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but zzzquil is different have pain medicine because why would you take a pain medicine when all you want is good sleep? zzzquil: a non-habit forming sleep-aid that's not for pain, thanks to you at home for joining us this hour. chris is right. boy, do we have a lot to get to tonight. we, on this show, this hour, have both an interview with hillary clinton, the leading contender for the democratic presidential nomination and we also are going to be joined tonight by elizabeth warren. senator warren, of course, looms large in our national politics as the other populist hero. not named bernie sanders but she's not made an endorsement. in fact, she has not given an
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interview of any kind for months now. she's not done a single tv interview with anyone since the 2016 primary battle started. but senator elizabeth warren is here live tonight to talk with me. senator warren just took to the senate floor to start what looks like a patented, a new patented elizabeth warren crusade in washington. we'll talk to her about the subject of that. that is still ahead. but we have the luxury tonight of starting with my interview with former secretary of state hillary clinton. secretary clinton today was busier than anyone in politics and did campaign events in illinois and north carolina and in tampa, florida. that means in one day she hit three of the five big states that will be voting next in the critical delegate bonanza that's set for tuesday. on the republican side of the race, that critical delegate bonanza that's set for tuesday
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it has made for a bunch of drama today include iing news that even though marco rubio says his whole campaign hinges on the state of florida, the rubio campaign doesn't actually have enough money in the bank to be running any ads for him in florida at all right now. the rubio campaign is relying entirely on a pro-rubio super pac to run ads because they are too broke. even in florida. in related late breaking news tonight, the pro-ted cruz super pac have announced they are pulling all of their ads for ted cruz out of the state of florida. the reason they're pulling them out of florida is because they don't think they need. they don't think they need to worry about marco rubio potentially winning florida anymore. the president of the ted cruz super pac telling reporters today, quote, we looked at the numbers and we decided that marco rubio can lose florida all by himself. he doesn't need our help. in yet further even later
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breaking news "the washington post" robert costa was the first to report tonight that republican front-runner donald trump will get the endorsement tomorrow morning from former presidential candidate ben carson. hmm. what, did you think ted cruz would get the ben carson endorsement? ben carson boils at the sight of ted cruz. so apparently he's endorsing donald trump even though that's pretty complicated too. so, there's a lot of kind of pow, pow, pow, breaking news on the republican side tonight. on the democratic side, the florida picture is also what you might call kinetic right now. this was senator bernie sanders at the first of his three big florida rallies today. he started the day in gainesville, florida, by breaking one of the cardinal rules of politics is people running for president must not put things on their heads. senator sanders ended up before this crowd today, open, there it is, putting on a hat before more than 5,000 people in gainesville, this morning. he then spoke to another 4,000 people in kissimmee, florida. a few hours later and now he's
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just led another largealny in tampa, florida, tonight. former secretary of state hillary clinton head her own crowded but smaller sort of intense event in tampa. secretary clinton's rallies honestly are never as big in raw numbers as those for senator sanders, but the clinton campaign seems to know that and they seem fairly at peace with that information because they have both observed and concluded that rallies aren't votes and rallies or no rallies, frankly the polling right now says secretary clinton is far ahead not only in florida but also in every other state that's due to vote on tuesday. joining us now from tampa, florida, is former secretary of state. hillary clinton. madam secretary, thank you so much for joining us. it's great to have you back. >> it's great to talk to you again, rachel. thanks. >> how are things in florida? what's your outlook on this next big round of states on tuesday? >> it's really sunny and beautiful here in florida.
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and i'm feeling good. we're working very, very hard. we've had an organization on the ground for some time, and we're adding, you know, more folks to it and just working the state from top to bottom. >> the last night, last big night of contest has a big surprise in it. michigan seemed like the kind of place where you ought to win. all the public polling said you would win. michigan has a big black population. you spent a lot of time there on local issues including the lead poisoning crisis in flint but you didn't win. it was close, but you lost to senator sanders there. when you're asked about that at the debate last night, i was struck by your response. you just basically said, listen, i'm looking forward to the next contests. you didn't address it. some of those states look like michigan including ohio and illinois. do you have a sense of what did go wrong for you in michigan? >> you know, i think there will be time to sort of look at that,
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do a postmore tem, if you will. actually on tuesday night, i came out ahead in the popular vote by about 100,000. i came out ahead in pledged delegates. of course, i would have loved to win flint, michigan and i think we may have fallen short in a couple of areas. i was honored to win flint and the surrounding county. we didn't do as well in turning out our vote in some key places. but now we're on the to next contest and i actually feel really good about where i am. obviously it's better to win than not. but where we are right now is i've won by far more votes than anybody on either side. i'm ahead of donald trump in votes. i'm way ahead of senator sanders in votes, and obviously i lead in pledge delegates. so, we're going to be just working as hard as we can. we have a jobs message. we know that you've got to be talking about the future. you can relitigate the past only
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so long before people say, hey, what are you going to do tomorrow. so, i have been talking about the jobs of tomorrow, good paying jobs. american jobs with rising incomes. i talked about that right now in tampa. i'll be going on to north carolina to add to that message. and i've certainly be underscoring it in ohio, illinois and missouri. so, i think we have a message that people want to hear, and i'm going to do my best to reach as many folks with it as i can. >> in those big industrial states like ohio and illinois and missouri and to a certain extent north carolina, how do you respond to voters who feel betrayed by the way that nafta has worked out? you know, working class people who look around and say our country didn't get the jobs they were promised by president clinton when that was signed. american jobs just got shipped overseas. that hollowed out a big part of our economy. are working class people right to feel betrayed by how that worked out? >> well, look, i have said repeatedly that i would like to
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renegotiate it. i think there were parts of it that did not work as hoped for, but i think you've got to take a broader perspective. were some jobs lost? of course. and was it painful and terrible that people lost their job and they saw factories maybe they, their grandparents worked in, pick up and move? yes. that's why i've come forward with some very strict proposals that if you're trying to move jobs out of america, if you've ever gotten one penny of government aid, and lots of places have, you'll have to pay it all back. if you're trying to move your companies overseas, an inversion or a per investigation, we're going to slap a big exit tax on you. i think we do have to really bear down on companies that are picking up and moving and try to do everything we can to stop them. but i think it's fair to say, rachel, that more manufacturing jobs were
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actually created in the '90s. more were created under president obama. we lost a lot of jobs, particularly manufacturing jobs when george w. bush was president. and as i said to senator sanders last night, he spends a lot of time relitigating the '90s. he expresses his disappointment with president obama. let's focus on where the problem s we had 2300 jobs and rising incomes when president bush became president and then we started losing hundreds of thousands of job and one of the reasons -- they would not enforce the trade agreements. that's why i voted against the big multinational trade agreement. i worry if we don't have both sides of the equation in place, you have to have enforcement of trade agreements and you've got to have a much more robust safety net for people who might lose their jobs. so, i have a very clear idea about how to make trade. and if i don't think agreements work, i've said repeatedly for year, i vote against them and i will do my best to mitigate the consequences of the ones already in effect.
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and imbear down and really enforce them. you know, i wish the obama administration right now would crack down on china's dumping of steel into our market. you know, that should not be permitted. we have some tools that are available to this administration. i'd like to see them use it. and i'd like to send a very clear message to china. you may have your own economic problems, but don't try to undermine and take away jobs in our steel industry any more than you already have. >> you agree with president obama on so many issues. you've stayed close to him in this campaign. there haven't been a lot of issues on which you've highlighted real differences between himself and the administration. why do you think he hasn't done that on china and on this steel issue? >> i don't know, but you know i wrote an op-ed that appeared in a number of newspapers a couple of weeks ago, and i pointed out the problems with the steel industry. i also said i would not agree,
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in fact, i oppose designating china as a market economy. i think that that's very hard to justify. they're not what we think of as a free market economy by my definition, so i think in some of these areas like opposing them on tpp, i did hope we would get an agreement i would support. it turned out i couldn't, so in some of these areas where i worry about the consequences of these agreements, of administration actions, i am speaking out and i am urging the administration not to go forward with market economy and to crack down on dumping of steel. >> in terms of differences between you and the obama administration and what appeared to be sort of some new policy ground in the debate last night, last night both you and senator sanders said you would put an end to the policy of forced deportations for people who entered the country illegally. you said the people will criminal records would be deported but that's it. is that what you meant? i mean, no deportation of
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illegal immigrants unless they've got a criminal -- >> it was obviously about children but i would like to go further. i don't want to break up families and i think we have to focus on people who pose a threat to us not only violent criminals but terrorists who may be part of some group planning something against us. anybody who threatens our security should be deported, no questions asked, but i don't think the raids and i don't like the roundups. i don't like the level of deportation that we have been seeing in this administration. i want to move as quickly as i can toward comprehensive immigration reform with a path to citizenship. so, for the 11 or 12 million people who are already here, you know, i've met with so many of them, rachel, and i saw that mother with her five kids at the debate last night.
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and after it was over, she came up and talked with me. she was so proud of her kids. you know, she escaped from a very difficult situation in her eyes in guatemala. her husband has been deported and she is raising those five kids. and told me how god they were doing in school. taking violin lessons. it was like a mom-to-mom conversation. they would agree with me. we're never going to deport 11 or 12 million people. that kind of rhetoric is irresponsible and it's frightening people. and so if we're not going to deport 11 million or 12 million people, let's keep families together. let's weed out the ones who should be deported and let's move toward comprehensive immigration reform. that's my view. >> former secretary of state hillary clinton putting some distance between herself and president obama there saying i don't like the raids. i don't like the roundups. i don't like the level of
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deportation we have been seeing in this administration, staking out new territory on immigration there. wait till you see what she says next when i asked her about youknow who. let's say it's november 18th, 2016 and for whatever reason, it's president-elect donald trump. in that circumstance, is hillary clinton moving to canada? her answer to that is next. stay with us. when you think about success, what does it look like? is it becoming a better professor by being a more adventurous student? is it one day giving your daughter the opportunity she deserves?
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the u.s. virgin islands right there. southeast of puerto rico. total population, 103,000 happy left-hand driving souls. today the republican party of the u.s. virgin islands held its caucus for the presidential race. virgin island republicans vote for their delegates directly, not for the candidates there are a whopping six pledged delegates at the virgin islands tonight. as for who won them, no idea. the voting ended four hours ago. at 5:00 p.m. eastern. there's literally zero information coming out of u.s. virgin islands. republican party. we have tried calling them many, many times to get the results. when they finally answer the phone, we'll let you know. right back with former secretary of state hillary clinton and then u.s. senator elizabeth warren. stay with us.
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no other nasal allergy spray can say that. complete allergy relief or incomplete. let your eyes decide. flonase changes everything. one of the particularly unsettling things about this political season is that violence is no longer an unexpected sideshow at political rallies for the republican presidential front-runner this year. it's now an expected part of the show. in louisville, kentucky, last week a woman being pushed and shoved and taunted as donald trump yelled get out. a protester in birmingham, alabama, who was assaulted by multiple donald trump supporters about which trump said, quote, maybe he deserved to be roughed up. this was last night in fayetteville, north carolina. a protester getting sucker punched as he was being taken out of the rally by sheriff deputies. the man who threw the sucker
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punch elbow last night, turned out he was psyched by what he did. >> did you like the event? >> you bet i liked it. >> what did you like about it? >> knocking the hell out of that big mouth. we don't know who he is, but we know he's not acting like an american. >> so, he deserved it? >> every bit of it. >> what was that? >> yes, he deserved it. the next time we see him, we might have to kill him. >> that video was published by "inside edition" today, and that interview happened because the man who threw the elbow was not arrested for doing that last night. he was arrested today and charged with assault and disorderly conduct. i think it's fair to point out though that after this happened, after this man did this at this rally last night in north carolina, donald trump himself from the podium continued egging on his supporters to do this kind of thing. >> tomorrow you'll read in the paper, trump has protests. ah, look. an individual.
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just an individual. so, see, in the good old days this doesn't happen. in the good old days this doesn't happen because they used to treat them very, very rough. and when they protested once, you know, they would not do it again so easily. but today they walk in and they put their hand up and put the wrong finger in the air at everybody, and they get away with murder because we have become weak. we have become weak. >> ah, the good old days when people used to be treated very, very rough before we became weak so says the man at the front of the room to his supporters. the man with the microphone. today i asked former secretary of state hillary clinton about her take on this phenomenon and i also asked her, frankly, whether donald trump getting elected president of this country would make her move to canada. you know, talking about those kind of experiences you're
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having while campaigning, the contrast with what's going on with the front-runner on the republican side is very, very stark. not only in terms of what he's proposing but just what the atmosphere is around mr. trump's campaign. throwing protesters out has become a ritual of his campaign. an increasingly violent one. a man was just charged with assault and battery for attacking a young, black protester who was getting thrown out of a trump rally last night. i wondered if you have any advice for people who are thinking about going to donald trump events in order to protest them. do you think that's a worthwhile political response? he's obviously really bothered and upset a lot of people in this country. >> well, and me too. count me among those who are truly distraught and even appalled by a lot of what i see going on and what i hear being said. you don't make america great by dumping on everything that made america great like freedom of speech and assembly and the
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right of people to protest. clearly, i know that everybody in public life gets protested against, and sometimes people do have to be removed. but it should be done in an appropriate manner. other people in the audience should not be joining in. mr. trump should not be urging people on. this is deeply distressing. and i think as the campaign goes further, more and more americans are going to be really disturbed by the kind of campaign he's running. if he ends up being the nominee and i'm so fortunate enough to be the democratic nominee, we'll have time to take all that on. but in the meantime, it's really upsetting a lot of americans and it's upsetting a lot of people around the world. when you run for president of the united states, there's a certain level of behavior that is expected of you. you know, you can't just be flailing around inside the white house, saying whatever comes out of your mouth.
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markets rise and fall. conflicts can, you know, begin or get worse. so many things really do pay attention to what happens in the office of the presidency. so, i hope americans stop and think about what's happening now and what that could mean for the future. >> secretary clinton, i know your time is very limited. i'll just ask you one last quick question. it's kind of a thought experiment. let's say it all does go pear shaped. say it's november 18, 2016 and for whatever reason it's president-elect donald trump. in that circumstance, is hillary clinton moving to canada? >> well, first of all, i do not think that will happen. and i have every confidence if i'm the nominee, it certainly won't happen. i would never leave our country. but i would certainly be spending a lot of time yelling at the tv set, rachel. >> fair enough. secretary clinton, thank you so much for your time tonight. i know it's a busy time. i really appreciate you making
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time to be with us. >> good to talk to you. thanks a lot. >> thank you. >> presidential candidates, they're just like us. they yell at the tv too. when you guys yell, i can hear you. hillary clinton today said she would not move to canada in the event of a trump presidency. now that's on the record. we'll be right back. that's a lot of dishes& no problem. i'll use a lot of detergent. dish issues? get cascade platinum. one pac cleans tough food better than
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it was a good one, telling me had booked an interview with hillary clinton. that was a very exciting morning. on most days that's where the big booking excitement would stop. not today. no, today, that was the morning. the afternoon our booking producers booked perhaps the most sought after democratic guest in the country who is neither the president nor one of the people running for president. massachusetts senator elizabeth warren is my guest. she's not done an interview in nearly three months. she's not done an interview since the primary process started on the democratic or republican side. she'll be with us talking live exclusively in just a moment. please stay with us.
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endorsements are almost always awkward. some are more awkward than others. >> when he says he went after his mother and wanted to hit her in the head with a hammer, that bothers me. he said in the book, and i haven't seen it. i know it's in the book that he's got a pathological temper or temperament. that's a big problem. you don't cure that. that's like, you know, i could say they say you don't cure, as an example, child molester. >> when donald trump and dr. ben carson were both running for the republican presidential
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nomination, donald trump likened dr. carson one time to a child molester. this is also the footage when he called iowa voters stupid if they believed ben carson's story that he he hit someone with a belt buckle. that was technically before him calling ben carson a child molester. but it was same vintage from this year's campaign and now tomorrow morning dr. ben carson will endorse donald trump for president. thank you, sir. may i have another? it's awkward. it's always a little awkward. this year republicans all over the place are finding out that have an awkward political relationship with this guy donald trump. >> donald trump is dangerous for america. >> i could stand in the middle of fifth avenue and shoot somebody and i wouldn't lose any voters. okay? i would bring a hell of a lot worse than waterboarding. >> but no matter what donald trump says, john mccain would
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support him for president. >> including donald trump, you would support him. >> oh, yeah. >> she said he's a -- like to punch him in the face. >> donald trump. >> that's an ad being run by democrat ann kirkpatrick against john mccain in his senate re-election bid in arizona. there's a similar ad that started running against republican senator kelly ayotte of new hampshire as she fights against the odds to hold onto her u.s. senate seat in that state. >> delay, delay, delay. >> donald trump wants the senate to delay filling the supreme court vacancy so he can choose the nominee next year. and senator kelly ayotte is right there to help. ayotte joined trump and party bosses in refusing to consider any nominee ignoring the constitution. newspapers call ayotte's actions appalling, wrong and disappointing. >> delay, delay, delay. >> kelly ayotte, ignoring the constitution, not doing her job. senate majority pac is
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responsible for the content of this advertising. senator kelly ayotte hit not just for her association with donald trump which every republican will have to figure out what to do with now. but specifically also now she's having to answer for will now be described as the donald trump plan for the supreme court. the republican plan to keep a seat on the supreme court vacant for more than a year rather than consider president obama's nominee to fill that position. it is a plan that's totally unprecedented in u.s. history. president obama said, today, he hopes cooler heads will prevail and the senate will act on his nominee when he submits one to the senate. but senate republicans aren't really planning on doing that no matter who the nom si is, and that's such a radical decision it really is going to be hard to defend. at least that's the case now being made by the loudest and most influential voice who is not either in the white house or running to get there this year. >> their response to one of the most solemn and consequential
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tasks that our government performs, the confirmation of a supreme court justice will be to pretend that the nominee and president obama simply do not exist. cannot see them, cannot hear them. at the same time that they are blocking all possible supreme court nominees, senate republicans are in a panic because their party seems to be on the verge of nominating one of two extremists for president. two candidates who think nothing about attacking the legitimacy of their political opponents and demeaning millions of americans. two candidates whose extremism, republicans worries, will lead their party to defeat in november. now, these are not separate issues. they are the same issue. if republican senators want to stand up to extremists running for president, they can start right now by standing up to extremists in the senate. they can start by doing what
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they were elected to do right here in the senate. they can start by doing their jobs. since the first day of the obama presidency, republicans senators have bowed to extremists who s have bowed to extremists who reject his legitimacy and abuse the rules in the senate in an all out effort to cripple his administration and to paralyze the federal courts. no matter how much it damages the nation, no matter how much it undermines the courts, no matter whether it cripples the government or lays waste to our constitution, senate republicans do pretty much everything they can to avoid acknowledging the legitimacy of our democratically elected president. for too long, the republicans in the senate have wanted to have it both ways. they want to feed the ugly lies and nullify the obama presidency while also claiming that they can govern responsibly.
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well, that game is over. candidates motivated by bigotry and resentment, candidates unable to govern, candidates reflecting the same extremism that has been nursed along for seven years right here in the united states senate are on the verge of winning the republican party's nomination for president. and now republican senators must make a decision because here's the deal. extremists may not like it, but barack obama won the presidency in 2008 by 9 million votes. he won re-election in 2012 by 5 million votes. there were no recounts and no hanging chads, no stuffing the ballot box or tampering with voting machines, no intervention by the united states supreme court. no, president obama was elected the legitimate president seven years ago, and he's the legitimate president right now.
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so, if it is true that some republican senators are finally ready to stand up to the extremism that denies the legitimacy of this president and of the constitution, i say to you, do your job. vote for a supreme court nominee. do your job. >> do your job. senator elizabeth warren joins us live, next. almost everything, so we know how to cover almost anything. even a stag pool party. (party music) (splashing/destruction) (splashing/destruction) (burke) and we covered it, october twenty-seventh, 2014. talk to farmers. we know a thing or two because we've seen a thing or two. ♪ we are farmers. bum-pa-dum, bum-bum-bum-bum ♪ then your eyes may see it, differently.ave allergies. only flonase is approved to
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you respect the president of the united states and the constitution enough to do your job right here in the united states senate. >> massachusetts senator elizabeth warren doing her job picking a fight in washington that connects the republican parties freak-out over extremism in its on presidential race with the need to say no to extremism in governance like, for example, refusing to consider a supreme court nominee for vacancy for a solid year. senator warren joins us now for the interview. senator, i really appreciate you being here. nice to have you here. >> good to be here. >> you are known for big impassioned speeches, but even for you that was a barn burner. and i just have to ask you to spell it out for us here. what's the connection, what's the relationship you see between the supreme court seat being held vacant and the republican party basically cracking up over who is winning their primary? >> okay, so, look, what's the problem with the two guys they've got at the top right now with donald trump and with ted cruz?
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these are both people who basically deny the legitimacy of their opponents. they go on the attack. they demean millions of americans. and that's what identifies them as extremists and why republicans, republicans in the senate are breaking apart over this. and, yet, what if republicans i in the senate been doing since the very day that barack obama was sworn in. they have given in to their extremists. they have nursed their extremists along so there's been fights and delays over the basic things that happen in government. the president tries to get his team out. starting this 2012, after he had been re-elected by 5 million votes. we all come back and first thing that happens is the republicans in the senate want to shut it down. they don't want anybody to go
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forward to be the head of the nlrb. why? they are trying to shut down the nlrb. they don't want anybody appointed to the head of consumer protection financial bureau. why, because they don't want anybody to be the or the consumer protection financial bureau to function. they don't want a secretary of labor. they don't want anybody confirmed over the environmental protection agency. they don't want the president of the united states to be able to fill any, any of the three vacancies then on the d.c. circuit court of appeals. the second most important court in the united states. they want to leave dozens of ambassadors stranded. what's this all about? it's not about a problem with a particular nominee. what they were trying to do was effectively deny the legitimacy of this president. so, they did that. seven years they did it.
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they fought, and they fought, and they fought, and now they got the biggest one of all, and that is a vacancy in the united states supreme court and notwithstanding what it says in the constitution, article 2, section 2, the president shall nominate with the advice and consent of the senate. notwithstanding that and not notwithstanding the oath they took, they say i don't care who you bring us, we're not going to hold hearings and we're not going to hold a vote on anymore. in other words, no legitimacy for you, the president of the united states. no buying in to the basic functioning of government. all i can say is that's what constitutes extremism in the united states senate. that's what has nursed what's going on now in the presidential primaries. >> is that crisis that they've tried to create, as you argue,
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around the legitimacy of president obama, is it specific to him or if one of democratic candidates ends up winning the presidential election this year, are you concerned that republican senators would keep that blockade even of the supreme court vacancy even after president obama if there's a new democrat elected? >> we've been talking about this over and over. this is the party of no. this is the party of blockade. this is the party that says, shut down the legal functioning of the government. i mean, really think about what that means. when they say with this president, they don't want him to put anybody at the nlrb because if the nlrb doesn't have a quorum, they can't function and what does that mean? we lose our government agency that supposed to decide disputes between employers and employees. you just effectively shut that down. they didn't want anybody at the cfpb because then they couldn't issue rules. issue rules against payday
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lenders or against mortgage servicers who were breaking the law. it's a shutdown approach. now, they've gone after president obama for this from the beginning. whether they would continue that or not, obviously, i don't have any way of knowing. but i do know this, they are paying the price for their own extremism. it has now taken them by the throat. and so when they stand up in the senate and say, oh, my gosh, what's going to happen to us, we now may have a presidential nominee who is so extreme that he will pull us over the edge electorally and cause us a disaster in november. the answer is, guys, this is what you did to yourselves. and if you really want to stop it, stop it right now. stand up and do your job. >> when you see that, those two things happening at once, and we're in this very unusual
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moment. it's mesmerizing to see the republican party, as you say, freaking out about the prospect of who they are about to nominate as their presidential candidate. >> and, frankly, i'd be freaking out too if i were a republican. >> given that they are and freaking out publicly, and it's an easy to see thing, is that leading to any republicans in the senate, any republicans in congress starting to get a little shaky on some of this other stuff starting to change their mind? some of the approaches that they had the governance? >> that's the question. what's it going to take for these guys? ron johnson today said, well, if it a were republican president, yeah, we'd feel differently about doing that vote. i mean, can you be any more naked about what's going on, that there is no point of principle here for those guys. this is naked politics. and they're saying, hey, if our team's in, we want to grab everything and make it work for our side.
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we want to stand in there and fight for the people we represent. we want to make government work for the rich and powerful even better. that's what ron johnson is saying. he is in hotly contested election. he's got somebody after him who's going to say to the people of wisconsin, hey, bud, you are going to be held accountable here. and i think, frankly, what we've got to hear everywhere. when the republicans in the senate are thinking about november and their own hides, this is about the american people coming up on this one really saying, there has to be some accountability. there has to be some accountability in the united states senate for people who say i put politics ahead of the constitution. i put politics ahead of respect for the duly elected president of the united states. i put politics ahead of everything except my own job.
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>> you have not made an endorsement in the democratic presidential race. i know you're not going to do that tonight. i will not pressure you to do so. but i have been watching the pressure on you to do it. a lot of people feel like your endorsement could have a determinative effect on the election and you ought to use that power. i have to ask if that pressure is uncomfortable. i feel like some of what i've seen directed towards you on this issue and the fact you haven't endorsed, i feel like some of that pressure has been sort of ugly towards you and i want to know how you have felt about it. >> you know, we're democrats. we're passionate. we believe, and i get that, but look, i care about what's going to happen in this race. god, i care about it, and it is important that we have democrats and a conversation going on about what we think are the principal issues in this debate
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and that's what we're doing. we're out there talking about both our candidates are talking about the importance of holding wall street accountable. we're having a debate back and forth about the best way to make sure that our kids can make it through college without getting crushed by student loan debt. we're out there having a big conversation about trade and what kind of trade policies we should follow. we're doing what democrats should be doing. we're talking about the issues and more than anything else we're talking about who it is that we want government to work for. and, boy, does that make a contrast with what's going on on the other side. where those guys are just trying to out-ugly each other and making the difference as clear as is possible for the american people. i think -- i think this is what democracy should be about. >> senator elizabeth warren,
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democrat of massachusetts. it's been too long since we've spoken, senator. thank you for coming back tonight and i hope i have you back again soon. >> you bet. >> appreciate it. >> more to come tonight. stay with us. we're always looking for ways to speed up your car insurance search. here's the latest.
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♪jake reese, "day to feel alive"♪ the whole world is watching the american presidential race right now and what they are wondering is if the anti-donald trump efforts within the republican party are going to work. and the state of florida is going to be the first real big test of that. i mean, there have been here and there scattered shot efforts by anti-donald trump super pacs or occasionally some of the candidates he's running against have gone hard against him and we've seen some surprise tactics in recent days like mitt romney
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doing anti-trump robocalls and for john kasich in some other states on that same day, so there have been a few things here and there, some of them innovative and some of them effective, some of them -- but in florida the effort isn't a sprinkler head like that anymore. it's more of a fire hose. outside groups are spending more than $10 million on anti-donald trump efforts in florida right now. two out of every three republican ads airing in florida media markets, two out of three ads are anti-donald trump ads. so florida's going to be a big test of whether the anti-donald trump efforts in the republican party are working. the early results are not promising. this was senator marco rubio's rally yesterday. in hialeah, florida. this is what a 5,000-seat stadium looks like when you stick a couple of hundred people in the end zone. the crowd didn't even make it past the 20-yard line of the football stadium.
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don't book a football stadium for that. book a conference room. book a medium-sized van. that's terrible. it's one thing to have a visual like this in your home state, but this is also marco rubio's home district. this is where he's from. whoo. in terms of polling, most polls show senator rubio losing in florida to donald trump by double digits. in terms of early voting in the state, the numbers there are also not that promising for marco rubio. of the nearly 230,000 floridans who have cast early in person ballots, 80% are white, less than 10% are hispanic. that's an unexpectedly bad number considering that senator rubio was really hoping to turn out the hispanic vote in large numbers. that said, maybe jeb will help. in advance of tonight's republican debate in florida, jeb bush reportedly planned to meet with all the remaining republican presidential candidates not named donald trump. governor bush has not yet endorsed anybody in the race. it's not clear whether the former florida governor will endorse in his home state before
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this crucial vote on tuesday, you know, but, hey, if he does, couldn't hurt. or actually in this race maybe it could hurt. feel free to look that gift horse in the mouth, you guys. miami without the heat. this is "hardball." i'm chris matthews los angeles tonight, the republicans met for their final scheduled debate tonight in miami, and there was an unusual atmosphere to the encounter. civility gone with the slings that little marco and lying ted gone were the insults trump about spray tans and large ears and little hands. it was a subdued performance by donald trump and the rest of the men on the stages and even trump seemed like he couldn't quite believe it.


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