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it's 5:00 eastern, 2:00 out west. i'm ana cabrera in new york, you're live in the "cnn newsroom." the center of the democratic universe is in austin, texas, where the size and diversity of the presidential field is on full display at the south by southwest festival. cnn political analyst mark creston is in austin, where three of the hopefuls will soon take part in town halls tonight. here in new york is patrick healy, politics editor for "the new york times." mark, you heard from the candidates this weekend. who's generating the most buzz? >> the most commotion out of south by swefts this weekend has been beto o'rourke. beto o'rourke who appeared at a screening of his document delay chronicled his run for the u.s.
senate. a lot of people thought they would hear him say i decided to run for president. he did not say that. he was very coy about it but at the same time he was on stage, his campaign was sending out an e-mail, a list-building e-mail. that is where we are as we come into this evening. as you said there are three candidates with will hear from tonight, three young candidates, three folks who are trying to cut a path right now in this battle for the democratic nomination. they all kbri something a little different and unique in their own ways. tulsi gabbert served overseas in a war zone, as it pete , and we will hear from them tonight starting at 7:00 eastern. it will be a interesting conversation. >> and looking at the poll
numbers, biden by senator sanders, followed by warren, harris, o'rourke, booker and klobuchar. based on what we are seeing in this poll and some of the underlying numbers that came out, who should be the most excited and who should be the most concerned? >> it's very interesting for bernie sanders particularly. bernie sanders is second in that poll, very close to joe biden, but he also lines up in terms of the issues people in iowa say they want to vote on, medicare for all, green new deal. sort of an aggressive approach to raising taxes on wealthy americans. those are the issues that are kind of aligned with what bernie sanders is talking about the most about right now. joe biden is thinking about the race. as "the times" reported he's pretty committed -- >> 95% there is what you guys are reporting. >> 95% to getting in, but joe biden would be occupying the moderate lane here, sort of the voice that comes in and says we need to work within our means
financially and that raising taxes, for instance, on the wealthy could be a hard sem with the republican-controlled senate. so i think you're seeing some good news in the poll certainly for bernie sanders. elizabeth warren has crept up a little bit. beto o'rourke has come down a bit. so you're seeing a lot of -- certainly a lot of openness and opportunity there. >> one thing that stood out to me, not as much as a political expert as you, patrick or mark, is we're dealing with the most diverse presidential field in modern history, plus the increasing diversity in democratic voters, which we continue to say over and over again but in iowa that poll shows followed by bernie and sanders, two older white men. is there a disconnect? >> i don't think there's a disconnect. but i think the iowa poll gives us a snapshot of this battle within the democratic party. we haven't seen it play out that much until we saw alexandria
oscasio-cortez, who when she ran really put the whole idea of socialism on the table. that's an argument right now in the democratic party as patrick was talking about raising taxes on the wealthy, medicare for all, that is where the liberal energy is right now. on the other side you have joe biden, more of a pragmatist, will cut a deal down the middle, liberal but more pragmatic and that will be the big divide for democrats when deciding who to nominate to challenge president trump in 2020. >> patrick, this past week could have been dubbed the weak presidential candidates announced they weren't running. at least four, five if you which hillary clinton who told a local affiliate she wasn't planning to run. we also heard from ohio senator sherrod brown, the latest to say
i'm not running. giving a message to those who are running. watch. >> our goal is to inform the narrative in the democratic party so democrats begin to talk more to workers and talk about the dignity of work. a number of candidates have already done that, been talking about the dignity of work. i predict the democratic nominee is the one who talks to workers the best. >> as brown noted several of the other candidates, kamala harris, amy klobuchar echoed his message. but i'm wondering who do you think so far is best channeling the average worker who may be struggling right now? >> good question, ana. sort of the sherrod brown announcement was a surprise to a lot of democrats because the thought was he coming from ohio, having dealt with sort of the economic depressions in parts of that state, the layoffs now we are seeing at gm and in the youngstown area, he would be able to sort of give voice to that in a way not a lot of other
democrats are. bernie sanders, elizabeth warren with her big-tech policy, talking about amazon as a monopoly and squeezing out more independent, smaller businesses. amy klobuchar certainly talking about the micro economies in the midwest. they're talking about those issues but no one has broken through at least on the level that sherrod brown did. >> evolved. >> exactly. and part of brown's appeal is he could go in and credibly talk about issues like manufacturing and even trade, where he's a little bit closer to, frankly, president trump than he is to some of the democrats, in a way that might resonate with people. but you saw a lot of big names getting out of the race this week saying they aren't going to run, which sort of suggests, okay, there is again really opportunity to some people to lay claim to some of those
messages. >> the president today launching a fresh fight with congress over his border wall, demanding billions of additional dollars to pay for it in his 2020 proposal budget. a white house official tells cnn president trump will ask lawmakers on monday for at least $8.6 billion in new call funds in that proposal. i want to remind you, that's roughly $3 billion more than trump asked congress for a few months ago and lawmakers said no. the standoff led to the longest government shutdown in u.s. history before the president declared a national emergency to try to get the funds. let's bring in cnn correspondent boris sanchez. boris, where exactly does the president to get this money? where, the funds coming from? does he have to rob peter to pay paul? >> ana, certainly critics feel that way. the budget calls for a 5% reduction in spending from all federal agencies except those tied to defense. the president actually wants a $35 billion increase in defense spending from last year and he
specifically is asking for $8.6 billion in funding for his long-promised border wall. it's actually the first time the trump administration is asking for border wall funding for more than one source. he's asking for $5 billion from customs and border protection and another $3.6 billion from military construction funds over at the pentagon and asking for an additional $3.6 billion basically to reimburse money he's spending through his national emergency declaration. the president essentially trying to ask congress to approve money he went around them to spend. democrats are not happy about this. leadership in congress, house speaker nancy pelosi and minority leader chuck schumer put out a joint statement, they write, president trump hurt millions of americans and caused widespread chaos when he recklessly shut down the government to try to get his expensive and ineffective wall, which he promised would be paid for by mexico. congress refused to fund his
wall and he was forced to admit defeat and reopen the government. the same thing will repeat itself if he tries this again. we hope he learned his lesson. both sides are gearing up for what will be a nasty fight, one that could potentially lead to a third government shutdown within the trump presidency, ana. >> of course the president this week also lashing out on a conservative, republican commentator who recently criticized president trump's lack of progress on the border wall. >> yeah, that's right. ann coulter, somebody who was president trump's earliest supporters. here's what the president tweeted, he writes, quote, wacky nut job ann coulter, who still hasn't figured out despite all odds an and tire democrat of far left radicals against me, not to mention certain republicans who are sadly unwilling to fight, i'm winning on the border. major sections of wall are being built and renovated with much more to follow shortly. thens of thousands of illegals are being april rehendsed, captured at the border and not
allowed into our country. he's sort of responding things we have heard from ann coulter since the government shutdown when she called president trump the biggest wimp to ever serve as president of the united states. she was critical of his state of the union address as well. clearly she feels that he's not doing enough to get the border wall built, something he promised when he first went down that escalator in june of 2015 and declared he was running for president, ana. >> boris sanchez in palm beach florida, thank you. patrick and mark are back with us. is the president's 2020 proposal dead on arrival? what is the political strategy behind this move? >> it's really going to be tough. chuck schumer and nancy pelosi showed the democrats in both the how the and senate can remain very unified on no funding for the wall. there's really no reason, no pressure to believe they will move off of that. they came away from the shutdown experience, the poll numbers were on their side and they boxed the president ineffectively.
the president will be ramming up his re-election campaign. he knows the wall is probably the single biggest promise from 2016 that he has to show he's either delivering on are going to continue to fight for. that is huge for him. he needs that to be front and center, even if he's tilting at windmills. >> and this number is huge, mark. $8.6 billion in border wall money. is this ann coulter getting under the president's skin here or could it have been what senator lamar alexander, for example, had in mind when he said he had other republicans trying to guide the president or convince him to get the wall money some other way then the emergency declaration? >> well, given the options republicans would rather have the president offer a budget as we expect him to do, as it's been leaked out where he asks for the money as opposed to basically going in and demanding the money and taking the money away under emergency declaration. this is a political problem for some republicans, especially
when they're running in 2020. the president has taken money using this emergency declaration in a very questionable way. now, he's not going to get the money he's asked for in this budget. democrats control the house. they have enough votes in the senate to try to stop stuff from going through. the president is going to make this a campaign issue. really the irony in all of this is the president can either win re-election or he can lose re-election perhaps on the one issue of that being the wall. it is so generated so much anger, so much buzz on both sides, it's inflamed those that should be built and certainly inflamed those who don't think it should be built. where i sit rear right now in austin, texas,ky tell you most, if not all of the folks at this gathering, they don't want the wall built. it will be interesting as we've seen over the coming months athe president tries to play this out. but not only will he be fighting with democrats but republicans as well over the next year in this budget. >> and patrick saying how democrats are already rejecting
this. >> just to point out with ann coulter, ann coulter's been consistent on the wall, reflecting a lot of energy in the base that's wanted some kind of very intense, symbolic -- not just symbolic, but real physical structure. it's president trump who's been flip-flopping on ann coulter. remember before the shutdown in december when ann coulter started going after him, he got very nervous about that. and he was at one point sort of looking to do a real deal with democrats on border security. and it was ann coulter and others certainly on the right and far right, who kind of scared him back into submission. now him coming out -- that's the thing, when he goes to the nicknames as we all know by this point, someone's gotten under his skin and he's just going to that kind of cartoonish behavior. in his mind, it works. but it does show her getting
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the last isis fighters is now surrounded and offer to surrender off the table. military action to wipe them out has begun and cnn is the only network in this area. our cnn national correspondent ben wedeman has been watching this heavy, heavy fighting for a couple hours from a few hundred yards away. there are explosions behind you and tracers crisscrossing the sky. how many isis terrorists are believed to be staging this last stands and are we really seeing the end of isis as a centralized organization? >> ana, as far as the number of isis terrorists inside, we simply don't know. from the beginning of this battle going back more than a month, we have heard the u.s.-backed syrian forces making estimates that proved wrong time after time. a month ago they were telling us there were 1,500 civilians and 500 isis fighters. it turns out as far as the civilians go, it was about 20
times higher than that number. and certainly with the fighters, several thousand have already surrendered. we've spoken with some of them but they said there were still many civilians and fighters left inside. so it's not all together clear. what's interesting is that after about 4:50 of fairly heavy bombardment and some return fire, now i'm able to stand up again, not sit on the ground, it's gone relatively quiet. i just see one fire burning in the distance but there are planes overhead. what we've seen in the previous two operations where they were attempting to retake this pocket, the bombing went on all night long and well into the following day. so it's hard to sit and understand what the situation inside that camp is. now, that encamp is only about half a square mile.
what we saw, we were just outside that encampment about an hour after the operation began and already there was an intense exchange of gunfire, a lot of incoming as well from the isis sniper position. and now i'm hearing more gunfire from the direction of the encampment. so this is going to be a long night. ana? >> dan, what kind of helper the syrian forces getting or are they doing this alone? >> they are definitely not alone, ana. they're on the ground u.s., british and french special forces. they are manning artillery positions, mortar positions. in addition to above in the sky there are u.s., british and french planes flying overhead, bombing the hell out of that little, small sliver of land behind me. so they have quite a lot of help.
they are the ones, the syrian democratic forces, are doing the heavy lifting when it comes to the combat, tent-to-tent combat at this point but they definitely have some serious help from the u.s.-led international coalition. ana? >> ben, thank you, for putting yourself in such a vulnerable position to be able to report on this for us. we appreciate your work and your crew there on the ground. stay safe. as we stay overseas, enormous tragedy and unanswered questions after an airline crash in africa. 157 people are dead. everyone on board. the boeing 737, belonging to ethiopian airlines, crashed just a few minutes after takeoff. passengers are from 35 different countries. they're all among those killed from all over africa, europe, asia and the united states. richard quest joins us from london, our aviation correspondent. richard, it's far too early to know what caused this crash, it
hasn't even been a whole day from when it happened. from what we know so far this was a boeing 737 max 8. brand new. there were no technical flags ahead of time and it was flown by a senior pilot. at this stage, what do you make of this? >> that pilot requested to return back to addis because of technical problems and that was the last it was heard of. you have to look at the similarities between this incident and lion air 610 flight that fell out of the kai last year. that was also a brand-new boeing 737 max 8. the incident also happened at the very early part of the flight. that case 12 minutes, this case 6 minutes into the flight. and issues of altitude. i hear somebody saying, right, one and one makes three. i'm not. i'm just saying this is the rock
the investigators will be looking at because it's highly unusual, in fact besides the comet back in britain in the 1950s, i can't think of another case where a brand-new aircraft has had two major incidents with multiple fatalities so soon after entries of service. >> so boeing has to be freaking out right now? >> no, they won't be. they will be doing what boeing does best, which is going through this methodically. recognizing there may be a problem, sending a team and they will be waiting to get information. maybe telemetry coming in already from the aircraft's computer systems that are being transmitted. they will be looking at the service record. it was a brand-new plane so there's almost nothing wrong with it. they will be looking at previous incidents or have any of the other crew reported problems with sensors, reading, computers. and ultimately they will have to wait like everybody else for the
ethiopian investigators -- and they're very good at this, by the way, ethiopian investigators, they will bring in the ntsb from the u.s. they will bring in the british. they will bring in boeing. they will bring in the plane, engine manufacturers and together find the flight data recorder and work out what happened. >> and so what kind of information might we expect then from the coming hours to help make sense of this horrible crash? >> right. so other things we want to know is what exactly did the pilot say to addis control? did he give any indication what was wrong? how far are they from finding data recorders. this looks like a very serious impact, probably the plane diving out of the sky but those boxes are designed for much greater incidents than this in the sense of forces upon them. they will find them. they will weed them out as it's known. it could be, if they find the
boxes today and the boxes aren't damaged particularly badly, you could be looking by week's end to get a good idea or midweek to next week to get a good idea of what happened or at least the early parameters of what might have happened. >> the aim edges are so heart ps breaking. richard quest, thank you for that great reporting. a new poll solidified it, two older democrats everyone knows are the ones to beat. so how are young contenders making their mark on the 2020 race? live to the site of tonight's presidential town hall next. you're live in the "cnn newsroom."
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pack, and it is a pack of 2020 presidential hopefuls. we have a brand-new poll from the key state of iowa giving us a fresh look where voters stand on these candidates. former vice president joe biden retaining the lead despite not officially entering the race. and bernie sanders, and there is a growing number of young hopefuls through. cnn white house correspondent jeff zeleny is texas with more on who are the young democrats to watch tonight. >> good morning. there's a diverse field of democratic candidates and age is a central part of that diversity. there are two candidates you will be hearing from this evening, pete buttigieg from indiana and tulsi gabbard, who is a member of congress. they're out there making their case to voters. they're 37 years old. that means she they wthey woulde
first millennial president. >> everywhere i go people sometimes, especially here in iowa, a little too polite to ask the question as to why a 37-year-old mayor thinks he has any business being in a discussion about the highest office in the land. >> reporter: that's precisely the question facing pete buttigieg, the youngest candidate in the presidential race. he's turning eyes at the white house. >> how can you make the argument to be president? >> i know you're not hearing this from someone my age but it's experience. i know the path that was marinading in washington 10, 20, 40 years but i think we want washington to be run like our best-run cities and towns, not the other way around. >> reporter: he's touting youth over virtue. touting firsts. >> i'm a veteran, young, in the same-sex marriage, those are important parts of who i am. but the profile gets awe look.
the real question is once they take the look, who do they say and hear? >> reporter: democrats are giving them a look but there are challenges to be seen on the democratic crowded stage. he's at the forefront for a group of leaders who have little appetite to wait their turn. even democrats not constitutionally old enough to seek the presidency like alexandria oscasio-cortez, 29, is also influencing the party. on the campaign trail, buttigieg is not the only millennial in the race. >> when told to be quiet, i speak up louder. >> reporter: she's also a candidate and iraq veteran building her candidacy around foreign policy. >> that is the change i wish to seek to this country, putting american ideals before self that come from my heart as a soldier. >> reporter: she's still explaining the 2014 meeting with syrian president assad and is now apologize for wrong and hurtful statements where she
worked for an anti-day group. two young congressmen also exploring a white house bid. 38-year-old eric swalwell of california and 48-year-old holton of massachusetts, a divide with bernie sanders and bow jieden 40 years older. it's become a punch line at least for the younger candidates. >> i understand the audacity of running for president at my age. especially because sometimes downstairs i will still get carded when i order a beer. >> reporter: so he will not get carded tonight at this event, but there is a central theme through these younger candidates, that is military service. pete buttigieg served in afghanistan, tulsi gabbard in iraq. when you ask mayor budttigieg about his age, he said the constitution settled that. the age is 35 to be president. of course, at the end of the day that will be voters making that decision in this case. ana? >> i still think i'm almost 37 and i can't imagine being in a
position to run for president. that alone is ambitious and impressive. jeff zeleny, thank you for bringing us that reporting. live at south by southwest, cnn presidential town halls back to b.a. back. john delaney at 7:00, tulsi gap ard at 8:00 and mayor pete buttigieg at 9:00. that starts 7:00 eastern tonight right here on cnn.
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jupiter, florida, outside that now infamous massage parlor. you have been digging on this story the last couple of days. who is this woman, and is she accused of doing anything illegal? >> ana, li or cindy yang is not accused of doing anything illegal. she no longer owns this day spa, that's been at the center of this human trafficking investigation. she's not been charged in relationship to that investigation in any way but it's her new business that's now raising eyebrows. "the miami herald" reports that she's running a consultant firm based in florida that promises chinese investors she can introduce them to the u.s. political elite like president trump and members of his family. so the spotlight has moved on from that night she spent at the super bowl watch party at mar-a-lago with president trump for a paid fund-raiser to trump in december of 2017 in new york city. there are campaign finance laws in this country that govern who can and can't contribute to
political campaigns. well, in the case of that night, yang did what she advertises she can do. she arranged for a group of chinese businessmen to attend that event. a source who was at that event told the herald that yang identified herself as an official with the national committee of asian american republicans, a political action committee based in d.c. that was founded in the summer of 2016, and in reference to this group of chinese businessmen at the event, she said they're all my guests. we've learned that in the days leading up to that event, yang contributed significant amounts of money to president trump's funds. she donated more than $5,000 to trump's campaign fund and more than $23,000 to trump's victory political action committee. in this country a foreign national can go to a political fund-raiser of this nature just as long as they don't pay their way into it. only american citizens and permanent residents of this country can contribute to political campaigns. so if a foreign national were to have paid yang and reimbursed her for that entrance into this
event, that would be illegal. ana, we reached out to the white house, rnc, trump campaign and yang but those efforts have been unsuccessful. nobody responded to our request for comment. >> kaylee hartung, that you for the update. in the days to come several leaders for signeders, the most consequential second sentence for paul manafort, why it's unlikely to look anything like his last hearing next in the "cnn newsroom." fact is, every insurance company hopes you drive safely.
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be sentenced a second time this week. and this time manafort faces a much less sympathetic judge, u.s. district judge amy berman jackson is the one who effectively voided his plea deal when she ruled manafort intentionally lied to robert mueller despite agreeing to cooperate in his russia probe. and what did manafort lie about? his relationship with constantine kilimnik, a russian associate who worked with manafort in ukraine. prosecutors say kilimnik has ties to russian intelligence, an allegation he has denied. manafort shared polling data with kilimnik during the 2016 campaign, that's according to a court document filed by manafort's own lawyers, and he met with kilimnik again in madrid after trump was elected. also judge jackson is the one who says manafort violated his bail, prosecutors telling the court manafort plotted with kilimnik to tamper with potential witnesses. a former federal prosecutor named jean rossi tells bloomberg
news, judge ellis, who sentenced manafort to less than four years behind bars in the first case this past week, may have simply assumed judge jackson would impose significant additional time. and ross said, quote, that was in part why he went relatively easy on paul manafort. a lot of analysts may agree or disagree but here's the bottom line, judge jackson could punish manafort an additional ten years in the slammer for his crimes including conspiracying to secretly lobby the u.s. on behalf of the ukrainian government. she gets to serve the sentence that she hands down concurrently with his first one or consecutively. manafort is almost 70 years old so this could determine whether he spends the rest of his life behind bars. manafort's day of reckoning with judge jackson is set to happen on wednesday. and that brings us to our weekly segment "cross-examine" and we're answering your questions about legal news.
understandably a lot of the questions this week were about manafort. you said this is perhaps the biggest blockbuster week of questions you received, one of them being what is the significance of the 40-month sentence he's already received? >> one of the best parts of doing this is you get to hear directly from viewers. our viewers were baffled and angered by this sentence and i think rightly so. i think this was an unjust sentence we saw from the judge in virginia. the sentencing guideline range, which is advisory, not mandatory, 19 to 24 years. i agree that would have been excessive given the facts but this judge went 15 years below the bottom of that range. i looked back on the cases i did as a federal prosecutor, hundreds, maybe thousands, i never once had a case other than cooperators, a different game, where the judge went that far below the guidelines. that is how rare this was. i think people were angry for two reasons. one, as i said before, manafort showed such disrespect for the law, he lied, tampered with
witnesses, and yet got an enormous break. the other thing that's bothering people is the proportionality. so many people are not wealthy, white and powerful get sentenced for much more time. but he's not out of the woods yext he has to face judge jackson later and people ask can the i would not expect it here. >> lot of people are also talking about michael cohen and the checks the president allegedly wrote cohen, the hush money payments for having an affair, alleged affair, with a couple of women, trying to cover those up before the lektelectio. here's the viewer question. why wouldn't the president break those up into smaller checks? >> plausibility deniability. it con give a cover story for the president. the big question, were the parmparmt paich payments reimbursement or normal fees the attorney pays a client to be on call month to month? imagine if one huge check had
been cut. it would be pretty obvious what that was. i think the reason they broke it up so they could claim, well, this is abon innocent retainer fee. look at the timing. the payments started after the hush money payments. rudy giuliani said at one point trump reimbursed michael cohen for the payments. ult p >> another question surrounding the investigations of the southern district of new york, again, separate from mueller's investigations, a viewer asks could trump and the members of his organization be prosecuted for racketeering? >> sure. so, rico is the federal racketeering law. it was really pioneered, the use of it, in the '80s by rudy giuliani in the southern district of new york. he used it to go after the ma a mafia, the traditional italian mob. decades later i used the same tool in the southern district to also go after the mafia. here's the thing. rico is not just for the mafia anymore. in recent years it's, used against corruption organizations, corrupt political organizations. you could see it. now, people throw the phrase around, racketeering. what does it mean?
it bile biles down, you have t a jury an organizational structure and people within the organization created a series of crimes related to one another and related to the organization. the downside is it's extra work for the prosecutor but the advantage is, i tried rico cases, you get to show the jury the full picture, how the organization operated in the broader sense. it's a powerful tool and i do think the southern district, if i had to guess, is giving a hard look at whether the trump org qualifies as a racketeering enterprise. >> interesting. elie honig. could be a very interesting week ahead. what will you be watching for? >> okay. three quick things. first of all, congress sent request the for information to the white house. the white house said no dice. are we going to see congress take it up to the next level by issuing subpoenas? second question, judge jackson, everything is in front of her. she asked for an answer from roger stone about the gag order. now, it comes out now that roger stone has this book coming out, he says some things that probably violate the gag order he forgot to tell her us about it. this guy is on thin ice and just
tap ping away, trying to get thrown in jail. the third one, big one on everyone's mind wha, what we op with, what is judge jackson going to do with paul manafort? i think she's going to zmsenten to ten years, run it concurre concurrently, not on top of the 4 1/2 years. i think paul manafort's sentence is going to end up at ten years and judge jackson will bring the hammer down. >> if you have questions you want elie to answer check out his column. senator warren defending her approach to break up tech giants like amazon, google, and facebook. why her proposal may be a tough one for her party to embrace. you're live in the cnn newsroom.
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warren making waves from washington to silicon valley. she's proposing an aggressive plan to break up mayor tech giants including facebook, amazon, google, she was pressed afternoon this today. >> let me just get this clear. if you had your way, facebook would have to sell off instagram. amazon would have to sell off -- >> all those little businesses that they're running, competing businesses. yep. >> can quwho is the federal government to tell the companies they have to do that? >> there's an antitrust law that's been around more than 100 years and the federal government has done this many times, for example, broke up standard oil. broke up the great monopolies of the late 19th century and early 20th century. and the reason for that is to that we can keep a competitive economy. >> i asked cnn's global economic analyst what she makes of warren's proposal. watch.
i know you're writing a book on these big tech companies. what do you make of her idea to break them up? >> it's actually a very elegant way, what she just described. it is like you own the marketplace and can play in the marketplace. that's the problem with the big tech companies, amazon, google, facebook. there are privacy issues then there are competition issues. i think what's interesting about her proposal, it knits together some of those things and says, look, we need to make sure we're not living in a rigged game where not just people, individual small companies feel like they can't come into the marketplace and compete with bigger players because that's bad for the overall economy. i think it's very brave that she's taking on this issue and it's going tb to be a tough oner the democrats. democrats get a lot of money from the silicon valley. >> will this have a big impact on the economy at large? >> over the longer term, if we actually regulate some of the bigger companies more tightly, it will be good for the economy. look back, say, 20 years ago, we had the last big tech antitrust case, the microsoft case, just the threat of that regulation actually allowed companies like
google to be born. there was more after an open marketplace. i think that's what we'll see again. you're live in the cnn newsroom. i'm ana cabrera in new york. the 2020 race deep in the heart of texas tonight, as democrats vying to take on president trump descend on the south by southwest festival in austin. it's also the site of three cnn presidential town halls tonight with the contenders you see there on your screen, former maryland congressman john delaney, hawaii congresswoman tulsi gabbard and pete butte jud pete buttigieg. bernie sanders leading the pack a year before the first in the nation caucuses. dana bash is the moderator for one of tonight's three town halls. dana, what clues do we get from the polling when it comes to, "a," breaking out as the candidate to beat trump and "b," escaping