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president ronald reagan was advocating for his nominee, he said, "every day passes without the court at impairs theh process." >> in certain swing states where thee -- i'm trying to get point at how -- and what do you is the consequence that the republicans will face if they persist? you that the president is deeply engaged. he's been in touch with his senior team, both those at the white house this weekend and those traveling with him on this. white house officials have been engaged in congressional offices the senate side but republicanat and
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offices. those conversations are a signal that we plan on conducting robust engagement throughout the process. to resist the urge to talk about politics on this. if you go back to the president's speech in springfield, he talked about moments that are too important to >> the president has talked about regretting how divisive washington has become. does he receive this as an opportunity to reach out to the other side? is the white house preparing for a fight to get nominees through? mr. schultz: that is a clever way of asking me to handicap potential nominees, which i will resist the urge to do. if you are looking at who the president would likely select, i would encourage you to go back to the several hundred nominees the president has put forward
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for federal courts. you are right that the president has called for a better functioning politics and more constructive politics. for the president, that means a federal government that is more responsive to its citizenry. we often hear that republicans have said elections matter and that people should have a say in who is on the supreme court. we could not agree more. that is why the president was reelected on november 6, 2012. again, that was november 6, 2012. we have 11 months to go in the president's second term, just under a quarter of our term. and look at the average time span for how long the supreme court justice takes between getting nominated and confirmed, it is about 70 days.
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we are well within that. particularly politically charged because of the timing and that is impacting the president's own decision-making? mr. schultz: we are in an election year. the president is very focused on doing his job. this is not something you have to take my word for. this is laid out in the united states constitution. this is about respecting the rule of law. we expect republicans to do just that. i recall a piece from leader mcconnell in the wake of his hard-fought victory saying he wanted to get congress functioning again. that is all we are asking for too. >> any potential nominee could obviously face a very divisive confirmation fight, one that ,ould be fruitless in the end
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if we are to believe the leader of the senate. is the president concerned whether the best candidate want to go through that or would reject outright any offer? has the white house talk to anybody with a concern like that? mr. schultz: i have not heard anybody -- any discussions along those lines. i would point to a clear precedent in an election year. justices haveurt been confirmed in presidential election years, including three republican a point -- appointe es. another was nominated by republicans and confirmed by democrats. intice kennedy was confirmed 198865 days after his nomination. , every republican voted to confirm justice kennedy. the only distance right now is that obama is a democrat.
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>> i just want to read something to you. the rest of this president's say this, we should reverse the presumption of confirmation with respect to the supreme court, at least. i will recommend to my colleagues that we should not confirm a supreme court nominee. those are the words of chuck schumer in 2007 with 18 months remaining in the terms of president bush. when you read comments like that and compare them to today, is it not hypocritical the way some are trying to play this in saying, we should get this done in a speedy fashion when many of the so-called leaders on the other side did virtually the same thing or participated in the same rhetoric back then? mr. schultz: i have seen a lot of quotes moving back and forth. for the president, it boils down
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to something simple -- doing his job. we expect the senate to do the same. there is almost a full year until the next president takes office. the 1980's, everyone appointed to the supreme court has been given a prompt hearing. justice went from nominee to appointment in 88 days. justice sotomayor or, 67 this. week are -- days. we are asking for the same standard to apply. we believe it would be irresponsible to let a vacancy extend into 2017. fails to act, the supreme court would preside for over a year with a vacancy. it would be wholly unprecedented for the modern supreme court. 1980's, there has never been a vacancy spanning more than one term. we have said that the to taket and -- wanted
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a little time and go through this process in a thoughtful and rigorous way. i expect when the senate returns, the president will identify a nominee. saying, on what you are is it your expectation that the senate, despite the rhetoric, will give an up or down vote on a nominee? the reason i ask is, if you are saying we believe that is a process that should go forward, we believe it is not necessary to fill the vacancy by recess yourntment, it is expectation, i imagine, they will vote up or down? mr. schultz: our expectation is that members of the united states senate will do their jobs. that includes republicans. that includes a number of republicans who take their oath of office seriously enough to do their jobs. thank you.
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by filibustering a nominee, they would not be doing their jobs. obama6, senator filibustered samuel alito. did he not follow his job when he was a senator? mr. schultz: what we have seen over the past 24 hours is something entirely different, bjectlys republicans a objecting to the president putting forth a nominee. we believe we have not seen anything like that. that is why we believe it would be wholly irresponsible to leave ,he supreme court shortstaffed especially considering the case is pending before them. you do not have to take my word for it. president reagan said that for every day the court a short staffed, it impairs the work.
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let me go back to that. what message are you going to deliver at this meeting? will the united states ask asian countries to play a role in the south china sea? statesle is the united expecting them to play? mr. schultz: ambassador rice addressed this earlier and we will have more to say in the next 36 hours. i will not get ahead of the president. our message on this is not particularly different than it has been over the past weeks and months.
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we support freedom of navigation in that we are going to stand by our partners in the region and make sure that international norms are respected. all right. one more. a follow-up question. is why obama decided to hold the summit not at the white house? mr. schultz: the president has used summer land as a relaxed venue where his counterparts from around the world can have a more informal discussion. in washington, there is a little more stiffness. the president wanted to afford world leaders more of an opportunity to have a candid, relaxed discussion. >> when you said that the is standing with
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advisers on this supreme court issue, is he going over specific list? where is he in the process? again, we are only a few days old here. i am not going to be able to release details of the conversation. my only point is, is the president engaged? yes. that means working with his team and white house officials at the white house and back here to make sure the process is moving forward. when you said you have been reaching out to democrats and republicans on the hill, you mean on the judiciary committee? you can imagine we are hearing from a lot of folks. we are also proactively reaching out to key offices. i do not have a list to detail. ,ut i think in the coming days
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that outreach will become more extensive. have you guys said when the president will sign legislation on north korea? mr. schultz: i do not have an update for you. >> you expect that to happen while he is here? mr. schultz: i am not even sure we have a go yet. as soon as i have an update, i will get it for you. think you all. >> today luke messer of indiana the national press club about governing in the 2016 election year. watch live at 10:00 a.m. eastern here on c-span. today tennessee senator lamar xander talks about the new education law and how it differs from no child left behind. 're live from the cato
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institute at noon hear, hear on c-span. >> every election will remind us how important it is for citizens to be informed m >> the reach these standards, a home for political junkies and attract the government as it happened. >> a lot of c-span fans on the hill. my colleagues are going to say i saw you on c-span. >> there is so much more to make sure that people outside the belt way know what is going on inside it. >> democratic presidential y sanders spoke at the annual democratic fundraising event called the humphrey-mondale dinner. he focused on the rich and poor gap, raising the minimum wage and free tuition. this is 45 minutes. senator sanders: thank you.
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[applause] [cheering] senator sanders: it sounds like some of you are ready for a political revolution. [applause] alright.anders: let me thank you all very much for giving me this opportunity to say a few words. these teleprompters are not mine , i will look down. thanking all of you for doing what too few americans do. and it is because you love your state and your country, you are
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prepared to get involved in the political process. you understand that many men and women fought and died to preserve democracy and you are doing everything you can to make sure that we have a vibrant democracy. so thank you all very much. [applause] senator sanders: and as we were driving here, my thoughts went to an old friend of mine, of he and his wife sheila. elected in 1990 at the same time. we became close friends and we worked together on a number of issues. i want to thank the democrats of minnesota for making sure that paul's work and more importantly
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his vision, is never forgotten. [applause] senator sanders: everybody in this room understands that no president, not bernie sanders or anybody else, can a loan -- alo ne address the crisis facing this country. the reason for that, which is not talked about very much in the media or congress, is the reality that big-money interests, wall street, corporate america, campaign donors, they have so much power, so much influence over the economy and of this country, that no president can do it alone.
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that is right. i could sit here for 10 hours and tell you all the things that have to be done, but i will be wasting your time, because nothing significant gets done unless millions of people come together, including working people who have given up on the political process, young people who are involved, african-americans and whites and latinos and native american, andn americans, gay straight, men and women, young and old -- unless we revitalize american democracy, so that we have one of the highest voter turnout in the world, not one of the lowest. [applause] senator sanders: when millions of people get involved in the
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political process and a look at washington and say, you know what, our government belongs to all of us, not just a handful of wealthy campaign contributors. when that happens, we transform america. [applause] senator sanders: our job, the be beatingill republicans, because when you look at what they stand for it is a marginal position. very few americans believe in the republican program, how many people do you know think that it makes sense to give hundreds of billions of dollars in tax
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1%,ks to the top 2/10 of and then cut social security, medicaid and medicare. it is not that it is not right, very few people believe that. republicans win elections when , when become demoralized they give up on the political process, when they do not vote or get involved, and win big money buys elections. republicans when one voter winout is low, democrats win voter turnout is high. our job is to create a high voter turnout. [applause] senator sanders: this concept of involving people in the political process to make change
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, that is not a new idea. this has been going on forever. just a few minutes ago, i had the privilege of talking to some of the leaders of the trade union movement in minnesota. and they understand, and you all workersnd, that when came together to demand to sit down and collectively bargain contracts, that did not happen because employers thought it was a great idea. [applause] senator sanders: that happened, that happened because working people said, you know what, we are not beasts of burden. we have rights. we want to be paid a decent wage. they stood up and they fought for unions and they fall for
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those rights -- fought for those rights. owes theker in america trade worker movement. [applause] mr. sanders: and it's not just the trade union movement. does anybody here think that the civil rights movement is simply about lyndon baines johnson signing the voting rights act? comes from the bottom it comes when people stand up is noy the status quo longer acceptable. years people stood
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up and fought, sometimes they were lynched, sometimes their homes were bombed. i was in birmingham, alabama. i went to the church where four beautiful children were killed because of a racist explosion. day,i learned on that there were 14 bombings in birmingham during that month. see byty was under racist trying to terrorize people fighting for civil rights. of birmingham, blacks and white allies said sorry, segregation and racism is going to in an america they stood together -- america. they stood together.
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they sat in. we made huge breakthroughs. not because of somebody on top. it happened because millions of enough.aid enough is what about the women's movement? said we years ago women are not going to be treated as third class citizens. we are going to do the work we want to do. [applause] ,e are going to be able to vote to run for political office. huge struggles. but women as a result of those efforts made in norman us progress -- in norman's progress. the environmental movement didn't happen in washington. it happened because people said what is going on on this planet
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of ours? you can't destroy it. we have to protect the planet. you think about gay rights. if we were sitting here 10 years ago, and somebody said i think in 2015, gay marriage will be , the personstates next to him would have said what are you smoking? which raises another issue. [laughter] but the point is, when people at the grassroots start moving, and when they say this is not right, in this country people should have the right to love anyone they want regardless of their gender -- [applause]
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tremendous changes took place. ,ou go and talk to young people they shrug their shoulders and say what is the big deal? that is what a revolution is about. [applause] if we were here 40 years ago, somebody jumped up and said i enough,erica is mature it has gone far enough, overcoming racism, in 2008 we are going to elect an african-american as president, there a few people would have believed that can happen. but it did happen. [applause] then, ithappened doesn't matter whether people like obama or don't.
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they said we're going to vote for somebody based on his ideas, not the color of his skin. a revolutionary breakthrough. [applause] here we are in 2016. roomevery person in this knows, our republican friends don't know, this country wayomically has come a long under president obama and vice president biden in the last seven years. [applause] on our't be too hard republican friends. suffer from a serious illness called amnesia.
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they can't remember where we were seven years ago when we monthosing 800,000 jobs a . we were running up a record-breaking deficit of $1.4 trillion. when by the way, the world's financial system was on the verge of collapse. other than that we were in good shape when bush left office. we have come a long way in seven years and we should be proud of the accomplishments of the obama and biden administration. [applause] but, we have got to be honest, and acknowledge we still have a long way to go to create the
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nation that i know all of us believe we can create. [applause] i have been all over this country talking literally to hundreds of thousands of people. nobody i know thinks that it is acceptable, that it is moral, think that it is sustainable that in the united states of america we have more income and wealth inequality than any other major country on earth, that it is worth -- worse here here today then 1928. that is not acceptable. it is not acceptable to me the owns almost as much wealth as the bottom 90%. it is not acceptable the 20
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wealthiest people in this country own more wealth than the million americans. it is not acceptable that one owns more wealth than the bottom 40% of the american people. when we talk about the economy -- it's not just well. it is income. , we have many people, millions throughout our country working not one job but to jobs and three jobs trying to cobble together the income they need and some health care. despite the hard work of the american people, and we of the hardest working people of any in the industrialized world. we work the longest hours. 58% of all new income generated
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today goes to top 1%. my friends, this is not an american economy. it is not a fair economy. economy anded together we are going to change that. [applause] it's not only a rigged economy where the people on top are doing phenomenally well while the middle class continues to disappear and 47 million americans live in poverty. what you have accompanying the rigged economy is a corrupt campaign finance system that has undermined american democracy. [applause]
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wish i could give you a gentler word, a less harsh word but the word is corrupt. the word is correct because what we are seeing today is wall street and billionaires spending unlimited sums of money in super pac's, attempting to elect candidates who will represent their interests. let me tell you as straightforwardly as i can. i am proud that i am the only amid credit candidate running for president who does not have a super pac. [applause] two.r our campaign has received, i
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never would have believed this receivedsible, we have 3.5 million individual contribution. averaging $27 apiece. [applause] this is a campaign, to paraphrase abraham lincoln, of the people, by the people, for the people. [applause] let me tell you something else. if anybody here does not understand the direct connection between a corrupt campaign finance system and the major issues facing our country, and what congress does or does not do does not understand anything about contemporary american politics.
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let me be as straightforward as i can and tell you one of the first major priorities of the sanders administration will be to overturn this disastrous citizens united supreme court decision. [applause] our campaign talks about the need to reform a corrupt campaign finance system. we talk about the need to end a rigged economy and create an economy that works for all of us, not just the 1%. we talk about a broken criminal justice system, a criminal justice system in which we have
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more people in jail than any other country on earth, largely black and latino. and native americans. [applause] let me tell you briefly a story, the kind of encapsulates everything we talk about in this campaign. what a rigged economy and corrupt campaign finance system is about. some may have read in the last few weeks large wall street financial institutions like goldman sachs have reached a settlement with united states government. it was for $5 billion. other banks have reached larger settlements with the government.
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the reason they are reaching the settlements is because they were selling subprime mortgage packages to investors and the american people that were worthless. they reached a $5 billion agreement with the u.s. government. to a significant degree the business model of wall street happens to be fraud. we talk about political power in america, where the average american says why should i vote? vote. one wall street is spending this money. .o one hears my pain no one is concerned about my life. don't ask me to vote. i will tell you one of the things that angers the american people is that today some kid in minnesota will get picked up for
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possessing marijuana, he or she will get a police record which will stay with them for the rest of their lives. , whoseves on wall street greed and recklessness and illegal behavior ended up driving millions of people out , not one of those executives on wall street will have a police record. that is not what criminal justice is supposed to be about. [applause] a sanders administration will bring back justice to a criminal justice system whether you are rich or poor.
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you will get equal treatment under the law. when we talk about the issues facing the american people, when we understand why it is people are working so many hours for such low wages, it should be clear we have got to raise the minimum wage to a living wage, $15 an hour. [applause] when we talk about equitable rages -- wages, i hope every man in this room will stand with the women in the fight for pay equity for women workers.
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i know i will not shock any person in this room by telling you every now and then, once in -- bit ofere is a big hypocrisy in politics. i know you are shocked, dismayed to hear this, but it is true. let me give you an example. they say we hate the government. government is the worst thing. it is terrible. we're going to get the government out of your life. we will do away with the epa. we will cut nutrition programs. government stinks. we are going to get it out of your life. -- except when it
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comes to a woman's right to choose. [applause] in that case, my republican colleagues love state and federal government, and want the government to make that decision -- everyone men in minnesota every woman in minnesota and america. i will do everything in my power to beat back those attacks on a woman's right to choose. [applause] when republicans talk about family values, what they are also saying is that every gay person in this country should
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not have the right to get married -- i disagree. [applause] we live as everybody here knows in a highly competitive, global economy. 150 years ago workers in this country achieved a huge breakthrough. what they managed to accomplish which we take for granted is public education. they said we don't want our kids to be working in factories were on farms. we want them like the rich kids to be able to get a decent education. they fought and succeeded in creating great public schools all over america. 2016 and in myr
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view it is time to rethink public education. respects and in many college degree today is the equivalent of a high school degree 50 years ago. [applause] whenis why i believe that we talk about public education we should demand that every public college and university in america be tuition free. [applause] the other part of that equation, this is quite unbelievable, if you are prepared to think outside of the box, all over
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you havetry, i'm sure people dealing with incredibly oppressive loads of student debt. i'm talking about people paying $100,000, $400,000 of student debt which they will be paying off for decades. i keep running into families where mom is not only paying off her daughters student debt, she's paying off her own student debt of 20 years ago. in america we should not be punishing people for the crime of trying to get an education. we should be rewarding people, encouraging people to get that education. that is what i believe we should allow people with student debt
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to refinance their loans at the lowest possible interest rate they can find. [applause] some of my opponents, and some corporate media says you are giving out all this free stuff. you are santa claus. how are you going to pay for it? you have to pay for it. i will tell you how we are going to pay for it. free tuition and lowering student debt. we will impose a tax on wall street speculation. [applause] crashed, and it was there in the senate, wall street went begging to the american people and the u.s.
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congress, bail us out. congress did. now it is wall street's turn to help the middle class of this country. [applause] about a corrupt campaign finance system there are many examples that i could give you about how campaign-finance impacts public policy. would be to easiest deal with climate change. i'm a member of the senate environmental committee. i've talked to scientists all over the world. the debate is over, climate change is real, it is caused by human activity, and it is
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causing devastating problems in our country and around the world. [applause] would leave --i lead this country, working with countries all over the world to take on the fossil fuel industry, to transform our energy system away from fossil fuel to energy-efficient the and sustainable energy. point i want to make. how does it happen? i'm being as deadly serious as i can. entires it happen if the scientific community agrees climate change is real and it is causing devastating problems, and will only get much worse in years to come?
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how does it happen we have a republican party which almost unanimously rejects science? how does it happen not one republican in a debate or in any other format will say what everybody knows to be true. and we change is real have to transform our energy system to save this planet from future generations. how does that happen? not one republican candidate will say that? on the day that republican candidate says it, he will lose his campaign funding from the koch brothers, from exxon mobil, and the fossil fuel industry. that is what a corrupt campaign is doing in this country.
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view, we judge a nation -- and i know paul said it better than i -- we judge a nation not by a number of millionaires and billionaires we have, but by how we treat the most vulnerable people in our country. people who cannot defend themselves. that is a sign of a great country. [applause] nobody in this room should be proud of the fact that we have the highest rate of childhood poverty of almost any major country on earth. acceptshould be proud or millions of seniors and disabled onerans are trying to get by
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$11,000 a year. that is not what america should be about. believe we must lift the cap on taxable income coming into the social security trust fund. and expand social security benefits. [applause] legislation i introduced would raise taxable taxes for more. earning $250,000 or and expand and extend social security for another 58 years and expand it such that seniors now living on less than $16,000 will get $1300 more. for is the least we can do
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the people who helped build our country and raise us. my friends, my vision for america, my ideas are just too radical. they are not radical. the only thing that is radical is the fact that the insurance companies and the drug companies , and the fossil fuel industry, and wall street, and the military-industrial complex are standing in opposition to what we have to accomplish. it is not a question of what we should be doing. i believe, i have always believed my entire adult life, health care is a right of all people, not a privilege.
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[applause] i'm on the committee that wrote the affordable care act. we made real progress but we can do better. the issue in front of us is not what we know we should do. there is widespread agreement on that. it is whether or not we have the courage to stand up to the billionaire class, to stand up to wall street, to stand up to , and all ofpanies those people today exercising in norman's power at the expense of ordinary americans. what the political revolution is yes, is the belief that when we stand together, we know mp's ofot allow the tru
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the world to divide us, there is nothing we cannot accomplish. i ask you to join the political revolution. thank you very much. [applause] here's a look at the latest campaign ad released by the ted cruz campaign. i am ted cruz and i have approved of this message. life. marriage. religious liberty. the second amendment. we are just one supreme court justice from losing them all. >> i am pro-choice. trust donald trump
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with these decisions. 2016, c-spanpaign takes you on the road to the white house as we follow the candidates on c-span, c-span radio, and >> on today's washington journal, first we will talk to the cofounder and editor in chief john harris about politicos creation. roberts, talksn about the organizations approach to covering campaign 2016. and political reporter on the mean presidential candidate and how they plan to win south carolina and nevada. washington journal every morning live at 7:00 a.m. eastern. you can join the conversation with your calls and on facebook. , a discussion on the
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2008 financial crisis with the former assistant treasury secretary and overseer of the troubled asset relief program. the new president of the federal at the bank speaks brookings institution live at 10:30 a.m. eastern on c-span to. later, ryan crocker, former ambassador to iraq, joins a discussion on lessons learned after a decade of u.s. intervention. it is at 2:00 p.m. eastern. >> wrote to the white house began in iowa we moved to new hampshire that quintessential first in the nation primary which has a long and rich history. we begin to test the candidates and their message. carolinaouth, to south
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and then to the party caucuses in nevada for the democrats and republicans. more than likely, we will see a number of candidates drop out of the field so the field will narrow. then we move into early march, super tuesday, and the start of the winner take all primaries. as we watch the delegate count continue, we get a better sense of whose message is resonating and who is on the path to nomination. >> donald trump held a news conference in south carolina monday at the local town hall. it is 40 minutes. >> ladies and gentlemen, welcome to beautiful south carolina. i see some non-natives. everybody is coming here all the time. nobody is leaving. we are happy to have you here.
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donald trump needs no introduction. we are delighted he's here and he is all yours. mr. trump. mr. trump: hello, everybody. any questions? >> why is there so much bad blood between you and the bush family? mr. trump: it only has to do with me. very fair question. there is no bad blood. what has happened is jeb bush has spent about $20 billion on negative ads that in many cases are false. he has a lot of special-interest money. his campaign in my opinion is going absolutely nowhere but he has spent $20 million on negative ads on me. i think you would do better if he went positive. the only reason i bring it up is
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that we have to respond to those negative ads. no bad blood. >> what about george w. bush? >> once he enters the fray, like bill clinton enters the fray -- and i helped bernie sanders much more than he helped himself, believe me. if you look at it, that is when she started going down and that race started getting competitive. just take a look, you study the numbers and study the dates. she attacked me and i attacked her and that's when she went down and that race got competitive. only one political reporter got that one. >> [inaudible] mr. trump: ted cruz is desperate. i think he's a very unstable guy. i think we put out a release -- i think he's a very unstable guy.


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