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be sure to send me your questions or property stories at firstname.lastname@example.org. that's it for today. i'm bob massi. i'll see you next week. ♪ this week on "the journal editorial report" goes to washington. his meeting with paul ryan and where they're likely to agree and disagree. bernie sanders will take it to the convention after polls show he will be the stronger candidate in november so will hillary be saved by the superdelegates and in the battle for campaign cash trumps turns to big money donors. can he compete with the clinton money machine? but firs live from america's election headquarters, new information on a suspicious package that forced the cancellation of a british soccer match. police saying the suspected bomb
was not viable. but was also quote incredibly life-like. the package was discovered shortly before the match began. forcing the evacuation of more than 75,000 fans. a bomb squad carried out a controlled explosion, safely disposing of the device. the ntsb now investigating a deadly bus crash in south texas near laredo, police say the bus lost control, causing it to roll over and point out the investigation is in the lerl i stages. seven people died at the scene and one person died at the hospital. the crash is one of the deadliest bus accidents in texas in recent years. see you at the top of the hour. back to "editorial report." welcome to "the journal editorial report." and positive step is how
presumptive gophe nominee donal trump and house speaker paul ryan describe their meeting on capitol hill on thursday, in a joint statement the two said they were totally committed to unifying a divided republican party ahead of the november election. by both men acknowledge that the process could take some time. >> it'sin our first meeting. i was very encouraged with this meeting. this is a process. it takeson an little time. you don't put it together in 45 minutes. >> isl don't mind going through little bit of a slow process. it's a very big subject. we have a lot of things. and i think for the most part, we agree on a lot of different items. and we're getting there. >> joining the panel this week, "wall street journal" columnist and deputy editor dan henninger. "potomac watch" columnist kim strasle and james freeman and best of the web today james toronto. so james, how much of this sweetness and light is real? and how much tension still exists behind the scenes? >> well i think the real tensioe is the tension between the
supporters of these two men. the trump supporters who can't stand washington and the ryan supporters who -- >> can't stand trump. think he isn't a real conservative. so i think this is a negotiation between the two of them. that is, whose ultimate objective is to bring their followers along reluctantly. from thatot standpoint, it's important that negotiation noto take place too quickly. imagine if ryan had come out last week and said -- well trump is the nominee. i endorse him. he would have been viewed by these conservatives as a sellout. and his endorsement would be worth a lot less. they have to -- >> but wait a minute. i take your point. there's some philosophical differences here, james. profound between ryan and trump. on trade, foreign policy, immigration. we can't, is that going to emerge later on? >> i would argue that there are not deep philosophical differences, because i think what you have with ryan is a philosophical conservative for limited government. i think with trump, you have a
nonideological candidate. so where they do have things in common, they both think washington needs to get off the back of business. that means lower taxes, less t regulation. obviously they have a lot of differences on trade and immigration. i would hope that this discussion allows ryan to pull him a little bit that way. but they agree on the fundamental idea. which is you've got to get the american economy growing like it used to. >> but also on political style, dan. ryan is, has rhetoric that's inclusive. he wants toe reach out, wants t expand the party reach-out to minorities. trump, his caustic style, his attack style. we know in private that donald trump can be very charming, we've met with him in private. no doubt he was at that meeting, do you think there's going to be as ryan/trump condominium? >> one would hope so. what they said after that meeting, the republican party, the major political party is not unified, all right? i think it goes beyond merely
the supporters in the country. paul ryan represents all the members of the house that have to stand for re-election and about seven republican senators whose seats are at risk. and their position is now either i'm behind trump, i'm against trump, or i don't know whether to support him or not. that's a confused republican party.nd running against democrats who are going to be united and energized running against donald trump. so i think the republicans are on their back feet right now. because of this disunity. >> what about the point that james toronto made, that some of paul ryan's supporters are inclined, are saying sellout, how dare you, you're damaging your reputation by even associating with donald trump and appearing to say things are moving forward. h >> look i mean this is a very paul ryan thing that he has done. you look back over his entire history. h in the house and as speaker. this iskn guy who is known for bringing along members of his conference to issues that are difficult sometimes for them to get behind.
he's a very reform-minded politician. and my view is that probably part of this was set up as an opportunity to get to know trump. and maybe potentially, the first opportunity to present to trump who by the way has run a fairly isolated campaign. outside of washington. not only to sort of say look, these are our concerns, this is what we're facing as an electoral pressure out there. we need you to be aware and these are some of the issues that our followers have.t and maybe sort of try to pull him along in an optimistic way. >> and the self-interest of ryan, james, here, political self-interest is what? >> well he doesn't want to throw the election as some conservative intellectuals would like the republicans to do. he wants the republican party to beet unified to win. he's going to do better under a president trump, even if they don't agree on everything than he's going to do under president hillary clinton, which would be as he's put it, another four years of obama. >> he wants to prevent a wipeout for republican wipeout, if trump does as poorly as the polls
suggest, some polls suggest he might. then you don't want to lose the house, because it's the only barrier against a progressive government like 2009 and 2010. >> andiv along the lines we're talking about, i think conservatives could get pretty comfortable thinking about what a ryan/trump partnership would lead to. but hey, this blowout stuff, we looked at trump's sky-high negative ratings over the last year, all of a sudden you look at some of the polls, quinnipiac, he's ahead in ohio -- >> one poll. >> but this may be all of a sudden a much closer race than people expect. when we come back, bernie sanders promising to fight onto the convention, after new polls show trouble for hillary clinton in some key battleground states. will she be saved by the superdelegates? trugreen presents the yardley's.
hillary clinton. in a fundraising email, campaign manager jeff weaver cited what he called a scary new quinnipiac university poll showing clinton virtually tied with or losing to donald trump in the battleground states of florida, pennsylvania and ohio. that same poll shows sanders running a likely republican nominee. in the email weaver told supporters quote because we must do everything we can to defeat trump in november, our mission is to win as many pledged delegates as we can between now and june 14 than we're going to have a contested convention. so, kim, i think most people agree that barring an act of god or an active fbi director, jim comey, hillary clinton is going to be the nominee. how much trouble can bernie sanders cause her between now and the convention? >> if you look at the number of pledged delegates out there now, there's only a difference of less than 300 between bernie sanders and hillary clinton. and also, paul, the momentum has been with sanders. you know we have handful of
primary contests and caucuses left. if he were to run the table on those, which by the way that he could, he will have won 19 of the 25 last primaries and caucuses in this race. so, yeah, exactly. that number is real. so he goes and he would have won about 55% of the delegates since super tuesday. so her claim isn't necessarily as strong, especially it's a claim based entirely on superdelegates, which increasingly it is. >> dan, what is this, is it buyer's remorse among democrats? recognizing that she may be a weak candidate? what's going on? >> it's definitely recognizing she could be a weak candidate. they probably should have seen that from the beginning. they thought she was going to waltz to the nomination. bernie sanders comes in, from left field, literally. and suddenly he's got all the support from young democratic voters. and now they don't know how to deal with these people. and now we're going to go to the convention in philadelphia, the sanders people are all getting
to a battle with the democratic national committee, debbie wasserman-schultz is stiffing them on committee chairmanships for the convention and they're talking about to the accepting that. they're going to want a role in the platform in philadelphia. they'll want a role in the prime speaking engagements and it's all going to be bernie's message. which hillary is try so hard to get away from. >> now james, i know you hang with the sandersistas, what they want other than the things that dan suggested? do they want bernie on the ticket? is that a possibility? >> i think when you look at it now, i think they still, i think the dream lives that he will be the nominee. i think that dream is alive in those polls hearten them. i think also if you think about it, if he managed to run the table here and actually came into philadelphia with a delegate lead among the delegates actually chosen by rank-and-file voters, which
could they aoretically still happen, you would have an implosion in the democratic party. i don't think you can sustain a clinton nomination on the idea of pledged or superdelegates, the party insiders, putting their thumb on this. >> i think you're wrong. i think they can, the democrats will try to do that. >> but here's the question, jake. would bernie sanders actually be a better candidate against donald trump than hillary clinton? >> it's hard to say. i mean i still tend to think he's probably too left wing. when people really think about it. but he's a much more likable person than mrs. clinton is. >> he's more authentic? >> we talk about what a weak candidate she is. she's turning out to be. you don't need these recent polls to tell you that. she was a weak candidate in 2008 when she was inevitable and she lost to barack obama. this year, they cleared the field of her. everybody except the fringe nobodies -- >> who became a fringe somebody. >> and one of these fringe nobodies became a fringe somebody. sanders is is a man who has won
ten times statewide, running as an avowed socialist. that's quite an accomplishment. he's got something going for him. >> "the wall street journal" news site reported this week about a donation at the clinton global initiative, a relative of the clinton foundation made to a private for-profit company in which stretches the rules of what nonprofits are supposed to do. tell us about that story. it's important to say they arranged it. so in this role, cgi acted as a matchmaker. they get wealthy people who make commitments to good causes and they help place that money with the good causes, as you say, in this case they had had a wealthy individual step forward with money and they funneled that money to a for-profit company. that is owned and operated and had shares are held in by a bunch of clinton cronies. a neighbor of theirs in chappaqua, people who are high up in democratic politic who is had helped out on clinton campaigns. by the way who had made other
donations themselves to the clinton foundation. so it's the kind of classic clinton sleaze that everyone is used to hearing about and really puts people off. and this is certainly not going to help mrs. clinton with all the favorability and trustability numbers. >> the clinton foundation is saying this is standard business, we do this all the time. facilitating donations. but it's really, is that right? >> no. they facilitate donations between philanthropist the and do-good organizations out there. this is very different. this was facilitating a wealthy individual who would underwrite a company-owned by their friends. if they thought there was nothing wrong with it, they wouldn't have scrubbed it from their website, which by the way they did, they admitted it might leave kind of a bad taste out there if people saw it. when we come back, is the battle for campaign cash heats up, donald trump turns to the high-dollar donors he once attacked. can he compete with the clinton fundraising machine? hassle? not with safelite. this family needed their windshield replaced
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the race to raise campaign cash is heating up and the race to raise campaign cash is heating up, and donald trump is courting the same high-dollar donors he once attacked, facing what could be a $1.5 billion campaign against hillary clinton. trump said last week he will not self-finance his general election run and plans are reportedly in the works to kick off an aggressive schedule of fundraising beginning in los angeles at the end of the month. so kim, you wrote a very good column this week. very informative about donald trump's money issues. so is it possible, could it be that this billionaire is actually cash poor for a general election run? >> you have to ask that question. i think there's a good argument that his decision not to release his tax filings, he says they're under audit, but there are
probably other reasons. one is they probably contain a lot of very complicated tax maneuvers that might make him look as though he's not paying the taxes everybody else does. the other question is this issue of just how liquid wealthy he is. no question a lot of his investment are tied up in real estate. he had a lawsuit back in 2006 in which a reporter ended up getting ahold of his tax forms, making it seem like he's not as flush as he claims. the reporter suggested one reason he might not want top release those things is you would then know what his net income was. >> so former goldman sachs employee to raise money, but will the fundraisers come. some coming around, others saying they're not going to give to trump. what do you think his prospects
are? >> i think they're doubtful at best. ken langone gave an interview this week in which he said this is his last round of politics. i'm out after this. i've had enough, i've served my time in hell. sheldon adelson wrote a time in which he said i disagree with donald trump on a lot of things, but he supports him. boone pickens is holding a reception down in texas. this does not add up to a tremendous amount of enthusiasm, but to get people to donate up to a billion dollars, you're going to require a lot of donor enthusiasm. >> what does this say, james, about his decision to go to big-dollar donors about his argument earlier that fundraising is inherently corrupt? apparently not. >> yeah, he's moved on from that. i don't think it's going to hurt him because the comparison is hillary clinton. so i also think he's not going to have the money that she's going to have, but maybe in this unconventional campaign in an
unconventional year, it's not going to matter, just like it hasn't mattered to this point. i think it has to do with maybe his ability to make a lot out of earned media or free media. i don't think now that he's running against clinton the media is going to be as friendly to him. >> you don't think? >> they're not. but there's a fundamental problem for mrs. clinton. he's good on tv. she's not. >> they gave him a lot of air time. i suppose the media could start ignoring trump now and really hurt him, but i don't see that happening. >> so what about this issue of the tax returns? we advised him early on, get them out, you know. we said republican voters, you should want to know if there's any potential vulnerabilitievul. now hillary clinton is making an issue of it. mitt romney is making an issue of it. will it hurt him, james? >> i don't know. the question is, do voters care about this.
i don't know. it has become a matter of -- it's become a political norm that presidential candidates show their tax returns. it started with the checker speech where richard nixon called on his running mate to release their tax returns to show that they had nothing to hide. since then it became a norm. i think it may be something that people in the media and good government types care about more than voters do. >> if, so why isn't he releasing the returns? so he doesn't pay taxes. he's in real estate and probably his charitable contributions are minimal. i think james is right. it's not that big a deal. what else might be in there? >> exactly. the reason that republicans should care about this and donald trump should care, if democrats make this an issue, they'll invent things. that's what harry reid said. >> i really don't think it's going to matter one way or the other. it's not 2012. they had spent a year or two defining mitt romney as this evil rich guy. he wouldn't stand up for himself, wouldn't defend his business career. trump's appeal is different.
he reaches middle class people. he reaches working class people. i don't think they care about this issue. the comparison again to the clintons. >> all right. that's the fallback. we have to take one more break. when we come back, our hits and misses of the week. it's true what they say. technology moves faster than ever. the all-new audi a4, with apple carplay integration.
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>> james? >> this is a hit to chick-fil-a for graciously opening its new new york location across from or office. also, a hit for defying our mayor here in new york, bill de blasio, who doesn't like the restaurant chain because its owners have political beliefs different from his own. the good news is we've heard new york values knocked a lot this year, but new yorkers know a good chicken sandwich and they've been lining speaking of giving a miss to the food and drug administration, which has decided it's going to redefine the word healthy. that's right. you may not know it, but the food and drug administration has the authority to decide whether you can put the word healthy on your food based on things like fat content. under the old definition, frosted flakes and pop tarts qualify as healthy, avocados do not because they have too much fat. i personally am going to continue to eat avocados, fat and all. >> all right, dan. thank you very much. remember, if you have your own
hit or miss, be sure to tweet it at us. that's it for this week's show. thanks to my panel and all of you for watching. hope to see you right here next week. hello, everyone. welcome to america's election headquarters. >> i'm eric shawn. we start this hour with the latest news. in the wake of last week's paul ryan sit-down, top republican advisers announce they're set to meet with donald trump's campaign this week. >> also, police saying the suspicious device that caused an evacuation at a manchester, england, soccer stadium today was not dangerous after experts carried out a controlled explosion. and isis now claiming responsibility for this week's suicide bombings, a string of them in baghdad that have so far left more than 100 people dead.