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but i learned about the democratic race which seemed frankly kind of a snoozer is heating up. >> it is. joe, if it's way too early, what time is it? >> it is time for "morning joe." but stick around because msnbc live is going to be carrying news about the republican polls, the fight on the democratic side and of course the countdown to the president's final state of the union address. we'll see you tomorrow and they start right now. right now on msnbc live, we have politics covered from all angles and what we found just three weeks before the iowa caucuses. president obama takes today's matt lauer on a room-by-room tour of the white house and has his thoughts on the final state of the union and his campaign to take over the highest office in the land. plus a look at joaquin el chapo
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guzman behind bars. we're just hours away from president obama's final state of the union address. but before the president steps in front of congress and the nation, the men and women lining up to replace him are out in force on the campaign trail. let's get right to kasie hunt, along with kristen welker and ali vitale all in iowa this morning. the gop front-runner is taking his campaign to late night and he's got a little bit of a race on his hands, too, right? >> yeah. he's been echoing something on late night that he said last night that we've been hearing on the trail for quite some time now and that's regarding hillary clinton. let's take a listen. >> i have come out against the raids. i do not think the raids are an appropriate tool to enforce the immigration laws. in fact, i think they are divisive, they are sewing discord and fear. i cannot sit here and tell you i
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have a blanket rule about who or who won't ever be let into the country to stay because it has to be done individually by individually. what i doesn't like are the mass roundups and the raids that just pick people up and send them off in the middle of the night and that should end. >> i think she's having a tough time. she's got some guy who -- i mean, he should be easy to beat. i man, how can you lose like this? he really isn't even a democrat. he said he's a socialist and i think he may be a step beyond a socialist and she's not doing well. she's about tied in iowa. she's losing new hampshire, which is sort of amazing and i think she's got maybe a race that's going to be a little bit tougher. >> now donald trump bringing that message to late night, which something we've been hearing on the trail a lot to him. he's shifting his focus to hillary clinton, despite saying he's not yet begun attacking who
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he sees as the front-runner and eventual nominee. he's beginning to the pitch as to why he's the person who is not only her worst nightmare to run against but also the person she leasts wants to run against because he's her biggest threat. we'll see both of these people actually have large leads among each of their bases, both of them sporting double-digit leads, trum of at 38% and hillary at 52 among democrats. obviously what he's saying there is a little hyperbole but it's a shift in his strategy that we've been seeing, despite the fact he's not out of his own nomination process. >> the race between clinton and bernie sanders is heating up. what exactly is she trying to accomplish with this immigration discussion? >> well, jose, it's a virtual
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dead heat here in iowa and new hampshire, so secretary clinton breaking with president obama and using some of her most forceful language yet, calling for an end to the raid and lining up with bernie sanders who has been for quite some time denouncing those raids. the concern is she's losing progressives and latino voters. a number of voters have been critical of the president's deportation program. but more broadly what we are seeing is both of these candidates sharpen their attacks the other issue on guns. just last night vermont senator bernie sanders dug in his heels saying it want a mistake to vote for 2005 legislation that potentially protects gun manufacturers for any type of legal action in the case of gun
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crimes, hillary clinton slamming him on that again today and touting the fact she's getting a big endorsement from the brady campaign. you're really seeing her try to draw sharp lines here as she competes with him in this must-win state of iowa. i also want to point out, jose, it is all hands on deck, the clinton surrogates out in force, former president bill clinton and today chelsea clinton in new hampshire. jose? >> and, kasie, we're just two days away from the sixth gop debate and it includes fewer candidates than before, right? >> it does, jose. that's left some people a little bit unhappy, notably rand paul, who has been relegated to the earlier what we've jokingly called the happy hour debate, being left out of primetime, paul saying he's not going to participate at all in the undercard debate, saying he has a first year campaign and deserves to be on that stage. but two people that we were worried about potentially or potentially not making the
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stage, chris christie and john kasich, who will be on the main stage after having some questions raised about that. i talked to kasich about that. he insisted he would be. he said mark my words, i'll be on that stage and there he is. so you're going to have a chance to see obviously the front-runners in this race, donald trump, ted cruz potential live fa potentially facing off and chris christie, john kasich, marco rubio all starting to fight it out in new hampshire. >> thank you all for being with me this morning. it's good to see you. it wouldn't be super tuesday without some new nbc polling on the state of the 2016 race. steve kornacki is here with the new numbers. good morning. >> that's right, jose. tuesday means it's our new nbc online tracking poll. we are checking the state of the
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race giving you new numbers every tuesday. without any further adieu, let's start with the republicans. donald trump on the republican side continues to basically lead by a 2-to-1 margin. ted cruz back in second place. marco rubio the on other candidate in double digits, you look at bush, christie and establishment candidates, still struggling to get national traction now. we should say this is the picture nationally, it has been the picture nationally for a long time. it does start to look a little bit different. we have the democratic numbers here as well, hillary clinton up by 15 points. but on this republican race, it does start to look a little bit different when you get into these early states. iowa, of course. this is the new quinnipiac poll came out yesterday afternoon. trump ahead by two points. that's pretty much a tie between trump and cruz in iowa. we've seen a number of polls over the last month, many having cruz in front, a few having
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trump in front. the name to watch, though, marco rubio. the rubio theory is he is spending a ton of money in iowa this month on television ads, going to spend a ton of tie there. he's in third place in double digits, the rubio's campaign's hope is he can get a stronger than expected showing in iowa. doesn't mean winning the state. just means doing well. that can be a slingshot effect. the story in new hampshire, donald trump way out in front. they all have different theories about how they're going to break out. but the rubio one seems to rely on do well in iowa, get a lot of attention, get momentum and rise up here and challenge donald trump. and until and unless one of these candidates rises up in challenges, donald trump is sitting pretty in new hampshire. >> thank you very much.
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we'll check in with you later in the morning. first we'll go to president obama, who is weighing in on the capture of drug king pin el chapo and his secret meeting with sean penn. >> i want to complement the mexican government because them capturing him and going through this process, he is disabled and that affects the mexican government ability's to crack down on crimes on these narco traffickers. now in terms of how this type of thing gets set up and journalistic ethics, i think you're probably better to comment on that.
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>> two mug shuots have been obtained but not verified. we are looking at video from the mexican marines you saw first on this program yesterday. gabe gutierrez is in mexico, outside the area where he was hiding. you just took a detailed tour inside that home. tem us what you found. >> yes week did take a tour of that home. it's a middle to upper class neighborhood, politicians that live here, the mother of the governor of the state also lives in this area and yesterday, late yesterday we were able to tour that house. here's a look at what we saw. it was a fierce gun battle. the evidence is still here. shattered glass and blood on the floor. in the kitchen, utter chaos, blankets strewn across the floor as well as food.
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it was clear whatever happened here happened in a hurry and people were struggling to get out. the mexican marines invited us here to show us and give us a closer picture of what this raid looked like. as we walk up the stairs, we can see many bullet holes and right here what appears to be an explosion. this is one of the bedrooms inside the home. an interesting detail is what's laying on the bed -- several dvd copies of a movie starting kate del castillo. the people living here had the weapons to put up some sort of huge fight but the mexican marines came prepared as well. five people were killed in this home, six people arrested. as of the case with many of el chapo's safe houses before, this one had plenty of surprises. here in this closet what april peers to be a false wall. and behind this corner, a sharp drop. now that we're underground, you can see how elaborate this was. a tunnel here constructed with
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all this wood had to have taken quite a long time, complete with power so that el chapo and whoever escaped with him could see exactly where they were going. el chapo and his top lieutenant rushed through this passageway for about a half mile before emerging on other side, stealing a car but that driver called in a tip to police and authorities were able to track them down. this was a house that was clearly remodelled to fit el chapo's purposes and this is where he spent his final moments of freedom. jose, it was simply an amazing tour to be able to see that up close and see how intricate these plans were to make that quick escape. one other point, "rolling stone" magazine this morning just releasing the full 17-minute interview that joaquin el chapo did for sean penn. in it he says freedom is beautiful.
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he says the world's appetite for drugs will not change, no matter what happens to him. >> that tour that you took in that house is extraordinary. you think about those false walls and that tunnel that was built underneath that house. i mean, that looked like something you would find in a major city, you know, a side area of a subway station. i mean, this was really well done. what were your impressions of that? >> reporter: well, it was extremely intricate, jose. that tunnel, as you mentioned, was very well planned out. it seems to follow a pattern of many of el chapo's safe houses before and even the escape he made from the maximum security prison in july. that one had power and there was transportation to get away. once you got in the tunnel, you were in about waist deep water.
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he and his top lieutenant traveled there for about a half mile, came out the other side, were able to get on to the street. this was something that was very planned out and renovated specifically for the purpose of getting away. neighbors in the area said the previous tenants moved out a little more than a year or so ago. it's unclear of what happened in that time period of the last year or when exactly he got there. but he was there on friday. he obviously had a plan to get away and he tried to do that, tried to make another incredible escape. this time, though, the authorities were able to get him. >> and, gabe, interesting what authorities found, right? they found the so opera, that telemundo so opera, which is about del castillo, the actress, who becomes a drug cartel leader. they also found hair dye. it's always important when he
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carries what he carries what he considers important aspects of his aesthetics looks. thank you, gabe gutierrez. breaking news this morning there turkey. turkey's president said a syrian linked suicide bomber is believed to be responsible for an attack that killed at least ten people and injured 15 others. one witness told nbc news it was one big, massive blast and sounded like something you only hear in movies. our chief foreign correspondent richard engel joins us. this is the tourist center, right? >> it is very popular with tourists, school groups and children. we were told there was a class trip this morning in the area of fifth graders and that there were several large groups of foreigners.
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turkish officials say the majority of those people who were killed were foreigners and there are turkish media reports suggesting that they were german nationals. there have been conversations between the german government and the turkish government at this stage, but germany has not officially confirmed how many of its citizens were caught up in the attack, though some were caught up as victims of this blast. yes, it is the center of the city, yes, it is popular with tourists and it seems that it was tourists who were the victims today. >> when exactly did this blast take place? when did it occur? >> it took place just before : 10:30 this morning, around 10:20 a.m. it was a loud explosion, heard all across the city. anyone who has ever visited
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istanbul will have probably gone to this location, right in the center between ia sophia and the blue mosque, you'll see people walking around by tour guides, holding an umbrella or a selfie stick to keep the groups together. after the blast, the groups went back to their hotels sheltering in place. we saw carpet shops that sell spices, soaps, turkish towels, they pulled down their gates. some people were sheltering inside. police cordoned off the area. i'd never seen it so abandoned. >> richard engel are thank you very much. we'll check in with you again in the next hour. we still have much more ahead this hour. i'm going to be speaking live with the white house communications director. while the president is expected to talk directly to the american public, there's still a year left of his term to try to work
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the white house says to expect a nontraditional speech from president obama tonight as he delivers his final state of the union address. the idea is to break through the noise of washington and the clamor of the 2016 campaign to speak directly to the american people. joining me now california democratic congresswoman loretta sanchez. congresswoman, great seeing you. thank you. >> good morning. >> good morning. i understand that tonight's speech will emphasize addressing the public rather than promoting an agenda for congress over next year. is that the right choice or is it a missed opportunity? >> remember, it is a political
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year. so already the president needs to decide what is it he wants to get done in these next 12 months. i believe first and foremost he has to reassure the american people that we are safe and so i think national security, i believe what is going on in internationally needs to be explained, confronted and a real agenda of how we keep americans and america safe. the second thing he needs to do is the economy. we just saw numbers today, the price of oil is going down. but that isn't necessarily fueling as much the consumer spending that we generally see. so the economy is still struggling a bit. i think he needs to talk to americans about how he's really going to get his education and infrastructure agenda done. and of course lastly, he cannot leave off the table this whole
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issue of gun violence. he's been talking about it so i anticipate that he will talk about that. but i would add as a congresswoman i think because of the faith community, my own pope francis, for example, talking about climaate change, talking about our children, talking about leaving a good planet for our children and our grandchildren. i believe these are the themes he needs to talk about. he needs to speak to the american people. this is the only way he's going to be able to move anything through the congress in this last year. >> congresswoman, i want to play for you what mitch mcconnell said over the weekend about what he expects to hear tonight. >> the president is going to soon to talk about the future and try to paint a rosie picture where one does not exist. what we'd love to hear from the president is a real plan to
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defeat isil. instead he withdrew troops from iraq, entered into a bad deal with iran, the whole middle east is in terrible shape. >> congresswoman, you're the second highest ranking democrat on the armed services skcommitt. can you look and say whether we're in better shape than last year? >> it continues to be muddy. i believe there are some major structural problems that this president has had, that our state department has had that the bush administration had. we went into iraq. we were never really able to secure a future for iraq because the hard decisions were never put to the table by the politicians of iraq, for example. so what we have is what has been festering for a while. this president didn't create that, he inherited that. let us not forget eight years
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ago we were in terrible shape economically. the world was a very difficult place and he inherited this iraq situation. have we been able to get it back together? no because the main people we need to do that, our allies in the middle east and the iraqi politicians themselves have not been willing to hit the hard issues that need to be done. and so we can only ask them to, we can only be at the table, too, but they themselves must get will. >> there is no doubt we did go into iraq. we also subsequently went into libya as well. congresswoman, i want your thoughts on the raids and the deportations that we've been seeing since, well, the beginning -- the end of the last year and the beginning of this year where we have some of the folks that crossed into the
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united states without documents in august or so of 2014, what are you -- would you like the president to address that? >> well, i believe if we talk about national security, if he talks to the fact that we have this whole issue of comprehensive immigration reform -- look, comprehensive immigration reform is the moral obligation of this nation. it is the issue that dogs us every day. this president must help this congress find a comprehensive immigration reform. and we cannot get past what is happening at our boreds are, we cannot get past our homeland security and these foreign fighters and visa waiver people from europe and other people coming to our country. it is a matter of home land security, it is a matter of decency. so immigration reform is a moral imperative. this president, i believe, will
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speak to it tonight. >> congresswoman loretta sanchez, always a pleasure to see you. thank you for being with me this morning. >> thank you. >> up next, chelsea clinton is campaigning for her mom today. you're looking live at a picture of an event in new hampshire. up see her on the right part of your image in different videos we have of her. we're going to take a live report from the first in the nation primary state next. its way into your day, i hear you. to everyone with this pain that makes ordinary tasks extraordinarily painful, i hear you. make sure your doctor hears you too! i hear you because i was there when my dad suffered with diabetic nerve pain. if you have diabetes and burning, shooting pain in your feet or hands, don't suffer in silence! step on up and ask your doctor about diabetic nerve pain. tell 'em cedric sent you. theand to help you accelerate,. we've created a new company...
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expect to hear tonight. >> we remain the strongest nation on earth by far. there are no existential threats facing us, but if we make some good choices now, whoever the next president is, there's no reason why we shouldn't own the 21st century. >> joining me from the white house, communications director jen psaki. >> no existential threats, what about isis? >> we're going to go after them, we going to defeat them. no question about that. we have the greatest economy world in the world. people look to us to move agendas forward. climate change, going after
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terrorists. that's something you'll really hear him talk about tonight. i think one of the things people will also look for or hear from him tonight is a real contrast with what we're hearing from some republicans running for president. if you listen to them, the country is headed toward doom and gloom, we're headed toward a negative future over the next fie five to ten years. the president doesn't believe that. he's optimistic. >> let me rephrase that question again. does the president believe there are no existential threats to the united states and that groups like isis is not an existential threat to the united states? >> well, we wouldn't be doing -- we wouldn't have done 10,000 air strikes against isil, we wouldn't have a coordinated campaign with 60 countries around the world if we didn't think isil posed a tlhreat but think the president believes that american power needs to be
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used to fight terrorists but also to take advantage of opportunities. there are issues like climate change, like trade that are really important for us to address as we lead the world globally. >> and we had another strong jobs report to end 2015. i mean, nearly 3 million jobs were added, more than 14 million jobs have been recovered since the great recession. but when it comes to wages, jen, they've been stagnating over the past seven years, only rising about 2% a year. does the president shoulder some of the blame for that? >> well, there are some challenges in our economy that existed long before the president took office. what we know is that the unemployment rate has been cut in half since he took office and we have made great strides in our economy. but is our job done? no. one of the things the president will do tonight is pose some of questions -- some of the choices we need to make as a country in order to continue to take steps forward, certainly addressing wage disparity is one of the issues on his mind and should be
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on the mind of all americans and leaders across the country. >> and, jen, finally, immigration. it something that continues to be discussed not on on the campaign trail but throughout the country and throughout the world. is there something the president you think is going to be tackling specifically, putting forward some way that can be movement on immigration reform? >> well, immigration reform remains an issue that the president is personally committed to. you are familiar with how much he has done over the last seven years. he will certainly talk about immigration reform as something that we need to get done, just as we need to do more on gun reform, we need to do more on equal pay and paid leave. there's still business that we need to get done as a country. but he's going to focus this more on some of the core questions we need to address, what are the choices we need to make now to set ourselves on a
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strong path over the next fiech to ten years. >> great to see you. thank you for your time. our special coverage begins tonight at 8:00 p.m. eastern time. in just about 15 minutes, chelsea clinton is scheduled to begin her campaigning for her mother in new hampshire. nbc's ron moth is in manchester. what's chelsea's message going to be? >> reporter: good morning to you. we think her message will be family. she's opening the day up in -- i've lost track of the town. she's she's just up the road in concord this morning. it's an early childhood education sort of roundtable discussion she's expected to have there with about 75 to 100 people. she's a new mother herself, she has a 14-month-old daughter at home and over the holidays she
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announced she's pregnant with her second child due this summer. there's a small organized event to get under way just before noon. she'll finish over on the sea coast in portsmouth. our latest poll with marist and the wall street journal shows that bernie sanders has a 2-1 here in the granite state that will likely go to the polls on february 9th, 2-1. so chelsea clinton is coming out today to try to reach people her age, to sell her mother to them. the fact that she believes her mother would be the best president among all the candidates in the field, especially for families and working families who have lost a step or two economically, especially since the housing crash of '08 and have been struggling to get back. a busy day of activities for her. we're starting to see people gathering here for the event
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shortly before noon. jose? >> ron, thank you very much. after the break, matt lauer and his exclusive interview with president obama during a room-by-room tour of the white house. it's a wide ranging interview tackling everything from donald trump's run for the wte house and el chapo and sean penn. iall across the state belthe economy is growing,day. with creative new business incentives,
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of going out into that room, members of the cabinet, the supreme court up above. are you going to miss that ritual? >> it's a wonderful spectacle. i remember the first time i did it and you're standing behind the door and, mr. speaker, the president of the united states and you walk down that row and members of both parties are on either side and they'll shake your hands and, as you said, you see all of government gathered in one place and -- >> it's the one time of the night where even the opposing side stands and cheers you. >> right. it's not just the cheers. it's the sense of a celebration of democracy. there's no doubt that i will always remember the ritual. whether i'm going to miss writing the speech leading up to it, i don't know. we'll see how this one goes. >> as you stand in that room, you will be looking out over a room that arguably is as divided as it's ever been.
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do you have see that as a failure of your presidency? you came to down saying it was hope and change, you were going to change the tone in washington and you wanted to unite people. is it a failure? >> it's a regret. i could not be prouder of what we've accomplished. sometimes we look at the past through rose colored glasses. it's been pretty divided in the past. there have been times where people beat each other with canes. we had things like the civil war. there have been times where it's been pretty rough. but there's no doubt that politics in washington are so much more divided than the american people are. and part of what i want to do in this last address is to remind people, you know, what, we got a lot of good things going for us and if we can get our politics right, it turns out that we're not as divided on the ideological spectrum as people make us out to be.
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>> i know in your speech it's traditional to say "the state of our union is strong." when it comes to the emotional state of our union, when i go out and talk to people, the words i hear most often in terms of how they're feeling, they talk about fear, they talk about frustration, they talk about fatigue. any of those words surprise you? >> no. i think we went through a lot over these last ten years. we went through katrina, we went through the iraq war, we went through the worst financial crisis in our lifetimes. we are still battling terrorism. people are still recovering from some of the economic blows that hit. and it is sometimes important for us to step back and take measure of how far we've come. the economy right now is doing better than nip othany other ecn the world by a significant
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margin. we remain the strongest nation on earth by far, and there are no existential threats facing us but if we make some good choices now, whoever the next president is, whoever's controlling the next congress, there's no reason why we shouldn't own the 21st century. >> you said there's no existential threat facing us. that fear, though, is still incredibly real and in some ways it's driving the current presidential campaign. you've got a guy like donald trump and others who have recognized and identified that fear and in some ways they're running on it. >> yeah. >> do you take responsibility for that? the reason i ask it is people said after eight years of george w. bush in the white house, the american people were hungry for your message of hope and change. so after seven years of the obama presidency, do you feel you're responsible for aertain hunger out there for the message that donald trump is putting out? >> the message that donald trump is putting out has had adherence
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a lot of times during the course of our history. up kn you know, talk to me if he wins and then we'll have a conversation about how responsible i feel about it. but i'm pretty confident that the overwhelming majority of americans are looking for the kind of politics that does feed our hopes and not our fears that, does work together and doesn't try to divide us, that isn't looking for simplistic solutions and scapegoating but looks for us buckling down and figuring out how do we make things work for the next generation. >> so when you stand and deliver that state of the union address, in no part of your mind or brain can you imagine donald trump standing up one day and delivering a state of the union address? >> well, i can imagine it in a saturday night skit. look, anything's possible and i think we shouldn't be
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complacent. i think everybody's got to work hard. >> our tour ended in the oval office. i would have never guessed in a million years i would step into the oval office, probably the most recognizable office in the world and step in here and a think, what did you have make of sean penn and el chapo? seriously, when you saw that picture of them shaking hands and know that he spent seven hours interviewing him, what did you make of that? >> first of all, i want to compliment the mexican government because them capturing him and as we go through an extra didition proce potentially, he is disabled and that affects the mexican government's ability to cut down on the crime committed by these narco traffickers. now, in terms of how an interview like that gets set up and journalistic ethics, i figure you're probably in a
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better position to opine on that. >> last question. isis is such a huge concern for people. not only are they carrying ot attacks in the middle east but they're inspiring attacks in places here in like san bernardino and even in philadelphia offer the weekend. your daughters are young ladies. when they get to be your age, president obama, do you believe in your heart that they'll be living in a world that is dealing with the threat of radical islam on a daily basis? >> i am absolutely confident we will have defeated isil. i don't think we have to wait until they're 54 for that to happen. ultimately what isil represents is a blind alley for the region, and people will recognize that, the same way that over time they turned on al qaeda. because they saw that this doesn't lead anywhere. >> you have a lot on your plate and you're nice to spend time with me. i really appreciate it. >> okay. >> mr. president, thank you.
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doing the right thing has never been easier. legalzoom. legal help is here. throughout our history american presidents have been required to deliver a state of the union each year and with only rare exceptions they have complied going back to george washington. joining me now, a presidential historian. pleasure to see you. >> me, too. thank you always. >> let's talk about this president's state of the union address. how does it fit into history? will it be footnote or could it be something more? >> it could be something more but it's a tough thing because the last year already everyone is concentrating on the presidential election and that is usually the case. this could be the last big audience of this size that barack obama has for the rest of
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his presidency. great opportunity for him to try to sort of bring back attention to him. what he wants the country to think about for a moment and influence this race. it may not happen again. >> they keep saying it will be a different kind of speech. i want to play for you part of what ronald reagan had to say in his last state of the union in 1988. >> if anyone expects just a proud recitation of the accomplishments of my administration, i say let's leave that to history. we're not finished yet. [ applause ] my message to you is put on your work shoes, we're still on the job. >> in that way it seems that president obama and president reagan share something in common. president obama has been very clear that he's not going to be standing by looking at the
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legacy. he's going to be working and trying to effect change until the last second of his presidency. >> right. as you say, reagan did that. last year he used to do a lot to end the cold war. lyndon johnson in 1968 got a first major gun control bill and also the fair housing act to integrate housing in america and make it impossible to discriminate. presidents can do these things. as we have discussed before, this is a different time and it will probably be tougher. >> talk to me a little bit about the history of the state of the union. what was the intent on asking the president to speak? >> it was a way of making sure that the president is responsive to congress and responsible so the constitution says that from time to time the president has to report on the state of the union and presidents usually use this to sort of deliver a passive report on what was going
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on. theodore roosevelt said i'm also going to tell congress what i want from them in the future and then woodrow wilson, two presidents later, said i'm going to actually go physically to the congress and deliver this in person as george washington once did. >> so it was washington that took all of the way to wilson to get them to go back to capitol hill, right? >> right. and presidents realized as we're talking about this morning that this can be a very powerful weapon. one thing, jose, i was surprised about is most of the reports have been that this speech by the president tonight is going to be relatively brief. president clinton, for instance, at the other extreme especially in the late '90s figured this is a great opportunity and he gave these enormously long state of the union speeches that both of us remember. he felt that people might tune in for seven minutes and if they were tuning in to him rather than some other program that came on afterwards, that was something that would expand his authority. >> michael, always a pleasure to see you.
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good tuesday morning to you. i'm jose diaz-balart in mexico city. in just a couple hours, president obama will take to that lectern in the house chamber to deliver his final state of the union address before congress and the nation. before we hear from the president, we're hearing from the people who want to be president. >> anybody can win. >> i think the most important point to be made is that secretary clinton and her campaign now know that she's in serious trouble. >> trump continuing to turn up the heat on cruz again questioning the senator's canadian birth. >> if you get the nomination, you can't have the person that gets the nomination be sued. >> the seven candidate lineup is the smallest republican debate yet. >> former new york city mayor michael bloomberg reportedly commissioned a poll to see how he would do if he ran for president as an independent candidate. he would be a billionaire new yorker running an unexpected
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campaign for president or as one guy called it total pipe dream. >> we've also got some new nbc polling to show you on the presidential race as we near the first votes. first, let's go right to msnbc political correspondent kasie hunt. clinton campaign this race would always be close but close enough to really try to draw some clear distinctions with bernie sanders. >> that's right, jose. we're seeing secretary clinton draw the sharpest battle lines yet with vermont senator bernie sanders. the race is a dead heat in iowa. bernie sanders has a small lead in new hampshire. she's going after sanders on the issue of guns. just last night senator sanders reiterated -- didn't back down from his 2005 vote, which protects gun manufacturers for liability in gun crimes.
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today the clinton campaign slamming him for that saying that it's an indication that he's soft on guns. of course the sanders campaign argues that he has a demi-minus rating from the nra. senator clinton will be endorsed by the brady campaign here in ames later on this morning. secretary clinton also drawing some lines in the sand with the current commander in chief over his controversial deportation rates. listen to what she had to say on that last night in a forum in iowa. >> i don't think raids are an appropriate tool to enforce the immigration laws. i think they are divisive and sowing discord and fear. i don't have blanket rule about who will or won't be in the country to stay. it has to be done individually
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by individually. i don't like mass roundups and raids that just pick people up and send them off in the middle of the night and that should end. >> jose, the fact that secretary clinton just last night hours before the president's final state of the union is breaking with him on that hot topic, an indication of how tight this race is. meanwhile, vermont senator bernie sanders taking aim at secretary clinton over the idea that she's somehow inevitable. take a listen to what he had to say at that same forum last night. >> i think a candidate who was original will i thought to be the anointed candidate to be the inevitable candidate is now locked in a very difficult race here in iowa and in new hampshire. so obviously in that scenario what people do is start attacking. >> so a real zinger from vermont senator bernie sanders worth noting, jose, according to our
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latest nbc surveymonkey online pole, secretary clinton has a big lead over bernie sanders but it gets tighter in these early voting states. this is ground zero. this is where it counts. this is where you'll see all of the action in the coming days. jose? >> let's talk about that. the two first states where it seems for many a surprise that it's actually that close between bernie sanders and hillary clinton. does that mean that this could possibly have an after-effect in the other states after these two states vote? >> of course, jose. look, these early states play an outside role in the process. from year to year it varies whether iowa or new hampshire ends up playing that role. as hillary clinton learned last time around, if you don't play them right, you can have a real problem. that's why she's been all in in iowa this time around. listen to words that bernie sanders is using as he's responding to this. the word anointed stuck out to me. he called her the anointed one.
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and that, i have to tell you, i spent a lot of time at donald trump rallies. i spent some time with the democrats. even when you talk to people who go to trump rallies, some say that bernie sanders appeals to them and it's all because of this same idea. jeb bush really learned this the hard way with trump. he was the other person in this race. a year ago we were all sitting around saying this is just going to be jeb bush versus hillary clinton. it's going to be so predictable almost boring. well, it's very clear that the electorate is really not onboard with that idea and hillary clinton is now learning that and should she make it through this primary, i think it's something she could come up against again if she were to face donald trump who at this point is the pretty solid front runner on the republican side. >> no doubt about it. and not only on the republican side, trump again bringing up the citizenship issue surrounding his chief rival ted cruz. any evidence this is sticking with republicans who might still be undecided?
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>> look, this ted cruz attack is very typically trump. it's the nonpunch punch and it's him saying at rallies that he likes ted cruz despite that not a lot of others in the party like him. this is very typical trump. what it also says about his line of attack and his strategy here is that he knows that he needs to draw a distinction between them. ethanol is a strong issue in iowa. when you hear voters telling them that ted cruz is shifting positions, that's another thing they respond to. i wonder if that's the candidate i want to vote for. in terms of this birther issue and if it's resonating, a lot of people i spoke to at donald trump rallies are supporting trump but they like ted cruz so he has to be careful. i think that he's realized that when he draws these distinctions and levying these attacks
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against cruz, he can't do it in the same way and his base won't respond in the same way as he does when he, for example, attacks marco rubio for being weak on immigration or jeb bush for being low energy. people like when he goes hard against his republican rivals but with ted cruz that's a person they like and another person they at one point might have been thinking about voting for. he has to be a little bit softer in his line of attack and we are seeing that here. if this resonates with anybody, it's with the people that are going to be going along with trump no matter what he says and in terms of people wanting to hear attacks against ted cruz, they're not really for this trump/cruz battle but understand that it's part of the political process and part of drawing that distinction close to the primaries. >> thank you very much for being with me this morning. appreciate it. as you know, every tuesday leading up to the 2016 votes, we'll have new polling for you on the state of the race. steve is here with the latest numbers. steve, good morning. >> that's right, jose. good morning to you. it's tuesday. here it is.
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our weekly nbc news online tracking poll. these are national polls. the state of the republican race, the state of the democratic race. we are within a month now of the first votes being cast in both of these contests. let's start with the republican race nationally right now. here is where it stands at this moment. donald trump almost a two to one lead over his nearest rival ted cruz 38-20. steady with what we have been seeing for a while now. marco rubio is the only other candidate there to break into double digits. ben carson in fourth. question with carson is will that number drop farther? he lost two-thirds of his support over the last couple of months. if it drops more, who will be the beneficiary of that? something to look at there. on the democratic side, you put these numbers out there a minute ago and we'll show them again. hillary clinton 52. bernie sanders 37. martin o'malley failing to get traction. it's a comfortable lead for hillary clinton nationally. a little different story in the early states. we can show you on the republican side in some early
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states what things look like. this is in iowa. this is a quinnipiac poll that came out in iowa yesterday. this has donald trump two points ahead of ted cruz. a margin of error lead for donald trump. this is a bit of a surprise. most polls recently have shown ted cruz in first place in iowa but maybe donald trump creeping back into the lead out there. rubio, keep your eye on him in third place there. why? because marco rubio's campaign is going to spend a ton of money in iowa this month on television ads. he's also talked about being very present in the state persally. said he's going to be living in the state between now and caucus day. what the rubio people are hoping for. there's the old sling shot effect. we've seen this before. he can do surprisingly well in iowa. this is what they hope. doesn't necessarily mean winning it but do surprisingly well and maybe roll that into new hampshire with momentum. if you look at numbers in new hampshire, you have two stories. number one, donald trump well in front. you see him at 30%. we have the number for you.
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but then you have the logjam for second place. a bunch of establishment candidates. i'm not sure if we have it for you. a bunch of establishment candidates who are sort of bunched there around 10%, 12%. marco rubio his strategy to move up is to do well in iowa. other candidates have different strategies. right now until and unless one of them can step forward, new hampshire is donald trump's to lose. >> thank you very much. the 2016 presidential race is expected to factor heavily into president obama's final state of the union address tonight. in an exclusive interview with "today's" matt lauer, inside the white house the president gave us a hint of what we can expect to hear tonight. >> part of what i want to do in this last address is to remind people, you know what? we have a lot of good things going for us. if we can get our politics right, it turns out that we're not as divided on the ideological spectrum as people make us out to be.
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>> joined now by "the new york times" peter baker. do you think the president is right when he says if we get politics right, people will realize we're not as divided a nation as we may think. >> you know, i think that's a hopeful message obviously. he wants to present a more optimistic tone in tonight's speech than he hears on the campaign trail and what he hears is donald trump saying make america great again, the presumption being it's terrible under obama and the president is going to come out and say things aren't bad. in a lot of ways they're very good. he's running against public opinion, which right now does feel kind of sour about the way things are. most americans don't think the country is on the right track and haven't felt that way during the obama presidency and much of the george w. bush presidency. it's an argument to make with the public that they should feel better about the way things are and come together to tackle problems out there. >> is this something that the
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united states and its people are just going to live with forever that they're just not happy with the way things are going? you mentioned it's not just under president obama. it was at the tail end of president bush as well? is this the new reality? >> it feels like the new normal. i looked at polling. it's been 12 years since more americans thought the country was on the right track than the wrong track. that's a rather extraordinary amount of time for the country to sort of feel negative about the way things are going. now, that may reflect politics and that there is polarization out there not withstanding the president's optimism and each of the last three presidents has come in vowing to try to fix that in washington. bill clinton, george w. bush and barack obama and each found themselves challenged to reach that goal. president has one last chance with his state of the union tonight. biggest audience would have left in his presidency with the exception of maybe the democratic convention. he's trying to set a tone. >> peter baker, good to see you.
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thank you for being with me this morning. >> great talking to you. >> joining me now, independent senator from maine,ing agnus ki. thank you for being with me this morning. is there anything the president can say to ease the gridlock and the partisanship over the next 12 months? >> well, i think it will be tough to do it with rhetoric. the partisanship is such a way of life. there are some issues that i hope he's going to touch upon. i don't really know. i haven't seen an advance copy of the speech so i don't know what he's going to talk about. there are some issues like college affordability, heroin crisis across the country. those two are very important issues and they're nonpartisan. as i talked to my colleagues, i get a lot of both sides want to do something about those things. so i think there are glimmers of bipartisan solutions.
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overall, you know, it's a presidential election year and everyone is retire to your corner and get ready. it's going to be tough for the president to change that fundamental dynamic. >> senator, i'm so glad you brought up the heroin crisis. it's something that i guess most people don't really talk about a lot or don't want to talk about it a lot. yet it's very real and it's growing and it's not just in parts of the country or in certain parts of our population. >> jose, i think next to the international terrorism is the biggest issue we face. it's absolutely ravaging our country and particularly in rural areas. i was hanging out last night with some colleagues of both parties, mostly republicans as a matter of fact, talking about this issue and everybody chimed in and said you won't believe what it's doing in our state. it's ripping apart families and destroying lives. it's a tragedy and it's going to
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take a comprehensive approach, federal, state, local law enforcement, prevention, treatment and the shoot of prescription drugs because an amazing fact, four out of five new heroin users started on prescription drugs. i met with a kid the other day. his shoulder was torn up in a football accident and he had an operation. they put him on those meds and he got addicted and now his life is a mess. it's a real tragedy. i desperately hope the president addresses it because i think it is something that everybody here realizes is something we have to address and there is an appetite for bipartisan action. >> senator, you're so right. prescription drug abuse. heroin, you know, meth. here in mexico city where el chapo guzman lies in the same
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jail from which he escaped last july, he said in an interview the other day that he didn't think him being in jail or not would make any difference because he says that the drug consumption in the united states is going to continue unabated. >> you know, unfortunately he's maybe somewhat right about that. here's an example. in my state of maine, last year we had over 100 million pills prescribed and we've got about a little over 1.3 million people. that's 100 pills for every man, woman and child in the state. there's something wrong there. i think that's where we have to start. that's an open above board market where doctors are prescribing and we've really got to get to the bottom of that. that's what leads in. heroin is now the cheaper alternative once you get hooked. >> senator agnus king, i can't thank you enough for being with
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me. so much ahead live from mexico city where new revelations about el chapo guzman and what are believed to be brand new mugshots. he's not smiling anymore. these pictures not verified by nbc news. at least ten people killed at a popular tourist year in central istanbul earlier today. isis may be to blame. richard engel is there live with the latest developments. oyable o get your fiber. try phillips' fiber good gummies plus energy support. it's a new fiber supplement that helps support regularity and includes b vitamins to help convert food to energy. mmmmm, these are good! nice work, phillips! the tasty side of fiber, from phillips'. ♪ ♪ ♪ why fit in when you were born to stand out.
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breaking news from overseas, a turkish prime minister just revealed that the suicide bombing in a popular tourist attack in istanbul was a member of isis. let's go straight to richard
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engel who is in istanbul. good morning. what's the very latest? >> reporter: well, this is new information. it's the first time we heard turkish officials saying there was an isis connection. earlier the turkish president said it was a syrian man that blew himself up in the heart of istanbul at 10:20 this morning and now we're getting more information that syrian man has been identified as a 27 year old who apparently crossed into turkey fairly recently from syria and then the prime minister saying that he is believed to have been a member of isis. of the at least ten people who were killed, the vast majority of them according to medical officials were german nationals. a hospital source telling us that all of the casualties that this source knew about were german and many of the 15 injured were also german nationals.
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so not surprising that tourists would have been targeted. this is an area that's popular with tourists and with school groups. it happened right in the area betwe close to a german fountain that's in the area. a tragic event that the government is linking to isis. isis attacked turkey in the past on a much larger scale in fact. this is a different kind of attack because it was right in the middle of the day. it didn't target a political rally or a particular group. it targeted tourists in the most popular part of the city. >> richard engel in istanbul, thank you very much. we're getting our first look at el chapo guzman back in prison. jacob rascon is live outside of
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the prison where el chapo is being held. what more are you learning today? >> reporter: the headline today is the sharp disagreement between mexican and american authorities on a couple of points. the mexican attorney general say actors were essential in the raid last friday that led to el chapo being taken down and brought here to the prison. however, american law enforcement sources tell nbc news that the actors had absolutely nothing to do with the raid last friday. not even inedadvertently. the fear being that they could be harmed or kidnapped if the raid went on. the raid was delayed a couple of days and eventually unsuccessful they believe because of that delay. the second big point of disagreement is on the extradition. mexican authorities have said
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overnight that the extradition to the united states would take one to five years. however, law enforcement sources in the states tell nbc news that things may be moving muchas and that el chapo could be in the states by the end of the year. of course, there are more than a half dozen indictments against guzman in the states and those states will be jockeying to try to get guzman. the leading contenders, we're told, right now are new york and illinois, chicago and brooklyn, to get the kingpin. jose? >> we have breaking news right now out of texas. this is new video just into msnbc of tonya couch being released from jail. she's the mother of the so-called affluenza teen currently held in mexico. she's facing charges of hindering the apprehension of her fugitive son who allegedly fled to mexico after failing to report for a probation meeting.
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has recovered. when the president arrived in 2009, the economy was practically in free-fall now growing at 2.5% annual clip. that's pretty good. not great. there are still a lot of soft spots we do want to watch. i thought we would start with jobs. as of december as you know, we've had 70 straight months of job growth. that's the longest streak on record. that's fantastic. the unemployment rate, headline number slashed in half to just 5% down from 10%. that's also below the historical average. to put that in perspective, in president obama's seven years in office, the economy has gained nearly 9 million jobs. look at that. during the boom years of president clinton, the economy added 23 million. under george w. bush we added just 1.3 million jobs. obviously two recessions during his eight years. we also want to point out that the closely watched participation rate has dropped by 3% while obama has been in office. economists debate the cause of
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this. the white house will say it has more to do with demographics and baby boomers retiring. millions of people have left the workforce. perhaps most importantly and finally wages. they have barely budged. median incomes have stagnated. the official poverty rate that is up 1.6% here looking at the employment cost index. this is compensation growth from 2009 to 2015. the chief reason this is perhaps that people say they just aren't feeling the strength of the recovery that the president is talking about. jose? >> thank you very much. good to see you. coming up, a look at who the president invited to tonight's state of the union. a list intended to illustrate who we are as americans. one of the guests, mexican immigrant, will join us next and matt lauer's interview with the president. >> you came to town saying it was about hope and change and
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as president obama prepares for his final state of the union tonight, he took my colleague, matt lauer, on a tour of the white house and opened up about balancing his responsibilities as president and as father and what impact the next president will have on his legacy and his emotional moment while discussing the victims of gun violence. >> this staircase here, where does this go? >> this goes into the residence. if we have a state dinner or a formal function, michelle and i will go from the residence on the second floor and we'll walk down. >> at the end of a long day, is it possible for you to walk up those stairs and ever leave the
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job completely downstairs? >> first of all, i never actually use these stairs. that's ceremonial. when they say that this is a 24/7 job, on this one they're not exaggerating. you take it with you. the one time when i really can leave it behind is throughout my presidency i've been pretty religious about dinner at 6:30 with michelle and the girls. when i'm sitting around the dinner table, then i'm a dad. and we spend most of our time listening to the girls talk about their days and they are not interested in mine that much. >> teenage talk from personal experience can be more harrowing than what happens over in the oval office there. would your family ever say that that's the one part of the job that gets difficult, the fact that you're never 100% except for those dinners you just talked about away from the job? >> my ability to function as a present father, a guy who's
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there and engaged, was maybe stronger once i got to the white house than before because when i was a senator, i was commuting. the girls were still back in chicago. when i was campaigning for president, i was gone all the time. and i don't have trouble switching off when it comes to listening to malia and sasha. that's a time when i can block everything else out. >> the first time you and i sat down here was february 1st, 2009. you had been president 11 days. if 54-year-old barack obama could go back and talk to 47-year-old barack obama only president 11 days, what would you tell him that he didn't know about being president? >> well, i would tell him first of all, that your hair is going to go grayer a lot faster than you anticipated. the most important thing i would
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say to to earlier version of myself would be to communicate constantly and with confidence to the american people because this place has a tendency to isolate you. you recognize that particularly during times of stress, the american people need to hear from the their president in terms of what it is exactly that we're trying to do. things that i've done well during the campaign i have not always done well while i've been president. >> you talk about the american people hearing from their president. obviously we all remember you stepping before the cameras and talking about your plans for executive action on gun control. you became extremely emotional. >> i was surprised by that. i wasn't surprised about how i felt because the day that sandy hook happened remains one of the worst in my presidency and traveling up there for the memorial service and meeting with the families just a couple
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days after those children and those teachers had lost their lives was as hard as anything i've ever done. i didn't expect that evoking that would trigger those kinds of emotions. part of it is that we had just come back from christmas break. i just spent time with my daughters. one of them is about to go to college. seeing those parents who i have got to know over the course of several years and thinking about how any parent feels with that loss, it felt very personal to me. >> i would think that at an earlier point in your presidency had that feeling started to well up in you -- >> i might have clamped it down. >> you might have suppressed it. >> there's no doubt i'm looser now. there have been times during the course of the presidency i tightened up. as you go into your last year, you realize that ultimately how
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well you've done here is going to be judged not by tomorrow's polls or today's headlines, they'll be judged by people who are looking back at you 20, 30 years from now and say you better let it rip. >> you sound a little bit like george w. bush who told me one day, matt, i'm going to be dead when my legacy is decided. early next year if tradition holds, you and mrs. obama are going to go to the main door of the white house. it will open and a motorcade will pull in and the incoming president will get out of that car. how much jeopardy will your legacy be in if that person is not a democrat? >> i'm going to be working hard to make sure it's a democrat. there's no doubt that given what the republican candidates have said that there are going to be some things that i think are really important that they're going to try to reverse. even something as controversial in the republican party as
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obamacare. when something works or the evidence shows that it's helping people and you want to stop it just for ideological reasons, it turns out to be a little bit more difficult. certainly when they start dealing with foreign policy and if they think that somehow by talking tougher they're going to somehow change the complexities of the middle east, for example, turns out that's not how it works. so i think there is a really useful awakening that takes place when you walk into this office. a lot of the campaign rhetoric you realize has to give way to some very hard, tough realities. >> every year it is customary for the first lady to invite
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guests to sit with her. one of the guests this year is a man who enrolled in college and received his degree in mechanical engineering and granted a green card and went onto serve our country in afghanistan. really happy to welcome oscar vazquez. tell me what it means for you to be able to be there tonight? >> first of all, i think it's an honor for me to be here. i know it's an honor to think of me when it came to choosing the invitees to the event tonight. >> oscar, i see you in the white house there this morning. it's been an interesting, long and at times dangerous journey for you from mexico being brought to the united states
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without documents with your parents. coming back to mexico. tell me about that journey. >> well, i think i was 12 years old when my parents decided it was time for us to come to the states. my mom and i came by ourselves. my dad was already in the states. and the reason we came here is just to search for a better life to come to the states and work and then after i graduated college, the wife and i decided that i needed to go back so i could apply for a green card so that i could actually put my degree to use. at that point i had a degree in mechanical engineering and without legal document i wouldn't be able to apply it here in the states. decided to go back to mexico and go through the process. my visa got denied twice even though i had an engineering degree and wife and daughter in the united states. thanks to the support of the local community in phoenix and senator dick durbin from illinois, i was able to get the green card and come back to the states. growing up, i had participated
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in jrotc in high school and that instilled a love for my country even though i didn't have a paper to show i was an american. i always felt i was. as soon as i could, i took the chance and joined the military so i felt like that's me earning my citizenship here. >> you went to serve in afghanistan, right? >> i did, yes, i did one tour in afghanistan. >> oscar, there are people like you that have in the history of our country come here without documents and served in the united states armed forces. what is it that you would like to hear tonight from the president and what is it you think that you would like all of us to know about people like you and your parents and why they came here and what they value and what you value. >> i think the main part and part of the reason i think why they chose me is because my story shows what an immigrant can do if given the chance. i was given a chance by my
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teachers. i was given a chance eventually by my community and government to get a green card and be able to work in the states and it shows you what you can do with a young adult that comes from a different country and if you just give them education here and you give them the opportunity to work. it shows what we can do. i always say this. when i came to this country, i didn't know about food stamps or free health care or anything like that. that's not the reason we came. we came here so we could work and secure a better future for our life for our kids and i think that's part of the message that gets mistaken from a lot of people. people think we come to the states to get free food or whatever. that's really not the case. we come here to get an opportunity to get a free shot at an american dream. >> oscar, how do your parents feel about you being there tonight? >> my parents are very happy. it's kind of -- you know, they are just happy to see me here.
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they just like myself are honored they would think of us when it comes to getting someone to come to this event tonight. >> thank you very much for being with me this morning. of course for your service to our country. i appreciate it. >> thank you very much for having me here. >> take care. up next, democratic senator cory booker on what he wants to hear from the president tonight. he'll be with us right here on msnbc live. all across the state the economy is growing, with creative new business incentives, the lowest taxes in decades, and university partnerships, attracting the talent and companies of tomorrow. like in utica, where a new kind of workforce is being trained. and in albany, the nanotechnology capital of the world. let us help grow your company's tomorrow, today at business.ny.gov
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president obama's state of the union address is about 10 hours away. senator cory booker, let me start by asking you about news from the white house that this will be a nontraditional speech and an attempt to step back from the daily grind in washington and look at america.
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>> i'm encouraged by that. we've seen the president throughout his career really strike a great unifying tone when he looks forward and optimistic and bold. you know, i've been encouraged by his speeches before. i thought they have all been excellent. i think a nontraditional approach for your last state of the union address is exciting for me and i'm hopeful that at this time we see lots of divisions being driven by the election season that we're in for him to be a unifying voice for our nation. >> you don't think that he has contributed to that division and that feeling that republicans and democrats have very little in common and therefore it's best to talk about each other in respective terms? >> i come from a camp and how i was raised and instead of pointing blame, we should be accepting responsibility. i think all of us from you in the media to us in politics, to even what i see online when i see people talking to each other and engaging with each other, we can all do better. with the president focused on that right now, i think this
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could be a great opportunity for all of us to look at the speech not about what we don't like but to see if we can find something in this that we can believe in because ultimately it's not about our differences but about our nation. he's the president of the united states and i hope that as he strikes tones, we can find things we can agree upon. when i came down here to washington, i didn't look to analyze our differences but reach out to people across the aisle to say we may not agree on everything but two or three things we agree on that we could work together on? >> i want to ask you about your guest for tonight. >> this is a time in our nation to remind ourselves from some of our famous professional athletes to scientists that are helping to invent things fueling our economy. muslim americans are making profound contributions to our culture and society and our nation. i really have been disappointed frankly to see the tenor of our conversations that really to me don't reflect our values as a
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country. so here's an incredible man who has really served his country. works in coordination with the fbi trying to help them to build the community between law enforcement and the islamic community in new jersey. so he's just an exceptional american dedicated to his country and i'm proud he's my guest tonight to send a signal that i don't care what your background is, if you're a citizen of this nation, you are an american and valued and important to the whole. >> senator cory booker, thank you for your time. appreciate you being with me this morning. >> thank you very much. i appreciate your spirit today especially. >> thank you. msnbc will bring you president obama's state of the union remarks live tonight. special coverage begins at 8:00 p.m. eastern. we'll be back in a moment. check this out, bro. what's that, broheim? i switched to geico and got more. more savings on car insurance? yeah bro-fessor, and more. like renters insurance. more ways to save. nice, bro-tato chip.
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>> that wraps up this hour of msnbc live from mexico city.
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