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emotes, come out from the cushions, you are back. the x1 voice remote is here. what a night. the election is amping up and the voters are having their say in all the big winners are here. hillary clinton wins a close race in nevada. >> some may have doubted us, but we never doubted each other. >> but bernie sanders says it's too soon to count him out. >> we have come a very long way. we have the momentum. >> where does the race go from here? they will both be here in minutes. plus donald trump wins
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again. >> we will never, ever forget south carolina. . >> is he unstoppable in his race for the republican nomination? i'll ask him. and ted cruz and marco rubio battling for second place. >> the good people of south carolina continue to defy the pundits and to produce extraordinary results. >> for me the state of south carolina will always be the place of new beginnings and fresh starts. >> is it now a three-man race? both candidates join me next. hello, i'm jake tapper in washington where the state of our union is front running. the leading candidates from both parties picked up wins and the night's biggest names will be here this morning. first up, donald trump, who sealed the decisive victory in south carolina. 10 points ahead of his closest
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riv rivals who battled for the second place trophy with rubio ultimately winning by a nose. is and in nevada, hillary clinton winning a hard fought race against bernie sanders. . both of them will be here shortly. first, let's get to donald trump who basked in his big win. >> it's mean, it's vicious, it's beautiful. >> and the winner of the south carolina republican primary joins us now. donald trump, congratulations on your victory. what does this mean for the race going forward? >> certainly, you can be stopped. i'm dealing with very talented people. they are politicians. they are senators. i don't think there are any governors election. but we have a lot of talented people. . we'll see what happens. certainly nobody is unstoppable. >> your campaign manager said that you have not gotten the
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credit you deserve from the party for leading the race. why do you think that is? do you think some republicans still don't take you seriously? >> well, i'm an outsider. i was a member of the establishment totally. i was a big campaign contributor. i gave lots of money to everybody. i gave money to everybody. i was a big donor to the republicans. . i used to be a donor to everybody, frankly, because as a businessman that was a good thing to do. the day i decided to run, which was june 16th, i became an outsi outsider. all the establishments said what happened to him? he's not supposed to be doing that. that's not in the cards. i don't want money. i'm self-funding my campaign so i don't need donor money and special interest money. that bothers them because the special interests want to control their candidates. and i can't be controlled. i'm going to do what's good r for the people and what's good for the country. this is a great opportunity. the drug companies control the drug industry.
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it's ridiculous. and the military companies, everybody controls everything. i'm going to be fair to everybody but i'm going to do what's right. that's why we have the big deficits and bad trade deals because politicians are controlled by lobbyists and donors. >> last week marco rubio said he didn't think a brokered convention would necessarily be a bad thing. are you concerned that party leaders might try to block your nomination at the convention? >> i don't think we're going to have a convention, i think it's unlikely. i'm doik better than that. i'm really on my way. i thought i won iowa if you look at it closely. even if i didn't, i got one delegate less because i came in a close second. so i have a second and two firsts and new hampshire was a e blow out. this one was a blow out. and i don't see where this is a convention. i think most of the smart people are saying there's not going to
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be a convention. interestingly, the ones who say they are going to be a convention usually they are the pundits that have been wrong forever. not you, because you have been right about me and i appreciate it. >> senator cruz says that you attack him every day because you know he's the only one who can beat you. is that it right? >> no, it's not right, but he's very talented. certainly, he could beat me and so could naar koe and the others running. crazier things have happened. >> jeb bush dropped out last night. he was once the front runner expected to win the nomination. many would point to you as the primary reason his campaign sputtered. do you think by labeling him low energy and targeting him so quickly do you think that's what did him in? >> i just don't know what did him in. i like him, he's a a good person. he's a good man, but he really hit me with a lot of commercials. he was spending $25 million on commercials of me.
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i said, wow, that's another commercial. that one is really bad. and not true. some was true. but a lot of it wasn't true. i said, wow, that's a big commercial. then it just kept going on and on and on. and i said who is doing that? it was jeb. then there would be a new one and it was jeb. and then we had a a couple robo calls the morning of the election. they were brutal. that was done by ted cruz. we had two really brutal robo calls. one on the flag and one on gay rights. and i want to tell you they were tough, tough, tough. so this is a tough business. i think real estate in manhattan is a lot easier. >> you also took on jeb's brother president bush. in south carolina a state e he won in 2000, then you won it handedly even though you took on president bush. do you see jeb's loss and your victory in south carolina as a vote on the entire bush legacy
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in a way? >> i hope not because it shouldn't be. it wasn't meant to be. jeb fought very hard. it wasn't his time. he's a capable person. it just wasn't his time. my son knows his son. my son eric knows jeb's son and says he's an incredible young man. and it was really just not his time. four years ago i think he would have won. although with mitt and him, it would have been a good contest. this was not really his time. >> there's a lot of concern, as you know, among republican party leaders in washington about can you win a general election. let's talk about demographics for a second. if the next republican nominee wins the same share of the white vote that mitt romney did in 2012, 59%, that nominee would need to win 30% of the non-white
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vote. with all due respect, sir, a lot of republican leaders in d.c. struggle to envision you accomplishing this especially given the fact there are white supremacist groups who support you. some of whom you have retweeted. >> that i know nothing about 37 you retweet somebody, i know nothing about the groups supporting me. i will tell you this. as a candidate i will bring over many, many dems. we're going to bring over a lot of democrats. a lot of independents. nobody else will. the other candidates will never bring over independents. we're talking about the reagan democrats. we're going to bring over tremendous numbers. we're going to bring over youth. bernie is not going to make it. hillary won't make it. if she gets indicted is the only way. they say that it will be the largest voter turn out in the history of the united states elections. and that's a great compliment to the country. we have such a a low voter turn
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out compared to other countries. i think it will be the greatest voter turn out in history. if if it's hillary against me, that's going to be a tremendous turn out. i'm going to win. i'm going to win places like michigan that the republicans can't even think of. they talk about the six states with ohio, pennsylvania and et cetera. but i will win places like michigan that people don't even talk about. i will have a chance of winning new york. if i win new york, the election is over. i have a chance of winning new york. i'll win states that aren't in play. i'll win states that the republicans don't even think of. and one of them that comes to mind is michigan. another one is new york. upstate new york i'm like the most popular person that's ever lived virtually upstate new york. they are great friends of mine. we will do well in new york. we're going to come awfully close to winning it. the other thing is african-american voters. i think i'm going to get a
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tremendous amount. you have seen the stories where african-american leaders are saying my people really like trump because i'm going to bring jobs back from china and mexico and japan and vietnam and india and all these places that are taking our jobs. i'm going to bring jobs back. a recent poll came out where i had 25% african-american and the republicans usually get about 4 or 5%. one of the hosts said if he gave 25% this election is over you might as well not run it. i'm going to do great with the african-americans. african-american youth is 58% unemployed. african-americans in their prime are substantially worse off economically than the whites in their prime. it's a very sad situation. i'm going to do great with african-americans. you watch. i'm going to do great with hispanics. . i employ thousands of hispanics. >> i want to dpet some clarification on comments you made at the town hall about obamacare. take a listen.
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>> why would insurance companies not have a preexisting -- >> i like the mandate. here's where i'm a little different. i don't want people dying on the streets. i say this all the time. >> what did you mean when you said i like the mandate? >> well, what happened is we were talking over each other and i think anderson is terrific. i thought it was a great evening and we got tremendous reviews on it. they got tremendous ratings too. what i'm talking about is very simple. there's no mandatory anything. we're going to end obamacare. it's going to be repealed and replaced by something much better. first of all, we have to get rid of the lines between the states so there's competition. and we'll go health care savings accounts. there's many different ways. we're going to get great health care. you're going to have your own doctor. you're going to have your own plan. and we're going to have great
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health care. the one thing i say is this. people are not going to die in the middle of a street because they have absolutely no money and they are sick. they are not dying on the sidewalks and not dying on the streets if i'm president. as a republican, a lot of people say that's a terrible thing to say as a republican. every time i mentioned it, i have the biggest, i'll make a speech in front of 20,000 people and say we cannot allow people on my watch or any watch to die in the middle of a street or a sidewalk because they have no money. we'll get them to a hospital. we'll get them to a doctor. . we have to take care of them. i get standing ovations from prime minist republicans. he's not a conservative to say that. call it whatever you want. i don't like the term mandate because that means mandatory. i just say this. people are not going to die on the streets of any city if i'm
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president. every time i say it i get standing ovations from republicans. >> just to clarify you're saying now that you would not support requiring every individual in america to have health insurance. you wouldn't support that. >> that's right. we were talking over each other. it was my fault, but we were talking over each other. obviously, the answer is that. but with that being said, we have to take care of people. we have to take care of people. >> last question, sir. we heard from your wife last night, which doesn't happen a tremendous amount. are we going to hear more from her going forward? >> she's a very, very brilliant woman. i know her academic background and she was tremendously successful before i met her. she's very smart. she also is a very private woman and there's something very nice about that. she's a great mother and she has some interesting causes that are going to be fantastic for the
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country. and she will. i really just surprised her when i said that. say a few words. there's only about 40 million people watching. say a few words. she got up and spoke beautifully. she will be very much involved. what she really loves doing is being a mother. >> thank you so much. good luck in nevada. we'll see you on the campaign trail. congratulations, again. >> thank you very much, jake. >> let's turn o to the democrat cannic race where hillary clinton got a big win at a time that she really needed one. victories are important, but sometimes stopping a rival's momentum is even more crucial. >> the truth is we aren't a single issue country. we need more than a plan for the big banks. the middle class needs a raise. and they need more jobs. >> clinton's 52% to 47% victory
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over bernie sanders was aided by support from african-americans, a a constituency she hopes to carry her to victory next weekend in south carolina. hillary clinton joins me now. madame secretary, congratulations on your victory in nevada. >> thank you so much, jake. it was hard fought and i just can't say enough about the team on the ground who have been there for months and the thousands and thousands of volunteers who got to work. we saw so much great activity the last week. it turned out to be more than enough. i'm really happy about that. >> you really went into overdrive the last 48 hours really working until early, early in the morning and rallying your supporters. how exactly do you think you did what you needed to do to get over the finish line with this
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victory? >> i think it was a a lot of things. first of all, we have been on the ground there for months. so we're building an organization, developing the relationships, really getting to know people in every community across the state. so that as we built that, we were able to understand more about what was on people's minds, how best to connect with them to make my case to them. and we had thousands of people who were engaged from las vegas to the smallest rural town. and i just felt like the people who were working on behalf of our campaign were really committed and dedicated. they did not get in any way knocked off course. they never doubted we could do this. and they turned out to be right. i'm so grateful to each and every one of them. >> in your victory speech, you said the united states is not a single issue country. supporters of bernie sanders in
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his room, they booed when you said that on tv. i know bernie sanders called you to concede. i presume he was more gracious than the booers. >> he did call me before i made my speech. i appreciated that very much. but look, i don't think we are a single issue country. i'm certainly not a single issue candidate. i want to knock down all the barriers that are holding people back. we spent a lot of time talking with voters in the last week about the barriers they felt did impede their getting ahead. of course, a lot of it is economic. it needs to be addressed. that's why i'm not only against bad things that i want to stop them. i want to start some good things. more good paying jobs with rising incomes again. once and for all making sure women get equal pay for the work we do. doing more to help small business. going after clean, renewable energy in a state like nevada
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where it should be the solar capital of the west. so we had a lot of opportunity to talk about bigotry and discrimination, student debt, the deck being stacked against people, the whole range of concerns that were brought directly to me. being there we heard a lot about people feeling that the great recession in nevada just knocked them down. it was one of the worst affected states in our whole country. what more could we do to keep the economy growing and creating more good jobs. heard a lot about the fears that hard working immigrants have over deportation, raids and roundups, which i oppose. e we heard a lot from the african-american community in particular about how they still felt that systemic racism was an issue. there were a lot of concerns, all of which were raised with me. so when i say that from a lot of
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experience. because are these other issues that we're talking about economic inequality, plolitical finance issues, what to do to make sure wall street never wrecks main street, they are important. that's why i have taken positions on them and spoken out against them. i was doing that before the great recession. but we're going to talk about the issues that are on the minds of americans and that's a broad number because we have to address all of them. >> obviously, you did well. you won, but locking ahead you still have 47 other states to go. plus the district of columbia and some territories. i want to look at some areas for possible improvement. one of them is that bernie sanders did better with latino voters and you not as well, according to our poll, as many people anticipated. this is a constituency you have worked hard to cultivate. what happened and how can you improve your standing with latino voters?
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>> that's just not what our analysis shows, number one. we don't believe that the so-called entry polls were particularly accurate. if it you look at the precincts, you look at where we dominated. there's a lot of evidence we did very, very well with every group of voter. we did well and better than we thought in rural areas, which i was very happy to hear. we held our own in roeno. so it was a broad based turn out. we dominated in county where las vegas is. so we look at all of this. we obviously are guided by the information we have. we think that it shows that we always have to work hard for every single voter. we intend to do that in every place. i'm in texas right now. i'm in houston about to address a large crowd that has gathered here late at night. we're reaching out to everybody. we want to do as well as we can with everyone. >> an area of improvement i
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think you'll grant me even if you don't believe the polls is potentially independent voters. i know that you have blamed the whole trust issue with independent voters on decades of unfair attacks by republicans, smears against you by republicans. but how do you fix it going forward? if you become the nominee, you're going to need independent voters. >> absolutely, and i'm going to do what i have always done. i'm going to keep reaching out to voters. i understand that voters have questions. i'm going to do my very best to answer those questions. i think there's an underlying question that maybe is really in the become of people's minds. that is is she in it for us or herself? i think that's a question people are trying to sort through. and i'm going to demonstrate that i have always been the same person fighting for the same values, fighting to make a real
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difference in people's lives long before i was ever in elected office. even before my husband was in the presidency. so i know that i have to make my case. i have to demonstrate what i have achieved. i have to really make clear that, look, we want to make progress in our country. we want to make a real difference in people's lives. that's what i have always been about. that's what i would do as president. so i'm very hopeful and we'll continue to work hard to make that case and to win over as many voters as possible to get the nomination and then we'll see who the republicans nominate and we'll go from there. >> let's talk about that. you're heading to south carolina democratic primary saturday. you're favored to win there. you're polling strong. you scored key endorsements. the republicans held their contest. donald trump won handily, his
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second victory. you said a a race against trump would be quite a showdown. is there a chance the democrats are under estimating him? >> well, i don't know, jake. i'm not thinking about that far ahead. they have to finish their nominating process. we have to finish ours. but i do believe that the message that we want to take to the american people that we can do better together, we can build those ladders of opportunity again, we can have broad based prosperity, rising incomes, knock down the barriers that hold people back. i think that's a winning message because that's what the american people are looking for. that it great recession was such a terrible blow to so many people. the repercussions are still working its way through the economy and through the political system. so i'm very committed to making the argument that i think is the winning argument about what we
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can do together. i want to find common ground wherever i can. i want to move this economy. i want to fix our political system. i want to make government work better for people. i want to knock down those barriers of discrimination and debt and feeling like the deck is stacked against you that too many americans now are worried may be the case. >> as a former secretary of state, i really am interested in your views on the foreign policy issue that's emerged on the republican side that i'm sure you have opinions about. dth dlt was asked about the israeli palestinian conflict. let me be a neutral guy, he said. cruz said i have no intention of being neutral. he would be standing by israel. what do you think about the answers? where would you be? >> i think both of them missed the mark. first of all, israel is our partner, our ally. we have long standing and
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important ties with israelis going back to the formation of the state of israel. i will defend and do everything i can to support israel particularly as the neighborhood around it seems to become more dangerous and difficult. i also believe the palestinians deserve to have a state of their own. that's why i support a two-state solution. that's what i have worked on. that's what i tried to move forward when i was secretary and holding three very intense conversations between the prime minister of israel and the president of the palestinian authority. those are not mutually exclusive. i happen to think that moving toward a two-state solution, trying to provide u more support for the aspirations of the p palestinian people is for the best. i don't think either of the
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answers you just relayed to me really grapple with the challenges that we have to continue to work to overcome. >> madame secretary, thank you for joining us. good luck in south carolina. we'll see you on the campaign trail. congratulations, again. >> great, thanks a lot. thank you very much. >> bernie sanders will be here shortly, but first let's turn to the heated battle between marco rubio and ted cruz. last night both men claimed a victory of sorts while falling short to donald trump. >> after tonight this has become a three-person race and we will win the nomination. >> but can either of the senators take down donald trump as this cowboy campaign heads to the wild west for the next contest in nevada. let's start with marco rubio of florida. senator, good to see you, welcome. >> thank you. >> there's a report that mitt romney will endorse you this week. what would an endorsement from
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romney mean to you? >> well, that report is false. i have no reason to believe he's anywhere near endorsing anyone. we'd love to have the help of everyone. we have to bring the republican party together. we're not going to beat hillary clinton or bernie sanders if we're still divided in september and october. so it's important to nominate someone that can bring everyone together. we have to be on the same team. it's one of the reasons i believe i will be the nominee because i give us the best chance to unify. we'd love to have his endorsement. i don't know where those reports are coming from but they are false. >> you came in succeecond in so carolina. you had a lot invested in the state. every major republican endorsed you from the governor to senator tim scott to trey gowdy. why do you think you didn't win? >> well, it's coalesced around one person and the 70%.
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that's left over is divided up among five or six people. you do the math quickly and realize if this was a a more traditional race, the results would be different. the democrats have a a two-person race. you only have two choice. yesterday when people went to vote in south carolina they had six. that divided the vote. that dynamic is beginning to shift. governor kasich is focussed in michigan. that's what gives us an opportunity to begin to bring together republicans who understand that we have to nominate someone who will unify our party, reach out to people that haven't voted for us and grow our party and who can win. who do the democrats fear most? i think everyone now acknowledges that that's me. that's why they spend so much time and money attacking me. >> you have yet to win a single state. the next contest is nevada where you spent part of your childhood. can you win in nevada? >> i hope so. we're going to work hard.
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we're going into a different dynamic because there's less choices. we think that accrues to our benefit. we'll see how that plays out. we're heading there tonight after stops in had tennessee and arkansas. people can keep track of our campaign. they go to our website and you'll see when we're coming to a state near you. >> donald trump has now won new hampshire and south carolina, as i'm sure you know. no republican has ever won new hampshire and south carolina and not gone on to win the nomination. why do you think you can stop him? >> because we have never had a race where 15 credible candidates began and you had so many choices. there's never been a race like this. you cannot apply the rules to this one. last night was truly the beginning of the real republican primary. we went through the semifinals and quarterfinals and down to a core three candidates running full scale national campaigns. and here's what really begins at this point now. this is where i think the race last night was reset in a way
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that's going to be beneficial to our efforts. >> you said you don't think a brokered convention would be a bad thing. are you okay with primary voters choosing one candidate but party leaders nominating someone else? >> yeah, i'm not sure where i said that. i'm not saying i'm cheering for a brokered convention. someone on my campaign was asked about its chances and said it's possible. i don't think it's likely. the voters are going to decide it. i don't want party insiders deciding this because if party insiders were the ones deciding this nomination i wouldn't be here right now doing this interview with you. i wouldn't have even been in the sena senate. they didn't want me in the senate. i want the voters to decide. and i think the chances that it's going to be decided in the primary process are high. >> you had some gracious words for your fellow floridian jeb bush, who was something of a mentor to you years ago. after he dropped out of the race, have you spoken to
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governor bush? >> no, i called him last night. he was there with family and friends and others so we haven't had a chance to speak. my feelings weren't just last night. throughout the campaign i said nice things about jeb bush. i don't think you'll see a single instance i said anything personally negative about him. i said i wasn't running against him. i had admiration for him. that didn't change. it's still true now. i u didn't run against jeb bush. i ran for president because i give our party the best chance to bring our party together and y unify our country and to win. we can't lose this election. who is the person that gives us the best chance to beat the democrats. both polling and democrats will tell you it's our campaign. and so i hope people will join our effort. >> we have seen the dynamic in this race. donald trump goes after somebody who is not polling as well as him and can destroy that person, whether it's rick perry or jeb
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bush. you're now rising in the polls to a degree. are you ready for donald trump to come after you? >> yeah, first of all, donald trump did attack us. he attacked us then and didn't destroy anybody. he's been good at saying things over the top and the press covers it. it helps the ratings and it's interesting and you can't ignore it. we're in a different stage now. republicans have to nominate someone. we can't lose this election. if hillary clinton is elected or bernie sanders, all of obama's policies become permanent. i think that's what's going to drive voters from here on out. we have to win. i give us the chance to nominate someone that i'm as conservative as anyone in this race. i have a 15-year record of conservative action people can look at. i didn't become a conservative two years ago. i'm the conservative that can unite our party, grow our party and win this election. we have to win. if i'm nominated, we will. >> senator rubio, good luck in
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nevada. >> yes, sir, thank you. >> now to senator ted cruz, who came in a close third place. we spoke last night while the final votes were still being counted. >> ted cruz joins us. thank you for joining us. >> thank you, jake, great to be with you. >> donald trump has now won both new hampshire and south carolina. no republican has ever done that without actually going on and winning the republican nomination. why do you think you can stop him? >> well, i think we had a terrific night tonight. it's saturday night that you and i are speaking. we're tied for second place. that puts nus a position of having won a strong victory in iowa and a strong finish in new hampshire and a strong finish in south carolina. and i think what this has teed up those three states together is a couple things. number one, we continue to see conservatives uniting behind our campaign. but number two, it is now
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apparent that the only campaign that can beat donald trump and has is our campaign. although donald has consistently managed to score numbers in the 20s and 30s, his unfavorables are concerned donald trump is not the right candidate to go head to head with hillary clinton or bernie sanders and as the field narrows, we're seeing more and more people coming to us because we're looking for a strong, proven constitutional conservative to stand up and present a clear contrast with the democrats and win in november. we have to win in november and i think tonight's result will result in yet more people coming to ted cruz and supporting the campaign, joining, volunteering and the closer it gets to a head to head race the stronger position we're in. >> two questions based on that. the first one, are you saying that donald trump cannot beat hillary clinton? that hillary clinton would beat him? >> well, listen, the national
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polling is consistently shown that donald loses to hillary. head to head, i beat hillary clinton. and i believe the only way to beat. the democrats is to run a candidate that has a significantly different record. if we nominate a candidate who has the same record as hillary clinton on partial birth abortion shs the same record as hillary clinton on obamacare and socialized medicine, the same record as hillary clinton on granting amnesty to 12 million people here illegally and allowing them to become citizens, the same record as hillary clinton on the wall street bailouts and stimulus. i don't think that's a path to victory. the way we win is to follow reagan that we paint in bold colors not pale pastels. the more this race narrows, we're seeing that old reagan coaligs coming together behind our campaign as the strongest conservative who can win not just the primary, but win the general and lead the effort to turn the country around.
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>> you seem to be calling for the other candidates to not continue to run for supporters to go to you. you seem to be saying that the race is between you and trump and anybody who doesn't want trump to get the nomination should support you. should the other candidates think about dropping out? >> that's a decision every candidate is going to have to make. but one of the clearest pieces of evidence that donald sees our campaign as the only that can beat him is he devotes every ounce of his energy to attacking us with everything he has usually with false personal attacks. donald ignores every other candidate in the race because he views the rest of the field as not a meaningful threat. for that matter the third place finisher marco rubio does the same thing. he attacks us with every breath out of his body and consistently avoids engaging with donald
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trum trump. we need clear policy differentiation with donald trump and then with hillary clinton. that's how we're going to win is on substance and record. not a battle to outinsult whom. that's not what we have done in the past and that's not what i'm willing to do going forward. >> you talk about winning. >> actually, it's saturday night and they are still counting so e we don't know right now who is second and third. we'll know tomorrow morning when this airs. but right now they are still counting the votes is and it's neck and neck. >> in terms of south carolina, it would seem to be on paper to be friendly u terrain for you. 72% of the voter who is turned out were evangelicals who largely u supported you in iowa. it's a conservative state. you have an impressive ground game. if you can't win in south carolina, where can you win? >> well, number one, a week ago
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donald trump had a 20-point or larger lead in this state. so that lead much of it disappeared in this past week. number two if you look at marco rubio, the candidate that expectation is marco rubio. he had a popular congressman supporting him. all the establishme menment cam behind him and millions backing him up. either third or second in south carolina. we don't know right now. and i've got to say that's really striking. if you contrast that to iowa, iowa i was in the same position as marco rubio. the lead iing conservatives in e state in iowa were backing me. we won. we won decisively when we had the players behind us.
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that ought to be a real warning sign as to what state is marco going to win. if you want to beat donald trump you have to look at the only campaign that has ever beaten donald trump and that the numbers show head to head that i beat donald by 16 points nationally. so as you see other candidates that are suspending their campaign that are moving on, supporters are trying to decide where do i want to go. there are a lot of people that have good faith concerns that donald trump is not the best candidate for us to nominate. and i would say if that's where you are, i would encourage you come to if we stand together, that's how we're going to win the general. >> donald trump, with all due respect, he seems unstoppable in some ways.
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this week alone he went after george bush. what does it say? he got into a spat with the pope. what does it say about the republican electorate that it doesn't matter what he does he seems to win 35% of the republican vote. >> i think what we're seeing is the field narrowing. we're headed on to nevada. then ten days from today is super tuesday. it's the so-called sec primary. it's states where we have tremendous support. including the crown jewel of super tuesday where we have incredible support from the wonderful people of texas. i think we're headed to a remarkable ten days. then it's going to be clear that it's a two-man race and head to head we not only beat donald but beat by 16 points decisively.
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>> senator cruz, good luck in nevada. we'll see you on the campaign trail u. >> look forward to it. god bless. >> let's turn back to the contentious democratic race where bernie sanders conceded in a phone call to hillary clinton, but on stage he refused to call it defeat and promised the fight would go to the convention floor. >> i believe when democrats assemble in philadelphia in july at that convention, we are going to see the results of one of the great political upsets in the history of the united states. >> bernie sanders joining us now. thank you for joining us. the big question coming into nevada is whether you could do well. is that a concern going into
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south carolina where they are a majority of the democratic electorate? >> it is a concern, but let's remember this. four or five weeks ago, you would have noted i was 25 points behind in the polls in nevada. we ended up losing by 5 points. i believe we won the wilatino vote. we did badly with the african-american vote, but i think the more the african-american community hears our message on a broken criminal justice system, which has more people in jail today than any other country on earth, largely african-american when they hear our message about the need for an economy that it represents all of us not just the 1%, i think you'll see us making progress there as well. >> earlier in the show hillary clinton disputed the idea that she didn't win the latino vote.
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that's not according to their analysis of the numbers. >> that is who knows. but according to analysis that i have seen, that is the case. and nationally it is clear that we are doing better and better with latino voters. here's the other truth. the truth is that for a campaign that started as a fringe campaign at 3% in the polls, we have enormous momentum. you have noticed that one of the recent national polls actually had us ahead of hillary clinton in state after state. so i think people are responding to our message of a rigged economy where ordinary americans work longer hours for more wages and all new wealth goes to the top 1%. a corrupt campaign finance system. i think our message is resinating. obviously, the proof of that is
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that hillary clinton is echoing much of what we are saying. that indicates the success that we are having. >> for the record, we never considered you a fringe candidate. but let's move on. hillary clinton has been referring to you as a single issue candidate. what do you think when she says that? >> i haven't the vaguest idea what she's talking about. if the fact that the rich gets richer is the only issue it's not. . we're the only major company that doesn't guarantee health care to all people talk about that. we need free tuition so that our kids today can do well in a global economy. we need to have the wealthiest people pay their fair share of taxes. we're working hard to transform our energy system so we effectively combat. a climate change. we are talking about dozens of
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issues. i'm not sure where secretary clinton is coming from. what i will repeat is we have got to address this real crisis of a corrupt campaign finance system in which billionaires and super pacs are trying to buy elections. hillary clinton's super pac f d funded by wall street and special interests are going to pour a lot of money into this election against us. we rely on individual contributions $27 a piece. you're seeing the impact of billionaire and wall street super pacs. we have to overturn this citizens united supreme court decision. >> if your speech last night you said now it's on to super tuesday. 11 states will have democratic contests on march 1st. which of those states do you expect to win? >> i think we are going to do well in states like minnesota,
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colorado, massachusetts, oklahoma, last poll i had at 80% of the vote in vermont. we're going to do well there and in some other states as well. after that, we're going to fight hard for michigan, kansas, there are states that i think we have a real shot to win it. by the way, as you know and i hope many viewers know, these state by state primary and caucuses are proportional. we lost in nevada, which meant that hillary clinton got 19 delegates, we got 15 delegates. it's not all or nothing. i hope in the coming weeks we start winning some big states and start cleking a lot of delegates. >> your brother gave an interview to "the daily beast" and said that bill clinton was a dreadly president in general for poor people. do you u agree? >> i read that interview. my brother lives in england. he's not part of our campaign. i disagree with what he said.
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he speaks from the south. >> fair enough. i disagree with my brother as well. although i love him dearly. >> i love my brother. >> let's turn to the supreme court. one possible contender to replace justice scalia is judge whose past clients include exxon mobile and former enron ceo. do you think this background should be a concern to progressives. >> to be honest with you, i have not studied his record. it's something i certainly want to look at. >> do you think that the senate should be able to filibuster a supreme court nominee? >> look, jake, this is something that's very troubling to me.
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i think to the american people. this is not an issue that needs a lot of debate. the constitution of the united states is extremely clear. president of the united states has the right to nominate candidates, justices to the united states senate. no one debates that. the idea that mitch mcconnell and the republicans in the senate are trying to deny the president his constitutional right to appoint supreme court justices is really an outrage. these guys love the constitut n constitution. they talk about the constitution day after day after day. except, i guess, when you have a democratic president who was doing his constitutional duty and nominating a supreme court justice. i hope very much that the american people are loud and clear and say to the republicans let the president, the president must have the right to do what the constitutional mandates. >> the "chicago tribune"
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uncovered a photograph of you being arrested during the civil rights era. what do you remember from that day? >> i remember it pretty well. i remember being arrested. this had to do with opposition to segregated schools in chicago. i mean, i remember being arrested and thrown into a police wagon and driven to the police station. it was an interesting day. >> senator bernie sanders, good luck in south carolina. we'll see you on the campaign trail, sir. >> thank you very much, jake. have you not heard enough from the candidates? perhaps you'd prefer their message in song? the perils and pleasures of singing politicians, when we come back. ♪ i just called to say i love you ♪ ♪ i just called to say i care.
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welcome back. on a lighter note, candidates have been on the trail making their pitch. when it comes to having pitch, we have discovered most politicians sing at their own peril. it's the subject of this week's state of the cartoon-ion. vanity fair called it the day the music died thanks to marco rubio saying the electronic dance music or edm is perfectly wholesome. >> the lyrics are clean, the beat. s and music are fun. i have gotten into it. >> more questionably ted cruz recreating a song he privately performs for his wife. ♪ i just called to say i love you ♪
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♪ i just called to say i care >> truth is with the exception of dearly departed martin o'malley, whose thrashing skills were impressive, these are rusky for every president obama pulling off al green. ♪ i'm so in love with you >> there are five failed attempts like mitt romney channelling the baja men. john mccain's beach boys. or hillary clinton doing the nae nae on "ellen." and a class all his own is bernie sanders who put out a folk album. >> this is a real thing perhaps to be charitable he's trying to get the nation to unite in
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common cause. in this case that this should never be heard again. >> thanks for spending your sunday with us. i'm jake tapper in washington. fareed is next.
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