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anything better from a guy like mitch mcconnell. i'm sorry, but that's on my opinion. -- but that's my opinion. host: we have to leave it there. he had swanson, final thoughts? are onmy final thoughts antony scalia and covering this incredibly passionate fight over the next year on replacing him. it will go out an i go out in congress. ian swanson, thanko you for being here. tomorrow, we will have three oournalist from politic discussing the campaign 2016 and their publications impact on the media landscape. we will talk with john harris, the editor in chief, and kristin roberts, and we will also talk o alex, a political
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reporter. stay tuned to our show tomorrow. thanks very much. [captioning performed by the national captioning institute, which is responsible for its caption content and accuracy. visit ncicap.org] announcer: "washington journal" continues [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2016] ♪ >> on this presidents' day holiday, here's a look at some of the programming we have for you on c-span. saturday'sext, last republican presence of the bait from greenville, south carolina, presented by cbs news. wrote to the white house coverage will be live tonight at 6:00 p.m. eastern when we bring you a rally in charleston, s.c. where jeb bush will be joined by his brother, former president george w. bush. eastern, at 8:00 p.m. chief justice john roberts sits down for a lengthy discussion
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hosted by the knowing loss will in one of his last appearances for the death of supreme court justice anthony shkrelantonin scalia. justice john roberts talks about the confirmation process. >> i do not think the process is functioning well. you look at two of my colleagues, justice scalia and example, isburg for think there were two dissenting votes between the two of them coul you look a. you look at my more recent colleagues, all extremely qualified for the court, and i think the votes were strictly on party lines for the last three of them, or close to it. that doesn't make any sense. that suggests to me about the process is being used for something other than ensuring the qualifications of the nominees.
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nowknow, it's a process where the members of the committee' committee frequently asked questions they know will be inappropriate for us to answer. thankfully, we don't answer the questions. it's a forum where they have a different agenda when they participate in the hearings. it is not something that is easy for us to change. i don't see how we would do that. it is certainly up to them to conduct the hearings as they see fit, but it does not seem to me to be very productive. wrote to the white house began in iowa could the .aucuses, whic the caucuses began in 1972 and now we really begin to test the candidates and their message. we move south to south carolina, the first southern primary, and then to the party caucuses in nevada for the democrats and republicans.
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more than likely, we will see a number of candidates probably drop out of the race and the field will then narrow. and then we will move into early march, super tuesday, the start of winner take all primaries, which means the delegate count will be critical. as we watch the delicate count continue for the candidates, we will get a better sense of whose message is resonating and who is on the path to the nomination. >> monday night on "the communicators," the longest-serving fcc commissioner talked about medication issues, including the cost of phone service to and from inmates, that fcc's net neutrality rules, and zero rating. she is joined by john mckinnon. >> we should always be involving -- evolving, always improving, so people can help themselves. this is about enabling
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individuals to help themselves, providing them with the get inogical needs to touch with that dr. so their health can improve, to have educational options where they might not have a certainly which were certain course in their schools, to bridge those gaps and divides -- not just the digital divides but the opportunity divide. how do we use technology to close them? >> watch "the communicators" monday night on c-span two. >> the six remaining republican presidential candidates were in greenville, south carolina saturday evening for you t a debate seen life on cbs. this is courtesy of cbs -- about an hour and 40 minutes. ♪ >> we don't win anymore, we don't make good deals anymore.
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>> my philosophy on islamic radical islamic terrorism is simple -- we win, they lose. >> the world is safer when we have the strongest military in the world. >> i believe we have an obligation to help people that live in the shadows. >> we were fiscally responsible. we were innovative. >> we must restore our place as the leader of the free world. donald trump: we are going to make america great again. ♪ >> cbs news brings you the republican presidential debate. [applause] john dickerson: good evening i , am john dickerson. this holiday weekend as we honor our first president we are going
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, to hear from the first six men that hope to be the 46. they are here for their ninth debate. the first in the south primary is a week from today. george washington wrote that the truth will ultimately prevail when there is pain taken to bring it to life. we hope to shed some light on the candidates positions tonight's to help voters make their minds tonight. so gentlemen, please make your way to the stage coul. [applause] john dickerson: with us tonight are retired neurosurgeon ben carson of florida. [applause] senator marco rubio of florida. [applause]
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businessman donald trump of new york. [applause] senator ted cruz of texas. [applause] former governor jeb bush of florida. [applause] and governor john kasich of ohio. [applause] now, as most of you have heard by now, supreme court justice antonin scalia died today at the age of 79. he was the longest-serving member of the court, appointed by president reagan in 1986. justice scalia was the court 's leading conservative, and even those who disagreed with his opinions regarded him as a brilliant legal scholar. please join us and the candidates on our stage in a moment of silence for justice antonin scalia.
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thank you. we'll talk with the candidates about justice scalia and the road ahead when the debate begins in a moment. ♪ john dickerson: before we get started, candidates, here are the rules. you have one minute to answer a question and 30 seconds more if we ask a follow-up. if you are attacked by another candidate you get 30 seconds to , respond. here is how we keep time. after we ask a question, you will get a green light. the yellow light means you have 30 seconds left to finish your answer. when time is up, the right turns -- light turns red. that means please stop talking. if you keep talking you will , hear this. [bell] you don't want to hear that. joining me in the questioning tonight is chief white house correspondent major garrett and kimberly stossel from "the wall
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street journal." and you can participate through your partnership with twitter. treat us your comments using the your questionsus and comments using the #gopdebate. let's begin. the death of justice scalia, mr. trump, i want to start with you. you said the president should not nominate anyone in the rest of his term to replace justice scalia. if you were president and had a chance with 11 months to go in it be an, wouldn't abdication to conservatives in particular not to name a conservative justice for the rest of your term? this --biodonald trump: i can y if i were president now, i would certainly want to try and nominate a justice. i'm sure frankly, i am absolutely sure president obama will try and do it. i hope that our senate is going to be able -- mitch and the entire group will do something about it. we could have a diane sykes are built prior.
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-- or built prior. this is a tremendous blow to conservativism, a tremendous blow to our country. john dickerson: to be clear, you are ok with the president nominating somebody? donald trump: i think he is going to do it whether i am ok with it or not. i think it's up to mitch mcconnell and everybody else to stop it. it is called delay, delay, delay. [applause] john dickerson: governor kasich, i want to get your thoughts on this. justice scalia with a real believer in the strict word of the constitution. harry reid says a failure to fill his vacancy would be "a shameful neglect of one of the senate's constitutional responsibilities." where do you come down on this? john kasich: if i were elected president, we would not have the decisions that we have today. it is amazing, not only two minutes after the judge, nine children here and their father did not wake up, his wife is sad.
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i just wish we had not run so fast into politics. here's my concern about this. the country is so divided right now, and now we are going to see another partisan fight taking place. i really wish the president would think about not nominating somebody. if you were to nominate somebody, let's have him pick somebody that is going to have unanimous approval and widespread approval across the instead of having recrimination. i don't think that's going to happen. i would like the president for country go first. we are going to have an election soon. people will understand what is at stake in the election. i believe the president should not move forward. i think we ought to let the next president of the united states decide who is going to run the supreme court with a vote by the people of the united states of america. [applause] john dickerson: dr. carson, you , like others, put out a
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statement after the death was announced, and you said the president should delay. you have written a book on the constitution recently. what does the constitution say about whose duty it is to act in this kind of situation? ben carson: the constitution does not address that particular situation, but the fact of the matter is the supreme court is obviously a very important part of our governmental system. when our constitution was put in place, the average age of death was under 50. therefore, the whole concept of lifetime appointments for supreme court judges and federal court judges was not considered to be a big deal. obviously, that has changed, it and it is something that needs to be looked at pretty carefully at some point. we need to start thinking about the divisiveness that is going on in our country. i looked at some of the remarks
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people made after finding out justice scalia had died, and they were truly nasty. that we have managed to get to that position our country is truly a shame. we need to think about how we should create some healing in this land. right now, we are not going to get healing with president obama. that is very clear. [bell] i fully agree that we should not allow a judge to be appointed during his time. [applause] john dickerson: senator rubio, you are a lawyer. can you address the issue of the constitution whether it tells who has the power to appoint supreme court justices? and then also, the senate republicans last year floated an idea of removing the filibuster for supreme court nominations. you seemed open to that. what is your feeling on that now? marco rubio: let me first talk about justice scalia. our hearts go out to him and his
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family. he will go down as one of the greatest defenders of this republic. you talk about someone who defended consistently the original meaning of the constitution, who understood it was not to be interpreted based on the fad of the moment, but it was there to be interpreted according to its original meaning. justice scalia understood that better than anyone in the history of the republic. his dissent on the independent counsel case is a brilliant piece of jurist work. number two, i do not believe the president should appoint someone. it is not unprecedented. it has been over 80 years since a lame-duck president has appointed a supreme court justice. it reminds us of this -- how important this election is. someone on this stage will get to choose the balance of the supreme court, and it will begin by feeling this vacancy now. we need to put people on the bench that understands the constitution is not a living and breathing document. it is to be interpreted as originally meant. [applause] john dickerson: very
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quickly, center, on the specific question you were once in favor , of dropping the threshold. marco rubio: no. dickerson: you were never in favor? marco rubio: according to the changes harry reid made appellate judges can now be , appointed by supreme majority, but not something court judges. i do want that to change. if we were not in charge of the senate, harry and barack obama would ram down our throats a liberal justice like the ones barack obama has appointed already. dickerson: all right. time publicr a long and presidents have appointed justices who have not been real conservatives. bernie sanders says he would have a litmus test and he would have a justice that would overturn citizens united. what about you? would you have a litmus test for nominee?
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you know, when i was a kid, we didn't wait on presidents to come to that little blue-collar town and fix things. you know, the lord made all of us special. the lord wants us to be connected. i believe we're part of a very big mosaic. and i'll send the power back. and whoever gets elected president here, hopefully will take care of the issue of jobs and wages and social security and the border. but the spirit of the america rests in all of us. it's in our guts. it's taking care of our children. it's taking care of the lady next door who just lost her husband. it's fixing the schools where we live and telling kids to stay off drugs. you see, i think what the lord wants is for to us engage, and in america, the spirit of america doesn't come from the top down. the spirit of america rests in us. and i want to call on everyone in america to double down and realize that you were made special to heal this country and lift it for everyone. thank you all very much. and i hope i can have your vote in south carolina. [applause] mr. dickerson: dr. carson -- dr. carson, you're next. mr. carson: this is the first generation not expected to do better than their parents. some people say it's the new normal, but there's nothing normal about it in an exceptional american. i, like you, am a member of we, the people, and we know that our
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country is heading off the cliff. joseph stalin said if you want to bring america down you, have to undermine three things: our spiritual life, our patriotism and our morality. we, the people, can stop that decline, starting right here in south carolina. if all the people who say, "i love ben carson and his policies, but he can't win," vote for me, not only can we win, but we can turn this thing around. you know, we have this manipulation by the political class and by the media telling us who we're supposed to pick and how we're supposed to live. we, the people, are the only people who will determine that. and if you elect me as your next president, i promise you that you will get somebody who is accountable to everybody and beholden to no one. thank you. [applause] mr. dickerson: governor -- governor bush. mr. bush: thank you all very much. the next president is going to be confronted with an unforeseen challenge. that's almost certain. it could be a pandemic, a major
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natural disaster or an attack on our country. the question for south carolinians and americans is who do you want to have sitting behind the big desk in the oval office? because that's the question. it's not the things we're talking about today. it's the great challenge that may happen. i believe i will have a steady hand as commander in chief and president of the united states. i will unite this country around common purposes because i did it as governor of the state of florida. when i was governor, we had eight hurricanes and four tropical storms in 16 months. our state was on its back. we recovered far faster than what people thought because we led. we want to challenge rather than cutting and running. that's what we need in washington, d.c. we need someone with a servant's heart that has a backbone, that isn't going to focus on polls and focus groups. the focus will be on the american people to keep them safe and secure. i ask for your vote next saturday. [applause] garrett: thank you, governor. strassel: and now, marco rubio.
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mr. rubio: thank you, and thank you for watching tonight. this is a difficult time in our country. our economy's flat, it's not creating the jobs it once did, and people struggle living paycheck to paycheck. our culture's in trouble. wrong is considered right and right is considered wrong. all the things that once held our families together are now under constant assault. and around the world, america's reputation is in decline. our allies don't trust us, our adversaries don't fear us, iran captures our sailors and parades them before the world on video. these are difficult times, but 2016 can be a turning point. that's why i'm running for president, and that's why i'm here today to ask you for your vote. if you elect me president, we are going to re-embrace free enterprise so that everyone can go as far as their talent and their work will take them. we are going to be a country that says that "life begins at conception and life is worthy of the protection of our laws." we're going to be a country that says "that marriage is between one man and one woman." we are going to be a country that says, "the constitution and the rights that it talks about do not come from our president, they come from our creator." we are going
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to be loyal to our allies like israel, not enemies like iran. and we will rebuild the u.s. military so no one will there test it. vote for me. i will unify this party. i will grow it. we will win this election, and we will make the 21st century a new american century. [applause] mr. dickerson: senator cruz? senator cruz, your closing statement? mr. cruz: south carolina, you have a critical choice to make. our country literally hangs in the balance. do you want another washington deal maker who will do business as usual, cut deals with the democrats, grow government, grow debt and give up our fundamental liberties? or do you want a conservative, a proven conservative that will stand and fight with you each and every day?
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listen, repealing obamacare is not going to be easy. passing a simple flat tax that abolishes the i.r.s. is not going to be easy, but if we stand with the american people, we can do it. and today, we saw just how great the stakes are. two branches of government hang in the balance. not just the presidency but the supreme court. if we get this wrong, if we nominate the wrong candidates, the second amendment, life, marriage, religious liberty -- every one of those hangs in the balance. my little girls are here. i don't want to look my daughters in the eyes and say, "we lost their liberties." who do you know will defend the constitution and bill of rights? and as a commander in chief, who do you know will stand up to our enemies as the clam, steady, deliberate, strength to defeat our enemies, to secure our borders and to keep america safe. [applause] mr. dickerson: mr. trump, your closing statements? mr. trump: thank you. politicians are all talk, no action. you've seen where they've take you to. we are 19 trillion dollars right now. it's going to be increased with
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that horrible budget from a month ago that was just approved by politicians. we need a change. we need a very big change. we're going to make our country great again. i say this every night, every day, every afternoon, and it's so true -- we don't win anymore. we don't win with health care, we don't win with isis and the military, we don't take care of our vets, we don't care of our borders, we don't win. we are going to start winning again. we are not going to be controlled by people that are special interests and lobbyists that everybody here has contributed to. and you know what, they do exactly what those folks want them to do. we are going to make our country great, and we're going to do the right thing. i'm working for you. i'm not working for anybody else. thank you very much. [applause] strassel: we'll be back with a few final thoughts in a moment. ♪
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mr. dickerson: so that's nine republican debates knocked down and at least three to go. we will have more about the presidential race and justice antonin scully at tomorrow morning on "face the nation." our guest's included donald trump, marco rubio, and democratic candidate bernie sanders. i am john dickerson. good night. ♪ [captioning performed by the national captioning institute, which is responsible for its caption content and accuracy. visit ncicap.org] [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2016] >> today is president's day. it became a national holiday in 1885. in 1971, it moved to the third monday of the way under the unit on monday holiday act now celebrates all president that just washington and lincoln.
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coming up this afternoon at 12:30 eastern here on c-span, susan wright will be joined by ben rhodes at today's white house briefing. we will have live coverage. donald trump holds a news conference in south carolina here the latest polls show him with about a 17 point lead peer and we will have the news conference live again starting at 2:00 a.m. eastern. >> our road to the white house coverage continues today with former president george w. bush joining jeb bush in a campaign rally in charleston, s.c.. live coverage is beginning at 6:00 p.m. eastern on c-span. >> in one of his last public appearances before the death of supreme court justice antonin scully, chief justice roberts
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engages in a discussion about the highest court. here are a few comments on the confirmation process. >> i think the process is not functioning well. you look at two of my colleagues, justice scalia and ginsburg. threethere were two or the twong votes between of them. you look at my more recent colleagues, all extremely well-qualified for the court. the votes were strictly along party lines for the last three of them or close to it. that does not make any sense. it suggests to me the process is being used for something other than ensuring the qualifications of the nominees. now where thes members of the committee frequently asked questions and they know it would be
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inappropriate for us to answer. thankfully, we do not answer. the questions. it is a forum, i think they have a different agenda when they participate in the hearings. it is not something that is easy for us to change. i do not see how we would do that. it is up to them to conduct the hearings as they seem fit -- see fit. it does not seem to me to be productive. >> chief justice john roberts talks about crafting courts rulings, public perception, and technology. an event will air tonight at 8:00 eastern here on c-span. 2 [applause] every election cycle, we are reminded how important it is for citizens to be informed. >> it is a home for political junkies and a way -- as it happens.
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