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tv   Matter of Fact With Fernando Espuelas  KOFY  April 3, 2016 7:30pm-8:01pm PDT

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today on "matter of fact" -- do you know the people that influence and advise hillary clinton? how donald and hillary have their eyes set. first, the need a great showing is a trapin wisconsin for the front runners. >> over 3 million people saw this man's chance to ask one question. will a father's emotional plea for answers rewrite the rules at the v.a.? fernando: i am fernando espuelas
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. welcome to "matter of fact." she was once described as hillary clinton's secret weapon. but today the stanford and harvard grad, former goldman sachs analyst and, yes, former high school teacher is on the front line battling everyday. as national political director hillary clinton's campaign, amanda renteria is known as a problem solver. now she has a big one. bernie sanders is not going away. amanda joins me now from new york. welcome to the program. amanda: thank you for having me. fernando: the secretary has done very well in many states. but bernie sanders seems to have staying power. how do you see the race moving forward, wisconsin and then new york? people will be tuned into wisconsin. a lot of folks will really engage when it comes to new york. this is her home state. a landslide.ll see
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both sides will have a lot of attention here in the city of new york. you will see a lot of attention around new york, around pennsylvania and california simply because those states have so many delegates. at the end of the day, that is how this works. fernando: although bernie sanders seems to have a deficit relative to the secretary, he's hitting pretty hard. in his victory speech a couple weeks ago, he was very critical of the secretary. are you worried that this kind of rhetoric might harm secretary clinton's capacity to be competitive in november? amanda: i think at the end of all of this, the party will come together. a lot of folks talked about that when it was president, then senator obama, and the secretary . people will come together at the end.
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howre a little surprised at negative senator sanders has become. it's unfortunate. we want to make sure we're talking about the issues. surprise,n a bit of a because when he first started out he said he had never known negative, and that's not the kind of candidate he would be. that's a little surprising to us, but we have to stay on message and make sure we are earning every single vote and she's out there talking about what she's going to do for the country and real people out there. fernando: i've heard from many people that their preferred republican candidate would be donald trump. theou think that would be best candidates, with secretary clinton to battle against? is there a risk that democrats are underestimating trump? think there'st any underestimation, at least not on the part of the clinton campaign.
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.hat includes donald trump we will continue to work as hard as we can. have beenssons learned, republicans really did not enter the race against donald trump until probably too late. that's really never been the style of the secretary in general. she's always taken everything seriously from the beginning of this campaign, and that will not change if we are so lucky to get into the general. fernando: apparently there is a truism in the clinton camp, fight the battle you are in today and don't worry about the future. since the republicans have had this experience with trump of ignoring him until it's too late, do you think it makes sense for the secretary to actually engage with mr. trump? amanda: she has pretty much engaged from the very beginning. and saidame out something about immigrants, she say,he first candidate to
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this is not how we talk to communities. she actually said stop. spanish then.her from the very beginning she's been taking on trump. reality to what he's doing that's really scary for our country in terms of demonizing all of our communities and different ways, whether it's women or muslims or immigrants, that someone has to stand up and say that's not how we treat each other in this country. things move forward, and let's say secretary clinton does get the nomination, let's say based on polling today she wins the presidency. what could be her approach to unify the country after we've had this very divisive rhetoric where people have been attacking women, minorities, muslims, and other groups of people as well? in the having worked senate and seen how policy and legislation move forward, the secretary is unique in building
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coalitions. it is what she has done her entire life. a lot of her career at the beginning was working in the in theat she had position to make a difference. the minute she's in governing mode, you will see koppelman's again from all sides saying, she's the person who does the hard work to bring people together. fernando: thank you so much for -- amanda: thank you so much for having me. fernando: over the next two months the focus for democrats will be on the large blocks of delegates concentrated in four states, california with 546, new york with 291, pennsylvania with 210 and wisconsin with 96. >> next, why is the race to win wisconsin still up in the air? >> the entire country is looking to wisconsin. >>
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fernando: wisconsin has emerged as a true battleground state. it's where hillary clinton lost to obama by 17 points in 2008, and where cruz could beat trump by 10 points in tuesday's important primary. craig gilbert, national political reporter for the "journal sentinel," has traveled to all 72 counties in the state and analyzes voting trends and public opinion for his blog, the wisconsin voter. welcome to the program. all eyes are on tuesday, wisconsin's primary which has become critical for both parties. what are you seeing there in the field? craig: wisconsin is a trap for the front runners in both parties. you have an electorate in wisconsin favorable to trump in a lot of ways, a lot of white, blue-collar voters.
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he never holds well here. the political, establishment, conservative talk radio, the governors allies, a lot of forces in the party, couple that against him and largely behind ted cruz. the latest polling shows ted cruz rocketing past donald trump into the lead in wisconsin. fernando: why do you think wisconsin is difficult in that the electorate seems different than the electorate's trump has been able to win? craig: it's a combination of factors. trump has had some trouble in the upper midwest. his style and personality don't go over as well here as they do in some places. he's also walking into a unique political environment where for years there has been this
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war between governor walker and the republican party and labor on the left in the democratic party, and it made for a cohesive republican party. donald trump is a divisive force, he's coming in and talking about how bad the economy is here. for some people, particularly for talk radio, he is seen as a heretic. his positions on issues are not doctrinaire conservative positions. all of these things are conspiring against him. fernando: there was an interesting encounter on talk radio where he was essentially wisconsin comprises civility, and the interview was interesting in itself. do you think his mannerisms, the way he presents himself is culturally a clash with many wisconsin voters?
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craig: i can't say for sure, but it's plausible to me. even before the events of recent days and recent weeks, his negatives were higher in wisconsin than in other places. of vicious political war involving governor walker and the recall -- people weren't brawling in the street. walker's style wasn't personal. he's crossed those lines for wisconsin. it's possible to overstate that. there's other things going on as well. fernando: switching to the democrats, there's a sense the clinton campaign has conceded wisconsin to bernie sanders. is that what you are seeing as well? craig: i don't know if they've conceded the state. she was here for a couple days and she's coming back. i think they are trying to set expectations.
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the polling has been pretty competitive. there's lots of reasons to think this is a good state for bernie sanders. there is an expectation that bernie sanders will win here, but this is a state where delegates are awarded proportionately. i don't think he will win by a lot. if his margin were really wide, this would make a difference perhaps for sanders. at least the polling doesn't show there is this wide gap. the area around medicine is super democratic and super mobilized. she obviously will do better in milwaukee, where the african-american population is concentrated. she has the strength in the northern part of the state. she has enough strength to minimize her losses on the delegate front unless she wins
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by a large margin. it's not a slamdunk. we've had three polls within the last three months and all of them have been a slamdunk. fernando: is pollig usually reliable and wisconsin? craig: it is. there's high levels of political awareness in the state. it makes it a little bit easier for polls to identify the people who are going to vote. the's another x factor in april 5 election. fernando: if you were a betting man or if you had to go out on a limb, what do you think it will look like tuesday night? who are going to be the victors? poll we sawnk the yesterday, we saw this week showing both front runners trailing their rivals was a good pole with a believable result.
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if that turns out to be the case -- wisconsin has a great record of voting for the eventual nominee. this could be a year where that changes because both nominees are trailing. fernando: thank you for joining me today. a new voter id law in wisconsin will face it's first big test on tuesday. but there has been no informational campaign to educate the voter. people could be turned away at the polls for not having the proper identification. >> coming up, will this father's moment on the national stage, transform the debate over patient care for veterans? his story, next.
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fernando: in a moment filled with emotion at a recent televised debate, a father had an opportunity to honor his son. he asked for bipartisan support for a bill that could transform
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patient care for veterans across the u.s. correspondent diane roberts has his story. >> we're gonna head out now. diane: and linda simcacoski left family in west allis, wisconsin for a downtown milwaukee theater where marv would be a guest at a recent republican town hall. >> we just see too much bickering that are happening too -- right now on this campaign. diane: marv's not a party activist. the father of four has voted for republicans and democrats. he's a purple guy in a purple state. >> we're looking at someone who will take charge, give honest answers, and direct the people in wisconsin and the rest of our country in the right direction. diane: for marv, this election is personal. one of his children, 35-year-old jason simcacoski, died of an opioid overdose while at a v.a. hospital in tomah, wisconsin. tests showed the proud marine
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had 19 drugs in his system, all prescribed by doctors at the va. his death forced congressional action, including a field hearing in wisconsin. marv joins legislators who want stronger regulation of opiate prescriptions by va physicians. >> i think it's brought a lot of national attention to problems in the v.a. facilities all over the us, problems with opiates and prescription drugs being given out by doctors all over the country. and also to bring awareness to my son's bill, that's under his name that's in congress right now that we are trying to pass into law. diane: marv's grief isn't private anymore. he's become a public advocate for other veterans, even asking a question on national television. >> every day you see stories on the news, people all over wisconsin, big cities and small
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towns addictied to opiods and heroin. there is bi-partisan legislation in front of congress right now named after my son which would in part require stronger opiate prescribing guidelines for va providers. would you support this bipartisan legislation? >> one of the things we need is we need real accountability in the v.a. i give you my word, if i am president, there will be accountability in the v.a. those that have lied, those that have wrongfully denied care, they will be terminated. and if they broke the law, they will be prosecuted. diane: marv simcacoski told me asking his question on national television was one of the proudest moments of his life because he was able to speak for jason, who couldn't be there. he went on to say he will continue to listen to both republicans and democrats and still remains undecided. in washington, diane roberts. fernando: marv simcacoscki says he hopes the bill named for his son, jason, becomes law, in order to help other veterans avoid the suffering and loss his
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his entire family has felt. the bill is currently moving forward in the us senate. >> when we return, it's easy to take access to internet for granted, but what happens to millions still falling through the digital divide?
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fernando: this week when the federal communications commission debate over making the internet more accessible for low-income americans, it made us think about the global digital divide. sonia jorge is executive director of the alliance for affordable internet. how important do you think is too truecess democracy in these countries sonia: -- countries? sonia: it's one of the key ingredients in the work we do. without access to information,
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without access for citizens to participate in democratic societies, you cannot have the civic engagement that we want to have taking place in society at all levels, from local to national, and the same goes at the international level. it is key to make sure there are programs in place. it's not just about understanding the role of the private sector. that's why public access is important, and the kind of decisions that are being conceded by the fcc to the lifeline program are critical. >> see more of this interview at matteroffact.tv. up, baseball's opening day is april 3, but at the supreme court, every contest this season could end in a 4-4 tie.
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fernando: some thoughts this weekend on the intersection of politics and principle. senator mark kirk, one of the embattled republicans facing re-election this november, became the first republican senator to meet with supreme court nominee, merrick garland. kirk praised garland as one of the most eminent jurists in the country. and criticized republican leaders for their refusal to hold confirmation hearings or a vote. coincidentally, the meeting was held on the same day the supreme court voted 4-4 in a case that considered whether public labor unions can collect fees from non union workers. the result would almost certainly have been different if justice scalia were there to decide. we don't know what merrick garland would do if this were a case before him. we think the senate should ask him just that. i'd like to see the senate republicans follow senator
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kirk's lead and ask the important questions. then, in the best case scenario, they can weigh political philosophy and principle, and set electoral politics aside. i'm fernando espuelas. have a great week. [captioning performed by the national captioning institute, which is responsible for its caption content and accuracy. visit ncicap.org]
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