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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 in the democratic battle
over credentials. bernie sanders on "late night with seth myers." 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 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 nervous and negative. if people attack me and distort my record, we will respond. >> this as they cross the state and try to lockdown the state before the primary. senior correspondent jeff zeleny has the latest. >> reporter: after one of the
heated days on the campaign trail, bernie sanders and hillary clinton campaigning in new york. sanders questioned the qualifications again of hillary clinton. he actually went there and said because of her vote on the iraq war and positions on wall street and accepts money from wall street donors, she is not qualified to be president. it fired up his supporters. she took the high road for a moment. this is how she responded. >> it is a silly thing. i'll trust the voters of new york who know me and have voted for me three times. twice for senate. one 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 saying he is simply trying to respond to what he calls campaign smears from the clinton campaign. he took one more shot at hillary clinton for all her 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: now with both candidates on the campaign trail here in new york, hillary clinton in rochester and buffalo, bernie sanders in the city, they 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. >> it is a long primary race. thanks, jeff. helping us break down the fight across the political landscape, we have tol kopan joining us from washington.
>> good morning. >> i want to get right to the comments overnight and the fight for new york is shaping up. sanders on seth myers. let me say sort of saying of all the candidates out there, maybe hillary isn't so bad. >> hillary clinton versus a republican nominee. >> oh, hillary clinton's worse day, she is 100 times better than the republican candidates. >> there is the unity that jeff was talking about. maybe they will be able to unify. >> will the democrats eventually unify? >> i think the democrats will definitely unify once they get through an actual nomination. there's never been any indication or any threat by bernie sanders that he would not essentially support hillary clinton. there are rumbles out there that a handful of supporters might not be able to back her.
it has not come from the campaign or inner circle to indicate that bernie sanders would have issue with supporting her. i feel we are watching a master class in backhanded compliments between these two. they don't want to insult each other and make a mockery of the nominating process and the way they want to portray the republica republicans has done. we are seeing the bad blood moments bubble up to the surface and they can't hold back. >> these are primary moments. you are likeable enough, and one guy hired her for a top job. we have seen primaries get ugly and they mend fences early on. i want to play more sound from seth myers. bernie sanders joking about what is his signature issue. about breaking up the banks. listen. >> my advice to you is the same advice i give to a couple
contemplating an open relationship. it's time to break up. but don't feel bad. all the best bands break up eventually. the beatles, destiny's child. personally, i can't wait for the behind the music on goldman sachs. big banks? you're bernt. >> it is funny. he is trying to make light of the controversy that he doesn't know -- he can't demonstrate how to break up the banks. he is fighting with the ge ceo. does this help him or not? >> i think it is mostly damage control at this point. like you said, he had the interview this week. the transcript was released. it was damning if you read through it. how will you break up the banks? his answers were thin. it was politician speak which we
see on occasion. he kept speaking in vague topics and tried to change the subject. when it is your signature issue, it is one thing if it is early in the game and policy positions and not flushed out. when it is your signature issue, it doesn't look great. the clinton campaign e-mailed the transcript out in full. being able to joke about it, it is a break. it helps him move past that news cycle and get back on message. >> the ceo of ge is not laughing. >> he's on fire. the interesting thinking for me on the republican side is the contest of 1,237. here's what ted cruz told dana bash about that. >> do you have a pool of trump delegates who said i'm with you on the second ballot? >> we are working hard to elect our people to every delegate
slot. i'll tell you, 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 conversations with every delegate. we are working to get our people elected to every delegate slot. >> that has got to put a chill in mr. trump's spine. clearly he is looking ahead to the convention. it is not clear he has the delegates. what is your sense of it between the trump and cruz campaigns? >> i have been digging into the delegates a bit lately. it is my primary focus here looking at the process. we have moved so far past the numbers at this point. i'm not sure everyone realizes. we are getting down to individual single people and how those every single one is going to the convention and respond to each ballot. that is the reality here. everyone i talked to says the
cruz campaign is very organized in this regard. in some states where the process began early, they were beginning in december and january to recruit people to run for the delegates spots. there is no doubt his operation is quite good and that his opponents have an interest in portraying it as good to raise expectations. it is a lot murkier on the donald trump side of the campaign. he has announced several moves this week to bolster that effort. it is clear his campaign recognizes if they didn't before this will be essential. you are absolutely going to see a play for every one of these people in interesting ways. >> here's my question about the republican race here. the question on the democratic side is you heard bernie sanders say, she's better than any of the republicans. will republicans be able to hold their nose and accept ted cruz? the republicans scared to death
of donald trump. will they be able to accept him as their nominee if he gets it? >> this is a very open question. you know, you talk to a lot of republicans and most of them, even after trashing donald trump or trashing ted cruz for a little while, at the end of the conversati conversation, i'll get behind the nominee because i don't want to see hillary clinton or bernie sanders become president. i talked to people who are entertaining dreams of a third party candidate or white knight coming into the convention and not being an option. there are surveys that show there are people who would not vote for the alternative. it's not clear if those people are going to change their minds or stay home. this is a very real question not just for us who like to play the pundit game, but the republican party. they are asking themselves what will happen. >> absolutely. tal kopan, you have new republican friends to make.
hit the phones. >> master class compliments. >> here is 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 at 9:00 p.m. five days before the new york primary. it is round three of the fight between bernie sanders and the ceo of general electric of outsourcing. sanders started it when he slammed ge for taking jobs overseas to use the american economy to build the business. then ge's ceo defended the business. he said, ge has been in business for 124 years and we have never been a big hit with socialists. we create wealth and jobs. immelt says it building jobs
overseas because it does business in those countries. he said he would like to see the complicated tax code fixed. sanders lashed out at immelt's compensation page. he says if he wants to know how he is destroying the fabric of america, he should look in the mirror. he invited sanders to come to the factory in vermont. >> it is happening in new york. you have wall street and where the funding and oxygen comes for american business. you will start to see some of the big named ceos and bankers say bernie sanders was interesting a year ago. now it is dangerous. >> i think bernie will hit back just as hard. >> absolutely. his supporters will love him for it. breaking news this morning.
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corruption is not enough for the people in the country despite holding a lot of oil. and the prime minister's reform is not coming fast enough. the protests surrounding his office made him divert some of the special forces fighting isis to shore up the capital. washington is concerned of the political gridlock which could jeopardize the fight after the fears of more violence. iraqi armies have ywon a number of victories of isis. still isis controls mosul, the country's largest city. and kerry is making sure the government does not lose focus against isis and especially in the upcoming campaign to take mosul. >> an internal political battle at the same time fighting isis.
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welcome back to "early start." i'm christine romans. >> i'm miguel marquez. it is friday. 30 minutes past the hour. new attacks and reaction this morning in the democratic battle over credentials. sanders on seth myers standing behind his comments. >> you made a comment of hillary clinton not being qualified to be president. is that something you regret saying? >> it was said after she and her campaign said i was unqualified. >> i did not hear her say you were unqualified. >> the issue is after we won in wisconsin, that was our sixth victory in seven caucuses and primaries, i think the clinton campaign has been getting a bit nervous and have been getting negative. if people attack me and distort my record, we will respond. >> this was candidates cross new
york today hoping to lockdown the state before the april 19th primary. cnn's jeff zeleny has the latest from new york. >> reporter: after one of the 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 don't believe that, but it fired up his supporters. she took the high road for a moment at least. >> it is a silly thing to say. i'm going to trust the voters of new york who know me and have voted for me three times. twice for senate and once in the presidential primary. look, i didn't know why he's saying that. i will take bernie sanders over donald trump or ted cruz anytime.
>> reporter: bernie sanders for his part saying he is trying to respond to what he calls campaign smears from the clinton campaign who plan to question his qualifications and readiness to be president. he took a shot at hillary clinton for fund raising. she flew to ohio and colorado for fund raising on thursday. he made sure voters knew about it. >> 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: now with both candidates on the campaign trail in new york, hillary clinton in buffalo and sanders in new york city. they are doing an all-out push for the primary. this will shape how the party goes and once the primary race is over. christine and miguel. >> once this long primary race
is over. from your lips to -- okay. helping us break down the fight across the political landscape is tal kopan joining us from the washington bureau. i want to start with the republicans here. ted cruz. dana bash. our very own dana bash sat down with him and had an illuminating conversation with him. >> do you have a pool of trump delegates who said i'm with you on the second ballot? >> we're working hard to elect our people to every delegate slot. i'll tell you 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 had conversations with every single delegate. we are working to get our people elected to every single delegate slot. >> what is fascinating to me in the republican side of the race, tal, they are focusing on new york and doing retail politics day
day-to-day. it is a really two-tier strategy for all of the candidates. >> absolutely. when we made the calendar for the year in january, we are going back in and pencilling in all the state conventions. a lot of the 2,400 people who are making the nomination for president if it continues in the trend of the contested convention that we have seen, a lot of the individuals have not been chosen yet. they are about to become the most popular republicans in america. they will be calling them. we the press will call them. everyone will know how they will decide. part of the reason is a lot of states bind these delegates to the primary results for one ballot or two ballots. if we see all of the candidates fall short of 1,237 majority plus one number. second or third ballots, these people can suddenly start voting
for whomever the rules allow. it can become a very open race all over again. >> i was amazed to hear ted cruz use the word if there is a contested convention. he seems to think there will be. republicans clearly have main treatme stream republicans don't like ted cruz. they had donald trump more. here is how peter king put it. >> you have john kasich who is a solid person and donald trump achieved something. unlike ted cruz, the way he attacked new york and smart attitude he has, i could not find myself ever voting for him in a primary. if he is the nominee of the primary, not a lot of enthusiasm, but i'll obviously vote for him. >> a lot have said why is it the other 99 senators cannot stand ted cruz? how hard is it for cruz, for as confident he is, he has all of their names and e-mails and numbers, how confident should he really be that he can do that?
>> that's why there's, christine, a third tier of this. >> no! >> yes. of those delegates, there will be a smaller group that will sit on something called the rules committee. the rules committee will set the rules for the convention. another fight that ted cruz is waging is making sure the committee puts in place a rule that effectively only allows his name and donald trump's on the ballot. you made have heard a mention to eight state rule. you have to win majority to be eligible for a nomination. he has spoken publicly to reporters about how it is very much in his interest to maintain that rule. partly because there are people who are supporting him. keep in mind, one endorser now, lindsey graham said once between choosing between donald trump and ted cruz is a choice between being shot or poisoned.
he did not articulate which. this is the tepidness of the endorsements that ted cruz has. it is in his interest to prevent the scenarios where paul ryan or mitt romney or whoever you make up on the spot can come in and steal it from him. he is really trying to lock that down. >> it is interesting. let's talk about the democrats here. there is something that happened that is something. it was bill clinton in philadelphia and he was being heckled by black lives matter. he seems to think he handled this in a way in a smoother way that other people as only bill clinton can. listen. >> i don't know how you would characterize the gang leaders who got 13-year-old kids hopped up on crack and sent them out on the streets to murder other african-american children. maybe you thought they were good
citizens. she didn't. you were defending the people who killed the lives you say matter. >> some of the signs you can see. it talks about super predators. >> this is all over him signing the 1994 crime bill that many african-americans say sent thousands of african-americans to prison. >> he got fired up with the defense there. what did you think of that moment? >> a couple of things you can see in this moment. one is that bill clinton has real skin in this game. we talk about him as a surrogate for his wife. every equatih indication is not he invested in hillary clinton's campaign, and by all accounts from insiders and reports we have seen, he gets very upset when she's under fire. this is a stark reminder his legacy is on the line. the second take away that is related to that is it shows
really how remarkably different the politics of the democratic party are and progressive moment is than it was 20 years ago. bill clinton was the darling of the left for years and was hera heralded. now he sees a signature policy and the ground has shifted. perhaps in a fair way there are consequences of the crime bill he may not have seen. his legacy's on the line and so is his wife's. he is getting fired up about it. >> she is talking about change policy. that is something that is on her line. he was mad. thanks, tal. nice to see you. happy friday. donald trump says america is a big loser because of bad trade agreements. bernie sanders says american companies are killing american jobs with the plans and expansiex expansions overseas. i asked penny pritzker to
respond to the dire talk on the campaign trail. >> i think it is an oversimplification. i think trade is bearing the brunt of the effects of globalization as well as automation. if we're not in the fastest growing marketplaces in the world. if our companies are not present, then our workers will lose out. >> manufacturing is not dead in america, she says. she says the manufacturing sector has gained 850,000 jobs since 2010. as you can see, it lost millions in the recession. breaking news this morning. secretary of state john kerry lands in baghdad. political chaos there threatening the war against isis. we'll have that next.
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landing in iraq as an escalating political crisis there threatens the fight against isis. secretary kerry aiming to shore up u.s. support for the embattled prime minister. cnn's global affairs correspondent elise labott is there with the latest. elise, him going there says a lot about how important the united states thinks unity within the iraqi government is and in support of the prime minister at a time when they are working hard to contain isis. >> reporter: that's right, christine. prime minister abadi is facing calls for his removal as he is shuffling the corruption and mismanagement. reforms are not coming fast enough. including the cleric, which his supporters sieged the area around the abadi office and in
the green zone. he needed to divert some of his special forces who were fighting isis to shore up the capital. this is a concern. this jeopardizes the fight against isis. forces are needed in the fight for mosul. they have demonstrated a victory against isis in the last few months, but isis controls a lot of territory. mosul, the country's second largest city. iraqi forces are trying to make an offensive against mosul. the prime minister and others are saying we know you need to take care of this crisis and to combat corruption is important. encourage them while we're dealing with the political issues, there is a need to stay focused on the fight against
isis. especially with the campaign to retake mosul. >> elise labott in baghdad. thank you. the explosive leak of the panama papers is shaking up political leaders around the world. vladimir putin is calling the revelations of shell companies and tax havens an american plot to destabilize his country. the panama papers indicate some of putin's close associates moved $2 billion in offshore accounts. and prime minister david cameron now admits from profiting from a trust set up by his late father after first calling the issue a private matter. former prime minister in netherlands resigning after he was linked to an offshore account. and in argentina, an investigation calling for the president after he was
implicated in the document leak. he says he has nothing to hide. panama papers will be a story that will keep going. we have the latest on "new day" with michaela pereira. >> christine and miguel. how are you? >> look at what she is wearing? >> she borrowed my necklace. >> i borrowed your shoes. today on "new day," democrats and republicans duking it out. we talk to bernie sanders' campaign manager and new york mayor bill
de blasio about the increasingly nasty tone that we're seeing on the trail. and donald trump looking to the delegate fight ahead tapping a new convention manager. we will speak to that man, mr. paul manaford. we have a one-on-one interview lined up with ted cruz. a major catholic church document being released. we will breakdown its
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>> reporter: they're struggling, miguel, a lot. the stage after the initial phase of the operation launched has come to something of a pause. iraqi security forces managing to recapture a handful of villages and found themselves bogged down in mishaps and now holding defensive positions waiting for more reinforcements to arrive. from those villages that they did manage to wrestle from the clutches of isis, we are hearing testimony about the tactic. villagers telling us that isis, they say, was using them as human shields forcing them in the homes in the center of the village and not allowing them to leave. at least two families we spoke to had loved ones killed in the crossfire. this is one of the many challenges the iraqi security forces do end up facing once
they begin that push and advance toward mosul and attempts to recapture iraq's second largest city. there are potentially 1.5 million to 2 million lives here at stake that isis and iraqi army will put at risk if they are not allowed to leave the battle ground. >> so much riding on this. arwa damon, thank you. 56 minutes past the hour. dow futures are higher thanks to a big jump in crude oil. stocks in europe are rising. rebound after the losses yesterday with the dow losing 1%. the s&p 500 dropped sending it negative for the year. citigroup and bank of america and goldman sachs down here. jpmorgan chase down 2.5%. concerns of profit squeezed by extremely low interest rates. that is why investors left the stocks yesterday. janet yellen says the u.s.
economy is making tremendous progress recovering from the damage of the financial crisis. a landmark interview with yellen and the three previous reserve chairs. fareed asking if the bubble is forming in the economy as the candidates on the campaign trail suggest. >> this is an economy on the solid course, not a bubble economy. we try carefully to look at evidence of potential financial instability that might be brewing and some of the hallmarks of that clearly overvalued asset prices, high leverage, rising leverage and rapid credit growth. we certainly don't see those imbalances. >> fed chiefs do not see a u.s. economy heading to recession. you can see more on fareed's
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good morning. welcome to your "new day". it is friday, april 8th. 6:00 in the east. up first, a race for president is going the wrong way. sanders and clinton still playing the qualified game. a flurry of comments from candidates and campaigns about whether the other can't be president. is this war of words all about what's happening next week. this big cnn debate. >> as for the republicans, donald trump taking a break from the campaign trail to focus on his delegate strategy. and ted cruz standing by his new york values comments. coming up, we'll hear from ted cruz about that and so much more. we'll also have breaking news out of the vatican. pope francis is issues a landmark document on marriage and family. we begin with phil mattingly. hi, phil. >> hey, alisyn. for a moment yesterday it appeared every single candidate
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