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racist supporters on cnn. but donald trump also picks up a huge new senate endorsement. with one day before the voters in super tuesday states head to the polls, bernie sanders ratchets up attacks against hillary clinton. the glitz. the glamour. the controversy and important social commentary as well. the big winners and losers and just a huge performance from chris rock. >> on the coverage of every newspaper. good morning. i'm john berman. >> it is monday, february 29th. happy leap day. it is 5:00 in the east. 24 hours until super tuesday. republican candidates will fight over nearly half of the 1,237 delegates required to secure the nomination. the map is so exciting.
donald trump picked up a huge endorsement. alabama senator jeff sessions. he is now backing trump. he joins governor chris christie from the other end of the republican spectrum. chris christie backed trump on friday. trump is facing controversy. over how he handled questions surrounding another endorsement. this endorsement from former kkk grand wizard david duke. trump said he did not know enough about duke to disavow the endorsement. he cited duke by name in 2000. at the time, trump explained the duke involvement with the reform party is one reason why trump decided not to run for that party's nomination. cnn's chris frates has latest from alabama. >> reporter: good morning. donald trump got the establishment endorsement on
saturday when jeff sessions threw support behind trump. session a hard liner on immigration. the first sitting senator to get behind the billionaire's campaign. >> at this time in america's history we need to make america great again. i am pleased to endorse donald trump for the president of the united states. i believe our movement is afoot that must not fade away. it has the potential to have the american people's voices heard for change. >> reporter: on sunday, trump refused to disavow support of the former kkk grand wizard david duke. >> i don't know anything about david duke. i don't know anything about what you're even talking about with white supremacy.
i don't know. i don't know. did he endorse me or what's going on? i know nothing about david duke. i know nothing about white supremacist. you are asking me a question i'm supposed to be talking about people i know nothing about. >> reporter: after that interview, ted cruz took to twitter to criticize donald trump for not disavowing support. trump does in fact disavow it. this is an issue that will likely not go away as ted cruz and marco rubio to hit this issue going into super tuesday. back to you. >> chris, thank you so much. joining us to discuss this is cnn analyst josh rogin. good morning. we have controversy surrounding donald trump. refusal to disavow on sunday. we have news picking up endorsement of jeff sessions.
a key alabama senator. the first senator to endorse trump. what is the back drop of this all right now? a day before super tuesday, josh, where are we in this campaign? >> what you see is republican establishment candidates and republican establishment at large throwing out the kitchen sink. everything they can think of. all of the oppo-ed files and all of the money. when will the big donors trying to get at trump. it is all happening. the problem is as you mentioned the voting is tomorrow. there is a reluctant consensus this may be too little too late. tr trump is leading in all polls except texas. he will amass a ton of delegates an we head into march with the big states. winner take all states. the biggest problem for rubio
and cruz campaigns is not donald trump. it is the clock. they simply don't have enough time. that's why you are seeing all this handerring. >> we had orange tans and small hands. candidates dump their taxes out to try to get donald trump to release his. it is everything but the kitchen sink. josh, when you run the math, it looks like it is donald trump's world and everyone else is living in it. >> there is no way the math doesn't come out in favor of trump. especially when you look at the march 15th states. florida, early voting has gone on and it might be too late. we're talking about ohio. where john kasich says he will drop out if he loses ohio. when you are talking about illinois. even massachusetts. there is no pattern.
he is dominating everywhere. if we see the attacks pick away his support, we have not seen it so far. we only have a bit of time left. it is good to see the candidates like marco rubio starting to actually enjoy what they're doing. the people in the rubio camp tell me they are pleased they are taking on the trump campaign. >> so people know what we're talking about here. marco rubio is absolutely flat out taunting donald trump any chance he gets. last night at a rally, he made jokes about donald trump's skin and hands. that joke wasn't about his hands if you know what i mean. let's listen. >> he doesn't sweat because his pores are clogged from the spray tan he uses.
donald is not going to make america great. he's going to make america orange. he's always calling me little marco. i'll admit. he is 6'2". that is why i don't understand why his hands are the size of someone who is 5'2". have you seen his hands? they are like this. you know what they say about men with small hands. you can't trust them. you can't trust them. you can't trust them. >> again, i'm sure that wasn't about his hands. i'm also pretty sure this doesn't sound like the lincoln/douglass debates going on here. as you say, the rubio team, they think this is working. >> listen, donald trump set the terms for this debate. he has been in the gutter for months. now the rest of the candidates are meeting him there. they felt they had no choice. nothing else has worked. they have to try this. they have no choice. the fact that marco rubio seems
to be enjoying it is an ancillary benefit. the problem is that it is not clear that is a winning strategy. this is why in between jokes about donald trump's hands, we see marco rubio talking about the delegate count. that is not a coincidence. both sides are mounting huge efforts to figure out what happens if we get to the republican convention in july and donald trump doesn't have that threshold, the majority of delegates we need to get the nomination without a contested or brokered convention. that is where the action is. you have people on the trump teamed and rubio team and cruz team. there is a good reason because they know they might not be able to beat donald trump, but the game is to spoil the chances of taking the nomination out. >> let's talk about the democrats. bernie sanders.
he is taunting in his own way hillary clinton about her ties and perceived ties to wall street. listen. >> secretary clinton has received hundreds of thousands of dollars for speeches, a speech, several speeches, each for $200,000. that she gave to groups like goldman sachs. now, if you get paid $225,000 for one speech, it must have been a fantastic speech. so i think that secretary clinton should share that fantastic speech with the whole country. >> is this going to work for him? i know he is moving to the northern states and trying to find the support and momentum. >> nobody thought the sanders campaign would get this far. if you look at the polls, he is
about to get swept badly tomorrow. massachusetts, the state next to his home state of vermont, he is down eight points according to the latest sussex university poll. the points he is making are getting traction. he is having an effect on hillary clinton's speech on her agenda on the way she talks about what kind of president she wants to be. all of these are relevant and especially relevant as she pivots away from the primary and more on the republicans. tomorrow, it looks like it is all going hillary clinton's way on the democratic side. unless something shocking happens. we might be looking at the beginning of the end of the real chances for sanders to take the nomination. >> josh rogin, he did pick up an endorsement from hawaii. thank you.
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a night of surprises and controversy. the 88th academy awards. "spotlight" won out over "revenant." and sylvester stallone snubbed. the electricity of the commentary from chris rock over the oscars. >> it's the 88th academy awards. 88th academy awards. which means this whole no black nominees thing has happened at least 71 other times. okay? you got to figure that this happened in the '50s and '60s. you know, in the '60s, one of those years, sidney didn't put out a movie.
i'm sure there were no black nominees in those years. black people did not protest. why? because we had real things to protest at the time. you know? we had real things to protest. you know, too busy being raped and lynched to care about who won best cinematographer. when your grandmother's swinging from a tree, it is hard to care about best documentary foreign short. >> we like to hear more about it. we have cnn's stephanie elam with more. >> reporter: john and christine, everyone was waiting to see how chris rock would handle the controversy of oscars so white. he wasted no time. >> i'm here at the academy awards. otherwise known as the white
people's choice awards. you realize if they nominated hosts, i would not get this job. >> reporter: the night's big winners included leonardo dicaprio. he finally got the oscar for "the revenant." >> it was about man's relationship to the natural world. a world we collectively felt in 2015 as the hottest year in recorded history. our production needed to move to the southern tip of the planet just to be able to find snow. climate change is real. it is happening right now. >> reporter: also winning is alejandro inarritu. he won last year for "birdman." the first time a director won back-to-back oscars in 66 years. i spoke to him outside the governors ball. >> i'm honored and still in shock. i wish i had the words to describe how i feel.
>> reporter: as for the ladies, brie larson won her gold statue for "room." and for best supporting actress, alicia vikander took the win for "the danish girl." >> this looks like an oscar. >> it looks like an oscar because it is. >> reporter: john and christine, rounding out a very competitive night winning best picture was "spotlight." back to you. >> yay journalism on "spotlight." >> they were laughing and squirming in their seats. >> he laid it all out there. he hit everyone. >> he mocked the people who were actually boycotting the event. i know you will see it on your feeds this morning. time for an early start on your money. stock futures are slipping. oil prices are down. losses in europe getting worse. asian stocks finished lower.
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i'm christine romans. >> i'm john berman. welcome to the biggest week of the election season. 24 hours until super tuesday where republicans will fight over half of the 1,237 delegates. donald trump picked up an endorsement. alabama senator jeff sessions. a fierce critic of illegal immigration. he is backing trump. he joins chris christie from the other end of the republican political spectrum. this morning, trump is facing new controversy. questions how he handled questions over another endorsement from former kkk grand wizard david duke. trump told jake tapper he did not know enough about david duke. despite 16 years ago citing duke's name over the reformed
party. cnn's chris frates is with the trump campaign and has the latest from alabama. >> reporter: good morning. donald trump got an establishment endorsement on sunday when senator jeff sessions threw his support behind trump. sessions was the first senator to get behind the billionaire's campaign. >> at this time in america's history we need to make america great again. i am pleased to endorse donald trump for the president of the united states. i believe our movement is afoot that must not fade away. it has the potential to have the american people's voices heard for change. >> reporter: also on sunday,
trump refused to disavow the former kkk grand wizard david duke. >> i don't know what you are talking about with white supremacy. i don't know. i don't know did he endorse me? what's going on? 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 i know nothing about. >> reporter: after that interview, rival ted cruz took to twitter to criticize trump for not disavowing david duke's support. this is unlikely to go away as marco rubio and ted cruz continue to hit this issue going into the super tuesday primary which is hours away now. back to you. >> chris frates, thank you. helping us break down the weekend, we have analyst josh rogin. good morning.
>> good morning. >> let's start with the kkk controversy. donald trump giving numerous chances in the interview with jake to denounce it. you heard it there. rubio really jumping on that controversy. they are looking for whatever he can to really attack the frontrunner. listen to what rubio said about the kkk thing. >> should the head of the conservative movement, should the republican nominee, like donald trump, refused to criticize the ku klux klan? he was interviewed on cnn and asked to disavow the kkk. he refused to do it. he was asked to disavow david duke. he said he didn't know who that is. he knows exactly who that is. >> you know, donald trump has disavowed duke in the past on
the reform ticket. does this work for rubio? does this hurt donald trump? >> i think, you know, if it was anybody but donald trump, this is political malpractice. if someone asks you if you disavow the kkk, you say yes. that is not a complicated answer. for marco rubio, the benefit he is able to control the news cycle one day before the super tuesday contests, that's the game. he realizes that donald trump has been dominating coverage with his narrative. any day he can take away from that and put the focus back on donald trump and put trump on the defensive, that is a good day for marco rubio. you will see this added to a long litany of issues that rubio will focus on. the trump university scandal and illegal immigrants working on trump buildings. the fact that trump refuses to release his tax returns. they are going after trump on
his lack of foreign policy knowledge. they are throwing everything against the wall to see what sticks. trump gave him another easy one to attack him on. it doesn't seem like it will cause trump to lose any states. >> donald trump picked up an endorsement. he has senator jeff sessions backing him. so you get chris christie from new jersey, a sort of moderate or middle of the road on friday and jeff sessions. as conservative as they come from alabama on sunday night. this is cracks in the establishment wall right now. this is people starting to come around saying donald trump may be the nominee. we want to get on that train. >> you are looking at two different things. chris christie is taking an opportunist chance here to throw in with trump. sessions has been supporting trump for months. you have a number of congress
members. you have congress member hunter and a number of congress members and senators saying they will never vote for trump. you see an existential crisis at the heart of the republican party as people come to terms with the fact that trump is likely, according to the people voting, to have the best chance of becoming the nominee. everyone is being forced to take sides. that is something the republican party has not figured out how they will deal with. how can you have a candidate where some people in the party, including senators and congress members say they will never support him. some saying it is fine he is the standard, we have to get behind him. it is a crisis. they are panicked. there is no other way to look at it. they haven't figured out what to do. >> josh, we have polls at the top of the hour. the polls to date have been consistent. donald trump on top. again and again. when you run the delegate math,
it looks like super tuesday will be super good delegate wise for trump. unless something unusual happens in a very unusual campaign. the only consistency is donald trump dominates. >> one great way to look at the candidates looking at super tuesday is where they are spending their time. cruz spending his time in texas. he is supposed to win texas. if he was really confident, he would not spent monday there. this shows he is on his back foot and worried about losing the only state he thinks he can win. marco rubio spent the weekend in northern virginia. he is focusing on northern states. rubio people think they can win minnesota. he is focusing on urban and suburban areas. that is where he thinks his republican voters lie. we look at georgia. ted cruz was showing well. now it looks to be a total trump win. as you look across the map, no other way to read the polls.
after super tuesday, we will have almost 600 delegates out of the 1,200 he needs decided. that is a momentum that will be tough to stop no matter how many times he fails to disavow the k kkk or will not release his tax returns. it is getting to the point where it is unstoppable. that's the story. >> on the democratic side, hillary clinton going into super tuesday with momentum. and bernie sanders picking up the endorsement from tulsi gabbard. thanks, josh. >> he loves to get up early with us. >> he's a good man. a big, big night in hollywood. glitz, glamour, intrigue. the oscars honor hollywood's best. we saw some of the best commentary i have seen in a long
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built for business. there was glitz and glamour, but a lot of controversy. "spotlight" picked up best picture. leonardo dicaprio winning an academy award. the focus on social issues. particularly the lack of diversity. host chris rock did not shy away from it. he endorsed and mocked the oscars so white firestorm. >> it's the 88th academy awards. the 88th. which means this whole no black nominees thing has happened at least 71 other times. okay? you got to figure that it happened in the '50s and '60s.
you know, in the '60s, one of the years, sidney didn't put out a movie. i'm sure there were no black nominees in those years and black people did not protest at the time because we had real things to protest at the time. you know? we had real things to protest. you know, too busy being raped and lynched to care about who won best cinematograper. you know, when your grandmother's swinging from a tree, it's really hard to care about best documentary foreign short. >> i say watching the faces in the crowd, some people did not know when to laugh or could they laugh. it was funny. helping us break this down, senior correspondent brian stelter. >> it was like a test for the people in the audience.
would they laugh or not? >> it wasn't about hair or dresses. so much is made about the glamour. this was about substance. >> it was. beginning with the oscars so white and extending into the other issues. a couple of jokes made me squeamish watching chris rock on stage. it was a direct commentary on the issue. people say it is about diversity. it is about inclusion or exclusion. he framed it well. we want opportunities. leo dicaprio has an opportunity every year. he wants his colleagues, his friends, to have the same opportunities. it is not just black actors in hollywood. it is hispanic actors and others in the industry as well. >> it is interesting. he both endorsed the oscars so white and mocked it at the same time. >> yes. he was having it all ways. always a conservative strand in the commentary. he ended the night by saying
black lives matter from the stage. in some ways, chris was having it all ways. you could argue he talked about it too much and kept bringing up the issue time and time again. you almost forgot this was a celebration of hollywood. as we moved on to other issues and other topics came up, a serious strand to the note. >> let's talk about leo winning for best actor. he used the stage to talk about climate change. listen to what he said. >> making "the revenant" was about man's relationship to the natural world. a world we collectively felt in 2015 as the hottest year in recorded history. our production needed to move to the southern tip of the planet just to be able to find snow. climate change is real. it is happening right now. it is the most urgent threat facing our entire species. >> that is an example of leo dicaprio not only surprising.
he is an outspoken liberal and advocated this for years. he was on stage in front of 40 million people to talk about it. >> the director of his film won for the second year in a row. listen to what he said. >> i am very lucky to be here tonight. unfortunately, many others have not had the same luck. there's a line in the film that says his mixed race son. they don't listen to you that they don't see the color of your skin. what a great opportunity to our generation to really liberate ourselves from all prejudice and, you know, this tribal thinking and make sure for once and for all, that the color of his skin becomes as relevant as the length of our hair. >> strange moment with the music and message was really important. the band was trying to play him off. i think it is better to go ahead
and have the show run long. people always say how long the oscars runs. you want the people to give their speeches. >> he was not just thanking a laundry list of people. >> you rarely here of indigenous people on stage. >> let's hear from joe biden quickly. >> too many men and women on college campuses are victims of sexual abuse. i'm asking you to join millions of americans, including me, president obama, thousands of students i met on college campuses and artists here tonight to take the pledge. a pledge that says i will intervene in situations when consent has not or cannot be given. let's change the culture. >> take four minutes this
morning. google lady gaga's performance. the most moving moment of the night as sexual abuse survivors came out on stage. mo rocca said the oscars are now more political than politics and politics is more entertaining than hollywood. and they protested by the voters. they want good investigative journalism. >> thank you, brian. let's look at what is coming up on "new day." alisyn camerota joins me. >> great to see you, christine. we are one day away from the 2016 primary. donald trump and hillary clinton picking up steam ahead of super tuesday. the latest polls at the top of the hour. we will break down those numbers and look at the delegate map. we will speak with ohio governor john kasich. and the oscars with the
awards and controversy. chris rock got right to it. if you missed any of it, we will play you all of the highlights. michaela is live in hollywood for us this morning. we will see how the night went for her. christine. >> thank you. see you in a few minutes. stock markets around the globe off to a bad start of the week. an early start on your money next. does sitting behind a new desk make you feel like an svp instead of a vp? then you might be gearcentric. right now, save up to 40% on desks and filing cabinets!
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it is hard to know what is real and what is scripted and what the north koreans are trying to do showing this sobbing college student on television. >> reporter: that is right, christine. we don't know if otto warmbier was making this statement under duress. the act was trying to steal a political banner from his hotel and pack it in his suitcase. the north koreans are saying this was motivated by the cia in cahoots with the university and hometown church. both deny that. warmbier was seen making the dramatic confession. watch. >> i wish the united states administration never manipulate people like myself in the future to commit crimes against foreign countries. i entirely beg you, people of
the government of the dprk korea, for your forgiveness. >> reporter: warmbier now another detained american that north korea can use as a political pawn over the sanctions over the nuclear satellite launch earlier this year. christine. >> i'm sure his family is working hard. will ripley, thank you. 57 minutes past the hour. a global slump. oil dipping below $33 a barrel. stocks in europe are lower. the u.s. stock market slowly trying to claw back losses. the dow down about 4.5% for the year. that is the best performance of the three averages. the dow had been down more than 10% a couple weeks ago. there are winners among the dow 30. if you have 401(k) or explosion
you are to blended funds, you could be benefitted from verizon up 10%. walmart up 8%. 3m posting solid gains. exxon mobile rising 5%. last trading day of the year. we will see if they pull out a gain. new cnn poll showing which presidential candidates have the best chances going into super tuesday. "new day" as the polls right now. donald is not going to make america great. he's going to make america orange. >> it's not cool. he sweats too much. and i don't want him negotiating for us. >> donald trump refused, refused to criticize is the ku klux klan. >> you wouldn't want me to condemn a group that i know
nothing about. >> we don't need to make america great again. america has never stopped being great. >> i will stand up and fight for you. >> i'm here at the academy awards, otherwise known as the white people choice awards. we want the black actors to get the same opportunities. that's it. >> this is cnn breaking news. >> good morning, everyone. we do have a lot of news for you. welcome to your "new day". it is monday, february 29th, 6:00 in the east. chris is off. john berman is here. and breaking news in the 2016 race. a new cnn national poll shows donald trump and hillary clinton pulling way ahead of their challengers heading into super tuesday tomorrow. trump and clinton widely
expected to become their party's nominees. donald trump continues to stand his commanding lead with roughly half of republican voters supporting him. marco rubio is second with 16%, more than 30 points behind trump. ted cruz with 15%. if you add up all of trump's competitors, they still cannot match him. >> that is the key point. so much for consolidation. on the democratic side, hillary clinton opening up a wider margin. she has a 17-point lead. both front-runners at this point with big momentum as they head into super tuesday. voters in 11 states head to the polls tomorrow. this is the biggest week of this campaign. let's beginning with chris frates in alabama where donald trump picked up a big endorsement overnight. chris. >> reporter: good morning, john. the gop campaign starting to look like a middle school spa