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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 to pay
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their last suspect respects to antonin scalia. he's lying in repose at the u.s. supreme court. these are live pictures you're seeing right now. president obama and the first lady, they're expected there some time later today. we're going to talk more about justice scalia's life and legacy, that's coming up later this hour. meanwhile john kasich called the republican race a demolition derby, of course referring to the running battle between donald trump and ted cruz, between ted cruz and marco rubio, between donald trump and jeb bush. are they willing to keep up the pressure and the attack on this? the last day before the south carolina primary? our chief political correspondent dana bash is joining us from myrtle beach in south carolina, that's where donald trump was holding a rally just a while ago. and charleston, south carolina, following the cruz campaign. dana in new hampshire, as you know donald trump lightened up a little bit on the day before the primary there which won overwhelmingly. are we seeing the same sort of
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donald trump today? >> remember just a few days ago when donald trump said that he was going to run a positive campaign here in south carolina? well, that was so a few days ago. here, get this rally which just wrapped up just a few minutes ago, he is clearly taking nothing for granted. these would be the people who are right behind him, especially ted cruz. he's continuing to really pummel him, and even talked about a controversy that erupted yesterday. it was kind of overshadowed by donald trump's back and forth with the pope, but a controversy over ted cruz and his campaign photo shopping a picture of marco rubio and president obama and putting it up on the web. listen to this -- >> they can say i'm not a true conservative. i watch jeb bush, he is not a true conservative. these people. where do they come from? where do they come from? these people are not going to get you to the promised land.
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>> ted cruz is the biggest liar i've ever seen. even, i'll tell you what was good. even marco rubio said, he's a liar. and when apolitician says another politician's a liar, i never heard that before. i felt so good. and then he doctored up a picture last night of marco rubio. i'm not sticking up for marco rubio, but i looked at this picture, marco rubio look leek he was about 4'2" tall, he was shaking hands with obama, it never took place. this. guy, ted cruz is really a liar. i'll tell you what. >> reporter: so as per usual when donald trump holds a big rally, this was pretty successful, the crowd size. there were thousands of people here at this rally in myrtle beach. and a lot of them are all in for trump. no question about it, wolf, but i talked to several voters. more than a handful who said they were coming to check him out. really undecided if they want to see marco rubio, they want to see ted cruz and they aren't sure who they're going to vote
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for. they're going to have to make up their minds soon. it's tomorrow they go to the polls. >> polls open early tomorrow morning. dana, stand by. sunlen, ted cruz will be attending the funeral of antohon skrooe ya after first -- scalia after first saying he couldn't leave the campaign trail. first talk about the decision there in south carolina. >> reporter: that's right, wolf, ted cruz is former clerk for the supreme court. he knew scalia very personally. he was someone who was very influential in his own life. certainly wanting to pay respects, but of course this carries a big potential political risk for leaving the campaign trail to go back to wab. especially on primary day for republicans here in south carolina. that is the time that's typically reserved for corralling last minute votes. as you heard from dana bash, they're still looking for the candidates.
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potential risk there, ted cruz making that decision tow go back to washington for the funeral after really laying into president obama for missing the funeral himself. saying president obama has time to visit cuba, but he doesn't have time to attend this justice's funeral. and its been interesting to see how in these final days, how much antonin scalia and his death in the vacancy that has been left on the court has really honed ted cruz's final closing message here in south carolina. here's ted cruz earlier this morning in myrtle beach. >> the next president's going to get one, two, three, maybe even four supreme court justices. we will have one of two outcomes. either a president who nominates and confirms principle constitutionalists that will protect the rights of our children or a president who fritters away the supreme court and gives away the bill of rights for the next generation. >> reporter: so you saw there, really a ratcheting up the
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wording so to speak from ted cruz. really warning south carolina voters of what the stakes could mean, what the ramifications of their vote are and talking about donald trump here on the stump, ted cruz is really trying to make a very direct pitch to voters. he said yesterday, look, i understand why you would potentially support donald trump, i get it, but you have tow look at the records here. wolf. >> all right, sunlen, thanks very much. thanks to you as well. florida senator marco rubio is also making his final plea to voters in south carolina. trying to finish, trying to finish strong in the first southern primary, by his side at some of the events has been south carolina's republican congressman trey gowdy is joining us now. congressman, thanks very much for joining us. and very quickly, what's your big pitch to the people of your home state, why they should vote for marco rubio. >> well, wolf, thank you for having me. he's a principled conservative who communicates in an aspirational way and he can win in november. that's my quick pitch.
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>> when ted cruz says he supported amnesty for illegal immigrants in the united states, when he went with chuck schumer to support that legislation which was never approved, you say? >> every one on that stage has altered his or her opinion on immigration in the last three years. i'm much more interested in where marco rubio is today on immigration. and where he was three years ago. and he's a solid as anybody in the field on immigration. i know by the way senator cruz, you've changed your mind on a number of things as well. >> senator rubio has repeatedly called ted cruz a liar. donald trump calls him a liar all the time as well. cruz, defends his actions, simply says rubio can't handle the scrutiny of his own record. what's your response to senator cruz on that? >> well, let's start in iowa. where i think he blamed your network for a decision he made to suggest ben carson was getting out of the race when he
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was simply going to get dry cleaning. or the voter guides, or the fact that he's had an ad pulled down that couldn't pass muster with the fcc or fake facebook postings or the most recent, a photo shopped picture. you know, the thing i like about marco, the reason we are so supportive of him, he really focuses on himself. he does believe in self-defense. so if you attack him, he's going to defend himself, but ted cruz's record, he has an unusual relationship with the truth in the last month or so. >> that photo shopped picture of supposedly showing marco rubio smiling very deferential to president obama, it was widely seen, almost immediately as photo shopped, it didn't take a whole lot of effort to find out the original sort of stock footage where it came from. what do you think should be done by the cruz campaign in terms of apologizing, firing some stacher for doing that? how far should they go? they've acknowledged it was a
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photo shopped picture? >> well, i knew it was photoshopped immediately. marco wouldn't spend that amount of money on a watch. as soon as i saw the watch, i knew it wasn't you. what i think senator cruz needs to do, he's running for the highest office in the land. sop people have the right to judge what kind of president you're going to be based on what kind of candidate you are. and if you engage in shenanigans like photoshopping pictures or fake facebook postings or having ads taken down because they can't pass muster with the fcc, what kind of president are you going to be? if that's the kind of candidate, we do not mind tough politics, but it has to be fair, and it has to be rooted in the fact and most of what senator cruz has been accused of lately has been neither. >> let me get your quick reaction while i have you, yesterday spoke to elijah cummin cummings, we spoke about where
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the hearings stand right now. listen to this exchange i had with him. are you learning new information that's going to be useful to the american public? >> no. it's the same rehashing of information we already know. period. i think the republicans are trying to draw this out into the election -- i think they'll try to go probably until august or november if they can. but this has been dragged out too long. six million dollars we spent in counting. needs to be shut down and we need to move on. >> are you trying to drag it out until november as he suggests? >> no, wolf. we'd like to get it done as quickly as possible. if he would help just a little bit. he spent more time talking to you than he has the agencies trying to get us the documents we're entitled to. we have interviewed 50 witnesses that no other committee of congress bothered to interview. so, elijah may not have learned anything new, but the rest of us have. keep in mind, wolf, they voted against the committee. they put up an ask and answer
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website before we even started. they can't think of a single witness to interview. they can't think of of a single document to ask for. we gave up negotiating with e elijah and went straight to the white house to talk to susan rice and ben rhodes. no other committee of congress talked to them. they're both very, very critical witnesses, and no other committee of congress bothered to talk to them. i can't help the fact that elijah closed his mind two years ago. my fellow citizens have not closed their mind and we're going to produce a good report. >> and when will that report come up? >> we have about a dozen more witnesses to interview and we're waiting on two documents. but i would love to have that report out in april, and it would have been sooner if we'd get just a little bit of help from elijah, if he would spend as much time asking the department of state to give us e-mails as he did talking to you, that's all i'm asking. you don't have to show up for the hearings. you don't have to show up for the interviews, just -- your party is in power. help us get the documents we
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need to finish our job. >> trey gowdy is the chairman of that select committee on the benghazi investigation. congressman, thanks very much for joining us. we'll be watching the south carolina primary together with you tomorrow. >> yes, sir, thank you. >> thank you. and for all the latest information on tomorrow's south carolina republican primary. the democratic caucuses in nevada, tune into cnn. i'll be anchoring live coverage. that live coverage will start tomorrow, 2:00 p.m. eastern all day coverage of nevada and south carolina. coming up, hillary clinton got a big endorsement just a little while ago in south carolina. bernie sanders picked up some endorsements in nevada. will they really make a difference to democratic voters? and dignitaries come to say gk to the supreme court justice antonin scalia. his casket is at the u.s. supreme court right now. you're looking at live pictures. you'll remember his legacy with one of his close friends when we come back. janet? cough if you can hear me.
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this is just coming into cnn. the white house now says president obama has called senate majority leader mitch mcconnell, the minority leader
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harry reid, chuck grassley is the chairman of the judiciary committee. to discuss potential nomination process to replace the late supreme court justice antonin scalia. no details on how the conversations went, but the initial phone conversations from the president to those four senators just reported right now. i want to go out to nevada, i'll go to nevada right now, bernie sanders is speaking. he's got a caucus, caucuses tomorrow in nevada against hillary clinton. let's listen in briefly. >> out this our painful, painful history with regard to race is hundreds of years ago, incredibly brave. african americans in their white allies began planning and saying, how do we end this horror of racism and segregation? and many of those people's names we will never know. were beaten, lynched, were
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killed, and more and more people began to stand up and say you know what, america is not about segregation, it is not about racism. and hundreds and hundreds of thousands of people march on washington, and finally we made some significant progress. from the bottom on up. [ applause ] >> all right, we're going to continue to monitor bernie sanders. he's obviously campaigning. this is the day before the democratic presidential caucuses in nevada all the polls indicates it's a neck and neck race right now between bernie sanders and hillary clinton. let's get some more now on the race for the white house. for the democrats as i said, nevada is next, the caucuses there tomorrow. but while hillary clinton and bernie sanders are reaching out to voters, hillary clinton scored a victory back in south carolina with the endorsement of the very influential u.s. congressman, jim clyburn, listen to this. >> i had the opportunity to work
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up close and personal with hillary clinton and bernie sanders. my experiences with both have been pleasant and enjoyable. but in spite of how it may sound sometimes, campaigns are and should be about the future. and i believe that the future of the democratic party and the united states of america will be best served with the experiences and know-how of hillary clinton as our 45th president. >> our senior political correspondent brianna keeler is in las vegas, and also in nevada. brianna, how critical is this endorsement for hillary clinton and tell us why. >> reporter: it is really important. we talk wolf sometimes about how endorsements only have a little bit of impact or even no impact, but this really is a big one. jim clyburn did not endorse a
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candidate back in 2008. of course the clinton's felt his put his finger on the scale for barack obama. he remained neutral. he is one of the longest serving african americanss in congress, obviously a south carolina congressman, and it's significant where he chose to give hillary clinton this endorsement. allen university, historically black college. this is him really sending a message. and he talked about hbcu's and what hillary clinton will do for them because while bernie sanders is proposing free college, free public college, hillary clinton has a carve out for historically black colleges and universities, something that sanders doesn't do. he's sending a message not just to african americans in his state who are key to a democratic win, but also to african americans who are key to win, wins for democrat on super tuesday when you have awe lot of southern states that are also until play. >> jeff, in their town hall last night, hillary clinton promised to introduce immigration reform legislation during her first #
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00 days as president. assuming she's elected. bernie sanders refused to offer a specific timeline. is that potentially going to hurt them there in nevada where there is a very large immigrant voter population? a lot of hispanics? >> right. wolf, there's no question a latino electorate very, very important. 27% of the population overall in the state here. both were pressed to say what they would do on immigration reform and the secretary, she said she would introduce it. it would be her top priority. then pressed a little bit, look, i need to have congress as well. bernie sanders is not putting a specific time frame on it, but the reality here is, they need a democratic senate. they need some partnerships to work this out here. so, any promises that either one of them are making on this issue are, you know, coming right up against all the rhetoric we've heard in the republican side of this contest here, but specifically on the latino vote, they are both going after that
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very, very, very aggressively. and she said it would be her top priority if she's elected and becomings the president. >> they would not only need a democratic senate which may be possible in this election cycle, but also need a democratic minority in the house of representatives to get that kind of legislation through. that seems a lot more problematic for the democrats. all right guys, stand by. i want to talk more about the democratic race. the caucuses in nevada tomorrow and beyond. joining us is florida congresswoman debbie wasserman sholts. also the chair of the democratic national committee. congressman, thanks as usual for joining us. first your quick reaction to jim clyburn, a man you know well, the endorsement of hillary clinton. >> well yes, i do know congressman clyburn well. i serve and was appointed by him as one of our chief deputies for the democratic caucus. jim clyburn is one of the most significant historics civil rights leaders, and really part of the conscious of the
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democratic caucus and the congress. and so his endorsement, his opinion, certainly is very significant in south carolina, but significant all across the country. and you know, for me, that's not a commentary on our primary per se, but certainly congressman clyburn weighing in is significant. >> you're remaining knneutral, right? >> of course. our requirement is for the dnc chair and all of our officers to remain neutral and that's all of us are remaining neutral. and we'll support the nominee and preparing very aggressively to make sure that we are ready to launch our nominee to the white house. >> i want to play a quick little snippet from that democratic presidential town hall last night. listen to this. >> i know that senator sanders has also attacked president obama. he's called him weak. disappointing. he tried to get somebody to run against him in the 2012 election
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in the primary. and you know, i just don't know where all this comes from because maybe it's that senator sanders wasn't really a democrat until he decided to run for president. he doesn't even know, you know, last two democratic presidentss did. and you know -- well, it's true. it's true. you know it's true. >> all right. that was a dramatic moment. hillary clinton getting booed by some people there in the audience for questioning bernie sanders's commitment to be a democrat. as you know he served in the u.s. senate as an independent, although he caucuses with the democrats. has he actually, do you know if he's actually registered as a democrat? >> no. my understanding is that senator sanders has not registered as a democrat. keep in mind in vermont, they don't have party registration. so he has caucused with the democrats since he's been a member of congress and we certainly welcomed him when he announced his candidacy and clearing his intention to seek the democratic nomination.
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and my understanding throughout any of the valid access qualification requirements, host not had any trouble including in new hampshire where it's a little more strict. he's not had any trouble qualifying as a democratic >> have you gotten a commitment from him that let's say he loses this contest, hillary clinton against the nomination, when he continues his service in the u.s. senate, he will serve as a democrat or will he continue to be an independent? >> we have not discussed that with senator sanders, but senator sanders has always caucused with the democrats. as i said when he announced his intention to run for the democratic nomination. we welcomed his candidacy just like i welcomed the candidacy of all of our candidates and you know, he is certainly consistently caucused with the democrats, but i have not talked specifically about what his plans were if he is not successful in achieving our democratic party nomination. >> i want to get your quick
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reaction to the latest comments we're hearing from the former new york city mayor, michael bloomberg about the possibility of his running as a third party independent candidate. the list of supposed villains he says, we hear about is long, but the solutions that americans seek have been in short supply. you see the current candidates out there doing well and not the conventional ones. i asked the rnc, about the possibility of bloomberg entering this race. here's what he told me the other day. >> yeah, i don't really view it as a third party. it's another democrat. you'll have two democrats running and splitting their vote. look, he's been fighting and pounding away at republicans for how long now? you know, to take all the guns away. he wants a tax slurpees and sodas. the guy's a liberal democrat. so great. >> so what's your reaction to a possible bloomberg run? >> well, my reaction is the same that you and i have talked about
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several times on this topic. and that is that when michael bloomberg takes a very close look at the two cloiss that ultimately voters will have, he'll see that issues that he is concerned about and that he's fought for are really well cared for in the democratic party. look what's happened on the other side, wolf. you have donald trump, who has, you know, won the new hampshire primary. ted cruz who won the iowa primary, and you know, at the end of the day, the most extreme conservative out of touch candidates have been the front runners winning the most delegates in their party's primary. and so, clearly, when americans go and make their choice in the general election, i'm confident that they're going to choose our nominee because like five out of the last six presidential elections. the american people stand with democrats who support helping people reach the middle class. not turning the clock back to the failed policies of the past under republican
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administrations. >> congresswoman from south florida, she's also the chair of the dnc. congresswoman, thanks as usual for joining us. hillary clinton and bernie sanders will stand on the same stage tuesday night. take questions from south carolina voters during a cnn democratic presidential town hall. our own chris cuomo will moderate. that's tuesday night, 8:00 p.m. eastern, only here on cnn. up next, u.s. war planes strike an isis camp in libya where fighters were training for a possible attack in europe. live report from the pentagon, that's coming up. man (sternly): where do you think you're going? mr. mucus: to work, with you. it's taco tuesday. man: you're not coming. i took mucinex to help get rid of my mucusy congestion. i'm good all day. [announcer:] mucinex keeps working. not 4, not 6, but 12 hours. let's end this take care of whatealthy makes aveeno® daily moisturizing body wash and lotion with active naturals® oat. used together, they provide 2x the nourishment
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today the u.s. unleashed new air strikes in libya in a coastal city near the board we are tunisia. u.s. officials say fighters were training for a possible attack in europe or elsewhere. the strike was also aimed at taking out a high profile terrorists. dozens were killed. we're getting more information. what else are you learning, martha? >> well wolf, this is really the new front in the war on isis. a third front after syria and iraq. u.s. war planes overnight striking this training camp in libya. u.s. officials saying this was a very specific target they'd been looking for at for several weeks. there was advanced weapons and tactics training going on some 60 isis operatives were there. and then this tunisian leader of isis shows up at the camp. he'd been tied to previous attacks back in tunisia, a planner, and operative for the so-called external attacks
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outside of the region. so all of this came together adding up to a lot of concern that this might be a place where an external attack was being planned. and they wanted to get after it, u.s. officials say, before these operatives here could turn it into a full-fledged plot and begin to act upon it. so u.s. war planes striking this. and the pentagon and the white house making very clear today they may do more of this. they are looking for very specific targets in libya, tied to threats, tied to plots, and vowing to go after them, not to let isis expand, isis already has some 5,000 operativings in libya. >> libya for all practical purposes, almost huge chuangs of a failed state in the aftermath of the removal of moou more gaddafi. the u.s. strategy now is more what they used to call targeted assassinations, the air strikes by planes or drones and going after specific targets to kill these suspected terrorists, is that right?
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>> well, i think what the white house is making clear now, they're not looking at a massive new air campaign in libya like you see day-by-day in syria and iraq. what they are looking for is to pick and choose their targets in libya over there. operatives, whether they're training sites, places where isis congregates, something that poses a threat. now that does give them very wide latitude in what they decided to go after, but at the same time, they are working that diplomatic government piece, trying to get a central government seated in libya and get it functioning. that is a very tall order right now, but the feeling is that in the long-term again like so many other places, get a government in place, that's going to be the way not to give isis a safe haven, but the u.s. making clear it may not be able to wait that long if isis pops up its head, they are going to go after it, wolf. >> certainly looks like libya's emerging as another syria. thanks very much barbara for
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the clock is counting down to the caucuses in nevada and the race is heating up. the outcome could reframe the course of the race. we're joined now by a democrat from nevada who supports hillary clinton. democratic congressional candidate for nevada's fourth district, lucie flores, she supports bernie sanders. ladies, thanks for coming in. very quickly to both of you, first to you, give me 30 seconds
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why you support hillary clinton. >> well, i think her breath of experience, depth of knowledge, and strength of commitment just outweighs anything that anybody else has to offer. if you listen to her in the town halls and the debates, on the stump, you get a sense that the specificity of her answers knows that she has a plan. she's a progressive, and she wants to make progress, and she knows how to get things done. >> all right. that was good 30 seconds. lucie, 30 seconds why you support bernie sanders. >> well, bernie sanders is just first of all he's fantastic. he has incredible experience. he's accomplished a whole lot while he's been in congress. but he also brings something new, dynamic energy, amazing vision, a plan for the future that is bold, that is aggressive, and that speaks to so many people and resinating across this country. so this new energy he's bringing with him and in addition to his of course experience that he bringings to the table and his new ideas, it's just incredibly
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invigorating and that's something people are excited about, myself included, of course. >> of course. >> dina, what happened, she was way ahead of bernie sanders in the polls there in nevada, now it seems neck and neck. what happened? >> well, it's very difficult to poll in nevada because we allow same day registration and there are there aren't any polls that really show anything other than its closing. we knew that the race would get tighter, all races do, but she's not doing anything different than what she's done a whole year. she came out here last april, put her a team on the ground, built quite an organization, canvassing, phone banking, miting with people. he's been out to the state a number of times, president clinton has a number of surrogates. she's doing what it takes to win every vote. and that was her direction from the beginning. >> lucie, you think bernie sanders is can actually win tomorrow? >> i do. i think this is a toss-up, and you know what's been incredit to
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believe watch is how much of what's happening on the ground here because as congresswoman titus noted, we haven't had good data. we haven't had reliable polling. sop everything that we're talking about is anecdotal, it's what we're seeing on the ground. what's been incredible is how much is non-campaign driven. bernie's campaign has been here significantly less than hillary's has, but even then, you see so many events, so many marches, so many things going on that are completely volunteer-driven that's just occurring naturally and organically from people who have not been involved in the political process before that are now all of the sudden engaged in addition to what his campaign is doing. frankly, i think that's why he's not only got a shot to the win this on saturday, but why he has managed to close whatever gaps we can see from the little polling that we've had in such a short amount of time. >> nevada as both of you know, diverse state with hispanics, african americans, much more so than either iowa or new
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hampshire. now bernie sanders, he won decisively in new hampshire, dina, if he wins in nevada, how much of a setback is that going to be for hillary clinton? >> well, i don't think he's going to win in nevada. and hillary clinton has a great deal of support in the hispanic community. she has built quite a force there, and something people are talking about very much that's also in my district. i have the most diverse district in the state is the asian pacific island community. that's the fastest growing minority population and she has very much supported there, had a number of events there. has an advisory committee there. so they will make a difference in this race too. so think you will see cutting across a lot of demographic lines, a lot of our service workers were women. a lot of those women are minorities, and i think they'll go strong for our secretary clinton. >> dina ty tus, lucie flores, we'll have all day coverage tomorrow here on cnn or the nevada democratic presidential caucuses. thanks to both of you for
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joining us. >> thank you. >> thank you. >> thank you. when we come back, hundreds are now saying good-bye to a legal icon. the body of the u.s. supreme court justice antonin scalia now lying in repose inside the u.s. supreme court's great hall. we're going to speak to one of his good friends, traveling with justice scalia in asia just a few weeks ago. ♪ (cell phone rings) where are you? well the squirrels are back in the attic. mom? your dad won't call an exterminator... can i call you back, mom? he says it's personal this time... if you're a mom, you call at the worst time. it's what you do. if you want to save fifteen percent or more on car insurance, you switch to geico. it's what you do. where are you? it's very loud there. are you taking a zumba class? when i was sidelined with blood clots in my lung,h. it was serious. fortunately, my doctor had a game plan. treatment with xarelto®. hey guys! hey, finally, somebody i can look up to...
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we learned today that the author harper lee has passed away at the age of 89. widely known for her pulitzer prize winning novel to kill a mockingbird published in 1960. told the story of racial injustice in a small alabama town and was later made into a movie by the same name. a statement from a family spokesperson said this, miss lee passed away in her sleep early this morning. her passing was unexpected. she remained in good basic health until her passing. the family is in mourning and there will be a private funeral service in the upcoming days as she had requested. our deepest condolences to the family. there's a somber scene at the u.s. supreme court now as mourners say their final good-byes to the supreme court
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justice antonin scalia. this morning his casket was brought inside the great hall, not far from the courtroom where he worked for more than three deca decades. the justice's son led prayers in a private ceremony earlier. >> blessed are those who have died in the lord. let them rest from their labors for their good deeds go with them. eternal rest grant unto him, o lord. may he rest in peace. >> scalia's son will also lead the funeral mass tomorrow and deliver the homily. live pictures, by the way, here, once again, as hundreds are streaming by to view the casket and pay their respects. let's bring in justice scalia's friend, professor garner, who teaches law at southern methodist university. he co-authored two books with justice scalia. brian, thank you for coming in. you recently traveled with him to the far east. were there any indications you saw he may have been sick?
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>> no. in fact, he was very robust. we were together 14 hours a day for 12 days in singapore and hong kong. he was the ultimate tourist. he had this kind of boyish exuberance as we were exploring hong kong and singapore. and he did not tire easily. >> i met him -- i wasn't friends with him but i met him on several occasions. he really was a vibrant great personality. loved to talk and just engage people. >> well, he did. he liked to engage intellectually but also on a personal level. intellectually, he was kind of pugnacious. he loved socratic dialectic arguments and counterarguments and he was relentlessly logical. i would say he lived that way personally and professionally. >> what will be his main legacy you believe, three decades on the u.s. supreme court? >> i think it's primarily the
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method of textual analysis, especially with statutes. probably lawyers care whether about courts are looking into legislatist history but he's found a profound impact on the way the supreme court approaches statutes. for example, not looking at legislative history compared to a few years ago, when he came on, 85% of the cases had the court looking at legislatist history, which is nontraditional. today, it's down to about 15%. and that's mostly his legacy. but that's kind of a legal legacy for lawyers -- >> is there one case that stands out in your mind that he might have been most proud of, the opinion he wrote? >> well, i think the heller decision on the second amendment, the personal right to bear arms, was something that had never been directly designed by the u.s. supreme court. that was a profoundly important case. but mostly his legacy is on the method of judging and what
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judges ought to do in deciding cases. >> brian garner, thanks very much for coming in. a big loss for the country. the supreme court antonin scalia. appreciate it very much. we'll have live coverage of the funeral of justice scalia tomorrow morning. i'll anchor our special cover e coverage. that will start at 10:00 a.m. eastern right here on cnn. absolutely ageless® night cream aveeno® with active naturals® blackberry complex ... ... a whole new way to keep skin looking younger longer ... ... starting tonight. part of the new absolutely ageless collection from aveeno® don't even think about it. cough if you can hear me. i took mucinex dm for my phlegmy cough. yeah...but what about mike? it works on his cough too. cough! it works on his cough too. mucinex dm relieves wet and dry coughs for 12 hours. let's end this.
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over the past two nights, cnn has presented town halls with the republican presidential candidates, all six of them. we learned more about their views on the economy, on foreign policy, health care, and their surprise choices, at least for some of them, when it comes to music. >> do you like edm? electronic dance music? >> yes, i don't want -- maybe people thought it was something
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else. so i -- >> have you ever been to a rave? >> no, no, i've never been to a rave, no. >> well, i don't know. >> the words, sometimes they have no words, it's electronic dance music so that's effect perfect, i don't have to worry about lyrics. >> what kind of music do you listen to? >> fall out boy, linkin park, 21 pilots. we play that on our bus. >> i think elton john is great. i think the stones are great. the beatles. michael jackson was actually a very good friend of mine. i lived michael jackson very well. >> what kind of music do you listen to? >> i listen to country music mostly. zac brown. florida georgia band. >> i primarily like classical music. particularly baroque music. other residents knew when they came and did their pediatric rotation, they would also learn classical music.
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>> i actually don't sing music. i will sing things like -- ♪ oh my darling oh my darling oh my darling ♪ which is really corny. i used to do it when she'd put it on speaker phone in her office and embarrass her or, you know, i'd kind of do, you know -- ♪ i just called to say i love you ♪ >> some of our viewers may not necessarily recognize marco rubio's music selection, edm, electronic dance music. we thought we'll give you a little sample of something new. a song by swedish dance music duo. listen to this. ♪ >> a little edm. marco rubio likes the edm. i like the edm. i like all of the other music
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selections as well. that's it for me. thanks very much for watching. i'll be back, 5:00 p.m. eastern, in the "situation room." for international viewers, "amanpour" is next. for viewers in north america, "newsroom" with poppy harlow "newsroom" with poppy harlow starts right now. -- captions by vitac -- all right, top of the hour, 2:00 p.m. eastern. i'm poppy harlow. thank you for joining us. right now, it is crunch time for the presidential candidates. a mere 17 hours from right now, the polls will open in south carolina for the first republican primary in the south. as for the democrats, nevada's caucuses are also just a day away. we will get to that race in a moment. hillary clinton today nailing down a critical endorsement, big deal. we'll talk about that. the republicans, though, first, from 17 candidates to 6. the race for the nomination has gotten much leaner and many say much