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business leaders and even some white house staff in shock today as president trump threatens steep new tariffs on mexico using trade as a weapon to try to pressure mexico to stop illegal migration. >> our biggest imports from mexico, it's not hard to figure out. auto parts, truck, buses and cars. that means higher prices for u.s. consumers at a time when the average car loan is already seven years long. cooler heads. nancy pelosi tries to tone done the heated rhetoric following robert mueller breaking his silence. >> there's a school of thought that says if the senate acquits you, why bring up charges against him in the private sector when he's no longer president. when we go through with our case, it's got to be ironclad. ironclad. for the first time ever, the
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national spelling bee ends in an eight way tie when the judges run out of words. >> it's honestly the odds are against you when ever you do this competition. >> we all like wanted to win together. it wasn't like something where we were all competing with each other. we were competing together. good day, every one. president trump's latest tariff threat today against mexico is sending shock waves through the republican party, the business community and jeopardizing any hopes for a deal with democrats on the so called new nafta. the president's focus on the southern border sparking this latest action pressing mexican leaders to remedy the illegal immigration problem days after border patrol agents apprehended more than a thousands migrants
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illegally entering el paso. the 5% will increase an additional 5% every month until october where the tariffs on all mexican imports will cap at 25%. mexico's president today calling for great prudence at a morning press conference one day after releasing a letter saying social problems are not solved with duties or coercive measures. welcome all. kristen, set the stage. there's a lot of talk that inside the white house people were divided that they were just looking for way to assuage the president's anger over the immigration problem. >> reporter: there was division based on our reporting. that's in part why there's a sense this was hurried out the door. one official acknowledging to me that the timeline was incredibly
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short for this process. that's part of why you're seeing a backlash measured not from a whole lot of republicans but some backlash from capitol hill. of course, there are questions about how this might impact u.s. consumers. you saw the stock market responding. stocks lower today and mexico has become the united states number one trading partner and the big concern is this could not only hurt consumers but the auto industry in particular. i asked sarah huckabee sanders about that today. she said congress needs to act. it needs to do its part and we wouldn't have this problem. the question is will this action actually have the affect that the president wants. he wants immigration and the flow of migrants to be stopped by mexico. will this action lead to that happening? there's a big question mark surrounding that. does this not effectively doom the chances for that passing
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through congress. one top official saying it's too soon to say that just yet. undeniably there's a lot of jitters behind the scene. the one piece of legislation the president may have gotten passed may be in jeopardy. >> on cnbc this morning, the trade adviser to the president had an extraordinary exchange on cnbc about what he thinks tariffs really are. let me play that for you. >> why raise american consumer prices on all of that stuff coming from mexico? >> this government of china has born the burden of those tariffs in the form of lower tax revenues and lower rate of growth. >> so is the american consumer. >> no. >> they pay for it. >> no. the government of china and mexico will pay for it and the producer in mexico and china pay
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for this. these people who say that somehow american consumers will pay for this, it's not true. >> my head was exploding when i saw that. you take a shot at this. >> all right. i'm not sure why mr. navarro would say those types of things. we know for sure that companies in the united states do bear a good amount of the impact from import taxes and the reason why we know it is because they refer to them explicitly during their earnings conference calls and in their forecast. they talk about what the impact will be to their bottom lines when tariffs are imposed. many of these consumer companies, makers of hard and soft line products meaning things like clothes and apparel. if they do have exposure to other countries where they have import taxes in play, many of those companies do bear them. whether or not those companies are able to or want to pass the
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costs onto consumers is the big variable there. the reason you're seeing such a sharp reaction in companies out there, general motors is the biggest auto manufacturer in mexico. they have 14 plants there. as you start to see why the markets are handicapping this differently, they are looking at certain industries in particular. autos, ford, fiat, chrysler are all taking big hits. you're looking at a transportation company like kansas city southern. one of the biggest rail companies in america. it's got one of the biggest cross border networks of railroads in this country. kansas city southern stock is getting hit today. if you're a consumer of alcoholic beverages, constellation brand which is is the parent company of corona and pacifico, 75% of their beer supply comes from mexico. if those things are taxed, there
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are real world companies in the u.s. that will bear the brunt of it. whether or not they can pass it to consumers, that remains to be seen. >> i want to talk about the impact on mexico. the fact is, can mexico, the president is saying they've got three weeks, sarah sanders said this again today. there's three weeks when people from the northern triangle are coming through mexico and he is saying you have three weeks where they could stop them from hitting our border and he's using this pressure tactic against their president. what about that? does that work ? >> it doesn't. the reason is mexico is already doing a great deal to try to stem the flow of illegal my grag -- migration. they have been deporting people at about the same as under the previous administration. they are doing the program called remain in mexico which is housing people who are applying for asylum until we can process
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the them, a period of time that can take years. their own agencies have almost no resources. the mexican president put out another cut for resources in government the other day. even if they wanted to and i think the will has been extraordinary in mexico, this is not something that's easily done despite the white house that they can easily close their border with guatemala and the northern triangle countries from the south. it's just not that easy. >> the white house saying that supply chains could be changed. the companies have spent decades working on these supply chains. >> the integration between mexico and the united states, post nafta is way beyond the auto industry. we're talking about aero space, medical devices. it's going to affect all of them. what you will see is something that is in a sense a virtual closure or slowdown at the
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border. that hurts these companies very de de dearly. >> you had a statement from a number of people. senator grassley saying that trade policy and boarder security are separate issues. this is a misuse of presidential tariff authority and counter to congressional intent and joni ernst. while i support the need for come prehence ifr border security and a permanent fix to illegal immigration, this isn't the right path forward. mitch mcconnell has come out and been supportive. that's fairly predictable from the majority leader. the business round table, others weighing in. this will not play well to be president's base in the rust belt states that are part of the winning coalition for him that he needs to hold. >> it won't especially because of the hit on the auto industry. grassley and ernst represent iowa.
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a midwestern state he hopes to carry in 2020. they are speaking on behalf of the farmers there. the agriculture industry that fears they will be really devastated by the tariffs. they are speaking out. i expect the backlash to continue in the days to come. >> it's a big deal in wisconsin. >> in michigan. you start looking at the places where trump hopes to be winning again but it's not just up there. there are auto plants all around the country especially in the southeast of the united states that rely on parts that are manufactured in mexico and those tariffs would affect those industries. >> what about the inside story in the white house. is this a distraction from a week of mueller focus and impeachment talk. is that's why he's returning to immigration right before the midterms, not successfully, but is he just erupting over these numbers and stephen miller or whoever is briefing him is getting him riled up. >> the president has been so
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agitated by the flow of migrants at the border by the increase of numbers and very frustrated by the inability of his administration stop it and change the trends down there. he sees tariffs as one area where he can unilaterally act. it's why he likes tariffs so much. it's something he can impose as the president and put out there and pull back at a whim. that's what we're seeing this week with this decision. there's some familiar with the patterns who say maybe the president is bluffing. there's a period of time before they take effect. even the new president of mexico suggested today there's a chance trump could reconsider and pull back this threat before it takes place. i don't know if that will happen but that's always a consideration. >> he's got a very hard couple of days here to consider this because this is supposed to go into effect on the 10th. in between then he has the state visit that's fraught with political peril with the way
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he's praising brexit and will meet with teresa may. what would go wrong there? there are a lot of things that can go wrong. >> that's why a lot of market technicians are hanging on headlines. the one silver lining in this who process is that the markets have become a little bit more, i don't want to say accustoms to the headlines but perhaps, i guess the right way to put it is the markets are not as affected by some of the massive head llis that come out of the white house. we started down 300 some points. looked like it could be bad. we are down on tennesshe day bu the lows of the session. some traders and investors are taking this with a grain of salt. there could still be a path
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forward. we don't know the headlines from the geo political flash points. all of those uncertainty points are factoring into the trade. i would point out this is more of the marketed reactions to a trade policy decision that we have seen in a while. we have grown so accustomed to seeing those head lilines come . this is thrown as real monkey wrench in the works here. remains to be see whether the ripple effects will be further out come next week. this was something that was not expected by much of wall street. >> finally, ambassador, the world leaders also a bit discounting his e ruruptions an policy shifts but knowing that bottom line they have to take it seriously. >> absolutely. >> what are you hearing as you travel? >> what i hear from leaders in latin america and others is that you can discount it up to a
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point but they view it as deadly serious. any one of these could be a bluff or could be imposed on a whim. these kinds of tariffs, this is the use of the international emergency economic powers act which is under which the president implemented these tariffs requires a national emergency be declared before they can be implemented. now we see perhaps why that national emergency at the border was declared in the first place. when you say this is just rhetoric, it's not meaningful and a few months later you have an imposition of tariffs or ratcheting up of a trade war. leaders have to take this seriously. you saw there was lots of sort of we'll send up a negotiator but there was also lines like, i'm not a coward and we will not just sort of roll over for this either. this is not the way to get this done and not the way to attack
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migration. >> really important insights. thank you so much. thanks to all. coming up, under pressure. how is house speaker nancy pelosi responding to the growing calls for impeachment for the president? stay with us right here on msnbc. president? stay with us right here on msnbc. there's a lot that needs to get done today. small things. big things. too hard to do alone things. day after day, you need to get it all done. and here to listen and help you through it all is bank of america. with the expertise and know-how you need to reach that blissful state of done-ness. so let's get after it. ♪ everything is all right what would you like the power to do?® ♪ all right with priceline, bundling our lowest prices on flights, hotels and rental cars means you spend less time planning and more time travelling. we like that! by the way, these chairs are ours. everyone is already sitting.
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constitution of the united states. when we go down this path, we have to be ready. when you go down a path like impeachment, which is very divisive. it could divide the country, but let's just put it this way. we understand our oath of office to support and defend the constitution of the united states. >> in an appearance on jimmy kimmel live last night, nancy pelosi holding the line against impeaching the president. pelosi doubts that the republican senate could convict him, understandably, saying the republicans are completely in the pocket of donald trump. joining me now is peter baker. michael steel, former chair of the republican party and msnbc political analyst and former senior adviser to president obama. president and ceo of the center for american progress. welcome all.
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first the you, peter baker. the president's view of this. do you think he's welcoming impeachment the way nancy pelosi suggests? there was something in the anger which in he talked about impeachment as a dirty word which seems he always does not want that to be his legacy. is it a combination of the two? >> i think it would be both things. people say he doesn't want to be impeached. she doesn't show it from the fight. he enjoyed the fight. unlike president clinton when ehe was under the threat of impeachment and tried to stay above the fray by talking about only substantive policy issues. president trump gets down in this debate every single day. he brings it up with no one has brought it up with him. i think he did get peeved by robert mueller's appearance. i think it got under his skin. it's one thing to have a 448-page report that most people aren't going to read. it's another thing to have a
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visual image of a person of great bipartisan credibility stand up and say the things that robert mueller did. >> we have seen a big increase in the cries for impeechlment not only from the 2020 candidates but from the house members. let's take a look at what katie porter out in california. >> i have to say the refusal to comply with subpoena was a real turning point. the time is nigh. >> we have nothing to lose and i think opening impeachment inquiry will help us get that information. to your point, i think it will help educate the american public. i notified the speaker's office today that i now asking that we open inquiry. >> bernie sanders in nevada saying that he agrees with
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pelosi that the president is sort of encouraging this but also saying that he thinks that it may become inevitable. >> i think the issue now is democrats on the hill are incredibly frustrated about the obstruction of subpoenas and also the robert mueller testimony or appearance did add a lot of fuel to the fire. it made clear that barr was misleading the american people. what's happening is a lot of democrats wants to see what happens with robert mueller. what i interpreted seeker pelosi saying yesterday is it's going to be an ironclad case that's needed to be made here which means they want the american public to see the report in live form meaning mueller should testify as soon as possible in front of judiciary and then if that testimony is as convincing in four hours as it was in eight minutes, i think the impeachment inquiry will be the next step
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for them. >> what about the political interest of the white house and what do you think the president's play here is. i think it will be very difficult to get mueller to testify openly. >> i think it will be difficult but congress is going to be prepa prepared to do a work around on that. i think nancy pelosi and her members after those eight minutes which were heard around the world and clearly got under the president's skin in way that nothing else has in the last few weeks because it was such a counter narrative to no collusion, no corruption, et cetera. i think the congress will do that work around with mueller. nancy pelosi certainly realizes the value added of that visual narrative as opposed to relying on the american people to read 400 pages but they will tune into their tv. they will listen on their podcast, through other media and
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ash so absorb it. a lot of people going that was in the mueller report. i didn't know that. people are taking a hard edge even on outlets like fox suddenly had to dial it box because all of a sudden the narrative changed. >> there was the woman interviewed out in grand rapids at justin amash town hall meeting. she said i didn't know. i didn't know there was anything negative. >> suddenly the funnel got wider. >> i thought he was exonerated. >> that's why i think his testimony is so important. by going forward and public, i think mueller made clear why it's really vital he testify because he can actually walk through the report itself and there will be 50 million people perhaps watching and there's not 50 million people reading. >> let's clear up one thing and i think mueller opened that door which is really rattled the administration, this idea that well he couldn't come after us.
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he wouldn't charge us with anything. mueller said very clearly, i was constrained from bringing the charges. let's be clear. i'm not saying the president was free and clear here. i think having him sitting in front of a panel and saying that again very clearly, defining that moment, could be detrimental. >> flthere's a suggestion from some including peggy nunan suggesting censure as a less toxic, for the democrat, approach to try to censure the president and get the republicans to go along with that. let me just play. she said what is the best way forward? there's a good idea floating around washington. it's congressional censure. republicans wouldn't vote to remove him but to morally disapprove of him. there's plenty of suppressed resentment and how he's
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mortified them. your reaction. >> i think that's a really interesting thing that's not been much of the conversation up until now because it was part of the conversation 20 years ago with clinton. that was the out that both democrats and some republicans saw as the solution to that particularly confrontation. the republican leadership at the house at the time made it impossible for them to vote so it's not the final verdict. it's interesting to see they come up now. censure is way of saying we're not turning away from wrong doing that we see as a member of congress from president of the united states but we recognize that it may not be enough to move into office. if that got any bipartisan traction. that's the thing that would give value that impeachment doesn't have right now. it does not have bipartisan support other than justin amash. if you were to do a deal like that, if kryou were to have som motion that both parties agreed on. it would have a statement in history that would be different than a partisan impeachment.
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i personally felt he could have reached the decision. the opinion says you can't indict a president while in office. he could have reached a decision as to whether it was criminal activity. he had his reasons for not doing it which he explained. when he didn't make a decision, the deputy attorney general rod rosenstein and i felt it was necessary for us as the heads of the department to reach that decision. >> attorney general william barr playing defense after robert mueller made it clear that if the president did not commit a crime, he would have said so. joining me now is chuck rosenberg, former senior fbi official and msnbc contributor. you've seen ta whole interview that bill barr did and he seems to be rebutting mueller but would you do a fact check for us, please, on some of the allegations that he made. >> i'd be happy to.
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by the way, let me be clear. i'm biassed. i worked for bob mueller. i have tremendous regard and respect for him. i think he has the right take on this. let me explain. there are policies in the department of justice that preclude charging a sitting president. the rationale for those policies is that you don't want to stigmatize the president or burden the presidency. bob mueller thought, and i think properly so, if you can't charge a president nor can you recommend charging a president because that would also stig stigmatize the president and burden the pleasaresidency. i understand what bill barr is saying. i just happen to think he's wrong. >> in terms of him saying also in that interview that he did not think that there was any way toity or obstruction case, you have hundreds of prosecutors saying they could have prosecuted that case were he not the president. >> were he not the president. that's probably the operative
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phrase. the president can't be charged by policy but as a matter of fact, if you or i did things that the president did, we'd be in handcuffs. i was a federal prosecutor for many years before i had the privilege of working with mueller at the fbi. i've prosecuted numerous of obstruction of justice cases on far less evidence than the mueller team found here. it's really sort of remarkable for anyone to think that the president had been cleared. what happened, quite can frankly, is the president can't be charged and that's what bob mueller said. >> the president's tweet on thursday about robert mueller saying robert mueller came to the oval office along with other potential candidates seeking to be named the director of the fbi. he had already been in that position for 12 years. i told him no. the next day he was named special counsel. a total conflict of interest. nice, exclamation point. you know something about this.
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you've talked to sources. >> i have one word to describe it which is nonsense. i guess i have other words to describe it but i'm not going to use it here. nonsense because the director of the fbi by statute is appointed to a ten-year term. congress had it extended for two more years. he couldn't have been the director. there would have to been legislation passed to permit it. having served in that difficult job for 12 years, i would be shocked if he wanted to serve in it for another 12 days. this notion that he was in there begging for work and then had a vendetta against the president because he didn't get his old job back is nonsense. >> thanks for keeping it clean, chuck rosenberg. if you haven't listened to the newest original podcast. the oath, check it out this week. chuck speaks with former u.s. deputy attorney general sally yates. it's for free where ever you get
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new evidence about the trump administration's plan to adds a citizenship question shows republicans were hoping it would help them change how voting districts are drawn and create an electora advantage for the
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gop and non-hispanic whites. not to upholds the voting rights act as the justice department claimed. pete, tell us about the back story here. >> this is what the aclu says is new evidence that came from computer materials left over after a long time republican consultant died. his daughter found the material and the aclu says it shows he was the brains behind this request by commerce to include the citizenship question on the census form. he thought that getting citizenship data would help republican legislatures more carefully and surgically draw districts for state legislatures and the congress to the advantage of republicans and the disadvantage of latinos. they say he gave all of this material to an adviser to commerce secretary ross and that he helped draft what became the
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letter purportedly from the justice department to help enforce the voting rights act. two witnesses from the administration who testified in a trial on the census question in new york gave misleading testimony. the judge has scheduled a hearing for next wednesday about that. in the meantime the aclu has notified the supreme court that heard the century ksus case las month. >> what's the political impact? say they don't win their case. what's the import of what has been done with the census data? >> all of the evidence that we have in terms of survey work is there's going to be a tremendous under count of immigrant based populations. namely hispanics and asians here in the united states. in terms of the political imply ka -- implications. let me take the case of my home state, texas.
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we have been seeing democrats main make gains through the growing latino electorate. we saw beto o'rourke come close. we saw a number of seats flip in the texas legislature and also in congress. if we end up with a very gerrymandered uber republican map. 2020 forward we're going to see these gains halted or pushed. by contrary don't cut your nose to spite your face. if we have less funding because of an undercount, it's not just latinos who will be hurt. it's every one who using chip, medicaid, funding for foster kids. in the funding space, hiit hurt us all. >> what are the prospects before the supreme court. the arguments have been made.
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do they consider additional information or not. >> there's no way to say oh, by the way at the supreme court. after the argument that the chief justice says the case is submitted. this was never in record. it's always tricky to try to knock on the supreme court door to say please pay attention to this too. they say these accusations are baseless. the people who wrote the letter that came from the justice department had never heard of this study. they say they will file a detaileddetail ed answer on monday and tell the supreme court about it too. this does occur to me, if the accusation is this was entirely based on republican policy then question might some of the republican justices, republican appointed justices on the supreme court think twice about whether they want to have a 5-4 partisan split on this issue. it raises a yeasty question
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beyond just the law. >> indeed. victoria, they claim this was to help enforce the voting rights act. if it were done because of this jerry mangerrymandering and ver deliberately racially motivated partisan applications then that is even more disingenuous to not just lie about it but to do it and say you're going to ftry to help enforce the voting rights act which many people argue was damaged in the 2013 supreme court decision. >> the release of these documents makes it harder and harder for the administration to stick to this theory that it's about a voting rights act. the question is does the cost of an undercount out weigh the benefit of securing voting rights act. when the document shows there's a deliberate intent of suppressing the latino vote by packing and cracking it, it just makes it really hard to keep a
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in the all important state of iowa, democratic hopefuls are zeroing in on african-american voters. a small but influential voting block. we went to waterloo, a city with the highest concentration of african-americans in the state and had some insights to share. >> reporter: every national election cycle candidates come through iowa looking for that very valuable, very important iowa voter. sometimes it feels like by default it's white voter. a lot of people don't realize there's black people in iowa. >> there are many times where black people don't feel important and we don't feel
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heard. to have someone step out and make us feel like we count, that matters especially with my age group because we're not into politics as much as we should be. >> we want our voices to be heard. it's very important. we want to know what our candidates going to do for the black voter. i know before they have been the diversity poll. we want to know your black agenda. >> you all are iowa voters. what more can you say about what you want out of a candidate? >> for me and a lot of my community, one is affordable education and affordable health care. >> same. health care especially. >> health care. affordable education and i'm a big -- i'm an advocate we need to overhaul the justice system. we need to just flip it upside down. >> entrepreneurship for me. resources and opportunities for my generation. >> for me it's about job training.
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giving individual skill set to earn a decent wage and have a decent living. >> top three on my list is criminal justice system, entrepreneurship and i would say health care. >> it seems like no like no sin democratic candidate can get a conversation going without addressing reparations. should candidates have to make up their mind on reputations at this point? >> a lot of other cultures got their legacy passed down from generation to generation. if you made reparations right for us, look at how far that will catapult our generations to come. i have a son. think about how much farther he would be ahead, where he could start on the starting line. he could start at the same spot as every one else. >> are there any candidates running for office that stand out? >> i've been looking at elizabeth warren just a little bit. i've been hearing good things about the student loans. >> when i look at things right
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now, i like what joe biden is saying, but once again it's early. >> should whoever ultimately is a candidate for president of the united states half to have a woman, in particular, a black woman running mate? >> you be honest and transparent and do what you're going to do. i'd rather them not pick a black candidate just to garner votes. >> fascinating. we don't think about the black voters in iowa but in fact african-american voters are really representing despite a small percentage, they're important percentage. >> that's right. we were in waterloo, iowa, where the population is 16% black. when we think about midwestern
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voters and think about the loss of manufacturing and those good jobs, by default, we're talking about the white working class. in places like waterloo, iowa and all who the midwest where black folks left the south to find those good jobs and they were part of manufacturing in the united states, but we forget about them. when i talked to this group of voters in particular, they said we want to be seen, heard, some, roll up your sleeves, come 20 our community, hear what our concerns are. not just when it's time to get the vote, but understand us as a people and what we need. and don't come with a minority agenda. they want to know what is your black agenda to shrink some of the many disparities that we see in this country between white and black. >> they don't want to just be, you know, somehow marginalized,
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they want to know a broad spectrum of issues. and the candidates who impacted them best there were kamala harris and elizabeth warren, better than some of their competitors. >> i think so. especially when you think about the democratic voting block, the base of that voting block is mostly african-american women who are used as props when it's time to trot out of voters or have to carry the water, when you have a roy moore story in alabama, it's blam womck women are going out there, bring souls to the poles which many people find offensive, but you're targeting black women who make up the heartbeat of the black church. when it comes to the education of their children, trying to make ends meet, providing for their households, working as spouses and partners, they want to know, you know, what you will do to help out and make sure their children are safe, fed, a very important voting block. the iowa caucuses is first, a
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few weeks later we have south carolina. the democratic primary goes through the black vote in south carolina. so folks are hoping if you come to iowa, if you can engage and energize black voters there, it may be a good playbook for later down the line. >> and right now as well what we see in iowa is candidates all flooding the state, are they going to waterloo? >> some of them are. cory booker has convened meetings there, kamala harris has been there, other candidates are making outreach efforts to the major players on the ground there. so far they're making that outreach. if you talk to folks on the ground there, they want more to come visit them, come to their neighborhoods, communities, and hear them and see them. >> thank you very much. coming up, all the buzz about the unusual finish at last night's national spelling bee. that's next. only on msnbc.
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how do you spell unplented? at last night's scripps national spelling bee, not one, not two, not three, but eight competitors became champions after 20 heart-pounding rounds of head to head competition. they exhausted the list of difficult words. the elite eight spoke to craig melvin on the "today" show this
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morning. >> i never expected to be here. i had convinced myself that the bell was going to ring on me at some point because the odds are against you whenever you do this competition. but somehow the bell did not ring and i made it all the way to the championship round. >> you didn't want to continue going, why? >> it was getting pretty late for all of us. >> we were all sleepy and we all wanted to win together. it wasn't like something where we were all like competing with each other. we were competing together and we were really happy when one person spelled the words correctly. >> how wonderful is that. all eight of the teens will also enjoy $50,000 in scholarships apiece. and that does it for this edition of "andrea mitchell reports." follow the show only and on twitter. and join me next week for the
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special coverage of the anniversary of normandy, the invasion of france. it will be an extraordinary day and week. and here is ali velshi from "velshi & ruhle." >> thank you. hello, everyone. stephanie is on assignment. stop the flow of migrants or feel the burden of tariffs, that's the message president trump is sending to mexico announcing on twitter on thursday night that on june 10th, the united states will impose a 5% tariff on all goods coming into our country from mexico unless that country stops the flow of undocumented immigrants, he went on to say, quote, the tariff will increase until the illegal immigration problem is solved. the president indicated that the threatened 5% tariff could rise to as high as 25% by october increasing prices for american consumers. markets reacted sharply overnight. right now the dow is down more than 1%. it's

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