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york. >> what are you doing next on the after after show? >> "starting the night" it's on the album. >> does the rest of the band know that? >> i don't think so. we have to learn it. >> log on for the after the after show show. these guys will be playing. >> see you tomorrow. by all eyes on texas for the biggest prize on super tuesday. donald trump sees a path to the no nation. the pressure is rising on marco rubio and ted cruz to have a big day and cut up to his lead. martha: i'm martha maccallum. here is the big question. could soon be possibly do or die for ted cruz and marco rubio. both of them need big wins. at a forum with megyn kelly in houston they made their case. >> the on campaign that can beat
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dona donald and has beat' donald, is our campaign. if you are among the 65% of republicans who think donald trump is the wrong choice, then super tuesday is the moment for us to coalesce. >> when the choices start to narrow and we start to give american voters a choice of who they want to run. martha: he spoke last night about a possible running-mate. >> we started with over 17 names and we are now down to 5. some of the people i have dealt with i have a lot of respect for. the main quality you want is somebody that can be a great president. if something happens to you. that's got to be number one. martha: byron york joins us with
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his analysis but we begin with john roberts in houston. what's the lay of the land where you are. reporter: it's not just the fight for the lone star state. donald trump comes into this debate with a huge head of steam and not just winning, but winning by a blowout with so much on the line that 3 top candidate are going at each other with renews vigor. >> things were said that were real lies. what happened to ben carson was terrible. >> p.t. barnum is fun to you watch, but there comes a time when the clowns and the acrobats and the dancing bears, it's time to put them away. >> donald trump alluded to the
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fact that he thinks parts of obamacare are pretty good. reporter: both ted cruz and marco rubio need to take each other out. martha: i bet you will hear the p.t. barnum line again. also an inspucted player jumping into the fray. reporter: marco rubio made a big point of traveling to las vegas to kiss the ring of donald trump to get his endorsement. now there is a possibility that donald trump might run the whole thing. yesterday mitt romney said. >> either he's not anywhere near as wealthy as we thought he was. the reason we think there is a
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bombshell in there is every type he's asked about his taxes he dongs and delays and says we are working on it. >> clearly donald trump didn't take too kindly to that. he said mitt romney who totally blew an election that should have been won and whose tax returns made him look like a fool is playing tough guy. if you remember back to 2012, his fox returns were a huge issue. for him to level that charge is like he's taking a democratic talking point. bill: byron york, fox news contributor, not a stretch to say the others need a win. take ted cruz. is texas a must-win for him? >> i think it is. we have seen ted cruz under perform with the evangelical
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voters he was targeting in south carolina. i don't think it matters if he cannot win texas. it's his home state. i think a lot of his critics and opponents would say if a candidate cannot win his home state, he can't win the nomination. bill: marco rubio has been down playing the 1st of march. can he win in his hope state in three weeks? >> florida is a very big state. we don't have a lot of recent polls. but like texas and ted cruz, that's a do-or-die or marco rubio. if he does not win his home state, i think people will make the same argument. if he can't win his home state,
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he can't win the nomination. bill: john kasich says he's not getting out. when others drop, you cannot assume where those votes will go. you can guess, but you can't assume. >> that's an extremely important point. a lot of the strategizing for the non-trump candidates has been if the field narrows and candidates drop out, their support would go to marco rubio. if the race is consolidated to a one-on-one rubio against trump, the dropped out candidate support would go to rubio and he could win. what we have seen with jeb bush is some of his support went to each of the candidates. i think it's reasonable to think when other candidates drop out their support will be divide among the others. that means you can't predict how
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it will affect a final one-on-one contest. bill: what if cruz wins in texas tuesday. how does that change the whole game? karl rove is going to take that on in a couple minutes. martha: it was a bloodbath in south carolina when cruz and rubio went after each other. but if they both turn their attention on donald trump tonight it will be a signal they changed their strategy. bill: it will be must-see tv. martha: barack obama naming gop governor brian an sandoval of
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nevada. peter doocy is reporting live from the white house. what is the president thinking here? what are you hearing? reporter: he's going to nominate someone. the president suggests there would be certain kinds of nominees that would be tough for senators to ignore. >> i think it will be very difficult for mr. mcconnell to explain how if the public concludes this person is very well qualified, that the senate should stand in the way simply for political reasons. reporter: governor sandoval is a former federal judge from harry reid's home state. harry reid gave the president a list of candidates. but obama won't say if sandoval
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is on it. grassley's office says senator grassley reiterated he will talk to the president any time and welcomes the opportunity to explain the position of the majority to allow the american people to decide. they are working with the white house to come up with a mutually convenient time to sit down. martha: has sandoval indicated whether he's interested? reporter: he said it would be a privilege to serve on the supreme court. but the governor's office plainly said quote neither governor sandoval or his staff has been contacted by or talked to by the obama administration regarding any potential vetting
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for the nomination to the supreme court. bill: interesting political jabs back and forth. so a race against time with life on the line. that is dramatic dash cam video showing police trying to rescue a man from a burning truck before he blows up. >> the wind started blowing and it was as fierce as i have ever seen. martha: storms ripped through the east coast leaving leaving a widespread trail of destruction. bill: donald trump gathering speed in his bid for the
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>> super tuesday i believe will be the single most important day of this presidential election. i think we are poised to have a very good night on super tuesday. bill: 600 delegates up for grabs
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in five days. that's nearly half of the total needed. karl rove is with us. what happens on the first of march? these are the states that are up for grabs. i look at a place like texas, georgia, tennessee, big numbers. we'll see how this fills in. i don't know how much this tells you, karl. romney was the clear winner then. i suppose he can go back to 2008. -- if cruz wins tuesday. and there was a poll out of dallas that said they are neck and neck. houston has a poll. he's up 15 points there. he wins how does it change the
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calculus for this election? >> it depends on the margin. texas is proportional. the 155 delegates are awarded proportional. it depends on how big he wins. if this is bunched and he wins with 35 and the next guy is 29, and the next guy is 25, he will get a slug of delegates in the statewide level. so what matters on tuesday is going to be not only does he win which is a big test. if you can't win your home state, you will have difficulty. bill: florida will go into the 15th of march, that's winner take all. then ohio, 66 delegates. you have a white board. what does it say about the
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numbers about where trump is today? >> we had the nevada caucus which had a 17% turnout. donald trump got 17% of nevada republicans to turn out to vote for him. and sudden think -- it was an impressive victory. but we got 133 delegate out of 2,472 who have been chosen. trump is better positioned than anybody else. but let's be careful about assuming what he got in a small turnout caucus in nevada -- bill: he set a record in nevada. show me the board. >> this is a number club. there have been 1 polls conducted in february. each of the four have been done before south carolina. what i have got here is trump's
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number. as you can see there is on one where he approaches a nevada-like number. if you average all 12 of these together. two in georgia. arkansas, massachusetts. i'm saying put it in per peck tough. what has he done so far? 23% in iowa. 35% in happen *. 45.9% in nevada. my sense is he will do somewhere between where he did in south carolina and where he did in nevada. but we shouldn't assume. the other night i was listening to people and they said he's continually moving up. he went up to 45.59. nobody should assume he's going to be above his 45.9 number.
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bill: you are making the case this thing could go on for a long time. >> because of the proportional nature of these 24 contests up to the 12th of march, these delegates are going to be split all over the board. what will matter is the ides of- is the ides of march. 59 delegates up that day. winner-take-all at the state level. vote for your county at the district level. it's winner-take-all' at the congressional district level. people will stay alive until then with a hope somehow they will win some of those. bill: that's deep analysis, brother. thank you very much. karl rove. 20 past. martha: isis supporters
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reportedly releasing a propaganda video going after a couple american ceos. bill: russia causing major concerns for nato. >> were you surprised when the russians went into syria using military force to bomb the people? >> i was not surprised. >> i was flabbergasted they would stick it in our eye like that. dear, if we had directv, we could put tvs anywhere
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bill: an isis linked group calling for violence against mark zuckerberg and jack
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thorsen. twitter says the past six months it suspended 125,000 accounts for apparent ties to isis. martha: vladimir putin sending a strong message to turkey not on through moscow's actions in syria but they are also building up a significant troop presence in the neighboring country. it looks like a strong ally in terms of russia, armenia. let's bring in downbolton. it's -- let's bring in john bolton. when you look at these moves by vladimir putin and this troop buildup in armenia you have to wonder if he's not taking advantage of the fact our eye seems to be elsewhere. >> i think he's taking advantage
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of the reality that president obama now has less than a year in office. in moscow they don't know any better than we do who's going to win in november. so i think there is a lot going on in implementing russian strategy across the middle east to take advantage of the vacuum left by america's effective withdrawal. martha: explain why they would be building up this strong presence in armenia and why they are angry with turkey and how assad plays into all this. >> russia's principle interest in the near term has been to prop up the assad regime. the russians and the iranians are effectively in a coalition with the baghdad government, the assad regime and the lebanese
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terrorist group hezbollah to prop up assad. and that's what they have been doing with air raids against the syrian opposition. the turkish government has been have much anti-assad. so that does put russia and turkey allied ainst each other. but it could be the one thing that moves turkey back towards nato and the west. the real key is the absence of an effective american presence. that's what putin has seen and what he's counting on. and so far he's been successful. >> obviously there has been an test ongoing to help out the moderates in syria and train people on the ground in syria. many in this country would criticize the strength of that effort and whether we have done nearly enough in the latest information is russia has been attacking the people we
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have trained. here is the exchange between secretary of state john kerry and lindsey graham of south carolina. >> were you surprised when the russians went into syria using military force to bomb the people we trained? >> i was not surprised. >> is it fair to say the russians have bombed the people we trained who oppose al-assad. >> yes. if they cannot get themselves together it will be a failed state. martha: lindsey graham said he was flabbergasted at the news russia was bombing the people wee trained on the ground. >> john kerry is not telling the truth about the russian involvement in syria. i remember vividly when the news came out about russia constructing this air base. secretary kerry was asked directly what is the russian purpose in making that buildup?
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he said it's to provide force protection. it's never clear what force they were protecting. but it was clear to everybody else across the board to other people that this was a major russian military move into the middle east to get a presence they hand had in nearly 50 years since the soeth military advisers were expelled from egypt. secretary kerry has been wrong from the start on this along with his boss at the white house. martha: likely taking advantage of the final year of this administration in a big way. thank you ambassador for spelling this out for us. bill: the opening bell in the markets. jobs jumped 10,000 for the week. we'll see how we digest that and more coming up in a matter of
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moments. martha: frontrunner donald trump with the wind at his back causing high anxiety in the gop establishment. should they be nervous? bill: donald trump doesn't care about politics or elites or what he says about attacking the party. he only cares about one thing. winning. ♪jake reese, "day to feel alive"♪ ♪jake reese, "day to feel alive"♪
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bill: intelligence officials testifying on the hill trying to get a clear understanding of terror threats around the world. why today? what's up? reporter: the hearing began a half-hour ago before the house intelligence committee. the f.b.i. director james comey is testifying. the director of national
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intelligence, james clapper. we heard testimony how terror groups made contact with potential recruits and recorrect them to apps that hide their communications. the secretary of state and the attorney general weighed in on the issue. >> the growing dark problem is a real threat to protect public safety. >> we need to be in a different place than we are now. in response to the demands of the marketplace, a lot of tech companies have driven deeper and deeper towards encryption. that has in fact hampered federal, state and local law enforcement. reporter: apple ceo tim cook is not budging on this issue saying
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the safety of the public is important but so is the integrity of their personal data. he said it would set a precedent that would be bad for america. bill: can we expect to hear more about this investigation on hillary clinton today. reporter: they will get questions about the clinton investigation and her use of a personal server forgot business. 22 emails are so top secret they can't be released to the public. mrs. clinton and her team have called the f.b.i. investigation a security review. but loretta lynch confirmed f.b.i. agents are working with career lawyers at the justice department and that only happens in criminal investigations. bill: thank you, catherine
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herridge, in washington. bill: some in the media are saying his nomination is a lock. that's not good news for the republican party stabment who does not see donald trump as a worthy candidate that can defeat hillary clinton. but they have been wrong all along. in the beginning they tried to marginalize trump and now the gop leadership don't know what to do. martha: that's a flashback from a moment in august. what is a trumpian or trumpism? the man at the helm of that moniker clearly has the momentum right now. i'm joined by sean spicer. welcome from houston this
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morning. good to see you. what about those charges from bill o'reilly that you got it wrong from the beginning and didn't get what was going on with the american electorate. >> i think what bill is talking about is the rnc establishment. it's certainly not the rnc. if you look at our record we are clear. our job is to provide all the candidates, all 17, a level playing field to run to attract the most voters possible to determine who that nominee will be. but every one of these candidates has been treated with fairness and transparency to get their voice out and get the 1,237 delegates. and whoever gets that number becomes the nominee, plain and simple. martha: how do you define trumpism?
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>> i don't know because i haven't used the word. tackling the debt, protecting the unborn, tacking the immigration problems. repealing and replacing obamacare, create more jobs and help all americans lift themselves up and live a better life for themselves and their families. that's what unites us. and every one of the individual on stage believe that. there are folks out there who want to divide us and talk about which candidate will do what. we further agree hoik will take the country in the wrong direction and we need change. martha: in the last debate in south carolina it was a bloody brawl, and some suspect we'll see that tonight between ted cruz and marco rubio. what would your advice to them be? >> each of these candidate have
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to decide and say what's the best strategy for my campaign with the resources and supportive, how they are going to handle a situation like this? in terms of a debate or speech. so i'll leave it up to them to decide who they want to attack or how they want to get their vision across. but we are in a crucial state. we have four contests down. we enter march where 60% of the delegates will be selected. then another 963 delegates between march 1 and march 14. that's a lot of delegates at stake. we are at a crucial moment in this cycle. martha: what about the question of electability. we saw in nevada electability as it did in prior state went to marco rubio. according to the entrance and exit polls, people believe he's the person who could win in
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november. however, the bigger headline is gop voters are telling us they don't care about that. that's not their priority. what they care about is having somebody who tells it like it is. by large majorities in the past polls we watched. that person is donald trump. so in terms of you have guys are focused on who you think can win in november, and getting the party across that finish line for your organization. what do you think about the fact that voters don't seem to be with you on that. they want somebody who quote tells it like it is, more important than winning. >> with all due respect, here is what i want. i want an individual who will win and restore social fiscalle policies in the the white house. every one of those five individuals will be a phenomenal nominee. each of our five individual who will take the stage tonight will
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face an avowed socialist or someone under investigation from the f.b.i. i feel good about where our party is. i feel great about the diversity and qualifications our individual candidates will put on the stage. we are ever comfortable with all five. every one of them can win and we'll take back the white house in november. martha: you believe donald trump is a republican. in your mind everybody up on that stage including him. contrary with what bill o'reilly said, you disagree with him. >> absolutely. every candidate would be a great alternative to bernie sanders or hillary clinton and make a great president. absolutely. bill: the a.g. promising an independent review of the email matters. will anything come of this
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investigation? doug and monica on deck. plus this. martha: it's a life or death moment. a police officer rushing to help a man trapped inside a burning truck.
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martha: dramatic dash cam video shows a police officer responding to an accident where a passenger was trapped inside a burning truck. >> get out of the car. your truck is on fire. get out schament come on. your car is on fire. you are on fire! martha: seconds later the officer pulled him to safety with some good samaritans pitching in as well. the victim was taken to the hospital where he was treated
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for non-life-threatening injuries. >> if you make the case hillary clinton mishandled classified information will you prosecute the case. > >> that's being handled by the independent tornd in the department of justice. they follow the law and they will make a recommendation when the time is appropriate. bill: loretta lynch refusing to say whether or not the d.o.j. will charge hillary clinton for mishandling classified information. do either of you think bernie sanders beats hillary clinton? >> no. bill: she'll be the nominee? >> she may but there is an outstanding issue we are about to talk about.
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bill: james comey says he doesn't give a rip about politics. butter time we do this segment i hear the the same thing from both of you. you say the evidence is there. i say why won't they pursue this? you both say probably not going to happen. i want to know why. >> doug says that. >> what i took from loretta lynch is she underscored independent investigations from the f.b.i. and justice department. now, whether she proceeds or not is a different question. but she clearly is sensitive to the fact that politics is going to get in the way. >> there are two tracks. first the f.b.i. track, with the investigative arm of this equation. i have confidence in the f.b.i. and mr. comey to pursue an independent investigation. once it leaves the hands of the
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f.b.i., though, whether or not they make a criminal referral to the department of justice. once that happens, then it becomes a criminal matter. assuming there is a criminal referral to the d.o.j., then it becomes more political. but then ultimately she reports to the president. so i have said all along that once it gets to that point there is only one person who matter's here and that's barack obama and what he wants. bill: do you think a crime was committed? >> i do, based on what we know and what we heard from the leaks, not just one but multiple vie layings of the law. >> i think it's likely there was a violation of law because the standard is gross negligence, not criminal intent. but this is what's being investigated. i don't think we should prejudge it. the other issue with the ruling
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by judge emmit sullivan about the deposing of the three aide and the response from the justice department -- i'm sorry -- the state department from je --from judicial watch. bill: was a crime committed or not. >> i gave you the best answer i could as a lawyer. it looks like probable cause to believe there was one. but i'm not seeing the evidence and it would be wrong for me as a member of the bar to make a judgment. >> there are two tracks we know about. the first track is the possible mishandling of classified material. there is. >> the track they are look at which is possible violations of the public corruption laws, the commingling of her work at the state department. and that is related to what we just talked about. but there are ample vie layings
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here from what i can see, and what we know publicly. bill: well done, thank you, doug. what's next, martha. martha: apple ceo tim cook speaks out since a federal judge upheld the f.b.i.'s demand for access to an iphone used by one of the san bernardino shooters. why apple says this is about more than terrorist syed farook. >> holy crap, man! dude! bill: that's deadly storms down the east coast. they were ripping through. hardest hit areas you will see next on america's newsroom. >> the question you have to ask yourself after a situation like this, did the worst happen or the best happen
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martha: deadly store hammering the atlantic coast. their sheer force leaving people in shock. >> everything is destroyed. unbelievable. i mean unbelievable. martha: you can hear the shock in their voices as they get their first look around. cell phone video capturing the scene. at believe the four people in virginia lost their lives in this weather. thousands of people are without power. multiple tornadoes touched down in north carolina. the time lapse video shows the storms rolling through charlotte.
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rich, how bad is it there? >> it's pretty bad. if you look at the building behind me. the storm ripped the roof off. there is sheet metal wrapped around those power lines. if you look at the video we are going to show you. the police moved us out of that area to allow families to go back to their homes there. it was in that area about three homes destroyed, a laundromat destroyed in one of those homes. three people including a 2-year-old were killed when the storm ripped through here tomorrow afternoon. we spoke to one man who just recovered his car for the first time since he left it yesterday. the tornado hit his car with him in it. >> i was just sitting there. august i could do was put my head down so the glass wouldn't
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cut me up. look at all the glass. there was glass that went in my pocket. my god is good. we are going to make it. it's just going to take time. reporter: about two hours away another person was killed, bringing the total to four. martha: thank you very much. bill: donald trump barreling ahead of his rivals. is his nomination inevitable or is the game still on? >> we are going to start winning again. we'll win on trade, we'll win with the military, we'll win on every single level. we'll win, win, win.
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martha: donald trump looming large over the political landscape with the scramble for
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super tuesday in full swing right now. so is it a trump landslide potentially, or could the game change next week? welcome, everybody. hour two of "america's newsroom." i'm martha maccallum. bill: i'm bill hemmer. donald trump looking to rocket ahead after a big win tuesday in nevada. marco rubio in florida, ted cruz in texas. john kasich in ohio, face must-win battles in their own. in 1980, ronald reagan lost two of the four state primaries including iowa before sweeping into white house. bill clinton lost all the first 4:00 states in 1992. you know what happened then. martha: interesting numbers. michael warren, writer for "weekly standard." good to see you this morning. it is interesting to look back in history and see both ronald reagan and bill clinton who went on to the white house had some pretty rough times in the first four contests but
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let's put up on the screen the delegate count stands right now because as we know it is all about delegates. 1237 for the nomination. with a lot of these delegates in the mix on super tuesday but you say it is not necessarily all about the delegates at this point? there is something that is important as well? >> that's right. i mean if donald trump, you know, does win that 1237 number, it inevitable that he wins. delegates ultimately are important but i think what's just as important or maybe even more important at this point in psychology. so if donald trump on march 1st, runs the table, wins every state, he may not win all of the delegates. most certainly won't. not winner-take-all. he will win several of them, but he will have the psychological win. i think marco rubio really needs to win a state or preferably for him two or more to really i think punch back at the idea donald trump is inevitable. trump won't have the majority of
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delegates after next tuesday but if he does have a psychological victory we might as well say it's over. martha: how important is the debate tonight and what do you expect who will be slinging arrows at whom? >> i'm not quite sure what to expect f you follow what the campaigns have been doing the last several days you might expect to see marco rubio and ted cruz go at it. perhaps john kasich go after marco rubio. i think that is probably ill-advised. clearly donald trump is winning the psychological game. if he continues to do that again the race is over no matter what the delegate situation is. i would expect all the candidates but tick larry marco rubio who has the best shot at taking on donald trump to take him on at tonight's debate. we'll see if that happens. he hasn't indicated he plans on doing that but we could be surprised. martha: it seems like marco rubio is in slightly better shape now than ted cruz if you look at the possibilities going forward and numbers that
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are racked up so far. so ted cruz we saw him on the trail yesterday, he was basically putting most of his fire right at donald trump. calling him p.t. barnum. who knows what kind of president he would actually be. i expect he was trying out the lines for more along that line tonight. >> absolutely. i do think ted cruz really has nothing to lose, you know in going after donald trump tonight but i think you're right too he has got a really, really narrow bath, maybe one already closed off for him. march 1st was supposed to be a big day for ted cruz. the sec primary, struggling to win in texas, his home state. his campaign pulled out of events in alabama a big march 1st state he ought to compete in. he has just about one event in virginia, which is a state ted cruz launched his campaign in. the window is rapidly closings for him. march 1st feels like
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do-or-die. that starts at tonight's debate, if he can get a good punch in maybe he turns poll numbers around. martha: donald trump has momentum going into this evening, going into tuesday. we'll be watching. mike, thank you very much. >> thanks, martha. bill: democrats, hillary clinton crisscrossing south carolina trying to bolster her support among african-americans two dayn that state. meanwhile there might be progress in the investigation of emails sent from her private server. chief white house correspondent ed henry in south of columbia, south carolina. good morning, ed. reporter: good to see you. bill: the attorney general commented on this and what do we know today? >> reporter: loretta lynch on capitol hill pressed by republicans on the fbi investigation of hillary clinton's email server. she made it clear that the fbi is still investigating. this is still an open criminal investigation. that is significant as this campaign continues obviously
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because lynch pledged that it will be an independent review. she will let the fbi do its work and they have not come to the justice department yet with any suggestion whether or not there should be any indictments, any prosecution at all. so what we glean from that is that as this campaign moves forward, the fbi is still investigating and has not come to a conclusion yet. that is obviously something the clinton campaign would have wanted to be over, closed, done with by now. it is hanging out there while hillary clinton here in south carolina is poised for what is likely to be a double-digit victory on saturday and is hoping to get a whole lot of delegates next tuesday for super tuesday and try to bernie sanders on defense in this race. bill: speaking of sand dears, what is his strategy after south carolina? >> reporter: he knows he is likely going to lose here. like clinton knew in new hampshire.
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wanted to get down in single digits. as you remember he did have a double-digit victory. she came back in nevada. sanders knows likely it is a double-digit loss. hopes to get it less than that. putting his energy into super tuesday. he was in missouri yesterday, oklahoma. you see these pictures. event in missouri, they vote not on super tuesday, later in march, he had over 6,000 people. there was an event in tulsa, seven thousand people. another2500 people waiting outside. that is super tuesday state, oklahoma. bernie sanders is likely knows he will lose in south carolina. he has to eke out victories in colorado, massachusetts, minnesota, otherwise clinton will pin him down in very difficult position next week. bill: ed henry from south carolina, watching the primary. thank you, ed. martha: back to the hearing in washington where intelligence officials are testifying in a rare open hearing on the hill.
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they're taking questions about the global threats an recent controversy between apple and the federal government over the security and software of iphones. here is fbi director james comey on this just moments ago. >> what the experts have told me is the combination, here is where i get will out of my depth, of a 5c and this particular operating system is sufficiently unusual that it is unlikely to be a trailblazer because of technology being a limiting principle. but sure, a decision by a judge, the judge weighing a decision in brooklyn right now, all of those decisions will guide how other courts handle similar requests. martha: important information there. senior correspondent adam housley live in los angeles but we're also hearing from apple ceo tim cook who has spoken out on this as well. adam, good morning. reporter: yeah, in fact, martha, doj wants 13 phones opened. cook in his interview yesterday isn't budging at all whether the
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san bernanadino case or for that matter any of the other cases the doj are asking courts to enforce apple to open. cook says public safety is incredibly important but unlocking san bernanadino's terrorists phone would be quote, bad for america. cook's comments came to abc news. in interview he explained why he and apple refuse to unlock the 5c iphone. fbi tried to work with apple for two months to help crack the iphone. after that fell through, doj went to the courts. they filed papers and federal judge ordered apple to assist law enforcement. the tech giant however refused and continues to fight the order, setting up a battle with federal authorities. >> if a court can ask us to write this piece of software, think about what else they could ask us to write? maybe it is a operates system for surveillance? maybe ability for the law enforcement to turn on the camera. i don't know where this stops, but i do know that this is not,
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this is not what should be happening in this country. this is not what should be happening in america. reporter: of course those who are investigating this iphone, martha, will tell you otherwise. they say it is imperative. when we broke the story four or five weeks ago they told us back then they believe that phone will tie these two terrorists to others involved in the attack, martha. martha: so where exactly does it stand in terms of the case? what happens next, adam? >> well there is a lot going on really when it comes to this case. not only do you have the hearing going on in washington, you have ongoing, really standoff between apple and federal authorities. reports are out now apple is actually developing a new operating system. there would be no ability to go around, basically, what the feds are asking them to do right now, that wouldn't be possible if this is built. they're upgrading their icloud security we're told, to make it almost impossible for that as well. the congress is looking to get involved. they heard a number of different
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politicians on both sides of the aisle saying number of different things. maybe bipartisan commission could be in store, martha. all this goes of course, as apple is supposed to respond by tomorrow. we'll keep you updated all of this developments literally changing by the hour in this standoff between apple and feds, martha. martha: they led us to believe they can't get this system without creating new software. adam, thank you very much. bill: rescue mission goes wrong when rescuers have to rescue themselves. check that out. details on what happened there. martha: republicans closing ranks, opposing consideration of any nominee to replace supreme court justice scalia during president obama's last year in office. now the white house pulling interesting strategic move. why dr. krauthamer argues that the gop should not fall for it. >> the minute they open this up, they are going to get rolled. the, this is the scalia seat. this would change the court for a generation. pet moments are beautiful, unless you have allergies.
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bill: all seven crewmembers rescued off a fishing boat that ran aground off the beach in queens, new york. 76 feet long. check it out. taking on water and ran aground. in a twist the coast guard ship sent to help ended up overturning in 10 to 12-foot waves. wow. coast guard says the five crewmembers safely swam ashore. that can't be warm. they were wearing protective gear.
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coast gardenedded up rescuing sailors on board that fishing boat. ♪ >> we won the evangelicals. we won with young. we won with old. we won with highly-educated. we won with poorly-educated. i love the poorly-educated. martha: how about that from the other night, right? donald trump building wide support among abroad range of voters but ted cruz says that he thinks that is not good enough claiming that trump can not beat hillary clinton. >> a majority of republicans don't think he is the right nominee. if you look nationally, in the head-to-head polls, donald consistently loses to hillary. i consistently beat hillary. martha: guy benson, political editor, at townhall.com, fox news contributor. know meek counts, and -- nomiki counts. good morning to you. go back to the initial piece of
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sound that we played for after nevada, guy. he is right. he won across demographic groups that are generally considered to be tough for people with his background. he won with evangelicals. he is reaching out, when he makes the statement at the end, i love the poorly-educated. people laughed at that, but he is right in a way. in terms of who he is reaching out to and who looks up to him. >> that's exactly right and when you look at donald trump's victory coalition so far, it is remarkably diverse. he is from disparate of elements from the republican electorate. that speaks to his strength as candidate. you will hear arguments from ted cruz which you played and marco rubio, look, majority of republicans don't want him nominee. that's true. he is weak in hillary clinton in general election setting but there is a lot of data that supports that. here is the problem if your cruz or rubio, martha, all of that is
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moot, doesn't make a lick of difference if one of those two can't beat donald trump. here is the truth bomb, if you're cruz campaign or rubio campaign, unless the trajectory of this race is altered dramatically and very soon and unless these guys stop killing each other and splitting non-trump vote, donald trump will be republican nominee. martha: that seems to be is most people's focus in these primary races and caucuses as well, nomiki. they're not focused who can win in november. they're sort of saying we'll deal with that problem down the road a little bit but we want you to understand where we're coming from, and who we're interested in, and why. you know, what do you make of this, from a political science perspective, nomiki. >> from political science perspective look at history. ronald reagan didn't win the first four states, neither did bill clinton. his three doesn't mean that is the case. very important when demographics are shifting. when you have a situation like with the republican party,
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understanding hispanic vote is future of republican party and understanding that there are a lot of people who used to be the members of the republican party or former members of the democratic party who feel abandoned by the establishment, those are people donald trump is speaking to right now but ultimately donald trump has to turn that eight out of 10 hispanic vote does not like him, eight out of 10, very unfavorable number into his favor. right now hillary clinton is winning 76% of, 16% on hispanic vote. republicans can not win the general or the next eight to 10 years without that hispanic vote. and they can't rely on independents working class vote, which is very important right now. and it is very important for democrats as well but it will not win the general election for either of these parties. >> working class vote, the reagan democrats, people who do feel as nomi said, guy, they have been rejected and left behind by this gop. they have been promised things that were not delivered. that is the sort of, you know, angry electorate.
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as we pointed out, they're not, they're not angry people. they're angry at the federal government and they want something different. do you think, guy, that that group cuts across a democratic swath as well? we talked about the head-to-heads but perhaps they're not accurate. what do you think? >> i think it's true that there are some non-traditional republicans who are coming out to vote for donald trump. now the question is, is that enough to swamp and overcome some of the other demographic struggles he would undoubtedly face in general election unconcluding from conservatives by the way who don't believe he is acceptable nominee. i think time will tell. no one has crystal ball. the data looks bleak for him. you're totally right. between donald trump on republican side and bernie sanders on democratic side, there are a lot of americans who are deeply, deeply intrackably frustrated with the establishment in both parties and what is playing out almost european style election with a lot of people backing a socialist or nationalist. martha: that is very interesting
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point. i think we'll see breakdown in the way the parties perceive themselves coming through the process. last question, nomi. is the clinton camp concerned about donald trump? are they more concerned than the numbers might convey? >> i think they should be. especially because of that working class vote. the problem with hillary clinton's campaign, and i'm a bernie sanders supporter, that i don't think they can rely on turnout when under 45, the under 45 demographic hugely going towards bernie sanders right now. if she is the nominee, she will have to start focusing on that demographic and organizing them and speaking to them right now. it is not working. so that working class vote is going to be essential for turnout for her and donald trump wins that overwhelmingly right now. martha: great stuff, thank you, guys. good to see you both. >> thank you. bill: 20 minutes past the hour, a judge ordering release of millions of records on students and why that is not sitting well with the parents. martha: man's pants burst into
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flames. how -- i don't think i ever said that on tv before. bill: what did you say? martha: how did that happen? i have an idea, i have a theory here. oh, my. we'll be right back. >> he was very scared. he was, was just burning everywhere. this kind of a big fire, to me in here, that was not easy. scared me.
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martha: florida driveway turned into a tarmac when a pilot makes an emergency landing. the small aircraft coming to rest in front of a home in pembroke pines five miles away from the nearest airport. according to police the pilot exited plane thankfully. investigation is underway to determine what happened.
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bill: struggling concept for parents in california. judge orders records of 10 million students to be released to attorneys suing the state. some of those records include sensitive information. so what's this all about? jonathan hunt, chief correspondent life l.a., west coast newsroom. jonathan what kind of information could become public? reporter: you're right, bill, this is a concern and actual present concern for millions of parents here in california but potential one for millions more right across the country. the information we're talking about is some that parent might expect, grades and test scores for instance, but more worryingly in this case it would also include social security numbers, addresses, even health records. and that has parent very concerned about exactly where that information might end up. listen here. >> i can't believe it. i don't know you how they think it is okay to release student information. i had no idea. i had no idea this was going on. i had no idea it was even going
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to be released. reporter: now state education officials say their hands are effectively tied by federal law. they have to simply collect and share this information under certain circumstances even without the students permission or more importantly perhaps the permission of any students parents. bill: how did this all start? how did it begin? back up just a bit. reporter: we go back to a 2011 lawsuit still ongoing certain advocacy groups were looking for information on exactly how california was treating and helping certain disabled student. listen here. >> the lawsuit is against the state of california regarding the special education of these student and whether or not they have received an appropriate education. reporter: now schools collect a lot more information obviously than they used to try to track and improve student performance
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using all manner of devices and apps in the classroom amounts we're all learning with all that information being digitally stored, risks of it being shared or hacked are also increasing. now a lot of stay laws, bill, have been tightened up here, to protect this kind of information, but federal laws are apparently lagging, and as we are seeing in this case, those looser federal laws in certain circumstances trump the tighter state laws. that is a concern for so many parents across america. bill: changing times understandably. thank you, jonathan hunt watching that in california. reporter: sure. martha: donald trump picking up momentum and big endorsements as well. new york representative chris collins joins us to what led him to become first sitting member of congress to endorse donald trump for president. bill: crews scouring the rubble after deadly tornadoes sweep across big part of the country leveling homes and buildings.
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martha: we had very violent weather that slammed parts of the eastern u.s., taking the lives of four people in virginia, including a small child, raising the overall death toll from southern storms to at least seven. tornado swept through a small town of waverly, virginia, as i mentioned it sadly it killed a two orlando child and two adults when it took their mobile home. a witness driving at the time described how quickly this thing hit. >> first we see sparks from power lines and coming down and tree branches flying. then we saw that dumpster and wind pick ad car up and shifted us to the side. all we can do is hold on and
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pray. martha: severe slamming the midwest as well. a blizzard warning has been extended in indiana. high winds and heavy snowfall continue to up pummel the area with whiteout conditions. bill: is the trump train gaining momentum with endorsements from two members of congress including one with me now, new york republican congressman chris collins. good day to you. >> thank you, bill. bill: your district is west of rochester, right? >> basically from rochester from lake erie to lake ontario, five counties. bill: give me a sense last 10 years, what the people of your district have gone through. >> western new york has been under attack if you will, with loss of jobs, jobs that have been stolen and shifted to china. our industry base has been devastated. our population in the city of buffalo is one of the poorest in the nation, just after detroit. so we have taken it on the chin in western new york.
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we have lost a lot of population. i represent new york 27. it used to be new york 31. with declining population. we keep losing congressional seats. we're on par to lose a couple more in the next census. bill: reason i ask you that, just as a baseline of knowledge, that kind of plays right toward what trump has been talking about. he has said he believes he can win the state of new york. >> i believe that as well. bill: he can do it because of the up state vote. now, what is moving there that the rest of america needs to understand? >> well, it comes back to his slogan, mick america great again. that resonates in western new york. there is a little-known fact, no republican can win the state of new york without erie county, the county i live in, largest up state county in new york, going to george pataki our last republican governor. when donald trump, he will resoundingly win erie county, that is going to carry the day, if you will for him to pick up the state of new york.
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i have no doubt the the state ow york is in play with donald trump the republican nominee. bill: you don't know trump well, do you? >> i know donald trump. i have met him before when he considered a run for governor in 2014. i met with mr. trump to discuss that race. he was confident then he could be elected governor. the primary situation was fairly fluid. he opted not to run. but, yes, i know of donald trump. i have met donald trump and he is going to help make america great again and will be a great president. bill: duncan hunter, right, california, has come out supported trump as well. did you go first or did hunter go first. >> actually i was first one to make the endorsement. bill: so, have you talked to duncan hunter? >> i have not run into duncan. we haven't been on the house floor today. i'm sure our paths will cross today. but i have not spoken to him. bill: the reason i ask you that, what do republican lawmakers in the house saying about trump's candidacy to each other?
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>> well i can tell you behind the scenes i am picking up a lot of support for mr. trump. people not ready to come out and endorse him but, what we are united in a republican must win this next presidential election. the first thing this next president will do is nominate a supreme court justice. and what we are united in making sure that we get this country moving in the right direction and so you will see an absolute united republican conference when it comes to supporting our republican nominee and it's not going to take very long for people to realize that donald trump will be our nominee and while some may be waiting for super tuesday and a few other states to get by, you will see a united republican base behind him. bill: you say that without hesitation then? >> without hesitation. bill: with republicans en masse. how does a president trump work with paul ryan on the house side? what is that relationship like? there is piece out today that suggests two of them on collision course.
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>> go back to a way a chief executive operates as opposed to chief politician like barack obama and others that don't have executive experience. you're communicating all the time with your customers, vendors, employees. negotiating every day of the week whether contracts or pay levels, whatever that may be. that is the way a private sector guy works. that is donald trump's dna. you would see a very proactive president in donald trump. i'm very confident as opposed to arrogant, outright arrogance of president obama who doesn't want to interact. who pontificates when he comes to congress. we would have a very, very open relationship with president trump. he would work with, he knows how the system works. bill: interesting. one last question while i have you here. you describe your home county of eerie, being a bellwether for new york? >> yes. bill: where else in america would you say is or mirrors your district? >> well, we're rust belt. so i mean whether you're in detroit, in michigan, whether
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you're in ohio, pennsylvania, the areas of the country that were devastated by nafta, that we're very much opposed to the trans-pacific partnership, our jobs were shipped to china, stolen by the chinese. we need to get those backs because every manufacturing job we bring back creates six more jobs. it is a seven times multiplier when you really do the math. bill: thank you, sir, for your time today. >> thank you, bill. glad to be with you. bill: chris collins from the house by way of new york state. thank you, sir. 37 past the hour. martha: follow-up on that story earlier, e-cigarette exploded in the man's pocket. caught on surveillance video. he was in gas station convenience store, electronic of of -- battery of a electronic cigarette exploded. tried to pull his pants off his body which was burning. employee, quick-thinking guy ran out there with fire extinguishinger put it out. >> i was behind the counter.
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there was a blast, there was fire, so i did not think about anything. i could see there's a fire and i need to stop that. martha: good for you. so the man later taken to the hospital and treated for second-degree burns. it happened in kentucky. thankfully seems like he is okay. bill: how about that story, huh? guys, you won't believe what happened here today, in convenience store today. pants on fire. martha: liar, liar. bill: picking a republican to replace justice scalia on the u.s. supreme court. we'll ask senator orrin hatch about that very possibility, next live. >> yes, we will. senate scott kelly ready to come back down-to-earth after nearly a year in space. how is that going? been a long time. ♪ with creative new business incentives,
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martha: major political battle is shaping up over naming a replacement for justice antonin scalia. senate republicans saying they will refuse to consider anyone, until after the next presidential election. now there is a report that president obama could not nate or is considering perhaps nevada's republican governor brian sandoval. would that convince republicans they should start the process? >> i believe that justice scalia's passing is really emphasized to the voters, we're deciding not one branch of government, but two. i think this should be a question for the voters. i agree with the decision of the senate. martha: all right. joined by utah senator orrin hatch, member and former chairman of the judiciary committee and current chairman of the finance committee. he is also the senate's president pro tem a lot to experience to serving in the senate. good morning.
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>> happy to be with you. martha: you just met with president obama at the white house. what did he say about this issue of nominating a supreme court justice? >> well he is very charming and said he will find a justice that would be very moderate and, nominee to be very moderate but you know it is not about any individual person. this is about whether or not we should confirm somebody in the throes of a very intense and some people think horrific presidential campaign. you know, over the years there were 160 justices but 36 of those nominees never made it to the court. some never even got a hearing. so this isn't unprecedented. i think, with the republicans would like to do keep this out of this horrendous political campaign and let whoever is the next president, after the first, next year, let whoever is the president pick the supreme court nominee and we go from there. martha: all right. charles krauthamer last night on "special report," he agrees with
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you. let's listen to him. >> i think would be a huge mistake if republicans did anything on than have absolute stonewall. i don't have any confidence george has in the thimbleness and intelligence of republicans in managing this. the minute they open this up, they are going to get rolled. martha: but what if, if someone like a republican governor, if that's the case, if sandoval is put forward, wouldn't republicans on the senate judiciary committee do him the courtesy of having a hearing? >> i love charles krauthamer, he hit the nail right on the head. we don't think, it is not about any individual, it is not picking on anybody, it is not picking on the president. we're in the middle of a horrendous political campaign that's got everybody upset, frankly bring this up in the middle of that isn't the right thing to do in our eyes, at least in my eyes. we'll put it over next year, whoever is president will have the opportunity to pick whoever
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they want to pick. there is nothing unusual about that. like i say there have been 160 nominees to the supreme court, 36, some of them didn't even have hearings, some of them didn't make it at all, and this is not unusual. let's do it the proper way. let's not let it be just done in accordance with the politics. by the way, you know, the democrats aren't in a good position to argue this here. joe biden himself, you know he said years ago, year-and-a-half before, that you shouldn't have a supreme court nominee, nation in a presidential election. chuck schumer the same thing year-and-a-half before. you know, it seems a little strange that all of sudden this becomes such a big, big issue to -- i don't blame the democrats. they want to get advantage if they can. we're hopeful that we'll elect a republican president but that is not guaranteed either. so whoever wins, they will have the privilege of nominating the
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next person on the supreme court. i think that is only fair. it is right thing to do. take it out of the political atmosphere. the courts have been in the political atmosphere ever since democrats did what they did to bork. they did what they did to ginsberg. they did what they did to clarence thomas. it was disgraceful. look at miguel estrada. we were going to put him on the d.c. circuit court of appeals. they knew that was stepping stone to the supreme court. he is one of the brightest hispanic people in the country and they just personally screwed the guy and didn't give him a chance at all. now they're complaining? give me a break. martha: senator, some people look at that, if that is the way you feel, why shouldn't republicans do the right thing if you are criticizing the way they have done things in the past, doing it the same way doesn't make you look any better? >> we think the right thing to put it over to the first of the year and get it out of this
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really terrible political campaign that is going on right now. and i think it is the right thing. it gives people more time to think and it certainly gives the next president the opportunity to pick the replacement on the supreme court. i don't think there is anything wrong with that. i think that's a smart thing to do, it is a right thing to do. in the end, i think we'll be better off as a nation rather than politicize this, which is undoubtedly will happen if the president could get his way. martha: all right. you called this a horrendous election and terrible election. why is that your -- >> sure is. martha: why is that your view? >> just look at what is going on. certainly both democrats and republicans are in midst of a very, very trying, difficult election. i'm not griping about that. i think that is probably what we need, but the fact of the matter is, in the middle of all of that, all the partisanship, screaming and shouting, bring up supreme court nominee at this point i think is the wrong thing to do.
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better to put it off. fair to put it off. whoever gets elected will have the opportunity of appointing whoever they want, we'll go from there. but there is nothing unusual about this, in my eyes. and look, democrats, when the case was turned, when it was the other way, my gosh, they were going to fight anybody who even had a chance to come up for the court. they have politicized this process over the last number of years. i named a number, a number of nominations pursuant to which they, they politicized the process. i would like to get it out of the politicization of the process, get the supreme court back to the prestigious position that any nominee would be on the supreme court. martha: before i let you go, what do you hope the outcome of this gop nomination process is? >> well, you know, i'm very much for marco rubio, and think he has all the equipment to be a great president. and i hope that he can make it
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but it's really tough. let's face it, donald trump is running a very, very effective campaign. we'll have to see what happens. martha: senator hatch, always good to see you, sir, thank you very much. >> nice to talk to you. bill: jenna lee some coming up on "happening now." what are you working on? >> we have breaking political news. brand new quinnepiac voting of into among republicans. rubio hoping to win his home state what do the new polls suggest? we have the information at top of the hour. hillary clinton echoing "black lives matter." we'll tell you about that. also a question, is a heroin injection site, a supervised one with taxpayer dollars a good idea? we'll look at one city considering it. we'll have that top of the hour. bill: see you in ten minutes. thank you, jenna. scott kelly making history, spending a year in space and now he is finally coming back to earth. what is he learning from his
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martha: one washington woman's din are coming with a rare garnish, a 600-dollar pearl. eating seafood in italian restaurant out of seattle ate something that nearly broke her tooth. you have a require pearl. customers are lining up at the washington restaurant hoping to find a pearl of their own. happening twice in one restaurant is pretty rare. bill: scott kelly coming from a year in space to close in two months. what is nasa learning from too human in experiment.
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phil keating live from kennedy space center in florida. good day to you. reporter: hi,. bill: bill: has he provided new revelations? reporter: yes. one year in space human experiment, scott kelly says strongly he thinks sending humans from earth to mars is quote, clearly doable. that is big confidence after this record-setting year in space, living on board the space station. he gives final q&a in space tuesday. he is set to land in kazakhstan tuesday. he and his year in space begin any pig partner the russian, will spent 23 days just shy of a exact full year. kelly's twin brother mark, both astronauts been providing blood and urine samples for a year. they have been measuring muscle mass, blood flow, denties for direct genetic comparison of life on earth with life in
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space. incredible view scott kelly photographed from the space station, that is exactly what he will miss. he is very eager to get back to earth. see his girlfriend, his brother, loved ones, family and friends and sit down at a restaurant to order a meal. bill: no doubt about that wheel take two. he as you mentioned has a twin brother. the experiment does not end when he comes back to houston. that is pretty interesting. reporter: he lands tuesday in kazakhstan. flies the next day, gets back to houston. another full year of more tests of the primarily nasa is really curious about the effects of radiation on the human body after full year, going to mars and back, even longer. also loss of vision that scott kelly suffered after his previous six months stint in space. want to see what happens over the next year, whether it deteriorates further. have you ever seen a gorilla flying around the space station. this is what it looks like. that is actually scott kelly goofing off for a little bit up
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there on board the space station in micro gravity. his brother mark thought it would provide great video. and would inspire kids and get interested in space and science that certainly could very much happen. tonight at 6:00 eastern, 6:46, to be exact. falcon 9 on launchpad. spacex hoping to launch the rocket. land the rocket on floating barge out in the atlantic on heavy windy day, last night, spacex actually scrubbed the launch. weather 80% go today, bill. bill: sound like rocket science to me, phil the thank you, phil keating in florida. >> thank you. martha: republican candidates traveling deep into the heart of texas for tonight's big debate. senators marco rubio and ted cruz looking to slow down donald trump's momentum. why it is so vital for them to stay in this to have a strong showing.
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jon: on a scale of 1 to 10, one being most likely, 10 being not likely at all, how close am i to dying right now? jenna: how close am i to not being here tomorrow. martha: come in tomorrow and we will give you two days off how about that? have a good day everybody and feel better bill to go. jenna: republican candidates taking a short break today, gathering in texas to gear up for the last debate before super tuesday welcome to happening out there i'm jenna lee. jon: and i'm jon scott pickup donald trump takes center stage as the front-runner with six straight victories under his belt and the states could not be higher for his rivals as they try to slow the momentum of the billionairebusinessman before it's too late. senior national correspondent jack roberts in houston with more .

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