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donald trump, a loss for hillary clinton. that does foyt are me and "hardball." msnbc will bring you complete election coverage throughout the night tonight. "all in with chris hayes" as always starts right now. good evening from new york, i'm chris hasyes. just a half hour since polls closed in west virginia. on the republican side, no surprise, donald trump is the big winner, not that it was much of a race after his remaining competition dropped out last week. though trump did campaign in the state. on the democratic side, bernie sanders won the day in west virginia. his second victory in as many weeks with a total of just 37 delegates on the democratic side up for grabs in the state, awarded on a promotional basis, it is unlikely to close his wide gap he currently has behind hillary clinton. despite clinton's loss, one high-ranking democrat said he fully expects clinton to win the nomination.
>> you bring up the next president. we're all anxious to see -- >> who she is. i feel confident hillary will be the nominee, i feel confident she'll be the next president. >> joining me from louisville, kentucky, covering the clinton campaign, nbc's kristen welker. my sense is the clinton campaign strategy for west virginia was basically to pretend like it wasn't on the calendar and move right along. >> that's pretty accurate, chris, actually. very good political analysis. that's right, and i just spoke with the clinton campaign official a short time ago who said, they were bracing for this loss in west virginia. but now they're really focusing on kentucky and what's interesting about that is that we'd seen this large pivot by secretary clinton to the general election and what we've seen in recent days is that to some extent she's pivot back to this primary race, acknowledging that she really needs to win a few of these states in may. in particular for the optics so that she heads into the convention on a strong footing
and also just for the math to take away that argument from senator sand there's he's really gaining ground on her. we've seen her going up with ads today. and it really, the ads she released today on television at least, could play in a primary or a general. that's what's interesting about it. it makes the case she is the candidate who has the most experience. they're up with radio ads here. based on my conversations they're not ruling out going up with ads in new jersey and california. california's the state that has the most delegates. she's still focused on this primary. but she's very much focused on the general election as well, chris. so for the past two days we've seen her focus on women voters. they're going to be critical if secretary clinton wins the white house, independent women voters, republican women voters, today she unveiled a new policy she says would lower the cost of child care. that's something that appeals to women but also to working-class voters. right now as you know, as you've been reporting on, she has a huge lead among women voters. so they're really going to be pivotal for her in the general.
>> all right, kristen welker, thanks for that. msnbc's steve kornacki, what have we learned from the exit polling? >> we're learning something interesting happened in west virginia on the democratic side. the headline is that bernie sanders won. but really you could make the case that donald trump is the winner of the democratic primary in west virginia. check this out. we asked democrats in the the and it poll who are you going to vote for in november? one-third said, i'm going to vote for the democratic nominee. 27% said, i'm going to vote for donald trump. 36% of them said, it depends. they're not sure yet. that is a very low number of democratic support in a democratic primary for the democratic candidate. it's coming -- disproportionately right now favoring one candidate. this is interesting. we asked if clinton's the nominee, if you're a clinton nominee and clinton's the nominee, who are you going to vote for? democrats said, i'm voting for hillary clinton. 9% of them said trump. we asked sanders voters, if it's
sanders versus trump this november, who are you going to vote for? more than one-third of sanders' own voters in the west virginia democratic primary said they'd vote for trump over sanders if sanders is the candidate this fall. so that tells you something's going on here. here's a couple possibilities. one is there is a competitive democratic primary for governor playing out tonight in west virginia. there's nothing on the republican side. so it may be that independent voters came into that primary to vote in the democratic primary, while they were there, they like trump, don't like hillary, they wanted to vote against her. also west virginia used to be a democratic state not long ago. there are a lot of ancestral democrats, registered democrat, they have to vote in this primary today, maybe they like trump, they don't like hillary, they use sanders to vote against her. however you look at it, a large number of trump supporters in this democratic primary today voted for bernie sanders or maybe more accurately voted against hillary clinton. that is part of this formula tonight for sanders.
>> and there's some history too here. i remember in 2008, that was a huge win for hillary clinton. one of the high points. it was her as the sort of great avatar of the white working class in the democratic party at that point in the race. barack obama only won his own primary in 2012 as the incumbent democrat to a convicted felon who was serving time by about 60% to 40%. so you've got a situation in terms of the universe of reg jerrjer registered democrats in west virginia that's distinct. >> a swath of the country that extends from eastern oklahoma up through appalachia. this is where hillary clinton did best against barack obama in 2008. places oklahoma, kentucky, west virginia. certainly coal country, a big part of that. 2008, she beat barack obama in this primary by 41 points and the primary was in may. it was after everybody said barack obama's going to be the nominee. she still won it by 41 points. she won that big victory in kentucky.
and so now she's certainly running, one of the stories has been how closely she's attached herself to barack obama, to the obama administration. and she is getting -- it's the complete opposite of what we saw eight years ago. she's essentially running or trying to run as the obama candidate. she's essentially getting obama numbers here. >> steve kornacki, thank you very much for that. jeff weaver, campaign manager for senator bernie sanders. jeff, i want to get your reaction to some of those numbers. one-third of the people who voted for senator bernie sanders saying they would vote for trump in the general? how do you understand that? >> well, i think how i understand it is that there are a lot of anti-establishment folks there. i think as steve mentioned a lot of people who are traditional democrats there who vote in the democratic primary but who may in general elections sort of moved into the republican camp. you know, part of bernie sanders' campaigning trying to reach out to bring those people back in the democratic party, to talk to disenfranchise the working-dallas voters, let them
know the democratic party stands with them against big-money interests, against corrupt campaign finance system. bernie sanders really epitomizes that. it's going to take a lot of work to bring those people back, to convince those disenfranchised voters that the democratic party stands with them. >> this gets to something that has become a kind of central focal point i think for your campaign for the senator, for others about head-to-head polling matchups. on the average, bernie sanders is performing better than hillary clinton in head-to-head polling matchups. the argument -- >> some cases by a lot. >> in some cases by a lot. the argument made is that's essentially a cynical/fictitious expression of people that kind of want to troll hillary clinton or don't like hillary clinton and that if bernie sanders were to actually become the democratic nominee, those numbers would be very, very different. and you've got to look at that exit polling. i wonder if you look at that and feel that is evidence of precisely that. >> no chris, look -- it's been so consistent month after month.
you could say if it was a poll here or there. but consistently, national pools, battleground polls, a battleground poll out of new hampshire, hillary clinton beating trump by very little, bernie sanders beating trump by double digits. these polls that came out at these three battleground polls, quinnipiac polls, hillary clinton has higher net negatives than donald trump. it's been consistent over so many months that democratic -- particularly talking about superdelegates, we talk about the superdelegates -- really have to take another look at this race. hillary clinton, it's going to be a very tough uphill fight for her. there's a lot of states going to be in contention with donald trump that have not been in the past. >> let me interject an empirical point, the aggregate polling averages have hillary clinton up by about 6 points. it would not be accurate to characterize it as an uphill battle for her at this point, just in terms of the data that we have. >> the ohio poll today, down 4 points. >> that's one poll. our battleground poll -- >> pennsylvania and florida only up by 1.
that's not -- new hampshire up by very little. a poll in wisconsin, had hillary clinton up by 1. >> like i said, the polling averages are quite different than that. you guys also -- there was an interesting announcement from hillary clinton on health care in which she said she is open to allowing people to purchase into the medicare program at an age lower than the current medicare retirement age. is that something that you support, that you're encouraged by? obviously the senator is standing for single payer but is that the kind of thing that the senator would support in the absence of the ability to get single payer? >> well, that's what is called the public option. when the president's health care plan was moving through the congress. it was something senator sanders strongly supported. it was something that was taken out at the very end in order to appease then-senator leader man and insurance interests. but yes, that is something senator sanders has always supported. >> secretary clinton also talking today about child care, policy proposals to reduce the total cost of child care for a
family to 10% of the household income. yore campaign's reaction to that proposal? >> i haven't seen the details of it. anything that makes child care more affordable is a positive. the question is how you do it. but clearly there's a crisis in child care in this country. any working family knows that it's extremely difficult to find quality, affordable child care when you're looking to find it. people who work in the child care industry are paid far too low wages and no benefits. so a lot of changes have to go on in the child care system. it going to take bold vision. i haven't seen the tails of secretary clinton's proposal. i hope it's bold. because that's what's needed is bold action. >> jeff weaver, thanks for joining us, appreciate it. >> happy to be here. >> still to come more coverage of tonight's primaries. plus why ted cruz isn't ruling out getting back in the 2016 race. later the trump campaign is trying to distance itself from a white nationalist yet again. stay with us.
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if one thing is clear after tonight's results it's that despite his major deficit in the delegate count, bernie sanders is not going anywhere and he's continuing to draw huge crowds, raise a lot of money, win states, long after the campaign was declared by many observers doa. in the meantime, the likely general election matchup between donald trump and hillary clinton is taking shape. and their moves on the campaign trail make for a revealing study in contrast. a snapshot of two very different approaches to the race. after spending the past few days accusing clinton of benefitting from essentially gender-based affirmative action, enabling her husband's behavior towards women, today trump tried another attack on clinton's character releasing a video charging her with lying about benghazi, ending with a video of her laughing over images of aftermath of attack. the clip with clinton laughing, in context, an understandable response to a silly question at
the benghazi question hearing last fall. >> you left your office and went to your home in northwest washington. who else was at your home, were you alone? >> i was alone, yes. >> the whole night? >> well, yes, the whole night. >> i don't know why that's funny. did you have any in-person briefings? i don't find it funny at all. >> i'm sorry. a little note of levity at 7:15. >> trump has waste nod time making things personal and ugly. clinton is focusing mostly so far on substance of her white house agenda. campaigning today in kentucky which holds primaries next week, she unveiled a new proposal to ensure that families don't spend more than 10% of their income on child care. >> you know, you're a working mom. snow days, what are you supposed to do? all summer, what are you supposed to do? you've got to have a place that is safe and hopefully educational for your chirp. we don't, the vast majority of
families, don't have a parent staying home all summer to watch their kids. it's time to face up to the erat of what family life is like today and to support families. >> trump no doubt has several signature policy choices like building a wall and banning muslims. it remains to be seen whether he will discuss other policy issues in any degree of great detail. according to one of his prominent supporters, perhaps being a little more honest, the intended, that is absolutely fine if he doesn't. >> donald trump has never run for office before. i think a lot of people are expecting him to be this professional at politics where he has fought through the details of every issue. he hasn't. you know what, as president, he doesn't have to. he surrounds himself with people who have thought through. but his goal as president is to keep his eye on the big picture. >> i'm joined in studio by katy tur who has been covering the trump campaign. a period where we got word from the manafort regime, he did the
foreign policy speech. now it seems that's maybe not the focus. >> i don't know what the next policy speech is going to be. we were told there would be another one in the coming weeks. but it has been i think a couple of weeks since the last policy speech. i'm not sure that is their focus right now. because they've secured the nomination. donald trump is the presumptive nominee. right now the focus is pretty much entirely on trying to figure out where they stand with the party and whether they can start working together after july. and then it's also just getting the convention together. there's a lot of planning that goes into this. meeting with the rnc, figuring out what the basic logistics are to being the nominee for a major party. what to you do next? what sort of strategy is there in place? most of these folks in the donald trump campaign have no experience with this. rick wily was a part of the rnc but it's been a few years since he's been there. there are new things in place. so everybody is now trying to get on the same page and figuring out what exactly they're going to do next.
i do think you can continue to see donald trump be donald trump. >> yeah, that has so far been the theme in this at least early part of his tenure as presumptive nominee. katy tur, thank you very much. republican strategist and msnbc contributor steve schmidt. president of the center for american progress and staff over hillary clinton's 2008 presidential campaign. steve, how long -- i guess my question to you as we watch this play out in the first four or five days of this, we saw him kind of debate and negotiate with himself on taxes a bit. a little bit on the debt. to what extent do you see him proposing some fully fleshed-out policy agenda? to what extent do you see him doing basically what he did in the primary, in the general? >> it will be interesting to see what the outcome is of this meeting thursday with paul ryan. i think that one of the things that donald trump could do that would to do a lot of good is to say to speaker ryan, look, what is the legislative agenda that you think we could pass if i'm
elected that i could send up to the hill on january 21st? and as we look ahead to the fall, to september, to the debates, i think these are likely to be the most-watched domestic broadcasts in american history. it may be the largest global broadcast since the moon landing. and when donald trump is up there with hillary clinton for 90 minutes, he's not going to be able to do in that ant septic hall without an audience. he's not going to be able to do the performance theater that we've seen at the rallies. he's going to have to have some fluency on national security issues, domestic policy, and the ability to project a vision of where he wants to lead the country, what the outcomes are, and he's going to need to be able to critique the hillary clinton proposals in a substantive and serious way in addition to the thematic way
that we've typically seen him engage. >> let me ask you on the other side, nira. essentially a version of the same question which was, something happened in the primary, a dynamic setting where donald trump would sort of throw out insults towards other people, demean them, belittle them. they would respond, i'm talking about policy and the issues that are important to republican voters. and they got creamed. so far in these first few days we've seen hillary clinton take -- he says she only not to where she was talks she's a woman, she says we should have a system that subsidizes child care for working parents. is that something that the clinton campaign will be able to maintain through these long six months? >> i would say that if donald trump thinks hillary clinton is going to take punches like marco rubio or ted cruz, he's got another think coming. the truth of this is that hillary's not going to get in the gutter with him and a
general election is very different from a primary. there are attacks that donald trump could make in a primary against other republicans that independents in the country, moderate republican, moderate republican women, and democrats, are repulsed by. and so i think you see that when 64% of women in the country are against donald trump. so i think, you know -- look, she's been in races before with candidates who she ran against rudy giuliani, who had a similar bluster. and i think one of the things she has is she's brought -- people have attacked her for 20 years. she's not going to let donald trump get in her head. she's going to talk about what's more important to people's lives than the attacks on her. that's what she wants to make this election about. about not her or donald trump, but the people she talked to today and the people she's talked to all throughout this campaign. >> so that is -- i think you're right, that is clearly what she wants to make it about.
steve, my question to you is, i think if you go back in time to august of last year, you ask democratic strategists, even people around hillary clinton, the fundamental question that will divide this election, they'll basically say, should we continue the way we're going or roll it back? there was a sense that, particularly now barack obama has a 53% approval rating, the economy is adding jobs, unemployment's 5%, despite the fact that there are many people who feel left out of that. is this election going to be about this? or is this election going to be fundamentally a referendum on donald trump? i think it very likely could end up as the latter. >> presidential campaigns are never referendums. mitt romney learned that the hard way four years ago. it is always a choice. as the president said at the correspondents' dinner a week ago, steak or fish? that's the choice. there is no third choice. the choice between donald trump and hillary clinton and we look at the states where this is going to be decided -- florida,
ohio, pennsylvania. donald trump is a nontraditional, dangerous candidate for somebody like hillary clinton coming into this race. but for sure, this is going to be a campaign the likes of which we have never seen in the modern history of the country. and all elections are always about change or more of the same. >> right. >> clearly donald trump is a change agent. because he breaks with every semblance of relation to what we understand is politics as normal. for good, for bad. >> quickly, do you think it's a change or more of the same? is that fundamentally the choice here? >> i really don't. i think these are two candidates who are going to talk about how they're going to -- let me say it this way. >> you can't finish that sentence because that's not true. you can't say these are two candidates who are going to talk about their vision for the country and how they're going to coverage. >> there's one candidate who
will talk about their vision for the country and another one who will talk about banning muslims and a wall and a lot of things that will actually -- he will then tell you the next day are unlikely to happen. >> or he might talk about raising the minimum wage to $20 for all i know by august. >> and then take it back because he doesn't want a federal minimum wage, he wants states to do it. i they there will be a test of the media of whether this candidate will be held accountable for the actual things he says day to day, minute to minute, hour to hour. but having said that i think hillary will talk about people's lives and the changes she's going to make and the difference we're going to have over the next few years. it's not one or the other. >> i love nothing more than taking tests so we'll see how this goes. thanks for joining me. next, could ted cruz get back in the race? according to the former candidate, it would depend on one thing. what he said in 80 seconds.
polls closed in west virginia about an hour ago. and at the closing, our decision desk called a projected winner west virginia on the democratic side of bernie sanders with 37 delegates at stake. on the republican side the lone man standing, donald trump, the presumptive nominee, who is likely to win all 34 of those delegates. usually a call at the beginning means fairly significant margins. we'll see those votes, the actual votes, start to come in
over the course of the evening. there's another state voting tonight, nebraska, voting on just the gop side. those polls will close at the bottom of the hour. we will of course keep you posted with that. as you may have noticed, politicians don't end their campaigns, they suspend them. what is suspended can be unsuspended. today ted cruz suggested he for one isn't slamming any doors. >> are you leaving the door open, if nebraska were to somehow -- >> that's not going to happen. >> -- miraculously choose you tonight, pat's going for the hail mary. i mean, if that happens, would you consider getting back in the race? >> well, i am not holding my breath. my assumption is that will not happen. but listen, let's be very clear. if there is a path to victory, we launched this campaign intending to win. the reason we suspended the race last week is with indiana's loss, i didn't see a viable path
to victory. if that changes, we will certainly respond accordingly. >> huh. this afternoon cruz was asked to elaborate. >> we've withdrawn from the campaign. and it's in the hands of the voters. if circumstances change, we will always assess changed circumstances. but i appreciate the eagerness and excitement of all the folks in the media to see me back in the ring. but you may have to wait a lit bit longer. >> cruz's comments came during his post-campaign return to capitol hill this afternoon where the texas senator was immediately asked if he would be endorsing donald trump. his answer to that question right after this.
all right, today marked ted cruz's first day back on capitol hill since suspending his presidential campaign. the texas senator was met this afternoon by a crush of reporters who of course immediately asked if he'll be endorsing donald trump. that is if you're keeping track the same man cruz called a pathological liar and narcissist, among other things, just one week ago. cruz basically dodged the question. >> eventually, or do you rule that out entirely? >> you know, we suspended our campaign a week ago today. there are two and a half months until the republican convention, six months until the general election. there will be plenty of time for voters to make the determination who they're going to support.
what i am interested in supporting are free market principles and the constitutional liberties of america. >> marco rubio, who you'll recall deemed trump a con artist during the campaign, today said he plans to give that con artist his support. >> i've signed a pledge that said i'd support the republican nominee and i intend to continue to do that. but look, here's the situation that we're in. on the one hand, i don't want hillary clinton to be the president of the united states. i don't want her to win this election. on the other hand, as i said, i have well-defined differences with the presumptive nominee of the republican party. >> yeah, rubio said he did not plan to highlight those differences going forward. >> i don't view myself as a guy who's going to sit here for the next six months taking shots at him. people know where i stand, they know how i feel, they know what our differences are. he's the nominee of the republican party or the presumptive nominee via the voters. i respect that and accept it. >> just yesterday rubio posted a
facebook message taking himself out of contention to be trump's vp in what was widely viewed as a response to rubio and others, ruled out being trump's number two. trump today said "it is only the people who were never asked to be the vp who tell the press they will not take the position." trump is set to meet with congressional republican lead others thursday and there are signs the establishment opposition to him may be soften i ing, at least in some corners. top senators are urging unity arguing, at least he's not hillary clinton. >> seems to me that the campaign is evolving in a little different way. so what i've been saying to people who so quickly say negative things is, look, let's chill. >> joining me, molly ballstaff, "atlantic" magazine. i can't get this. the paul ryans and the charlie debts and marco rubio saying i'll support him but putting distance between themselves and trump, is this the opening of a negotiation process? do they think this is a tenable
position for them to hold for six months? >> look, i think it's every man for himself in the republican party right now. and they're all making different calculations. and they're all calculating a variety of things. whether it's am i on the ballot this year, do i have to worry about appealing to trump voters, whether it's about this is the party i've made my political career in, is it still going to be my home? whether they're searching their very souls for how they feel about trump. i think it comes down to, can you bring yourself to see trump as essentially a normal candidate that you just happen to have differences with? or do you see him as this apocalyptic extinction figure for the party and everything it stands for? if you see it that way, then where do you want to be when the meteor hits and the dinosaurs all die? >> that's a good way of putting it. my hunch has been, as we've gone into this, is that fundamentally the structural foundations of this election will be more normal than people are anticipating.
which is to say, the democratic nominee will get the "normal" amount of supports from democrats, the republican the "normal" amount of support from republicans, and the final state map don't look that different. but if it is a loss for donald trump, that to me is part of the calculation as well. people can tolerate this for six months, can they tolerate it for four years and six months? >> well, i mean, the problem for the party is that even if donald trump loses, it's hard to see how they go forward. there's going to be the old circular firing squad, there's going to be finger pointing. you're going to have the trump people insisting the establishment sold them out and that's why they lost. you're going to have the cruz wing of the party saying we didn't nominate a true conservative and that's why we lost. you're going to have the establishment saying that, no we needed to do more outreach to women and minorities like they've been saying for years and years. so, you know -- and then if trump wins that's a whole other
issue for the party, which as you alluded to, would be performing a personality transplant on the party for the long-term. >> let's be clear, the trump winning is the most important part of this pascal's wager. that's the one that has the sort of boundless effect. because that to me is a calculation, right? i mean, all of this is low stakes if you think the guy's going to lose. it's a question of do you want to associate yourself with him and how closely are you on the ballot? the guy wins, then it's his party and the republican party is a different creation. >> i'm saying i think it's going to be a different creation afterwards anyway. because of this debate. but yeah, if he wins, then that's a real decision for a lot of people. and the polls that we're starting to see come out were, as you say, we see a somewhat normal coalescing around the republican nominee, among republican voters, even if a lot of elites aren't there. that is going to i think have a band wagon effect. i think there's going to be a
lot of people who look at that and say, okay, it is acceptable to get behind this perpendicular, he isn't this terrible, terrible event for -- that's going to shatter our lives wait some people have been talking about it. so then you start to see those normal lines of the election and the normal cleavages along partisan clins and the question is what do the people in the middle to? >> molly ball, thanks for your time. donald trump releases his list of california delegates. this is by far my favorite story of the day. on that list is a particularly troubling name. i will explain next.
mccarthy was one in a long list of names submitted by the trump campaign to represent california ahead of the state's republican primary in june. the "los angeles times" explains how it works. campaigns submit a list of pledged delegates, three from each of the state's 53 congressional districts bus 10 statewide representatives before the election. the list the trump campaign submitted also includes pew teal, a billionaire, one of the biggest financiers of ron paul's super pac in 2012. he once said "trump was sort of symptomatic of everything that is wrong businewith new york ci" he's now a trump delegate in nancy pelosi's san francisco district. the list includes congressal darrell issa, congressman duncan hunter, in fact as the "l.a. times" notes, trump's list of california delegates reads like a who's who of state gop politics which apparently also includes this guy. i'll give you 60 seconds to figure out exactly who he represents.
donald trump's campaign just submitted its list of california delegates which include bold-faced names such as house majority leader kevin mccarthy and silicon valley investor peter teal -- and william daniel johnson. johnson, for those unfamiliar with his resume, is the leader of the american freedom party, a white nationalist organization. as "mother jones" reports johnson says in his application to be a gop delegate for trump he disclosed multiple details about his background and activism. in fact, johnson has been a big trump booster in the past. you may recall his earlier freelance work in the primary season in which he voiced robocalls telling voters, don't vote for a cuban, vote for donald trump. the trump campaign says a glitch was responsible for johnson's admittance on that california delegate list. a campaign spokeswoman tells "washington post" a database error led to the inclusion of a potential delegate that had been rejected and removed from the
list in february. as "mother jones" the campaign actually corresponded with the white nationalist johnson. less than 24 hours ago trump's delegate coordinator sent johnson a congratulatory e-mail on monday. when he asked for clarification how to send his completed pledge form back to the campaign she replied. johnson told nbc nose he wrote to the trump campaign to withdraw his delegate bid and the trump campaign tonight says his name was not on the final list submitted for certification.
west virginia, bernie sanders is the big winner, 37 delegates awarded. on a proportional basis like all the democratic contests it is unlikely to close a wide gap between bernie sanders and hillary clinton. joining me from louisville, kentucky, where hillary clinton just wrapped up a rally, howard fineman, "the huffing post" and
msnbc political coverage. what was hillary clinton like on the stump tonight? >> she was really going after donald trump. i think more specifically. and something that i think prefigures what's going to happen later down the road. she's sort of going after donald trump from the right if you define right and left in terms of international involvement and isolationism. she basically called donald trump an irresponsible isolationist who will allow -- wants to allow four other countries to get nuclear weapons, will allow iran to run roughshod over the region, so forth. i think that was by far the most specific she's been on that. that's going to be one of the interesting things to watch as this campaign goes along. i have to say it was a nice rally here. she was feisty. this is louisville slugger field i'm speaking to you from, the grandstands of the baseball park. she had her bat in hand. but at the same time, she got clobbered in west virginia, in coal country. she's going to get clobbered in
coal country here in kentucky next week. >> did she use the word isolationist? >> no. she didn't say that per se. i'm just saying that that's sort of where she was coming from. >> right. >> she was saying that donald trump is irresponsibly shrinking from the world, he wants to let other countries get nuclear weapons, he doesn't want to be involved in the middle east where we have a big stake, he's going to allow other countries to run roughshod. this is something to watch, chris. >> definitely. >> she is trying to pose as the strong commander in chief. this is a woman who is going to say, i'm the one with strength as commander in chief, against that pretty boy from manhattan. that's sort of the way that part of the campaign is going to come down if she has her way. >> they're in louisville tonight. i think they're going to go with ads in kentucky. they'll obviously be containing -- campaigning in california. my sense that is despite the fact that they are campaigning in primary states, she's not talking much about bernie
sanders. >> no, she didn't mention bernie tonight. she has her expanded laundry list of proposals, many of which are taken in whole or part from bernie. she's incorporated all of those into the rub rick of we're going to take care of everybody, children to the aged. she keeps amping up and increasing i think her appeal among women in that sense. where she's going to go after the men it seems to me, strange as it may sound, is going to be on foreign policy. she is going to be i hate to make a crazy comparison here, the sort of golda meir of the democratic party in 2016. she's going to be the tough commander in chief, a woman that you don't mess with. and her biggest applause line is when she says the republican right wing has been coming after me for 25 years and i'm still standing. >> right. >> so it's a strength argument. it will be interesting to see if she can pull it off. >> howard fineman, thank you
it's lot election night in america. back to break down the latest exit polling out of west virginia is pbs's steve kornacki. >> one topic we looked at in the democratic side is the role of coal. hillary clinton made those controversial comments about the future or maybe as she sees it the lack of future for the coal industry in west virginia. we'll take a look at this coal miner households, 30% of the voters in today's democratic primary in west virginia are from coal mining households. how did they vote? 2-1 they voted for bernie sanders, 63 to 30 over clinton. maybe the most interesting thing is this. of all those coal miners voting in the democratic primary today, how are they going to vote come
november? 45% said they're going to be with donald trump. only 21% said they're sure they're going to be with the democrat. the rest of them say it depends. so really it's not a clinton constituency we're seeing, not really a sanders constituency, more of a trump constituency. >> steve kornacki, thanks so much. quinnipiac university released three battleground polls showing a razor-close contest between clinton and trump in florida, ohio, pennsylvania. a 3% margin of error, florida and pennsylvania are a statistical tie with trump leading in ohio. those polls diverge significantly from the nbc news battleground polls which showed clinton with strong leads in all three states. these nbc marris polls were taken in march and april. but another big part of the divergence could be this. the percentage of white voters sampled in those quinnipiac polls is greater than the percentable of the white electorate from those states in the last presidential election.
quinnipiac's florida sample is 69% white compared to 67%. so white electorate seems to be overstated by those quinnipiac polls. but here's the key thing. if the trump campaign could generate an increase in the percentage of white voters in the general election, those quinnipiac polls might wind up being accurate and predictive. in fact what we've seen is the impact of variations in the dem graphic makeup of the electorate in the obama era. obama won when non-white turn out was high. mid election years, democrats suffered heavy losses. it sort of strikes me how determinative the demographic composition of any given electorate is in american politics in the 21st century. if you tell me what the makeup
is, i can basically tell you the result. >> that's right. and the other variables you can add are race. but also age, gender, marital status. unmarried voters voting overwhelmingly democratic, young people voting democratic, women voting very much against donald trump. you tell me who shows up to vote, i tell you who wins. >> teresa, here's where pew has been looking at the changing composition of the american electorate. the change since the last presidential election. 2% more white voters, 6% more black voters, 17% more hispanic voters, 16% more asian voters. that is a lot of relatively high growth of nonwhite voters. >> this is going to be one of the most diverse electorates we've seen since 2012. that's what we said in 2012 but what we're seeing is completely changing dem fraflks. this year roughly 10 million new voters. of those two-thirds are people of color. let's drill down what's
happening in pennsylvania. pennsylvania you have roughly 9% of the electorate is latino and asian. ohio, roughly 4% of it is latino and asian. that was the margin of victory that president obama went off and won against romney. this is a very different election. it's not just bread and butter issues. it's not just trying to make sure you're making ends meet. forefolks in the latino community, for folks in the the asian community, the muslim-american community, for women, this is very much issues of personal safety. do i feel safe in my community because of what trump has basically unleashed? saying that it's okay to racially profile someone, it's okay to question whether someone's american. the mobilization that we've been seeing not only in the latino community but the muslim-american community is fierce. >> we've been seeing statistics to suggest there's been a push for naturalization among folks who are eligible, particularly latinos who are eligible, who have yet to apply. the other question i have is 2014 i think proved definitively
to democrats that they cannot just rest on demographic composition. >> right. >> that electorate looks wildly different than just two years earlier and produced wildly different outcomes. >> chris, can i jump in? 2014 was the first time that we did not have a voting rights act. and this is going to be the very first time that the voting rights act that has been severely limited in the presidenti presidential. yes, at what is the first time we had the lowest turnout across the board in a 72-year history. it was also because we didn't have the same protections that we had even in the previous year. >> around what number would you -- would donald trump have to get among white voters to win a national election? >> well, it depends a lot on what the turnout is. the turnout is being pushed to record levels both by the mobilization of democrats, democrats are mobilizing in record numbers, latino, african-american,
asian-american, young, unmarried voters. donald trump is mobilizing record numbers of voters as well. so it depends a lot on -- we should also note that donald trump is having trouble with white women and married women. he's got lower support among white women and married women than mitt romney had. so a lot depends on the turnout of the different groups. but basically it looks like, if you have the record turnout that democrats are expecting, you'd have to get almost two-thirds of white men and that's just not going to happen. >> two-thirds of white men. mitt romney won married women in that presidential election and lost the election. donald trump right now polling behind with married women. that's a sort of -- >> that's right. >> he literally has unfavorable among republican women at 66%, almost unheard of for a republican candidate at this point. >> there's also this question about what those -- the favorables/unfavorables will translate to. we've been talking about favorables and unfavorables and what sort of history-setting benchmark we've hit in terms of
favorables and unfavorables. i've also seen candidates with relatively high unfavorables, george w. bush in 2004, managing to win. >> it's a choice, right? and right now you have both candidates who need to be reintroduced to the general election public. but i think hillary clinton is reintroducing herself as someone with strong economic policies, strong foreign policy. donald trump is being reintroduced as a crazy person. >> thank you both. that does it for us. msnbc's primary night coverage continues with rachel maddow. the polls close in nebraska. good evening, rachel. >> thank you, my friend. polls are closing in nebraska. thank you at home for joining us. happy tuesday. one of the things that happens if you run for president but you don't win is that when you come back to your old job, sometimes people clap for you. that's what happened after marco rubio dropped out of the race for president. and returned to his seat in the senate. that is also what happened today to ted cruz who was spotted by a