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(vo)four months ago, martina appealed to the tribal council on rosebud, to tear down the abandoned houses like the one where her daughter was murdered. today, that house, and the rest still stand. >>what would you like to happen to this house? >>i want a medicine man to go in there and pray, you know and let her go and all that. let her spirit go, because i feel like she's still in there.
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say. we're here to give you a chance to sound off on what these issues mean to you and your family. give us a call at 866-55-press follow us on twitter @bpshow and on facebook at % facebook/billpressshow. over in rome pope francis as we speak is celebrating his installation mass in st. peter's square. vice president joe biden and democratic leader nancy pelosi are there representing all of us. president obama at the white house yesterday. i was there when he introduced his nominee to be the next secretary of labor tom perez. good guy good man, he'll do a great job as secretary of labor. today the president is celebrating a sort of a delayed st. patrick's day with a big
lunch celebrating the patron of ireland at the united states capitol and a big reception tonight at the white house and then the president leaves for that trip to the middle east. we have lots to talk about this morning, and lots you're going to want to talk about right here on current tv. billy zane stars in barabbas. coming in march to reelz. to find reelz in your area, go to reelz.com
you would rather deal with ahmadinejad than me. >>absolutely. >> and so would mitt romney. (vo) she's joy behar. >>and the best part is that current will let me say anything. what the hell were they thinking? ♪ >> announcer: broadcasting across the nation, on your radio, and on current tv, this is the "bill press show." >> bill: the republican party says we need a shakeup. yeah, they need more than a shakeup. they need a whole new plan a whole new message, a whole new set of policies. what do you say, good morning, everybody. great to see you this morning.
it is tuesday. here we go. tuesday march 19th. hope you are ready to travel with us for the next three hours across the political landscape here in our nation's capitol around the country and ash the globe c and we'll take a quick stop at all of the highlights of the day. we'll talk about them, and we will take your calls, take your comments, your calls of course at 866-55-press. that's the toll free number. your comments on twitter at @bpshow and your comments on facebook at facebook/billpressshow. big day in rome where pope francis as we speak is celebrating his installation mass with the leaders of i think 132 different countries. the vice president of the united states is there with a congressional delegation -- or u.s. delegation that includes
nancy pelosi. here in our nation's capitol, president obama getting ready for a delayed st. patrick's day celebration today both on the hill where they have a great big st. patrick's day traditional lunch and reception this evening down at the white house, and then this evening, president obama leaves for that long flight to israel. his first visit to the middle east. he well be in israel the palestinian area, and jordan and coming back here saturday night. thank for joining us here. peter ogburn and dan henning. >> hey, hey, hey. >> bill: november got that snow yesterday, another big scare. >> perhaps an inch or two. >> bill: got a little rain. >> i did get a little bit of
sleet, freezing rain in some areas, but we didn't get any snow on the ground. >> bill: no, no. phil has the phones and siprion bolling on the video cam. and it's so much fun watching the republicans tear each other apart these days. reince priebus the recently reelected chair. why they reelected him? i don't know. anyhow they are stuck with him. he came without his 98-page autopsy yesterday, and one of the things he said is hey you can't blame us for losing. when i took over the party, the party does broke neither one of the credit cards of the party was worth anything. which was a real slap at michael steele. michael steele shot back.
>> i won and he didn't. and the bottom line is -- >> you won in the elections. >> i had to win in 2009 and christie and bob mcdonald, blue states and purple states, we laid down a 50-state plan. >> bill: as a former party chair of the state of california what do you people remember whether you won or lost. that's what counts. not if you happen to have a little deficit, and in fact michael steele went on to say when we were handing out checks i don't believe reince priebus complaining. >> so reince is just being silly. and i understand he wasn't complaining about debt and concerned about debt when i was
write checks to wisconsin when he was chairman and he wanted to win the legislature and governor which they did and they were all on board about going into debt to win. >> when did republicans turn into democrats. it's all overshadowed and sabotaged by infighting. >> bill: this is the circular firing squad for which republicans are famous. grace nap ol 'tano will be with here today, neil king, and of course you'll be with us too throughout the morning, and mike i will bloomberg is on the warpath again. but first. >> announcer: this the "full
court press." >> on this tuesday overhead lines making news michael jackson's family is suing the entertainment company that sponsored the last tour. tmz reports that -- >> 2011? >> bill: come. come on. >> -- the new lawsuit they are asking for $40 billion -- >> bill: oh, yeah right. >> that includes future earnings they claim michael would have made were he still alive. >> bill: michael jackson knew what he was doing. he took all of these drugs forget it. speak >> bill: i hope they just throw that case out of court.
>> the george washington university has had some pretty prom meant political names as commencement speakers in recent years. this year they have gone with someone politically connected but it's an actress, carry washington will at dress the students in may. >> bill: did she go there? >> to george washington? no. >> yeah, she did. >> oh, i didn't know that. and new organizations have been cutting back staff and resources for many years now, and consumers are finally noticing. one third of people have abandoned a us in outlet because it was not giving them what they came for anymore. the worst hit is local news organizations where government coverage is down 50% in the last
seven years, and sports traffic and weather now accounts for 40% of content in local news broadcast. >> bill: it's true of newspapers too. i find some papers that used to really be good solid, journalism, and they are just throw-away sheets right now. i find that of the l.a. times when name california or the san francisco chronicle. they are not the papers they once were. >> there is a dangerous line of blurring between news as a public service and us in as a business. and they found a way in the business world to turn it into a very profitable business which means less jobs -- >> bill: yeah and they are not delivering the news. all right. dan thank you. yes, indeed you thought he was going to go away? oh, no, no no no.
michael bloomberg had a great big loss about ten days ago remember when a judge in new york the day before his big gulp ban that you couldn't buy a soft drink, sugared soft drink over -- bigger than 16 ounces in new york at least not in restaurants, but you could in convenience stores but you couldn't at the shopping cart -- not shopping carts but the truck -- food trucks on the street. at any rate the ban the day it was supposed to go into effect a judge in new york shot it down said it was arbitrary and capricious and unenforceable. so you would think that mayor bloomberg might go focus on pop holes or something. no, no, no. he was back with another nanny
state suggestion. this time the mayor is going after cigarettes. he wants to prohibit stores, everything from displaying cigarettes. you know how at the back of the counter you see sometimes? gas stations and everything where you have the whole display, boxes of cigarettes up in back of the cash register right? and then they just turn around and grab one when people want a cigarette. no, no no. from now on that will not be allowed in new york city. >> first we're proposing legislation that would prohibit disbla of tobacco products in retail establishments, the reason? such displays suggest that smoking is a normal activity. this is not a normal activity, and experimenting when you have something that is addictive, is
the first step to being addicted, and the first step to shortening your life and making your quality of life worse. >> bill: the mayor says if kids see them they will want them. the solution is keep the cigarettes hidden. explaining they could be under the counter, in a drawer in a cabinet. they could be behind a curtain. you could put a curtain over the cigarettes. the mayor is saying who would be covered and who would not be covered by this. >> stores would still be free to advertise and post price information, but young people under the age of 18 are hard prohibited to entering such
stores without a parent and guardian. >> bill: in other words they are going to treat them like they used to treat condoms and used to call them rubbers. right. so here is the question i have for you. do you think it will work with cigarettes? i don't smoke. i have never smoked, so i really cannot speak to this but it seems to me that if you want a cigarette you are going to get a cigarette no matter how, and if you go in a store you know they have got them and i don't think those cigarettes -- they never tempted me. i don't think seeing those cigarettes up there is what drives people to smoke. i think when they walk in they have already decided i'm coming in because i am almost out of cigarettes and i need another
car cart inor something. the mayor says this is to prevent impulse buying. you know how they always have the candy bars right in front of the register and i must admit i'm getting a magazine or something, and then i see -- there's a milk way. it has been a long time since i have had one so i'll get it. mayor says impulse buying will work with cigarettes. >> out of sight doesn't always mean out of mind but if many cases it can and we think this will help reduce impulse purchases. >> bill: will it work? i don't think so. i honestly don't think so. i think this is nanny state in capitol letters. >> i think you are right.
everybody will occasionally eat some candy. but you are either a smoker or a non-smoker, and if you are going into a store and you are not a smoker and you go hey, look there are some cigarettes. gosh i haven't had cigarettes in a long time. i'll treat myself to some cigarettes. maybe those people exist. i have never met one that just crave the occasional cigarette and will just spot one and say i'll try one. you go to the store to buy cigarettes if you are a smoker. >> bill: it seems to me that that is the case. you are going in to buy cigarettes and you going to guy them regardless. but boy i got to tell you he is on a freakin' crusade they he is going to make us healthy or die. 866-55-press. over my dead body. [ laughter ] >> announcer: this is the "bill press show."
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♪ >> announcer: heard around the country, and seen on current tv this is the "bill press show." >> bill: all right. twenty-five minutes after the hour on the "full court press," egor volski joins us in the next half hour here in studio. mayor bloomberg wants stores to keep cigarettes out of public sight. you can still sell them just nobody can see them when you come in the store. he says this would make new york
the first city in the nation to keep tobacco products hidden. peter. >> blade 102 said good idea. out of sight out of mind. joseph says now bloomberg is completely ridiculous. i don't smoke cigarettes just because i see them everywhere. mzoddi says they should hide candy bars behind the curtain if he is so worried about obesity. and teamster says he is becoming a bit dictatorial, this is scary. >> bill: when you go in stores what are prominent?
lottery tickets, candy bars and cigarettes. >> yeah, it's just the wall behind the cashier is all cigarettes. >> bill: john is calling from chicago. what do you think? >> bill: they should just actually hide the politicians and we'll be all right. >> bill: put them behind the curtain. >> caller: yeah, and they just should have a voting thing and people just vote in and that's it. and the imagine yourty wins and that's it. we don't need politicians. but these guys are just nitpicking just to push big laws, and then you are occupied with this other garbage and it makes no sense. if people are going to smoke, they are going to smoke anyway. it doesn't matter. it's like holding alcohol from kids, they are still going to be drunk.
by the time they are 21 they are already drunk. >> bill: all right. we got it john. skeptical about any laws whatsoever. i think sometimes people believe the purpose of getting elected is to pass new laws. i have often thought maybe the purpose should be to get rid of some of the laws that we have. so i'm always skeptical about that. but at the same time with mayor bloomberg, it does seem that he's just on this kick right? that he is going to make everybody in new york just like him. >> yeah, exactly. >> bill: i'm perfect. i don't smoke. right? i don't drink bill gulps. >> i don't eat too much salt. >> bill: right. and i never have msg in my food so you are going to be as
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their website, goiam.org. we can't -- we have three hours, but we -- we still cannot keep on top of all of the big stories of the day. for that we always lean on our good friends at think progress. igor volsky deputy editor of the progress here in studio with us. welcome back. >> thank you. >> bill: the only person we know in the media who gets up as early as we do. >> well, maybe not quite as early as we do. >> what time do we get up? >> earlier than you do. >> bill: but still lots of kudos for coming in as early as you do every tuesday morning. i want to start with a big announcement yesterday from former secretary of state hillary clinton in a video that she prepared for hrc, the human rights campaign. >> i suppose marriage for
lesbian and gay couples. i support personally and as a matter of policy and law embedded in a broader effort to advance equality and opportunity for lbgt americans and all americans. >> bill: so last week it was senator rob portman because his son came out to him as a gay man. this week it is hillary clinton, chelsea is not even a lesbian. >> can you believe it? >> bill: what is going on. >> she didn't even have to have a gay child to be for marriage equality. i don't know what is going on this week. certainly it was expected that the former secretary would support marriage equality. you remember when new york was debating marriage she publicly endorsed that effort. but it's a big, big deal because it heats the fire of 2016 speculation but also because she has kind of come full circle
like a lot of lawmakers. when she ran in 2008 she only supported gay marriage, and now she's there where most americans convincingly are. >> bill: tell us about the new poll. because he haven't talked about the numbers yet. >> it's remarkable 58% now support marriage equality. that's up some 40 points from where it was in 2004, where president bush ran a whole campaign on defaming gay people and passing state initiatives -- >> bill: yeah, to put it in the constitution -- >> that was the strategy to win in those states bring his voters out, vote for him and of course on marriage equality. so those numbers are going up
among all groups even conservatives now some 30%. when you see they started at some 14% in 2004 you see growth. you see growth in the 65-plus senior citizens. evangelicals were at about 7% in 2004, now they are in double digits. so support is growing. it's really remarkable and it has to do with what happened last week, at least in part with rob portman. this idea that as society becomes more accepting of gay people and gay people start coming out there is simply no choice for parents, for family members to embrace the people they love, to support who they are, to ensure that they have equality under the law that they can marry who they love just like their straight counterparts. >> bill: isn't there something else too?
doesn't age have a lot to do with it. it's 48% average across the board with americans, which is again, huge. 45% among people 65 or older which doesn't sound like much but that was way down a couple of years ago. but among young people, 81%. >> can you believe that. >> bill: you couldn't get 81% for apple pie. >> no. maybe background checks and marriage equality. maybe the two. yes, it is big and it's a real political reality. the autopsy report recognizes this fact. they say we may not all agree on marriage equality but young people can't view the party as intolerant, so we have to have a
campaign to reach out to gay people. they are recognizing that they have lost this fight. because the future is with young people. they said that scott walker said that on sunday meet the press, who is of course their future in terms of who is going to run in 2016 so it's a big, big deal. >> bill: i saw at cpac a sign of the times. one panel was anti-marriage equality, and the other was suggesting that as republicans we should somewhere a more open attitude towards this and even support it, and the pro marriage equality doesn't flat out, but the positive on marriage equality had a packed auditorium, and the other was like empty. >> yeah. >> bill: did you see that photo? >> yeah, it's great. and it is indicative of there used to be this policy of
politicians can tell you what you should think. this is what is in your best interest. and people -- i don't know if it's through social media or just having more information at their fingertips than they used to, they have become empowered to the point where they can tell their politicians, no you are the one that need to get on board with this, and they see this change. >> bill: when i saw the videotape of secretary clinton, and the "washington post" abc poll this morning, is will this impact the supreme court's thinking? it has to. >> it's an amazing -- a prominent republican, you have the republican party saying maybe sometimes down the road we can't fight this forever, hilary -- i mean it's the political environment -- i would be hard to imagine if in june they come back with the ruling on the doma case and prop 8 case
and they maintain doma and maintain -- it's just hard to imagine in this environment. there would be such a backlash. the public is so ahead of where these laws were in 2004 and 2008. >> bill: absolutely. 866-55-press if you want to weigh in on this very very significant movement in the direction in support of marriage equality. you mentioned and you referred to the -- we love the phrase autopsy. in that this is what the republicans are calling it the point we have made here several times. it's an unusual choice of a phrase -- if you want -- that you do not perform autopsy on bodies you expect to come back to life. >> they are dead. >> bill: exactly they are cold. but that's what they are calling
it. at any rate, one of the things is outreach. we're going to spend $10 million reaching out to women and to blacks and to latinos and they are already violating it you report on think progress. >> they violated moments after -- you have this big endorse inspect the report saying the reasoning must support immigration reform. >> bill: yesterday morning. >> yesterday morning. it's where the demographics are. we need the votes. immigration reform, here we come. hours later they had a hearing on immigration and who else but senator sessions from alabama berated a witness about shouldn't america be able to exclude family members from imma grating? shouldn't america -- american immigration policy be able to
cherry pick the most entrepreneurial immigrants and leave their wives and mothers behind because that's in the american interest? then you have president obama nominating tom perez to be the -- >> bill: secretary of labor. >> thank you the secretary of labor. he is going to be the only hispanic in his second-term cabinet, and you have republicans from limbaugh to sessions to vitter senator vitter from louisiana saying he is is affiliated this group who helps undocumented workers. and he is for minimum wage. he is no good at all. so they just can't help themselves. this is like the need jerk reaction. they see a hispanic name a hispanic nominee, and they just
can't help but issue these statements. you know, the party is trying to be -- to become more accepting of more people but they these these folks holding them out, and until they cycle these guys out -- >> bill: but they say they are. >> that's right. >> bill: but then the reality is it's the same old same old bashing of people who are different in any way. they have already broken their promise. the gop autopsy. more on that when we come back here with igor volski it is the "full court press," tuesday march 19th. >> announcer: chatting with you live at current.com/billpress.
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that is running. >> bill: yeah, i think so. so we'll check in with a reporter down there. right now we're talking to igor volsky the deputy editor of the -- "think progress." 58% of americans now totally support marriage equality and secretary of state, former hillary clinton coming out with a video yesterday expressing her support, following her husband by the way -- >> and daughter. >> bill: and daughter. chelsea was the first one. >> young people lead the way. >> bill: back to your comments and calls in just a second. but this story chauth my at attention. out in nevada where a woman discovered she -- her identity had been stolen and how it happened she was treated in a hospital for an auto accident.
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the invasion of iraq. and a new poll shows how people think about the war, according to gallop. 53 53% of americans believes it to have been a mistake. the iraq war is now more popular than it was at its height in 2008. at the beginning of the war 75% of americans said that sending the troops was not a mistake. so it was sort of popular, and then got less popular, and no it's sort of not quite as unpopular as it used to be. >> bill: what strikes me still aunz believable is how the american people were suckered into this war. >> by the press, by the administration. >> bill: yeah there was nothing -- not a colonel of truth in anything they were
saying, and yet they got away with it. i don't want to beat a dead horse here, but i think it's scary that this -- this country and 350 million people or whatever, as smart as we all are, believed all of that bs coming out of the white house. it just shows how powerful the propaganda can be. particularly when you have the media on your side. and that's all they did was repeated weapons of mass destruction, nuclear weapons, threat to the united states mobile missile launchers all over the country. and none of it was true. >> yeah. and ten years later, for one of the media outlets, newspapers or broadcast outlet to do a critical self analysis what did we get wrong?
it is not going to happen. because the idea that everyone thought that he had weapons of mass destruction. he used them before. he is going to use them again. the republicans repeated and hosts uncritically not challenging any of those assertions. >> bill: no. and i don't know -- i would hope that we wouldn't go there again, but there is nothing that i see -- we haven't built up any walls since then, right? that would protect us from the same kind of propaganda campaign under a different president. >> no, i think you have -- >> and if the media does don't it, who does. >> right. and i think you have a very skilled ability to handle the press and control narratives. just for example you have -- when the sequester first went into effect the entire story was white house tours
canceled. everybody covered these in the national immediate while ignoring the real threats at the local level. the only consequence the american people hear about are these tours, time and time again. >> bill: yeah didn't talk about food stamps or real pain for real people. [ overlapping speakers ] >> focus on opinion, opinion, opinion, as the pugh report sound it is a real problem there is not a critical pushback media. >> bill: all the more important that we follow "think progress." make it your home page. we'll be back, igor volsky thanks for coming in as always. >> thanks for have ing me. >> announcer: this is the "bill press show."
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president obama will be celebrating a delayed st. patrick's day celebration. they'll have a great big lunch and then back at the white house this evening the traditional st. patrick's day reception at the white house. after which, president obama hops on air force one to the long flight to the middle east. he talked to some reporters yesterday who are going along with him, and they are expecting a very busy trip. vice president joe biden meanwhile is in rome for the installation mass of hope francis. some us in on the robert menendez front. remember senator menendez was accused by one publication, "the daily caller" of paying to have sex with prostitutes, perhaps underage prostitutes in the
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you would rather deal with ahmadinejad than me. >>absolutely. >> and so would mitt romney. (vo) she's joy behar. >>and the best part is that current will let me say anything. what the hell were they thinking? ♪ >> announcer: broadcasting across the nation, on your radio, and on current tv, this is the "bill press show." >> bill: in new york city michael bloomberg says i didn't get my way with the big gulp, so now i'm going to ban cigarettes. well at least ban stores from openly displaying cigarettes. they have to be hidden behind a curtain or behind a wall. what do you say in good morning,
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now. peter ogburn and dan henning. >> hey, hey, hey. >> with the support of phil back backer on the phone, and you wouldn't be able to see us if it wasn't for siprion bolling. if he ever gets mad at us he can just shut the camera off. president obama announced his nominee for the new secretary of labor, he began by saluting and thanking hilda solis who did such a great job. his new appointment is tom perez from the justice department. president obama giving a little bit of his background. >> tom is the son of dominican immigrants. he helped pay his way through
college as a garbage collector and work at a warehouse. he went on to become the first lawyer in his family. so his story reminds us of this country's promise. >> bill: yesterday sitting in any front row for the announcement was the head of the aflcio, he was joined by the head of the naacp, and by the president of the communication workers of america, al sharpton from msnbc was there as well, and tom perez with his turn thanked the president in two languages. >> thank you mr. president for your confidence in me. [ speaking spanish ] >> bill: there it is. don't need a translation for that. >> casa blanca.
>> bill: coming up congress woman grace napolitano will be here in studio with us, and hillary clinton's big announcement yesterday that she now supports same-sex marriage. but first -- >> announcer: this the "full court press." >> other headlines twitter went nuts saying that the man playing satan looked exactly like the president. but the producers say any talk of resemblance is utter nonsense. they said they have nothing but love and respect for the president. and the actor is a highly proclaimed actor. >> bill: i don't buy that for a second. you cannot tell me -- they went
out of their way to find somebody that looked like barack obama. >> how would you like to be the guy known to play satan in other countries. >> tiger woods has a new girlfriend. he is dating olympic gold medal skier lindsey vonn. he posted a few photos of them together and then asked his millions of friends and followers to respect their privacy. >> yeah, what a move. put a bunch of pictures online and then say give us our privacy. >> burger king is offering up a turkey burger for the first time as part of a limited-time spring men you for a trial run. it has got 530 calories less than the 630 calory whopper, but
more than the 470 calory chicken stand witch. >> bill: i'm not a big fan of turkey burger. >> i'm not a huge fan. and i will probably not get a turkky burger at a fast-food restaurant. they may decide who the nominees will be for the first congressional district in south carolina, formerly represented by tim scott. robert bare covers politics for "the post" and "currier" down in south carolina. robert good to talk to you. >> good to talk to you too. >> bill: thanks for getting up early to talk to us this morning. the big us in is steven colbert's sister is she is
lock-in for the democratic nominee. >> most people believe so though we have produced unexpected democratic victors here before, but she has been the only one who is actively campaigning and raising money. and she has a lot of democrats excited about taking over a congressional seat that they haven't held for years. >> bill: have you seen her brother in the state? >> he did come by a couple of weekends ago for a fund raiser. and of course he mentioned her on his program just briefly when she got into the race so i haven't seen him personally but he has been here, and i think he has been a big reason why she has raised as much money as she has so far. >> bill: yesterday brother stephen appeared with jay tapper on his new show on cnn, and he
said -- he pledged that he was going to do whatever he could to help his sister and mentioned there's one reason in particular, i think, why he wants to help her. >> mark sanford is favored to be the republican an date. >> bill: former governor of the appalachian trail. >> shots fired. [ laughter ] >> yeah. >> bill: let's talk about the republican side. that's really where the contest is, isn't it? >> exactly. we expect that colbert-busch will win today. but nobody expects anybody to get more than 50% of the vote today with 16 candidates. sanford is expected to get the most votes today, but we'll be watching real closely how many votes he gets. >> bill: so what do you think he
needs to get to -- to really feel -- you know, to -- to be in a good position for april 2nd? >> well, i have heard the number being -- maybe 35% or higher. certainly, the higher over 35%. so the more comfortable he would be feeling. >> bill: so the runoff then would be april 2nd. >> yes. in two weeks. >> bill: right. and then they have the real election i guess? >> the real election is set for may 7th. it is an unprecedented congressional race for a couple of reasons, not only do we have these political figures who have national ties in and of themselves, but because of the resignation of tim scott it is one of the only races in the
country. >> bill: right. is this the city of charleston? >> yes, it's actually a very difficult to describe district but it extends basically over the parts of the southern tip of south carolina stretching from charleston and its suburbs, and then down just north of savanna georgia. >> bill: what is the registration do you know? >> we don't register by parties here, but voters in the first congressional district went for mitt romney by a 58-40 margin over barack obama. so elizabeth colbert-busch has some work to do ahead of her. >> bill: yes. peter ogburn our executive producer is from charleston. >> yes in need.
it's elizabeth colbert, not colbert, right? >> right. >> bill: i didn't realize that. elizabethco -- elizabeth colbert. i'm such a huge fan of charleston. every meal i have down there is one of the best meals of my life. robert i want you to know but when i think of south carolina tell us about lindsay graham. what is happening -- is he really going to have a primary battle? >> well, if he's going to have any reelection trouble whatsoever, it is going to be in the primary. the democrats here just don't have a bench to put anybody credible up against him, not considering his war chest and
things, and not considering they would be a democrat and working with harry reid instead of mitch mcconnell -- >> wait, wait, wait. you forgetting about alvin green. >> oh, yes. [ laughter ] >> there are a lot of people who have forgotten about him. he ran for the state house after that and just got trounced. >> did he really? >> yeah. >> bill: oh, he did. >> despite all of the notoriety and at attention he got facing jim demint that was not one of the most successful political careers. >> bill: lindsey graham has become so far right, you know, you can't get to the right of him anymore, because he is afraid of his own shadow, but has anybody filed against him or is he just making it up? >> no. no. and of course filing won't open until march of next year and
nobody has really even emerged, though there are tea party forces and libertarian forces here in the republican party who are small but vocal and pretty organized and they would love to get a credible candidate up against him. in fact they would love to change the rules of the primary so it's done at a convention than a primary itself but here is the wrinkle. one thing i think that is working in senator graham's favor is also in 2014 in the republican primary there -- that's a race that both ken scott and nikki haley have to clear as well. so it's going to be a very big deal -- very big political year in south carolina because ken scott is filling out only the next two years of jim demint's term. >> bill: and nikki haley then
will be up for reelection. >> correct. >> bill: and about your mayor of charleston, he has been mayor for what, like 60 years or something like that? >> just about. almost 40. he is actually a democrat too. though he changed the elections to non-partisan, but he is one of the democratic voice here who have also come out in strong support of elizabeth colbert-busch. and mayor riley says he is not going to run again in 2015 but a lot of people here still don't believe him. >> yeah, having grown up under mayor joe riley, no i think he is going to go out with his boots on. >> bill: robert great to talk to you this morning. two of our best friends in the world are john and carol fowler
so i'm sure you know them -- >> i not only know them but they are my in-laws. south carolina we all know each other real well down here. >> bill: yeah, i know about all of that imbreeding down there in south carolina. [ laughter ] >> bill: all right. say hello to them for me, robert. robert. >> i sure will. >> bill: it's a small world. ♪ we are family ♪ . >> that's amazing. >> announcer: this is the "bill press show," the "full court press," live on your radio and current tv. ♪ date, staying in touch with everything that is going on politically and putting my own nuance on it. in reality it's not like they actually care. this is purely about political grandstanding.
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>> announcer: this is the "bill press show." >> bill: here we go twenty-five minutes after the hour. carey elaveld will be here used to cover the white house for "the advocate," and will be here in the next hour to talk about the hillary clinton video yesterday talking about that she is a supporter of marriage equality. this is a day that we can't let go, without noting that march 19, 2003, was the day we invaded iraq. and it is still amazing to me how we as a nation marched to war under a whole pack of lies. the fact that this could happen in the 21st century in such a
sophisticated intelligent nation, right? the most powerful nation on earth, and yet we all fell -- we all were gullible and swallowed the lies put out by the white house, and that's what it was, a whole pack of lives. it is still real to me, because we had our show on msnbc, and either of us believed what the white house was saying, and me and pat buchanan were both fired because of it. there were three pillars, number one because he had weapons of mass destruction a whole mountain of them. nob 2, he had or was very close to having nuclear weapons, in fact they had these mill ill launchers all around iraq so we couldn't keep track of them. and number 3, that iraq somehow
with no air force and no navy and a rag tag army was somehow a threat to the united states of america, and we bought that crap, and it was all a pack of lies, and it was told by the president, the vice president, by the secretary of state, and the defense secretary. and the media magnifyiedyied those lies and put them out there, and we believed it. >> do you think that that could happen again today? >> bill: yes. i think they could because i have seen it up close at the white house and too often what the media do is just swallow the propaganda, and i have seen it on the hill. the republicans put out all of these lies and the media just
repeat it without doing their own independent research. it's a disgrace to the nation and the media, the war in iraq. >> announcer: this is the "bill press show." to the fire. are you encouraged by what you heard the president say the is this personal or is it political? a lot of my work happens by doing the things that i am given to doing anyway. staying in tough with everything that is going on politically and putting my own nuance on it. not only does senator rubio just care about rich people but somehow he thinks raising the minimum wage is a bad idea for the middle class. but we do care about them, right? vo: the war room tonight at 6 eastern
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the nation's capitol. brought to you by the good men and women of the smart union, giving a fair day's work for a fair day's pay, you bet. get more information about their good work and this new merger of these various unions together at smart/union.org. hillary clinton former secretary of state, former new york senator, former first lady, making a lot of news yesterday when she appeared in a video released by the human righting campaign. her initials hrc, human rights campaign, hrc. here she is. >> i support marriage for lesbian and gay couples. i support it personally and as a matter of policy and law,
embedded in a broader effort to advance equality and opportunity for lbgt americans and all americans. >> bill: carey el field a good friend joining us in studio. this is a big deal, huh? >> yeah, it's a huge deal but don't you think at this point hillary clinton is checking off the boxes she needs to check off in order to do a 2016 run? >> bill: maybe. whatever the motivation. >> we'll take it. >> bill: i mean for her -- she does have a lot of followers. >> symbolically it is huge. i still don't think it's unexpected. >> bill: yeah -- look hillary clinton, i did -- i did a cover
story for the advocate at the end of 2010 -- or actually the beginning of 2011 is when it came out about all of the advances that she had made at the department of state, and that agency was way aed a head of all other agencies in terms of lbgt advances. and they were pushing at that point -- you remember the white house in 2009 wasn't moving particularly fast on lbgt issues, and they were ahead of the white house. one time i got a leaked memo that had to do with a state department policy that they were getting ready to implement, and, you know, it was clear to me that one of the fears was -- is that if they didn't do it they were afraid that they would either be held back or maybe watered down by people who were less aggressive at the white house at the time. >> yeah, right. >> so that was my interpretation
of it, and -- but, you know, so anyway, all i'm saying is she did -- i think almost as much as she possibly could do in her role at the department of state in that interview they did with her, i asked her about same-sex marriage, and she just wasn't going there. she obviously wasn't getting ahead of the president. it's clear she is in an apolitical position and she doesn't going to go there for obvious reasons. >> her husband came out a couple of weeks ago and said doma was a mistake. he is sorry he did it. chelsea was the first one of the family to come out. [ laughter ] >> which follows the pattern of almost every politician we see. look at portman, his son came out and then he changed -- to his credit he went through a full reversal in position and i
think that's very much to his credit. what i thought was interesting was watching speaker boehner on sunday, he almost looked shameful in saying i can't imagine any situation -- >> bill: he said even if his son were gay? >> yeah. but he didn't look good while he was saying it. he didn't looked like he was pleased -- >> bill: well he needed a cigarette. >> and some wine. >> i think it says a lot about how people feel comfortable coming out in support of gay marriage now since barack obama did in an election year and -- and survived -- not only survived won handily. >> bill: yeah. yesterday we see secretary of state, hillary clinton, former coming without this very strong video and then this morning we pick up the paper and here is the "washington post" abc poll on
the same issue, which has some&townedingsome& astounding numbers. >> yeah. the highest we have seen across the board. >> bill: and 81% of young people. >> right. >> bill: what else would be that high? background checks maybe for all guns. >> right. >> bill: so not so long ago -- ten years ago this was the club that republicans -- in 2004 -- nine years ago, this was the republican that republicans-- the club that republicans were using to beat democrats over the head with. and it has totally flipped now in public opinion. how do you explain that? >> what conservatives did was got just ahead of wave. they got just ahead of i think public opinion which was showily but surely moving in the right
direction. first of all you had eight years in washington where during the bush years anything gay related was in a deep freeze. yet you had ellen come out and will and grace and any number of things that happened and culturally our society was getting far more i think, you know, not only tolerant but embracing of lbgt culture and people. and politically we were just falling way, way way behind. so what you have when obama comes into office is a country that is culturally getting ready to support gay people but there are no laws that support them in
anyway. but politically in washington we were just grossly behind the times, and i think what you see in those years is -- you know, a deep freeze that starts to thaw very quickly when it starts to thaw. but those constitutional mare page mangedments got just ahead of the wave and locked in homophobia and discrimination just ahead of the wave of public opinion. >> bill: yeah, i think it was maybe 45% just a couple of years ago. >> yeah, in 2008 it was between like 38 and 42 even. even among republicans here it says that -- that even though there's only 34% of republicans there this poll support same-sex marriage. it is still up 18 points since 2004. that's still an inamazing amount of progression.
>> bill: and do you attribute it to the fact that everybody discovers they have a gay son, daughter, niece, or something like that. >> yep. >> bill: and maybe the electorate are getting younger and young people don't buy the argument that people ought to be treated differently because they happen to be lbgt. >> yeah, and they grow up around them and have friends that are lbgt, and they don't see the problem. a lot of homophobia was just a fear of the unknown. it is always to say they and then -- >> those people. >> those people, but when it's one of your own, and someone that you care about, you respect, you know, as a family member, you know, a child, rightfully so, people have hearts, and i really think that coming out is what was clearly the biggest you know -- one of the biggest sort of advancements
in terms of turning this around and of course, very unfortunately a lot of people were forced to come out during the aids crisis so they almost didn't have a chance to come out on their own terms. they were fighting for their lives and had to own a piece of themselves that they may have locked away. of course there were people who really did come out and just -- but aids sort of forced the country in many ways to come to grips with the fact that there really were gay people. >> bill: and now the question is -- you can follow kerry at at @kerryelefield. and we'll talk about whether this resurgence in marriage equality will impact those nine justices on the supreme court who are going to be ruling on this issue not too long from
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an eye exam. [ laughter ] >> 20/20. >> yeah. >> i'll be curious to see how many republicans stand with rand on this issue? >> bill: kerry back to marriage equality, next tuesday and wednesday the supreme court will be hearing oral arguments on the two cases they have in front of them, doma and california's prop 8. we know how some of them are going to rule but will this rob portman and hillary clinton, and 80-some republicans signing an amicus brief do you think this all will have any impact on the supreme court? >> absolutely. they read the news like anybody else. at this point i think the politicians themselves areless important. but what is very important is public opinion. i'm not saying -- the politicians i think made a
difference along the way. barack obama coming out for same-sex marriage in 2012 made a difference in terms of progressing some people's thinking right? this leads this avalanche of barack obama, the republicans coming out with this amicus brief, that kind of thing, leads to this highest public opinion poll we have seen so far. the constitutional law scholars say by far the most important of all of these factors at this point is public opinion. and that the court must weigh the institutional role right? of getting the constitution right, against having a reputation where the people, you know, see it as a place where justice will be done and not delivering decisions that are so far out of the main stream that then you have to, you know, send u.s. marshals out or whatever.
you don't want to be in a situation like that. i'm not saying that -- of course constitutionally we want what is right to be done but the court weighs those things so public opinion does matter. by the way -- >> bill: for them to rule any other way right now -- for them to rule that -- that marriage equality is -- or the ban on marriage -- on same-sex marriage is constitution am would be just flying in the face of -- >> right. so here -- right. here is what we're looking at. i talked to a guy who i really respect, jeffery stone who worked and also recruited barack obama to that law school in the '90s, any way he told me that he thought there was zero chance that they would do anything to hurt, you know, the same-sex marriage effort right? so what that means is that at the very least the supreme court
overturns doma right? and -- which gives states, you know, the right of sort of defining what marriage is and then they hold -- at the very least the narrowest ruling upholding the strikedown of pop situation 8, meaning that california couples could continue to be married or start again, but it doesn't necessarily -- >> bill: apply to the entire country. >> and then there is this other argument which is an 8-state solution, whichever state like california, basically giving a bunch of benefits with the exception of the wore marriage then they would have to adopt it, because there's no reason why -- the state can't have an interest in denying the word marriage if it is giving all of the benefits of marriage. and then there is the
constitutional right to marriage nationwide. but what he was saying was at the very least they overturn doma and give a narrow ruling upholding the strikedown of prop 8. he thought there was zero chance that they did anything negative to hurt same-sex marriage. >> bill: so rob portman today, and hillary clinton today. who it is tomorrow right? >> i don't know who else is thinking about running. [ laughter ] >> bill: that's how we'll find out, i guess. >> yeah. >> bill: chris christie might flip on this issue. >> yeah, i think we'll see more republicans who are really serious about it. >> bill: i would like to see chris christie do a somersault. all right, kerry thanks so much. great to see you. thanks for coming in. >> bill: this the "bill press show." ♪
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and we also have neil king here as a friend of bill this entire hour, and what maybe not everybody knows is the three of us live within a half of block of each other. and within a block of the studio. >> yeah, the village that is washington. >> bill: it is a little village, isn't it? >> yeah. >> bill: we're figuring out how many members of congress live on capitol hill. some of them are out in the burbs -- >> a lot of them are sleeping in their offices right now. >> yes, i understand there are a few men mostly that do that. >> bill: before we get into the importantish -- important issues of the day, this is a big day in
california for the first congressional district, the one that tim scott resigned in order to be appointed to the united states senate. so on the republican side it's former governor mark sanford who is favored to come out on top, but not necessarily to win the nomination outright today. on the democratic side elizabeth colbert -- she pronounces it. >> -- busch. she is famous because she is the sister of steven colbert. yesterday steven colbert said i may play that conservative commentator on television but i'll be down to south carolina helping my sister. >> she is my sister and i'm willing to, you know, break the jewel of my own creation to try to do something for her. i'm not worried about what it
would do to me or my show but to try to help her as myself not as my character, but as myself. >> bill: there it is. >> he is totally out of character. even the way he talks. it's really funny. >> blood is thicker than water. >> bill: exactly, so he has already raised money for her in the primary. she is favored to win the democratic nomination outright. the final election i believe is may 7th for the seat. so mark sanford has come back. and she pronounces her name elizabeth co-bert, not co-bare.
>> yeah. >> bill: and that will be it. >> well there are a few more elections but not much. so this will be a fun one. >> bill: congress woman the republican announced -- they said we need to redo the party, remake the party and one of the things we're going to do is we are now for comprehensive immigration reform. nobody knows this issue better than you coming from southern california is it going to happen this year? >> it definitely will. what will come out, we don't know yet. we understand they have come to a compromise in the senate. i have seen some of the points that they have made. i'm not sure if that's exactly what we need but we'll look at it, and the hispanic caucus is working on that with our point person on that.
and he had been in contact with both sides of the aisle to make sure we have a good comprehensive reform. there has to be a pathway to be able to have these people come out of the shadows, and be able to have the driver's license so they can work, and be identified by the police if there is any emergency or criminal activity, so be able to get their wages -- they work for -- what they -- get paid what they really earn instead of what an employer wants. be able to have family reunification eventually come day. they come to work totally. they send a lot of money back to mexico. in that is one of mexico's biggest -- i want to say budget
is the money sent from abroad. >> bill: hum. >> so there are very many points, and think live in constant fear. and how are their children fearing, and their mental health because they are always afraid of going home and not fining their parents. >> bill: said also senator rand paul is coming out with a proposal. he is making a speech where we're told he is going to come out for a path to citizenship. of course he's thinking of 2016 -- >> which is not happening if they put it back that far. >> maybe look back to the big gather last weekend, and that was all the true conservative faithful, the two guys who emerged as sort of victors in the straw poll marco rubio, rand paul, both are in favor of
path to citizenship, and making a comprehendive review of what immigration reform would look like. and what seems to be part of the core is moving to the outside, but, again this is the senate, right? where is the house republican caucus on this issue. >> republicans -- i don't hear anything from them at all, because we don't communicate at this level. it's at the [ inaudible ] level with the working group that is working on the immigration issue, which is the justice area -- >> bill: is there a bipartisan group working in the house as there is in the senate? >> i believe there is. i couldn't tell you for sure, because they don't tell us a lot of things. they don't want it out in the open until they come out with a plan that is going to be acceptable. not only for the republicans -- because we have always had a plan but nobody
wanted to accept it. it wasn't what they wanted. now that they are turning and saying we need comprehensive immigration reform, because we need the hispanic folks -- not just hispanics, but worldwide immigrants. and these people are going to be voters some day and their children will be voters so i think they are beginning to see the light that this is a land of imma grants. >> bill: yeah, and for a while it was a republican plan put forth by a republican administration and republican president, which i thought was a pretty good plan. one of the sticking points seems to be guest worker program. you talked about the 12 million who are here living in the shadows who have kids in school jobs, homes, that's one group of
people. what about guest workers, bringing people in for particularly agricultural purposes. is that something you support? >> oh, definitely. although labor sometimes feel we have enough workers, but they are not paying the wages that most american workers would work for. but if you want to pay $3 for a head of lettuce because this will jump prices on agriculture at the table when we sit down to eat, and i think workers deserve that. my children, gran children, and great-grandchildren would not go out in the fields and work for what they pay. and i think it's time we see there is a need for ag chicken pluckers, clam shuckers you need it. they have come to us and said they need this. a lot of people will benefit from the whole packet, not just
one segment. and that's what we have been working on for the longest time. >> there's no way we're going to resolve this figure out what to do with the 12 million that are here, and then seal off the country and live off of what we have here. or we'll do through again what we have done before. >> bill: well there are so many industries that depend on this body of labor, and people who come here, particularly the seasonal people for whatever it is, the peaches or strawberries or -- >> tomatoes. >> bill: yeah, yeah. up and down the west coast. >> well and you have seen the newspaper reports for these agriculture industries that have had to close their crops under because they can't find the
workers. >> one of the big unknowns to me is we always look at this whole debate from sort of the policy-making side and the washington angle, and i still haven't seen somebody really go and try to question the people themselves or even -- i assume there has been some polling done. how many of the 11 million -- i guess you would have to determine how many are adults, really are clamoring and longing for u.s. citizenship? >> you go to some of these -- the nonprofit groups that help immigrants and you will have anywhere from 500 to a thousand people show up to try to get help to try to figure out how they can be legal. >> i remember with the dream act in chicago it looked like hundreds and hundreds of thousands -- >> yeah. >> bill: so if we provide a path to citizenship for the 12 million who are here now living
in the shadows, what percentage will take advantage of the path to citizenship? would it be 100%? >> no don't forget the amnesty issue back when. some say i don't need it. i have met people who said their parents never came because they thought no, it's a okay. but now they are afraid to come out of the shadows for fear of being on the list and being deported. you will be able legally to get at least in line to be able to become legal. >> what i wondered though is if in the end some amnesty thing could be the deal breaker for something happening, which it could. is there is something shy of that, that both sides right accept, whether only people
under a certain age -- >> it could be. i don't know i'm not in the mix of being in the leadership on these issues. >> bill: when we come back another important issue congress woman is the whole issue of mental health which of course has been raised today among others in the context of gun safety measures and what an important role congress plays in that. we'll be right back on the "full court press." >> announcer: chatting with you live at current.com/billpress. this is the "bill press show," live on your radio and current tv. ♪
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>> announcer: this is the "bill press show," live on your radio and current tv. >> bill: hey, here we go. twenty-four minutes now after the hour it is the "full court press." we're going to talk about the republican party's autopsy report released yesterday but now we're talking about some versus important issues with congress woman grace napolitano. neil king here from the wall street journal as a friend of bill this hour. congress woman one other issue that has been in the shadows for much too long is the issue of mental health which you have worked to bring out of the shadows releasing your mental health in schools act. >> this is the third time we have proposed it. it has never been able to get out of the house.
it did the last congress, but ended up in a bunch of bills in the senate and died. the idea is to be able to help youngsters. teachers tell us even at a precinder age they can begin to detect disorders in schools. so we want to have oncite clinician clinicians, to help cutters schizo schizo schizo freen nia, and others. >> bill: is there money for that? >> i was getting a, quote unquote, earmark and that went
away. and now we're dealing with a nonprofit that is delivering services to 15 schools. >> this obviously you want to do a national program. >> that is the reason for this bill. it is $200 million, a million dollars to every school district to be able to implement something similar. it is patterned after my -- my bill -- the program that we started in 2001, and it has been successful so far, no attempted suicides in the schools that we started off with at all. it was to prevent suicide attempts by children because the latinos had ages 9 to 11 the highest percentage of attempted suicide in the united states which is appalling. >> bill: wow. that's really scary. wasn't there a provision in the affordable care act for increased funding for mental
health in obamacare. >> yes there was. but it is mostly for adults and they could use that either to put other kind of workers, school nurse or something into the program itself. we -- we attempt to having mental health service delivery because teachers will tell you, all of them, they have children that need assistance. and there's no referral to them. >> bill: i hadn't thought about at that age, but i'm sure like anything else, if you recognize it early and treat it early, you are preventing a lot of problems that could happen later on. >> correct. not only in law enforcement, but also in the courts. >> bill: so congress woman way out on front on this issue. you can follow her on twitter @gracenapalatono.
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♪ >> announcer: heard around the country, and seen on current tv, this is the "bill press show." >> bill: all right. thirty-three minutes after the hour now tuesday march 19th. here we go the "full court press." peter has got his spot back -- >> hi. >> and neil king moved over to the big seat here. >> moved to the right. >> the officials let me slum it up with you guys. >> exactly.
>> bill: neil it was big news yesterday the chair of the republican national committee saying we have to shake up the party and doing a little look back at here is what went wrong last november. here is reince priebus, the republican chair. >> our message was weak our ground game was insufficient we weren't inclusive, we were behind in both data and digital, and our primary and debate process needed improvement. >> bill: so they screwed up big time. you were there yesterday -- >> yeah it was a prolonged act of self flagellation going on there. i think it's fair. he made the argument that no party has ever done this kind of self analysis. parties have been in moment of apparel, and the democrats had their moment of peril
particularly in the late '80s but giving yourself this much grief is really pretty extraordinary. in the first couple of paragraphs they talk about how people are rolling their eyes at mere mention of the republican party. when someone rolls their eyes at us, they are not likely to open their ears to us. >> bill: yeah, and he said something like we look like scary old people right? >> they had a focus group with a bunch of people who had left the party, and when asked why, they said it was scary, grumpy old men that were out of touch. it's interesting report. very grim look backward and rose-hughed glasses in a lot of ways looking forward. and they say shoed almost also issues of policy issues.
it starts out right away the gop today is a tail of two parties one the gubernatorial wing is growing the other the federal is increasingly marginalizing itself. so republicans in congress is the party's main problem, and they were like, oh my god, no. no. no. we're talking about the presidential campaign. and i'm like the presidential campaign is over now. >> bill: they are saying it seems to me that the people who represent the party in washington, d.c. are bad news. >> yeah, and this is a 98-page document and you search for the world congress the only mention is congress should change its campaign finance laws so that the parties can raise unlimited amounts of money. >> bill: so we can have more
money. >> yes. but it is an extraordinary thing considering how they are talking about how to move the party forward, how the party needs to talk to normal people about normal concerns, and yet they leave out what is the main messenger of the party which is particularly the house republicans. >> bill: i want to know who came up with though word autopsy. >> i know. everyone is throwing around autopsy postmortem and then i got so many emails from readers, like way more than normal. mostly like 90% from republicans either on the edge or lax republicans, and several said if this is an autopsy then the thing is dead. >> bill: that's the point we made here. you don't perform autopsy on people you expect to come back. >> they are not calling themselves that. that is a journalism word.
there was a sense on the hill that wait they felt a little bit in the cross hairs. it's also the fact that having been at cpac when mitch mcconnell came out on friday and gave his speech he was like enough of this beating up on ourselves let's move on. and i think for a lot there is a distinct feeling that it's time to move on. whether that means they have regrouped and learned a lesson is another thing. >> bill: it seems to me this is a classic debate between -- and i'm not sure where it comes down here, is what is wrong? is it the pizza or the pizza box? and what i hear from republicans is as marco rubio said at cpac we don't need any new ideas.
right? now rand paul was saying we got to put out a better pizza, and marco rubio and others are saying no, we just have to package it better. >> yeah, absolutely. the democrats don't need to be throwing out new ideas, they are more of a defensive posture. but there are -- it's interesting because for the most part it is our principles are sound, but we need to talk more about people and less about policy. but glimmering through this is a lot of really interesting things that are about the need for a policy shift. and there are several moments where the thing basically says we can't be the party that is anti-government. and we can't be the party -- >> the tea party. >> to people flat on their back unemployed, disabled and in need of help they don't care if the
help comes from the private sector or the government. they just want help. and then there is a committee quote, there are some people who need the government. so there is a part that we got to recognize that there is a need for government in some people's lives, and we can't be seen as the party that opposes the things it does to help people. >> bill: i believe they have to look at their policies if they are really going to appeal and come back but the other issue i heard them say, we're spending $10 million for outreach. we're going to reach out to latinos and latin americas but they say this every four years and never do it.
>> yeah they say we'll attempt to improve the message and make it more powerful and meaningful for people and then send messengers into these communities and hope that people like it. i still think they just have a ways to go to bring it all together, really. >> bill: all right. so you were at cpac. thank you for going so we did not have to go. >> it was fascinating. >> bill: donald trump? >> oh, my gosh. here is a guy -- he comes out and talks about some of the whackiest things. he actually said that it's fine to say the iraq war was a waste which is basically what we argued, but then he went back to what some of us heard him saying at the time that it cost us
$1.5 trillion, by his math they are the second largest oil reserves in the world. we need to go back to iraq take the oil and pay ourselves back. he was actually arguing that. there were discussions about if we had only taken this or that different approach could we have won the vietnam war. there was criticisms of jimmy carter's handling of the tehran hostage crisis. >> bill: did anybody just as an objective reporter, anybody impress you there as somebody who really had the creds to lead this party? >> yeah, paul ryan gave it an interesting appealing thought-provoking speech.
and marco rubio gave a very emotional speech. rick santorum gave one of the more barn burning rhetorically -- his speech was as goods on the merits of did it move people. >> and he said basically if we had better candidates we might have won the white house. >> yeah. >> bill: how about band paul. >> rand paul's moment was ta very big moment. he came out with the big binders that were the entire transcript of his 13-hours of filibuster. and there were hundreds of people with these stand with rand signs. he has inherited his dad's organization, fervor basically, and he is expanding it. and he could be the most
interesting person on the right, because he has this broadening ability to get into the left with his anti-war libertarianism. >> bill: i love where rand paul says we have to reshape everything to move forward and he gets 25% of the votes and then marco rubio who is saying we don't need any new ideas, and he gets 24% of the vote. so it seems like they are split right down the middle. >> yeah i know. >> bill: neil this is as you know any tenth anniversary of the invasion of iraq. we'll talk about that when we come back. it's the "full court press," tuesday march 19th. >> announcer: this is the "bill press show," live on your radio and current tv.
♪ >> announcer: heard around the country, and seen on current tv, this is the "bill press show." >> bill: twelve minutes now before the top of the hour here with neil king. and we're talking about -- wanted to talk about iraq, neil, but first just finishing up here on the republican autopsy. i just love calling it the republican party autopsy. at the news conference yesterday, reince priebus says one of the problems i had when i came in was i went to use both of our party credit cards, and
couldn't use them, they had been canceled. we were so much in debt. which was a real slap at michael steele. he shot back and he said there's one big difference between me and reince priebus. >> i won and he didn't. and the bottom line -- >> you won in the elections -- >> yeah i had to win in 2009, christie and bob mcdonell in blue states purple states we laid down a national 50-state strategy. we just went out and did the heavy work of rebuilding the party. >> bill: and in the end what matters in winning. >> winning exactly. >> when did republicans become democrats. they unveiled this great new plan, and now all they are
talking about is the infighting. >> yeah that was a little factor that had never come out before this credit thing. it is funny because michael steele has done a lot of personal rebuilding, and he is sort of on a high at the moment. he wasn't a great money raiser or spender evidently. >> bill: except at the strip club in west hollywood. >> yeah. >> bill: as a former party chair if people look back at my leadership, you know what they are going to look at? how many elections we won. they didn't care how much money we had. they care if you won. >> yeah, and if you come out of the cycle a bit in debt that
means you went all out. >> bill: that's right. let's reflect back. i still think it's stunning that as a nation -- now that we know that there were no weapons of mass destruction, no nuclear weapons, and iraq was no way, no how, a threat to the united states, that ten years ago we would march into this war with iraq with overwhelming public support. and what did we got? >> not much. the neo-cons really thought this was a truly transformtive moment in the middle east. george bush gave a speech just a month or so before the invasion where he was acting that this was an important stepping tone towards a middle east peace agreement, because if you got
rid of saddam hussein, it would cause a relaxing across the region the israels and palestinians -- even if you put aside the idea of there being weapons of mass restriction, and just look that it transformed the region it is hard to say that. it's a mess. >> bill: and i think what is interesting is what it says about our profession because we collectively and our brothers and sisters in the media did not do our job of challenging the propaganda. >> we covered the personality side to the clash, who was going
to sign off on it and who wasn't and relatively few people looked at the evidence for going in. not only is there agonies of various kinds in iraq but the widespread pain that continues to exist and will in our lifetime in this country because of the many many thousands of soldiers who have some back debilitated debilitated. >> bill: do you think we could be buffaloed like this again? >> i do. >> bill: so do i. and that's sad. >> rand paul who brought about the issue over the drone policy. a few years ago very few people said anything about it and very few people even cared. and that was really extraordinary i think, not just for our profession, but for other countries.
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