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week. australia and new zealand stepped in to help with the country's recovery effort. the next hour of "cnn newsroom" starts right now. hello again and thanks for joining me. i'm fredricka whitfield. fresh off a pivotal primary win in south carolina. donald trump is wasting no time on the campaign trail. take a look at people lining up for trump's rally in atlanta. he is expected to address a crowd of thousands at any moment. those are the lines outside, inside, there are thousands of people who have already gathered and as it takes place, as donald trump steps out, we will bring that to you live as it happens. first, new developments in the south carolina results. donald trump taking all 50 delegates in south carolina a decisive victory. this is important because since 1980, south carolina has an almost perfect record of predicting who will win the republican nomination. today's headlines, speak for
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themselves. take a look right there is there any stopping donald trump? is he inevitable? if trump can't stop trump, who can? this morning, cnn's jake tapper posed this very question to trump himself. >> are you unstoppable? >> well, certainly you can be stopped. i mean, i'm dealing with very talented people. they are politicians. they're senators and i guess do we have any governors left? let's see, i don't think so. but we have a lot of talented people. we will see what happens but certainly nobody is unstoppable. >> are you concerned at all that party leaders might try to block your nomination at the convention? >> i don't think we will have a convention, a brokered convention. i think it is unlikely. i think i'm doing better than that. so far i'm on my way. i thought i won iowa, if you look at it closely. even if i didn't, i got just one delegate left.
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so i have one second and two firsts. new hampshire was a blow-out. this one was a blow-out. i don't see where this is a convention. i think most of the smart people are saying there's not go tock a convention. the ones that say there will be a convention are usually the pundits that have been wrong forever. >> jeremy diamond is at the trump rally and jeremy, last time we spoke, a little over an hour ago, about 2,000 people in 9500 capacity room. so what the it look like now? >> certainly filled up more than that. it has probably doubled in size already. i don't want to give an exact number because we know how touchy mr. trump can be about getting his crowd sizes wrong. but it is filling up here as we get a little bit closer to show time. one thing for sure is the excitement here is real. trump is kind of trying to ride off of his momentum with two consecutive victories in new hampshire and now in south carolina and he is going into the sec states on march 1st.
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that includes georgia on march 1st. a number of delegates up for grabs to help trump on his path to the nomination. >> have you gotten an idea from supporters there? what kind of message they want to hear from donald trump? >> you know, it is pretty consistent as we are at donald trump rallies. always the same thing. they want to hear the classic donald trump. they want to hear him defy the political correctness that a lot of supporters feel have overtaken this country and they want to hear about donald trump's plans to combat isis. he has a very brash rhetoric on that and there is always that moment when donald trump asks supporters who is going to pay for the wall that he plans to build and his response -- the response from the crowd is always a resounding mexico. that's always a moment he has been doing lately at his rallies. all right. we will come back to you as mr. trump arrives there on that stage, on that podium there in atlanta. jeremy diamond, appreciate it. in the meantime, ted cruz put south carolina in his
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rearview mirror. the next challenge for republicans, caucuses there are on tuesday. but after his third place finish in south carolina, what is his strategy moving forward now? many evangelical voters, his course of course, deserted him and threw support behind donald trump. in fact, look at exit polling there. and yet cruz insists that he is the only one who can beat trump. >>? it is now apparent that the only campaign that can beat donald trump and that has beat donald trump is our campaign. though donald consistently managed to score numbers in the 20s and 30s, his unfavorables an awful lot of republicans are very concerned donald trump is not the right candidate to go ahead to head with hillary clinton or bernie sanders and as the field narrows, we are 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
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the democrats and win in november. >> victoria coats, senior policy adviser to ted cruz. good to see you. i wonder, how can your candidate confidently be saying that when trump won handedly there in south carolina? >> hi, fredricka. good to be with you. i think what senator cruz is saying is the reality he is the only one who has beaten donald trump and i congratulate mr. trump on his victory. but what he said to jake i thought wasn't all that accurate. he lost in iowa. a clear loss. and victory for senator cruz. we were pleased with new hampshire. it would have been nice to get the extra couple of votes last night. overall, coming in first and two bronzes is an admirable record. i think we're in a good place. >> what is the strategy moving forward. every candidate likes to make a few adjustments as we move on to the next primary or caucus state. next gop in nevada there on tuesday. what kinds of adjustments whether it be in the message or
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demeanor of a ted cruz might people expect. i certainly think you see events driving a lot of narrative in particular the passing of justice scalia last week. a great tragedy for our country. or i think a real clarifying moment about what is at stake here. we have not ust the executive branch but also the judiciary branch hanging in the balance. certainly senator cruz is one of the finest legal mind of our generation and i think a lot of voters will give very serious thought about who should be picking our next supreme court justices. >> how confident is ted cruz feeling about nevada? what are his strong points for that very unique state? >> it is. it is a wonderful state and one of the things i was most encouraging about from exit polling is the fact senator cruz is the first choice of south carolynians worried about
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terrorism. i think that's a major issue as well in nevada. have you a lot of immigration issuees. people concerned about that issue. as senator cruz has been clear, border security is national security. that's a message i think that has been resonating for him in south carolina and will also resonate very strongly in nevada. >> and ted cruz is counting on texas. his state, but at the same time when you look at outcome of the evangelical vote split in half in south carolina, is it time for ted cruz to worry about his home state? >> well, i mean, you certainly never want to take any votes for granted. in texas, obviously, senator cruz is very powerful allegiance to his home state. very, very popular there. and i think though, as i said, would not take anything for granted and working hard in texas. we have a debate thursday night. conveniently in his hometown of houston. that something we will just be looking forward to working on over the next days. >> we talk about winning bronze a couple of times.
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is admirable but starting next month, these contests are winner take all. so what does that, you know, say for the demise potentially of ted cruz how he evaluates, you know, his viability in the race if he doesn't win. >> well, i think he has proven he can win. that the great thing. i think i would be much more concerned about i had a candidate who had neither won a contest yet nor had any prospect of winning any. he is very well positioned and worked extremely hard through what we call the sec primary states, coming up on march 1st, and we will continue to do that hard work over these next days and i think he will be very successful. >> all right. one win, iowa, under his belt. victoria coats, thank you so much. good to see you. >> thank you. take care. >> results truly show that individual votes matter.
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rubio beating cruz by just over a thousand vote. and with jeb bush suspending his campaign, rubio knows those votes could be his for the taking. right now he is in franklin, tennessee with this plea. >> and so in a race where you still have many choices, i'm asking you here in tennessee to vote for me. if you vote for me, i will unite this party. if you vote for me, i will grow this party. if you vote for me, we will win this election. the democrats do not want to run against me but i cannot wait to run against them. if you vote for me, you will have a president that will never shy away from strongly and firmly stating my beliefs and traditional values that made his great. if you vote for me, you will have a president that will never
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be ashamed to say, that all human life is worthy of the protection of our laws. >> coming off her big win in nevada, hillary clinton acknowledged today on cnn she still has a lot of work to do connecting with voters and convincing them that she is trust worthy. >> 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 may be is really in the back of people's mind. and that is, you know, is she in it for us or in it for herself? i think that's, you know, a question that people are trying to sort through. and i'm going to demonstrate that i've been the same person fighting for the same values, fighting to make a real difference in people's lives. long before i was ever in elected office, even before my husband was in the presidency. >> cnn's brianna keeler is following the campaign in houston today, brianna?
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>> reporter: fredricka, the clinton campaign savoring a win this morning they really thought could have been a also nevada. talking to top campaign aides, they say this is the best day of the campaign since hillary clinton declared her candidacy. she came here to houston immediately pivoting forward to south carolina and issues that matter to voters there. she went to historically black college here in houston where she accused bernie sanders of overpromising. >> i absolutely respect my opponent's passion and commitment. we both see the need for bold progressive solutions to solve our nation's problems. but i don't think it's right to look a person in the eye who's hurting and needs help and tell them that if they vote for you, you will get $5,000 of health care but only have to pay $500 for it. you shouldn't say that unless you can really deliver it.
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and i don't think you should tell millions of young people they'll get free tuition if it actually depends on republican governors, like yours, deciding to kick in tens of billions of dollars. if the numbers don't add up, it's wrong to make those promises. >> now on to the first in the south primary in south carolina on saturday. this is friendlier terrain for hillary clinton. she is outperforming bernd overall with african-american voters. key voting block in the palmetto state. he is trying to chip away at that support with younger african-americans but she has a sizeable lead in south carolina and looking forward to super tuesday here in a weekend change, she also has the advantage there. bernie sanders going to have to try for a game-changer if he wants it make this up. fred? >> all right, brianna keeler, thank you so much. super tuesday is fast approaching and candidates are
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making sure to reach all of their supporters before the primaries. one important group of voters that can easily be looked over. americans living outside of the country. today bernie sanders and former secretary of state madeleine albright sitting in for hillary clinton participating in a video town hall reaching some 65 countries around the world. sanders spoke about his political revolution bringing up the issue of a corrupt campaign finance system. >> you are all abroad but i'm sure that you are paying attention to the fact that this disastrous citizens united supreme court decision has enabled a billionaires and wall street and large corporations to essential i take over our political process. >> sanders took questions from the virtual audience. there will be locations all around the world for americans
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to vote abroad. >> hillary clinton and bernie sanders will be answering questions from south carolina voters directly from a cnn town hall. two days later, chris cuomo has the last presidential debate here on cnn. and we'll be right back. i am totally blind. i lost my sight in afghanistan. if you're totally blind, you may also be struggling with non-24. calling 844-844-2424. or visit my24info.com.
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a random shooting took place in and around kalamazoo, michigan last night. an uber driver went on a killing spree. the suspect was picking up passengers in between shootings. 45-year-old jason brian dalton was arrested this morning. it appears all shootings were completely random.
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>> the connection between these three incidents, between these three case is the defendant, mr. dalton. there is no connection that we're aware of between the three different sets of victims two each other or any of the victims to under dalton. they appear to have been chosen at random because they were available. >> joining me now, from kalamazoo, michigan, is nick valencia with the latest on this investigation. nick? >> yeah, fred, i just got off the phone with the police chief for the department of public safety in kalamazoo. they tell me the suspect has been interrogated by investigators but even still they don't have a motive for what happened or what triggered this shooting rampage on saturday night. the suspect is described as being, for all intents and purposes, average joe who chose his targets at random. he told me they did seize a
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semiautomatic handgun from the suspect, taken into custody at about 12:30 a.m. overnight at a local bar. he was an uber driver picking up fares in between shootings. police believe he was looking for fares, actively working after completing his shooting spree going to at least three different plateses throughout the community here. police telling me they did search his residents with several other weapons. they are working to figure it out if any other weapons were used in the commission of the shooting spree. six people have been killed as a result of this shooting spree. two others critically wounded. i did check in on the status of those two that were injured. police telling me that one of the mothers -- the mother shot in this incident, was still in the hospital recovering. they are very worried about the 14-year-old who is still in grave condition. she was in surgery earlier this morning but is still very, very critical and police are worried about her prognosis. as for the threat of the community, it is believed this
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suspect acted alone. no wider connections to terrorism. but this community still very shaken by what happened here overnight. fred? >> nick valencia, thank you so much. and we'll be right back. you st. you listen. you laugh. you worry. you do whatever it takes to take care of your family. and when it's time to plan for your family's future, we're here for you. we're legalzoom, and for over 10 years we've helped families just like yours with wills and living trusts. so when you're ready, start with us. doing the right thing has never been easier. legalzoom. legal help is here.
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a tough job and busy week ahead in the race for the white house. on tuesday, cnn host a democratic town hall in south
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carolina and that's also the day of the nevada gop caucuses. then thursday, all five republican candidates will face off in a cnn debate hosted by our own wolf blitzer from houston. saturday democrats compete in the south carolina primary. three days before super tuesday. now it's the democrats turn in south carolina. among voters we talked to leading up to the gop primary vote here, the complications of choosing among the republican candidates as varied as candidates themselves. >> i'm definitely excited and involved in watching everything going on with the primary. >> so you made a decision about who you would vote for? >> not yet. >> i want to protect the institution of traditional marriage. those are at the top of my list. of course a strong economy and defense. >> democrats here anxious to welcome back bernie sanders and hillary clinton. fresh off the nevada caucuses. this week's democratic town hall
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on cnn at university of south carolina in columbia, sure to be intense. voters we met up with on their picks and why. >> i'm on the fence still. but i'll probably good for bernie sanders. >> why? >> i think that because i think that sort of poverty has been one of the main focuses of what i have -- what been at my heart for a long time and that sort of what i think of as the linchpin of his momentum. >> when the polling stations opened for the democratic primaries on saturday, this trio of sanders supporters are banking on a clinton upset. >> we're out here in support of bernd and kind of taking a stand against donald trump. i'm a big fan of immigration and i think everybody should support immigrants and should welcome the syrian refugees and everybody else in because i think that's the right thing to do. >> bernie cares about bringing the middle class back. he cares about women. he cares about student. all these groups that no one paid attention to or cared about
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before. >> this couple is backing clinton in the primary. even if it means upsetting family traditions in this conservative palmetto state. >> i'll support hillary. >> but your family is republican. has that created any interesting family gathering dialogues? >> we tend to stray away from political talk during those kind of dinners and that sort of thing. >> we did confirm they were not trump supporters. >> all right. those are some isnsentiments fr south carolin. now that jeb bush backed out of the presidential race, the big question is, which candidate will gain his influential supporters and deep pockets? answers coming up.
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question, where do his big money donors go and more importantly who gets those votes? this political headline lays it all out inside jeb bush's $150 million failure. let's talk about this. joining me now is republican strategist brian morgan stern as well as author of "the party's over", ellis. so brian you first. there is about $20 million up for grabs this would have gone to jeb bush. now to someone else. who might get that? >> i think rubio stands to gain quite a bit of that. not only because they are both from florida but because they are both appealing to many of the same donors. and activists. the attitude down in florida least is everybody loves jeb and really, really likes marco as well. and so there was some con stern nation when right to rise was going after marco so much
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because he has is so many republican's first choice. many more have them as second choice. i think if john kasich were in a stronger position in polls he might stand some of that but i think the leading contender is marco. >> ellis, even if marco rubio is second runner up if things didn't work out so well for jeb bush in terms of those donors, does marco rubio still have to sell himself to them? you know, offer some assurances that this money, you know, is going to be well spent? >> of course he does. and look how poorly we spent the last time. he has to convince all those folks that it isn't a complete waste. it is a lot more than $20 million that went through the bush hand and super pac as well. and no evidence that any of it did a squat's worth of difference, to quote john kasich. >> how does he do that? do we have to see a reenergized,
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different kind of marco rubio? even just listening to him last night and hearing him this morning. it seemed his tenor was a little different op perhaps little bit influenced by his second place winning there in south carolina. but i wonder, ellis, you know, if it is going to take a lot of reinvention. a lot of convincing on marco rubio's, you know, part, to say that you know, he is going to earn the support of those donors if not the vote. >> i think he is fairly well suited to those donors. but you still got this maddening game of fractions that somehow or other, anyone who want to challenge trump, has it get beyond. as long as the nontrump vote divide need three or four slices, it is real hard for anyone to pull ahead. best thing can you do is to try and convince others to get out and that's a tough sell. >> so brian, who is going to be the target now? you've got the last big gop debate here on cnn before, you know, super tuesday. and we know in new hampshire,
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the target was marco rubio. you know, it was chris christie really launching most of the jabs. but when it comes down to really trying to stand out, who might be the target or how does marco rubio best prepare himself so he doesn't have a another repeat of what we saw in new hampshire? >> well, i think that if the past is prologued, we see trump and rubio as defining cruz as deceptive and liar based on his campaign tactics. we may seem more of that. it may be a strange bed fellow situation. at this time, when they both are interested in getting cruz out of the way. because cruz could potentially free up voters for each of them. they each believe that cruz voters, majority might go to them. we may see some of that. to your question about how to convince donors, this will be a strategic sort of pitch to investors in a campaign. here is how we win.
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we unite the nontrump, noncruz people behind me and we have this message of unity and which makes our ceiling higher than cruz or trumps whose negatives are high. that is a strategic pitch to donors and i think pretty convincing. >> okay. all right. hold your thought right there. because we are going to go right here in atlanta, right down the street. and donald trump is now at the stage there. you see him waving to the supporters there who have been waiting, waiting, waiting for him. let's see. is he going to the microphone right now? well when he does, let's listen to him. but for now, real quick, brian, left me ask you about texas. real conflict. never mind. let's listen to donald trump. >> we have such an amazing victory yesterday, incredible. incredible. incredible. that was something. and the week before, i'll tell you what, we're just going one
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after another. are we going to win georgia? we're going to. i see it. i feel it. i feel it. but it is crunch time. we have to go out and vote. we have to get out there. we have to vote. we're running for so much. you know, "time" magazine just recently had a cover story, and they talked about the momentum that we have, but really talked about the fact that this is a movement. this something they haven't really seen before. i think they are saying they've never seen anything like this before. and we have such amazing people, whether it's here or dallas or mobile, alabama or houston or any place. it is always the people of our country are amazing, amazing people. and we want to win again. we're going to win. we're going to win. we're going to win. isn't it true though, you know, we look at ourselves and we're
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all very capable people and we know what we're doing and we know what we want but isn't it true, our country does not win any more. we don't win against isis. we don't win with trade. we don't win with health care. we're by the way terminating obama care. we're going to come up with something so good. we don't win at the border with mexico. we don't win anywhere. but we are going to win, oh, are we going to win. you're going to get so tired of winning. you're going to get so tired. you're going to say, please, please, mr. president, we can't stand it any more. we don't want to keep winning. we can't stand it. and i'm going to say, i don't care. we're going to keep winning. we're going to make america great again!
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no, no, we're going to win a lot and you're going to love winning p. we need to pick up some slack. it's been a long time. it's been a long time. so we just got back from south carolina and the people there, again, amazing. they sent us off with such a beautiful victory. such a conclusive victory. out of the seven congressional districts, we won all seven. we picked up 100%. amazing. a record. that's a record. we picked up every single vote. we picked up every single delegate. we walked way with 50, there are 50, and we picked up 50. great. [ cheers and applause ] so and you know, just a signal. just amazing. i went from place to place to place. i would make these speeches, four or five a day. you think that's easy?
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it's not easy, okay. it's not easy. how many people do you have, 12,000, 13,000? there's a lot of people in here. wow. this place is packed. i do hope though that we have a few protesters so the cameras will turn. you know. because they will never -- i always tell, they focus on my face and i go home and my wife is always saying, i didn't know, i didn't see the crowd. she hears the crowd. you know, a crowd like this has a roar, right? she hears -- [ cheers and applause ] she hears it. >> okay. you're listening to donald trump there in atlanta talking about a conclusive victory in south carolina. winning all 50 delegates. brian ellis back with me. brian, i couldn't help but notice you were laughing so hard when he said you're going to get tired of winning. but he is excited about winning. i don't know how you even
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assess, you know, him coming off this big win. what's next for him? there has been lots of analysis about whether he is unstoppable at this point. whether there is anything to stand in the way of his momentum. how do you see it, brian? >> well, i think he solidified his 30 to 35% of voters. he seems to not be willing to abandon them for anything. and they love to hear about how sick of winning they'll be. but the rest of the republican party, if it were to unite, would make up more voters than his supporters. so you know, the other candidates, if they can come up with some way of unifying could defeat him. at this point, he can keep winning 35% of the vote in every state and win every state by doing that. as long as a florality will win because of candidate, he is in good shape. we will see what happens on super tuesday. there is more than states with trump's demographic.
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there will be some purple states that will good for candidates other than trump. so starting with march 1st, we may have a shake-up. and voters may start to gravitate elsewhere and it may be a much more competitive season. what do you see on the horizon for that potential shake-up for super tuesday. we are hearing from marco rubio who was feeling like he's got some momentum by coming in second. that is a big feather in his cap. but ted cruz is saying, wait, it's not over yet. it was pretty neck and neck between he and marco rubio. >> yeah. and i'm still waiting to hear donald give one specific about how he's going to win. listen, i don't know the answer to that, honestly. what gez through my mind is wondering what kind of party would have that guy as front-runner. he hasn't said anything. he repeats. it is like a stream of -- >> it is amazing. so far it doesn't seem to matter to anyone. >> amazing. it is absolutely working. and you know, you've got a
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difference where there's no incentive for any individual to leave prematurely, as long as they can hang around. each one figures, maybe i'll be the last guy standing. so we will let one of the others leave. i think it'll good on a good long while. he looks like he is cruising to me. >> brian, some supporters would say what they are hearing specifically is that you know, he is defying the norm of politics. he's defying, you know, all expectations of what americans are accustom in seeing in the race for the white house. >> yeah. performance art that we're not used to seeing on the presidential campaign trail. i think that's true. he makes everybody laugh. he channels their anger. and for voters, there are a number of voters out there for whom solutions, problems and brass tacks. not particularly compelling. but the trump show that we're seeing right now on our screen, is pretty compelling for many of those voters. >> we will leave it there.
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possible trump won't need just delegates but super delegates. here is national correspondent john king. >> reporter: she just won nevada. this assigns her south carolina next week at 55/45 margin. she wins 55/45. let's assume, a hypothetical, let's assume she wins everything else. she wins super tuesday, 55/45. then she would pull away with delegates. let's assume throughout match, hillary clinton won everything. sanders campaign thinks they will win vermont, for example. this is hypothetical. let's assume she wins 55-45 through there. then may, winning 55-45. then finish out primaries. if she won 55-45 all the way out she would still be short of what she needs to clench the nomination because of the delegate party rules. but she has over 500 super delegates and she has more. people who pledged to support her but keep it private for now in case they want to roll them out or if she has a bad week and
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they want to roll out endorsements. so bernie sanders may win some of these states. hillary clinton may win some state by 65%. but if you hypothetically play it out like this in a long contest it is conceivable she gets to the convention even if she won 49 states she could end up short of delegates. she needs the super delegates. the way to keep the super delegates is to keep party support by winning contests. this isn't winning beautiful iowa and nevada. some people say it is winning ugly or winning close. but it is winning. that's how you keep the establishment on your side. >> joining us now, bernie sanders supporter, and cnn political commentator and super delegate maria cardona. welcome back, ladies. >> thank you, fred. >> maria, you first. talk us to about the power, potential power of you and other super delegates. >> you know, it is so interesting that all of the attention that a super delegates
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are getting. in reality if you look at 2008 and the role of the super delegates, they followed what the voice of the people ended up beg and the primary caucuses and who the winners of those where which was, and normal delegates from the states, which was barack obama. interestingly enough, what ended up happening is that a lot of super delegates that hillary clinton pledged even before the beginning of the primary process started, a lot of those super delegates switched over to then senator obama when he started winning a lot of caucuses. so i would suggest that bernie sanders focus on exactly what hillary clinton is focused on p. which is winning as many contests, as many caucuses, as many primaries as possible. and then the rest of it will fall into place. >> okay. so namiki, how does your
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candidate, bernie sanders, try to seize on the opportunity. and they could good either way regardless of what the outcome of the vote or caucusing is for any state. >> obviously the sanders campaign is focused on winning state by state right now. that is obviously the path to victory. but the difference between this year and 2008 is that there was a real primary. a long primary in 2008 with many different candidates and hillary clinton didn't have them endorse her as early as august like she did last year. 350 super delegates. not just support her but enforce her. those are democratic party leaders. party officials. people monitoring elections. so you know, this is very different process than 2008 and to be fair, this came about in the '80s when we were under a different -- we had a different democratic party. we were trying to win elections against republicans and run blue dogs. but the party is 70% more
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progressive. that's why bernie sanders reflection of the future and if he sends that message to super delegates, explaining to them that it is an investment in the future by investing in his campaign, rather than the '90, hillary clinton campaign, this is important for democrats to survive in the future. >> really quick, 10 seconds each, is it important as two candidates fight over the label progressive. how important is it, maria, that either candidate really convinces south carolina voters that they are the more progressive one? >> i think the most important thing is to convince voters that candidate is on their side. that's what hillary clinton is going to be focused on. right now she is ahead there by quite a bit. p she is not taking anything for granted. >> all right, namiki real quick. >> i think bernie sanders needs to connect the dots. when average american family has net worth of $11,000 and average white family has $141,000
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all right, bill clinton famously went on late night television to play his saxophone. political candidates want to show their own talent, even if they were slim at times. here is cnn's jake tapper. >> reporter: vanity fair referred to the recent republican town hall is the day that music died. thanks to marco rubio trying to reassure south carolynians that
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the electronic dance music he lights is perfectly wholesome. >> the lyrics is clean. beats and music is fun. i've gotten into it. >> reporter: more questionably, ted cruz recreating a song he privately performs for his wife. ♪ i just called to say i love you ♪ i just called to say i care ♪ >> reporter: truth is, with the exception of dearly departed martin o'malley whose thrashing skills were impressive, this is risky for every president obama pulling off al green. ♪ i'm so in love with you ♪ . >> there are at least five failed attempts like mitt romney. channeling the baja man. >> who let the dogs out. >> john mccain ae beach boyes. >> old beach boy song, bomb bomb bomb -- anyway. >> or hillary clinton doing the
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ney ney. and a class all his own of course, is bernie sanders who put out a folk album. >> as i went walking that pivotal highway -- >> >> reporter: perhaps to be charitable, mr. sanders is trying to get the nation to unite in common cause. in this case that this should never be heard again. ♪ this land was made for you and me ♪ >> all right, they have us all tapping our toes. very impressive. i'm fredricka wlhitfield. we have so much more in the newsroom, starting with poppy harlow right after this.
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hi, everyone. i'm poppy harlow in new york. so glad you're with us. it is 5:00 p.m. eastern and when you win it is beautiful. those words from donald trump after he pulled off a towering victory in the south carolina primary yesterday. sweeping up all of the state's 50 delegates. right now trump is in atlanta holding a rally in front of enthusiastic supporters, bernie sanders also expected to speak this hour in south carolina. we do begin with donald trump, the front-runner, telling the crowd to get ready. because he says it is crunch time.

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