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state because they were housing juveniles with adults in adult prisons. and we were successful, but it should never have happened in the first place. and then i went to alabama. i went undercover that time, to try to gather information about communities that were setting up what can be called segregated academies to avoid integrating the public schools and were looking for status to afford to do so. those are some of my earliest experiences understanding the barriers that stand in the way of our fellow men and women. and it just lit a spark in me that because i had had a good education. you know, i didn't have anything to do with picking my parents or
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deciding i was going to be born in the united states. but, boy, did i luck out on both counts because i had not only a strong family but i had the backing of my country. at least that's the way it felt to me. despite all our problems, all the barriers, we always believed that it would get better, that we would keep opening the doors of opportunity, keep expanding the circle of rights. and that's what we have done. not as fast as many of us would have wanted, but we kept moving forward. this election, as much as any in my memory, will test that proposition because there is, make no mistake at bout it, a vy strong force that wants to turn us back. so i really hope that we will
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not only understand what's at stake but, as the mayor said, tell everybody you can reach because this touches everybody. think of those barriers. we have economic barrier, don't we? barriers where we don't have enough good jobs, with rising incomes. we need to get back to a win-win economy. plus tw it wasn't so long ago that we had that. back in the 1990s when another democrat was president of united states we had 23 million new jobs created. the most in any peace time era of our nation. but more than that, incomes went up for everybody. not just people at the top. middle class families, working families, poor families. the median family income in america went up 17%. the median family income for african-american families went
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up 33%. and we lifted more people out of poverty that at any time. why? because nothing beats a good job with a rising income to lift people up, to give them a chance for a better future. and i want us to create more jobs. and there's a lot of ways we can do that. we can do it in infrastructure. our roads, our bridges, our tunnels, our port, our airports. >> hillary clinton at a rally in boston, massachusetts, one of the super tuesday states tomorrow. very important state in all of these contests. democratic and republican if pressure to perform well on super tuesday has led to sharper tongues on the campaign trail. some of the most biting insults have some from senator marco rubio aimed at the front-runner donald trump. jason carroll is following the rubio campaign for us in atlanta today. jim acosta is with the trump camp in ratford, virginia.
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we just saw a group of protester s escorted out at trump events. >> i should mention right now we can point them out another small group of protesters being led out of this rally on the campus of radford university. they were initially resisting security efforts to leave the building. they are now leaving. earlier than this, wolf, just a few moments ago, we can room that footage. there was about 20 or 30 protesters in the stands just off to my right who were saying a variety of things. one of those things was black lives matter. they were saying some other things we couldn't make out. they were initially resisting efforts from security to leave the premises and then they eventually did. there was a little bit of an altercation between some of those protesters and members of security before they eventually left the building. and then it was at that point, wolf, that donald trump up on
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the stage behind me sads, all lives matter and the crowd here was chanting all lives matter. there have been several disruptions during this rally, wolf. at one point there was a lady who appeared to be of hispanic d dissent that was asked to leave. are you from mexico? so it has been sort of a ruckus rally. he has been going through the boilerplate speech we've been rearing over the last several days. very caustic, very negative comments aimed at marco rubio and ted cruz. it's an indication on how on edge this election is getting heading into super tuesday. >> it certainly is. i want to listen in to donald trump right now. let's listen. >> do you want to shoutout? who did it? come on. press, who did it? come on. very well known. one of the top in the world.
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okay. he got absolutely killed. so i would never do that. but he said she was just -- you don't want to listen to it for four years, folks. and also, also, your country will be torn apart if that happens. it will be torn apart. now, let me tell you something. hillary complained and she said i don't like donald trump's tone. she also said donald trump is sexist and i talked about her husband. that was the last time i think i will ever hear that. she had a miserable weekend four weeks ago. i tell you what, four weeks ago her and bill had a very bad weekend. bill said to her, why did you say that to him? and i think we're not going the hear it too much anymore, to be honest. that was a tough, tough weekend they had. but you have to hit them with the facts, right? we have to hit people with the facts. look, hillary said she doesn't like my tone. the word tone was used. and i'm saying to myself, you
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know, we have people in the middle east, if you're a christian, you get your head chopped off, right? we have people in the middle east chopping off heads. beyond the christians, chopping off heads. they're drowning people, drowning people in steel cages. nobody's ever seen -- this is like we all study medieval times. i read medieval times they chopped off heads. we haven't had anything like this. the world is a mean and evil place. and we need a strong tone. we can't have that weak, weak pathetic tone. we can't have it anymore. we need -- we need -- >> we're going to continue to monitor donald trump. he's speaking out on the campaign trail right now i want to go back to jim acosta over at the event. it has been getting nastier by the day, hasn't it, jim? >> it really has. and donald trump has been trying to respond to marco rubio almost in realtime as marco rubio has shifted in this very aggressive
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style trying to outtrump trump at the campaign rallies. saying over the weekend donald trump is trying to make america orange again, talking about the size of donald trump's hands. you know, when he first walked out here, wolf, donald trump started talking about our new cnn cnn/orc poll which shows him way out in front of the rest of the gop pack on a national basis. he referred to marco rubio at that point as little marco. so it just shows you how nasty and how personal this campaign has become. and he basically has been saying that marco rubio sweat so much during these debates that he can't even deal with the likes of vladimir putin, trying to make this sort of make a tie to foreign policy in these cutdowns in this war of putdowns between himself and marco rubio. as you just heard listening in just a few moments ago he's really going after hillary clinton as well. making a general election pivot in this campaign when he's talking about bernie sanders losing badly in south carolina over the weekend. he said bernie sanders is over
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unless hillary clinton is indicted. the tone you're hearing now, gop race will likely shift into the general election campaign mode once that stage of this campaign begins, wolf. >> jim acosta, good point. speaking of marco rubio, he's speaking right now in atlanta. his voice is going down a little bit. nikki haley, the governor of south carolina is along his side. she has endorsed him. i want to listen in. >> when you elect me president you're going have a president that protects your second amendment right to defend yourself and your family again. when you elect me president you're going have a president that understands that what makes america great is not our president saand is not our government. it's our people, it's our families, it's our communities.
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when i take the oath of office, unlike barack obama, i will actually mean it. and that means on -- that means on my first day in office i will immediately repeal every single one of barack obama's unconstitutional executive or r orders. you'll have a president that will fully embrace the free enterprise system. it works. i know it works because my parents would not have had a job if free enterprise didn't work. my father was a bartender. my mother was a maid at hotel. they had jobs because free enterprise works, because someone built those hotels and hired them. the american economy is not a real estate deal or a scam. the american economy is not run
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by the president or the government. it's run by our people and we have to make it easier for them. and i have shown the voters of we oh i have given the voter what's you deserve, real ideas. not talking points. not platitudes. not slogans. real ideas. so i always chuckle these reporters, why are you now saying some of the things you're saying? i said, for months i've been talking about real ideas and they don't cover them. i give speeches about education and they ignore it. but you talk about -- i don't even want to say it again, guys. you talk about anything else that has nothing to do with that and they jump all over it. it leads to newscasts. what a sad indictment on the state of the political debate in this country today.
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so from time to time i'll still read the mean tweets but i will never stop talking about the ideas you deserve to have. they're on my website. you should go on it now -- not now, when we're done. marcorub we have a real plan to fix our tax code and roll back regulations, we have a real plan to save social security and medicare. we have a real plan to balance our budget. one of the most embarrassing moments in the last debate is when donald trump was asked about the debt he said we're going the get rid of all the fraud, waste, and abuse. there is a lot of fraud, waste, and abuse. and yet our debt is so big it wouldn't make a different. instead of pressing him on it they moved on to the next question. this has happened far too long. consequences are too high. you deserve a real plan to deal with the debt. i have a real plan to deal with
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the debt and you can see it on our website. we're going to utilize all of our energy and resources when i'm president of the united states of america. and when i'm president we're going to have a real plan on health care and it's going to be a lot more than just getting rid of the lines around the states. that happened in the debate, yeah. i'm going to get rid of the lines around the states. the lines around the states. the lines around the states. when i did it it was a catastrophe. when he did it, oh, he's on message. somebody said to me, well, maybe that means donald trump is a robot. isn't that what they said you are? i said, yes. but if he is a robot, he was made in china.
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i have a real plan on health care and that's why i can tell you this with certainty, when i am president of the united states we will repeal and we will replace obamacare. >> all right. we're going to continue to watch marco rubio as well. you hear he's really going after donald trump. i want to bring in jason carroll, he's been covering senator rubio for us and the campaign. he is focusing most of his attention clearly on donald trump. not necessarily ted cruz. >> that's what he's been doing at a number of his rallies. not just here in atlanta but, wolf, also in dallas and again in virginia where we were yesterday. that has been this new strategy ever since that debate on thursday. go after donald trump. go after him hard. whenever there's a misstep, take advantage of it. go after that. we heard that yesterday in virginia over the controversy
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surrounding david duke. we continue to hear it again today. some of the same criticism repeatedly calling him a con man, saying he's not a true conservative. not someone who can unite the party. a little earlier we were a little unsure if rubio would even be able to take the stage. he's been hitting so many states with so many rallies his voice gave out. south carolina governor nikki haley had to take the stage on his behalf. he's immensely popular within the gop, popular here in atlanta as well. one of her best lines, wolf, she got the most applause is when she said, donald trump is everything i taught my children not to do and be in kindergarten. don't lie, don't make things up. she also said when a bully hits you, what do you do? you hit him right back. that was met with immense applause here at this hotel here in atlanta. so in terms of strategy, look for him to continue to go after donald trump continue to push
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him hard on some of these issues that we've seen a little earlier. nikki haley brought up release your taxes. pushing him on that. pushing him for not having a plan, for a proper plan for illegal immigration. not having one for health care as well. again, rubio taking a stage, continuing to push on donald trump as we're now heading into super tuesday. wolf? >> jason, thanks very much. coming up, donald trump still could be a big winner tomorrow night. one step closer to winning the republican presidential nomination. but some members of his own party, they're vowing they will never, never support him as their presidential candidate. could this tear apart the gop? and later, senator cory booker has hit the campaign trail for his kent, hillary clinton. we're going to ask him what she needs to do tomorrow to pull away from bernie sanders.
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. texas senator ted cruz is focusing his attention on his home state today. he's got three events there as he tries to hold off donald trump on super tuesday which is tomorrow. we are following senator cruz in texas. she's joining us live from san antonio. potentially this could be the ball game for this senator. he's got to win texas a lot of
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the experts say in order to continue. >> that's right, wolf. this state is critical for ted cruz to win, being his home state. widely seen as do or die for him. not only would it be embarrassing blow given that this is his home state, symbolic blow, but it also would be of a big blow in terms of delegate counts. 155 delegates here on the table. ted cruz, so much of his strategy has been to amass the delegates here in texas. he is spending the whole day here in texas today and earlier today he was in dallas going right after donald trump. >> where was donald in the gang of eight? well, not only was he nowhere to be found, donald trump was funding the gang of eight. of the eight members of the gang of eight, donald trump gave $50,000 to five of them.
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let me tell you right now, you don't get to spend four decades funding open border democrats and then suddenly when you run for president discover that you want to secure the border. you know, it's easy to talk about making america great again. you could even print that on a baseball cap. >> so there you saw ted cruz going after donald trump today in texas. the cruz campaign feels good about their chances here in texas. they've continued to say that they are confident that he will win here tomorrow night. but of course they also add they are not taking anything for granted. thus, why he is spending his last and final day before super tuesday exclusively in his hometown. wolf? >> sunlen, thank you very much. want to bring in dan patrick, lieutenant governor of texas, leads the cruz campaign in texas. he's joining us live from houston. thanks very much for joining us. how critically important is a win for senator cruz tomorrow?
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if he were to lose would it be over? >> he will win texas tomorrow, wolf. i don't set expectations but i can assure you he will win texas. i've talked to probably 4,000 people over the last month or so in speeches around the state and everywhere there's solid support for ted here. wolf, here's the key. if donald trump is to be defeated, it has to be a two-man race between ted cruz, not marco rubio or anyone else, but ted cruz and donald trump. our polling and other polling shows that if ted were out of the race 75% of ted cruz voter goes to donald trump. so if ted were to be out of the race and there's this big movement, wolf, from the establishment for marco or john kasich, what they don't understand or don't want to actually believe is that if that were to happen they actually hand it to donald trump on a silver platter when you take 75% of the cruz support. the only person who can defeat donald trump is ted cruz. and the sooner that marco and
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kasich and carson move out and make it a two-man race, where then donald has to get 50% which he's failed to do anywhere, he's hit a ceiling, then it's a different race. and ted cruz can win this nomination. i believe if that happens, he will. >> because rubio is presumably going to stay in at least until march 15th. that's when his home state of florida has its primary. kasich is going to stay presumably march 15th when his home state of ohio, two big states. a lot of delegates in ohio and florida. they're going to stay in. you've got a divided up competition. that's going to continue at least for the time being against donald trump, right? >> i don't -- i don't think they will stay until the 15th. here's the reason, wolf. john kasich is not going to win ohio. rubio is far behind in florida. do they really want to end their careers on a crushing defeat in their home state? john kasich is still the governor. what does that portend for him in the future if he loses his
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home state? does marco want to finish a distance second or third behind ted and donald trump where does his career go from there? i believe wednesday morning we will have fewer people than today in the race. i hope marco makes the decision if he doesn't want to stay tomorrow or win one small one along the way, he's going to be behind in dell gateegates. let's have a two-man mono-a-mono for ted cruz and donald trump for the nomination. if you wait until the 15th, then donald has a great chance of winning winner for all states with still under 40% of the vote. you have to put donald in a position where he has to break 50%. that's the position that our party needs to be in if we're going to take donald out. and ted cruz is the only one who has defeated him and he's the only one again who can beat him because, again, if marco goes out, i believe most of those votes go to ted.
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the ted goes out 75%, again, that's what the polls show, go to cruz. and cruz has had solid support everywhere. one iowa beat marco in new hampshire. dead heat basically in south carolina/nevada. ted has the support. he's the only conservative in the race. the whole idea in the establishment to find someone to take on donald trump, it's failed philosophy by the party and the establishment. ted cruz is the only guy who can do it and i believe ted will have a good day in texas tomorrow. >> one quick final question, lieutenant governor, a lot of your republican colleagues out there across the country are saying if donald trump were to get the republican nomination they wouldn't be able to vote for him for president of the united states. if he were to get the republican nomination could you vote for trump? >> let's -- let's be very clear, wolf. hillary clinton is a disaster for america. eight more years of barack obama's policies which has divided this country today at so many levels along race,
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economics, are we going to take on our enemies or not? he's been a disaster. we cannot have them. i will support our nominee no mat irwho it is. no matter who it is. and i'm encouraging every republican, look, i want it to be ted cruz. no question in my mind he's the only conservative. he's qualified for the job. he will do everything he says and he has a record that donald simply does not. if donald trump or marco or any of the candidates are our nominee i'm going to be as we say in texas, money, marble and chalk. be sure that we defeat hillary clintoned. and you see this a lot, wolf, in -- i've been in a lot of come pains myself and tough statewide campaign like texas and people can get fiery at the last minute around -- but it all comes together afterwards. let me say this. if and when i believe ted cruz gets the nomination, if we can get the other members out, i expect donald trump people to support him just as well and the marco rubio people and the establishment. >> that was the -- >> gains man ship aside and come together. >> that was the pledge, all the
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republican candidates made months and months ago. dan patrick, lieutenant governor of texas. thanks very much for joining us. super tuesday is only a few hours away. a dozen states getting ready to vote. we're going the have live coverage from across the country right here on cnn. please join us. just ahead, hillary clinton's super tuesday strategy. can she secure her southern support? we're going to talk to the new jersey senator cory booker. he's standing by live. thousands of people came out today to run the race for retirement. so we asked them... are you completely prepared for retirement? okay, mostly prepared? could you save 1% more of your income? it doesn't sound like much, but saving an additional 1% now, could make a big difference over time. i'm going to be even better about saving. you can do it, it helps in the long run. prudential bring your challenges
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cory booker of new jersey. he's joining us live from boston right now. senator, thanks very much for joining us. she's got momentum going, serious momentum going. national polls show her doing better than bernie sanders. is she regaining that err of inevitability? in other words, is it almost over? >> well, i've been an athlete for the better part of my life. and whatever your position is you want to play like you're ten points behind. when i'm with her i love that spirit. she's going to fight and earn every single vote, not relent, not give up until she earns this nomination. that's what i respect about her. so we're not looking a t the polls. i think she's looking at day by day. i'm grateful for that spirit to see in her. she's quite a competitor. >> you campaigned for her in south carolina. she won huge there. 3-1 far margin or so. she beat bernie sanders almost 3-1. how important was that win in terms of generating momentum towards tomorrow? some of these other southern
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states. >> well, south carolina and nevada were important states because they really turn to begin to show the big tent party that we are. diverse populations, diverse backgrounds, diverse parts of the country. so i'm very proud that she racked up solid victories there and now has momentum going into super tuesday. again, this is a contest. nothing should be taken for granted. and so here i am in massachusetts. people are scouring the state. i've been from boston to wooster and it's amazing to see the energy on the ground for this candidate. >> as you probably know, democratic congresswoman tulsi gabbert of a what what we, iraq war veteran. she quit her post on the leadership of the democratic national committee to endorse senator sanders saying, in her words, the stake s are just too high. a clinton presidency would just lead to more interventionist wars of regime change. what's your response to that?
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>> you know, tulsi is a friend. i love her and respect her. but again, look at the totality of congress. in the senate, not one senator has endorsed bernie sanders. these are his colleagues. we know him. we respect him. but all of us realize that have come out in this race overwhelming majority see hillary rodham clinton as person. if you look at the house, majority of the house has supported -- house democrats have supported hillary clinton. so these are folks who have served in congress. folks who know the issues at hand, the cormplicated challenging, day-to-day battle and we put our bathe in hillary clinton. people that know her, especially i bumped into somebody campaigning that knew her back when she was first lady and was telling me incredible stories about the. lengths that she was going for for progressive causes. people who knew her as a secretary of state around the country fighting against female mutilation, against empowering women in africa. people that have seen the totality of her really know that
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she is primed and ready to be the president of the united states on day one and we put our faith in her. >> in her victory speech saturday night in south carolina she didn't focus much of her attention if any on senator sanders. she was already making references to donald trump. is her campaign now working under the assumption that trump will be the republican nominee? >> no, i think she's human. and if you're an american right now, i don't care if you're left, right, or in the center, what's going on in our civic dialogue, what we're hearing from the republican side has got to offend your sensibilities. we are a nation based on inclusion, on respecting each other. we're not a nation of tolerance, we're a nation of love. even if our founding document it is you look at the deck clar asian of independen declaration of independents. it's not much honorable when i'm hearing the spite and hatred and divisiveness. i know this effects her like it affect s me.
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what we are hearing right now in this presidential campaign, and in january i was ever soverseas. it is embarrassing, unacceptable. we need to match that darkness with light. we need to match the spiteful words with loving words and we need to talk about what we stand for as a country. we are a nation of values. we're a nation of inclusion. we're a nation of love. we are a nation that knows like the old african proverb, if you want to go fast, go alone. but if you want to go far, go together. i want to hear my presidential candidate hillary clinton talking about that and rejecting the difficuvisiveness like we'r hearing from donald trump. >> how worried are you that he could potentially beat her? >> brings pit. bring it. i want that fighting the because america is going to have a clear choice between someone who wants to demean others and someone who wants to elevate all. between someone who wants to be exclusive and someone who wants to be inclusive. someone who wants to preach to
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the lesser angels of our nature and someone who wants to appeal to the higher angels of our country. i'm not looking beyond it. we have super tuesday but i am so fired up by the negativity, by the inability to reject the ku klux klan, by all of these strains that i'm hearing right now that are so distressing to our country and values and unity and love that has gotten our country this far, so, look, i'm not worried about that. i'm focused on super tuesday. we've got to earn our right in to the democratic nomination. but when we pivot, i don't care who that is. when we pivot to face the kind of dark, mean-spirited, cruel stuff that we're hearing from the other side of the aisle right now which is even turning off republicans, when we do that pivot, i'm ready for that contest because i believe in america. i believe in our values. i am here as the fourth elected african-american in the history of the senate. i'm here because of a country that over came that kind of buy
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from our past and i'm ready to go at i for the soul of this nation. >> i can see you are, senator. thanks very much for joining us. cory booker of new jersey. appreciate it. >> thank you very much. this sunday hillary clinton and bernie sanders will be meeting in flint, michigan, for a cnn democratic presidential debate. that's sunday night, 8:00 p.m. eastern only here on cnn. take a look at this. we have live pictures of senator bernie sanders speaking to voters in minneapolis, minnesota. they've got their contest there tomorrow. today his last push before super tuesday. much more right after this.
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looking at live pictures of senator bernie sanders. he's speaking to voters in minneapolis, minnesota, ahead of the state's super tuesday contest there. let's listen in. >> and the third part of what we have been talking about a lot in this campaign is the fact that our criminal justice system is broken. i want you to think about what
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we are asking the american people and where secretary clinton and i have very strong differences of opinion about is i'm asking people to think outside of the box, to think outside of the status quo. you are living today in the wealthiest country in the history of the world. now, most people don't know that because almost all the wealth and income is going to the 1%. but you have to ask yourself, why in america, in the year 2016, do we have more people in jail than any other country on earth? shame is right. shame is right. and just think about it for a minute. china is a communist, authoritarian country four times our size. we have more people in jail than china. we have 2.2 million people in
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jail. we are spending $80 billion a year to lock up fellow americans. now, is part of that insanity, we have -- we have youth unemployment in this country which is off the charts. very few people talk about it. media doesn't talk about it. but for white kids between 17 and 20 who graduated high school, youth unemployment is 33%. >> we're listening to bernie sanders. we're going the continue to monitor him. he's in the middle of his speech right there. he's campaigning in minnesota. one of the contests on super tuesday tomorrow. one of his final pleas before super tuesday voters head to the polls, right now taking place. hillary clinton though is hoping to ride the momentum from her south carolina victory into super tuesday tomorrow as well. joining us now to talk about the democratic race for president of the united states donna brazile,
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our cnn brit capolitical commen and angela, a rye. donna, hillary clinton by all accounts are going to do well tomorrow but brns is not going anywhere if you listen to him. >> this race is very competitive. as you know tomorrow there's 812 delegates at stake throughout the month of march more than 1,000, 1200 delegates at stake. this is a race to accrue delegates, not just to win states. i suspect given the strategy of both campaigns hillary is going to do well in alabama, arkansas, tennessee, texas, and virginia. and senator sanders will still pick up votes but senator sanders is concentrating in colorado, minnesota, massachusetts, home state of vermont. i do suspect they will both get enough delegates tomorrow, not to secure the nomination, but to remain competitive. >> he said he's decimated in south carolina. he used that word and he did lose 3-1. she had almost 25% of the
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democratic vote. he's got a lot of money and he's got this desire. he keeps saying he's doing this to bring his issues. we just heard some of those issues before the american public. so i assume he's going to go on even if she continues to do much better tomorrow than he does. >> i think that you're right, wolf. i think the interesting thing about bernie sanders' strategy is he continues to recall up the youth base, the millennial kand of -- he's a millennial champion. the challenge with his strategy is the folks are not turning out. they may be so antiestablishment and political revolution they're not realizing their power is in their vote because he's not mobilizing them in that way. some thank with some of the cosmetic fix wes the black community. for example, he's got semi high profile surrogates and he's speaking certain -- he's using certain buzzwords that resonate with the community but it's not manifest itself into real african-american voter turnout.
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at least not for bernie. it's backfiring because of the clinton relationship with the african-american community. >> even if she does eventually i'm mer emerge, let's say it does go on for weeks or a few more months, does that help her going into a c contest against donald trump or hurt her? >> it might it shift and may get more contentious. but i do believe a long campaign is a good campaign because every democrat wants to participant. why not let it go on to california to get more thusiasm scaring om democrats. >> i agree. bernie sanders says he intends to stay in the race. >> he's not going anywhere. he's staying put. see what happens tomorrow. lady, thank you very much. i want to show our viewers an incident that took place at the donald trump rally only moments ago in radford, virginia.
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this one of several protests that disrupted his event only moments ago. watch this. the group of protesters as you can see them there, they were among the 3,000 or so in the hall to listen to trump. some of the protesters chanted, black lives matter. security came in and led the group out. among the shouts from trump supporters, lots of shouting going on at that time. donald trump though is certainly dominating the republican race for president ahead of tomorrow's crucial super tuesday primaries and caucuses. he's facing attacks from within the gop. he said he didn't know enough about the endorsement from kkk. he has disavowed his endorsement since then. mitt romney tweeted this, quote,
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disqualifying disgusting response by donald trump to the kkk. his coddling of bigotry is not in the character of america. cnn political commentators tara sutmayer and jeffrey lord, jeffrey is a trump supporter. jeffrey, he showed immediately, when jake asked, he should have immediately disavowed david duke, right, that was a mistake on his part? >> sure, i think it was. he said he didn't quite get it because of an ear piece. but the fact of the matter as politico reported in august, he quite specifically rejected david duke, said he didn't want his endorsement. so, you know, he's been on the record three or four times before he was, you know, on with jake and then of course he said it after he was on with jake. so, you know, one of the things, wolf, david duke is of course a left -- the ku klux klan came out of the leftist movement in
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america. his daughter converted to judaism and is married to her jewish husband and they have -- jared kushner and they have children. in other word, donald trump's daughter and her children are all jewish. to think he'd line up with a klansman is crazy. >> i'm encouraged to think that jeffrey admitted something donald trump never does, it was a mistake. he is allowed, donald trump alone, not the establishment, not the media, not the boogie man, not anyone else has created this rumor but donald trump himself because he refused, perhaps he was pandering, perhaps he was, you know, catering to the elements of the south that we don't like to discuss that actually think the kkk is okay. i don't know what trump was doing. but there is no scuexcuse for h not to come out just as clearly as he has in other cases.
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he brought this up in 2000 when donald trump was flirting with the reform party run, that he didn't want anything to do with the reform party because of people like david duke. so for donald trump to company out and just lie and say he doesn't know who he is and act all of a sudden outraged that someone would ask him such a question and no, no, no, it was the ear piece. this is the kind of lack of integrity people are concerned about with donald trump. when he is unable to take responsibility for what he does, he flies off the handle irrationally and blames other people for those problems. this is something we've seen even in his business career throughout over the 40 years of his business career. we see this also. he does not take responsibility for what he does and then blames everyone else. so this is a problem and it should be very concerning for someone who is running to be president of the united states, unacceptable. >> he's getting some endorsements, donald trump, he got senator sessions of alabama,
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as you know, but increasingly a bunch of republicans out there are beginning to say if trump were to get the republican nomination, they couldn't vote for him. what's been the reaction from the trump campaign to that? >> well, you know, frankly, i don't know, wolf. i haven't talked to the people who say this. but certainly my opinion is this used to be said about ronald reagan, too. and i might add this is exactly what's wrong with the republican party. i mean, it's either my way or i'm going to take my marbles and go home. this is what they do all the time. they always talk that we have to have unity, rally behind the nominee. them done this in senate races. they did this with barry goldwater. john anderson went out after losing to reagan and ran against him as the third party candidate. they always do this. they act like spoiled brats. and i think if that's their point of view, say hasta la vista. >> did you just describe
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everything donald trump has done and threatened to the republican party? he's threatened to leave party and run as an independent if he isn't treated nicely or fairly. he's the one that's complaining and saying he's going to take his voters and go somewhere else. donald trump is the one who acted like a spoiled brat throughout this whole thing any time anyone challenges his record. words he says out of his own mouth, he disputes them, and he's the one that acts like that. this is like the world turned upside down here. can we look at what's really going on here? >> this latest business -- >> all right, hold on, hold on. >> what is going on with donald trump? he is -- >> go ahead, jeffrey. >> he is bringing new people into the republican party just as ronald reagan did and this business with the klan and the gop establishment and mitt romney ought to be ashamed of himself, playing the race card. this is what liberals do.
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and there is mitt romney of all people playing the race card against donald trump. that is disgraceful. >> we're blaming mitt romney for donald trump's own mistakes here? this is insanity. >> he is well on record, tara, against david duke. to pretend otherwise -- >> why didn't he just say it flat out on sunday instead of giving fuel to the fire? >> tara, he is on record repeatedly, repeatedly -- >> hold your thought, tara, stand by. unfortunately, we're out of time right now. but i know this debate, this discussion is not going away by any means. tara, thank you very much. jeffrey, thanks to you as well. >> thanks, wolf, thanks, tara. >> you're welcome. >> tonight, you can catch donald trump's wife on cnn. she'll talk to our own anderson coop cooper, tonight on "a.c. 360" at 8:00 eastern. i'll be back at 5:00 eastern in "the situation room." for international viewers,
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