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e-mails from trump supporters. >> why would anyone want to move to canada, especially some isolated known for nothing place like cape breton. >> reporter: it's known for something now. cape breton's motto, your heart will never leave. >> get him the hell out of here, will you, please? >> reporter: jeanne moos, cnn. >> bye-bye. >> reporter: new york. >> thanks for joining us. i'm jim sciutto. "ac 360" starts right now. good evening. thanks for joining us. in a few hours, south carolina republicans go to the polls as the state party likes to say, we pick presidents. you can bet the candidates know that. they know this is where ronald reagan stopped george h.w. bush in 1980 and went on to the white house. this is where george w. bush stopped john mccain in 2000. and they understand how they do tomorrow could take them all the way or could stop them cold, which is why they are stumping late into the night tonight. they've been making headlines all day. we'll be monitoring their events in case they make some more news
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tonight. we'll also show you what to look out for tomorrow night in south carolina. and the democratic caucus in nevada. and, of course, a team of correspondents out in the field. sara murray on the trump campaign. sunlen serfaty covering ted cruz. athena jones covering jeb bush. sara murray joins us from north charleston. what is trump doing in the final hours before voters head to the polls? >> i think you are seeing a donald trump and a campaign that is confident but really sprinting to the finish. trump just stuck around his event for 30 minutes after it wrapped. they are cramming in as many stops at possible because they don't want to take anything for granted. yes, they had a big win in new hampshire. y things look solid in south carolina but they remember iowa. the polls had them ahead and they did not come out on top. they are trying to do everything to not repeat a similar scenario in south carolina. >> donald trump called for a boycott of all apple products
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today, right? >> yeah, you would think that his number one rival today would be one of the republicans he's running against. donald trump was taking aim at one of the leading tech companies. listen to what he had to say at his earlier event. >> what i think you ought to do is boycott apple until such time as they give that security number. boycott apple. we ought to get to the bottom of it. you'll not get to the bottom of it unless we use common sense. >> reporter: the reason he is so mad at apple is because the company is refusing to unlock one of the iphones that belong to one of the san bernardino killers. to trump that is unacceptable. this was a hastily called boycott. he seemed to have just come up with that. that was evident here tonight. there were still volunteers selling trump merchandise using ipads to do it. >> so i guess the message didn't filter down. ted cruz who won iowa on the strength of evangelical voters has a late event in greenville
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using every hour possible to narrow the polling advantage trump has had for weeks. hitting him today for saying he'd be, quote, sort of a neutral guy in negotiating an end to the israeli/palestinian conflict. sunlen serfaty joins us. cruz is in an interesting spot. trying to fend off trump and rubio. how does the camp feel they're doing? >> i don't think they view it as definitely too hurdled. both trump and rubio. they see this as a package deal that rubio and trump face writ large to cruz. this is what the challenge for ted cruz has always been. he's had to try to keep both trump and rubio at bay. this week we saw him almost do gymnastics, wiggling between, arguing his multifront battle between two very different candidates. the cruz campaign's goal coming out of south carolina, they want to make sure that donald trump does not blow everyone out of the water, but also make sure
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rubio.o much better than marco they want to be able to argue leaving the state, going on to other states that marco rubio has marginalized, that he is the alternative to trump and to make sure they are within striking distance of trump for the races going forward. >> is cruz doing anything different in the final hours? >> he's definitely bringing a new urgent tone to his final closing message. he has one more rally left. almost offering up a much more blunt assessment of the race. saying point blank to voters, laying out what the world in his opinion would look like if they choose the wrong republican. that phrase wrong republican was many times during the - he's also at every turn really laying into his opponents looking for any opening. tonight really taking a big jab at donald trump on the core part of trump's campaign. his campaign slogan saying anyone can put a make america great on a baseball cap but
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asking voters do you understand what makes america great in the first place. >> sunlen, thank you. as for marco rubio, we've seen his momentum rise and fall and rise again. tomorrow is crucial. making his final push, holding his final event tonight at 10:00 p.m. for more on what his campaign believes they need to, do glele go to phil mattingly. his message has shifted a bit today. what is he saying? >> well, his final pitch, his really final argument is twofold. the first is he is the unity candidate. he's the one candidate that can take this fractious party and such a fractious debate and bring all of the various factions together. he's the one candidate everyone can coalesce behind. the second, the future is now. the campaign is not being very subtle as they try to get that message across. as they end each of their rallies on stage joining marco rubio is nikki haley. the young rising star with an 80% approval rating who many think is a vice presidential
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contender. also of indian-american descent. tim scott, the lone african-american senator in the u.s. seen the and trey gowdy, another rising star all joining him on stage for the perfect photo op. the rubio campaign trying to drive forward the future is now and he's the candidate to bring that forward. >> what's the best case and worst case scenario for rubio tomorrow? >> they are really drastically different. the best case is that he catches ted cruz and takes second place. rides that nikki haley endorsement to a big performance here that sends him shooting off into super tuesday. a place he's not expected to rack up a lot of wins but possibly some delegates and put him in place to succeed come march 8th. and the opposite of that is him falling behind somebody like former florida governor jeb bush or even john kasich. if that occurs, it is beyond the worst case scenario for marco rubio. it could be potentially campaign ending. his campaign advisers don't believe they are in that
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position. the former is the much likelier situation. still something to keep a close eye on tomorrow night in south carolina. >> particularly we'll watch how that nikki haley endorsement made a difference if it did. phil, thank you. the south carolina republican primary only dates back to 1980. back then, the name bush was on the ballot. 36 years later it still is. barbara is still fighting hard for the family name. >> what's left for me to say is that jeb has been a great son, great father, great husband, married well and is one of my four favorite sons. >> that is her closing argument. joining us, athena jones in columbia. bush is pushing to boost his campaign with a win in south carolina. what's his final message to voters tonight? >> he is. bush is doing everything he can to have a strong finish here.
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ideally, third place or better. he's already brought out his father. now his mother is campaigning with him. the idea is to remind south carolina voters how much they like the bush family and to hopefully make that translate into votes. he is arguing he has a steady hand, a proven record, the executive experience to lead. things he says his rivals don't have. when it comes to marco rubio and ted cruz, he says they are gifted speakers but don't have the record of accomplishment that can compare to his record as the governor of florida. when it comes to trump, he says he's unstable and selling himself as a conservative when he isn't a conservative. he says he's changed his stance on partial birth abortion and now on the iraq war having said all along he was against it. we find out at one point he said he was for it. you can't trust donald trump. he's going to morph and morph n morph and mirror whatever the current thinking is. that's an argument he's been making all along. the question is, is it
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connecting? >> i assume his campaign will try to say a third place finish would be a win for bush? >> oh, absolutely a third place finish would be a win. coming out of new hampshire in his speech on primary night he said to new hampshire voters, you've given me the chance to move on to south carolina where we're going to do very well. his campaign, talking points about the best early state. the strongest organization. in many ways they raised the bar for themselves here. i asked what does it look like to do well here? they argued that beating the non-trump, non-cruz candidates would be doing well. that's third place. the question is, can he do that. most polls show him in fourth behind marco rubio. an aide told me that if he were to finish maybe a close fourth, they might be able to make an argument for continuing. but certainly tomorrow night, it is going to play a big role in whatever decision they make. >> athena, thanks for the reporting. someone who knows the lay of the political land better than almost anyone in south carolina, katon dawson. former chairman of the south carolina republican party.
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and the former communications director to rick santorum, and anchor of "inside politics," john king. we've been talking every day. every day seems to be changing. there's a lot of undecide voters. how is it looking? >> the undecided voters started moving after last night. i watched people solidifying today. i myself went and voted. huge crowds. the largest numbers we've ever seen coming in to do our version of early vote is absentee voting in person. so there's a big ground swell of voters coming. they started making their minds up today. we can all pontificate about what's going on. certainly all the camps have given it their best. some hadn't been taken well by the voters. this is the season as you said that experience doesn't matter. if it did, then rick perry 14 years, scott walker, bobby
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jindal, this is one like i don't think we'll see again any time soon, but i do think that the top three are going to be able to punch tickets out here and maybe kasich who could be a fourth place ticket will move on. but i think there are going to be some people seriously exiting the race some time early next week would be my opinion. >> john king, if donald trump wins south carolina, a lot of polls, him out in front for a long time. that would be two key states in a row. how tough for anyone else to stop him after that? >> tough, but not impossible. but very tough. a little piece of history. no one in the republican side has ever won new hampshire and won south carolina and not been the republican nominee. so if donald trump wins tomorrow night after winning new hampshire, you would have to rewrite history for him not to be the republican nominee. this is a year in which we're rewritsing a lot of the rules. it guarantees nothing but would propel him into those march 1 states and beyond with a lot of momentum. it would puncture the strategic framework of the ted cruz
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candidacy. that he could win with evangelicals in iowa, come into south carolina and unlike rick santorum and mike huckabee before him, prove he has money, a deeper organization and slightly broader message and take it south with some wins. a donald trump win would be dramatically big for him. again send him on. not impossible to stop as the race winnows down but with a lot of wind at his back. >> hogan, the battle for, whether it's second or third or fourth, but the battle for that establish -- so-called establishment lane, that's going to watch for as well. >> absolutely. that's where marco rubio is. where he wants to live. he wants to do better than bush here to push bush out of the race and coalesce a lot of the establishment vote behind him. katon made an interesting point. experience doesn't seem to matter in this for whatever reason. voters want somebody to cut taxes, balance budgets, protect life. none of these senators has even been able to come close to doing that. in fact, ted cruz's spokesman the other day made a comment he
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voted for a continuing resolution on life. and that was important. continuing resolution, well, color me appeased. that doesn't mean anything to anybody. these governors have been able to do these things, get accomplishments done and it seems like voters don't care at all. it's an amazing election cycle. to pay attention to the governors -- to dismiss the governors and pay attention to folks who promise things they have absolutely no record of actually accomplishing is amazing. and that's what we're going to see tomorrow. will they go with trump? will they go with cruz? will they go with rubio? it looks like that's how they'll finish, one, two and three, and it's going to shake things up for the states to come. >> we'll watch as the vote comes in. we'll have more with our panelists when we come back. as candidates make their final push, john king will show us the keys to victory in south carolina and nevada and signs to all keep an eye on tomorrow night. remembering two giants. supreme court justice antonin scalia and author harper lee.
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less than 11 hours until polls open in south carolina. big day for republicans there. big day tomorrow as well for democrats in nevada where they are holding caucuses. each contest for each party vastly different than the ones in new hampshire and iowa. and unlike those two states, less polling in the run-up to south carolina and nearly none until recently in nevada. the question is, what's can
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viewers look for tomorrow in both states which is why it makes sense to ask chief national correspondent john king what he's looking for by the numbers. we discussed in the past how latinos, african-americans are critical in nevada. what else are you going to be looking for? >> african-americans and latinos, the first diverse democratic elect rat. hillary clinton won the state over then senator obama. but senator obama got more delegates. we want to score this two ways. a couple other things, number one, the hugging obama strategy. hillary clinton, does it work in a state that by most economic indicators is way below the national average. nevada was so punished in the national recession. housing statistics, median income statistics. this is a place the economy is still hurting. can bernie sanders take advantage of that? one more question for you, where does the union vote go? the most powerful union, the
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culinary workers are not endorsing this time. they endorsed obama last time. a lot of split between national and local unions. 29% of the vote last time. pretty evenly split between clinton and obama. does labor break one way or the other? that would impact the outcome tomorrow. >> what about the republicans in south carolina? >> let's stay in 2008. hogan and katon remember this very well. what am i looking for tomorrow? this is mike huckabee in 2008. this should be ted cruz territory tomorrow night. if ted cruz is winning up in greenville, this is the evangelical belt of south carolina. if donald trump is winning up here, ted cruz is in trouble. if you look at the map a little bit and look at this part you see the red from columbia and come along the coast and this way. the retirees, military base, transplants down here. main stream establishment vote. is trump winning over here as
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well as he did in new hampshire or do you start to see marco rubio, governor kasich, jeb bush? this is where the mainstream establishment vote will be fought out in what is now a slugfest. you see fred thompson in 2008. if ben carson has a decent showing, we don't expect him to be in the top three or four but if carson has a decent showing it could affect ted cruz just like fred thompson probably stole the race from mike huckabee in 2008. >> john, stay with us. i want to bring the panel back. katon, who do you think holds the key to the election tomorrow in south carolina? evangelical voters, military voters? or establishment types? who has the potential to swing this? >> i think we've got 100,000 new voters coming. john is right. i want you to watch the upstate of south carolina. that's where the heavy vote is. that's where we win all of our elections in south carolina. and anderson, those votes are going to come in late. greenville is one of the latest counties coming in. going to be a later night than
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some think as the pockets of votes come in. south carolina is going to be important. greenville county, spartan vlg. the midlands has a decent vote. but i think right now that the emotion and the passion and the excitement has been for 24 hours, marco rubio. big endorsement, nikki haley. tim scott, trey gowdy. cruz pulled all the guns out today. phil robertson with "duck dynasty" is a huge star inside the evangelical community. everybody has been moving. i voted today and hillary clinton's folks were moving today. her get out the vote started. she was not going to let what happened to her in 2008 happen in south carolina. started seeing a lot of her voters today. a lot of activity. i suspect that tomorrow we are looking for trump's vote to tighten up. i think i'll predict that rubio jumps over cruz. and cruz will be third. and then we'll have some distant numbers after that. that's what's i think.
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>> you really believe rubio will come in second? >> i think he can, yes, sir. momentum matters. the last 24 hours with the undecided votes, much like nobody saw newt gingrich coming. they just didn't see it. he was in a distant third place, and the news the last couple of days, we had the pope, we had some distractions. i think donald trump helped himself the last 48 hours and i think marco rubio did. and i think ted cruz did fine, but i saw the momentum move toward those two today. >> hogan, we hear a lot. the importance of ground game. south carolina is in a caucus state. people need to show up and cast their vote and they are done. the early voting. much different from a state like iowa or nevada where you have to get your supporters to show up in a complex caucus process. what do you think that means for tomorrow? >> well, you're right. i've been to all 99 counties in iowa twice. once with santorum and once with huckabee. very complicated.
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but people stood outside of donald trump events for 2 1/2 hours in negative 22 degree weather and they didn't even know if they were going to get in. they got in, and they came out -- even though he finished second. 45,000 people voted for him. plus in iowa, i think the same thing happens here. you need turnout apparatus in south carolina. it's very um portent to get your pokes out to the polls. when you show up at walterboro yesterday and newt gingrich who won this state had 450 people there, when he won, and donald trump had over 5,000, that tells you your turnout apparatus is excitement for the candidate. and people are excited about donald trump for whatever reason. good, bad, indifferent. they are excited about a man who stands up to hillary clinton, who tells it like it is, and is politically incorrect. and people like that. and so i think katon is right. marco rubio is making some moves in this state. cruz is taking some incoming. both marco and now jeb and also donald trump calling him a liar,
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showing how he's lied in the past in iowa. showing how he's lied to evangelicals. that's a problem for ted cruz here in this state. and it's causing some of those evangelicals to sluff off him toward the end and look somewhere else. that does directly help marco rubio and some of those evangelicals are going to donald trump. that might propel him to victory tomorrow. >> is tomorrow in any way a referendum on campaign tactics? we've seen trump and cruz and rubio calling each other liars. we've seen bush try to knock down trump. kasich trying to take the high road. it will be interesting. do you think that really matters? >> it has seemed like a fifth grade class election. but katon and hogan would tell you as rock 'em sock 'em south carolina robot style goes, this has been tame. they are name calling but you don't have the nasty personal robocalling we've seen in the past. the direct mail pieces.
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i'm not saying there aren't some but not on the scale we've had in the past. >> that's not true. >> there's a lot of back and forth going on. i've seen nastier races than this one. no question all the candidates understand the stakes. they understand how valuable that momentum is as we leave the one state at a time phase and about to head into the super tuesdays and mini super tuesdays after that. it's personal and increasingly nasty. katon could tell you south carolina in the past has been rougher than this. >> definitely. katon dawson, hogan as well. john king, thank you. just ahead, you heard all the talk about republicans corting the evangelical vote. we'll go there to see which way some of those voters are leaning. also late word on bernie sanders and hillary clinton in what could be a very tight race in nevada.
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as we've been talking, about evangelicals could be the key to victory. randi kaye spoke with some to figure out which way they are now leaning. >> how many of you are still undecided? 4 out of the 6. okay. with the evangelical vote still
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up for grabs in south carolina, this group of evangelical christians is split, though most favor marco rubio. this spartanburg resident likes ben carson, too. >> i feel like he has a spirit about him that makes me feel like a spiritual kinship. he's got humility and kindness and grace. >> reporter: these voters want a president who is pro-life but say for them pro-life is more than just politics. it's a set of values they treasure. >> are we pro-life in education, pro-life when talking about refugees or undocumented immigrants. how are we pro-life when talking about the environment and our duty to be a steward of it. so, to me, that's extends not just beyond this one little checked box of a political topic. >> trump was pro-choice once. does that bother you? >> very close to not being on this earth. i was adopted when i was 3. grew up in a group home. so like being pro-choice for me
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is a huge aversion. and i think there's just other alternatives. >> reporter: the group is also passionate about immigration reform. favoring a paths to citizenship. megan smith from spartanburg says trump has made this campaign about anger and fear which don't coincide with her christian beliefs. >> as christians, we're not called to act on our fear or anger. we're call to act on our love. the bible tells us that's love casts out all fear. so we need to look for candidates who are going to, i think, encourage us to do betters and be better and love others. >> reporter: for these voters, it's not about electing a president to restore christian america. >> i don't think we're looking for a pastor in chief. i don't think we're looking for somebody to restore a certain set of spiritual values in a president. i think we just want somebody who will respect, who would respect our faith and allow us to practice it freely. >> reporter: and for this group, that's someone isn't ted cruz or donald trump.
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is anybody here supporting donald trump? raise your hand. none of you. are there any ted cruz fans? nobody. they think cruz is running a dirty campaign and say despite his evangelical roots, he's against the teachings of jesus on poverty, war and how to treat strangers. >> his foreign policy is very militant. he's not embodies christian values because this extreme nationalism and xenophobia are against the teachings of jesus. >> reporter: some here have the same problem with trump and question more than his policies. >> when he holds his bible up and says it's his favorite book, do any of you buy that about donald trump? >> no. he knows he has to do that to win the republican nomination. >> one i don't independent the white house is someone who appears to be a misoggist, a serial monogamist who said he would date his own daughter if she wasn't his daughter, owns casinos, has strip clubs in his casinos. so much about his lifestyle and
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the choices he's made over the years that just as a woman particularly, and then also as a person of faith, make me feel very uncomfortable to say the least. >> randi joins me from greenville, south carolina. sounds like cruz and trump are leading in the polls but they haven't won over many of these evangelical voters. >> absolutely not, anderson. our group sees a generational divide happening among the evangelicals. they see ted cruz as the old warrior-style evangelical. the kind that would appeal to pat robertson or jerry falwell. not the group of evangelicals we spoke with. they are looking for someone compassionate, great acceptance for others, self-control and great discipline which is why many of them are considering voting for ben carson. they want someone in the oval office who will work hard to carry the burdens of others. they think that is the christian way, and they don't think that that is what they would find with donald trump or ted cruz.
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>> jerry falwell's son jerry falwell jr. is also a pastor and head of liberty university and is endorsing donald trump. hillary clinton and bernie sanders get ready for what looks like it's shaping up to be a close call in tomorrow's nevada caucuses. clinton picks up an endorse unanimous south carolina. we'll have the latest on that next. seven. i just wish one of those people could have been mrs. johnson. [dog bark] trust me, we're dealing with a higher intelligence here. ♪ the all-new audi q7 is here. ♪ i'm there for ray.sie. ted loved baseball. dr. phil likes to watch football. renne, who wants sloppy joe on the menu every day.
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with the democratic caucuses in nevada coming up tomorrow, hillary clinton and bernie sanders are in a virtual dead heat according to the latest polling. secretary clinton picked up a big endorsement in south carolina. our senior political correspondent brianna keilar reports on all the latest developments. >> show the world that democracy is alive and well here in nevada. >> reporter: today bernie sanders is making a final pitch to nevada voters before saturday's caucuses. >> the issue is not just who wins the democratic nomination. the issue is whether nevada will play a leading role in moving this country toward a political
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revolution which transforms this country. >> reporter: as hillary clinton tries to tighten her grip on south carolina. eight days before the first in the south primary. scoring a big palmetto state endorsement from jim clyburn, a former civil rights activist and the highest rac esest ranking african-american in congress. >> my heart has always been with hillary clinton. >> reporter: clinton is also running a new biographical television ad featuring the iconic voice of actor morgan freeman. >> hillary's work has been about breaking barriers, and so would her presidency. >> reporter: one day before nevada democrats caucus, clinton is still in search of potential supporters. courting all-important union support in the silver state. >> i am no johnny or janie come lately to this. i did not just discover that unions were under pressure from
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the republicans and the right. >> reporter: suggesting that sanders is unrealistic in his promises. >> i'm not just making speeches. i'm not just promising free this and free that and free everything. >> reporter: clinton and sanders both facing fresh scrutiny at a nevada town hall last night. clinton on whether she'd release transcripts of speeches she's given to financial institutions. >> i am happy to release anything i have when everybody elgs does the same because every other candidate in this race has given speeches to private groups, including senator sanders. >> reporter: sanders was pressed to respond to comments made in 2011 making the promise of an aggressive primary challenge to obama's re-election. president has done an e - outstanding job. and the idea there can be a primary where different ideas get floated and debated, i don't think that is terrible. >> and brianna joins us from las vegas. according to polls, nevada is a virtual dead heat between clinton and sanders.
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how concerned is the clinton campaign? >> they are concerned. you look at the polls. you see bernie sanders and hillary clinton neck and neck. but the clinton campaign worries that those polls don't reveal how unpredictable caucuses can be. look at iowa. bernie sanders very close to hillary clinton. polls showed it close. not that close. >> also you mentioned big endorsement. clinton picked up in south carolina. assuming they feel better about their chances there than nevada. >> she has a huge lead. they basically think it would be impossible for her to lose that. look at her travel schedule for the caucuses tomorrow. she ends the night at an historically black college in houston. this is a way looking forward to south carolina where she really has the african-american vote locked up, a way for her to look forward even if she is to lose the caucuses. >> brianna, thanks. both candidates have been trying to secure the african-american vote. a new nbc news/"wall street journal"/marist poll shows how it's breaking down.
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among white voteders, secretary clinton is slightly trailing sanders. 46% for her, 51% for him. among african-american voters, clinton has 68%, he 21. joining me is bacari sellers and justin bamber. obviously a commanding lead with african-american voters. what's can sanders do to try to bridge that gap a week out from the democratic primary in south carolina? >> thank you a.c. for having me. bernie has to continue what he's been doing. work the grassroots, get out the vote. there's this misconception that bernie sanders has to win south carolina. fortunately for him, he does not have to win south carolina. hillary clinton does. bernie just has to cut that margin down. if you look a couple months back, the clinton campaign was seen as the titanic of the democratic party. well, guess what?
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bernie sanders campaigned as the iceberg. and that ship is starting to take on water. if he just continues on, i think he'll do just fine. >> when you break down the support, there is an age divide for african-american voters, 45 and older. they break for clinton 78 to 12. but african-american voters under 45, the lead tightens, 52 to 35. the race could be tighter. >> with those numbers you see this myth has been perpetrated from iowa and new hampshire that somehow hillary clinton has this young voter problem. it's simply not true. it doesn't translate when you get to south carolina and throughout the rest of the south. hillary clinton is doing very well with two groups. those two groups are going to catapult her not just in south carolina but throughout the south. the first, a young black millennials where she's winning 2-1 over bernie sanders. contrary to the beliefs of what comes out of iowa and new hampshire. and the other, i've been saying this until i'm blue in the face. my mama and her friends will be
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the one that dictates the winner of this primary and in south carolina. african-american women are the driving force in this race. hillary clinton is doing exceptionally well. >> justin, sanders did an interview with b.e.t. and accused sanders of pandering to african-american voters saying hillary clinton is trying to embrace the president as closely as she possibly can. we know what that's about. that's trying to win support from the african-american community where the president is enormously popular. is that fair? she was his secretary of state. >> yes, i do believe that is fair. truth, honesty, integrity, those are traits you'll see in bernie sanders. he's often criticized for some of his statements. but bernie sanders is not afraid to stand up and say, yes, i respect president obama but there are times i disagree with him. what i wish ms. clinton would do is stand up and acknowledge the truth. and the truth of the matter is that in 2008, you know, she didn't agree with obama. she fought with him.
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we all remember what her husband bill clinton says with regard to obama's presidency, that's it was a fairy tale. rather than taking this approach and saying, i evolve and all of a sudden her and president obama are best friends, she should do what i did which is just to stand up and say, i changed my mind. >> bacari, what's your take? is clinton playing up her allegiance to the president to shore up african-american votes? >> no, i thought bernie sanders' comments were infuriating. barack obama is popular with all democrats. popular with 83% of the democratic party. the fact of the matters is bernie sanders, this is his first race he's run as a democrat so he may not be aware of the feelings and emotions we have for our president. to go to justin's point a little further. bernie sanders is the one who attempted in 2011. brs called the president weak.
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bernie sanders witness and wrote on a book call buyers remorse that's obama let voters down. it's about the person in the best position to build on and protect the legacy of barack obama. that person is not bernie sanders. clinton got a big endorsement today from congressman clyburn, one i'm sure sanders would have loved to get. you don't see it making much of a difference in the primary. or do you? >> no, i don't. no, i don't see it making much of a difference in the primary. i want to go back to something that bakari mentioned. you know, it's not just the role of the next president to only build on obama's legacy. you are running for president. you are running to be the leader of the free world. i believe that bernie sanders will do an amazing job at that. with regard to congressman clyburn's endorsement today, i have nothing but love and respect for the congressman. he's done a lot for south carolina. at this late in the game, i don't see it making that much of a difference. i don't think people are sitting
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around saying, i wonder what's x politician is going to say and who they are going to pick. if anything, it's going to motivate and put some fire under bernie sanders supporters and they'll work even harder than they have been. >> we've got to leave it there. justin bamberg and bakari sellers. next week we'll host another south carolina town hall. democrats, bernie sanders and hillary clinton. chris cuomo will be moderating tuesday night, 8:00 p.m. eastern right here on cnn. just ahead tonight, remembering justice antonin scalia who made his final journey to the supreme court where his body will lie in repose throughout the night. hundreds streamed past the casket to pay their final respect.
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inside the supreme court, hundreds of mourners, including president obama and the first lady. the doors will stay open until 9:00 p.m. eastern. justice scalia's funeral service is tomorrow. he served on the nation's highest court for 30 years. during that tenure left an indelible mark. his sudden death has sparked a political battle. president obama carrying a binder full of information on potential candidates. he'll spend the weekend
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reviewing their dossiers. today was a day to put politics aside and honor justice scalia's service and his life. here's pamela brown. >> reporter: a somber day at the highest court in the land. president obama and the first lady arrived to pay their respects to justice antonin scalia. the first couple paused at the flag-draped casket as his former clerks stood guard. they'll be taking turns through the day and night. one of his clerks, jameison jones. >> a really touching ceremony this morning. justice scalia was both a brilliant mentor but also just a warm and kind and generous person. >> reporter: this morning supreme court police officers carried the conservative legal icon on his final journey to the high court. behind the casket, some of scalia's favorite former law clerks. dozens more lined the marble steps. waiting at the massive bronze doors, his children and grandchildren and his son, a
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catholic priest. father paul scalia led the casket into the great hall where the eight remaining justices said good-bye to their colleague and friend. >> my brothers and sisters, jesus says, come to me all you who labor and are burdened, and i will give you rest. >> reporter: when the private ceremony ended, the high court opened its doors to the public. two people of particular nut, patty millett and sri srinivasan. and another striking moment, the actor who portrayed scalia in the play "the originalist" teared up as he stood at the casket. outside members of the public braved the cold for their opportunity to say good-bye. >> as attorneys, as -- i think we have an obligation to come pay our respects. >> reporter: at a memorial outside, a tribute to the justice's sense of humor on the bench. a jar of apple sauce and broccoli, referencing scalia's colorful metaphor during the affordable care act case.
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>> could you define the market? everybody has to buy food. therefore, serve in the market. therefore, you can make people buy broccoli. >> it's a sad time for me personally and for the country. and it's tough to imagine this court without him, without him sitting up there for the next argument. >> pamela joins us now. scalia and liberal justice ruth bader ginsburg had a friendship, an odd couple they were called. >> they were polar opposites on the bench. scalia was a conservative. ginsburg was a liberal. but they were able to bridge their differences and build a long lasting, deep friendship over the last several years. in fact, they traveled the world together. there's a picture in justice ginsburg's office showing them riding an elephant together. she once joked she was sitting behind scalia to more evenly distribute the weight. they like to give each other a hard time.
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another fun story was they went parasailing together. and justice scalia admired her courage but was also worried she was going to float away. they'd make appearances together in public, talk about their friendship, the fact they spent new year's eve together. there was even an opera named after them. and so they really shared a lot of interest and had a deep respect, despite the fact they had different ideologies. >> pamela brown, thank you. just ahead, remembering harper lee, an author who cherished her privacy while making an indelible mark on the word with her novel "to kill a mockingbird." dr. scholl's freeze away wipes 'em out fast with as few as one treatment. freeze away! dr. scholl's. the #1 selling freeze brand. its intelligent drive is paradigm-shifting. its technology-filled cabin...jaw-dropping. its performance...breathtaking.
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the story of the author of one of america's best loved books has ended the same way it began. quietly in a small town in alabama. harper lee has died at the age of 89. she was born in munroville, alabama in 1926. 34 years later after taking two years to write it, her novel "to kill a mockingbird" was published. the story of a man who defends a falsely accused black man in a racist courtroom became an medicine best seller. in a rare interview from 1964, lee never expected the book to sell at all. "to kill a mockingbird" won the pulitzer prize and was made into a movie in 1962. gregory peck won an oscar for best actor in the role of
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atticus finch. she died in her sleep early this morning and there will be a private funeral service as she requested. if you missed our town halls this week, you can see both tonight starting at 10:00 eastern. right now, "cnn tonight" with don lemon. voters in south carolina about to go to the polls in the primary that could reshape this race. this is "cnn tonight." i'm don lemon. the campaigning is fast and furious with gop hopefuls making their final pitches. >> if you elect me president of the united states, you'll never catch me apologizing for america around the world. >> if we elect hillary clinton or bernie sanders or some other socialist, we will see the supreme court lost for a generation. >> you can't say crazy things when you're running for president. you can't talk trash when you are running for president. you have


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