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energy stadium where the final four takes place tonight. that's the backdrop. it is quite extravagant here. coming up, all the excitement here plus my one on one face to face interview with basketball great grant hill about his amazing legacy and why he's leaving the door open for a possible new career path. and his advice to the players who were taking on the hard court tonight. first republican presidential candidates are waging a fierce battle in wisconsin three days away from the state's. live pictures of a kasich town hall in burlington. crews had a standing only location with governor scott walker endorsing him. most polls show cruz has a double digit lead over trump.
meanwhile, a crucial gop convention is taking place this weekend in north dakota. all 25 of the state's delegates are unbound meaning they can vote for whomever they want headed into the national convention come july. for cruz and kasich this is a race to take as many remaining delegates from trump who, to be frank, had a rough week after trump told chris matthews he believed women who received abortions should be criminally punished. he made several statements to walk back and clarify that stance. he appeared on cbs last night and said when it comes to abortion the law is set. >> you told bloomberg in january abortion should be banned. >> first of all, i would like to have this be a state's right. i think it would be better if it's a state's right. right now the laws are set.
that's the way the laws are. >> do you have a feeling how they should change? >> there are a lot of laws you want changed. you talked about libel, torture. >> at this moment the laws are set and i thunk we have to leave it that way. >> following that interview trump spokeswoman hope hicks said, quote, mr. trump gave an accurate account of the law as it is today and made clear it must stay that way now until he is president. then he will change the law through judicial appointments and allow the states to protect the unborn. there is nothing new or different here. that's from the trump campaign spokeswoman. larry tabido is here and matt lewis is a senior contributor to the daily caller. good to see you. still, will trump's back and forth on abortion this week hurt
him at the polls? larry? >> yes. he's likely to lose wisconsin. it isn't just abortion. it's four or five other things trump has done to himself. he'll pay the price in wisconsin. fortunately for him the next primary in new york where he'll probably do well. wisconsin is critical. >> it looks like according to the polling in wisconsin it seems trump according to polling has taken a little bit of a hit. now we are talking all three republican candidate this is week. backing off their pledge to support the eventual nominee. trump vent so far as to say the door is open to a third party run. here's what he said specifically. >> are you ruling out running as an independent third party
candidate? it's a simple question. >> it's not that simple. i am by far the front-runner as a republican. i want to run as a republican. i will beat hillary clinton. >> if you don't get the nomination. >> we'll have to see how i was treated. very simple. >> how does that translate to voters who thought at first the pledge meant something or we were led to believe it meant something. it's your word and now candidates are backing off it. >> the point of a pledge is you can't later when situations change decide to break it. why have a pledge if you can just change your mind? this is indicate ty of a weird campaign. a campaign where the republican party risks really coming apart.
i think it was weird when the other republican candidates were basically saying donald trump is horrible, evil, unfit to be president. but i will support him if he's the nominee. the interesting thing here aside from the fact you have republicans maybe running third party campaigns is there is a possibility that in certain state it is fact that donald trump now says he may not support the nominee, that possibly could open the door legally to the delegates who were bound to trump to become unbound from him. there are statutes that say you have to pledge to support the republican nominee. trump has opened the door to that. >> how do you see this as a
prelude or setting the stage for the convention, the rnc convention which was already likely to be unpredictable. now it's anyone's guess what could unfold. >> yes. anybody's guess as to whether trump could actually get the magic number of a majority on the first ballot. a disaster sun folding. you can call it a melt down but even if the other candidates who lose endorse the candidate who wins the nomination, no one will believe them. videotape lasts forever. trump talking about letting japan and south carolina stop relying on the united states for nuclear protection and building their own. last night at the summit in washington the president himself had some harsh criticism of
trump's foreign policy. this is what he said. >> the person who made the statements doesn't know much about foreign policy, nuclear policy or the korean peninsula or the world generally. >> it came up on the sidelines. people pay attention to american elections. what we do is really important to the rest of the world. >> how important is it for the president to weigh in on the election in this way on this topic? >> well, some place that's correct. he helps donald trump. i don't know whether that's the intention or whether that's the consequence of what he said. when trump's followers see obama criticizing trump it increases
their support of trump. i don't know that it's helpful if the president doesn't want trump to be nominated. >> why would the president want to weigh in knowing any comment he makes is only going to fall in favor of the candidates using obama's record to fuel the campaign. i.e. donald trump. >> i don't know if it's the case in this incident. clearly there is -- the nuclear issue is something within the purview of the president. it makes sense for him to comment on it. i would say generally speaking president obama clearly on other occasions has intentionally helped donald trump. he's weighed in knowing that it would help donald trump become the republican nominee which barack obama and a lot of others including yours truly believe would expedite the deinstruction
of the republican party. he has ulterior motives when he does this. you know, republicans should consider whether or not they are being played here by president obama who is weighing in on this. >> interesting stuff. all right. thanks so much for playing with us. we have a little sound check going on outside of the nrg arena. this is the fan tip off experience behind me. now and then we'll bring you here to houston for the fan experience just ahead of the final four. larry and matt, thank you very much. appreciate it. hillary clinton and bernie sanders are also campaigning in wisconsin today. the dispute over contributions from the oil and gas industry is heating up with both sides accusing the other of lying. and each demanding apologies. this week hillary clinton angrily responded to a greenpeace activist who asked
clinton if she will reject fossil fuel money from her campaign. take a listen. >> thank you for tackling climate change. will you act on your word to reject fossil fuel money in your campaign? >> i have money from people who work from fossil fuels. i am so sick of the sanders campaign lying about this. i'm sick of it. >> hillary clinton using it as an opportunity to set the record straight. well, bernie sanders reacting this way. >> according to an analysis done by greenpeace, hillary clinton's campaign and her super pac have received more than $4.5 million from the fossil fuel industry. [ booing ] in fact, 57 oil, gas, and coal industry lobbyists have directly contributed to her campaign with 43 of them contributing the
maximum allowed for the primary. and these are not just workers in the fossil fuel industry. these are paid registered lobbyists. secretary clinton, you owe our campaign an apology. we were telling the truth. [ cheers and applause ] >> all right. clinton's 2016 campaign has taken more than 300,000 dollars from executives and employees who work for oil companies, according to greenpeace. clinton's campaign noted this week that sanders has taken upwards of $50,000 from some of the same individuals. we are not done just following politics. i spoke with former detroit pistons star and now announcer grant hill in houston. he won two ncaa college basketball titles with duke university. can you believe it's been 20 years? he'll be a commentator for tonight's final four games. really a lot of excitement here
at nrg stadium. but hill has always been versatile on the court and off. he's always had a fascination with national politics. i asked him if he had ever thought about running for office. >> you have been politically involved endorsing candidates of the past, right? presidential candidates like clinton and kerry. where do you see yourself in the landscape of national politics? >> i thought this was just a basketball -- i'm sorry. >> it's full court. >> full court. i think i have always said we live in d.c. the main support, the main topic of conversation is always what's happening in washington, the political world. so there was always an interest and a little bit of an appetite for that. you know, a lot changed since i
have grown up in the political landscape. the climate has definitely shifted a little bit. so, you know, there are ways to participate in the political process. without necessarily being a politician. >> already sounding like a politician. we'll have more of the interview with grant coming up this hour. also coming up, president obama says we are seeing a tax like this one in -- attacks like this in brussels because isis is being defeated. here's more. elise? >> reporter: well, fred, another nightmare scenario. terrorists with nuclear material. experts say it's not a hollywood fantasy. we'll talk about how world leaders are trying to keep nuclear material out of the hands of terrorists after the break. is caringing because covering heals faster. for a bandage that moves with you and stays on all day,
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all right. we are in houston, texas, just outside nrg stadium. a city consumed by march madness, though it is april now. in a few hours the wildcats take on the sooners in the ncaa finals. then, of course, north carolina and syracuse follow in the next game. for one oklahoma player in particular this weekend really is a family celebration. sophomore forward kadeem latin will be cheered on by his grandfather, the former starting
center for the 1966 texas western miners. that team defeated the top ranked university of kentucky in a game that simply made huge history. not just for the miners, underdog victory. but for the color barriers they shattered that day. it was the first time ever all five starting players in an ncaa championship game were black. the match-up against the all-white kentucky team so emotional and dramatic it inspired the 2006 movie "glory road." >> for kentucky in the final seconds. the rebound for texas western. looking at the clock. watching it count down. 10, 9, 8 -- the miners are on their way to victory. >> members of the 1966 texas
western miners will be honored at tonight's final four game. the team's legendary center taifd letin is with me now. thank you very much for joining me. what a great honor to have you here. >> thank you. great to be here. >> this is wonderful. your team and coach haskins really set the tone in that competition at the ncaa, at any time it? what was your memory of the pressure, knowing the historical relevance of it and at the same time the hard work getting to that point as a player and the gratification of getting there. >> i will be honest with you. we are only thinking about winning. we are only concerned.
really can't think about the historical things and the things they will mean to our country later down the road. thinking about winning and that was it. >> everyone says coach haskins was an intentional coach. everything he did had thought behind it. do you think he was thinking about the powerful message sent about the starting line-up, five black players or was he saying, you know what, i have the five best and they are black. we are going to play this. >> if you ask him today if he was living he would tell you he played his best player and he did. if he had something else in mind i would say absolutely.
short statement. mentioned in a press conference before the game. it looks like all the players were in the gym together, but that's not the way it happened. just the seven players in the game. coach mentioned in the press conference that five african-american kids would be his five white guys. he said that. he said up to you and he walked out of the room and left us. we looked at each other a little bit. bobby was my roommate. the other players walked out. i looked at bobby. i said, bobby, do you really think he said that? bobby said, well, coach said he said it, so he said it. >> his next comment is we are not going to lose this game. i concurred and said, we are not. >> you defeated him 72-65. do you feel that game sent a
message to all future players? >> absolutely. >> what happened after the season was over was that all the schools in the deep south that refused to recruit african-americans, they started to recruit them of course. when they opened the doors to let those kids in they had to open the door to other youngsters as well. that's my legacy. when i die and go away, i want to be remembered for that. >> among the future players, a player of today, your grandson kadim. i caught up with him yesterday. he's playing for oklahoma. i didn't see any rattled nerves in him. i asked him about the kind of advice you had given over the years. this is what he had to say about it. >> he always taught me don't be passive. be the attacker.
like i said, he told me use it good. >> does it look different to you, that page of history, now that you are in the final four? >> it just looks real. it's a story out here and now being a part of it and seeing everything, it definitely brings out the different aspects that i appreciate. it brings upon a new appreciation for what he did. >> is there a way to describe emotionally what you have felt when you and the team rolled up to the arethat and stepped in for the first time and when you walked on the court? >> i mean, it was unreal walking out to the courts. i looked at center court. i looked to the top and said thank you and got ready. got ready for practice. really so in touch with the meaning behind the journey here.
the opportunity of being here. >> he's aware. of everything. we don't talk about it much. i just want him to be positive. think about the future and be as good as he can be. >> to hear his thoughts, see him in the arethat. you have north carolina, syracuse,ville nova and the grandness of it all. oy am so excited for him. >> i will be anticipating a shot. i know he'll be going to the boards. i will be beside him going to the boards with him. that's how excited i am.
it's almost like i'm playing. >> it's like i'm playing again. thank you so much. >> all the best to your grandson and the team. really special to see this legacy and the passing on of talent generation to generation. >> i just want to say go sooners. >> congratulations. thank you again. great to see you. be sure to watch us this afternoon for a behind-the-scenes look at the ncaa tournament. turner sports analyst steve smith joins me in the coverage of the personalities and the celebration that extends far beyond the court. all access. don't miss it. the final four. a cnn bleacher report special today after the newsroom. 2:30 p.m. eastern time. lots of fun here. all right.
buddy and the sooners tipping off tonight at 6:09 eastern time. that game followed by carolina taking on syracuse. let's talk politics. way off the court. but in the field of politics, the race for the white house, john kasich holding a town hall in burlington, wisconsin. just a few days from the primary there. let's listen in. >> we'll be fine. sometimes you need a little help. i remember when reagan was elected. he had a democrat house. bags of mail on the congressman's desk. it was like "miracle on 34th street" when the judge is sitting there and they bring all the mail in from the post office. that's great. they put bags of mail in the congressman's office. you want a congressman to do something? get a group of people and barrage them day and night.
you will move them. barrage me day and night? won't matter. i don't spook. okay? but we can fix these things. folks. we can do it. contact them and we'll get it done. okay. let me take some questions. doug, could somebody bring me a little bit of coffee? all right. i'll go for you. youth and then wisdom. >> i had a question prepared but you inspired me so i will just go off. >> don't memorize. remember what i told you. >> i just want to say i am a sufferer of mental illness. my name is casey shrader.
life does get better. so for the young children out there in high school like you referred to, you have to persist but in the end, things do lighten up. that's it. [ applause ] >> let me give you a hug. >> he says i'm a tough guy, i don't need a hug. i'm not giving you one, okay? you know. i tell you something. that's courage. that's courage. this whole issue. >> nice candid moments. john kasich in burlington. just three days away from a democratic and republican primary in that state. coming up, republican candidates have been rolling in the mud ahead of wisconsin.
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all right. welcome back. the stage is set here at the nrg areth r arena in houston. that's the nice stuff. the not nice stuff involved the race for the white house. the very nice people of wisconsin. we sent one of our nicest reporters to check it out. here's cnn's gary tuckman. wisconsin nice. >> wisconsin nice. >> wisconsin nice, absolutely. >> reporter: words the people of the state try to live by.
>> he would be one hell of a lousy president. that, i can tell you. >> reporter: partly because of that motto this campaign rubbed folks here the wrong way. it may explain why a certain guy who is new york brash isn't polling well here. >> what do you think of all the bickering and insults and name-calling between the candidates during this campaign? >> i try not to pay attention to it. as a matter of fact, if a commercial comes on from a super pac or something i generally change the channel. >> reporter: why do they have this nice reputation? >> maybe it's cheese. and we drink more brandy than any other state in the union. >> reporter: there might be other reasons. keep in mind one of the state's nicknames is america's dairyland. a peaceful-sounding name many try to live up to. roger wyland is a dairy farmer. >> it's the affect we have been brought up with. we grew up with parents that taught us good ethics. we work hard.
the farm background in wisconsin, i think, all contributes to that. ♪ >> reporter: this drive-in has been around since 1948. there is a sign outside that says "the friendly place." inside it feels like that. friendly. lunch, an ice cream soda served at the counter and food delivered to your car by roller skating car hops. >> sounds good! >> reporter: being polite, being nice, is good for business says ardy davis who bought it over 60 years ago and say it is customers are just as nice. why is that? >> i don't know. we're just nice. >> reporter: her husband steve who worked here 39 years knows the answer. >> i think it is their upbringing. they are basically humble people. hard-working people. they're taught to respect other people and be civil and get along with each other. >> reporter: that's what diners at the counter say, too. >> everybody just seems, you
know, to like and respect each other and look out for each other. >> reporter: what's been made clear to us in our travels around the state is wisconsinites, when it comes to politics are tired of the bull. i'm sorry, cows. wisconsin nice is not just a motto. it's a lifestyle that many are grateful for. like the roller skating server i worked to keep up with. are the customers here nice? >> oh, yeah, of course. >> reporter: how do they tip? >> very well . >> reporter: what percentage usually? >> 20 to 25 usually. >> reporter: that's nice. >> yeah. >> reporter: gary tuckman, oshkosh, wisconsin. >> all right. coming up, a very nice guy off and on the court. my face-to-face interview with grant hill. how basketball wasn't his first choice as a kid. >> you know, growing up i loved football. that was my sport. i was a die-hard fan. if you talked late '70s, early
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seven-time nba all-star grant hill, no stranger to march madness. he'll be a commentator for tonight's final four game. he's won two college basketball titles with duke university about 20 years ago. i got to talk with him face to face asking him what it feels like to be on the court during the big game. so give us an idea, you know, the two-time ncaa champ, duke, number 33. what are these young men going through now? >> you can be overwhelmed. these players, if not all of them, this is their final four. you dream about this opportunity. there are emotions, excitement, ner vous, scared.
everything possible is going through your mind. that intensifies. >> i wonder if they feel different whether it's the sweet 16, elite 8, final four. they are in these incredible arenas. i got to see syracuse. they looked so poised. they really looked relaxed. who set it s the tone? >> it's the coach. the coach is the one. he's the leader. he understands all the coaches that are here have been in final fours before. so two of them, jim bayheim and roy williams have won the championship. they understand the distractions. they understand sort of the whole atmosphere and what they
need to do to make sure the teams are ready. it's tough. you want to prepare a team. you want to prepare your players. you also want them to get involved in all the various mandatory items they have to do, media obligations, pregame show. all the things. kids are shuttled here and there. then you want them to take it in and enjoy it. this is a once in a lifetime experience. juggling all that and then being relaxed yourself. managing your time is really essential. coach dictates the schedule and the time, i think, for each team. >> how did you manage it yourself? >> i have an interesting relationship with college basketball and final four in general. you know, i fell in love with when i was nine years old. i watched the first final four that i recall, it was 1982, it was in new orleans.
when north carolina beat georgetown, michael jordan hit that big shot. that's when you started dreaming. that's when i was like i would love to one day be able to do that. >> sounds like at an early age you made a decision, you envisioned yourself as a star ball player. your dad being a former nfl guy. was there ever any real pressure from dad or, you know, did you feel any pressure at all that you should try football instead of basketball? >> you know, growing up i loved football. that was my sport. i was a die hard fan. you talk late '70s, early '80s nfl, i can tell you everything, but my dad wouldn't let me play. he had a theory that you should learn to play in high school when you're more physically developed and mature. he didn't want some little league coach thinking he was vince lombardi. i think for him, that was the
plan. middle school, going to the final four, developing my talents in basketball, i fell in love with that sport. when that opportunity came i didn't want to play football. i wanted to stick with basketball. but being around it at a young age was really helpful i think. >> so what's your advice to young players and parents of aspiring players who say i want to be like grant hill. >> my dad uses this metaphor all the time about parenting. he says there's 12 inches between a baton the back and pat on the butt. as a parent you have to do both. the key is content. you have to be involved and engag engaged. really just being there, being supportive, not necessarily correcting if they miss jump shots, but be supportive. i think that goes a long way. then if it is meant to be.
it will be. if it is going to happen, you don't have to push the child, the child will push themselves. >> he attributed any exposure, even though his dad calvin hill, former nfl great, he took his little guy to the ncaa final fours for a long time, starting age nine. and they continued it as a father, son tradition for a long time. and then low and behold grant hill becomes a player in the championship of the ncaa. really nice story. lots of great advice for parents. stay with us. we have so much more on the final four with our bleacher report, andy scholes coming up. when you think about success, what does it look like? is it becoming a better professor by being a more adventurous student? is it one day giving your daughter the opportunity she deserves? is it finally witnessing all the artistic wonders of the natural world?
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he is probably the best in march madness since steph curry was on davidson in 2009 scoring 40 points in games left and right. he has been incredible. he was named oscar robinson player of the year. if you don't know his background and story, it is cool. he grew up in the bahamas with three brothers, three sisters. moved to the united states when he was 12 years old. buddy is not his real name. his mom actually was a big fan of the big tv show married with children. she game him the nickname buddy after bud bundy. cool story. he is having an incredible run, will be a top pick in the nba draft. even though all this is going on, he gets all of the credit for oklahoma success, his coach said he stayed grounded. >> nice. >> it is different, yet buddy handled all of that well, even though it is different here, it is grander. he's been remarkable in how he's handled it.
he passes -- he is always talking about team. >> what's unique about buddy is i think he moved, he moves without the basketball with speed and intelligence like nobody else played against us. i think it is going to make him a great pro. >> buddy will be a pro, a top pick in nba's june draft. i guarantee one thing, villanova's number one priority is trying to stop him. >> that's the first game. then the other game, syracuse, north carolina, talking about two legendary coaches. it's not about the players. it is about the coaches, too. >> seems like every year in the tournament, once we get to the final four, one or two legendary coaches end up here. this year roy williams and jim boeheim.
roy has been to 8 final fours, this is five for jim. that's definitely a matchup to watch in that game. just the coaching strategy going back and forth. that will be cool to watch in the second game. >> fantastic. lots of great stories in this final four. it is a lot of fun, we will see you in a bit, talk a little smack. we are tied. >> tied in brackets. >> and didn't even plan this. pure coincidence. what a great one. serendipitous. >> absolutely. andy scholes, thank you so much. we are having a blast at nrg stadium. watch this afternoon for a behind the scenes look at the ncaa tournament as well. steve smith, turner sports analyst joining me, leading coverage of personalities and celebration that extends far beyond the hardcore. all access at the final four. cnn bleacher report special at 2:30 eastern time. you don't want to miss it. we're going to have fun here at
nrg stadium all day. it will get noisy here later. this is the fan tipoff experience behind us they're setting up for behind us. coming up, today is the first day of north dakota's republican convention where 25 delegates will be selected for the gop convention in july. ted cruz is expected to speak, but donald trump is not appearing, instead ben carson is speaking for him tomorrow. could this add to trump's troubles? we will have more on the battle between hillary clinton and bernie sanders, why he thinks hillary clinton needs to apologize. the fallout in the newsroom. first to wisconsin, where establishment republicans are uniting against donald trump. look at some of