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the terrorist group in northern africa. then we will talk to congressman gene green about the zika virus and the future of the affordable care act. ♪ host: good morning. we will begin on the washington journal with democrats only. and the increasing rift between senator bernie sanders campaign and the national party. after chaos broke out at the nevada convention over the weekend. what do you think is the democratic national committee helping or hurting the party? democrats only. ,f you believe it is helping (202) 748-8000. if you believe it is hurting, (202) 748-8001. and you can join the conversation on twitter or
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facebook. we will get to those calls in a minute. the phone is jonathan easley, campaign reporter for the hill newspaper. let's begin with what is the role of the dnc in these elections. be to be theuld referee at this point in the primary. we have seen that from the rn the with ryan's previous -- iebus. previou we saw him go to trump tower when donald trump was talking about a third-party bid. i think that's kind of what the sanders folks have an issue with. debbie wasserman schultz has been in the tank for hillary clinton all along and they think she has been too quick to react
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to some of these controversies by blaming the sanders campaign and they think that's what's happened once again with this latest flap. host: your latest story, sanders dem leaders, let us in. guest: he's basically leveraging the power of this movement to say, if we don't feel like we are treated fairly these people are not going to come along in the general election. fiery a speech as you can give. he seems really angered by this whole thing. he is basically saying, don't shun us. don't try to block us out of this process. it is not necessarily a given that i will help the party united around hillary clinton if she gets the nomination and that means all these people i brought
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along with me are not necessarily going to coalesce around the eventual nominee either. it's basically a threat using a lot of leverage that he has gotten based on his movement that has sprung up around him. willing to hurt hillary clinton and the general election? certainly looks that way. it's hard to see a path to nomination for him at this point. win two thirds of all the outstanding remaining delegates and then convince hundreds of these superdelegates to can -- switch their allegiance from clinton to him. he's running a campaign aimed at winning and that means going after hillary clinton. her hard onr tuesday night at a rally in california. by one placesone he was arguing that she is not a true progressive.
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he has not dipped into a few things that would really be the nuclear option for him. , somethingsituation like that would really signal that he is willing to do anything to damage her press -- prospects. toalso looks like he's going spend the next months attacking her. the democrats were hoping we were beyond that point. host: what does he want? the math is not adding up right now. so what does he want in the end? guest: that is the big question. he says that he wants to win which is puzzling to a lot of democrats at this point we don't think he has a chance but they say he certainly has a right to run to the end. i think they would like to see him run a more congenial campaign through these last months. wants to accumulate
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as many delegates as he can to have as much leverage as possible at the national convention in july. that would mean influencing the party's platform hopefully in a more progressive direction for him on some of these issues where he doesn't think hillary clinton has stayed true to the base. .igher minimum wage he's looking for leverage at the convention but that's also kind of what worries a lot of democrats. the more delegates he accumulates the more representatives he will have on the convention and they don't want to see a replay of what happened in nevada. sanders campaign is saying it's not going to happen again. the more representatives that he has, the greater the likelihood for chaos. host: is he planning for putting in motion plans for disruption
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at the convention or are his supporters in an attempt to wr est the nomination from her? guest: i don't think there is any evidence of that at this point. i don't even know if that is something he could do. the democratic establishment is still very much behind hillary clinton. .he has all the superdelegates unless something catastrophic happens in the last month it is hard to see anything like that happening. sanders --nk bernie i don't think there is really an just saidfor him to all of his political capital on fire. game himee an end getting the nomination in that way.
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i don't think it would make political sense. he doesn't seem overly concerned with politics. he thinks he's got a movement behind him. i just don't think that it makes sense for him to lose all of his political capital on a gambit like that. host: jonathan easley, thank you. we will turn to our viewers and ask them, is the dnc helping or hurting the party? ll.com too to thehi follow jonathan easley's reporting. chicago, you are calling in on the helping line. caller: good morning, c-span. i do believe that the dnc is helping the carty -- party. it's the sanders campaign that is hurting the party at this point. wayie sanders says the only
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to get any of his agenda done as president is to rely on millions of people showing up to do that. millions of people are not going to show up to do that. barack obama called on millions of people to help them. can't do this without you. and nobody showed up to help him. when he couldn't get it done by himself the progressive base turned on him and didn't show up in 2010. that's how wisconsin got scott walker. senator sanders likes to say that he is doing better than hillary clinton in the polls against donald trump. that's because the truck campaign and the republican party have not turned their sights on bernie sanders. once they do it's going to take five minutes to beat him. host: in connecticut, you believe the dnc is hurting the democrats. how so? i think the elites of
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both parties have put rules in functionedhave only to put their candidates at the top. is trying to shun them for what they are. they are really hypocrites. host: what do you think senator sanders should do now? i would love to see him threaten an independent run. i think that would put them in their place. host: ok. what if he doesn't? in thee you going to do general election and hillary clinton if nominee? caller: i will not vote for hillary clinton. i will write bernie's name in. host: even if that means that donald trump could win the presidency? of mind that donald trump and hillary clinton are all the same. in pennsylvania, you are
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supporting bernie sanders as well. good morning. share your thoughts. caller: good morning. pain that thehis democrats are going through right now is ultimately going to be helpful. we have to go through some struggle to sort things out. believe it is going to atimately -- and it might be couple of election cycles down the road -- something has been done here. the establishment is understanding, no more. this isn't going to work for much more. i think that what happened with wasary clinton in 2008 pretty similar to what's happening now with bernie sanders and the movement that bernie sanders has created. it's a setup.
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i think it was a contentious situation between clinton and obama in 2008. and it kind of laid the groundwork for her being the oronated person for the next -- after barack obama had his eight years. i think bernie sanders is getting old so it may be someone of his ilk, elizabeth warren or someone else. that is kind of set up to become a future democratic or progressive type. host: what changes will be made? to the party platform? to the party process? the nominating process? caller: both. some of each. local status quo. it doesn't have much life left
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in it. that is evident. there is so much support from what bernie sanders has done and his way of thinking. it has been there for a long time. he is the catalyst. he is the one that brought it all together. and the times of course. shown is time and he has that is without doubt it is time for that to happen. and it will happen. host: you probably saw this. jeff weaver, the campaign manager for bernie sanders, was talking about how the party has treated the sanders campaign yesterday. this is what he had to say. >> we could have a long conversation just about debbie wasserman schultz and how she has been throwing shade on the sanders campaign since the very beginning. whether it was the debate scheduled that were scheduled on weekends when no one was going to be watching, when they shut off the sanders access to its
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own data and we had to sue them in federal court to get it back. joint fundraising agreements with the hillary clinton campaign taking money away from state parties and sending it to the dnc. by and large people in the dnc have been very good to us. debbie wasserman schultz is the exception. host: the front page of the new york times this morning says senator sanders is willing to harm clinton in the home stretch. transfer on the democratic party, he is opening a two-month phase of his campaign aimed at inflicting a heavy blow on hillary clinton in california and amassing enough leverage to advance his agenda at the convention in july. said he was newly resolved to remain in the race and pressure democrats into making fundamental changes to
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how presidential primaries and debates are held in the future. hopealso said he held out of capitalizing on any late stumbles by mrs. clinton. he resumed a combative posture against her, demanding that she before the june 7 primary in california. andy in connecticut, you believe the party is hurting this process. tell us why. i believe the party will be ripped apart. i also believe there are two different entities. usnie sanders people most of can't go to hillary clinton. when he says corrupt, we live with that. she has taken money from every single entity that is destroying the little people's lives. i'm a 51-year-old disabled
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veteran and i've been a democrat all my life and this is my reality. if sanders doesn't get this, i'm going to trump. because we have to get rid of the lifelong politicians who have been promising the same thing since i was a kid as we lose everything they are getting richer by the minute. so i don't even know if sanders can control this. but we look at him as a patriot that really wants to help and we are looking at her as the person who is so corrupt and taking money every day from the exact people who are destroying our lives -- host: andy, bernie sanders has been a lifelong politician. caller: i know he has. the right now the man is standing up and saying what has to be done. to us, there is no going -- how do you go from somebody that you believe in and is not a criminal to somebody who you know is? i'm a lifelong democrat.
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the reality is if it is not sanders, i'm going to trump and so does everybody i know that was for sanders in my area that i know. everyone are going sanders to trump. we don't care about party no more. sandersat if bernie says, i need you to support hillary clinton. we have to defeat donald trump. i have already had that discussion with the people in his campaign. i said, my father is a normandy army ranger. don't company in normandy. that would be spitting in my father's face to go to her. i don't play that game. i was a party person but it's not working. i don't sell my soul to keep the party alive anymore. especially when us on the bottom are being spent on day and night. why do you think trump won on that side?
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bernie is the democratic party trump. trump of the democrats. in florida.h you are a clinton supporter. go ahead. caller: i may hillary clinton supporter. host: what do you think --? caller: go ahead. host: what do you think about the rift between the party and the sanders campaign? caller: bernie sanders is an independent and he should have read the platform of the democratic. he's coming in and he is really really hurting the party. hispanics and african-americans, we cannot afford trump to get in office. everything that president obama has done to help the mexicans and the blacks, we can't afford to put trump in office. i would just like people to really understand that because
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e, ourget trump in ther country is going to go to hell. host: margin in new york. sanders andorting you believe the dnc is hurting. caller: yes i do. the dnc from the beginning has to keephis whole thing hillary up front. and do everything they can to suppress bernie. starting from the debates and going through what happened in nevada a few days ago. i watched a lot of the videos and listened to a lot of people that were actually there. i think the dnc along with the media is blowing this thing out and making this look like bernie are wild anarchists. it's ridiculous. host: i want to stop you there and show our viewers how the dnc
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chairwoman debbie wasserman schultz responded to what happened in nevada. here she is on cnn yesterday. >> my response to that is #smh. that comment about throwing shade. we need to focus on one thing. get through this primary and work to prepare the general election and make sure that we can continue to draw the contrast between either one of our really find candidates who thefocused on helping reach middle class and make sure we get equal pay for equal work and create jobs and not let the republicans take health care away from 20 million americans. do everything we can to make sure donald trump never becomes president of the united states. that's what i'm focused on. host: the dnc chairwoman yesterday. tom in ohio, you are supporting hillary clinton. what do you make of all this?
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caller: we've got a lot of people that regularly don't vote. they are coming into this arena and they think they should take over it. i like bernie sanders. i like a lot of things he says. and hillary always has been just a little too republican for me. if people want to change they need to come into the party and vote on a regular basis. they can change the people that are in the party. you have to be a member of the party to change it. you can't come in from the outside and try to take over and act like you're the one in the wrong. tom, do you have a role in the democratic party in ohio? caller: i have voted democrat all my life. host: but are you a delegate? caller: oh no.
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just a working guy. host: what do you do for a living? caller: i work construction and maintenance at a chrysler plant for 20 some years. host: voted democrat your whole life. union member, voted democrat my whole life. my father was a coal miner. died from black lung. you can't just come in from the outside -- bernie sanders has never been a democrat. and he is still not really a democrat. host: isaac in pittsburgh. bernie supporting sanders. how do you respond to people who say he is not a democrat? caller: that's absolutely true. but i think that reflects poorly upon our two-party system. sayw jon stewart once something about the two-party
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system is -- perfectly reflects of by chromatic rainbow american political thought. there's a wider array that you are seeing now. you can't fit all these different ideologies and visions for how we move forward into two parties. think the party is hurting itself because it is limiting himself by going to a centrist like hillary clinton who has repeatedly proven to not excite people. you have to get people involved and voting. that's what bernie sanders is doing. a couple people ago talked about going to trump. i am certainly not. i will hold my nose and vote for clinton if that is the choice. i'm from seattle. i'm in pittsburgh now. reagan a lot of democrats and trump supporters. there are trump supporters who say they like sanders and vice versa.
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i think the party is narrowing its appeal. in thework this time but future they will need to learn how to include more people. bode in lakewood, new jersey. you are supporting hillary clinton. good morning to you. caller: basically it's amazing to me that the sanders supporters who i'm sure are very committed and honorable people -- they keep talking about bernie sanders matchup against donald trump in national polls. there has not been one dollar spent against bernie sanders in any kind of ad. clinton has undergone this for at least 25 years where the entire republican machinery before her, her husband and now her. there is an entire tv network dedicated against hillary clinton. bernie sanders has not faced any kind of scrutiny.
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i remember one network ran a bunch of clips where he said he wasn't a capitalist, he was a socialist, he praised daniel ortega and fidel castro, he wanted to turn america into denmark. the republican playbook i'm him -- if he ever got the nomination they would rack up those clips in a minute. they turned john kerry from a vietnam war hero into hanoi hannah and bernie sanders was a conscientious objector during the vietnam war. is anybody really dealing with reality? i have been a democrat all my life. i worked for george mcgovern and jerry brown. a lot of what bernie sanders is saying has very real merit. that you would just cast hillary clinton as some villain --does
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anybody doubt that if she were elected she would nominate someone to the supreme court that would overturn citizens united in a heartbeat? she is not perfect. electable eminently and would do things for bernie sanders supporters, many of which they would want her to do. of course she would. host: let's listen to senator sanders tuesday night after he won in oregon but lost in kentucky. >> it can do the right thing and open its doors and welcome into the party people who are prepared to fight for real economic and social change. [applause] that is the democratic party i want to see.
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bringing in people who are willing to take on wall street. [applause] on corporate greed. [applause] and to take on a fossil fuel industry which is destroying this planet. [applause] i say to the leadership of the democratic party, open the door. but the people in. host: that is what the independent senator from vermont had to say on tuesday night. he says he is going all the way to the convention. he will need to win in california. donald trump tweeting this bernieay morning, sanders is being treated very badly by the democrats. the system is rigged against him. many of his disenfranchised fans are for me.
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we are asking democrats only this morning. bernie sanders supporters, hillary clinton supporters, is the dnc helping or hurting the party? there is some news about donald trump. shockingly i'm sure. in the usa today front page. more than 100 disputes are tied to his companies. it's an analysis by usa today that found trumps businesses has been involved in more than 100 lawsuits and tax scandals. hit companies have engaged in battles over taxes almost every the 1980's. at least five trump companies were issued warrants for late or unpaid taxes. he said he was willing to pay more taxes personally and the taxes for the rich will go
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up somewhat if he becomes president. -- and in somes cases not paying taxes until the government takes official action like those warrants. and also this morning in the paper is a headline about donald trump and he might pick for the court. court pickstrump are revealed. the list in alphabetical order. here are some tweets from justice john willett -- don willett. election 2016 is brought to you
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by the letters s, m, and h. name tod the donald scotus? the mind reels. we will rebuild the death star. it'll be amazing, believe me. and the rebels will pay for it. --darth trump. also in the washington times this morning, the gop says that trumps wall is unlikely to be part of the platform at the convention in cleveland. policy to be shaped in the summer ahead of the selection. -- this election. let's go back to calls. you are supporting hillary clinton. tell us about what you think is going on. caller: yes. thank you. please give me an opportunity to speak. first of all, bernie is not a
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democrat. he's an independent. so he cares nothing about the democratic party. he became a democrat to run for the presidential. not only that, bernie is preaching free health care, free education. i was raised that whatever you get you work for it. these people are looking for a handout. the next thing i want to say is that bernie also has taken money from a super pac. nobody says anything about him taking money. hillary clinton takes money from a super pac just like president obama did and there was nothing wrong with it. next thing that i would like to say is that a lot of my friends that were supporting bernie have now said they are not going to support him because theidn't speak out against behavior of the campaign that was happening in nevada were
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they just rioted and tour of the center acting like a bunch of thugs. i just feel that they hate hillary. thate got a lot of women want a woman for president. you have a lot of men who don't want a woman for president. hillary is presidential material. 2008u remember back in when she thought she couldn't win? brainst she had the enough to know she couldn't win and she stopped her campaign. the democratic party and a lot of people supporting bernie are really republicans. they are not democrats. democrats know that the right thing to do is you bow out. you do not try to start a riot. that's what he's trying to do. he doesn't care about the democratic party. he would have spoken out about it.
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debbie wasserman schultz needs to resign. called him on the red carpet about allowing his people to act like ignorin amuses. one you noticed how they get tv and talk about what they are going to do at the convention? they want the democratic party to change the whole game in the middle of the game. they want him to take over and be the nominee even though hillary is winning. you will be interested in this in the wall street journal this morning. democrats fear and unruly convention. a loose coalition of supporters of bernie sanders is using social media to plan a series of events have to dnc is so sanders said. will be pressing to insert his progressive agenda.
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into the party's platform. applicationsmitted filed by pro-sanders forces to hold protests. a polling experts said the divisions within the party appeared to be widening not narrowing in ways that could be there is ongoing chaos at the convention. we are asking this morning, is the dnc helping or hurting the party? the opinion of the usa today editorial board, saturday night is not already for fighting. this is what they think. harry reid said that bernie response would be a test of his leadership to what happened in nevada. it was and sanders failed is what usa today said.
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dawn rolleston has this to say in a tweet. bernie's attack on the directtic party is a attack on harry reid. the two are indistinguishable. harry reid talking to bernie sanders on friday night before the nevada convention over the weekend and then spoke to him again on tuesday saying how he test ofed would be a his leadership. emily in colorado. supporting hillary clinton. what do you think? i think it's unfortunate that bernie sanders supporters don't know the rules or how things work or didn't take the how we nominated in the democratic party. i think it's unfortunate that they don't know who the real bernie sanders in and that this is his". m.o.
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this is how he is operated all his congressional career. he is about bernie and what bernie wants. his focusision and has been the same all along. there is not much of a difference between what ernie wants and what hillary wants. it's just that hillary has been vetted. bernie has not. if bernie was elected which the republican party and donald trump would love to have, they would take him to lunch and eat him. host: let's get in some other news. probably heard about the egypt airplane. associated press reporting this morning that this flight from paris to cairo with xd six passengers and crew on board crashed in the mediterranean the off of a greek island.
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there is a search effort underway. the associated press reported 15 french were about citizens on board, 30 egyptians, -- about 66 passengers total. also two iraqis. brit, one kuwaiti, a person from saudi arabia, algeria, and one canadian on board as well. also, ideal for restructuring puerto rico's debt has been agreed to.
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house republicans and the obama administration neared an agreement to provide puerto rico a pass to restructuring that $70 billion debt load with nearly all other details ironed out. disagreements remain over how to handle appointments to a seven-member board designed to handle the island's finances. the fed is signaling a june hike in interest rates is likely on the table. also the senate confirmed eric fanning as the army's first openly gay secretary. post thise washington morning. and below that is a story about this effort to get merrick garland appointed to the supreme court. they are saying no recess until there are hearings on justice garland. we will go to marion in chicago.
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good morning. you are supporting hillary clinton. what do you make of all this back and forth? caller: i want to tell the democrats that these people that are calling in saying if bernie doesn't win i'm going for trump, those are not democrats. any black person that calls in and says they are going to vote for trump -- trump is a racist. look at who he got following. that's all i wanted to say. host: allen in ohio. you are also supporting hillary clinton. you are on the air. caller: good morning. bernie sanders should be ashamed of himself. the majority of the people following him are young inexperienced people.
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first of all, he's not a democrat. he has a socialist platform. and there is no way he can win the presidency. he has made a villain of hillary clinton. she has not been charged with anything. she has not been convicted of anything. as far as her taking money from else,treet or anywhere you cannot change a system from the outside. people talk about career politicians. these are the people who have to run the country. illness, youn would not see a mechanic. you would see a doctor. host: he mentioned hillary
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clinton has not been convicted of anything. about that investigation, the new york times reports clinton's state department aide testifies on knowledge about the e-mail server. the former aide testified under oath about his knowledge of mrs. clinton's private e-mail system. at least five other officials are scheduled to testify in the lawsuit over the next six weeks. mrs. clinton herself has offered to sit down with the fbi in that case. also this morning, front page of the new york times. ubt. el on benghazi fuels
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more than two use after republicans created the committee on benghazi, general ham has yet to appeal before the panel -- appear before the panel. the committees grindingly slow pace has put it on track to deliver a final report shortly before the presidential nominating conventions in july or even as late as the weeks before the november election, both points at which it could inflict maximum political damage on hillary clinton. the committee has been described as a partisan witch hunt.
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sheila in philadelphia. good morning. supporting bernie sanders. and do you think about this should senator sanders go all the way to the convention? he shoulds i do think go all the way to the convention. it's getting rough now. so be it. this is the way the game is played. it's called politics and politics is a dirty business. i do think debbie wasserman schultz has been biased. she has endorsed hillary and she has been biased to even other candidates there were groaning in the democratic party said she was biased. tonie sanders has to fight get more debates against
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hillary. host: let me ask you about the math. done far better than anyone expected but he is still losing decisively by every metric. him inter sanders beat ongon -- beat her in oregon tuesday, she leaves him in pledged delegates and superdelegates. votes toon 13 million sanders's roughly 10 million. what about the math? caller: i can't say anything about the math. he is losing. i just hope there is some way he can win because i do think he is the better candidate. if you for some reason does not win, i am going to vote for hillary. but i want people to know that
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the people who say they're voting for trump and sanders, they better look at their platforms. trump's is not bernie sanders platform. he has been republican policy through republican governorship that has gotten us into this mess starting from reagan with the right to work laws. union and the paid skills. and then right-wing policies , clinton inngrich 93 for nafta. clinton did not want to sign that nafta bill but wanted taxes raised. and newt gingrich shut down the government. i know my politics. let me ask you this. if hillary clinton gets the nomination do you want her to have bernie sanders as her vice president? i don't care who hillary has as her vice president. i think bernie sanders is too
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much of an independent guide to be her vice president. host: here are a couple of names. potential vice presidential picks from the washington post. labor secretary thomas perez. boolean castro will announce changes to how the government sells underwater mortgages. they are taking steps to boost their progressive credentials and prove they also have professional qualifications. in texas, you are supporting bernie sanders. good morning to you. caller: good morning. to see bernie sanders make it. my state did not pick him.
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my concern with hillary is that even if she does get in office those filthy republicans will hound her endlessly. they have been doing it for years and they are not going to give up. sorry, i thought you were done. tony in new york. you are also supporting bernie sanders. go ahead. caller: can the democratic party beat donald trump? the only way i believe that can be done would be to flip the ticket. but bernie as president and hillary as vice president. that shows us she can take one for the team. and eliminates the specter of the first husband back on the rope line taking that very important arrow out of trumps quiver. the chance for the bernie supporters should be flip the ticket. i is a longtime c-span junkie will not vote for hillary if she is top of the ticket.
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i will vote for trump. flip the ticket. flip the ticket. flip the ticket. host: why would hillary clinton agree to that when she is winning on every metric? caller: because the polls are showing today that she is losing to donald trump. ok -- what do you say to -- caller: jump on the trump bandwagon -- --t: some viewers saying maybe he's doing better in the polls because no one has turned their attention to him and spend millions of dollars to tarnish his image yet. not doing soe is well because of the closed primaries. if all of the independence were able to vote she would have been creamed. polls seem to think that
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most people like bernie sanders better than hillary and donald trump. if you put all of the potential trump supporters like myself who really wants bernie, put bernie at the top of the ticket and hillary is the vice president. she can save face and the democratic party can be victorious in the fall. flip the ticket. flip the ticket. all you bernie sanders, listen to what i'm saying. flip the ticket. go to the convention. and inside outside the convention. start screaming it now at the rallies. a break.will take when we come back, the fight against isis. we will talk with congressman reid ribble who sits on the foreign affairs committee and later we will be joined by representative gene green, member of the energy and commerce subcommittee on health care. we will talk about zika funding and the opioid crisis.
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they came as a result from the klan.s of the head of the cla they came to kill the whole family. >> and learn about the freedom summer school program during the summer of 1960 41 volunteers from around the country taught african in mississippi methods of nonviolent resistance and encourage voter registration. >> there were meetings held in churches throughout the state preparing the residence and informing them of their political rights and getting ready to register to vote. this weekend, watch c-span settings tour to hattiesburg mississippi. and american history tv on c-span3. washington journal continues. host: we want to welcome back congressman reid ribble who sits on the foreign affairs committee to talk about the fight against isis.
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have been multiple headlines in the papers as of late on iraq and the fight against isis as the u.s. tries to take act strong holds. their new goal is chaos in the capital of baghdad. guest: this is a change in tactics. historically isis has been trying to maintain space. they controlled the second-largest city in northern iraq. they would move to a terrorist type of attack system in baghdad is new. we are seeing isis become more specialized in these hit and run terrorist attacks. they are very active. where does the effort stand in iraq to regain territory and defeat isis?
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been goinggs have better in the last five or six months. our training forces have helped forces from the as well as speed iraqi defense forces are better trained than they were a year ago. activitiesng their step up and also gets very important that the iraqi defense forces take the lead on this because this is their country. at some point they have to be able to hold their own territory. there has been a disconnect between their capability and their will to use their capability. what are forces have been doing of theng to provide some leadership necessary to get into the fight with isis. politically what is happening in iraq between the shiites and sunnis?
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guest: there may come a day -- this is not a prediction. when you look in the future and you see the disconnect between sunni and shia in iraq there may come a day where there is a division and you have sunni territory with own government and shia territory with its own self-government out of baghdad. we don't know where that's going to be and obviously we are waiting to see if they can regain. political issues will start to straighten themselves out. host: the coalition that president obama says -- who's doing what in what area? guest: we know the united states is doing most of it. the nation of jordan has been
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heavily engaged in this fight. really uniqueing in the middle east where you've got an arab state getting engaged in another country to try to provide some peace. king hussein has been very adamant that isis is not representing islam. he would like to say it's not even an aberration of islam. if just a bunch of thugs. so courageous by being involved in syria. where is the fight happening against isis? it was in syria and now we are back in iraq. it's happening in a lot of places around the world. it's happening in libya where we are now looking at a change into the arms embargo where we can begin to identify forces and allies in libya to prevent isis from getting a foothold.
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it's happening in places like nigeria. other places in northern africa against boko haram. happening in syria. and in some places in southeast asia. isis has metastasized. we have seen the fight going on in paris and brussels as well. wherever they pop their head up there is going to be a fight engaged to try to push them back down. it's difficult because of the massive miles of water border that they have to defend. amount of refugees coming out of the region into those areas. there's a lot of people from france that have gone into syria and come back home. we don't always know where they are or what they are doing. the french government is struggling with it. we are there in the fight with them. this headline from the
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daily mail this morning. french intelligence warned the that it wasnment clearly being targeted by isis and was at risk of a new form of attack a week before this flight we are all learning about this morning. the head of the french internal intelligence agency had warned the country that they were clearly being targeted. the egyptair flight went missing with 66 mediterranean people on board. a merchant ship captain saw a flame in the sky. has some security problems particularly with air travel. we saw a russian flight that went down. it left out of southern sinai a few months ago and crashed in the sinai peninsula. this flight has called -- gone
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missing. we know it left from paris. the french government has a role to play in securing its own airports. because there's a lot of families involved in this with sons and daughters and wives and husbands and parents on that plane, i think the best thing we can do is try not to add to their exciting -- anxiety . but it wouldn't surprise me if they did not play a role in it. host: as developments occur we will bring them to you. we are here with congressman reid ribble. let's get to calls. martin in louisville, kentucky. democrats. good morning. i wanted to make the comment that it seems the more involved we get in the middle east the less safe we are at home. i thought national security strategy was supposed to be
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intended to protect the american people to make us days. it seems like there is no amount of money or effort that we can spend to go to the middle east and beat the enemy over there that works. it just makes us less safe at home. it seems to me that our national security strategy should be based on reducing the amount of money that we have in the middle east. if an army gets close to saudi arabia we have to drive them out. that creates hatred toward america. if we didn't have to have that oil we would have no interest in having an army in the middle east. in southf countries america didn't start doing all this, we would have no interest. guest: i don't think it's as much about oil as you do. we have a lot of oil here in the united states and we actually are quite capable if we need to sever ties from the middle east on oil we could do that and we would be able to produce the necessary supplies of oil here
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domestically or certainly in this hemisphere that it would not require any engagement. i'm not certain i agree that it's about oil per se. but when you look at what happened on 9/11 which is quite a long time ago already and then set to quickly since then the has been ins relation to the rest of the world a very safe place to live. most americans will not even think about potential terrorist attacks in their cities are schools in part the cause we've got thousands and thousands of american security folks ensure that the united states is safe to the degree that it can be. but there will always be those individuals, small groups of people that can decide to do us harm and we need to be aware of it. host: what is your question? caller: here we go again, we are weling with the middle east,
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spent trillions of dollars, and this is so parallel to the vietnam war, it is not even funny. i am a veteran. the united states government, all the thing take people and all the experts sent us over there and 58,000 guys did not come back. the government killed 58,000 guys. now we run to the middle east. i have got 435 people in congress, 100 senators, 535 who iss, plus everyone making political hay, trying to blame everybody. i am sick of it. american people, wake up. we have to overthrow these people. guest: thank you for your own service. bitght disagree a little that this is another vietnam or a quagmire. it is a much more complex circumstance to we have not lost
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a few thousand people and the effort was longer than vietnam. there are a lot of different dynamics at play. we have a much larger coalition of nations engaged. not stop the global war on terror and to not stop terrorism at its root, and the middle east is where its roots are, if we do not stop it, it can be here. a determination, do we want to fight that fight on american soil or over there before it gets here. you are right about the 535 different opinions and 300 million americans with different opinions. that is how democracy works and functions. i would agree 100% that we should not be politicizing these decisions p or we should be working together to get in that fight against a common enemy. thank you. host: jeffrey in new york, democrat, good morning. good morning.
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i do not believe donald trump is the man to fight isis. he has no military background, no experience, four college from vietnam. he did not go down to history a board and sat want to volunteer and be in the army. he just went into business. his children have no military experience, even though they are all post 9/11, draft eligible people. they have volunteered for the military, if he had a son who army or the navy, i might respect him a little more. i'm a veteran at 50. every man in my family is a veteran. all of my sisters have either married veterans or our veterans themselves. this goes back three generations in my family. because support trump he has no idea what he is
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talking about when it comes to fighting terrorists. with: i do not disagree you on many of your points. here is the reality. set up afounders constitution, they determined we should have a civilian led military and they set up a system of government whereby civilians like me in the congress and the white house can whether we go to war or not with the idea that civilians are less like the to .ake us in the war thatnot necessarily agree somebody with military experience or background -- fighting back in the 1960's, indonesia could be problematic particularly for the tens of thousands of vietnam veterans like you.
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i guess you were too young. veterans like you who stood up to serve. i have a mixed opinion, quite frankly. donald trump saying he would talk to north korea's leader. ,uest: it is a huge mistake this is the inexperience of foreign policy. if you remember the hillary clinton discussion about who to the iranian -- republicans jumped all over that. certain have to see a type of behavior happen before you begin to engage, or you authenticate and help empower the type of behavior you are opposing. total lack of foreign policy experience by the trump candidacy. it and i had not set wish he would withdraw it. i have always said i could not supported in the fall.
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like a lot of conservatives who feel we have been abandoned by the party here, i will have to look at other possible conservative presidential candidates, possibly in the conservative party or the constitutional party. we need to vote for our u.s. senators and members of the house delegation. i do not blame the party for donald trump per se. there are a lot of circumstances who brought a populist mood in the country. the democrats have their own infighting going on right now. more talk of the democratic national convention. the american people are concerned and in many cases, they have a right to feel that way. the broad middle-class and lower income >> the country. they felt wage compression.
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they have not seen the growth like they are accustomed to. and ine both unsettled some cases framed for what they see. when you have a man come forward and quite frankly, both trump .nd sanders, a national appeal this person will fix our problems and more authoritarianism will not do it. you are next in kentucky, a republican. welcome to the conversation. caller: thank you and good morning. i cannot believe how up to's and an -- and uninformed the american people are about what is going on in the world. they are in the middle east to prep up the dollar. invade don'that we have a central bank. after we get done, ruining their country and ruining their
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economy, we establish a central bank. the only countries left that do iran,ve one, north korea, they do not have central banks. as soon as we invade them, we will establish a central bank. guest: i disagree with the fact that we going to these countries and kill the civilians. when george herbert walker bush went into kuwait, we basically extracted saddam hussein's's military force in kuwait and then we left and came home without receiving anything for the effort. at some point, peaceful state -- peaceful nations around the world decide to engage in where they see mayhem happening. i think american leadership around the world is something that is important. we have been engaged in the world, we have better results in places where we --
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virginia, independent, good morning. i have a comment and a follow-up question. the middle east is a lot more oil and saudils arabia to italy, and the fact -- where more of the oil is our economy.h my question is do you believe the stability including the areae east is in the gcc or toward the stability of israel? are you in the military? nope it i am first generation in
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no, i am first generation in the united states. guest: i would say this. for the united states, israel is something that is extremely important not just to our country and our own national security. aave -- israel has been staunch allies of ours. there are staunch opinions that could emerge between our countries and we try to navigate them. therole goes well beyond population of israel and what that is and what it might be in the future. our presence becomes a stabilizing factor in the region. nations have invited us and want our engagement.
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we have a role to play. to become more isolationist and remove ourselves i think would be bad foreign policy. california. caller: it makes us mad when bush with -- was president, the rumor was the reason why bush went over there was because he wanted their oil. we have plenty of oil in our own country. it makes me mad the gas prices are so high here. he said there were hidden gushers out there. they are tapping them and looking for uranium. country, is jerking us
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around with all of these high gas prices. you have got plenty of oil. here, weorth dakota have got oil out here. are you talking about shell? caller: what? host: we will leave it there. guest: i think i understand where you're coming from. we have to recognize cars and trucks do not burn crude oil. they burn refined oil. cases, natural gas or there is a process after the oil comes out that at some point has to be refined. refineries have to be driven. price into the pump will be driven predominantly by demand. goes upthis as demand
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and the summer months now, more and more people are driving and going on vacations. you start to see demand go up and prices go up. supply is too high and you see prices drop off and that is why we saw gasoline prices drop under two dollars per gallon. we sometimes want to feel there is a conspiracy behind the scenes but guess we prices in this country, how many gallons of gasoline consumers actually purpose -- purchase. if there is a lot of demand, they will push it up. supply over demand, it goes down. .ost: congressman reid ribble it takes many variations and places across the world. one of those places is bo boko haram in africa, captive of bo boko haram returns home.
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one of those girls was found. the victims of kidnapping and rape are met with suspicion when they return. the picture above the headline of residents at a camp for displaced people in nigeria is home for thousands who fled boko haram cruelty. in illinois, independent. caller: good morning. has established a foothold in libya. reports are the libyan people take them. it seems to me that is the kind of thing we want to encourage. let me show you what secretary john kerry had to say about the new policy? . the governmentw to request weapons if it needs them specifically to secure the
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io --ry and compat -- c combat daesh. we will measure whatever request they are for legitimate arms request with our call to all improve the enforcement of the arms embargo itself. it from to prevent taking place outside the authority. a delicate balance. we are supportive of the fact -- against terrorism, that should not be made or should not be victimized by virtue of the action that has been taken. we believe it makes sense.
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carefully sculpted. guest: if there is an arms embargo, then there is no way for a type of government in libya to defend themselves. you have to have some ability for them to defend themselves. the difficulty that the united , there is a hodgepodge of various independent groups trying to get control of the government. way to know is if one of these governments continue to emerge. quandary.al
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be affected by a mistake there. where are the reporters, back at the airport. extensively, the united states , reportersb ally traveling with him were left behind at the airport. because egyptian authorities made it clear, reporters like myself would not be welcome at the presidential palace. we might ask the president a question or two. host: -- guest: i have the opportunity to be in face-to-face meetings. egypt and many places in the middle east have very tough policies related to dissidents in their own countries.
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methods of imprisonment and punishment and things like that. inappropriate.ly we have his ongoing conversations. policies int to the the country related to the press. i have not seen the reports. it does not surprise me coming out. west virginia, a democrat, good morning, you're on the air. we are listening. please go ahead. i'm a korean veteran. i apologize but you have got to turn down the tv. that is what causes confusion. fred, new york, a republican. caller: good morning and thank you for c-span. i'm a vietnam veteran.
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the only reason we were a mess in vietnam -- the same thing with isis, the same with donald trump. not my preferred candidate that he is more qualified than what we have in the white house right now. i disagree with that. he said he is more qualified than those we have in congress. a couple of generals are in congress right now and work outside and who is in the white house. you could argue it from a political standpoint. whether you like president obama's policies or not, he does have eight years of experience managing the united states government. no governmental experience whatsoever. we have one energy -- amateur who came in eight years ago and it looks like republicans will say our amateur is better. , thank you forle
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the conversation this morning. a.m., and the earlier than normal, we will be there for gavel to gavel coverage. thank you for being here now. fromessman gene green texas will be joining us next. we will be right back. ♪
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>> washington journal continues. host: back at our table this morning, congressman gene green of texas. he is the cochair of the public health caucus. he is here to talk about they can public health concerns, and that is the cup. billion -- zika. 1.1 billion. how do the two sides come together? guest: the house money is just for the current federal year to the end of september. moneyhat, they take away for medical research for a bola. ebola is not going away and you do not stop and start medical researcher and we are looking for something, a vaccine or how to treat ebola. we still not -- we still do not know how. both theto do
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research. the president asked for $1.9 billion in we need to walk and chew gum at the same time, to do the medical research and the other illnesses, we need to do the research for zika, and a lot of that money will go to our communities to be able to deal with the mosquito problem. we are ground zero for zika. come to latin america literally anytime in the day. we need to get ahead of the curve, which we are not now. tot is why we need is close $1.9 billion as we can without taking away from other medical research. explain what the 622 million would be spent on versus the one million that's a set -- that the senate approved. the house bill would transfer money from the ebola account, which would cut medical
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research for that. and that would go into zika. the 600 billion would be relatively small amounts to go to the communities compared to what we need. in houston, texas, we had a mosquito control district since 1960. you know we have a mosquito problem. it is fertile ground for zika. in two types of mosquitoes our community and particularly across the south, from florida to texas. in the desert, there are not a lot of mosquitoes out there. we want yesterday from the wall street journal, 200 million would go for a vaccine, with the rest of the money go to the community? how would that work? on the senate bill, i am not sure how they would do it.
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in the to be more research side to get that vaccine. it takes at least two years. from the centers of disease control, on capitol hill, the last couple of days, explaining the timeframe. to does a year to be able some of your first studies and you have to go back and verify. stopping and starting medical research is inefficient and a waste of money. about spending the money for communities? what are they doing now and what can they do differently to prevent the cup? the city of houston -- prevent zika? the city of houston, they have water in them and in houston, we have no shortage of water, we have had some floods over the last couple of months. a lot of standing water. they are doing that now with local money.
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it could -- a mosquito control district is out using local money. they are doing that. there is just not enough to handle the fourth-largest city in the country and even -- it covers the whole county. tot: congressman gene green take your questions about zika, the fight preventing it from coming to the united states, but also another public health concern, and that is opioids, and the crisis we are seeing across the country. here is a headline in the new york times. conn's mix opioid messages. it says that congress, quietly passed and president obama signed a very different measure last month that curtails the drug enforcement administration powers to pursue pharmacies and wholesalers that agencies believe have contributed to the epidemic. what is the legislation and why
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did it get through? throughhat did not come our committee. energy and commerce committee has most jurisdiction on the opioid addiction legislation. week in the house, we passed 10 bills on a bipartisan basis. that was trying to do with addiction not from the criminal justice standpoint, but from recognize it -- recognizing it is an illness. a major bills passed. were on a conference committee to work out the differences between the number of bills between the house and the senate. whatever happened on the other bill, i think congress is changed to where we realize it is an addiction, and illness, and the crimp -- the criminal justice system is typically not the place for those to go. they need treatment. host: on the measure, they say congress has sought to balance the conflicting demands of chain pharmacies such as cvs and walgreens and drug distribution
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with the victims of an epidemic that has ravaged some of the poorest parts of the country but also some of the most politically sensitive like ohio and new hampshire. drug dispute -- drug distributors say profits hurt by investigators who have ordered immediate closure for addicts seeking a fix. but past and present agency they werecomplained steamrolled by a powerful lobby here in washington. is that what happened? i was not involved in that piece of legislation but i will hear people from my own district to have injuries over their lifetime, work injuries, they will go to a local pharmacy, walgreens in our area, and the pharmacist will refuse --give it the prescription give them the prescription. i checked with management and they said that decision
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ultimately rests with the person on the ground at that particular location. pharmacist thinks that person may be abusing them, they have a right not to fill that prescription. this has a history of back injuries, he works in construction. there are two sides to each story. host: on that, the new york times writes that because many addicts begin with prescription drugs, congress needs to approve who can write and fill prescriptions. the one doctor and one pharmacy prescription in the senate bill will cut down on dr. shopping and could counter any ill effects that -- do you agree? guest: that is something we will deal with to make sure we can trace and track that. just pharmacy shop, which is what is happening now. we need to be able to enforce that. part of what we are trying to do, to fix that to people who will go
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from one pharmacy to the other. host: harrisburg, kentucky, democrat. caller: thank you for taking my call. representative green, please understand as he provide -- the zika virus impacts us personally. my daughter is pregnant. she is beautiful and she is smart and i am so concerned about her. it will be my first grandchild and i am so excited about it. tribal't we put restrictions, not bands, to these countries? if you go there, you go at your own risk, and you have to be to thewhen you come back country. if you test positive, you cannot come back here until you are no virus, jointthe fluids or whatever. you andwant to stop
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have the congress and clear up how this is transmitted. guest: let me congratulate you. i'm a grandfather four times over. each one is special. congratulations. it is special to be a grandparent. if your daughter is in kentucky in the states, the good news is we have not had a local infection within the united eights. people who have zika typically are coming from other countries or puerto rico. unless your daughter is going to one of the latin american comp -- countries where it is prevalent, i would hope during her pregnant siege, she would stay in kentucky. yet.e not there it is something the administration could do. bet: you would have to bitten by one of the mosquitoes. it is not the people. it can be sexually transmitted,
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but it is a mosquito. happens is people will bring it back from wherever they have been. is one of our domestic mosquitoes bite them, they can be transmitted. or sexually transmitted. we do not know how long the latency period is. toneed federal money research and get our hands around what the threat is from the illness. in lancaster, california, hello, glenn. guest: you are up early. [captioning performed by the national captioning institute, caller: i'm a sick person and i get up every day. i do not take opiates. i would like to talk about the
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zika virus. domestic mosquitoes bite them and possibly spreading throughout the whole country. guest: yes, but that has not happened so far and there is no incident of that. that is how it would happen. so manywe have got people here undocumented coming from foreign company -- foreign countries, you do not know who they are so how do you know if it has happened yet? also with the opiate thing, people need to use medical cannabis. it is stopping cancer. my friend had stage four: cancer and it stopped it. a heart attack from the chemotherapy so they had to stop that. host: let's let the congressman respond. guest: congress over the last few years, i have seen a change in congress for medical use of marijuana. i voted for that. i actually supported it and i was a state legislator in texas. reasons and medical historically, it is good to
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treat glaucoma patients. really positive things for the treatment of cancer, to control the nausea. i think aedical use, doctor ought to be able to prescribe it in a number of states already have that. host: on twitter -- that could happen, but that is available now even without pharmacy shopping. they can buy whatever they want but we aretreet, trying, so much of the opioid addiction is from people who started to get there grandparents or their parents, painkillers. that is the issue we are trying to deal with. host: maryland, independent, good morning. caller: good morning.
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my question is about zika. the rockefellers have owned the patent system 1940's. why are we now just starting at emergency time? it is suspicious to me. if we have known about it since the 1940's, that is an awful long time to not have a vaccine, to have testing, to make sure it does not spread. privy to thatt information. i did not know we had seek a, it has been in other countries for a long time, but it has not been on the level we are seeing it now. so i do not know if somebody has a patent on it or not. if you think about it, from the 1940's, we do not have antibiotics until the middle of world war ii and later. i took my polio sugar pill in the 1950's to make sure we take
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care of polio. vaccines are the cheapest dollar we spend for medical care, orther it be visa -- zika children's vaccinations, shingles, whether a flu vaccine, so developing vaccinations for those illnesses is the cheapest way to deal with them. cindy is a democrat watching there. good morning. caller: good morning. my concern is i have been dealing with vicodin. i am not addicted to it. i am a patient that takes it, and there is a big difference. but everyone is being punished and lumped into one thing here with all of the control coming about. we had to have one pharmacy to get it filled and i did that. then we had to have blood work that was done off and on and i did that.
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then we could not have any refills. i go in and see the doctor every month to get my prescription. they have now reduced to 10% every month and after that, after being my doctor for 22 with, they have interfered that and i have to either go to a clinic or to some other doctor. that is what i call them, because i see it for myself, they go to the pain clinics, they get the prescriptions, they get the pills, and they have them sold before they get back to the house with anywhere from $2400 to $3000 in their hands. how is all of this fixing the problem and punishing me and people like me in the process? it is like antibiotics to you cannot even get them without going to the doctor anytime you need them and yet they fill the stock with antibiotics all the
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time. prescription drugs should be prescribed by a physician, whether it be painkillers or antibiotics. in some countries in latin america, you do not have to do that with antibiotics, but in the united states, you have to have a doctor's prescription. every doctor has the right to refer you or suggest you go to another physician, whether it be for specialty but also, they may not be able to do it. i heard now from friends -- from some of my constituents the doctor says they cannot prescribe this anymore because will come in and investigate them. there is a lot of fear but there are reasons for people to have painkillers. but we have to be controlled because the numbers show that our drug problem is not necessarily coming across the border from mexico. it is from legal drugs that get in the hands of children and the wrong people because prescriptions are left laying
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around. host: usa today reports that --t doctors do not use prescribing for opioids, reducesic prescribing fraud and prevents patients from getting multiple prescriptions from the same drug but only three states require it and one does not even enforce the laws. they write that this would prevent that in many of the deaths caused by dr. shopping, people who get narcotic prescriptions. database is the prescription drug monitoring program, and doctors have access to it, so what needs to happen? whether it is the states or the federal government. we are trying to expand on the electronic medical records. that has been an issue for a decade now. the problem of interoperability for physicians and hospitals and clinics, we have not gotten there yet. viable, and we
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you have toaying take him into the pharmacy, some doctors do it now. ity say, i will just e-mail or fax your prescription to the pharmacy, again, it is something , you said three states do it. i would like to see a lot more states and see how it works before we put it around the whole country and see how it works. host: all controlled substance prescriptions, and should be linked with the electronic health records a lot of doctors do prescribe. new pressure, including a push by an insurer for doctors to death before they write prescriptions. in ohio, a republican, hello, rich. sounds like an interesting discussion. it seems like we have to focus on zika. it is nice to think about other
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be as, the zika seems to main issue right now. toshould ask other countries help in other industries. if we could make a place where people could donate and they made sure the money went to zika, even individuals with $27, but then the hotel industry and everybody else is concerned about this, other countries helping to donate to solve the problem. thing, we have got to focus in congress to global warming has $500,000 that they will not put in zika funds and they want to get political about it. the other thing is there are other ways to do easy things to mosquitoes. just individuals at burr's, even putting zappers in front of there are hard with an easy ways, but this is coming out like a synonymy. host: i want the congressman to pick up on what you said. guest: it is almost like the
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point, i do a lot of things here, it is almost like the epidemic du jour. years ago, we were worried about ebola. that is my concern, that we need to be able to walk and chew gum, addressable a, because it is not going away. we do research to develop cures for it and we need to do the same thing for zika because here we are. there are a number of other ,llnesses that will come particularly in the united states from other parts of the world. when you think about how many or texasips in miami and how many international flights come in from all over the world, not just including latin america the, where zika has a lot of problems. we need to do the research and the mosquito killing harry like in texas, we are used to that because mosquitoes are problem anyway. and mosquitoes carry other illnesses.
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we need some help to be able to deal with that. on the local level but also on the research side. in denver, colorado, on our line for independence. -- independents. you heard that genetically modified mosquitoes were released right near the epicenter in southern brazil to -- at a fever guest: there have been some studies on experiments for wouldtoes who actually not reproduce other mosquitoes.
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that is being done maybe in latin america. talked last week, -- thetechnology review article talked about how could be used for zika. medical research is not easy. it takes time and funds to be able to go out whether it be in brazil or the southern united states to deal with that. there are a lot of ways to attack the problem. if you're interested, go to our website. let's hear from mike.
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democrat. ohio. caller: yes, good morning my daughter works for a clinic here in ohio. --'s is the patient's patients have to be tested pretty often. if they are, they're kicked off the program. a doctor who ran the clinic, she was scared of losing her license and people got mad at her and all of this. point, but family doctors, i understood, and she pain me, they can hand out medicine on a written go down to thed local drug store and pick it up and they are not put under the same scrutiny these pain are.ements in the state of florida, i long section of road and you can go
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from one pain management clinic right next-door to the other one, pick up whatever they take, and then go to the next one in they get wayand over what they are allowed. i do not understand why these places are not being shut down and basically put out of business. doctors, iy understand people need the pain medicine, but why not be tested like these pain management doctors have to go through? guest: i think what you are saying and what we should be at a painf someone is management clinic, you have more inspectors and more oversight than your local family doctor who does not write pain prescriptions on a daily basis or even a weekly basis. so we ought to put the enforcement where the need is in some of the legislation we are talking about passing in provide would actually some control over how many
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a clinica physician or would have for pain management. if you have too many patients, you cannot manage them. california, independent, up early, thank you, go ahead with your question or comment. late 1950's,in the there was a birdwatcher lady or whatever. ddt -- they banned ddt. i do not know it ever killed anybody. but now they have a malaria problem. that killed a lot of people. because we do not use it anymore. there is a possibility they could probably drag that recipe back up and it might kill these mosquitoes infected with zika. that is my opinion. thank you. echoes viewer on twitter the same line. not so sure it has
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been proven safe. that is one of the earlier strains. i'm a child of the 1950's and 1960's. to keep down the mosquitoes. you never got rid of them. there were studies back then and that is why it goes on for generation to generation. we have other substances today that can kill mosquitoes. i do not know that we need to go back to something and i have not looked at the research recently but i know back in the 1970's and early 1980's, there were studies showing that it was harmful to humans. iris in alabama, you are up. caller: thank you for taking my call. i am making a statement. it is about addiction. we still make cigarettes.
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nicotine is one of the most addictive substances that has ever been put on this earth. fromany people have died lung cancer, heart disease, ,abies born prematurely billions and billions, trillions of dollars that we have had to take care of people in hospitals from cigarettes. research has already been done. stop making cigarettes. that is my comment. guest: i have two of my brothers death brother-in-law's and father-in-law's who died of lung cancer. they were smoking when 15 -- when i was 15 years old and could never break the habit no matter what they tried. i'm not a big supporter of tobacco. control.
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we will obviously do the e-cigarettes. the fda's getting involved in that. tobacco is a problem. if you are an adult, you have the right to do it but i want to make sure young people do not get addicted like my relatives and millions of other people. right, lung cancer, throat cancer, it is a problem. is a self-inflicted problem. another example of addiction to nicotine. host: scott in indiana, independent. caller: yes. first i would like to say, i think the -- back in the day if i remember correctly. for mosquito control. another thing i wanted to approach is i have been on pain medication for 25 to 30 years
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and they have new medications to die haveally had injections, you name it. it seems like we go to the pain clinics now, that is what they want to do. they do not work for me. i do not use any of the other alternatives. i have not been a nazi cut in oxycontin user. other companies do not cover them. guest: we need to look at that. new pain medication, not addictive, longer lasting like you said, there is a reason for people to take pain medication. and peopletituents were car their whole life and they have had back injuries, they just need to have that in their retirement years and there is a reason for it. the addition to
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prescription drugs is rampant in our country. all over the country. let's talk about the rift between the bernie sanders campaign and the democratic national committee, about the somebodyor nominating from the party. senatoraybe what sanders does not understand, and , and ibeen a democrat was in the legislature before party ruleslly our come from a national party but each state can decide how their delegates are selected. up until recently in texas, we had the texas two-step. we would have a primary for presidential nominees, and then you would show up at night and two thirds of the delegates had come from the primary day election. one third had come from the folks who showed up, party activists.
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that changed this year to general primary care what happened in other states, that is local control. sanders, he's just recently a democrat, but i have worked through the party apparatus as a state house member and a state senator now in congress. so i understand it is complicated and more complicated and it should be, but again, that is the local control of people being able to make those decisions in their voting precinct or their senate district or congressional district. i do not want to take that away. i know, senator sanders has recently become a democrat. he may not understand the party apparatus, whether it is nevada or texas, we all have some wrinkles. host: you have endorsed hillary clinton. senator sandt -- is senator sanders hurting the party by staying in the race and pledging
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to take this to the convention? guest: i have had a lot of opponents in my careers. i am glad senator sanders ran. it though i have been a of secretary clinton since 2008, if you have an opponent, it makes you sharper. it makes you hone your message. you get out and work in do outreach. having senator sanders in the race, what happened in nevada in the state convention, that is harmful to everyone because that is just not what our political system is about whether you are democrat or republican. chairs,ot throw something you learn in kindergarten. i do not know how it happened. people get upset at some of these things. want to defend that. it is not the way the process is supposed to work. again, i think it is impossible
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for senator sanders to win the nomination now. hopefully, he will realize that and all he is doing is just tearing up the party if he goes all the way through. but again, he has only been a recent democrat. front page of the new york times, sanders willing to harm clinton in the home stretch. if -- he is a house member, a senator, he did not have any loyalty to the democratic party until recently. i do not think he has any buy into say i'm a democrat and i want to make sure we are still in november, whether he is there or sector clinton. houston,will go to texas, lupe is calling on the democrats line. hey, congressman. i am calling from the southeast side of houston. i am one of your constituents. i have a question.
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by have added your support signing on with over 160 of your colleagues in congress on behalf representative -- initiative to hold hearings on campaign-finance reform and restoring the voting rights act. is this a priority to you? what further steps need to take place for this to really get going? it is something that concerns me. guest: throughout my career, i have voted for both openness and transparency. china to overturn it. our constitution says one person, one vote. it does not mean one dollar, one vote. somehow, we have to restore our dopaign-finance laws so you
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not see people having to raise $100 million in independent money to run for president or anything else. supporterays been a of transparency and reporting and even limits we have. next, independent, can you make it quick? i am an iraqi war veteran. i have been taking hydrocodone for 10 years. they just got me off of it. i started drinking a little bit more. that is the reason. they just got me right off of it. did not like it. he took me right off of it. when we got down to a certain point, i said, ok. but he just got me right off.
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host: you said your drink a little more. how much more and when? caller: every day. day, just to -- all, thank you for your service to it i was in iraq and afghanistan and i understand if a humvee blows up over you and you bounce around, you will have permanent injuries. and thewhat disability a's for. if you are getting service through the v.a., they should have other alternatives. they think you're getting addicted. i was -- i would suggest you go back to your position. if you are not being served, you need to talk to your member of congress. host: we have to leave it there. the house is beginning its legislative session any minute so we will wrap up today's washington journal and ring you to the house, live coverage. [captioning performed by the national captioning institute, which is responsible for its caption content and accuracy. visit ncicap.org] [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2016]
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