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and give us an insufficient andow for these candidates their character and all the rest. i do not think that has been true. in my view,h sides, ande have been entertaining they have not always been substantive, but journalistic questions have sought to elicit important substance. theannot control how candidates answer and at times, there has been a carnival quality to some of the debate. but that is ok. there has been enough. watching thoseed debates carefully, they have done a lot -- a wide enough window to have a take on policies and the character and the personalities of the people running for president. i think that is true on both sides. about ourheard
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guest's earlier career in fredericksburg, virginia. he cover the white house and wrote a book about bill clinton in the white house. is a story about bill clinton back on the campaign trail. line.s a in his post white house years, he has become a democratic surrogate, but he seems to lose it. what are your impressions? guest: it?at do you think about >> you said that article and with other ve democrats and we saw that in
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democratic convention in charlotte bill clinton made the case for obama's re-election ore crisply than we heard from obama. when he's campaigning in a very emotional frame of mind which of he is whenever he's campaigning for hillary clinton sometimes the emotion is getting the better of judgment. certainly he was ineffective for her in aigned 2008. this year we haven't seen one of where he stepped it into his grievance, that he is angry on secretary clinton's behalf. he is probably not always it as effective in that contest p rise soon the line is tongue-in-cheek. . don't think he has lost it but we have seen him be more effective and less effective. host: republican line.
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caller: good morning. i used to love politico. i think you all lost credibility when mike gave, in order to gave it -- give an interview with hillary clinton, he gave her the talking points. could you please elaborate on that? guest: i know what the caller is referring to. came to light because the secretary of state e-mails were being released as part of this investigation into her handling of e-mail, politico has got clear policies about maintaining our independence. mike gave an apology and he may have stubbed his toe a little bit and not followed the polity -- policies to the letter. he almost always does. he has been a respected
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journalist and friend of my for and than a quarter-century, there is nobody in washington who has got more respect for his independence than mike does. that is on both sides of the party divide and across the spectrum. let's judge mike on the balance amazingareer and the reputation he has built over 10 years at politico, and not on any one instance of a stub toe. make an said he did apology. any discipline on the story? guest: his apology was enough for me. we conditioned out as reporters. occasionally, the spotlight is turned on a spirit we just take it for what it is and we respond to criticism. specificallyrring to mike there, but to any time we have made a mistake over the
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nine years at politico p when we started this, we made valves that we would always be andsparent with the reader take him or her into the newsroom, and the process when we decide how news gets covered, and that we would be accountable. we would not go into a defensive crouch and deny a mistake. we would acknowledge it and move on. that is what we have done in this case. host: a viewer on twitter is asking about the financial side of politico. how does the need for advertisers and ratings affect your content? guest: we feel privileged in that we have a hybrid news model based in part on advertising, and based in part on premium subscriptions. two pillars. if you want to count our events, a growing portion of our business, that is a third pillar. the secret to successful news
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organizations, is having multiple pillars. that is what we have. somee not as dependent as other publications we compete and on chasing traffic chasing the ad dollar in a time of great change in the advertising industry. though we love traffic and always have, on general election go from theill daily traffic of a couple million unique visitors up to in the0 or 50 million closing days of the general election. asked her analysts, we love it when our work has a live audience. going back to what i said earlier, we measure ourselves a in and day out not by traffic but are we making ourselves indispensable to the core audience of politico and policy influentials. we have got a business model that supports that editorial
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model. caller: good morning. i have a question. that the republicans came out too fast on that day shkreli ahead passed away, to make a firm judgment that they new supremefirm a court justice? that is my first question here the second question is, do you think they would be making a mistake because president obama put moderate, that he could up there a moderate to the supreme court and it like -- might backfire on them if they refuse to accept his nomination and they putt wins
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a left-wing democrat in there? would that hurt? i think they are better off because they know the president is a moderate and you would put somebody in there who is fair and just. thank you. a couple reactions. it is not my place to say that washat it was -- smart strategy. i will say i was surprised by the speed with which senator thatnell made that remark he will not allow the republican majority to vote on confirmation until president obama'successor was chosen. an hour or two after the news of scalia's passing. it struck me as awfully fast. as your question suggests, may be it will end up being a smart risk, but it seems to me it almost guarantees that the
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nomination is a partisan flashpoint and ideological flashpoint in an election year. it as an element of apredictability, not just in presidential contest, but also a senate contest in key states where you have got competitive races. tellnk only time will whether it was wise or unwise from a partisan standpoint. but i think we can definitely say it was a high risk move. from san jose, california. victor, hello. caller: i am retired from the was and one of the issues always diversity in the newsroom. i would like you to speak to that, if you could. sure. it has been an issue for as long as i have been in the news business, now coming up on 32
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years. got some san jose alumni , our congressional editor is a veteran of your newsroom. i am dissatisfied where politico is in terms of diversity. i have been impressed by the progress we have made relative to where we started but i am not satisfied with where we are. i think on gender grounds, we used to be week. -- weak. the circumstances of our founding happened to be three white guys who started us. diverse onout not that scale. and we have made great strides in terms of gender. strongest and most promising and most influential executives on both our business side and our newsroom, our
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outstanding woman professionals and i am pleased by that. in terms of racial diversity, we need to do much much better. we made it a priority. we have got a summer program that offers scholarships to some of the most outstanding journalists of color who have come to washington and they effectively join our newsroom for a time during the summer and that has allowed us to recruit from that group. talentedof our most minority journalists of course, because they are so talented, get recruited by others. it is a nonstop flight to do better. i give ourselves may be a passing grade but not a good grade. we will do a lot better. mississippi, linda is on with john harris of politico. good morning. caller: good morning.
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putamily is tired of people in donald trump in. i know this does not pertain to show but i appreciate you letting me have this comment. was -- new york city, it would not compare to what the bushes and clintons had done to the united states. thank you. let's hear from michael, huntsville, alabama. you are next. caller: hello, pedro. good morning, john. considering the lead up to the against the2003, president that was on national television, do you think the climate helped europe, held magazines such as yours grow?
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i want to make sure i understand the connection between what you're saying about the political climate at the war, flesh that out a little bit. caller: ok. on the mainstream media, there was hardly a voice against the war that was ever on television. i get it. i think i get your question and i largely agree with it. the backlash to the iraq war when many in the media felt we did not apply enough to president george w. bush's claims in the lead up to the iraq war, that had a profound effect on the political landscape and i would say the media landscape.
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a number of voices became very , mostly but not exclusively on the left. months -- much ideologicaland because of those events. to some extent, news organizations grew out of that. the huffington post was started in 2005 and 2006 and was probably a reflection of the surge in activism and energy related to iraq. politico's founding was independent of that. saw bigof cofounders changes in media. we saw the legacy news organizations where we grew up not responding to those changes with enough creativity and force , in our view, and we thought that gave us an opening for a new publication. but i think as a general rule,
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we are onto something. politics became much more of a blood sport. the bush years were part of that and had a big effect. about othersked leaving the publication. are they going to start a new publication? guest: i do not think so. we do something distinct here. jim has said he is interested in media. i have known that. we have been friends for a dozen years or more. he has always been full of the ideas about where the media business is headed. for a publication he has said will not be competitive with lid ago. -- politico.
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still a little not fleshed out in his mind. he should have him on in -- and asked to i would watch with interest. only because of the announcement made after leaving, and some of the writeups, there was a piece by paul about it. it starts off this way. jim wanted more control. credit.anted more day after day, month after month, the antagonism ultimately led to the breakup of the bromance at politico? been a journalist for 30 plus years since 1985. i have had my pen and my of thek on one side fence, almost always on that side of the fence. since we started politico and we have generated a lot of itlicity and coverage, always brings a little bit of a smile for me because things never look quite the same when
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you are on one side. exercise for good me to be on both sides of the way paul wrote it probably would , but it isi write it kind of a shrug of the shoulder. five hundred journalists and business professionals here, that does not have much to do with soap opera coverage. host: no truth to that writing whatsoever? guest: i think it is true that there was a very close that was at the heart of politico's founding. that amade clear professional collaboration had kind of reached its limits after a decade. their personal relationship is ande independent of that will be intact over the years.
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but it was time to move on and i think they both reached that judgment. it is not as dramatic or as restless as that article decided. the fundamental question was, what was in the best interest of the publication. i think we have gotten that result. call, fromore georgia, independent line. you are the last call for john harris. you to c-span for taking my calls. i am disillusioned about our current state of the media. i feel like the media is hindered by the label put on you all as being the liberal media when i feel like you are the corporate media owned by just a few corporations. the accusation that you are the liberal media seems to prevent you all from recording stories as is. if something happens that makes republicans look bad, then you
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bend yourselves into pretzels to also drag a democrat into the story in order to create a sense of equality, when really what we as a people want is simply the truth, not truth enis -- t ruthiness, but the actual truth. that has been lost especially when it comes to donald trump. i would like your people to stop viewing him as an entertainer ryan for president, and treat him just like every other presidential candidate. confront him on his racism, holdm, and xenophobia, and his feet to the fire just as you would any other political candidate. you are doing the american people a great disservice. i will await your response and i hope you have a great day. coverage, asf the i look at politico and competing news organizations, i think we are getting that. trumpot think that donald
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is being covered any longer as just a carnival sideshow, but being looked at as someone who is the front runner for the republican nomination and people are giving the sort of tough scrutiny you would give, appropriately, to a potential president. happening.t is the other part of the caller's question, the notion of false equivalence, that is a familiar criticism. heard it a lot during the bush years. one caller mentioned the run-up to the iraq war. we heard this complaint particularly on the left, that in the effort to show both sides, we created a false sense of balance. but there was objective truth and we should not be afraid to just say it. i think that critique of the media at times was fair.
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i would say as a practical matter when you cover a debate ideological charged and the substance behind them is complex, the simple and obvious truth to a person on one side, does not look that way to other, fair-minded people. mission is the same as it has always been. cover fax if there are things that are flatly wrong, we should say that. -- if thereave to is objective truth, we should shine a light on that, a bright light. of the matter is, the world will always look simple to people who have strong views left or right or on the partisan side. andworld will always be that is our mission as journalists, to capture that and do it in vivid and aggressive ways that get us
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close as possible to the truth. host: the utter -- editor in
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for having me. and i take heart in the biggest stories in d.c. and washington. the presidential election, the thing i run on a daily basis. i wake up in the morning and figure out what our targets are for the day, what could be a home run story, and coordinating with the staff. how do you gauge how to approach a story and what is worth covering, and how do you assign a staff to make these decisions? guest: a lot of conversation goes on with reporters. the campaign and they know the campaign insiders. they are often become -- coming to me and the rest of the editors on the team, with ideas. this is what is percolating and what i think can become a great story that tells the inside tale
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of whatever is happening on a particular campaign on the republican or democratic side. best case scenario, the reporter bringing me great ideas, i am trying to give that person the space and the time to do the reporting necessary to do it right. in other cases, news is happening. it is a balancing act every day, trying to weigh our original reporting against the need to be on the news. luckily for politico, we have a team that has reporters who are incredibly well sourced and are constantly feeding me ideas and telling me what they can build out. we have a large enough team that we can be on the news in a real and present way. campaign 2016, i am looking at the website now and a story that gets a lot of of ation is the idea possible broker convention for the gop just below that event in south carolina.
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it's our viewers look at the website, could you tell them why those stories and why they are important? going into a week of very few national events or the campaigns are completely focused on south carolina and nevada. these two contests could start to define the republican field and could give hillary clinton a chance to try to elbow bernie sanders out of her way. for the campaigns, we are in a critical two-week stretch. for republicans, it is more like 10 days. approaching the milestone moments in the campaign, we are asking, what are the campaigns asking and thinking about everyday and what are they doing as they look down the road and consider the calendar. these, we are looking at stories and saying, for marco rubio, what does he have to do this week? seewill ceo i reported --
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phenomenally reported. he is shaking off a huge failure in new hampshire and coming to a state where he has inherent advantages because most of his knows south carolina intimately and they understand how to build a campaign in south carolina. what he is seeing on the ground with the rubio campaign is an extremely confident candidate and receiving crowns -- crowds that are adoring the man. the other thing you mentioned is .his broker convention story it is something that you will find political reporters talking about almost every political cycle. editors like me will say enough here to do not want to talk about convention. it is nonsense and it will never happen. this presidential cycle, not only might it happen, it is something the campaigns are
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beginning to be prepared for. piece, he willhe walk you through how some of the campaigns are doing it, how they are courting delegates and dipping into rulebooks that have not mattered for decades, to see how they can find the right people who will not just vote for them on the first ballot, but stick with them on the second ballot at a negotiated convention. these are the things that are in the political bloodstream this morning. they are stuff we cover because of that reason. host: kristin roberts joining us aboutconversation campaign 2016, what is happening on the ground and how she interacts with reporters to get coverage out. if you want to ask a question -- on the democratic side, what are interesting stories you are seeing and what would you like to see all -- politico cover in the battle between
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hillary clinton and bernie sanders? is amazing.story we have been washing for years the battle inside the republican party for the hearts and minds thecontrol the direction of party. at the beginning of this presidential cycle. i was having conversations with political reporters who were warning me all of the things we have seen on the republican side for so many years largely playing out in congress are about to happen on the campaign in this cycle. boy were they right. what we are seeing is not just bernie sanders pushing hillary clinton to the left. on various issues. but challenging her as someone who is not liberal enough, who does not speak to the new democratic voters. what he has done in new hampshire, you have got to wonder, is he correct about that? is the new generation of democratic voters no longer the that working-class voter
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has fueled the democratic party for so long? it is now largely a young party, a party of color, and the questions coming up every day get to this theme. is hillary clinton still representative of the party? can she convince younger voters as she did in iowa and not in new hampshire, can she convince younger voters that she can represent their interests? every day, we are talking about individual stories and narrow stories, but all that fits within the larger frame. reportingar as your staff is concerned, do you have specific people with individual campaigns, how does that work? we have got people with individual candidates and their responsibility is to know the candidates as they would know a family member, to get a full 360 andee view of that person what their motivations are,
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knowing their staff and their family members, getting a really good understanding of how the person thinks and operates so ant the stories reflect insider understanding of an individual campaign. contenders, leading we have reporters, but in addition, we have reporters who would sit back and look and -- at the entire view of the campaign. one can dive very deeply into any campaign and unearth incredible reporting, but he can also sit act, as he does multiple times a week, and take a view of the entire land and say, this is what will matter over here. and he finds exactly the angles tot are going to continue deliver for the reader, that will continue to educate the reader about what is really happening on the presidential trail. we have a number of reporters who will sit there and do things like that. allen is a reporter who will sit
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back and look at the entire field and focus in on donors and various interest groups and be able to deliver a story that can touch on individual campaigns but tell something wider and broader. host: the first call for you, kristin roberts, is from john. republican line. go ahead. caller: i have a couple of comments and then a question about mrs. clinton, secretary clinton. the comment about the convention, i tell you, the republican voters, it is about time the candidates actually and ideas ofalues the people who vote for it. there would just be a ravel the -- a rebellion and disintegration of the republican
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to put in ay tried broker of a bush or a rubio. believe me, i would not vote for it. a significant portion would not. about the democrats, you made a comment earlier about the democrats with a new party identification. they represent minorities and young people. what i am confused about when i hear and read, why is identity politics only applying to everybody else except white males? -- in anyo and racist event, just a comment. as far as the clintons, i do not understand why the media only talks about $675,000 that mrs. clinton received for the three speeches at goldman sachs, when in reality, the clintons
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received $140 million in speaking fees. you have got to really think. $140 million in speaking fees from special interests, corporations, domestic corporations, financial firms. host: got you, john. thank you. kristin roberts, anything you brought away from that? guest: important observations per first to your specific question of why the media is focused so much on what hillary clinton said to goldman sachs and the amount of money she got. for me, when i look at the story, i see that the money is important and how much they raised in speaking fees. almost every former candidate or on thepolitician gets speaking circuit and makes a lot of money. what is important there is what she said to goldman sachs behind closed doors. she is promising to regulate wall street very severely. she is facing a candidate far to
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her left and he is saying, look, wall street does not want me to be the democratic nominee. it does not want me to be president of the united states because it knows how hard i will come after them. hillary clinton is saying there is really no distance between bernie sanders and myself on issues.ive i'm just a pragmatist. what she said to goldman sachs he comes -- becomes critically .mportant to the other issue about the broker convention, i think you are onto something important here and that is we are seeing backlash fromry the american people against washington and away washington did not anticipate. if the convention is brokered in a way that does not reflect the popular vote put forward through the primary process, that will
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be an enormous story with huge ramifications. independent line, james is next. wanting toas just chart where you guys are on a political spectrum. i have been reading politico forever p you were in barack obama's back market -- back pocket for the eight years of your existence. it seems like you love him on just about bailouts and solyndra and tax policy. prettymidwest, you guys much our northeastern elitists with most of the people on your staff. policy, you are probably secretly all for bernie standard -- bernie sanders. i do not know where you stand. but you have to change because you know, people are in a silent revolution with the way they
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thatpolitical junkies know politico is pretty much lukewarm , lefty. i just wanted to have your opinion on where you guys are and what you plan to do after a conservative gets in the white house. guest: i am happy to take that. politico is not partisan. sincerity.with all there is not a single person in this office who knows me very well who could tell you where i stand on the political spectrum. it does not matter. we are going to approach every single candidate in the same way. we will ask tough questions to the right and to the left. i will tell you not everyone in the office is a liberal and not everyone is a conservative. but we will treat all of the the same way, objectively, because what we are doing is important be it we are trying to tell the reader what they need to know.
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are the person going to leave the country going to do that? the idea that you write for a certain crowd, mr. harris had talked about washington and people who focused on policy. do you think that is the focus of who you write for? what about people in the midwest and other parts of the country, does that come to mind? it everythink about day or do we do have a core audience of political insiders who read politico every day all the time, multiple times a day. them, they are an audience that wants to be fed insider knowledge about the campaigns. what we found throughout the last two or three political cycles is that politics is important to people around the country and our audience is growing every day. it is amazing to see how many readers are coming to our most deeply reported stories because they know what they will get
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from politico is reporting that comes straight from the inside, as close to the campaigns as you could possibly get. while we know our core audience and political insider someone who is inside and outside interested in the washington story, we also know we have brought national appeal to the stories and we're trying to write them in a way that connects to those audiences. host: donald is next, democrats line. good to be on c-span this morning. my question is about ted cruz. i was in the military for 25 years and you had to have a , some type ofance clearance. this guy has been in the senate and he has a dual citizenship. it seems to me -- donald trump just mentioned it last night about his conference
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suing him. my question is, they do not seem to be paying enough attention. the looked like they robbed china to vote and they are wasting their vote on this guy. he is very much legally an american citizen. he was one in canada to an american mother, so he was always an american citizen by birth. he did have canadian citizenship, which he gave up many years ago, and the legal community is largely in agreement on the fat that he is truly an american eligible to run for this office. legality,on of, the the question on the campaign trail about whether or not he is eligible for the white house is really a question that is driven , not by legality, if you will. there are many legal scholars
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who have weighed in on this and said, ted cruz is absolutely qualified to run for the office. but there is a political benefit to some campaigns raising this as a potential problem for ted cruz. connecticut, this is ill for the republican line. caller: i am a moderate republican but not so much a fox news republican. i believe the revolution going on now, not many people believe the major television media and the talking heads. twitterow are going to and the computer and whatever to hear directly what a candidate says. the talking heads just twist everything around in favor of the establishment. people are starting to not like anymore. and congress
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i have heard for 50 years both for the least of two evils. for the last thing i have to say, it is about justice scalia, the one who got bush the election, and then his daughter got a special job with the government. i would like to see obama appoints a supreme court justice now so we could get citizens united overturned, which has really helped to ruin the country. but the media does not touch stuff like that. i want to thank you for your time and c-span. this idea of millennial's and how they consume news, is this something you talk about their as far as how younger folks consume news and does it affect how political operates or at least its future? we have got millennial's who work for us and we are constantly thinking about how to deliver news to different people per we are innovating and trying to deliver news not just on our website and newspaper on the
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hill, but using all of the new social media platforms. twitter was something that really helped drive politics in older -- older cycles are now we are seeing things moving on snapchat and instagram, and trying to be a part of that conversation to do reporting from there, especially the candidates on those platforms, but also pushing our news out to those audiences as well. votehing about the youth and getting our news and information to those voters, that has to be a part of my thinking every day because what we're seeing on the campaign in this presidential cycle, unlike in many previous presidential cycles, young people are coming out and participating at a far greater typical. is finding a way to deliver news from them and to hear from them the kind of news they are consuming and in what way, that is of course very important to us. host: when do you know when a
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story is ready to go, the style and the way it is written, when do you know it is ready for publication and what gives it your seal of approval? it has got to tell an incredibly insider tale. the main mission every day is to break news and to break moot -- news that matters, not small , but, a press release really digging deep inside of the campaigns and delivering to our readers some insider understanding of what the strategy is, how it is changing, and what the tactics are going forward. for me, as i am reading a story, i am asking, how do we know this, who are the sources, what is the depth of information here that is different from what other people have? is it something that tells me something i did not already know? if the story the reporter is giving me, i can check all those boxes, to say something not painfully obvious already, and sourcing is strong enough that i
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believe in the information they have given me, then it is ready for publication. host: independent line, kerry is up next. caller: i am a retired navy veteran. my concern is, with national debates, what can we expect for a debate to come -- become less of a reality and show more of a rational event, and saying that, also, is there any reason why jill stein is no longer included in the major debates that we see on television? i would love to see some discussion on policies and to me, governor kasich, also, with his background and experience, he would be a great candidate
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for president. chair of the budget committee, he held balance the budget and close the budget shortfall. another thing is he is a very rational person. also, senator clinton and sanders, i would like to see them for people have a rational debate. seeingthe debate we are are of two different varieties on the democratic side we are down to two people and if you watched the last debate they had, it was very much about policy. if you were not state involved -- knowledge about several areas, you may have had a difficult time following what they were saying. hillary clinton thinks that there is no difference between the two of them, but she except of the fact that she was a pragmatist and a realist.
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if you are looking for a policy discussion, you are getting it on the democrat side. to lookoom debtor inside, the candidates are fighting with one another to survive south alanna -- south carolina. this last debate was the ugliest we have seen. it is sort of a local hunger games -- political hunger games. we will begin to see a change in the tone and substance of those debates as the cycle moves forward. what that means is that some of the candidates on the stage now being subjected to a very ugly argument iffight, you will, won't be there anymore to have a chance to engage on the policy. earlier in this contest, there are some people who are no longer in the campaign who may have been -- may have benefited from being part of a campaign focus on the substance and not the rhetoric.
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what we are seeing on the debate stage is also a reflection of the kind of people who are trying to become the president of the united states and that, as a fewer is a important take away as well. how do these people conduct themselves when they are faced with a difference of opinion? important, have been unfortunately they have also been entertainment when they could have been focused more on policy. host: our guest previous word for national journal -- worked for national general. helen from maine, you are up next. caller: i'm curious as to why donald trump deferments have not been a nonissue among veterans, particularly as we are approaching the south carolina primary. briefly whene up he accused john mccain of being a non-hero. the fact that he has four or five deferments and then lied
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about having a very high draft number just does not seem to make the news. does it simply not matter to veterans? guest: i do think that it does matter and i think that this is a very interesting point that you are making because in south carolina, we have voters who are very focused on military issues and defense and security issues. we have a lot of veterans in that state and active military in that state and their reception to donald trump, and we will see the votes on saturday, will be indicative of the strength of his candidacy but also the strength of his candidacy among a very important group of voters. the question about why the media has not focused more on the question of deferments, i think what you will see over the coming weeks and even days is incredible scrutiny on front runners in this campaign. there have been lots of stories
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that have been digging into the background of the various candidates, donald trump included, but this is an area where i promise you will see more digging. host: if a candidate does not like the story, is it you they talk to if they have problems? staff callidates and up all the time. they reach out directly to the reporters when they don't like something that was written. they will often reach out to the editors and it can go all the way up the chain. we are talking very much in real time with each of the campaigns about what they don't like, and they very often are unhappy with the things written about them. -- taylorville, illinois, max, republican. caller: i what to know why when it comes to herman cain, i feel like people with after him for the wrong reasons. -- went after him for the wrong reasons.
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when it comes to hillary, i believe she is corrupt. donald trump is the one i'm voting for because i believe that he can get america back on its feet. host: ok, thanks. anything from that? guest: we are hearing a lot of people who feel the same way, wondering why some candidates are getting me over others, who had the same sort of opinion about hillary clinton. it is one of the problems that hillary clinton has, this question of whether people trust her or they think she is corrupt. the campaign is struggling every day to get away from the narrative that she is untrustworthy. it is difficult for them to do that when they exist in an where e-mails are being released by the state department on a regular basis. there is still this dripping of facts that the campaign is dealing with. i'm not surprised to hear from this caller about his feelings toward this candidate.
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it is something that the campaign is grappling with, every day. host: maurice in south carolina, independent. you are on with kristin roberts. caller: good morning, politico and c-span. i wanted to give politico some credit in terms of -- they had a gentleman on their earlier talking about -- on there earlier talking about liberals and to me, -- that is what they use when they want to tear down an organization. i have watched political for some time now and they have been pretty evenly across the board, but the republicans have stations that they can go to like fox news where they are not vetted and they can get away with anything and say whatever they wanted. when things don't go their way, they usually use the liberal tag word to try to shut down the
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media. what should be important is the issues. we try every day to be right down the center, to not have a political leaning. it is one of our core and fundamental driving forces at politico. we are a nonpartisan organization and we try to treat outside of any -- both sides of any debate equally. john was right when he was talking about politico's mission and what drives us forward every day. the previous caller who thought that we were in the tank for the democrats, it is simply not true. if you were to ask democrats, they may say we are in the tank for the republicans. host: fayetteville, north carolina, grady, democrat line. i wish they would stick
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to the facts. when you accuse someone of being untrustworthy or corrupt, they should have to have facts to back up what they are saying, not just make statements and defamation of someone's character. i think mrs. clinton's record speaks for itself, for duty and honor and country. you need to tell the young people in her history, and her record, not just somebody making up -- making a lot of charges that are not proven for seven or eight months when they say they want to become -- running for the president of the united states. the young people are being cheated. are need to know that they where they are today because a
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people aree old fighting for them to get their rights and get equal treatment for them. we got these young people now running on hope and promise. hope and promise you can't buy anything with. host: thank you very much. the youth question of vote and what they remember and how they look these candidates and how the exist in the presidential cycle that is beating up one competitor -- one competitor beating up another competitor is a fascinating question. one of the things we have to remember is our youngest voters don't remember the clintons. they were not politically aware when bill clinton was in office. they don't remember all of the attacks on his conduct, they don't remember these things, it
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is not real to them. while i appreciate what you are saying, that young people need to look back and see all the things that various members of the older generation of politics have done for them, the truth is, they live very much in the present and for them, what the it is barack obama and so their vision of what's important and what has been done and what their place in society is is very different than somebody of my or your age. host: as far as a workday as a reporter, what is it like? how often do they have to file -- what kind of requirements do you make? guest: hour workday starts incredibly early. my workday starts before the sun comes up, i need to figure out what happened overnight that i miss. ed.
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frankly, a workday for a reporter starts the night before when i talk to them before they go to bed and say these are the main targets for the next day. a day in a reporter's life can depend completely up what's happening on the campaign trail. one reporter might have to file four or five small stories in a day if they are following a campaign that is making a lot of news. another reporter might not file a story for a week or two if they are doing in-depth reporting. --n struck injured and worked together before the iowa caucuses to land a story about how donald trump really did this. how he engineered a campaign that got him into the front runner position. that story took weeks to do. while they were working on that big story, they were filing less often on the daily front. host: kristin roberts is the national editor for politico and talking about pink -- campaign
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2016 and the coverage that politico gives to the republican and democratic field. ramona from virginia, good morning. know about -- to and his connection with the clintons. i know he is very leftist, but what is his source of income? what country is he from and what is his citizenship status? enemy of conservatives. i missed the beginning part of that question, can you tell me who you are asking about? host: she wanted to find out more about george soros. let's talkguest: about how george soros affects this little campaign -- presidential campaign.
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the question gets back to something we talked about, earlier and that is hillary clinton's relationship with the moneyed class in america. it is the thing that bernie sanders keeps hitting on and you heard it in the last debate when he talked about george soros and he talked about wall street and goldman sachs and it comes back to the question of whether hillary clinton and people who take money from the richest americans, the richest people from around the world, can also deliberate and fulfill the promises that they made to voters, especially on the question of wall street regulation. this will continue to be a real issue for both campaigns, but in particular on the democratic side because we are starting to see that the bernie sanders message on wall street is resonating with voters in a way that hillary clinton was not
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fully prepared for. just looked at the most viewed section of the website as far as stories. on top of that list is the cartoon -- a selection of the favorites of hillary clinton. does this surprise you as far as what people pay attention to when you post? amazinghe cartoons are and matt is amazing. it is not surprise me it is one of the most viewed items. it is something we get a lot of promotion to over the weekend. they are entertaining and informative at the same time. that does not surprise me at all. you will very often see things in the top threat section of the website that are very in-depth sectiong -- top read of the website that are very in-depth reporting. i want to look at the photo
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gallery, i want to see what's happening on the campaign trail, that a story is not going to adequately convey or sometimes i want to spend 15 or 20 minutes with a piece and come back with a cup of coffee. matt is very good at what he does. host: james from collins, mississippi. caller: thank you. wondering -- do you all realize that when they are talking about bernie sanders in the news, abc, cbs, but every time they have a conversation, bill is put him first and , andry last in any subject even in the debates, a lot of time they always of a coin the bernie sanders always goes first. not only that, this is the problem. the black congress or whatever, those people are for hillary clinton because they are in her pocket.
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it is time now for african-american young note -- young people to know that bernie sanders is no different than any other politician, but they are holding the black population to hillary clinton. the tone that hillary clinton is singing now, she was not when obama was running. why is it that now, she can get up and say the things like she was close to president barack obama? they do go back and listen to some of the things she was saying against president barack obama. [inaudible] host: we cut your point, we will let our guest respond. your point, wet will let our guest respond. guest: i am constantly trying to one reporters and editors that we should not talk about these groups of people as monolithic votes.
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there are lots of differences in the black unity, many members who are liberal and many members who are conservative. what we are seeing in south carolina gets right to the heart of your point. it is a question of does hillary clinton better represent the interest of the african-american community in south carolina, or does bernie sanders? the relationship of barack obama is an interesting one. the last democratic debate, both bernie sanders and hillary clinton were desperate to try to show a connection to this president, because he still remains incredibly popular and african-american communities and in south carolina. clinton islary better for the black community that bernie sanders might be, that is not for me to say, but i recognize that it is one of the issues that hillary clinton and desperate tos are
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make the case on for their candidacy, especially as they look not just a south carolina, but to the entire region. ust: kristin roberts joining isand on c-span2, it "booktv." c-span3," american history tv." tomorrow on "washington on the," david savage
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recent death of antonin scalia and what to expect for the rest of the term. looking atklein other moves that can be made in the next few weeks. >> american history tv on c-span3 continues our special on the vietnam era. 50 years later we will hear general metal tellers opening statement, followed by opening questions. in his speech, president johnson said in the following terms, our objective is the independence of south vietnam and its independence of attack.
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ourselves,hing for only that the people of south vietnam and govern their own country in their own way. this is been our basic objective since 1954. it has been pursued by three administrations and remains our objective today. saturday -- for the complete schedule, go to www.c-span.org. tell us a little bit about who you see on a day-to-day basis. how often are you out on the trail? guest: i cover the republican presidential candidates and i have been doing so for a little over a year. i am on the trail sporadically. when there is debates, primaries, big events, i will go out and cover them. i'm also working here from the newsroom, making calls and so on
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and so forth. host: a recent piece you did talk to the limit about the soul-searching that was going on in the publican party. -- in the republican party. can you give your thoughts on what you found out about this story? guest: that was a piece that came after the new hampshire primary. -- what is explored is this ongoing level of concern within the establishment of the republican party about the failure to stop insurgent donald trump and ted cruz, both of whom are in the lead and you have not been able to see an establishment candidate emerge to contest either one of them. not been able to unify and rally around you need -- any of them. bush and johneb kasich are still dividing up support and that makes it easier for donald trump and ted cruz. host: why do you think that no establishment conservative has
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risen up to a point of being a direct challenger? guest: do a certain extent, you are dealing with a publican party that remains very divided -- with a republican party that remains very divided. you have a large part of the party that remains with jeb bush. of bush has taken advantage his last name, he has a broad network of people that are donors and supporters who he can count on for contributions. another part of the party wants a new where, someone like marco rubio. then you have john kasich out there rallying support on his own. you haven't seen the establishment wing of the party find one person to rally around. brought up jeb bush, how significant is it that george w. bush appeared last night to endorse his brother? guest: this was an interesting move for a couple of different reasons, but mostly because jeb bush has been collected to
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embrace his last name -- has been reluctant to embrace his last name. he had not been using -- if you ,ook at his banners, it is jeb! he does not use his last name. that was part of his desire to show that he was an independent figure and part of his realization that people in the party are willing to keep by the bush family name, they're looking for something new. you now see him in the final days for the south carolina primary, he is hugging onto his brother and holding onto his mother for dear life and there has been a shift. in part, this may have to do with the fact that he has struggled in this campaign. he did not perform well in iowa, he did a little bit better in new hampshire, but is still not where he wants to be if he wants to be on the trajectory to win this nomination.
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saturday is a critical state for jeb bush to win or to perform well and if he wants to continue with this nomination. host: our guest joining us until 10:00. -- republicans, (202) 748-8001. democrats (202) 748-8000. independents, (202) 748-8002. holds a press conference yesterday, targeting ted cruz. why do you think this press conference is happening and does this suggest anything about the conditions of the trunk -- trump campaign in south carolina? ,uest: if you look at the polls donald trump is pretty far ahead in this race. he is in the mid 30's, ted cruz and marco rubio both in the midteens. there was some hope on the part
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of his rivals the following saturday nights while debate that he would fade a little bit -- wild debate that he would fade a little bit. we have not seen that yet. as it relates to his decision to hold this press conference, he is a master at the media. he understands how it works and --understood that jeb bush george w. bush's visit to south carolina would dominate the media storyline. he knew that yesterday was a holiday weekend and he knew that by inserting himself talking about george w. bush, even a controversial ways, he would find himself injecting into every single story that was written. host: first caller, john from new jersey, independent. caller: good morning.
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please give me some time to explain myself. i want to know why the news , the samelow ratings as the congress and the senate. i wonder if anyone can explain that to me and is it because of the fact that the news media no longer does a lot of investigation work, but just reports the news and they don't get things right like they did with watergate and other situations. when the lady was asking about george soros, when ms. roberts was on, you did not hold ms. roberts to explaining who george soros was. that question was never answered and i see that going on a lot on this grim. i respect -- this program. i respect this program but i
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think you should hold the people you bring on -- i think you should hold their feet to the fire and make sure everything is correct. have a good day. host: we will let our guest response your initial question. guest: i think there has been a lot of good investigative work going on in this campaign. you have a lot of news outlets covering the presidential race. there is tremendous interest. this bounces between a number of different interests -- issues as it relates to hillary clinton or marco rubio. people are trying to wrap their arms around how you cover donald trump. donald trump is in the subject of books, documentaries, people are starting to go a little further into his background, but you are seeing some of the most robust coverage of this president to race of any race in
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decades -- presidential race of any race in decades. host: democrat line, hello. caller: i was wondering if this gentleman could explain what the dnc did in new hampshire to bernie sanders with the assignment of delegates, for i have heard some numbers that are beyond belief. hillary got 95% of the delegates or something like that. could you explain those numbers? maybe why the dnc did that. guest: the democratic delegate system works in terms of how delegates are awarded -- it is somewhat different than the way the republican system works. from the big picture, hillary clinton has some real problems
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she will have to deal with. she lost big-time in new hampshire. moving on to south carolina, nevada, she knows there is pressure to demonstrate strength. you have all of these conversations about strength -- delegates, but she is under serious to rest and if you look at her campaign, it is one that knows the stakes are high heading into south carolina and nevada. host: talk of little bit about the death of justice scalia -- talk a little bit about the death of justice scalia. is this going to be a dominant issue for campaign 2016? guest: it is going to be a big issue. how this plays out in the republican primary is somewhat of a question mark at this point. there is widespread agreement among republican candidates on this issue.
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there is a belief that president anyonehould not nominate to fill the seat on the bench. there is not really a point of being able to distinguish from one another in this way. it is going to matter a lot and you will see a lot of this playing out in. that it raises. he will see a lot of senators how they acttes, on that issue, the statements they make will matter a lot. one thing you can and will see ,s you will see people republican candidates arguing that this really raises the stakes ofcaucus. you'll see democratic candidates are doing that as well. host: you can elaborate on this from the ted cruz campaign. a great point.
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the ted cruz campaign right now in south carolina is running an ad basically telling voters you cannot trust donald trump and the stakes are too high in the selection given the fact we are talking now about a supreme court vacancy that could alter the balance of the supreme court saying, you cannot trust donald trump to fill this seat. a potentially compelling argument. we will see of this moves numbers in cruz's direction. one of the issues i have noticed watching these debates is the lack of financial literacy by the press. also, the candidates. $19 trillion in debt. we have approximately $43 trillion in unfunded liabilities . even if you were to tax the rich, the top 10% and take
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everything they had, you could not balance the budget. that does not seem to be coming up. budget issues are coming up in this race. not coming up in the way that we thought they would maybe a year or two ago. isis has become the dominant issue in this contest. now talking about the supreme court. in part when you look at the republican race, candidates are the four ways to differentiate themselves and there is not a --le lot of difference candidates to not feel like there is a lot of real difference between them on the issue of budgeting. they are trying to find ways of distinction themselves. host: connie from johnson, south carolina. independent line. good morning. caller: i am an independent who planned on voting republican,
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though not for mr. trump. probably governor kasich. with the death of justice scalia and the reaction of the senators in the republican senators. i will vote democratic if they don't at least vet and vote on a nominee. it is poor sportsmanship. i would like to know what comments you have heard from other people like me. have you heard anyone else say a similar comment? republicans are playing -- sort of a gamble in the way senate republicans are playing this. in the sense that they are coming out and saying president obama does not have a right or he should not appoint a nominee. should not put forward a nominee be out of office
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in a year. this is something that every voter necessarily agrees with. some people believe president obama should be able to support desk should be able to appoint someone. not everyone likes the idea of a supreme court vacancy for an extended period of time, about a year. so we are going to see whether voters like the stance or they don't. host: we saw the results john kasich got in new hampshire. do you expect that to continue or is that a one-time phenomenon? guest: it is a good question. john kasich's past the nomination now. in part what is going on, he performed well in new hampshire. kasich spent months on the ground in new hampshire, probably more than anyone else. after that he did not held a lot of infrastructure and support in other states.
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you have not seen him with a big presence in south carolina. have not seen him with a big presence in nevada which both on tuesday. the question is, what is john kasich's past denomination? they are betting big on michigan which both march 8 and ohio which both -- delegates are awarded winner take all. until march 8 you have a bunch of states that are going to vote . a bunch of southern states that vote on march 1. nevada votes on february 23. you have south carolina which votes on saturday. that means you have a bunch of states where presumably john kasich will not fair terribly well and will not be racking up delegates. by the time he gets to michigan on march 8, will he be underwater? his team says we can make our stand in midwestern states and
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rack up a share of delegates. host: since you mention south carolina when it comes to ground game, which campaign has the best one out there? guest: the cruz campaign has a very good ground game. toing a big play evangelicals. the rubio campaign has a very strong organization in the state. marco rubio's top advisers help from south carolina. and then you have jeb bush who has a strong organization as well. the bush family long has had south carolina wired. home torolina was overe w. bush's big win john mccain in 2000. host: you mentioned that the trump campaign --
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guest: the trump campaign ground game is something that remains shrouded in mystery. ande was a sense in iowa new hampshire that he did not have as strong a ground game as the o -- as the others. these people come out and vote. he had a big win in new hampshire. he is on tap for a big win in south carolina. if he has not been getting a good ground game or not, who knows what kind of difference that will made it his league is that big -- will make if his lead is that big. caller: hello. thank you for c-span. i had a question and comment. why have they not caught donald trump on his lie about six soldiers dying going after bergdahl? commanders have said nobody died
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going after that guy. although i do not admire his action leaving his post, but desertion is 30 days. he was captured and held for five years. he may not be the greatest soldier. obviously he was not. i am a veteran from the 82nd airborne. i know what it is to be afraid but i've never run away. , thisint i'm making is guy has paid his dues, he made bed. trump is a draft dodger. trump's style about his dealmaking and criticizing obama . why doesn't somebody catch this guy on what a scoundrel trump is? guest: one of the big issues about trump is he made a number
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of statements that have been controversial or at times may not have been factually accurate depending on how you look at them. his opponents have not figured out a way to successfully use that against him. look at what happened in the debate on saturday night. trump made a number of statements about 9/11. about what the bush administration may be new or did not know about weapons of mass destruction. since that point you have trump's rivals trying to take advantage, use that against him in this republican primary. the problem is, communicating that in a way that will hurt trump, make supporters like him less, has not been easy to do. you have trump supporters, a block of support which is extremely -- which has proven itself to be hard to move away from him. his rivals have not figured out
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how to do that yet. you have a large portion of anti-trump voters in the race but they are dividing themselves among different candidates. host: good morning to frank. new york, independent line. military 20 retired years. i was brought to former president bush endorsing his brother yesterday. he spoke of being in the classroom when 911 happened. it became clear that my job as president was to protect her and the children of america. where was he during the first eight months? jed doesn't --jeb does not use empty rhetoric. he should have said unlike me and my theater leading up to the invasion of iraq, mission accomplished, bringing bin laden to justice. he said jeb will support troops
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on the battlefield and when they return home a mic me with vehicles, building shoddy facilities for our troops in iraq and the va affairs at the veteran administrator -- the veteran affairs hospital. host: we will let our guest answer. i think what he was talking about was george w. bush hoss endorsement and how it brings back a lot of the elements about the iraq war we talked about. does it bring back iraq as a political topic? guest: this is the thing. jeb bush's decision to bring his brother -- a certain amount of risk involved. a lot of people even in south carolina where the bushes are popular, who may be fatigued by the bush brand, maybe looking for something different. the fact that jeb bush waited so
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long to do this, to bring his brother out, reflects maybe a .evel of discomfort maybe a sense that he wanted to wage this campaign on his own without his brother's helped. there is a calculation that bringing his brother at the very .nd is worth the risk perhaps he is running a time to demonstrate strength in the race and that why not bring him out. if things in iowa and new hampshire did not go well why not try to see if it helps in south carolina. host: there is a tweet that iowa want to talk about ethanol, new hampshire wants to have you for coffee and south carolina one to see if you can take a punch. what is it about south carolina politics that suggests that? guest: something very true about that. south carolina is a state that has long been known for its bareknuckle political culture.
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famouslyre are hard-fought. full of innuendo and rumor. it has become something of a fable of sorts. is there as much truth to it as the legend suggests? who knows? when you look back at the races, the famous bush versus mccain race in 2000, nikki haley's race for governor. a number of hard-hitting races in south carolina. if you look at the way the primary shaping up, it is a total shootout. look at what unfolded on the campaign trail yesterday. as has been a tough race. we will see what happens in the final 72 hours. host: robert up next. republican line. caller: good morning.
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the top lawyer for walmart which lobbied to pass the bill to devastate in the cities -- devastate inner cities. how is it possible that the luck caucus is not explaining to inner cities how she devastate cities and leaves them dry and damaged? host: who is this person doing this? caller: hillary clinton. she was a top lawyer for walmart when her husband was president. guest: what was the question? host: about hillary clinton being an attorney for walmart and what walmart does to communities. at least that was his point. clinton has taken a lot of flak for connections to wall street, connections to corporations. her fundraising from corporate
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interests. it has hurt her in this race. if you look at the way this contest has played out, it has hurt her. she has yet to figure out a way how to deal with bernie sanders and how he is running this grassroots antiwar street campaign. she has not been able to figure it out yet. host: christopher. buffalo, new york. democrats line, hello. caller: thank you for taking my call. i would like to inquire if the republican platform was to shrink government and to destroy government anyway they can, why we would actually elect people and now we complain that government is not working and we
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elected republicans who want to break it. electu are asking us to more republicans to break a government that half of the country already thinks is broken. guest: you have a republican party that is going to run. no matter who the nominee is they will run on cutting taxes, cutting spending. those are things they are definitely going to try to create contrast with democrats on those issues. host: what do you expect leading up to saturday? what are you expecting as far as
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not only the day-to-day campaigning but any surprises that you might expect in this last week? guest: south carolina always has surprises. there may be some nasty flyer that gets circulated. when it comes to service it will dominate the news cycle for a day or two. we may see more from donald trump. south carolina always has a lot of surprises. one thing worth keeping an eye , the state'sey governor has not endorsed yet. if she endorses that could be a big deal. ,e have not seen mark stanford he has not endorsed yet. that would create a splash. keep an eye on those endorsements and keep an eye on the polls. does hillary clinton's lead over bernie sanders shrink? does jeb bush get to make up ground because of his brother's visit? if jeb bush does fall back he may be under some pressure to drop out on saturday evening.
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at the same time, donald trump, keep an eye on his poll numbers. host: it is not necessarily a surprise but even as of yesterday, suggestion that he might run as an independent, do you take stock in that? guest: this is something he has threatened a lot. he has gone after the republican national committee a lot. a line that appeals to his core supporters. he is trying to lock in and motivate supporters to turn out the polls. the way he does that is by taking himself as antiestablishment, not part of the system. he can do that by threatening to run as independent, by saying the republican party is treating them badly which is what he did yesterday. host: let's hear from mark, republican line. caller: thanks for c-span and
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politico. a quick couple of points. opinion, media, in my links to the left, and all of late-night talk shows, all of universities, all of colleges is left-leaning, that is been a trend for the last 30 to 40 years. we have debates now and we have issues where conservatives are a punch line, pitting against each other. you have media on every network going after them. he liberals, with hillary and bernie, the gone pbs for debates. they get the softball interviews . how come we can't get them to show up to a fox debate? why will the liberals at least go on one conservative network? if you watch fox debates they are hard on conservatives. why can't you see hillary and
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bernie go on and at least have one conservative outlet talking to these guys? -- democratsn't have had a bad relationship with fox news for a long time now. you also see republicans with an antagonistic relationship with msnbc. situations.of those msnbc typically seen as a leftist outlet. foxnews seen as a right of center outlet. host: ellis is up next. caller: my question is, why has robertsstadt and answered the questions a couple callers asked regarding george soros? what is his income? what is his citizenship? does he own politico? what percentage does he own politico? isn't c-span supported by the
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federal government? why doesn't the moderator take charge and hold their feet to the fire and get them to answer those questions? host: we did ask the question. we are not owned by the federal government. mr. isenstadt can answer anything else brought to the table. obviously is soros a liberal. what role he plays in the 2016 election remains to be seen. how much money he gives will be something that a lot of people will be watching. he could be a big player in this race in terms of the amount of money he gives to fund any outside liberal efforts. host: steve. columbus, ohio. democrats line. caller: i just want to affirm the observation that one of your previous callers made. ineffectivee rather
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and that there is no such thing as an investigative reporter anymore. like yourly, i would guest to answer this question. contemporary jimmy breslin? the contemporary mike royko? rather?emporary dan you were talking about iraq earlier. at least in vietnam we had reporters who were actually there. now, what we have are embedded reporters, which is a euphemism. it means they are not there. by thee sequestered government and military. there has been a
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proliferation of coverage about the 2016 presidential race and there are a lot of people who are doing deep investigative dives into a number of these candidates. before scott walker dropped out he faced a lot of scrutiny. you have seen jeb bush face a lot of scrutiny for his business deals over the years. marco rubio has gotten scrutiny for his past. a lot of these candidates are getting scrutiny in different ways. what you have now with this current media environment, you have more media than ever covering this campaign than any other presidential campaign. there is a proliferation of coverage. there is a lot to read about any number of these candidates. host: mary, mobile -- let's go to harry. baltimore, maryland. republican line. caller: thank you for having me
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on. .onald trump whether people believe it or not , i am a 72-year-old republican and i have watched donald trump talk to people. he talks directly to them and says exactly what he wants to say. the rest of the ones that are from the government looking every direction you can but never look anybody in the eye like a man should. the second thing is, they should year.n election this they should basically vote everyone in -- vote everyone out that is in regular government and put new people in and change it to an eight year limit. host: we will let our guest answer. guest: what was the question? host: i missed the first part.
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i don't know if he actually asked a question for you i apologize for that. after saturday, do you expect a further winnowing of the field as far as it currently stands? guest: that seems likely. as you get further into this race candidates find themselves under more and more pressure. they run out of money, start taking a hard look at whether they have the support to win. if benaturday night, carson does not fare well he may find himself under pressure. .e talked about jeb bush kasich has said he will move on to michigan regardless. this is what happens. there is a winnowing after new hampshire we saw chris christie dropout and carly fiorina dropout. host: could i ask about current thoughts on the ben carson campaign? campaign hasrson
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stated there was a massive implosion in the campaign late last year. he has had a hard time recovering. did not seem to be a major presence. he had a hard time gaining support in iowa and new hampshire. he seems to be struggling in polls in south carolina. at a certain point he has to take a hard look at if he cannot gain support in south carolina or nevada he is to take a hard look at what his map is going forward. host: mary in mobile, alabama. independent line. caller: i have not called in about three or four months. how youry upset about promoting black lives matter. one of the black lives matter people is now in jail for arson. . digress
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do americans understand why we are angry? we are angry at both the democratic party and the republican party. i was always a democrat at one time. i was a john kennedy democrat. his january 1962 state of the union address. host: what would you like our guest to address specifically? caller: i want to know why we a real promoter of our constitution, our lives, individuality, and why do we have to have state come into our lives all the time?
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host: mary, thank you. any response to that mr. isenstadt? guest: this is the kind of someonet -- this is why like donald trump has gained a lot of support. a lot of anger out there now. concerned about the government. its role over the past couple of decades. real anger and frustration and that is something george w. bush acknowledged when he went on the campaign trail for -- for jeb bush yesterday. caller: good morning. i know you are running out of time. hillary clinton, in her own admission, said they were broke when they left the white house. there worth over $100 million. they got most of their money from taking corporate money for making speeches. corporations now run everything
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in our government. that's why people are angry. nicely that all of the media outlets make money off these people. what i wanted to do was give this gentleman his story for tomorrow. i have not seem in any print media or also any questions at these debates why it is that hillary clinton keeps claiming that she is practical. she can do every single thing bernie sanders can do. she keeps claiming. bernie sanders cannot. what i want to know is why will she be able to with the hatred the republican party has shown her and her husband over the years, what will she all of a sudden get into office and be able to do all of these things she is claiming that bernie sanders cannot do because he is way too far out there? host: thank you. we are about to throw to an
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event that go right ahead. guest: hillary clinton is trying to find ways to contrast yourself with bernie sanders. she is under some duress in this race. she lost new hampshire by a wide margin, rolling into south carolina and nevada and she cannot afford more losses. if she does, bernie sanders will continue to gain momentum. she has to find ways to contrast herself with bernie sanders. you see this continue to play out in debates and >> tomorrow on washington journal am a david savage on the recent death of antonin scalia and what to expect from the high court for the remainder of this year's term. then aaron klein looking at
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negative interest rates and .nother -- other monetary moves plus your phone calls, facebook comments, and tweets. >> road to the white house began in iowa. to caucuses, which date back 1972, then we moved to new hampshire, which has a long and rich history. now we begin to test the candidates and their message. we moved south to south carolina, then to the party caucuses in nevada for the democrats and republicans. more than likely we will see a number of candidates drop out of the race, so the field will narrow and then we move into early march. super tuesday, which means the delegate counts will be critical. as we watch that delegate count continue, we will get a better
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sense of whose message is resonating. south carolina republicans are not the only ones going to the polls on saturday. in nevada, the democratic caucuses will be taking place. -- david e jones us weigel joins us on the phone. we expect when the results come in saturday evening from nevada? the clinton campaign was a first organized in nevada, it learned the lessons of 2008, probably nowhere as much as it did in nevada. this is a state that broke kind of late. ,illary clinton narrowly won but where barack obama won the
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delegate count. hillary will not let that happen again. was theaign manager winner of the nevada process, bettery have a organization or better understanding of how to organize the state than sanders did. host: the caucus process is so different in nevada, taking place saturday afternoon. also as you point out, a big push by the bernie sanders campaign. what did you see? david: i saw a lot of activity from the sanders campaign and it activitiesatched by from the clinton campaign. the sanders campaign now has 12 offices around the nevada, clinton has a seven.
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has seven. a lot of young people are passionate about their candidate. the difference you have seen in terms of who is doing the organizing is the national nurses union is out there for bernie, really lighting up the canvassing. a cornucopia of other unions are therefore hillary -- are there for hillary. there are unions that are endorsed her, they always liked her, they will come out and work for. host: with the hospitality industry being so huge across nevada, there are about 57,000 members of the culinary union and so far no endorsement. why? david: that's a really good question. burnedinary union felt
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from 2008 and a number of ways. it didn't appreciate campaigns ended up campaigning in casinos at caucuses. had even know the union endorsed obama, they watched a lot of members go for hillary. for were a little skittish this year even before he got hot. when it did get hot, they were alienated by the sanders'campaign aggressive push. this ended in a truly bizarre fight. some sanders's basically snuck into the dining halls that are open only to culinary workers, trying to lobby them and turn them over to sanders. it was immature shot and called out in the media. basically, the culinary union threw up its hands at that point. how do they guarantee
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people come out on a saturday caucus in nevada? david: saturday morning caucus. if you were to design something to maximize the turnout of working-class people, this wouldn't be exactly it but it is better than a rush-hour caucus like you had in iowa. there is internal polling. the clinton internal polling has tightened. the sanders campaign is looking at the situation. they are within striking distance is -- distance if everything goes their way. here.ill be back it is competitive. the delegates -- i don't want to say they don't matter but they matter less than the entrance tell us whether sanders has broken through with latino voters and whether he has
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broken through with people who supported hillary last time in a state where she was supposed to have organization ties. they traded pretty happily off the idea that sanders'support is fairly elite and fairly white. that.e going to look at if they ended up breaking through, if it turns out latino voters in nevada can be persuaded as much as white voters, that will be the story of the caucus even if hillary wins it. the reporting of david weigel. his work available online at washington post.com. >> this weekend, c-span's road to the white house coverage continues with life results from the democratic caucuses.
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we will bring you speeches from all the candidates along with phone calls and reactions. right now, a look at some recent ads released by some candidates. we begin with bernie sanders and hillary clinton. damn it feels good t0o be a clinton. let dogs in the press keep their mouth's type. because a clinton never needs to explain. the real clinton knows that they are entitled. and you don't get to know what they do. clinton was the victim for promotion. a clinton pulls it off with a smile. damn it feels good to be a
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clinton. damn it feels good to be a clinton, nothing ever hits with a sting. ♪ >> i am adamantly against illegal immigrants. >> i voted numerous times to build a barrier. >> we need to build a wall. >> many killings, murders, crimes. >> people have to stop employing illegal immigrants. >> we need to keep illegals out. we will make america great again. >> yes we will! >> my father was a postman who told me, johnny, you go out there and change the world. my parents were killed by a
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drunk driver but my parents did not drive -- i in vain -- die in vain. i believe the lord put us on this earth to bring about a feeling. that is the motivation for me. i am john kasich and i approved this message. bush in relation to the other conservatives? proven the most conservative. as an nra member for the past 15 years, the sound of our guns is the sound of freedom. i am the most pro-life governor on this stage. provenhas a consistent record -- eight more proven consistent record. men and women are
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out of work than ever before in our nations history. people pay more for taxes that he will for food and housing combined. this afternoon, almost 6000 men and women will be married. with growing threats and growing government, they will look forward with worry into the future. it is morning again in america, and under the leadership of barack obama and hillary clinton, our country is more vulnerable and diminished than ever before. why would we ever want four more years again of that? i am ted cruz and i approve this message. >> i'm capable of changing to anything i want to change to.
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>> that's for sure. >> i am pro-choice in every respect. >> but you would not bennett? -- ban it? >> no. >> south carolina cannot trust donald trump. i am donald trump and i approve this message. his killer, an illegal immigrant gang member who just got out of prison. his dad is supporting donald trump because he knows he will end illegal immigration. >> we are going to enforce that. that is a beautiful thing. trump is goingd to make america great again and he loves america. campaign 2016, c-span
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takes you on the road to the white house as we follow the comments -- follow the justice antonin scalia's chair on the section of the bench directly in front of it have been draped with black crepe to honor the late jurist to dine on saturday. this tradition dates back to at least the death of chief justice chase, in 1873. justice scalia's funeral takes place saturday, at the basilica of the national shrine of the immaculate conception in washington. president obama held a news conference today and was asked about the death of justice scalia and the vacancy that he leaves on the court. that is next on c-span. tarp talkshead of about the 2008 financial crisis. later, nate silver on polling and the 2016 election.

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