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foreign policy towards cuba as well as taking on donald trump about his comments on muslims. the question will be, will the strong debate performance really make a difference? the polls in florida have him down from 20 points to the single digits. earlier this morning, he was asked about whether it was too little too late on "good morning america." >> you're getting a lot of good reviews for your debate performance last night, but did you do anything to slow donald trump down? >> well, i don't know if it's about tear donald trump down. it's about like any debate, an opportunity to convince people that i'm the right choice to be president. there are still a significant number of undecided across the country in illinois, ohio, north carolina, and missouri and other states, but also in florida. so i think it's an opportunity to do that. it's an opportunity to get people who are supporting other candidates to give you a second look. >> now, the campaign is pointing to that monmouth university poll from a few days ago that shows 48% of early voters and absentee
voters in the republican primary in florida went for marco rubio. that's a very high amount compared to donald trump. and the rubio campaign is also taking on john kasich, rather the super pac backing marco rubio has taken out an ad more than a million dollars attacking john kasich here in florida, considering him a threat. but the question will be, will marco rubio be able to catch up to donald trump in this primary? it's absolutely crucial. his campaign also tweeting out, speaking about the ben carson endorsement about donald trump. the campaign tweeting out several of donald trump's previous statements about ben carson. but a lot of critics of the rubio campaign say this was too little too late. should be interesting to see whether this debate made any difference when the voters head to the polls on tuesday here in his home state. >> thank you very much. rick, thank you as well. coming up with the rnc head is saying about the delegate count and the cloud of a contested convention hovering over the campaigns.
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i'm going to have the delegates, okay. i think. let's see what happens. i think whoever gets the most delegates should win. that's what i think. >> there's some in washington who are having fevered dreams of a brokered convention. they're unhappy with how the people are voting and they want to parachute in their favorite washington candidate to be the nominee. i think that would be an absolute disaster. and we need to respect the will of the voters. >> that was donald trump and ted cruz at last night's debate on the possibility of a contested convention or brokered convention. there's been a lot of speculation over whether establishment republicans will
try to take the nomination from trump if he doesn't hit the magic number. rnc chair reince priebus walked on the debate stage and tried to put a stop to all of it, emphasizing the party is going to support the nominee, whoever it is, 100%. there's been a lot of discussion about the rules. but veteran political operative again ginben ginsburg helped wr the rules said there are now rules this time around. ben joins us to explain all this. he is an msnbc political analyst. ben, thank you so much for joining us. i'm sure it's been interesting for you to sit here and watch people refer to rules and say the rules will kick in when the rules are not in place. explain to us this procedure and why this elusive rule book is what's being thrown out there. >> well, there is a rule book, and part of the rules are in place. the way the nomination process is being run is in place now. the rules that we're talking
about, though, are the rules that govern the operations of the convention. and each convention needs to write those rules under which it operates for itself. what was done in 2012 is not at all what the 2016 convention is required to do. it's sort of like a draft that may be out there in which they can change or not change. >> and so, at this point, when we hear reince priebus go out and talk about supporting the nominee no matter what, but also in the same remarks refer to these rules. how do you see this playing out? specific if you're looking at donald trump with the majority of the delegates but not the key number needed to secure the nomination, ben. >> well, i have known ted cruz a long time, and i'm not sure i have ever been part of his fevered dreams. but any candidate who walks into
the convention with the majority is going to be the nominee under the rules of that convention. so what we're talking about in a contested convention scenario is if no candidate reaches the majority of delegates. it happened in 1976 with gerald ford and ronald reagan. a candidate short of the majority needs to find enough delegates to get over the majority and then he would become the nominee. but it's not an automatic under the rules. and it would be a drastic rewriting of the rules where a candidate short of a majority to automatically be crowned the nominee. >> who would be involved in the rewriting of the rules if that were to take place? >> the way the process works is that each state will name two people to a convention rules committee. that group will meet on the friday before the convention to
get the rules in shape. they don't become official at that time. they don't become official until monday when that same group of people will reconvene to officially produce the report of the convention rules committee. it then goes to the floor of the convention on that monday for all the delegates to ratify. again, back to the principle that a body has to set its own rules for its own operation. >> so if you're a candidate and you're preparing for this, do you now start to hire attorneys, your own counsel to prepare for any potential of this? >> oh, i think any campaign needs to prepare for all potentials. and so i think at this stage, the campaigns are working very hard in each and every state to get their delegates selected. that's the first step in the process for preparing for a convention. but sure, every campaign is looking very hard at the rulebook and figuring out what
might happen. we did that even in 2012, where mitt romney was clearly the presumptive nominee, but you have to prepare for eventualities. >> thank you very much. you have to prepare for eventualities. those may be the words that resonate for some time. thanks, ben. >> developing now, senator marco rubio set to hold a news conference from a synagogue in florida after taking on donald trump and calling his middle east policy, quote, anti-israel. will this give marco rubio some traction in florida with the key voting block? we'll bring you the senator's comment as soon as he begins. we'll be right back. economy is growing, with creative new business incentives, and the lowest taxes in decades, attracting the talent and companies of tomorrow. like in buffalo, where the largest solar gigafactory in the western hemisphere will soon energize the world. and in syracuse, where imagination is in production.
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rally there for senator cruz in orlando. this week, for the second year in a row, msnbc has teamed up with the 92nd street y for a special series called seven days of jegenius. it's aimed at inspiring thought provoking conversation with leaders in all fields with a focus on how the transformative power of genius can change the world for the better. some of the key leaders taking part include general david petraeus and neil degrasse tyson. it comes at such a critical time in our nation and the world as we're facing major challenges, the implications of which will affect generations to come. joining me is the director of the center for innovation and social impact for the 92nd street y. thank you for joining us. with everything happening in the political conversations on both sides of the aisle, it is magnificent to focus in on the greater things that we can accomplish. whatever the politics are. and that is what the 92nd street
y is really focusing on, the genius of humanity. >> absolutely. >> so why is it so important to have this commitment for a second year here? >> first of all, you're right that the timing is really great. this is a way to look away from the divisive politics are playing out on the world stage right now and think about the power of genius to improve our world and make a positive impact. so the names that you mentioned happening on our stage are absolutely phenomenal, but we also have events happening all over the world. so it's truly a global conversation. and our goal was really to open up the conversation about genius to everyone in the world who wanted to take part and create lots of points of entry. some deeply intellectual and substantive and some really lighthearted and fun. we have young people, entrepreneurs, designers coming together in event on all continents, over 60 locations to talk about all those things and to bandy about genius ideas for making the world a better place.
>> you mentioned the cities, 25 cities including london, mexico, chicago, berlin, and los angeles. when we say genius, to your point, whether it is more substantive or on a lighter side, what is that defined as? >> the whole point of what makes it so fascinating is there actually is no broadly accepted definition of genius. is it a noun? is it an adjective, a concept, an idea, a person, a place? i don't think anybody really knows the answer to that, but i tell you that people have very strong opinions. so part of the fun of seven days of genius is watching people be able to defend their positions and to debate it and sometimes to change their minds. >> let's talk about as it relates to solving some of the world's problems, whether it's water crisis that plagues the world, hunger, sanitation, as bill gates takes the lives, clean sanitation in parts of africa that makes the difference in the mortality rate amongst children, hiv and aids.
how much is focused on this broad wording of saving the world's problems? >> a huge amount. so for just a couple of examples, we're partnering with u.n. women, who is with us, hosting over 20 events globally, on genius ideas for combatting gender inequality in our lifetime. those are mostly young people, men and women, girls and boys, coming together to pitch their ideas. and all with just this tremendous amount of enthusiasm and for example, in pakistan, over 350 young people, and a commitment from some of their local politicians to actually direct some funding to female entrepreneurs who come up with great business ideas. in anchorage, lask lasalaska, o was based around exploring genius ideas for making uninhabitable places habitt, as the population explodes and we need to sort of venture into those frozen or otherwise less
hospitable places. so examples like that happening all over the world. some are focusing on genius ideas for sustainable design. there's a big focus on does genius xi geni genius exist in your community. >> that's the approachable part as well. many of us would not be able to sit down and have a conversation with some of the headliners there, general petraeus' expertise or neil degrasse ty n tyson, but you're making it conversations we can have in our communities, in our neighborhoods. >> that's absolutely right. and the ultimate genius showdown was one sort of attempt to make that as lighthearted and fun as we possibly could and also to stimulate thought and debate. and certainly not everyone can sit down with neil and have a conversation, i certainly can't. but the idea is that kind of genius is potentially all around us. it just needs to be discovered, and part of that is giving everyone a voice. >> congratulations to giving everyone a voice at a time where we're all wrapped around the political headlines of the day,
to speak to the humanity of who we are, no matter where we are. thank you for joining us. developing now, in just a few moments, senator marco rubio is set to deliver an address to jewish community leaders in palm beach, florida. a follow-up to some of the topic he took on donald trump on, especially regarding israel and this country's policy as it relates to israel. we'll be right back and bring you that event live. hi i'm kristie. and i'm jess. and we are the bug chicks. we're a nano-business. windows 10 really helps us get the word out about how awesome bugs are. kids learn to be brave and curious and all kids speak the language of bug. "hey cortana, find my katydid video." oh! this is so good. if you're trying to teach a kid about a proboscis. just sketch it on the screen. i don't have a touch screen on my mac, i'm jealous of that. you put a big bug in a kids hands and change their world view. at ally bank, no branches equals great rates.
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we are back with a live look from marco rubio's event getting under way. he's standing there to be introduced at a synagogue in west palm beach florida. this will focus on america's support of israel, an issue that is central to rubio's campaign, especially in florida. joining me live, msnbc political analyst michael steele, and for miami, msnbc national
correspondent joy reid. all of the joy reiders can hashtag you're on. which you know you have an invitation any time. michael steele, picking up on this event with marco rubio. i believe, and you saw it last night, i believe he thinks there's an opening that he has trump against the ropes as it relates to israel. i'm being told to toss it to marco rubio. please hang on. and we'll hopefully be able to get right back to you. >> i'll begin by saying that first of all, i hope everyone understands that israel is not just another country. it is a nation founded for a very special purpose. that is to serve as a homeland for the jewish people in the aftermath of the holocaust. second, from a national security perspective, we must remember that israel is the only pro-american free enterprise in the entire middle east. if there were more pro-american free enterprise democracies in the middle east, the world would be a simpler place and a much
safer one. it's in that context that we understand the u.s.-israeli relationship and what they ask of the united states, and they basically ask only two things. they have not asked the u.s. to invade any countries, they have not asked them to conduct military strikes. the one thang they ask is our unwavering support, especially in the international community when there's an all-out effort to try to delegitimize their state. when you see the divestment efforts around the world, some of the laws being passed in europe that are specifically designed as undermining israel, it's in my mind what modern anti-semitism looks like. and so what they ask of us is to stand with them and international forums. particularly at a broken united nations where israel has been sanctioned more and attacked more than some of the most repressive and brutal regimes on the planet.
they ask us to use our veto power to prevent any effort to unilaterally impose a palestinian state. the second thing they ask of us is that if they run out of weapons or run out of ammunition, what they need in order to defend themselves, that we resupply them. they'll pay for it. boat of these tenets of our relationship have been in question over the last seven years. barack obama in fact did suspend military sales to israel for a brief period of time, but at a critical time, when israel was under assault and has even threatened to not use the veto power of the united nations, of the united states at the united nations security council on these efforts to move forward with recognizing a palestinian state. and the result of all this, in combination with the threats that now exist in the nation is at a time when israel is perhaps more insecure than it has been in decades, the relationship between the obama administration and israel haveft many of israel's enemies emboldened and
israel increasingly concerned about its safety. it's unfortunate in this election, the supposed front-runner said on the issue of the palestinians and israelis, wihe will not take a side. we will take a side and we'll be on israel's side. as i said last night, mr. trump perhaps does not understand that his position is in fact anti-israeli. i do not believe that that is his intent. but that is the practical implications of what donald trump says his position is. for in fact, every time the united states does not stand with israel, it in fact emboldens israel's enemies to take action against israel, and any time the united states criticizes israel through the current president, you see israel's enemies immediately parroting back the exact same things president obama has said. it is this daylight that has been created between the obama administration and israel, which apparently donald trump wants to continue, that has emboldened israel's enemies in the region
to continue with what they're doing now. in the case of the palestinians and israel as, i know no people on earth who want peace more than the people of israel. who are they to negotiate with? a palestinian authority whose leader is still celebrating the killers and terrorists as great martyrs? who are they supposed to negotiate with? a palestinian authority who has repeated lly rejected some of t most generous offers of peace made by israeli leaders over the last decade? who are they supposed to negotiate with? a palestinian authority who teaches children from the youngest of age that killing jews is a glorious thing? a palestinian authority who celebrates the stabbing and killing of people, often based on baseless rumors they spread about activity on the temple mount. who are they supposed to negotiate with? a palestinian authority that has joined arms with hamas and a unity government. we all wish there was an agreement that can be reached, but right now, conditions do not exist. and forcing israel to the
negotiating table as apparently donald trump intends to do, only further weakens israel and only further emboldens their enemies. >> let's bring in michael steele at that pause point in his remarks. michael, what are your thoughts here, as again, this is playing out with florida on tuesday, and we know the voting block that marco rubio really wants this message to resonate with. >> this is very much a direct pitch to jewish voters in the florida area, to make sure that they understand that if you're choosing between him and donald trump, i'm on your side. and really resonating that messa message, and trying to sort of create the separation that he thinks is going to be important to give him the bump he's going to need next tuesday. i think, though, when it's all said and done, marco rubio's position on israel is very well established, very well known. that vote is baked in for him, if it's there at all. so i don't know really what upside it gets him relative to
tuesday, given where we are now. >> it is interesting, he tries to pick up on this early morning. joy, i want to talk to you about some of the comments regarding social security. another hot topic in that neck of the woods. let's play trump's comments on social security last night. >> i will do everything within my power not to touch social security, to leave it the way it is, to make this country rich again, to bring back our jobs, to get rid of deficits, to get rid of waste, fraud, and abuse, which is rampant in this country, rampant. totally rampant, and it's my absolute intention to leave social security the way it is. not increase the age, and to leave it as is. >> and so, we know what he is saying there is counter to what house speaker ryan, paul ryan has said about social security reform, counter to what the other candidates said on stage. how does that play out, joy? >> that's obviously a very important issue in florida, the second oldest state after pennsylvania in the country, and of course, social security a big
issue for the people who vote the most here, senior citizens. i think trump is attacking in the direction that the majority of florida seniors are. the paul ryan plan to tinker with medicare was not popular here, and marco rubio back in 2010, when he was running for the united states senate, floated that he would be open to the george w. bush idea at the time of partially privatizing social security. that's a big no-no here in florida. i think trump has a stronger position, and real quick, on the points michael steele was making, i think marco rubio is trying to appeal, obviously to jewish voters, but his message is more about evangelical christians. about 7 in 10 voters are democrats. there aren't many republican jewish voters in florida. what he's trying to do is sort of leap frog over that message and combine conservative younger voters who may not have voted yet and evangelicals. >> that would be leap frogging over not only trump but ted cruz, who still is trying to somehow get a big victory with evangelical christian vote. thank you both for joining me. have a good friday.
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>> what was that? >> yes, he deserved it. the next time, we might have to kill him. >> striking back. trump defends the behavior of his supporters at his often rowdy rallies. >> we've had a couple that were really violent, and the particular one when i said like the bang em, that was a very, he was swinging very loud and at the audience. the audience swung back. and i thought it was very, very appropriate. >> and remembering nancy reagan. today, the former first lady will be laid to rest beside her husband. her daughter, patty davis, spoke about that to maria shriver. >> my mother would always, when she came up here on the anniversary of my father's death, say what side am i going to be on? every time.
>> good day. i'm andrea mitchell. at the reagan library in simi valley, california, the country is going to say farewell to one of the most influential first ladies in modern history. we'll be here throughout the day covering nancy reagan's life, her death, the funeral services, but first, to a presidential race that she was known to be following very closely this fall. today, donald trump endorsed by former rival, ben carson, told reporters he believes the reaction to supporters is, quote, very, very appropriate. >> he was swinging. he was hitting people, and the audience hit back. and that's what we need a little bit more of. >> and joining me now from florida, nbc's katy tur covering the trump campaign and gabe gutierrez. ka katy, first to you. you've seen these rallies, not