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gravy train going. >> donald trump joins me this morning. plus, now it's the democrats' turn to worry and sanders surges. >> we are doing far, far, far better than hillary clinton against donald trump and the other republican candidates. >> their establishment frets overer nominating a socialisis and wonder whwh is wrong with hillary clinton. >> i'm not interested inin ideas that sound good on paper but will never make in the the real world. >> both hillary clinton and bernie sanders are with thusis morning. and if you thought this cam point could not get more unpredictable, look who's considering jumping in, former new york city mayor michael bloomberg. joining usare bc's kristen also from nbc kasie hunt and david brooks of the "new york times." trump versus cruz, clinton versus sanders, eight days to iowa.
the press." we've dug out so good sunday morning and welcome to the blizzard edition of "meet the press."." with one week to go to ioioa, both parties are in a bit of a panic mode. the republicans from r fractured. with the establishment thinking the unthinkable. the best way to stop ted cruz might be to back -- donald trump. mr. trump will join me on that issue. we'll stewart but we'll start with the democrats where a more traditional split has developed, think carter-mondale or clinton obama. and if people think they have seen this before, perhaps they have 2008. again,,clinton's big lead in iowa and new hampire seem to have vanished. again she appears to face an enthusiasm gap and again the hand wringing among her supporters has begun over what's going wrong. if that weren't enough, the "new york times" is reporting michael bloomberg is considering a run at the white house in part
for clintoto she won the endorsement of the "des moines register," as did marco rubio on the republican side but one wuld argue the "des moines register" would probably is a greater impact among democratic caucus goers. joining me from iowa is hillary clinton. madam secretary, welcome back. >> thank you, chuck. >> let me start with this. your opponent 174 years74 years old, lls himself a socialist, you have 12 of 18 democratic governors supporting you, he has zero. what happened? what's gone wrong and save me the "we always knew this was going to be a close race" answer. >> well, chuck, look, i think it's actually good for the debate that we're having that there's so o uch interest and
and i know obviously so does senate or senator sanders on his. we have a big choice to make and it's exciting. i had a great couple events yesterday, i'm enthusiastically pursuing the opportunity to reach every single voter in iowa and we'll see what happens. i feel good about where we are. obviously we'll find out week from tomorrow but if you look at the differences between senator sanders and myself, i just don't think we can wait. we can't it to make progress on the myriad of issues that i think we're going to be facing in the next administration. i want to build o the progress that president obama has made and he has a different approach and that's what voters are trying to determine, which they prefer. >> as you know, the caucuses sometimes are about passion and enthusiasm. let me read you something that was in the "new york times" from gail collins. "nevertheless, you can't ignore the fact that hillary clinton is the candidate of the aging mocratic establishment whose supporters pray for low turnout on election day. that might get her nominated in the long run but not the kind of image that makes you go
by the way, she wrote that in 2008. >> [ laughter ] >> she wrote that in 2008, madam secretary, is there a deja vu happening here? >> no, there isn't. i just have to tell you, i can only react ot what i'm ing, feeling, gettingng responses from people and, you know, i feel great that we have the level of enthusiasm that we do and we also have a really good team on the ground that has been working for months to make sure that it's not just here today, gone tomorrow, that people are involved, they are really reached out to and, yes, we believe they're going to come caucus. so, you know, this speculation and all the r rstf it is entertaining, i admit that. but we're going to keep moving forward and do the work we think is going to be successful on february 1. >> are you worried that experience, your long resume, is not an asset in this wild year?
i think at the end of the day people take this vote seriously. they know they're voting for who they prefer to be the next president and commander in chief and i believe that when i am out there talking with people about what we have to go up against here at home, get economy working for everybody, not just those at the top, begin to raise incomes, which hasn't happened, deal with health care, going from 90% coverage, which is what we have under the affordable care act now, to 100% and i lay out what i intend to do toet there, i can only tell you they see people nodding, i know people aree signing up as they leave mymy events. that's what matters here. it's very personal and people look and they think, can we imagine this person to be president and commander in chief? and because of my experience, particularly my years as secretary of state working with president obama i think that's something that people really take into account. >> what are you willing to --
husband used a lot of political capital -- you and your husband used a lot of political capital to do health care. president obama, arguably, used all of his political capital to get health care passed. what is it? what is the one issue you are going to be willing to use all your political capital to focus on? you and i both know you basically have one big shot at one big issue. what is it that you're willing to use all your political capital to do? >> well, chuck, first of all, i don't agree with you on that. i think there are several really being one of them. we've got to get costs down. i met a man on friday who no longer can afford to pay for his hiv medication. i met a woman yesterday who the bill she has taken for 25 years has gone from a couple hundred for $14,000 for the same amount of the drug. that hits my heart. i know what people are going through.
get lower prices, cap prescription drug companies and take that on. but i'm going to focus on the economy because unless we create more jobs and get incomes rising and fix the tax system so that it doesn't in so many ways tilt toward the wealthy, people are not going to get ahead, they're not going to feel they're getting ahead and they're going to feel the government is rigged against them which is bad for ourr democracy. >> as you knknw, your opponent nator sanders has s en hitting you on wall street contributions and including paid speeches you did for goldman sachs among other banks. let me ask you this -- why do you think one of these big banks speech. >> look, i gave speeches to a wide array of groups from health care groups to auto dealers and many, many more and i thinkwhat they were i iterested in - - because what we talked about was the world coming off of four years as secretary of state in a complicated world, people were
thought, they asked questions about matters that were on their minds. a lot of interest in the bin laden raid, how such a tough decision was made and what i advised the president. you know, i think americans who are doing business in every aspect of the economy want to know more about the world. i actually think it's a good conversation for people to be having. >> you don't think they expect anything in return? >> absolutely not. you know, first of all, i was a senator from new york. i took them on when i was senator. i took on the carried interest loophole. i took on what was happening in the mortgage markets. i was talking about that the in 2006. they know exactly where i stand. and i'll tell you, chuck, it's interesting g me that now karl rove has taken money from the financial interest who've taken an ad against me to influence democrats not to support me. why? ask yourself why. he knows number one i know what must be done and number two i know how to get it done to make
large, not just the banks but the investment banks, hedge funds and everybody else, no long kerr wreck our economy the y they did in 2008. >> the "des moines register" editorial, in praisingyou and your experience, did bring up the e-mail issue as one of those things that they're frustrated with how you responded to it. last week you were asked about the fbi investigation. are you concerned? you said you haven't been contacted by them. are you concerned the investigation is taking too long? that it's putting an extra cloud over your candidacy and until it gets behind you, you're goingngo have these sues and michael bloombergrg even cited it as a reason why he's thinking about running. >> no, i'm not concerned because i know what the facts are. i never sent or received any material marked "classified." i cannot control what the republicans leak and what they are contending and i thought it
understand why. back a couple months ago kevin mccarthy spilled the beans that the benghazi investigation was all about bringing me down, something that i suspectt but i ent ahead, testified for 11 hours, answered all their questions and even they admitted there was nothing new. now senator grassley shows up at a trump rally yesterday in iowa, he's the chairman of the judiciary committee who has -- and his staff have been behind and pushing a lot of these stories and announces he's there for the simple reason, to defeat me. i can't control what the republicans are doing. but i knowwhat the facts are d i will just keep putting them out there. this is something that i think is very clear about what happened and i know it will be over and resolved at some point but i can't kwlool the republican republicans and their allies do. but i think it's important voters know what they're doing. >> and michael bloomberg? your reaction to his potential candidacy? >> he's a good friend of mine
can totomake sure that get the nomination and we'll go from there. >> so you're not worried about him getting in? >> well, the way i read what he said was if i didn't get the nomination he might consider it. well, i'm going to relieve him of that and get the nomination so he doesn't have to. >> madam secretary, stay safe on the trail. we'll catch up with him soon. >> thank you, good to talk to you. >> now let's turn to her chief opponent senator bernie sanders who's also on the cam trail in dubuque, iowa. senator, good morning to you. i want to start with getting your reaction.n. i've nototeard your reaction to this. your colleague, senator claire mccaskell, said that republicans were licking their chops getting ready. essentially "they won't touch him right now because they can't wait to run an ad with a hammer and a sickle." what do you say to her? >> well, what i say to her is that if she would look at the matchups taking place between bernie sanders and d dald trump
were 15 pointnt ahead of them nationally, that in states -- tossup states, battleground states like iowa and new hampshire or even further ahead of them that i would very much look forward to a race against donald trump, a guy who does not want to raise the minimum wage but wants to give hundreds of billions of dollars in tax breaks to the top two-tenths of one percent who thinks wages in america are too high and who thinks that climate change is a hoax invented by the chinese. chuck, there would be nothing more in this world that i would like to take on donald trump. we would beat him and we would beat him badly. >> but as you know, a lot of democrats are concerned and not a single one of them has endorsed your candidacy, i just read through that. not a single democratic senator has endorsed your candidacy. not a single democratic governor has endorsed your candidacy. what does that tell you? >> it tells me that we are taking on the political establishment, we're taking onn
financial interest in this country and we're taking on the corporate establishment. that is what is unique about this race: that, in fact, we are trying to make a political revolution bring millions of people into the political process that washington and all of these politicians have significantly turned their backs on. so yes we have the establishment supporting seeetary clinton. that's not a secret. bubu thehe reason that o campaign is generating so much interest and enthusiasm is people think it's timeh that@we take on the establishment. take on wall street, take on big money interests. and that's why i believe we're doing as well as we are. >> well, you have been calling for political revolution and there have been some critiques over it, though, that you're sort of narrow in where you call for revolution. ta-nehisi coates, one of the moror respectedd thinkers inin the civil rights movement these days wrote in the "the atlantic" why aren't you for reparations for
for african-americans when you're calng for economic justice on so many other levels? issue? >> well, for the same reason that barack obama has, the same reason i believe that hillary clinton has. that is that it's absolutely wrong and unacceptable that we have so much poverty in this country and it is evenorse in the african-american community. that african-american kids between and who graate high school have unemployment rates and underemployment rates of 51%. that 36% of african-american children are living in poverty. this is an issue that we have got to address. and my intention as president of the united states is to be very aggressive in dealing with those issues.. to put our kids to work rather than s se them go toto jail. to improve our schools. that's what we have to do and i think that's what the american people want. >> i understand that. but you didn't understand the question why you were -- why you
>> well, again, the same reason that the president is not and i think hillary clinton is not. >> what is that reason? >> we have got to invest in the future. what we have got to do is address poverty in america, something that very few people talk about and especially poverty in the african-americanan communititand the latinono community. if you look at my record, and if you look at my agenda, raising the minimum wage to 15 bucks an hour krerks@ hour, focusing on high rates of youth unemployment, i think our candidacy is the candidacy talking to the issues of the african-american community. >> well, let me ask you, though, many african-americans hear that and some will say "okay, he's talking about major economic justice but an african-american raises his hand and says can't get that through congss, can't dealle with this bcause it's politically very difficult, a lot of your other plans will be politically difficult if not impossible.
think: that is looking at politics today as a zero-sum approach. and what i am tiery dog in this country is say, you know what? in the last election, 63% ofthe american people didn't vote. 80% of young peopop didn't vote in the midterm elections. that is why the rich get richer and that is why billionaires were able to buy elections. what we are trying to is do the say that in american democracy maybe it's a radical idea but congress should represent working families and the middle-class rather than just wealthy campaign contributors. so, chuck, what i am trying to do now is change the dynamics of american politics, bring millions of young peoplpl workininclass people into stand upupnd fight for their rights. when you that, yes, we can raise the minimum wage, we can create jobs. we can make public colleges and universities tuition free. that is what we have got to@ do >> in1988, you talked about a major difference between yourself and, at the time, the
the democratic party, jesse jackson. and you simply said "jesse believes that serious social change is possible within the democratic party. i don't." do you still belelve that? >> well, obviously not, i'm running for president of the united states in the democratic party. and, by the way, w`en you tal about my relationship to the african-american communy, check out how many white public officials, elected officials, supported jesse jackson in 1988. i did. and he won my state of vermont, he came to vermont, jesse jackson is a friend of mine. i thought he ran a brilliant campaign. but what my view is right now and the decision that i made as the longest-serving i idependent in the history of the united states congrere, i said if we are going to win this race, we have to do it within the democratic primary process, that's what we're doing. >> and if you win, apparently you're going to have a third candidate in the race. michael bloomberg has vowed if you are on your way to the nomination, he's running as an independent. what's your reaction?
there will be -- if donald trump wins and mr. bloom bergets in, you'll have two multibillionaires running for president of the united states against me. and i think the american people don't want to see our nation move toward an oligarchy where billionaires control the political process. i think we'll win that election. >> bernie sanders, i'll leave it there. from dubuque, iowa, we'll see you next week, i imagine, as we head to iowa to find out what happens. thank you, sir, stay safe on the trail. >> thank you. when we come back, trump versus cruz, each guy knows the other ishe stacle to the nomination. donald t tmp joins me next. welcome to the world 2116, you can fly across town in minutes or across the obe in under an hour. whole communities are living on mars and solar satellites provide earth with unlimited clean power. in less than a century, boeing took the world from seaplanes
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>> of course i wanted the bill to pass. what -- my amendment to pass. what my amendment did -- >> you said the bill. >> -- is take citizenship off the table but it doesn't mean -- it doesn't mean i supported the other aspects of the bill. >> and here's a cruz ad hitting trump on greed. >> i think imminent domain is wonderful. >> it made him rich, like when trump colluded with atlantic city insiders to bulldoze the home of an elderly widow. trump won't change the systst, he's at's wrong w wh it. right now is donald trump. mr. trump, welcome back to "meet the press." >> good morning, and i have to& tell u, his ad is wrong because i never knocked down that house. i wanted to get the house to build a major building that would have employed tremendous numbers of people but when the woman didn't want to sell ultimately i said forget about it. so he's got me bulldozing down a house, i never bulldozed it down. it's false advertising. >> all right, i think the
>> no, the accusation w w i wanted to and did do it. you know, if you didn't have eminent domain, you would haven't highways, the keystone pipeline because they need it if it's going to be built. you wouldn't have roads, schools, hospitals, i mean, i don't love imminent domain but you need it or you don't have a country. >> this race between you and ted cruz, hent wants to make it about who's the real conservative. here's what he said yesterday when it comes to you and conservatism. i want to get you to react to it. here he is. >> perhaps one of the reasons that the washington establishment is rushing so quickly behind donald trump is that donald has been an active supporter. he gave $100,000 to the clinton foundation. he's actively supported hillary clinton as a political candidate. he supported chuck schumer, he supported andrew cuomo, he supported emanuel eded rahm emanuel so they know he will cut a deal. >> i know yououve embraced thth idid of cuttttg a deal but some
conservative, that 60 years you weren't a conservative, you've only been one the last eight or nine. >> most conservatives love me or i wouldn't be having the poll numbers -- fox just came out, their numbers are through the roof. i would haven't the poll numbers i have that. i am a conservative but i get along with people. ted cannot get along with people at all. the biggest problem he has, he's a nasty guy, nobody likes him. not one republicacasenator. he works with themeveryday. not one republican senator endorsed ted cruz. when you think of it, that's impossible to believe. not one. >> i'm curious. you've been theying into cruz the last ten days on this issue. for six months you talked about how much you liked ted cruz. >> he was very nice to me and i kept saying when is it going to happen, ted? i was waiting because i want to counterpunch. i don't want to be the first one. and during the debate which everyone said i w w he got nasty nd started hitting me a a i h h him back.
anything i said and he was really -- look i had people that have been terrific on the stand. i like the candidates on a personal basis. during that period of time i said come on, ted, when is it going to happen? i understand ted, ted is a nasty guy who is not a very well-liked person. >> it sounded like -- you said you wouldn't vote for him if he's the nominee. is that true? >> i talked about the fact that i'm not sure that i can vote for him because as you know, he has a major issue. in fact, illinois is looking at it seriously. i don't know if he's going to be okay to run in illinois in the state of illinois. he was born in canada, he was born on canadian soil, he was a citizen of canada -- >> can you sign a pledge? >> chuck, chuck -- >> can you sign a pledge that you will support the republican nominee? >> that was relating to canada. the question was that and relating to canada. the question is whether or not he can run.
standpoint of voters in iowa and new hampshire and all these places that have to vote, how can you vo for a candidate -- how can you do it when you don't even know if that candidate is able to run. laurence tribe from harvard said it's totally unsettled law. a number of top constitutional lawyers have come out recently over the last few days and said he's not allowed totorun, he w w born in canada,e can't run. soo there's real question and i said he should get a declaratory judgment. he has to do something because how can you have a campaign when it's very possible you are not allowed to run. >> let me ask you about "national review," i've seen your tweets, i know how you feel about the magazine and how you feel about this issue. let me get you to respond to one quote from erick erickson. he writes this "like the angels in heaven who rejoice for every new believer, we should rejoice for donana trump's conversion to conservatism, but we should not put a new conservative in charge
what do you tell conservatives that will make them believe you won't leave the ideology if it's convenient or unpopular. >> well, that's not an insulting quote. it really is. i was going to hit him hard. it wasn't an insulting quote. the "national review" is a failing magazine and you get that. they did it because i'll get nice publity. i'll say this, ronald reagan, he was a somewhat liberal democrat and over the years he evolved and became a fairly conservative -- not overly -- but fairly conservative republicans. he became a great president also and i've evolved and a lot of people changed positions on things over the years and by the way, ted cruz has changed his position. he was a very, very -- he was very weak on illegal immigration. and now all of a sudden because of my stance he g strong but
he got stronger. so let's see what happens. but i use the term "ronald reagan, i use the name ronald reagan and that's pretty good to me. >> you know, just about -- well, about 15, 20 minutes ago mitt romney put out a tweet saying four y yars ago today hee putout his tax returns a a he believes that every 2016 candidate should release their returns before the first contest. just so you know, every nominee, mr. trump, has released their tax returns going back to 1980, but clinton, by the way, hillary clinton, we have every tax return that her name has been on since 1977 in the public domain. will you release any of your tax returns for the public to scrutinized but? >> well, we're working on that now. i have very big returns and i have everything all approved a a very beautiful and we're working on that over the next period of time, chuck. absolutely. >> what's the period of time? before the voting begins? >> i don't know, this is not like a normal tax return, this is a big tax return and i will
say it, i think the country is run horribly, i hate what they do with our money and unlike everybody else, i try and pay as little tax as possible because i money. i hate the way they spend our money, the way they give it toto iraq, the way they gii it to iran, the way they give itto -- everything. they give it to everybody. >> you are going to release it? politicians spend our money. i hate the way they give it away to everybody but us. we have to rebuild our country. >> but you will release it? >> and i say it and a reporter said "that's the most refreshing answer i've ever heard on taxes." because everyone tries to build it up, like mitt romney, he built it up, tries to build up how much he pays. it doesn't work that way.y. at the appropriate time you'll be satisfied. >> finally i have to ask you about bloomberg. what do you make of the idea that if you're the nominee, if sanders is the nominee, that would inspire mr. boomberg to go third party.
mine over the years. i don't know if we're friends anymore. i would love to have him run. i would love that competition. i'd do very well against it. i would love to see michael bloomberg run. >> all righgh you embrace its. mr. trump, i'll leave it there. stay safe on the trail, see you next week in iowa. >> thank you very much. >> you got it. back in a moment, folks, with more on the republican racend the republican party's bank shot strategy of late. support donald trump now to defeat cruz then hope somehow you can defeat trump later. good luck with that. we'll be back. jake reese, "day to feel alive" jake reese, "day to feel alive"
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. welcome back. while the democrats are experiencing the traditional mainstream versus insurgent split, the republican party is in a much different place. it appears totally talk from which you ared. the establishment is willing to back trump, at least temporarily, in order to beat ted cruz now. then they'll worry about how to beat trump later. let me bring in the panel, mr. fix, political reporter for the "washington post," two of our campaign rereorters, i got them tototay here for the bliliard, kristen welker who s been covering the clinton campaign a lot and kasie hunt, we've had you all over the place, most recently with mr. sanders and david brooks, columnist in for the "new york times." welcome to you all. before we get things started, we have this great little trump versus cruz this week. it's nasty and personal. take a look. >> right now the washington establishment is is abandoning marco rubio. they made the assessment marco can't win this race and the washington establishment is rushing over to support donald trump.
that i've become establishment. give me a break. [ laughter ] because bob dole is a terrific guy and said trump will do better than cruz which i -- believe heme, i will do better than cruz. >> if, as a voter, you think what we need is more republicans in washington to cut a deal with harry reid and nancy pelosi and chuck schumer, i guess donald trump is your guy. >> guys like ted cruz will never make a deal because 's a strident guy. "no, you cannot havav hat." >> as ourpoll numbers have surged, as donald's numbers keep dropping, he's getting more and more rattled. >> he's a very trystrident person, nobody likes him. >> david brooks, before "national review" came out, you came out earlier in the week beggings by clay all of the -- the governing wing of the republican party you called this'm to revolt againstoth. >> this is going to gooon for a long time. this is the iran/iraq war, i
i think that's going to happen. i'm the last person in america. this is not trump/cruz. this is going to go on for months and months and months. if you have a attacking b and b attacking a -- >> who's c? >> it'm telling you, it will be rubio. right now you have the conflict between the philosophical conservative wing, which is the "national review" crowd, and the rogue wing, which is talk radio and trump. so it's interesting to see how that breaks down. ight now trump has the advantage in that because the conservative movement is less than it was 10 years a. the fiancial crisis has hit people hard and they want a government on the side of the liberal guy as long as it's not filled with liberal values but trump in the short term. do not panic. there will be months of this. wait for rubio. >> if you are part of the republican establishment, you should not go through this scenario that you just talked about, chuck, this triple bank shot. what yoyowant is in my opinion trump versusu cruz for an extended period of time. this idea that well, okay, we'll
trump, if trump wins, iowa, new hampshire, south carolina, there is no handling. the race is effectively over. i think you want cruz to win iowa, then trump wins new hampshire, then it's a muddle. emerges. this idea that trump will win the first four or five states, we'll get rid of cruz and insert to be likely. >> kasie, you've beenn covoving the republican side for a while. david -- i feel like he is the last man standing. i am starting to question whether the establishment can even find a candidate. >> i think that's why you're seeing so many of them turn and focus on trying to figure out, okay, would i be okay with donald trump? most of them feel that trump -- and he said this again in his interview, trump's attack, that cruz is a nasty guy, is ultimately right. they all feel like he's a nasty guy and they feel like while some of those numbers you schroededeshowed shod trump's egg in tifrs overwhelmingly, they feel that it could be worse. >> i think ha what's interesting
republican members of the establishment, they have shifted their own when they talk about trump. they're now saying he's the best person to make deals, he's someone who we can work with whereas cruz is not. and he's also -- >> that's panic! that's establishment panic. >> that maas no -- we have such sum establishment. >> by the way, you will get universal agreement. conservatives love to go after you, on that they will. >> that is just embrace ago poison. i mean there will be an inauguration in january, 2017 and a man or woman will be standing up there, that's where abraham lincoln stood. that's where fdr stood. that's where ronald reagan stood. donald trump is going to stand there? i do not believe that. >> you sound like the "new yorker" cover. i i hould put it up. it was quite cute. it h h all these former presidents watching donald trump on television with fdr with the remote and they're all like aghast at this. >> so there's -- i talked to a
worked for a presidential candidate -- not one in this race but in past races and he said, look, yes, this trump thing is real, it's going to go on, the one question i have -- and i think this is interesting -- there the a can i imagine this person being president in a hurricane, in a blizzard, being t t empathizer in chief after a mass shooting and that trump -- it's impossible for the majority of america to conceptualize donald trump in that role and at some point, though it won't be on february 1 and it probably won't be on february 9 and might not be until march or april or may, that reckoning will happen at some point and the goal is to have someone who looks the role of the president, whether it's rubio or jeb, which is unlikely. bututsomeone else o oer than im. >> that's the argrgment the republicannstablishment has been maang ever since donald trump got into this race. >> june 16, yes. >> and here we are. and the reality is, the challenge for these establishment candidates is that you still have to prove to the voters that you are big enough
you get to the point where you're handling hurricanes and none of these guys -- marco rubio, jeb bush -- none of them have been able to stand up in a way that makes them seem bigger than donald trump. >> if he gets an electoral victory under his belt if trump were to win iowa i think that perceptions but starts to change. and based on my reporting his ground game is more robust than initially thought. >> i'm just wondering, david, early-state voters, they don't vote with their head. they've been conditioned to vote idealistically. either on the left or right. so this is where i think the establishment -- both hillary clinton and the establishment are suffering. >> well, at some point but then you get to later states. at some point these early states vote identity more than who's going to make the change, who will deliver. >> because they've been fed this. >> this is like a big cultural event in these early states. in the later states i think emotions are lower and they are more pragmatic, second -- something will happen in the middle east.
cruz and trump going after each other week after week, that will start to look ugly. >> well, that a buy and then the question is is there a candidacy left? that's the question. let's take a pause. we'll be back in a moment and talk ababt the democratic race with my fine e artet here andnd how hillary clinton's 2016 run
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having served under eight presidents, most recently as secretary defense under both presidents obama and bush and in his new book it has a topical title "a passion for leadership." secretary gates, welcome back to "meet the press." >> thank you. >> let's talk about that leadership test. what is it you wish voters would use as a test to
decide who to suppppt? >> i think it's the question of who can lead the country and equally who can run the government. government is different and especially the federal government is different in many ways than running a business or anything else and people who have never run a government often have no idea how complicated it is and how difficult difficult. if you're aaceo, you don't have 535 members on your board of directors. >> you may have 12 or 15. you're here, we should talk about isis.
is saying these things, i just want you to assess the different ideas. one candidate "we won't weaken them, we will utterly destroy them, we will carpet bomb them into oblivion." another candidate says "you take away their wealth, knock the hell out of the oil, take away their oil." another says they wawa a no-fly zone. another coalition says you have to bring together a muslim coalition, sunni and shi'a fighting side by side. what's realistic? >> i think bringing in some kind of arab coalition to try and help, creating some kind of humanitarian corridor or safe haven. they're both tough but you could do them. the first alternatives, i think, are completely unrealistiti and further more wouldn't accomplish the job anan i can't
arguing that really believe they can do that or whether they're being cynical or opportunistic. >> the first two you were cruz and trump, the second to two that you say are realistic are clinton and sanders. voters are told they can find a coalition to do this but are they cynical and think nothing ever changes in the middle east? is that why voters are more susceptible to bold or brash? >> or simple. and the problem is most of these problems are not simple and it requires -- first of all building coalitions in washington. it will be useful in terms of foreign policy and national security to have coalitions in washington where washington speaks with relatively one voice, one sum unity before we form coalitions around the world.
bush 41 did not evoke deep animosity. the next president will be polarizing. just due to the nature of our politics. >> but it doesn't need to be that. >> okay, i hear it doesn't need to be but your examples, two of them couldn't even win -- one couldn't win a full term on their own and the other couldn't win reelection. polarization helps these guys win. that's part of the problem, isn't it? >> well, i think the question is who can move country and that will require reaching out to the other side and we have had polarizing presidents that nonetheless were able to reach out to the other side and move the country forward. after all harks very i, harry truman was one of the most unpopular presidents in american history yet established extraordinary things. >> you said until you were 10 you didn't know his first name.
so you should be on the michael bloomberg side of the aisle. he is a potential candidate that is saying he wants to create a campaign that would have people on both sides. >> practically speaking, i don't see how a third candidate works. how a third candidate can be elected. >> but you must like the message. >> what i'm interested is a candidate for president who talks about how to bring us together as people, who says we have a common destiny and who can emphasize that we can work together to address problems in the country. >> wise words from you. we'll see if the voters will listen to your way of figuring out how to decide who can lead this country. robert gates, congrats on the new book. >> thanks, chuck. >> thank you, sir. we'll become be in a moment with our end game segment and one washington resident who thought the blizzard of 2016 was
end game time, the panel is here.e. the democratic side, d dvid brooks, what did you make of clinton v. sanders this morning? >> if i didn't know anything about these t race until i saw these back-to-back interviews today i would think sanders has honed his message and captured authenticity and joy and hillary clinton hasn't honed her message. there's a lot of chinese menu stuff, a, b, c, d, so you can see why he's doing well. you have to pick that message, hone it, deliver it, velocity. >> i think they have a message but they don't -- they know it doesn't fifi voters, which is experience counts. >> i was struck, chuck, when you asked her what her top priority was going to be, the number one thing she was going to spend political capital on, i don't feel like she had a clear answer about what it was she cared the most about. she in some ways backed into it, talked about health care. >> i was surprised she made it health care in an odd way. really? we're going back to the 1990s. >> the whole argument is this is about the future not the past.
interviews back to back, it's remarkable that t 74-year-old former mayor of burlington vermomot, avow socialist who on your showrefused monthsing too say i'm not a socialist, he's the change and future candidate. it's -- the way that she has found herself in this race, it's deja vu all over again. her only benefit is bernie sanders does not equal barack obama in that bernie sanders at least doesn't have support in the black community anywhere near barack obama. so she may benefit from that. from her perspective. who she is as a candidate isis still the same, that's the problem. >> the primary calendar is her friend here. there's a lot of states with large african-american voting blocks. >> she continues to invoke health care because sh connues to hug president obama and his policies. it might not be as effective in a place like iowa and new hampshire but it matters in a place like south carolina. she's very focused on building up a fire ball that the south and in those supertuesday states
>> it feels like she's setting up a march message. going to your point, the f feral message isis idealismmnd she doesn't have it. >> i think the same is on the republican side. we'll get more pragmatic, both races will be long, some big terrorist blow up somewhere, she'll look a lot better. but right now lacking the joy. >> i just -- i mean this with trump and hillary, this idea that you can simply lose to a socialist 74-year-old who no one thought had any chance of being anywhere close to her. the idea that you can lose iowa and lose new hampshire a a people are gogoon their merry way. ddid may be right, that it's an extended race with twists and turns that she eventually wins. that's the only pass that she wins a race -- >> you know the last pull to pull that off? their last name was clinton. i'm just saying. bill clinton has familiarity. >> much lower expectations, though, chuck. >> he had his own bernie sanders. jerry brown.
>> and his own billionaire. ross pro. >> second round of the come back kid in new hampshire. >> but, chuck, if you're a hillary clinton supporter, they've been saying this from the beginning, this is t t toughght part for her, the campaigning, the getting out there and selling her message. >> connectivity. >> being authentic. but they say she has built a ground game in iowa very much modeled after barack obama's ground game. they still think they'll get the people out. >> "new york times" -- paul krugman had a great piece, he said "bernie sanders is theary aryary theary ---arythth aryary heir to candidate obama, hillary clinton is the heir to president obama." >> if people want somebody who can manage, they'll go for her. there's some part of the count dry that does want that. >> we'll see where they are and if they live in iowa we spent a lot of time talking about how politicians in washington can't agree on anything but here in this town
fell this weekend. there was a mixup in the measuring process at reagan national airport meaning the official numbers underestimated fallen. some people think our deficit gets ss dealt with that wawa too. bb one thing we can agree on, it's impossible not to smile of d.c.'s most famous chinese resident tian tian tian tian, the panda having a lot of fun in the show. >> that's what i did on my way to work yesterday. >> looks like my six-year-old, genuinely. with fur. >> just a little bit more of this in our lives and we'd be happier. >> panda for president. i'm going to leave it there. next week we'll in in iowa. everybody wililbe in iowa. i can't waii see you then.
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