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a bitter battle for votes in new york. late last night, bernie sanders doubling down on his belief that hillary clinton is not qualified to be president. and donald trump with a new strategy to win the white house. is he preparing for a contested convention? breaking this morning, secretary of state john kerry landing in baghdad. we are live. good morning. welcome to "early start." i'm christine romans. >> i'm miguel marquez. happy friday. april 4th. not april 4th.
april 8th. it's friday. new attacks and reaction this morning in the democratic battle credentials on late night with seth myers. bernie sanders standing behind his putdown that hillary clinton is not qualified to be president. >> you made a comment about hillary clinton being unqualified for the office of president. is that something you regret saying? >> it was said after she and her campaign said that i was unqualified. >> i didn't hear her say you were unqualified. i failed to hear her say you were qualified. >> the issue is after we won in wisconsin and that was our sixth victory in seven caucuses and primaries, i think the clinton campaign has been getting a little bit nervous and more negative. if people attack me and distort my record, we will respond. >> that as both candidates try to lockdown the state before the
april 19th primary. we have cnn's jeff zeleny with the latest from the big apple. >> reporter: christine and miguel, after a heated day on the campaign trail, hillary clinton and bernie sanders campaigning again in new york. bernie sanders questioned the qualifications of hillary clinton to be president. he said because of her vote on the iraq war and wall street, she is not qualified to be president. most people don't believe that, but it fired up supporters. she took the high road. this is how she responded. >> it is a silly thing to say. i'm going to trust the voters of new york who voted for me. twice for senate and once in the presidential primary. look, i don't know why he's saying that. i will take bernie sanders over donald trump or ted cruz anytime. >> reporter: bernie sanders is simply trying to respond to what he called campaign smears from
the clinton campaign who plan to question his caqualifcal qualif. she flew to ohio and colorado to fund raise on thursday. >> i will not leave here this morning and go to a wall street fund-raiser. i will not be hustling money from the wealthy and powerful. >> reporter: with the candidates on the campaign trail here in new york, bernie sanders in the city, doing an all-out push for the new york primary 11 days away. how this race goes will shape how the rest of the democratic party goes and if the party will ever unify once this long primary race is over. christine and miguel. >> thank you, jeff. next thursday night, one you don't want to miss, hillary clinton and bernie sanders face-off in a cnn democratic
presidential debate in brooklyn. that's april 14th, 9:00 p.m. eastern. five days before the new york primary. bill clinton campaigning for his wife took on black lives matter protesters heckling him over the 1994 crime bill he signed into law as president. the protester said that bill destroyed african-american communities because it led to a surge of imprisonment of black youth. mr. clinton says he now regrets signing the bill. >> i heard it. can i answer? here's the thing, i like protesters, but the ones that won't let you answer are afraid of the truth. that's a simple statement. be afraid. very, very afraid. i talked to a lot of african-american groups. they thought black lives matter. they said take this bill because our kids are being shot in the street by gangs.
because of that bill, we had a 25 year low in crime. a 33 year low rate in the murder rate. listen to this, because of that and the background check law, we had a 46-year low in the deaths of people by gun violence. who do you think those lives were that matter? whose lives were saved that matter? on the republican side, the presidential contest focused on the race for delegates. donald trump focusing on new york and mid-atlantic primaries and dropping plans for trips to california and colorado. another change in plans for the trump campaign, expanded role for veteran republican strategist in developing delegate operations in the trump's new washington office.
trump adding 17 chairs across the state and former new york city mayor rudy giuliani announcing he will vote for trump. all this with trump ahead in new york polls. 27 points ahead of kasich. his new strategist will sit down with "new day." ted cruz is not intimidated by the polls. he is not backing down from attack on new york value. he says everyone knows that refers to liberal democratic values. cruz holds no campaign events today, but will travel to colorado this weekend where he is expected to win 37 delegates. if cruz doesn't win the 1,237 delegates needed, he tells cnn's
dana bash he has a plan. >> reporter: do you have a pool of delegates? >> we are working hard to get every delegate slot. if we come to a contested convention, we will know every single delegate. we will have a relationship with every delegate. we will have conversations with every delegate. we're working to get our people elected to every single delegate slot. >> now john kasich making no secret that his path to the white house runs through a contested convention. kasich argues once they are no longer bound and able to vote their conscious, he will be their logical choice. >> now we're going to go to a convention and there will be two things the delegates think about. this first one is really crazy. can the republicans win in the fall? that's a consideration. okay?
then there's going to be a second consideration. the second consideration is who could actually be president? who could actually do this? >> i think that is montel williams in the video. >> he has been behind him for some time. two events today. one in connecticut and one in upstate new york. it is round three in the fight with bernie sanders and ceo of general electric of outsourcing. sanders started it when he slammed ge for taking jobs overseas to build the multi national business. the ge ceo passionately defended his business writing this. ge has been in business for 124 years and we have never been a big hit with socialists. we create wealth and jobs instead of calling for them in speeches. they build plants overseas
because they have clients in those countries. the sanders campaign lashed out at the multimillion dollar pay packa package. if the ceo of the company wants to know how he is destroying america, he should take a good look in the mirror. there is a factory in vermont. they invited bernie sanders to come visit the factory. he has never come to the job facility in his state. >> a blistering response. >> it is unusual seeing a candidate and company fighting back. >> unusual year. explosive new fallout from the panama papers. what the world leaders linked to the billions kept in offshore accounts are now saying. we'll have that coming up. mmm, that smells delicious.
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our following breaking news. secretary of state john kerry landing in baghdad and the tour of diplomacy. he will take part in a host of key meetings. we have cnn's elise labott on the phone. elise, what is his message? >> reporter: miguel, he will meet with prime minister abadi and president barsani. the support is for prime minister abadi. they are in the middle of a crisis. the prime minister has been trying to root out corruption in the government. not fast enough for some that particularly with the well known cleric who launched protests against his government. he is battling for his job right now. secretary kerry showing up in baghdad and show support for the government, but keep the message
on do not let this political crisis divert from the fight against isis. the prime minister has had to divert some resources to protect the office and protect the capital from the protests. there is a concern that the political crisis will divert all of the attention from the fight against isis. we have a massive move on mosul coming up and u.s. wants to make sure the gains the iraqi army will be preserved. miguel. >> that's the question. is there anything else he is offering up as the iraqis and some american troops move on mosul? >> reporter: i think you will see a ramp up of u.s. military. i think that secretary kerry will be addressing the bad humanitarian situation here. you can expect more aid for the iraqi people while the secretary is here today. really this is symbolic. you will not see massive announcements of military aid.
the pentagon has been talking about the political show of support at a critical time. >> elise labott for us with the secretary of state john kerry in baghdad. thank you. the explosive leak of the panama papers is shaking up leaders around the world. vladimir putin discussed over tax havens and american plot to destabilize his country. some of the closest associates moved $2 billion through offshore accounts. david cameron now admits to profit from the trusts established by his father after first calling the issue a private matter. leaders in iceland named a new prime minister and calling for early elections. gundegssonn linked him to an f
offshore account. he denies any wrongdoing and says he has nothing to hide. the law firm behind the panama papers says everything was legal but there are questions about the fallout around the world. >> huge. we're only seeing the tip of the iceberg. now the latest on the religious freedom laws in the south. mayor of charlotte calling the law discriminatory and harmful to the onomy. the law requires transgender people to use bathrooms that match their birth certificates, not the way they identify. so far, more than 130 business leaders calling for repeal. south carolina's governor calling out against a similar bill introduced yesterday. nicki haley suggests this is not needed. and tennessee pushing for a
religious freedom law. a bill could land on the governor's desk for therapists. the latest on that proposal, let's go to nashville. >> reporter: christine, this is to protect marriage counselors for refusing to help gay or transgender people. critics say it is the latest in the string of states to try to pass anti-lgbt legislation. the common thread of supporters in the states is they believe christian morals and valueses are under attack in the country. they believe this legislation is necessary to protect the morals and values. the critics say this is system discrimination. here in tennessee, the bill is at the house currently and move on to the senate where late next week it is expected to get to the governor's desk. from then, he has ten days to decide if he will sign the bill into law.
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the terminal moments before the bombing. happening now, u.s. and coalition troops preparing to retake mosul from isis. the terrorists control the critical city. iraqi fighters are regaining territory. u.s. military officials admitting the next step is not easy. cnn's arwa damon is tracking the latest. she is live from irbil, iraq. for months, they are talking about retaking mosul. where are we now? >> reporter: you said it is not going to be easy. we are seeing how difficult it potentially could be and challenge together iraqi security forces because the operation has come to something of a pause. the last village they tried to take over started out in what seemed to be a successful offensive. they were backed by coalition air strikes. despite the fact they had
significant u.s. support and managed to clear half of the village from isis fighters, there was battle field confusion and iraqis inadvertently retreated. isis moved back in and we are hearing from top iraqi commanders they are waiting for reinforcements to arrive before they attempt to push any further. caught up in all of this, christine, is the civilian population. we met some villagers from the areas that the iraqi security forces managed to already clear. they were telling us that isis kept them as human shields. isis gathered them into homes at the center of the village and would not let them leave as the iraqi army advanced. we spoke to two who had loved ones die in the crossfire. also of great concern to the u.s. is the possible collapse of the mosul dam.
it is considered to be one of the most dangerous dams in the world and it was built back in the 1980s on a very soft foundation called the gypsum rock. this means there needs to be a 24-hour process that is pumping concrete into the soil to try to ensure that the dam does not entirely collapse. this is a process halted when isis took over the dam two years ago. although it has been going on, the u.s. is concerned about the actual foundation of the mosul dam. issuing a stark warning telling people should the dam collapse, they need to immediately have an evacuation plan. now the iraqis are saying the damage won't be that bad, but the u.s. says 1.5 million people's lives would be at risk. if the dam were to collapse, the city of mosul would be flooding
well, the race for president getting uglier last night. bernie sanders doubling down on calling hillary clinton not qualified to be president. republicans running for president preparing to fight for delegates at contested convention. trump's shifting strategy. and breaking news. secretary of state john kerry landing in baghdad with a key meeting on how to fight isis. we are live. welcome back to "early start." i'm miguel marquez.
>> i'm christine romans. 32 minutes past the hour. new reaction in the democratic battle over credentials. bernie sanders on "late night with seth myers." standing by his putdown that hillary clinton is not qualified to be president. >> you made a comment about hillary clinton being unqualified for the office of president. do you stand by that statement? >> it was after she and her campaign said i was unqualified. >> i heard her fail to say you were qualified. she didn't say unqualified. >> the issue is after we won in wisconsin and that was our sixth victory in seven caucuses and primaries, i think the clinton campaign has been getting a little bit nervous and more negative. if people attack me and distort my record, we will respond. >> this as both candidates cross new york today trying to lockdown the state before the crucial april 19th primary.
cnn's jeff zeleny has the latest from new york. >> reporter: christine and miguel, after one of the most heated days on the campaign trail, hillary clinton and bernie sanders campaigning in new york. bernie sanders questioned the qualifications of hillary clinton to be president. he said because of her vote on the iraq war and positions on wall street and how she accepts money from wall street donors, she is not qualified to be president. most democrats don't believe that. his supporters were fired up with that. she took the high road. >> this is a silly thing to say. i'll trust the voters of new york who voted for me three times. twice for senate and once in the presidential primary. look, i don't know why he's saying that. i will take bernie sanders over donald trump or ted cruz anytime. >> reporter: bernie sanders is simply responding to what he
calls campaign smears from the clinton campaign who question his preparedness to be president. he took a shot at hillary clinton for fund raising. she flew to ohio and colorado for fund raising on thursday. >> i will not leave here this morning and go to a wall street fund-raiser. i will not be hustling money from the wealthy and the powerful. >> reporter: with both candidates on the campaign trail here in new york, hillary clinton in rochester and buffalo, bernie sanders in the city. they are doing an all-out push for the primary 11 days away. this will shape how the democratic party goes and if the party will ever unify once the long primary race is over. >> thanks, jeff. next thursday night, hillary clinton and bernie sanders face-off in the presidential debate in brooklyn.
april 14th. they will tangle in the brooklyn neighborhood. bill clinton campaigning in philadelphia for his wife. took on as only bill clinton can do, the black lives matter protesters heckling him over the 1994 crime bill he signed into law as president. the protester said the bill destroyed african-american communities because it led to a surge of imprisonment of black youth. bill clinton said last year he regrets signing the bill. on thursday, he struck a defiant tone. >> i heard it. can i answer? you see, here's the thing, i like protesters, but the ones that won't let you answer are afraid of the truth. that's the simple thing. afraid. very, very afraid. i talked to a lot of african-american groups. they said take this bill because
our kids are being shot in the street by gangs. because of that bill, we had a 25-year low in crime. a 33-year low in the murder rate. listen to this. because of that and the background check law, we had a 46-year low in the deaths of people by gun violence and who you think those lives were that matter? whose lives were saved that matter? >> on the republican side, the presidential contest now totally focused on the race for delegates. donald trump focusing on new york and upcoming mid-atlantic primaries and dropping trips to california and colorado. another change in the campaign, trump's new washington office as you get further to the season and convention, he will take a bigger role.
new york is the proving ground for the strategy. trump adding 17 co- chairs across the state. two members of congress and former new york city mayor giuliani announcing thursday he will vote for trump. he stopped short of an actual endorsement. all this with trump ahead in new york polls. 27 points ahead of john kasich. 35 points ahead of ted cruz. >> it looks good for trump. it is interesting to see how this plays out. ted cruz says he is not intimidated by the polls and not backing down on his attack on new york values. he says everyone knows what he is referring to. liberal democratic values. cruz holds no events today, but he will travel to colorado this weekend where he is favored to win a majority of the 37 delegates at stake there. if cruz doesn't win the 1,237 he needs to win the republican nomination, he tells dana bash
he has a plan. >> do you have a pool of trump delegates who said i'm with you in the second ballot? >> we are working hard to elect our people to every delegate slot. if we come to a contested convention, we will know every single delegate. we will have a relationship with every single delegate. we will have a conversation with every delegate. we are working to get our people elected to every single delegate slot. >> john kasich making it no secret his path to the white house runs through the contested convention. once they are no longer bound by caucus results and they vote their conscious, he is the likely choice. >> we will go to the convention and there will be two things that the delegates will think about. the first one, this one is really crazy. can the republicans win in the fall? that's going to be a consideration. okay? then there's going to be a
second consideration. and the second consideration is who could actually be president? who could actually do this? >> kasich holds two events today in connecticut and upstate new york. donald trump says america is a big loser because of bad trade agreements. bernie sanders says companies are killing american jobs with plants overseas. i asked the commerce secretary penny pritzker to respond to all of the dire talk on the campaign trail. >> i think it is a oversimplification. i think trade is bearing the brunt of effects of globalization. if we are not in the fastest growing marketplace in the world, if we are not present, our workers lose out. >> the trade deals are the rules of the road for surviving
globalization. manufacturing is not dead in america. the secretary said the manufacturing sector gained 850,000 jobs since 2010 after losing millions in the recession. breaking news this morning, secretary of state john kerry landing in iraq. political chaos threatening the fight on isis. we are live.
we're following breaking news. the secretary of state john kerry landing in iraq this morning as an escalating political crisis threatens the fight against isis. secretary kerry aiming to shore up support for the embattled prime minister. cnn's elise labott joins us live on the phone right now. what can you tell us, elise? >> reporter: christine, prime minister abadi is facing protests to call for his removal. he is pushing the cabinet
shuffle and holding some of the oil reserves and iraq is dealing with an economic crisis over the prime minister. there are huge protests. he has had to divert some of the special forces fighting against isis to protect the area around his office and shore up the capital. secretary of state kerry here to shore up the prime minister and his government and let them know that the u.s. thinks pushing these reforms and fighting corruption is a good idea, but not take their eye off the ball which is fighting isis. iraqi forces with the aid of the u.s. will be expected to retake mosul in the coming months. there is a concern by the united states that the iraqis will lose or at least won't be able to preserve some of the gains they
had over the last year against isis. >> how can american influence help here? is secretary of state kerry fighting to keep abadi in? does that help or hurt the cause? some have said american influence has not been helpful. >> reporter: i think in this case, it certainly may be. it is not just the united states wants to keep the prime minister abadi in office. it is the iranians. the first time the u.s. and iranians are on the same side. the iranian government is trying to shore up the prime minister. i think secretary kerry coming here to show that the u.s. is with the iraqis with the fight against isis sees some aid in helping the humanitarian situation on the ground. some analysis on that later today. i think in this case, secretary kerry coming here and showing support for the government
actually does help and this is what the country is looking for that the prime minister is going ahead and announced a new cabinet. i think that will go a long way to helping him keep his job. >> trying to fight isis. mosul. a lot going on. elise labott traveling with the press pool there in baghdad with the secretary of state. thank you so much. the explosive leak of the panama papers is shaking up political leaders around the world. vladimir putin is calling the revelations about shell companies and tax havens an american plot to destabilize his country. some of putin's associates moved $2 billion through offshore accounts. also caught up with the widening scandal, david cameron. he admits profiting from the offshore trust established by his late father after first calling the issue a private matter. leaders in iceland have a new
named prime minister. calling for early elections. former prime minister gundlugssonn linked him to an offshore account. if argentina, prosecutors calling for an investigation for the president after he was implicated in the document leak. he denies any wrongdoing and says he has nothing to hide. this will get bigger. a patient who escaped from a hospital in tacoma, washington has a history of violence and admires the oklahoma city bomber. police believe 28-year-old anthony garver bought a bus ticket after escaping through a hospital window with another patient. that other patient was captured. the manhunt will resume this morning for garver. he is a survivalist. he was deemed incompetent to stand trial for a murder charge.
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happening now. u.s. and coalition troops preparing iraqi forces for critical offensive to retake mosul from isis. terrorists control the critical city. recapturing several villages and towns in several weeks. the next step will not be easy. we have cnn's arwa damon tracking the latest for us from irbil, iraq. how would you describe the momentum, arwa? >> reporter: very, very shaky,
miguel. at this stage, despite the fact of coalition support in the air and in the form of u.s. advisors on the ground, it has come to something of a pause. iraqi army got bogged down in a village that led to isis recapturing it. now they are holding what is described as defensive positions while they wait for more offenses to arrive. to simply get to mosul is a slog. in all of this, this is a chilling tactic that isis is using, including according to the villagers, they say that they are using villagers as human shields. shoving them into homes in the center of village and not l
allowing them to leave. two that we spoke to lost loved ones to crossfire. the u.s. is raising alarm that the possibility of the mosul dam could collapse flooding the city and causing danger down to baghdad. a number of challenges, miguel, on so many levels. >> thank you for keeping up with all of this. arwa damon in iraq. early start on your money. dow futures are higher thanks to a jump in crude oil. the rebound after big losses yesterday. the dow lost 174 points. that's nearly 1%. the losses for the nasdaq are worse. s&p now negative for the year. banks were among the biggest losers. citigroup tanking 4%. goldman sachs down 3%. jpmorgan chase down 3%. low interest rates had investors fleeing the bank stocks. janet yellen says the u.s.
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you. alan greenspan on video. that is my version of a finale of "american idol." you can see the latest on this at 10:00 p.m. eastern here on cnn. >> it made your friday. "early start" continues now. >> the battle for votes in new york getting more bitter. late last night bernie sanders doubling down on his belief that hillary clinton is not qualified to be president. donald trump with a strategy to win the white house. is he preparing to fight for delegates? and breaking news. secretary of state john kerry landing in baghdad. good morning. welcome to "early start." i'm miguel marquez. >> i'm christine romans. nice to see you, miguel. friday, april 8th. 5:00 a.m. in the east. new attacks and reaction this morning