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tv   Early Start With John Berman and Christine Romans  CNN  March 15, 2016 2:00am-3:01am PDT

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>> we are just a few hours away from a pivotal day in the selection. you thought the first super tuesday was big. you thought the second super tuesday was big. that was nothing. the third super tuesday. the biggest, baddest, most super of all. the revenge. this is super duper tuesday number three. i'm john berman. >> i'm christine romans. it is 5:00 a.m. in the east. it is here. the most super, super tuesday yet. millions cast ballots in primaries to that determine the nominees for either parties. democrats are voting in these five states. 691 delegates at stake. tightening polls in missouri, illinois and ohio.
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for the republicans, 367 delegates up for grabs. florida and ohio are winner take all states. it could be where marco rubio and kasich wins or donald trump could seal the deal. a new poll shows trump trailing kasich, the ohio state governor. jim acosta has the latest. >> reporter: john and christine, trump was able to get his message across at the rally in ohio without disruption. no protests. the trump campaign requested people park miles away and take buses to get here. one organizer here told us they hoped that tactic would keep the demonstrations down to a minimum. it worked. one attack after another on the state's governor by donald trump. >> kasich cannot make america great again. can't do it. he can't do it. if you didn't hit oil, and that
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wasn't because of him, if you didn't hit oil, you would have had a disaster. >> reporter: trump is hitting kasich hard because he is trailing him in ohio. signaling for the first time that trump may not have the delegates necessary to clinch the gop nomination. we have hillary clinton campaigning with a eye on donald trump. another eye on bernie sanders. she needs to beat bernie sanders. that has not proven easy. they are neck and neck in some contests. we have brianna keilar traveling with the clinton campaign with the latest. >> reporter: john and christine, hillary clinton and former president bill clinton hitting three states before the series of contests on another big
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tuesday. illinois, north carolina, florida. hillary clinton making her case that she is a better opponent to a donald trump candidacy. >> i know none of this can happen unless we work together. unless we decide we would rather be united than divided. unless we reject the kind of bluster and bigotry and bullying that is stalking our political system. i believe that's what americans will do. i believe we are better than what we are hearing every night on television. >> reporter: certainly the clinton campaign hopes a good showing in most of the five states will solidify her position as the presumptive democratic nominee. they are looking to michigan and worried that bernie sanders message that hillary clinton was for nafta in the '90s could
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resonate in missouri, ohio and illinois. john and christine. >> brianna, thank you. joining us -- >> bon jovi in the background. >> there are five songs -- okay. josh rogin heard a lot of '80s music at the rallies. josh, good morning. >> good morning. >> i want to show you the map for republicans. ohio is incredibly important. illinois, missouri and florida. what will happen today? >> remember, this is the day that the republican national committee set up to be the biggest day of the primary. they rearranged the calendar so this is the deciding day. now the lesson is be careful what you wish for. one thing is certain after today's voting. the path for the republican nomination will be clearer. donald trump is set to win four, if not five states.
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his delegate count will likely increase over rivals. ted cruz is set to do well. you saw him campaigning in illinois and north carolina. he is set to pick up delegates. john kasich could win his home state, but the path after that is unclear. marco rubio is down by more than 20 points in florida. looks like it may be his last gasp. >> today is the day jeb bush will lock up the nomination. that was the plan when they put the map together. now marco rubio is at risk of losing his home state of florida. marco rubio on the trail has been giving remarks that, i don't know if it is valid victory or eulogizing his campaign. last night he was talking about regrets. how he regrets going after donald trump with the small hands bit. he also said he almost had to do it because that's the only way
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he could get covered in the race. i want to play sound of rubio. >> here's what's so sad about it. here's what's sad. when i did that for three days every speech i gave, the networks cut in live. they wanted to hear if i would say that again. as soon as i stopped doing it, they stopped covering it. the presidency is not a reality tv show. >> it is interesting. marco rubio did it. he said he is sorry he did it. now he is sorry he stopped. it is hard to follow that train of thought. >> marco rubio will have a lot of time after tomorrow to sit back to think about what went wrong in the campaign. the bottom line is marco rubio never built the enthusiasm and support among the gop base that donald trump built and for a while, he tried to feed off that enthusiasm. he tried to be part of it. it back fired. that turned out to be a
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disastrous decision. what options did he have in the final weeks? all signs pointing in the wrong direction. that's all history now. looking forward, the establishment as it is, as it were in the republican party, supposed to be coalescing around marco rubio, it is now coalescing around ted cruz. the bush donors and neil bush came out for ted cruz yesterday? there is an establish. anti-trump movement. it did not end up on marco rubio when the music stopped. >> there was an op-ed about donald trump and trade, josh. pretty pointed full of facts that are true facts about the trade situation. really poking at john kasich and
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with an eye toward ohio. let's look at something in the op-ed. one of the first casualties of the tpp, the trade deal, the biggest trade deal in history. the american auto industry the worst victims of the pact. the tpp will send america's remaining jobs to japan. they all promoted the tpp and the threat to american manufacturing. the lead of the piece is the american worker is being crushed. he shows which policies and specific countries. vietnam will crush american workers. he is getting specific on the trade attack. it has been emotional up to now. >> you have covered this, christine. one is the short-term goal of the appeal to the workers in ohio and illinois and north carolina. that makes smart policy political in the primary. if you read through the whole op-ed, it doesn't always make
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perfect sense. trump says he is for fair trade. the position of president obama. he is also for fair trade. that means not letting china get away with all this stuff. in the end, tpp is a complex deal. whether or not you feel it is negotiated fairly or poorly. you need to counter trade. that complicated tpp will get lost. hillary clinton has made the same calculation. you can be sure if it gets to a trump/clinton general election. he will point to clinton as the sponsor of tpp for many years. traveling the world. i wrote about it all. he is setting himself up to that. no matter what happens tomorrow. >> almost no time left before this last final super tuesday
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vote. our pac, the anti-donald trump group is putting up an ad where it uses women reading things out loud that donald trump has said. let's play that. >> it doesn't matter what they write as long as you have a young and beautiful piece of [ bleep ]. >> that must be a pretty picture, you dropping to your knees. >> there was blood coming out of her eyes. blood coming out of her wherever. >> women, you have to treat them like [ bleep ]. >> this is how donald trump talks about our mothers, our sisters, our daughters. >> this is an actual donald trump ad. it is getting a lot of media play which is the goal given it went up yesterday. could it have an impact past today in the voting as it goes forward? >> sure, it could. john, you pointed this out. these ads and political insiders have been in preparation for months. the money is going for months. they had the op-ed research.
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in the 11th hour where these are being rolled out. the people on the never trump side of the party is saying why is this so late? if you play a bunch of ads that raise trump's negatives, are you dooming the republican party in the general election? there is a lot of disappointment and frustration. especially among the donor class that it took so long. it will diminish the effectiveness. >> i don't want to dwell on polls. some polls have not been correct. except if polls were saying donald trump would run away with it. he is doing well with women. he is doing well with men. up and down the income ladder and education ladder. donald trump is killing it in the polls. does that ad matter? >> we see he has high negatives. it hasn't made the difference yet. we see it tightening in some
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states. what happens is they run these ads. the polls tighten and people vote and trump wins a bunch of states and the polls widen again. it is not like the negative ads don't work. it is not clear they benefit the person you want. most of the money is rubio money. if you take votes away from trump, they go to cruz. it is a lot of people spending a lot of money without certainty. >> it will be interesting to see if those people migrate to ted cruz. they may move to the sidelines. big votes in the democratic side as well. proportional delegates. watch ohio, missouri and illinois. watch josh rogin in the next half hour. i'll be back. could iran be ready to launch a rocket any minute now? what one u.s. official is telling cnn. that's next. pure is big, bold and just better. pure is mccormick. because it's our mission to help you realize the rich taste that pure can bring. the smallest pinch of pure mccormick
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three-stage rocket with a satellite on top of it. the u.s. official telling cnn this is a significant advancement. the missiles would be capable of reaches israel. they test fired two missiles last week with the words marked israel must be wiped off the face of the earth. an announcement could come as early as today for president obama and his nominee for supreme court. in an interview with cnn, the president said he is searching for a consensus candidate. the white house reversing course on the gas and oil drilling off the southeast coast. the interior department announcing today after opposition from georgia to virginia. president obama approved the drilling plan early last year, but 106 communities signed resolutions urging him to kill it. flint water crisis on
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capitol hill today. the committee will hear from the former mayor and emergency manager. the former emergency manager is prepared to blame the lead contamination on state and federal experts who he claims failed him. super tuesday number three is here. the economy and jobs are the top issue for voters. in ohio, the debate shows why trade has resonated. jobs plunged from 1 million in 2000 to the depths of the recession. look at the far right line. 80,000 manufacturing positions have returned. the unemployed rate in ohio is at the national average. 4.3%. let's go to florida. slightly higher unemployment in florida at 5%. the overall economic data is an mixed.
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voters feeling the economy are saying the economy is not working for them. especially in the former manufacturing states. that's why passionate rhetoric about trade and overtones of protectionism is capitalizing. donald trump with an op-ed is saying the american worker is getting crushed and pointing to trade deals and including the trade deal on the books now. he says will hurt american workers. 19 minutes past the hour. admission from the nfl. for the first time the league acknowledges the connection of football and brain damage. what happens now? coy wire with the bleacher report next. see me. see me. don't stare at me. see me. see me. see me to know that psoriasis is just something that i have. i'm not contagious. see me to know that... ...i won't stop until i find what works. discover cosentyx, a different kind of medicine for moderate to severe plaque psoriasis.
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the first time, the nfl acknowledges a link with football and the brain disease cte. >> coy wire has more. >> that comes from the commissioner jeff miller. he is participating in a discussion with lawmakers about concussions. here he is. >> do you think there is a link between football and the brain disorder cte? >> the research shows the number of retired nfl players with cte. the answer to that question is certainly yes. >> miller's referring to a study from boston university where former players had cte. for years, the nfl avoided saying whether or not football is related to cte saying instead they defer to the medical
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community findings. more news on the nfl front. the wall street journal reporting that the nfl and players union are working on a deal to strip roger goodell of disciplinary power on off the field powers. he is relinquishing his role and allowing an arbitrator to step in. what happens when a mere mortal denies a basketball god? you go to church. it is like he is playing hot potato. john and christine, curry on his toes from the three-point line. curry finished with 27 points on his 28th birthday. warriors win 125-107. the ncaa tournament gets
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clinton? we're breaking down and counting down the races. welcome back to "early start." i'm christine romans. >> i'm john berman. 30 minutes past the hour. it is here. the most crucial or at least the most super of super tuesdays yet. millions of ballots cast across the country in primaries that could effectively determine the presidential nominees for either party or both parties. democrats voting in these five states. 691 delegates at stake. all proportional for the democrats. polls are tight in missouri and illinois and ohio. for the republicans, 367 delegates up for stake. winner take all in florida and ohio. huge implications for john kasich, governor of ohio and then marco rubio in florida. donald trump is campaigning in both states today trying to seal the deal. he ended up in ohio where the polls show him in a tight race
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with john kasich. cnn's jim acosta has the latest. >> reporter: john and christine, donald trump was able to get his message across in ohio at the rally. no disruptions. the trump campaign had people park miles away and take buss s to get here. as for trump's acknowledttack, one thing about kasich. >> kasich cannot make america great. he can't do it. if you didn't hit oil, and that wasn't because of him, if you didn't hit oil, you would have had a disaster. this would have been as bad as any of them. >> reporter: a kasich victory in ohio and a rubio win in florida would signal the first time that
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trump may not have the delegates necessary to clinch the nomination. >> thank you, jim. hillary clinton campaigning hard with one eye on donald trump making the best case she is the better to take him on. she has to beat bernie sanders first. they are neck and neck in the pivotal contests. brianna keilar has the latest for us. >> reporter: john and christine, hillary clinton and former president bill clinton hitting three states before the series of contests on another big tuesday. illinois, north carolina, florida. hillary clinton making her case that she is a better opponent to a donald trump candidacy. >> i know that none of this can happen unless we work together. unless we decide we would rather be united than divided. unless we reject bluster and
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bigotry and bullying that is stalking our political system. i believe that's what americans will do. i believe we are better than what we are hearing every night on television. >> reporter: certainly the clinton campaign hopes a good showing in most of the five states will solidify her position as the presumptive nominee. they are looking in the rear-view mirror to michigan and worried that bernie sanders message that hillary clinton was for nafta in the '90s could resonate in missouri, illinois and ohio. >> christine romans assures me it was jon bon jovi in the background. >> i don't know. let's go to josh rogin with the latest. i would say jon bon jovi and
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elton john are the most played on the campaign trail. >> i'm a springsteen guy myself. most people don't match the values. it is for getting the crowd going. i have a personal bias here. bruce springsteen is the guy you want to play. >> helping understand super tuesday three through music. >> the winner take all in ohio and florida. this is not the super tuesday number three that the establishment thought it might be when they set this up. >> right. john, in 2012, mitt romney took until mid-april to secure the nomination. that was seen as way too late. the establishment will now look back upon that as the good old days when things worked relatively smoothly. no matter what happens today, this race is not ending anytime
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soon. the best case for donald trump is he wins five states, but cruz picks up delegates. it is still a two-man race that goes into the summer if not to the convention. if the worse case scenario, he loses ohio and florida. then you have three or four candidates that increases the contested convention and reduces the number of 1,237. this is not end. hopefully this is the beginning of the end if you are in the republican establishment. >> donald trump with a new op-ed in the newspaper. sharpening attacks on trade. saying the american worker is getting crushed. he is the only person to bring manufacturing back and make america great again. he talks about the tpp and so many candidates who supported it. one of the first casualties is the american auto industry. the worst victims are the people of ohio.
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the tpp will send america's remaining jobs to japan. kasich and cruz and rubio pro r promoted the tpp. is this going to help him or do the details matter? >> it could help him in the short-term. these trade deals are unpopular in north carolina and ohio. it makes sense from a political point. we shouldn't pretend that trump is laying out a trade policy that makes sense or proposing any alternative. the trump people are clear. they say we want to be strong on opposition, but we don't have to be detailed on policy. that is borne out on what is going in the polls. the bottom line is hillary clinton was a supporter of tpp for years.
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it was the pivot as secretary of state to asia. everybody knows it. the republican establishment, including the republican leadership and including president obama are all for tpp. if you want globalization and rules of the road, this is the best game in town. for now, trump's calculation is it is unpopular. >> there is broad agreement among many of the candidates on both sides who could not be more different in most of the ideological positions. when it comes to trade and tpp, there is an agreement between donald trump and bernie sanders. that is why bernie sanders put out a landry list of areas where he feels hillary clinton has moved or been consistent and he included the tpp. listen to what bernie sanders had to say overnight. >> she is evolved on the keystone pipeline. she's evolved on the trans-pacific partnership. she apologized for supporting the war in iraq. she apologized for supporting
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this homophobic doma legislation of the 1990s. one can get a satisfaction of her moving closer to these positions. will she be apologizing 20 years from now for actions she is taking today? >> that is a stark contrast from what we have seen. josh, if you look at where the delegates are here. you can see missouri, illinois and ohio. those three states are states where the sanders' campaign thinks they have a chance to pull off an upset. >> yeah. listen, bernie sanders is right on the facts. hillary clinton has changed positions on all four of those things. drawing a distinction. the trade and keystone xl pipeline, those are a recent record. the doma dates back to her husband in the '90s. the policies that effect the
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voters to deal with trade and issues, hillary clinton has changed. she will be forced to keep the positions through the primary through the general election. however the chips fall. that really shows the impact that the sanders' campaign has had on the democratic primary debate and on hillary clinton as she heads to the general. whether or not sanders is able to pull this out. it is a long shot for him. we never say never. especially in this crazy year. the damage has done. hillary clinton has changed as a candidate. >> there was an ad, an anti-trump ad, women quoting things that donald trump said about women that dropped last night. it is getting attention. i wonder if this is going to matter more if hillary clinton is the nominee than right now maybe in the primaries. let's listen to that ad. >> you know, it doesn't matter what they write as long as you
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have a young and beautiful piece of [ bleep ]. >> that must be a pretty picture. you dropping to your knees. >> there was blood coming out of her eyes. blood coming out of her wherever. >> women, you have to treat them like [ bleep ]. >> this is how donald trump talks about our mothers, our sisters, our daughters. >> he is polling well in florida. that is an anti-trump super pac. does it matter? >> it depends. too late for what? you have been pointing out these ads came too late to save marco rubio and they came too late to save john kasich. the dynamic is the republican party and the never trump movement is so empassioned and determined to stop trump, it is not clear if they are helping hillary clinton in the general election. the party has a potential to split in the way we have never seen before. that is why you see them
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rallying around ted cruz. that is why you see the donors coming to cruz. they would rather help hillary clinton beat trump than see trump tear their party apart. yes, the ads are too late. they are still doing them. there's a good reason they are doing them. their number one goal is to step trump. >> long way to go before cleveland and the convention. today is the first step. josh rogin, thank you. >> see you tomorrow. a u.s. official tells cnn that iran could launch a rocket at any moment. we have the details next.
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chris cuomo is joining us. >> hello you handsome people. flint is still going on. people are living out of bottled water there. very important to stay on that story. today is march 15th. you know it as super tuesday number three. however, in history, we also know it as the ides of march. the question is who will play the role of cesar? all eyes on florida and ohio. republican winner take all contests in both states. different than on the democratic side. that's why it is so heavy with intention. marco rubio, john kasich, desperately in need of wins of their home states to keep hope alive. trump refusing to letting either go without a fight. the polls show that he is doing very well in all the states up for grabs today. on the democratic side, it is not winner take all. it is proportional. we are looking at it regionally in terms of the strength for
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breaking news this morning. russia announcing its planes started leaving syria called home under orders from vladimir putin. putin says the military has achieved its goal. russia started air strikes in september in support of the assad government in the five-year-old civil war. peace talks opened in geneva on monday. we have team coverage. let's go to matthew chance in moscow. matthew. >> reporter: unexpected move. classic putin to be unpredi unpredictab unpredictable. in moscow, he announced the step to declare victory essentially. all his objectives have been met in syria. calling for the withdraw of russian forces from the country. that order is implemented.
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the first thing in the morning here in moscow. already russian war planes have begun the 5,000 kilometer trip back from their base in syria back to the permanent base in russia. it really does appear now to be happening. it comes at a crucial time. putin is eventually declaring victory. he has wins to point to. he has secured his ally bashar al assad. he brought the warring parties to the negotiates table. more importantly, he bolstered russian's standing on the international stage. especially is taking notice of what moscow says and does. >> matth matthew chance, thank . >> and this surprise move is coming among the peace talks to resolve the conflict. we have international editor nic robertson with the latest from geneva. >> reporter: the man heading the
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talks, chief negotiator here says this is a significant development. he hopes it will have a positive impact on the talks here. until yesterday, he met with the syrian government and their red line is they would not back down on bashar al assad. he had to stay in power. today he will meet with the opposition. they say assad has to go. this is where we were two years ago in the talks. back then, russia criticized because it did not pressure the syrian government into real political negotiations. the potential this time is that will russia's decision right now to draw down troops, will that impact the syrian negotiating team and will they be willing to compromise on bashar al assad? that is the big key issue and stumbling point. everyone recognizes russian pressure. if it fails, there is no plan b. it goes back to war. there is a plan b. that is economic sanctions on
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russia and isolation from the sunni/arab world. that would weigh heavily on the position. rebels waiting for surface-to-air missiles. they want to see them have in the hands. that could have brought down russian aircraft. john. >> thank you, nic. 57 minutes past the hour. money and politics. on the stumps donald trump claimed the official unemployment rate is eight times the rate. he says as you know as people give up looking for jobs, they are considered employed statistically. that is not true. they are not counted as employed. they drop out of the labor market if they are not looking for work. he said this. >> don't believe those phony numbers when you hear 4.9% and 5% unemployment. the numbers probably 28%, 29% as high as 35%.
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in fact, i heard recently 42%. >> all of those numbers are not true. to make it to 42% unemployment, he would have to count every single person who is not working and then some. he would have to count students, the elderly, retirees, stay at home moms, stay at home dads. people who don't want to work. people who don't have to work. to some degree, people who have given up looking. the official unemployment rate is an active measure of who is looking for and sits at 4.9%. another rate is higher. assessing the health of the job market. the under employment rate. it is 9.7%. that counts people who are looking for work. it counts people working part-time, but want to work full-time. it counts discouraged workers. by no means 42% of americans are not unemployed. it is important in north carolina and ohio.
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>> big day. good morning, welcome to your new day. it's march 15, 6:00 in the east. it is super tuesday number three, it is also the ides of march, and nobody wants to be caesar. the question is, will all survive. marco rubio and john kasich may be in must-win situations in their home states. if they don't get them, who knows what will happen. voters in five delegate-rich states head to the polls in what could be the most important day in the 2016 race. there are 367 republican delegates up for grabs. the big ones are the winner-take-all states. john kasich thinks it will lock in his path to the nomination. >> on the democratic side, there are 691 delegates at stake today.

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