tonight is for you, signed h., meaning she sent this out herself. is this the imagery that the campaign is going to dwell on here, this imagery of the first woman to get the nomination? and will they sustain that and at the same time attack donald trump and his policies? >> i think this will be obviously part of the backdrop and the narrative of the election, and tonight was a very important moment. history was made. they acknowledged it. she certainly savored it. women around the country and frankly around the world savored it. it will be there. i think it will be a very motivating factor for a lot of women, including some who i think voted for mitt romney who had concerns about donald trump, who may come to hillary clinton as part of that, with the idea of the first woman president. i don't think it will be the main part of her message. it won't be part of her contrast
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with donald trump, but it will be part of the election as it should be. >> i was struck by the fact that even as they were tweeting out these images of hillary clinton, you know, with children, with hillary clinton making history, mj, that the speech was very much equally focused on donald trump. to me, it was a signal that, you know, whatever history and whatever inspirational message i may try to give during this election, you know, this election is going to be about negatives big time on both candidates. >> right, and i think when she decides to tweet out an image like this of her standing with a little girl, you know, this isn't just about making an appeal as a woman or to women. i think you're absolutely right, that this is about drawing a contrast between her self and donald trump. and you notice that in her speech in brooklyn last night, when she went after donald trump, it was not over disagreements over policy. you know, she didn't say, you know, donald trump and i don't see eye to eye on trade policy or tax policy. she went after him on character issues. she went after him on his
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comments about judge curiel. she went after him for comments that he has made about women. so this is something that we are going to certainly see continue to play out over the next couple of months. i think she wants to make sure that she is the nominee that presents a hopeful message, and that is actually acting presidential when donald trump is very much sort of, you know, being attacked and being criticized for a whole number of different scandals and controversies. >> it's interesting you talk about that imagery for hillary clinton with the little girl, the history being made, the first woman to win a major party's nomination. and then you think of the imagery of the donald trump speech, by the way, where he was flanked by his wife and his daughter. when you see the speech on television of donald trump, you see donald trump with two women behind him. what does hillary clinton need to do in terms of the general election on this front? you know, bernie sanders, young women, millennial women in
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particular, by and large preferred bernie sanders, which is so interesting. they don't seem to be moved by the history-making aspect of the hillary clinton campaign. >> well, that's right. as my wife, a millennial feminist herself constantly reminds me, young feminists don't want to be told to vote for him just because they're women. they want to be able to support women based on their merits. i think when you get down to it, there's very little substantive argument that donald trump can make to those young millennial feminists himself. and in the end, on the merits they largely support hillary clinton, and i think that's what you're going to see. i think when you look at the two speeches and the two images being put forth, while the images are the same, the details are not, okay? hillary clinton, what she needs to do in my opinion is point out her record of supporting women, policies that support women, that includes when she was a senator and when she was the secretary of state. there's a lot there if she can get into the details, if she can get the people to focus on those details. she needs to continue to point out that while donald trump
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professes to be for women and not just for women but for lots of different groups, including several minority groups, sometimes there's no meat on those bones, and he has a hard time articuating what exactly that means in the context of his campaign and his presidency. so we've got the big images. we've got the two top-line speeches. now we'll have a chance to fill in the details, and i think there hillary clinton so far as a substantial advantage. >> andy dean, donald trump supporter, do you care to respond to josh rogin there? i would ask you only to additionally focus on donald trump tonight and whether or not you thought it was a good move for him to take that teleprompter up on stage with him, something he is loathe to do, only done i think four other times in this campaign so far. >> yeah, i think there are going to be a couple teleprompter speeches but not too many of them. his strength is on the stump. but the one thing he did that was nice in this speech is he focused right back on hillary clinton and talking about the fact that she traded hundreds of millions of dollars for access.
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and on to this point of, you know, hillary clinton being the first woman, you know, her gender is not in question. that's a wonderful thing. it's her judgment that is in question, and nobody in their right mind believes that hillary clinton is some feminist or, you know, some freedom fighter like susan b anthony. this is a person who has a very checkered past when it comes to women's rights and issues, and we just have to look at what bill and hillary did to many women in the '80s and '90s, i mean binders full of women whose lives were destroyed. if hillary really wants to play up the susan b. anthony thing, then it's only fair that the other part of her record is covered, in which she really hurt a lot of women in the 80s and 90s. >> dan, i'm going to give you the last word here because that's what the campaign is going to have to be ready for from team trump. they're going to try to turn the women's thing around on her. >> yeah, i would just say -- >> dan pfeiffer, go ahead. >> sorry. this is a battle that the clintons have been fighting for
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30 years now. the challenge for trump is not to tear down hillary clinton. if he has any chance at winning this election, he has to dramatically improve his standing with core groups including women, latinos, african-americans, and young people, who will decide this election. right now, he's historically unpopular with them. so tearing down hillary clinton is good for, you know, cable news. it's not a great way to win the election. >> all right. guys, stick around. a lot to discuss going forward. there was celebration. there was attacking all at once on two stages. we just talked a lot about hillary clinton. we're going to focus more on donald trump coming up. the speech he gave, what he says he's going to do next week with a speech completely devoted to the clintons. stay with us. why do people put milk on cereal? oh, are you reading why people put milk on cereal? why does your tummy go "grumbily, grumbily, grumbily"? why is it all (mimics a stomach grumble) no more questions for you! ooph, that milk in your cereal
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i built an extraordinary business on relationships and deals that benefit all parties involved, always. my goal is always, again, to bring people together. but if i'm forced to fight for something i really care about, i will never, ever back down. and our country will never, ever back down. thank you. i fought for my family. i fought for my business. i fought for my employees. and now i'm going to fight for you, the american people. like nobody has ever fought before. [ cheers and applause ] and i'm not a politician fighting. i'm me. you're going to see some real good things happen.
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just remember this. i'm going to be your champion. i'm going to be america's champion because, you see, this election isn't about republican or democrat. it's about who runs this country, the special interests or the people, and i mean the american people. >> all right. you hear donald trump there speaking out to a group of supporters at one of his golf clubs here outside new york city. what was interesting about that speech, it was on teleprompter. also interesting about that speech, a tone that was more measured than we'd heard before. also interesting about that speech, where it occurs during this campaign, at a time when he has been in the middle of a lot of turmoil because of comments that paul ryan, the speaker of the house, a republican, are says pretty much racist, the textbook definition of racist comments. so did he cross that divide he needed to cross tonight? back with us, our panel right now. josh rogin, let me start with
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you. reince priebus said great victory speech by real donald trump tonight. exactly the right approach and perfectly delivered. that's what reince priebus said. what do you think? >> i think, you know, there are two types of establishment republicans. now, those who are bending over backwards to find tiny bits of the donald trump campaign that they can latch onto to justify their continued support and those who are looking for the exit ramp and looking for a way to say, hey, i tried but this guy is just going to be zodoom r the future of our party. reince priebus has a job to do. his job is to make donald trump palatable to republicans. it's a tough job. he's struggling at it. he's trying hard, but donald trump made it a tiny bit easier with that speech. but again the proof is in what he will do from here on out when he's not reading off the teleprompter, when he's talking off the cuff. we'll have to wait and see. >> tal, you've been live blogging all night, so you've been watching all of these candidates and telling us what, you know, the play by play, if you will. let me ask you about when this
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speech -- this speech comes in a week when he has seen some of the party's leaders really, really upset about his controversy over the heritage of the judge who is presiding over the trump university matter. he didn't mention trump university. he didn't mention judges. he's trying to look forward. but the timing is interesting. he's saying, i'm going to fight for you. i will never let you down at a time when there are many in the party who he did let down this week. >> absolutely. i thought the reince priebus tweet was really telling tonight, and i had a slightly different read on it than josh, which is when reince priebus is 100% happy with how donald trump comported himself tonight, something's a little off. and there's a cardinal rule in politics, in sports, in any sort of game like this. you want to be fighting on your turf. and here we are, the last night of the primaries. it's sort of donald trump's victory moment going into the convention that he can claim. and he's reading off a teleprompter, which just yesterday he was making fun of
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hillary clinton for doing, and he's muted, and he's exactly what the sort of establishment republicans want him to be. it's a very unusual place for him to be. and, you know, i think that he had a decent speech, and he showed that he can read from a teleprompter and follow a script. but it definitely wasn't the donald trump that has energized all his supporters and gotten him here. so it will be interesting to see in the coming days and weeks when he isn't coming off these brutal five days or so of criticism from inside his own party, which donald trump we get. but i'm not sure the republican party actually wants the donald trump that makes them 100% happy. >> i'm looking at andy dean's face. >> do you agree with tal? this is sort of a capitulation in tactics from donald trump? >> no. she make smz good points. personally, i like the non-teleprompter trump. i mean that's the trump that i knew for seven years when i worked for him, and i think
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that's the candidate republican voters fell in love with. this is a guy who got more votes than any republican nominee in history. so we like that guy. but at the same time, you know, he has to expand the base, and i think the teleprompter here and there can help him do that. now, i don't think he's going to do that all the time. but i'll tell you this, though. the media says to donald, hey, you need to play it straight. you need to calm a little and, you know, that's what the teleprompter is. but then all of a sudden when he does that and he's calm and measured and he has a teleprompter, they're like, hey, where's the fun non-teleprompter trump. sometimes he's damned if he does, damned if he doesn't. i think you're going to see a mixture of both trumps and i think it's going to take both of them to win. that's fine. he knows how to win. >> he said i'm not changing, i'm not changing. this is who i am. i'm not changing. but then you see sort of the demeanor last night and you wonder if he is trying to make that pivot to being more presidential. but you're so right, andy. it is the other trump that
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everyone really fell in love with. dan pfeiffer, if trump can manage to get his republican leadership behind him, can he make inroads, do you think, with those republican voters who are still concerned that trump doesn't speak for the mainstream of the republican party? >> sure. he has an opportunity to make some inroads there to help more unify the republican party. he has an opportunity. it's challenging for him. this week was fairly devastating in that regard. hillary clinton is a pretty good motivator of republican voters given the long history there. but just winning romney's voters is not -- means that he will lose in a huge electoral landslide. he has to do much more than that. so he is in a massive deficit to actually winning the election because he has to unify his voters just to get to romney's, you know, 47% ironically. and then to get to 50.1, he has
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to do better with -- much better than romney or even george w. bush did with hispanics, asian-americans and african-americans and that's a big challenge. >> i just want to make clear one thing. donald trump did not apologize for the comments he made about the judge at all today. they put out a statement where he said they had been misconstrued by the media and then he didn't talk about it at all night. he has. >> particularly changed his tone. he's just perhaps changed his focus. a lot more to discuss including the counting still going on in california right now. we have some more votes in. take a look right now. 50%, a full 50% of the vote in. hillary clinton's lead is shrinking but it's still nearly 400,000. a lot of this is early vote, but as the actual day of vote comes in, not changing too, too much. we'll give you the latest when we come back.
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bernie! bernie! bernie! bernie! >> but you all know it is more than bernie. it is all of us together. it is what this movement is about, is millions of people from coast to coast standing up and looking around them and knowing that we can do much, much better as a nation.
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we are going -- we are going -- we are going to fight hard. we are going to fight hard to win the primary in washington, d.c. and then we take our fight for social, economic, racial, and environmental justice to philadelphia, pennsylvania. >> you can hear bernie sanders there saying he's going to fight on to the washington, d.c. primary, which is next tuesday, and then take the struggle for social, economic, and racial and environmental justice to philadelphia. that is the convention. we still haven't called california by the way. in california, they are still counting votes. our latest count right there, 51% now in. hillary clinton's lead expanding actually in the numbers to
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398,000 votes, though shrinking in percentage. that vote different rens, nearly 400,000, hasn't changed all that much. it could be indicative of what is to come as this night and morning continues as they count the vote. mj lee, to bernie sanders, who did not get out of the race even as this network and many others have declared hillary clinton the presumptive nominee, he says he will fight for the primary in washington, d.c. and then take his struggle on the issues to the convention. but this coming week, there are so many fascinating events. bernie sanders laying off half his campaign staff. bernie sanders with meetings with harry reid and president obama. it's going to be fascinating, mj, to watch his moves. >> yeah, really fascinating to see exactly how he handles the next couple of weeks. whether he really makes the focus about his supporters and making sure that he's giving them a voice, or whether this is really about continuing to go after hillary clinton, which, remember, in his speech tonight he really did not mention her at all. he said that he would victories, but not really her
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victory, the singular, the fact that she has actually clinched the democratic party's nomination. now, of course, there is going to be a lot of pressure building in the coming weeks from democratic leaders. there has already been a lot of criticism from, you know, rank and file members as well as democratic leaders for him to get out of the race and allow hillary clinton to really focus on her race against donald trump. and to be honest, i think that she has done that, and she is moving in that direction. her speech tonight was really about sort of the moment in history of her clinching the nomination, and then really pivoting to the general election and going after donald trump and drawing contrasts between herself and donald trump, the republican presumptive nominee. so i don't think, you know, from her perspective, it really matters that she's -- that he is remaining in this race as long as he handles himself in such a way that he can help her as he takes on donald trump in the fall. >> you know, dan pfeiffer,
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helping her as she takes on donald trump in the fall, it's interesting to me when i listened to bernie sanders tonight, he talked about how he looks forward to working with president obama to unify his party. he didn't say her. the white house putting out a statement saying that at the request of bernie sanders, he would be meeting with the president at the white house, i think, on thursday. notable that it was bernie sanders' request to meet with the president. how much influence will bernie sanders have in the platform of the party, in what happens in philadelphia, the choices of v.p.? does he really have the influence that it seems like he's trying to hold on to? >> i think he'll certainly have influence at the convention in terms of the party platform, you know, whatever reform process is going in place about how nominees are picked. i don't think he will have any influence on hillary clinton's nominee, nor should he -- v.p. nominee, nor should he. hillary clinton had none on barack obama's in 2008. that's really the decision of the party nominee. but he has turned himself from a
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back-bench, unknown senator to a very powerful force in the democratic party and progressive politics in the country and he can leverage that not just in this campaign to defeat donald trump but to push for the issues he's spent his whole career on going forward. i believe he will do the right thing. i was comforted by the tone of his speech. i was comforted by the fact that he did not go after hillary clinton. this is a hard process. sniffing the white house is intoxicating. it is very hard to come down from a presidential campaign, but when you think you might have -- if there's a moment you can picture yourself in the oval office and air force one, losing is that much harder, and bernie sanders is in that position. so there's going to be a process with himself and his campaign and supporters to get there. i'm confident they'll get there, but it's going to take a little bit of time. i think the president can help bring this to closure sooner
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than later. >> tal, there's an article in politico which talks about bernie sanders driving this ship and being the one to keep the pressure on hillary clinton over the last few months. it was bernie sanders who wanted to make the statement after the nevada convention according to this article that didn't apologize for the violence there, et cetera, et cetera. do you think it's in his heart to back off and get in line with the democratic party right now? >> it certainly seemed to be tonight. you know, you could be a bit pessimistic about it and think that perhaps he wanted to give hillary clinton and, you know, women who may feel that this night is extremely historic, just give that space. we'll see what comes tomorrow. as she delivered her remarks, his campaign sent out a reminder to his supporters about the rally that he is planning in d.c. on thursday. and, you know, we could really parse his words tonight. also it was a very
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uncharacterically shoot speert . he pledged to continue the fight, but what we didn't hear from him tonight is a promise to actually secure the nomination, and that's something he said throughout this campaign even when the math was tough. he was pledging to turn superdelegates, to take the fight and get the nomination and we didn't hear that from him tonight. >> all right, guys. thank you so much. dan pfeiffer, andy dean, i think we have to say good night to you guys. >> lucky you, you get to get some sleep. >> obviously we are in for quite a few months here. based on what we saw last night with these victory speeches for donald trump and hillary clinton, they are going to go after each other hard for the next few months. what will that look like? that's next.
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together we accomplished what nobody thought was absolutely possible. >> it may be hard to see
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tonight, but we are all standing under a glass ceiling right now. donald trump is temperamentally unfit to be president. >> we will make america great again. >> that is code for, let's take america backwards. >> the clintons have turned the politics of personal enrichment into an art form for themselves. >> he's not just trying to build a wall between america and mexico. he's trying to wall off americans from each other. >> hillary clinton turned the state department into her private hedge fund. >> whether you supported me or senator sanders or one of the republicans, we all need to keep working toward a better, fairer, stronger america. >> all of those bernie sanders
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voters who have been left out in the cold by a rigged system of superdelegates, we welcome you with open arms. >> i know it never feels good to put your heart into a cause or a candidate you believe in and to come up short. i know that feeling well. >> the last thing we need is hillary clinton in the white house or an extension of the obama disaster. >> the stakes in this election are high, and the choice is clear. >> that was one night. that was one night. that was last night. how many nights are there left until november 8th? wow. this is going to be some election. donald trump and hillary clinton giving their victory speeches last night. >> california is a big deal. >> you got debates, you got conventions. you got a whole lot to discuss. joining us to discuss, we have some new members on our panel.
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brian stelter and eugene scott, cnn politics reporter. tal kopan still here. mj lee still here. brian stelter, as the new addition, we will start with you right now. both candidates, often on election nights like this, you seek to inspire. you seek to look ahead. you seek to lift up. both candidates chose last night to knock down and hit each other hard. >> and this was the hillary clinton we recognized because this was a culmination in some ways of her campaign speeches. it was not the donald trump that we recognized, right? this was a prompter donald trump. it was uncomfortable at times. i thought he was only having fun when he was ad-libbing and i'm curious how long he can stick with this prompter. >> mj, it's true the two attacks against each other really kind of frame, i think, what's going to happen between now and november 8th, doesn't it in. >> the two attacks between -- >> yeah, just the imagery we saw last night, the way they were each, you know, going after the other one. i mean now we've entered the
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general election essentially. >> yeah, and it shows that even though bernie sanders has decided to stay in the race, hillary clinton has moved on, and she actually moved on a while ago. and i think donald trump, by focusing on hillary clinton and promising the speech that is going to be largely focused on clinton next week, is trying to also move away from the recent wave of controversies, including his comments about judge curiel. really noticeably not addressing that issue at all tonight in his speech, not taking questions, and as brian said, sticking to the teleprompter. >> interesting that trump did not acknowledge the history-making moment of clinton being the presumptive nominee, the first time a woman is the nominee of a major party. the fact that he didn't bring it up, didn't talk about it, i thought was curious. it would have been an easy thing for him to do he chose not to. >> back to the hillary clinton side, there was zero subtle about her attacks on donald trump. she said donald trump does not have the temperament to be president. her message is she doesn't think
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donald trump has the temperament to be president. it was interesting to see it placed in such stark terms. >> very much so. one thing i thought was very interesting. you see when she acknowledged sanders' supporters who obviously did not vote for her, she also mentioned other republicans. other republicans who did not support donald trump and who don't believe that he is the best person to lead this country forward. appealing to them, trying to get them to come on board. i thought that was a new approach that i had not seen recently. >> josh, i want to talk about the history-making aspect of this campaign. i'll start with you, josh, because there's the obvious history that the hillary clinton campaign made. they even tweeted out a picture of hillary clinton with this little girl either backstage or in a hallway where you can sort of see the imagery of hillary clinton as a role model to every girl who dreams big, yes, you can be everything you want, even president. tonight is for you, h. and then donald trump is history-making too. he beat out 16 other people for his job here, for this role here. and quite frankly a lot of them
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were very well qualified. josh, talk to me a little bit about what that means for us in the weeks ahead. just both campaigns have a degree of history here. >> sure. i think what you're seeing is that both campaigns realize the basic truth about presidential elections, and you hear this every four years. when people are put to a buy nary choice of would you like the status quo, or would you like something different, most will go with something different. it's just something about our politics that keeps presenting itself. so what you see is hillary clinton presenting herself and her campaign and her vision as something different. she talks about progressive change. she talks about the evolution of big issues over generations and how about donald trump's platform represents a turn to the past, a turn to things that we already know. and donald trump presents a very different and totally incongrewous vision of what something different means. for him, something different means antiestablishment, anti-the system. so they're both making the same argument in totally different ways. >> i want to look at the california boards.
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we're going to take a quick break, but i want to look at the california boards on the way out here. hillary clinton, 396,000 votes ahead. she's holding on to this almost 400,000 vote lead. 57.5%. 52% of the precincts voting. we're going to continue to follow that.
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all right. there you can see the counting in california is still ongoing, and hillary clinton now has a 400,085 vote lead. >> it's actually climbing by the numbers at least a little bit. >> it is. bernie sanders with 41, just shy of 42% of the vote there. so the final super tuesday is in the books. they're still counting those votes in california. bernie sanders says he's staying in, so where does the race go from here? let's bring our panel back again. i want to talk to mj lee first. hillary clinton with a 400,000-vote lead in california. give us a little bit -- you know, pull the curtain back on
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the operation in california and just how much work and how much focus they had on this really big, important, blue state. >> yeah, really important to keep in mind is that the clinton campaign never even expected california to be a close race or a race that they would have to pay attention to coming so late in the cycle. but sanders, of course, decided to essentially camp out in the state and put all of the stakes in the state of california. he has been spending a lot of time there, campaigning there, really crisscrossing the state. so the clinton campaign really went in, all in the last couple of days, making sure that this would not end up being really an embarrassing loss, even if it's just symbolic, coming at the end of the primary season. i think the california primary was a state where we really saw the advantages that the clinton campaign has in terms of having a ground game, having surrogates all across the state that could campaign for her, and the surrogates were especially
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important in the campaign's outreach to non-white voters. they had surrogates of color doing phone banks, making sure that they were speaking at rallies and walking in marches. so really an all-out get out the vote effort that i think sanders was not able to pull off. remember, sanders didn't even have a single significant political endorsement in the state of california. so if he were to somehow win in california, that would be huge and a huge loss for hillary clinton, not something that we are expecting. >> to be clear where we are right now, hillary clinton leads by 400,000 votes. a little more than half the vote count at 54%. still a long way to go. however, look, if it were to finish like this or even close a little, this would be a very big victory for hillary clinton, bigger than any of the polls had suggested. perhaps indicating that something she has done over the last three days has swung that state more to her side. maybe that big speech on friday. tal, i want to shift gears just a little bit and talk about the next week of this campaign
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because we learned a lot of interesting details about what all three current candidates are doing. you know, we talked about bernie sanders. he's going to the white house to meet with president obama and harry reid. hillary clinton in a week, she's going to swing states, ohio and pennsylvania. i suppose you could say donald trump is going to hillary clinton. i mean he's got a big speech planned on just the clintons. interesting trajectory for all three of them. >> yeah, it's sort of like tonight or last night based on how long you've been up is sort of first night of the rest of our lives, right? like this was the general election kickoff that we saw tonight. and you see the two presumptive nominees are right there. they're focusing on those battleground states. and, you know, bernie sanders has pledged to fight on and continue through the d.c. primary next week, which we're not giving a ton of attention to because it's a very small delegate total compared to california tonight, which had almost 500 delegates up for grabs. you know, we're talking low double digits here next week. but that's going to be more of a symbolic thing for him, to continue and to continue to try
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to get some leverage as he pushes some of these policy proposals. we have the presumptive nominees, on the other hand. they're in an all-out battle for that squishy middle. for the people that are going to decide the election this november. >> if she wins california, and she's got a 400,000 vote lead right now. if she wins california, she'll have won 16 of the largest 20 states, right? you know, and made history. the first woman to be the presumptive nominee of either party. yet bernie is staying in, and the challenge of bernie has been so much of the story line over the past few days. if she wins california, does that story go away. >> we see strong voter turnout in california. there was concern that the out lets, essentially calling hillary clinton the presumptive nominee would hurt voter turnout. many millions went to the polls in california and elsewhere. it does seem to me that next tuesday in d.c., that could be
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sanders' chance. >> josh rogin, 30 seconds. last word on these three candidates in the next week. >> well, you're going to find donald trump trying to go after hillary clinton for public corruption. he's going to bring in the clinton foundation. he's going to bring in everything that he can think of, the paid speeches. the question is whether or not he has any facts to back up those claims. he's good at hurling bombs. he's not really good at explaining them. >> all right, guys. stick around. a lot more to discuss at the top of the hour, including how this selection will look different as of this morning. >> "early start" continues next.
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it may be hard to see tonight, but we are all standing under a glass ceiling right now. >> hillary clinton makes
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history. the first woman to win a major party's presidential nomination, basking in the glory, claiming that nomination but keeping a laser focus on donald trump, who is promising, promising a brutal personal battle for the general election. good morning. welcome to "early start." i'm christine romans. >> nice to see you this morning. i'm john berman. it's wednesday, june 8th. it's 4:00 a.m. in the east, 1:00 a.m. out in california, where they are still counting votes right now. you can see right there, there's the latest vote total. hillary clinton leading by nearly 400,000 votes. even without that, hillary clinton did make history last night. she claimed victory in the democratic race. the first woman ever to become a major party's presumptive nominee, including super delegates right now, hillary clinton has -- well, we don't know how many she has. she went over the top. 2,630. that is including super delegates. well over what she needs to secure the nomination in july.
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she has also now won a majority of the pledged delegates. >> of the six states voting in yesterday's final super tuesday, clinton won at least three with a big victory in new jersey. closer margins in new mexico and south dakota, although there have been some hope in the sanders campaign that he would take south dakota. sanders won montana and north dakota. still hanging in the balance, california, where clinton still has the lead here. about a 400,000 vote lead here. in her victory speech, clinton basked in her historic moment but did not take her eyes off donald trump. he returned the favor. he promised to be a fierce competitor. >> the choice is clear. donald trump is temperamentally unfit to be president and commander in chief. [ cheers and applause ]
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and he's not just trying to build a wall between america and mexico, he's trying to wall off americans from each other. when he says let's make america great again, that is code for, let's take america backwards. >> the clintons have turned the politics of personal enrichment into an art form for themselves. [ cheers and applause ] they've made hundreds of millions of dollars selling access, selling favors, selling government contracts, and i mean hundreds of millions of dollars. secretary clinton even did all of the work on a totally illegal private server.
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something that she's getting away with nobody understands. >> a lot to discuss this morning, or tonight if you're in california. we have just the people to do it. cnn's senior media correspondent, breen stelter, eugene scott and josh rogan, columnist for "the washington post." eugene, when you listen to those two candidates and their speeches last night, give me your headline. what is the takeaway as we move forward in the next weeks? >> i think one of the big takeaways, specifically with the hillary clinton speech, is this campaign would be a forward-moving campaign that is reflective of the increasing diversity and new face of america. the historical moment of last night and even her line about donald trump trying to separate americans from americans seems to be a huge theme of what she wants to communicate, that she's bringing with her a diverse coalition of supporters who have strong ideas about what america can be, not just for themselves, but for people that are
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different from themselves. that was one of the clear examples that i saw. in terms of donald trump, he seems very much interested in taking america in a new direction away from what we have seen as establishment politics. where the direction is, where that direction is, is not always clear to people who are -- who have been following politics historically but those who want to see some change, he seems to be focused on that group. >> it's interesting, listening to hillary clinton last night because over the course of this election and the previous ones she ran, she never wanted to overtly say vote for me because i'm a woman. however, she has used her gender to court votes in some ways. overnight, she kind of, basking in the history of the moment, and talking -- you can see a picture there. that was taken before the event last night. you can see her there with a very diverse group of people age-wise and race-wise. last night she was talking about her own family, her mother, her
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granddaughter. listen to what she had to say. >> our children and grandchildren will look back at this time, at the choices we are about to make, the goals we will strive for, the principles we will live by, and we need to make sure that they can be proud of us. the end of the primaries is only the beginning of the work we're called to do. but if we stand together, we will rise together because we are stronger together. let's go out and make that case to america. >> stronger together was the very end of her speech. but it was interesting to hear hillary clinton acknowledging directly what she considers to be the historic nature of the candidacy at this point. >> absolutely. this is something she's sort of flirted how to deal with throughout the campaign. we've seen her when asked all along sort of what change do you
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represent, she's made allusions to the fact that having a woman as president would be something different. this is the first time we've seen her sort of full-out embrace the fact that her candidacy is now officially historic. if there was a night to do it, this was the one. in fact, her campaign was a little displeased last night, or the night before last, when the associated press and our network and others essentially called the race for her because they felt like it was too soon. they wanted the actual primary night to be this crowning achievement moment. it was really interesting. eight years ago she stood up and made a comment about the glass ceiling not being fully broken but having millions of cracks. tonight the first thing she said was returning to glass ceiling analogy and talking about finally beginning to breakthrough. it was a powerful moment for her to be able to sort of claim that mantle. you know, we've also seen her use this woman card retort back at donald trump pretty effectively, saying deal me in. i think this is something we're going to see her come back to,
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especially in a general election against donald trump. >> and she's also talking about donald trump in that speech, no question talking about her role and her mother and her grandmother, but then talking about her granddaughter, rather, and then talking about donald trump and building these literal and figurative walls. listen to what she said about building walls. >> we believe that cooperation is better than conflict. unity is better than division. empowerment is better than resentment. and bridges are better than walls. >> and she went on to talk about how donald trump is building walls among americans. you know, walling off different groups of americans from one another. is that going to be effective? >> yeah, i think hillary clinton has a demographic advantage here, right. especially in some of those key
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stateds, especially in the southwest. if the poll numbers are any indication, then donald trump has a big problem with hispanics, with muslim-americans, with asian-americans, and some of the other groups he's offended over the last few months. the more hillary clinton can focus on that, the better. it's also part of her argument that donald trump is just too dangerous to be president. he's going to say she's corrupt. he's going to say she's dangerous, and voters will be put to a choice, which would you rather have. >> donald trump says i'm just different. i'm a fighter. i'm not a typical politician. listen to what he said last night. all right. i can read it to you right now. he said, i know some people say i'm too much of a fighter. my preference is always peace, but i've shown that, i've shown for a long time, i've built an extraordinary business. he went on to say, i fought for my family, now i will fight for all of you. clearly trying to turn the focus
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of the controversy over the last few days. >> and the closest he's come to sounding like a typical politician. i suspect they'll try to use that against him. i don't think this will last for very long. i don't think he'll be able to restrain himself and an allusion to an anti-clinton speech. he probably will be unleashed. >> all right, guys. don't go away. we have a lot to talk about. we haven't even mentioned bernie sanders yet. that's still in play. donald trump promising to go after hillary clinton, promises to unite the republican party, but can he do it? >> plus, they're still counting votes in california. this, the very latest. 57% now in. hillary clinton has expanded her lead by about 300,000 votes. we are still counting there. a long way to go. stay with us. be the you who shows up in that dress.
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now, i know some people say i'm too much of a fighter. my preference is always peace, however. and i've shown that. i've shown that for a long time. but if i'm forced to fight for something i really care about, i will never, ever back down, and our country will never, ever back down. >> all right. that was donald trump last night during his victory speech. he was reading from a teleprompter there. a lot made of that fact. a lot made of the tone. was it a different donald trump than we've heard before? >> he didn't throw insults and big taunting names. >> he went after hillary clinton very, very hard though. he did not apologize, certainly, for the scandals over the last few days when he went after a judge and his mexican heritage, but let's talk about all of this with our panel right now. joining us again, an esteemed group of our colleagues. you know, josh rogan, one person who did like this speech was
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reince priebus. after donald trump gave the speech, he tweeted, great victory speech by donald trump tonight. exactly the right approach and perfectly delivered. interesting, yes? >> it's like reince is trying i to pat him own the back. yes, it's good for reince prebus that donald trump makes an outreach to the republican party, but it doesn't mean it will be successful or sustained. so reince priebus' mission is to unite all the people within the trump campaign. it's not clear either side is really doing it. the donald trump we see reading off the teleprompter, remarks written presumably by his staff, that's a very conciliatory, open-minded, outstretched hand donald trump. whenever he puts the teleprompter away and talks off the cuff or on a conference call, he seems to be a different person. that person doesn't really seem to care what the reince prieb
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priebuses really think. >> it's no surprise he didn't mention trump university and the lawsuit. i want you to listen to the language and we'll talk about it on the back end. >> you've given me the honor to lead the republican party to victory this fall. i understand the responsibility of carrying the mantle, and i will never, ever let you down. too much work, too many people, blood, sweat, and tears. never going to let you down. i will make you proud of your party and our movement, and that's what it is, is a movement. to those who voted for someone else in either party, i'll work hard to earn your support, and i will work very hard to earn that support. >> eugene scott, i will make you proud of your party and our movement. this in a week where there are plenty of republicans who were not proud at all and were
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embarrassed by his comments about a judge. >> yeah, indeed. for some people, they would look at that as saying that may be the closest to an apology we will get from donald trump. an acknowledgment that some of you are not proud of my behavior, but i will make you proud and i will represent you in the general. i think one thing that's really interesting and really important is that donald trump is not looking just to be the leader of the republican party but of the country. so there are other people outside of the party, including independents, obviously, that he needs to make proud. how he will go about doing that remains to be seen. >> but it's interesting. he said, i'm never going to let you down, but the fact of the matter is a lot of republicans over the last 24 hours flat out said you did and you have. illinois senator mark kirk has said he's not going to vote for donald trump. mark kirk in a very tough senate race there. the speaker of the house paul ryan said the language used by donald trump is the textbook
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definition of a racist comment. this is almost retroactively saying i'm not going to let you down, when he is. by the way, he has yet to apologize for that statement. >> in fact, he did a television interview today where he continued to reiterate that these comments were something he stands by and said that republicans should get over it. you know, this speech we saw tonight pretty much perfectly encapsulates the catch 22 we predicted for the trump campaign. on the one hand, what has pr -- propelled him to this point and excited new republicans is the fact he does give the rnc fits. that's what they loved about him and the fight he had with the sort of establishment gop was exactly part of his appeal. so now all the sudden if you have him sort of kowtowing to the powers that be and performs as reince priebus called perfectly, you have a bit of a problem because now the establishment is 100%.
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so this is going to be a very difficult line for him to tow throughout the rest of this general election campaign, keeping both sides of his party happy. tonight i think we saw the pendulum swing in the opposite direction. >> republicans have been contortionists for the past lake six months. maybe a year. it will be interesting to see if they can straighten that out. >> well, politicians in general are quite flexible. all right, guys. all of you stick around. we have a lot more to discuss. an historic senate race shaping up in california tonight. really interesting here. you're looking at pictures of two democratic women, both minoriti minorities. they will face off in the november election. you'll notice i said two democrats. this is the first time a republican will not be on the ballot there in more than a century. plus, the votes still being counted in california right now between hillary clinton and bernie sanders. you can see there hillary clinton with a 400,000 vote lead. just shy of 60% of the precincts reporting.
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a historic night in the race for the senate seat being vacated by democrat barbara boxer. it appears a republican will not be on the state's general election ballot for the senate. instead, it looks like two democrats will compete against each other in a november runoff. state attorney general camela harris is the top vote getter among 34 vote getters. coming in second, ten-term democratic congresswoman loretta sanchez. under california's unusual election rules, only the two top finishers from whatever party
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move on to the general election. fascinating. graduation ceremonies at stanford university will include a stay tune a student-led protest. there's growing outrage after brock turner was sentenced to only six months in jail for sexually assaulting a woman on campus. listen to this law professor, a friend of the victim, make the case for removing the judge from the bench. >> i do not agree with the way that the judge applied the law in this case. i don't agree with the decision he came to, and that's why we're working on a recall campaign. one of the most important factors that he's supposed to consider is the severity of the impact of the crime on the victim when deciding how to make a proportional sentence. >> the defense team for brock turner, a former swimmer at stanford, has filed a notice
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preserving the right to appeal the sentence. >> time for an early start on your money. dow futures slightly lower, but oil is up, trading above 50 bucks a barrel. stock markets in europe and asia are mixed right now. the s&p 500 now just 18 points away from a record high. the s&p has jumped 15% since its dig decline in february. rising oil prices and a delay in interest rate hikes from the fed has been fueling that gain in the stock market. but it could be another bad day for shares of ralph lauren. the stock tanked at yesterday's open, recovered with a 2.3% loss. look at that action in the past few days. the move came after ralph lauren announced it's calling 8% of its work force. the company's founder and name sake says he backs the company's new ceo saying, quote, i'm trusting my baby with him, and my baby has to grow up. all right. breaking news overnight. hillary clinton the first woman
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thanks to you we've reached a milestone. first time in our nation's history that a woman will be a major party's nominee. >> hillary clinton's historic night, winning big in several states, now embracing her role as the presumptive democratic nominee for president. welcome back to "early start,"
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everyone. i'm john berman. >> i'm christine romans. 4:31 in the east. 1:31 in california, where they are still counting votes. hillary clinton holding a commanding lead in the california primary. two-thirds of the precincts reporting now. cnn is still not calling the race, but history was already made last night. clinton now officially the first woman ever to become a major party's presumptive presidential nominee, including super delegates she now has a commanding lead here. 2,630, including super delegates. well more than she needs to win the democratic convention in july. she also now has a majority of the pledged delegates. of the six states voting in yesterday's final super tuesday, clinton won at least three of them with a big victory in new jersey. closer margins in new mexico and south dakota. sanders picking up two states, montana and north dakota. and still hanging in the balance, california. that's right, as we told you, she's still leading by 15 points right now.
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that vote lead, 402,000 ahead here. clinton basked in her moment but did not take her eyes or her criticism off her republican opponent. and donald trump in his speech returned the favor, promising to be a fierce competitor. >> the choice is clear. donald trump is temperamentally unfit to be president and commander in chief. [ cheers and applause ] and he's not just trying to build a wall between america and mexico. he's trying to wall off americans from each other. when he says let's make america great again, that is code for, let's take america backwards. >> the clintons have turned the politics of personal enrichment
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into an art form for themselves. [ cheers and applause ] they've made hundreds of millions of dollars selling access, selling favors, selling government contracts, and i mean hundreds of millions of dollars. secretary clinton even did all of the work on a totally illegal private server, something that how she's getting away with, folks, nobody understands. >> welcome to the next five months of your life, everybody. let's bring in our panel of political experts. i really think what you saw last night were both candidates trying to frame the rest of this
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race going forward. in one case, you know, donald trump trying to kind of close the book on a really five-day awful chapter in his campaign. hillary clinton trying to open the book in what she hopes will be a turning point and renewed focus for her going forward. >> absolutely. this is totally a preview of what's to come. it's interesting, over the last few days when we've seen some of the backlash to donald trump, they were really frustrated he was spending so much time talking about this federal judge when there were moments he could have gone after hillary clinton. that was a big indication for me tonight that he listened. he really trained some of his attention on hillary clinton, really previewed a major speech coming where he's going to go after her on many of the things that have been swirling against her for a long time. it's really interesting because clinton is at her best when she's backed into a corner or playing the victim.
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she's very good when attacked. donald trump has a tendency to be lured into traps in a way that she might try to lay for him. the way these two are going to dance is going to be fascinating to watch. as we get into debates, certainly it could only amp up the intensity. >> and how they'll stick to their message. how do you rate the -- what did you hear from these candidates? how do their messages play? >> the indication is clinton will be negative against trump when necessary on a national level but have a positive message she'll try to express in other forums. last night was very clear tonally, talking about trump setting a table against him. but at the end saying we're better together. those who words, better together, we're all going to be tired of hearing them by november. we're going to hear them over and over and over again. i also thought it was notable how much she leaned into the historic nature of her candidacy. she's not done this up until now. and barack obama did not do this
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in 2008. last night, even wearing white, perhaps a nod to the suffragist movement. she talked about other women who blazed a trail for her. she embraced the fact she's the first presumptive nominee who's a woman from a major party. to see that, to hear that, i couldn't help but think about the women in the audience, the girls in the audience brought there by their parents. this is even "the new york post." no friend to the clintons. i think that was a souvenir. even "the new york post" knows it's going to sell a lot of copies this morning with that souvenir cover. a lot of people are going to want to own this piece of history. >> let's listen to what hillary clinton had to say about architecture here, bridges versus walls, as she's trying to draw a contrast going forward. >> we believe that kopcooperati is better than conflict, unity is better than division, empowerment is better than
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resentment, and bridges are better than walls. >> this has been part of her message really since last friday when she devoted an entire speech to going after donald trump. she now has these clear divisions she's laying out every day. even in this moment last night, which she could have just chose to give a speech about claiming the nomination. she chose to spend a lot of it talking about donald trump. >> very much so. one thing interesting is when you look at hillary clinton in that moment, she's backed by people of different races and ages and groups in terms of gender and orientation. she's making it very clear that it is us, that this is about unity, this is where the new america is moving us forward compared to the optics of donald trump's speech, where you didn't see that. it was just donald trump. i think what hillary clinton is going to try to communicate is that her campaign is going to be about us, whereas donald trump, she believes, will focus on communicating and his own
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agenda, his own goals, and moving that forward. >> by the way. he even held his event last night at one of his golf clubs. he's got an unfinished office space in his building, only a few staffers. it's a small backdrop there at one of his golf clubs, versus hillary clinton having thousands of people at a venue in brooklyn. >> to be fair, hillary clinton doesn't own a golf club. >> that's true. he was promoting some of his own brand. >> let's listen to something he said that struck me about how, hey, he's a peace-loving guy, but he will fight when he needs to. listen to what he said. >> now, i know some people say i'm too much of a fighter. my preference is always peace, however. and i've shown that. i've shown that for a long time. i built an extraordinary business on relationships and deals that benefit all parties
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involved, always. my goal is always, again, to bring people together. but if i'm forced to fight for something i really care about, i will never, ever back down, and our country will never, ever back down. >> josh rogan, he's a lover and a fighter. >> right. i think donald trump is mischaracterizing the criticism. it's not that people say he's too much of a fighter. it's that people say he's too thin skinned and not disciplined and can't avoid being lured into battles. whether it's elizabeth warren or the prime minister of the u.k. the question for republicans is, can this guy be presidential? one night it seems like he can, the next night it seems like he can't. until he demonstrates at least three days in a row where he doesn't get into some sort of tiff with somebody on twitter for no reason, i think that whole presidential sort of image is not really going to stick. >> reince priebus said --
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>> that song is "the girl is mine." but go ahead, do the news. >> reince priebus liked what he saw last night. he said this, great victory speech by real donald trump tonight. exactly the right approach and perfectly delivered, which is interesting. some people say that doesn't seem like donald trump. >> i bet he hated that. this was supposed to be a press conference. then he decided not to catake questions after all. when he decides to take questions again, is he going to be that trump or unleashed trump? you hear him say i will never, ever back down. i thought that was a powerful moment in his speech. that's exactly what republicans want to hear. they feel like their leaders have backed down again and again and again. i thought trump's repetition of that have phrase was really evocative. >> name that tune after the break. >> we'll see how they continue these messages over the next few days. i think it'll be interesting to see how much repetition they can get on these themes over the next few weeks until the
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convention. all right, guy. be sure to stick around. >> hillary clinton reaching out to bernie sanders supporters to unite the democratic party, but her primary challenger donald trump is vowing to -- but donald trump also reaching out to those supporters and bernie sanders is vowing to fight to the convention. the votes are continuing to come in, in california. hillary clinton ahead by almost 402,000 votes.
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we are going to fight hard to win the primary in washington, d.c. and then we take our fight for social economic, racial, and environmental justice to
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philadelphia, pennsylvania. >> senator bernie sanders vowing to stay in this race all the way to the democratic national convention in july, but acknowledging the math is not in his favor. here to discuss is our panel of political analysts, our dream team, our predawn dream team this morning. eugene, we talked to dan phifer. he said, yeah, he knows the tone, he heard that speech, but he thought -- he was optimistic that bernie sanders sees the off-ramp here. >> yeah, very much so. i think there was a moment in his speech where he mentioned that he knows americans will not support donald trump. i thought that was a very important statement to make regardless of what happens. whether or not he moves forward or not, what he communicated to his followers is you can't get behind donald trump. we definitely need to move in a different direction. i think what we'll see from him in this next week, especially following this conversation with president barack obama, it's a
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clear sign regarding what he's going to do next and how he's going to mobilize all of the supporters to move forward in the general election. >> i think you're right, yeugen. i think dan's right that this language was more conciliatory and bernie sanders is looking for a way out. however, if you're looking to parse every line, there were other things he said that you could look at and say, well, maybe it's not going to to be so easy, like when he was talking about arithmetic. watch this. >> i am pretty good at arithmetic, and i know that the fight in front of us is a very, very steep fight. but we will continue to fight for every vote and every delegate. [ cheers and applause ] >> but tal, if you're fighting for every delegate you can get, in particular if you're going to fight for every delegate you can get past next week, that's when it starts to be an issue. >> of course, because that means you're talking about super delegates. that means you're trying to convince people who may have
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publicly stated their support for hillary clinton to switch to a side. you know, talking about parsing words, one thing we did not hear bernie sanders say last night is a pledge to actually win the nomination. that was something he has removed from what he's been saying over the past few weeks. but he vowed the fight would continue. they were chanting his name, and he said, it is not just about bernie. he really spoke about the movement as something he has sort of helped kindle but is now a full-fledged thing on its own that he hopes will continue. so he's definitely laying the groundwork for the movement he started and the ideas he's put forward to continue of an outsized influence on the democratic party and given himself an off-ramp if he doesn't get the nomination to be a figurehead in this revolution. >> hillary clinton in her speech also acknowledging sort of not bernie but these themes, these themes that bernie sanders has continued to hit on. she specifically mentioned them. we can listen to that now.
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>> i want to congratulate senator sanders for the extraordinary campaign he has run. [ cheers and applause ] he has spent his long career in public service fighting for progressive causes and principles and has excite the millions of voters, especially young people. and let there be no mistake. senator sanders, his campaign, and the vigorous debate that we've had about how to raise incomes, reduce inequality, increase upward mobility, have been very good for the democratic party and for america. >> josh, she -- or he, bernie sanders, is having a meeting thursday with the president. the white house pointing out that it's at his request. he's going to have a rally. he's going to do the washington, d.c. primary.
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talk to me about the way forward. part of that sound bite almost sounded like thank you for influencing things to date, bye-bye, bernie, but he's still very much alive here. >> well, bernie sanders, although he knows he won't win the nomination, knows he has a lot of power and leverage. it's not just in the help that hillary clinton will need to beat donald trump, but look at all those senate races. all the democrats on the ticket all the way down the line would benefit from having the bernie machine behind them. so bernie wants to have as much leverage as possible. he's going to meet with the hillary people. he's going to meet with the president and say, listen, i've built this. if you want it, i'm going to need some concessions. those concessions can be short-term concessions, putting influence in at the convention, long-term concessions, influence how the party operates moving forward. bernie is trying to maximize his leverage over the next week. what he wants is to make this movement something real, something that returns him to
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the senate in a position of prominence with a whole team of people and a whole list of senators and congressmen who he can lead. >> you know how you can tell he has leverage? both candidates who aren't bernie sanders were talking about bernie sanders last night. hillary clinton we just heard. donald trump talking about bernie sanders also. >> yeah, sanders supporters are really -- >> to all of those bernie sanders voters who have been left out in the cold by a rigged system of super delegates, we welcome you with open arms. [ cheers and applause ] and by the way, the terrible trade deals that bernie was so vehemently against, and he's right on that, will be taken care of far better than anyone ever thought possible, and that's what i do. we are going to have fantastic trade deals. we're going to start making
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money and bringing in jobs. >> brian, quickly in 30 seconds, it was interesting to see donald trump making a play for bernie sanders supporters. >> sanders i bet watched both that and the clinton speech before giving his own speech a couple hours ago. this must be agonizing for him. this is a vermont senator who made it all the way to the end of the democratic primary, all the way to california. he has seen his views lifted on to the national stage. now he's not fighting for the nomination. he's not fighting for the presidency. he's fighting for what history is going to say about him, which is why it's going to be so difficult and hard the next few days to help his supporters accept what has happened here. perhaps meeting with obama will be the first step on thursday. >> speaking of history, a senate race making history in california. historic race shaping up in california overnight. two minority democratic women may be facing off in november's election with no republican on the ballot. plus, we're still counting votes in california right now. 61% of the vote in, and look at this. hillary clinton leads by 14
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points, holding steady at 406,000 votes. that number is actually growing. much more next.
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an historic night in the race for the senate seat being vacated in california by democrat barbara boxer. for the first time in a century, it appears a republican will not be on the general election ballot. instead, it looks like two democrats will compete against each other in a november runoff. state attorney general kamala harris is the top vote getter. right now in second place, ten-term democratic member of congress loretta sanchez of orange county. under california's unusual rules, the top two finishers move on in november. >> hillary clinton's best economic idea may be her simplest, fix what's broken. a new cnn money analysis of
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clinton's proposals show infrastructure spending could give the economy and the labor market a big boost. clinton says she wants to spend $275 billion improving things like roads, bridges, sewers. she also wants to establish a national infrastructure bank to entice private funding. critics say that would not pass congress due to lack of oversight. and she wants to reauthorize a program to sell bonds to fund projects. infrastructure has been a main point for bernie sanders as well. economists say clinton will have to beef up her proposals ahead of the general election despite the fact that some prominent experts think trump's plan will cause a recession, he leads clinton in many polls on the economy. >> all right. we're counting votes in california. we'll give you the latest numbers as "early start" continues right now. it may be hard to see
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tonight, but we are all standing under a glass ceiling right now. >> hillary clinton, she embraces history. reveling in the fact she's the first woman to win a major party's presidential nomination. she's the presumed nominee of the democratic party, though she kept her focus last night largely on donald trump, who is promising a tough race ahead. good morning, everyone. welcome to "early start." i'm john berman. >> and i'm christine romans. it is wednesday, june 8th. 5:00 a.m. in the east. they're still counting the votes in california right now. happening right now, hillary clinton holding a commanding lead in the california primary with two-thirds of the precincts reporting. cnn is still not calling the race, but history was already made overnight. clinton now officially the fist woman ever to become a major party's presumptive presidential nominee. including super delegates, clinton has

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