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brought light to what actually happened, but it was part of the trajectory and it was rich. >> when i first saw this was dropping, i was really excited to see this movie. >> you have to see it. >> that is all in for this evening. a special edition of "the rachel maddow show," a tale of the tape starts now. so the cliche is that something is the best of times and the worst of times. not here. that's not this. what this is is more just the worst, full stop, alone. this was a world in which the bronx really was burning and a serial killer named son of sam was stalking the local lover's lanes and john travolta was the height of american cultural aspiration, pouring himself into that white suit and dreaming o of a brighter disco ball. and president gerald ford turned his back on the bankrupt biggest city in america and he told new york to drop dead.
it was the decadence and the sticky, sweltering misery and the palpable fear that was late 1970s new york city. but there was a singular american titan who emerged from that disaster, who emerged as the late 1970s turned into the 1980s. and he emerged from that sewer, from that terrible time, as, basically, the winner. >> donald trump, as i say, is just 33 years old. he took his father's rather modest by current standards, real estate empire in brooklyn, and expanded it considerably. he now has an apartment for sale in a new trump building called the trump tower, going up on fifth avenue. there it is. you can buy this apartment, one floor of it, one whole floor of that building, that is, $11 million, altogether. >> i like inner cities. i see the inner cities as being sort of a wave of the future
now. i think with the problems of fuel and the gasoline shortages and everything else and the transportation, especially in the major cities such as new york and los angeles and chicago, i see the inner cities as being probably, in terms of a real estate or in a real estate sense, probably the most viable investments. >> mr. trump, what's left in your life? you're 33 years old, you're worth all this money. you said you didn't say that you want to be worth $1 billion. >> i really don't. i want to keep interested and be active and be interested in what i do and that's all there is to life as far as i'm concerned. i'm not really looking to make tremendous amounts of money. i'm looking to enjoy my life. and if that happens to go with it, that's fabulous. >> that's fabulous. i really don't want to be worth $1 billion. i just want to enjoy my life. that was donald trump, big bucks tycoon, 33 years old, meeting national audience in 1980 on the "today" show. i cannot tell you what the half-life of humility is or what it ought to be. but i can tell you that we have also found this amazing tape of that same guy, that same
33-year-old, who just wanted to enjoy his life. we have found tape of him sounding much more inflated, just four years later, at age 37. so, you haven't seen this before, but this exists. this is from lifestyles of the rich and famous in 1984. watch this. >> rome wasn't built in a day, but it might have been and at a handsome profit if this man lived there. donald s. trump, head of a $1 billion real estate empire. >> at an age of 37, i don't believe anyone's really ever built more things than we have in terms of the business that i'm in. >> even his peers, few that there are, hold him in awe. he puts deals together like other people play monopoly, even with the decks stacked in his favor, this is his trump card. a 68-story office and apartment complex called trump tower, that new york's mayor, ed koch
says -- >> as donald trump's master piece. >> its opening party was one to end them all. thousands mingle and let loose to celebrate the ultimate fifth avenue luxury attraction. ♪ this is a celebration >> to relax, this high roller doesn't just buy a ticket for the game. he buys the entire team. yes, the new jersey generals football team. >> i would rather spend the ultimate dollar and have the ultimate place. >> and donald trump wants first place. >> donald trump wants first place. "lifestyles of the rich and famous." he wants first place, though. and if a few lowly nobodies get hurt in the process, what does that matter? >> trump has gotten rich by building for the wealthy. his critics say at the expense of the poor and the middle class. trump tried to force the tenants out of this old building on central park south, a prime location, so he could build a new tower in its place.
he even tried to put vagrants into empty apartments in the building. john moore heads the tenant group which is fighting trump. >> donald shouldn't step on little people and he's chosen to do so here. >> before he was 40 years old, donald trump was already huge, huge. and if donald trump has the reputation in new york of being something more than just a rich buffoon, it is because of how he emerged a as a public figure and when he emerged as a public figure. he really did build fancy sk skyscrapers when no one believed new york city was worth that anymore. he built the ice rink in central park, he fixed that on his own dime and reopened it as trump rink. that's how it worked in mr. trump's new york. even if he did something not just for himself, he at least made sure to get his name on it. and by the time he rounded the corner on 40 years old, he was
already, in public, fending off the idea that he should run for king of the world. or president. or whatever. >> i know people have talked to you about whether or not you want to run. would you ever? >> probably not. but i do get tired of seeing the country ripped -- >> why would you not? >> i just don't think i really have the inclination to do it. i love what i'm doing. i really like it. >> also, it doesn't pay as well. >> no, it doesn't. >> i love the country, but i think you're going to have probably george bush as your next president. he's an excellent guy, a friend of mine. >> i wasn't talking about this year, but you have said if you ran for president, you'd win? >> i think i would have a very good chance. when i do something, i win. i like to win. >> of course, i would have a good chance of being president. on his way to wealth and power, donald trump insisted he didn't want either of those things. didn't want the presidency or a billion dollars. that was the donald trump of the
1980s. no to the white house and no to the billions of dollars in personal net worth, that were his if he wanted them, but then he didn't want them. then comes 2015, when that same man, that same donald trump makes the case for himself as president of the united states, because of his billions of dollars. >> i'm using my own money. i'm not using the lobbyists. i'm not using donors. i don't care. i'm really rich. i have a total net worth, and now with the increase, it will be well over $10 billion. i'm not doing that to brag, because you know what, i don't have to brag. i don't have to, believe it or not. i'm doing that to say, that that's the kind of thinking our country needs. we need that thinking. >> make me president! look at my many billions. i'm not bragging. just look at them! you have to wonder if the donald trump back then would recognize the donald trump now. or vice versa. right? that young, big bucks tycoon who
said he just wanted to enjoy his life? right, he's now the middle-aged or better icon who's at the top of the republican heap running roughshod over the most experienced field in a long time, saying and doing things that would send any other candidate spiraling out of contention. donald trump is at the top of a huge republican field with governors who cannot seem to catch up to him and the senators who cannot seem to catch up to him. not even the senator who came in second place for the nomination in 2012. this is a weird and sprawling republican field. it's a weird collection of people, but they're all in the same boat, paddling furiously against the tide of donald trump. and it turns out the tale of the tape on these guys turns up some really interesting stuff. we've been doing an archives project, looking into the old tape on all the candidates for president this year. and it turns out the stories of where they came from in the most part are pretty amazing. i mean, none quite as amazing as
donald trump, but they're amazing. and i have to tell you, we do have one other clip of donald trump that involves a laser light show and you must see this before you die. it's possible it will change your life. you have never seen it before. donald trump, laser lights, there's a song. it's incredible. so we've got that. but the tale of the tape on all of these guys is totally worth seeing. we did one of these tale of the tape things already on the democrats. this one tonight is on the republicans. honestly, i think it's better, just because there are a lot of these guys and a lot of them did the weirdest stuff they've ever done on tape, a long time ago. so buckle up. this is going to be really good. the laser show donald trump, jeb bush as you have never seen him, as you have physically never seen him. wave got lots more still to come. stay with us.
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at a bank of america near you. okay. it was the early 1980s. ronald reagan was president. big hair everywhere, right? early '80s. south florida had a problem on its hands. i mean, literally, they had a problem on their hands, because it turns out all of the money in south florida, all of the cash, was suddenly turning up with cocaine on it. trace amounts of cocaine were being detected on all of the cash in south florida. it was the booming drug trade in florida. this was an unexpected and unwelcome by-product of that. check this out. and watch for the cameo here. >> in south florida, the drug business is so widespread, the chances are that if you live there, you're carrying traces of it around in your wallet or your purse. it's drug dough. know, that's not the raw ingredients for intoxicating brownies, but real money, as
dennis murphy report. >> reporter: it's finding its way into some of the most prominent wallets in south florida. the vice president's son had some. >> i got cocaine on my $20 bill and i can tell you, i don't use it. >> hello! that's the 1985 iteration of jeb bush, son of the vice president at the time, george h.w. bush. jeb's having to tell "nightly news" there that he's not a cocaine user, but, yes, he, too, has cocaine on his cash. it was florida! it was the 1980s. what would you expect. jeb bush at that point was not yet a full-time politician. he was a local businessman in miami, but when you're the son of a man who was a state representative in texas and a u.s. ambassador to the united nations and the director of the cia and an aspiring candidate for president, politics sort of gets thrust on you whether you like it or not. and that was the case for jeb bush in the 1980s. now, for a very young and very inexperienced jeb bush in the 1980s.
in 1980, poppy bush, having racked up that very impressive resume of public service, poppy bush in 1980 decided to make a run for president. you'll remember this is the presidential election that umly went to ronald reagan, but in 1980, reagan was being challenged for the republican nomination by george h.w. bush. and during that primary campaign went bush was trying to lock up any vote that he could find, he dispatched his son, jeb, to go campaign for him in puerto rico. jeb bush spoke spanish, his wife was mexican. jeb bush went to puerto rico to make the case for his dad. he was 27 years old at the time. he was in puerto rico. turns out he was not at all ready for the family business. and you could tell, physically. check this out and the cameo here is from the man's knees. watch. watch this. >> the republicans in puerto rico hold a primary election this sunday when they will choose 14 delegates to their national convention.
it's not a large number of delegates. puerto ricans can't even vote in the november election, but all the republican candidates, except ronald reagan, have been trying to win friends under the palm trees. and the son of one of them has been there almost 60 days. linda ellerbe has that story. >> reporter: the campaign trail in puerto rico is different. >>♪ kennedy >>♪ baker >> reporter: puerto rico, not new hampshire, is the first primary, at least for republicans. in puerto rico, it's important to remember that democrats and republicans don't count as much as local parties do, which doesn't stop democrats and republicans from spending money and time here. and in one case, donating a member of the family. [ speaking spanish ]
>> jeb bush! >> this man is the father of this man. he is jeb bush, 27 years old, son of george. and he's been campaigning and living in puerto rico for nearly two months. the bush campaign thinks that jeb is their secret weapon here. he goes everywhere on the island, talks to everyone. always in spanish. and does those things every politician does. [ speaking spanish ] his spanish is good, pearl because his wife, columba, is mexican. what's it like being the professional son of the candidate down here? >> it's not something that i would like to do the rest of my life, no. i get nervous, at first. it's just, i'm not a politician. >> reporter: and probably it is scary, because when the crowd hoots and kecheers, as they did
that day, the nerves go to the knees, and it must be comforting to remember that you are the candidate's son, not the candidate. and if dad loses, nobody will blame jeb. except perhaps jeb. linda ellerbe, nbc news, puerto rico. >> linda ellerbe is such a god. always has been. but that tape, jeb bush's knees literally knocking. his knees shaking, as he stood before that crowd in puerto rico. that was february 1980. but all of jeb's very nervous campaigning down there did pay off. poppy bush won the puerto rico republican primary that year with 59% of the vote, he won all 14 of puerto rico's delegates. and coming off his win in the iowa caucuses that year, poppy bush had real momentum. that presidential campaign, that 1980 campaign for his dad, that really was jeb bush's first foray into national politics.
he traveled the country with his dad, and as the candidate's son, that included going on the occasional run for the cameras, just to show how strong and fit poppy bush was. >> what do you think, rabbit? >> i don't know, about 24. >> 25. >> yeah, 24 or 5. i would like to pace it at about eight minutes and see how we feel. this is going to be tough. but tell them our time. this boy might not be up for it. >> 22:45. is that our best? >> that was on firm, on good track. >> we've just gotten word from abc, cbs, and nbc plus the local outlets, and said the tv cameraman have to lay aside their weapons and run. so thus establishing a rapport with the candidate, which will get a lot of inside information. >> hello, how are you? >> how are you?
>> look at you. remember jebby? >> and judy. >> you remember jebby, don't you? you remember jebby. well, poppy bush ultimately lost that republican primary that year to ronald reagan. but jeb bush went along for that whole ride. and when ronald reagan eventually tapped bush sr. to be his vice president, the entire bush family was thrust on to the national stage for pretty much the entire 1980s. and that included not only jebby, but another one of the bush brothers. >> george, you and, i think, a couple of your brothers have been active in one way or another in politics. what's it like, though -- and your father has some experience at this, too, following in those kinds of footsteps? i mean, you're third generation. >> well, it's very easy, jane, because he's never put any inordinate amount of pressure on us. he's never put his expectations on us and let us be our own type people.
but you're right, being a george bush in this day and age has some unusual strengths to it. >> you go back and look through the archives, it becomes sort of clear that jeb was actually the bush son who was thought of as having serious political ambitions. certainly more so than the brother who went on to actually become president. >> the five of you have a -- the reputation of staying out of the spotlight. is that by design? >> it is for me. i, you know, don't feel like i've got all that much too important to say on the big national issues. and therefore, i feel i've got to do my job and raise my family. and, you know, we campaign some. i know i did during the election, but, a child's place for the vice president, in my view, is to keep his mouth shut and make a living. >> that was george w. bush during an interview with nbc's "today" show in 1985. imagine if he'd stuck with that approach to life. i don't have much to say on national issues.
his brother, jeb, though, here's the question that jeb got during that same interview. >> jeb, you're gop county chairman in florida, right, dade county. are you looking to a career in politics? is that your future lies? long-range ambitions. >> if i can get about half the income that you make, but until i attain that? >> i would do this for free, are you kidding? >> george w. bush, nothing to say about big national issues, aisle just worried about raising my family. but jeb, you're looking at a career in politics, aren't you? the 1980s were jeb bush's introduction to national politics. he did, of course, go on to become florida's governor and then he went on to make a ton of money afterwards, as he alluded to wanting to do in that interview, but at that start, it was in the 1980s that really set up jeb bush's life, that first set the gears in motion for his own run for president today. >> when you hear the kind of things that were being said
about your dad, do you get hurt, do you get angry, what? >> yeah, i do. i don't like it. i got -- i'm involved pretty actively in politics, so i should know better. but it's hard to sublimate, you know, your personal convictions -- we would all jump on a hand grenade for our father, if one was there. so it's kind of hard for us to sit back and say, oh, that's no big deal. it does bother us. or a mouth breather. a mouth breather! well, put on a breathe right strip and shut your mouth. allergy medicines open your nose over time, but add a breathe right strip and pow! it instantly opens your nose up to 38% more. so you can breathe and sleep. add breathe right to your allergy medicine. shut your mouth and sleep right. breathe right and look for the calming scent of breathe right lavender in the sleep aisle.
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think, did that really happen? did i dream that happened? may 2009, which was about four months into the barack obama presidency, republicans still trying to shake off the residue to have the george w. bush administration. but they were already starting to think about the first midterm, the 2012 elections. they were already thinking about how they could turn every congressional race in the country into a race against that evil communist tyrant, obama, who had been in office for a few weeks. when i look back on that time period, i sometimes cannot remember if this thing actually happened, or whether i just dreamed that it did. luckily, we end up recording these shows on tape. so we can share. >> i think it's a matter of, somebody's got to present the message better to the republican party. maybe it's slightly different, but we've got to go away from going around and justifying torture as our main message. and i think we've got to come out with a better spokesman for our party. >> well, speaking of which, dr. paul, i understand that you yourself have some political
ambitions. i was hoping that you might talk about those tonight on the show. >> yeah, i do. i'm happy tonight to announce on "the rachel maddow show" that i'm forming an exploratory committee to run for the u.s. senate. >> i did not dream that. that actually happened. rand paul's political career got its start right here on this very show. he even said the name of the show as he did it. that was the first time rand paul ran for national office. that's the campaign in which he ultimately got the seat that he now olds. he announced it right here. you are not dead. you are not dreaming. >> i'm happy, tonight, to announce on "the rachel maddow show," that i'm forming an exploratory committee to run for the u.s. senate. >> that happened! he announced it right here. senator rand paul may not be happy about that in retrospect, given how his next interview on the show went, which was our 15-minute conversation about the 1964 civil rights act, which did not end well. then after that, there was also that time that we busted him for plagiarizing the wikipedia pages
about several b-rate movies. he actually threatened to quit politics altogether over that plagiarism scandal. at the beginning, rand paul's national political career really, really, really was launch eed on this show. that is a thing that happened. we used to really get along. now he won't come back and talk to me anymore. and his presidential campaign, so far, at least, has experienced sort of a failure to thrive. the same cannot, though, be said for the batch of republican candidates who rand paul was first elected alongside. that election in 2010, that republican wave election in 2010 not only gave him his first seat in government, it catapulted a ton of republicans into the national spotlight, including one whose rise has been pretty meteor meteoric, but whose first moments on the national stage have largely been forgotten, until now, until we dug it up from the archives and that's next. stay with us.
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years ago, in brazoria county, that little local newspaper, "the brazos port facts," they broke a story about a national scandal that was happening in their county. it was happening in that are little corner of texas. that newspaper got their hands on a video that showed prisoners, many of whom who are already injured, prisoners being beaten and abused at a private prison called the brazoria county correctional facility. and the reason that was a national scandal and not just a scandal for that corner of texas was that it turns out that lots of other states around the country at the time were shipping their prisoners to texas. because texas promised to lock them up for cheaper than those prisoners could be locked up at home. so these prisoners were getting the tarnation beaten out of them in texas, but it was a national scandal because they were from all over. this is a "today" show segment from years ago, and watch out for a republican presidential
contender from this year. and the guy who turns up in this case is not one of this year's candidate who is actually hails from texas. he's from somewhere else. watch. >> katie, up until a few weeks ago, missouri was one of several states renting jail space in texas. but then, you may recall a video surfaced showing some prisoners being abused. missouri took its inmates home and it was thought that other states might do the same. but as nbc's jim cummings reports, that hasn't happened. >> reporter: first, there was this videotape that graphically shows sheriff's deputies and jailers using tear gas, stun guns, and attack dogs on missouri inmates in a texas jail. >> get it! >> reporter: missouri was one of the 11 states that rent jailed space from texas before it pulled its inmates out of here, but the other ten states continue renting more than 4,000 jail cells from texas at the rate of $40 a day. the reason why is simple. those states don't have enough jail space to have their own. texas has a glut of empty jail
cells and needs the money to pay for them. and sometimes other states actually save money, by sending their inmates here. >> reporter: tack wisconsin, for example. its prison system is already 50% over capacity, and with the courts cracking down on crime, it's only going to get worse. this facility in racine opened in 1991 and was overfilled within six months. >> we certainly can't in the short run build ourselves out of the predicament we're in. and that's more inmates than we have beds. >> so they send them to texas. 538 from wisconsin before the infamous videotape was released. since then, they've added 90 more. >> we don't have much texas. if it's not texas, it's going to have somewhere else. >> wisconsin governor scott walker, then a state representative, saying, missouri might be removing its prisoners from that terrible prison from which we saw that terrible tape. but wisconsin, we got to send them somewhere. they sent more prisoners, even after that tape came out. that was scott walker, 30 years
old. well before he became nationally famous and a hero on the political right for ending union rights in his state. if you've never heard of scott walker before he became wisconsin governor in the 2010 election, chances are the thing you first learned about him was that something like 100,000 people were protesting against him in wisconsin because of that effort to dismantle union rights. just an incredibly divisive way to begin his governorship. even on the day when scott walker held the signing ceremony for that anti-union rights bill, amid the clatter of the news cameras covering him signing the bill, in the background, you could still hear something else. >> governor, we can hear thousands of people in the halls
screaming, "shame, shame, shame." we can hear that in your office right now. can you respond to that? >> sure. i said this every day since i introduced this a month ago that the protesters are here and around the country, increasingly, they're more and more from other state, but those from wisconsin have every right to be here. >> scott walker is often described politically as being unflappable. and it's true. he did not seem the slightest bit flapped by having tens of thousands of his constituents screaming at him, screaming in the streets and screaming in the capital about how radically he was changing their state just months after he took office. but scott walker is a political pro. if he's nothing else, he's a political pro. he has never done anything in his adult life, except for politics. he lives for this stuff. when he was on the "today" show in that clip at 30 years old, defending sending wisconsin's prisoners to that jail in texas, even after they knew that that jail was notorious for abusing its prisoners, when he gave that interview at 30 years old, scott
walker had already won three different elections by that point. scott walker now is still a very young man. he's 47 years old. he's won 12 elections. 12. he's won every single time he has run for anything, with the exception of his very first race, which he ran at the ripe old age of 22 in the year 1990. every time he has run for anything since 1990, and he has spent his entire life running for office, every single time since 1990, he has won. twice he's won unopposed. this record of all of these wins in a row includes winning three statewide elections in wisconsin, in just the past five years. i mean, as a point of comparison in terms of the field this year, compare him with jeb bush. the last time jeb bush ran for anything or won anything was an election 13 years ago in 2002. since 2002, scott walker has run for election six times and he's won every time. there is a reason why scott walker of wisconsin is beloved by conservatives and taken seriously as a top tier
candidate for the republican nomination this year. he is not a crossover appeal kind of politician, right? he's not a conciliator, he's a divisive guy. democrats and liberals because of that sometimes cannot see what the right sees in him. but at least some of what the right sees in him is just pure batting average. he's 12 for 12 in his last elections. and yes, they all been in wisconsin. but no republican presidential candidate has won the state of wisconsin since 1984. and judging purely by electoral history, if any one of them has a shot, not just at wisconsin, but maybe even the whole thing. just based on his batting average, probably him.
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whole race would change if anyone had a mustache like that in the running this year. it's also not the lady sitting to that guy's left, our right. no, it turns out it's the guy right in the middle of the picture. who's that guy? that is then texas state representative rick perry. and one great oddity of rick perry, one great piece of something more than trivia about rick perry and his current republican presidential campaign is that when you go back through the archives to find rick perry, you have to remember that for most of his career, rick perry was a democrat. there's rick perry, several hair cuts later, but he's huddled with his fellow democrats on the texas statehouse floor back in 1985. and rick perry wasn't just flirting with the democratic party at this time. this wasn't some, you know, brief youthful indiscretion. no, rick perry was a democrat for 38 years. he campaigned in texas for senator al gore when al gore was running for president back in
1988. it was not until representative rick perry started running for statewide office in texas that he magically morphed into a republican. first as texas ad commissioner, then as the state's lieutenant governor, and then ultimately rick perry ascended to become governor of texas, and he ascended to that job in an unconventional way. >> this is governor george w. bush and laura bush. he will be governor no more of the state of texas in just a moment. this is thember in austin, texas. he is about to, with a wave of a pen, resign. and he is going to shake hands here with lieutenant governor republican rick perry and his wife anita there. he will become the new texas governor. >> rick perry only got the job of texas governor because his predecessor had to leave to go become president. and that's a very unusual thing. but it turns out for the big long list of governors who are running this year for president, it's not actually even that
unusual. rick perry is not the only one of them to have ascended to the job of governor without actually being directly elected to it. >> arkansas has a new governor this morning, but it took a little longer than expected to get one. on monday, democratic governor jim guy tucker said he change his mind and would not resign as promised following his white water conviction. that's when the state's lieutenant governor promised to impeach him. finally, tucker did step down and mike huckabee was sworn in. >> mike huckabee. nobody really remembers this about him, but he only became governor of arkansas because he threatened to impeach the sitting governor who had only been in office for a hot minute, but he'd gotten wrapped up in the strange clinton era white water scandal. becoming governor because the previous guy had to go, that is not a supercommon phenomenon in american politics, but that's how two candidates this year, that's how mike huckabee and rick perry both got their start in the job that eventually
catapulted them into republican contention. the governors in the republican presidential field this year, they're kind of an unusual crop. and they're interesting. not your typical group, especially when you dig into the archives to find out where they came from. >> i'm not going to go down there with the intent purpose of being a maverick, but i'm not going down there to let anybody push me around or tell me what to do. i could care less. >> that is a very shaggy-haired john kasich of ohio. currently the governor of ohio. but unlike most of the other governors in the race this year, his stint as a governor is not actually what put him on the national radar. john kasich lived three or four previous political lives, even before he became governor of ohio, before his current run as the brash, no-nonsense, little ill-tempered governor of ohio. before that, he was the brash, no-nonsense, little ill-tempered congressman from ohio.
john kasich served the house for nine terms. and his reputation was essentially that he was the guy who didn't give a rip, you know, that he loved bare knuckle politics. he loved being the guy who aggravated everybody, who ruffled feathers on both sides of the aisle. >> i want things to cost they say they're going to cost and i want them work the way they say they're going to work. and if they're not going to provide it for us, i'll scream and shout and ask why. >> the senate will not give final approval to the bill to keep the government until some time monday, just hours before a government shutdown would begin. leaving clinton but two options. sign the bill or shut down the government. some republicans were ready for a showdown. >> look, we're in the movie "high noon," okay? we're sitting in the saloon, we got a bottle of whiskey and a shot glass. we're going to take a shot and we'll walk out into the dusty street and have a fight about the american dream. >> i believe that the president should now do the honorable thing and resign.
>> the chairman of the house budget committee, a possible contender for mr. clinton's job in the year 2000, agrees. >> there's no joy in my heart when i say this, but i think the bestthis, but i think the best thing the president can do for our country is to leave. >> shut down the government. got in to battles with his own party over spending. he told the president of the united states to resign over the monica lewinsky affair. john kasich didn't care. john kasich has a very high opinion of john kasich. so much so he decided to run for president from the house in 2000 on the basis of his reputation for brashness. probably should have known how that was going to turn out when this was his presidential campaign debut. >> congressman john kasich, welcome. you have an announcement. >> tomorrow i'm going to formally announce my exploratory committee to run for the president of the united states.
>> the great tim russert can't pronounce your name. that's the universe telling you the stars are not aligning for your presidential campaign that year. john, jane, kasich, whatever. he did join the race in 2000 to basically no effect. he ended up dropping out of the race five months later to basically no effect. it turns out they liked him at the fox news channel. he followed up his badly failed run for president in 2000 as a job as a tv host on the fox news channel and managing director at lehman brothers up to the moment that lehman brothers exploded and dragged the rest of the american financial system down with it. on the stren th of that experience he got himself elected governor of ohio. unlike the other high-profile governors running for president this year, bobby jindal, chris christie, john kasich is popular at home, very popular. his home is desperately
important, swing state ohio. so now he is giving it another try, but he's doing it with the same attitude that he has brought to politics for his whole career. >> i'm not going down there to let anyone push me around and tell me what to do. i could care less. i'm jerry bell the second. and i'm jerry bell the third. i'm like a big bear and he's my little cub. this little guy is non-stop. he's always hanging out with his friends. you've got to be prepared to sit at the edge of your seat and be ready to get up.
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tiger. roll tape. watch. ♪ >> ladies and gentlemen, mr. donald j. trump. ♪ eye of the tiger it's the thrill of the fight rising up to the challenge of our rival ♪ ♪ and the last known survivor stalks his prey in the night ♪ >> donald j. trump! ♪ donald trump, 1990. making his grand entrance laser light show to address the employees at his new atlantic city casino!
1990. part of what makes old tape so much fun in politics is that you get to imagine the people back then, the people in that old tape. you get to imagine them as holders of high elected office now. do they carry the same sensibilities forward in to the present? would they carry the same sensibilities in to the future, if say they were elected president of the united states? we get to consider, for example, a state of the union address with laser lights, right? why not? mr. speaker, president of the united states! out of the laser lights is president trump, you guys, ready to address the nation. ready to tell those minor league saps in congress how it's going to be. president trump. the republican field, republican presidential field this dwreer was supposed to be led by governors and senators.
this was supposed to be the not her man cane, michele bachmann last time but the republicans, what they were calling their deep bench, their sub stantive roster. all of these accomplished candidates. mainstream enough to win with resumes at the top tier of american politics. for much of the summer voters have said by an increasingly wide summer what they actually want is the eye of the tiger guy. they want the combover forget about it business guy who's never held elected office and probably for a reason. republican voters this year say they want a candidate who agrees with them. that's what they tell pollsters. they say a candidate who agrees with them is more attractive than a candidate that can win in a general election. that's what they say in the polls, at least in the early stages of the race, the guy that republican voters think that the guy that agrees with them is
donald trump. donald trump has been saying he wants the bad guys to suffer since his dawn of his time on the national stage going on 30 years now. in june he announced his presidential run by calling himself really rich and by saying mexican immigrants are rapists. that is how he was running and so far to the great frustration of this spare parts, grab bag, everybody in republican field, the way donald trump is running so far is working. barring some change in course, it may even look like the way he is running is the way the primary will be run, even if come november 2016 that costs republicans any real shot at winning the white house. who knows, maybe president eye of the tiger will have republican fever dream by the time it is over. maybe this is a phase. maybe the laser lights fade and mainstream takes over and republican voters nominate a predictable candidate. we don't know yet.
we cannot know yet but as good of the sale of the tape is so far i can't wait for the rest of the election to play out. thank you election gods for being more interesting than we ever thought you would be. watch this space. due to mature subject matter, viewer discretion is advised. >> america's prisons, dangerous, often deadly. there are 2 million people doing time. every day is a battle to survive and to maintain order. >> down! on your feet! down! >> among the nation's most notorious institutions, san quentin state prison. our cameras spent months documenting life on the inside where gangs, drugs and sheer boredom make up a violent mix. this is "lockup: san quentin, extended stay."