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and delaware all heading to the polls. coverage begins at 4:00 p.m. eastern right here on "the lead." that's it for "the lead." today. i'm jake tapper. i turn you over to mr. wolf blitzer who is right next door in "the situation room." i can see him right now. thanks for watching. now, splitting the donald trump's rivals teaming up in a new effort to deny delegates to the republican front-runner. ted cruz and john kasich announcing their plan to divide and conquer the remaining primary states. will it block trump from the nomination? food fight. donald trump now in an all-out war with his rivals calling them desperate and weak, even attacking john kasich over the way he eats. >> he has a news conference all the time when he's eating. i have never seen a human being eat in such a disgusting fashion. unabated.
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kim jong-un personally supervising the launch of a ballistic missile from a submarine. the move sparking new anxiety coming on the heels of a series of defiant nuclear tests. is north korea now capable of a nuclear strike on the united states? and purple pain. new details of prince's last days and questions about whether he was in excruciating pain and possibly taking prescription drugs that may have been involved in his death. tonight, new details of his emergency landing and trip to the hospital just days before he died. what caused his medical emergency. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." dramatic news twists in the wildly unpredictable republican race for the white house. just ahead, five key primaries tomorrow. john kasich and ted cruz joining forces to keep front-runner donald trump from getting the number of delegates he needs to secure the gop nomination. their plan, divide their efforts
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in upcoming primary elections with cruz focusing in on indiana and kasich on oregon and new mexico. trump is blasting them, accusing them of collusion, calling their strategy pathetic and weak. also, new details emerging tonight about the final days of prince, including a midair medical emergency. the music star reported by the pilot of his private jet as being unresponsive, then rushed to the hospital after an emergency landing. we now have a recording of the pilot's emergency call. we're covering all of that. much more this hour with our guests, including trump supporter and tea party activist scottie nell hughes, as well as our correspondents and experts. let's begin with the republican race for the white house. our political reporter sara murray has the very latest. sara, new political drama on this, the eve of five important primaries. >> reporter: wolf, tomorrow voters will head to the polls in a number of these eastern states like pennsylvania where i am, maryland and delaware.
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but today the drama is focused on the contests that are even further down the field, as john kasich and ted cruz strike a deal to split the map. >> in politics, because it's a rigged system, because it's a corrupt enterprise, in politics you're allowed to collude. >> reporter: whether it's collusion or common sense, tonight john kasich and ted cruz are teaming up to stop donald trump. >> so they colluded and actually i was happy because it shows how weak they are. it shows how pathetic they are. >> reporter: and the real estate mogul is not impressed. >> then i heard this guy cruz. you know he's getting killed. he's getting killed. i mean he got so badly beaten last week and he's getting killed generally. >> reporter: in nearly simultaneous campaign memos sunday night, kasich agreed to pull out of indiana, while cruz promised to back out of oregon and new mexico, all in the latest ploy to stop trump from clinching the nomination before the convention.
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today cruz is even mocking trump's outrage. >> i don't doubt that donald trump is going to scream and yell and curse and insult and probably cry and whine some as well. that has been donald's pattern. >> reporter: and spinning the deal as his chance to take on trump mano a mano. >> it is big news today that john kasich has decided to pull out of indiana, to give us a head-to-head contest with donald trump. >> reporter: as kasich appears not quite on board with the pact, encouraging his supporters to stick around. >> i've never told them not to vote for me. they ought to vote for me. >> reporter: the kasich camp betting on this alliance to keep them in the hunt by conserving resources and, they hope, drawing more anti-trump dollars to their aid. >> i don't have, you know, like daddy warbucks behind me giving he all this money. i have to be careful about my resources. >> reporter: but it's also drawing trump's ire, as the gop front-runner figures nothing is off limits. not even kasich's eating habits.
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>> what's the issue? >> he has a news conference all the time when he's eating. i have never seen a human being eat in such a disgusting fashion. this guy takes a pancake and he's shoving it in his mouth. it's disgusting. do you want that for your president? i don't think so. i don't think so. it's disgust -- honestly, it's disgusting. >> well, look, i think the -- it's designed to do what now? >> reporter: the kasich camp took the dig in stride, tweeting we were looking for some trump steaks for the governor, but no one seems to sell them anymore. now, ted cruz must be feeling pretty confident this split the map strategy will work to his benefit because he is 98 rowing down a list of vice presidential candidates and his national campaign chairman told cnn that carly fiorina is on that short list. >> sara, thank you. sara murray reporting for us. our senior white house
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correspondent, jim aacosta, is joining us. how worried is the trump campaign that this alliance could prevent him from clinching the nomination? >> reporter: wolf, first of all, they're not worried about tomorrow. the trump train appears to be on the fast track in the amtrak primary. but this alliance between ted cruz and john kasich has not gone unnoticed inside the trump campaign. donald trump, of course, has opened up the flood gates on john kasich, hurling insults at the ohio governor like never before. but could the cruz-kasich deal actually work? that is another issue. i talked to a trump campaign advisor who said kasich actually could hurt the gop front-runner in indiana and help cruz, there's no question about that. but they're not so sure it will hurt in the long run. all day long trump has been making the case that this political marriage between ted cruz and john kasich just proves that cruz and kasich simply aren't the best suitors for the gop. here's more of what he had to say just a few moments ago here
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in west chester, pennsylvania. >> kasich is doing worse than many of the people that left months ago. marco rubio to this day has more delegates. this is just a guy who's a stubborn guy who eats like a slob and shouldn't have press conferences while he's stuffing stuff down his throat. honest, i've never seen anything like it. this is a guy who's a stubborn guy. i'm not leaving, i'm not leaving. he's one for 42. and i would have won the one, but i was given a dirty poll by nbc where they came up with a poll -- it's true. >> reporter: now, the trump campaign is still confident that the real estate tycoon can reach 1237 delegates. they don't think this alliance changes that. but a top official with the never trump movement, the stop trump movement said don't be so sure. trump needs indiana, this official argued, even as he argued that he wished cruz and
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kasich had done this weeks ago. it just raises the question had cruz and kasich lined up and joined forces months ago or even weeks ago, would it have changed the delegate math where it stands right now. it's not clear at all also, wolf, how long this alliance will last. kasich, we should point out, is still scheduled to attend a fund-raiser in indiana tomorrow. >> we'll see if he cancels or if he goes there. you're at that rally, the trump rally in west chester, pennsylvania, jim, that just ended, right? >> reporter: that's right. and this was jam packed in here, wolf. they're clearing out now, but this was one of those vintage donald trump auditoriums that was filled to the rafters. we've seen this in event after event after event. what you heard donald trump say at this event and all day long is that krocruz and kasich simp can't do that. it's interesting how this alliance has put donald trump in the role of political savant. he's making the case if you look
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at the math and the ground swell of support he's drawn up for his campaign, cruz and kasich can't compete with that. the only thing ted cruz can do is join forces with john kasich to win the nomination. he says that's the only route for the texas senator right now, wolf. >> donald trump heading from where you are to wilkes-barre, pennsylvania. he has another rally coming up pretty soon. he started in rhode island. he's been going from rally to rally to rally. i assume it's going to be nonstop for a while. thanks very much, jim acosta. let's get more on all of this. joining us, one of donald trump's key supporters, scottie nell hughes. scottie, thanks very much for joining us. what's your thought on this alliance of cruz and kasich teaming up to stop donald trump from reaching on the first ballot 1,237 delegates? >> well, keeping with this whole food theme, wolf, putting kasich and cruz together is about as appealing to putting brussel sprouts and liver.
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it doesn't make it any more appealing to the palette and i think it will backfire and leave a very bad taste within conservatives and republicans' mouth in the very end. >> some people love brussel sprouts and some people lover liver, you know that, don't you? >> but not together. >> some people probably do like it together, you never know. food tastes are pretty unique out there. so is it a good thing? could it undermine his effort? we know that in utah, for example, when cruz was really the only opponent that trump had there, cruz did remarkably well. >> well, he did. and that's the one thing that i think a lot of conservatives are scratching their heads. what does cruz have really to gain by this? when you talk about somebody that is anti-common core, someone that's built his base, built his popularity on being against bad trade policies like nafta and he says that he's against tpp even though he voted for tpa, against obamacare even though governor kasich put a version of it in ohio, you have to wonder why did senator ted
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cruz decide to go to the kasich campaign and ask for this alliance. it's not like governor kasich is bringing anything to the field right now, wolf. you look at the geographics of this campaign and senator ted cruz has only won two states east of the mississippi river. it's not like governor kasich is bringing regional popularity. >> but you know, scottie, that donald trump has wanted kasich to drop out for a while so he could go one on one with cruz thinking he could beat cruz one on one. they're going go one on one in indiana. is he confident he's going to be able to beat cruz in indiana? >> well, as long as tactics like this continue to reaffirm mr. trump's message that the politicos just want to keep the politicos in power and are going to continue to collude with each other, this only reaffirms mr. trump's message that right now outsiders are not allowed inside a broken system. and once again, when we're talking about delegates not representing the people that they're being elected to represent, like what we saw in
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georgia and this weekend in maine, this only makes people more angry at the system and i think that helps mr. trump in the end when it comes to saying that he's here to represent the people, not the politicians. >> so he shouldn't really be complaining. he wants to go one on one with cruz, right? >> you know, at this point kasich has kind of been the fly on the wall this entire campaign. he really hasn't done any damage either way. i do find it interesting, wolf, that they're sending kasich all the way to the west coast. i think that has to do with his liberal tendencies, instead of going to indiana which is a state right next to ohio where he should be very popular, considering that governor kasich is this popular governor of ohio. >> if kasich drops out of indiana, i assume you're afraid that the kasich votes will go to cruz? >> not necessarily. that is the one thing. like i said, people are automatically assuming that all the kasich votes and all the cruz votes are completely 100% anti-donald trump and that is not true at all. if you look at two polar ends of
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the spectrum on opinions and policies, it's kasich and cruz. so i would not necessarily take that idea right now. that's why i think so many people within the conservative movement today were upset at this alliance that senator ted cruz forged with. if you want to sit there and go for ego, then yes, this works great for ted cruz. if you want to look at conservative principles and conservative policies, actually donald trump aligns a lot more alongside ted cruz than governor kasich. >> stand by, scottie, we have more to discuss. we're getting other information coming in right now as well. much more with scottie hughes when we come back. with 5-door versatility, advanced hybrid technology and dynamic sport-tuned suspension... it has a side for every side of you. ♪ the lexus ct. it's up for as much as you are. this is the pursuit of perfection.
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divide their focus in upcoming primary states in an effort to keep trump from getting enough delegates. we're back with key trump supporter scottie nell hughes of usa radio networks. scottie, a lot of focus on donald trump's demeanor today. at both rallies, he's got another one coming up in a little while, he mocked governor kasich's eating behavior. he said he told his little son not to watch kasich eating. does today's rhetoric, making fun of kasich's eating behavior, sound presidential to you? >> well, i think you have to still let mr. trump be mr. trump. he chose those words based on some of the video we saw earlier today from governor kasich who does seem to eat a lot on camera, something that a lot of us try to avoid. you also have to realize that shows the diversity of mr. trump. this is a man who can host "saturday night live" and bring in record ratings. he can be on a debate stage and bring on record ratings.
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he can sit here and have this talk to tens of thousands at his mega rallies and then on wednesday of this week get ready to give a foreign policy speech that will be extremely serious and lay out a foreign policy plan that i bet will be pretty detailed and be ready to answer a lot of questions that have been out there regarding whether or not he can be presidential in his foreign policy. so i think this just shows about the diversity of his presentation. while the product remains the same, mr. trump continues to show -- he continues to be able to talk to everyday americans, depending on which environment he's in. >> we're showing some video of kasich eating right now. trump said specifically, scottie, he said i have never seen a human being eat in such a disgusting fashion. when you heard him say that at the rallies today, were you okay with that? >> well, obviously i don't like to use those kind of words and don't like to criticize eating. hello, i live in the south. we are the land of the buffets for a lot of us. i'm not one to criticize, all of us have our own eating hakts.
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but it's amazing that the only attention governor kasich gets is usually, a, when he's talking about trump usually in a negative way or in a situation like this. we never talk about being presidential. we never see governor kasich actually talking -- he doesn't get any attention at his rallies when he's giving foreign policy or other policy points. so i think this just talks about when does the media choose to focus on governor kasich happens to be in diner situations like this. i'm sorry, if he can't put down his food long enough to talk to the media, you wonder what his priorities are. if you're going into a public place surrounded by future voters and the media that wants to ask you questions, i don't think that's the best time to choose your menu. >> what's his next move right now? we know he's looking ahead already to california. that's the last major contest out there in june. i assume he thinks he can have the whole thing wrapped up after california? >> i'll be honest with you,
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wolf, it's events like today and this alliance that happened between cruz and kasich that i think gives us more confidence mr. trump will he those votes going into the convention, the brokered convention. people do not like the idea of these guys making these back room door deals and coming out and announcing it to them like they have these alliances. that not exactly says transparency which is what the republican party is trying to show and build trust within our own party with our elected folks. as long as kasich and cruz try to keep doing these media attention-getting ideas which look to be back firing, i can promise you that only gives us more confidence mr. trump will be going into cleveland with the nomination firmly secure and a couple of extra delegates also. >> scotty nell hughes, thank you so much. >> thanks, wolf. anderson cooper will interview john kasich tonight at 8:00 p.m. eastern right here on cnn. coming up, we'll have more on this new alliance between ted cruz and john kasich. they're trying to stop donald
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rebecca berg. dana bash and cnn political commentator ana navarro. guys, thanks very much for joining us. you heard, dana, trump say this alliance between cruz and kasich in his word is pathetic. pathetic. does it validate trump's claim, though, that there's collusion, if you will, that this is sinister, it's awful what's going on? >> it completely in many ways plays into his argument over and over again that the establishment has it rigged. but having said that, you know, the fact of the matter is this has been in the works and in the making for some time, and it's only because ted cruz did so poorly in new york, sees that he has no mathematical path to winning the nomination before the cleveland convention, that the cruz campaign agreed to the overtures, i reported early last month, that team kasich has been
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making over and over again. they even enlisted mitt romney to try to get the two together to do this split the map strategy. at this point it really is the only option for both cruz and kasich and everybody in the stop trump movement to try to stop trump. >> because both cruz and kasich, ana, they both acknowledge right now they don't have enough -- they can't -- it's impossible for them to get to that 1237 number on the first ballot. their only hope is to prevent trump from getting it so they can try it on a second or third or fourth ballot when a lot of those delegates become uncommitted, unpledged, as they say. you have been pushing for this kasich-cruz alliance for quite a while, but the two men didn't seem to be like natural allies, they disagree on a lot. do you think this is really a workable partnership, if you will, or is it too late? >> first of all, i don't think it's a partnership at all and i don't think they are natural allies. i think there is a visceral
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dislike for each other. it's very genuine and it's quite intense. any of us who have dealt with their teams know that this exists, that's why it has taken over a month to get this done. dana is absolutely right, the kasich folks have been pushing it and making overtures for a long time and i really think it was until ted cruz woke up wednesday after the new york primary and had no choice but to smell the cuban coffee and realize that he had been hosed. he's got very limited amount of resources, they both do. they are better off allocating those resources in a way that's strategic that helps both of them. there are places where ted cruz has no shot. there are places where kasich has no shot. it's better -- they are better off trying to divvy up that map, as i've been saying now for weeks. i think that it was a wake-up call, a realization, and it really is the only option. now, if they do make it to a second ballot, to a third ballot, i think you're going to see this deal go out the window and you're going to see a very
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stiff, vigorous competition between kasich and cruz and a lot of horse trading going on for delegates. they're going to compete. they're not allies. they are begrudging, strategic partners. >> but, peter, i don't know how really committed kasich, for example, is to this so-called alliance because he's already suggesting to his supporters to vote for him in indiana, which is a week from many to. he's supposed to have ceded indiana to ted cruz. how much of an alliance is this? >> i think the important thing is not kasich himself, it's the super pacs. what's important is, is there going to be a lot of money going into indiana attacking john kasich from pro-ted cruz forces. now there presumably will not be. they'll be training their fire on donald trump. the effect of this is to dramatically magnify the significance of indiana and make it essentially into ted cruz's last stand. i think what he realized and
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there was a good piece in "the new york times" on this today, if you look at the polls today donald trump gets to 1237 so ted cruz has to stop him in indiana. he has something of a shot there if kasich is out of the race and if, and it's a big if, if the kasich supporters go to him rather than cruz. but now if he loses indiana, even without kasich really competing there, i think that potentially is his obituary. >> who has more to gain, rebecca, from this alliance? would it be cruz or kasich? >> well, they're actually both after the same goal so i would argue they would both benefit from this. both men want this race to go to a convention, they need it to go to a convention. but once we get to a convention, this could be a really interesting play for john kasich because ted cruz has been making the case especially recently, even within the past week, that john kasich's only role in this race is as a spoiler. so if john kasich can show the republican party that he is a team player, that he doesn't want trump to win this election
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and wants this to go to a convention, that could help him in the long run. >> ana, would it have been possible to keep this deal quiet? why did they publicize it and make it more awkward and embarrassing, if you will? >> first of all, wolf, it's very hard to keep secrets in politics. it's very hard to keep secrets in 2016, period, with social media and things being what they are. i think that they had to make it public because they have to send a signal to their super pac, they have to sending a signal to their voters and supporters. supporters need to know that if you want to stop trump, you've got to vote strategically. you've got to figure out where john kasich is the strongest and vote for him in that state, even if you may be a ted cruz supporter. you've got to do the same for ted cruz in the states where he is strongest. so i think they had no choice. in order for it to be effective, they had to make it public, voters who want to stop trump need to understand that this is
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the only way to do it. >> what if it doesn't work, though, dana? what if trump wins in indiana? what happens to the stop trump movement? >> well, it will make it a lot harder. ana just hit right on the salient point, which is it's about voters, but also about the super pacs and about the money people, and the people who were giving money to the stop trump super pacs and the forces that were trying to raise money, they were really not feeling like they were getting very far. they were being very disallusioned. by making this alliance public, that sends a signal to people with very, very deep pockets, we're not done yet. we're still trying very, very hard to stop trump and we actually have a strategy to do so. i also just want to add that the idea what ana said that it's a partnership not necessarily that they're colluding or working together, they have agreed to go their own ways. cruz is going to go in indiana
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and do this is thing in indiana and they're not going to spend money in team kasich there. they're going to focus mostly on after tomorrow new mexico and oregon. so they're not sharing resources allegedly. they're not sharing polling. some of the things that many people in the stop trump movement wanted them to do. they wanted them to really go in together. my understanding in talking to sources is they're not doing that. >> donald trump really going after kasich for his eating habits, saying it's disgusting the way he eats. you heard him in rhode island make that pitch. your reaction. >> it's a low blow, wolf. we constantly put politicians in situations where they're having to eat in public and it never looks good, although kasich didn't do himself any favors by eating his way across new york in the primary. but i don't think kasich is concerned. it makes him look relatable. who among us haven't pigged out on occasion and certainly in new york where the food is great. but it's a pretty funny argument to be making from trump. 3 >> peter beinart, you're in new
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york. is that the way everybody eats over there? is that what we're hearing? >> yeah. i think if you can't lustily enjoy your food in new york, then you don't really express new york values at all, so i didn't really understand the point of this critique to be honest. >> guys, stand by. >> listen, wolf blitzer is from buffalo, new york, where they invented the buffalo wings. is there anything that you can lust over more than buffalo wings? >> delicious buffalo wings at the anchor bar. all right, guys, enough with the eating. we'll take a quick break and we'll be right back. with my moderate to severe ulcerative colitis, the possibility of a flare was almost always on my mind. thinking about what to avoid, where to go... and how to deal with my uc. to me, that was normal. until i talked to my doctor. she told me that humira helps people like me get uc under control and keep it under control when certain medications haven't worked well enough. humira can lower your ability to fight infections, including tuberculosis.
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with five crucial states voting tomorrow, hillary clinton is counting on boosting her delegate lead over senator bernie sanders. today she's hardly mentioning the senator at all. instead she's heaping scorn on donald trump. our national correspondent, suzanne malveaux, is in philadelphia for us where hillary clinton will hold her rally later tonight, suzanne, clinton may be looking ahead, but senator sanders clearly isn't giving up yet, is he? >> reporter: he's certainly not giving up, wolf. both bernie sanders and hillary clinton holding live town halls. that is happening later this evening. and then bernie sanders coming here to drexel university. he is really hoping for a couple of things. he is hoping for the students to come out and participate. pennsylvania has a large number of colleges and universities. those new voters. but hillary clinton really seen here as having the home advantage, having family roots here and also back in 2008 a decisive win against barack
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obama, winning the majority of 60 of the 67 counties in this state. tonight, hillary clinton and bernie sanders are delivering their closing arguments ahead of tuesday's five-state primary. >> with your help, we're going to win here in connecticut tomorrow. >> let's have a great primary election tomorrow here in delaware. >> reporter: but clinton is already looking past her battle with sanders, dialing up her criticism of donald trump. >> i know it's hard, but i know there is no alternative. you have to get up every day and work to try to find that common ground and then bring people together to solve problems, to produce results for americans and our country. >> reporter: clinton is casting the gop front-runner as being out of touch with concerns of everyday americans. >> don't just fly that big jet in and land it and go make a big speech and insult everybody you can think of, and then go back,
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get on that big jet and go back to your country clubhouse in florida or your penthouse in new york. ♪ put a little hope and love now ♪ >> reporter: clinton is also drawing contrast with trump in a new television ad, making the case that she's the candidate to unite the country. >> america is stronger when we are all supporting one another. >> reporter: facing an uphill climb in the democratic primary fight, sanders is stepping up his attacks on clinton. >> she wants a $12 an hour minimum wage. not me. i want 15 bucks in 50 states in this country. >> reporter: hammering clinton over her ties to wall street and how she's funding her campaign. >> i do not represent wall street or the billionaire class. thanks very much. we don't want your damn money. secretary clinton has chosen to raise her money a different way. >> reporter: amid the criticism from sanders, reports that clinton's campaign is already
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thinking about potential vice presidential running mates, with a lengthy list of contenders appearing in "the new york times." >> i'm just working hard to win on tuesday. >> reporter: that as clinton receives some surprise consideration from conservative mega donor charles koch. the billionaire saying it's possible clinton could be better than the republican nominee. >> we would have to believe her actions would be quite different than her rhetoric. let me put it that way. though on some of the republican candidates, we would -- before we could support them, we'd have to believe their actions will be quite different from the rhetoric we've heard so far. >> reporter: and hillary clinton responding, wolf, in a tweet saying here she's not interested in endorsements from people who deny climate change and try to make it harder for people to vote. several polls showing that she has a double-digit lead here in pennsylvania, but we are seeing both hillary clinton and bernie sanders fighting for every single vote. of course voter turnout will be
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key tomorrow, wolf. >> they're both working very, very hard. thank you, suzanne malveaux. in other news, north korea's kim jong-un tries again and a new missile test is at least partially successful. up next, the growing u.s. concern he eventually will get it right. also we're getting new details emerging now about prince's last days, including an emergency landing because of a dire problem aboard his private jet. ♪ the sun'll come out tomorrow... ♪ for people with heart failure, tomorrow is not a given. but entresto is a medicine that helps make more tomorrows possible. ♪ tomorrow, tomorrow... ♪ i love ya, tomorrow in the largest heart failure study ever. entresto helped more people stay alive and out of the hospital than a leading heart failure medicine. women who are pregnant must not take entresto. it can cause harm or death to an unborn baby. don't take entresto with an ace inhibitor or aliskiren. if you've had angioedema while taking an ace or arb medicine,
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there is growing alarm over at the pentagon over the possibility of north korea's kim jong-un launching a devastating surprise attack using missiles fired from submarines.
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the young dictator was on hand for a test over the weekend, which was at least partially successful. let's bring in our chief national security correspondent, jim sciutto. jim, kim jong-un's military seems to be making progress in this very, very sensitive area. >> no question. at a minimum they're learning from each new test but u.s. officials increasingly concerned they're making real progress in capability. one u.s. official telling me that north korea's sub launch capability has gone from, quote, a joke to something very serious. north korea's leader personally supervising the launch of his country's first ballistic missile fired from a submarine. kim jong-un declared the test a great success. official photos showing him >> u.s. intelligence agencies are working to assess the launch. a u.s. official tells cnn it was, quote, essentially successful. president obama expressing deepening concern. >> although more often than not
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they fail and many of these tests, they gain knowledge each time they engage in these tests and we take it very seriously. >> reporter: the submarine launch could represent a victory for the north korean regime, which has maintained sub launch capability a priority. north korea claimed a successful launch last year, but u.s. intelligence concluded pyongyang doctored photos. following a series of successful missile tests and nuclear test this year, however, the official position of u.s. intelligence is that north korea can mount a nuclear war head on a missile and fire it as far as the u.s. west coast. >> i think overall, we have to assume the worst. and when you think about it, the north koreans achieved an objective there, they created at
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least a psychology of deterrence. >> reporter: and the brinksmanship begins. they said they would only stop testing if the u.s. stopped exercises with south korea currently under way. a concession president obama quickly dismissed. >> they're going to have to do better than that, and until they do, we're going to emphasize our work with the republic of korea and japan and our missile defense mechanisms to assure we keep the american people safe and keeping our allies safe. >> reporter: sub launch capability fof the newest, least predictable power poses a number of concerning implications. they're harder to track, they extend the range of north korean missiles, make it hard for missile defense systems to find and destroy them once in the air. there's a lot of talk, patriot missiles in south korea. talking about a more advanced system. if you have a sub, it can move
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around largely undetected. >> they're really worried about this development. thanks, jim sciutto for that. also into "the situation room," we are getting details of days leading up to prince's shocking death. brian todd is covering it. you are learning about the medical emergency days before he was found dead. >> we have an incident six days before his death with eery similar tees to final hours. they had to make an emergency land whg he was unresponsive on board. authorities are tight lipped about that incident and on other important threads of the investigation. the superstar who kept so much of his life private shielded from the public apparently died much the same way, alone in what investigators are calling an unwitnessed death. tonight as investigators are working to piece together the singer's final hours, there are new questions about his final
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days, six days before prince's death, a private jet believed to have the singer on board made an emergency landing in moline, illinois. >> what's the nature of the emergency? >> unresponsive passenger. >> was it a male or female? >> male passenger. >> reporter: prince was rushed to the hospital after emergency landing that airport the same day. >> i want to know who was on the plane, what did they see, what did they say, when he was taken to the hospital, what do the doctors say. >> reporter: prince was released from the hospital and returned to his home in minnesota. just before that incident prince had performed in atlanta, he was seen carrying a cane. the pop star suffered from a bad hip. key questions center around whether prince was treated for pain. >> are you able to confirm whether prince was taking any medication at the time of his
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death? >> i am not able to confirm that at this time at all. >> reporter: friends say if drugs were involved in his death, it would be especially surprising. the 57-year-old was known for his healthy life-style, vegan, and not known for partying or drug use. one says patients on strong pain medication, even if healthy, could lapse into unresponsive states from side effects. >> it can be slight confusion, especially as somebody adapts to beginning to take it to profound sedation, unresponsiveness and taking over the prescribed amount, they can stop breathing. >> reporter: cnn has not confirmed if prince was on any pain medication, police remained tight lipped. the police haven't provided details on another apparent miss try. the 13 and a half hour gap between when he was last seen alive wednesday evening and the time he was found unresponsive in an elevator at his 55,000 square foot home and recording
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studio paisley park. the sheriff says he was alone for at least part of that period. tom fuentes says that should be corroborated. >> did the residence have cameras, did anyone come in. we have reports he was dropped off 8:00 p.m. the evening before and went into the residence, he may have been there alone, but is there any other evidence to show that someone else came to the residence. >> reporter: we reached out to investigators and to prince's representatives with those questions. so far they have not responded. kerry gordy said he believes there were security cameras but doesn't remember specifically. >> thank you. coming up, donald trump's latest reaction to senator ted cruz and governor john kasich teaming up. can they block trump at the republican convention?
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live sunday may 22nd, 8/7 central, only on abc. happening now. divide and conquer. the gop frontrunner is responding. we are standing by to hear live from donald trump. desperation? trump says ted cruz and john kasich are showing signs of weakness by joining forces to deprive him of delegates. will their strategy work? hillary clinton eyeing potential running mates as she keeps working to lock up the democratic nomination. are any of her vp prospects surprising? dangerous mission. being ordered to fight isis. will it lead to more american troops on the ground in syria
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and at risk. we want to welcome viewers in the united states and around the world. i'm wolf blitzer, you're in "the situation room." tonight donald trump is blasting an unprecedented alliance between his opponents, ted cruz and john kasich, calling it pathetic and an act of collusion. we stand by to hear more from donald trump. he holds a rally in pennsylvania soon on this, the eve of the new round of crucial primaries that trump is likely to sweep. cruz says he and kasich are trying to keep him from winning the nomination. they're focusing on the indiana primary, kasich concentrates on new mexico hoping to keep delegates from trump. rivals are driven by fear he would lose to hillary clinton in the fall. trump says they're simply
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desperate. our correspondents and analysts stand bias we cover all of the news that's breaking now. up first, let's go to senior white house correspondent jim acosta covering trump's swing through pennsylvania. jim, is the trump camp at all worried about the new cruz, kasich alliance? >> wolf, the trump campaign is keeping an eye on this. donald trump is dismissing the deal as an act of desperation. talk to stop trump forces, they're looking at the numbers, arguing this alliance might work. a marriage of convenience combined by two rivals to stop the campaign, donald trump accused them are being divorced from reality. >> did you see they joined forces? leading in all the polls to sweep the next round of states up for grabs tomorrow, trump now smells blood, tweeting about the cruz, kasich deal as proof they
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can't beat him on his own so they have to team up. hammering the duo in rhode island. if you collude in the stock market, they put you in jail. in politics because it is a rigged system, because it is a corrupt enterprise, it shows how weak they are, it shows how pathetic they are. >> reporter: cruz says trump is sounding off for good reason. >> listen, i don't doubt that donald trump is going to scream and yell and curse and insult and probably cry and whine as well. that has been donald's pattern. >> reporter: arguing the name of the game is denying trump the magic delegates needed to clinch the nomination. cruz and kasich are dividing the map. with the texas senator focusing on indiana, where he is stronger, yielding new mexico and oregon to the ohio governor, territory better suiting him. >> we decided to allocate time, energy, and resources on the state of indiana.
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governor kasich decided to allocate resources elsewhere. i think that makes sense from both campaigns. >> reporter: polls indicate cruz could borrow enough from kasich to take a victory in indiana, siphoning delegates from trump. >> what does that even mean? >> reporter: kasich pushed back that he is on the ropes. >> no, are you desperate? i'm not. >> reporter: he seemed to spin his end of the deal with cruz just a touch, saying voters can support the candidate of their choice. >> i'm not going to tell anybody how to vote. they can, but look, this is a matter of resources and, you know, we are running a national campaign, we want to apply resources where we think they can be used most effectively. >> i said to myself that's pretty bad. that's pretty bad. >> reporter: the alliance seems to have embolden trump who has new insults for kasich. >> i had eggs and fruit, and i
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wanted bacon. >> this guy takes the pancake, he is shoving it in his mouth. it's disgusting. do you want that for your president? i don't think so. >> reporter: who ever thought we would be talking about that in the course of the campaign. kasich campaign said we were looking for trump steaks for the governor, no one seems to sell them any more, a dig to donald trump and the old steaks he used to sell. insults aside, adding this stop the frontrunner. an adviser said this could hurt donald trump in indiana but they feel like it won't heart their march to the magic number of 1237 delegates. indiana or no indiana, they feel like they're on the way to becoming the nominee. wolf? >> jim acosta, thanks very much.
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also tonight, ted cruz may think that anti-trump alliance could be successful. sarah murray joins us now. cruz is vetting a potential running mate. what are you hearing? >> reporter: that's right, wolf. ted cruz is maybe feeling confident, maybe feels this is the prudent move. national chairman for his campaign confirmed to cnn earlier that ted cruz is going through the vetting process and that carly fiorina is on that short list. now, carly fiorina would be an interesting choice. she's proven to be critical of hillary clinton, very critical of donald trump, and also was once a rival to the candidates who are still in the race. so it will be interesting to see obviously a short list, means there are more candidates than just carly fiorina, and ted cruz is still trailing donald trump, he may never get a chance to unveil that. >> sarah, looks like donald trump could have a good day tomorrow, the five republican presidential primaries. what are you hearing? >> reporter: that's right, wolf. we are here in pennsylvania
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where donald trump will make his closing argument before voters here go to the polls. this is one of a number of states in what we call the primary on the east coast where donald trump is positioned to do well, potentially sweep all of the states for victory. interestingly, the trump campaign feels confident here in pennsylvania. this is a state where a number of delegates will be unbound, but the campaign released an official slate, trying to prove they're more organized, more disciplined in the delegate hunt, when it comes to unbound delegates in states like this than previous contests. >> thanks very much. sarah murray from wilkes-barre. we will have more coverage coming up. we are standing by to speak with katrina pierson, national spokesperson for the trump campaign. stand by, we will speak with her shortly. meantime, let's bring in kevin madden, gloria borger, david chal yen, and jeffrey toobin.
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gloria, what do you make of the deal between kasich and cruz? >> i think it is a last ditch effort, you have been calling it a hail mary. i think cruz figures he has to do something. their only shot is at a second ballot at the convention. that's what they're working towards. i was talking to paul manafort today who is the delegate hunter for donald trump and here's what he said about the agreement. he said i think the agreement is a sign of desperation. the washington insiders will always put their interests ahead of what voters want. in a way, wolf, it does play into the trump narrative that it is the insiders trying to get him, trying to rig the system against him. by the way, what's the guarantee that all those kasich voters are going to suddenly turn around and vote for cruz? i don't think so. >> you're a strategist, republican strategist, kevin.
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is it too little too late? >> it is a strategy of last resort, this is not the way -- this is not a strategy they're choosing. it is a strategy that's chosen them. this was -- their focus was to get as many delegates as possible to eventually be the nominee. now that that's not the case, they were trying to get one of the other campaigns to drop out. ted cruz just probably 60 days ago was arguing kasich should clear the field for him. now this is one of the cases, if they're going to stay in, they have to work together. the only thing that matters is getting to cleveland, making sure that cleveland isn't open or contested convention, that all candidates at that stage are then created equal. that's not likely to be the case. i think the thumb will be on the scale for donald trump, given that he won more delegates. this is their last strategy. >> i want everybody to stand by. katrina pierson is joining us on the phone, national spokeswoman for the trump campaign.
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katrina, thanks very much. your reaction to the deal between kasich and cruz, they're teaming up to prevent donald trump from getting to the magic number, 1237 on the first round of voting. he says he is happy about it, trump, privately he can't be very thrilled. >> you know, wolf, i have to say it is interesting, they have been doing one thing, the fact that donald trump is the only candidate that can reach 1237 prior to convention, and just a week ago both of them were saying oh, it is not going to happen, trump can't get there. senator cruz went as far as to say nobody would get there. what they admitted today is that in fact donald trump can get there, and this attempt to try and really at this point stop the will of the voters is very much desperation between two campaigns who are institutional candidates, propped up by special interests, who have never had a clear message or a
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message that was resoundingly rejected from voters. senator cruz is trailing donald trump two and a half million votes, kasich trails five and a half million votes. voters are not going to fall for this kind of manipulation. i think it is safe to say today that cruz and kasich are no longer running against donald trump, they're running against voters in the republican party. >> but ka troon a, they can't get the 1237 needed on first ballot, they acknowledge that, but they can prevent trump from reaching that number, and if you have to go to round two, a lot of pledge delegates become unpledged if you will, and everyone suggests trump could be toast at that point. your reaction? >> well, they're not going to peel off delegates. that's the point. this mantra at the beginning of the campaign, as politicians dropped out and support would consolidate around someone else, and it hasn't happened.
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donald trump picked up voters, not to mention the last national fox news poll had senator cruz drop ten points in the last month. both candidates are running third in one of the elections coming up. i don't think that it is possible, but it is showing a sign of desperation because you have two candidates that were put in office by the establishment now wanting to protect the establishment, want everyone to know donald trump is the anti-establishment candidate. >> what happens if it is trump and cruz in indiana, kasich drops out of indiana for all practical purposes, and cruz beats trump in indiana, what does that say? >> i don't suspect cruz will beat donald trump in indiana. the polls still has mr. trump leading at least by five or six points at this point in time. but i have to think that i don't think voters in indiana are going to buy this type of
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nonsense. yes, they do want a fight, but if you have to gang up in order to win and they won't even win at this point, then that says something else about you, particularly when you have millions of voters who have chosen donald trump to lead the fight against hillary clinton. people in indiana care about jobs, they care about getting control of illegal immigration, care about taxation. when you talk about senator cruz and his support for tpa which gives rise to nafta on the trans-pacific partnership, voters are wising up. the last month, senator ted cruz dropped ten points in national polls, and that's astounding. >> the argument they make, kasich and cruz, is that trump, if he were the republican nominee, it would be a disaster for the republicans. he couldn't beat hillary clinton, they say he would lose decisively and other republicans, down ballot
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republicans would be slaughtered. you look at negatives out there, your reaction to that argument why they have to prevent him from being the republican nominee? >> well, a lot of the geniuses on the gop would love to tell everybody two cycles ago, has to be john mccain. he can win. guess what, he didn't. again, mitt romney to win, it will be a landslide. now the same people with a magical crystal ball try to tell us donald trump can't win. he is one candidate that has been able to consolidate the party, has brought in new voters, brought in crossover appeal, puts states in play no other candidate can do. i'm not concerned about what the establishment, consultants and d.c. pundits are saying. the only thing matters is what the public wants. they want a political outsider, someone that can go to washington, d.c., put the lobbyists on the back burner, put the american families first.
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there's only one candidate in this race both sides that would do that, that's donald j. trump. >> a lot of focus on his demeanor on the campaign trail. he is ridiculing john kasich's eating. why does he need to do that? >> these rallies of mr. trump with his supporters, they're all like friends. he loves them, they love him, they joke around, have a good time at rallies. he has always been that way. he is more serious when it comes to interviews and speeches, we will see another one this week. actually this week. >> he is delivering a foreign policy speech, carefully crafted. that's the speeches reading from a teleprompter, right? >> it is a prepared speech. we are really excited about it. that's where you're going to see donald trump talk about what no one else talked about, that's how to solve problems that we've cross the world.
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>> this will only be the second teleprompter speech, we're told. he did it at the apac meeting when he spoke about israel and the middle east. this is a foreign policy speech that he will read from a teleprompter, but you're saying there will be more down the road in weeks to come. is that right? >> absolutely. mr. trump wants to give a series of speeches so he can make clear, everyone understands what his policies are and why he has the vision that he has for this country and its future so we don't have to deal with the media filter and campaign that pulls his words out of context. we're really excited and happy he is ready to get out there, start to put forth his vision to go against hillary clinton and win in november. >> he always makes fun of the other candidates for especially hillary clinton for reading speeches from a teleprompter. what you're saying is when it comes to substantive policy speeches, foreign policy, domestic policy, we will see more of him reading a teleprompter than we have in the
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past. is that right? >> yeah, you'll definitely see more prepared speeches. it is interesting that you have career politicians, people in politics their lives, decades, who still can't give a substantive speech without a teleprompter. donald trump speaks from the heart. he put all of his policies out there from the heart. they keep getting picked apart, pulled out of context. now it is time to make sure we leave no stone unturned so he can put out his fashion without a media filter or campaign parsing his words. >> and the word is that megyn kelly secured an interview for her special on fox broadcasting network? >> i can't actually confirm that, wolf, i'll definitely look into that. >> look into that and get back to us. katrina pierson, thanks for joining us. >> great to be here. thank you. >> national spokesperson for the trump campaign. john kasich, by the way, will talk about his new deal with ted
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tonight donald trump is hurling insults as ted cruz and john kasich, they have teamed up to take him down. we stand by for a new trump event, let's get back to our political team. david, dana bash reported about a month ago there was effort under way for these two to team up against trump. didn't happen then. what changed? >> remember, before that seven and a half weeks ago, mitt romney gave that scathing speech
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in which he suggested a strategy like this to split the math. that's when marco rubio was still in the race. but clearly what happened was ted cruz got mathematically eliminated from becoming the nominee. that's what happened here. the cruz folks felt they had reason now to engage in a deal with kasich. wolf, this is about one thing and one thing only, next tuesday, the state of indiana. that's what this deal is about. cruz needed a one on one shot with trump. this was the way by announcing the deal to signal to everyone spending money on this race how to position their dollars. >> cruz is going all in in indiana. if he loses indiana, he walks away? >> i don't know that he'll walk away, i doubt it highly. i think there's still going to be a fervent strain inside the republican party that's going to be opposed to trump that cruz
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will be able to tap, if he loses indiana after doing this, the oxygen comes out, wind of the sails disappears. >> this isn't the first time in american history that campaigns made deals with each other about coordinating, but the difference now is that campaigns are not allowed to talk to their super pacs. they actually have to make an announcement. they can signal to super pacs -- >> this is a very inferior message to ask voters to vote against somebody rather than four them. donald trump has a better message. cruz and kasich supporters, these aren't natural allies. both look at each other as emblematic of a party split. it is very late to try to convince voters to engage intact cal voting. >> i suspect some of those voters say in indiana who like
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kasich would rather have trump than cruz. >> this is a blue collar, midwestern voter that has more claim with a donald trump and kasich than cruz. >> if kasich washed away, i am going with trump, could back fire. jeffrey, let's talk about food now. trump was fixated on his eating habits. listen and watch. >> you look at kasich, did you see him, he has the news conference all the time when he's eating. i have never seen a human being eat in such a disgusting fashion. i'm always telling my young son baron, always with all of my kids, i say children, small little bites. small. this guy takes a pancake and shoving it in his mouth. it's disgusting. do you want that for your president? i don't think so. >> your reaction when you saw
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that. >> donald trump has very refined ideas about what's disgusting. those of us that followed his career for a long time, one of the reasons i never thought he would run for president, he had to shake hands so often. he has a real aversion to germs, doesn't like to shake hands with people. he signs memorabilia, doesn't shake hands like most politicians do. remember when hillary clinton went to the bathroom during a debate, he went on about how that was disgusting. i guess we can get used to a lot of judgments from donald trump about what's disgusting, we're going to be hearing more. >> kasich responded to trump's comments, tweeted this. kasich tweeting donald trump, we were looking for trump steaks for the governor, but no one seems to sell them any more. there's a picture of donald trump having a piece of steak. i guess the food fight will continue at least for awhile. >> we can only hope. >> gloria, what do you think?
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>> i think it is silly and i think whether it is nicknames, lying ted, crooked hillary, whatever, i just think, you know, it is part of the way the campaign has been. >> but the ridicule effort by trump, it has worked so far. low energy jeb if you remember. lying ted. >> right. he knows how to brand. >> he brands these guys. >> not only has he branded his opponents well, he branded himself well throughout the race. obviously it is what brought him to this point. >> i don't think kasich is as good. >> hold on. he has done so well with branding, ridiculing opponents, getting nicknames. why not continue until it is done. >> he is a substance free candidate in a substance free campaign. as long as that continues, he is perfectly positioned to be the frontrunner, at least inside the republican primary. to david's point, that's what he
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does best, draws caricatures. low energy jeb bush, after he repeated it over and over. same with marco rubio about his youth. it will probably happen the same with john kasich. the big problem for the country is there's zero substance to it. >> let me play this clip, jeffrey, get your reaction. listen to this. >> couple of people said presidential. i gave a sporting analogy. it's like do we want to change at this point? do we want a change? do i look like a president? how handsome am i, right? how handsome! >> you're smiling. >> you know, every time he refers to senator cruz as senator cruz, we think he has gone presidential. then three hours later he's back to lying ted. i think he's going with what works. this guy is practically the presumptive nominee of the republican party. why should he change what's working now. which is calling people
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nicknames. >> he makes a good point. it worked so far. almost a year, in june a year he announced he is running for president. has been the frontrunner every day since then. >> i think we have seen him i think maybe one of the most impressive parts of the campaign so far, how he has responded after the wisconsin loss, bringing on more professionals for this delegate piece of the pie. he understood he needed to change his operation and changed himself, he is not doing as interviews, not calling into so many shows. this guy can adapt. i think that's what actually makes him a potential problem for the democrats in a general election. >> giving a major foreign policy speech wednesday here in washington, scripted, teleprompter. only the second time. >> it is a different stage of the campaign. you have different people involved with the campaign who are saying to him you have to put meat on the bones here. i think that's what they're trying to do.
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i think he has to walk a fine line, though. what attracts people to donald trump is his authenticity and his bravado and the fact that he tells it like it is. we have seen it in exit poll after exit poll after exit poll. when you have people talking trump and saying now he's going to change, i heard from the mitt romney people after that story came out about maybe trump will start to act differently. they reminded me about the etch a sketch line, where a former romney -- >> probably just bitterness. make sure you tell everybody it wasn't me. >> no, it wasn't you. remember in that campaign, a romney aid said it is like an etch a sketch and he will change for the general. you can't do that with donald trump. >> cruz word out there, vetting carly fiorina potentially as vice presidential running mate? >> i think they're going through the process of thinking when they get to the convention, what big move or motion can they make to appeal to delegates. the key for him after finding the right candidate is whether or not he can roll that person
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out with maximum impact. if they get to cleveland, do it at the right moment, could send a message to some of the delegates they're trying to woo should they get to a second ballot. >> is that a good idea, jeffrey? >> remember, 1976 richard sh wieker, ronald reagan named this senator from pennsylvania as his nominee for vice president well in advance of the convention. as an attempt to show he was moving toward the center. he came pretty close in the convention, lost the nomination to gerald ford, but the idea of naming a vice president in advance is something that's been tried before, hasn't worked. >> just not the twitter age. >> and jeffrey, in 1976 it back fired because sh wieker was way too moderate, they tried to force ford to name a veep and he wouldn't do it, he would have had to change the rules and this
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we are following new developments in the race for the republican presidential nomination on the eve of five crucial primaries. donald trump is accusing his two rivals of collusion, ridiculing senator ted cruz and john kasich for making a deal to divide some of the upcoming primary states in hopes of winning enough delegates to at least block trump from this summer's republican convention. joining us, trump senior advisor. how worried is donald trump that the deal between kasich and cruz will prevent him securing the nomination on the first round at the convention in cleveland? >> oh, he's not worried at all, wolf, we're not worried at the trump campaign. it's washington, d.c. politics all over again, exactly what mr. trump said. it is a corrupt system, it is unfortunate that these two candidates want to go together
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for the last hoorah because they realize mr. trump is unstoppable. we're not worried. >> cruz said one on one, he can beat trump. he is putting a lot of eggs in the indiana basket, indiana a week from tomorrow. if cruz wins indiana, how much setback for trump to get 1237 delegates on the first run? >> well, i don't like to ever speculate what can't be. that can never happen, so it is never going to happen. i mean, the voters in indiana achb they're going to realize what they want to do. they're 100% behind donald trump and his vision for mother. when you do that key race alert and announce donald trump the winner, i can't wait for it. >> see if we can make a major
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projection that night when the polls close in indiana. >> yes. >> cruz is lately going after trump, really hammering him for he says being afraid to do a one on one debate in advance of pennsylvania or in advance of indiana. when you hear cruz make those allegations that trump is scared to debate, what's your reaction. >> i can't laugh hard enough. that's so funny. mr. trump is not afraid of ted cruz. i can guarantee you that. i have known him 11 years, he is not afraid of many people. that's just comical to me actually. why would mr. trump waste his breath, waste his energy and time on doing a debate with a gentleman who is mathematically completely eliminated from the race? i think he needs to pack up his little suitcase and go on home and do exactly what he told governor kasich to do, and that is to get out of the race when he wasn't mathematically going to win this thing. time for him to pack up and go
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home. >> but tana, he is eliminated from getting delegates on the first round, john kasich is mathematically eliminated from getting enough delegates on the first run. >> right. >> but not mathematically eliminated if trump doesn't get 1237 in the first round, it goes to a second round. half those pledge delegates then become unbound, they can vote for whoever they want. their hope is they'll vote for kasich or cruz and trump will lose. when you hear that scenario, what's your reaction? >> my reaction is we're going to get to 1237, and if god forbid we don't, the american people are making it very clear who they want as their next president, and people will get in there. if it is a contested convention, which i sure hope it won't be, i would bet all of my eggs and put it in that basket that we will not have to deal with that, we will take this and people, the american people will vote for donald j. trump and we will not
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have anyone else to talk about as president of the united states. it is just -- they need to go home, they need to quit the race because mr. trump is, you saw what happened in new york city, new york, it is going to happen again tomorrow, i can't wait for it and the american people are speaking and we are listening. >> they point to national polls, not republican polls, national polls showing trump unpopular with large segments of the american electorate. they say if trump is the republican nominee, hillary clinton, presuming she's the democratic nominee will become president of the united states. that's one of the arguments they make. i want to get your reaction to that. >> my reaction, wolf, would be simple. mr. trump hasn't talked about or touched hillary clinton. let's get the nominee, then worry about that. you haven't seen anything yet, if you want to see a competition, wait until mr. trump is up against hillary clinton. he will do exactly what he did
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to bill clinton, in a one 15 second instagram, bill who? what? i don't think we have anything to worry about. we are trying to get the nomination, then we'll worry about hillary clinton, but i do not believe we're going to have any problem in that regard as well. >> thanks very much for joining us. >> thank you. have a great day. >> thank you. when we come back, a closer look at what's going on on the democratic side, the democratic contest. bernie sanders and hillary clinton. there's new developments unfolding. we'll be right back. how are you supposed to choose one? simple. you don't. at red lobster's create your own seafood trios, you get to pick 3 of 9 all-new creations for just $15.99. and with this many new flavors trust me,
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we are back with our political team. i want to check in on the democratic presidential race now. right now, hillary clinton facing off against bernie sanders in five states tomorrow. but tonight donald trump and his lavish life-style clearly on her mind. our senior political correspondent brianna keilar joins us live from pennsylvania, one of tomorrow's primary battle grounds. hillary clinton seems to be pivoting more toward the general election. >> reporter: wolf, that's right. she has focused very much today on the republican frontrunner when campaigning in delaware and also here in pennsylvania. bernie sanders campaigning in pennsylvania as well. it is the big prize tomorrow night, 189 delegates at stake. both these candidates are
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getting ready for duelling rallies in philadelphia. on the eve of primaries in five states, hillary clinton is taking aim at donald trump. >> donald trump says wages are too high in america, doesn't support raising minimum wage. i have said come out of those towers, name for yourself, and actually talk and listen to people. >> reporter: clinton ratcheting up her attacks on the gop frontrunner at a campaign stop in delaware. >> don't just fly that big jet in and land it and go make a big speech, insult everybody you can think of, and then go back, get on that big jet and go back to your country clubhouse in florida or penthouse in new york. >> reporter: released an ad called love and kindness. >> america is stronger when we are all supporting one another. >> reporter: as clinton looks to the general election, practically ignoring bernie sanders in her stump speech,
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sanders is fully engaged in his primary battle, hitting clinton in connecticut today. >> let me take a moment to talk about some of the differences between secretary clinton and myself. for a start, i am very proud to come before you and tell you i do not have a super pac. >> reporter: trailing considerably in the pledge delegate count, sanders pushed back on critics that say he can't catch up to clinton on cnn's "state of the union." >> i think we have a path to victory, i think we've come a long way in the last year, we're going to fight for every last vote until california and the d.c. primary. >> reporter: as clinton faces criticism from sanders, she's getting consideration from an unlikely place. conservative mega donor, billionaire charles koch. he said sunday it's possible clinton could be better than the gop
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nominee. >> we would have to believe her actions can be different than her rhetoric. but with some of the republican candidates we'd have to believe their actions would be quite different from the rhetoric we've heard so far. >> but clinton was quick to respond tweeting "not interested in endorsements from people who deny climate science and try to make it harder for people to vote." wolf, you can see things are heating up here at hillary clinton's rally before she gets here, the "new york times" has been reporting that her campaign is getting ready for veep stakes, that they are building a list of about 15 or 20 potential running mates, one of them being ohio senator sherrod brown. this is pretty interesting, wolf. he just told manu raju a short time ago that he's not interested. he said "i've made it clear i don't really want this job." brianna keilar reporting. meanwhile, another major story we're following, a
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significant increase in the u.s. military presence on the ground in syria. hundreds more special operations forces will be heading their soon to help in the fight against isis. our pentagon correspondent barbara starr reports. >> reporter: to get to isis fighters like these seen in a recent propaganda video, president obama is sending 250 additional u.s. troops into syria, most special operations forces. the president says the u.s. troops will not have a combat mission. >> they're not going to be leading the fight on the ground but they will be essential in providing the training and assisting local forces they continue to drive isil back. >> reporter: the additional 250 troops will join 50 already there. and it will be dangerous. military medical personnel are also deploying. >> any special forces troops that we deploy into iraq or syria are going to be combat
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equipped troops. they may be in circumstances where they fd themselves in harm's way because these are dangerous places. >> reporter: but the president has accepted the pentagon's recommendation that it's worth the risk. >> their expertise has been critical as local forces have driven isil out of key areas. >> reporter: the goal now, raqqah, isis' self-declared capital, the center of its so-called caliphate. the special operations forces will try to bring more sunni arab fighters into the mix who would be willing to help fight to get raqqah back. the u.s. will train arabs and kurds to spot targets for coalition air strikes. it will also accompanying th ii all the way to the battlefield but not go all the way to the front lines. and they will will able to gather critical intelligence, something james clapper, the director of national intelligence, welcomes. >> any time you get ears and eyes on the ground, that's a
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good thing. >> reporter: in iraq, the u.s. also getting ready to send in another 200 military advisors closer to the front lines. wolf. >> all right, barbara, thank you. just ahead, a medical emergency forcing an emergency landing. we're learning new details of prince's final days. here's the plan. you grow up wanting to be a lawyer, because your dad's a lawyer. and you land a job with a 401k and meet your wife. you're surprised how much you both want kids, and equally surprised you can't have them. so together, you adopt a little boy... and then his two brothers... and you up your life insurance because four people depend on you now. then, one weekend, when everyone has a cold and you've spent the whole day watching tv, you realize that you didn't plan for any of this, but you wouldn't have done it any other way. with the right financial partner, progress is possible.
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tonight, new information on the mystery surrounding the death of prince as fans await the results of his autopsy and mourn for the music legend. we're learning more about an incident on prince's private plane about a week before he died at the age of 57. brian todd is here. he's got the latest on the
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investigation. there was this medical emergency. what do we know about that? >> wolf, what we've learned is that this incident just six days before prince's death had a frightening similarity to his final hours. on april 15, a private plane carrying prince from atlanta back to his home in minnesota had to make an emergency landing at that airport you see there, the quad city international airport in moline, illinois. communications just released today by the faa say the emergency was due to an unresponsive person on board that jet. here's what it sounded like when the controllers were speaking to each other and to the pilot. >> what's the nature of the emergency? >> an unresponsive passenger. >> was it a male or female? >> male passenger. >> there are strong indications that prince was that male passenger. we know he was rushed to the hospital an emergencyla landingt that airport the same day. he was released from the hospital and returned home to minnesota. what we don't know is what happened on the plane or who was on the aircraft with him.
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we have pressed investigators on those questions. so far they have not answered them, wolf. >> there are also questions about whether or not he was on medications, right? >> key questions tonight, wolf, specifically, was he on pain medications. we do know that in atlanta when he was giving those final concert there is prince carried a cane with him, he was known to have suffered the a bad hip. we flow friends the know from f very healthy life-style, he was a vegan, but we've had a prop innocent pain management doctor tell us that if someone is taking strong pain medications or is not used to them or overmedicates they can lapse into unresponsiveness, even stop breathing. they have not confirmed if prince was on pain meds and investigators have said they could not confirm that but that is a key threat of this investigation tonight, wolf, was he on pain medications and could those have contributed to his death. . any indication of when they'll release the results of the autopsy? >> not for another four weeks.
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that's another frustrating part. we'll be able to tell what was in his bloodstream and body tissue from that autopsy report, wolf, but we won't know that for at least three and a half to four weeks. >> lots of questions still unanswered. thanks very much, brian todd. that's it for me, thanks for watching. erin burnett "out front" starts right now. >> out front next, count down to super tuesday as ted cruz and john kasich team up to stop trump. is their pact dead on arrival. plus, indoor pool, the tennis court and the $45 million price tag inside trump's mansion. and hear the pilot's voice inside prince's emergency landing. let's go out front. good evening, i'm erin burnett. out front tonight, the countdown to super tuesday with a massive prize of 172 delegates on the republican side


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