tv Legal View With Ashleigh Banfield CNN February 24, 2016 9:00am-10:01am PST
and we are guessing that we're going to hear at least a mention of the super tuesday that trump had yesterday. it was anything but for his rivals as trump wracked up more votes in the nevada republican caucuses than second-place finisher marco rubio and third-place finisher ted cruz combined. he captured 49.5% of the vote. rubio barely squeak bid cruz. ben carson didn't crack 5% and john kasich did even worse than that. trump carried most of the demographic group, the subgroups that caucused last night as he happily reported in his victory speech. >> we won the evangelicals. we won with young. we won with old. we won with highly educated. we won with poorly educated. i love the poorly educated. we're the smartest people, we're
the most loyal people. and you know what i really am happy about? because i've been saying it for a long time. 46% with the hispanics! 46%! number one with hispanics. >> and lest anybody still think trump supporters don't turn out when it counts, last night's turnout was more than double the 2012 numbers. all of this brings me to cnn's phil mattingly who is live in virginia beach right now awaiting the speech, actually, for donald trump. give me the parameters of what we're expecting today. >> well, donald trump will be speaking at regent university, as you mentioned, ashleigh, and this is an evangelical campus. a group of supporters that if you would have thought about it 10 months ago nobody expected donald trump to make headway in and in primary or caucus after primary or caucus this is a group of people that he's winning 2-1, 3-1 over ted cruz, the texas senator who most assumed would make headway here.
ashleigh, one key component, donald trump will be heading to a tour of the deep south, that was an area ted cruz was expected to dominate. his firewall in every single poll donald trump up by double digits in most of those super tuesday states so people are starting to talk over and over again, is donald trump becoming inevitable? you're hearing that a lot from gop operative, even those that don't want that. >> you're hearing from him, too, he alluded to that in a speech last night. you're in virginia. he's got his sights set on that state but you mentioned it, super tuesday is coming, the debate we're having for cnn thursday night in houston, it's got to be very critical for donald trump. he had a terrible debate performance by a lot of people's analyses last time around and texas, phil mattingly, has 155 of those very precious delegate delegates. >> texas governor greg abbot is endorsing ted cruz today.
that will help as well. one of the most interesting elements is how is donald trump going to do in the home states of his competitors? looks like he has a small lead over some polling over ted cruz in texas, a small lead over marco rubio in florida, even a small lead over john kasich in ohio. talk about the debate tomorrow night. the focus turns is what into what is everybody going to do. everything thrown up to him hasn't worked at this point. super tuesday, 25% of all delegates in the republican primary will be up for grabs. if they can't figure out a way, if the competitors can't figure out a way to throw something in the way of donald trump, it may be over and over quickly. >> all right, our phil mattingly standing by live for us. we are actually standing by live inseed with the microphones, phil, we'll go live to donald trump as he gets under way at regent university. the runner-up in the nevada caucus, marco rubio, i think we can fairly say he's assessing his finish at this point. he was congratulating donald
trump earlier today. he went to sleep last night. a lot of people said "why would you do that?" other people said it's because you get a chance to come up on the morning shows instead of staying up real, real late because nevada didn't wrap up until after midnight and the spin that happened was tiresome, some criticism of ted cruz was that he was trying to do his spin last night and didn't do well because not only was he tired but his audience was tired, too. so rubio hit the sheets early and got up early and had his comments to make. he's doubling down and there's back and forth going on between the candidates, not necessarily against donald trump, against each other. so listen to what he had to say this morning on the "today" show. >> here's the bottom-line fact. the vast and overwhelming majority of republicans do not want donald trump to be our nominee. that's evidenced by the fact that your own poll last week showed if it came down to me and donald trump i'd beat him by 16 points. so we have four people dividing
up the non-trump vote, you'll get results like we saw last night. as soon as we get this race narrowed down, the sooner we can stop donald trump. >> he also criticized donald trump for substituting anger for vision and predicts a win during the florida primary which is set to take place in the coming weeks. trump is doing really well in florida, too. senator ted cruz is about to get a major endorsement from texas governor greg abbot. governor abbot will become the most senior political leader to back cruz's bid. he spoke to supporters following his third-place finish in nevada and maintained there is a clear
choice for conservative voters. >> if you were one of the 65% of republicans across this country who doesn't think donald is the best candidate to go head to head with hillary, who believes we do better when we actually nominate a conservative then the first four states have performed a vital function of narrowing this race and presenting a clear choic choice. >> republican party chief reince priebus went on cnn live today. it's a great day to hear from him after last night's results. he told cnn today that the gop will embrace whoever wins the magic number of delegates but he is not going to call this race just yet. i want to bring in katrina pe pierson from the trump campaign. i know you heard that interview
or if you didn't read it you heard it. it's all over the interwebs. last night donald trump was effectively saying he's going to be the nominee. >> if we look at what has happened over the last few elections, donald trump has had a good momentum to win the nomination. he was right to say they would embrace the nominee. but i say when i constantly hear that marco rubio and ted cruz say 60% of the voters don't want donald trump when 80% of the voters want cruz or marco rubio. we're looking at an opportunity to go into texas, senator cruz's home state where the gap is narrowing between donald trump and ted cruz, this will be a true test. if he can't win his home state, it might be time to end his campaign. >> we keep hearing these statistics, we keep seeing these numbers come out that if there were a general election it wouldn't be donald trump that would do will, it would be marco
rubio with 50% of the vote from the gop electorate. trump would only have 33%. that's a big trailing number. and the trump camp has to look ahead to the general possibilities if they're spe speaking so boldly now. >> we absolutely are. i will also say there have been polls in the past that show donald trump beating hillary clinton nationally but these are hypothetical matchups. we saw when mr. trump entered the race back in june he was in the low numbers and they said he's got a ceiling at 20, 30, last week they were saying his ceiling was 30. we saw last night he was over 45% in one state with five people in the race. i think we're going to see as more people drop out mr. trump is going to garner more support just as he did when carly fiorina dropped in the polls, ben carson dropped in the polls. people get it, they don't want another politician, they don't want somebody beholden to the special interests that has destroyed the political system today. >> i'm going to do you one better. i'm going to give you the actual number for tonight.
it was 49.9%. almost 46%. that was impressive. those numbers matter when you start looking ahead to the super tuesday winner take all states. i know i don't have to explain to this to you but for anybody else who isn't mired in this stuff all the time, you have to hit a 5050% threshold in one, two, three, four, five, six of those states in order to do the winner take all. moest people say 50%, not a chance when you have five people in the race. last night we saw almost 46. so those red states on the screen, folks, show the number of delegates in the winner take all states. if you do a grand total, if may math is right, that's 355 delegates. katrina, that's a critical number of delegates out of super tuesday. does he think he'll pull those in given the results last night? >> i think so and i believe he believes so as well. we've seen the support for mr. trump in the southern states.
he's in double digits ahead of almost everyone there i think it will be amazing. what a great opportunity for america to show the establishment on both sides, ashleigh, that they don't want this anymore. they are tired of the special interests controlling everything, they are tired of the military being put last. they are tired of american families being put last and these things matter, specifically with regards to trade. we're in a position right now where we're talking about the transpacific partnership which is worse than nafta and that has eliminated millions of jobs in the south. and they don't forget there that. mr. trump is going to bring back jobs to this country, bring back companies to this country and make america great again. >> if he gets the nomination and becomes president, let me ask you something, if he becomes president, that means his family becomes the first family, that means that melania trump becomes first lady and she spoke with nbc earlier today. i want to play a little piece of that, have a look. >> do i agree all the time with him? no, i don't. and i tell him that.
i tell him my opinions. i tell him what i think. sometimes he listens, sometimes he don't. >> in what areas do you advise him? >> i follow the news from a to z and i know what's going on. i'm on the phone with my husband a few times a day he calls me, i call him, i tell him what's going on, he's on the rohde. and i give him my opinions. >> listen, katrina, there's no question, melania trump is a very bright woman, speaks several languages, she's articulate, she's lovely. but she also has done some pretty racy photo spreads in the past. i mean, maxim magazine styled racy photograph spreads and it's hard to get your mind around the first lady living in the white house with those photographs out there. does that present a problem at all for the campaign? >>. >> not at all. as you just heard, she's beautiful, she's smart, she's
even funny, she's an entrepreneur. she was a model. that was her career, we don't feel bad about that at all. she is so strong as a woman and i believe from myself, such a role model. just talking to her you feel inspired. it makes you want to do more and be more because she is very strong. she's right. she's always giving mr. trump advice. she might be the beauty and the brains behind the organization. >> you didn't mention the pictures and they've taken crowns off of miss name the state or miss america for racy pictures in the past. this is first lady, this isn't a beauty queen. >> she was a model in the past and i did mention that. we're not concerned about that at all. she'll make an amazing first lady. >> katrina, i love having you on, hope you come back. >> absolutely. thanks a lot. >> katrina pierson joining us live. don't miss the final debate before super tuesday on cnn tomorrow night 8:30 p.m. southeastern time. we showed you the live mics. we're waiting for donald trump
to take the stage at regent university in virginia beach, virginia. we'll take you there live as soon as he starts speaking. he's expected to take questions from the university's founder and chancellor, pat robertson. that's not him at the mic but he'll get questions from the audience as well. so as they warm up the audience, we'll take a quick break and come right back.
foreign policy issues, not the least of which isis and what to do in the syrian conflict, iranky refugees coming into border with jordan and the two state solution to the palestinian israeli conflict. those were key issues on the agenda for the meeting and here they are in the oval office where they did something called a pool spray with the press. you get any kind of questions, sometime they answer, sometimes they don't. and the president fresh off the heels of writing a blog for scotus blog about appointing a supreme court nominee, he spoke directly to that. >> the senate exercises its constitutional role on advise and content. i'm going to do my job. we are going to go through a process as we have done in two previous supreme court vacancies to identify an outstanding candida candidate that has impeccable
legal credentials and would bring the kind of ability and compassion and objectivity and bring these to the court that -- the highest court in the land demands. once i've made the nomination, then leader mcconnell and the members of the senate are going to make a decision about how they fulfill their constitutional responsibilities. i recognize the politics are hard for them because the easier thing to do is to give in to the most extreme voices within their part party and stand pat and do nothing. but that's not our job. our job is to fulfill our constitutional duties.
so my hope and expectation is that once there is an actual nominee, once this is no longer an abstraction that those on the judiciary committee recognize that their job is to give this person a hearing to show the courtesy of meeting with them. they are then free to vote whatever their conscience dictates as to whether this person is qualified or not. in the meantime, the american people are going to have the ability to gauge whether the person i've nominated is well within the mainstream, is a good jurist, is somebody worthy to sit on the supreme court. and i think it will be very difficult for mr. mcconnell to explain how the the public concludes that this person is well qualified that the senate should stand in the way simply for political reasons. we'll see what happens and i think the situation may evolve
over time. i don't expect mitch mcconnell to say that is the case today. i don't expect any member of the republican caucus to stick their head out at the moment and stay that but let's see how the public response to the nominee that we put forward. the one thing that i think is important to dispel is any notion that somehow this is some well-established tradition or some constitutional principle that a president in his last year of office cannot fill a supreme court vacancy. it's next in the text of the constitution. ironically, these are republicans who say they believe in reading the text of the constitution and focusing on the intent of the constitution. up in of the founding fathers thought that -- you know when it comes to the president carrying out his duties he should do it for three years and on the last year stop doing it.
there's an argument that, well, the president should don't this because he is a lame duck. well, the truth of the matter is is that traditionally the term "lame duck" refers to the two or three months after an election has taken place in which a new president is about to be sworn in. i've got a year to go. i don't think they would approve of me abdicating on my duties o to -- as commander-in-chief and stop doing all the other work that i've got to do. well, this is part of my job. there's been arguments that for 80 years this has been the tradition. well, that's not the case. justice kennedy was approved after being nominated by ronald reagan in ronald reagan's last year of office. they say, well, that's different because he had been nominated in
1987 even if he was confirmed -- ie confirmeconfirmed -- '85, even if he was confirmed in '86. well, the notion that there's some two-month period in which it flips and everything shuts down, that's not a credible argument. what other organizements? they've suggest there have been times that democrats have said it would be wise for a president not to nominate someone. first of all, we know senators say stuff all the time. second of all, these were comments that were made where there was no actual nomination at stake. so it has no application to actual -- the actual situation that we have right now.
i'm trying to think of any other leads that they're grasping here as to why they would not carry out their duties and i can't really think of one. i recognize that an important issue for their constituencies and it's particularly sensitive because this was justice scalia's seat that is now vacant and that a whole host of decisionsen the supreme court could turn on this fooininth justice. but that's how our democracy is supposed to work. and what i do -- last point i'll make. we have already seen a breakdown of the judicial appointment process that gets worse and
worse each and every year. each and every congress it becomes harder and harder to get any candidates for the judiciary confirmed. we saw senator reid have to'm fly so-called nuclear option because it was so long in terms of getting judicial appointments through. if in fact the republicans in the senate take a posture that defies the constitution, defies the logic, is not supported by tradition simply because of politics then invariably what you're going to see is a further deterioration in the ability of any president to make any judicial appointments. and appointments to the supreme
court as well as the federal bench suddenly become a complete extension of our polarized politics. and at that point not only will we see more and more vacancies and the court systems break down, but the credibility of the court itself begins to diminish because it's viewed simply as an extension of our politics this is a republican judge or this is a democratic judge as opposed to this is a court justice who is supposed to be standing above the day to day politics that take place. so i understand the posture they're taking right now. i get the politics of it. i'm sure they're under enormous pressure from their base and constituency around this issue. i've talked to many of them and told them i'm sympathetic. and by the way, there's not a
lot of bickering when they defend their point. they're sheepish about it when they make those comments so we'll see how it plays itself out. i'm going to nominate somebody and let the american people decide as to whether that person is qualified and if they are, let the american people decide whether there's enough time for the u.s. senate to have hearings and have a vote. it's not as if the senate calendar is so full we don't have time to get it done. thank you, guys. >>. >> that senate calendar could be a big political chess match at this point as king abdullah of jordan and the president wrap up their bilateral meeting in the oval office. the president says he will get busy and do his job to nominate. the constitution says he needs to do that. then the senate's leadership has
already come out and said it will not grant hearings or give meetings to nominees who come by for visits or hearing. that won't happen. so the next chess move would be the president could do the old recess appointment, if the senate is in recess, article ii of the constitution says he can appoint somebody. but guess what? the senate can decide not go into recess because in 2014 they saw recess appointments as a problem and there were changes made so, yes, a chess match could be in the offing. by the way, the president was right in the fact that the election year in 1988, not 1986, justice kennedy was appointed. that was an election year and a reagan appointee, so there's just so much embedded in the conversation ahead with regard to this supreme court nominee. i urge you to go to scotus blog because the president did this unusual guest writing today and wrote his opinions on scotus blog. plus scotus blog is just awesome, awesome reading. donald trump, by the way, is
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carolina. and senator bernie sanders is heading to kansas city, right now, in fact, where he has a rally set up for supporters at the convention center happening about two hours from now. earlier today, senator sanders urged the dedecided voters to not get hung up on the bean count of who won and who lost individual states. >> iowa is one state, new hampshire is another state, nevada is another state, great state of south carolina is another state. there are dozens and dozens and dozens of states that follow. in some of those states i expect we'll do very well and win maybe by large amounts. in some sates we'll lose. >> south carolina doesn't look rosy for the vermont senator. he's polling far behind hillary clinton there and he's already left for an event in missouri and is campaigning in ohio
tomorrow. this is a perfect opportunity to speak with congresswoman debbie wasserman schultz because she's a florida democrat, happens to just be the chairperson of the democratic national committee. congresswoman, thank you so much for joining me at this time. such a critical time, in fact, too. listen, last night i know you were watching when donald trump in his victory speech, you know, gave the de facto "i'm going to be the nominee." and there are a lot of voices saying the same thing. so with that in mind i want to ask you this -- and please don't tell me it's hypothetical -- there have been about 16 different highly-skilled political campaigns that have been faltering. they have spent hundreds of millions of dollars trying to take down donald trump, in fact, jeb bush spent $130 million and he's out. what makes either of these democratic candidates and the democratic national committee think they could do anything different than trump's opponents have been trying and failing at so far? >> well, ashleigh, as we near the end of the early state
primary window, this is clearly now donald trump's republican party and they are the victims of their own bear hugging of extremism over the last six years and so what will matter down the home stretch here when each party has the nominee is that our party's nominee has consistently gained the support of the majority of americans because americans don't want to go in the extreme direction that republicans and that donald trump has doubled down on. they don't want to go backwards to the policies of george w. bush, republican economic policies that plunged us into the worst economic crisis since the great depression. the american people want to make sure they have a president who has their back and who is going to stand up and make sure they have an opportunity to reach the middle-class. >> congresswoman, i love you, you are so good at the talking points but my question was about strategy. >> this is not talking points. >> it is because i asked you about strategy. you can tell me talking points but now you have to tell me what
are the democrats going to do about this behemoth coming down the pike at you? >> it's a very simple strategy. it's called turn out the vote. we'll make sure that we get our folks to the polls and unlike republicans who have done everything they can to throw obstacles in the path of so many americans, particularly latinos and african-americans and women older people, typically those most likely to go to the polls and vote for democrats, they do that why? they know when those folks vote, democrats win. we want to make sure we can help people reach those cornerstones of the middle-class life so it's about voter turnout. but what the republicans have clearly embraced is turning the clock backward. and if you look at five out of the last six presidential elections, ashleigh, there's a reason the democratic nominee has been elected. look at the republican autopsy which specifically said that if they continue to alienate groups like hispanics in this country
that they were doomed to never win a presidential election and they said they had to embrace comprehensive immigration reform and they haven't done that, either. >> the "national journal" has said that trump is a one-man turnout machine for the democrats which i'm sure you would be thrilled to hear but when you look at these numbers that come from the rices we've just been through, he's pulling in 55% of the moderates in the gop election so i'm not sure that's a statement to make that he'll be a turnout machine for dems when he's pulling in independents and people trying to decide between trump and bern bernie. >> we're going to have the most significant turnout operation anyone has seen but in nevada if donald trump is so good and the republicans are so good. why did two candidates on our side of the aisle turn out more nevada voters in our caucus than
the republicans turned out with five candidates? because nevadans and americans support our party's agenda and they will down the home stretch in november. >> congresswoman debbie wasserman schultz i hope we have more conversations as we move to the realities -- >> rather than hypotheticals. >> but you were good not to use hypotheticals against me. thank you, congresswoman. >> no problem, see you soon. >> i want to skip other virginia now because donald trump has taken a seat with pat robertson, televangelist who happens to be the founder and chancellor of regent university where the two are right now. let's listen in. the audience will have a chance to ask questions, too. >> for years it was the office and i always say to people if you can get the post office in a city you always get the best location because they're always there first, right? and this is the one for washington so they put it out to bid and every -- it was one of the most hotly contested projects ever in the history of the gsa government services
where they sort of the landlord for united states real estate. is they chose us. and we have a great financial statement, we have a great track record and we're building a hotel, 300 rooms that will be is is one of the grate hotels in the world. we're a year and a half ahead of schedule which is amazing. we're under budget and it will open in september of this year and it was supposed to open up in september two years from now. we have a great team, eric and don are working and ivanka is in charge of that one and she's done an amazing job. it will be one of the great hotels of the world.
let's assume you run the table and a year from now you have your hand on the bible swearing an oath before the chief justice of the united states. then you're president at that point. you're it. [ cheers and applause ] there on an office underneath the capitol where you can go to that by a stroke of pen you can cancel a great many orders of your predecessor. what would you do? >> well, i would do that. we expect to cancel many of the executive orders that were passed because you know obama has not been able to run things the way you're supposed to run them. you're supposed to get the congressman in, the senators in, you're supposed to make deals like ronald reagan, tip o'neill, they were opposites but they made deals and liked each other. i will say this, pat, i've been involved in politics for a long time, all my life. i've gotten tremendous zoning changes. i'll do in politics in other countries because we're building
all over the world. we have jobs going up all over the world, a lot of jobs. but i have never seen division like you have now. it used to be you'd go to a restaurant in washington, you'd see a republican having dinner with a democrat and they're best friends. you don't see that anymore. there's hatred. the country is so divided. whether it's african-american white, congressman, democrat, republican, i mean it's just -- we have a whole divided country. i've never seen anything like it. but we used to see and i used to be part of democrats and republicans having dinners together with their families and wives and it was a nice thing. there would be combat the next day but they would get along and get things done so today we have a president that can't get anything done and he signs executive orders so one of the first ones i'd knock out is his executive order on the second amendment where he's chipping away at it which is so important, the second amendment. the other one would be the one on the boarder where basically he wants people to pour into the
country unchecked and the courts have been following that one. amazingly we had a coupliuouple decisions so far. so i'd save the legal fees and get rid of it, knock it out very fast. because we have to -- i know you believe in this, you have to have strong borders. you saw the pope came out against me a little bit but that was before he -- he was very -- because the next day he issued a statement -- >> well, he realized he had a big wall around the vatican. [ laughter ] [ applause ] he was told probably that you have this man named trump and he wants to build a wall. we have to build a wall. drugs are pouring across the border, people are coming in just like -- it's like we don't even have a country. you don't have a border, you don't have a country. but he was good. he was -- he was a little bit strong at first, sort of interesting because the day
before the election and i said to myself, oh, no, and my people came up to me and said mr. trump the pope just made a big statement about you i said "good or bad?" [ laughter ] we have the election the next morning so it's good or bad. they said not good. i've seen the vatican wall, that goes up to the ceiling. so i think he took a little nobody explained about the drugs and the economy. he was very, very nice. you don't want to hear the day before your election that the pope said something about you [ laughter ] >> we've got a massive deficit and we're running a deficit every year and the wasteful spending is out of control
senator simpson and erskine bowles got together. have you adopted anything like that? we have to have some way of cutting the spending. what are you going to do? >> i think i could add to it a lot because i'm going to bring jobs back to the country. our country has been stripped. we've rebuilt china. and, again, i like china, i think china is wonderful. i'm not angry at china. i'm angry at our representatives, our people, our president for doing such bad deals. not just obama. this isn't just now but obama's been horrible and others have been also and so i'm not upset with china, i have them as tenants. i have the biggest bank in the world as a tenant in one of my buildings in manhattan. i sell millions and millions of dollars worth of condominiums to the chinese so i can't be angry at them. same thing with mexico. i have great relationships with mexico. the problem is in both cases but really in all cases, all
countries, every country is killing us because we have people that are political hacks that are negotiating trade deals they know nothing about and they have the smartest, sharpest people that they pick out when they're practically three years old. you understand that. they go up this pyramid chain and they pick them out very early and our people cannot deal with it because we're not using -- and we have the greatest business people in the world. we don't use them. so carl icahn is an example, endorsed me. many business people endorsed me. and we'll use our greatest business people to negotiate trade deals and we won't lose this money. we have horrible, horrible deals with japan and every else. >> there was a law passed, sarbanes-oxley, and the numbers of ipos that have been brought forth since then have been drat al -- drastically curtailed. now we have the inversions where people go to ireland or canada and put their headquarters there.
yet our tax burden on corporations is probably the highest in the world. what are you going to do? >> so we have the highest taxes in the world, the united states. think of it. with deficits like this yet we have high taxes. i'm cutting taxes very substantially for businesses. we're going to bring businesses back. we're going to bring our jobs back. we're going to make sure that -- you know, look, china is one of the great money -- currency manipulators in history ever, ever. there's nobody ever like this. japan is really good but china's even better. and they have done a number on with us manipulation, with devaluations. in fact our dollar goes up and everyone says "oh, isn't that wonderful?" in the meantime look at caterpillar, they can't sell their tractor. it's a bad situation going on. and they have no fear of us. they have no respect for us anymore. in the south china sea before i left i was watching where they're building this massive military complex in the middle of the south china sea. they're not supposed to be doings it, but they're doing it because they don't respect our president, they don't -- i mean,
he gives them state dinners when they come over but they have no respect. and we have a lot of power over china, we just don't know it. we have people that don't know it. we've rebuilt them. they are taking so much money out of our country. it's the greatest robbery in the history of the world, what they've done. we've rebuilt china. you take a look. we have rebuilt -- they've taken so much money out we have to stop it and use our power because we have a lot of power because of trade. we have to stop it and we can get them to do things like they have to solve the north korea problem. we have a north korea problem that you know better than i do because that's a part of the world you look at but we have a big problem. you know they don't exist without china but china says well, we don't have that kind of control. they're just toying with us. the other one is iran. why didn't we when we made our deal a month ago insist they take care of this guy instead of us always going over with the ships and the weapons and the planes and dropping bombs if we
have to. and then you have south korea, who i love, i have buildings in south korea, but they make a fortune, i buy television sets, i buy tremendous amounts of things from there because we don't make television sets anymore, folks, i would like to make them here. >> donald trump has been answering questions from televangelist pat robertson on the stage at regent university. he's the founder and chancellor of that university and he knows a thing or two about running for a republican nomination because the year i decided to get into this business, 1998, is the year he actually ran for the republican nomination. so when i got into the business, i was told there would be no math, that's an homage to "saturday night live" from the '70s, i'm sorry to say. it turns out there is a lot of math and if you're going to cover politics in this election you need to be -- let's just say you need a doctorate in it because the math that it might take to take that man down is astronomical. we'll talk about the math and
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joining me to talk about this and what it means and doesn't mean is tara set meyer who is not only adorable, he's former communications chief for republican u.s. congressman dana rohrabacher. so walk me through this. we're heading into super tuesday. it's critical for everybody. very critical for him. you have constantly set that donald trump has a ceiling and when i first heard it a few months ago it was 30%. he broached that. rl we well past talking about his ceiling? >> i don't think so, not yet. >> why? >> because nevada is one of those places that was very favorable to trump. you don't that many people come out to support, it's a caucus not a primary so you have the diehards that come out in the caucus situation and when we get to the states on super tuesday
on the first and march 15, that's where he can f he can start breaking 50%, that's when you can say okay obviously he no longer has a ceiling. listen, trump is very -- >> he's four points away from 50%. >> but this is nevada. >> these are the states, there are six of them and look at the big kahuna on the bottom, texas with 155 delegates. he's gone into contests before we where haven't been 100% certain and he's done very well. the notion here that he has to get 50%over the vote in order to sweep those delegates up in winner take all is not so crazy anymore given what happened last night. 46%. 45.9%. >> but i can't emphasize enough, in a caucus state with a very small amount of the actual electorate. when you get into primary states where more folks go out and vote i think it's more difficult when you have a marco rubio and ted cruz still in the race polling those voters. >> you mean like new hampshire? that ain't a caucus. >> but new hampshire what did he
get? he got 33% of the vote roughly. >> but a whole lot more people in the race, too. >> that's very true and i think if he didn't have those folks in the race i don't know they would have broken for trump, they might have broken for other people so it's important to keep this in perspective. i know everyone is anxious to say that's it, he's going to sweep the whole thing, but we still have some very important contests coming up where the dynamics are different. >> i've got -- >> and trump isn't winning all of them. >> i've got 20 seconds. why are the others attacking each other and not trump? >> that's the big question. moving forward they have to shift tactics. there has to be a bold attempt to point out donald trump's record. he has gone through this thing virtually unscathed because there's too much of a circular firing squad amongst each other. look at $215 billion was spent against everybody fighting each other. only $9 million against trump. people need to see his record in his own words and he needs to face scrutiny. if not, he's going to run away with this thing! tara setmayer, thank you so
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