tv MSNBC Live With Tamron Hall MSNBC January 26, 2016 8:00am-9:01am PST
good morning, everyone. i'm tamron hall. we begin this super tuesday with presidential race on the democratic side. our newest nbc news survey monkey poll out just this morning. shows clinton with a 14-point lead over bernie sanders nationally. and this is a live look at where in a few minutes bernie sanders is meeting with members of the powerful united steel workers union in iowa, which has about 1900 members in that state alone. it is one of several events both here and hillary clinton are holding today as they ramp up their final push through the hawkeye state with just six days to go before the caucuses. last night, they took parts in their final joint event before the first primary contest. while it was not a debate, both
sanders and clinton separately faced tough questions during a town hall moderated by cnn. clinton was quickly confronted with a blunt question about her standing with young voters. >> it feels like there's a lot of young people like myself who are very passionate supporters of bernie sanders. and i just don't see the same enthusiasm from younger people for you. in fact, i have heard from quite a few people my age that they think you're dishonest. but i would like to hear from you on why you would feel the enthusiasm isn't there? >> well, i think it really depends upon who you're seeing and talking to. you throw all this stuff at me, and i'm still standing. but if you're new to politics, if it's the first time you have really paid attention, you go, oh, my gosh. look at all of this. and you have to say to yourself, why are they throwing all that? well, i'll tell you why. because i have been on the front lines of change and progress
since i was your age. >> clinton also strongly defended her record on income inequality. when asked about recent comments by vice president joe biden suggesting she was, quote, new to the issue. >> i think it's fair to say that i have a 40-year record of going after inequality. not only economic inequality. rential racial inequality. sexist inequality. homophobic inequality. the kinds of things that go after people to put them down and push them back. >> for his part, senator sanders gave a vigorous defense of his standing as a democratic socialist. >> the ideas that i am talking about are not radical ideas. so what democrats socialism means to me in its essence is that we cannot continue to have a government dominated by the billionaire class and a congress that continues to work for the
interest of the people on top while ignoring working families. >> and sanders gave this direct response to a question over whether the former secretary of state was more repaired to be president. >> the most significant vote and issue regarding foreign policy that we have seen in this country in modern history was the vote on the war in iraq. okay. that's the fact. hillary clinton voted for the war in iraq. i led the effort against wall street, deregulation. see where hillary clinton was on this issue. on day one, i said the keystone pipeline is a dumb idea. in other words, i do think i have the background and the judgment to take this very, very difficult job of being president
of the united states. >> msnbc's kasie hunt joins us now from des moines, iowa. kasie, when you look at the reviews from the town hall, it seems as if people were impressed with both hillary clinton and bernie sanders. for her, that moment of i'm still standing resonated. and his remarks regarding iraq and voting against that war. >> tamron, certainly sensing a lot from the body language of both of these candidates as we head down the homestretch into iowa. bernie sanders a little on the defensive of some of the criticisms hillary clinton has leveled at him in recent days. hillary clinton very forceful, obviously seeming as though she's reacting to the pressure that she's suddenly come under. what you have evolving is almost what sanders's would want you to think, a replication of president obama in 2008. i want to show you a clip of hillary clinton last night when she was shown this very
inspirational style of ad that bernie sanders has up on the air here in iowa. >> i think that's great. i think that's fabulous. i loved it. you can't paint in poetry. you govern in prose. we need a lot more poetry in this campaign and in our country. so i applaud that. i love the feeling. i love the energy. >> so of course, talking about that ad that sanders has out that is set to simon and garfunkel's song "america" and hillary clinton, of course, her challenge has been the poetry, right? she's very much somebody who talks about how she's very into the liberal policy weeds. she's been working on, dedicating her life to, but she sometimes struggled to hit those more inspirational notes. she's obviously giving sanders credit for that there. sanders, for his part, also
trying to essentially recapture that energy of 2008. we're here at this union hall. the signage for sanders' campaign has changed in recent weeks. it says a future to believe in. the blue sign, the lettering, all echoing obama in 2008. later today, sanders is going to head to minnesota where he's expected to have thousands of people, they had over 13,000 rsvps for their event in st. paul, minnesota. and of course, you heard sanders talking about the iraq war, trying to replicate some of what was going on here in iowa in 2008 when then candidate obama was talking about his opposition to the iraq war, as compared to hillary clinton. but tamron, the challenge here is going to be for him to really turn this into more of a movement than we have seen so far, partly because president obama was running as a democrat. he had a lot of these activists really aggressively engaged in the ground, in addition to having new voters. sanders' challenge is going to be whether or not he can ultimately stand up to that and replicate that.
>> it's interesting to note, again, where you are at the united steel workers location there, with bernie sanders, because we have heard so much about if hillary clinton loses iowa, loses new hampshire, that south carolina will be a firewall because of the heavy african-american vote. but then when you eventually start to swing back out west where you have some union influence, perhaps in nevada, that is where if bernie sanders is still hanging on, he could pick up some steam. he's trying to, you know, bring in some of that union support early, and in a very visual way, as is the case right now with what we're watching behind you. >> the reality, tamron, is for the most part, unions and their infrastructure are largely on hillary clinton's side. we haven't seen bernie sanders talk about this as the establishment yet. he obviously got into some trouble vis-a-vie groups of planned parenthood and the human rights campaign. if you think about the democratic party establishment, the way they have traditionally gotten out the vote, unions are
a huge part of that and the machinery they have still matters so much. the reality is hillary clinton is way ahead of bernie sanders on labor support. he does have some support from the nurses union, and they have come out to iowa and been at the debates in las vegas. they're trying to put their foot on the scale for him. we will see if he with win over some of these union members today. >> quite a few behind you now. let's move to the republican race. we have live pictures from iowa, where ted cruz is holding his first of actually seven events today, as he sees his poll numbers drop already. now, look at this. a new survey monkey weekly online tracking poll has donald trump at 39%. 22% ahead of ted cruz, who has now fallen four points in the last week. cruz is crisscrossing iowa today with three high profile conservatives. former tex techgovernor rick perry, congressman steve king, and bob vander plat, an
influential leader. cruz is also out with a new ad. that ad taking direct aim at donald trump who is, as we mentioned, has surged past him in these polls. >> i mean, hey, i lived in new york city and
manhattan all my life, okay, so you know, my views are a little bit different than if i lived in iowa. >> they are different, like on abortion. >> would president trump ban partial-birth apportibortions. >> i'm pro choice in every respect. >> what does trump think about iowa? >> how stupid are the people of iowa? >> trump has responded to that ad this morning on "morning joe." here's what he said had to say. >> ted cruz lies. he's a liar. that's why nobody likes him. that's why his senate people won't endorse him. that's why he stands on the middle of the senate floor and can't make a deal with anybody. he looks like a jerk. he's standing all by himself. >> trump has two events of his own in iowa today. he's promising to unveil a,
quote, very powerful new endorsement later in the day. hallie jackson and alley vitale are in iowa covering it. hallie is covering the cruz campaign. ally is embedded with the trump campaign. do we have any more insight into the big endorsement from a very powerful individual that trump is teeing up? >> well, tamron, the last time we heard about any kind of maging endorsement from donald trump, it was last week, sarah palin. as they're ahead of that endorsement, they're tight lipped about who this might be, simply telling me this is going to be a big day. lots of excitement, trying to hype it up a little bit, just like trump did this morning. in terms of who it is, we haven't gotten much confirmation on that. what we can look for with donald trump like he tried to do with sarah palin's endorsement, this is an attempt to shore up conservatives who may be confused maybe he's not as conservative as they think he is. those attack ads by ted cruz that are attacking not just his
conservative chops but his values. we heard the new york values before. and trump has done his best to push back on those and artfully dodge anything ted cruz has been trying to peg him as. he tried the establishment peg. he's puxed back on that. he's tried to say he's not conservative enough on immineem doma domain, on abortion, and donald trump has for the most part s k succe successfully pushed back on that. he said this morning on abc, yes, i'm 100% pro-life, and we see that on the stump as well. >> it's interesting, monica langry writes for the "wall street journal." she did a piece after flying around with trump and following him. she said mr. trump has fired personal attacks at rivals while his pronouncements appear to be off the cuff, hours spent interviewing mr. trump show how he plots them, most often alone in his jet as he flies to early
primary states. and it made me wonder, we all remember when he said those comments about iowa voters, how stupid are they? that was in response to a poll that showed that at the time, i believe it was ben carson, had pass ed him. was he prepared for that attack? >> i think that what we see a lot with donald trump is when someone begins to rival him in the polls, especially, he has a list of attacks he begins to really market. he begins to really brand this person. we saw it with jeb bush when you saw jeb bush as the main challenger from the establishment. he branded him as low energy. that has been detrimental to jeb throughout this entire campaign. he focused his cites on carson. i remember he did that thing with the belt, which was bizarre for many of us, but it also worked to kind of show the ludicrousness of carson's surge in the hawkeye state. now he's focused his cites on ted cruz, seekingly successfu y successfully, by causing
questions about the citizenship issue. it seems he thought of it out of nowhere, that he could tie his citizenship to the keytone pipeline that has a part of it in canada. you see him successfully brand these ideas and label these candidates. it's worked. >> let me bring in hallie jackson. looking at the new number, i know you're outside of ted cruz's bus. we bring up that new nbc survey monkey poll that shows a dip for ted cruz, but you've got a new quinnipiac poll out today that shows it's a dead heat in iowa. i'm curious on the backside of the ad we just showed, where not only is ted cruz using donald trump's own words against him. he is bringing words into play that donald trump said about the voters, whether it was a joke or not, in iowa. i know that donald trump this morning called him a liar, but he was referring to a whole different ad, the eminent domain argument that ted cruz brought
up. >> there's a lot going on here on the ground in iowa. what we're going to do is walk you through the event. he gets off the bus right behind us. i want to show you the barn here. this is where the senator is at today. thank you so much. the door madge clael opens. it's been so cold, they have been keeping it open for us. so cruz is talking right now. he's answering questions. there's a couple things he wants to do on the tour as we get ready to head up the stairs. about organization for him. when you talk about the poll numbers, the campaign feels that at this point, they are in a strong position. i'm deg to lower my voice because we're going to come up to the rafters of this barn here. you can see the senator speaking here. this is what the campaign really wants to focus on. they believe they are going to be able to come out strong here in iowa. the slipping poll numbers for them are a way to rebalance expectations. a few weeks ago, everyone was talking like ted cruz could potentially win the state by double digits. now he appears to be in a neck and neck fight with donald trump. we're in a barn in iowa. we're going to head downstairs
and see if we can grab governor rick perry with him. this is the kind of retail politicking that ted cruz likes to do. he's got, i can tell you right now, some 1800 precinct captains that are out there organizing for them, out there trying to make sure that people turn out on caucus night. we're here with some surrogates, including governor rick perry, who looks like he's being yanked off to another interview. we'll try to grab him in a couple minutes. perry has been talking about ted cruz to voters, getting his message out. as we take one more look at the site here, the typical kind of campaign event you'll see for ted cruz in a place like oseola. i'll go to step out so i can speak at a more normal v a al v. seven stops today hoping to take down trump. i'm going to toss it back to you. i'm sorry i couldn't get you governor rick perry. >> it's awesome. you have been a marathon reporter. >> i'm sort of out of breath. it's cold. it takes it out of you.
>> impressive. thank you very much. let me go to steve kornacki standing by with a bit of a breakdown of these numbers. i feel that, again, we're in poll overload, but i like when you break it down and kind of peel away the layers of who we're talking about as voters. >> well, we have some very interesting in this new nbc news online data. we break it down among evangelical votes. we are talking about iowa looming so large six days away. ooeb evangelicals are more than half oaf the voters. when it comes to evangelicals in the republican race, this fight between donald trump and ted cruz, look at that. ted cruz has lost nearly ten points, nearly a third of the support he had among evangelicals at the start of this month. donald trump meanwhile, up five points, almost a 2 to 1 lead over cruz among evangelicals. the significance of this, look, ted cruz's entire strategy in iowa rests or a big part of the strategy rests on really corralling that evangelical
vote. this last-minute negative attack ad he's launched against donald trump out there in iowa, it is about riling up evangelicals, about the idea that donald trump is too liberal on cultural issues. he represents what cruz calls new york values. this is an interesting development. on paper, donald trump doesn't seem to be a good match for evangelical voters. married three times, you know all of those issues. and certainly when it comes to being sort of a devoutly religious person, ted cruz talks about religion, talks about falth. so why is donald trump resonated with evangelicals? it seems like the message of strength. he's out there saying, look, i am a strong, tough person. i think you evangelicals are the good guys and i'm going to use my strength to protect you. that message seems to be trumping more literal appeals to faith and theology at this point. >> thank you very much. and still ahead, a texas grand jury clears planned parenthood
after undercover videos outrage republicans and prompted them to vote to defund the organization. a big court decision coming out of texas related to the controversial videos, heavily edited videos. >> michigan's governor has been served subpoenas for documents relating to the water crisis in the city. the investigative reporter who has been working the story for years and is credited for breaking it in joins me in a few minutes to talk about the paper trail that he's uncovered. and frustration is building three days after the east coast blizzard, with many d.c. residents saying they're still stranding in their homes. we're tracking the recovery. also, the flooding in new jersey has become a huge campaign issue for governor chris christie who was asked why he wasn't in the state overseeing the cleanup. >> i don't know what you expect me to do. you want me to go down there with a mop? >> we'll have the latest
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we are back with a series of new developments today in the water crisis in flint, michigan. walmart, coca-cola, nestle, and pepsi koe announced today they're teaming up to provide bottled water for flint's 10,000 public school children for the rest of the year. and some 6.5 million bottles add that. a growing number of celebrities also donating water to residents. the list includes eminem, mark wahlberg, and sean combs, plus pearl jam, jimmy fallon, and cher. plus, two new class action lawsuits against governor rick snyder, state agencies and
current and former state and county officials. and new subpoenas have also been issued under an ongoing class action lawsuit for more of governor snyder's e-mails. plus text messages and other documents received or sent by the governor and other officials. all of this as flint residents still struggle, of course, to cope. a "time" magazine photo essay includes this photo, a 3-year-old boy crying as he's tested for high levels of lead at a screening last week and paid for by a local attorney out of his own pocket. in the next photo, you see the child's grandfather wiping away his own tears after seeing what his grandson has gone through. events today include a public meeting on the crisis organized by the naacp, set for 5:00 p.m. local time. there will also be more testing for children for lead levels. msnbc's tony dokoupil, who has been in flint covering the story, joins us from the school where the testing is taking place, and it's interesting still, tony, to see this
combination of private sector help and of course the pressure on the state to provide its funds and resources as well to get the children tested. which of course, is the primary concern right now. >> absolutely, tamron. the state is encouraging every parent in flint to get their kids tested. it is a combination of public resources and state resources. we're at a lead testing center over the weekend where private company expected about ten families to come through. they got 40 families instead. they ran out of needles. tonight, at this elementary school, community gets get another chance alt getting te tested. a very uncomfortable situation. the sign says family fun night and free lead testing. it involves a needle, involved children's drawing of blood, and it's very stressful. lead stays in the body for about 30 days. really nobody at this point should come back with lead in their system, but unfortunately, the state is saying people are getting higher results on returns. the second thing the state is saying to parents is improve your children's nutrition. it will help mitigate the faeths
of lead. social workers are going door to door to help parents with recipes. it's easier said than done in flint where people are low on money and supermarkets are sparse. >> it's expensive. it was, what, $52? for the all the stuff you needed for this recipe. >> yes, just for this one dish. >> on top of that, we have to buy gallons of water to cook it. >> to cook with. >> to cook with. >> really? >> yes. >> because you have to boil the rice. >> wash the vegetables off. >> yes, wash the vegetables off and stuff like that. we had to buy three water. >> how much time did it take to cook it? >> about an hour. >> $52 an hour, and nobody wants to eat it. >> right. >> so tamron, unfortunately, that family did not eat that
more nutritional meal. they went with fried chicken, fried fish, and french fries. that meal was very much enjoyed. >> tony, let's talk about what the mayor is floating out as this dollar figure to fix the pipes, the lead contaminated pipes. $1.5 billion to replace the damaged pipes. governor rick snyder put the figure at $700 million. what more are we learning about the repair and the cost? >> well, that is a lot of money. what is unclear at the moment is where the money is going to come from to make the fix. there's pressure on the governor to come up with the funds. his state task force on friday said this bottled water thing going on is unsustainable and very expensive. the state has a $575 million surplus, so there's money around if they want to put it toward the residents of flint, but unclear whether they're going to do so at this point. >> tony, thank you very much. let's bring in kirk, one of the
first reco reporters to bring us the story. an investigative reporter for the michigan aclu. thank you so much for your time. >> thanks for having me on. >> absolutely. your report published on sunday in the daily beast has gotten obviously a lot of attention. i want to ask you first off about the headline in the report that caught our attention. governor snyder's originally rejected using flint's toxic river. we're talking about the city manager. what more can you tell us about that? >> well, first thing to understand is that when all this was going on, flint was under the control of an emergency manager appointed by the governor. because the city was in dire financial condition under a very extreme michigan law. the governor can appoint a emergency manager. comes in and has full control over every aspect of the civic life. elected officials have no power. so in 2012, the city under the
state control was looking at its long-term options in terms of where it was going to get its water from. they were looking at whether they would stay on detroit, where they were getting clean, fresh water for 50 years, whether to join this new effort to build a pipeline from lake huron, or to use the flint river. and at that point, the emergency manager's team discussing with the michigan department of environmental quality, decided not to use the flint river as its long-term water source, even though it was the cheapest option. and i was not able or have not been able yet to get the documents explaining why that happened. but the question now is, why is it that the river was not used as the long-term source, yet 16 months later, is chosen as the short-term source while this
pipeline is being constructed. >> it's interesting in your report, you see the exchange in the information that you were able to obtain. and it's clear that the idea was rejected, but to your point, it was never explained why. you can connect the dots and make assumption because of the information that was known regarding the river and the corrosive nature of it, especially if you're using lead pipes and that's what they were dealing with. >> correct. correct. and you know, another thing, in your lead-up talked about, should be pointed out. you know, using the river in the interim for this two year or two and a half year period was going to save $5 million. so you're talking about the governor at the low end $700 million to replace the damaged infrastructure. the mayor saying $1.5 billion. and that's not even including all of the cost it's going to take to educate these kids who are going to have lower iqs,
behavioral problems, learning disabilities. you know, the cost of this incredibly short-sighted failed attempt to save money are almost incalculable. it's just insane. it really is truly insane, the price that's being paid for this terrible, terrible decision. >> and the price is beyond the dollars of repair. it's the potential damage, li lifelong damage to children. there's no price tag on that. thank you very much, kirk. great reporting. we really appreciate you joining us. >> i would like to remind you, rachel maddow has been following the story for months, will lead a town hall in flint. an american disaster, the crisis in flint. that is tomorrow night, 9:00 eastern, right here only on msnbc. and still ahead, a woman tearfully describes living on less than $10,000 a year at bernie sanders' campaign event. >> so hard.
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comple completely. this investigation began as you know because basically the lieutenant governor of texas who himself has defined himself as a big anti-abortion person, said he wanted to investigate planned parenthood and had the republican d.a. do so. now what we're learning is they did that investigation, cleared planned parenthood of wrongdoing. could have ended there. we see grand juries sometimes say, okay, didn't find anything. they went further because through that investigation, what they also found was these two individuals, these anti-abortion activists had essentially, they say, broken the law by tampering with and doing false i.d.s, having their own issues with human tissue organs, one of the charges, and were fraudulent in the way they approached planned parenthood. >> tell me more about what the judge said or the decision, i should say, by the jury, especially in clearing planned parenthood. you had carly fiorina and others, and i'll talk more with steve about some of the political fallout, but this played a major role in several debates and in the defunding of planned parenthood. >> exactly.
we heard about this over and over. this is where the law meets the politics, and people can have, of course, a range of views about abortion. that is separate from whether or not people want to allege that planned parenthood was doing criminal activity. for folks who are interested in the facts of the law, here is a republican d.a. in texas, grand jurors in texas. chosen from the community. they found that planned parenthood didn't violate the law in any way. didn't have any problems legally with tissues and some of the stuff that gets difficult to talk about. and moreover, it was of course, the anti-abortion activists that were breaking the law. they're innocent until proven guilty and they can make their case. i also want to read from the d.a. who i equoted here. she basically says, look, we were called upon to investigate allegations of criminal conduct by planned parenthood gulf coast, but we must go where the evidence leads. all the evidence uncovered in the course of this investigation was presented to the grand jury. i respect the grand jury's decision on this difficult case. the only other caveat is grand
jury proceedings are secret. we don't know at this juncture exactly what they looked at. but i can tell you this. i can tell you at a broad level, it is unusual to go in looking at one thing and not only clear it but then find such egregious allegedly criminal conduct that it goes on to the other people. in other words, the people who were supposedly the watch dogs who said we found something wrong, no, they today are accused as criminals. >> thank you. i guess i'm going to swing over here to steve kornacki who is also reading some of the reaction. as i pointed out and you well know, this has played a huge role not only in the presidential race but on capitol hill with this ongoing battle over planned parenthood and many people who want to see planned parenthood end, said this was the gotcha moment. it turns out it is not. >> we're not seeing too much reaction specifically on the campaign trail to this. we did have marco rubio. certainly one of the republican voices, one of the pro-life voices who expressed his objections to planned parenthood. he did weigh in on this move last night. we can play what he had to say
for you. >> apparently, a district attorney in texas decided to clear planned parenthood. they have done nothing wrong. guess who got indicted? the two people who filmed the videos. this is what we're headed towards. the two people who exposed the wrongdoing of planned parenthood have now been indicted by a grand jury. but planned parenthood has been cleared. this is just another example of why we are headed in the wrong direction as a nation, as a people, as a country, as a government. >> and tamron, again, we haven't heard too much reaction from other candidates. i imagine that's probably likely what we would hear from many of the republicans, and frankly, on the democratic side, a lot of defense of planned parenthood because that's what we have been seeing now for five or ten years. this has become planned parenthood that has been opinion that has been divided between the two parties. >> what's interesting is this grand jury is based in texas. red state, republican governor who has vowed to continue the
investigation. they will continue to protect life and i will continue to support legislation prohinting the sale of transfer of fetal tissue. ben carson said he was saddened by the decision. mike huckabee also went to twitter. the carly fiorina part of this is interesting. she was just on cnn where she was asked again about the comments she made, saying she saw the video of this fetus fighting for its life. and she says that here's what i know. planned parenthood has been trafficking in body parts. planned parenthood has been altering late-term abortion techniques to the specific purpose of harvesting body parts. >> this has become the issue of planned parenthood, there's the literal issue of the videotape. the issue has become -- it's a stand in for whatio think of abortion. for the republican side, which is sort of up and down a pro-life party, an anti-abortion party, there's eely going to be no development you can see that's going to get them to rally around planned parenthood. it just becomes a question of emphas emphasis. are they going to emphasize these videos or something else.
we saw in this forum in iowa last night, the videotape itself, the issue with the grand jury didn't come up, but there is bernie sanders who said planned parenthood is part of the democratic establishment a week before. he took heat from hillary clinton. he said, no, no, singing the praises of planned parenthood. there really is a partisan divide when it comes to opinion now. >> thank you very much, steve and ari. coming up, frustrations mount as some people buried by this weekend's blizzard say they have not had power now for days. >> you can't just abandon people. you can't just leave them here. >> and an update on the cleanup as thousands of flights still delayed. cancellations as well still taking place. business. but i really love it. i'm on the move all day long... and sometimes, i just don't eat the way i should. so i drink boost® to get the nutrition that i'm missing. boost complete nutritional drink has 26 essential vitamins and minerals, including calcium and vitamin d to support strong bones
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trump as liberty college. i don't know it's a huge surprise considering the glowing opening he gave him last week. >> tamron, not a really big surprise. news was confirmed by our nbc campaign embed, who is with the trump campaign. this just goes to show you the heart and battle going for the evangelical vote in iowa. in 2012, evangelical voters made up more than 50% of all republican iowa caucusgoers. so you can assume that doing well with evangelicals allows you to do pretty well in iowa. today's new quinnipiac poll shows ted cruz has a big advantage among evangelicals over donald trump. donald trump by comparison is doing better with moderate republicans. and you can kind of almost see that what trump is doing here is to be able to have some evangelical validators and support in his column to pull out a win in which evangelical christians make up such a big proportion of the overall voters. >> this is a big part of this ad
that ted cruz has up now, mark, in iowa. really pushing against that donald trump is faking his evangelical ties. from the two turincorinthians, remark ted cruz joked about on the campaign trail. as he tries to hit donald trump on whether or not he is actually aungtantic in his assertions, you have trump countering withewith ooenlicals like jerry falwell jr. >> everything matters in a contest that is this close, the quinnipiac poll today has it donald trump at 31%, ted cruz at 29%. so when you talk about a two or three-point race, every little thing matters. and donald trump does need v validators or people to say, hey, he is one of us. donald trump has been a little shaky when he's talking about his christian faith. compared to all the other republicans in the contest. so any other republican, someone
like jerry falwell jr., who can say donald trump is one of us, don't attack him, that does help donald trump. this allows donald trump yet once again to suck up a new cycle with an endorsement. he did it with sarah palin earlier. today with jerry falwell jr. >> we'll see if this announced the attention that sarah palin got on both sides of the aisle for a plethora of reasons. let's talk about chris christie and his handling of some of the flooding in his home state. he was back on the campaign trail. he was asked by a woman why wasn't he or why isn't he still in new jersey? i think we have that. let's play it. >> i have friends, family, calling, sending me videos pictures. >> where? >> all over the state. of flooding. >> all over the state, really? there's been one county that's flooded in the state. one county, i don't know exactly what you expect me to do. you want me to go down there with a mop? >> his lieutenant governor is
there checking out the situation. mark, again, that brash tell it like it is style not matching, it seems, what people want to hear from him. >> that response from chris christie was kind of classic christie we have heard over the last five or six years has he has become a national figure. he's sometimes, when he feels like he's received a tough question, he'll sometimes fire back and poke people in the eye. what is different here and i think troubling for him and his campaign is that the one issue that really elevated him to stardom in the republican party was his response to hurricane sandy, not responding to this, at least seeming to, could have damage for him. >> thank you very much. we'll see what happens next. we appreciate it. still ahead, new details in the daring escape of three inmates in california. officials are asking, of course, the public for help. we'll have the latest on how they broke out. tix to shut everybody else up about me quitting smoking. i was going to give it a try,
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we keep an eye on several developments in the blizzard right now. the federal government in washington, dc closed for a second day. residents say they are still stranded in their homes and there's a big backlog in some of the major airports. more than 1400 flights cancelled today. meanwhile, there's a big recovery effort along the jersey shore this morning. nbc's jacob rascon joins me from west wildwood. we talked about the chris schism but can you paint the picture of what you're seeing and what the folks at the jersey shore are dealing with? >> reporter: in west wildwood, they're getting some of the attention. senator cory booker is here and local congress as well as the congressman frank lobiando and the mayor, police chief, so they're able to see the seawall and how they're able to go into a couple of homes. the residents here are very emotional and they're really focused on cleaning up.
but there is also some anger here over the comments from the governor, chris christie. and it's been simmering a bit. people have been chatting aid and abet, about it but outright anger from some of them that christie would say there's only minor flooding and a residual damage and what you want me to do, go down there with a mop. i asked the senator about it. he said he didn't want to take a cheap shot. he said he was here to get to work. he said he doesn't have any time for that. he said that he's seeing the people here suffering that it's overwhelming, by looking at all of the damage. initially, when the storm hit, part of the issue was there were no images coming out of the west wild wood, for example, none of the media could get here. there was just too much water. the water was just high during the peak. and so now they're finally -- the water's gone and able to
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