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to stop donald trump. but how? >> you have the establishment. they don't know what they're doing. they don't have a clue. >> reporter: the stop trump movement is limping forward. although republican opponents have the will to defeat the frontrunner, it's not clear they have a game plan. there have been meetings. a confab in washington two blocks from the white house, calling for a unity ticket. another meeting of big donors in florida. and new ads from outside group. >> ask donald trump why he sides with hillary clinton. >> reporter: the "stop trump" group spent $13 million and trump increased his lead. many voters are not comfortable with trump. 29% of primary voters in florida said they would seriously consider a third party candidate. so did 35% in battleground florida and 40% in battleground ohio. what's the alternative? >> fore to win 123737 delegates,
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remaining delegates. that sounds like a high bar. >> reportqr: mitt romney encourages republicans to vote for cruz. >> are we sure he's a mormon? he choked. it was so sad. >> reporter: but only to force an open convention. >> but john kasich is stepping up efforts to challenge cruz in utah, which holds its caucus on tuesday. now many trump opponents are turning to the convention, hoping to deprive trump of a clear 1237 majority. >> nothing's changed other than the perception that this is more likely to become an open convention than we thought before. >> reporter: trump warns of violence if a floor fight produces another nominee. >> i think you would have riots. >> reporter:or man republicans, denial and depression are turning into acceptance.
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he's$ going to need a majority to govern. i think he would welcome working with republicans in the house and senate. >> reporter: th's an admission that the republican establishment, long on life-suprt, may officially be dead. >> john cornyn is a ted cruz supporter, we think. joining me now, i'm joined by the men who ran the last two republican presidential campaigns. stuart stevens and steve schmidt. gentlemen, welcome to you both. stu, prior to last tuesday, you wrote there was still time to stp trump. do you still believe that a week later? >> sure. 40% of the people haven't voted. we got upset in 2000 when tey closed the polls in florida, they announc it when the panhandle was still open, 40% was still out there. i think it's going to be ifficult for anybody else than donald trump to get to 1237.
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out there, 40% of the oatvote out there that you could easily have donald trump with 1,000 votes, and ted cruz with 950. we've done this before. this is the ronald reagan strategy in 1976, against a sitting republican president. >> steve, the most expedient way to do this would be to rally round ted cruz. and that seems to be something that wasasngton republicans can't bring themselves to do. >> well, look. d cruz is exactly right, a vote at this point for john kasich is in fact a vote for donald trump. >> why isn't the cavalry rallying behind cruz? >> trump is his way to 1237 delegates. if gets there, he'll be nominated on the first ballot. if he does n n and it goes to an open convention, anything of course can happen. but if you look at the amount of new voters coming into the process this year, for them m
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small "d" democratic process, in fact these parties are the vessels that we use to advance democracy in america, are not themselves democratic, small "d," institutions. as the rules play out, dire consequences for the senate majority. >> there is a way to do this. stutut, you were on the receiving end of some delegate manipulationonhat can take place. ron paul never won any states but he came to the convention with majorities of delegates. let me show some results in iowa, just to show people the iowa results in 2012. romney and santorum, second and first. ron paul had a majority of the delegates by the time the convention rolled around. louisiana, a similar finding. ron paul endeded up with 6% of the vote in the primary. look at this, he ended up with 40% of the delegates once he got to t t convention. and this happened last night in louisiana. there is a way to elect
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supportive of cruz, if you're the cruz campaign, to deny trump this. then it does undermine what steve was talking about. >> i think what we'll have here is a period where the candidates will really be looked at more closely, more closely than before, because there's fewer of them. you'll have a different threshold for it. i think there will be a lot of pressure for donald trump to believe as a frontrunner, someone who could lead a party. people would have had second thoughts about getting into a convention with john edwards. we'll have to see how these candidates perform under these test. >> steve, it seems as if, mitch mcconnell is sticking by the nominee, paul ryan, who some people believe right now is t titular head of the republican party given his position, he's getting criticized this morning
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the "time saying, hey, where are you, you could make a difference. >> a lot of the republican leaders may come to a moment where it's country over party, given their sensibilities about a prospective trump nomination. you have people out there saying, anybody but trump, but also saying i'm going to support the repuican nominee for president. they have not yet crossed that rubicon. as we go through the next couple of weeks of contests, as donald trump i suspect continues to win at the proportion that he has been winning at, he moves closer to 1237, it will be interesting to see what the leaders of the republican party say. now, what the consequence of it would be for them to peel off the repubcan nomination is to forfeit the election to hillary clinton. there will be multiple supreme court nominations made by her if she's the next president of the united states. and of course also, the republican senate majorityangs in the balance here. and it's tough to see how senate
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majority if the 35 to 40% of these trump voters a feeling disenfranchised from the process and they take a walk. >> okay. butthen you have 10 to 15% of the party, maybe more of that. look at those numbers i showed in the exit polls, battgrounds, ohio, florida, north carolina, these were republican primary vers who say they prefer a third party option than to pick beeen trump and clinton. >> yeah, trump is a disaster. politics is ultimately about addition, not subtraction. the wholeledea of trump is not that he's going to take thesese romney voters and add to them. he's losing romney voters. just look at republican hispanics. there's not tons of hispanics in the republican party. he already has 60%egatives with republican hispanics. it's going to be verytough for any nominee to do better than romney, against hillary clinton. he's going to do worse. >> we ran the numbers using the
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wisconsin, just on the white vote. and assuming all things were equal, and here's wisconsin first, trump would have to increase the romney share by 5 percentage points, go from 51% of the white vote, which by the way, romney got and still lost the state. 56% of the white vote is what trump would need to flip it. in ohio, to flip ohio, he would have to move the romney white vote number from 57% to 61%. this assumes that the non-white vovo doesn't move at all. this seems like an impossibility. >> i'm not sure it is an impossibility. i think it's a very difficult task. but he is an asymmetrical candidate. he is so unconventional, we've never seen anything like it. when you began the program today, you said looking back from 2007 the rise of the movement that led us to this. but it's more spansexpansive than that. we live in an era when trust has
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in the country except for the military. in business, in politics, in the culture, sports and religion. all of it accumulating to this moment in time where someone has come forward with pfound communication skills, offering easy answers to people who through these wave elections have seen no changes. >> last point. >> 37% of the people don't trust hillary clinton. huge opportunity for republilins. so now we're turning to a guy who has 27% of the people don't trust him. he's one of the few people in america that is trusted less than hillary clinton. >> you mean 27% trust. >> only 27% trust dond trump compared to 37% for hillary clinton. he's trusted less than hillary clinton. which is hard to do. >> i do try to figure out -- i'm trying to figure out what turnout is going to look like if the two candidates are the two ters. i'll leave it there. we appreciate you both. one man who is still in the
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governor john kasich, whose win in his home state on tueuday did keep his hopes alive and the hopes of the anti-trump movement alive in trying to get a contested convention. john kasich joined me yesterday in salt lake city. why are you in utah? if you didn't campaign in utah and ted cruz won 50% of the vote, you deny donald trump any delegates which actually helps your path to getting to cleveland in a contested convention. >> hey, chuck. chuck. look. i'm in utah. you know why? because i'm running for president and becau i want people to understand what is a good, positive messag with a record of accomplishment. >> but do you want to win? but chuck, i'm going to compete across the country and tell people who i am and let the chips fall where they may. and let me al tell you, no one, no one is going to t tat convention with enough delegates. i will have more legates moving in there that will give
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and then the delegates are going to decide who can win in the fall. because the other guys c c't win in the fall. hillary will be president. and secondly, i've got the record, the experience, and the vision and the ability to bring people together to be a good president. that's why i'm doingg this. >> we saw the evidence of what happens when there's three people and two anti-trump candidates split the vote. missouri and illinois. donald trump cleaned up on delegates. if you go about this in new york and pennsylvania and some of these other states, you and cruz could end up handing more delegates to trump inadvertently. >> maybe ted ought to get out, because he can't win in the fall.l. maybe these people that are hot on that ought to tell him to do it. they try to tell me to get out of the race. how many times, chuck -- and now they should be thanking me for staying in, because if trump had won ohio, it would be over. i have a record of accomplishment, a record of bringing people together, a vision for the future of this country. and guess what?
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getting it. now, they didn't get it because, frankly, you put me on the tube a lot, but trump got $1.8 billion worth of free media. i got like none. >> not all of it was positive. >> people are starting to hear me and we're start to go rise. look at what our numbers are. >> if you thought your candidacy were helping trump, not hurting him, would you get out? >> chuck, i'm running for president. this isn't a parlor game of who gets this or who gets that. >> but you're stuck with a parlor game. i understand that, but you're stuck having to play a parlor the convention. that's the ultimate parlor game. game. the convention is an extension of the process of nominating somebody. i was there in '76 when reagan challenged the sitting presiden they didn't like him doing it either. but you know what? his vision, his message mattered. listen. nobody's going to that convention with enough
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at the end, do you know why i'll get picked? because i can win in the fall, and secondly, because i have the experience and the record to lead this country. and chuck, if i didn't think that, i wouldn't be running. >> yesterday, earlier in the week, you totally ruled out ever being donald trump's running mate. >> under no circumstances. what are you people, kidding me? >> what about ted cruz? >> no. i'm not going to be anybody's -- i'm running for president. >> that's just as sherman-esque with ted cruz as it is with donald ump? >> you pundits have to get out of washington. you don't understand me. a lot of people just can't figure, how could this guy mean what he says, how is it that he's no different than what he appears? you can't figure that out. people are like, what's his calculation, what's this or that. folks, i don't have time for her that. >> as you know, ted cruz is
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to wedge, if it's even delegate fight, and that's common core and imigration. >> well, let me just say this. i'lltell you what common core is in my state. our state board of education has proved high standards. and our local school boardsare the ones that devise the curriculum. we need high standards for our children in the 21st century. i am for shipping all the federal education programs out of washington to the states. so look, i'm telling you what we do in ohio, and at the end of the day, presidents should not run k-12. secondly, on immigration, i ho not believe it is practical or doable to search in the nehborhoods and yank the people who came here illegally, and have not committed a crime since they've been here, and ship them out of the country. that is not going to happen. the plan that i support, finishing the border, making sure you have a guest worker program, and having the 11.5 million who came here illegally who have not committed a crime, pay back taxes, pay a fine.
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have a path to legalization and not citizenship. and any other position than that just isn't going to work, chuck. i haa to tell you that. it isn't going to work. >> you talk about yourself as a consensus builder. i'm curious, what do you make of the republican senate strategy on the supreme court pick, merrick garland? should the senate at least hold hearings? >> you know, chuck, look, this is one i'm not going to actually answerdirectly, because i don't think the senate is waiting there with bated breath for my opinion. i don't think the president should set it up. they can go ahead and meet with him, the senators can meet with that gentleman. ultimately, when i'm president, which i think we've got a good shot at bng, maybe he would be under consideration for the supreme court. i don't know. but they ought to meet with him, show him that amount of respect. >> what about hearings? >> i don't think -- look, the hearings aren't going to mean anything, chuck. that's up them to decide. ask them. >> all right. governor john kasich, i'll leave
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good luck in the next contest. >> always a pleasure. >> stay safe on the trip. >> and if it's sunday, it must be "meet the press." >> there you go. you can always get extra time by saying that. following that interview with john kasich, he wked back his comments on merrick garland, saying he would not consider merrick garland as a potential replacement to justicecalia if he's elected president. coming up, a lot more on the 2016 race. first, the fight over the supreme court. mitch mcconnell and harry reqd, exclusively right here on "meet the press." lairmter, the debate over hillary clinton's speakingd style. >> i've never had more faith in our future. nd if we work together -- >> we have heard thecriticism before, that she sounds shrill, she this bale of hay almost derailed theanch. when a wildfire raged through elkhorn ranch, the sudden loss of pasture became a serious problem for a family business.
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donald t tmp is receiving a buy while john kasich and ted cruz fight it out for the rest of the season and end up splitting the anti-trump vote. trump is able to come away with the majority he needs and he wins the nomination, game over. in bracket number 2, we start with the same standings. but in this scenario, cruz catchesesfire and wins enough delegates to deny trump the 1237 that he needs. so we move to an overtime.e. and an open convention. trump delegateseventually abandon trump and cruz emerges as the conservative compromise choice in a buzzer beater. in bracketet number 3, this is our sinner ella story. it looks familiar at the beginning. cruz, kasich, trump, they all compete. and again, trump ends up short of his magic number of 1237. and again, we head to an openen convention. but in this scenario, we go to overtimeand we go to multiple ballots. we go to double overtime,
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welcome back. the expression "elections have consequences" usually refers to the fact that presidents get to choose who sits on the supreme court. well, when presidentbama named merrick garland this week to be his nomination to replace antonin scalia, republican senate leader mitch mcconnell immediately announced that republicans would not even give garland a hearing. mcconnell said the choice should be made by the next president. democratic senate leader harry reid immediately criticized
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senate was abdicating its responsibilities. i spoke to both mitch mcconnell and harry reid. i began with a conversation with senator reid that took place yesterday. let me start with a piece of sound on judges that you said over ten years ago. let me play it and get you to react on the other side. >> the duties of the united states senate are set forth in the constitution of the united states. nowhere in that document does it say it has a duty to approve nominees. >> the senate's constitutional duty to give a fair and timely hearing and a floor vote to the president's supreme court nominees is invileable. which is it? what is changed since 2005 when yoyosaid there is nothing in the constitution that said a vote, toto2016? >> this is the same thing as you talk about, the biden rule. there is no biden rule. what happened then was worked out.
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what i have tried to do during my entire career in congress and in the senate is to get rid of obstruction. and what we found the last eight years especially with republicans, boehner first, mcconnell, is everything was obstructed. that was what they say the out to do and they've done a good job of it. we have always tried, i've been part of that for many years, to get rid of obstruction. i don't believe in it. >> what happened in 2005? i can quote yu, you said, there's no reason to mince words, we're not going to allow an up or down vote on estrada. that's a form of obstruction back when president bush was in office. >> but remember, remember, this man had a full hearing, came to the senate floor. and all we ask is -- you worked in the white house, youou wrote a lot of legal opinions, we're entitled to see them. and the white house instructed this good man not to do it. it was unfair to him. but that's what happened.
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entitled to what he had written in those legal opinions. >> but i guess i'm going back to, what part of -- what has changed other than the political party affiliation of the white house? >> what has changed is you have to look at what has happened. we have n ver heldd up a supreme court nomination. since 1900 in a lame duck session, there have been six, they have all been approved. >> wait a minute. alito, you did a filibuster for alito and roberts. >> where is alito today? >> he's on the supreme court. but you failed. >> that's the point. you can draw these extra click lar extracurricular activities that took place. let's look at two famous cases that came before the senate. bork didn'tt get enough votes in committee. neither did thomas.
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we met with them, we had hearinin, and they were brought before the floor. they could have beenilled in the committee. we believed there should be a full vote. and that's what we shou do now. i don't know why mcconnell's done this to his senators. he's marching these men and women over a cliff. i don't think they're going to go. he's said we're not going to meet with him, we're not going to hold hearings, we're not going to hava vote. that facade is breaking as we speak. we now have abo eight or nine senators who say, oh, yeah, i guess we'll meet with him. we had a senator the day before yesterday who said, let's man up here, we're elected, we should be voting. there's going to be a break through here. >> why do you think you're going to get a hearing? mitch mcconnell h h said no hearing at all. why do you think you're going to get a hearing? >> mitch mcconnell has said a lot of things. his republican senators are not going g go over that cliff with him. they're not going to do it. as i told merrick garland, you're going to become a supreme court justice.
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to meet, we have republican senators, senators who are veteran senators, saying maybe what we should do is do it the lame duck. orren hatch, lindsey grgham. if you're going to do it in a lame duck, do it now. >> four years from now, if you're in the fourth year of a republicic presidency, you don't think the democrats should do whatever it takes to prevent that republican president from appointing a supreme court justice in a presidential year before the election? >> not only do i think they shouldn't do it, they wouldn't do it. whoever is elected president is elected for four years. obama was elected for four years. he filled that duty he had to the american people. he was reelected. he has an obligation to do his job for four years, not three years. senators have an obligation to dodotheir constitutional duty for the time that the person is in. >> do you blame republicans for
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this is going to change the makeup of the court. they believe this is worth fighting for. do you blame them for doing this? >> absolutely. when you have oren hatch, chairman of the judiciary committee, now chairman of the finance committee, said you could not pick a finer nominee than garland. why didn't you do that? he's complaining to obama. of course i blame them. of course i do. here is -- >> you don't think they should fight to protect the change in the makeup as hard as they possibly can? >> no. it's not been done in the past. their excuses are lame. they're going to wind up as a result of this foolishness, they're going to wind up losing senate seats they shouldn't have lost. it. mcconnell is leading his senators over the cliff. the setors are not going to allow that. >> and earlier this morning i was joined by the republican mcconnell. senator mcconnell, welcome back >> good morning.
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>> i want to start with something you said in 2008 about judicial vacancies. here it is. >> our democratic colleagues continually talk about the so-called thurmond rule under which the senate supposedly stops confirming judges in a presidential election year. it's a seeming obsession with this rule that doesn't exist. it's j jt an excuse for our colleagues to run out the clock on qualified nominees w w are waiting to fill badly-needed vacancies. >> senator mcconnell, i started my interview with harry reid with a similar quote from him back during the bush years too. essentially you guys have changed places in your position on supreme court vacancies. and it seems to me the only difference is the political partrt affiliation of the white hose. >> well, there was no supreme court vacancy in 2008. tpat's what we're talking about here, chuck. you have to go back 80 years to find the last time a vacancy on the supreme court created during
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you have to go back to grover cleveland in 1888 to find the last time a presidential appointment was confirmed in an election year. thehelection is under way. what we are using is the biden rule. 1992, when joe biden was chairman of the judiciary committee, he made the point that a vacancy, had it occurred in 1992, would not be filled. harry reid, when he was leader in 2005, pointed out the senate had no obligation under the constitution to give a nominee a vote. and chuck schumer in 2007, 18 months before bush's term was up, said if a vacancy occurred, they wouldn't fill it. we're talking about supreme court vvancies. >> in each of those occasions, senator, republicans at the time criticized those senate democrats for having that position. and frankly, that's what we're seeing here. it feels like there's hypocrisy on both sides.
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to confirm a supreme court justice if republicans are doing it, and republicans don't wt to confirm a democrat's. isn't that what we're staring at here? >> nobody has been entirely consistent. let's look at the history of it. it hasn't happened in 80 years and it won't happen in this year. the principle involved here, chuck, when an election is under way, when joe biden was talking in 1992, the american people are about to w wigh in on who is going to be the president. and that's the person, whoever that may be, who ought to be makinin this appointment. >> you know, you said something, about, three montnt ago, you said, "my view is just because there is an election coming up doesn't mean you're not supposed to do evething. we've had an election every two years right on schedule s@nce 1788." so i guess, when does a presidentiul term run out? when does a president lose his authority to make appointments, in your view? >> the senate has been quite active.
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which we have a great chance of passing every single appropriation bill for the first time since 1994. the senate is not doing nothing during this election season. but we're not giving lifetime appointments to this president on the way out the door, to change the supreme c crt for the next 25 or 30 years. >> let me get you t respond to a criticism that george will has today. and you've probably seen it. but he doesn't much care for your strategy here. he writes this. conservative georgewill. "the republican party's incoherent response to the supreme court vacancy is republican rationalizations for their refusal to even consider merrick b. garland radiates insincerity." what do you say to george will? >> i just disagrr with him. when you've got a nominee that moveon.org is extremely enthusiastic about, and multiple articles pointing out that if judge merrick were in fact
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court dramatically to the left, i disagree with george will. i don't think it's a good idea to move the court to the left. but that's not really the issue here. it's not the person, it's the principle. who ought to make this lifetime appointment? >> are you completely ruling out a lame duck scenario if hillary clinton wins? >> yes. we won't be confirming this person to the supreme court. >> even if hillary clinton nominates somebody more liberal than merrick garland? >> it would be hard tobe more liberal than merrick garland. it's my hope she wld on the part of the be making the appointment. >> are you comfortable with donald trump as your party's standard bearer? >> i'm going to support the nominee. i have a responsibility to supportny support my party's nominee. >> what did you mean when you said privately you could drop him like a hot rock? do you think it's appropriate for y yur senators to run against
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>> i think we've got a bunch of senate raisesces in purple states that are very competitive. each of those rates will be crafted very differently. every one of those races are going to be individual standalone contests with people who we think have a great chance of winning in november. >> and if that means running away from donald trump, that should be their strategy? >> i think every campaign wii have a different strategy to appeal to different kinds of voters that we have in diffffent parts of the country. >> one other final thing. donald trump is having a eting with various republican leaders tomorrow in washington before he speaks to aipac. are you g#ing to be participate in that meeting, sir? >> no, i'm in kentucky. he did calle last week. we had a good conversation. >> all right, senator mitch mcconnell, i witl leave it there. thanks for coming on, sir, appreciate it.
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diaz-balart, molly ball, joy-ann reid, and robert costa. i want to pick up on what i teased before. molly, here is what dana milbank wrote. "the criticism is the same as in 2008. she doe't connect, she isn't likeable, she doesn't inspire. if she can't plausibly offer pie and the sky d can't raise her voice, how does this inspire people? this hurts with young voters, the same segment that shunned clinton in 2008." this is a male w wting this. in some ways she's being graded on a different set of rules in her style, and this holds her back. fair? >> i think it's very difficult to parse what qualities are specific to hillary clinton and what qualities have to do with gender. there's been this criticism that women are more subject t t commentary on their appearance. political science has
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men and women get comnts on their appearance at the same rate, and it doesn't hurt for women to get comments on their appearance. a neutral woman, a made-up woman in a political science experiment, is viewed as a little more trustworthy than a man, they're not seen as part of the system, and there's some positive stereotyping about a woman. we've never had a woman president so there's not a mold there, there's not a stereotype we can fit her into. >> older women, joy, see some of the criticism against hillary clinton and truly get offended. barbara mikulski said, "many of we women feel that there's a double standard. what's being said about hillary is what's beenaid about centuries." senator feinstein, "menwomen go through a magnifying glass that
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>> i ink out on the campaign trail, particularly when i was in the midwest where i actually finally heard a lot of people who sound like hillary clinton, who have that same midwestern twang, and i can tell you, you can almost pick them out, whether they like hillary clinton or not, particularly if they're women over the age of 60, this really bothers them. this sense that she's being judged differently. because they're also taking their experiences at the office, if you're a woman boss you're judged as something that rhymes with witch, whereas a man n be strong. younger women who have not experienced that in the workplace yet, their experience is more in the collegiate world, they don't respond to that argument. but women who have had some years in the workforce and have dealt withthhese biases, they feel incensed. >> jose, so does this mean any criticism of hillary clinton is going to be -- is the clinton campaign -- emily's list is
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galvanize women. >> when is the last time that we heard criticism of a man screaming too much? >> howard deanan >> and look what happened. that was one moment in time. i was looking at joy right now, joy, you !nd i use our hands more, that's a fact of life. i can't tell you how many times i've been told, latinos, you guys are louder in a public setting. probably we are in a lot of ways. but i've got to tell you something. i don't understand why hillary clinton has to be said she's screang, she has to smile more. i don't see men being talked about the same way. >> there's real fear when it comes to how donald trump may approach secretary clinton's delivery. his video ad which featured select clinton parking on the campaign rail.
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hampshire, you have to worry about how she's being portrayed. >> when you ever see an unnamed statement from fox news, you know it's's roger ailes. he attacked trumpn a way that you've never seen a news organization attack a candidate. >> saying trump has a sick obsession. it's interesting that trump keeps picking these fights with journalism on the right. the gender politics there, to this point hillary clinton has tried very hard to turn herself into a sort of feminist identity candidate. she's leaned into the woman thing and it hasn't worked. >> that hasn't worked. >> maybe it will. >> if trump is her opponent in th general election, that turns the tables and makes the gender politics really intense.
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the feminist ideal in 2008 because she was growingtrying to be commander in chief. donald trump specifically uses a woman's appearance to attack them, with rosie o'donnell, or carly fiorina. he is stoking a certain base that wants that male, white male primacy back. and that is a core part of his message. hillary clinton is in an excellent position to counter that in n e general election. >> it goes back to this trumum issue. that one ad that was run that hasn't had any money behind it of women reading the things trump has said about women, can you imagine i they put money behind that ad and ran it for two weeks? >> it's devastating. >> northern virginia, we'll see it a lot. >> you'll see a lot of it. that's the real concece for republicans, how does trump play in the suburbs of northern virginia, the suburbs of philadelphia. republicans still need to win the suburban voters who went for
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>> we'll take a pause and be back with our end game segment and talking something that hasn't happened in nearly 90 years. nono a contested convention. it's when calvin coolidge was in office. it's a - even parents need a time out sometimes, especially from communications technology. so why not spend one hour totally unplugged? read, talk, make art, or whatever.
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end game time. jose, i have a feeling the cube ban people are going to be more excited about this trip in cuba than necessarily the entire cuban population in south florida.
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let's put a little context in it. the united states, when castro took power in 1959, had 48 states. hawaii and alaska weren't states. mick jagger hasn't even goen any satisfaction, he was 15 years old when the castro brjthers took power. a lot of people in south florida think of the castro brothers as kim jong-il. the president is going in there now and he is going to be seen as meone, by the cuban people, who can speak to them. let's hope that he uses those words to inspire them. >> it's interesting, joy, i've been to cuba, and cuban people love america. they love america. they want to come. many of them are not happy living under the regime they lived in. but the criticism of the president is, too soon for you t?agoing, let the vice president go, let secretary kerry go, but until those guys
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prisoners, don't do it yet. >> there will be significant pressure on president obama to meet with dissidents. there's been an edict from the cuban government not to do so. >> i think it till hurt if he doesn't do it. >> he's going to do the baseball game. sports has been unifying, along with music, particularly in south florida, a lot of unity there. the president has to walk a line. the openness to the united states is there, there is tremendous openness on the island to us and wanting to have -- >> 100%. >> but we cannot ignore the issue of did it issidents and repression. >> this makes the government in cuba anxious. >> there hasn't been an election there since before 1959. people want change. hopefully there will be change and the president will help. >> speaking of change, the republican party is hopingto change the trajectory of this race.
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the "n york times" claims it's a hundred-day strategy to deny him. >> this has been a keystone cops operation from the start. if this were a republican establishment that had its stuff together, the time to make sure donald trump didn't get the nomination would have been six months ago. instead they've been running around like chickens with their heads cut off. even now it's not unified. the chances of stopping him are very mall. donald trump got a lot of flack for saying there would be riots. but i think it's true that you can't just say to his voters, this large so far plurality lock of the republican party that you don't count. and that we're not going to listen to you. donald trump doesn't go away if there's some kind of weird contested convention and they take it away from him. >> the thing about all these anti-trump strategies, none of them talk about how ey're
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>> i hope they can eventually bring the party together on the convention floor. every person who left the army-navy club seemed depressed when i was there, downbeat, because of the possibility of a third party bid. as much as they have all these different names they're considering, it's very difficult to do. tt other meeting that bothers them, monday at jones day, trump will be meeting with republicans at capitol hill, long time party consultants. >> today, what you heard was a capitulation to the idea thatat donald trump can lead their party and lead this country. other than governor kasich, there is a complete capitulation that you're seeing in termsh of the republican party. >> the relationships with cruz have been so severed since the 2013 shutdown that cruz doesn't have the political capital he needs with the establishment to get them to coalesce. >> let me close quickly with the supreme court. does anybody here think we'll get hearings?
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but those eight very vulnerable purple state senators will be in a world of hurt. >> we're going to go to the meetings, they need the conservatives to come out in a general election. >> no way they're getting hearings. maybe some meetings but no hearings. >> mch mcconnell is very determined. when he makes up his mind, it stays made up. >> that is true. but chuck grassley, if a poll comes back and he's under 50 in his election, i think that's the one way we could see it. >> you're saying we could see them? >> there's more chance of hearings than we realize. but it's in the hands of what the political standing of chuck grassley in the next six weeks. great panel. great discussions. that's all we have for this week. we'll be back next week after
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sunday, it's "meet the press." it's monday march 21st. coming up on early today. history. president obama is the first u.s. president to visit cuban almost 90 years.
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his campaign rallies. the captured suspect in the paris terror attacks is squealing to authorities. we have new details ahead. plus, an 11-year-old joy ride aboard a cement mixer. yes, pains at the pump as prices skyrocket and fantastic finishes as march madness heads into the sweet 16. "early today" starts right now. well, good monday morning, everybody. thanks for waking up with us today. i'm betty nguyen. the president of the united states is waking up in cuba today. president obama is the first sitting president in 88 years to visit the country, a trip he hopes will be lasting part of his legacy, but there are still simmering tensions. nbc's jay gray is in havana with more. >> reporter: after visiting old havana yesterday including a
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wife and daughters, the prprident will lay a wreath at the memorial to jose mar tee, the cuban poet honored for his role in the fight for freedom from spain and later tre will be a visit from cuban president fidel castro where the president will be, quote, candid about areas of disagreement including human rights practices, but for many here, the topic isn't nearly as importa as the fact the two sides are talking again. yes, it's interesting that it's a historic trip and it's been 50 years without relations withhe north american government very third generation cab driver hopes the president will taka close look at the country she is so proud of. >> translator: i like that he gets to know our country, our story, our country, how beautiful it is.

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