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molly: a shot of the beast. leland: ready for the lap around. molly: some lucky driver gets to make a lap around. leland: live coverage as it happens. mr. sunday, take it away. chris: i am chris wallace. william barr takes a swipe at president trump over his criticism over the justice department. ♪ >> i cannot do my job here at the department with constant background commentary that undercuts us. chris: the attorney general who has been a close ally of mr. trump says he will not be bullied, while the president says he has the right to intervene, even in cases like the one involving his long-time advisor roger stone. now house democrats have bars squarely in their sites. >> remember the attorney general can be impeached. chris: we will discuss a fallout with counselor to the president
kellyanne conway. it is a fox news sunday exclusive. then there are two new front runners in the democratic race. >> we are getting the establishment just a little bit nervous. >> i ask you to join us in taking a stand for a better tomorrow. chris: we will ask mayor pete buttigieg about his pitch to voters in nevada, south carolina and the super tuesday stakes. will ask our panel about michael bloomberg's rise in the polls. accusations of sexism in the workplace. and our power player of the week. a fixture of the late 90s goes -- >> it is about on formalizing the symphony orchestra in a way that does not intimidate people. chris: all right now on fox news sunday. ♪ hello again from fox news in
washington. ever since william barr became attorney general, critics have complained he acts more like the president's personal lawyer than the nations top law enforcement officer. this week, barr said mr. trump comments and tweets about criminal cases make it impossible for him to do his job. meanwhile, executors dropped a tough sentencing recommendation from long-time trump advisor roger stone. decided not to pursue criminal charges against a favorite trump target andrew mccabe. in a moment, we will spoke with counselor to the president kellyanne conway. first, let's bring in mark meredith reporting from the president retreat with the latest. mark appeared. >> the president still has confidence and faith in his attorney general, even as multiple congressional democrats are calling for bill barr to resign amid multiple controversies facing his department. >> will not be bullied or influenced by anybody.
>> bill barr is raising eyebrows for selecting an outside prosecutor to review the case against former national security advisor michael flynn. in 2017, flynn pleaded guilty to lying to the f b i recently asked to withdraw that plea and is still awaiting sentencing. the justice department says they are no longer pursuing a case against andrew mccabe. >> an absolute disgrace that they took to years before they finally drew the obvious conclusion. >> president trump repeatedly criticizing mccabe over his role on the russia probe and tweeted saturday that mccabe "authorized to advance personal interest." the president praised the justice department for changing the way it has handled the case against roger stone. stone was convicted in november on multiple counts of lying to congress. prosecutors plan to ask for a seven-nine year sentence, but
senior justice officials overruled the recommendation and plan to push for shorter sentence. >> i've not discussed the roger stone case at the white house. >> democrats don't buy it and are calling for barr to step down. >> everything that bill barr is about right now is just about loyalty to donald trump. we just cannot have that. he should not be the attorney general. >> barr will be forced to explain some of his positions. he is expected to add up to the house judiciary committee for hearing at the end of march. chris. chris:
mark meredith reporting from merrill lago. thank you. joining us now counselor to the president kellyanne conway. welcome back to fox news sunday. >> good morning. chris: what does a president think of the decision to drop the criminal investigation of former fbi official andrew mccabe. does he think that mccabe should be prosecuted? >> the president recognizes, as many people do, it feels there is a two-tiered criminal justice system. if you are president trump or people associated with him, the
prosecution has gone one way. for someone like andy mccabe who was not just a garden-variety fbi agent just starting out, he was number two and for a while the acting director of the whole fbi after comey was fired. no one, including andy mccabe and his lisa page has denied that he lied. he did not lie once, he lied multiple times. what did he lie about? the end of october 2016, he authorized a week to devon bartlett, a then reporter at the lossy journal. the leak was about the ongoing investigation into hillary clinton's e-mails. he authorizes the leak and then he lies about even knowing about the leak. and then he is able to correct that on tape in and on the record under oath interview in july -- this is important. july 2017. analyze again. he will still be a serial liar whether he has prosecuted or not. chris: let's get to the bottom line. does the president think the
mccabe case should be reopened and he should be prosecuted? >> the president appreciates the fact that the department of justice in attorney general bark works on a number of issues that does not get any coverage. sanctuary cities. chris: answer my question human trafficking of drugs, humans and drugs, four example. any issues he works out with the department of justice did this is small potatoes. he is small potatoes. he will always be seen as a serial like buyer and leaker. what we are most concerned about is making sure that the 35,000 rank and file fbi men and women who bravely do their job every day with integrity and fidelity and bravery, are not being put in that same big toxic stew with those, including andy mccabe, where at the top levels of the fbi in 2016 trying to prevent donald trump from being president. chris: does donald trump think
the mccabe case should be reopened? >> should have been punished because he lied and lied several times to the investigators and many people feel the same way. i will not spend a lot more my life on andy mccabe. chris: i will not spend any more of my interview on that. the president has never asked him to do anything in a criminal case. but mr. trump tweeted this does not mean i do not have as president the legal right to do so. i do. but i have so far chosen not to appeared what does the president think is his legal authority to intervene in criminal cases andr who should be prosecuted and you should not be. >> did you say he is ordering who -- chris: what if he thinks -- >> yes, ladies and gentlemen, including president trump basque powers. the president is making the point and the attorney general bill barr is backing them up on this. he has not interfered in any criminal case. i know people trying to bully
bill barr out of his job, like elizabeth warren. her campaign is disappearing as a viable candidate. she has to pick on bill barr. not bullied by people like elizabeth warren, steve cohen-- chris: get involved in criminal cases. >> the president could way again. you the other president weizen. he weighs into the whole world. he had a conversation with the whole world. he put it on his twitter feed. on social media. he cuts out the middleman. he tells everybody what he thinks on a number of issues including the stone case. >> bill barr says that kind of conversation, even if it is to the whole world not getting onto the phone with old hundred bill barr undercuts his authority and makes it impossible for him, bill barr -- listen to what bill barr said in that interview with abc news. >> go investigate somebody
because, in any sense because their political opponent, then attorney general would not carry that. chris: since watergate, residents have generally, perhaps not always, but generally stayed away of involvement of criminal investigations. will mr. trump, going forward, respect barr's request for him to stop commenting on current cases, whether it is in terms of on the air, public statements or tweets. >> very different to pick up the phone and ask your attorney general to do something in a criminal case. the president has not done that. he said he has not done it. bill barr has said he has not done it. chris: making it impossible. >> it is not correct to state that presidents have not interfered. bill clinton pardoned a relative chris: it is different. after the criminal process has been completed. >> president obama spoken the
freddie gray case and baltimore. herbert walker bush, bush 41, commented on the case in l.a. roger king case. it is disingenuous to say president do not comment on criminal matters. what is most important here, two things, one is the president of united states has not asked or directed his attorney general privately to do anything in any criminal matter including roger stone. number two, he works hand in glove with the attorney general as we all are privileged to do on any number of matters in the country. chris: policy is different than criminal case. >> the attorney general and department of justice cover a lot of territory. we work very well with them. drug trafficking, human trafficking, gun trafficking, sanctuary cities, eldercare, elder fraud we are doing, i just went to something about law enforcement. our law enforcement feel more deeply respected and better resourced because -- chris: can we talk about michael bloomberg. >> speaking of.
chris: a war of words over the past week, certainly, between the president -- be met they were were between michael bloomberg in the african-american community. the way he feels about people is so demeaning. the policy may have been stop and frisk -- it's a disgrace. >> you anticipated where we are going to go. one of the statements back and forth had to do with these comments that michael bloomberg made about stop and frisk and 2015. take a look. [inaudible] chris: the president tweeted right after that came out. bloomberg is a total racist and he expanded on that in a radio interview with geraldo rivera. >> you could not go to your house. what bloomberg did to black, the black community was a disgrace. chris: kelly and, candidate donald trump supported what bloomberg did with stop and
frisk. here he is in the first debate with hillary clinton and 2016. >> continued on by mayor bloomberg and terminated by current mayor. stop and frisk had a tremendous impact on the safety of new york city. tremendous. beyond belief. when you say it has no impact, it really did. a very big impact. why was it tremendous then and is racist now? >> the president is toying with everybody. if you showed videotape of that of him everybody would say racist. i think michael bloomberg learned his lesson. that was so long ago. a few years ago as mayor of new york. it was not just stop and frisk. he said run lighting, canceling redlining started the financial crisis. the african-american community were not the perpetrators of that crisis. many of them were the victims. what is he talking about?
this billionaire that has made this life's wealth in the financial services industry is now saying that. burning a flag at woodstock. he said this several years ago. it is the way he said it appeared you can basically xerox a description of male minorities between the ages of 16 and 25 and handed over to the cops. that is somebody who looks at people beneath him differently. we cannot have that. i literally cannot, this week, i cannot believe all the prominent african-americans i have seen publicly say i think we can support bloomberg because after all he is electable. he can beat donald trump. the calling card for hillary clinton four years ago. joe biden this entire year. electability means nothing if the person looks at a large constituency of your electorate let alone this country.
look at what he said of women. chris: let me ask you a question about women. a long story in the washington post today. >> read it. chris: i did read it. about bloomberg history of sexist comments. about women who work for him at his company. can, will president trump, if it is a bloomberg trump race, will he be able to make an issue of that given president trump's own long history of sexist comments. >> an issue here and now today feared you don't have to wait for an election to be offended by the fact that michael bloomberg, according to other bloomberg employees, said to a woman who announced she was pregnant as she is being congratulated by her coworkers, are you going to kill it. she relied upon her employment, on michael bloomberg for her employment and her maternity benefits that she found out the good news. the comments he made about women, the washington post had to [bleep] out some of the actual words. the comments he made about women and lawsuits, that is all fair game.
it is fair game because we want to know the person behind the pass a billion dollars worth of ads. >> president trump making sexist comments, to. >> please. i've been working by his side for four years. the best boss i've ever had. chris: plenty of women who would say the same thing about michael bloomberg. >> let them come forward. [inaudible] >> it is far worse. oh my goodness. that was fully litigated. he won a month later. chris: that does not mean it's not an issue. >> no. if you're going to do that, you know what, i will take that on any time. i will take a leave of absence from the white house and talk all day long about that stuff. the way michael bloomberg treated female employees who were under his wing, who were relying on him for their livelihood, for their health benefits, for their 401ks, to have created that kind of culture, that unsafe workplace, to feel like you're being harassed because of your gender, that is problematic.
i think you will hear more of it. i do not understand how the democratic party will sit back and take it appeared is it really worth it to this democratic party, in the age of the me to movement, black lives matter, the first african-american president, completely squeezed out and spat out the presidents of color this time, cory booker, pamela harris, out of the race. left with a bunch of white people with the exception of your next guest mayor buttigieg. and you will go backwards because michael bloomberg will spend money and insult donald trump feared the bernie voters will not take that. i predict. keep winning contest. he is like president trump and the fact he is a committed base -- chris: thank you very much. >> voters care about what affects them. there's a big difference. motors talk about what offends them. they vote on what affects them. they have a big decision to make. if you want to elevate someone
who has treated people lesson him, people of color and women, that's a big decision to make. it is a serious consequence in 2020 when our country has had such great progress. chris: we are done.
we are done. enough. all right. kellyanne conway, thank you. always good to talk with you. we will bring in our sunday crew to discuss the new tension between president trump and his attorney general. what would you like to ask the panel about democrats calls to investigate political interference at the department of justice. go to facebooker twitter at fox news sunday. we may use your question on the air. ♪
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>> cannot do my job here at the department with a constant background commentary that undercuts me. >> we are seeing things happen every day in this country that many of us never ever thought we would see here. the pursuit of use of criminal justice system. chris: attorney general barr and former fbi official andrew mccabe finding one thing they can agree on. both complain about president trump weighing in on justice department investigations. it is time now for our sunday group. guy benson at fox news radio. charles lane from the washington post. former dnc chair donna brazile and former trump national security council spokesman michael antone. michael, let me start with you. you now have the attorney general calling on the president to stop commenting on criminal cases. should the president listen to bill barr, will he listen to bill barr?
>> i think he should listen to bill barr. the president obviously has confidence in bill barr. he appointed him. he said over the weekend, does this mean there is a risk? he said no. i think you should listen. this controversy is still overblown in the sense that if the president were really intervening, we know what the president thinks. andrew mccabe should have been charged and roger stone is getting railroaded feared if you were really intervening, the charges would have been dropped and andrew mccabe would be facing charges or would have already been tried by now. i take bill barr's word that the president never intervened. he finds comments unhelpful. you know, back off a little with the tweets and comments and take the advice of your attorney general. the fact of the matter is, i think the president is right in the opinions that he expresses and he is right to be concerned about unequal justice. chris: good luck to getting him to back off on the tweets.
the democratic calls to investigate political interference at the department of justice. we got this on facebook from mark davis. how can you interfere in an organization you oversee? it is rhetorical. you can't. as i discussed with kelly and, under article two, the president has powers to oversee the justice department and criminal investigations. how do you answer, mark #. >> a fair question. a paradox built into our constitutional order. the president is the head of the executive branch and has the power to pardon which sort of implies who gets to pick and choose who gets prosecuted and gets into prison. since watergate, we have developed a strong norm. a lot of the procedural protections that try to distance presidential political self-interest hundred interest from the operation of the justice department. notwithstanding examples kellyanne conway mentioned, that
has been respected. a president that i don't think really knows about it and puts it through social media broadcasting his desire, somebody else should go to jail. that, as bill barr said, is totally threatening to that norm. he does it because the base loves it. i'm not even sure he wants these threats and orders carried out, but the base loves it and that's why he will keep doing it. chris: meanwhile, democrats are calling for an investigation of attorney general barr or even more. take a look. >> what the attorney general has done, we should all be calling for the resignation of the attorney general. if he won't resign, remember, the attorney general can be impeached. chris: donna, haven't democrats learned their lesson. move on from impeachment investigation. >> hasn't trump learned in a lesson over the last couple of months? he has no retribution tour.
a revenge tour. when career professionals walk out of their job, we should all take notice. when the u.s. attorney for the district of columbia, the largest office is removed, and then a replacement is put in and then the sentence and charges are either -- yes, there needs to be a comprehensive investigation as to what has happened. kellyanne conway talked about george herbert walker bush and the rodney king case, as well as barack obama and the freddie gray case. in both instances, the community erupted because there was concern about overzealous policing and what happened in those cases. that's why they got involved. they did not try to do to the scales of justice, they were trying to palm the community after, you know, to horrific things occurred.
the president, what he has done with his tweets, he is revealing what is going on in the justice department. i think the house should get to the bottom of it. chris: guy, first of all, your reaction to donna feared how do you think this is playing out? do you think it is a real risk or is it a bit of theater is on, people have suggested where barr is saying this because he needs to shore up his position at the justice department and there is an inside agreement between the white house and justice. >> i would say to donna, it's a fair point she makes about the two examples you gave. i would also note president obama did make public comments about the hillary clinton e-mail investigation. a far cry from rodney king. there has been some president from president weighing in. on this broader issue of barr in the democratic reaction, i think your question was good. we have people talking about impeachment of bill barr. i think it is ludicrous. we have heard over and over again from democrats, why won't
anyone stand up to president trump. why won't anyone stand up to president trump and then bill barr does that. needed and correct. people immediately jump to the conclusion, well, it's fake. it is theater. it is not real. i don't know if i would call it a rift, but bill barr saying what he said on abc news, and his justice department declining to prosecute andrew mccabe, and outline of what the president wants, a bad few days that bill barr is just a hatchet man for president trump who will do his bidding. chris: what do you expect? going forward, do you expect the president to stay out of these cases? >> there is a chance he will tweet a little bit less feared i think that mitch mcconnell sat in the studio just a few days ago and urge the president to take the advice of his attorney general. i hope the president doesn't. even if you just calibrate slightly differently. what will be interesting is if
trump does it up and continues to do this more aggressively, what does barr do then? having lay down a marker at this point. chris: all right. panel, we have to take a break here. one of the democratic front runners pete buttigieg joined us to discuss the upcoming contest in nevada and south carolina and whether he can build on the early momentum straight through super tuesday. ♪ knowing we're prepared for tomorrow. wow, do you think you overdid it maybe? overdid what? well planned, well invested, well protected. voya. be confident to and through retirement. theso i would understand.ng every aspect of my treatment they cared about my victories. they're my second family. call us at cancer treatment centers of america.
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to save the next child's life. a million thank you's wouldn't be enough. >> live in new york with eric shawn. breaking into fox news sunday. taking you to the daytona speedway in florida where president trump is set to speak to a crowd of 100,000 at the daytona 500. phil keating is on the ground tracking it all live for us. what do you see from your end? >> well, it is pretty loud inside the raceway. the daytona international -- oh, i hear the thunderbirds flying over right now. flying over right before the beginning of the race. could not see them, but i sure do hear them. it will be a pretty kept up crowd and kept up president here
for his seven minutes of remarks. for the past hour, he has been hanging out with the owner of nascar and some other nascar people as well. other dignitaries including ron desantis, the governor of florida also on hand here today for this 62nd running of the daytona 500. president trump is a grand marshal. he will talk first seven minutes to the crowd. he will make his way over to the microphone and declare -- drivers, start your engines. >> can you hear me? >> i do. >> you been saying all day long you say love saying start your engines. i watch one if your reports earlier. you were saying how people were really excited to see air force one fly over the track.
>> oh, yeah. only about 800 feet above the ground. came right over the back of us here.
>> i will interrupt you. they are taking the stage right now. let's listen in. ♪ ♪ there ain't no doubt i love this land ♪ ♪ god bless the usa ♪ >> thank you very much. my fellow race fans, there is no greater thrill than to join you at the world center of racing for the 16th second daytona 500. so exciting. [cheering and applause] the daytona 500 is a legendary
display of roaring engines, soaring spirits of the americans, scaled speed and power, that we've been hearing about for many years, the tens of thousands of patriots here today have come for the fast cars and the world-class motorsports. nascar fans never forget that no matter who wins the race, what matters most is god, family and country. [cheering and applause] joining us today are goldstar families who loved ones made the supreme sacrifice to defend our freedom and our flag, to edgar and jennifer bill, george lutz and goldstar families everywhere throughout our land, you are fallen warriors will live in our hearts forever. thank you. [cheering and applause]
thank you. thank you. we are also grateful to be joined by staff sergeant david -- who i was privileged last year to award the congressional medal of honor. a very brave man. thank you, david. thank you, david. [cheering and applause] thank you. this afternoon, we congratulate all of these new enlistees in the united states armed forces, and there are plenty, and they love our country. a few moments ago, these young men and women took a solemn oath to put their lives on the line for our country. to each of them and every service member and veteran here today, as commander and chief of the greatest fighting force on the planet, a force that just spent $2.5 trillion on rebuilding our military, i want to thank you for your service.
[applause] [cheering and applause] now we approach the moment that you all have been waiting for. taking to the track for the start, tires will screech, rubber wilburn, fans will scream and the great american race will begin. for 500 heart pounding miles, these fierce competitors will chase the checkered flag, fight for the harley j earl trophy and make their play for pure american glory. and that is what it is. pr american glory. [cheering and applause] as we wait for the green flag, we give thanks to this beloved country, for the heroes who keep us safe and for the god who made us free.
[cheering and applause] to all of the drivers, technicians and pickers here today, good luck and may the best team win. god bless you, god bless our military, god bless our veterans, and god bless america. have a great race. thank you. [cheering and applause] thank you. [cheering and applause] >> that went well. the president seems to be having a
good time and so is the crowd. the president sticking to the president teleprompter. he addressed this receptive travel of 100,000 people. he mentioned a number of dignitaries including military personnel thanking them for their service and then he went on to explain a bit about the actual race. the daytona 500. ended up pushing the drivers and pitch groups good luck. >> waiting for them to say start the engine. he will go over to the microphone as the race begins.
quite a thrill. quite a day at daytona. the low flyover by air force one. the president saying he is a race fan. brad joined us. do we have the pictures of the president there? talking into the control room? those pictures disappeared. sometimes that happens. brad. former assistant to george w. bush. what a great american afternoon. >> hundred thousand fans there. another race on their minds. presidential race. echoes of a campaign rally. really something that the nation came basking in. the president, to. >> the president of the united states that happens to be a candidate for president of the united states again. where else can you have an event like this? this is what america is all about. 100,000 americans celebrating a great sport with the president of the united states. they got all the bells and
whistles of the president. air force one, the presidential limousine, the beast, going around the track. see a great race. the president brought heroes with him and talked about keeping america safe and strong. >> goldstar family members. >> unbelievable event. i don't care what your political stripe is, today we are all americans and watching this great tradition and having the president honored not only a sport, but american heroes there to watch it and participate. it is an amazing time for our country. everybody should celebrate. chris: previous presidents have done something similar. george w bush during the election thin back in 1987, ronald reagan went to daytona. start your engines from air force one. there is george w. bush. you help set that up at daytona. he also help set up his father, president george h.w. bush when he took the limo and 87. what was that like?
>> it was amazing. try to figure out a way to incorporate the office. one of those is air force one, marine one, the helicopter, the limousine. people love to see that. you tried to give them the best show possible. in 1987, when vice president bush open the pan-american games in indianapolis at the indy speedway, we had come out of the limousine with flags and seals. the place went crazy. chris: he liked racing. >> look, to go on that historic track and to experience that, very few people get to do it. for the president to put on a show today for the american people, those people will never forget what they saw today. chris: what is the importance of the fact this is florida. the president has changed his registration there. does have some of the strains, no matter what your political
campaign is. there is the race in the back of folks minds. >> what better place to do this kind of event then in florida. battleground must when state for the president in november. of the 100,000 people that are there, many tens of thousands are not from florida. they will go back home and tell people what they experienced seeing air force one of the president limousine and the president. that will transcend way beyond the borders of florida. this is a fantastic event for the president. a great event for the candidate. chris: fortunate to have it on fox and have the coverage. brad, we thank you very much. we will be back for the start of the race. when the president tells the drivers the iconic "start your engines". >> phil has it down. i think the president should take notes from phil keating. phil keating has it down. [laughter] chris: fox news sunday is in progress. we will join them after a short break. when the president does that famous call, we will show it to
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>> i think it is fair to say he is scared because he knows i have the record and resources to defeat him. chris: mike bloomberg reacting to president trumps barrage of attacks this week. the former new york city mayor also facing and coming about his long record in public life. we are back now with the panel. mayor bloomberg rising in the polls. new stories coming out. all tapes coming out about his record on race. as we've said several times, a big story, a take out in the washington post today about his, and you can see it there, his long history of sexist comments going back decades and women
saying women believe he created a hostile workplace. how damaging to his campaign. >> look, i think there are many people in the democratic party looking at mr. bloomberg because he has the resources to take on president trump. the question, in my judgment, is his record. i am uncomfortable with his policies in new york. i understand he has apologized. i get that. i am for forgiveness. i am extremely dismayed at the information i read over the weekend about the sexist work environment. it is one thing to have this so-called top law enforcement policy of stop and frisk, it was rolled on constitution. it has taken them years to say i am sorry about that. he has the resources, but i am very uncomfortable with the record. very uncomfortable. chris: you could tell that
kellyanne conway was thoroughly enjoying the predicament, not just for bloomberg, but the democratic party. will they perhaps nominate someone who has bloomberg's record? it is a mixed record. did go down. given tremendous amounts of money on a lot of issues. climate change. a lot of women's group. can the #metoo era nominate someone with this downside. >> a gut check moment for the democratic party. here is a new york billionaire with potential vulnerabilities on race and sexism. which sounds familiar, if you are democrat. mike bloomberg as a human embodiment of money in politics. a party that pretends for the money in politics. so my doing the closest thing you can do to buying a nomination. that combination, will it sit well with the democratic electorate. are they willing to swallow hard and go for it because they think
he's got the money and maybe the moderation relatively to be president trump. that is a decision they will have to make. no shortage of ironies here. chris: i guess you have to call them the former flat runner now, joe biden, who took a dropping in iowa and an even worse dropping in new hampshire. counting on the votes of minorities, latinos, african-americans and south carolina and nevada, to rescue him. take a look. >> i've said many times, you cannot win a general election as democratic alessi of overwhelming support from black and brown voters. chris: how much trouble is biden in with the performance in those other states? even his one-time overwhelming lead and south carolina is now beginning to slip away. >> obviously, he is in a lot of trouble. a lot of people foresaw this kind of downward spiral if biden was unable to up his game on the
campaign trail and present as a more dynamic candidate. he so far has not delivered. south carolina with its large base of african-american voters is and was his firewall and it will be tested now in a way that is vital to the future of his candidacy. you know, he is not that strong among latino voters. it is bernie sanders who seems to be pulling on latino voters in nevada which only heightens the importance of south carolina. if biden goes down and we are left with this sort of spread of several candidates, none of whom with a clear majority, then you could be looking at somebody, the primary season ending with no one having majority and then things get really complicated. chris: no, they get really great. [laughter] all of us looking for our entire political lives.
let me pick up on the point i was making with mayor buttigieg. bernie sanders on the left and elizabeth warren starting to fade. yet the center lane all clogged up with buttigieg and klobuchar and biden and bloomberg about to get into it. how well is in setting up for bernie sanders to be the democratic nominee? >> the fundamental problem the democrats have is they have a big gap between enthusiasm and electability. all the energy on the basis for bernie or somebody on the left side of the party. then you have an establishment and leadership in the party who really worries that going that far to the left has guaranteed a trump reelection. we need a more moderate person to play nationwide. they cannot settle into that more more moderate person is. that lane remains clogged up. it is amazing to me that a mayor of a town of 100,000 is actually in the top two in the democratic nomination. keep in mind no mayor of new
york city, population 8 million, has gone it any higher office since 1840, not 1940, 1840. it shows that there is still hunger for at least, not the voters necessarily so much, but for part of the party, we just need some kind of moderate voice in there. even if it's a mayor of a small town, we will take it. >> the race is far from over. i know everyone is focused on the four states that ultimately help us, i think what we are left with now is not just let versus right, we are trying to make sure that we elect someone that will give us the kind of country that we deserve, not someone like donald trump. i do believe that we are going to see a clarifying moment that occurs over the next two weeks. by the time we get to super tuesday -- i've been to for the super tuesday states, let me
tell you, michael bloomberg is dominating the airways. i don't know what the energy is on the ground, but is dominating there. at the end of the day, we will have a nominee by the end of march. chris: by the end of march? >> 60% of the delegates. we will have a clear shot at figuring out where the last two or three candidates will be. chris: in 30 seconds, is bernie sanders a suicide pact #. >> bernie sanders is a strong viable candidate with a lot of support out there. chris: you think he could legitimately beat donald trump? >> i'm not there yet. i'm not sure he will be the nominee. chris: i am not asking you that. >> don't try to get me in trouble. [laughter] chris: that's my job. thank you, panel. see you sunday. up next. our power player of the week. he is trying to bring a new union between classical and politics. ♪ when it comes to autism,
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now the guy who brought piano to the punk scene is taking on that challenge. he's our power player of the week. ♪ >> there seems to be a hierarchy which you would think exists where the symphony is the great thing and the rockers are the dumb ones, but it's not that simple, and each has something to offer the other. [applause] chris: ben folds is all about breaking down barriers, musical bare withiers between pop and classical. as artistic adviser to the national symphony orchestra in washington, his late night, soldout declassified concerts are the platform for his special mix. >> it's about unformallizing the symphony orchestra in a way that doesn't intimidate people. [cheers and applause] people go to the symphony and they think, how do i dress? they don't even know. so, you know, we make it informal in a way for them to feel comfortable to be there. the next artist you're about to
hear, i discovered her on youtube. ♪ ♪ chris: he took us backstage as he oversaw his classical/pop mash-up. folds admits it can be an uneasy balance. orchestral musicians are demoralized by loud music that covers up what they normally do. they are happy to do a dumbed-down version of it. the rock band goes out thinking, wow, that wasn't loud enough. >> declassified is a means of deconfliction, and it's working. >> we've sold out every show we've done here. people have walked away with a spotify playlist of classical music which we can see they're listening. chris: he's been blending genres since the '90s when he started ben folds five which hit the charts with a ballad. ♪ chris: no guitar. >> in an era that was all about
the guitar. that was the grunge era. >> you called punk rock for sissies. >> maybe nerds would have been a better word. i realize that everyone could relate to piano music, but it just wasn't cool at the moment. chris: walk us through when you're sitting at a piano, how you come up with an idea. >> i don't know, you know, like, if i was going to say -- ♪ hello chris wallace -- ♪ ♪ then i'd find it. it'd be. ♪ hello are, chris wallace, how are you today? then i would find it on the piano. chris: that's the chris wallace song? let me hear that again. >> here's the happy version. ♪ hello are, chris wallace, how are you today? ♪ we make it minor and it becomes sad because he had more words to do ♪ >> you find it. chris: i love that.
folds shares his creative process in this memoir. the title refers to a childhood dream where he spread joy by catching lightning bugs for others. >> as an artist, what i do is i capture the thing that i see, the thing that interests me. my job is putting that idea in a bottle which has taken my whole life to do and to share that with other people. chris: he's still sharing his lightning bugs. ♪ ♪ chris: and spreading joy. finish. [applause] chris: folds is also an advocate for music education. his next project is a show with a mr. rogers foundation, writing songs with kids. and that's it for today. have a great week, and we'll see you next "fox news sunday." ♪ ♪
>> welcome to the journal editorial report. the democratic presidential field narrowed this week but remained far from settled following the first in the nation primary in new hampshire. bernie sanders holding off a strong challenge for pete buttigieg for head's first place finish while amy klobuchar capitalized on her debate performance to take third after elizabeth warren and former vice president joe biden. what can we expect as candidates set their sights on neva