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sparks fly at the democratic presidential debate. bernie sanders and hillary clinton fighting one-on-one for the hearts and minds of democratic voters. they are heading into critical contests in nevada and south carolina. good morning. welcome to "early start." i'm christine romans. >> i'm john berman. punchy and poignant. a democratic debate that was way more than milwaukee. hillary clinton and bernie sanders turning focus to the diverse states of nevada and south carolina. hillary clinton turning her attention to stopping the post
new hampshire momentum of bernie sanders. she repeatedly said his promises are not realistic and not leveling with the american people. >> last week in the cnn town hall, the senator told a questioner that the questioner would spend about $500 in taxes to get about $5,000 in health care. every progressive economist who analyzed that said the numbers don't add up. and that's a promise that cannot be kept. >> secretary clinton, you're not in the white house yet. and let us be clear that every proposal that i have introduced has been paid for. >> let's get more on the debate with cnn's jeff zeleny in milwaukee. >> reporter: john and christine, civil, but contentious debate with hillary clinton and bernie sanders showing differences on several issues from foreign policy to immigration to health
care. the person not on stage, but talked about the most was president obama. hillary clinton hung tightly to him and his legacy. she said she is the true keeper of his flame and legacy and administration on all of those issues. she mentioned president obama and questioned sanders' loyalty to the president. it is a way to point out he is not a democrat, at least not a registered democrat in name. to look ahead to the south carolina primary is filled with african-american voters. 55% of the electorate is african-american. secretary clinton was trying to make the case she was closer to president obama. listen to the exchange at the end of the debate. >> today, senator sanders said president obama failed the presidential leadership test. this is not the first time he has criticized president obama. in the past, he called him weak and a disappointment. i could not disagree more with
those kinds of comments. i don't think he gets the credit he deserves for being a president. it is a -- [ applause ] -- the kind of criticism we heard from senator sanders about our president, i expect from republicans. i do not expect from someone run for the democratic nomination to succeed president obama. [ applause ] >> madam secretary, that is a low blow. i think it is really unfair to suggest that i am not supportive of the president. i have been a strong ally on him and with him on virtually every issue. do senators have the right to d disagree with the president? have you ever disagreed with the president? i suspect you may have. >> reporter: pushing back that he is not supportive of this president. at the end of the nearly two-hour debate, it is hard to imagine what changed in the mind of supportesupporters.
what this did do for the clinton campaign is reset her candidacy after the defeat in new hampshire. this campaign continues now. john and christine. >> jeff zeleny, thank you. no one grew their tent bigger, but they got to refocus as they head into important states. i want to bring in colleen mccain nelson. let's start with hillary clinton leaning hard on barack obama trying to show this is the candidate who will continue this president's work and bernie sanders is an outsider. >> absolutely. she mentioned president obama every chance she got. she tethered herself to his legacy and interjected him in the conversation when he wasn't part of the question. she brought him up and said he has done a great job on health care and race relations.
he has made improvements there. she mentioned his policing commission which is not a major initiative that got a lot of attention. she brought that up and said i agree with everything that has been done. it was a strategic move as she looks ahead to the south carolina primary. jeff noted half of the voters are likely to be african-american. she is the first to continue the first black president's legacy and pointing out that bernie sanders has criticized the president. a very strategic move as they head into the states with larger minority voters. >> i think the phrase you move is strategic move is crucial. this is a big strategy. it did not just take place on the debate stage. if you look since new hampshire, you have jay carney saying barack obama supports hillary clinton. you have the black caucus endorsing hillary clinton yesterday. using language that seems very in line with what the clinton campaign is saying. hillary clinton has supported
democrats. she is a true democrat. she is the one who can carry on the president's legacy. this seems to be the terrain they want to fight on going forward. not the most progressive candidate which is something we heard in iowa and new hampshire. >> absolutely. they are confident they can win minority voters and stop the bleeding after new hampshire by going to the states where the population is more diverse. you also have seen in the last couple days, senator sanders moving quickly to build his support among minority voters and show he appeals to more than just white voters and just young people. you saw him going straight from new hampshire and straight to harlem to have breakfast with al sharpton. you saw him rolling out endorsements and putting out a video message from harry bellefontaine. he is moving quickly. you look at polls that were taken in south carolina and nevada before the new hampshire primary. hillary clinton had margins
anywhere from up to 40% when it comes to minority voters. so bernie sanders has to make up a huge amount of ground. he's hoping that momentum and money which he has both coming out of new hampshire will help him start to make in-roads there. >> colleen, you know what i didn't hear last night, i didn't hear any direct discussion of crashing oil prices and a real concern of the economy that could get hit by the global head winds. there is a lot going on that they could be talking about and they are not talking about how they would stabilize, grow and fix the american economy. they are talking about health care. they are talking about free college. they are not talking about what is happening right now. why is that? >> that's a great point. i think that they both feel like they have issues that resonate with their voters.
unfortunately they have not been asked for pushed to go beyond that. we heard them talk about the same issues over and over again. you can repeat the lines back to them before they say them on some of the issues. so bernie sanders is quick to talk about the billionaire class and the slices of economic issues. we have not heard as you said about global economic issues. we have not heard them delve into important details. >> we did hear them talk about henry kissinger. bernie sanders -- we do have time. let's play the exchange. >> i happen to believe that henry kissinger was one of the most destructive secretaries of state in the modern history of this country. i am proud to say that henry kissinger is not my friend. i will not take advice from henry kissinger. >> i know journalists have asked who you listen to on foreign
policy. we have yet to know who that is. >> it ain't henry kissinger, that's for sure. >> it is interesting. bernie sanders may have won the 1976 part of the debate bringing up henry kissinger. >> not resonating with millennials. >> it seemed the weird side path. >> it was an interesting moment because she brought up kissinger in the past. this was a prepared moment where he had this ready to go. as soon as he delivered the line, his campaign put out a long memo and making clear they prepared for this moment. it wasn't spontaneous by any means. >> colleen, really interesting stuff. henry kissinger. my 18-year-old is googling the name now. thank you, colleen. hillary clinton and bernie sanders both trying to appeal to african-american voters. the demographic mentioned in the debate. here are the numbers.
jobless rates. 8.8%. the national average is 4.9%. white unemployment is 4.3%. the wealth gap. the average among households. 81,000. black household wealth, $11,000. homeownership, 82% for white americans. there was a statistic bernie sanders mentioned last night. we checked that stat. it is mostly true. 42% of their wealth wiped out by the financial crisis largely because black families are more likely to have their money tied up in their homes. other big news developing overnight. world leaders agree to stop bombing syria as tens of thousands line the border to flee the violence.
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united states, russia and other world powers agree to a cessation of hostilities in syria. the aim is to allow distribution of the humanitarian aid. the diplomats behind the deal hope it holds out when it goes into effect one week from today. for the latest, let's go to nic robertson. five years into the devastating civil war, can this hold? >> reporter: the indications are that it has a good chance of holding. you had all of the 17 nations at the table last night pledging that they would do everything in the power to make it happen. it has a good chance. this peace process has already stumbled and picked itself back
up last night. what they're saying here is humanitarian aid needs to be delivered across the country beginning right now. they have a plan in place to deliver it to seven different places. these are government control places that are cut off. they have to get delivery by air and opposition places. another four places that will get delivery of aid by road. this is supposed to build confidence between the two sides and a week from now, they are supposed to begin the cessation of hostilities. the delivery of humanitarian aid is not linked to the cessation of hostilities. think if you will, cessation rather than cease-fire. think of its as a pause in the process. the process goes forward and it becomes a cease-fire. it is more binding across the country. what is expected is the humanitarian aid will go out and
the cessation will go in force and the u.s. will oversee a group to the cessation. we heard from the opposition here saying that if this is implemented as stated, you can expect to see them back at the talks table soon. of course, that's what all of this is about. >> nic robertson in munich, thank you. cnn taking you inside syria where the assad regime forces are moving forward. we will have that for you at 5:00. the first court appearance today. they surrendered after hours of intense negotiations after the six-week standoff with the fbi. charges are pending. the four refused to leave after ammon bundy and others were arrested. one protester, occupier, was
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hillary clinton does her best at the democratic debate in milwaukee. a debate that was more than milwaukee. they turn to the states of nevada and south carolina and hillary clinton turned her attention to stopping the post-new hampshire of bernie sanders. she said his promises are not realistic and he is not leveling with the american people. >> last week in a cnn town hall, the senator told a questioner that the questioner would spend about $500 in taxes to get $5,000 in health care. every progressive economist who analyzed that says the numbers don't add up. and that's a promise that cannot be kept. >> secretary clinton, you are not in the white house yet. and let us be clear that every proposal that i have introduced has been paid for. >> for more on the debate, let's
bring in cnn's jeff zeleny in milwaukee for us. >> reporter: john and christine, a civil, but contentious debate here with hillary clinton and bernie sanders showing their differences on several issues from foreign policy to immigration to health care. the person not on stage, but talked about the most was president obama. hillary clinton hung tightly to him. his legacy. she said she is the true keeper of his flame, of his legacy and administration on all of those issues. throughout the course of the debate, she mentioned president obama and questioned senator sanders' loyalty to the president. it is a way to point out he is not a democrat, at least a register democrat in name. this is all to look ahead to south carolina primary. it is filled with african-american voters. some 55% of the electorate is african-american. secretary clinton was trying to make the case she was closer to president obama. listen to the exchange near the end of the debate. >> today, senator sanders said
that president obama failed the presidential leadership test. this is not the first time he criticized president obama. in the past, he called him weak. he called him a disappointment. i could not disagree more with those kinds of comments. i don't think he gets the credit he deserves for being a president. it is a -- the kind of criticism we heard from senator sanders about our president, i expect from republicans. i do not expect from someone run for the democratic nomination to succeed president obama. [ applause ] >> madam secretary, that is a low blow. i think it is really unfair to suggest that i am not supportive of the president. i have been a strong ally on him and with him on virtually every issue. do senators have the right to disagree with the president? have you ever disagreed with a president? i suspect you may have.
>> reporter: of course, sanders pushing back on the notion he is not supportive of the president. at the end of the nearly two-hour debate, it is hard to understand what may have changed with the candidates. what this did do for the clinton campaign is reset her candidacy after the defeat in new hampshire. this campaign continues and the nevada caucuses eight days away and south carolina the following week. john and christine. >> jeff zeleny for news milwaukee. let's discuss this debate. joining us from washington, white house correspondent colleen mccain nelson. colleen, good to see you. focused on nevada and south carolina. in some ways, hillary clinton trying to make this the barack obama primary. >> absolutely. more and more she sounds like a candidate who is running for a barack obama third term. she is making an argument every
chance that she will continue obama's legacy and build on his programs. she points out every chance she gets where bernie sanders has disagreed with obama. she interjected him in the canconservatioancer conversatio. she said obama's health care plan is better. she brought up his policing commission. she talked about his progress on race relations. her message was i will continue the good work that obama has done. as important to note as we look to south carolina, where a majority of the electorate is likely to be african-american, obama is hugely popular with black voters. she has other eye on winning the south carolina primary. she is proceeding in that way. >> colleen, i can play some sound for you here. she was talking about super pacs and influence of money in the
race. even then she brought up barack obama. listen. >> i debated, then senator obama numerous times on stage like this. he was the rescipient of wall street donations. let's not imply here that either president obama or myself would in any way not take on any vested interest. >> let's not insult the intelligence of the american people. people aren't dumb. why in god's name does wall street make huge campaign contributions? i guess just for the fun of it. >> just for the fun of it. the wall street is sort of like the unnamed other candidate or anti-candidate in both parties, frankly. will that continue to resonate? >> bernie sanders obviously thinks this will resonate.
he will talk about this every chance he gets. that was one of his better moments in the debate. he keeps pushing on this and pointing out her wall street contributions. she had a different answer this week than last week. she tried to argue that the super pac supporting her that received $14 million in contributions from wall street. she said that's not my super pac. it was created originally to support obama. it just made the decision to support me. basically said this is not a super pac that i created, but it is closely aligned with her. it exists now to support her and it has in fact received millions of dollars in contributions from wall street. she did continue to make the argument that doesn't influence her decision. as you showed, barack obama received these donations as well. >> let me ask you about women. a couple of different ways she answered the question about women and you know she would be
the first woman president. let's listen to how she positioned that. >> i have spent my entire adult life working toward making sure that women are empowered to make their own choices even if that choice is not to vote for me. i believe that it's most important that we unleash the full potential of women and girls in our society. >> she's definitely acknowledging what is a huge enthusiasm gap among young women who -- like 70 points ahead -- they prefer bernie sanders. >> right. she is testing out new lines here trying to figure out what might work so she can get traction with women. as you know, bernie sanders won young women in new hampshire, but won women overall in new hampshire. this was supposed to be a cornerstone of hillary clinton's coalition. it has been a surprise to her campaign that she has had to
fight so hard for the women support. she got a question about m madeleine albright's issue last night. she is not just asking people to support her only because she is a woman. >> many people waking up to news that only happens in presidential politics. ted cruz had an ad in south carolina. anti-marco rubio ad. a bunch of actors sitting around that was supposed to be a support group. that woman named amy lindsey. she performed in some adult films with titles of "private sex clubs" and "insatiable
desires." only in america where you have to vet your stock actresses. >> they pulled the ad. >> they were quick to take down the ad and blame the casting company. they said the casting company hadn't bothered to vet her. you can bet marco rubio will have fun with this on the campaign trail. >> of course, ted cruz running more on values and social issues than any other candidate. i don't think he wants to have a porn connection as it were in south carolina. >> that is correct. >> thanks so much. great to have you with us, colleen. >> you had too much glee in naming the films. >> he is not the first candidate for president or texas senator. phil graham had invested somehow in some soft porn film years before he had to explain that away. it keeps coming up in presidential politics.
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cnn has every angle of the important developing story covered starting with nic robertson in munich where the deal was hammered out. good morning, nic. >> reporter: good morning, christine. this deal, if it gets up and running and comes into effect, would hold that offensive around aleppo. what will happen today is a humanitarian access effort begins seven places in the country. they are being located and targeted. three will require air drops because they are so cut off. four can be resupplied by road. this is an effort to reach government supporters where they are cut off, but opposition members and towns and villages where they are cut off. they start with the idea of seven locations and hopefully spread it across the country. that is overseen by the u.n.
in a week's time there is a cessation of hostilities. it is not a complete cease-fire, but a pause. if they bring the cessation in place, that brings confidence. we heard this from the opposition already, saying if these points are carried out on the ground as detailed in the agreement here last night, that will get them back to the negotiating table quickly. that's what the u.n. was trying to achieve here. right now, the indications are that these are potentially positive steps that can work, but everyone here last night stressed it is up to the people in syria to follow through on what was agreed here in munich. christine. >> nic for us, thank you. world powers tried to find a solution to the bloodshed in syria. the bashar al assad forces have been making advances in towns where rebels have been entrenched for years. and cnn is the first network on the frontlines. i want to go to damascus and
frederik pleitgen. fred, bring us up to speed. >> reporter: christine, we went to several towns in aleppo and north of aleppo. there were several things that were significant and remarkable when we were there. first of all, the degree of devastation which is just plain sad. aleppo used to be one of the most beautiful cities in the middle east. now the world town which is a unesco heritage site. we spoke to the soldiers and they said they feel they are on the verge of dealing the opposition a crushing blow. few of them said they feel diplomacy would have a chance at this time. we went outside of aleppo which the syrian rebels are trying to overtake and what we saw there was also a lot of power wielded
by hezbollah and iran and by russia. a lot of houses out there with posters of the iranian supreme leader and nasri. it has been the air strikes that have been making the difference on the battle field. they say on the one hand because of the air strikes themselves, but because of the russians providing air surveillance which helps the as sad regime pinpoint and target what they are fighting. at this point in time, a lot of confidence of the pro assad soldiers. it is interesting to see if the cessation of hostility takes place and holds. christine. >> they need to get the supplies to the suffering people. people suffering for so alolong. thanks for your access from the frontline. let's get an early start on your money.
urgently needed in relief in global stock markets. u.s. stock markets are higher. asian stocks fell in the loss. crude prices now back up over $27 a barrel. the mayhem in the oil market is a big win for the consumer. the average for a gallon of regular is $1.70. more than $1 below peak prices last summer. the drop in gas prices is like a tax break for drivers. puts hundreds of extra dollars in their pockets. great for consumers, terrible for wall street. oil company bankruptcies up 379% in the last 12 months. big banks bracing for losses they made on loans to oil companies. it is hurting america's oil independence. some are halting production.
that is what middle east oil producers want. they want to scoop up the oil while prices are low. hoping that the u.s. will pump less. john kasich's presidential campaign scored an endorsement from a billionaire mega donor. he backed chris christie and now backing kasich. langone is the co--founder of home depot. he has connections to the business community. he donated the maximum $2700 to his campaign and gave $250,000 to america leads super pac supporting christie. heated moments of the presidential debate. "new day" picks that story up right now. >> the kind of the kind of criticism that we have heard from senator sanders about our president i expect from republicans. >> madam secretary, that is a
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john berman joins me. great to have you with us. deeper divisions between hillary clinton and bernie sanders. clinton said sanders is too critical of president obama. >> she said he is a single issue canned day. on the other side, donald trump vows to play nice and going on the attack at the same time. they face off in their debate tomorrow night. senior correspondent jeff zeleny at the scene of last night's debate. >> reporter: hillary clinton and her call for a reality check. now, it was just those two on the stage behind me. but president obama hung on nearly every word.