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tv   Washington Week With Gwen Ifill  KQED  April 23, 2016 1:30am-2:01am PDT

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gwen: big wins for the front runners had and that front runners. and here at home, a currency makeover in the works. martha: from humble winner. >> this has been an amazing week. gwen: donald trump says he is ready to be more presidential, but is he? >> in the case of line ted -- lying ted cruz. and i love runningg against crooked hillary. martha: his new strategy with an eye toward the presidency. y.and a front runner turning her focus to a potential gop rival.
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>> donald come -- trump and ted cruz are pushing an agenda for an america that is divisive and dangerous. martha:: and overseas, some fencemending. >> the united kingdom as one of the oldest and strongest the world has ever known. martha: that how are the president's comments going over with allies? martha: and a new face on a familiar place. >> it has been went -- been over 100 years since we have had a woman on the u.s. currency. on the show, kara lee, the white house correspondent for the white house journal bed and -- journal. and others.
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>> award-winning analysis, covering history as it happens, live from the nation's capital, this is "washington week."
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>> live from washington, martha raddatz of abc news. martha: new york turned out to be a special place for the two front runners this week. hillary clinton 158% of the vote -- won 50% of the vote. and after a rocky couple of weeks, donald trump got 60% and swept almost all the delegates as he marched closer to the nomination.
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>> senator cruz is just about mathematically eliminated. and we have won another state, we have won millions more votes than senator cruz, more than governor k-6 -- kasich. we have won close to 300 more delegates than senator cruz. we are really working -- rocking. gwen: so -- martha: so dan, what is the case right now? >> i think this caught a lot of people's attention. question ofll a whether q not he can get to the votes he needs to win the nomination. his campaign says they will get their and -- there and it will be clear in a matter of weeks.
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heavyvals say that is a -- on his part. we may not know until june 8 or until after that if you will be able to do that. but he took a big step this week. martha: how is the party establishment preparing for that? you are just down in florida for the rnc meetings. dan: they are preparing for a contested convention, they have to. this thing is touch and go. everything that they are putting out is that this will be fair, the rules will be enforced, and everybody will have to play on a level field. this is not a rigged system. but behind the scenes, the beginning of an accommodation to the idea that this will be donald trump. it makes people nervous and they
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are trying to figure out what it means for the party. you can see that after new york, more and more of them think, whether they like it or not, he will be the nominee. martha: are we going to see a new trump? a more presidential donald trump? some say that he was just playing a part until now. dan: donald trump has spent weeks saying that he can be presidential at the right point ,nd when he has this locked up he will be more like a president. he says that ted cruz is mathematically eliminated comes of this is closer to the pivotal point. ted cruz has nearly been eliminated, but that does not mean that donald trump is a lock. this is fascinating. he has occasionally been more statesmanlike and he has begun
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scheduling speeches about important policy issues, beginning with foreign policy, to prove he has been thinking about becoming president. he will actually read those from a text and a teleprompter. so watch this space. how new can the new donald trump be? you cannot unring a bell and donald trump spent the early part of the campaign talking rapists andants as everybody he did not like most of those impressions will not go away. martha: the is saying he is playing a part. many people voted for him playing that part. does the accusation that he could be a flip flopper hurt him? is part of the wonder of donald trump.
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there is also, the serious part, your question is right. how statesmanlike can donald trott be without some of his -- trump the without some of his followers thinking that he has abandoned him. >> what about the senator cruz thing and switching back to lying ted. he tried to be respectful. maybe he could not help himself. suddenly, donald trump is talking about lying ted again. >>in maybe he is not sure that d cruz is gone. >> he is still in the campaign and every thing we have seen is that when he is any fight, he fights hard and he will throw everything he can at opponents. he knew that on tuesday night he had to be magnanimous. martha: on the democratic party
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side, the upshot of hillary clinton when he was twofold. it brought her closer to the needed number of delegates and it made things re difficult for rival, bernie sanders, to see a path for himself and his followers. >> next tuesday, there will be a very important primary here in pennsylvania. [applause] if there ise is -- a large voter turnout, i believe we will win. >> the race for the nomination is in the home stretch and victory is insight. and to all of the people who supported senator sanders, i believe there is much more that unites us, then divides us. istha: so, it sounds like he inciting and she is invited. >> two completely different
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songs. hillary clinton would like the race to be over on the to stop having to spend money on the race. she would like to start, and already inviting followers to come back into the democratic fold, which she will need for the general election campaign. ws that he has kno an incredibly tough path. he needs to win about 59% of the rest of the delegates, and that does not include superdelegates. that is almost impossible. that is why we have all started saying that she is pretty much locked in. lightning would have to strike filler clinton on the head for this not to work. >> you asked in one of your stories, what does bernie sanders want now? >> i think everybody knows that
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this race will go through all of the primaries and bernie sanders has earned that right like hillary clinton did in 2008. but in 2008, when it was clear she would not win, she told her campaign team, we will fight to the end, but i will not do it -- do anything that will make it to winfficult for obama the nomination. so how will bernie sanders continue to run the campaign? will he continue like he has over the last weeks. that made some people nervous. he has been touching on character. there are people within the party that are worried about that. but bernie sanders has also done something remarkable in the campaign, the success he has had has made him an important figure and he has a lot of assets he
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has to think about how he will use in the future. >> was does it mean in pennsylvania? carol and i are from pennsylvania, originally. what would it mean if bernie sanders got a win in pennsylvania? can he turn the tide? >> i think it would be a surprise if he wins. i think that she is set up to have a big day in pennsylvania. but if he were to do that, it would be another? about her -- another question mark about her. for clinton, it would be terrible moment. she would still be the favorite to be the nominee, but it would be more trouble. >> but pennsylvania matters. >> it matters. democratsdeciding have been moving in the direction of bernie sanders. california is the last contest
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here. and california takes a long time to notice that an election is going on. california could be a race and who knows? >> how long can this go on before it becomes really damaging for the democrats? >>ts i do not think that anybody knows the answer to that. if it is an extension of the debate that took place in brooklyn before the primary, then it will take some time coming together. a lot of this will have to do without close bernie sanders -- with how close bernie sanders can get and the degree to which both are willing to make accommodations to one another. >> the bernie sanders campaign always had two different goals. one of them to see if he could get the nomination, but the other was to build a movement. to build a movement, he needs to keep coming out with comments
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about the corrupt campaign system. martha: meanwhile, president obama is in the midst of a european trip, designed to paul -- qualm ruffled feathers with allies. in london today, he stood beside david cameron to affirm the alliance between the two countries, but also to weigh in on the topic of whether great britain should remain a member of the european union. that referendum will be before voters in the u.k. in june. >> the united states must believe in the u.k. as a partner. and the u.k. is at its best when it is leading a strong europe. it leverages u.k. power to be part of the european union. as i wrote today, i do not moderates influence
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magnifies it.it martha: this comes after an interview with obama who acrossd to free riders the globe that are not pulling their weight. there is clearly a two-pronged approach to this trip, so how did he do? >> he had a warm reception in london. it remains to be seen how well he was able to convince them on whether or not they should stay in the european union. this is the main driver of the reason he went there. martha: it was so public. >> it is a remarkable thing to watch, the president go to another country and tell them essentially, how to vote. you know, it could have backlash for people there who really do not like that. it is not clear exactly what and
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how much influence it will have, but the white house is concerned. is this a vote goes in the direction where the u.k. comes out of the you -- e.u., this could bring headwind to the u.s. when europe is going to many different kinds of crises. there economy is not functioning as well as the u.s. economy, so he felt he needed to go there. >> one thing he did today when he went there, is, if the u.k. will be on its own negotiating trade deals with the u.s., and the european union as well, the u.k. will go to the back of the line. was that a veiled threat to the british? >> yes. it was putting it in perspective. you guys think it will be great
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to get your independence, but we willut be negotiating with the e.u. and it will take time. if you think we will start on something new right away, it will not happen. >> was this a close call within the white house to decide to get into the middle of a controversial debate in great britain right now? >> only in the sense where you think you have seen this president be less cautious as things move, and when he feels strongly about something, he can be influential. whereas maybe in the first term he may not have weighed in. martha: he also went to saudi arabia, that is controversial. alliance is probably the scratches -- scratchiest in the whole world. president obama has been open
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about wondering why he has to put up with these characters, since they do not need the oil anymore. did the relationship get any less scratchy because of this visit? >> i do not think so. they did smile in front of the cameras and the white house felt like they had mended some of the fences. but you know, the president, the way he is talking about iran in particular, the engagement of iran and the different things he said, sharing the neighborhood, that to the saudis is unthinkable. and all of that coming on the heels of them feeling like the president does not respect the status quo alliance. martha: and on the hill know whether or not saudis should be prosecuted for any of all the -- for any involvement in 9/11.
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>> and the argument that it would put those overseas at risk. that was part of the declassification of some of the congressional report on the saudis. all of that. and you have the white house having to answer these questions ahead of the visit, and some advisors saying that there were connections. that all of the stuff from post-9/11 was dredged back up, when the relationship is really strange. -- strained. martha: we need to show you this picture. little prince george, it looks like he is in a bathrobe. that is pretty sweet. [laughter] martha: he totally stole the show. >> what a cutie. martha: all the rest of the trip was fascinating, as well.
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finally tonight, the currency debate. if you watched the webcast last week, you know that the treasury department was close to a decision. treasury secretary jack lew made it official, nothing met the $20 bill would be getting a major makeover, adding harriet tubman to the front of the bill. >> a woman born a slave, illiterate her whole life, after spending countless trips freeing people, working for the army as a spy, helping them to find their way in the civil war and the founder of the woman's suffrage movement. that is a tremendous story. martha: andrew jackson gets the boot. we thought that alexander hamilton would be displaced from the $10 bill, so how did this happen? >> he announced that he would take an inventory of what people thought.
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there was a cry from all the hamilton supporters, saying, how could you do this? it is the musical on broadway and now it is affecting the currency. so treasury secretary jack lew had a moment, he sat back and said, maybe we can redesign a lot of bills and solve the problem. so we will get a new looking five dollar bill, $10 bill, $20 bill, so harriet tubman will go on the face of the $20 bill. that will be the first african-american ever on the face of u.s. currency. >> was it really the musical? >> i think it was. there are not a lot of hamilton everyday life,in and settling the musical has a lot of attention and people were mobilized to defend him. and people also want to put the face of a woman on a bill. and the compromise is, you put a new back on some of the bills,
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and now we will have a new look. >> why did andrew jackson turn out to be the loser? anytime you make changes, somebody will be unhappy. who got left out? >> some policy -- some tennessee politicians do not like the idea. the $20 bill will look a lot different. but ultimately, this is a popularity contest. this is about the nation and how it wants to be viewed in the future. martha: it will take a long time for this to happen. in the meantime, there will be a new president. not saying that he will be a new president melissa and to what donald trump -- president, listen to what donald trump said. >> i would love to keep andrew jackson. maybe we could do another bill. i think it is." local
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politicals -- pure correctness. they sayt tubman -- that they do not think that any other administration will be the one to pull harriet thuman off the bill. martha: when is the last time that faces on a currency was changed? >> that is a good question. i do not know. there was a woman on u.s. currency before, martha washington. but that has not been for hundreds of years. martha: and she did not have a musical. >> and if you look at the british pound, they have the queen on there. if you look at the euro, there are anonymous buildings and
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bridges, that is an entity that cannot decide what it wants to be. so do you put on currency tells a lot about who you are as a society. >> assuming no changes, when will we see harriet thuman? >> around 2020. we are looking at a long rollout. the $10 bill will be the first to be changed, they need to change those security features because of all the counterfeiting. martha: that will wrap it up for tonight, but we have more on our webcast. that is later tonight. and all weekend long at pbs.org. keep up with news developments and we will see you around the table, next week. to those celebrating, here is wishing you a happy passover. good night. ♪
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