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paper which promises your next trip to the bathroom will be sublime. okay, i'll take your word for it. follow me on facebook and twitter, i'm jake tapper. that's it for "the lead." i turn you over to my friend wolf blitzer who's next door in a place i like to call "the situation room." reshaped race, thanks to the voters of new hampshire, donald trump is reclaiming his huge lead. other republicans are calling it quits and john kasich is suddenly emerging as a force to be reckoned with. tonight cnn is talking with kasich out there on the campaign trail. heading south. bernie sanders savors a sweet victory after scoring a big win. now he faces a new challenge as hillary clinton hunkers down to retool her campaign. can bernie sanders win over african-american voters? i'll ask the powerful south carolina congressman who helped start the shift from clinton to obama back in 2008. and un-stoppable.
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we are getting warnings about kim jong-un. top intelligence officials say he isn't about to stop after his country's defiant nuclear test and long-range rocket launch. is north korea now a direct threat to u.s. security. i'm wolf blitzer, you're in "the situation room." we're following breaking news in the race for president. a source now tells cnn governor chris christie just announced he's suspending his presidential campaign after his disappointing finish in the new hampshire primary. donald trump, fresh off his crushing victory in new hampshire, brings his campaign to south carolina tonight. he'll hold his first rally in a couple of hours. his rivals, including the new hampshire runner-up, governor john kasich, got there first, and voters already are seeing a vicious ad war between trump and senator ted cruz. south carolina also is a vital battleground for hillary clinton and senator bernie sanders.
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it will be the senator's first chance to prove he can attract african-american voters and knock a hole in what hillary's campaign considers her firewall. also tonight, new warnings from u.s. intelligence chiefs about the threat posed by north korea. they say kim jong-un's regime poses the world's greatest nuclear threat. our correspondents, analysts and guests will have full coverage of all the day's top stories. let's start with the dramatically reshaped presidential race. jim acosta is awaiting donald trump's arrival in south carolina. jim, his victory really shook up the republican race. what is the latest that you're hearing right now? >> reporter: that's right, wolf. on his way to south carolina, donald trump is firmly back in place as the gop front-runner, but the field is narrowing and that means the battle for the republican nomination is about to get even more intense in a state where politics is a full contact sport.
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donald trump won't have long to savor his overwhelming victory in the new hampshire primary. in south carolina, the knives are already out. >> we cannot nominate a candidate who has the same health care plan of socialized medicine as bernie sanders. >> reporter: and it's not just trump's usual sparring partners, ted cruz and jeb bush throwing the punches. >> trump, even though he's not as successful as he claims, four bankruptcies, at least he's not embarrassed by his success. his success hasn't made it harder for someone, you know, that is struggling. >> reporter: every candidate in the party's so-called establishment lane is in hot pursuit of the gop front-runner, including a newly aggressive marco rubio, fighting back after a lackluster showing in new hampshire. >> yeah, i'm -- well, i mean the hard thing about donald in the short term is he doesn't have any policy positions. he tells you what he's going to do but he won't tell you how he's going to do it. >> reporter: that sense of urgency is due in part to the
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shrinking field of candidates, as chris christie is out of the race. carly fiorina dropped out too. and there's a new contender on the rise, john kasich. he came in second tuesday night, but was crushed by trump. >> i did beat him in dixville notch. come on. i mean, look, i think that it's going to be a long haul. we just keep plugging. >> reporter: trump is gearing up for a south carolina brawl, unloeshing a new attack ad on cruz. >> who runs a campaign accused of dirty tricks that tried to sabotage ben carson. >> reporter: but trump is facing harder questions. >> i fight like hell not to pay taxes. i hate the way the government spends my money. >> reporter: and the new york tabloids that aren't letting up. >> the owner of "the daily news" which is a totally failing paper, i think it's out of business. >> reporter: once considered the establishment's best chance to defeat trump, rubio is trying to shake off his disastrous debate
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performance, rubio joked he wasn't as bad as rick perry. >> oops. >> reporter: during the last presidential cycle. >> well, there's a big difference. he couldn't remember what he wanted to say. apparently i remembered it too well. i think that's -- >> reporter: obviously the big -- now, obviously the big shake-up in the race today is chris christie dropping out. that means more republicans will be checking out donald trump. wolf, just look behind me right now. you can see this massive line that's already forming. it's going to be another one of those big arena auditorium style rallies for donald trump. the line is already mounting at this point and we're two hours before his event starts here. it's worth point out, wolf, after trump learned from his mistakes in iowa and beefed up his ground game in new hampshire, there are signs he is ramping up in south carolina as well. not just this crowd behind me, he has the state's lieutenant governor behind him and one gop strategist said the current thinking in this state is that the state's governor, nikki
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haley, will stay neutral before the primary. that may also help trump if she doesn't endorse one of the establishment candidates in this race. >> jim acosta, thanks very much. one thing about trump, he gets huge crowds at these events. now for the democratic nomination, a decisive victory by bernie sanders is shaking up the contest. sanders is cashing in on his win with an impressive fund-raising drive, but also preparing for increased scrutiny as the campaign moves towards states that are seen as more favorable to his rival, hillary clinton. let's go to our senior political correspondent, brianna keilar. what's the latest on that front? >> reporter: wolf, bernie sanders has very visible today. he will cap off the day with an appearance on "the late show" with stephen colbert as he clearly is relishing his new hampshire win. >> tonight we serve notice to the political and economic establishment. >> reporter: bernie sanders claiming a big win in the new hampshire primary, taking a victory lap on "the view."
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tasting the ben & jerry's ice cream named after him, bernie's yearning. >> this is the first time i've tasted it. >> reporter: and showing off his basketball skills. while also looking to expand his appeal to a broader swath of the democratic party. >> there's a lot of hard work in front of us. whoopi, i think the message that we're bringing forth, that this country is supposed to be a nation of fairness. and we're not seeing that fairness right now. >> reporter: sanders is also firing back at former president bill clinton for recent attacks like this. >> when you're making a revolution, you can't be too careful about the facts. >> reporter: sanders trying to appear above the fray. >> i was disappointed in president clinton. i've known him for 25 years, i like him and i respect him. i this does not degenerate -- >> he's fighting for his wife. >> i understand that. but let's keep it on the issues, not making personal attacks. >> reporter: sanders' new hampshire victory is also proving to be good news for his
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campaign coffers, hauling in $5.2 million in the 18 hours after the polls closed tuesday night. as the democratic primary fight enters a new phase, sanders faces a new challenge, making inroads with african-american voters, a crucial constituency in states like south carolina, which holds its primary later this month. a meeting today in harlem with the reverend al sharpton, the civil rights activist saying afterwards he'll wait until he meets with hillary clinton next week to pick a candidate. one south carolina poll showed sanders trailing clinton by 57 points with black voters, a sign of sanders' uphill climb, but that was taken before clinton's narrow win in iowa and sanders' decisive victory in new hampshire. following last night's stinging loss, clinton said she's ready for a long fight. >> and here's what we're going to do. now we take this campaign to the entire country. we are going to fight for every vote in every state.
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we're going to fight for real solutions that make a real difference in people's lives. >> reporter: now, one day after new hampshire, the state that gave hillary clinton such a sweet victory in 2008 delivered to her that loss last night, she was laying low today preparing for the pbs democratic presidential debate that will take place tomorrow night at the university of wisconsin. wolf. >> thanks very much for that. we're standing by, congressman james clyburn, south carolina, he's going to be joining us momentarily. he knows a lot about democrats and south carolina. we'll get his assessment on what's going on in just a few moments. right now here in the situation room, gloria borger along with s.e. cupp and dan pfifer. gloria, let's talk about the republican race right now. what's the republican so-called establishment doing in the face of this enormous crushing win by
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donald trump in new hampshire? >> locking themselves in a dark room, i think, and trying to figure out who's going to have enough delegates. i spoke with one member of the so-called establishment today who said, look, nobody is going to have 300 delegates by march 15, and the funders are holding back, and the establishment is beginning to get used to the idea that perhaps donald trump is going to be their nominee. so they might just adopt him. but they also believe, for example, that jeb bush got some life last night, that marco rubio can compete in south carolina, and i think quite frankly if they had a choice between cruz and trump, they would pick trump. >> even though john kasich came in second, he's not necessarily going to do well in south carolina. he will do well in some of the american states later, his home state of ohio or illinois or michigan. >> if he can get there, right?
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you know, he's quickly running out of money. but look, great momentum for him. to echo and build on what gloria just said, she's right. here's also what's happening in the republican party right now. the 70% of republican voters who have not lined up behind trump are still shopping for a candidate. the problem is, they go into the republican candidate department store and it is sensory overload. there are a thousand options. there's this blaring loud music called donald trump that they can't see through. and frankly we all in the media are the annoying salespeople following them around saying, welcome to our store, what are you here for today, can i show you our selection. >> we are not annoying. >> it is no way to pick a candidate. and until we sort of lessen our inventory and clean out the shop, i don't know how voters are doing it. >> the inventory was lessened today with christie and carly fiorina suspending their respective campaigns. dan, you know a lot about these campaigns and money being spent by the candidates.
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a lot of the republican money right now is going on attack ads. a lot of them going after trump, going after other candidates. how big of a deal is this right now, the money that they're spending on attack ads as opposed to, let's say, positive ads? >> well, so far in this campaign and jeb bush's super pac proves this, positive ads have done nothing to move the needle so maybe negative ads will work. i think the problem for the republican party in this case, if they do not want trump to be their nominee and if i trust my friend s.e., i suspect that's the case, that everyone has presumed that donald trump will advance to the finals here so everyone is fighting over who's going to get to fight donald trump, whether that's marco rubio against jeb bush, jeb bush against john kasich, marco rubio against ted cruz. so cruz is in an ideal situation which is some money is being spent against him but he's having fewer attacks than any front-runner that i can think of. >> why is that, gloria?
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>> because they first have to eliminate other people before they can get to the big enchilada who is donald trump. >> because he'll tell you they're afraid of him. >> right. and people -- you know, to bring this full circle, people in the establishment are saying, well, who's the person who can actually take on donald trump? and so far there isn't anyone. >> once you go after -- >> well, ted cruz won once. >> but not again. and so they're kind of waiting out there for that and they really don't know. so right now they have to kind of fight amongst themselves and then deal with donald trump afterwards. which as dan points out, gives trump a lot of leeway. >> trump has made it clear, you hit him, he's going to slam you right back with what he's got and he's got a lot. >> and he has successfully done that, taken some scalps from some candidates. but chris christie spent the bulk of his week taking on marco rubio. i wonder how effective he could
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have been if he directed a lot of that energy at donald trump. ted cruz bear hugged trump for a long time before he pivoted. rubio, jeb, they have tried here and there but i haven't really seen a candidate visceral ego after trump. >> jeb has, don't you think? >> he's attempted. i don't think it's been that rigorous. talk about the fraudulent university, the failed businesses. there's so much fertile ground there that they seem to just be signed of ceding to trump and saying trump is going to be trump and eventually voters will snap out of it. not happening. >> cruz, for example, senator cruz said donald trump didn't have the temperament to be commander in chief. then during the debate he refused to say that when he was standing right next to him. donald trump said that was a sign of respect that he has for me. stand by. i want to take a look at the democratic side, what's going on after bernie sanders' very impressive victory over hillary clinton yesterday. james clyburn, the congressman from south carolina, will set
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the scene for us. that contest is coming up. we'll be right back.
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we're following important developments in the race for the white house. we'll get back to our political experts right now. we're also joined by cnn legal analyst sunny hostin, she has some thoughts on what's going on, specifically in south carolina. dan pfeiffer, michael bloomberg, the former mayor of new york, he says he's seriously considering a run for the presidency as a third party candidate. he's got, according to "forbes"
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magazine, $36 billion plus. would he really hurt the democrats, whoever the democratic nominee is if he were to run? >> one, i think it's very hard in our two-party system for a third party to win. it's important for people to remember that if he was able to gain traction and win some states, if no candidate gets to 270 then the republican house would pick our president. in that sense if he gains traction in a three-way race he would help the republicans because he has the potential to tip it to the house. >> what do you think, gloria? first of all, do you think he's going to run? apparently people close to him have said he's very frustrated hillary clinton is not doing well, she might not win and he's got some issues with her on substantive issues as well. >> he does. i think when you have billions of dollars, and, dan, he doesn't need a gofundme account to run, he can do this all himself. i think when you have that kind of money, people have to take you seriously. and i think this is his last
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shot. i think there's a shot that he could, you know, clearly throw this to the democrats. i think their theory of the game might be to throw it into the house, but i was told today that they can't make any decision until they see what happens after march 1. when they see how the race shakes out after march 1, then they can start making some decisions. and they have the luxury of having a lot of money. >> and that's his real deadline, the first week or so in march to make up his mind. reince priebus says he would welcome michael bloomberg coming in because he would take votes away from the democrat and he thinks it would guarantee the republican win. >> oh, it would. come on in, mayor bloomberg. the water is warm and shark infested you. we would welcome you. look, his gun record, his state reputation in new york precedes him. he is a no-go nonstarter with
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republicans. so if anything, he would really hurt and weaken the democratic party. >> let's talk about the democratic race. sunny, you're with us right now. as you know, bernie sanders, he's working on getting very high-profile endorsements from leaders in the african-american community. more than half of the democratic vote in south carolina involves african-americans. how do you see him faring against hillary clinton in south carolina? >> listen, i think it's going to be difficult for him. i think it's an uphill battle. i had the opportunity to interview him and meet him today while i was on "the view" and he understands, quite frankly, that it is a problem. he understands that he has some work to do. but what was clear to me is that he was going to do the work and wanted to do the work. he mentioned that he has had some significant endorsements from african-americans in the community. he mentioned to me cornell west, ben jealous, who's the former president of the naacp, he mentioned some local support with local politicians so he
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certainly has a plan to reach out to the african-american community. i asked him whether or not he realized that in order to get the democratic nomination he would have. >> in vermont it's a relatively small community. >> you know, i will say i've done "the view" several times, i've met a lot of politicians. the crowd loved him. young people especially, but older people as well. they were feeling the bern this afternoon at "the view." because i've met so many politicians, i was a little bit wary of sort of who he was going to be. i can tell you he comes off as
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being extremely humble, extremely earnest. i was impressed. i think what you see is what you get when you talk about senator sanders. >> dan, a lot of people say hillary clinton on those exit polls when it comes to trustworthiness, does she represent the views that i want in a leader, he did a lot better in those exit polls than she did and his authenticity, sunny says, is pretty powerful. >> right. look, we need to acknowledge that bernie sanders had a tremendous night last night all across the board. the idea that bernie sanders would win new hampshire by 20-plus points is a pretty amazing thing. look, it exposed some vulnerabilities that secretary clinton has not just in the general election but the primary. i've been a skeptic of bernie sanders expanding his coalition beyond the largely liberal states of iowa and new hampshire. he's going to get that test very soon and we'll see. he has run a campaign that has
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felt very authentic to him. he has done it in a way where he comes off as very comfortable in his own skin and i think that is always a value in politics, but in our hyperspeed, hyperclose-up internet age, it's of even greater value. >> he does really well with women. women under 64 overwhelmingly went with him as opposed to hillary. >> they do. and i think that's because of his passion and because of his ideas. free college tuition, for example, if you're a young woman and have college loans out there or are just going to college, this is really appealing. i think bernie sanders has touched a nerve. i think the one thing that you're going to see in south carolina is hillary clinton hugging barack obama as tight as she can, because she is going to say -- you're laughing, dan, but is this true? >> it felt very different when we went into south carolina the last time. >> right, exactly, pretty different. but she's going to hug him so
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tight. she put out a memo last night in which she said sanders is going to have to explain how he differs from president obama on lots of issues that she supports the president on, given the president's popularity. >> what a difference eight years makes. all right, guys, everybody stand by. congressman james clyburn of south carolina, he knows a lot about that state. he's standing by live. much more right after this. us o access information from anywhere. the microsoft cloud allows us to scale up. microsoft cloud changes our world dramatically. it wasn't too long ago it would take two weeks to sequence and analyze a genome. now, we can do a hundred per day. with the microsoft cloud we don't have to build server rooms. we have instant scale. the microsoft cloud is helping us to re-build and re-interpret our business. this cloud helps transform business. this is the microsoft cloud. my man, lemme guess who you're wearing... everyone's lookin' red carpet ready. toenail fungus!? whaaat?!?
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kasich advised his followers to fasten their seat belts. is he the candidate the republican establishment has been looking for. out there on the campaign trail today, the governor spoke at length with cnn special correspondent, jamie gangel. >> you said fasten your seat belt. and you have exceeded expectations, but now the pressure is on. >> i don't have any more -- >> come on, you're in south carolina. >> look, look, look, pressure is a mom that's got three kids and a husband walked out the door. pressure is not, you know, what i'm doing. i mean, you know, as long as i do what i think i need to do, whatever the outcome is, i'll be fine with. people were on our bus and interviewing me and looking at us for months. they come on the months and it's like zen. why is everybody so calm? so, look, life is short. how do i seem now? i mean i'm calm and happy and grounded. and centered. see, the thing is when the big
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lights come on -- >> you keep using that word, centered. why? >> you don't want to lose yourself in this. it's probably fool's gold, you know. all of a sudden you go from you're the governor of ohio, and that's a big deal. then all of a sudden you've got 50 cameras on you. and you just can't be starstruck with that, because it's fleeting. >> let's talk about south carolina for a minute. jeb bush went on the air this morning and he said john kasich has nothing in south carolina. they're saying you have no money, you have no ground game. can you compete here? >> well, yeah, we're going to compete here. we don't expect to win here. but on the other hand if you take a look at the person that says that, they spent like well over $100 million, something along that, and they got like nothing. i mean, you know, so i'm not worried about what the other folks say. and this is not -- this is not the end of it for us here in
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south carolina. we'll be moving through south carolina to other places. >> so you don't expect to win here. >> oh, no, no, no. >> some of these other states, the attack ads are already on the air. >> yeah. >> are you going to hit back? >> well, i'm not going to sit there and be a, you know, a marshmallow or some kind of a pin cushion, people just pound me. where i come from shall the blue collar town that i come from fl, if you beat our football team, we break all the windows on your bus. that's just a joke, boy the way, but the fact is i'm not going to let somebody just pound on me. i can't predict what the future is, but i believe this message that we can, we're americans before we're republicans and democrats, these problems that we have can be solved, that we can get the shine back in america, you know, leave no one behind. i think these are very important messages, more than me spending my time being negative about
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someone else. the money is coming. everybody wants to sit at the table. not everybody maybe, but my early reports are people who sat around and said i like kasich, he's smart, he's experienced, he'd be a good president but he's at 1% in the polls. now all of a sudden they're like how do i get a seat at the table. so i think all these things will come over time. or they won't. i mean either they will or they won't. >> when did john kasich get this zen? >> i've had it for a long time now. >> you didn't always show it, though. >> well, look, back when you covered me in congress, you know, you don't know how hard it is to be a congressman and have an impact. i was constantly fighting the establishment. so you can't like, you know, just walk around, now i'm an executive, i'm running for president, it's a different situation. now when i say things, you know, particularly in ohio, i can get people to do things. back then i had to take a
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battering ram to knock down the walls of the city. so over time i've gotten a little older, i've got a great family and my faith has increased. >> talk to me about strategy. if you don't have to win here, is it midwest, is it ohio. >> in mississippi, i can't wait to go there. i've got trent lott, the governor of alabama. i'm going to do great in the south. i think i'm going to do very well. we finally will get to the midwest, which will be cool, michigan. my goal is to get urban meyer, the coach of ohio state, and coach harbaugh of michigan to ride in a car with me. i am convinced if i can get that done, i can probably part the red sea. >> reality check. donald trump came in -- >> really strong. >> number one, more than double your numbers. he has not hit you very hard. but in the past you've called
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him a bully, you've said there's no -- >> i don't think i called him any names. >> you called him a bully. >> well, if i did that, i don't remember it because i usually try -- i always try to stay on the issues. and what upset me about him in the beginning was, you know, trying to pick 11.5 million and shipping them on a bus to mexico and dividing people. i don't like that. but he's calmed down actually. he's settled down. look, it's a long road. you know, the thing about -- >> but you think you can compete against him? >> yeah, over time i sure do. what do you think i'd be doing down here? of course i think i can compete. and you know what, you've got to remember in this 24/7 news cycle, the narrative changes like the flip. one minute you're dead, the next minute you're alive, the next minute you're dead, the next minute you're alive. you know, i am going to continue to enjoy this road i'm on. how do you like that?
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whether you guys like it or not, i'm going to try to enjoy it. >> and jamie gangel is joining us now from south carolina. jamie, good interview. kasich strikes a more optimistic tone than many of his rivals. is that what you also see behind the scenes? >> absolutely, wolf. i think any candidate who can say with a smile on his face and a shrug, yeah, i'm going to lose south carolina, john kasich really is zen. that said, he grew up in pittsburgh, the story about the windows on the bus getting knocked out, next to the word scrappy in the dictionary is a picture of john kasich. so if it gets tough, just let's wait and see what happens. >> coming off of his impressive second place finish in new hampshire last night, are you seeing bigger crowds out there in south carolina right now for him? >> absolutely.
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they had an event this morning where they had 70, 7-0 rsvps originally. there were more than 500 people there out the door, standing and waiting for him. the campaign is not used to this. they were clearly stunned when they got off the bus. so even though this is south carolina, even though he doesn't think he's going to do that well here, he is bringing out the crowds. what a difference new hampshire -- what a difference coming in second in new hampshire can make, wolf. >> it certainly does. all right, jamie, good work, thanks very much. jamie gangel, our special correspondent. coming up, congressman james clyburn of south carolina, he's a powerful figure in that state. that's where the next contests are going to be. we're taking a closer look on the democratic side. there you see him right there. we'll talk with him about south carolina and bernie sanders and hillary clinton right after this. what makes this simple salad the best simple salad ever?
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let's talk about the democratic presidential contest. joining us is the house assistant democratic leader, james clyburn. thanks for joining us. i know you said you're feeling a lot of pressure from your wife, one of your daughters to endorse bernie sanders or hillary clinton, so give us the answer. who are you going to throw your support behind? >> thank you so much for having me, wolf. well, when i get home on friday evening, i'm going to be spending a lot of time with
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family, friends, i'll be on the phone talking to a lot of people. i think they're probably right, people would like to know where i stand irrespective of where that is. although i said at the outset that i would stay neutral in all of this, i'm beginning to feel that maybe they're right, that i need to let people know where i stand and i'll probably do that, though not today or this week. >> well, we would be happy if you did it right now. you've got a chance to speak to people in south carolina, people all over the country right now. do you want to give us a little clue? >> no, let's just wait until i talk to them. they may change their minds. so we'll see. >> your family. unlike iowa and new hampshire, the democratic voters in south carolina half or more are
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african-americans. what are you looking for from bernie sanders and hillary clinton to try to convince you? >> i'm very concerned about an effort to really target resources into communities of need. i think that this whole trickle-down effect that we seem to do so often is leaving too many people in dire straits. for instance, we see the numbers increasing now almost 500 counties in the united states of america are now classified as persistent poverty counties. and i'm very pleased that the speaker of the house, mr. ryan, has now decided that he's going to take a hard look at what the congressional black caucuses has been advocating for many years of directing resources into these communities. i spoke with harold rogers today
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and it looks like we may get some movement on that. i want to see the candidates talk about that. how do we do extra structure issues. how do see support historic black colleges and universities. i have seven in my district. there are 103 in the country. and for people not to understand the value of these institutions to our overall society i believe is up to presidential candidates to get people to understand that. and so that's the kind of thing i am looking for and i hope we'll get it during this two-week period. >> i know there's a little history between you and the clintons going back eight years ago, i remember it well. you endorsed then senator barack obama. he won south carolina, as you know. the former president bill clinton, there's a famous phone call you discussed in your memoir. i think your words were go ahead and chill a little bit. have you gotten over that a little bit? what's your relationship with the clintons like today? >> well, we have a great relationship. i spent a lot of time, i was on
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the phone with mrs. clinton last week. i've seen the president, the former president several times. mrs. clinton and i set with each other at senator clementa pinckney's funeral and we have had several conversations. you know, i had my fish fry in charleston a couple of weeks ago and i spoke with her at that time as well as senator sanders. so the relationship between me and the clintons are like any other relationship. sometimes things get testy. but i've been married 54 years so i know what it is to have relationships that things get testy in sometimes. >> sometimes they go up and sometimes they go down. you're welcome to come back in a few days when you make up your mind and let the country know, let the folks in south carolina know what you're doing. we always enjoy having you on the show, congressman. thanks very much. >> thank you so much for having me. coming up, after a disastrous debate, a disappointing finish in the new
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the north korean dictator kim jong-un is defiant in the face of sanctions from the united states of its allies. brian todd is learning more. >> reporter: u.s. officials are sounding an ominous warning about north korea. moments ago the u.s. senate passing a measure for tougher sanctions. u.s. intelligence officials saying north korea's recent
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nuclear test and launch of a satellite using ballistic missile technology simply cannot be sugar coated. those acts reflect a direct threat to the security of the united states and its allies, and they warn that kim jong-un is not about to stop now. a brazen nuclear test and this, a display of long-range ballistic missile technology in the guise of a satellite launch. two blatantly aggressive moves within the span of a month that tonight have the u.s. and its allies reeling. and the u.s. senate late today passing sanctions against the north korean regime. a regime that america's top intelligence chiefs say poses the world's greatest nuclear threat. >> he continues to produce fissile material and develop a submarine launch missile. it's also committed to developing a long-range nuclear armed missile capable of posing a direct threat to the united states. >> reporter: u.s. officials say the north koreans haven't flight tested those yet but it's not
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clear if they work but the recent tests have expanded its weapons grade nuclear fuel signal that kim jong-un's nuclear ambitions are full speed ahead. >> north korea can go from a few or dozen or 15 nuclear weapons this year to perhaps 50 or 100 weapons in five years time. that makes it a very, very big threat to regional stability. >> an add warning from america's top spymaster who says kim has other motives to build up his niclear arsenal. >> he wants to showcase as a way to demonstrate his strength but also as a way to help to market some of his proliferation capabilities. >> and where would kim be marketing his weapons? >> they might think a country like iran, for example, might be interested in both for the technology, but more to the point if they wanted the prestige of putting a satellite in orbit. >> reporter: iran denies it's trying to acquire nuclear weapons. but experts say iranians have
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long been cooperate with north korea in developing nuclear and missile technology. a way for iran to outsource that capability and get around the deal. >> north korea can get money from that program and gain more technological insight and both iran and north korea can come away with a serious nuclear missile threat. >> reporter: tonight the u.s. and its allies are trying to head that off by retaliating economically toward kim jong-un. in addition to the senate sanctions passed, the japanese are pushing for sanctions and the south koreans say they'll shut down the massive industrial complex at kaesong. it's run by south koreans but tens of thousands of north koreans work there and shuttering it would hurt kim and his inner circle. a lot of the money from there goes straight into their pocket. if that happens, kim could retaliate by launching a military strike across his border, a fifth nuclear test. he could even arrange to have those south korean workers at
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kaesong held hostage. that's a fear tonight. >> brian, thank you. coming up, i'll talk about that and a whole lot more with senator marco rubio. he's standing by to join me live in the "situation room." it's hard to find time to keep up on my shows.
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don't settle for u-verse. x1 from xfinity will change the way you experience tv. happening now, breaking news. huge margin. donald trump about to hold his first rally in south carolina since his very dramatic win in the new hampshire primary. his lopsided lead prompting two to bow out of the race today. can the gop find a candidate to overtake trump? victory lap.
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bernie sanders riding a huge wave of momentum after his win over hillary clinton in new hampshire. on "the view" earlier today, eating some ice cream, shooting some baskets but also meeting with al sharpton in new york laying the ground work for south carolina. could bernie sanders chip away some of hillary clinton's considerable african-american support. chilling new assessments by top u.s. officials warning they expect to see isis attempt new attacks on u.s. soil this year. critical clues may be hidden in the cell phone belonging to one of the san bernardino attackers. why are investigators still struggling to unlock it. we want to welcome our viewers in the united states and around the world. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." this is cnn breaking news. >> there is breaking news in the republican race for the white house tonight as the candidates set their sights on the next
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major contest, south carolina. donald trump is about to hold his first campaign event there since his commanding win in new hampshire. a contest that's shaken up the gop. carly fiorina has announced she's out of the race after her poor showing in the primary. same for chris christie. a source telling cnn he's also suspending his campaign. we're also following a dispushing terror warning from top u.s. intelligence officials. they believe isis will try to launch new attacks on u.s. soil this year. possibly using operatives and fighters hiding in the massive wave of refugees. we're covering all of that and much more this hour with our guests,ed including senator marco rubio. and or correspondents and expert analysts are also standing by. let's begin with the democratic race for the white house. hillary clinton spending the day regrouping and bernie sanders celebrating his huge win in new hampshire. our senior washington correspondent joe johns has the
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latest for us. south carolina is more important than ever before both of these democratic candidates right now. >> that's true, wolf. you can see little signs of it in bernie sanders' schedule. this evening he's recording an appearance on the late show with stephen colbert who grew up near charleston, south carolina, and earlier today was reaching out to african-american voters who have a lot of power in the south carolina primary by attending a morning meeting with reverend al sharpton. >> because of a huge voter turnout, and i say huge! we won. >> reporter: bernie sanders is taking a victory lap today after his big new hampshire primary win and turning his attention to the battles ahead. >> now it's on to nevada, south carolina and beyond. >> reporter: part of sanders' challenge going forward making inroads with african-american
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voters. a key piece of the democratic electorate and the south carolina primary later this month. that's why one of his first stops today was in harlem for a meeting with civil rights leader al sharpton. sharpton says he won't make an endorsement until after he meets with hillary clinton next week. after tasting victory last ni t night, bernie's yearning during an appearance on "the view." >> did you like it? >> excellent. >> showcasing his basketball skills. using the setting to highlight his populous message. >> the message we're bringing forward that this is supposed to be a nation of fairness. we're not seeing that fairness right now. >> reporter: and making the case that his success in new hampshire will be seen in other contests down the road. >> what happened here in new hampshire in terms of an
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enthusiastic and aroused electorate, people who came out in large numbers. that is what will happen all over this country. >> to help sanders on his way, a huge fund raising haul of $5.2 million since the polls closed tuesday night. >> i still love new hampshire, and i always will. >> reporter: hillary clinton, meanwhile, is taking a break from the campaign trail today following that disappointing finish in new hampshire and preparing for a long campaign. >> now we take this campaign to the entire country. we're going to fight for every vote in every state. >> reporter: and taking stock of where more work needs to be done, including expanding her appeal to younger voters. >> i know i have some work to do, particularly with young people, but i will repeat again what i have said this week. even -- even if they are not supporting me now, i support
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them. >> reporter: a source familiar with the meeting today in new york tells me rev rind al sharpton is reserving judgment on who to support. concerns bernie sanders can't deliver on all his promises and concerns about bill clinton's record and rhetoric. also the welfare reform bill, the crime bill of 1994, the increase in incarceration rates which bill clinton has said he has regrets about. so a lot in the mix as the race between bernie sanders and hillary clinton looks to south carolina. >> certainly does. thanks, joe, for that report. the republican battle for south carolina also in full swing tonight. donald trump is about to hold his first campaign event since his overwhelming victory in new hampshire. sunlen serfaty is in south carolina for us. sunlen, a different political landscape there. explain the latest. >> reporter: that's right, wolf. tonight donald trump coming into
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south carolina more serious and a stronger candidate than ever before. ted cruz very eager to stop him in his tracks here in south carolina. predicting that south carolina will be the tipping point in this race going forward setting up a fierce battle ahead. after a decisive new hampshire win -- >> we are going to make america great again. >> reporter: -- donald trump is zeroing in on south carolina. >> we've already had dirty tricks in this campaign. so, you know, i'm ready for whatever they want to throw at me, and that's fine. >> reporter: and he's setting his sights on ted cruz, already running this tv ad. >> what kind of man talks from both sides of his mouths on amnesty for illegals on national television and still denies it. >> reporter: just a small preview of the absolute collision course in south carolina. the two insurgent candidates with a win under their belt are
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gunning for the other. >> iowa and new hampshire have performed their historic role. they're narrowing the field and narrowing the choices. now it's up to south carolina to pick a president. >> reporter: in a web video, cruz is painting trump as a fake republican. >> hey, hillary. i'll give you money to be my friend. >> come to my house, mr. trump. >> that's a lousy house. i'm going to take your house. eminent domain. and park my limos there. >> reporter: as they brace for impact, the dust settling from new hampshire has left little clarity on who will emerge as the clear candidate to take on the mantel as the alternative to trump. >> they push the pause button so everybody is going to have to make their case. >> reporter: after getting help from his mother in new hampshire, the florida governor is leaning on his older brother, president george w. bush, with this radio ad. >> there's no doubt in my mind that jeb bush will be a great
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commander in chief for our military. >> reporter: and anticipated visit to the state, too. others will have to resort to other means to build on new hampshire momentum. >> i guess i have to go back to the beginning. >> reporter: ohio governor john kasich is hoping to capitalize on his solid second place finish. but he faces an uphill climb, money to support infrastructure. all huge hurdles as he looks to survive until the campaign moves to the midwest. >> i am as conservative as anyone in this mess. >> reporter: a bruised marco rubio is now in south carolina looking to reboot. >> you learn from it, take lessons and move on. >> reporter: the senator admitting he skrud up at saturday's debay. his overly scripted debate. >> we want to do a lot stronger in new hampshire. clearly my performance on saturday had an impact down the stretch. >> reporter: the republican field did get a little smaller today. chris christie and carly fiorina both dropping their presidential bids. christie posting moments ago to
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his facebook page, quote, that he leaves the race without an ounce of regret. wolf? >> sunlen serfaty, thanks. i want to go to jim acosta with the trump campaign right now covering this rally about to begin. he's bringing all of his momentum for new hampshire to south carolina. what's the latest over there, jim? >> wolf, that's is right. that big shake-up in the race today that sunlen just mentioned. the departure of chris christie and carly fiorina. that means way more republicans may move right over to donald trump's campaign. the gop front-runner has a huge line of supporters waiting outside to get inside this livestock arena in south carolina for this big rally that's set up tonight. it's going to be another -- you can hear them cheering. it's going to be another vintage donald trump rally. thousands of people on hand. and his gop rivals right now at this point are spending less time hitting each other. they are going after trump now. considering what we heard earlier today from ted cruz, jeb bush and marco rubio.
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take a listen. >> donald trump who is an extraordinary politician apparently and a great actor and entertainer. it's entertaining until you get insulted. not so entertaining if you are a disabled person. that's a sign of weakness in my mind or if you disparage women or hispanics. >> we cannot nominate a candidate who has the same health care plan of socialized medicine as bernie sanders. >> the hard thing about donald in the short term is he doesn't have any policy positions. he'll tell you what he's going to do but not how he's going to do it. the pressure will be on him to say this is what i'm going to do about isis or bringing jobs back. this is how we'll handle the trade imbalance. i don't think you can keep saying, trust me. >> reporter: as he said last night, trump has learned his lesson from iowa and built up his ground operation in new hampshire. he's done the same in south carolina. the lieutenant governor in this state is backing trump. we'll probably see him tonight.
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and gop operatives are telling us earlier today they don't believe south carolina's governor nikki haley will endorse a candidate before the primary here. if another candidate does not get her support. i remember four years ago when nikki haley endorsed mitt romney. didn't help him there. maybe that's why she's sitting out. >> south carolina on everybody's mind. we'll stand by to hear what donald trump has to say in a little bit as well. let's get more from our chief political correspondent dana bash, our senior political reporter nia mallika henderson, ana navarro, a good friend of marco rubio, a supporter of jeb bush and peter beinart for atlantic media. you saw that ad, that trump ad really going after ted cruz pretty big, pretty bold ad. how tight is it going to get in south carolina? how intense maybe is a better
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word? how angry between these candidates? >> well, you know, wolf, when i watch the ad, the first thing that came to mind is those children are going to need therapy down the line. seeing your kids fight over eminent domain, single taxpayer health system. but, look. south carolina is a state that is known for tough, dirty fight. it's one where we see dirty tricks. it's one where it's bare knuckles. it's one where being commander in chief matterses. you know, there's a large military presence in south carolina. and that matters a lot. so i think you are going to see it get tight. you're going to see it get dirty. it's a lot less time than the time between iowa and new hampshire. this time we've got ten days between the two primaries. you're going to see it get dirty. buckle up, folks. >> that's was a tough ad the cruz campaign launched against donald trump. you saw that tough ad against
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cruz lashing out bitterly against him as well. we'll see a lot more of that. >> that's right. this is lee atwater country. so, yeah, it's going to be some mud slinging. i think ted cruz obviously wants to continue that argument he began in iowa. this thing about new york values, eminent domain was a weakness for donald trump in iowa. it's something jeb bush raised in that last debate. he thinks he can finally make this case stick in south carolina because of the climate down there with evangelicals, with conservatives and a tea party contingent as well. we'll have to see if he's the one that can finally make this case and make everyone believe that donald trump is essentially a fake conservative, a fake -- a convenient republican. >> he's doing this rally in south carolina. another big crowd standing by to listen to him. but south carolina, unlike let's say new hampshire, much more condeucive to that evangelical support that ted cruz is looking
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for. >> much more conducive to evangelical support. also ana was talking about the large military community contingent there. that plus some other demographics has made it historically more conducive to somebody doing well in the establishment lane. so this is really seems to be a jump ball in south carolina. one thing that i found fascinating about the way donltd trump is going after ted cruz is to make sure that those evangelicals and those real movement conservatives, maybe think twice about ted cruz trying to chip away at his solid, you know, values and understanding that people have that he's really one of them saying, uh-uh, not so fast. >> peter, john kasich, he did well in new hampshire. he came in second. way behind donald trump. still came in second. can he repeat that in south carolina? >> i think it's very unlikely. he was living in new hampshire for a very long time. he's not been able to do that in
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south carolina. he doesn't have much of an organization. and new hampshire is a state that fits hum better. it's a more secular electorate, more moderate electorate. it's going to be jammed into that political establishment lane with marco rubio and jeb bush. and rubio and bush have more money and bush has a stronger organization there, he needs to set expectations low and focus on the states that's going to do -- he's going to do best in the north. he needs to focus on the states in the north where he has some strength. >> i was going to say that i've been talking to top kasich aides about his strategy. he is trying to downplay expectations. and behind the scenes, even though kasich is talking about a positive campaign and not going negative, that may be true but the number one goal coming out of south carolina, i'm told, inside camp kasich is to damage jeb bush. to make sure that he is really
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republican primary voters just delivered an overwhelming victory to donald trump. disappointing results to several candidates hoping to use it as a springboard for a long campaign ahead. one of the disappointed candidates was senator marco
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rubio. senator rubio is joining us now from capitol hill. thanks very much for joining us. >> thanks, wolf. >> i want to go through some of the politics, what's going on in this race for the white house. some of the substantive issues why you are here in washington foo today. north korea, iran, iraq. let's talk politics first. you says last night to your supporters you did not do well in the republican presidential debate last saturday night. explain what was your mistake? >> it created a distraction. that didn't allow us at the end of the campaign to close wither message because everyone wanted to talk about the fact i said the same thing a few times. what i was trying to avoid an interparty fight. i don't like republican on republican violate in these debates. there are policy differences, we should discuss them. i tried to pivot out of that and go back to the core message. i believe the president and what he's doing now is not accidental. it's a deliberate effort to achieve change in this country in a way that's negative.
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and i said it a couple of times and it played into what the other guy was saying so it created a problem and the media focused on that because i created that situation. i just felt my people work so hard on the ground. i wanted them to know they did everything they could. it was on me. we're going to correct that and next time we'll be even better. >> you promised it would never happen again. jeb bush, he's gone after you as you well know. he said you repeated that canned phrase a few times. he says you're not ready to be president of the united states and that performance at the debate validated your weakness. the weakness of your campaign. your reaction to jeb bush? >> jeb is trying to say whatever he can to get an advantage. jeb has no foreign policy experience. none. he just has no foreign policy experience and was governor a long time ago. the world has changed a lot in the last ten years and foreign policy has changed a lot in the last five years. and no one on that stage has more experience or shown better
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judgment and understanding of the national security threats than i have. i hope we'll have these discussions and debates. we've now had eight debates and for that one moment that created this distraction, i performed very well in each of those debates. and the coverage proves that. we have to have some perspeblthiperspeblth i perspective here. governor bush spent a lot of money in new hampshire and tied finished with me. he's going to go to south carolina. we'll see how things play out. i feel really good about our team in south carolina. >> your spokesman says the longer jeb bush is in the race the more likely donald trump gets the nomination. do you want jeb bush to drop out? >> every candidate will make their own decision. the time will come for everybody to make that decision. from my perspective, we'll be the nominee. it's just going to take longer. donald trump did very well last night. i called and congratulated him. but 65% of the voters of new
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hampshire chose someone else. as long as that 65% is divide up by four or five people, he's going to continue to be in first place. those that don't support donald trump will begin to consolidate around a fewer number of choices and we'll see the real nature. as long as there's five or six people still running, i think donald benefits from that. >> how did that phone conversation with donald trump go? >> pleasant. i get along just fine with him. i get along with all these people running. it's not personal and i don't want to be in a position where i'm attacking other republicans. i'm more than happy to discuss policy issues. those are valid. >> ted cruz says he doesn't have the temperment to be commander in chief. do you believe donald trump has the temperment to be commander in chief? >> i think that's an open question. to be commander in chief means you have to choose between two less than ideal choices. it oftentimes requires you to do things in a way that's calm and collected and cool. not emotionally driven. donald will have to show that. this race narrows and people
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begin to ask those questions. he's going to have to prove it like we're all going to have to prove it. there are open questions about it. the bigger issue is he has failed to outline any concrete policy proposals on foreign policy. and being commander is chief is not just a huge policy in south carolina it's the most important job a president will ever have. >> chris christie dropped out of the race today. he had been hammering you for several weeks. called you the boy in the bubble. what's your reaction to christie's decision to suspend his campaign? >> i like chris christie very much. and i respect him and i don't agree with him on some policy issues but that's normal. i think chris was someone who somehow concluded that attacking me would help him and his campaign. obviously it didn't work. i don't think that was possible. heess very talented, very likable and has a future in public service beyond what he's doing now in new jersey. i expect to be hearing from chris christie for many years. >> he really went after you. i wouldn't like somebody who
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attacked me like that. >> well, again, you have been covering this for a long time. hillary clinton and barack obama went after each other even worse and she ended up being his secretary of state, although a very bad one. let's keep some perspective here. campaigns are competitive processes. people say things about each other in a campaign that doesn't ultimately translate -- i don't take these things personally. not what happened here. he was trying to win and he was being a competitor. i understand that. but it's not going to change how i feel about him. >> interesting you say him. there were some angry words between hillary clinton and barack obama when they were running in '08 for the nomination. he became the nominee and became president. could you see if you were president, inviting chris christie to be in his cabinet. >> what i said about chris and others is we have a very talented party. who do the democrats have? nobody. the two democrats, bernie sanders, a nice guy, and a vowed
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democratic socialist and hillary clinton. that's all they have. where are the -- look at the diversity of the republican field this year. legitimate candidate running for president who is a woman. a neurosurgeon, a successful businessman, three or four very successful governors, two, you know -- four very successful governors or five. mike huckabee as well. three u.s. senators. two hispanic americans, an african-american. we are young, diverse. look at the talent in the republican party. there are people that could serve multiple roles. the democrats have nobody. where are the 45 up and coming democrats. there are no moderate democrats. it's become a radical left wing party. >> what's your strategy in the aftermath of new hampshire and last weekend's presidential debate. >> in terms of the debate? >> in terms of your strategy going forward. >> well, we have a great -- we're going to continue with our message. our message is not going to change. it's interesting. we're now in an environment -- it used to be if you changed
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your message you were accused of flip-flopping. now if youor message too much you are accused of repeating it. the difference in the race is when you are in iowa, in new hampshire, you try to read as many voters as possible one on one. in iowa, less than 200,000 people caucus. you can get 30,000 of them or 40,000 in my case, a week ago, to caucus for you, you have a strong showing. so you want to meet with people one on one. now half a million voters are going to be cast in south carolina. so we'll still meet with people and try to touch as many voters as we can personally. you'll have to do more through media coverage. you'll see us engage a lot more in the media so we can reach voters that way. >> i want to take a quick break and resume this interview in a moment. much more with senator marco rubio right after this quick break.
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we're back with republican presidential candidate marco rubio of florida. a member of the intelligence and northern relations committeeses. senator, you've just voted on a bill to impose more sanctions on north korea. here's the question that someone like myself who has been to north korea. is this going to stop north korea's nuclear proliferation? >> it's not just geared at the nuclear weapons but ballistic missiles and cyberactivity. and it allows us to expand designation beyond just the government to also target
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specific individuals responsible for allowing them to move forward. the people selling them material. i actually added a provision to that bill. it allows us to sanction individuals providing raw material. things like aluminum and copper. the raw material components they need in order to pursue their nuclear program and their ballistic missiles program. it also allows us to sanction individuals that are selling them cybertechnology that they are using for cyberwarfare like what they did to sony pictures about a year ago or at least alleged to have done in terms of that. so these are important provisions. and it allows us to expand the scope beyond just the government to the people around the world, including many who live in china who will now be subject to having their assets frozen in u.s. financial institutions if they are part of the network providing north korea these resources. >> is there a cooperation between north korea and iran as far as missile technology is concerned or nuclear technology for that matter? >> well, there's been some open
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source reporting in the press about potential cooperation. what i do believe is that the day may very well come where north korea is willing to sell more than a developed nuclear warhead to iran. that could easily come. there are indications in the past north korea has looked to proliferate and sell some of the component parts of a weapon. this is a country with no economy. they are governed by a lunatic but they have no economy. they are looking for any resources. this is not a nation that feels obstructed from doing things like selling nuclear components to terrorist organizations and or a rogue nation state like iran. so there's been some reporting in the open press about potential coordination, and i think that's a matter of concern moving forward, especially on the ballistic missile component part of it. on that, there's clear coordination. >> do you know if there were any iranian observers in north korea for the launching of this missile of this satellite the other day? >> well, let me just say, i think i've seen some open source
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reporting about that in the press. i haven't seen anything that confirms that. i know there have been in the past and that's been widely reported in the press. >> we know that north korea helped syria build its nuclear reactor which the israelis blew up in 2007 and they helped pakistan develop its nuclear technology. how concerned are you that north korea could help iran which has a nuclear deal with the u.s. and other world powers develop some sort of nuclear capability? >> that's what i said a moment ago. this is a country with no economy. how can we generate resources? how can we generate money and refer new? one of the things that's not beyond them -- >> is there any evidence they're doing it? >> i'm going to limit myself to what i've seen in the press and open source reporting and there's been some hindication of that. i don't think there's any clear indication in open sources of that happening. we know enough about the north korean government to know that it is something they are capable of doing especially at the right price.
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i have often said i believe that iran will eventually buy or build a nuclear warhead to attach to their own ballistic missile programs and the only nation that would sell them one today is north korea. >> a question on isis right now. you heard the testimony from the director of national intelligence, general clapper, and others saying they fully anticipate isis could launch an take on u.s. soil this year. if you were president of the united states, what would you do about it? >> this is a complex issue that involves us to approach it in a number of ways. we have to change the entry immigration system for this country. we'll not be able to continue to do things as we have in the past. we'll have to be tougher in screening people entering the united states. we'll have to know more about people than we've ever known before. second, we have to be on the lookout more increasingly and vigilant about home-grown vilent extremism. that calls on us to expand our intelligence gathering capabilities. we have a difficult issue with encryption technology where you have individuals communicating
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on encrypted devices that no government agency can look into. we'll have to work with silicon valley to overcome. the best thing we can do is wipe out isis' core. they are using their core, their presence in syria and in iraq to be able to, as a place to generate propaganda and generate foreign fighters and also to make people extremists abroad like here in the united states. they need to lose these safe havens. that means targeting them in iraq and syria. that will require a combination of an arab/sunni army to confront them on the ground with help from our special operators to take out their ability to coordinate and operate from these safe havens. libya is one of those places where -- i've been warning about that. it's become a predominant place to recruit foreign fighters and carry out propaganda. we have to deny them those
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spaces. >> you did well in iowa. not so great in new hampshire. how are you going to do in south carolina? >> we feel great. we have a great team there. this is a state very strong on national security and military. i have a good of record if not better than anyone else in this race. it's a conservative state with a conservative closed republican primary. i am as conservative as anyone in this field but i'm the conservative that can win. the conservative that can unite the republican party, grow the conservative movement and the one hillary clinton doesn't want to run. that's why she attacks me more than they attack any other republican. so we're excited about south carolina. >> senator, thanks very much for joining us. you are welcome to come back in "the situation room" whenever you have time on the campaign trail. we'll stay in touch. >> thanks, wolf. let's take a quick break. much more news right after this.
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donald trump is about to speak in pendleton, south carolina he's hoping to repeat his new hampshire victory in about ten days. you heard from marco rubio who is trying to recover from a disappointing showing in new hampshire. he wants to build momentum. let's get reaction from our analyst. nia, you are from south carolina. can trump do in south carolina what he did in new hampshire? >> yeah, i think he can. as dana and i were talking about, sure, they are
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evangelicals there but sort of a tea party contingent and a big chamber of commerce lane as well. and his business savvy and business record, i think he's going to show that he has brought appeal in the way that he did in new hampshire. he won every demographic, whether you are sort of lower income, higher income, higher educated, lower educated. i also think there's a sense some southerners have been looked down on and people make fun of southerners. i think in that way, he can tap into some of these grievances that some southerners have. >> senator rubio showed his expertise in national and foreign security policy. >> that is one of the many areas of the demographic they've been banking on inside the rubio campaign. there was a lot of talk about donald trump's campaign manager being from new hampshire. that helps him a lot. marco rubio's campaign manager
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is from south carolina, is of south carolina. he's been -- you know this. he's been down there a lot. at a certain point it was by far more than anybody else which is why it's such a bummer for this campaign that he lost the momentum that he had in new hampshire. we can't underscore how quickly things change. the day after iowa, i was with marco rubio and there was such a sense of momentum, of energy. so many people were coming saying, we did so well in iowa. i'm giving him a second look. i might vote for him and with that one moment or 25 seconds, it changed everything. and so they really have to come back up from that. >> you are from florida. he seems to have acknowledged he made a mistake and wants to move on. how do you think he's doing? >> you know, i think that doing interviews like the one he just did, he really helps himself.
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he obviously has a breadth of knowledge on policy issues. when he attack s jeb, it's true. jeb has not been in the foreign policy committee in the senate for the years marco has. and jeb bush is going to make the argument that it's about leadership. marco's going to make the argument that it's about what he knows as part of that committee. i think he not only made a mistake in the debate but i also think he made a mistake in how he responded to it. i'm used to a marco rubio who is very witty, very quick with humor and usually uses self-deprecating humor to deflect these gaffes. i was surprised instead he went on the defensive and tried to insist for four days that this is exactly what he meant to do. that he wanted to repeat it instead of laughing at himself. now today i had heard him crack a couple of jokes.
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loor look, i'm not like rick perry. i can remember things too well. he knows how to deflect gaffes with humor, and i think yesterday in that concession speech he did what he should have done after that debate. admit he made a mistake. show some humidity and promise to do better. he could take a page from his mentor jeb bush who had a very bad debate and did just that. had a very bad primary in iowa and did just that. shake it off and focus on the next step ahead of you. >> peter, your reaction? it seems to me south carolina is really two different races. there's a cruz versus trump race, which is really the race to be the frontrunner in this case. one of those two guys, i think, will probably win. that person will be poised to cash in on march 1st. then there's the establishment race this will be primarily between rubio and jeb. rubio needs a big victory over jeb bush. he needs to do in south carolina what he so dramatically failed
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to do in new hampshire. i think he's a little bit of an undervalued stock now. this guy is the most gifted political performer in the republican party today. he's a very naturally talented charismatic politician. he's very good. i think he will rebound to some degree. >> all right, guys. i want all of you to stand by. there's a lot more coming up. we'll take another quick break. we'll be right back. when a wildfire raged through elkhorn ranch, the sudden loss of pasture became a serious problem for a family business. faced with horses that needed feeding and a texas drought that sent hay prices soaring, the owners had to act fast. thankfully, mary miller banks with chase for business. and with greater financial clarity and a relationship built for the unexpected, she could control her cash flow, and keep the ranch running. chase for business. so you can own it.
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attack in the united states during this year. jim sciutto is learning more about this intelligence assessme assessment. what's the latest? >> you have two days of really blunt testimony on the hill. the president's point man for the war on isis says many of the u.s.'s coalition partners are struggling to share intelligence on the group similar to levels prior to 9/11. they'll focus on attacks on the u.s. homeland. san bernardino, the deadliest terror attack on u.s. soil since 9/11 inspired by isis. now the nation's top spies warn that the terror group will attempt to direct new attacks on the homeland this year. >> isil's leaders are determined to strike the u.s. homeland beyond inspiring home grown violent extremist attacks.
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>> isis will conduct additional attacks in europe and try attacks in the u.s. in 2016. >> reporter: the threat is now global, active in eight countries and counting and it has a growing focus on carrying out attacks in the west. >> spectacular external attacks demonstrate isil's relevance and it is core to its external attack capability. jihadists will pose a challenge for western security services. >> reporter: intelligence officials warn that isis is hiding operatives and fighters inside the enormous human exodus from syria and iraq to plant terrorists in the west. manufacturing false passports and false identities so their fighters can pose as refugees. >> one technique they've used is taking advantage of the torrent of migrants to insert operatives
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into that flow. they also have available to them and are pretty skilled at phony passports so they can travel ostensibly as legitimate travelers as well. >> reporter: the u.s. is still trying to unravel the san bernardino plot. but investigators have yet to unlock one of the attacker's cell phones, an example of how violent extremists can go dark with encryption. >> it's been over two months now. we're still working on it. >> director clapper warned terror groups are thriving. extremists operating in 40 countries around the world. there are more terror safe havens around the world than at any point in history. >> just look at libya. >> and yemen.
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we're also learning more about the fight against isis in the middle east. let's go to our pentagon correspondent barbara starr. >> now let's have a look at sinai. the sinai peninsula. cnn has learned inside the pentagon there are very quiet conversations going on about the 700 or so u.s. troops in sinai as peacekeepers monitoring the camp david accords from 1979. could those u.s. troops now be used to monitor isis in sinai? a lot of concern. isis is growing there, was responsible for bringing down that russian jetliner late last year, was responsible for an attack that hurt four american peacekeepers in that area with an ied, so now looking at could the u.s. adjust that peacekeeping agreement possibly to now include having them monitor isis in sinai, looking
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where they are, gathering intelligence, and being able to share that with countries in the region. egypt and israel, of course. the signatories to camp david, they would to agree to all this, but these quiet conversations, wolf, now under way. >> i'm familiar with those 700 or american military in sinai now. they're barely armed though, aren't they? they would really need to beef up their military credentials, if you will. >> they would not be in combat, but would function more as an intelligence force. they're already there monitoring under camp david the movement of personnel and equipment across sinai, any military personnel in sinai. so they have some of these reconnaissance assets. you're right, wolf. make no mistake. isis is upping its game in sinai. more force protection, more
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armored vehicles. >> i've always been worried about them, especially with isis now in sinai. very good report. that's it for me. thanks very much for watching. next breaking news. donald trump live in this hour at his first rally since his big new hampshire win last night as two more candidates drop out of the race late today. john kasich already telling cnn he doesn't expect to win south carolina. what is his strategy? and the fight for black voters. bernie sanders met today with the reverend al sharpton. should hillary clinton be very worried? let's go "outfront." good evening. i'm erin burnett. outfront tonight, the breaking news. donald trump fresh out of a landslide victory in new hampshire about to rally supporters. this will be the first time he's taking the stage since

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