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eastern. i'm going to be at the big desk joined by chris matthews. we'll be here with lawrence o'donnell and chris hayes and many more of our colleagues covering the speech and the republican reaction to the speech and the national reaction to what the president has to say. again, this is his final state of the union tomorrow night here, coverage starts at 8:00. attendance is mandatory. i'll see you then. that does it for us tonight. we'll see you tomorrow. good evening, law remembers. >> hey, rachel. i have proof for you tonight that staying out late as i did at golden globes after-parties last night, don't laugh, was all work. it was all work. >> i know you're not -- >> guess who i ran into at the hbo golden globes after-party. >> i have no idea. >> executive producer of veep, mr. frank rich. >> it was like homework. >> guess who my guest instudio tonight here in l.a. is going to be. >> is it frank rich? >> you're so good at this.
you are so good at this. >> you can expense everything you did all day yesterday and last night. >> i love that you think you're telling me something i don't know. >> that's why i don't have a corporate card anymore. yeah. >> thank you, rachel. >> thanks, lawrence. well, now we know that when donald trump watches this show, eager student of public policy that he is, he actually takes notes. >> since trump has talked about canada the numbers are narrowing in iowa. >> by virtue of being born to my mother in calgary, i'm a citizen by birth. >> he thinks it's a legal matter and moves on. >> just wrong to say as senator cruz has tried to say it's a settled matter. it isn't settled. >> lawrence tried harvard who is constitutional expert and said, and i wrote it down, this is not a settled matter. >> he's watching "last word" and said that's my argument.
i'm taking tribe. >> i would love to run against bernie. >> look behind us. betray and racism. >> i think it's time for us to have the kind of spirited debate that you deserve us to have. >> she's married to an abuser. >> if he wants to engage in personal attacks from the past, that's his prerogative. >> i'm driving around in an army tank. i'll never see a rolls royce again. >> you never get a limousine. when you get a limousine people look in the windows all the time, you start to think you're special. especially one with black windows. ♪ >> if donald trump wins the iowa caucuses his prospects of winning the republican presidential nomination go from good to maybe unstoppable. and if donald trump does win the iowa caucuses by beating the current front-runner there, ted cruz, it will be because of something donald trump saw on this program.
harvard professor laurence tribe discussed the meaning of the phrase natural born citizen as it appears in the constitution as qualification for the presidency. >> without amending the constitution they're getting a definitive ruling from the u.s. supreme court, it's just wrong to say as senator cruz has tried to say that it's a settled matter. it isn't settled. >> and as i said earlier in the program we learned today that donald trump takes notes when he watches this program. >> laurence tribe of harvard who is a constitutional expert, one of the best in the country, said, and i wrote it down, this is not a settled matter. it's wrong to say it is a settled matter because it's absolutely not. it's not a settled matter. that means that, you know, a lot of people think you have to be born here, you have to be born here. >> joining us now once ban laurence tribe, professor of constitution allow at har regard law school. thanks for joining us again
tonight, professor. appreciate it. >> my pleasure, lawrence. >> how uncomfortable are you to hear that donald trump is taking notes while you're speaking and then using them in his stump speeches now? >> well, it's certainly not the way i had pektsed the year to unfold. but i'm comfortable with anybody taking notes. i'm just not partisan about these issues. i call it the way i seat it. a and i think this is about a lot more than whether donald trump will succeed in encouraging somebody to sue ted cruz or whether anybody will yank ted cruz off the stage. that's not what i think is going to happen. what this does is give us a window into the character of ted cruz, the sort of person he is with respect to the american constitution. what's intriguing, it was true even when he was my student years ago, he used to believe in
originalism. that is constitution always means what it meant when it was adopted. except when it's not convenient for him to mean that. i mean, this is a perfect example. if the constitution always meant what he claims, namely that if you've got an american mother it doesn't malter where in the world you're born, you become a natural born citizen at birth. well, then, why in the world did congress need to pass a law dealing with naturalization and immigration in 1934 saying, from now on, although it wasn't true before, if you have a mother who is an american citizen, that's good enough so you don't need to get naturalized. chris, they weren't talking about run for president. what's intriguing is the way that ted cruz tries to prove that it's sort of an open and shut case is by looking not at
what the original meaning of the constitution was, he looks at all of these events in the 1930s and in the '60s and '70s and what happened when john mccain tried to run for president and so on. that means that when the people who get hurt by an adequarian historically view of the constitution, gays, women, minorities, when the people who get hurt are those guys, he's an originalist but he's a fair weather originalists. because when people who get hurt are ted cruz by that fiphilosop, he's kind of a weather vein on that subject, a fair weather originalist. what makes this really important, the reason i got into it wasn't that i had an ax to grind about ted cruz or that i was looking forward to having donald trump quote me. it was because i care about the constitution.
ted cruz claims to care about the constitution when he studied it at harvard, he was at least consistent about it. but now he picks and chooses an approach to that fundamental amt suits his purposes and i don't think we can afford to have the sons constitution in the hands of somebody who plays fast and loose with that fundamental law. that's why i care so much about this. >> and you've been on this particular subject long before ted cruz was ever a united states senator. you co-wrote a legal memo on behalf of john mccain when this question came up in his case since he was borne out side of the united states. just take us through that memo quickly and what the conclusion was. >> that was a hard case. when john mccain asked me and ted olson who had been solicitor general under george w. bush to look closely at whether his birth in the canal zone, u.s. military base, to two american parents, a mother and a father, both of whom were u.s. citizens,
would disqualify him from running for president. and we studied it closely. we concluded that the matter was really an unresolved one but that the better view because neither ted olson nor i is a strict originalist the way ted cruz claims to be. the better view is that the way things have evolved in our country, opening doors to more people, it just doesn't make sense anymore to act as though we're worried about being taken over by a foreign monarch. and so the better view is, especially when you're borne out side the country because your parents were in the military and you were born in a u.s. military base under american jurisdiction, better view is that you're eligible. but even that wasn't an easy case. this one is a case in which, to say that it is settled is really to say that you can pick the view of the constitution that best serves your purposes and
claim that that's the law. and i don't think a president who picks justices who are willing to do that, to claim they are bound by the original constitution, except when they don't like the results, is a president what we can safely have in the white house. >> well, professor, he's now -- despite your best efforts as a teacher, he is now claiming that the supreme court really doesn't have any significant authority at all. let's listen to what he said saturday in iowa about the supreme court. >> do you believe the supreme court decisions are the law of the land? >> not remotely. >> a stunning moment, i have to say, when asked if the supreme court is the law of the land and your former student saying, not remotely. go ahead, professor. >> when abraham lincoln confronted dred scott he did say that the supreme court decisions are the law for that case. but over time, they may get
reconsidered. and they don't settle the matter. we can keep trying to get the supreme court to change its views. but to say, as ted cruz does, that the supreme court's decisions are not remotely the law of the land is really to say that the law of the land is ted cruz because who else is there to give the final word for the time being? justice jackson once said we are not final because we are infallible. we are viewed as infallible because we're final but if we don't have a final arbiter of constitutional disputes, that chief justice of alabama can say i don't believe in same-sex marriage, we're back to the pre-civil war days and we are no longer a country, we're no longer the united states of america. >> professor, you did a piece in the "boston globe" about this where you identified a particular iron any that could occur if we were to have a president cruz and the kind of litigation that it could ensue that could challenge his
authority as an executive possibly on the issuance of executive orders, for example. >> right. it's a bit farcicle. but if you believe ted cruz' approach to the constitution, then the justices that he would likely put on the court when the ones who, at the next inauguration are going to be 80 or more, there will be three of them and one of them will be 84, there will be vacancies. he will put people on the court who will say that he is really not a legitimate president. what that means is that his executive action, the very first he promises to take, which would be to undue president obama's deferral of deportation for the parents of genuine american citizens, that action could be challenged just as the nlrb's action was struck down when it issued an order to pepsi-cola, just in 2014 the courts said that well, three of the five
members of the national labor relations board weren't legitimate and, therefore, these actions can't stand. apply that approach to a strict originalist view of natural born citizens and that would be great news for the people who would no longer be deported but not such great news for ted cruz and his ability to fulfill that inhumane promise of reversing doca, the deferred action for the parents of americans on his first day in office. that's just spinning out some of the possibilities. but basically the point is that a cruz court, and my piece in "the boston globe" is called "constitution on cruz control," a cruz court would be really not very trustworthy and we really can't trust somebody who is willing to play fast and loose with the constitution to make the kinds of decisions that ted cruz would make if he were
president. >> professor, i just want to circle back to one point you made about originalist intent. at the time the founding fathers, when this phrase was inserted into the constitution, they, at that time, certainly respected the -- on the issue of citizenship transferring at birth, they had much stronger respect for the father's citizenship than they did the mother's citizenship at that time. they may have interpreted it as actually requires at that time that your father be the united states citizen without regard to whether your mother is or not. >> that's right. in the 1934 it's clear that the fact that your mother was an american citizen was not enough to make you a u.s. citizen at birth in any sense, not only not enough to make you a natural born citizen. in 1984 they equalized the laws to having an american mother and american father. but at the time of the framing
they weren't so interested in who your parents were. they were interested in whether you had a connection to the land, the focus was really on whether you were born on american soil. and the fact that they had all of the laws passed over the years to say that some people, by grace of congress, don't have to get naturalized has nothing to do with the meaning of natural born citizen. the idea that the constitution waxes and wanes and the meaning of this clause depends on what the latest congress has said about immigration and naturalization is completely at odds with the firm position that the framers took about this. >> professor laurence tribe, thank you very much. really appreciate it. thank you, professor. coming up, frank rich will join us talking about hillary versus bernie. also coming up in the show, what is the loneliest leadership
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with just three quick weeks to go before the iowa caucus democrats, hillary clinton and bernie sanders are now tied in iowa in the latest nbc poll. they are also tied in new hampshire with a 4.8% margin of error in the poll. in iowa hillary clinton is at 48% and bernie sanders is at 45%. in new hampshire bernie sanders is at 50% and hillary clinton is
at 46%. the same poll shows bernie sanders outperforming hillary clinton in general election match-ups with donald trump. in iowa hillary clinton leads donald trump by eight points. bernie sanders leads donald trump by 13 points. in new hampshire, hillary clinton leads donald trump by just one point while bernie sanders leads donald trump by 19 points. a new national poll out today from investors business daily shows the race tightening nationally with a 5.1% margin of error. in that poll the candidates are in a virtual tie with hillary clinton at 43% and bernie sanders at 39%. here's bernie sanders in iowa tonight at the fusion brown and black forum. >> the inevitable candidate for the democratic nomination may not be so inevitable today. and i think -- and i think if you look at the crowds that we are bringing forth here in iowa,
in new hampshire, all over this country, the excitement that we're generating, where millions of people are now saying, jorge, that maybe it is time to go beyond the establishment politics and establishment economics, maybe it's time for a political revolution to take on the billionaire class and create an economy that works for all of us. >> and here is hillary clinton on the attack in iowa today. >> i just have a difference with senator sanders. he has a different plan. his plan would take medicare and medicaid and the children's health insurance program and affordable care act, health care insurance, and private employer health insurance, he would take that and he would take it all together and send health insurance to the states. turning over yours and my health insurance to governors, like terry branstead.
>> joining us now frank rich, writer at large for new york magazine and, of course, executive producer on hbo's" veep." frank, let's start with the democrats. we're going to go back to talk about trump, cruz, and natural born citizen. the senators campaign immediately issued a statement saying what hillary clinton said isn't true and it's not. bernie sanders is saying medicare for all. president obama said, idealy he would have done that if he could. that's the ideal system but he couldn't in his view. so they cobble together this complex thing involving the insurance companies and all of that. but what's your reading of where this stands now -- by the way, on all the other match-ups, hillary clinton, bernie sanders, versus all the other individual republican, bernie sanders does better in all of those match-ups. >> it's interesting. i've been a skeptic about whether sanders could get any traction but then again everyone was skeptical about donald trump, too. >> yeah. >> the fact is the fairly min
news school drirchss on health care policy and on guns between sanders and clinton have nothing to do with this race. this campaign -- this election is not -- it's just anti-establishment wave and who is more establishment than hillary clinton and her association with wall street, with the clinton foundation and its sort of murky waters, big donors with interest before government. sanders -- and sanders has really found the sweet spot of going after her, issue in the democratic parties, in a way it's also a big issue in the republican party. some of it's hurting hillary clinton and also hurt jeb bush on the other side. >> we've actually found in poelting a little bit of an overlap between bernie sanders and donald trump, in that -- because bernie does better against donald trump you can assume then that there are some trump supporters who, if hillary clinton is not the nominee, would move over and become sanders supporters and that's exactly what the polling shows. maybe about, you know, 5% or 6%
of them. >> that doesn't surprise me at all. i still find it highly unlikely that bernie sanders, a, can get the nomination with such low minority support, particularly african-american support, and i find it also hard to picture sanders or for that matter trump winning a national election. but they're on the same side at least emotionally in opposing a certain kind of powers that be, whether it be in washington or wall street. it's hard to believe that a multimillionaire, whatever his worth, like trump getting away with it taking this populous stand but they are in the same rough territory of being infidels and going against clinton and bush. what's more biestablishment tha clinton and bush. even though bush has faded bush has been a great whipping boy for trump even now with bush not a factor because it emphasizing how antiestablishment he is more than going against any other republican. >> there's a real separation in
the polls. bernie sanders much more support in the voters under 45 years old. hillary clinton much more support voters over 45 years old. if you're betting you would rather have the older voters because they're more reliable at showing up. but the energy is all on the sanders side and that under 45 category. >> right. and they're saying, i guess, that they sort of have a version of the obama following of 2008 in having young people. whether that's -- it's true. you just go on campus or talk to people, younger support bernie sanders. it's a genuine enthusiasm. is it enough alone and will young voters turn out for, you know, let's face it, a senior citizen, you know, from new england in the way they turned out for someone who was making history like barack obama in the end? i'm not 100% sure. >> all right. now, to what we just heard from professor tribe about natural born citizen, it is, it turns out -- to my surprise. i started studying this last
week. it turns out to be a complex question, constitutionally about exactly what did they mean. at the time they were writing it they were avoiding a lot in writing the constitution. they knew that there were people being born in the united states at that time who would not get citizenship, slaves, none of them would get citizenship. the natives on reservations, none of them would get citizenship. so they were very conscious of this. so the ambiguity by the constitutional scholars who have studied it, they feel there's a certain intentional failure to define this specifically and so then you're left with this guesswork of what did they mean in searching all of these extra sources a the time. and ted cruz just doesn't want anyone to get deeply involved in that scholarship right now. >> he sure doesn't. and trump, look, trump is brilliant. he may not -- he's not a sophisticated legal mind. probably never -- didn't know who laurence tribe was until three days ago. >> his first quote of laurence tribe ever. >> exactly.
none the less, trump has honed in on the fact that it is ambiguous. we don't know. it may have to be litigated. and so how can a national political party roll the dice, even if they love ted cruz and let's face it, the establishment republican party despises ted cruz at least as much as they do donald trump. how can they roll the dice on someone who could be tied up in court for two years. they can't really take that chance. and so now we're seeing cruz, sort of riding high in iowa, starting to fall a bit. and this may be a factor that helping trump. >> costa there in our opening saying, look, the polls are tightening in iowa because of this. and over the weekend, it gets revealed that ted cruz' mother was on the voter list in their neighborhood in canada. there is her name right there with her husband on the voter list in canada. they say -- people are saying,
well, that could be accidental because they combine, do a door-to-door poll and somebody could have said something that wasn't true. there's no paper evidence she was ever a citizen of canada. ted cruz was though and he was the -- so his case is unique. john mccain was never a citizen of anywhere else. barry goldwater was never a citizen of anywhere else. all of those things. another thing is all the cases we point to where we say, doesn't this help us? none of them became president. john mccain didn't become president. this never got legally tested. barry goldwater didn't become president. none of them ended up in the presidency so we never had this test. >> it's just too great. the problem could have been solved if we had built a wall on the canadian border and canada paid for it. then the cruzzes would never have entered and we wouldn't have this problem. i do think as long as a market of hoards uncertainty. as long as there this is an
uncertainled question and it clearly is, cruz has an enormous problem. it really may take him out. >> we have reporters out there in the field at these cruz events asking people and going, oh, i didn't know that, that he was born in canada. like a week ago they didn't know he was born in canada. now they do. >> we all know from "south park" canada is not universally beloved, either. anything can happen. cruz is really in a difficult place and it just makes this campaign all more exciting and interesting and weird in my humble opinion. >> and fuel for "veep." >> and i don't know how we can top it. >> big question. and this was the big question at the hbo party last night. is trump good for "veep" or bad for "veep" because how do you outdo trump on "veep"? >> we can't do trump on "veep," we have to hope that the sure a surdity of our ridiculous characters we have over four years will triumph over trumpism and cruisism but remains to be
scene. >> gains credibility. >> we're going to stop being comedy and be a drama now. >> drama category. >> like your previous channel, yes. >> frank rich, thank you very much for joining us tonight. appreciate it. coming up, republicans have falsely accused president obama of many things, but job killer might just be the most frequent accusation despite the steady creation of jobs during obama administration. republican myths about the obama presidency will surely be confronted in the state of the union address tomorrow night. this tonight's "last word" you will hear white supremacists making robo calls in iowa for their presidential county. you'll never guess. you'll never guess who it is. i think it landed last tuesday. one second it's there. then, woosh, it's gone. i swear i saw it swallow seven people. seven. i just wish one of those people could have been mrs. johnson. [dog bark] trust me, we're dealing with a higher intelligence here. ♪
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by this time tomorrow night president obama will have completed his final state of the union address. here's the cliff notes version. ♪ >> i want us to be able to walk out this door to say we couldn't think of anything else that we didn't try to do, that we didn't shy away from a challenge because it was hard, that we weren't timid or got tired or somehow we're thinking about the next thing because there is no next thing. this is it. and never in our lives again will we have a chance to do as much good as we do right now. i want to make sure that we maximize it.
>> michael grunwald writes in plit kol, a review of his records shows the obama era has produced much more sweeping change than most of his supporter or detractors realize. joining us now is the author of that piece, michael greenwald, and also with us former democratic party chairman and vermont governor howard dean. michael, make your case, and one of t what have the supporters not realizing that president obama accomplished? >> it's funny. people remember the 2008 campaign, all the excitement, change we can believe in. for a lot of people there's a sense of disappointment either from conservative republicans who feel like, oh, he's been this ineffectual guy or from liberal democrats who say, well, he hasn't really done all that much. of course he did promise to change washington. and it's still a partisan nasty dysfunctional place. but when it comes to actual public policy the things he promised to do with education,
energy, health care, wall street reform, and a lot of things that people haven't even noticed along the way, he's made extraordinary changes in the government's relationship with the people. >> and, howard dean, he's done this in the most difficult political climate that any president has ever faced. we thought it was rough for president clinton after his first two years with the democratic congress where he was then stuck with newt gingrich led republican house and republican senate. for the next six years, the rest of his term, that looked kind of tough but what president obama has faced with the congress is twice as difficult at least. >> i would agree with that. i think this congress has been the worst congress, these six years, since reconstruction and before that the 1840s during the no nothing era. this is reallyysfunctional group of people for a variety of reasons. i wouldn't go quite as far as
michael but i do think the president is going to have a legacy that ends up 25 years from now, which is i think about the first time anybody can judge it is going to be extraordinary. foreign policy will be a big one. if the iranian deal works, it's going to be huge, as donald trump would say. but the other thing is this is the first president who really set us on a multi-polar foreign policy. i agree there's a lot of things he has done that are going to look pretty extraordinary 25 or 30 years from now. >> michael, you quote john favro's, president's first term speech writer saying, people are always saying why want retalking about this cool accomplishment? under clinton we would have bragged about it for weeks. the answer is usually because there are a million other things going on. is that a communications failure of the obama administration? >> well, it's funny. you know, i actually opened my article with obamacare which is obviously a big deal and everybody knows it.
it's gotten health care for 18 million people. people don't always realize it's also contributed to the slowest health care cost growth in 50 years. but tucked into the end of obamacare there was also a government takeover, the student loan program that freed up $40 billion for pell grants, for low-income students. so there's just been a lot going on. and i think that's been part of their communications problem, you know, then again, and they like to blame everything on communications when you look at what happened in 2010 and in 2014, it may be just that, you know, there's been a lot of change and americans don't like it as much as obama thought they would. >> and i think -- go ahead. >> i think that's part of it. the problem is, as you say $40 billion was freed it for student loans but the student loan crisis today is worse than it was before because of the incredible increase in student loans. even the health care bill which certainly has done a lot of really good things and insured a lot of people really was insurance reform, not health
care reform. so i don't want to knock his accomplishments because i think they're extraordinary. but the goals were even bigger than the accomplishments. and i think that's part of the problem. >> what about that, michael? the president's rhetoric was always a very broadly optimistic including descriptions of how, for example, the affordable care act would work and other things. and there's that accusation that, well, he oversold some of his ideas. >> well, i think the affordable care act is a pretty big deal. i think, you know, that before when -- if you had a pre-existing condition you couldn't get insurance. >> right. >> sand now you can. that's a really big change. it's also starting to change the way health care is delivered. so that you're not just paying for volume, there's more of an effort to pay for value. these are very big changes. student loans today if you have student loan, i mean, there is a lot -- as the governor said, there's a trillion dollars out there now, but you no longer have to pay more than 10% of
your discretionary income in payments and you can get loan forgiveness after 20 years. so that's going to over time really eat away at the problem. so i do think there's been all these changes. certainly if you're gay you can serve openly in the military. you don't have hidden fees in your credit card. your health care system is now digitalized instead of pen and paper. these are really big changes. not everybody has to like the changes, but it's change. >> well, one that you didn't talk about was the environment. i think he's going to be a huge figure in the environment. having gotten china to agree to limit carbon emissions and had a successful international conference where there was no success before, that's one we haven't talked about. >> absolutely. solar pow has increased 2,000% over the last. >> he gets a lot of credit for that, i agree. >> let's not forget the opening to cuba. we could go on and on. howard dean and michael grun wald, thank you for joining us fon. coming up, mexican officials
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is where guzman spent his final moments of freedom. it's a middle upper class area, home to his notorious drug cartel. dramatic video just released by the mexican government showing friday's raid of joaquin el chapo guzman's safe house. mexican marines closing in on the most wanted drug lord in the world as el chapo iks what one last ditch effort to escape from this house with the top lieutenant through an underground tunnel nape emerged from the sewer line a half mile away. then police say they stole a car and that driver called it in. and authorities were able to track them down. after his dramatic escape from a maximum security prison last july guzman was on the run. but in early october took a secret meeting in cozula, mexico, with sean penn brokered by a star who once played a drug lord on mexican tv.
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white supremacist groups have never had an easier time choosing their presidential candidate. and now they're making robo c l calls for him in iowa. >> i'm jared taylor with the american renaissance. i urge you to vote for donald trump because he is the one candidate who points out that we should accept immigranting who are good for america. we don't need muslims. we need smart, well educated, fun people who assimilate to our culture. vote trump. i'm william johnson, a farmer and white nationalist. support donald trump. i paid for this through the super pac 213-718-3908. this call the is not authorized by donald trump. >> we asked the trump campaign for a comment on this but got no response. joun joining us now is sab ark ahmed, president and founder of the republican muslim coalition. thank you very much for joining us tonight. >> thank you for having me.
>> you must have the loneliest job in american politics. why -- why would there be a republican muslim coalition? >> to educate republicans on islam and muslims. i spoke to the person who authorized those robo calls and invited him to a mosque. he was surprised to talk to an educated muslim american. so i think the best defense against bigotry and hatred is to get to know one another and reach out to the groups who are causing all the hatred because they actually don't really know any muslims. so they are able to hate us out of the blue. but i'm hope that we can change the hatred and bigotry coming from within the gop circles. and that's exactly why we formed the republican muslim coalition, to educate presidential candidates on american muslims. we are hardworking, good american citizens and deserve a place in this country. >> how long have you been a republican? >> about four years.
>> and what is it that attracts you to the republican party? >> my islamic values, pro life, pro traditional family values, pro business, defense, trade, those are what led me to the republican party. it's not so much the candidates or the statements coming out of any of them. it's my beliefs and principles that led me to the republican party. i'm a conservative. i'm not a liberal. so i couldn't support a democrat. i grew up in oregon. i was a democrat for a long time. but i just felt that i couldn't support a lot of the liberal values that conflicted with my faith and that's why i became a republican. >> would you be able to support donald trump if he is the nominee? >> i'd like to see him change his views on muslims and if he does, then, yes, definitely. >> but if he doesn't change his views on -- what would you do then? >> we're meeting with donald trump later this month. i'm hoping that as the campaign trail goes along he will visit a mosque and he will change his mind on muslim americans.
if he's serious about winning the white house. i think a presidential candidate has to reach out to all his constituency. we he cannot alienate minorities and expect to win the white house. we are very hopeful that we can change his mind and all other candidates who have issues with muslims in america. >> please come and join us after your meeting with donald trump. >> sure. will do. >> saba ahmed, thank you for joining us tonight. appreciate it. >> thank you for having me. chris hayes is up next. tonight on "all in" -- >> i think it's time for us to have the kind of spirited debate that you deserve us to have. >> a statistical dead heat in iowa has hillary clinton fighting to keep her lead. >> president obama and i were both in the senate, and we voted no. senator sanders voted yes. >> reporter: tonight, my interview with the front-runner, hillary clinton, on her new lines of attack on bernie sanders. then, donald trump continues going in on ted cruz.