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best in music. the big winners and moments. good morning. welcome to "early start." i'm miguel marquez. >> i'm alison kosik. it is tuesday, february 16th. the fight in the republican party escalating to all-out war. none of the candidates holding back. marco rubio attacking ted cruz and cruz targeting donald trump. trump lashing out at everyone. cruz, rubio and jeb bush and a non candidate, george w. bush. the former president on the campaign trail in support of younger brother jeb. dana bash has the latest. >> reporter: miguel and alison, george w. bush on the campaign trail. he drew sharp distinctions with his brother and donald trump. he never said trump's name. he never had to. he described the person and
persona that we have come to see from donald trump. the kind of character that has drawn so many supporters to him, but the point that george w. bush was trying to make is america shouldn't go for somebody who preys on the fears and frustrations, but instead go for a strong and steady hand. somebody who is not necessarily the loudest person in the room. >> the presidency is the serious job that requires sound judgment and good ideas. and there's no doubt in my mind that jeb bush has the experience and the character to be a great president. >> reporter: but what was even as interesting as george w. bush's performance was his brothers. the fact that jeb bush seemed to come out of his shell. he was much more passionate and more engaged with the audience.
had more presence than he has in the eight months since he announced his candidacy. >> if you are tired of the politics of division, if you want someone with a proven record, a solid conservative who acted on conservative beliefs. someone with 32 years of private sector experience, then you are looking at the nominee for the nomination. i can beat hillary clinton. i can promise you that. >> reporter: so the question now is whether or not that is going to be enough to give him momentum to come from behind in south carolina to start to build his comeback he keeps saying he will have. thank you, dana. let's get help breaking down the campaign warfare with managing editor zach wolf. he is in the washington bureau. >> good morning. >> we saw george w. on the campaign trail helping out his
brother. let's go to what he said and i'll come back to you for reaction. >> strength is not empty rhetoric. it is not bluster. strength of purpose comes from integrity and character. in my experience, the strongest person usually isn't the loudest one in the room. >> okay. if we are going to read those tea leaves, we can assume he is talking about trump, the loudest one in the room. do you think he will give enough momentum to jeb not just for south carolina, but south carolina and beyond? >> i think that is a safe assumption he is talking about donald trump. it's really interesting to see him back out on the campaign trail for the first time since leaving office. his voice, just hearing it, for a lot of americans, it was so important for so long.
it's been absent in a lot of ways. i don't know if this will turn the tide for jeb bush, but jeb bush has been making the point for about donald trump for a long time that he is not a serious candidate. people need to look at this seriously. they need real leaders. bringing his brother back out will drive that home. the 9/11 terror attacks have been back. donald trump has been saying that george w. bush didn't keep americans safe. that issue, however, could have americans thinking about it and could make them realize that security and foreign policy, these are really important things. that could help, i think, jeb bush in a lot of ways, who has this lineage. his father and brother both presidents. >> one wonders if that attack on george w. bush by donald trump will hurt trump.
another thing he is doing is a he will sue ted cruz because he's from canada and shouldn't be running. incredibly upset over advertisements like this. >> would president trump ban partial
birth abortion? >> i am pro choice in every respect. >> you would not ban it? >> no. >> planned parenthood? >> planned parenthood serves a good function. >> and hillary clinton? >> i like her. >> south carolina cannot trust donald trump. >> boy, using his own words against him in an ad airing in south carolina. isn't this just politics? >> it certainly is. south carolina is where the gloves come off traditionally. you saw that from the elder bush when he ran in 2008 against -- sorry, back in 2000 against mccain. there is another issue on eminent domain.
an a lot of people think that can work against donald trump. for the first time we see ted cruz go after donald trump and try to distinguish himself. for a long time they were friends on the campaign trail and occupy a bit of the same political space. the gloves are certainly off. >> we are seeing politics with filling the supreme court vacancy. mitch mcconnell flipping on the court nomination. in 2000, he supported an election year nomination. many calling him a hypocrite. i want to play you a sound bite from chuck schumer. back in 2007, during the bush presidency, a vacancy in the supreme court. >> we cannot afford to see justice stevens replaced by another roberts.
given the track record of this president and experience of hearings with respect to the supreme court at least, i will recommend to my colleagues that we should not confirm any bush nominee to the supreme court except in extraordinary circumstances. >> our democratic colleagues continually talk about the so-called thurmon rule where they stop confirming judges in an election year. >> so we have hypocrisy on both sides of the aisle here. does this give president obama a leg to stand on knowing his party is guilty of this too. >> yeah, i don't thinking they really care about that right now. all bets are off with the supreme court nominee. it's a lifetime appointment to the highest court in the land. both sides will do everything they will do to get their guy in. obama has the power to nominate.
mitch mcconnell will schedule the floor vote. unless they figure out a way to force him to do it, i don't know how it happens. >> i think keeping that floor vote from happening is the number one republican hope in all of this. zach wolf, thank you very much. a busy year ahead. thank you. >> see you later in the show. republican candidates speak out on cnn this week in a unique two-night event in a town hall. all six candidates will answer questions from the voters of south carolina in two live town halls moderated by anderson cooper. ben carson, marco rubio and ted cruz on wednesday and john kasich and jeb bush and donald trump on thursday. i slept through this. did you watch the grammys? >> i dressed as taylor swift and danced around the room. >> it was the biggest night to shine at the 58th grammy awards.
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cessation of hostilities due to take effect on friday. jomana karadsheh is monitoring this from jordan. msf hit again. do we know how this happened? >> reporter: miguel, violence focussed in the northern part of the country. targeted attacks of hospitals and schools drawing a list of international condemnation with attacks on medical facilities amounts to war crimes. in idlib province, where the hospital it supports there, was struck several times within a span of a few minutes killing and wounding several people. they are calling this a deliberate attack. this is the fifth time since january that an msf facility in syria has been hit. no one claimed responsibility for this attack, but a lot of
blame pointed toward the syrian regime and their russian allies. neither country has come out with a statement on this. the syrian ambassador to russia coming out and blaming the u.s. coalition saying it was a coalition strike that hit the msf hospital. officials were fast to dismiss this saying they did not have operations in idlib at the time. in the aleppo near the turkish border there, a school and a hospital, the school housing displaced people and the hospital with mothers and babies was hit. it is unclear who was responsibility for the attack. the turkish prime minister says it was a ballistic missile fired from the caspian sea hitting the hospital and school there. we have not heard anything official from russia. all of this escalating violence
coming a few days, miguel, before the cessation of hostilities. lots of doubts that will happen. a much-needed cessation of hostilities, that is. >> so many actors in the air hitting targets there. thanks for keeping track of it. jomana karadsheh in jordan. denials all around from former governor eliot spitzer of the alleged assault in the hotel room. spitzer saying the allegation is false and made by a russian woman with quote emotional difficulties. he says he has known the woman for some time, but she is not his girlfriend. police say she called 911 from the hotel room on saturday saying she cut herself and having a breakdown. detectives are investigating the assault claim, but still haven't questioned spitzer. three months after a deadly shooting rampage, a colorado
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a global rally for stocks. futures are posting solid gains. europe is pushing higher as well. a big rally in asian markets overnight. stocks following oil prices which are back up near $30 a barrel. oil prices crossing $31 earlier this morning, but that retreated a bit after reports that are saying saudi arabia, russia and venezuela will freeze production at current levels. it's a move those countries hope will boost prices, but analysts were hoping the group would cut production which could lead to faster price hikes. international energy agency says it will outstrip demand by 2 million barrels per year. production freeze is not the same as a production cut. >> oil politics. opec has kept and with iran coming on. a bizarre world we are in right now. it was so high a couple years
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the fight in the republican party escalating to all-out war. none of the candidates holding back. marco rubio targeting ted cruz and cruz targeting donald trump. the former president on the trail in south carolina ahead of the primary there in support of younger brother jeb. chief political correspondent da dana bash has the latest. >> reporter: george w. bush back in the spotlight. he drew a huge crowd for his brother and drew sharp distinctions between jeb bush and donald trump. he never said trump's name. he never had to. he described the person and persona that we have come to see from donald trump. the kind of character that has drawn so many supporters to him, but the point that george w. bush was trying to make was
americans shouldn't go for somebody who preys on the fears and frustrations of americans. instead, they should go for somebody who is a strong and steady hand. somebody who isn't necessarily the loudest person in the room. clearly describing his brother, jeb bush. >> the presidency is a serious job that requires sound judgment and good ideas. and there's no doubt in my mind that jeb bush has the experience and character to be a great president. >> reporter: but what was was interesting as george w.'s performance is jeb bush. he was more passionate and more engaged with the audience. he had more presence than he has in the eight months since he announced for president. >> if you are tired of the politics of division, if you want someone with a proven record, a solid conservative who
acted on his conservative beliefs, someone with 32 years of private sector experience, you are looking at the republican nominee. i can beat hillary clinton. i can promise you that. >> reporter: the question now is whether or not that is going to be enough to give him momentum to come from behind in south carolina in order to start to build his comeback that he keeps saying he's going to have. miguel. dana bash, thank you for that. helping break all this down, we put our cnn political manager zach wolf in the hot seat this morning. zach, the blast from the past. george w. coming out for his brother saying this in a not so thinly veiled take on donald trump. >> strength is not empty rhetoric. it is not bluster. it is not theatrics.
strength of purpose comes from character. in my experience, the strongest person usually isn't the loudest one in the room. >> pretty tough stuff. that's a comeback from the debate the other night where donald trump took on george w. bush, 9/11 and the iraq war saying they were all mistakes. is it smart politics on trump's part to take on george w. bush in south carolina? >> you know, i'm not sure anybody is qualified to tell donald trump what is smart politics or not. the guy has proven to know what resonates. at every turn, he does the unexpected. it seems to work out on for him so far. this is an interesting thing because george w. bush is a two-term republican president taking him on and taking on his legacy in south carolina in
particular where the military vote is very strong. it's a gamble. we will have to see what happens. on the other hand, george w. bush, when he left office, he was unpopular and unpopular among republicans. he has regained some of that ground in recent years. donald trump is not going after someone unpopular now. >> the supreme court is the heated issue that the candidates are talking about. today, president obama will have a news conference on the issue. in the meantime, you are seeing politics play out. you are seeing hillary clinton demanding the senate should consider the nomination. rubio saying no way. then you are seeing the politics in the background. mch mitch mcconnell supported it in 2008, but he needs to see a
nomination. listen to this. >> we cannot afford to see justice stevens replaced by roberts or bader ginsburg by alito. given the track report and obfuscation, i will recommend to my colleagues that we should not confirm any bush nominee to the supreme court except in extraordinary circumstances. >> okay. so essentially we are seeing hypocrisy on both sides of the aisle. does this give president obama a leg to stand on politically? >> those schumer comments came with a republican president and democratic senate. a lot has changed. all bets are off when it comes to the supreme court. this is a lifetime appointment. if president obama gets the nomination, it will rebalance the court from being a
conservative court with five conservative justices to being a liberal court. republicans will do everything in this power to stop this. they currently control the floor votes. it's hard to see what changes mcconnell's mind. you can get we will hear about this every single day until election day in 2016. >> you are exactly right. the president will speak about this later this afternoon. this will be the next step in all of this to see what the president says. he says he will not replace or name that nominee quickly. today, he will come out with the next bit of this. i want to turn back to donald trump and his take on suing ted cruz over the ads he has been running over the fact that cruz is canadian. really tough ads by ted cruz. using donald trump's words
against him. isn't this just politics? can this really work for donald trump? >> i mean trump has been going after cruz. cruz had two ads on trump. one using comments he made more than a decade ago about planned parenthood and the other on the toxic issue of eminent domain. all gloves are off in south carolina. we had two contests now. cruz is trying to really make republicans have second thoughts about donald trump. you know, things have worked for donald trump so far. he is saying that cruz campaign is becoming unhinged. that they're lying. marco rubio accused the cruz campaign of lying. the strange circular firing squad among the candidates right now. >> you know, serious business, but it is entertaining. >> i have seen more orderly bar
room brawls. zach wolf, get back to the bar room brawl in washington. thank you. republican candidates speak out on cnn this week in a two-night event wednesday and thursday at 8:00 p.m. for the first time this campaign, all six candidates will answer questions from the voters of south carolina in two live town halls moderated by anderson cooper. violence escalating in syria days before a proposed cease-fire. dozens killed as bombs hit hospitals and schools. we are live next.
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powers come to agreement on the cessation of hostilities that was supposed to take effect on friday. we have jomana karadsheh with more from jordan. you hear more about the attacks on hospitals and on a school. essentially hitting children and sick. it makes you wonder if anything is off limits in syria. >> reporter: absolutely, alison. devastating attacks on monday in syria that have drawn a long list of international condemnation. human rights groups saying attacks on medical facilities amount to war crimes. doctors without borders, msf says the facility it supports was struck several times in idlib. it killed and wounded several people. as you mentioned, they are saying it is a deliberate attack. this is the fifth time msf has been hit in syria since the beginning of the year. no one is taking responsibility
for this attack, but a lot of blame being pointed toward the syrian regime and their russian allies. we have not heard anything official from either country at this point. the syrian ambassador to moscow coming out and saying it was the u.s.-led coalition that caused this attack saying it was an air strike, but coalition officials were fast to dismiss this saying they did not have operations in the idlib area at that point. in aleppo province, there in the town near the turkish border, another devastating attack hitting a school, housing displaced people and a hospital caring for mothers and babies. several people killed. no one claiming responsibility at this point. the turkish prime minister blaming that on russia saying it was a ballistic missile fired from the caspian sea. we have not heard from russia. really complicated situation. it seems it is escalating violence days before the
cessation of hostilitieies whic takes effect. it is unlikely it will at this point. alison. >> just when there is a glimmer of hope. cnn's jomana karadsheh, thank you. denials all around from former governor spitzer over the alleged assault in the manhattan hotel room. spitzer's attorney says the allegation was false and made by a russian woman with quote emotional difficulties. he says spitzer has known the woman for some time, but is not his girlfriend. she called the police saying she cut herself. police still have not questioned spitzer. three months after the deadly colorado planned parenthood clinic, it is up and runs again. it opened the doors on monday. officials saying clinic workers returned stronger and with more conviction than ever. three people killed and nine
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