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. welcome back to cnn's live coverage of the democratic caucuses, western saturday. to get you up to speed if you're just joining us cnn did project that bernie sanders will be the winner of the alaska democratic caucuses. let's bring you in a key race alert now from washington state with 25% of the vote in in that delegate-rich state, 101 delegates at stake, bernie sanders is leading with 77% of the delegates, hillary clinton has 22.8%. wre still waiting for some major population centers including seattle to come at us with the number of delegates they are awarding. they are standing by also to hear from bernie sanders himself. he is drawing a very large crowd in wisconsin, which is the next
primary battleground state. we will carry senator sanders' remarks live. we are counting down to the top of the next hour when the democratic caucuses in hawaii goat under way. the western saturday contests officer sanders an important opportunity to add to his delegate tally and attempt to slow hillary clinton's path to the nomination or overtake her. a total of 142 democratic delegates are in states with the three states hold contests, hawaii, washington state and alaska. let's go to suzanne malveaux in wisconsin at the sanders event. >> reporter: it's really interesting, jake, because bernie sanders is in the building. we've been talking to his campaign manager jeff weaver. but the crowd behind me, they have no idea about the win so far, the win in alaska and potentially the lead that we are also finding in washington. so they will be surprised, but we've seen a sweep from bernie sanders already congratulating
and thb thanking the people in alaska. we have about 7600 people in this audience. according to a law enforcement official, there were at least 10,000 who rsvp'd. this is the kind of crowds you expect at a bernie sanders rally. madison, as you know this is the place back in july of last year where he saw these numbers for the first time, a big, big rally that generated 10,000 folks. so they are very loyal bernie sanders fans. we expect him momentarily to get up on that stage, talk about these victories, talk about what it means. you don't have to convince the crowd here, but certainly he is going to have a tough battle in wisconsin because we know here madison, milwaukee and other place sz going to be highly competitive with hillary clinton. but that is not going to be the message today from bernie sanders. jeff weaver and others are talking about a strategy of winning these states today, building momentum and taking that on to the bigger states in the weeks to come.
jake in. >> suzanne malveaux in madison, wisconsin, where bannery sanders will speak any moment. we'll bring that to you live. until he comes out, let's chat with brianna keilar and david chal yum. a few weeks ago when bernie sanders was swept, when hillary clinton won all-important ohio and florida. he spoke that evening. he didn't even mention there were contests that day. i suspect it will be a little different today. >> but she doesn't have an event. she gets to not speak and ignore it and we don't get to see it. that's why it was visible in arizona when he was going that. we've been talk to the chair of the democratic party in washington. we're expecting final turnout numbers very soon. we're keeping an eye on that. that's important because in 2008 you saw 246,000 people come out to caucus and they think it coo be more than that. obviously that works in sanders' favor. i think we're seeing that as we look at the numbers here. just to take a look at one of the counties you just discussed with john king which is beautiful snohomish county, just north of seattle.
>> which bernie sanders won. >> correct. is winning and is winning handily. and at a bigger margin than we saw barack obama win in 2008, 76-23 at this point with 57% roorting. he's doing 10% better than at least for the final number for then-senator obama. so this is a big deal and you can't ignore this enthusiasm or hillary clinton's sort of inability to kind of bring that up, certainly in washington and maybe in other places. and it makes you think that if she does move into the general election, if she is the nominee, how does she combat that against, say, a donald trump candidacy candidacy, that enthusiasm gap. is it enough that democrats are motivated against donald trump? what about being motivated for her? >> one way she'll combat it is with this person we keep referring to from 2008, barack obama. i think he's getting his to-do list if she is indeed the
general election noom knee for democrats. we talk about how he will be critical to help re-create the obama coalition of young, black and latino voters to help deliver that and build that with hillary clinton if she's indeed the nominee. i think today we're seeing another piece of his to-do list which is he is going to be critical to help bring on board some of this more left wing liberal progressive base that is with bernie sanders on to the hillary clinton train. i think that's going to be the other piece of his to-do list in places like these states we're satisfy seeing today. >> do you not think that had some of the reasons we're seeing these progressives turn out in such numbers for bernie sanders is that they are disappointed with barack obama? >> welt, i think it is true that -- clearly we know there has been liberal progressive discontent and bernie sanders gave voice to this. this is one of the critiques hillary clinton made of him when he was threatening not to
support his re-election in 2012. but listen, it is true that when we see in the exit polls in the states we've had exit pole poll and we ask, do you want to see eye continuation of barack obama's policy? it tendses to see if there's a large number of yes, it tends to be a state hillary clinton wins. >> i think both things are true. we heard it on the ground in washington this week certainly. people wanted more and they elect barack obama, some of them told me, and they got a seine tryst. that's what i heard. think certainly wanted him to be more to the left. but even going all the way back to the harkearkens steak fry you heard people who supported obama and they wanted to support hilary clint nl. they femt like that was a continuation. you said to them, you don't really sound too excited about it. they'll say what did they say lightning only strikes twice a couple of people told me. so i think that the president can really rile those people up who are excited or not really excited but maybe what they need to do is to be a little inspired
to get their friends to come out and that's something that he definitely can help with, as david says. >> one thing that is definitely true kate bolduan, is this is going to be a very, very very brutal and grueling presidential race i think once the general election nominees have been chosen. >> that's absolutely right jake. let's talk about what they were discuss pg. we've seen to this point obviously, everyone parses through president obama's words whenever he does an interview or whenever he takes a question about the democratic primary right now. when do you think we see president obama weigh in more into this? do you think there would be a point, a lead a level of a lead that hillary clinton could hit that it wouldn't seem like obama would be taking sides at all? >> no. i think he's going to wait until the convention. i think he has nothing to lose or -- everything to lose and nothing to gain to say anything before that. one thing i want to touch on they were discussing is the idea of the obama coalition and the fact this we keep going back to the fact that every diverse
state that exists hillary clinton wins. and like slaughters bernie sanders which isn't exactly the case. when we look at tuesday the 15th the other super tuesday, hillary definitely dominated in florida and north carolina, but she just eked out a victory in missouri where they tied for delegates. in illinois they're very close and only four earned delegates that is the difference there. i think ohio of course was a closer win, but i think it's unfortunate and i think it's a disservice particularly to african-american voters to say that where there's large african -- where there's a large demographic of african-americans he really wins. that primary day in particular tells us that african-american voters are not monolithic and there are regional difference that's help decipher the issues. >> babakrai, how much do you think hillary clinton needs barack obama? >> i think the democratic party needs barack obama. not many democrats have buyer's
remorse remorse. the fact of the matter is not a lot of democrats have buyer's remorse. i don't buy that. barack obama has an 85%, 90% approval rating within the democratic party. he's not an albatross around anybody's neck. his approval ratings are the highest they've been this a very, very long time. that's the simple fact it's over 50%. but the question that i have and it's not -- hillary clinton wants and needs bernie sanders to be a part of her coalition. there is no greater image than having barack obama, michelle obama, hillary clinton bill clinton and bernie and jane sanders on stage together. the question that many people have is, does bernie sanders want to be a part of that group? does he want to be a part of that party? because from 2011 running against -- saying that we need to primary barack obama to this point now bill press even said that bernie sander has raised over $100 million but i sitting before you today have literally to raise more money for democratic candidates running
for office than bernie sanders has. that's a fundamental problem. the question that we have is does bernie sanders want to be a part of this coalition movingeing forward? that's my question when he makes conditions upon an endorsement. >> let me speak to that if i can. i think you ought to forget talking about that. i know bernie sanders i think better than anybody on this panel. when i sat in bernie sanders' office in the senate office building the first time he told me he was thinking about run forge president, when he ransat in my living room, he said over and over again i will never be a ralph nader. i will be for the democratic party. i want a democrat to be the next president of the united states. bernie will be part of that coalition. he will encourage his people to be part of that coalition. i think if hillary play it's right, they'll be all behind her. i know i will be 100%. >> hold on one second. we're waiting right now to hear from bernie sanders who will be taking to the stage in madison, wisconsin. we're following all of that coming up.
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. welcome back. bring pg you this key race alert. let's look at washington state 101 delegates at stake with 29% of the delegates in. bernie sanders is ahead by a sizeable margin 77.3% to hillary clinton's 22.5%. we are still waiting for some key numbers from key counties. that's why that state has not been called yet. but let's talk about alaska where cnn did project bernie sanders willing the winner of the alaska democratic caucuses there with 38% of the vote in. bernie sanders is ahead with 78.7% of the delegates to hillary clinton's 21.3%. a huge victory there but only 16 delegates at stake. we are waiting to hear from senator sanders who will be addressing a crowd in madison, wisconsin, at any moment. kate bolduan letd's go to you
for more discussion of this all. >> thanks, jake. just what jake was sayingtion we're waiting to hear from bernie sanders. he'll be coming out. as he will likely come out with one. we'll see if there's another pro jaeks before he hits the stage. what do you expect bernie sanders to say or what does he need to say? because he's not in any three of these states tonight, he's in wisconsin. >> right. in fact if you look at the basic controversy of this race, i think the argument from bernie sanders is the argument we've heard. the question is can he break serve? can he win in a place apart from michigan where it is not likely for him to? even though he got close in missouri and illinois, it's horseshoes and hand grenades. he did not ultimately win them. and as you kind of look where we've been in the last couple of weeks, nia and i were calculating, he's been awarded -- the five states on march 15th awarded 813 delegates to hilarylary clintonarylary clinton.
that's the brutal math he's facing. i pi wisconsin will be good for him. he has a good number of states. the ultimately is it break for example serve in new york, pennsylvania, california, probably needs to in several to really change the dynamic. wisconsin has become make or break. look at the republican side. if you look at the math ted cruz, john kasich they need to do something there if they want to hold donald trump from reaching the magic number of 1237. what does it look like right now? >> wisconsin is so interesting. it's voted democrat in the last i think six elections in general, seven. but it's purple and the margins every one of those years have been real tight for the most part. whi would talk to scott walker, the governor of that state, about the makeup, he would always sort of brag about those obama/walker vote errs. people who would vote for 0 both barack obama and scott walk eshgs which they've done three times now. i don't know that the obama/walker voter votes for
trump necessarily. that sounds to me more like a kasich voter. but obviously trump has defied sort of all logic. >> you hear the crowd roaring. you see bernie sanders and jane sanders taking the stage in madison, wisconsin. let's listen in. >> this is an extraordinary turnout, madison. thank you so much for being here today. let me begin by thanking the people of alaska for giving us a resounding vi tonight.
and it appears that with some 30% of the vote in in the state of washington, we're above 75%. >> bernie! bernie! bernie! bernie! >> you know, we knew from day one that we were going to have politically a hard time in the deep south. that is a conservative part of our country. but we new things were going to improve as we headed west.
bernie! >> we have -- i think it is hard for anybody to deny that our campaign has the momentum. you are the momentum. look around you tonight. and what we are seeing and what momentum means is in state after state, huge voter turnout! and that is how we win when working people and young people, when people have given up on the political process get back in and demand a government that represents all of us, not the 1%. that's how it works. momentum is about a week ago
having 14,000 people out at a rally in salt lake city and 15000 out in seattle washington, last night. momentum and energy is about at this point in our campaign having rallies and town meetings that have brought out almost 1 million americans. and what momentum is about is in election after election winning the overwhelming percentage of young people who are participating. and by "young," i don't mean just the very young. the older you get the younger
the age appears. and i'm talking about winning by sizeable margins people 45 years of age or younger. the future of america. you know, we have been told for a long time that young people were supposed to be apathetic. that young people were not interested in shaping the future of our nation. well, that is not what we are seeing in this campaign. what we are seeing is that the young people of this country who love this country so much want to make it a better country and
that they are prepared to stand up and fight and take on the major crises that we face. they want an economy that works for all of us not just wealthy campaign cricketontributors. they want the united states of america to join every other major country and guarantee health care to all people as a right. like almost everyone in our
country, conservative progressive, republican, democrat, they are embarrassed by a corrupt campaign finance system that allows billionaires to buy elections. our young people, black and white and latino, are leading the effort to reform a broken criminal justice system. >> bernie sanders in madison wisconsin. more right after a break. ♪ this is the pursuit of perfection. (music plays) i love being able to touch the screen. umm, you can do things on the fly, if you're trying to teach a kid about a proboscis, just sketch it on there and you've got it immediately.
this is what momentum is, in poll after poll including a recent cnn poll, we have been beating donald trump by double digit s digits. the last cnn poll had hillary clinton doing quite well. she was beating trump by 12 points. we were beating him by 20 points. and that is true in virtually all of the national polls and in many of the state polls as well. and here is a simple truth and
an important truth. hillary clinton and i agree that it is absolutely imperative that no republican make it to the oval office. but where we do not agree is i think the evidence is quite clear, not only in terms of the polling that we have seen, polls go up and down. but one of our campaigns has created an enormous amount of enthusiasm and energy which will lead to a large voter turnout in november. that campaign is our campaign! >> we're briefly interrupting to bring you this cnn projection.
cnn projecting that senator bernie sanders will be the winner of the washington democratic caucuses. that is the second projection. alaska and now washington state. we are still waiting for hawaii to get under way. let's now rejoin senator sanders speaking live to his supporters in manydison, wisconsin. >> that truth is republicans win elections when people are demoralized and they don't come out to vote. progressives and democrats win elections when working people and young people and seniors and veterans stand up quite back and come out to vote. and i believe that our campaign is the campaign of energy, of momentum which will lead to a large voter turnout in november
>> that is what momentum is about. so it looks like today we've got a landslide victory in alaska, we're going to win in washington, we're waiting for hawaii. and then, with your help, we're going to win right here in wisconsin! so don't let anybody, don't let anybody tell you we can't win the nomination or win the general election. we're going to do both of those things. you know, and i think --
>> we believe that we will win! we believe that we will win! we believe that we will win! we believe that we will win! we believe that we will win! >> we're going to take a very quick break. when we come back, more from senator bernie sanders. don't let dust and allergies get between you and life's beautiful moments. with flonase allergy relief, they wont. when we breathe in allergens, our bodies react by over producing six key inflammatory substances that cause our symptoms. most allergy pills only control one substance. flonase
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supreme court decision but we are going to create a situation where everyone in this country 18 years of age or older who is a citizen will have the right to vote scott walker notwithstanding. when we have nationally a situation where the koch brothers and another handful of billionaires -- oh, and i forgot. i hope i didn't offend the governor. i understand that he and the koesh koch brothers are good pals. but when you have the koch brothers and a handful of billionaires prepared to spend
$900 million in this election cycle, that, my friñnds, is not democracy. that is oligarchy, and we will change that. i know that our republican friends and elected officials tremble at the idea of large numbers of americans participating in the political process. i've got bad news for them. that is exactly what is going to happen in this country. but when we together have the courage to take a hard look at the real crises that we face it is not only a corrupt campaign
finance system, it is a rigged economy. whether you are a progressive or a conservative, you cannot accept the reality that today now owns almost as much wealth as the bottom 90 percent. it is not acceptable that the 20 wealthiest people own more wealth than the bottom 150 million americans. it is not acceptable that one family the walton family of walmart, owns more wealth than the bottom 40% of the american people.
today all across this country and wisconsin and vermont and virtually every state we have people working two jobs, three jobs longer and longer hours just to bring in enough money and health care to take care of their families. you guys ready for a radical idea? why not? this is madison, wisconsin. so here is the radical idea which really isn't so radical after all and that is we have got to create an economy that works for all of us, not the 1%. and when we talk about the
crises facing our country and when we are honest and not try to sweep our problems under the rug, what we have to acknowledge is that our criminal justice system is broken. what this campaign is about is getting people to think outside of the box outside of the status quo. the status quo today is not a status quo that has to go on year after year after year. we can change it. >> yes we can! yes, we can! >> and what we can chang the international embarrassment of the ute ofnited states of america, our great country, having more people in jail than any other country on
earth. we are going to get to the cause of why we have 2.2 million people in jail why we're spending $80 billion a year locking them up. and one of the reasons is that youth unemployment in this country is outrageously high. for white kids with a high school degree 33% unemploy, latinos 36% african-american kids 51%. radical idea number two, for our young people we're going to invest in education and jobs not jails or incarceration. it costs less money to send a kid to the university of wisconsin than to lock them up. let's do that!
and as a nation, let us stop what we too often see on tv, and that is videos of unarmed people, often minorities, being shot by police officers. now, i've been a mayor for eight years in burlington vermont. i've worked with police officers all over this country. vast majority of police officers are honest and hardworking and trying to do a very difficult job. but when a police officer like any other public official breaks the law that officer must be held account ableable we have got
to demilitarize local lease departments. we have got to make police departments look like the diversity of the communities they serve. we have got to rethink the war on drugs. over the last 30 years millions of americans have received police records because of possession of marijuana. and lives have been ruined as a result. you go into a job and your prospective employer says, do you have a police record? yeah, i do. well, you're not going to get the job. today under the federal controlled substance act,
marijuana is listed in the same schedule 1 as heroin. that is nuts. now, we -- now, people can argue although i suspect in this audience there may not be much of an argument, about the pluses and minuses of marijuana, but everybody knows marijuana is not a killer drug like heroin. and that is why i have introduced legislation to take marijuana out of the controlled substance act. >> we're going to take a very quick break. more when we come back.
welcome back to cnn's coverage of western saturday. let's bring you up to speed. cnn has projected senator bernie sanders will be the winner of the washington state democratic caucuses 101 delegates at stake there. cnn also projecting that senator bernie sanders will be the winner of the alaska democratic caucuses. 16 delegates at stake there. and david, bring us up to speed what this means in terms of sanders' ability to try to catch up with clinton who has about a 304-delegate lead right now. >> as you know 142 delegates at stake today. we've been able to allocate 26 of them already. so today bernie sanders right now we've allocated 26 delegates to bernie sanders, zero to hillary clinton. now, she is above threshold. she has more than 15% in the vote totals in both washington
and alaska so she will likely get delegates but right now we're able to allocate 26 delegates to bernie sanders today. that brings us to the total delegates to date and this is where you see hillary clinton's big lead 1,711 delegates to bernie sanders' 978 delegates. that includes the superdelegates. if you break it out and you look at just pledge delegates, you see that it is 1,229 pledge delegates for hillary clinton, 482 superdelegates to bernie sanders' 951 pledge delegates and he has 27 superdelegates. rack them all together 1,711 to 978 is the total delegates to date. >> we said at the beginning of the day he needed some landslide victories because of the proportional allocation in these democratic contests. he did. certainly in alaska and possibly in washington state as well. >> yeah. these margins hold whenever vote the counted, he'll make a significant chunk up in his
delegate deficit. there are some folks that have been looking at it saying he may be if he could take all three state where is he may end up it might be comfortable to her big delegate haul from florida a couple weeks ago. it won't be enough to upsend the race but enough to start chipping away at her significant lead. >> a really big day. but moving forward he would have to get, if you consider superdelegates about 3 out of 4 delegates moving forward. that's a lot. if you don't consider the superdelegates which is fine, he'd have to clinch about 3 out of 5. he'd have to ride this into a wave of momentum. >> three democratic contests today. alaska we project bernie sanders will win, washington state we project he'll win. the third outstanding one has not begun. that is the hawaii democratic caucuses. we'll bring you that in just a few minutes.
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welcome back to cnn's coverage of western saturday. we have cover two of the three already. washington state, the democratic caulks there, bernie sanders will be projected to win with 75.1% of the delegates to hillary clinton's 24.7%. 101 delegates at stake there. that's going to be a big delegate haul for senator sanders. that's with 35% of the vote in so far. in alaska, the democratic caucuses there for cnn has projected for bernie sanders with 73% of the delegate votes in. bernie sanders has 79.2% of the delegates. hillary clinton with 20.8%. only 16