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o'rourke tells the magazine, quote, man, i'm just born to be in it. also breaking this morning, this monster bomb cyclone as it's called in colorado. it has turned deadly and bringing hurricane-force winds and whiteout conditions to the state leaving more than 1,000 drivers stranded. hundreds are still waiting for help. let's begin with leyla santiago. she's in iowa where beto o'rourke will campaign today. what's the situation there? >> reporter: not too big of a surprise. over the last four months he's sort of been hint ago the this. he initially said, no, i'm not considering a presidential run and then he said, okay, i'm thinking about it, sort of teasing along the way telling oprah he'd have a decision by the end of the month. and then this morning this. >> amy and i are happy to share with you that i'm running to serve you as the next president of the united states of america. this is a defining moment of truth for this country and for
every single one of us. the challenges that we face right now, the interconnected crisis in our economy, democracy, and climate have never been greater. and they will either consume us or they will afford us the greatest opportunity to unleash the genius of the united states of america. in other words, this moment of peril produces perhaps the greatest moment of promise for this country and for everyone inside of it. >> reporter: so what should we expect now that this announcement has been made? there's a three-day trip here in iowa. we are in the southeastern part of the state in which he's expected to talk to a crowd today. talking to his staff, they've sort of hinted at the fact that they are targeting areas where president obama won and then president trump won. as he joins this really crowded field of democrats vying for that nomination and that seat in the white house. i had a chance to talk to him yesterday.
and i asked him, i said, look, you have often said you want to run for something, not against something. but if you ask democrats out there, the majority of them will tell you that they are running against something. they want to see president trump out of the white house. so can he do that with the approach he took in the senate race in which he lost against ted cruz but he managed to raise $80 million, had a very narrow loss, just three points there. and he says, yeah, he plans to take kind of that same grassroots approach. and he believes that what he did in texas will energize young voters and get him a win, get him into the white house. so let's talk issues. he has certainly talked a lot about immigration, he's talked about ending the prohibition on marijuana, the criminal justice system, those are the e-mails he's been sending out. but yesterday when i asked him about the issues, and this is a quote, he said the most pressing, the most urgent, the most expo sten chal challenge, he says that was climate.
>> all right. i expect we will see beto o'rourke very shortly. i don't think he'll wait too long to make some new pictures today. thank you, leyla. >> joining us now, nia-malika henderson who is involved in the entire beto o'rourke saga, we'll get to that in a lil by the. john than martin, and rachel blade, congressional reporter for the washington post. i want to put up on the screen the latest poll numbers from iowa where beto o'rourke is to show where he is. he's at 5%, in fifth place right now, joe lockhart, and that's down from where he is in december. so why, then, do democrats seem to care so much? why is there so much buzz about this guy at 5% in iowa? >> i wouldn't put too much stock in the 5%. looking at the iowa numbers there seems to be a penalty for not getting in. biden's numbers have dropped over the last couple of months. beto's have. i think there's a mythology that's built up around beto
o'rourke and a mythology about people taking on tough races. texas. the biggest stars of the democratic party from the midterms were three people who lost. andrew gillum, stacey abrams, beto o'rourke because they exceeded expectations. they showed that democrats can compete in republican areas. so i think he's got that going for him. i would expect the next time you see an iowa poll sewell you'll see h see his numbers go up. the question is will the celebrity help or hurt? there's a lot of examples of people who have gone in with a lot of fanfare and, you know, walked out with their tail between their legs. so i think, you know, the second -- the last point i'll make is i think this is a really interesting dynamic now with joe biden who also has a different kind of celebrity because they are -- they do represent the middle. and from a generational point of view, it's very -- it's a very powerful thing for beto o'rourke
to say, you know, i agree with joe biden, but i'm 30 years younger and, you know, more -- could do all of these things. so i think it's going to be really interesting shaking out over the next couple of months. and i would suspect by the summer if we look at the iowa numbers we're going to have a much better idea of, you know, sort of what the contours of the race are. >> rachel, it was so interesting we had harry enten on last hour where he showed us the continuum of where all the candidates are idealogically on the spectrum and joe biden and beto o'rourke are right next to each other as most moderate. so does it announcement by o'rourke change biden's colonel cue lous? >> joe biden is clearly not there. his top officials say he's 95% in. but obviously his heart is still in those last 5% so he has not jumped in yet. the interesting thing about beto is he's able to sort of bring up all this new jersey and really
exci energy and really excite people even though he doesn't endorse a lot of those liberal policies that we're seeing a lot of these canned indicates who are out in the race endorse. when he was running for senate, he didn't endorse medicare for all. he didn't call for free college. yes, he's talking about the environment right now, but if you look at the spectrum, you're right, he is more a centrist candidate or more moderate democrat even though he personally shu personally shuns those labels and hates to be called that. but he and joe biden, should biden jump in they're going to be competing for this centrist lane. and beto is interesting because he's one of those people who can really get people rallied and excited about him, even though he's not endorsing those policies that we're seeing everybody else endorse right no. >> $80 million in his texas senate race. that's a pile of cash right there. all right. nia malik henderson, ear would to bring you into this story right now. we'll put the cover up just to people see it. it's not everybody who gets this
kind of treatment from vanity fair. >> right. >> the photo on the cover, the long profile timed exactly for the announcement. inside this profile, there's a quote from amy o'rourke, beto o'rourke's wife. amy bris witled at an aes kay t chastised him for taking an excellent adventure while leaving his wife and kids at home. you were an author at cnn. and it gets to beto o'rourke's celebrity and position that he's treated differently than other candidates and specifically female candidates? >> that's right pit wa. i was dis appointed that the author didn't read my original essay and then beto o'rourke's wife had an odd interpretation of it as well. the point of that piece was to talk about the ways in which beto o'rourke benefitted from white privilege. the idea that he could go off on
this accident adventure. i think he only felt emboldened and free enough to do that because he was white and male and his wife could in fact stay home and look after the kids as she said there were she could support the kids. that's what that piece was about. there couldn't be a female candidate or african-american candidate who could do that kind of exercise and get so much praise for it. he was talking about in these blog posts he was in a funk and he didn't have a job at the point and at that point i think a lot of actual workers were out of jobs because it was during a government shutdown. so that sort of i think freedom that he could feel really, i think, had a lot to do with the fact that he is white and male. you had joe lockhart there is a that the real stars of 2018 were folks like andrew gillum, folks like stacey abrams. but i haven't seen stacey abrams on the cover of jvanity fair.
i haven't seen her get the kind of treatment that beto o'rourke has got so far. that has a lot do with race and gender and it's something that beto o'rourke is going to have to grapple with, the idea that someone who did raise $80 million lost against ted cruz, how is it that all of the sudden he thinks he's qualified or has enough accomplishments to be president? i don't think he would get the same sort of confidence and sort of embrace for a woman or african american or minority candidate. >> jim, your thoughts. >> we have a story out this morning about beto's announcement and one of the key questions, guidys, i'm wonderin is can he scale up from his senate campaign? what was so striking about the lead-up to this announcement is that it was kind of a diy job. he is his own manager and spokesman in a lot of ways. that's what happened last year during the campaign. and it was certainly the case this year. he was personally calling a lot
of would be campaign staffers asking them to work on his campaign. he got lots of encouragement but lots of folks said no. they didn't want to move toll paso and uproot their lives. part of the reason this took so long was because he was trying to get folks to work for him and put together the organization to actually go forward. as of last weekend, he still doesn't have a campaign manager. it's not clear this morning who his campaign manager is going to be. we have in our story, guys, that last weekend at the big festival in austen south by southwest he actually had an hour and a half meeting with jennifer o'malley dillon who's a very well-regarded democratic strategist here in washington about running his campaign. it just really shows the kind of improvisational nature of this candidate, somebody who did it his way last year in the senate race, no polster, no ad guru, facebook everything. well, he's starting off this campaign for president in very similar fashion.
seat of pants, doing it his way, heavily digital, no gurus. does that matter? donald trump kind of proved in '16 it didn't matter as much as it used to. but do those same rules apply in the dem primary? that's what we're doing to find out. >> really interesting reporting there perhaps about how this is all gone down the last few weeks. i do want to suggest, nia, that beto o'rourke himself seemed to address some of the issues that you brought up about his whiteness and maleness. in his vanity fair piece talked about that. he said i totally understand people who will make a decision on the fact that almost every single one of our presidents has been a white man and they won't something different for this country. i think that's a very legitimate basis upon which to make a decision. that's pretty interesting, joe. >> i think it is. he did seem self-away. nia makes a good point. why don't we do as much coverage of stacey abrams. >> maybe if she announced she was running for president she would.
>> i think, to me, the most compelling part about this, though, is what it does to the field. i personally believe that someone who embraces the so-called democratic socialists will have a very difficult time beating donald trump. and this, i think, putting beto in there and biden in there stops this race to the left. now all of the sudden there's a lot of space in the middle for all of the candidates so that they don't run to the left and then find themselves unelectable in the fall. so as a, you know, as a democratic strategist, i think this is a very positive thing. we'll see who, you know, emerges. but we had had about a two-month run where everybody was trying to outdo themselves on whether it be the green deal or how high can you raise taxes? i think this will provide some balance la ballast and that is very important when we get to this
primary caucus. >> in terms of what james was saying, that he didn't have an ad-hoc staff. he addresses it this way. i don't have a team counting delegates, o'rourke says. again, invoking politics not readily accessible by region. almost no one felt there was a path in texas and i just knew it. i just felt it. i knew it was there and with enough work and creativity and amazing people, if i'm able to meet them and bring them in then we can do it. that's how i feel about this. it's probably not the most professional thing you've ever heard about this but i just feel it. alex burns sniffed last hour at the i don't have a team counting delegates. paul manafort's available briefly, if he needs that. >> not for long. >> not for long, but i mean remotely available. >> is there wifi where he's going? i'm not sure. >> okay. so, rachel, i mean, he's sort of making virtue of that he doesn't have a team in place. >> yeah. we'll see how long that lasts, right? that vanity fair piece was really interesting because he
talked in very miss tiystical t about i'm born to do this, it will figure itself out. no. he's running against how many other democrats in this primary? he's going to have to get up to speed and he's going to have to have some sort of staff and structure if he wants to be successful here. i think there's something else to watch in the next few weeks, and that is that how does the far left react to beto and react to biden should he get in? i mean, as i mentioned before, people in texas, progressives, threat got behind beto. but right now i can tell you from kplcapitol hill, we're see a lot of infighting from the progressives and moderates. and it's going to be interesting to see do the far left and progressives go after them and hurt these new or centrist moderate candidates in such a way that it cripples them in a general election by attacking their positions and try move them further left.
i think that's yet to be seen and the infighting in the party is really going to heat up in the next few weeks. >> real fast, guys, john, if i could, there's a lot of obama compare sons to beto for reasons that are understandable in terms of both their youth and their charisma and the fact that they try to align being defiant with one wing of the party or another. it was easier fore obama to pull that off in '07 and '08, in part because of the overriding issue of that election was the iraq war. and in the eyes of the draltic primary voters, obama was on the right side of the iraq war. it's a different moment now in the democratic party. there is a sort of turn to the left. there is more pressure to be a kind of down the line progressive on a lot of issues in a way that obama did not face those kind of litmus tests in '07 and twae'08. it's going to be tougher for beto to pull this off in dancing around the specifics of where he is on x, y, and z policy issue
in the fact that obama didn't face that a decade ago. >> nia, we're going to haefr much more from you. our other breaking story is the bomb cyclone that's unleashed severe weather in a large part of the country. in colorado alone, dangerous hurricane-force winds and whiteout conditions that made driving really close to impossible and deadly. hundreds of motorists were stranded in the conditions. rescues, we are just spoke to someone from el paso county still under way at this hour. scot mcclain is live in lone tree, colorado, along a closed stretch of i-25. scott, give us the latest. >> reporter: it's a pretty bizarre sight to see. it's the main north/south corridor and it's completely black down there. there are no cars moving north or south at this hour and it's closed down for about a 30-mile stretch. it's also closed down norm the city as well. the priority for first responders or the national guard that's been called in is to get
to these stranded motorists. some of them who have been stranded for several hours on end. this storm was really something. it dropped almost four feet of snow on one town in southern colorado in the big cities luckily it dropped less than a foot, but it was really the wind that caused the problem. those driving hurricane-force wind created some dangerous conditions in this state and beyond. a bomb cyclone stranding over a thousand drivers throughout colorado leading to a 100 car pileup on interstate 25. an el paso county spokesman telling cnn we in full saving lives mode as authorities scramble to rescue drivers who were forced to wait for hours in the bitter cold. colorado state patrol corporal daniel groves was killed after being hit by a vehicle while helping a stranded driver. the state's governor declaring a state of emergency as some areas got slammed with as much as 20 inches of snow. in colorado springs, this park
blanketed in snow in just four hours. firefighters even having to dig out police vehicles. >> we drove here from breckenridge to the denver airport and it was horrible. there were roads closed and all -- i'm surprised we got here. >> reporter: know visibility and snow ever had kucovered runways major delays in colorado's airports. >> i sat on the tarmac for about three hours. little over three hours. was pretty difficult. pretty difficult and the conditions even begin getting worse. >> reporter: weather watches, warnings and advisories spanning around 1.5 million square miles across the central u.s. stretching from canada to the mexican border. the ferocious storm system unleashing winds up to 100 miles per hour on par with a category two hurricane. in texas, gusts tearing apart these mobile homes near dallas knocking semitrucks over on to their side and flipping small airplanes like this one upside down. the wind also contributing to
this 26-car train derailment new mexico. in el paso where you had those stranded drivers, there are still 250 calls at last. some of them are for people with medical conditions. good news, most of the people who lost power yesterday have it back. there are 75,000 people in the denver area who don't have it. the airport is getting up and running. there should be more flights getting out as this storm starts to move east. >> people are still stranded. those open calls, as you say. thank you ve mury much for the update. he's a democrat not running for president. >> there is one. >> yes, there is and sherrod brown will tell us why he got out of the race and what he's telling the other candidates. liberty mutual accident forgiveness
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with you that i'm happy to serve you as the next president of the united states of america. this is a defining moment of truth for this country and for every single one of us. >> all right. joining us now to talk about this and so much more, we have democratic senator sherrod brown. good morning, senator. >> good morning, alisyn. thank you. >> i want to get your reaction to beto o'rourke's reaction that he's running for president. >> i have no reaction. just one more, one more, one more gets in the race. bring him in and it will be an interesting primary fight. my goal is to do what i've done all along and that is talk about the dignity of work and encourage my colleagues, i hope that every candidate does what a number have started to do, and that is make the narrative of the democratic party talking to workers, the betrayal of this president, the betrayal of workers by this president, the phony populism by this president. i'll continue to talk about honoring work. it's who i am, it's also how you
govern come january 20th, 2021. >> senator, is beto o'rourke just one more getting in? he's on the cover of vanity fair today. he's done -- he's gang busters in terms of fundraising. is he in a different category? >> we'll see. i don't put any colleague in a different category. i think there are very bright people running from all across the political spectrum. my goal, my mission is it's been since november was to inform this race and influence this race, continue to fight for a democratic senate here, continue to fight for a democrat against president trump and point out his betrayal of american workers starting in lordstown, ohio, when he turned his back on those 5,000 workers laid off to his phony populism. because populism is never racist, it's never anti-semitic, it doesn't cut taxes on rich people and then cut medicare and head start. so i'll keep pointing that out. let the primaries play out the way they can, the way they will. i want to win the senate, i want
to help the democrats win the senate, i want to help the democrats win the white house. >> in terms of inform offing the race which is what you said is your goal i understand that you've heard from most candidates. what are those conversations like? what are you telling them? >> i've had -- since the election, since election november of 2018 when we roll out our big new work ideas and something i've worked on for years. when i went to my wife connie and i went to in and nevada and south carolina got a good reception on that issue, i don't think there's any issue that has taken hold the way that the discussion of honoring and respecting work, if you love your country you fight for the people who make it work. regardless of race, regardless of gender, that's catching on. not only among the four states and demanding that we talk about that from voters, i am hearing many of my colleagues already using that term. i'm hearing a republican here and there use that term. they use it slightly
differently. but if democrats begin to talk more about work, about honoring and respecting work, about the dignity of work, about restoring dignity to the white house, you're going to see, i predict, january 20th, 2021 that whoever raises her hand or his handle talk about the dignity of work in that inaugural speech. it will be a democrat. >> does watching all of these people get in one after another to the race make you rethink your decision or regret your decision? >> no. no, neither. i made a decision based on personal issues. i've never -- unlike most of the people in this race, it's clear from their comments that they've wanted to be president of the united states for five years, ten years, many of them ran for the senate in order to run for president. i didn't have that life-long desire so in the end i wanted -- i want to stay in the senate. i want to work -- trump's budget right now he cuts funding, almost eliminates funding to clean up the great lactions. lakes. i need to be in that arena but i'm going to be involved in the
presidential talking to candidates, doing listening sessions on the dignity of work likely. and certainly in ohio and maybe beyond. >> so let's talk about your arena, the senate. today the senate is going to vote, it sounds like, to block president trump's emergency declaration for the border wall. here are the gop senators that have said that they're going vote with the democrats. it's rand paul, susan collins, lisa murkowski, thom tillis, mike lee. do you know of any others planning to block the president's declaration? >> unfortunately, probably but unfortunately what i hear from republican senators for the last two years, really since trump ran in the cloakroom or in the senate floor and in my office or in a committee room, what they say and how they publicly cast their votes have been two different things. i mean, there's -- doesn't seem to be a lot of backbone in a lot of my colleagues to step up when the president utters racist statements, when the president betrays workers, when the president just simply lies time after time after time, when the
president exhibits his phony populism. and then betrays workers. the white house looks like a retreat for wall street executives. a lot of my republican colleagues are bothered by that, they just don't vote that way. i'm hoping approach of the elections in 2020 will lift off some of the fear that my republican colleagues have and maybe they'll actually grow some backbone when they cast that vote on the senate floor. >> very quickly you've already talked about this issue but i do want to point out to everybody you have a cnn op-ed that's coming out today and here is what you say about your message. there's something fundamentally wrong with an economy that's supposedly inching close to full employment yet in which families sore financially unstable that four in ten americans say they could not afford an emergency kpech expense of $400 without borrowing money. that does illuminate what you're talking about, the dire straits that so many people feel they're in. >> your car breaks down and you
go to a payday lender and you go to a payday lender again and again. my wife and i live in zip code 44105 cleveland and that zip code in 2007 had more foreclosures the first half of that year than any zip code in the country. so i see every day what wall street has done to this country. that's why we throw out the trump tax bill, we pass the patriot corporation act meaning if you play by the rules, if you're a company, you hire workers at decent wages and benefits and do your production in the united states, you get a lower tax rate. but if you're one of those big companies where the executors are making millions but lots of your workers are getting food stamps and medicaid and section 8 housing and earned income tax credit, you pay back to the government a corporate malfeasance, a corporate -- a corporate freeloader fee back to taxpayers to help reimburse tax players. at the same time yo expand income earned tax credit as we've proposed in that op-ed in
the child credit. the wealthy should pay more, to be sure. corporations should behave better. but i want to put money in working class family's pockets. you grow the economy from the middle out, alisyn, obviously, not from the top down. >> i recommend everybody go to cnn.com to read more about your position. senator sherrod brown, thank you very much for being on "new day." >> thanks, alisyn. >> john. s that wa a fascinating interview and think i forms our top story today. beto o'rourke just jumped in the democratic race. he made it official pay the democratic senator you just heard wasn't exactly jumping up and down over that. we'll discuss much more next. ♪
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our breaking news this morning. former texas congressman beto o'rourke announced he sfrourng president. he released a campaign video about 90 minutes ago. what will the reaction be among grassroots democrats? perhaps establishment democrats in we just got i think a sign, at least of something. we'll talk about what it all means. back with us now, jonathan martin, alex burns, and nia-malika henderson. ohio senator sherrod brown what
was deciding to run for president has now decided not to just under withering question from alisyn had a response that made my eyes pop to the news of the beto o'rourke announcement. let's listen to this. >> i have no more reaction. just one more, one more, one more gets in the race. >> nia-malika henderson, that wasn't jumping up and down. >> it wasn't jumping up and down, it was meh. you might see that frth ore folfrom other folks up on the hill. he left a light footprint, i think he talked about that in the vanity fair article saying they weren't in the majority so it was difficult to get things done. he was sort of a back bencher congressman so he doesn't have a legislative record. but that was fascinating to see sherrod brown's reaction there. you have had much more of a
reaction to the prospect of biden, for instance, getting in because he has had such a long relationship with folks on the hill there. i think it also does get at sort of like what is beto o'rourke's argument for why he should be president? one of the things he said is that he can bring people together. he's a good listener. if you look at the vanity fair article it's a lot about him, it's a lot about how he is so, you know, kind of energized by the crowd there and the masses of people he's able to gather there. i think you have a field that is a lot of, you know, experienced folks, people in the senate, people have a lot of accomplishment, people who know policy really well. so that is going to have to be something that i think beto o'rourke works on he's works his way through this race and this primary. >> jay, your reaction to sherrod brown's lukewarm yawn. >> politics is a human business and that was a human reaction. and one of a member of congress for over a quarter of a century,
a three-term senator who spent much of the early part of this year exploring his own campaign for the presidency. somebody who has won a swing state that leans red three times, and then ruled last week, you know, ruled out that he was going to run. but someone who wanted -- you know, run, considered himself, went to all the early states, and then to come on your guys great show at 7:30 this morning and be asked bay three-term house member who lost his statewide election and his canda candidacy for president, i don't think he was thrilled about talking about that that much. that just -- politics is the kind of thing where vanity and egos matter. and this is somebody who takes great pride in his capacity to win in ohio and pride in his legislative record, one that as nia points out, mr. o'rourke does not share in the halls of congress. and it does speak to, i think,
this broader unease with beto among kind of old democratic pros who see a lot of -- a lot of, you know, charisma there, certainly, but question what's underneath the hood. >> but alex burns, there is something that has made all the other campaigns so nervous. there was something that brought in $80 million in the texas senate race and did generate a national buzz there. >> oh, there's no question about that. i mean, he would not be running for president right now had he not captured the imagination of democratic voters nationally. and in texas as well. but the question now is did he capture that imagination, did he create that moment in texas last year because of a specific set of circumstances related to democrats and republicans being passionately hostile to ted cruz, the sort of dream of taking the senate in the midterm elections, the sense that this was a guy who was challenging trump on the border in, you
know, the first real checkpoint moment of the trump presidency. was it a unique moment or was it based on skills that he has or persona that he has that can be projected on a much larger scale under much, much different circumstances? and i think the exchange that we just saw with senator sbroun illustrative of the different and i think higher degree of skepticism that he's going to face in a presidential race, that this is a guy who does not have -- he gets compared to barack obama a lot. but when barack obama was running for president had he a couple signature issues from his days in the senate, a government ethics nuclear proliferation, obviously the iraq war that defined him, not just as a candidate but as a legislator. we don't know what those are going to be for beto o'rourke yet. so on a stage with other democrats who talk about unity in similar terms who have their own sense of authenticity and vision and what it means to bring the country together, it's going to be an entirely
different competition for him. >> stuff's about to get real, i think that's what you're saying. >> that's what i'm saying. you said it better. >> he'll have to prove it. he'll be in iowa for three days and we'll see. he'll be watched more closely than he was ever watched in texas starting now. thanks, guys. >> thank you. the power in venezuela is back on after almost a week in the dark. but the crisis there is far from over. the disturbing surprise some found in their homes. next. different generations get the same quality of customer service that we have been getting. being a usaa member, because of my service in the military, you pass that on to my kids. something that makes me happy. being able to pass down usaa to my girls means a lot to both of us. he's passing part of his heritage of being in the military. we're the edsons. my name is roger zapata.
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someone got a job yesterday that she'll get to keep for life. get paid very well, and ha she does in that job could impact the lives of each and every one of us. her -- this is a good tease. her previous experience doing that job practically none. john avlon is going to explain all of this in our reality check. hi, john. >> hey. so how'd you like a guaranteed lifetime job at $220,000 a year? it's prestigious and influential and there's apparently no experience necessary. sounds pretty good, right? well, that's what happened yesterday to raw wu by the sena who was appointed to take the seat on the court of appeals. republicans said that she might be insufficiently antiabortion for their taste. but she came out of the federalist society and distinguished herself on
deregulation. for what it's worth, i don't think fixation in isolated colonel writings is irrelevant and it's refreshing to see a conservative nominee who isn't determined to overturn roe v wade. but it's her complete lack of experience that caught my eye in the what other world can you get a powerful lifetime job without any direct experience? doesn't make any sense. pilots of who never flown, tenured professors who have never taught, coaches that don't play ball? never happen. but judges who basically serve as the backstop to our democracy, no big deal. partisan ideology and the ability to influence the court for decades appears to be the driving force behind donald trump's nominations. check this out. to date there have been 36 appeal court judges from president trump. compared that to 17 filled by obama in the first 26 months of his term. that's not counting the two supreme court justices which equals the number obama had in eight years after the obstruction of centrist carlo. the full-court press to pack the
bench has come with the snash smashing of presidents april often common sense. 20 three of donald trump's nominees have had no prior experience on the bench the take alison jones rushing, she was confirmed to a lifetime appointment earlier this month. she'd never previously been a judge but she was a member of the federal society and drew fire from lgbt groups for her work as & intern for the alliance of defending freedom which opposing marriage equality. and then there's this sign of declining standards. the american bar association has rated six of donald trump's nominees as unqualified and three of those unqualified nominees have been confirmed by the senate to date. there are other departures as well. paul maty, 47-year-old deputy chief council to chris christie without judicial experience was confirmed to the bench over the objection of his state's two democratic senators. an extraordinary breach of bipartisan tradition. and, look, it's not that every sir quit court judge nominated by past presidents has been a judge before. according to a studdry, only feist 5% of judges had previously served on the bench. but the trend is moving even
further away from experience and toward ideology. supreme court chief justice john roberts went out of his way to say that the swru dishl branch does not serve one party or one interest, we serve one nation. %-p. elevating judicial nominees who have more in the way of partisan credentials than experience runs the risk of further eroding faith in our democracy, and that's your reality check. >> you know, nefrms things that will in terms of things that will have an impact for years, that is absolutely it. up next, air travelers concerned about which plane they are flying on now have options. the new choice on a popular travel site next. - [woman] with my shark, i deep clean messes like this. this and even this. but i don't have to clean this, because the self-cleaning brush roll removes hair, while i clean. - [announcer] shark, the vacuum that deep cleans, now cleans itself.
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time now for cnn business now. boeing feeling the effects of the safety crisis involving its bestselling jet. flyers concerned about the plane they are flying on now have options. here's more. >> good morning, john. i have been keeping my eyes on the shares of boeing. it is having an effect on wall street. the crisis slashed more than $25 billion off boeing's market value. the stock immediately fell after president trump announced the u.s. was grounding the max 8 and max 9 planes. shares ended wednesday higher, just under half a percent. boeing stock has fallen 10% since sunday's ethiopian airlines crash. boeing is down half a percent in the premarket. wall street is estimating that grounding the planes for three months could cost boeing between $1 billion and $5 billion. shares of american, southwest, united briefly dipped on the
news and rebounded. it is possible boeing will compensate the carriers for lost income. it grounded the 787 dreamliner jet in 2013. a popular travel site is easing concerns about the plane they are flying on. kayak will allow to filter by plane model including the 737 jet. the website allows travellers already to sort by plane type but hasn't been able to search and filter by a specific model before now. kayak trying to soothe nerves in the wake of the tragedy. >> that's an interesting development. thank you very much. the lights are on in venezuela after a week-long power outoutage. thousands of venezuelans are searching for clean drinking water. paula newton joins us live. it's one hardship after anotherment we'll get back to
her after the piece. watch this. >> reporter: at its worst, the blackout triggered a water crisis so severe there was a degrading scramble for even dirty water in the drainage pipes and the streams. the water shortage has eased up a little bit. not the indignity of finding water wherever and however you can, even coming from inside a highway tunnel and an open pipe. >> look at this water. it is not clean. there is debris in the water. there is garbage, insects. yet people are desperate. they're happy to have this water right now, telling me they are using it for bathing and anything else they need to be doing. they know they can't drink it. now this is all they have. it's tough, he tells me. we need water for everything. we don't have water, we can't do anything. black goop instead of water ran through these faucets when the
water came on. residents posted on social media of a water system rarely maintained or repaired. anna ramirez is afraid now the water system will never recover. she's done without in her little apartment since the blackout started last week. trying to take care of her disabled and pregnant daughter. >> you blame the government? who else are you going to blame, she says? venezuela is still running out of water. unthinkable in a country once blessed with water resources. years of neglect and drought left many scavenging to get water as it, too, has now become a luxury. >> the struggle for life in that country right now is so very real. >> this is not a political struggle. it is a life and death struggle. >> thanks to paula. we have breaking news in the
race for president. two hours ago beto o'rourke announced he is running. we'll start with that right now. >> announcer: this is cnn breaking news. >> good morning. welcome to your new day on thursday, march 14. 8:00 in the east. we have big breaking 2020 news for you. beto o'rourke just joined the 2020 race for president. the announcement came in a video he released this morning. watch a piece of it. >> amy and i are happy to share with you that i'm running to serve you as the next president of the united states of america. this is a defining moment of truth for this country and for every single one of us. the challenges that we face now, the interconnected crises in our economy, our democracy and our climate have never been greater. they will either consume us or afford us the greatest opportunity to unleas the genius of the united states of america. in other words, this moment of
peril produces perhaps the greatest moment of promise for this country and for everyone in sight of it. >> beto o'rourke drew an enormous amount of grassroots support and broke fund raising ever efforts in texas. he arrived in iowa for a three-day campaign kickoff. he's also on the cover of "vanity fair." this photo taken by annie leibowitz. there is a quote inside. man, i'm just born to be in it. >> joining us now is joe haguen who interviewed beto o'rourke for the cover story. >> thank you for having me. >> you spent a few days riding around with him and his family before the el paso family? >> i was with him when he had just learned about it. he was trying to figure out what to do. i had been reporting on this since last december. he was having a media blackout. he wasn't talking to anybody.
i was in el paso doing reporting. figured he wasn't going to be around. he shows up for the women's rally. i went to his house and he was out on the front porch. i waved him over. he said, come in, meet the wife and kids. that's how i met him. this is before the oprah interview. i got to see him with his hair down really. it was a sunday afternoon. there he was, just a regular guy doing his thing with the kids. there's an unvarnished, real, down to earth character there. the question is how will he be politically defined? how will he define himself? he's undefined now like a charisma candidate. the grassroots democratic party want some of that and also somebody who's got meat on his bones. we have to find out what it is. >> i think it is deliberately