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but much better and much less expensive. for the people and the government. we can do it. so i have watched the politicians. i've dealt with them all my life. if you can't make a good deal with a politician, then there is something wrong with you. you are not very good. >> without commenting on that assessment, the simple fact is he could not bring home a deal with house republicans nor could paul ryan. no one seemed to like it and it was euthanized today. paul ryan weighed in and the comments are worth playing and before we go to the correspondents and bernie sanders, let's take a look at that. >> we were very close. it was very, very tight margin. we had no democrat support. no votes from the democrats. they were not going to give us a single vote. it's a very difficult thing to do. i have been saying for the last year and a half that the best
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thing we can do politically speaking is let obamacare explode. it is exploding right now. we couldn't quite get there. we had a small number of votes short in terms of getting our bill passed. a lot of people don't realize how good our bill was. they were looking at phase one, but when you add phase two and phase three which i think we would have gotten, it became a great bill. premiums would have gone down. with no democrat support, if the democrats when it explodes which it will soon, if they got and got a real health care bill, i would be open to it and i think the losers are nancy pelosi and chuck schumer because now they own obamacare. they own it 100%. this is not a republican health
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care. this is not anything but a democrat health care. they have obamacare until it ceases to exist which it will at some point in the near future. just remember this is not our bill. this is their bill. when they all become civilized and getting to and try to work out a great health care bill for the people of this country, we are open to it. we are totally open to it. i want to thank the republican party. i want to thank paul ryan. he worked very, very hard. he worked very, very hard. tom price and mike pence. right here, our vice president. great vice president. everybody worked hard. i worked as a team player. i would love to have seen it pass, but again, i think you know i was clear and there not a speech i made or very few where i didn't mention the best thing that can happen is exactly what
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happened today. we will end up with a truly great health care bill in the future after this mess known as obamacare explodes. we all learned a lot about loyalty and we learned a lot about the vote getting process. we learned a lot about very arcade rules in both the senate and in the house. it has been for me a very interesting experience. in the end i think it will be an experience that leads to a better health care plan. i never said -- i'm here 64 days. i never said repeal and replace obamacare -- i never said repeal it and replace it within 64 days. i have a long time. >> i never said repeal it and replace it within 64 days. that's not true. he promised to make it his first order of business. take a look. >> on my first day, i'm going to ask congress to immediately send me a bill to repeal and replace
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obamacare. immediately repeal it and replacing the disaster known as obamacare. immediately repealing and replacing obamacare. we will be able to immediately repeal and replace obamacare. >> that was the president on repealing and replaceing it asap. phil matingly has more on the unraveling today. incredible day in washington. walk us through what happened on the floor. >> it's a long way from last night when it was delivered. there is a ra ra optimistic atmosphe atmosphere, but it became clear to those leadership officials that the votes were not there and they continued to work primarily on that conservative house freedom caucus. by the time lunchtime came around, he had to go to the
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white house and tell the president that the votes were not there and the votes were not coming and it was time to pull the bill. the president said he understood where the speaker was coming from, but this was a loyalty test and could expose the members that didn't appreciate what the leadership or the white house were willing to offer. they made clear that the individuals voting for this bill or many of the individuals who helped maintain the majority, they said it was not the best idea. they were scheduled with tom price and nick mull veainy. the call was made. president trump called the speaker and told him clearly it was time to pull the bill and that, anderson, is exactly what happened. the ramifications are not just micro, they are health care, period. obamacare stands not just for
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now or the next couple of months, but the foreseeable future. >> they talked about if this goes down, maybe go piece meal and try to do this in smaller chunks rather than all at once. is the president saying he was going to move on to the next thing like tax reform and drop it completely until obamacare implodes? >> that's the most interesting element. in a closed door conference meeting this afternoon after the decision was made to pull the bill, that was the message. the direct message from speaker ryan. trump is done and the president is moving on. there was silence when this was conveyed to the room. they realize this issue they have been campaigning on in 2010 and 2014 and 2016 was off the table. the real question is how does this damage or help them learn on tax reform and infrastructure. the reality is there is no answer to that question. >> thanks very much.
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we will talk to the entire panel and bring in analyst and "new york times" analyst who spoke by phone with the president shortly after the bill was pulled. you said he showed uncharacteristic discipline. how did the conversation go? >> certainly in that conversation, but we are looking to his twitter feed to see how he reacts. he said this is the democrats's fault. that was his message. we couldn't get a single democratic vote and we didn't have enough republicans. >> he was downplaying divisions among republicans? >> to a point. he did volunteer and i didn't ask it, he didn't blame paul ryan and singled out the group of moderates, the tuesday group. there were a lot of members and called them terrific which i took as a dig at the house freedom caucus. he talked about one of the complications is there are a lot of different parties here.
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he didn't say it this way, but as if you were dealing with different political parties, conservatives and moderates within the same republican umbrella. he did not sound frustrated. i heard from advisers that he is quite frustrated. i think he has been a little bit gob snapped by the process. >> you asked him about how is this compared to business? >> i asked what it was like compared to real estate deals. >> he said it's essentially the same thing. as he was departing the oval office, he said to one of them, this was a lot harder and real estate was easier than this. this is a learning curve for him. it's worth remembers he said that to me as well. i have been here 64 days and i didn't say i was going to do it in this number of days. he pushed congress to push it through quickly. there was resistance on this. it's going to be hard for him going forward to navigate the
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way out of owning this. i don't know that blaming it on the democrats is the way to do it and what he said to me is in a year it will collapse and democrats will want to make a deal and i'm open to doing that. i don't believe that is likely to happen, but that is where he is putting his focus. >> because you don't believe obamacare is likely to implode? >> not the way he has been describing it. enrollments are down, but not to the degree he is saying. premiums will rise, but not like he is describing it. certainly at the moment, democrats are not in much of a loop with the president. >> he trashes "new york times" all the time? >> he does. >> so i've heard. >> did he call you? >> i reached out to one of hiss and asked if he was up for speaking and they put me through. >> in terms of -- there was one thing in the article that struck out to me.
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he said there was relief, but it was like it's done. >> i asked him are you happy to have this in your rear view mirror and he didn't hear the question and i repeated it. he said i am. it's enough already. i don't think he meant that he found legislating is hard which is how some people took it on twitter, but i think there was e enormous frustration for him. it's his own party that would go to the house freedom caucus and make a concession and hear back and now we are going to move the goal posts over this way. then the tuesday group would want something too. he felt like he was navigating a game of inches. >> that always has been hard about health care. you solve one problem and another pops up. what you have done for the freedom caucus annoys the moderates. >> we reported last night that
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he started saying he should have done tax reform first they urged him to do that and congress didn't want to do that. one of the things this president does and we saw this around the choice as well, it's like he stress tests an idea and will talk to the aides and say do you think this is good and do you think this is good? he was having nagging doubt. >> coming up later, a different kind of health care reform and candidates like bernie sanders when we continue from washington. unts, like paperless, multi-car, and safe driver, that help them save on their car insurance. any questions? -yeah. -how do you go to the bathroom? great. any insurance-related questions? -mm-hmm. -do you have a girlfriend? uh, i'm actually focusing on my career right now, saving people nearly $600 when they switch, so...
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we are talking about the fallout about a radioactive place of legislation. we are also talking about not just a legislative defeat, but the inability to do what he does best. >> i have tremendous energy. tremendous. to a point where it's almost ridiculous when you think about it. we need somebody with great energy and great passion and great deal making skills. i'm going to make the great deals. >> i am going to make great deals for our country. >> what i do is -- i do deals. i deal. i negotiate by creating leverage so i can extract a good deal for the united states for the people. >> i make deals. i negotiate. >> everybody wants me to negotiate. that's what i'm known as is a
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negotiator. >> i'm so anxious to negotiate. >> i will make lots of great deals. >> i am a deal maker. >> we don't make great deals anymore. i will once we welcome president. >> i'm a closer. we will win so much like the video. we will win and win and win. >> that was the panel of analysts. john king and haberman and former georgia congressman and obama communications director and trump senior communications adviser and clinton campaign press secretary john king. extraordinary day here in washington. >> donald trump defied every rule in politics and we should not put anything in cement tonight, however he failed at his first big test. the point that you played the sound and his announcement speech. i know the politicians and if you can't get a deal with them,
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you are not very good. i'm the guy who does deals. his words. he couldn't get his party to follow him on the first big test of the trump presidency. he could second-guess, but he made the decision. i am uniquely qualified and i have my friend mike pence and tom price and i brought inside washington guys and they will help me with the inside game and we are going to get this done. what is the lasting effect? who knows. the factions of the republican party is a preexisting condition. they were there before. this idea that he didn't know. who knew health care was so complicated. who knew. anyone who did their homework would know that. this was going to be incredibly hard from day one. they had deeply, deep divides. some of them need to replace it because of when the last election comes up. if he didn't know this, he
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didn't do his homework. >> he is clearly trying to pin it on the democrats saying we didn't get democrats coming up, but it's a republican-led house and you couldn't get them all. >> he is angry at the conservatives in the freedom caucus. i don't know if he said that directly to you, but it seemed when he was speaking and said they are my friends and talked about the bipartisan deal because it was a dig at them. he would be going around them. the big problem here is that he hasn't figured out how to translate the populism from the campaign into any kind of legislative agenda and he can get through the congress. this bill was a paul ryan bill. this was not a donald trump bill even though in the end he came to embrace it. he didn't do it as whole heartedly. correct me if i'm wrong, but in his tone today he was not as angry as he was after jeff
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sessions recused himself from dealing on anything with russia. that the anger we sometimes have seen pop up just wasn't there. i think the republicans cared more about losing this than donald trump did. >> i think you are right in theory. when i spoke to him, his demeanor was pretty calm and he was very disciplined and on message and i'm not trying to take anything away from that, but we know based on history he has a habit of stewing for a little while. we are heading into a friday night and he lives alone and he will be alone in the white house watching television possibly right now and how this all plays out is -- he was a little gob smacked. i don't know whether that means he will blow up and get upset, but he cared less than paul ryan because this was not his bill, i agree, but the thing he discovered more than i think he
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fully understood during the campaign and yes, maybe that is a reflection of not fully grasping the nuances of your own party. he and the freedom caucus don't have a ton in common. donald trump is from new york city despite borrowing the language from outside of new york city. >> they do have a common enemy that is inside washington. that's the same thing that is a strong one. >> that are doesn't say the that government should play in terms of people's lives. when you are talking about government-funded programs and medicaid, donald trump is a lot less with paul ryan at the freedom caucus than he is with a lot of democrats. >> he's not. >> there is this debate within the party with the neolibertarians.
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small government and free market. that's what they pushed every step of the way. they were pushing policy. trump has this idea that is pop lift and nationalist and we throw around the terms, but nobody could take off what the pop lift and nationalist health care is. >> who do you blame? >> the democrats cannot come over anda lot is on them. we need to call out names and make it clear where it fell apa apart. speaker paul ryan and house leadership should have been waiting there in the wee hours. myself and kellyanne and the other folks were there and found out that ap called the race and the speaker should have been jumping out with an obamacare replacement and say here's the bill we had years to do.
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we had year where is we had the majority. here you go. >> did you expect they would have something prepared? >> it is absolute malpractice that they didn't have this ready to go. one other problem and that's the fact that the leadership did not bring in the freedom caucus. that being said, they didn't get off scott free because with this power they have is a voting block. they had the opportunity here to improve this bill and finally come up with something that repeals and replaces obamacare. no one is going home as we throw high fives. >> let me ask what happened to the buck stops here? >> this is paul ryan's bill. that's one of the lessons. >> hold on. this is a lesson for the administration. >> that's the title that the buck doesn't stop here? >> do you think this would be the speaker? >> i don't think the game is over and i will tell you why.
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every republican in there and every within with the county court and everything else promised to repeal and replace. >> four consecutive elections. >> they will be up in two years and i promise you they will have opponents and you didn't deliver. i'm not convinced. they said okay. i will move on to tax reform. >> i'm moving to tax reform and the problem is he can't do the tax reform because he doesn't have the money. they didn't repeal obamacare. >> he wants the border tax and then an infrastructure spending plan. he has to start winning to get there. >> but remember, this is the democrats's home advantage on
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health care. it is entitlements and government expansion. it's a subject that you guys feel better about. >> the shesh ire cat grins. >> i don't think most republicans will let you say that democrats like health care and republicans don't. >> today was a big day. nobody should be out there gloating or thinking this is over. there are fixes that need to be made. even if hillary clinton had become president, that was a discussion on the table. >> does that happen now? >> here's the question. chuck schumer has talked about that and hillary clinton talked
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our breaking news, the collapse of the health care bill. paul ryan pulling it minutes before admitting they could not get enough support from fellow republicans. president trump is blaming democrats for the bill's failure when he spoke to reporters. here's another look at what he said. >> we had no democrat support. no votes from the democrats. they were not going to give us a single vote. obamacare is exploding with no democrat support. they couldn't get there and the losers are nancy pelosi and chuck schumer. they own obamacare. they own it 100%. this is their bill. that would have worked out better if we had some democrats
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aboard. we had no democrat support. >> bernie sanders of vermont, thanks for being with us. when you hear him blaming the democrats, what's your response? >> my response is that's exactly what the american people wanted. the american people understood that this is not a health care bill, anderson. this was a $300 billion tax break for the top two% and massive tack breaks and for the insurance companies and through 24 million people off of health insurance, defunded planned parenthood and raised premiums for older workers and cut medicaid by $880 billion. poll after poll shows that's what the american people did not want and democrats should take credit for killing a really, really bad piece of legislation.
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>> who is responsible for the failure to get the bill passed. you said credit should go to the democrats. >> that's just a media game. nobody cares if it's a failure of trump or ryan. what the american people are asking is how does it
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>> many democrats who say look, things need to be amended and changed in obamacare. >> right. look. again, i believe in a medicare for all single payer program, but it ain't going to happen right now. we don't have the support in the congress for that. while we continue that long-term struggle, we need to improve the affordable care act. that means a public option available in every state in this country that gives people a wide variety of options, but make sure there is competition in every community this this country. in my view it means lowering the age of medicare from 65 down to 55, allowing more americans to. >> 'tis pate in that program and passing medicare and negotiating the ability with the pharmaceutical industry and
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allowing us to buy less expensive drugs around the world that will not only lower the cost of medicine in this country, but lower the cost of health care. those are short-term remedies. >> you would need to convince republicans in the house and that's not going happen it seems. what happens over the next year? the president is saying this will fail on its own and democrats will come back to him a year from now trying to make a deal. >> i look at life a little bit differently than the president does. one of the reasons that this legislation went down today is that all over this country wie had hundreds of thousands of people coming out to rallies and cnn covered town meetings where instead of 20 or 30 people agreeing with republicans, you had 1,000 people showing up saying you know what, you are not going to triple the rates that i pay for health insurance.
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you are not going to throw me off of medicaid. people began to fight back. we have to continue that. the republican agenda and tax breaks for millionaires and massive cuts to health care. a great increase in expenditures for the military budget. not acknowledging the reality of climate change. all of those ideas are way out of touch. our job is to rally the american people to demand that the u.s. congress represent the middle class and not just the 1%. >> what is your opinion on this republican notion that obamacare is going to explode and it's in a death spiral and going to explode? >> the evidence suggests that is not the case. on the other hand, what is fair to acknowledge is deductibles are too high and premiums are too high. while obamacare has slowed down, the rate of health care
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increases. it is going up much too fast. what a sensible approach is, say okay. here are the problems. i will give you one example. a couple of years ago, the last statistics we had, the five major drug companies made $50 billion in profit. five companies while they charged the american people the highest prices in the world for prescription drugs. if we had medicare negotiating those prices and allowed pharmacists to buy lower cost medicine from canada and other countries, we could lower the cost of drugs and health care. trump has talked a lot about the high cost of prescription drugs and i suspect it's just another lie. i don't think he was serious. if republicans are serious, let's work together. that's way to save billions of dollars for americans in terms of health care. >> when you heard the president say nobody knew how tough it
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would be to overturn obamacare, what did you think? >> i thought it was rather amusing that a few weeks ago president trump said health care is really complicated. well, for those of us who are on the health education committee and had dozens and dozens of hearings and bills, health care is pretty complicated. at the end of the day, this is the bottom line here. we pay by far much more per capita than do the people of any other country. double the canadians and almost triple the british and the health care outcomes in many respects are not as good. i think we need to rethink a health care system dominated by private for profit insurance companies dominated by greedy drug companies and let's go forward and try to protect the
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american people and not just wealgcontributors. >> in the hours before the bill was pulled, sean spicer said president trump had given his all on the deal. what happened?
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breaking news on capitol hill with the rubber about to meet the road and republicans pulling their bill for repeal and replace obamacare. they could not get the votes on what they promised to do for seven years.
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president trump could not seal the deal. not for lack of trying said sean spicer. >> when you look at the legislative efforts, the president put a lot of time and effort into this. he made a strong case. it shocked a lot of people how very, very detail-oriented and personal it was for him. no question in my mind at least that the president and the team here had left everything on the field. had we left everything on the field? absolutely. we have done everything. we have done everything and every meeting and calling members as early as 6:00 in the morning and going to 11:00 at night. he pulled out every step and called every member and tweaked every tweak and everything he can possibly. it's possible to get this thing through. the answer is yes. >> the bill's ultimate defeat.
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how damaging is it in terms of what he wants to do moving forward? >> pretty damaging, but the decision to outsource the drafting to paul ryan is his choice. he has not been selling the bill. it has a 17% approval rating. internally he may have gone through the motions of lobbying and brought people into the white house and did go to capitol hill, but people didn't fear him. we kept hearing that they were going to succumb because of the fear he was going to come to the districts. in one of the meetings, he stood up and pointed to meadows and said i'm going to come after you and people didn't know if he was threatening or joking. he never went along with the bill. he defied them to the end. they did not fear the president. that will be a problem when it comes time to pass things where he needs them to take
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uncomfortable votes. >> they were saying those who oppose this, we will have your back. every president has an adjustment from campaigning to leading, but failing to repeal and replace and the travel ban and the iran nuclear deal he promised he would rip up on day one. border wall, doubtful mexico will pay for it. no truth to the wire tap claims. how do you spin this? >> number one, he has a great cabinet and about to get a supreme court nominee. it may be the opposition, but nobody is taking him seriously. >> she going to get that. keystone pipeline, $8 billion project that obama held up. today a charter communication announced a $25 billion investment and 20,000 new jobs.
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had success with carrier. he is talking to businesses. these are not really government progra program,but these are wins and things that conservatives are going to say yeah. >> do you think overall for the first 60 some odd days he is win something. >> she is winning. it's a tough atmosphere in washington, d.c. people tend to give the president the benefit of the doubt. >> his approval rating is 37%. it looks like they are not giving him the benefit of the doubt. let me say this about the selling of the bill that brian was talking about. he knows how to sell stuff. he does. he knows how to go out there and go on the stump and make the case. the problem i think this time was that he couldn't make the case because he didn't believe in the case. they didn't educate the public about what was in the bill that is better than what is in oba
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obamaca obamacare. people didn't know. the democrats made a good case in opposition and they were out there every minute making that case and the republicans did not go home and make the case. when they were first attacked at the town hall meetings, that was the sign that they were in trouble. >> do you think the town hall meetings had an impact? >> yes, i do. they went back to the negotiating table and maybe the president got nervous. i don't know. he never said this is better than obamacare. this will do more for you than obamacare did. he never got out there and sold it. >> i will come back. if you take sean spicer at his word, that is damning. if he did everything he could and couldn't win members of his party, that's a damning indictment. i will disagree with the democrats and i will say he put
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a lot into this. if you study history like immigration through republicans, this is the quick sand of american politics. the democrats who voted for obamacare lost 63 seats in the house in the next election. we were still in a recession and it's not all on obamacare. the 2014, the democrats lost the senate. don't you think that they are undecideded on this or am i yes or no? they were thinking about the history of politics and you have profound differences in the republican party. they don't believe the government should be in the health care business and the government should have a limited role much the 26 republicans who hillary clinton carried, they have to answer to a different set of voter who is didn't want to take away guaranteed maternity coverage and mental health coverage. he didn't run on a specific health care plan. he ran on repeal and replace. it will be better for you. if he was going to touch health
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care, he didn't litigate it. they spent a ton of time and they fought about universal coverage and this specific subs subset. the president took months to sell it to the country. he even went to the house republican conference in baltimore where mike pence introduced him. he was fake. i will say it up front. president obama was not genuine in his outreach about health care. he at least checked the box. this is so complicated. we were talking about this during the break. if once the president decided to outsource the bill and take "the insider's" game and not the outsider agenda, they needed to do work. they should have been doing work going to the southern member districts and saying i'm going to ask anderson to cast a vote. i amming you that he voted for me.
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back him up. >> we get to infrastructure and trade. it has to get back to tacks and trade and defeating isis. those are the things that move voters. it may not have been traditio l al voters. >> repeal and replace was the number one thing for donald trump. >> it wasn't the number one. >> that was more of a ted cruz issue. >> the issues were a lot more. >> you just played it. >> let me say that. if that bill -- i was at 20 rallies where donald trump spoke. >> that's interesting. you are saying he was faking it. i'm saying it's an obligation for everyone runs for office wearing the r on his vest.
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>> let's look at this again because i think i'm in an alternate universe. >> on my first die i'm going to ask congress to send me a bill to repeal and replace obamacare. >> immediately repealing and replacing the disaster known as obamacare. immediately repealing and replacing obamacare. we will be able to immediately repeal and replace obamacare. >> he used both hands. >> if i was looking at the sign, i'm just getting back to jason's point. his core issues were jobs and national defense to begin with. that's where he likes to be. >> he said repeal and replace obamacare. you asked him about jobs.
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at the end of all of this. >> are you really erasing donald trump's agenda. >> let me finish this point. >> that was day one. >> the best that we as republicans could come up with was a bill at a 17% approval rating, i think it is president and the smart guys in the back room said you know what, let's get out of this. the guy is going to walk the plank for a bill that will get killed in the senate. let's pull it. >> he said i'm here 64 days and i never said repeal and replace in 64 days. he actually said sooner than that. >> we have other breaking news. former top aides in the trump campaign have volunteered to be grilled by the intelligence committee and carter page reference side not really correct. at least two. the republican chairman sprung a
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surprise cancelling and drawing new fire. we will get to all of that in a moment.
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there's more breaking news. devon nunez made this surprising announcement. three former advisers have volunteered to be questioned by congress including paul manafort and devin nunes made this surprise announcement. >> the committee will ask director comey and admiral rogers to appear in post session and will postpone the previously scheduled hearing in order to make time available for director comey and admiral rogers. the committee seeks additional information from monday's hearing that can only be addressed in closed session.
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>> the committee's ranking democrat adam schiff slapped nunes for can kelling the hearing saying it is more proof nunes is biased. >> one of the profound take-aways of the last couple days is we do need an independent commission here because the public at the end of the day needs to have confidence that someone has done a thorough investigation, untainted by political considerations. >> tensions between nunes and schiff have been ramping up. today's developments cranked it up further. jessica schneider has more details >> reporter: paul manafort, carter page and roger stone are already under fbi investigation. for their contacts with russians known to u.s. intelligence. now they say they'll go before lawmakers. paul manafort resigned amid questions about his previous lobbying for pro-russian interests in ukraine. today a spokesman said manafort looks forward to meeting those conductsing serious investigations of these issues to discuss the facts.
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campaign foreign policy adviser carter page denied allegations that he secretly met with putin associates. he told the committee, i would look forward to engaging with you in the interest of finally ending this ruse. and the attorney for roger stone, an former advisor to donald trump, says stone is anxious to talk, stone told cnn i acknowledge i am a hard ballplayer. i have sharp elbows but one thing isn't in my bag of tricks, treason. >> michael flynn. >> former national security adviser michael flynn is also under fbi investigation but his spokesman had no comment whether he might make a similar offer. intelligence committee chair devin nunes suddenly cancelling next week's open hearing with former director of national intelligence james claerp, former acting attorney general sally yates and john brennan. the ranking democrat on the committee an cruising the white house of meddling in the process. >> there must have been a strong mushback from the white house about the nature of monday's hearing. it's hard for me to come to any
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other conclusion why an agreed upon hearing would be cancelled. >> nunes wants the director and national security agency mike rogers to come back next week in a closed session. nunes refuses to disclose what new information he has and where he got it. but he says revealed incidental collection of communications by president trump and his associates. >> you can ask me every single name that exists on the planet and i'm still not going to tell you who our sources are. >> schiff calling for an independent investigation saying he's concerned that nunes may have shared investigative information with the white house. >> to take evidence that may or may not be related to the investigation to the white house was wholly inappropriate and, of course, casts grave doubts into the ability to run a credible investigation. >> the house intel committee is expecting information from the nsa over the next few days on the issue of unmasquing. it's that process of revealing the names of americans in reports when they're supposed to
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be hidden. chairman nunes says they want to know why these names were unmasqued and if any additional names were revealed. >> thanks very much. much more ahead in the next hour of "360." we're learning how the republican health care plan collapsed and why the president wasn't able to clinch a deal. the finger pointing is beginning. we'll be right back. what's it like to be in good hands? like finding new ways to be taken care of. home, car, life insurance obviously, ohhh... but with added touches you can't get everywhere else, like claim free rewards... or safe driving bonus checks. oh yes.... even a claim satisfaction guaranteeeeeeeeeee! in means protection plus unique extras only from an expert allstate agent. it's good to be in, good hands. at crowne plaza we know business travel isn't just business. there's this. 'a bit of this. why not? your hotel should make it easy to do all the things you do. which is what we do.
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welcome back to the second hour of 360. failure, fallout and finger pointing after gop legislation collapsed. details of the bill were less than popular of the bill. seen has too harsh and not tough enough in the eyes of some
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conservatives. neergs paul ryan nor the president could bridge the divide. the vote was canceled this afternoon. a short time later the president weighed in. here's a portion of his remarks from the oval office. >> we were very close. and it was a very, very tight margin. we had no democrat support. we had no votes from the democrats. they weren't going to give us a sing vote. it's a very difficult thing to do. i've been saying for the last year and a half that the best thing we can do politically speaking is let obamacare explode. it is exploding right now. we couldn't quite get there. we're just a very small number of votes short. in terms of getting our bill passed. a lot of people don't realize how good our bill was because they were viewing phase one. when you add phase two, which was mostly the signings of secretary price who is behind me and you add phase three which i think we would have gotten, it became a great bill. i think the