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together. >> a massacre in new zealand. worshippers gunned down at friday prayers. and a global debate about hate. "inside politics" the biggest stories, sourced by the best reporters now. ♪ welcome to "inside politics." i'm john king. to our viewers in the united states and around the world, thank you for sharing your sunday. the senseless massacre in new zealand stirs a global debate about hate. president trump condemns the murders but draws criticism for what he didn't say and for ignoring the facts when asked if he sees white nationalism as a rising threat. >> i don't really. i think it's a small group of people that have very, very serious problems. i guess if you look at what happened in new zealands, perhaps that's the case. i don't know enough about it yet. they're just learning about the person and the people involved.
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but it's certainly a terrible thing. >> plus, the president ignores a mini republican revolt and issues his first veto vowing broad and bipartisan coalition in congress won't stop him from building a border wall. >> congress' vote to deny the crisis on the southern border is it's against reality.y. it is a tremendous national emergency. it's a tremendous crisis. congress has the freedom to pass this resolution, and i have the duty to veto it. i'm very proud to veto it. >> and the historically diverse 2020 democratic field keeps growing, including a new official entry today. kirsten gillibrand dropped the exploring label just an hour ago. >> we need to program what it feels like to be brave. we launched ourselves into space and landed on the moon. if we docan do that, we can
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achieve universal health care. we can provide paid family leave for all and end gun violence, pass a green new deal, get money out of politics and take back our democracy. none of this is impossible. >> with us this sunday to share their reporting, julie hirschfield davis, manu raju, toulou of "the washington post" and lisa of "the new york times." we begin with new zealand's pan and the conversation about hate and violence. 50 people senselessly shot and killed attending friday prayers at two mosques. new zealand will debate new gun laws as have other communities around the world, how and why. >> new zealand is united in its grief, and we are united in our grief. and so i convey that message of love and support on behalf of
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new zealand to all of you. this is not new zealand. >> as prime minister ardern leads the healing, she finds herself at odds with the president of the united states. >> he asked what offer of support the united states could provide. my message was sympathy and love for all muslim communities. >> [ inaudible ]. do you agree with him? >> no. >> the statistics prove the prime minister right and the president very, very wrong and the question of whether far right extremism is in bloom or in decline. and once again with the issue of tolerance front and center, so, too, is the character of the american president. he did strongly condemn the murders and rebuked murder in sacred places of worship. the president passed up a chance to specifically call out white nationalism and none of his
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statements condemned anti-immigrant sentiment or specifically offered support, what the prime minister called sympathy and love for muslims. and after offering his condolences to new zealand, the president moved on to the border wall. and in doing so used a word also found in the shooting suspect's racist manifesto railing against immigrants. >> people hate the word invasion, but that's what it is. it's an invasion of drugs and criminals and people. we have no idea who they are. in many cases, they're stone-cold criminals. >> so here we are in the president's aides say, wait a minute. he condemned it. he reached out to the prime minister. the president's critics say where was an embrace of muslims. where was some act to show that you support muslims here in america? why they would say did you use -- the president says he's calling it like he sees it when it comes to immigrations. other say those are code words and he should know better. >> not only a code word but in
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the manifesto. you might think the president might steer clear of that word for a day or couple of days knowing that is a term that the shooter used in this case to sort of justify this horrific act against muslims in new zealand. so what we have, though, is a president who feels like every time something like this happens, he's going to get blamed. it's not fair, and he refuses to do what other presidents of pretty much either party, any background would have done in this case which is to make sure that they touch all the bases and, frankly, maybe it's not sincere but they'd just make sure they said we are -- this is not something that anyone in the united states agrees with, that we feel solidarity with this community that's been attacked. we feel solidarity with the country. he feels that it's a personal affront to him and he's not willing to do that. you heard he didn't even acknowledge that this was an example of white nationalism. so we don't know yet. we know pretty much enough about what happened and he knew then by sure.
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he's the president of the united states. he has access to a lot of intelligence. it was well established by then what the motivations of this person were. the fact he wasn't to say that shows he feels this more personally than he does as a president. >> he should know about the specific incident and the statistics which are indisputable. here in the united states and around the world. and he says, no, not really. >> he views everything as a zero-sum game. he believes if he goes after white supremacy, white nationalism it will take away from his argument against immigration. he wants to be the -- keep the focus on crimes created by undocumented immigrants, downplay crimes created by white supremacists. it's very clear that white supremacy is on the rise. the anti-defamation league said murders more than doubled in 2017. white supremacists have been behind some of the most horrific killings, in charlottesville, the tree of life synagogue, the
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oak creek massacre in oak creek, wisconsin, in addition to what happened in charleston, south carolina. the church there. the president has time and again passed up opportunities to go after white supremacists. instead, he wants to keep the focus on immigrants. >> what's so striking here is the president does call out hate. he just calls out very specific kinds of hate. after the pittsburgh massacre he talked about anti-semitism. when coptic christians were killed in egypt. he just doesn't seem to express sympathy when it's muslims who are killed or immigrants or white nationalists are involved. and it's hard not to see some kind of political argument and political choices being made in those decisions in terms of what massacres you call out. a lot of bad things happen in the world, of course. and the president is clearly making choices about which groups he is going to express empathy for. >> one of the issues, as you
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mentioned, there are just some things people expect of a president. either because they believe it in their heart or because it's the right thing to do. george w. bush believed in his heart, went to a mosque after 9/11. thought it was critically important to stand with the muslim community and say these are isolated actors. we're going to find them n get th them, but this is not islam. he has a higher burden because of his history. >> if you have people coming out of mosques who have hatred and with death in their eyes and on their minds, we're going to have to do something. i think islam hates us. there's something -- there's something there that's tremendous hatred there. >> you have to deal with the mosques, whether we like it or not. these attacks aren't coming out of -- they're not done by swedish people. >> trump aidesis wi iwill say t unfair. you have to know your history when at a moment of challenge
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and crisis. >> this is a president who has followed through with those soe sentiments with public policy. he tried to run the muslim ban. he restricted travel by people from majority muslim countries. this is not something the president has recanted. no reason to believe he still doesn't believe that islam hates america. he actually makes a number of statements that indicates he still believes that. that's the way we should look at his handling of this issue and other issues is that he has this deep-seeded belief that muslims hate america, and he said it in the past. he has not said anything to make us think differently, and that's why he finds it so difficult to sort of do what we've seen other presidents do, which is sort of talk about how one isolated event does not mean that an entire religion hates the country. and i think that's part of the reason why he's being isolated and you're seeing the new zealand prime minister say she
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does not agree with him when he makes comments about white supremacy and islam. >> pete buttigieg is running for president. he wrote an open letter. this city is absolutely committed to your safety and well-being. this entire city has its arms around you in love and peace and we support you as you practice your faith here in this community, our community. this home we share. you are our teachers and doctors, neighbors and friends. we all live here as one. >> that's a pretty straightforward statement. it's hard to find a contrast that would be more stark than what he said versus how the president handled this. >> democrats want to seize on this moment to show there's a different way, that there's a way that could be more unifying. i think when the president is making these statements, he is thinking about his base. it's not that his base is white supremacist. it's that his base -- there is a
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significant portion of his base that are worried about the changing demographics of the country, that are deeply worried about immigration. and so they -- there is some connection there with his political support. >> the word is leadership. next -- president trump's first veto. he wants this border wall and is willing to risk a republican family feud to get it. if you have moderate to severe plaque psoriasis, every day can begin with flakes. it's a reminder of your struggles with psoriasis. but what if your psoriasis symptoms didn't follow you around? that's why there's ilumya. with just 2 doses, a majority of people were clear or almost clear. and over time, even more people were clear or almost clear. all with dosing 4 times a year... after 2 initial doses. plus, ilumya was shown to have similar risks of infections
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the first veto of the trump presidency now on the books meaning congress will not stop the white house from taking money meant for other projects and using it to build the border wall. the courts might yet stop the president. a coalition of 20 states is challenging his declaration of a national emergency. it tracks the separation of powers argument heard from the 12 republicans who risked the president's ire with senate
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votes to reverse the emergency decree. >> as we all learned in high school, our government has a system of checks and balances. congress, not the president, has the sole authority to determine how to spend taxpayer money. >> it's a question about the balance of power that is core to our constitution. this is not about the president. >> we must stand up and defend congress' institutional powers. >> this check on the executive is a source of our freedom. this declaration is a dangerous precedent. >> the house and the senate votes are a rebuke of the president and aides describe him as angry at the republicans who forced him to use his veto powers. he flashed some of that anger in tweets but not at his friday veto event. >> i put no pressure on anybody. i actually said i could have gotten some of them to come along. i said, i want you to vote your heart. do what you want to do. i'm not putting any pressure. i'll let them know when there's pressure. i told them that. when i need your vote.
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i didn't need the vote because we all knew it was going to be a veto and they'll not be able to overri override. >> we'll see how it plays out in the courts but how significant is the republican fracturing. is it isolated on this? also the yemen war powers resolution. is that it? we're done, move on? or a festering fissure in the republican party? >> i don't think this is part of a larger revolt. we've seen this happen time and again when there are things the president does and you see congress come back and push back. last year in the way he handled, refused to blame the saudi crown prince, mohammad bin salman for the murder of jamal khashoggi. and moved forward, passed a resolution singling out mbs. and push back from the involvement in the saudi-led war in yemen. the president has to veto that in the coming days.
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here on the wall. not necessarily about the wall but the way the president did it is what forced republicans to defect. the 12 who did, did not like the way he -- not the way they believe this does not pass constitutional muster. look at who did vote for this. republican senators in tough races ended up voting for this. tom tillis reversed his position. he supported the president on this as did cory gardner, martha mcsalley who will be in a tough race. >> afraid of losing the republican base, afraid of having a republican family feud in a tight election where you need every republican vote. susan collins the only republican senator up in 2020. her state more moderate than most of the others. the only one to vote yes. everybody else, tom tillis wrote this op-ed, "man of principle" i can't vote for this and then voted for it. the republicans who voted yes, how much has trump changed your party? because a little back in time when barack obama was in the white house, this executive
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overreach was a bad thing. >> i've got a pen. and i've got a phone. and i can use that pen to sign executive orders and take executive actions and administrative actions that move the ball forward. >> imposing his will unilaterally may seem tempting. it may serve him politically in the short term, but he knows it will make an already broken system even more broken. >> not how democracy is supposed to work, leader mcconnell said then. >> yeah, and leader mcconnell also even more recently said he did not think that a national emergency was the way to go, and he flipped and changed his mind. we've seen a number of republicans flip within the last few months of saying something a few weeks ago and now saying they're okay with the national emergency declaration. this is trump's party. even though he said i didn't put any pressure on these republicans, that's not the case.
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he sent vice president pence to the hill and tweeted how they not need to think about constitutionality and just vote for the wall. he flipped a few of them but it was a big embarrassment for him. >> and it is his party. let me ask this question and play this from the former massachusetts governor, does somebody like this have a prayer in challenging the president, or is it just important for republicans to -- for republicans to have this debate about what happens after trump, whether that's in two years, four years or six years. does bill weld have a prayer? >> i don't think the president is knowledgeable on any of these issues. he simply repeats his buzz words. now it's not entirely his fault. before he was elected president of the united states, he was a new york city and palm beach socialite judging beauty contests and employed in the reality tv industry. that's no preparation, with all respect, for being president of the united states. >> there are a lot of republicans, whether it's this issue of executive power, the trade issue, whether it's nato
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alliance and issues like that who don't like this president. the question is, you can weaken a president and then become a president with a primary challenge, even if you fail. is that where we're going? >> it's hard to see a viable pathway for republicans to primary the president right now. of course, a lot of investigations going on. there's the special counsel report. who knows what's going to come. but part of the problem is not only is the president very popular with the base. it's that, you know, governor weld and governor hogan who people talk a lot about primarying, they are out of step with where the party is now. i sat down with hogan a couple weeks back. he thinks roe v. wade was correctly decided. that's not a view that wears well with the republican base. what you are starting to see is republicans in the party generally those in safe seats starting to think about what a post-trump republican party looks like. and they know that anything that happens now, democrats will take
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advantages of. jay inslee, running for president, would use an imagine declaration to deal with climate change and that freaks some republicans out as they look forward the future. >> there's the longer term conversation. when we come back, democrats have a brand-new 2020 candidate. plus two candidates, same issue, somewhat different answers. >> there will be a woman on the ticket. i don't know if it's in the vice president position or president's position, but if i have my way, there will be a woman on the ticket. >> it's hard for me to think of a reason that i would not do that. i think talking about who i would pick as vice president just feels really premature. s w, i was cured and left those doubts behind. i faced reminders of my hep c every day. but in only 8 weeks with mavyret, i was cured. even hanging with friends
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isn't right now. brave doesn't pit people against each other. brave doesn't put money over lives. brave doesn't spread hate. cloud truth. build a wall. that's what fear does. we need to remember what it feels like to be brave. >> kirsten gillibrand of new york making it real just 90 minutes ago moving from exploring a run to officially in the 2020 democratic nomination race. the field is crowded and diverse in many ways. number one, just take a look here. historic number of women. african-american candidates, a gay man, asian candidates, young and old. these candidates come from just about everywhere. every region of the united states. tulsi gabbard from hawaii. some in the northeast. goes across the country. and more to come. another way to look at it, the age of the candidates. two candidates in their 30s all the way to bernie sanders in his
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70s. joe biden would join senator sanders here. 60s, 50s, 40s. age diversity in the democratic field as well. how about the question of elected office experience? two candidates, never been elected in politics. elizabeth warren, john delaney and pete buttigieg in the five-year area. you have age diversity, ethnic diversity. diversity of all stripes here as you look at the field. gillibrand's official entry today comes days after beto o'rourke joined the race with a big three-day iowa swing. >> no one left behind. no one counted out. no one taken for granted. does not matter to me where you live, what party you belong to, to whom you pray or who you love. whether you've been here six generations or whether you got here six days ago, you are my fellow americans. >> so where are we? let's start with the newest
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entry, senator gillibrand. she was exploring. now she's officially into the race. what's her lane? >> i think she's running as a very woman first candidate. she's really embraced this mantel of -- she's made dealing with sexual assault. the first one to call for alen franken's ousting. she's going to put women front and center. and women helped the party win the midterms. there was a record number of female candidates, female campaign managers, women were the volunteers. the argument is she wants to tap into the power that drove the party to reclaim the house in the midterms and sees a lane there. it's probably a crowded lane but that's sort of where she's -- >> she's going to have to answer for some of her liabilities when she was a house member. much more conservative when she represented upstate new york than when she became the new york senator, much more progressive record. she has made sexual assault a
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major issue. she's now deal with the controversy in her own office on how she dealt with a sexual harassment allegation. she said it wasriately. there will be questions about that. questions about her record and we'll see how the voters respond. >> it's interesting. you explored for a few months and didn't get a lot of traction in the polls. i think a lot of these candidates, let's try to raise money, get to the debates. we'll have a crowded field. somebody will have a breakthrough moment in those debates. a lot of the focus this past week on beto o'rourke. former congressman. got in. three days in iowa. i don't mean this to be snarky. but people say because he's unemployed he gets to continue. he's continuing to campaign wisconsin, ohio. some of the senators have to come back and cast votes and the like. the reaction to beto o'rourke has been interesting and polarized. this is kathleen parker. i love reading kathleen parker in "the washington post." if you support beto o'rourke you'll not like this. no one in recent memory, save for donald trump, has received
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so much free advertising by simply showing up. when he flails his arms, often in front of his own face he reminds mothers when an infant suddenly realizes in the hand bobbing in front of his nose belongs to him where he remains mesmerized until he remembers there's another one. >> it's interesting how divided the reaction has been to him. people seem to love this brand of almost kind of obama-esque performance that he does in front of a crowd or hate it and think it's very self-important and it doesn't really speak to any of the issues that democrats frankly want to be getting down to brass tacks on because they want so badly to beat donald trump in 2020. i think that polarization is going to continue. i think the interesting thing is going to be how he fills in some of the gauzey about some of his policy positions.
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democrats need to see what the specifics are on some of these brand ideas he's out there talking about. and very inspirational ways. and that's part of the reason people sore taken up with and i think his senate run in texas were so taken up with who this guy is and the cult of his personality. there needs to be more than that. that's why we see some divides right now. you'll have this guy making grand gestures, however big or small, and there won't be anything behind that. that's the big worry. >> he's also shifting a little on policy. when running for senate, he'd be for the bernie sanders medicare for all bill. now he's talking about a different bill that would allow people to buy into medicare or keep their private insurance. he's shifting on that. he said the he thought impeachment was a good idea and seems to be walking that back. he's trying to mold himself into a little more moderate stance even though he still wants to be seen as a progressive. but it's -- it will be really interesting to see where he
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lands on some of these policy issues where he's been on different sides. >> having this very active conversation around race and gender. he is a white guy in the most historically diverse field in american history. that's something we've seen him, even the first few days have to deal with and, you know, he's talked about whether his wife -- he's had to dial back a comment about his wife being home with the kids and you have seen some subtle shade thrown at him by other candidates. so that's a dynamic here and cuts both ways. there are people, democrats who want a diverse ticket and democrats who really oopt most democrats want to beat trump. and democrats who will quietly tell you, very quietly, that they're worried a more diverse ticket would have a harder time because of all of these biases of beating trump. it's a real issue. >> central to that question is, is there a front-runner? if there is, it would be joe biden. we assume he's going to get in. is this a real slip, or was this on purpose? >> i'm told i get criticized by
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the new left. i have the most progressive record of anybody running -- anybody who would run. i didn't mean -- of anybody who would run. >> that's home in delaware last night. that's a crowd that loves joe biden and wants joe biden to run. you can see him there. he knows people are coming after things he said in the '70s and '80s. there are things he's said out of step with today's democratic party. he was saying i was barack obama's vice president. i've evolved with the party and the country. >> color me sin kcynical. this was -- >> let's end the charade, joe? >> he's going to fight back and try to reclaim the progressive mantel. he knew this was probably going to get a lot of attention. that's going to be the fight
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going forward. is he progressive enough for today's democratic party? he has a lot of things in his past he'll have to answer for. his role in anita hill and '94 crime bill and other things. as you mentioned, he was barack obama's vice president, out front on gay marriage and obama was. but the question ultimately would be, is this new democratic party ready for that? >> your colleague jonathan martin is co-author of a smart piece about the democrats, the age question. do you want somebody new and young? democrats generally nominate the younger, new generation. i would generally make the case the democratic party should always be nominating the next generation candidate, except i'm not sure any of the old rules apply. in the age of trump and after he elected our first african-american president, people think this is how it happened. we're in a new world. we don't know. >> it points out this dilemma. do you want to fall in love with someone? love the idea and think that the
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person is inspirational? or do you actually want to find someone who you think has the very best chance at beating president trump in 2020 and maybe that's not the same person, right? and that's -- >> we'll give every democratic activist the home version of the magic wall and they can build an electoral map and sort this out themselves. up next -- waiting for the mueller report and the tweets that tell you who sounds more than a little anxious. to be nobody but yourself in a world which is doing it's best to make you everybody else...
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this, including thumbs down in repeal and replace after years of campaigning to repeal and replace. just moments ago on this sunday morning, the president continuing, so it was indeed just proven in court papers last in his class annapolis john mccain who sent the fake dossier to the media hoping to have it printed before the dems. >> wow. >> it's -- you may have grievances against senator mccain but he's a hero he's been dead for seven months. >> and you know -- saying last in his class, that's stunning. and also -- >> let me stop you. this is a president who has refused to release his own grades. maybe you should give us yours. >> frankly, he's passing out false claims and lies about john mccain on several fronts. almost making it seem like john mccain was responsible for the russia investigation. that's not what happened in the way that this -- the involvement in the dossier which is limited
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to suggest that as the president is suggesting here, also saying that he was responsible yesterday for scuttling the repeal and replace effort. that's not what happened at all. what happened was he was one of the senators who voted against advancing a very narrow replace -- repeal plan of the obamacare. very narrow. they were nowhere near on replacement. they couldn't get that narrow plan through congress because they had to conference that with the house. he still is going after him and also going after his many, quote, stains. this is someone who has been revered by both parties who was hailed after his death as a war hero. the president can't let it go. >> and it will be interesting. normally when the president does this you get crickets from the republican party. interesting if somebody stands up and says, really? meghan mccain stood up yesterday saying nobody will ever love you the way i loved my father. i wish i had been given more saturdays with him. maybe spend more time with your family instead of obsessing over
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mine on twitter. >> is the president sitting at home in the white house watching tv and getting riled up about what he believes to be fake news and persecution from prosecutors and why he's not sort of taking a more presidential approach. this is someone who has access to the best scholars and the best experts on any issue that you could imagine and he could have dinner with the top leaders of the world but instead he's watching tv and getting emotional about the russia investigation and not focussing on the things that matter to the country. >> and the anger. talking about the tweets about senator mccain which are incomprehensible. i understand you're mad. he voted against you on health care. that's a long time ago. he was an american hero. but the mueller anger. again, if it's not new but that it came up friday, illegal, should never have been appointed, there is anticipation the mueller report could come any day. does the president know more than we know or he's trying to stoke his base so if there's something damaging in it his attitude is don't believe it?
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>> that's part of it, right? but i do think that both in the tweets about john mccain and in this sort of renewed sense of anger and panic about mueller, what you see is that he really does feel under siege. part of this is definitely he's talking to the base by bringing up john mccain. part of that is talking to the very conservative republican base that never liked john mccain. thought john mccain lost an election and threw away an election. but i do think a lot of it is very personal to him and the fact that he feels under siege and he sees this in very black and white terms. very simplistic terms that have nothing to do with the details of how the dossier came forward. nothing to with the substance of what mueller is doing which is very black and white. it's after me, they're coming after me and i'm hitting back. and he knows as the rest of us are gathering that like mueller is wrapping things up and this is going to be the time he's feeling most under threat and rightly so. >> former campaign chairman got sentenced additionally, 7 1/2
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one more time around the "inside politics" table. ask our reporters to share something from their notebooks. julie? >> senator mitch mcconnell set the stage last week for a debate on the green new deal in the
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senate before the end of the month. we can all stipulate there will nobt a large new green new deal that becomes law this year but this will be the forum for a politically charged debate over what the priorities are, whether the two parties think that climate change is real and what we should do about it. there's obviously a ton of energy on the democratic side and in the democratic primary around this issue and chuck schumer, the minority leader has decided to lean into this. this is going to be a very difficult debate for democrats who have to decide what to do about a plan that a lot of their candidates have embraced but the specifics of which are politically more difficult. they're talking about all voting present and voting for -- to put out a resolution declaring that climate change is real, but democrats have to figure out what they are for before this vote takes place. >> a lot of fun. a debate worth having. manu? >> john, not going to be much bipartisan legislating in this divided congress, but one issue has somewhat of a chance. that's to deal with the revised nafta agreement that the president has put forward.
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the u.s. trade representative robert lighthizer has been moving behind the scenes and meet with house democrats to alleviate their concerns. the big question is how does nancy pelosi deal with this? she's in a closed door meeting last week i'm told she raised concerns about environmental protections, labor protections in deal with opioids. also raised concerns about the president's remarks about walking away from the nafta deal in that closed door meeting. for pelosi, the big question going forward is, what do you do here? get behind a potential bipartisan win and give the president a bipartisan win, something he can campaign on going into the 2020 elections or do you raise concerns and dig in about the issues you're concerned about and try to fight and take it to the voters going forward? still a lot of questions about whether republicans can get behind it and pass the senate. pelosi critical about when, or if she'll get behind it or whether she'll fight it. >> toluse? >> i spoke to mayor pete buttigieg and it was interesting
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he wants to speak more about his religious faith as part of the democratic primary. he wants to promote that and talk more about religion. you're hearing more about this from democrats including cory booker, kamala harris and bernie sanders. going to churches, talking about faith and the 2020 election as a battle for the soul of america. it gives them an opportunity to draw a contrast with president trump who gets a lot of support from specifically white evangelical voters but does not sort of personally come across as someone who is pious and i think democrats are thinking they can dig into some of president trump's support by talking about their own personal faith and talking about how the faith of their personal politics can translate into their policy platform as well. >> another interesting wrinkle in a very interesting democratic race. lisa? >> we spent time talking about beto o'rourke. i'm leaving from this table and going to see another presidential candidate, elizabeth warren, who will be in memphis and mississippi before doing a cnn town hall tomorrow night. and in a way, she's sort of like
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the anti-beto and the contrast between senator warren and mr. o'rourke, i think, illustrates a lot of the choices faced by democratic primary voters. it's generational. quite a bit younger than her. it's policy. she's really led the field in policy specifics coming out this weekend with a plan on housing. last weekend with a plan on breaking up tech companies. he's taken criticism for being gauzeier about where he stands on different policies. and he's really talked about coming together and she's really been focused on naming what she sees as the people holding back progress. the ultra wealthy, big corporations. so the contrast between those candidates will really tell us a lot about where democratic primary voters are going forward. >> that's what makes the race so much fun, even though it's early. i'll close with deja vu all over again. republicans in alabama. it was a republican mess you'll remember back in 2017 that helped democrat doug jones to his stunning win in a special senate election.
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jones is running for a full term in 2020 and is the most vulnerable incumbent democrat. establishment republicans recruited bradley bern to run and are betting alabama will be extra red in a presidential year. their hope bern would get a clear shot is fading. the controversial 2017 candidate, former state supreme court chief justice roy moore is stirring talk he may run again. and the conservative club for growth released a poll this past week as part of its argument that mo brooks is a stronger contender than establishment favorite bern. one strategist described the in nufring as another clown car. it's a race worth watching and proof some internal gop feuds predate president trump. hope you can catch us weekdays here as well at noon. a very busy "state of the union" up next including e inina tlaib and senator amy klobuchar. thanks for sharing your sunday with us. have a great day.
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