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cnn all over the south carolina republican primary. the democratic nevada caucuses, don't miss the pregame show with wolf blitzer, anderson cooper, and jake tapper. kate baldwin and i pick up the coverage tomorrow night. legal view starts right now. hello everyone, i'm jim in again for ashleigh banfield, welcome to legal view. and we begin today again with politics. we are a day away from two more presidential contests that could give this race further clarity or make clear that the drama will last through springtime and beyond. democrats will caucus in nevada, and live to nevada in a moment. but we're going to begin in south carolina where republicans hold their first southern primary where donald trump still holds a very comfortable lead in our poll of polls. rolling average of the five latest polls of likely voters shows trump, the the choice of
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34% with ted cruz just behind at 20%, marco rubio at 15, jeb bush, you see there at 11%. our national poll of polls is remarkably similar, except this one jeb bush comes in last place just 5% here. all six remaining gop candidates are making the most of primary eve with town halls, rallies, and meet and greets taking place somewhere in south carolina. every hour through 9:00 tonight. should mention that donald trump is due to speak shortly in myrtle beach. you're seeing live pictures there. our cnn chief portfolio correspondent dana bash is there. dana, looking at these polls, big leads for trump. that the point from the view of the trump campaign, is it just a matter of how much he wins by in south carolina? >> reporter: they have a lot of confidence. there's no question about that, jim, inside team trump, but they also now have experience under the belt. and they're experience in new hampshire was quite good. the polls bore out.
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he did well. he won by big margins. iowa, not so much. so they are a little bit more cautious than in the past. and they should be because although he is doing quite well, and although you see the big crowd behind me, a lot of people here and people who are already all until for trump, a lot aren't. a lot are undecided. i talked to several who went to a cruz rally, rubio rally and now i'm checking out trump. so you know, the cliche taking nothing for granted, that should be sort of the wash word for all of the campaigns going into tomorrow's primary here. >> no question. we talk a lot about south carolina, a lot of military bases there. heavily pro-military state, trump taking a very strong position against jeb bush, 43, and bush 43, iraq war on the iraq war. but now we're seeing of course there were comments to howard stern in 2002 expressing support for the war at the time. is he getting any fallout for
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that there? >> reporter: not that we've seen yet. he was asked about that by anderson cooper last night of course at cnn's town hall, trump's answer was effectively, i don't really remember that and it was probably the first time i was asked about the possibility of the iraq war. and that soon after that, i was against the iraq war. whether or not that's true, probably the biggest hurdle for him here in south carolina needs to be the iraq war and george w. bush is what he said last saturday night on the stage talking about george w. bush saying flat out that he lied about weapons of mass destruction, live to gets the united states into war with iraq. also last night, he really backed off of that. he was asked about those comments by a voter who was really persistent, if you remember, jim, and he trump, refused to use the word lie again and rolled it back a bit. >> lie is not a word that is that uncommon in this race as we know, dana bash with the trump
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campaign. we're up top charleston now where my colleague is following ted cruz there. phil is in columbia, south carolina's capital covering marco rubio. let me begin. rubio and cruz, based on the numbers simply, they seem to be slugging it out for second place there. how is rubio trying to poll away from cruz? >> reporter: well jim, marco rubio's advisors have been delighted with the ongoing war between ted cruz and the marco rubio campaign. insults going back and forth. accusations of lies and deceit and deceptive practices, but what you've seen from marco rubio on the trail is something a little bit different. it is a message of unity, a message that he is not only the future of the party, but that future is now. take a listen. >> we can't win if we're divided. if we're still fighting in the conservative movement. if republicans are still fighting in october, we're going to lose. we need to nominate someone that can bring us together. i know that i can better than anyone in this race.
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i will bring in party and this movement together so that we can begin the work of growing our movement. >> reporter: jim, at the core of the rubio campaign is this argument that as this contest moves forward. marco rubio can be the one that everybody can get behind, both conservatives and moderates in the party. the establishment folks, the tea party folks, all of them can co.less baind him. he has yet to prove that. south carolina giving him a big shot at this the point. one thing to note, jim, at the owned of every rally since niki haley endorsed marco rubio on wednesday night, the campaign carefully competitor graphs a foe te they want everybody to take. it's marco rubio, niki haley, the rising star governor of indian decent, tim scott, the only african american senator in the u.s. senate, and trey gowdy, the rising star, young south carolina congressional representative. they want that picture out there. that's the picture they want everybody to see. the one they think defines their campaign here in these final
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closing hours, jim. >> we'll see if that hopeful message attracts the voters there in south carolina. ted cruz certainly not backing off fromighting,are you seeing any change in his message strategy there on the ground? >> reporter: well the message jim really has been all about drawing contrast with his rivals and painting himself the most tried and true conservative of the candidates and really trying to lay into both donald trump and marco rubio's conservative credentials. really trying to crack some breaks in their conservative label. and what we've really seen from ted cruz recently, since the death of the supreme court justice antonin scalia, we've seen ted cruz ratchet up the warnings to voters here in south carolina. saying look at the records of the people that you're potentially voting for. really talking about the implications going forward. here's what ted cruz argued earlier this morning in myrtle beach. >> if we nominate the wrong republican, if we nominate a republican president who doesn't
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care about the court, who isn't committed to the court, they're going to make the same mistake republican president after republican president has made of not investing the capital, not fighting, and one more justice on the left. and the second amendment is written out of the bill of rights. >> reporter: now much of this closing message by ted cruz is also been really going after marco rubio. you heard now from phil talk about this fight that's been going on. ted cruz here really wants to score a high second place. do very well. really try to make sure that there's a lot more room between him and marco rubio going into super tuesday. jim. >> thanks very much. donald trump, he is speaking now at a campaign event in myrtle beach, south carolina, let's listen in. >> the united states like never, ever, ever before, they're money manipulators, they're currency manipulators, they cut the value of their currencies at points
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where for some reason, we never, ever talk retribution. and we're going to get our businesses back. we're going to get our businesses back. remember, i said it. remember i said. you read the other day, kerry, left, beautiful company, i used to buy a lot of carrier air conditioners, i'm not buying them anymore. they're off the list. but i buy, you know, thousands and thousands of air conditioners a year. i buy televisions, they're all made, everything's made in other countries. i want televisions, south korea, i want air conditioners now it's going to be mexico for air conditioners. okay. not going to happen. so carrier announced 1400 jobs, they're moving to mexico. you saw that, right? i said to myself, well, that's a problem. and i thought it was very sad. just like all these cell phones that are up in the air, they're taking like the video of the man, i guess the boss, saying, we're closing up, we're moving
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to mexico. bye bye, your jobs are gone. >> we've been listening to donald trump there, a campaign event in myrtle beach, south carolina, familiar message about taking aim particularly aim you heard there about jobs going to mexico, but also china, donald trump saying in his words, we're going to get our businesses back. we're going to turn now to the democratic race. the nevada democratic card caucuses, they're tomorrow, and hillary clinton and bernie sanders are making their final push there today. plus, looking ahead to south carolina, key endorsement to hillary, will it secure her a win? that's right after this break. this is sheldon whose long day setting up the news starts with minor arthritis pain and a choice. take tylenol or take aleve, the #1 recommended pain reliever by orthopedic doctors. just two aleve can keep pain away all day. back to the news. staying in rhythm... it's how i try to live... how i stay active. so i need nutrition... that won't weigh me down.
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this point? >> reporter: it's neck and neck, jim, here in nevada. and also the caucuses are really tricky to figure out how they're going to go. there's just a little more wiggle room because of the format of this contest. so the fact that hillary clinton and bernie sanders are neck and neck, and that we're hearing that from some hillary clinton backers they're worried that a caucus format favors bernie sanders. it's clear no one has the lock on the caucuses here tomorrow night. when it comes to south carolina, hillary clinton is by far and away ahead of bernie sanders. and it would really take a lot for him to make up ground there. she right now has a lock on south carolina. just about a week or so before the primary there. >> what's interesting about both states is you have big minority votes, hispanics in nevada and african americans in south carolina. both candidates need them for nomination. national race. how are they in these races trying to appeal to those blocks? >> reporter: yeah, you can tell
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they're tailors their messages. here in nevada, it's about the hispanic vote, minority, but a sizable minority here in the state. you're hearing a lot of talk about immigration. then in south carolina, if you're a democratic candidate, there's no way you can win without pulling a significant part of the black voting block that's just the way it is. right now hillary clinton, she has a lead overall, but tremendous lead with african american voters there. and that's really the reason why she does have the lock on south carolina. you hear more discussion of things like criminal justice reform or even today, we're hearing kbrouhear i ing, you know, when it comes to education, funding for black colleges and universities. tailored messages in these states. >> brianna kooeler, we learned earlier today that the highest ranking african american member of congress, powerful political player in south carolina specifically, he now endorses hillary clinton. former state representative in south carolina, our political commentator, he supports hillary
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clinton as well. also cnn political commentator and columnist for the daily beast, sally comb, she is leaning towards bernie sanders. bacarri, let's talk first about this key endorsement for hillary clinton, representative clyborne. hillary clinton is the best for equal pay. best for income inequality. how big a prize is this for hillary clinton in south carolina, jim's endorsement? >> well, it's huge. and it's not just huge here in south carolina, but people have to remember that jim is the highest ranking african american in the entire united states congress. so this is going to have ripple effect beyond south carolina and further into super tuesday. but what this does do, tobacco gets her support which is essential. and it shows that those, those mitts as i like to call them about women supporting bernie or
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young people supporting bernie. that haven't proven to be true as the message has transcended to south carolina. we have eight days left. hillary clinton's done work to build her support her, solidify her support here, and jim's endorsement today is the proverbial cherry on top. >> sally, speaking about bernie sanders, he took fairly strong position to say that hillary clinton is pandering, that was his description to black voters by playing up her tight relationship with president obama. what does that offer appeal, how does that appeal to african americans who still have very positive views of the president? >> yeah, i don't think that was a smart move. and look, that is one of hillary clinton's strongest arguments, right and bernie sanders is arguing he won't say it, but he is in fact to the left of president obama. for voters who like the legacy of president obama, want to continue the legacy of president obama, supporting someone in his cabinet and on the same page in
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a lot of policies more toward the middle of the political spectrum, that's very appealing, but let's be honest. what i think is most endourgeing about the dynamic is you finally have both political candidates on the democratic party finally trying to speak to appeal to and connect with african american voters and voters of color in general, as opposed to frinds what we've seen on the other side, where they're trying to distance themselves as much as possible from voters of color, muslim voters, latino voters and competing over how much they can do so. so, in general, it's all still a very encouraging trend for the democrats. >> sally, i want to give you a chance to respond to something bacarri said a moment ago. he questioned bernie sanders's support among young people, among women, saying it's a bit of a question mark. the numbers though, in a state like new hampshire, were impressive for sanders in those categories. how do you respond? >> well, look, the enthusiasm and energy, especially among young people is behind bernie. and this has always been the
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case. politics as is momentum game and expectations game, and the expectations were very, very low, and he now seems to have the momentum. and part of that is because people are sort of giving him a fresh look, part is because there is a widespread frustration with the more sench ris, economic, and sort of militarily hawkish policies of hillary clinton. there's no question about that. that being said, where i will agree, you can't just sort of treat all voting blocks as a monoin a live. while among white voters, bernie is strong, increasingly by young latino voters, young african american voters, hillary still holds a strong majority there. so it's, anyone's game at this point. >> bacarrbacarri, i want to giva quick chance to respond. it's about the excitement gap for hillary clinton. how does she get over that? >> well, i think both candidates have done an amazing job and again, i say that, in building the enthusiasm and the excitement, building on these positive messages. but one thing that hillary
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clinton has done so well is vow to build on and protect the legacy of barack obama. and that's what this case in south carolina and throughout the south has boiled down to be. and we seen things, whether or not it's the supreme court justice and republicans attempting to block this. we're starting to see the excitement level amongst the democratic base continue to ramp up. i expect fireworks. we'll see, but i do expect hillary clinton to sneak out in nevada and also come here and have a resounding victory in south carolina. >> fireworks next eight days, eight weeks, eight months. thanks very much on the democratic race. we're going to get back to the race for the white house, but first, saying fair well to a conservative legend. the body of supreme court justice antonin scalia is now lying in repose up those marble steps. hundreds of mourners are streaming by to view the casket throughout the day. we'll take you live to the supreme court as people pay their final respects.
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it is a somber day, sad day, historic day. long serve, legendary justice is there today for the final time. live pictures here. long lines of admirers, colleagues, and friends of justin antonin scalia filing past his casket as he lies in repose inside the supreme court's great hall. scalia's casket arrived there this morning, met by the surviving justices who attended
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a private service led by justice scalia's own son, father paul scalia. >> less than are those that lie in the lord public let them rest for their good deeds go with them. eternal's rest grants unto him, o lord. may he rest in peace. >> may he rest in peace. this is a live view again inside the great hall of the supreme court. the funeral is set for tomorrow
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here in washington, d.c. at the national shrine of the e mac lat conception. his son will also deliver the funeral mass tomorrow. cnn senior legal analyst is with me now from washington. jeffrey, you know, we went so quickly into the politics of replacing justice sclooe ja, you forget for a moment the history, the vacancy on the court, his impact on the court, you've covered it for years. you know this well, tell us about this moment today and just how much he'll be missed. >> i'm just back from the court, jim, and i had the opportunity to pay my respects as well. compared to the rest of the government, it's small. nine justices who all serve for a long time. four law clerks apiece. there are maybe 100, 200 people who work there. many of whom stay for a long time. and when you're in the supreme
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court building, you sense the loss of someone who was a colleague and who was a friend and who was an outsized figure. and just it's a grand building, but it's also not that big. and you see the live shot right there, if you just go to the left of where the casket is, it's the entrance to the courtroom. i mean, it is not that big a place. and you just feel the personal nature of the loss when you're inside the building. >> it is a very tiny, privileged club, you might say. president obama as you know, he's being criticized for skipping the funeral tomorrow, although he will be going there for the viewing today around 3:00 this afternoon, vice president biden going tomorrow. from your prospective, is it practical or political? >> i really, i think it's basically an insignificant decision one way or another.
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historically presidents have not gone to supreme court justice's funerals. president george w. bush did go to the funeral in 2005, but the chief justice is always in a very different position than the rest of the juice distances. these are not traditionally state funerals. i think the politics of this vacancy and this future nomination are enough, i don't think president obama's discussion to come or not come is going to have a bit of impact on how it all plays out. >> jeffrey, thanks very much. and we'll be right back.
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policemen, if you don't embrace his nuance view, somehow you're part of a death to america crowd. my friends, it's the exact opposite. our weakness allows others to take advantage of us, to create insecurity. we ever to get back to the notion, and i hope it is a bipartisan notion of piece through strength. that's what ronald reagan did. that's what my father did. that's what my brother did. and i assure you, i will do it as well as president. >> you've been listening to jeb bush there campaigning in greenville, south carolina. strong message about u.s. foreign policy. standing up he says to china, russia, reducing these cuts in military spending. cnn's athena jones joins me now from the site of this morning event. so another pairing of jeb and his mother, barbara bush. i wonder in terms of crowd excitement. are they coming there more to see jeb or barbara? >> reporter: that's a very good
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question. at the event that wrapped up not long ago here, greenville and spartanburg aren't far apart. there was a lot of excitement in the crowd. huge reception to barbara bush. she spoke for a few minutes and how jeb is one of her four favorite sons. honest and kind. and the crowd ate it up. i got a chance to speak with people before the event began, several said they were already decided on bush. they were long-time fans of the bush family. others say that they were undecided, but leaning towards bush. but during the speeches even, we saw someone pass a book about barbara bush over to her so that she could sign it. it was a very excited crowd here to receive both of them. and it's interesting because you can see jeb bush feed on that excitement. you hear him there in greenville making much the same argument he made here. it's a commander nor chief argument. the argument that he has the steady hand and the temperament and the executive experience to be a leader and to be the commander in chief. you hear that from for instance the retired a mirable who
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introduced him and senator lindsey graham. saying it's the voters only investigation to pick someone to be commander in chief that is worthy of the post. worthy of the potential loss of lives in the military for instance. so that has been central to his argument here and it looks as though, at least, a lot of feeks are coming out because they like the bush family and are willing to give jeb a listen, jim. >> athena jones, thanks very much with the jeb bush campaign. it's crunch time for the gop field. hours for the first in the south primary. all six are canvassing the campus today. delivered their closing argumenting during our cnn town hall last night. that was john kasich, jeb bush, and donald trump speaking about the most important topics on the minds of voters today, among them, the war in iraq. the second amendment and supreme court appointments. joining us now is jeff delaware wit, he's a trump supporter, also with us in south carolina's state representative and kasich
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supporter, gary claire ri. jeff, if i could begin with you. i want to know what your reaction was to trump's response, when he was asked about his statements recording george w. bush and the war in iraq. very strong assignments as you know, saying that george w. bush lied about wmd there, what's your response to that argument? >> well, there obviously are a lot of people out there that say that. it's clear now that iraq was a mistake. a lot of people that formerly supported it are now against it. and you know, there's an argument to be made that we went in for the wrong reasons. that, you know, we shouldn't have been in the first place. we look at all the problems going through europe and the mass immigration and all that, that wouldn't be there if we hadn't had gone in and screwed up iraq. so yeah, i think it's pretty clear that we shouldn't have gone in now. and we have to make better decisions for the country. >> jeb, let me ask you this, do you believe that donald trump has flip-flopped on this issue? he said he was against the war
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with our viewers have heard, many viewers have heard this audio of him in a 2002 interview with howard stern saying that he supported the war at the time. how do you explain that discrepancy? >> that was september of 2002. keep in mind, that was the first time he'd ever been asked and he was kind of, i don't know, i guess so. he hadn't examined the issue. when we went into iraq in march of '03, he was on record, there, in march of '03 as adamantly opposed to it. and a lot happened in the seven months that we came out. you know, the hearing, we should go or shouldn't go. so, he had then the access to the information. that was very, very early on. it was exactly, i mean it was exactly a year after september 11th, and obviously as we know, there was still a lot of passion in this country that we wanted to do something to make sure that would never happen again. and so, i think everyone, a year after september 11th was saying well yeah, if that's the way to stop it, let's do something. but in the seven months from that comment, until we went to iraq, when, at that the exact
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time we went to iraq, he was saying no, no, no, this is not a good idea. a the lot of information came out. that goes in the way, way back machine before there was a lot of information out there. >> gary, let me talk to you about john kasich. fair amount of pressure on the candidate you support to perform in south carolina. to prove that will he has the staying power to at least compete for this position as, might not like the term, establishment, but alternative to ted cruz and donald trump. what is the bar for success in south carolina for john kasich? >> well, you know, jim, i think governor kasich has proved his viability in new hampshire and he continues to rise in the polls here. and i don't think that there are any expectations for him. i think that he is a proven candidate. he's a proven leader. he has experience in congress as he's established a great record as the governor of ohio, and you
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know, quite frankly, i think that the pressure is on others, rather than governor kasich, because he's -- >> let's be fair, gary, you have to show, i mean, you can have a record, but you have to show that voters buy that that record makes him a viable candidate. >> well, i think that the voters are going to show that yesterday we had an event here in clemson, the area that i represent, and it was people were spilling out of the auditorium, in that great moment with the young man that just kind of bared his soul yesterday, showed the great compassion that governor kasich has and i think that that is really beginning to resinate with the people in south carolina and throughout the this country. >> thanks for talking us through this race. we're about 24 hours away in south carolina. coming up, illinois attorney challenging senator ted cruz in court saying that cruz is not
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constitutionally eligible to be president because he's not a natural-born citizen. does he have a legal case? that's right after this.
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welcome back. senator ted cruz is trying to get some last minute votes in south carolina, but he's also facing the birther issue that has hung over his campaign for some time. a lawsuit now being heard in a chicago court. the case, brought forward by a voter who is challenging cruz's placement on the illinois primary ballot. and he argues that cruz is not a natural born citizen. joining us now is cnn correspondent brian young, he's been following today's court proceedings and legal analyst, joey jackson and paul callen. from the ground there, what's the latest on this case from where you are? >> what a story you have. a pharmacist who works the overnights just outside of chicago who decided to bring this suit and say that he doesn't believe ted cruz should be on the ballot here. in fact, he's pointing to the fact that he's not a natural born citizen.
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he was standing in court today. no decision made here today. what he wanted to point out, he thinks that ted cruz and the campaign are putting on their track shoes to try to avoid this issue. in fact he believes that ted cruz needs to do some simple things to get this issue taken care of. what he doesn't to want happen is ted cruz to win the nomination, and something to happen and someone else gets chosen to be the republican nominee, in fact, he believes and he said in a statement, ted cruz that he should sue him. take a listen. >> i will waive all common law defenses, except one, truth. common law truth is a defense to a defamation suit. i will use only the defense of truth, i will waive all other defenses. ted cruz, if you are serious about this, sue me. >> now lawrence joyce is a ben carson supporter. and he was talking about the fact of whether or not this could spread across the country right after he was talking to us. he said someone already from
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alabama and new york has contacted him to have discussions about what may happen next. he even admitted to the fact that he doesn't have the money to go forward with this kind of lawsuit, so he's hoping that if this starts catching steam, someone will help him push this case forward. march 1st is the next day there'll be a court date. he couldn't do it sooner because he had to work the overnight shift. the man is very passionate about the idea that he believes that ted cruz is not a natural-born citizen. another twist and turn in this campaign. >> and ryan to be clear, mr. joyce does not say that donald trump is backing him on this case. >> oh no. he said he's definitely backing ben carson. ted cruz was his second choice in this election, but he does not like the idea that he has not gone forward to become a natural born citizen. in fact he talked about the articles of the institution, in fact he was reading through some of the ideas on this country and believed that ted cruz has not done some of the things he needs to do necessarily to be on the ballot. now, there are questions about
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whether or not he should be able to bring this suit, we'll find that out of course march 1st. >> ryan young and the courthouse, paul and joey, of course mr. joyce is not the only one who brought up the idea of a lawsuit against ted cruz. there's this other candidate, donald trump, who's talking about this. just from a legal perspective and perhaps paul i can start with you, is there a case here? >> i don't think there is. i mean, the court has never precisely decided the issue of whether someone in cruz's position can run for president. that is someone who was born abroad, but the child of an american citizen. however, through the years, its been litigated in the lower courts and a number of other situationings that is the definition of natural born citizen. and it goes back to the time the constitution was adopted. the founding fathers used that phrase because the british crown had used the phrase. and in british law, british common law, which much of u.s. law derives from, the son or daughter of a citizen of the crown who happened to be born in
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one of the far flung parts of the empire was a citizen of the british aisles who were of england. so that precedent started right at the time of the constitution. and has pretty much been followed up until the present time. i think cruz wins. trump loses, at least on that question. >> okay. so joey, on this issue of this particular case, it's in illinois. let's say, if he wins there, it only affects the illinois ballot. this is not the equivalent of what donald trump is threatening which is exposing the national case. >> oh, that's absolutely right. so it's limited to whether or not he would be on the ballot there. but you know, make no mistake about it. it's an issue that has heat and as much as there are various other jurisdictions, you know, where lawsuits are being filed of course as a texas lawsuit, and in terms of what have cruz's representatives are going to do, jim, remember, there's three issues here, they have to win the public relations battle. this is all politics. the fact is that ted cruz is
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rising, and as a result of that, we're talking about a non-issue. why are we talking about it? because he's going to be successful. number two, i think in illinois's at least, and in other jurisdictions, depending on who files, jim, they've going to look to get it dismissed on procedural grounds. that is, is the person suing, do you even have any standing? are you so aggrieved and so affected by this that the court will even recognize you as a party to bring forward the and finally, on the legal question, natural born citizen, what does it mean? does it mean that you had to be born in the jurisdiction of the united states or does it mean have to file for naturalization? and on that issue, it seems pretty clear whether it's gone to the supreme court or not, he appears to be a citizen. >> jim, i wanted to add one thing quickly on it also, you don't hear talk about. and that is what i would call the collateral affect of the suit. you know, natural born citizen has been defined a certain way up until the president. and that is if you're the son or daughter of an american citizen, even if you're born abroad, you're an american citizen.
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natural born citizens using that definition have served on juries, and they have done a number of other things in different contexts. well, what happens now? if the court's come and say well they're not really natural born citizens, is that going to upset jury verdicts. and is it going to affect laws of people not natural born citizens. there are collateral affects of such a ruling. i think the court won't go down that road. bl political implications too. no question this year, joey, paul, always good to have your legal wisdom on our show. her debut novel became an american classic. harper lee, the author of to kill a mockingbird has died. we'll look back at her literary life after this break. pet moments are beautiful, unless you have allergies. then your eyes may see it differently. only flonase is approved to relieve both itchy, watery eyes and congestion. no other nasal allergy spray can say that. when we breathe in allergens our bodies react by over producing six key inflammatory substances that
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official confirmation is coming into cnn from the small
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southern alabama town of monroeville, their most famous resident, pulitzer prize winning author, harper lee died at age 89. if you don't know her name or face, you know the book she published 56 years ago, "to kill a mockingbird." here is anderson cooper. >> never understand a person until you see a thing from his point of view. >> life lesson delivered by the fictional alabama lawyer in the film, "to kill a mockingbird." >> she kissed a black man. >> it looks through the eyes of his daughter, scott. characters were first brought to life by famed author, harper lee in a novel that became a classic for all generations. nel harper lee was born april 28, 1926 in the small down of monroeville, alabama. lee's father was a lawyer and served as inspiration. following in her father's
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footsteps, she studied law and became editor of the humorous and literary magazine. but by age 23, she's abandoned law and moved to new york to become a writer. there, lee reunited with her chide friend and fellow writer, assisting him in the research that led to his breakthrough nov novel, "in cold blood." >> you're the only one with the qualifications to be the assistance and a personal body guard. >> lee's first novel "to kill a mockingbird" received a pulitzer prize. in 2007, president george w. bush presented lee with a medal of freedom. >> filled with admiration, for a great american and lovely lady named harper lee. [ applause ] >> but for most of her life, she stayed out of the spotlight. and one of the few interviews lee ever granted, offered a glimpse into her thoughts saying i want to do the best i can with
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the talent god gave me. all i want to be is the jane austin of south alabama. >> one of the most widely anticipated books -- >> in 2015, the world was stunned that a second harper lee manuscript titled "go set a watchman" would be published, it was written before "to kill a mockingbird" and featured 20 years later. >> this is the publishing event of the decade. >> that excitement lit up the small town where harper lee grew up and lived in her twilight years. >> to have another book, we are charmed. >> but many were disappointed in the characters they knew and loved. >> a couple of the tweets echoing the devastation of fans out there. the idea of the bench being racist is like spielberg doing a sequel in which e.t. punches elliott in the face and steals his lunch money. >> watchman was still a best-seller. fastest selling book in harper collins publishing history.
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harper lee remained quiet, rarely seen or heard from, but forever remembered for inspiring the world through her written words. >> harper lee dead at 89. thanks to all of you for watching. its been a pleasure this week. wolf starts right now. hello, i'm wolf blitzer, it's 1:00 p.m. here in washington, 8:00 p.m. in tripoli, libya, wherever you're watching, thanks for joining us. we're following two developing stories this hour. first, it's the race for the white house. republicans are spread out across south carolina as they try and reach undecided voters in tomorrow's primary. saturday is also caucus day in nebraska for democrats. we'll check in on the latest with the hillary clinton and bernie sanders campaigns out there. and in washington right now, people are streaming in


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