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he will turn 82. supreme court justice anthony kennedy, the big news this afternoon, announcing he will retire from the nation's highest court from the u.s. supreme court effective the end of july. jake tapper will pick up the coverage. i'm brooke baldwin, thanks for being with me. "the lead" starts now. >> announcer: this is cnn breaking news. good afternoon. welcome to cnn. i'm jake tapper with "the lead." we begin with the major breaking news, supreme court justice anthony kennedy, the man known as the centrist swing vote is retiring from the supreme court. his retirement leaving trump with a decision that will alter the highest court in the land for decades an one that could alter laws in the united states of america and your lives. kennedy was the pivotal swing vote, siding with the majority in 5-4 votes over and over in his three decades on the bench. a more conservative justice in that kennedy seat, he could
change what is legal and what is illegal in this country. though kennedy most often voted conservative, he also voted with the more liberal justices on issues such as same-sex marriage and the death penalty quite often and the swing vote upholding the voe versus wade decision. and your lives could very well change because of today's news. kennedy writing in a letter he hand delivered to president trump that he will leave the court july 31st and giving president trump the opportunity to name a successor and senate majority leader mitch mcconnell saying the senate will vote to name the successor this fall. setting up what could be a brutal partisan battle before the mid-term elections. buckle up. we have the team of the reports from the white house to capitol hill and my experts to break this down in this consequential moment in american history. we'll start off with cnn justice correspondent jessica schneider. and why announce it now? why today. >> that is exactly what the legal observers are scratching
their heads here. we've seen a sharply divided court in the opinions released this week. and while justice kennedy has sided with the conservatives in more than a dozen cases this term, including in yesterday's opinion upholding the travel ban, in his concurring opinion yesterday, about the travel ban, he seemed to issue a subtle shot at the president, writing that words and actions of public officials matter. but now of course the court's moderating voice, well he's stepping down. >> the whole object of the judiciary is to ensure stability and continuity and we pride on the fact there is little change. >> reporter: in a move that could set in motion a seismic shift to the right on the highest court in the land, justice anthony kennedy is retiring after more than 30 years on the bench. >> we as a people are bound together -- >> reporter: kennedy now 81 sworn the newest justice last year and his former clerk neil
gorsuch. while president trump replaced one conservative with another when he chose gorsuch to take justice antonin scalia's seat he now has the opportunity to move the court to the right when he replaced kennedy, a centrist. >> the case is swing. i don't. >> reporter: kennedy has never liked being the court's swing vote but for years it is his vote that decided a case in a closely divided court. kennedy a ronald reagan appointee -- was sworn in 1988. >> i shall honor the constitution. >> reporter: he sided with his conservative colleagues on issues such as gun control and voting rights. he authored the majority opinion in citizens united striking down election spending limits for corporations. >> congratulations -- >> reporter: and in bush v. gore he cleared the way for george w. bush's presidency but to the dismay of those on the right, he joined the liberals on abortion, affirmative action and the death
penalty. his most lasting legacy will likely be in the area of gay rights. in 2015 he penned a landmark opinion clearing the way for same-sex marriage nationwide. as time proved him to be one of the most unpredictable justices, personal dignity and liberty were themes in anthony kennedy's jurisprudence. and he announced to his fellow justices after they issued the final opinions of the term this morning. and jake, justice kennedy said his family was willing to let him stay on the bench. but he said ultimately his desire to spend more time with them led him to this decision to step down. jake. >> justicia, thanks. don mcgahn is expected to lead the search for a new justice which will begin immediately. let's bring in kaitlin collins at the white house. and kennedy and the president talked for about half an hour today, the president said. what were they talking about. >> reporter: they did. and it was about half an hour before the news broke that
kennedy would retire and president trump sounding surprised that reporters didn't see him enter the white house at any point. but he does say they had a conversation and he tremendous respect for kennedy but also said he asked him who he thought he should replace him with on the court and kennedy made some recommendations but he doesn't disclose who he recommended to him but there is a great deal of excitement in the white house they are going to have floerj chance to nominate someone to the supreme court. >> and do we have any idea who president trump might be considering as a replacement? >> reporter: well president trump made big news in the oval office saying he will choose from the list of 25 potential nominees that the white house put out last fall. here is what else he said about that. >> we have a very excellent list of great talented, highly educated and highly intelligent hopefully tremendous people. i think the list is very outstanding. it will be somebody from that list.
so we have now boiled it down to about 25 people. >> reporter: now that list is pretty similar to the list that the president used when he picked neil gorsuch, his last supreme court nominee but there are five names added in november when they published that list out of nowhere with no retirement announcements just yet. still months to go before kennedy would announce his retirement. but we do know that on that list a few names, thomas hardiman and came down to the wire with neil gorsuch and also brett cavanaugh, someone who clerked for kennedy and senator mike lee of utah. so all people to keep an eye on as the president moves forward. did he make clear, jake, that he wants to get this done as soon as possible. >> michael lee saying today that he wouldn't turn it down. kaitlin collins. thanks so much. my panel of experts joins me now. jeffrey toobin, let's start with you. explain to the viewers how incredibly significant this retirement is.
this will change the court and their lives. >> any supreme court nomination is important but this is the most important because it will change the partisan makeup of the court. anthony kennedy as you said was mostly with the conservatives. but on a couple of key issues, most notably abortion rights, he was the vote that was keeping roe v. wade the law of the land. that is done. roe v. wade will be overturned and there is no doubt that the top priority of the people advising president bush -- president trump in this nomination is to pick someone that will overturn row v. wade and the states will start passing bills to ban abortion altogether and i guarantee you in the next year the supreme court will have cases which will challenge row v. wade and i think it is doomed and abortion will be illegal in a significant
chunk of this country in 18 months. >> and there is nothing that democrats can do about it, laura? >> well that is partly true in terms of the korcongressional ll and all politics are local and local voting is important to decide who will be in office to do that. but i do agree it is going to change the partisan view point of the supreme court but there is still a lot of steps that have to go in order to get a case before the supreme court and to overturn 40-year-old precedent. now it may be they will do death by a thousand cuts and narrow it and continue to constrain the rights and move the date at which the viability of the fetus may be -- may be considered enough for the states to say we can do something about this. but i think it is more to narrow it and constrain as to overturn it entirely. that would be quite, quite monumental and it could happen but the more likely scenario is the constraint and the states could prevent that ultimately with the right to litigation at
state level. >> is it possible, angela, this will put pressure on the two republican senators who i believe support abortion rights to a degree, senator susan collins of maine and lisa murkowski of alaska. is that where there is focus when it comes to the supreme court battles coming up? >> it is hard for me to even think about row v. wade and just given the fact that anthony kennedy sided with the conservative portion of the bench on the last four decisions just coming out. whether we're talking about the wedding cake issue with the gay couple or talking about more voter suppression, base policy through texas and if we're talking about today's janice versus ask me case with labor union protection. >> not to mention the travel ban. >> i'm sorry. i missed one. the muslim ban is some -- some of us are calling it and that is more appropriate. i think my issue is he has not been a voice of reason this term. and does that mean we're going
to get a voice of reason now? probably not. so on that hand, yes, it applies a lot of pressure to senators murkowski and collins. i really think the pressure, laura, like you would probably agree is on the legal community. the organizations like the national bar association and the hispanic national bar association and they have been pretty quiet in the jushld nominations front for the last year. it is time for them to step up. some of us have to renew and pay our dues but that is an important role they have to play. >> big victory, though, for senator mitch mcconnell who has been a stalwart in trying to get as many conservatives on the bench. republicans are happy today. >> i think you can hear republicans singing oh, happy day from capitol hill. donald trump didn't have enough wins going into the midterm election but you're talking about two supreme court appointments within 18 months and the tax bill. that is enough to campaign on. and i took care to note that mitch mcconnell said this is confirmed in the fall. that gives a lot of republicans
time to go to the constituents and say i'm part of the trump agenda and people not willing to do so and on most other issues, republicans will fall in line on judges. and people in west virginia can go to joe manchin, what are you going to do? you talk about pressure. i think the pressure is on red state democrats and this helps republicans in the senate. >> i think that is a very important point. you talk about susan collins and lisa murkowski, what about heidi heitkamp in north dakota and joe donnelly in indiana and joe manchin in west virginia -- >> claire mccaskill in missouri. >> and how do they vote when they trying to walk the line between being good democrats and -- but being open to trump's judiciary nominee. i think the president is in good shape and i think he has a fre free hand in nominating the most conservative person he can and i think that is who he will. >> is this going to motivate the progressive base, democratic
base, angela? i saw a press release from tony perkins from the conservative family research council saying this shows -- this will get evangelical voters out to the polls because they are excited and want to make sure the senate stays republican. will this get democrats out. >> i think it sure better. and by that we're dealing with what some are called an identity crisis and others calling a struggle for power. what will the face of the democratic party look like. if folks can't galvanize and understand that regardless of how progressive you are, you can't be conservative enough for whom ever he's going to apoint, this should at least be a galvanizing and unifying point. >> everyone stick around. i'll come to you first next time. who is on the list of the top picks to replace justice kennedy and who might have a chance at getting confirmed. stay with us. when you're particular, you want things done right. that's why we test all of our paints and stains
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joan, take us through some of the names. who are you keeping your eye on. >> a couple of people, jake. and i'll tell you that not only will i mention some names, i'll tell you that a whole new political campaign has been unleashed. many of these people have friends who are right now trying to get to anybody connected to donald trump or don mcgahn in the white house, president trump's children, leonard leo with the federalist society and here are who appear right now to be the leading contenders. first two are former law clerks to justice kennedy. brett cavanaugh from the d.c. circuit here in town. we also have a ray kethledge and on the sixth circuit, from michigan. we also have a woman by the name of amy barrett, a former notre dame professor on the seventh and circuit. and to circle back to my idea of connections, a man who mitch
mcconnell really favored and got donald trump to put on the sixth circuit, judge thapar. he could potentially the first asian american justice on the court. and those are just a few of the names. but i would say that donald trump is put on a list of more than 20 names and neil gorsuch, when he was chosen, he was not chosen from the first list. his name came later. so there could be a dark horse here. but i still think that they will confine it to the names we have. but maybe not these four necessarily. although i think they are leading contenders and i think they're surrogates are doing work right now to try to get their profiles raised higher with the president and with key people who will influence this choice. >> interesting. and joan, looking back, were there signs that this was coming today from kennedy? >> you know, i have to say,
jake, at noon on the john king show, i said i don't think it will happen. but i'll tell you why. i thought, gosh, the guy is in the center of the court. i know he's weary. but i didn't see even this morning in the courtroom, but i'll tell you what kept running around in my mind. during this term, he pulled back in an unusual way. he didn't write at all in the big partisan gerrymandering case which was an area he was concerned about. he wrote in such a minimal way on the law on the travel ban case. his main message was to donald trump of course. but he seemed to be kind of pulling back in different ways that made me slightly suspicious. but in that room this morning, jake, at 10:00 when he took his seat, he was just rocking gently in his big black leather chair as he always does and now it occurs to me it is the last time i'll see in that chair and his
wife mary kennedy was there and that is traditional. and the colleagues didn't seem to indicate that they knew what was up either. >> good poker faces. joan, thank you so much. and my panel is back. laura coates, this goes way beyond abortion. there is people focusing on the fact that this probably means that roe versus wade will be overturned and abortion declared illegal in several conservative statements. what else is significant about kennedy retiring and what other areas of the law might this affect. >> he was going be a down the line conservative on things like campaign finance and gun control and liberties but in areas like criminal justice reform, he had very key things to say about the use of solitary confinement and all but invited people to say i would like you to challenge this barbaric practice of 25 or over five years plus of being held in solitary confinement and the effect on the mind and somebody who was a swing vote and america needs to keep in mind, we needed
a swing vote to ban or over turn a ban on same sex you'll activity in texas. this is an issue that was important in the texas case. he is somebody very key, although not an advocate for it, he has written in his dicta about things like affirmative action and talking about the need to have race be a consideration, if not the overwhelming one, at least one factor. so while the focus is on the area of abortion, a very important one when it comes to human rights and women's rights and the ability to choose, there is also a whole host of areas where we require a swing vote for other more progressive minded notions and ones that are in line with our democratic principles and we don't have that now. >> let me give you two more. the death penalty. he has also been somewhat on the liberal side in insisting on strict controls on when executions take place and how the procedures -- >> not against the death penalty. >> not against the death penalty. but certainly for limit --
limitation on the use. the issue of same-sex marriage is largely settled but the issue coming up is when can people with the permission of the courts discriminate against gay people. the cake case, which the justices sort of dodged, but those cases are coming back. the conservative movement in this country wants to allow religious people to say, you can't buy a cake from me. you can't stay in my motel. you can't go to my restaurant. that is the cases that are coming down the pike. and those cases are going to be much more likely to be upheld, the discrimination against gay people is more likely to be upheld than with kennedy on the court. >> we'll come back to the panel. what challenges might a nominee face in the political climate on capitol hill. stay with us. -♪ he's got legs of lumber and arms of steel ♪
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justice kennedy's successor this fall. >> our republican colleagues in the senate should follow the rule they set in 2016. not to consider a supreme court justice in a election year. >> they are already butting heads over replacing kennedy. and they need to confirm the last vote over justice neil gorsuch broke down along party lines. 54-45. now once upon a time, 60 votes were required to proceed to a final vote on the supreme court nominee but they changed that vote to invoke the nuclear option requiring 51 votes for cabinet officials and judges except for supreme court justices and he said you will regret it and maybe sooner than
you think and when republicans were back in the majority, they lowered the vote threshold to 51 votes for supreme court justices as well. let's bring in phil manningly. do you know if mcconnell is even considering listening to schumer to wait until after the election. >> i appreciate your chuckle. the short answer is no. he made that statement on the senate floor a short while ago saying there will be a vote in the fall and they expect to have hearings after a selection is made and it is worth noting, the senate majority leader is high on the 25 individuals that are on president trump's list that he said he would pick from. most interesting from the republican side of things in terms of what will happen next, i have one top republican official tell me the full machinery of the republican party is about to kick into high gear. this is obviously an issue of utmost importance for the majority leader and the parry. we're talking millions of dollars in outside money and major pushes on the p.r. side and on the lobbying side, on the grassroots side trying to get
this across the finish line once the selection is made. we'll hear a lot about rules or precedents or what is happening over the last couple of years in terms of whether or not a hearing and a vote will happen. mcconnell does not care about that. he is going forward, according to both him and his top advisers. >> phil mattingly on capitol hill. angela, let me go to you. what should senate democrats do. >> they have to raise hell. and i say that -- i said it kind of -- whatever, but i mean seriously. this is a decision that doesn't just impact our lives next year or the next two years, supreme court justices are lifetime appointments for those who might have missed it. so this is something that has the ability to reverse course on key decisions that impact our every day civil rights and overall human rights. you're seeing civil rights organizations that are in a legal space pushing out information right now and hashtag save scotus and people
understand -- >> and when you say raise hell. what do you mean? what do you want democrats to do. >> being firm, when there was a point in time recently where you did not want a justice appointed before an election. let the people speak loud and clearly, we're in the middle of primary, why can't you decide this on the other side of the election. you have other things that are empty, empty promises that you haven't fulfilled so this doesn't take priority over immigration right now. >> but you can't stop this. as long as republicans stick together, anything they do to push back will be a rhetorical exercise only. republicans have the votes and the question is timing. probably the only thing they can do is maint ma-- can do is make appointment during the hearing and try to knock the nominee off balance and other than that, there is nothing they can do. and they say mcconnell is being that way -- during a president trumpal election, donald trump will make this appointment in july, august, november,
december, and he will be president until 2020. and so this idea that republicans should hold off because we made obama hold off during a presidential election year, i don't think it is very persuasive. >> orrin hatch republican of utah made a point about that. let's roll that sound. >> look, this is not close to a presidential election. >> it is close to a midterm election where senate seats -- >> that is different. we'll still have the same people that will hear this any way. and frankly -- >> a third of the senate is up -- >> well, so. that doesn't mean the senate doesn't function. >> the truth of the matter is the merit garland rule that mitch mcconnell created, saying it is a presidential year and we'll hold off until the voters decided, that was invented. that never happened before. >> it had never happened before. and one of the -- >> and the idea that they are deviating from it now doesn't -- it is all made up. >> and the whole argument about hypocrisy, the idea that mitch
mcconnell cares whether you call him a hypocrite or not, is just so preposterous. mitch mcconnell doesn't care that he's popular in the republican party, which he is not. he's about getting things done and nothing matters more to him than getting judges done. he's done it with circuit and district court judges and with neil gorsuch and he will keep the senate in session 24 hours a day if that is what it takes to get this nominee confirmed. and the question is, i guess, can democrats peel off susan collins and lisa murkowski who are nominally pro-choice and my answer is not very likely. >> and do you think that if the democrats raise hell, as sang ella wants them to, that helps or hurts whatever chance they have in getting susan collins and lisa murkowski to come to
their side. >> the goal is to get people who are constituents who feel disenfranchised and vote to in align with them and if they see a weak spine, that is not to their benefit. but in terms of being consistent in hypocrisy we're talking about the importance of mid-term elections and a statement and example used about the russia collusion to wrap things up from doj because you don't want anything to infringe on that and so if it is important to the justice department it should be consistent with the supreme court justice so i have a difficult time hearing people talk about the idea you could be dismissive of an election cycle whether it is presidential or midterm where it is a point of contention as to why that particular investigation should go away until later. >> do you think that this issue might help motivate democrats to the polls. you seem a little despondent
today. you seem a little sad. >> it is one bad news story after another. it is that way since the 20 # 16 election. i'm not talking about the the primary last night. and the reality is i'm struggling with how we become a united front when there is so much toxic mess inside of the party. >> inside of the democratic party. >> there is toxic stuff in the republican party too. but to me this is more personal because it is blocking progress. the fact that chuck schumer is now on the senate floor saying we shouldn't have vote on this. this is the kind of thing you should have been talking about monday on the senate floor instead of maxine waters because you disagreed with her approach. pick your battles wisely. it is important to have leaders in the spaces who are demonstrating real leadership, courageous leadership. not trying to appeal to blocks of voters who they are never going to get but trying to figure out how you galvanize
this base like you said, dispondent. it is important -- >> i'm laughing because i'm agree with you so much. oh, the democrats are so worried because maxine waters said a mean thing. that is the problem in america today? >> but i'm in the habit of giving advice to democratic counter parts but we went through it this with the tea party -- you're not going to make progress on this judicial seat but it could be clarifying to find out what issues they will focus on. something like a supreme court hearing makes you pick your battling whether you question everything under the sun and it doesn't make any sense. and maybe this is a focusing moment if you want to feel better -- >> you're not responsible for making me feel better. >> i won't try -- >> it is okay. i'm just saying you're not responsibility. but the thing that is important, i disagree that we can't do anything on that. i think that the power belongs to the people. and as long as these folks are elected leaders on taxpayer
dollars, they have an obligation -- if. >> you could find a way to have a nominee withdrawing their name from the nomination process. >> that has a huge impact. >> and i don't want to -- i don't want my dispondence to come across -- >> and in 2006 someone pulled their own name. >> myers. >> and i hate to be crass, but kennedy is 81 and bader ginsburg is 85 and so no one is getting younger so the reason to have that focus and strategy is there may be a chance for a third supreme court justice. >> absolutely. if not a fourth. >> stick around. stick around. as president trump prepares to shake up the supreme court, the democratic party-angela is an example, is looking at a shake up of their own after a 21-year-old woman beat the number four democrat in the house in a primary last night. stay with us. there are multiples on the table: one is cash, three are fha, one is va. so what can you do?
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when donald trump was elected president of the united states and defacto leader of the republican party, he left many congressional republicans wondering what their party now stood for. given the president's views on tariffs and russia and more. but there is also quietly been a tear in the democratic party, one ripped wide open last night when this woman, 28-year-old alexanderio ocasio cortez, a democratic socialist, trounced joe crowley in a new york primary race. crowley has long been viewed as a potential successor to democratic leader nancy pelosi and his loss has major implications not just for pelosi and the democratic leadership but the entire party as it looks to 2018 and 2020. >> this apparently is the face you make when you realize that your first grassroots political campaign just sent a ten-term
congressional powerhouse packing. so how did alexandria ocasio cortez do it? how did a 28-year-old democratic socialist who is bar tendering just last year cause this outer borough revolution. >> we won because we had a clear winning message and we took that message to doors that had never been knocked on before. >> women like me aren't supposed to run for office. >> reporter: she ran in the majority minority district in queens and the bronx. on a distinctly socialist platform. >> what we need is medicare for all, tuition free public college, a federal jobs guarantee -- >> reporter: and her primary opponent was a poster boy of the democratic party establishment. congressman joe crowley is the fourth most powerful democrat in the house. a 56-year-old white career politician. a liberal who might appear moderate as the democratic party seems in many places to be
lurching left ward. are democrats bracing for a coup from the progressive left? depends on who you ask. >> i think the democrats are going hard left. if you look at presidential primary, voters in 2020 seems to me that 35% or 40% were self identified socialists so it is a general election problems. >> don't get carried away as an expert on demographics. >> reporter: the dynamics of the race are reminiscent of the 2016 presidential race where a certain other establishment democrat faced a more extreme democratic socialist competitor who also drew say passionate and populous following. [ chanting ] >> reporter: is this the new face of the democrats? cortez is one of 19 democratic house candidates pushing to do away from the immigration and customs and enforcement agency, i.c.e. >> i'll work to close i.c.e. down. >> reporter: and another in
florida, matt hagman running against donna shall alea and whether all of this energy on the socialist progressive left of the party will prompt democratic presidential candidates to move in their direction on issues. california senator kamala harris who is contemplating a 2020 run recently told viewers of the channel of the progressive left, msnbc, this -- >> i think there is no question that we've got to critically reexamine i.c.e. and its role and the way that it is being administered and the work it is doing and think about starting from scratch. >> reporter: mitch mcconnell said last night's election will be a real drag for democrats but many establishment democrats are saying not so fast. we'll talk about it with our panel. stay with us.
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we're back with the political panel to break down the upset in the democratic primary last night. jack jackie kucinich, welcome to the panel. is the democratic party being dragged, pulled, running or whatever the verb is to the left. the winner last night, alexandria ocasio cordez is a democratic socialist. >> i think that remains to be seen but there is soul searching going on. i was up on capitol hill this afternoon and i think a lot of the members, especially those around for a bit, are looking in the mirror, not only because of what happened in new york, but also you have this supreme court decision that will -- it potentially can see how much unions are able to give to democrats. so there are things going on right now where democrats are look in the mirror and say where do we go next.
ideologically and how they are raising money and getting out there. >> do you think that the democratic party is going to the left? we were talking about this during the break. senator kamala harris in march was not in favor of abolishing i.c.e. but now -- and certainly a lot has happened since march. talking about scrapping or starting from scratch when it comes to i.c.e. in the interview with casey. do you think that democrats are running to the left? >> i don't think that democrats are running to the left. i do think there are a number of people who believe the democrats are too safe, playing -- establishing politics too well. too chummy with what is now being -- becoming i think quickly a nightmarish political agenda for many people regardless of political affiliation. so i think they're definitely saying, we have to have checks and balances in place, if you are not going to push the republicans on an agenda that is not fair to us, that could be discriminatory, that could challenge us in our most fundamental ways in our lives,
we'll get somebody in there with that type of courage. and so talking about democratic leadership, nancy pelosi sound bite just now, completely tone deaf. here this is a -- a young woman with an opportunity to make history. you can at least applaud that. whether or not it has a lasting impact, be open to that fact. the responsibility of a leader is not just to talk, and in a sound bite and it is also to be aware of what the people want. >> something i wonder, i look back at the merit garland situation with mitch mcconnell refusing to hold hearing and keeping the seat open. do you think the democrats were strong in how they pushed back on that? if the situation had been reversed, would republicans have fought harder -- >> absolutely. >> i agree. >> and here is what -- first of all, republicans like mitch mcconnell are happy that someone like cortez won because democratic socialists scare the crap out of republican voters. so this is a giant get out the vote activity. and yet trump's positions almost
call for an extreme democratic response. it speaks to the polarization on both parties. and so there is not a democratic voter that wants their representative to be luke warm on trump. and so someone like crowley loses in a democratic socialist win and what i think we should be looking towards is the polarization of our electoral issues instead of an immigration debate, we're looking forward to a debate where i.c.e. is eliminated, and donald trump is calling for stormtroopers to go knocking on every door and obamacare repeal versus medicare for all. so this is pretty ugly, but when extreme candidates dominate the politics, this is what we'll get. >> and the other thing going on with republicans and i don't have to tell you this, supreme court justices get conservatives out to vote. they run on it. >> absolutely. >> you don't see democrats doing that. traditionally democrats drk angela could back me up. they don't get out to vote
because of the supreme court and right now they're trying to run on the economy and health care. not supreme court justices at this point. >> and they're also trying to run on building a base that doesn't exist for them. a blue-collar white voter is gone. it is not just majority and minority district, it is a growing majority demographic of people of color. how are you talking to these folks. when you look at joe crowley race on the break, over $1 million spent to protect the seat as an incumbent versus cortez spending over $100,000. so you cannot replace -- money cannot replace relationships. >> it is how she campaigned. >> absolutely. >> she knocked on doors -- on doors an got out there in the community and that made a difference. >> and listen to bernie sanders and alexandria ocasio cortez -- i'm getting used to say it. and i'll be saying it for a long
time. she was a bernie sanders supporter and wolf blitzer asked bernie sanders about her victory last night and what it meant for the democratic party. take a listen. >> is the movement that you inspired in 2016 now for all practical purposes from your perspective, senator, taking over large chunks of the democratic party? >> i look at it -- that is not the way i look at it. that is kind of an inside of the beltway approach. the way i see it that what alexandria did is ran a campaign focusing on the issues of importance to her district. >> and he went on to say it is not about establishment candidates, it is about whether or not the kaend-- the kaebdssce work for the working class and some are owned by corporate america. >> that is true for both parties. the reality here is if you are an establishment candidate meaning you have experience and i don't think that is a bad thing but you have to listen to the people. you cannot ever be to the point where you are completely out of touch with the issues and i'm
not saying that joe crowelly was, but he had to compromise to become nancy pelosi heir apparent. >> and let's talk about the ads in this race and others in texas. she had wonderful ads. the ad sticks with me. i think that transcends party. and she's a democratic socialist and a lot she has to say but when she talked about needing a representative that drinks the water we drink and the air we breathe. could you run that anywhere. >> it was a imagine kat cal ad. stick around. nancy pelosi also dismissed the election last night as voters making a choice in one district and it is not something bigger. we'll talk about that coming up. stay with us. the digital divide is splitting this country. we have parents who are trying to get their kids off of too much social media and computers, and then we have parents who would only hope their children have access. middle school is a really key transition point, right.
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