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now, i don't know about you, but they don't look overly enthusiastic but ask for the fine print because what i have proposed can be achievable and create results almost immediately. and then the other thing we'll do is we're going to help you pay down and get rid of your student debt. how many people here have student debt? 40 million people in our country are burdened by student debt. what we're going to do is let you do what you can do -- >> hillary clinton reiterating her vision of america as she stumps for more support in baltimore ahead of the new york primary just nine days away. so hillary clinton and donald trump hitting the campaign trail
with quite the fervor today. we're awaiting donald trump at a rally in rochester, new york. there is a group that has assembled there. meantime, bernie sanders has held a rally in coney island touting his victory win in wyoming last night. a lot to talk about with democrats today but first let's go to the trump rally. as we mentioned, donald trump is getting ready to speak there at any moment there at that ral flee rochester, new york. there you go. he's yet to answer the room but the republican front-runner is hoping that his home state will give him back some of his momentum after suffering a back-to-back losses in wisconsin and colorado. let's go to cnn's chris frates who is at that trump event for a report on what's to be expected.
so which donald trump might we see today? >> i think we're going to hear a lot about lyin ted cruz. he's on a hot streak and donald trump is trying to win his home state of new york on april 19th. lots of delegates at stake here. 95 delegates and a chance at winner take all. donald trump doing well here in the polls. in fact, the fox news poll out today shows that he has 54% and cruz with just 15%, trailing even john kasich here in the empire state. donald trump hitting ted cruz with his own words. ted cruz criticized new york values. donald trump saying that cruz was criticizing new yorkers. cruz saying, no, he was criticizing the liberal political class of new york. and when you look at why donald trump has focused his fire on ted cruz, it's easy to understand why he's lost the last four con section tsecutive. the trump campaign crying foul
saying that they are using gestapo tactics in order to get them on their side. cruz side says that's absolutely nonsense. in fact, they say it's sour grapes and have a better operation when it comes to delegates than donald trump does. in donald trump beefing up his delegate operation here bringing in an expert as he tries to race toward the finish line. he needs about 500 more delegates to get to that magic number of 1237 and new york is going to be crucial to that. if he can win 95 of those delegates, that would be very, very big. of course, ted cruz trying to stop him and we'll hear what he has to say here in rochester, new york, as we await for trump force one coming to the airline hangar here. we'll see if it gets these folks fired up, fred. >> chris frates, thank you so much. music getting people fired up, that's for sure. let's talk more about donald trump back on the campaign trail with our panel, brian
morgenstern. you first. the whole delegate chase, donald trump feeling the agony of defeat lately. how does he recover? what's the message that he brings to this hangar at rochester, new york, today? >> he's trying to recover by going to the parts of new york where he's probably going to clean up. we've seen some statewide polling but what a lot of people haven't been talking about, new york is allocated by a congressional district and while trump has got his name on half of the buildings in manhattan, where he's really popular is in the upstate area which is a rust belt state. he's got to make sure that he gets the majority in those districts so he can take home all three of the delegates in those districts as opposed to having allocated on a proportional basis. he's going to have to go over
kasich because that seems to be where he's polling pretty well. it's sort of two states within a state but right now he's concentrating on the upstate area and going after cruz and making sure he can consolidate in the upper regions. >> ellis is getting folks warmed up for his message. in the meantime, is there a feeling that now the trump campaign is concentrating on a ground game with a better understanding now of how important it is particularly in those proportional states? >> nothing teaches like defeat. but you've got to be careful. new york is a hugely diverse place. one of the things that we don't have too many of is republicans. be careful with that polling. it's very, very hard to predict
how a small group will turn out. >> brian, donald trump's new convention manager was on "meet the press" talking about the hunt for delegates. take a listen to what he had to say about tactics ahead. >> i'm confident we have several ways through june 7th and any of these unbound delegates getting collected, many of whom i feel good about. >> what is fair game to win a delegate? >> it's ted cruz's style and that's going to wear thin very fast. >> you think he's threatening delegates? >> you go to these conventions and you see the gestapo tactics. >> gestapo tactics? that's a strong word. >> we're going to be filing several protests because in reality they are not playing by the rules but frankly that's the side game.
the only game i'm focused on right now is getting delegates and the games that have happened even this past weekend are not important to the long-term gain of how to get to 1237. >> so, brian, what's interesting, while we didn't see a lot of donald trump over the last few days, we saw a lot of paul and that was very intentional because he's become probably the best mouthpiece for donald trump in recent -- any day. week or even month. >> yeah. but he's picking up where trump left off, which is to just go on attack and say that any defeat is a result of some kind of -- well, gestapo or rule breaking. that's what trump has been saying. anytime he loses delegates, it's not because he didn't have the organization on the ground. it's because somebody else is stealing them from him. and so while it's a different face on the message, it seems to
be a pretty similar one. i will say here in new york, thank you, ellis, for treasuring me. i also feel treasured by -- >> we all treasure you and this is the first time in decades that our primary matter. so we get all of the push polls and everything else and we have the candidates coming here to meet the voters and take questions. it's a completely different environment for the voters right now. >> all right. so brian and ellis, let's hit the pause button for a hot second and hit the play button on donald trump right now and listen to him in rochester. >> rochester has lost 32% of its transportation jobs, 30% of the building and ground maintenance jobs and 40 -- holy mackrel, you
need somebody fast. >> trump! trump! trump! [cheers and applause ] we're going to get it straight now, folks. it's going to go quickly, a lot quicker than people think. people say, oh, he can't do that. i can do it. you just watch. i'll show you. it's going to go fast. i mean, how much longer do we have, right? how much longer? it's going to go fast. ttp -- listen to this -- the trade pact, which is a disaster, it will be worse for you and the entire country, it will be worse than nafta. ted cruz is totally in favor of it.
think of it. >> lying ted. he's a beauty. i've met a lot tougher people over the years but never met anybody that could lie like him. of course, a really good liar doesn't get caught lying, right? he gets caught. remember with ben carson? ben carson has left the race, he said. vote for me. he's left. this was during election day. and ben carson endorsed me, by the way, and he's a great guy. but ttp, which is a disaster. >> donald trump talking to folks there in rochester, new york. and you know what, it's going to
be good and it will happen fast and that's his promise. if you were to look at "the boston globe" today or even see the hard copy, they had a different kind of scenario and donald j. trump who is president one year from now, deportations would begin, the markets would fail, all of that. it was a very negative picture, gentlemen. ellis, you first on this kind of view of the future if it were donald trump and that being pult out by, you know, mainstream newspaper like "the boston globe" from the editorial board there. >> well, it dove tails so well, the shallow slogans and insulting nicknames. i think it's a fair thing for
the country to do, what it would be like this guy wins? we'd be deporting all of these people and doing all of this crazy stuff. i don't know. i wouldn't wag too many fingers over that. >> and brian? >> yeah. i mean, look, it's no shocker that "the boston globe" is not a big fan of trumps. the thing is, like anything else, it will make his supporters dig in even harder and say it's the liberal media attacking him. it's not going to do anything to shake his supporters and reinforce the view of those who think that he would be a disaster. they will agree with him and then his solid whatever it is, 35% of the disaffected primary electorate who is chanting for him and they will roll their eyes and ignore it. it's good for those who are open to it.
>> every week is a big week in the run for the white house. this week is unique, too, because cnn will be hosting this kind of town hall format with, you know, a lot going on. the trump family on tuesday night. we've got john kasich family on monday night. still waiting to hear whether ted cruz is going to dip his toe into it. what kind of expectations would you have, brian, on how the kasich family or even the trump family would want to convey itself on this stage? >> well, i'll tell you, we haven't seen tons of family campaigning. the kasichs have stood by and this will be a chance to actually sort of -- voters will have a chance to ask them questions about their dad, their husband. they are going to try to give a personal side.
they are going to try to get them to seem like real people. kasich wears his heart on his sleeve. he's giving free hugs. for trump, this could be a lot more revealing where his kids and wife will actually be able to face questions from voters about what it's like behind the scene. >> and then guess what, this just in, now we understand ted cruz and family will also be -- >> oh, good. >> -- right on stage with cnn with this kind of format of the republican candidates and their families on stage. to reveal themselves as a unit and, of course, this perhaps shows him as a different candidate. doesn't it? >> of course it does. in most recent presidents, don't you love their wives almost more than the husbands? we're electing a full family, spouse, kids, dog as well.
shouldn't we get to know them before we vote for them? >> all right. thanks so much. brian ellis, that was a refor c rhetorical question. in four days, cnn hosts the democratic presidential debate. don't his hillary clinton and bernie sanders facing off live from new york on thursday night. huge week ahead. this one is thursday, 9:00 p.m. eastern time, right here on cnn. and we'll be right back.
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authorities captured mohamed abrini who has confessed to being the man in the hat at the brussels airport. kellie morgan, cnn producer, is in brussels today. what more do we know about this plan that was adjusted? >> well, fred, according to the french broadcaster bfm, this information has come from a source close to the investigation. more specifically, from trolling through the computer that was owned by airport suicide bomber ibrahim el bakraoui. that was the computer recovered by police, dumped in a bin outside of the schaerbeek apartments which was used by the attackers to make their bombs. now, what they have found is the two targets that are listed there, a business district in paris and also a catholic association in paris. there are also notes where the attacker talks about having to
hurry and specifically says that we need to protect ourselves from the police. so they were aware that police were closing in. now, this will come as a surprise and as a shock to the french, no doubt, that they were the intended target of yet another attack. and we need to remember that just a week after the brussels blast here, a plot was foiled in france, a plot that police say was in the advanced stages of planning. so you'd expect that the french would be on high alert again, fred. >> all right. kellie morgan, thank you so much in brussels. coming up, president barack obama makes his mission to combat terror personal and admits the worst mistake of his presidency. americans. we're living longer than ever.
all right. this morning, president barack obama made his first appearance on fox newschannel in more than two years. he was asked if he's doing enough to fight terrorism that he is what he said. >> there isn't a president who has taken more terrorists off the field than me over the last 7 1/2 years. i'm the guy who calls the families or meets with them or tries to comfort a mom or dad or a husband or a kid after a terrorist attack.
let's be clear about how much i prioritize this. this is my number one job and we have been doing it effectively. >> joining me is chris moody. why is president obama on the defensive about the way he's handling terrorism? >> foreign policy is one of the most important policies a president can lead. but he's not just taking criticism from one side, it's from the left and the right and one of the criticisms he spoke about in his interview with fox news today was not just his policy responses but personal responses. after a terrorist attack or a large news incident involving foreign policy, he's gone golfing and he's gone and played baseball and americans should go on and live their lives but also defended his policy and said he's someone who has gone after
the perpetrators of attacks and will continue to do so. >> he was also asked about what his worst mistake of his presidency has been. what did he reveal? >> pretty big news here. in 2011, the united states participated in an intervention in libya. but that's not what he said. it was about the aftermath. >> worst mistake? >> probably failing to plan for the day after what i think was the right thing to do in intervening in libya. >> so you see, he does not regret going into libya. it's the focus and attention that would have been required in the aftermath and he said that -- well, they fell short. >> and president obama stuck to his position that the senate should vote on whether to confirm his supreme court nominee merrick garland. what more?
>> well, there's no coincidence that he was on fox news. this is his first interview in two years. he needs to speak to conservatives and republicans and fox news has a larger viewership of those to hold hearings on garland. he not only encouraged them and stood his ground there, he talked about how he would continue with garland no matter what through his presidency. take a listen to his response. >> i don't object to republicans saying, look, merrick garland may be a fine man, he may be an excellent judge but i just disagree with him philosophically on a whole range of issues so i'm going to vote against him. >> so you would be okay if he got defeated as long as they go through the process? >> i think if they go through the process, they won't have the rational to defeat them. go through the process and t hearings. if you do that, the american people and majority of senators will determine that in fact he's
qualified to be on the court. >> so there's a big debate on whether they should hold hearings. republicans are saying they will not entertain the idea and democrats say that's crazy, you should at least consider him and not wait to see how it pans out. >> chris moody, thanks so much. >> thank you. coming up, they were celebrating with fireworks when things grew out of control. the latest on a deadly temple fire. this is the first time i've worked on a surface book. and being able to use a pen like this on the screen directly with the image, it takes me back to my time as a painter. and i just can't do that on my mac.
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which may cause kidney problems. if your pill isn't giving you the control you need ask your doctor about non-insulin victoza®. it's covered by most health plans. welcome back. i'm fredricka whitfield. what was supposed to be a day of celebration for worshippers in kelam, india, ended in strategy after sparks from a fireworks display ignited a stockpile of other fireworks. a witness says it caused a huge fireball and it was all over with within minutes.
now police are calling it a case of homicide against temple authorities and fireworks contractors. here's cnn malika. >> reporter: a night of celebration at a hindu temple that went horribly wrong ending in a serious tragedy that has claimed more than 100 lives. worshippers have gathered at a temple overnight to pray. and about 3:30 in the morning there was a massive explosion and flames ignited the structure. the reason for fireworks, this was supposed to be a night of celebration. so when fireworks were lit, some of them landed on another set of fireworks stored in a she had nearby igniting them and resulting in the explosion. more than 100 people have lost their lives. several hundred more have been injured and are fighting for
their lives in hospitals close by. we are hearing from officials on the ground that some of the bodies they recovered have been charred so badly that they are beyond a state of recognition and that they will have to use dna testing to identify these bodies. people fighting for their lives have burns and complications from asphyxia and broken bones because the impact caused several structures within the temple complex to fall down, creating a small mountains of rubble as well. the prime minister reacted swiftly. he visited the scene of the tragedy today taking with him a team of doctors and nurses, which include burn specialists. people on the ground, though, very angry, demanding answers. they want to know how such a tragedy could take place and where would the security measures did anybody disobey rules? and we are finding out now that the temple authorities did not have permission for a fireworks
display. police in the area have confirmed to cnn that they have filed a case of culpable homicide against temple authorities and two fireworks contractors. mallika kapur, cnn. all week, arwa damon has been telling remarkable stories. here's a clip from her front line in the terror fight. >> reporter: bursts of gunfire and artillery explosions. a constant reminder that the enemy isis is relentlessly looking for vulnerabilities in the iraqi army defenses. >> the army has been fighting to take territory back. cnn spoke with refugees from the war against isis and heard the horror stories of life against isis' control. >> reporter: the latest arrivals
at this refugee camp are not those who fled isis. they are those who say isis used them as human shields and didn't let them leave. they are from a handful of villages, the iraqi army recently recaptured from isis. the men are kept at the camp's mosque, a security precaution amid concerns isis fighters may be among them. isis put five families into each home in the middle of the village, he recalls. like many here, he does not want his identity revealed. he still has loved ones at the mercy of isis and has already witnessed and lost too much. he and his family can hear the army's advance. hope finally that they would be saved. but his younger brother was hit as he pulled his niece away from the window. he shouted, i am shot. get me, he says. the memory of that moment so
painful he can no longer control his emotions. he said, i don't want to die. but he bled out in his arms. with us, he's able to leave the mosque grounds and we head to see the rest of his family. he says they did not flee when isis first arrived nearly two years ago because his elderly mother could not run away. a mother who has buried her son. what is left, she now questions? at least god spared the rest. their stories of life under isis makes your skin crawl. he worked at a hospital in mosul. i was forced to keep working. he said, if you don't, i will leave your head on the hospital gate, he tell us. once he was stopped in the street and forced to witness a public mass execution. in another instance, on the way to the market, he says, we saw people hanging from the
electricity pole. we asked why. they said they were trying to leave. if you try to escape, this will be your fate. the women also hide their faces but little can hide the lingering fear, the overwhelming psychological fear or pain. this woman says that her family was held and she was injured and her 15-year-old son killed. her last image of him with blood coming out of his eyes, nose and mouth. it's all memories, she says, before it becomes too much and she walks away. arwa damon, cnn, iraq. >> now back in this country and the race for the white house, senator bernie sanders getting ready for a rally in new york there. he's been in coney island but this week he's also stepping away from the campaign trail to visit the vatican.
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sanders has a pretty big week ahead. he's got the democratic debate here on thursday up against hillary clinton and then he's heading to italy to attend the conference on economic and social issues at the vatican. just days ahead of the new york primary. i want to bring in cnn's senior vatican analyst john allen. good to see you, john. this is a really peculiar invitation that bernie sanders would receive, a jewish man, an american, and asked to attend this conference. how would he have gotten this invite and what really is it all about? >> fredricka, this is a conference that is being put together by the pontiffical to engage political and social issues around the world and they are putting together an event that is centered around a 1991
document that pope now st. john paul ii put out on economic justice. so they've invited political figures from around the world from latin america, from europe, from africa and so on that seemed to have something to say about economic justice. senator sanders was invited well before the democratic primaries got hot and heavy. so let's be clear, fredricka, this is not an endorsement of senator sanders in the democratic race. this is, instead, an effort on the part of the vatican to get influential figures from around the world to get together and sort of talk things out. >> was the fact that he is a socialist also part of the reason why he was invited? >> well, i don't know that him being a socialist is the key issue here. i think what they were looking for was political leaders from various parts of the world who seemed to be interested in the rights of labor, who seemed to
be interested in income and equality. you know, all of the things that catholic social teaching addresses when it comes to economic justice. i think that's really what's going on here. we should also say, by the way, that when those of us in the press corps called up the person who runs the academy for social sciences and asked him, hey, is this some kind of backhanded endorsement of bernie sanders, his answer is, i would have invited hillary clinton, too, if i thought she would come. so this is not an effort by the vatican to take sides in the presidential election. it's an effort to promote people thinking on social justice in the political arena. >> but the timing is pretty extraordinary for bernie sanders, you know, who is in the midst of this primary race and it's not unusual for this pope to sort of inject himself intentionally or not into the political landscape of america.
it's not that long ago where he made the comments about christian versus nonchristian behavior and he was kind of making reference to donald trump. so is there any potential for bernie sanders to come face-to-face and meet with the pope and have direct dialogue? >> first of all, fredricka, i think you can take "kind of" out of your sentence about donald trump. he was asked directly and said he only wants to do that is not christian. it's no the clear whether sanders will meet the pope. frankly, i think the odds are against it but this is pope francis, fred rericka, you just never no. >> he finds his way into interesting discussions, the pope does. john allen, thank you so much. >> you bet. clinton and sanders are touting their new york roots but not everyone in the city thinks that they are in touch. coming up, the messages from city residents to both
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all right. welcome back. we are just nine days before the new york primary and just four days before cnn's highly anticipated democratic debate in brooklyn. bernie sanders and hillary clinton are making their final pushes. and both are staking claim that new york is their home state. cnn correspondent sarah beganam
went to the heart of the battle, brooklyn, to get opinions from people there on the democratic candidates. >> bernie with his undeniable brooklyn accent. >> but i am very proud that i was born here in new york city. [ cheers and applause ] >> and hillary, the former new york senator parking her campaign headquarters here. >> so i am thrilled to have a chance to be here in brooklyn. >> battling it out over who has stronger new york ties. >> born in illinois, that's not a crime. >> i love new york. >> but a true brooklynite. brooklyn borough president says neither candidates are in touch with real issues that some new yorkers face. >> a real new yorker is willing to represent the full parts of new york. communities like brownsville, they have been left behind. >> a lifelong democrat, adams says he hasn't endorsed either
candidate and won't be attending the debate on thursday being held in his borough at the brooklyn navy yard. >> why are we focusing on places that is a success story? why not go to the heart of areas that needs to be successful, brownsville is that. >> brownsville is one of the most dangerous neighborhoods in new york city. the crime rate is above 40%, more than a third of people live in poverty. it has the highest concentrated public housing in the city, a breeding ground for gang violence. it's here we met adams, in front of an elementary school where a mother of 12 was shot and killed, caught in the crossfire of gang warfare. >> she covered the body of her children, and she was shot and killed. and it's really representative of the brownsvilles across america. >> the debate should be in brownsville. >> his message is resonating with the people here. >> and not in the middle of downtown where everything is
fine. it should be in communities that have been ignored and denied for so many years. [ applause ] >> gene barkly says he was once into drugs and a life on the street in brownsville. life is hard here, and he wants the candidates to see that. if the candidates were to come to brownsville. >> yeah. >> what would you want them to hear from the people who live here? >> see if they can stop the shooting and the crimes, number one. if that was stopped, a whole lot of other things would stop. >> with the april 19th primary approaching, clinton and sanders have been crisscrossing the city all weekend vying for the state's 291 democratic delegates. clinton stopping at brooklyn landmarks like the famed junior's diner, a favorite on the campaign trail. sanders holding a rally in front of his childhood home trying to close the gap. you don't think they're trying hard enough here. >> no, they're not. no, they're not. i know they're going to the boardwalk, they're walking through harlem, they're sitting in black church. those are traditional things.
they cannot be afraid to come to brownsville. sit down in the public housing, have a town hall right here, have a debate right here. that's the right statement. >> so, fred, on debate night instead of attending with other prominent democrats in brooklyn, eric adams says he's going to hold a watch party in his native of brownsville with people who live in the housing projects, people that he believes need to have more attention paid to them leading up to this primary. >> all right. sarah ganim, thank you so much, in new york. appreciate it. hillary clinton and bernie sanders are facing off in that fight for new york, but clinton has another hurdle to overcome. her encounter with a new york subway turnstile. and "saturday night live" was all over it. we'll show you that next. it's true what they say. technology moves faster than ever.
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live" they were quick to jump on her subway setback. >> you know what my favorite part about new york is? the subway. i love to ride it. i am comfortable riding it. in fact, here's me using it earlier today. the new york city subway's the best way to get around. it's been a while. is this a working metro card? is this -- i'll just go in the old fashioned way. [ laughter ] i'll take a cab. cab is the best way to get around. >> there are a lot of things i could ask you of international, national, state and city importance. >> uh-huh. >> but will you just fix these metro card slots in the subways? >> yeah. yeah. >> it took me like five swipes.
the little terminal thing kept saying please swipe again. i mean, you got to fix that. you don't have to worry about horses anymore. fix the turnstiles at the metro card. >> i will get right on it. >> all right. showing a little humor there. so clinton also joked that mayor de blasio is her second favorite guy named bill. all right. indeed it's a big week of politics right here on cnn. anderson cooper will be hosting three town halls with the republican candidates and their families. monday night ohio governor john kasich will be joined by his wife karen and daughters reese and emma. then on tuesday donald trump will be joined by his wife melania and children ivanka, eric and donald jr. and then on wednesday texas senator ted cruz will be joined by his wife heidi. the candidates and their families will talk with anderson. and they'll be taking questions
from the audience as well. it all starts tomorrow night 9:00 eastern time right here on cnn. quite unprecedented. and then thursday there's more. cnn hosts the democratic presidential debate. don't mishillary clinton and bernie sanders facing off live from new york thursday night 9:00 eastern right here on cnn. happening now in the "newsroom," bernie sanders and hillary clinton united on one idea. >> we will do everything possible to prevent this country from seeing a donald trump or some other republican in the white house. that would be a disaster for this country. and i will do everything i can to prevent that. >> i take him over donald trump or ted cruz any day. >> as both crisscross new york in an all-out delegate battle. "newsroom" starts now.