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Mar 19, 2016 3:00pm PDT
, he's advised george w. bush, john mccain. ron kaufman ess a white house adviser to george herbert walker bush and was an adviser to mitt romney. and a poster, worked on campaigns for 53 congressman and for the anti trump super pac, our principals. mr. mckinnon, isn't your fault, meaning the establishment fault, because you ceded control of the partly to men with microphones and happy to take the benefit of what they were delivering. and now you've got this. >> we do. we found the six members of the establishment left in washington. they were very generous by joining us for dinner and being very candid about their assessment of the situation. the most interesting thing about that meeting is, we had six people and there were six different opinions. >> to my point, you reap what you sow. >> well, i would agree with that. i'm a guy that's been saying for years we may have to burn down the republican house to rebuild it. we could talk for an hour about that. but what's clear is the establishment doesn't have a clear idea about what to do and that's advantage trump. >> ron kaufman, woul
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Mar 26, 2016 6:00am PDT
insult everybody from heidi cruz to the pope, it hit me, trump is the george costanza of the 2016 field! "seinfeld" fans will surely recall this classic episode from season five. >> every decision i've ever made in my entire life has been wrong. my life is the complete opposite of everything i want it to be. >> uh, george, you know, that woman just looked at you. >> what am i supposed to do? >> go talk to her. >> elaine, bald men with no jobs and no money who live with their parents -- [ laughter ] -- don't approach strange women. >> well, here's your chance to try the opposite. if every instinct you have is wrong, then the opposite would have to be right. >> my name is george. i'm unemployed and i live with my parents. >> i'm victoria. hi. >> think about it. trump's campaign style is all costanza-like, opposite behavior. he's questioned the heroism of a former p.o.w. and standard bearer of his own party, fought fox news and its most ascendant star, megyn kelly, including questioning her menstrual cycle, picked a fight over immigration with the pope himself, mocked a disabled repo
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Aug 29, 2015 3:00pm PDT
politics like ross perot had done in the '90s. for that matter get back to george wallace when he took votes away from democrats. i think trump has some staying power and he has money to stay in. the rest of them can't find oxygen. >> does he have enough staying power to capture the gop nomination? >> i don't think he has enough staying power to capture the nomination but to continue to do a lot of damage, at least some people would say it's damage. other people would say what's happening withining the republican party because of donald trump is a good thing. he might be the product of a republican party that didn't understand its electorate and thought they were voted in repeatedly that their constituency wanted republicans to come in office and be in charge of make sure nothing happened during the presidency of barack obama. i think what we're seeing is so many republicans saying we're tired of you promising me this and this and this and absolutely nothing happens. we want a candidate who is not candidate. we want someone who tells us the truth. who didn't give up a typical political
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Sep 2, 2017 6:00am PDT
best does a commander-in-chief play a consoler in chief. i'll ask president george w. bush's head of advance who dealt with hurricane katrina. >>> but first, arguably the best movie of summer, director christopher nolan's dunkirk foreshadows the events of last week in texas, a situation that would have been far worse were it not for the human spirit. in may of 1940, it was the english citizenry who rallied to the rescue of more than 300,000 troops who were trapped on a beach in northern france in the early days of world war ii. those soldiers could almost see home but the shallow waters prevented rescued of warships but instead it was 700 civilian crafts, the little ships of dunkirk that made their way from england to assist in the rescue and so it was in texas this week. in houston, on wednesday, civil yap volunteers captained bass boats and jet skis and dingies that ferried hundreds of residents to safety. a man named jeremy sparkman told reuters, quote, i usually just use this boat for drinking beer. but we come together when we need to, that is what texans do. indeed, after the h
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Feb 4, 2017 3:00pm PST
new president. mr. trump, a federal judge appointed by george w. bush has just given you an out. you kept your campaign pledge. you initiated a muslim ban, or as you would say, a ban on seven majority muslim nations. but now comes a temporary restraining order staying the travel ban. look at it as a gift. the ban was ill conceived. it was clumsily rolled out, it provided recruitment fodder for our enemies and it focused on the wrong threat. it addressed refugees who heretofore have not been support for terror on our shores. the cato institute estimate america's chance of being killed by a refugee is about 1 in 3.64 billion annually. the prudent path would be to tell your supporters you gave it a shot and instead move on. instead the white house has already vowed to fight what it initially called an outrageous ruling before deleting the rule outrageous from the statement. that's a mistake. where the full litigation of this issue could easily take longer than the ban itself would have lasted. what do you think? tweet me @smerconish. joining me, a constitutional scholar. jeffrey rosen i
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Aug 26, 2017 6:00am PDT
now to discuss frank sesno is the director of george washington school of media and public affairs. frank, am i right in arguing that it's a dated congress september, this notion that on an august friday with a mammoth storm bearing down you could hide news? >> well, you're partially right. i'm always going to give you that due deference here dos ibe i'm here on the show. bill clinton and his white house dumped as much bad news as they could on a friday night with the lewinsky business. that was a time as you said before smartphones before everybody wabs tracking every word on twitter. that being said, michael there is still an effect of trying to put this news out that i believe is somewhat manipulative and indicative of some things. manipulative in that there's less ecosystem for other people, especially critics to take to explain and explore. it's also indicative of, i think, less respect for the transparency and the purpose of explaining to the public what the president is doing. there are no briefings at the white house. sarah huckabee sanders is not standing in front of a cam
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Dec 20, 2014 6:00am PST
petition about the movie in question but nobody signed? that has george clooney fighting mad and lashing out at his showbiz colleagues. is it possible we'll see another bush in the white house? we might. if jeb bush is conservative enough for fox news and rush limbaugh. my dinner. six hours i'll never forget. you won't believe what he said and didn't say about osama bin laden. that and much more so stick around. >>> the fbi says that north korea is behind the massive hack of sony pictures. and it's all about seth rogen and his latest movie "the interview," the movie about a comedy about a cia plot to kill north korea's kim jong-un. what has happened in the last few days is deadly serious. there has been another e-mail threat against sony promising more cyber devastation if every trace of the movie isn't taken down. yesterday the president said sony was wrong. >> sony's a corporation, it suffered significant damage. there were threats against its employees. i am sympathetic to the concerns that they faced. having said all that, yes, i think they made a mistake. we cannot have a society in
CNN
Aug 29, 2015 6:00am PDT
'90s. in fact, go back to george wallace when he took votes away from democrats. i think trump has some staying power here and he's got the money to stay in and the rest of them can't find oxygen. >> michelle bernard, does he have enough saying power to ultimately capture the gop nomination? >> i don't think he has enough staying power to ultimately capture the gop nomination, but he has enough staying power to continue to do a lot of damage, at least some people would say damage, other people would say that what is happening within the republican party because of donald trump is a good thing. and what we're seeing is donald trump quite frankly might be the product of a republican party that didn't the electorate. and thought when voted in repeatedly their constituency wanted republicans to come into office and basically be in charge of making sure nothing happened during the presidency of barack obama. and so many republicans are saying, we are tired of you promising this and this and this and absolutely nothing happens. we want a candidate who is not a candidate. we want someone
CNN
Aug 13, 2016 6:00am PDT
, you'll win the white house. in 2004 george w. bush lost montgomery county to john kerry 44% to 56% and lost the state. in 2008, 16% of the county's voters went for barack obama and he won pennsylvania. he held the state four years later when the took 39% of the county. you have to resist the temptation to appease the louder voices. what excites your base won't work here. even if it draws crowds. the week before their elections both romney and george w. bush played to big crowds in suburban bucks county. but both lost the state. yard signs don't vote. suburban philadelphia does. and we pick presidents. joining me now, mitch stewart, the battlegrounds state director for obama for america. and former congressman jack kingston. congressman, i'll give you the last word. they say all politics are local. and i just described in detail what is going on in my backyard. in your home state of georgia, which aught to be in donald trump's category, he's struggling. why? >> well, i don't really believe he is struggling. and i'll tell you why, michael. you have just rundown how well you know the
CNN
Feb 13, 2016 3:00pm PST
got a statement in from former president george h.w. bush. the appointment of antonin scalia to the supreme court was states. i considered him a personal hero and barbara and i were honored to call him a friend. our hearts break today for our country, but especially for his wife maureen az his nine children and extended family. his death is a great loss to all of us. david gergen obviously he was appointed in '86 and he was on the court under former president george h.w. bush. as he mentioned at the end of the statement, no politics here, just the man, the legacy, the father of nine, the grandfather of 28. >> unbelievable, isn't it? first of all, i think the george h.w. bush statement is the most eloquent we've had. captured the spirit of the man. that has all the ring of someone who is bringing his own personal expression. this was not written by a speech writer and just handed to him. it's something he really felt. and i think that captured the spirit of a lot of people who thought the world of scalia because they thought he was the champion and standing up against, and pushing th
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Dec 5, 2015 3:00pm PST
senior advisor to president george w. bush and previously was involved in more than 75 campaigns for president, governor, senator and he's just published a very relevant book, the triumph of william mcelderry kenley, why the election of 1986 still matters. i read and thoroughly enjoyed the book. react, if you would, to my commentary. >> i think you're right that we -- the initial response to this was to fall back into the old pattern but let's realize, this is not the old pattern. this is an internationally inspired agent of terrorism inside our borders, we had people who appear to have been radicalized over the internet. there may have been some seeds planted in ms. malik's background, up bringing in pakistan and it appears when she graduated from college in an area that is known to have sectarian strains that she destroyed her personal commuter telling family members that it contained person information on it. so maybe the seeds of radicalization were there. this is not an issue of gun violence or workplace violence. this is an act of terrorism inside our borders and we should not
CNN
Feb 13, 2016 6:00am PST
get back to your need to expand the tent. you remember when george will wrote this column last year and pointed out that papa bush and mitt romney got the same percentage of the white vote, 59% but where in 1988 that got you 426 electoral votes, now only worth about 206. so are you concerned that if the rhetoric continues relative to the border, you're going to lose the very people you need to build the coalition from the fall. >> right. as you've noted, chairman priebus after 2012 shifted all of the resources party into two things, data and people. we spent the majority of our funds putting people into the field year around into communities we haven't been the and african american and hispanic and asian communities and out reach in places we didn't do as well. we have as a party put our money where our mouth is and gone out and created relationships. we lost black women 97-3. we have to do better and part of that is just through relationship building, going out there and talking about how our party aligns with their values and believe in faith, how we believe in entrepreneur and wh
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Dec 30, 2017 3:00pm PST
and russia. this man, george papadopoulos is at the center of today's report. how do you know him? he is the trump campaign aide who has since pleaded guilty to lying to the fbi and is now cooperating with special counsel robert mueller. according to the "new york times," papadopoulos was having a drink with a top australian diplomat in may of 2016. were in london, when he told this diplomat that russia had political dirt on hillary clinton. two months later when the dnc emails were leaked, australian officials told u.s. officials about that conversation with papadopoulos. this news indicates that additional intelligence separate from that dossier by a british spy on trump/russia ties, raising concern amongst security officials. cnn white house correspondent sarah murray is joining us live in west palm beach where the president is spending new year's. sarah, what is the white house saying about the report? >> well remember how they referred to george papadopoulos before when it first became clear that he had pleaded guilty? they certainly went out of their way to try to minimize h
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May 2, 2015 3:00pm PDT
running. >> you represented george zimmerman in the trayvon martin case. in that case, many legal experts from the outside looking in said there was overcharging in that circumstance. was there overcharging in this case as far as you can determine today? >> well, you know, in the zimmerman case, i think that the prosecutor -- i and other people believe that she overcharged it to sort of quell the concerns that she had with the african-american community because it was an election year. and that turned out to be true. in this case, i think the prosecutor took a very aggressive stance in charging six cops. now, look at it from the outside. she said six out of six cops are guilty of a crime. that's extraordinary. and to do that, i think, is a true statement. she needs to be very careful. i think she's allowed to be aggressive in her prosecution. that's what she's done. and she's given herself a lot of room to negotiate with some of the lesser charged, even maybe for the most serious charged individual to plea him down. but it is, again, a very delicate balance. these are the most agg
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Jun 27, 2015 3:00pm PDT
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Mar 19, 2016 6:00am PDT
establishment, i think in a good way of george herbert walker bush as he ran in '80s a president we won't have to train, cruz seems totally at odds with that vision. i'm questioning how you could be supportive or him. >> i'll put it differently. i'll say if you look at my dad as the gold standard, in my mind because he put service above sel self and he was all in in reaching out and working with the other side to make things happen in a positive protective way in domestic and foreign. donald trump is self before service and would be the worst standard our party could put up. i would put cruz more in the regan camp. a compass clear and set. he was conservative to the core. when ronald reagan got to washington, he worked with the congress and we have a historic opportunity, michael. we'll bring you back into the republican party. you pronounced you became independent. we'll have a historic opportunity for president cruz and it's not smoothly coming off my mouth but president cruz to work with speaker ryan and the senate majority leader mcconnell, even though those guys are probably fi
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Dec 5, 2015 6:00am PST
course, was a senior adviser to george w. bush. he previously was involved in more than 75 campaigns for president, governor, senator. and he's just published a very relevant book. "the triumph of william mckinley, why the election of 1896 still matters." i'll react to the book in a moment. react to my commentary. >> i think you're right. the initial response was to fall back into the old pattern. but let's realize, is this not the old pattern. this san internationally inspired act of terrorism inside our borders. we had people who appear to have been radicalized over the internet. there may have been some seeds planted in miss malik's background, her upbringing in pakistan and in saudi arabia. and pack citiz in pakistan, it appears when she graduated from college in an area known to have sectarian strains, that she destroyed her personal computer telling family members that it contained personal information on it it. maybe the seeds of radicalization were there. but this is not an issue of gun violence or workplace violence. this is an act of terrorism inside our borders. and we should
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Jul 11, 2015 3:00pm PDT
trail. >>> governor george pataki who unlike other gop hopefuls hasn't been afraid to call out trump on his brash remarks. >> governor you were the first of the republican candidates to condemn donald trump for those comments he made about mexicans since then, he seems to have gained traction. why? >> >>. >> obviously, he's gotten enormous press out of this there is a sense of frustration about illegal immigration and we have to control the border. so many illegals who have committed crimes have been released from detention. last year alone, the obama administration released over 30,000 illegal immigrants who had been charged with crime. so there is enormous frustration over those elements. i don't think it's because of his attack on memexicans i think it's because a great many want to seal the border and deal with criminal illegal aliens. i do too by the way. >> you've confronted donald trump, do you think jeb bush will riou the day he did not do so to the extent george pa tack question has. >> you guys are the political experts. i don't know who's going to riou what day. i was neve
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Aug 1, 2015 6:00am PDT
. what does this case mean to you personally? america knows you as george zimmerman's attorney. >> i see this as a same spectrum. i did my best on george zimmerman's behalf and do that for every one of my clients. i have had an opportunity now to talk about race in the criminal justice system for three years because of the platform it's given me. and now i represent the dubose family and represent other black family victims of police violence over the past several years to pending now. and i enjoy it. i consider it an honor that i'm being trusted by the dubose family to do the best i can on their behalf. >> mark o'hara we appreciate your expertise. and we'll be right back with the prognostication for how donald trump finally leaves the political arena. listen up... i'm reworking the menu. mayo, corn dogs... you are so out of here! ahh... the complete balanced nutrition of great tasting ensure. with nine grams of protein... and 26 vitamins and minerals. ensure. take life in. hey, you forgot the milk! that's lactaid. right. 100% real milk just without the lactose. so you can drink all you
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Feb 6, 2016 6:00am PST
carolina, george w. is. i don't understand why they haven't done this earlier, particularly with his mother. she was great. >> she's the most effective weapon. >> he comes up with his bumper sticker, jeb. they don't say bush. who's he kidding? was there a bad year to pick to run as a bush? yes. this was it. nonetheless, you take the essence like your brother and your mother, his mother scares me. she's one of the nicest people in the world but if she told me to vote for him, i would. >> too little too late? >> yes. i think he should have had them out there way earlier. especially as bob said, the mom. she's effective. when you listen to her, you see her, you like her. i think it is too little too late. >> marco rubio taking a lot of incoming now interestingly from jeb and from christie who are working in tandem to go after rubio because they're all, as i like to say, punching within their weight class. >> that's a good analogy. they are -- the winner of all of the in fighting is kasich who is sort of staying away from this whole, you know, kerfuffle. >> he's the one you ought to be w
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Jan 13, 2018 7:00am PST
done on immigration? joining me, mark mackinnon, adviser to so many, including george w. bush and john mccain. his showtime show, which is terrific about politics, "the circus," returns for its third season in april. hey, mark, we are a far cry from compassionate conservatism. what the heck just went on here? >> we are, michael. good to see you. so, i was thinking this morning where we started and where we are now, at least where we started with george w. bush, he had a message of compassionate conservatism that drew millions of supporters, including democrats and independents like me to become republicans. and a lot of that message was an immigrant-friendly language, an immigrant-friendly policies, that attracted us to the policy. i think about that now, and george w. bush campaigned in 1999 on immigration reform. that was one of the big issues. some people said he shouldn't talk about it. he said i'm committed to it, i want to do this. and i think about that now. that was almost 20 years ago, so for a third of my life we've been talking about immigration reform. and it's just in
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Apr 11, 2015 6:00am PDT
2012. no republican running for president has won the state of pennsylvania since george her better walker bush in '88. your thoughts on p.a.? >> let me bring up another map to talk about that. romney campaign early on thought they might win p.a. this is what i call the blue wall. this is the last six presidential elections. any state shaded in blue. home state of pennsylvania is one of them in the last six presidential elections has voted for the democrats. george w. bush won in pennsylvania twice. i remember it very closely, talking to him about why he thought he could win it. romney thought he could win it. this has gone blue. so have all these other states. that's the great democratic/potentially hillary clinton advantage, michael. in these states that are blue for six straight presidential elections. if republicans can't change any of the blue all hillary clinton or any democrat would have to do is just win florida. that leaves virginia colorado new mexico nevada. the advantage used to be when i was starting in politics republicans had an advantage in the electoral college. bec
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Oct 21, 2017 3:00pm PDT
, 25 more. how could president george w. bush possibly call 126 gold star families or four or five per day for 31 days in that one month? and to call over some of them would only invite disappointment from other who is don't get that personal overture. the last thing we want to do is exacerbate their grieving. a better approach is a personal letter from the president to each, a call from a local member of congress and an invitation to periodic gatherings where gold star families are invited to the white house in groups. maybe this will spare us the spectacle of what developed this week where the families of our very finest became political pawns. and if you watch this play out and you found yourself instinctively rooting for one side to quote-unquote win, regardless of the facts. then ask yourself if we, each of us, need to step back, take a deep breath and vow to analyze all things trump on the merits and not on the politics. our soldiers deserve that from us. now, you remember this scene from the 1991 oliver stone movie "jfk"? >> there are hundreds of documents that could help prove
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Oct 17, 2015 3:00pm PDT
adviser to george w. bush's campaigns in 2000 and 2004. ralph, thank you so much for not walking out as you were in the greenroom while i was interviewing a pimp. i appreciate that. >> no problem. good to be with you. >>> do you have an embarrassment of riches that is actually problematic? there are so many individuals on that republican stage who are acceptable to evangelical christians. >> right. you know, it's a problem, but it's a good problem to have. i mean, it's the kind of problem that most constituencies would love to have where you have in this feel -- and i hesitate to start naming names because i'm going to leave somebody out -- but at the beginning, of course walker has gotten out. you had scott walk, son of an evangelical preacher. you have ted cruz, son of an evangelical preacher. mike huckabee, bobby jindal and jeb bush, catholic converts. marco rubio is a devout roman catholic. and i could go on and on. i don't want to leave anybody out. i hesitate to even begin naming. but i would argue, and this is my 10th presidential cycle of engagement, that you have more commit
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May 28, 2016 3:00pm PDT
conversation -- let me put on the screen what george will wrote and noted for "the washington post." george herbert walker bush and mitt romney, 24 years later, got the same percentage of the white vote, 59%. papa bush got 426 lee electoral votes. romney got 206. you can't win the white house with the buchanan/trump constituentsy, right? >> no the math is problematic. there's no question about it. pat pointed this out. 72% of the vote in the 2012 was white voters and those numbers are going down. if you have 70% or 69% of the vote voters will come out to vote in 2016 being white, what percent does donald trump have to win to win the election? you're talking about 65%, 66%. michael, this reminds me of those days when i worked on frank rizza's campaign in philadelphia and you couldn't count on any african-american vote and you had to get 62% of the white vote to win. there becomes a point in time where it becomes almost impossible to achieve those numbers in a presidential election. >> there have been four different national surveys that have come out in the last week saying it's a n
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Apr 25, 2015 3:00pm PDT
took place, 1992. there was a bush on that stage. it was papa bush george herbert walker bush. ross perot was the third-party candidate. many in your party said perot cost by his presence george herbert walker bush that election. >> couple of things. i know a lot of people in my party have told me that. >> is jeb upset with you for pushing this? >> he's never said anything to me and i don't think he would be upset. we want to resolve this before we get so far into the process that the candidates weigh is this good for me or bad for me. right now they're not thinking about that. second of all, social science done since 1992 kind of disputes the notion that perot cost bush the election. so i think you'd just have to say that's not necessarily the case. >> in the introduction, i mentioned that marco rubio now leading jeb bush in the polls. does that mean jeb bush better hurry and get into this thing or he's going to be eclipsed? >> i'm not worried about that. everybody who has announced, ted cruz hillary clinton on the democratic side, and now marco rubio have gotten a boost when they
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Jan 10, 2015 3:00pm PST
leaders done -- of course i remember the moment after 9/11 when george bush president george w. bush at the time, very quickly went to a mosque in washington to demonstrate, you know this is not -- does not represent the islamic faith. we are not against islam as we fight this war. have french leaders made similar gestures? >> yes. the good news is that for the last 12 15 years, since 9/11 french leaders have been reaching out to muslim community leaders, created a forum, and so they're very familiar with one another. and immediately after the attack you saw leaders from the french muslim community go directly to the "charlie hebdo" site to pay their respects, and that is something continuing today. >> tremendously important. we'll see a similar diversity in that march tomorrow. bob, seeing to counter terror officials in the u.s. one thing you hear from them frequently in recent months is about reaching out to muslim communities in the u.s. not only to show solidarity and openness but also to ask for help in identifying potential recruits for extremism. how important is that in the b
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May 23, 2015 6:00am PDT
george washington university about the idealism of steve jobs and his drive to change the world. >> graduate your values matter they are your north star and work takes on new meaning when you feel you're pointed in the right direction. otherwise, it's just a job. and life is too short for that. >> former president george w. bush offered some words of encouragement at southern methodist university and he poked some fun at himself. >> those of how are graduating this afternoon with high honors awrards and distinctions, i say well done. and as i like to tell the c students you, too, can be president. >> not to be outdone, actor matthew mcconaughey after being paid $135,000 for his charity, and afforded the use of a private jet, he told graduates at the university of houston -- never apologize for playing the bongos naked. walk about in peru, and use the truth as a pillow. well nobody asked me to deliver a commencement address. but here goes. register change sign mix, and run. register according to the united states election project, the turn-out among eligible voters in the last na
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May 23, 2015 3:00pm PDT
way, it's not really sure how it's going to go. >> rick santorum george pataki martin o'malley all expected to get in this coming week. >> it's going to be an interesting week. i think the biggest question is going to be martin o'malley who who has so far trying to frame himself as the anti-hillary clinton without talking about her too much. he's trying to draw a sharp contrast on issues. there's no question there's some energy on the left for an opponent. but it's not clear more than just wanting to see her sharpened in a primary. a lot of polling shows she's in good shape. this is not looking like a repeat of 2008. we'll see. >> one of the takeaways has to be you win even when you lose so longs as you put on a respectable race. otherwise, you wouldn't have so many admittedly second tier candidates willing to jump. >> on the democratic side you don't really have candidates willing to jump in. you're looking at a pool of about four. huge contrast to the republican side 18 and then some. we saw in 2012 republicans used debates, remember there was no primary in 2012 obama was the inc
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Nov 19, 2016 6:00am PST
dysfunction, a guide for unaroused voters, oh my. and former writer for president george w. bush ned ryan. ned, you get the first shot. respond to my words. am i mistaken when i say i'm looking for a president-elect to be more inclusionary? >> well, here is the deal, first of all, i think people are understanding that trump meant what he said when he was running for office. now he won and he's going to put people in places that he thinks are going to advance what he wants to see accomplished. i think you said something interesting, michael. you said i'm going to give trump a chance not from his words but from his action. for example, jeff sessions, i think people will be pleasantly surprised if they start to look at jeff sessions actions when he was a u.s. attorney and attorney general of alabama. he was pushing for desegregation of schools. his case against the son of the clansman that murdered a young blackman as attorney general eventually led to breaking of the back of the kkk in alabama. he was one of the only republicans to vote for eric holder as attorney general. i mean, he was an advo
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Aug 2, 2014 6:00am PDT
two hours of deliberations, george tenet came out of the room and said no, they decided not to do it. >> why? >> what george told me and general gordon, who was the deputy. they were afraid some shrapnel would have hit a nearby mosque. it was the middle of the night. it would not hit anybody. >> was the director upset? >> he is a terrific actor. he was upset, but i think at the same time, we found out since on almost all of the occasions, he was telling the president that the intelligence wasn't good enough. i have never for myself have been able to figure out how good does intelligence have to be if you are attacking a man you believe is using nuclear weapons against the united states. >> this is post tanzania and kenya. is it preceding the call? >> it is after the current director of intelligence john brennan prevented an opportunity to kidnapped osama bin laden in may of 1998. the democratic party is rife with people who are just reluctant to defend the united states if it means killing some of their fans overseas. >> if there were ten opportunities to kill osama bin laden in t
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Nov 19, 2016 3:00pm PST
president george w. bush and currently professor of corporate law at the university of minnesota. if president-elect donald trump were to call you and seek your counsel as to how to get his business affairs in order before he's inaugurated, what would you say to him? >> well, i would recommend that taking a lot of these holdings and put them into companies that could go public with an initial public offering with the registration statement that takes a few months to prepare but that could be done and then the shares could be sold for cash, and he would have a lot of cash there if he's worth what he says he is and several billion dollars and then that cash could be invested in mutual funds and/or in treasury securities or put in a blind trust and invested by the trustee investment that he wouldn't know about when he's president so he could focus on his job. >> but he's going to say to you a couple of things. why should i be penalized now that i'm president? why shouldn't my kids be the beneficiaries of my hard work and probably also say that the value is tied to me and if i'm no longe
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Feb 17, 2017 6:00pm PST
and typical of the bygone era was a member from texas, george herbert walker bush. he served two years during the johnson administration and voted with the democratic johnson administration 53% of the time. and then he served two years in the watch of richard mik son,ni voted with that administration only 55% of the time. and so washington has become polariz polarized, a divided town just in the last three decades. guess what else has changed in that exact same time period? the media. coincidence? i think not. it used to be the power in washington was earned by paying dues and accruing seniority. today, you just say something incendiary. and you're a fund raising superstar. think of joe wilson lie you lie at president obama during joint session of congress or democrat alan grayson saying the republican health care plan was that you die quickly. each became a fund raising magnet within 24 hours. now, where did they learn that coarse behavior? i say from the polarized media. i think i know because i had a front row seat. when i began in talk radio three decades ago, there i am with
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Sep 24, 2016 6:00am PDT
, george herbert walker bush and ross perot and frank farn cough, the republican co-chair of the commission on presidential debates, he co-created the commission back in 1986 during his tenure as rnc chair. frank, let me begin with you and let's distinguish what viewers have seen during primary season because in this case the candidates themselves they had no veto over who the moderator would be and you've empowered lester holt to call all the shots. >> that's correct. really what's happen since about 2000, michael, is that the commission chooses the dates, the sites, the formats and the moderators without any interplay with the -- or hearings from either the candidates or the political parties. and we've done that. we've changed the format. we did it four years ago where we divided the 90 minutes then into six segments of 15 minutes with the ability of the moderator to drill down and really get to the meat of where these candidates stand on their issues and how they're going to accomplish those issues. and lester has already announced that the subject matter that he's going to c
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Dec 23, 2017 6:00am PST
sides from 2017, including everybody's favorite blooper by yours truly. >> george papa -- i know, i'm a dope. first, one year in the trump administration, and the end of any year is a time for assessing, especially this one, mike allen had an interesting observation in his axios newsletter. he pointed out how little president trump and perceptions of him have changed in the last year. think about it, roughly the same number of people support him today as did at the beginning of his administration, the russian probe has remained constant. the elected republicans remain excep skeptical of his leadership. the elected democrats they still don't like him. the war with the media has never subsided and neither have his twitter fingers. and then the temptation to conclude that his administration the tax bill is static, gridlock that nothing is getting done in a polarized climate. that would be a mistake. in fact, if the pace of change continues for the duration of trump's presidency, however long that may be, the i think he may be the most consequential president in history. having the b
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May 2, 2014 6:00pm PDT
republican national finance chair under ronald reagan and george herbert walker bush, joining me now, as a garden state resident i said if this was a guy who would be on the fence as between governor christie and bush, that doesn't bode well for governor christie, does it? >> i think that many people who know the governor well also know governor bush well. i think there is a lot of overlap in the republican party. people have been involved for a long time with president bush. and with -- and with george w., and now with governor christie. and so on one level it is a blessing. we have competent, qualified people who may choose to run for president. i think that is an exciting thing, actually. >> it is my perception of you, as a guy who wants to win. i mean, really isn't that what a party is about? to win, not be an ideological vessel. i look at you as an old guard, the mainstream republican, that wants to wrestle control within the gop. am i overstating it? >> no, i don't think so, i think the simple truth is whether you're to the left of the spectrum or to the right of the spectrum, you'
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Jul 11, 2015 6:00am PDT
what was done to george herbert walker bush in 1992 to syphon votes, giving donald the trump card. here's michael cohen, the executive vice president of the trump organization and special counsel to donald trump. michael, thank you for being here. you heard my critique the floor is yours to respond. i hope you tell me how you believe believe. >> donald trump is not somebody who is going to cow-tail to anyone. right now he's leading the polls. and if he's not leading the poll in a specific state, in all fairness he's number two. and he'll be on the stage for the debate and have his voice horde heard. >> i agree with mr. trump that the fact that the man who apparently murdered this woman was able to break into the united states. i think the number is five times proof of our problem with poorest conditions at the border but here's the wish shoe. i tried to distort some of the facts. "the washington post" in looking at his public statements. if you have fact checkers out there saying he's not telling it straight. >> he is speaking from the heart and is speaking straight. the politicia
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Dec 3, 2016 3:00pm PST
consequence? >> the most obvious is the supreme court. david souter, george h.w. bush's pick will go down as a nominee put forward by the president of one party who then disappoints his followers. we haven't seen that since, not in clinton's, not in george w. bush's, not in obama's. i think the fact that trump essentially outsourced the supreme court picks to the federalist society and the fact that the conservatives on his list are much more inclined to be judicial activists. they don't like to say that. that is, to reach in to the sconce stux, perhaps even on areas involving the governments economic regulation, that if he has more than one pick and the odds are he'll have two or three, that's going to be changes for a generation. i think you're also going to see rapidly in congress an undoing of many of obama's signature policies, the affordable health care being one of them. how quickly, we don't know. i think you'll see big rollbacks in obama's approach to environmental regulations, an we're not just talking about trump undoing obama. you talk about the epa, that was put into power by
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May 1, 2014 6:00pm PDT
. >> jake tapper sat down with president george w. bush and asked him about 2016. here is a piece of what he had to say. >> i hope jeb runs. i think he would be a great president. i have no clue what's on his mind. and we'll talk when he's ready. as he said, publicly, i'm thinking about my family. of course, he knows full well what a run for the presidency can do on family. after all, he's seen his dad and brother run for president. i hope he runs. so hey, jeb, if you need some advice, give me a call. >> maggie haberman, read these tea leaves. >> i think have you it take him at his word here. >> how can they not talk about it? >> everyone says around them, this is not a topic of conversation they get into deeply. perhaps for a variety of reasons. you know that's been a complicated relationship over time. i think george w. bush is genuine when he says, please run. i think he genuinely thinks his brother would be a good president. but it would be rather complicated for both of them. >> i hear the country groaning at the prospect of bush v. clinton and the media saying, oh, my god -- >> brin
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Nov 4, 2017 6:00am PDT
surrendered to federal authorities facing charges of tax fraud and money laundering and we learned george papadopoulos lied to federal authorities. that day the president spoke with former adviser steve bannon, reportedly encouraged trump to take a harder public line with special counsel robert mueller. maybe good political advice, but this was the week the story became more legal than political and while the noise will certainly continue, the outcome of the special counsel's probe will not be determined by critical thinking and the rules of evidence. not the nightly exchange of competing capable tv narratives. much has come into focus. we now know that george papadopoulos had conversations about the e-mails of clinton two months before there had been any wikileaks release of john podesta's e-mail and long before the dnc having been hacked. the timeline, podesta the e-mail hacked and then met with a director of international relations claimed substantial connections with russian government officials at which time he was told the russian government collected dirt on hillary clinton in thou
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Jan 20, 2018 6:00am PST
opposite path than even george costanza in that episode of seinfeld. he do da meansemeans a former p. he mocks a disabled reporter again with no decline in his political fortune. he says i could stand in the middle of fifth avenue and shoot somebody and i wouldn't lose voters. en route to vanquishing a crowded field of more experienced candidates. in the general election, he squares off against a yale law school he had indicateducated f lady to whom he had previously contributed money. a videotape surfaces where he brags of grabbing women, multiple women then come forward and say he had sexually as sexually assaulted them in the past. and still on election day, he loses the popular vote, but by corralling support among high school educated white men in rust states, he wins the electoral college. oval office, day one, the new president jousts with the press over the size of his inaugural crowd size and converses with supporters via twitter, all the while churning through staff and even firing the fbi director him a mid investigation as to whether his campaign was in cahoots with the russi
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Oct 11, 2014 3:00pm PDT
. really one of my closest friends in my life. george stephanopoulos did write a book about president clinton, i think way too critical. so did bob reich, labor secretary, when bush was president. scott mcclellan. nobody closer to president bush than scott. an old pal from austin time, press secretary. during his presidency, scott wrote a scathingly negative book. and i will say at least from my own sort of consistency, each time, even when george wrote his book and scott against bush, because it was wrong. not because it's factually false, i don't know, i wasn't in the white house. i think because it is disloyal. people like gates and panetta -- leon is a personal friend. these are impressive public officials. they serve their country with honor and distinction. but they should wait for their memoirs until the presidency is finished. it would be better, because it requires reflection. >> i want to ask you about the cover of the "rolling stone." as you know, paul krugman has written -- and he says this is what a successful presidency looks like. paul ba gala, is this what a successful
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Nov 4, 2017 3:00pm PDT
laundering and we learned of the guilty plea of former trump foreign adviser george papadopoulos of lying to authorities. that day the president spoke to former adviser steve bannon who reportedly encouraged trump to take a harder public line with special counsel robert mueller that might have been good political advice, a means of salving the president's base, but this is the week the story became more legal than political. and while the new, the noise will certainly continue, the outcome of the special counsel's probe will now be determined by critical thinking and the rules of evidence. not the nightly exchange of competing cable tv narratives. much has come into focus. we know that george papadopoulos had conversations about the emails of clinton two months before there had been any wikileaks release of john podesta's emall and long before any report of the dnc having been hacked. here's the timeline. podes podesta's email was hacked on march 19. april 26, papadopoulos met with a professor of international relation who is claimed to have substantial connections with the russian
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