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i'm one of these people who think we can actually build things again in our country and eve seen it. we have visit soemd places. we are entrepreneurs and we are getting together to do different things for advanced manufacturing. we will have skills and make sure we are ready to do that work. and i also believe the best way to combat climate change is by creating clean renewable energy jobs that will change the way we produce energy in the country. now, i got to tell you, you know, that when the republicans are asked about climate change, they all say pretty much the same thing. i don't know, i'm an scientist. now there's really easy remedy for that. go touk talk to a scientist.
right? [ cheers and applause ] you know, come here, good to tsu, go to vanderbilt. there are a lot of places where you can find scientists who will explain what climb at change is and why it is so dangerous. but what i don't understand about their answer -- by the way, i don't think half of them believe that. i really don't. i think they just do what the koch brothers tell them to do. i'm actually kind of looking forward, if i'm fortunate enough to be the nominee, to debating any one of them. [ cheers and applause ] but here's what i don't understand. we could create a lot of great jobs in clean renewable energy. and a lot of states are. not just states with democratic
governors. states with republican governors. we've got states producing a lot of wind energy. texas, iowa, minnesota. in fact iowa gets a third of its electricity from wind. we've got states putting up big solar arrays. encouraging people to put solar panels on their houses and businesses. that's all work that has to be done right here. there are lots and lots of jobs and you know, some country is going to be the clean energy super power of the 21st century. i think it is either going to be china, germany or us and i intend for it to be us. and then let's do more to help small businesses. mayor and tony and i stopped at a great coffee shop and met the owner there. small businesses create about two thirds --
>> a seemingly very confident hillary clinton there in nashville, tennessee. fresh off her huge win in south carolina during the democratic primary and now in mid loathian virginia, marco rubio making headlines of his own, going for the jugular of donald trump. let's listen to what he says right now. >> thank you, governor nor introducing me. and hugo and everybody else, i appreciate the work you put into this. you see the pickup truck with the flag answers white signs. that gentleman drives all over america in that pickup truck, that by the way, mitt romney bought for him a few years ago. it has a few more miles. and he, at every one of our events, he tries to get to all over the country. the other day we were at the debate in texas, you might have seen it, we will talk about that in a mib ut. minute. we were driving up to the
walk-through. i look to the right and all i see is wilson and his pipe sitting in the front. let me tell you, that gets you going on the days when you're tired. on the days when maybe you wish you had one less event or one less city to go to, just because you're tired or missing your family. you realize that people like wilson and others are working hard on your behalf, that's what keeps you going. and that's what reminds me everyday that this election is not about me. it is about you, about this country, greatest nation in the history of all mankind. [ cheers and applause ] now all of these elections are important. but i want it make a proposition to you today. this election is different than the other elections we've had. this election is a generational choice. it a referendum where we are asked to choose what kind of
country will america be in the 21st century and as part of that question, we are being asked to choose what kind of party will the republican party be? what is the conservative movement in the 21st century going to be about? it has to be remain about limited government. it has to remain about the constitution. it has to remain about free enterprise. it has to remain about our traditional values. it has to remain about a strong national defense because if we lose those principles, all of the things that made america special will be lost as well. this country needs a strong conservative movement and its home should be the republican party. [ cheers and applause ] >> our principles of conservative imwork better today than ever before. we would make a tragic mistake, historic mistake, if we abandon those principles. and that's what is going to happen if we lose this election
to bernie sanders or hillary clinton. [ crowd booing ] bern bernie sanders is a socialist. democratic socialist, but a socialist nonetheless. we do not want to be a socialist country. you want to live if a socialist country, move it a socialist country. we want to be america. hillary clinton is not qualified to be president of the united states. of america. she broke the law. she put her e-mails, private, no, classified information on her private server. she thinks she is above the law. no one is above the law. on an even more serious note, hillary clinton on the 11th of september, 2012, lied to the families of americans who lost their lives in the service of our country.
four brave americans died in benghazi and she told them, told their families that they died because after video. and she knew it was because of the terrorist attack. i'm telling you, anyone who lies to the families of those who have lost their lives in the service of our country can never be the commander-in-chief of the united states of america. so we cannot lose this election. we are going to win. we are going to win. but we will only win if we nominate someone who is not a true conservative but if you unite the party and conservative movement. and growing with taking our principles to people all across the country, including people who haven't voted for us before. and i will do that. but right now we're not just engaged in a fight for the heart and soul of our country, we are
engage engaged in a fight, for the heart and soul of the movement for the 21st century. in the past, that fight has been with people that have told the us we needed to water down our principles. with people that told me not to run in 2010, the establishment wanted someone else. don't run, we need someone more like the democrats. i didn't believe that then. i know that's not true now. but now we face another threat. that is the threat from someone who believes that we should have no principles upon which to build our movement on at all. i entered this race in the hope that we could have a campaign about ideas and about policy and i will continue to campaign on ideas and about policy.
but i will not allow the conservative movement to be taken over by a con artist by the name of dup. donald trump. [ crowd chanting marco ] some people say that's a tough term, con artist. well, let me tell you -- the media said, trump's a liberal. that's what he said. if you scream something out, i have to respond for you, right? if you say something and i don't hear it and i don't say anything about it, then they say, rubio didn't disavow, the gentleman a hundred yards away who said, whatever. i'm not disavowing that one.
now look, that's a strong term. what is a con artist? a con artist is someone who preys upon a vulnerability. who goes to people who are struggling and says to them, i've got answers. i know what to do. i've got a great deal for you. i'm very successful and i've got a great deal for you that will make you successful. donald trump has done this before. it had a name. it was called trump university. let me tell what you trump university was. this is why i talk about it. the people that went there have been calling us, e-mailing us. their stories would outrage you. they're heart breaking. let me explain. this video, on youtube -- in fact we'll put it on my website. marcorub marcorubio.com. it says i'm the most successful in all mankind and i will teach you how to be just as successful
as me. we will have the best people, the smartest people. i will pick them myself and we will just win, win, win. he said this in a video for trump university. sound familiar? so people signed up. and they would go in and pay 8, $10,000. and they were told, if he really want to make the big bucks, you have to sign up for $35,000 course. and people signed up for that. they finished the course with nothing but a worthless piece of paper and picture they got to take, not with donald trump, but with a cardboard cut-out of donald trump. now that in itself is wrong. it's fraud. that's why he has been sued and he is going through all that now. but here is the bigger problem. he is doing the same thing to voters in america. he is going to people, he is going to people that are hurtinging -- people are hurting. you know you're hurting in your lives. you're facing it. you work harder than ever. you're running in place and here comes this guy who says i'm a strong leader, i am successful,
i made all this money and i know how to fix it, follow me. first of all, we have never been a nation that place our faith in people. we place our faith in an almighty god and in the constitution of the united states. we don't have a king in america. we are a make led by our fellow citizens who are allowed to serve us for a time in government. a government that exists not to tell us what our rights are, not to decide the course of our lives. a government that exists to protect the rights that come from our creator, the right to life. right to liberty and right to pursue happiness. these are our god-given rights. so here he comes to people that are struggling and he says, i am a tough guy. he's not a tough guy. the other day he told a protester, i want to punch you in the face. donald trump never punched anyone in the face. ever. okay?
ever. he got deference from the army. he had injuries from squash. all right? so he's an tough i go. first guy that begged for secret service protection, donald trump. okay. he's not a tough guy. rs number two, he's not as successful as he makes himself sound. all these buildings with his name on them, he doesn't own them. he rents out his name. the one he does own, you know who helps build them? illegal immigrants. even though he is mr. anti-immigration. he said he will fight for american jobs but in florida and other hotels, americans are applying for the jobs and he is not hiring them. he says he can't find americans qualified to do the jobs my parents did. as made, a cook, a bartender. so he hires people from abroad. that's a fraud.
this guy said i will take on china because they are taking our jobs. that's where he makes his suites and ties, china, mexico, indonesia. you want to bring jobs to america, bring your trump line collection back to america and have those jobs created here. he portrays himself as a self-made guy who made millions and will teach you how too. if i inherited $100 million from my parents, i would too. the consequences won't just be $35,000. which for these people was a lot of money. the consequences will be the future of your homeland and mine. the consequences will be who is in charge of the nuclear codes of the most powerful military arsenal on the planet.
the consequences will be -- the consequences will be -- >> republican marco rubio repeating a similar tactic from yesterday going after donald trump in virginia. well take a short break and be right back. dentists, with a round brush head. go pro with oral-b. oral-b's rounded brush head cups your teeth to break up plaque and rotates to sweep it away. and oral-b delivers a clinically proven superior clean versus sonicare diamondclean. my mouth feels super clean! oral-b. know you're getting a superior clean. i'm never going back to a manual brush.
nominee, like someone like donald trump, refused, refused, to criticize the ku klux klan. he was interviewed on cnn and asked to disavow the ku klux klan and refused to do it. he refused to disavoid duke and he wouldn't do tp he said he doesn't know who that is. he knows exactly who it is. he didn't disputed robo calls saying don't vote for a cuban. i don't get offended easily. but this is not just against me. they are trying to take over the conservative muovement. there is no place in the conservative movement for david duke, the kkk or any other bigotry in america. so we have to win. we have to win this election. and we have to win this primary. and we will win if you nominate
me. if you nominate me, i will unite this party. and i will grow it. we will take our message to people living wait i live. we will take our message to people struggling paycheck to pay check. the way i grew up. the way my parents had to raise us. if you can give me a minute, this young lady here doesn't feel well. can we get her some help? >> all right, that happened just moments ago. marco rubio there on a tear. donald trump being very trit cal of him. saying he didn't come out fast enough disavowing the kkk and support for david duke. now the search for clarity over who supports republican presidential front-runner donald trump is intensifying. we are talking about donald trump and the kkk. trump tweeting today that he disavows the white supremacist david duke. trump saying as i stated at the press conference regarding david
duke, i disavowed. he also released a clip regarding that press conference. >> yes, go ahead. >> how do you feel about the recent endorsement from david duke? >> i didn't know he endorsed me. david duke endorsed me? i disavow. okay? >> that was friday. today he reminded people that he disavowed. that isn't the case today when he was interviewed by jake tapper where trump seemingly was dodging the question about this support. >> i don't know anything about david duke, okay? i don't know what you are talking about with white supremacy or white supremacist. i don't know -- did he endorse me or what's going on. because you know, i know nothing about david duke. i know nothing about white supremacists. you are asking me a question i'm supposed to be talking about people that i know nothing about. >> but i guess the question from the anti-defamation league is even if you don't know about their endorsement, there are
these groups and individuals endorsing you. would you just say, unequivocally, you condemn them and don't want their support. >> well i have to look at group. i don't know what group you're talking about. you wouldn't want me to condemn a group that i know nothing about. i have to look. if you would send mae list of the groups i will do research on them and certainly i would disavow if i thought there was something wrong. >> the ku klux klan. >> they may be fine and totally unfair so give me a list and i'll let you know. >> i'm just talking about david duke and the ku klux klan. >> i don't know david duke. i'm pretty sure i've never met him and i don't know anything about him. >> so at the trump campaign in alabama, he is yet to arrive there and address supporters is the presumption he will take it a step further and talk more about disavowing the klan, david duke, and what he has said and
being on record for what he has done and said? >> we are just getting under way here. as you can hear, the national anthem is being sung. we do expect donald trump to take the stage shortly. what is interesting about the comments, he refused to disavow david duke and kkk with our own jake tapper and said he didn't know enough about the group. the anti-defamation group saying they will provide information about extremist groups and hate mongers to all candidate, including mr. trump. we will take a second and listen to this national anthem. >> all right, chris frates, respectful respectfully, thank you from alabama there. the ceo of anti-defamation league, there were -- they were the ones calling for donald trump to disavow the support of white supremacist groups and also worked in the white house as special assistant to
president obama on social innovation. good to see you, so we heard donald trump there saying he disavows donald trump. he said he did that in a friday press conference but when he was pressed again today by jake tapper, he didn't want to seem to go as for as saying that. now your group says it will provide all information for all of the presidential candidates on hate and extremist groups. what exactly is this plan all about? >> look. we're at the anti-defamation league for over a hundred years. bigotry and anti-semitism. we don't support any political party. let me be clear, it is profoundly disappointing and somewhat puzzling when a candidate for the highest office in our nation claims not to be aware of or clear about who david duke or the ku klux klan might be. let me be clear. it's time for donald trump to be as forthright with us as he is
with his rallies and debates. does he support him or not? >> as you try it analyze what he has said or hasn't said, what do you suppose is behind the initial renaissance and then admission that he did disavow on friday? >> it is confusing when he disavows or doesn't disavow, knows or doesn't know, he should just say whether he is giving support or not. it is simple to do, really. and this ugly rhetoric mainstreams anti-semitism with racism, we need to push it out of the debate. >> do you feel compelled to provide a list of all the documented hate groups in this country to all of the candidates? so if there is another response like that, we heard from donald trump saying he didn't really know anything about the groups. he said present to me a list and jake tapper was like, you don't know about the kkk? so to further that moment of --
that i think perplexed so many, to what degree will you try to provide a list or educate all the candidates? >> our researchers at adl center on extremism right now are pulling that information together. and let's be honest, fredricka, it is not a mystery what kkk is all about. it is not really a mystery if you look at who is retweeting or issuing support, like david duke, probably the most prominent white supremacist in our country today. >> what do you say about a candidate, and i'm not talking specifically about donald trump, but any candidate who would say that they don't want to alienate anyone, they welcome the support of any and all-americans regardless of their point of view or per persuasion. >> it hard for me to understand mr. trump's opinion, and let me
say it taints the entire affair. racism, bigotry, anti-semitism, homophoba, it has no place in our debate right now regarding our next president. >> thank you very much for your time. i appreciate it. let's talk more about the political fall-out. chris frate is following the trump campaign in alabama. a senior political analyst and jason johnson at root.com and sirius xm. good to see all of you. the sequence of events that has been most confusing and you just heard that from mr. greenblat. he said this is very confusing. you have disavowing, then a moment of i'm not going to do that, then reminding people that he did. so jason whab , what is at the bottom of this? >> how can anyone support or trust a presidential candidate
as to whether or not he wants the support after terrorist organization? that's what this is. the klan is a terrorist organization. if he says i disavowed them on friday and he doesn't know on sunday how can you trust them as a presidential candidate. i don't care if you are democratic, republican or independent. mr. trump runs on, i'm a tough guy, i will handle isis and vladimir putin. that something to be concerned about. >> how does this undermine donald trump's candidacy or galvanize his canned da sni. >> first of all, i don't think donald trump does anything casually. sometimes his speeches seem totally free form. but he does it with intention. the fact that he did not specifically reassert his disavowal of david duke in the interview today, is significant. and the fact he felt compelled when the other candidates came out after him to go ahead -- reason he came out with that -
kind of clarity? >> yeah -- >> what was his objective, in your view? >> i think donald trump is drawing support obviously from across the republican spectrum but he is drawing support from the coalition that are most uneasy as we talked about before account cultural and democratic exchange by america. not all of those people that are uneasy are racist supremists. but it does bleed over into those areas. trump was cautious about who he was willing to disavow in this interview. i suspect that comments by the other candidates will force him to go further. but fred, all of this underscore is the gravity of where we are. two days from super tuesday. a moment when donald trump has the opportunity to put a decisive distance between himself and anyone else for the gop nomination. a and underscore the event into the electoral unknown.
it may to be a late for any of the other parties to stop that. >> and chris, at any moment, donald trump is to address a very sizeable crowd behind you. we know that hoo sm of these groups, whether it be white supremacist groups or whatever you call them, have been doing robo calls asking for people to vote for trump. some of this is financed by super pac money. how would donald trump try to distance himself in some other way from the intention of the robo calls? >> when it comes to robo calls, he said he didn't know anything about it and would look into it. that's one thing we will look for on the stage today. when trump addresses the valley. does he talk about the robo calls. and that is an surprise because marco rubio of course, hitting him on that, ted cruz also hitting him on the inability to disavow david duke or kkk.
we are expecting donald trump shortly. as ron pointed out, donald trump doesn't do anything by mistake. he purposely didn't answer the question by our own jake tapper. then took to twitter to say he does disavow david duke. but that is a mixed message. we cewill see if he sets it straight in front of all of the folks today. >> this further alienates him from the gop, that's been his mission, he is not the establishment et cetera. but when you talk about members of the gop who are trying very hard to stop him, this seems like a real problem. >> fred within first of all, david duke is not a mystery. i covered him 25 years ago. i've been to david duke's house in louisiana. he is not someone who is like, you know, i guess hiding under a sheet. i don't know what you would say.
you know, he has been out there and for donald trump to say he doesn't know who he is is not fully credible. >> he is not a mythical figure and people are familiar with him and his actions. >> donald trump has his piece of republican coalition. and he is in position on tuesday to do very well both in heavily evangelical blue collar states in the house and less evangelical states in the north. what this controversy does is i think deepen doubts among the voters with the most skeptical from the beginning. white collar mainstream conservative voters exactly the people you say in exactly the place that marco rubio was this afternoon and the challenge has been no one has been able to consolidate the voters nearly the way donald trump has on the blue collar side and in the 11th hour will this controversy allow someone like rubio to make more progress. a big hill to climb but certainly these aren't headlines donald trump wants going into
the biggest voting day of the year. >> jason, look at the crowd behind chris there. it is unclear whether a lot of people even were aware of what happened earlier today but if they were aware, the turnout there sends a very strong signal that perhaps his message or how he handled today does not bother them. >> it's not going to bother them at all, fred. it'll be fine. donald trump will continue to be successful. he will do well in the south. we looked at the poll numbers from south carolina bp majority of his voters still think barack obama was born in kenya. they don't want the south to have lost the war. this won't hurt donald trump. he will probably win throughout super tuesday and the republican party will have to do some soul searching. i don't think you can win with someone whose rhetoric consistently alienates growing parts of the population. can't win an election. >> during the sweep of the primary caucus season. >> absolutely. >> there is still a large crowd and they are still awaiting the
arrival of donald trump. >> yeah. i wanted to piggyback a little bit on something ron said, which is that it is not believable that donald trump does not know who david duke was. when he decided ton run for the reformed party nomination in 2000, 16 years ago, he put out a statement that read in part, and i will quote him here, the reformed party now includes a klansman, mr. duke. this is not the company i wish to keep. this idea he doesn't know who di david duke is and doesn't know he is not connected to the kkk, that's not true. david duke a former grand wizard leader in the white supremacist group. so these mixed messages are something donald trump has to address. you get the feeling rubio and cruz will not let this go. >> we appreciate it. two days from super tuesday. complete coverage all day here on cnn. we'll be right back.
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the ku klux klan. he was interviewed on cnn and asked to disavow the ku klux klan and we fused to do it. he was asked to criticize david duke and said i don't know who that is. he knows exactly who that is. he knows exactly who that is. he hasn't reputated robo calls, telling people, don't vote for a cuban. look, i don't get owe feffended easily, but this is not just against me. they are trying to take over the conservative movement. there is no place in the conservative movement for david duke, kkk or any sort of hatred or bigotry in america. >> let's talk about this new marco rubio. jason row is a senior adviser to senator rubio. explain the evolution of marco rubio. this new marco rubio with teeth and talons. >> donald trump for about nine months has gotten away with
behavior that's unbecoming of the office that seeks. i think we got a point where if h marco didn't start calling this out and exposing the con that is donald trump, the republican voters and these various primary states were not going to be aware of it. so it became his challenge to talk to people about the three lawsuits for fraud that trump is facing. you know, trump is showing his own, i guess lack of qualifications, in his unwillingness to denounce david duke and kkk, claiming that he was unaware when we know, by the record, he is well aware of who david duke is. and even if it weren't for that affirmation, the fact he would pretend to not know what the kkk is about and just as knee jerk push them away from him is very troubling. >> so is this strategy about rubio trying to take down donald trump? or is this a last-ditch effort that rubio might be able to win some support so that he can win
a race especially come super tuesday? >> there's no doubt that marco is the underdog. this race in some ways has just been an entertainment program to watch donald trump do things day in and day out. now we are in fourth quarter, toward the end of the game and if we don't call him out he will hijack the party an conservative movement. >> why wasn't that realization made many moons ago? donald trump is the same trump day that he revealed when he first entered the race. >> it's been marco's intention that's about marco rubio's vision for america. but unfortunately we haven't been talking in the media about who the candidates are, m necessa necessarily. we have been covering this like a horse race. we have to vet the candidates. the media has a responsible to vet each of these candidates.
and unfortunately, the vetting of donald trump has not happened in a meaningful way and so it became the rubio campaign's responsibility to inform republican and conservative voters who the con man is that is trying to steal the will sober up and realize that - while this has been entertaining at some level, we can't risk the most powerful position in the world to this con man. >> all right. this is sort of the unveiling of the new rubio yesterday at a rally. >> flying around on hair force 1 and tweeting. so here is the one tweet he put out. a picture of me with make-up on me at the debate. which is amazing to me. that a guy with the worse spray tan in america is attacking me for putting on make-up. donald trump likes to sue people. he should sue whoever did that to his face. >> jason, help people understand
why this is effective. more mudslinging. the hair force 1. spray tan. but rubio didn't necessarily elaborate on any specific plans or even undermine trump's plans or lack thereof. it was much more personal and surface. >> i think the clip that you use there is one in which marco is having fun at a rally at donald's expense. but the reality is if marco at that point is giving a speech about his tax plan, you wouldn't be showing a clip of him. the media has some responsibility here -- >> but he didn't talk about the -- >> that the mobs flock to is outlandish behavior. at some point we have to not attack the lunacy and we have to talk about the president of the united states. >> thank you so much, jason roe. >> thank you. >> we'll be right back.
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so ted cruz went on abc this week and called on front-runner donald trump to release tax returns and suggested trump could be hiding connections to the mafia. >> he's clearly hiding something. on the other hand it could be donations to liberal groups like planned parenthood. at every debate it seems he is praising planned parenthood. maybe he has written them checks. there are multiple media reports about donald's business dealings with the mob, the mafia. maybe the taxes show the dealings with -- >> business deals with the mafia? >> abc reported that. you guys have reported he has done business with fwo two big crime families in new york. maybe that's what his tax forms show.
we don't know. first, you, chris, how is donald trump responding to this latest charge? >> i tell you, fred, he's been responding the same way since the cnn debate when he was first challenged on this, that his taxes are being audited and that he doesn't want it put his tax returns out until the audits are finished. let's listen to what he told jake tapper just this morning. >> it is very unfair. i've been treated very unfairly by the irs because i have been audited almost every year for 10 or 12 years. and i have friends that are very rich people, they never get aug audited. i have been singled out. i don't know why. maybe because i'm very conservative. >> there you have donald trump saying because he is conservative may be way he is audited. the irs says everyone is free to release their tax returns
whether they are being audited or not. donald trump still refusing to do that. still noting that marco rubio and ted cruz put out their own tax returns just last night. but it is also important that those were just summaries. we didn't get the full returns showing how they made all their money and all of thei itemizations and summaries. they are calling on trump to release his taxes and neither rubio or trump have done that. rubio said he wanted to release taxes in full but wanted to get his summary out quickly. and cruz says if rubio releases his taxes, he will to. so this tax issue will keep going on and they will keep applying that to trump also. >> so if trump says, okay you have released the summaries, i will release the summaries too. will that end the conversation? >> you know, fred, it won't end the conversation. but think about the crowd we just saw. they don't care about donald trump's tax returns.
they don't care if donald trump has relationship with the klan. that's not what regular voters are talking about. they want someone o who talks about jobs, immigration and keeping this country safe. that's what donald trump has been doing. >> we saw something similar from mitt romney, delay in the release of his tax information. there is a common thread here. is this a great detrimental to a donald trump? >> no, i agree. i don't think this will be the big problem. ted cruz this morning is a little bit of throwing the plate of spaghetti against the wall. it is not just what strand might stick. and it can't be answered as long as taxes are out. i want to button up the earlier conversation. donald trump is appealing across a broad range of the prup party. by no means are his supporters driven by racial motivations. but there is no question his candidacy is energizing a lot of white nationalist groups. we see in the reporting by cnn and in reporting by the new
yorker and he has been somewhat oblique in how he has dealt with that. and i think what all of this does and to some extent what taxes do as well is underscore to republicans how big a lead into the unknown they are taking. he is poised to i think become putting himself in an unsurmountable position. and it is turning over this party to someone that there's still a lot of questions about. and i think that is the core question that marco rubio in particular is going to try to frame whether it is enough for the same reasons you've been talking about. but i think that's the key issue over the next two weeks. >> thanks to all of you. appreciate it. tomorrow night, ander so ee cooper interviewed donald trump's wife, melania. you can see that on ac 360.
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we got decimated, george. we got decimated. the only positive thing for us is we won the 29 years of age and younger vote. and that was good. but we got killed. >> that was the music to the ears of hillary clinton after losing new hampshire and eeking out a win in nevada. she today carry south carolina and carry it big. that's exactly what happened. today she has been in nashville addressing the many critical issues facing the country. >> i want you to just remember what's go willing on in flint,
michigan. a city of about a hundred thousand. mostly poor. mostly african-american. where the people there, including babies, have been drinking lead-contaminated water for nearly two years. >> our jeff mattingly is with the clinton campaign. so jeff, hillary clinton with a certain amount of confidence going into super tuesday? >> caller: she sure was. just a bit of a glow about hillary clinton today. a sense of relief after those first four contests are over. and boy, she was not expecting the win she got in south carolina. from 74% of the voters there. supported her. that really gives her a big sort of boost of energy going into the soup are tuesday states. right now the campaign is clearly operating on a dual track. she is saying she is fighting for every democratic vote and of course she is because she needs the delegates.
it was clear from her speech a few moments ago in nishville that she is turning her attention to republicans. she did not mention bernie sanders once by name. she barely even alluded to the fact she has a primary opponent any more. we are seeing a shift in this race. now things could always shift back. there's no question. 56% of the delegates are picked in the month of march. a lot of contests ahead and in this week alone more than a dozen. it is clear she is sensing a shift. she stop bade coffee shop a couple hours or so ago and a reporter asked her about the comments that have been making news all day long with donald trump. and she said, oh, that is pathetic. so she did not weigh in on that with her speech today. but she did do it privately. i certainly would not be surprised if she did it more in days to come. she is now heading it arkansas, of course a state so familiar to her, also voting on super
tuesday. so that certainly is a place where she is hoping for a big victory as well. >> all right, jeff zeleny, thanks so much from nashville. we have much more straight ahead in the newsroom with poppy harlow, after this. i'm here to get the lady of the house back on her feet. and give her the strength and energy to stay healthy. who's with me?! yay! the complete balanced nutrition of great tasting ensure. with 9 grams of protein and 26 vitamins and minerals. ensure. take life in! are you powered by protein? we are.
all right, 5:00 eastern, top of the hour. i'm poppy harlow in new york. so glad you're with us. two days before the critical super two-day prior mayry. donald trump is in a racially charged controversy involving support from a former ku klux klan leader. first, today on cnn, trump would not disavow david duke saying he didn't know anything about him. two hours later on twitter, trump did disavow support from the white supremacist. right now we waiting to hear from trump in alabama and this is the first time we have heard from him since he made those comments to jake tapper this morning. will he address the growing controversy? also his rival, ted cruz, set to speak in oklahoma city today and hillary clinton will rally in arkansas. her first major event since her