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meanwhile were also quick to respond to the vacancy. >> supreme court of the united states has nine members, not eight. we need that ninth member. >> elections have consequences. the president has a justice. and the senate has a responsibility to vote. >> we'll also be taking a close look at the democratic race and hoq hillary clinton's team is working overtime to try to turn this contest from being a referendum on her to a referendum on bernie sanders. a lot to get to, but we start with the impactnd the implications of scalia's death on the supreme court. nody better to join me on this than our stice correspondent pete williams. pete, welcome back, sir. let me ask very quickly, we're in the middle of some
what happens right now? the most one with political implications is the immigration decision. >> right. when you have eight justices it creates the possibility of a 4-4 tie. when there's a tie it's as though the supreme court decision doesn't count, the lower court ruling stands and the supreme court decision has no presidential value. so for the immigration policy it administration because it would leave standing the lower court for such abortion question which is coming, it would leave the tough texas restriction on standing. might courage other states to try the same thing. for public sector unions though it might be a victory because they won in the lower courts, defeating an effort to try to restrict their ability to raise union dues. >> all right. we are headed for the potential of if the president wants to nominate somebody, he's made that clear. the republican controlled senate doesn't want to consider it. it's possible terms of the supreme court begin in october and end in june. >> right. >> so at this point under this scenario we might go an entire
june of '17 without a supreme e court justice because even if the next president appoints it takes time to get through the process. >> two haugt ethoughts, majority decisions are not close votes. the court will ctinue functioning and do a lot of its business. it does raise the possibility that you won't get what only the supreme court c provide, and that is the final answer. only the supreme court can resolve these things for once and forever. so a lot of these things will juststhave to keep coming back until the supreme court gets the right combination to make the decision. >> scalia, the way cases are heardonce they're heard, there's an immediate vote that takes place among the nine justice. >> that's right. >> does scalia's vote count posthumously? >> no, not unless the decision was handed down. the rule is votes can shift and opinions can change, you have to be present for your vote to count. >> i want you to talk about one candidate i think we may see nominated.
merrick garland. if there's a republican senate, this is a guy they think they can get through the republican senate. he's considered more moderate than other liberal justices, why? >> because of his record, experience in the justice department, widely respected. i mean, the thing is now presidents tend to want younger nominees. if you look at the most recent trend, they're nominating people in their 50s. that's not merrick garland, but he's the right kind of ideology. >> all right. pete williams, going to be a busy 18 months for you on this confirmation process, i think. >> indeed. joining me now is the first of four republican presidential candidates who are on with us this morning. it's donald trump. mr. trump, welcome back to "meet the press." >> good morning. >> let me a you first on the supreme court opening. do you have a litmus test? do you have a litmus test on row v. wade? citizens united when it comes to who you might appoint to the supreme court should you become president? >> well, i think we e ve some great people out there.
what everybody tells me would be outstanding. we need a conservative person. i think that certainly we have some great people. we lost one of the greats. i'd like to have the person tailored to be just like justice scalia, justice scalia was truly a great judge. and respected by all. both sides. >> that's what i mean, how will you determine that? how will you determine whether you got somebody -- >> well, i mean, look, you never know what happenu, chuck. you look at where a guy like ted cruz pushed very hard for justice roberts. everyone thought that was wonderful. and justice roberts let everybody down by approving obamacare, twice. i mean, he really did let us down. that's l lgely cruz's fault and the bush fault because they put the wrong guy in there. that was a shocking decision. so, you know, you never rlly know. but at the time he looked okay. but he's -- that wbs a ted cruz mistake because he pushed him very hard. look, we need great intellect.
but i think the real plan for it would be somebody just like justice scalia. >> all right. i want to move on to the debate last night. >> by the way which is hard to find. >> yeah, i think a lot of con terve sieve servetives will agree with you. i want to go to the debate last night. your 2008 comments about george w. bush were brought up and this idea that you were surprised at the time that then-speaker pelosi had ruled out impeachment. did you believe that -- and i jusus want to clarify this, did you believe that there was enough there to bring up impeachment proceedings against george w. bush in 2008 overer >> no. i was in the private sector, so much. but certainly the war in iraq was a disaster. no, not to be impeached, but the war in iraq it was a mistake. he just made a mistakeke we went into iraq, we lost thousands of lives -- >> but you don't believe it's an impeachable offense now? you were implying itight be in 2008. >> well, that's for other people to say.
i can say this, it may not have been impeachable because it was a mistake. i think it was a mistake. but it was a horrible mistake. number one, there were no weapons of mass destruction. so did they know there weren't or not? that would tell you something right ere. but there were no weapons of mass destruction. chuck, the war in iraq was a disaster. we end up with absolutely nothing. iran is taking over iraq as we sit here right now. and as sure as you can be iran is doing pretty well worldwide. nothing. they're taking over iraq. they're getting the oil. it was a disasterous decision the war in iraq and unfortunately bush happened to be presidentn >> you were saying president bush lied. how do you know he lied about wmd? >> i think that people knew that there were no weapons of mass destruction. i think they wanted to go in there. i think they t tught it would have been easier.
it wasn't well prorocuted and they ended up getting -- i mean, leaving. now, i have to sa he made a mistake getting in. and i'm the only one on the stage that said we should not go into iraq. that the war in iraq is a mistake. everyone else said, oh, you know, all the other people on stage i should get points for vision. because everybody -- >> let me pause you there. >> chuck, it took -- >> right. let me pause you -- >> it took jeb bush five days -- waitit minute. it took jeb bush five days to say that the iraq war was a mistake. he went back and forth, back and forth. then finally his pollster told him what he had to say. but jeb bush -- then he@ admitted it was a mistake. i mean, look, he's got no chance anyway, but it almost cost him the election before he even started. >> well, i want to for what it's worth politifact that has never been able to find, none of us have been able to find any instance where before the this war. why is that? >> well, i did it in 2003.
forget, i wasn't a politician. so people didn't write everything i said i was a business person. i was as they say world class business person. i built a great company. i employ thousands of people. so i'm not a politician, but if you look at 223 there are articles, if you look at 2004, there are articles in ft i saw somebody commenting on it last night that trump really was against the war. i was against it -- look, i'm the most militaristic person, i'm going to build the military bigger, better, stronger, hopefully we'll never have to use it, but nobody's going to mess with us. but i will say this, the war in iraq, it was a mistake. anybody would have realized iran and iraq they used to fight. they'd go back, forth. chuck, you destabilize the middle east, i'm the only one that called. i was the only one that called it. >> you made it clear that you wanted to remi people that 9/11 happened, i believe you used the phrase, during george bush's reign. do you believe that george bush kept america safe?
was knocked down. look, that's another myth. i wish he did. i have nothing against him. i don't know him. i don't know that -- i don't think i ever even met m. i don't think i did meet him. i have nothing against george bush. i'm just saying when jeb bush gets up and says my brother kept us safe. how did he keep us safe when the world trade during his time in office, i lost many, many friends -- that was the worst tragedy in the history of this country. worse than pearl harbor because they attacked civilians. they attacked people in office buildings. >> andou think george w w bush could have prevented this? >> well, according to -- if you go back, you will see the cia and other agencies had information that bad things were going to happen. and, yes, the answer is he should have known. they were not talking to each other. there was total disassociation. they didn't like each other, all of the different agencies were a mess. they werer fighting with each other. absolutely they should have
they should have known something. osama bin ladene-- hey, look, i wrote about osama bin laden in 2000 in a book. i was talking about osama bin laden. if i know about osama bin laden just by seeing press and seeing, you know, what's going on, why wouldn't the president of the united states know about osama bin laden? >> well, let me ask you this. in south carolina as you know, george w. bush is popular among republicans. you are -- this is a risky stralt strategy. you called him a liar last night about wmd and you essentially said you would have been okay -- >> i didn't call him a liar. i didn't call anybody a liar. >> well, you called ted cruz a liar. >> chuck, i said maybe there were lies because, look, the weapons of mass destruction they said they existed and they didn't exist. now, it was his group that said there are weapons of mass destruction. that's why we went in. that's why so many people got hoodwiwied into going into iraq. then they go in there, they searched high and dry. they looked all over. there were no weapons of mass destruction.
absolutely not no weapons of mass destruction. now, was it a lie? i don't know. >> if you lose south carolina, do you think the game change moment people will point to is what happened last night and what you said about george w. bush? but if you win, does this prove that the republican party is rejecting bush? >> no, i don't think so. i think they're rejecting the war in iraq. the war in iraq is a disaster. i have a great relationship with south carolina and the people. i've known them for a long time. i've been there many times. i have great relationships there. they're very smart people. they understand that the war in iraq is a disaster and was a disaster. it totally destabilized the middle east. when you look at the migrgrion, when you look at all of the things that are happening right now, it all started with the war in iraq. and you know what, we got nothing. we have absolutely nothing. iran is getting the whole deal. 2> mr. trump, i have to leave it there. little short on time this morning.
you again soon, i hope. thanks for congresswoman iming on and stay safe on the trail. >> thank you very much. moments ago i spoke to senator ted cruz of texas. and i began asking him about how he might go about replacing justice antonin scalia on the court. let me go to litmus tests, do you have them for potential supreme court justices? >> well, my litmus test for any supreme court justice is whether he or she will faithfully apply the constitution to the law. it's not a specific issue. it is rather a jurs prudential approach. the only way to determine that is if they have a proven record, if they have spent years demonstrating they'll be faithful to the law.w. that's the job of a justice. it's what liberal activists don't do. liberal activists want to instead legiate from the bench. a perfect example of that is justice scalia. justice scalia was a lion of the supreme court. he was one of the greatest supreme court justices in history. spent three decades on the court.
he was a law professor for many, many years. he was a court of appeals judge. he had a long proven record so you knew exactly what you were getting with justicece scalia. i knew justice scalia for 20 years. >> is this the mistake you think was made with john roberts? >> of course it is. >you were a big supporter of him, but in hindsight you're not. is that becauseou think that he didn't have a track record? >> he didn't have a track record. and i would not have nominated john roberts. once george bush nominated him, i sported the nomination as a republican nominee, but i would have nominated my former boss, a court of appeals judge, justice scalia's very first law clerk and had a long proven track record. and, chuck, just as ronald reagan was to the presidency, so supreme court. he had that big an impact. and i think his passing yesterday really underscores the stakes of this election. e are facing our fundamental
>> let me ask you, does the united states senate have an obligation to at least consider a nomination that president obama puts forward? i understand that you guys don't want it. and you would prefer to let the -- but doesn't thee united states have an obligation to at least go through the process and have an up or down vote? >> not remotely. >> why? >> it has been 80 years since a supreme court vacancy was nominated and confirmed in an election year. there is a long tradition that you don't do this in an election year. and what this means, chuck, is we ought to make the 2016 election a referendum on the supreme court. i cannot wait to stand on that debate stage with hillary clinton or bernie sanders and talk about what the supreme court will look like depending on who wins. if hillary clinton or bernie sanders wins, or for that matter if donald trump wins whose cord is indistinguishable from them on a great many issues, then we will see the second constitution. another thing we'll see,@and
conservatives in south carolina, if donald trump is the nominee, or if hillary clinton is the president,we will see unlimited abortion on demand throughout this country. partial birth abortion, taxpayer funding, no parental notification. and we'll also see our religious liberty torn down, basic rights. >> i want to go back to the united states senana here. so you believe the presidency is only three years long in each term? i mean, if we go down this road, we're cutting off a presidency with a year to go. and more importantly,enator cruz, the risk here for conservatives is that if you have all these 4-4 ties in the court, then the more liberal leaning circuits will then have, you know, their rulings will take precedent. >> look, the consequence of a 4-4 tie is that the judgment of the court of appeals is affirmed by an equally divided vote. this has happened many times in history that there have been vacancies, sometimes on a closely contentious case they'll
the replpcement justice arrives. in an election year we have a long tradition that a lame duck president doesn't get to jam a supreme court nominee through in the very end. lbj tried that and the supreme court rejected it. and particularly when the court is 5-4 isalanced an obama liberal nominee would dramatically shift the u.s. supreme court. >> but why not go through the process? should the united states s sate do its duty and go through the process, reject it, senator, but go through the process? >> by the way, the senate's duty is to advise and consent. the senate is advising right now, we are advising that a lame duck president in an election year is not going to be able to tip the balance of the supreme court. that we're going to have an election, and if liberals are so confident that the american people want unlimited abortion on demand, want religious liberty torn down, want the second amendment taken away, want veterans memorials torn down, want the crosses and stars of david sandblasted off of the tombstones of our fallen veterans, then go and make the
i don't think the american people want that. i'm very happy to take th94 ] case directly to hillary clinton, directly to bernie sanders. and i would note, look, how do we knowonald trump's record on this is going to be bad? he has supported@ liberals for four decades, jimmy carter, john kerry, hillary clinton, chuck schumer, harry reid, anyone who cares about judges would not be supporting harry reid and chuck schumer and john kerry and hillary clinton. and the consequence is if either hillary or bernie or donald trump is the president, we w wl see the second amendment written out of the constitution. is is a basic question who will defend our liberties. >> senator cruz, i have to leave it there this morning. a lot more to get to. i look forward to hopefully having you on perhaps next sunday and we can get to more of that. thank you, sir. >> excellent. when we come back, we're going to hear from marco rubio who hopes to put new hampshire behind him. and john kasich who hopes new hampshire is a sign of the
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the term of this supreme court is already -- they just started it, but it's not all yearlong. the court can function with eight justicics, it does it all the time especially when justices have to recuse themselves. kagan has to recuse herself early in the term. we're going to have an election in november where this vacancy will be an item of debate and oters will get to weigh in. i don't think it's wise and it's precedent for this president nearing the last few months of his administration to put someone on the court that may be there for 30 years. >> so you don't think -- i understand that. and i understand the decision that you may not support and that the republican majority doesn't want this, but aren't they obligated to at least go through the motions here? i mean, you're saying -- >> no. >> you're saying don't even go through the motions, why? >> correct. will go through the motions, but not while barack obama's in the white house. it's not going to happen. >>o presidential terms end after three years? that's what i don't understand is why not go through the advice anconsent. you don't have to approve it. you can reject it.
but why not go through this process? >> because there's -- actuay, it's not just for the supreme court. even for appellate courts it's been both partie followed this precedent. there comes a point in the last year of the president, especially in their second term, where you stop nominating -- or you stop the advice and consent process. you basically say at this point with a few months left in your term, no accountability from the ballot box and the appointment you're going to make on a lifetime appointment. that's the important thing here. these are not laws that can be -- but these are not laws that can be reversed. in essence this is a lifetime appointment to the highest court in the country at a time when the balance of the constitution and the court's interpretation of it is at stake. mitch mcconnell has already made it clear we're not moving forward and i support 100%. bottom line i don't trust barack obama on the appointment of supreme court justice. we cannot afford to have scalia replaced by someone like past. we're going to have an election, there's going to be a new president. i believe it's going to be me. we're going to look for someone
replace him. >> i want to move to the debate. ou said in response to a heated exchange between jeb bush and donald trump on 9/, this is what you said about 9/11. and i want to ask you about it on t other side. >> the world trade center came down because bill clinton didn't kill osama bin laden when he had the chance to kill him. >> that's a big charge. i know bill clinton has said it is one of his regrets, but he did make an attempt to go after him. but you believe that is a direct result that basically bill clinton's failure led to 9/11? >> well, i believe that if osama bin laden had been killed, al qaeda as an organization would not have grown to t t point where it have conducted 9/11. it was in response to this argument that trump was making that somehow president bush was responsible for 9/11. and my argument was, no, the responsibility of 9/11 falls on the fact that al qaeda was allowed to gow and prosper and the decision was not made to take out their leader when the chance existed to do so.
according to the 9/11report. president clinton has acknowledged that has as a regret. the bottom line is that al qaeda was able to carry out 9/11 because as an organization they grew and prospered in capability led by osama bin laden. had bin laden been taken out, it happened. at least on september 11 of 2001 because al qaeda would not have been in a position to be able to carry something like that out. >> so you're not blaming 9/11 on bill clinton? >> no, he made a decision not toto take out its leader which i think ended up being there, the situation that haened with 9/11. and as a response to an attack that the reason why 9/11 happened was because of george w. bush. my gument is if you're going to ascribibblame, don't blame georgew. bush, blame a decision that was made earlier n n to tak out bin laden when the opportunity presented itself. >> so i'm actually still not quite clear. are you putting this on -- are you putting 9/11 on bill clinton? >> no, i'm putting it on his decision not to take out bin laden, absolutely.
have a chance to take out the leader of a terrorist organization and you fail to do so and the resusus are something like 9/11. >> later this week pope francis is going to speak and certainly going to tour the border of mexico and the united states. in sepmber in front of congress he called himself the son of immigrants. and he called on congress and americans not to, quote, turn their backs on their nehbors. you yourself got emotional listening to that speech. do you feel that the pope's message about immigrants, particularly mexican immigrants and our immigration debate here, do you agree with his take on this? >> sure. we're a country of immigrants. we continue to be a country of immigrants. let's have some perspective here. america accepts close to a million permanent residents every single year. no other nation in the world comes close to that number. that's not the issue we're debating. the issue we're debating is not whether or not w wre going to accept immigrants, because we do. we're going to continue to. the issue is is there going to be a process people have to follow to immigrate to the united states?
to control how many people come here, when they come here and who they are? and the answer is, yes. i don't think the pope is saying open up the borders and allow anyone who wants to come in. i mean, you can't move to the vatican just because you feel like moving there. they've got laws that restrict who can live within that nation's city state. and i think the same is true for the united states. so i agree with pope francis' saying we should be compassionate towards immigrants.. and we are. the united states is more than any nation on earth. but we are allowewe as a sovereign nation have an obligation to have immigration laws and to enforce them. and that's what we need to be doininbetter than what we're doing now. >> all right. i have to leave it there. we're short on time this morning. a lot to get to, senator rubio, nice to catch up with you. stay safe on the trail, sir. >> thank you. and i'm joined now by the fourth presidential candidate we've had on the show this morning, republican governor of ohio john kasich. welcome back to "meet the press," sir. >> always, you know, if it's sunday, it's "meet t press."
i've had two u.s. senators on this morning who say the u.s. senate shouldn't even bother considering a nomination that president obama puts up. does the u.s. senate have an obligation to at least consider it, hold a hearing? and if they vote it down, they vote it doww but should the u.s. senate, should mitch mcconnell at least o oen up that part of the process? >> well, you know, that's theiei decision, chuck. you know, as the governor of ohio i have to deal with legislators and their decisions. and i don't try to tell them what to do. i do think that really the predent -- i understand the president has prerogative here. i got that. course. but i just think at a time when the country is so divided it would just be great if the president didn't send somebody forward and we had an election and then everybody would be clear about what they want in the next supreme court justice. but i guess it's not going to go that way. >> to roll the dice. >> pardon? >> governor, it's a roll of the dice, you could have a democratic senate, democratic c
have a more liberal justice than what president obama might provide. >> well, but that's ife. then the people actually have had some say. it's really kind of a unique thing when you think about it, chuck. it's unique to say that the public itself is going to have sort of an indirect vote on who's going to be a supreme court justice. i think that's kind of cool. and what i don't like now is, you know, we can talk about this all day long. you and i both know in the real world they're not going to confirm anybody. unless they pick somebody who's so beloved that everybody goes that's great. okay. i don't think that's going to happen. >> yeah, you're probably right on that. let me move to the debate. and i got to play this one clip from you last night because i want to get a better explanation of what you meant. here it is. >> i got to tell you, this is just crazy, huh? this iss just nuts. okay. >> that was after jeb bush and donald trump were going at each other. what did you mean by that comment? explain. >>ell, i mean, it's like all
back and forth. chuck, what i have found -- i tell you, i'm' having the time of my life. people want to know what u're for. look, i've been all over. yesterday i had we to this barbecue shack. there were 500 people waiting there. i was there, you know, taking pictures, must have been another 45 minutes after i got done speaking and people are grabbing onto you saying please stay positive. please don't get into these fights. i get my energy by being four ttngs. i don't get my energy by being against things. and i think people tend to get negative when they're not selling their own positive. look, that's where i am. if it works out for me, great. if it doesn't work out for me, i'll get to spend more time with my family. but look, i want to win. and we're doing well. really well. >> let me point to something last night you said at the debate. you said you didn't think we should have gone into iraq if there weren't any weapons of mass destruction. >> right. >> but you also said we should not get emoiled in civil wars overseas.
>> well, we've done it before. we did it with bosnia. >> we did it with lebanon. chuck, let me tell you -- well, libya was a terrible mistake. frankly that was -- that's something people ought to be thinking about in regard to hillary. you know, they s snd- they talk about benghazi, which is very legitimate, of course it is. but we should never have deposed gadhafi. that was a terrible mistake. the guy was working with us and now we've created chaos in that country. look, i was not in favor of.s. troops in lebanon. and i voted against it. even when reagan wanted them there, tip o'neilanted them there, then when they got blown up tip was out bling reagan. i'll never forget it. civil wars -- getting in between -- you know, sincethe sixth century sunni and shia have been fighting. syria? >> i would only go to syria t t
i would not use u.s. troops to depose assad, but i would support the rebels there. it's okay to support peopop who share your view, but for the united states t tbe embroiled in a civil war in syria against assad i think is a big mistake. >> youknow, you've also been critical of how the surplus that you as a republic budget leader and working with the clinton administration you guys foraged a budget that was projected surpluses throughout the first part of the 2 1st century. it was gone immediately. one way many democrats have said one of the reasons that surplus went away so quickly was due to the bush tax cuts. do you concur with that? were the bush tax cuts too big? >> no, i think it was spentding, chuck. theheirty little secret is democrats love to spend. and republicanndo too, it's just that republicans feel guilty. look, if you don't have a leader that stands in the breach to restrain the spending of government, they'll always spend. >> i'm going to leave it there. >> okay, chuck. >> i apprereate it.
next week or so. >> yeah, we will. all right. coming up, the democratic race and why it may start getting tougher from here for beie sanders. and of course saturday night fights, in other words, last night's republican debate and what all of those nasty exchanges mean. >> you are the single when your cold makesou wish... ...you could stay... ...in bed all day... ...you need the power of...
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welcome back. the panel is here on a huge sunday of political news. gwen ifil fresh off moderating that democraticdebate i think happened in the last few days. welcome of pbs news hour. kathleen parker, columnist from "the washington post" and ron fournier. let me start with consequences quickly on scalia and then move to the debate of the united states senate. chris, you know the politics of this. >> yeah. >> the united states senate, will it be a functioning chamber this year? or could this fight shut the entire senate down for the yeyer? >> okay. so i generally put myself in the 1% of most cynical people about politics. i was surprised that mitch mcconnell came out with a statement as quickly as he did
president obama's nominee will go through, there's no point in president obama putting a nominee forward. you then saw harry reid respond. given that and given what we've heard from ted cruz, donald trump, marco rubio. i think mitch mcconnell will feel under considerable political pressure. i know he just got re-elected but considerable political pressure to shut this thing down before it ever starts. >> and, gwen, this is the base. they don't want to see even a chance that somebody could get confirmed. on the other hand there's five blue state republicans who do they want to look like obstructionist? basically he's got a tiger on one end and the cliff on the other, i think. >> it's the box that mr. mcconnell has been in and john boehner was in for a very long time. i was not surprised that he came out that quickly. i'm not sure he had any choice but to come out and say thi is the line we're going to draw and then step back and let other people fight it out. just as the leader to say this is the line i'm drawing.
coming from the presidential candidates, that wasn't a big risk for him. and for the blue state republicans, worry about them later. right now they have to worry about the base. >> i think it's even worse. within 20 minutes of the announcement that he was dead i got an e-mail from a very prominent republican consultant all of who you know saying we're not going to allow even a hearing. the man's body, a good man's body was not even dead yet and politicscsas already in play. the republicans are not going to let this happen. it's totally irresponsible. it's a sign again of our democracy, of our system not functioning. and i have no reason to believe that if a republican wins the white house why would the democrats nominate? >> i was going to say. risk. >> i think we could have a 3-3 for years. >> this seems like a good time to say among conservatives especially people are very, very i think we should just acknowdge that for a moment. because justice scalia, you know, we've heard a lot about the many wonders of his personality and his brilliant mind and all that. but to your poioi i agree it was
have everyone talking about the political implications. that's our job. >> within hours. >> within minutes. >> and i got a call from the hill just of somebody saying, okay, game over, time to get serious. everything matters now. but let me just say this, on the conservative side i think a lot of these people, a lot o republicans feel president obama does not respect the constitution and that he' gone around the legislative body to -- you can argue that he had to, but he wanted done. justice during an election year. it's only happened once in 80 years. and kennedy's -- it was justice kennedy, it took a year. >> well,@ it did. i want to move to the debate very quickly. but we'll know what kind of fight president obama wants. does he find sobody who's a little more to the right o o his two previous nominations in order to find a confirmable sort of left leaning judge or not. >> there's not such a thing -- >> i don't think anymore.
obama was not going to take mitch mcconnell's advice on this. >> nor should he. but he started out on the high road yesterday with a very high road complimentary -- >> of course. >> about scalia. he should do the same thing. put up somebody who would be confirmable if things were working well and show that the republicans aren't willing to work. >> well, that is the big risk for the republicans. he's got to be thinking, oh, my gosh, ted cruz or donald trump could become president and then they're going to appoioi the next justice. >> big story, chuck, this is another sign of the politicic dysfunction in this town that you and i h hve talked abtd for a long time. i thihi this is going to be a long time before we have nine judges on that court. a long me. >> can i say one more thing? there's also a risk for these republicansshat maybe hillary clinton or bernie sanders does get elected. and by holding upthe court appointment until the next president, the next president could be a democrat. potential presidential wish for. dominated by a supreme court
will get nothing else done. >> we've talked about this. you have basically one big swing, right. >> yes. >> for obama it was health care. you have one big thing. >> it's a scotus pick. >> well, you have to do the right thing i agree with john kasich, just let the process ro. >> let it roll. all right. we got to let it roll here. we're going to do some debate chatter later in the show, but coming up, bernie sanders came up big with white voters in iowa and new hampshire. but can he win over african-americans to defeat
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welcome back. bernie sanders proved he can do very well against hillary clinton in iowa. a new poll gave hillary a 57 point lead. the morning after new hampshire sanders traveled to harlem for breakfast with my next guest, civil rights leader and msnbc host al sharprpn. reverend sharpton, welcome back to "meet the press." >> thank you. >> i want to play for you an interaction that bernie sanders had on friday with an african-american voter in minnesota and get your response on the other side. here it is. >> so the question specifically, my black son -- okay. i know you're scared to say black, scared to say reparations -- >> ma'am, ma'am, we have the highest rate of childhood poverty of any major country on earth, especially within the african-american community. >> say black -- >> i've said black 50 times.
that's the 51st time. >> is that a fair criticism from the crowd of him? >> well, i think that what it is is that people have felt in our communities ignored. and marginalized andnd that people have kind of like generally discussed things. and we are supposed to assume we're part of that when we have some very specific needs. and all of us don't agree nobody can deliver the black vote, but all of us agree that there are specific things that you just can't cover just talking about economic inequality without talking about racial inequality in that. u can't just talk about the problems with washington without talking about a race problem in that. so i think that some of the anger you hear is from being marginalized. and that has come from both liberals and conservatives. >> go ahead, guys. >> i think the reverend is right in that -- and i think this is the problem for bernie sanders
at the core the fundamental inequality that explains america is economic in nature, not racial, not anything else. the problem is he believes -- well, i've covered it. i've talkedbout economic equality. you've heard his response there in minnesota. that's not enough for some voters. >> go ahead. >> there was also in that same event he was asked about reparations. >> right. >> he's been through this argument already. yet somehow he went back to what we were talking about, talking in general about economic inequality. the skepticism about bernie sanders among many africacaamericans can be summed up in two ads he's run. one, the wonderful simon and garfunkel come to america ad where there was base #barely a face of color and then the new ad that has almost nothing but faces of color, this together ad. reminds me a lot of the will i ad from 2008 because it was be together. >> part of the problem that i
surface in this is that we have experienced both in the liberal north and the south hostilities. let's not forget howard beach where bernie sanders was born in new york. howard beach was in the north. people likekee emerged in the north. i never lived in the south. we are dealing with hollywood progressive hollywood with an oscar whiteout right now. so i think what a lot of peoplele are beginning to see is wait a minute we do not want to be marginalized. and we don't want to be thrown into a situation where specific needs are not dealt with. >> what if bernie sanders talked about one of the issues where the african-american community has been marginalizedand instead of talking about the number of times he said black what if he talked abouthe number of african-americans imprisoned under president clinton? what if he talked about the 10-1 racial despairisparity under president clinton? what if he said i have a solution for this, i'm going to unleash the powers of
going to free every person, many of whore african-americans in prison over sentences that ha not been grandfathered? how pourwerful would that be? >> whether he talked about issues people not agree specific issues. the problem @s when you talk about president clinton and the crime bil, bernie sanders voted for it. so that might be one reason he doesnst bring it up. but i think that at the other said he made a mistake,r. sanders augtd to say he shouldn't have voted for it. and then we ought to talk about how we deal with mass incarceration, police reform and all of these issues. i don't think unless we press it those of us -- >> i got to wrap it up here, but reverend sharpton, are you going to endorse before south carolina? >> i don't know. we're meeting with mrs. clinton tuesday. >> okay. >> were talking to senator sanders. we may or may not. what i don't want to get caught in is who we're going to endorse.
endorse us having a fair share in this country. not whoseseide are we on, whose on our side. >> reverend sharpton, i will leave it there. prophetic words. when we come back, we have less than a minute with our end game segment. some of the highlights or low lights from last night's debate. coming up, "meet the press" end game brought to - you set rules around the house, right? so set rules for your kids when they go online: don't be a cyberbully. no racy selfies. and remember everyone can see everything you post, even grandma. rules keep kids safe online.
well, donald trump was builaing a reality tv show, my brother was building a security apparatus to keep us safe. and i'm proud of what he did. [ cheers and appuse ] and he's had the gall -- >> the world trade center came down during his reign. remember that. [ audience booing ] >> end game time. panel is bac we haven't discussed the debate. kathleen, jeb bush's big moment ere taking on trump. >> that was a good line. you know, every time trump baits jeb bush, jeb bush responds. and it never works that well for him. i don't know why, but he just can't pull it off. and every time trump opens his mouth, i think, okay, he's really trying to get fired this time. this is the time he's going to do it. you know, it's all about style. you can say the iraq war was a mistake, but you could also say in south carolina particularly where you have a high percentage of military people and veterans, with great respect to the brave men and womom who fought in
a mistake. and i think a lot of people agree. and let me just say this and then go on. but he attacks the family, he attacks the mother. jeb is desperate. he brought in laura yesterday. >> if any other candidate literally in politics in america performed the way that donald trump did in that debate last night, i would have written and concluded this person is gone off the rails. he looked angry, to kathleen's point though -- >> but we know better than that now. >>ou spent $36 billion and thing about new hampshire and ads and thing don't care about, but -- any seasons that begins this is going to doom donald trump because has been proven wrong so many times. what's the point? >> it's not so much about trump, it's about the people supporting him who are so angry with the establishment. why do we assume that they're going to defend the establishment? they're going to defend a bush? >> it was interesting to watch marco rubio who found a way to wait, to let the fight between trump and cruz and bush play out
believe and he did it in the fluid nonrepeative wayay in that respect he did himself a favor. >> it was mutually destruction last night and good night for kasichh kasich. >> i think we have trump, cruz, one, two and we don't know which order one, two is going to be. third place matters. >> that's why i thought jeb was tually as good as he has been. and i thought -- >> butubio doing well didn't help. >> rubio needed to do another last saturday debate because rubio's b-plus and better than jeb's a in debate terms. and i think rubio was better, did moreood for himself. i thought to gwen's point, how does marco rubio wind up being the big figure defending the bush administration in a fight with jeb bush on the stage? >> i think overall don't you thinpeople just felt like, okay, kids, can you just stop fighting? >> to your point about john kasich. he's clearly said there's only one place for me to go. i can't get into that figg. i'm not going to get in it.
and we saw it again this morning. >> i love it. my mom will be happy about that. that's all for today. we'll be back next week because if it's sunday it's "meet the press." . it's monday, february 15. coming up on "early today," in the quiet dark of night, the body of supreme court justice antonin scalia returns to virginia but the political reaction has been anything but quiet. as the candidates weigh in on the next justice, they're also tearing one another apart. >> they lied. >> been telling lies. >> why do you lie. >> liar, liar, liar. millions endured record cold temperatures over the valentine weekend but more cold is in
plus, is kanye west millions in debt. a monster weekk at the box office. and what happens when you giving a sea lion a selfie stick? "early today" starts right now. good morning. the stakes are high after the death of supreme court justice antoninscalia. it's already reached the point of a justice scalia dissent. president obama says he will nominate a new justice although so far there is no timetable for an announcement. and the president's republican colleagues don't think it should be his to make at all. here's the bottom line. i don't trust barack obama on the supreme court justices it's called delay, delay, delay. >> i don't think the president should move forward and we should let the next president of the united states should decide.