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>> announcer: starting right now on a special edition of "this week" -- an abc news exclusive. for the first time ever our cameras revealing the persian gulf nerve center the heart of the u.s. campaign to take down isis. martha raddatz with the men and women fighting america'ses most dangerous enemy. plus the gop's man to beat. wisconsin governor scott walker is iowa's early front-runner. jon karl with the exclusive interview. and making history. >> american pharoah has won the triple crown! >> announcer: the first triple crown winner in 37 years. did american pharoah just put horse racing back on the map.
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from abc news "this week" with george stephanopoulos begins now. good morning, i'm martha raddatz, we're coming to you from a persian gulf nation that we have been asked not to disclose. where the u.s.-led military operation against isis is being coordinated. temperatures here hovering here around 120 degrees. behind me you see one of the predator drones or as the air force calls them remotely-piloted aircraft. they fly 24/7 collecting intelligence and carrying out deadly air strikes. i'm about to take you inside the heart of the command center of the u.s.-led campaign to defeat the jihadist group, the first time tv cameras have been allowed inside. just this week an american general saying this fight will last a generation and as we come on the air this morning the commander in chief, president obama, has just landed in germany for a series of urgent meetings with allies at the g7
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summit a major focus his plans to stop the disturbing isis surge, a strategy that has come under fire. so we begin with abc's chief foreign correspondent terry moran at the summit with the very latest. >> reporter: president obama's arrived in these pleasant al. s surrounding when the world is looking to him for leadership in the fight against isis. angela merkel welcoming him. the agenda here packed. isis at the top of it. they're on the march again in iraq and syria. iraqi troops running away from the battlefield in ramadi. the defense secretary saying they showed no will to fight. president obama will meet here with the iraqi leader he wants a lot more u.s. assistance in the fight. americans are disappointed in him.
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mr. obama, since the beginning of his presidency, has been extract the u.s. but advances keep dragging him back. leaders here don't think his strategy against isis is working. now inside the u.s. headquarters to take down isis this joint operations base in the persian gulf is where the u.s. military coordinates every air strike all of the intelligence for today and the future. comes through here. it was one year ago today that isis swept into mosul in iraq pulling the u.s. into a war we thought had ended. right now, we're going inside the massive operations center and going one-on-one with the general commanding the mission to defeat isis for good. >> this is really the centerpiece of our current operations in iraq and syria. >> reporter: here in this command center the war room of
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all war rooms in the battle against isis the fight is 24/7. video feeds flow in from the battlefield and every bit of intelligence from satellite feeds to twitter feeds, monitored minute by minute. >> so this is really where you coordinate everything, the whole battle space. >> that's correct. >> reporter: there's a fire's desk coordinating air strikes on syria and iraq the intelligence desk social media, logistics and spots for all of the coalition partners. what are we looking at now. >> you're seeing the final results on of the aircraft acquiring a particular target. >> reporter: in other words the missiles are fired and the bombs are dropped if. >> correct. >> reporter: this is the first time a cameras have been allowed in. >> artillery pieces. improvised explosionve devices. weapons, et cetera. we have taken those things off
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the battlefield. >> reporter: a battlefield that just a year ago was just emerging. isis firmly stamped its name across the map of the middle east marching with terrifying speed across syria and iraq grabbing world attention as it quickly overran mosul, iraq's second-largest city even threatening baghdad. i was there last year when iraqis were volunteering in droves to protect their city. they have no idea of what they're getting into. and neither did the rest of the world. today, the u.s.'s back at war with more than 3,000 troops on the ground in iraq conducting more than 3400 air strikes in iraq and syria and spending more than $2.5 billion.
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in charge of this massive effort known as operation inherent resolve is. >> we're starting to see isis seek cover in terms of physically digging into positions the first phase of that campaign was halt dark. we feel like we have done that. >> reporter: you believe you have halted? >> i do. >> reporter: isis. >> i do. >> reporter: it doesn't look like that. the enemy overtaking the iraqi city of ramadi setting off 34 massive car bombs, some suicide bombs using stolen u.s. home vies. you think they're ready to go. >> i think they're preparing to go right now. >> reporter: you wouldn't say hold back until you know what you're doing here? >> i they they've got some things they have to put in place
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and i think they're making the necessary moves to do that. >> reporter: general robert is out of iraq where he worked directly with iraqi force and they're ready to go in. we have assisted them in developing a campaign plan to be an operational plan to go back in. they have started going back in you have been in iraq before you have seen the billions of dollars we have spent on this effort why will it work this time? >> it's going to work. it has to work. this time they're much more embracing of the training and the equipment that we're bringing. >> reporter: key to supporting iraqi troops as they take back ramadi u.s. and coalition air strikes. this is an mq 1 a remote remotely-piloted aircraft. or as we call them, drones.
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how the missiles reach their target is the center of a heated debate should u.s. troops be on the front lines with the iraqi security forces? side by side ix helping to call in those air strikes the troops who would be there, joint terminal attack controllers. right now, this jtac veteran of 12 deployments has been calling in those strikes remotely from a strike cell in iraq if it was up to him, jtac would guard in the attack. more effective in getting more target and yeah. >> reporter: even though they're not up close they can see how isis has adapted to the firepower being aimed their way. >> they're more disciplined than i have seen in the past. they're more of a fighter than planting the i.e.d.s.
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>> reporter: general terry says plenty already have. we keep hearing number of fighters who were killed. 10,000 isis fighters the other day. do you know that's true? >> that's a good number. >> reporter: and terry takes pride in what he says are a very low number of civilian in the casualties of air strikes. >> i think it will take time. there will be ups and downs. let's continue to work with iraqis to make them successful. i think that's the way ahead. turning now to the man who was the former joint operations in iraq and afghanistan, retired general stanley mcchrystal. general, mcchrystal i want to start with what lieutenant general terry just said he said they have halted isis do you degree with that.
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>> i certainly don't doubt what general terry said. i would say, however, they have to halt the spread of isis in people's minds. it's convinced people around the world, but particularly in the region they're unstoppable and they're everywhere. i think the confidence of building a team's going to be the critical part. >> do you think we're approaching this in the correct way, i'm obviously at a military base should the military be doing what it's doing? >> well, i think there are certainly military activities that are necessary. but in the more broad that term you need to build a coalition that's creditable and legitimate across the region. until we sense that then i think isis is going to have a ability of going against fragmented set of forces. >> you have heard the numbers, you have heard how many believe,
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how many fighters they believe have been killed you were in charge in iraq if they find the leader of isis will that be a blow to this type of organization? >> destroying an iconic leader undermines confidence. you can't play a numbers game in this kind of effort. you can't count how many people you killed particularly leaders, because they're replaceable. you have to destroy the fabric of their organization their ability to communicate, that's a little bit more intangible and takes a holdistic effort. >> and what would you do? talk in more detail about that. we know what happened in ramadi we know that it's been a year mosul is still under isis
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control. >> if there's a sense that our efforts, air strikes or other special operations raids, are spasmodic, if that's the impression given, in fact the enemy will gain confidence. we need to build a network, and that network has to be something that our side believes in and that the opposition in this case isis believes is strong enough and connected enough to be effective everywhere that takes a long effort building a coalition, to build a team of teams as i say, martha. >> do you think we need more american boots on the ground and more towards the front lines in the battlefield? >> well if the united states can provide help in building the fabric of this network, if that means you put small elements forward to help iraqi forces gain confidence then i think that would be helpful. it's giving the network the
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continuity it needs to be effective. >> thanks very much for joining us general mcchrystal. >> my pleasure. the fight against isis here in this part of the world comes just days after what police say was the takedown of an isis similar sympathizer in boston. bringing the threat of this group to the homeland. also this week the massive cyber attack on the u.s. government. china strongly suspected in the attack. i'm joined now by michael lighter, the former director of the terrorism center. the attack in boston was going to be on police. usaama rahim was killed by boston police it seems like it really worked in this case. >> i think the system did work
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martha. tragic ending with his death. the front lines are in boston as well and in other cities. as director of the fbi has said they have active investigations in every state of the country of isis sympathizer. in this case they saw someone who was becoming radicalized and execute on some sort of attack and they tried to disrupt it and in that disruption he was killed. that's what we want to think our law enforcement officials doing here in the homeland. >> i want to move to this hack 4 million federal employees, china suspected in this this seems like an epic failure of our cybersecurity. >> it certainly is not a success. the office of personnel management that was hacked has seen previous hacks before and this is a breech of huge number
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of records which really can valuable to a state like china that's trying to pursue espionage in other places. the u.s. government some basic sanitary steps weren't taken in this. what's clear, as we detect one threat and try to defeat one threat these other sigher threats are coming in other angles. >> what could china do with this type of information, there were security clearances information, all sorts of personal information. >> this really is invaluable to a country that's trying to collect information for the next step of intelligence collection. so you can now understand who works where in the u.s. government. you can understand some of their private information and that can be steppingstones to the next
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network attack or the next human intelligence operation to recruit individuals that might provide more valuable information to china in the future so the information they captured now may not be the crown jules, but it could help them get to other information that's more valuable to them in the future. >> michael, is there a fix for this? >> the fix is constant, the fix is constantly adjusting our defenses and continued engagement to discourage this. this will be a multiyear effort and it's going to be very hard to deter the chinese from doing this in the future. >> lot of work ahead. thanks very much michael we'll have much more from here later. but now, we go to my colleague, jon karl in washington. all of the latest on the very big 2016 week including an exclusive interview with the man
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and the 37-year wait is over! american pharoah is finally the one. american pharoah has won the triple crown! >> it was a race for the ages american pharoah's no-doubt-about-it triple crown win, it took 37 years, but this morning, there's a new legend in
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horse racing and espn reporter jeannine edwards is there. were you just petting the new triple crown winner sf. >> that's right, jon. i can only say it was the most surreal moment that i have ever experienced. those around the horses i have involved with thoroughbred racing in one capacity or another for 35 years. bob baffert just brought american pharoah out here surrounded by media, and the horse was just standing there with dozens of people around him petting him and bob baffert just standing there like a proud father with his child and soaking it all in and i can tell you, there was not a dry eye around there, because that's one of those moments that you will never forget. >> wow. tell me quickly, what does this mean for horse racing after 37
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years to have another triple crown winner? >> it means that the critics will be silenced. it means those of who have been saying the triple crown is too difficult, it needs to be changed. something needs to change it means that all we needed was to wait for was a special horse, a horse that is superior to all others and the stars would align to bring everything together for this to happen and that's exactly what we witnessed yesterday, it was absolutely spine-tingling. i had chills as i heard the crowd. >> wow, an incredible experience. thanks for sharing it with us jeannine. >> thank you. our roundtable is here. former house speaker newt gingrich donna brazile. robert reich and matthew dowd. lot of politics. we want to start with the race.
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speaker gingrich 1778 was the last time we had a triple crown winner that was the first time you have been elected to congress. >> yes. a long time. it's a remarkable thing. >> what a wonderful horse, i mean look i like horse racing i used to go jefferson down back in my day. but you know what what a graceful jockey that was his second attempt to try to win a triple crown, he did it. great trainer. a great trainer, great horse and a great jockey you can ride to victory. >> the emotion of this like, these are hardened reporters, sports reporters with tears in their eyes. >> people these days with all of the lousy news just want something that's great out there, they can cheer on. i want to mention, victor espinoza is a fabulous jockey.
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mexican origin. 43 years old. he's 5'2". >> last time there was a triple crown winner i had just gotten my driver's license in high school. you have an orthodox jew owner from egypt. you have a rancher from arizona and a jockey from mexico. >> this is the american story. exactly. we're just getting started. so much 2016 news to get to. including my interview with scott walker and iowa senator joni ii ernst. >> hi jon. here's the question in the last year how much of the nation's pork was produced here in iowa? >> right back with the answer.
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i love a senator who knows how to cast rate a pig, ride a hog and cut the pork from washington d.c. wouldn't it be nice to give her an ally in the white house to get the job done? >> the republican front-runner wisconsin governor scott walker talking about freshman senator joni ii ernst. she's may be iowa's new kingmaker. i had a chance to talk to scott walker before he jumped on his harley. in iowa this weekend, scott walker is already hitting high gear racing towards the front of the pack on his harley and in the polls. governor walker you're up in the polls nationally big lead. are you the front-runner?
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>> i think jeb bush is the front-runner. but we're feeling good. >> you said not long ago that people don't want an anointed leader in america, you were talking about hillary clinton, doesn't that apply to jeb bush too? >> well i think it's -- i hope republicans and independents and some discerning democrats, we're striking a stark contrast to hillary clinton. we're fresh faced. >> you got to run in this republican primary first jeb bush third bush doesn't that apply to jeb. >> again, it's one of those n a republican primary, people want to see how you're going to step up and contrast yourself with hillary clinton. she's not going through a pry pair -- or at least a real primary. i think it's a disadvantage not only for the democrats but for the american people. >> you said that romney former
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governor. >> governors bring tremendous experience. we have to surround ourself with a cabinet of people who are smarter than us in any particular issue. precisely what makes for a successful president in terms of cabinet and leadership. >> would you categorically rule out a senator like marco rubio. >> no my preference governors are well-tested leaders, they just don't talk about it they have to do it. someone like marco rubio, i have real confidence in. >> reporter: he's best known for his controversial stands against union in wisconsin. he won re-election in november. one of your central promises you were going to create 250,000 private sector jobs in wisconsin. when i asked about that you said you would get it done. >> we're still committed until 2015, to get to 250,000. you haven't done it. >> yeah, we set a big goal.
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last month, we're at 4.4% unemployment rate. >> that was a central promise you fell significantly short, so we should expect you to fall short on the promises you're making now? >> four years in a row, property taxes were lower than we expected. we froze tuition, we fixed the budget from 3.6 billion in the hole to surpluses. schools are better. you look at one promise after another, we fulfilled those. >> reporter: but walker faces questions about his lack of foreign policy experience. including this jab from the president. >> president obama said you needed to bone up on foreign policy. you have been doing that. you have been travel zmrg it's interesting for the president
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who called isis the jv squad and the yemen a success story, should tell someone to bone up on foreign policy. we have been elsewhere. if i'm thinking about running for president of the united states it's not about preparing for debate it's about being prepared for the president of the united states. >> you have been critical of the president's handling of isis. >> do you think we send ground troops? >> i don't think we should rule it out. >> would you do that. >> i'm not arguing that's the first approach. three speck things we should do in iraq. we should re-engage the strength of the american forces once you do that you empower the troops there to reclaim the territory that isis has taken.
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>> so you would not send combat troops now to iraq? >> no i believe right now, we have a capacity to reclaim with iraq with the iraqi forces there. >> you say you wouldn't rule out anything -- would you rule out a full-blown invasion of iraq and syria. >> i don't think we should a message to our foes of how far we're willing to go. >> you wouldn't rule that. >> i wouldn't rule out boots on the ground. the national interest of this country are at stake here at risk in this country or abroad that's to me is the standard that we do for military engagement. >> reporter: governor walker has been courting social conservatives here in iowa many of them concerned about that big decision expected from the supreme court. if supreme court establishes that same-sex marriage is a
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constitutional right -- >> i personally believe that marriage is between one man and one woman. if the court decides that it's ultimately pursuing a constitutional amenment. >> that would say states are allow to ban same-sex marriage. >> left up to the states yeah. >> we had another big cultural moment caitlyn jenner coming out like that was an act of courage, president obama said. >> it's a personal decision. >> reporter: walker looks, sounds and acts like a presidential candidate. but he still hasn't made it official. okay when are you going to hear the decision? >> budget end by june. shortly thereafter. up next the roundtable weighs in on scott walker and hillary clinton's slide in the polls. >> announcer: catch "this week"
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online all week on abcnews.com/thisweek on facebook and on twitter. fov nor perry is hardly alone in his crusades in voting rights. in wisconsin governor walker cut back early voting and signed legislation to make it harder for college students to vote. in new jersey, go nor chris christie vetoed legislation to
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extend early voting and in florida, when jeb bush was governor they constructed a deeply flaw purge of voters before the presidential election in 2000. >> that was hillary clinton attacking her gop rivals by name for the first time since she kicked off her presidential campaign. we're back with the roundtable. if you look at this race our last national poll abc news/washington post showed a seven-way virtual tie among republicans. so i mean who's the front-runner here? >> there is no front-runner. the fact is this is may be the most open nominating process in the republican party as you pointed out early since 1865 or something like that. literally it's wide open and nobody could tell you right now how any particular person has an
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automatic march to the election. >> robertmatthew? >> it could be 16 candles. i don't think it's downside to have this many candidates running. if you remember in 2008 there was a double-digit number of democrats running. in 1992 there was double-digit candidates running in '92 and bill clinton had just given a horrible speech. he wasn't a dominant figure he emerged in that process. with all these candidates the republicans have an opportunity for somebody to emerge. >> well undoubtedly someone will emerge the question is will they emerge to take on the general election in order to distinguish yourself out of the 15 opponents you'll have to either move right on social conservative or move right on business or move right on both.
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>> you know this field will be widle down at some point before christmas. the fact is even with the straw poll being down played that's a mark and the first debate that fox news will host that's going to be a mark right now, i think the more the merrier. this is like 1976 when i got active. the lone candidate was jimmy carter. especially now in iowa and new hampshire, they'll attach themselves to a candidate. >> jeb bush has give us a date. june 15th. people have been assuming he's a front-runner. speaker gingrich? jeb jush winning the nominee. you said he's not the front-runner. is he the underdog? >> let me just say, among the
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seven to ten really serious contenders the odds on each of them is 1/5. >> that's very good. >> i think there was a false premise for jeb from the beginning. the only reason why they were saying he was the dominant candidate, the idea that he was going to raise all this money. the opportunity today, money doesn't matter as much because of the ability of people to get out there. i think jeb's got a real problem. if you take a look at the first few states he's fifth or sixth in iowa. he's dominating in new hampshire and he's not doing well in south carolina. if you lose those first three states you can't win the nomination. >> jeb bush is still the
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establishment candidate. what the republican party still does i think it's going to do this time again, the accomplishment republican party does trump the disestablishment -- >> when john kasich gets in the race he'll become the establishment candidate. >> i don't know about that. so if youing high at the issues here one of the interesting things is the rise among republicans even of this issue of rising income enequality. "the new york times"/cbs poll asked the question should government do more to reduce the income gap? 57% said yes. >> republicans, this is a big, big shift for republicans. they're actually coming right out of the gate as it were talking about income inequality. there's a cognitive disconnect. there's the reagan economics. don't raise the minimum wage. i mean we're seeing the same
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policies but what they have to do is begin to link their rhetoric to actual policies. >> is that fair? we saw paul ryan he's not running for president, he came out with what many liberals was anti-poverty solution -- >> look the rhetoric doesn't match the record. if you're going to address income inequality you got to talk about some structural problems we in our economy right now. >> notice the conversation we're having in the sixth year of the obama presidency the failure palpably in places like baltimore and ferguson on racial relations. i mean at what point does hillary clinton say i'm the anti-obama democrat? you have a president, on every one of these fronts is failing.
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>> i think income inequality is a huge problem as it exists in the country. but the fundamental thing that frustrates americans is the lack of economic mobility. if they're in the lower class -- >> the american dream. >> they're able to move up. a stop on economic mobility. >> that goes together as the middle-class she rings, there are fewer opportunities for the poor to get into the middle class and we're seeing for the first time in my memory and according to a lot of surveys, people who view the future pessimistically. they don't think their children are going to do as well as they do this is profound and this is important. >> i don't hillary clinton, the most authentic person on this issue is bernie sanders, not hillary clinton. if you want to talk about a
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record on dealing with income inequality is brnie sanders. >> troubling poll numbers for hillary clinton. look at where she is among independents. only 36% say favorable. 58% view hillary clinton unfavorable. the number out of the abc news/washington post poll 52% say she's not trustworthy. >> i looked at those numbers and i went to bed that night, thinking you know what she's still pretty much out there talking to voters getting the issues out and preparing, i believe, to have a very successful campaign. >> she has to turn it around. >> of course she's going to turn it around. she came out of the gate in april, she's been attacked by the 25 30 republicans who are running each and every day. the media are complaining every
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day about the lack of e-mails. the big test for her starts now. and that is next week she can't go out there and echo some of the talking points we have been hearing. she has to go out with bold nominations. >> well look i think it's a great test of where we are as a country, the scandals are going to continue. the corruption overseas is going to continue. the ties to the russians onand the ties to haiti. an interesting test of the american people -- >> mr. secretary, do you see fundamental problems with hillary clinton's campaign? >> look let's keep in mind she's been a public figure for 23 years, her polls have been going up and down a roller
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coaster for 23 years. what she's done over the last few weeks on immigration, criminal defense and criminal justice system i think are very very important statements she put her republican opponents on the defensive. she's running a general election campaign already. but i do think the issue of sort of disclosure, a full disclosure is a key vulnerability. she has to and her husband as well put everything out, more disclosure than any other candidate -- >> does he have to stop the paid speeches? >> i would say he has to stop the paid speeches -- >> if you take a look at the data on her over time the place where she drops is when she enters the national scene as a candidate. if you just take a look ignore tactics. take a look at her numbers. look at her numbers and the dynamics of the country. where the country thinks we're
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off on a wrong track. the president's job approval is in the 40s. all of those dynamics say she's unelectable. can he swin? yes. >> on that note we're out of time. thank you all. first-year senator joni ernst, the most sought-after republican in iowa i sat down with her at the machine shed restaurant in iowa for her first national interview. >> those from hogs to these hogs. >> this is my bike. >> reporter: joni ens is proving she's the most popular republican in iowa. her first annual fund-raising event drew seven presidential hopefuls. are you the new iowa kingmaker? >> no i wouldn't say that. i'm an advocate for iowa. i have invited every republican
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candidate that's been participating in different events throughout the year. >> reporter: serns making a pitch for iowa. including its beleaguered straw poll. jeb bush has no to the straw poll. are they making a mistake? >> i would like to see them here it's a great opportunity to reach at will of voters in a very fun atmosphere. >> but it did a terrible job last year in predicting who was going to win. michele bachmann won the straw poll she came in dead last. >> it's a good opportunity for our candidates and for our voters. >> what is it going to take to win the iowa caucuses? >> someone who's going to express conservative views and i'm looking for somebody who's very reagansque.
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>> a big tint. >> a big tint. yes, a big tint. >> reporter: advice from someone who knows what it takes to win in iowa, back in washington ernst was barely sworn in as a freshman senator when she was tapped to give the republican response to the state of the union. she came to washington famously saying you're going to make them squeal. >> it's going to be hard. 99 other colleagues in the senate that you have to convince that we're doing the right thing. >> is there a democratic senator that you have become close with yet? >> there are a number of democratic senators that i have worked with i'm actually co-sponsoring a bill with senator barbara boxer of california. >> two peas in a pod. >> i think iowa said what the heck is going on? i think california said what the heck is going on. >> reporter: arming kurdish
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fighters in the fight against isis. >> i'm not ready to put ground troops in. but i think we're coming to a juncture where we will have to make that hard decision. >> how would you tell those military families, when so many have fought and so many have died how do you say we're going to go back again? >> first we haven't made that determination yet. we'll have to make a decision at some point. but, having served in the middle east i see a need at some point if we don't get this situation under control, isis will continue to spread. and i think most of service members understand that and many of them are ready to go back if that call comes up. >> she's a woman from a swing state with military experience who clearly has a style of her own. >> safety first. but it creates helmet hair.
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>> reporter: could ernst set her sights higher than the senate? what do you do whoever gets the nomination comes around and ask you to be run the running mate? >> i think that's nice. did my mother pay you to say that. >> i'm serving as a senator sister iowa i really want to work hard for iowans. they're always my first priority. >> our thanks to senator ernst. back to martha raddatz in the persian gulf. >> thanks jon. up next
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we have heard all of the bad news about iraq today, but we recently were given an inside look at an incredible new city rising right in the midst of that war zone a construction project you truly have to see to believe.
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the fall of ramadi. your daily car bombs in baghdad. air strikes to halt the spread of isis in iraq not exactly brochure material when you're planning a new community. this massive building project, 100,000 housing units is not in some u.s. suburb or european capital. i'm standing just outside of baghdad. but, just six miles outside of baghdad, construction of iraq's future is in full swing. that's baghdad right there. >> yes, yes. >> you can see it. this is the new city which when completed will house 600,000 residents. >> this is our vision for building iraq and so in order to do that you have to go to megaprojects. >> reporter: this megacommunity
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is the biggest construction project in the history of iraq and among the biggest and most daring in the world. how much does a project like this mean to iraq? >> it means a lot. this is part of the 1 million housing projects. >> reporter: along with housing, it will provide new schools, mosques and public safety like police and fire and a massive new road system will link the city to backed. so who will live here. >> lower middle class people. >> reporter: the construction company was awarded the $8 billion bid to have the project completed by 2019. i stand here and i look at this and think, i'm in the middle of iraq how can this possibly be successful? >> really this is very much a challenge for us. >> reporter: challenges like
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just finding workers brave enough to come here to build it. the presence of isis, has that scared people away. >> some of them. >> reporter: the danger to the outside is to do as much as possible inside. 14 factories on site help manufacture materiels. they build external housing walls. 8,000 workers in all building an unlikely oasis, trying to create hope for a new iraq even if right now, hope is hard to find. >> isis is a temporary situation, the iraqis will defeat and the future of iraq is very bright with a loft economic potential. >> the team telling us they're on track to have the first 7,000 apartments ready by the end of the year. and now, as we broadcast from
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this location staffed with thousands of u.s. service members, dedicated to their mission, we take time to honor our fellow americans who serve and sacrifice. in the month of may, three service members died overseas spotting operations in iraq and afghan stanl. that's all for us for today. check out "world news tonight" and we'll see you next week. have a great day and so long from this persian gulf nation.
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>> she wants to win philadelphia's most powerful office, but her biggest challenge may be that little letter "r" next to her name. so, who is melissa murray bailey, and how does this republican plan to overcome history? a special edition of "inside story" starts right now. and good sunday morning. welcome to "inside story." i'm brian taff. you know, until the last couple of weeks, melissa murray bailey's is a name you probably hadn't heard much of, but from this point forward, she's gonna be working hard to change that as she runs to be the next mayor of philadelphia. but melissa is not naive. neither history nor demographics are on her side as a republican in this overwhelmingly democratic city, so can she overcome all of that -- history and demographics? we're gonna ask her. melissa, last week we welcomed your democratic opponent

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