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city the purple area are closures going around super bowl city. local news update coming up in half an hour. good morning. iowa votes. after months of controversy and clashes. >> the truth is, ted, you've been willing to say and do anything to get votes. >> surprises and surges. >> at least pick a winner this time, okay? i'm going to win. i'm going to win. >> the first contest of this election is finally here. the candidates barnstorming the state with their final pitches. >> stick with the experience. stick with the ideas that will actually work for our country. >> this incredible journey of the past hasn't been dull. it's been many things, but it ain't dull. >> and it's anyone's race. the polls, tight. the stakes, high. as iowans get set to make their choices, we've come to the center of the political universe today, monday, february 1st,
2016. >> announcer: from nbc news, this is a special edition of "today," iowa votes, with matt lauer and savannah guthrie, live from des moines, iowa. and good morning, everyone. we thought this day would never come, but it's finally arrived. welcome to a special edition of "today" on a monday morning. we are, yes, in des moines, iowa, joined by a lot of enthusiastic residents of this state on a very pivotal day in the presidential election. >> this is so exciting. it's an early morning for you and will be a late night for the folks if they're planning to caucus. it happens every four years. finally time to vote. it's caucus day. in a few hours from now, iowa will be the first state to officially vote for who they want in the white house next year. the candidates have been crisscrossing the state for months.
60,000 television ads have aired here. countless doors have been knocked on. after it all, the republicans and the democratic races are neck and neck. definitely up for grabs. >> want to give you a sense of where we are. the west end architectural salvage here. cool store with nice people. everything is for sale, except the people behind us. >> they also serve coffee. >> they do early in the morning. even the desk here, if you like it, call and make a bid. it's for sale. >> we can do it on steals and deals later. busy morning ahead. donald trump, marco rubio and sarah palin will be here. >> you will see what happened when matt and i spent time on the trail over the weekend. it was fun to get out and glad hand a little bit. see what voters are talking about. >> get the lay of the land. let's begin with the last-minute push for support for the men and
women running for president. we have it covered. let's begin with nbc national correspondent peter alexander and the gop. good to see you. >> welcome to iowa. this state doesn't pick the next president but they winnow down the field. you've felt the energy. even ted cruz can see a trump win tonight could make the billionaire unstoppable. >> reporter: in little more than 12 hours, we'll know. will it be donald trump? >> you haven't had a winner in iowa in 16 years. we're going to have a winner, you better believe it. you're going to have a winner this time. >> reporter: or ted cruz? >> we need to take power out of washington and back to we the people. that is what this campaign is all about. >> reporter: or can marco rubio turn his late surge into tomorrow's surprise story? >> we are going to win this state in the general election. we are going to turn america around. >> reporter: with polls showing trump with a five-point lead
over his rival, a controversy over a mailer sent by a cruz campaign. labeled, voting violation, claims to be an official record with a grade of how often residents caucused. the secretary of state blasted the cruz campaign, saying it misrepresents iowa election law. trump teed off. >> i thought real estate people in new york are bad. the politicians are the worst liars. wow. it's a fraud. >> reporter: cruz remains defiant. >> i will not apologize for using every tool we can to encourage voters to vote. >> reporter: with trump's wife by his side. >> he will be unbelievable. the best deal maker. >> reporter: this weekend, the cruz into victory bus got stuck in mud, hoping it won't foreshadow tonight's results. >> ted cruz would have visited all 99 counties by the end of the day.
an overall turnout is going to help trump. evangelical turnout will help cruz. i was told the size of the gap between trump and cruz, and marco, because they want the message to be that this is a two-man race. >> peter, good to have you in downtown des moines. thank you very much. >> as we said, the race on the democratic side is just as compelling. hillary clinton and bernie sanders, deadlocked. andrea mitchell is covering these final pushes until the caucus tonight. >> a tight race heading into tonight's caucuses. hillary clinton and bernie sanders are in a statistical tie. on the democratic side, the issue is turnout, getting the supporters to show up. tie. on the democratic side, the issue is turnout, getting the supporters to show up. >> reporter: with hours to go, hillary clinton and bernie sanders were working into the night, making their closing
arguments to iowa voters. >> this is a campaign of the people, by the people and for the people. >> reporter: sanders speaking to thousands of supporters in des moines. just six miles away, it was a clinton family affair. >> senator, secretary of state and the next president of the united states, hillary rodham clinton. >> reporter: drawing her biggest iowa crowd yet. >> i am a better candidate and, thanks to you, i will be a better president. >> reporter: clinton's final pitch, experience. >> when you caucus tonight night, you're not only selecting a president, you are selecting a commander in chief. >> reporter: sanders is change, rallying young people who have never caucused before. >> join in the political revolution. thank you all very much. >> reporter: at a student rally saturday, sanders sang with the band, "vampire weekend." ♪ this land is your land >> reporter: clinton is counting on older women, in the past, her most loyalty supporters.
this time, even women have clinton fatigue. >> ultimately, it's not just being the first woman but it's being the right president at the right time. >> reporter: both camps are relying on armies of paid staff and volunteers to turn out the vote. and the clinton team has gone high tech, with an app to spot precincts where they can take delegates from sanders by steering voters to martin o'malley. >> the final poll has clinton three points ahead within the margin of error. both candidates have plenty of money. sanders from millions of small donors. it could be a long primary battle ahead, especially if he wins an upset tonight. >> thank you so much. let's turn back to the republicans. we'll be talking to a number of candidates throughout the morning. first up, donald trump is on the phone with us. good morning. >> good morning. >> so this is the day. we find out, do donald trump supporters actually turn up and
vote? you're not one to be modest. are you predicting a win tonight? >> no, i can't do that. i mean, we've had the biggest crowds, bigger than anybody. bigger than bernie, who is second, i will say. but the crowds have been incredible. i don't know. i think so. the enthusiasm, savannah, is incredible, and it looks like we're going to miss the snowstorm, which is good news. but it's going to come later. but i will tell you, it's been an amazing journey. there's a lot of love in those rooms. i would think that they would show up to vote. i hope so. >> mr. trump, there's been a lot of headlines over the last several months in iowa about you and ted cruz. yet, in the last couple of days, you're starting to hear more and more about marco rubio. his campaign is saying he has marcomen marcomentum and seems to be surging. is he a threat? >> i think everyone in the race is a threat. you don't know what's going to happen.
it's politics. he's a capable guy, and he's in there running and pitching. we'll have to see what happens. he came in third in the poll, the latest poll, the last poll, and we'll have to see what happens after tonight. probably by 10:00 tonight, we'll know the results. >> right here, right now, cruz seems to be your toughest competition. you have really laid the hammer down on him. he has dropped in the polls, but he's still in there. you're still neck and neck. why has he been so hard for you to shake? >> well, i think that, you know, he's a professional politician. he's a talented guy. you know, we're all talented people. i said he was born in canada, which is true. a lot of people have a question as to whether or not he's actually able to even serve as president. it's come out loud and strong. i tell you, some constitutional lawyers just over the weekend have concluded with results he's not allowed to be president. that's a big cloud over his
head. i said he should remove the cloud by asking for declaratory judgment from the courts. you have numerous lawyers, including one from harvard, who said it is untested law. numerous lawyers have come out saying he's not allowed to run. he's not allowed to serve as president. that's a tough thing. i think that's affected him quite a bit by a lot of people, frankly. >> donald, you based a large part of your campaign on being a winner. a successful guy who knows how to close the deal. if you don't win tonight in iowa, how much does it damage your political brand? >> well, i'd like to win. i'm doing incredibly well with the evangelicals. as you know, you probably saw the numbers. they have shot up through the sky. nationwide, leading with evangelicals. jerry falwell, jr. came in yesterday and the day before and endorsed me. we had an amazing two days together.
sarah palin, who will be on your show later, she's a terrific person, terrific woman, and she's going to be -- she endorsed me, as you know. sheriff joe endorsed me. willie robertson endorsed me. i'm getting endorsements from everybody. so many people are going to be announcing endorsements over the next short period of time because they see what's happening. it's a movement. people want to take our country back. they want to -- look, my theme is make america great again, and that's what they want to do, matt. they want to make america great again and it's what we're going to do. we're not going to make deals like the iran deal. it's a foolish deal and could have been better, if it was made at all. so many other deals. and trade with china, china is eating our lunch. japan is eating our lunch. i mean, all of them. we want to bring it back. we want to take our country back. >> well, donald trump, this is your first election day, so we'll be watching it with you, of course. thank you for your time this morning, sir. we appreciate it. >> thank you very much.
appreciate it. let's bring in nicolle wallace. good morning to you. the question about a loss tonight for donald trump and how it damages his political brand, what do you think? >> listen, i think that he said what i was going to say, which is that this is a series of known-unknowns. i thought it was actually a sober interview from donald trump this morning with you guys. no one knows if his movement, as he described it -- bernie sanders describes it as a revolution on the democratic side -- is goif people are goin show up. is their model going to bear out the right number of evangelicals, or is donald trump's movement going to upend the republicans? >> a little uncertainty even from donald trump himself, who is usually a ton of confidence. >> right. >> the fact he's doing so well with evangelical voters, is that
one of the more confounding things? they can be dispositive of what ultimately happens. he's winning them, donald trump. >> i sat down with my two evangelical whisperers, friends who know the block the best, and said, what's going on with trump? they said, it's a misnomer. evangelicals, obviously, we have a set of values but we want to win, too. their attraction to donald trump isn't dissimilar from the attraction from the rest of trump's support. they want someone who can win and see him as someone who can do that. >> we're going to switch to the democrats in a second and talk to secretary clinton. let me stick with the republicans for a second. we've been hearing so much and you have since you've been here, that there is a surge going on with marco rubio. you had a chance to get out there over the last day or so. is it real? >> i think it's real but it has more to do with what we're going to talk about tomorrow morning, new hampshire. it has more to do with setting him up to be in a strong position for the establishment. him as their representative, to
war back and come into new hampshire. >> what about ted cruz? he has staked it all on iowa. he has money. he has organization. frankly, it's the envy of a lot of the other campaigns here in iowa. if he doesn't pull out a win tonight, then what? >> i agree. iowa is must-win for ted cruz. but they are so calm and confident. i think they're seeing something on the ground, not just in their turnout model, but in their direct line of communication with voters that gives them a lot of confidence about their chances tonight. >> nicolle wallace, thank you very much. we appreciate it. let's get a check of the early weather from mr. roker. we talked about a snowstorm moves into iowa. timing, al? will it have an affect on the caucuses? >> it might. especially for folks a little nervous about a blizzard coming in. they've pretreated the streets. take a look at flag staff, arizona. in fact, listen. boom. thunder snow. that's right. this storm is making its way to the east.
it's already dumped a bunch of snow throughout california, arizona, and it is headed this way. here's what we're looking at for today. already, snow making its way through the rockies. now, this system will push to the east. as it does, we look for some fairly good snow falling through the rockies today. heavy snow for southern-central rockies. moves to the plains later this evening. tomorrow, we have a blizzard likely for iowa. snow falling at rates of 2 inches an hour. heavy snow in the upper midwest. out west, flag staff, denver, 8 to 24 inches of snow. the timing for iowa looks like this. we're going to start this afternoon with clouds. then by around 8:00, moves into the western part of the state. pushes in later in the evening hours. by the time we get into tuesday, it's a full-blown blizzard. snowfall amounts, the way we're looking now, des moines, about 6 to 8 inches of snow. we're expecting to see upwards of 18 inches of snow.
hastings, nebraska, 12 to 18. we'll get to your local good morning. i'm meteorologist kari hall. it's cool as you step out the door. temperatures in the mid-40s and still a prebreezy wind, but a beautiful sunrise with clear skies and all that sun help us get into the mid to upper 50s and san francisco 56 degrees and also 56 in the tri-valley and the peninsula and south bay 57
degrees and 65 in the north bay. getting ready for some rain to move into the bay area as we head into tomorrow and more on wednesday. the table my monitor is resting on is the hood of a studebaker 1963 daytona. >> wow. >> you had that car when it was new. >> this is my car. >> al, thank you very much. let's get back to politics here. what does caucus day have in store for hillary clinton? the former secretary of state is with us now. secretary clinton, good morning to you. >> good morning. >> you have been campaigning for about 300 days now, and today is the day that iowans get to tell you how they're feeling. did you wake up this morning excited, nervous, anxious, what? >> i woke up very excited. really energized because we've been having just an amazing couple of weeks leading up to the caucus tonight. we've got such a great campaign
organization. we've got thousands of volunteers. we knocked on 125,000 doors this past weekend. there's just so much excitement, and it's infectious. we're going to keep working as hard as we can until the caucuses are finally over this evening. we hope that, even though it's a tight race, a lot of the people who are committed to caucusing for me will be there. standing up for me. i will do the same for them in the campaign and in the presidency. >> it is a tight race here. some of your democratic allies, democratic leaders, have said point-blank that bernie sanders, a democratic socialist as he describes himself, cannot win a general election, that republicans cannot wait to have an ad that has the hammer and the sickle. you have kind of tiptoed around it. but this is crunch time. if you believe it, why not come right out and say it? bernie sanders, you may love him, iowa voters, but he cannot win a general election.
>> well, i know, savannah, that is exactly what a lot of democrats are saying. a lot of elected democrats, people who want to take back the senate in the 2016 election. want to add to the numbers of democrats in the house. maybe make some progress in governors and -- >> are you saying -- >> -- state legislatures. i think it's fair to say he has to run his campaign and present his views. we have differences, and i've been pointing out those differences. i think that it's important for me to tell voters what i want to achieve and how i will go about doing that. because i want them to hold me accountable. then it's going to be up to caucus goers tonight, primary voters next in new hampshire, to decide who they think offers the best path forward to keep the progress that we've made going. >> you talk about differences, secretary clinton. seems like one of the differences, you're embracing president obama's legacy. i was at an event for bernie
sanders last night, and he said, i'm a supporter of president obama, but i find the last eight years to have been disappointing. why is he wrong? >> well, look, i've had a lot of experience in looking and learning about what it takes to get things done in washington. as a first lady, as a senator for eight years, as a secretary of state. and i think that what president obama inherited, an economy that was in the ditch, he doesn't get the credit for pulling it out. he doesn't get the credit he deserves for the affordable care act, something we've been trying to do -- that i tried to do -- to get us on the path of universal coverage. i think it's a difference between making progress -- i'm a progressive who likes to get things done. not just talk about it but deliver results for people. that's how i judge myself. have i done something that got 8 million kids health insurance, like i did when i was first
lady. or national guard members health care. that's what you're supposed to do as a leader. i think i have the record, the experience, the know-how to get it done. i think president obama has made a great effort that has resulted in lots of positive changes for our country. >> secretary clinton, i know it's a busy day for you and your team, so we thank you for joining us this morning. >> thank you. great to talk to you. hope everybody comes out to caucus tonight. >> all right. thank you very much. coming up, we're behind the scenes on the campaign trail with bernie sanders. i just mentioned that. what he says needs to happen for him to pull out a win tonight. and then sarah palin joins us for an exclusive live interview. this is her first since throwing her support behind donald trump. first, on a monday morning, caucus day, this is "today" on nbc.
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a very good monday morning to you, 7:26. i'm laura garcia-cannon. happening today the u.s. department of justice gets involved in a high-profile and controversial case involving san francisco police. the doj will release it tails about its plan to conduct a comprehensive review of the police deit apartment and the recent scrutiny surrounding the police shooting death of mario woods last december in the bay view. critics have been calling for a federal investigation and the resignation of police chief. they're also asking for the officers to be criminally charged. a news conference is scheduled for this afternoon. it's a cold start to our day, kari. >> bundle up as you head out. it's breezy, too. as we take a live look now at
tibron. the sun rising and a beautiful start to the day. 44 in oakland and in san jose. and 46 degrees now in san francisco. we're heading into the mid to upper 50s today with a lot of sunshine, once again, still kind of breezy, temperatures reaching into the upper 50s in the east bay, as well. and dublin today looking at 58 degrees. let's see how the roads are moving with mike. >> very slowly at the berkeley curve right here. things are jammed up. early start here look at the map extended to the east shore freeway and a good, steady build. in fact, coming out of the maze, things slow but the bay bridge itself cleared just after 7:00 in the san francisco area. now, we'll look at the bigger view and do see a good amount in the east bay and making its way over quickly to the peninsula. people getting an early start on their commute and through san josing their way into the silicon valley. right before 101. back to you. >> thank you very much.
we're back at 7:30. it's monday morning, the 1st of february, 2016. it's caucus day here in iowa. voters are getting set to take part in the first contest of the presidential race. turnout is key. you hear that sentence over and over again. guess what? turnout is great here in the west end architectural salvage, a marketplace in des moines. happy to have these folks with us, getting up early. a lot will be caucusing tonight. 1600 precincts across the state. we'll talk to marco rubio in a second. >> raise your hand if you'll go to a caucus location tonight. pretty unanimous. pretty good. first, other stories making headlines today.
a powerful storm blasting southern california with heavy rain and high winds. the storm is moving east. in san diego, one woman was killed when her car was hit by a falling tree. thousands of homes are without power this morning. the weather is also a concern here in iowa. a snowstorm is moving in a little later tonight. also in the news this morning, a student at the college of william in marion, west virginia, is recovering after contracting the zika virus. it happened when the student was traveling in central america over winter break. officials don't believe there is a health risk to anyone else on campus. the denver broncos and carolina panthers arrived in california last night. they're beginning their final preparations for super bowl 50. broncos quarterback peyton manning looking business like. the big talker, the panthers, cam newton and the zebra striped pants. >> do you have those pants? >> i do.
>> good of you to lend it to him. >> supposed to be a secret. now the biggest story of the day, politics and the iowa caucuses. marco rubio is hoping for a strong showing to compel his campaign into the next state, new hampshire. good morning, sir. nice to see you. >> nice to see you, senator. >> i thought about wearing those pants. >> trying to get votes. >> didn't poll well. >> people are talking about marcomentum. you've got momentuomentum, you' surging. that's the good news. the bad news, if you don't have a strong finish with all the talk, it'll seem like a disappointment. how are you managing things? >> we're not the front runner. ted cruz had 12,000 volunteers, spent time and money here. he has a strong iowa game so he's the front runner. but we feel like about our campaign. we're fighting and working hard and growing in the support we have. i feel positive about it. we've had a great time campaigning here in iowa.
it's been fantastic. it's been a blessing to be a part of the process. >> you mentioned ted cruz. you said he's been disingenuous in his attacks. he's distorted your record. he's the kind of guy, you say, who will say and do anything to get elected. in your mind, is that politics as usual, or is ted cruz doing something above and beyond what's the normal course of campaigning? >> well, the politics as usual, and that's the problem. he literally took a video of me speaking about cap and trade and cut it off before i finished my statement to make it look like i supported it. it's unfortunate. we're going to fight through it. we feel good about it. i think people know the truth. the great thing about iowa voters, they've been through this so many times, they know when you wait until the last minute to attack someone on something, it's usually not true. it's why they waited until the last minute. >> what would be a better outcome for you. if donald trump handily defeats ted cruz and knocks him out of the top tier, or if ted cruz
beats donald trump and shows that donald trump is not invincible? >> honestly, i've spent zero time thinking about that? >> how? >> i'm not a political analyst. i'm running for president of the united states. i spend my time with thinking and communicating with voters about what i'm going to do when i'm president. this country is greater than any on earth but it won't remain that way if we don't make changes in this cycle, this election. that's what i think about. i have people that work for me that thought about these things and i'll let them think about that. i'm focused on being the president and earning people's support. if you're watching tonight and you're in iowa, go caucus for marco rubio. >> i was at a trump rally yesterday, and it struck me, the people that say they support trump, not only do they like the fact he's plain spoken, they believe he can do the things he says he wants to do. they believe he can build a wall and have mexico pay for it. he can bomb the crap out of isis, to paraphrase what he said. are they being sold a bill of goods? >> the guy is an entertainer.
he's funny. >> it's not what he's billing himself as. >> here's the thing about iowa and the country, i think this country understands that if you're running to be president of the united states, you can't just tell people what you're going to do. you have to explain how you're going to do it. the presidency is the most significant political job on the planet. leader of the free world, commander in chief of the most important military and most powerful military in human history. people deserve to know exactly what you're going to do on these issues. i'm proud that my campaign outlined detailed public policy ideas on everything from student loan debt, which i care about because i had one three years ago that i thought i'd never pay off, to be honest with you, all to way to building to you are military to take on isis. boko haram is an affiliate of isis and these are the people we're in warfare with. either they win or we win. we better win the war. >> senator rubio, important day for you here in iowa. nice of you for spending time
with us. appreciate it. >> thank you for having me. we spent time with the voters and candidates on the campaign trail over the weekend. i caught up with senator bernie sanders, as he fought for every last vote. >> you were asking people of iowa here to start you off on nothing short than a political revolution. >> is that right? [ applause ] >> what have you heard in iowa over the last couple of days that assures you that they're going to set you on that course? >> well, there is no assurance for anything. if we have a large voter turnout, if thousands of people, many of whom have given up on the political process, many young people who have never participated in the political process, if they come out, we're going to win. >> reporter: with an estimated 76,000 door knocks this weekend alone -- >> hi there. we're volunteers with the bernie sanders campaign. >> reporter: sanders supporters are crisscrossing the state and working the phones. >> hi, carl. this is kim from the bernie sanders campaign.
>> reporter: all part of a final push a an essential last argument. after months of campaigning here, plenty of potential voters are still up for grabs. many coming to hear sanders one last time. >> are you decided? >> i think i'm decided. >> you say, i think i'm decided. not 100%. >> yeah. >> why? >> i was supporting clinton, but as more revelations came out about her honesty and her ability to lead the country, i feel like the commander in chief should be someone who is able to promote the american values. >> in the last few days, we found ourselves on the fence. we don't know if we're going to go hillary or bernie. >> reporter: in this tight race, sanders gained recent momentum but will it be enough. >> do you need to win to carry the momentum into a strong showing in new hampshire? >> obviously, we're going to try to win. but what we're doing is running a national campaign. we're going to run until the n
end. >> reporter: those in iowa who don't seem to be having as much time deciding -- >> i've been with him all the way. >> reporter: young people who are ready to caucus. >> are you motivated to that degree? >> absolutely. young people have the energy. i think young people will do it. >> reporter: sanders is counting on it. >> are you coming out tomorrow night? [ applause ] >> you'll sure they'll get out of the dorm rooms at 7:00 tomorrow night? >> i think tomorrow night, you're going to see not just young people, you're going to see working class people. you're going to see people all over this state who say, enough is enough. and, yes, they are going to come out for caucus. >> kind of an interesting circumstance, asking senator sanders questions and every time i'd ask him a question, he'd turn and ask the question to the crowd. >> like this? >> exactly right. anyway, there were a lot of people there, i have to say, who said even at the late hour, that
they still had some wiggle room. >> you know in the democratic caucus, there's persuasion that goes on. people will definitely have a chance to change their minds. >> no question. let's get a check of the weather from mr. studebaker, al roker. >> anybody worried about the weather going out to caucus tonight? no? all right. there you go. you have to worry if you have friends and neighbors who live throughout the mid plains and into the gulf coast. we have a risk of strong weather. enhanced risk from jackson to nashville for tornadoes, damaging winds. lots of downpours. 30 million folks are at risk for damaging wind gusts and possible tornadoes. this will be pushing through. this is ahead of the same system that's going to cause the blizzard here. it's going to bring very, very rough weather. tulsa, little rock, houston. the warm air surges ahead of the system, look for the strong storm s developing during the dy tomorrow and continuing at night. the tornado threat from western kentucky to central mississippi. it'll reach the east coast by
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edition of "today," iowa votes. they're too young to vote but lots of people will be caucusing tonight. after years of planning and months of campaigning, the first vote of the presidential race is hours away. >> chuck todd is moderator of "meet the press." political analyst nicolle wallace is with us again. good morning, guys. you've fanned out and been around the state over and over again. what are you hearing? what are you seeing that's going to dramatically impact the race tonight that we're not talking about? >> well, i think we heard it from donald trump himself at the beginning of the show. it is a, like i said before, known/unknown, who is going to show up tonight. historically, it's remarkable the people in other states, where they have a statewide vote. the caucuses has fewer people who participate. fewer than 200,000 republicans p p participate. it'll upend everything if his
supporters show up. >> chuck? >> people said if trump went in, they'd wouldn't participate. i also heard people who haven't voted in 20 years are going to show up. the other thing you don't see, i don't see the idea there's going to be a huge surge on the democratic or republican side. there's no evidence. it tells you maybe this ends up being clinton and cruz. >> there's an irony here. sanders on the democratic side and trump on the right need that very thing. they need this flush of new voters. if they don't get it, is that decisive? >> it would be decisive. both ted cruz and hillary clinton have put together campaigns to win normal, traditional iowa caucuses. they're very, very structural, going very precision wise, all those things. it is all feel with trump and sanders. they need the surge. we don't see the evidence of it. >> regardless of outcome -- because we don't have a lot of time -- regardless of outcome, does everybody move forward to
new hampshire or might somebody be out? >> i think cruz is limping into new hampshire if he doesn't. i don't think it's decisive in terms of picking a republican nominee. i think republicans have done terribly in this state and bounded back in new hampshire and south carolina. obviously, republicans want to do well here. it's an important state. but you can survive a loss here. cruz is in a different category because he staked everything on this state. he's badly wounded if he doesn't win. >> ditto with sanders. >> who wants to do predictions? glad you raised your hand. >> i hate to bet against passion. if i had to put someone slightly over the edge, i'd say trump could pull off something historic. >> democratic side? >> i don't want to bet against clinton's history. i think when she's up against the ropes, she sometimes pulls out her best performances. >> i can't tell you how confident the cruz people are. it's sort of unsernerving how confident they are. i give them credit because they know it's do or die for them. he does not get the nomination
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it's 8:00 on "today." coming up, politics and palin. the former alaska governor opens up in her first television interview since endorsing donald trump. >> our next president of the united states, donald j. trump. >> we'll talk with her live, as she gets set to hit the trail with trump later today. field of political dreams. tom brokaw takes us inside iowa's influence on choosing our country's presidential candidates. plus, al's iowa adventure. >> why is it so big? >> from the sweet to the stuffed to the fried, alis sinks his teh into the best bites in the hawkeye state. today, monday, february 1st,
2016. >> welcome to iowa, "today." >> happy caucus day. hi, mom. >> welcome to des moines. >> hello to everybody in chicago. >> hi to my family in california and here in des moines, iowa, we're excited to have the "today" show. >> welcome to iowa, "today." monday morning, caucus day here in iowa, 2016. special edition of our show from west end salvage in downtown des moines. we want to thank you guys for getting up early. we really do. but there's a reason they're up early. it's not just to talk about politics. >> no, no. >> it's because, look what we have. >> oh, my gosh. >> a plate of fried dough, ladies and gentlemen. who wants some? >> handing it out. >> oh, my goodness. fried oreos, fried hot dogs,
fried snickers. everything is fried and it's awesome. >> we want to welcome willie geist to des moines on this monday morning. also, we want to welcome governor sarah palin. her first interview since endorsing donald trump. we'll talk to governor palin in a couple of minutes. first, natalie is holding down the fort back in studio 1a in new york and has a check of the top stories of the morning. good morning. >> good morning to you. the world health organization is holding an urgent meeting in geneva today to decide if the zika virus outbreak should be declared a global economy. the virus carried by mosquitos reached two dozen countries. the u.n. health agency says it is spreading explosively in the americas. there are confirmed cases in the u.s. among people who traveled to other countries, but no infected mosquitos have been found in the u.s. a second virginia tech student has been arrested in the death of a 13-year-old girl whose remains were found along a
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[ bleep ]! >> oh, my god! >> frightening moments as the friends were in a shed near the dock. they'd just made the wise decision not to take their boat out because they could feel static electricity in the air, which often sends signals of strikes. one of nashville's longest running acts had a different close call. the don kelly band was tearing through its version of "ghost riders in the sky." the drummer got so into it, he flipped backward through a plate glass window. stan is okay and now owns a story that will be told over and over again in music city. let's send it back to matt and savannah in des moines, iowa. back to you. >> natalie, thank you very much. up next from iowa, we're sitting down with sarah palin for an exclusive live interview. it's her first interview since endorsing donald trump. then tom brokaw takes a closer look at iowa's influence in choosing the next president.
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welcome back, everyone, to des moines, iowa, as we count down to tonight's caucuses. the first contest of the 2016 presidential race. >> and in a moment, as promised, we'll talk exclusively to donald trump's highest profiler endorser. sarah palin is here. first, over the weekend, we caught up with voters at one of trump's final rallies here in iowa. >> reporter: in council bluff, the line started five hours before the rally did. many here, newcomers to the political process. >> i've never been to any rallies. >> have you caucused before? >> nope. >> you will for trump this time? >> i will. >> why? >> because he speaks like we do. >> reporter: a theme rally goers echoed over and over. >> he says the things that i think americans have been thinking for the last seven years. he brought it to the forefront. >> i think he is talking about what the majority of the united states is feeling. >> he's just saying what the
common person is thinking. >> reporter: a few attendees, still on the fence. >> are you guys trump supporters, just checking it out? >> we're going to check it out today and see. we're getting close to making up our mind, yeah. >> going with people who have experience in government. i would not hire a dogcatcher to do my teeth. i'm not going to hire somebody who doesn't know how to govern. >> you're not a trump supporter. why is it important to see him in the flesh? >> just to see what it is that he says. how would he make his decisions? what would he base it on? >> reporter: plenty of other minds already made up. >> did you ever consider any other candidate or was it trump all the way? >> trump all the way, i think. that's my only choice. i don't see anything else out there they're offering me that will make a difference. >> what i like about him most is he has nothing to lose. a lot of the other people are running because it's a job for them. i think he sees this as his job for america. >> are you trump voters or still
shopping? >> no, i'm trump. yay, trump! >> reporter: with a possible snowstorm late tonight, will many of these first-time caucus goers actually show up? >> the snowstorm stays away, we'll go have some fun with it, yeah. >> are you super committed? >> super committed. >> rainstorm or snowstorm, you're there? >> super committed. i have 4 by 4s and 6 by 6s. i'll give people rides and we'll be there. absolutely. >> iowans are not afraid of a little snow. >> not at all. former alaska governor sarah palin was john mccain's running mate during the 2008 presidential race. she's here in iowa supporting trump. good to see you. how are you? >> great, thanks. >> did you hit yourself to the right candidate? is donald trump going to win iowa? >> i believe he will win iowa. iowa voters are ready for restoration of constitutional government again. donald trump can do this. >> you said having donald trump and ted cruz at the top of the republican field is a nice problem to have. >> yes. >> is it a win-win for you?
if donald trump wins tonight, do you win? if ted cruz wins tonight, you've supported him in the past, do you win? >> in a sense, yes. keeping in mind, this is just a very first step in this long, arduous process. then getting into the general. we have ten more months before we actually know who will be our next president. tonight, whatever the outcome, i think the republican party, again, is in a fortunate position in having that good problem. good candidates at the top. >> this was probably a tough call for you, between ted cruz and donald trump. >> it wasn't tough. >> really? >> no. i supported ted cruz in his run for senate there out of texas. when i endorsed him, he was barely a blip on the radar screen, in terms of in the polls and what people were perceiving. at the last minute, getting in there and kind of, hopefully, helped add momentum to his
campaign. being there in the senate, to be a fighter for the american people, for our will, i want to keep him in the senate. >> you have credibility with evangelical voters. it's one of the reasons this endorsement meant so much to donald trump. do you think that he is the godly candidate that they're looking for? >> i hope voters aren't trying to find the most christiany, godliest candidate out there. who are we to judge one other's level of faith? our christian quotient, if you will. hopefully, people are looking for he who has that record of success that proves he can get the job done for us, finally. >> is he a true conservative? he's admitted in the past, he's donated to democratic candidates, republican candidates. he's donated to hillary clinton. how do you square that? >> you compare him to someone like ronald reagan who, at one
point, had -- he was a registered democrat and saw the light. i think, wonderful. i'm glad donald trump is on our side when it comes to the political spectrum. understanding that free markets and capitalism and restoration of our freedom is the way for america to be restored. good. we should celebrate that he has come over on the right side. >> i want to ask youme for some ptsd that's out there. >> i never said that. >> let's take it piece by piece. what did you mean? >> let's start piece by piece. you guys brought me here to talk about iowa politics and the caucus tonight, not to talk about my kids. that was a promise. as things go in the world of media, you don't always keep your promises, evidently. i never blamed president obama. what i have blamed president obama in doing though is this
level of disrespect for the united states military that has made manifest in cutting budgets, in not trying to beef it up and let our military do the job they're trained to do. and in specific issues we're talking about that are so hot today specifically, let's get in there and utterly destroy isis. as we know, our united states military can do it. yet, we have a commander in chief who seems to kind of want to allow the enemy to be poking at us. that's unacceptable to most that's unacceptable to most americans, certainly to me. >> do you regret the comment on that day of the endorsement. >> what did i say that is offensive? >> that you seem to lay it at the feet of the president. >> i don't regret any comment that i made because i didn't lay ptsd at the foot of the president. i did say, though, that there is and suggested very adamantly
that there is much more our commander in chief can do to show that he respects our troops and let them do our job. if you guys would tell me exactly what you're talking about, i can address that. >> in terms of credibility, there were no specific promises made about content of the interview, only this would be your first interview since you endorsed donald trump. >> i was told this interview is about the caucus tonight in iowa and right on, who will it be to put america back on the right track and restore constitutional government that we are lacking today and that we so need. i said right on, let me go talk about that, sure. >> i think we talked about that quite a bit. governor palin, thank you. >> thank you. let's get a check of the weather from mr. roker. >> this is very exciting. i've been to the iowa state fair and i've seen the giant butter cow. sara pratt, the sculptor of the butter cow has brought our own "today" show butter cow.
so nice to meet you. >> you too, al. >> how much butter is in this cow. >> this cow has about 40 pounds of butter, just a little bit less. the life-size cow at the iowa state fair is almost 600 pounds. >> wow. >> this was two days of welding. i got to practice welding skills. >> there's an armature underneath this? >> yes. >> otherwise it would collapse. >> and two days to do the better. >> what happens to the butter when you're done. >> we'll melt it down and take it off. it might be cooling off outside. it's warming up in here. i've had some softening issues here. >> everybody get a bagel! let's get some english muffins in here right now. sara pratt, thank you so much. awfully nice. thank you for bringing that for us. let's show you what we have going on as far as weather is concerned. two big stories. first off, a blizzard will develop here in the midplains. we're looking for some heavier
look at the snowfall amounts. they've canceled flights in denver, about 450 flights. des moines, about 10 inches. ahead of this system we've got a lot of warm air, instability. we'll look at severe weather developing as well later on tomorrow as we get into mid-gulf coast up into the mississippi river valley, enhanced risk of storms from jackson to central kentucky. 30 million people at risk for th . good morning. i'm meteorologist kari hall. bundle up as you head out. we have cool temperatures, especially in the north bay. now at 39 degrees. we will still feel milder air heading into the afternoon with mostly sunny skies. a breezy wind in san francisco. up to 56 degrees.
57 in the east bay. also, 56 in the tri-valley and the peninsula. south bay, 57 degrees. north bay, a high of 55 and some rain will be moving in later on tonight. the rest of the bay area seeing some rain in time for the morning commute. >> that is your latest weather. matt? >> mr. roker, thank you very much. up next, too much power? tom brokaw on the critical role iowa plays in picking our president. right after this. soup and sandwich and clean and real, and feeling good, sort of. and 500 calories or less. the clean pairings menu. at panera. food as it should be. ♪ ♪ give extra. get extra.
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welcome back to iowa, everyone. hosting the first contest in the presidential race is a source of pride for the voters here. >> nbc's tom brokaw is here with a closer look at the decades old tradition of iowa first. good morning. >> good morning. in iowa and especially in the political arena, there is a real question about whether iowa should be the first one, by itself. it is a caucus system. traditionally, the turnout is low. the state is rural. it's not very diversified. nonetheless, iowans don't want to give up on it. the media plays a role in keeping iowa first. we love the small towns, the farms and the food. i took a look at the debates here in iowa, whether it should be first. >> reporter: by tomorrow, one of these candidates will be a big winner. at least two or three will be on life support. des moines newspaper columnist
thinks it's too much power for iowa. >> me main problem with it is there's not enough democratic representation in this state. >> reporter: iowa is almost all white, older and rural. but is that a disqualifier for the leadoff position? rachel is a drake university professor and chair of the iowa caucus project. >> this is a process and begins in iowa but then moves to other states. if iowa always picked the president, then we could just have an entire election in iowa and forget about everything else. >> reporter: there is also the iowa record. it's not a king maker. only three winners who were not incumbents made it from the caucuses to the white house. the other iowa winners went from here to also run. turnout is low, but popular radio host van says this year is anything but traditional.
>> i guarantee we'll blow the roof off the numbers for the caucuses. >> reporter: even so, the national media helped make iowa the big opening act. from the locals, the hardy meals, charming towns and cities alike. and iowa evangelicals are expected to be a big part of the surge. pastor dan berry at cornerstone family church. >> here to share with you this morning, children of god, sons and daughters, we have a responsibility to be involved in the process. >> reporter: this woman gets it all. she's lived here 25 years and loves it. when she was critical of iowa's first in the nation status, did she have to change her phone number or name? >> no. people call me at home often. that's one of the beautiful things about iowa. >> when it's said and done, i hope people take away from iowa that this is a place where, among average, everyday voters, just normal people who live
normal lives, there is an opportunity for politics to be about them. they can meet presidential candidates. they can ask hard questions. they can demand answers. there's something just truly special and unique about what happens here. >> i've been coming here since 1980. i must say, the atmosphere has never been as electrifying as it is this year. nonetheless, i think in the future, why not have iowa, new hampshire and south carolina on the same day? southeast, northeast and the midwest. it saves a lot of money and consolidates everything. >> how would you feel about that? >> boo! >> i was going to say, you're a brave man, brokaw. >> i knew it. in the next two days, i'll be under an assumed name. >> way to walk right into that one, tom. >> you need a food taster, willie geist is here, as well. this is an issue that comes up in politics all the time.
iowa and new hampshire has this outside influence. should it? >> i love you have national treasure tom brokaw booed in iowa. but we've all covered these caucuses. it's a unique experience. especially on the democratic side, you get in the room and everybody stands in a group in one corner. as the second vote comes through, you stand with a different group if your candidate hasn't made it through. it's nothing else like it in politics. >> like the clicky makeup of the "today" show before we start. just ahead, the tasty side of iowa. al takes you i'm ... ==anim== happening
today... =topvo= a very good monday morning to you. 8:26. i'm laura garcia-cannon. happening today, the u.s. department of justice gets involved in the high-profile and controversial case involving the san francisco police. they will conduct a comprehensive review of the police department and the recent scrutiny surrounding the police shooting death of mario woods last december in the bay view. critics have been calling for an investigation and the resignation of the police chief. they are also asking for the police officers to be criminally charged. a news conference is being held this afternoon. let's check the traffic with mike. laura, there is a breakdown in the area at 880 past the
coliseum and it's gumming up more gradually. 880 northbound and 580 westbound, folks are shifting over to highway 13 as well. a couple crashes through the stretch have cleared and we're getting some recovery for the east shore freeway. it's jammed up in richmond and has to get past the university avenue. still, slow in both directions especially 101 through san mateo. san jose is start to ease but 101 jams up to mountainview. we'll be back with another local news update in half an hour. see you then. (scal): good day, m'lady!
we had an overflow and the people outside were threatening to rush the joint. we decided to give them camera time. thanks so much for standing out in the cold. >> coming up, the hard working people behind the scenes who keep the candidates running and the campaigns going all across iowa and all across the country. >> you want wild and crazy fruit creations? come to iowa. bacon-wrapped corn dogs, check. it doesn't stop there. wait until you see what i sunk my teeth into. a 4 pound tower of meat. >> tell them about the twinkie, al. >> and a fried twinkie. >> we have a little fried chickengate here. >> cheat day. >> and we're playing the country's favorite game, let's be honest, cornhole.
love it? first, mr. roker, ho you about -- how about a check of the weather? >> as we've been saying, we have a big storm coming out of the rockies, moving into the mid plains. wet weather in the pacific northwest and showe in the mid-atlantic coast for the early part of the week. as we get to the mid part of the week, strong storms along the atlantic coast. later in the week, things calm down. temperature wise, it'll get mild in the eastern part of the country. as we work to the midweek period, the warmer air stays in the northeast, mid-atlantic states then things normal out. stays awfully warm in the plains and great lakes. we've got clear blue skies and cool temperatures as we get the day started. we're taking a live look at the outer sunset in san francisco. it's now 47 degrees there. 45 in oakland and san carlos and 44 degrees in san jose.
we're looking at highs today topping out right at about 56 to 58 degrees for most of us. the embarcadero at 57 degrees and breezy winds at times as gusts are up to 30 miles an hour. 59 degrees in oakland. latest weather. savannah? to the final push for support of ahead tonight's caucuses in iowa. >> the republican and democratic races are tight. the candidates are barnstorming this state. peter alexander has been busy, keeping tabs on the campaigns. good morning again. >> nice to see you. for every top-tier candidate, there are countless staffers and volunteers who put their lives on hold to throw themselves into the political campaigns. strategizing, knocking on doors, producing every stop and photo op. this morning, before iowa votes, we take you inside the campaign. >> reporter: the frenetic final hours. more than a dozen candidates,
hundreds of staffers and volunteers, one prize. campaign manager danny diaz is jeb bush's bulldog. >> we're making phone calls, knocking on doors and talking to voters. >> reporter: fueled by chinese food and adrenaline. >> i hope to see you out at the caucus. every vote counts. >> my professors, all of them, were okay with it. some said they were yelliojealo it would be an excused absence if i brought back pictures. >> reporter: marco rubio's press secretary hasn't been home in weeks. >> you don't have time. you're constantly going and always something to do. >> reporter: then-senator barack obama's body man in 2008. >> i remember thinking to myself, i kind of wanted to vomit every day. there's all this anxiety. you don't really know what the
outcome is going to be. >> reporter: arkansas native hale works for hillary. the task, to change this into a campaign stop. >> is it exhausting? punishing? exhilarating? >> it's a combination of exhaustion and exhilaration, i'd say. i didn't sleep well last night. >> reporter: we were invited behind the curtain where he choreographs the arrival. >> say hi. >> reporter: secretary clinton is running an hour behind. even the pink arrows on the ground to make sure she comes out the right way. >> even if the world is falling apart here, remain calm back there. we want to create an environment that's good to go. >> reporter: of course, there's one critical thing. >> you always want gum. first thing you know. oh, i don't want them to get too close to you today. >> reporter: one final huddle. >> you make the remarks.
>> yes, sir. >> thank you all very much. >> do you finally breathe out now? >> breathe out and start again tomorrow. >> the pace as you saw for the guys is exhausting. sometimes making up to ten stops in a day. you've heard greg say that gum is critical also on the list. the sharpie you need for signing autographs. of course, the sanitizer. too much hands along the trail. this one, matt, is for you. >> little cliche. also comfortable shoes. >> no doubt. >> lot of walking in the state. >> thank you very much. a taste of iowa. al is going to sink his teeth into the deeply creative and deeply fried concoctions you'll find in the hawkeye state. first, on a monday morning, this is nbc. oh remotes, you've had it tough.
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♪ we've got great music to go along with, wow, what a fried buffet. al, you had a plum assignment, fried one, to taste the best of iowa. >> the hawkeye state, you cannot run for president in iowa without a stop at the state fair to sample the state's unique creations. i couldn't come here without indulging in a little myself. >> reporter: the hawkeye state, serving up politics along with iconic fare worthy of a vote. i visited three restaurants. all with high marks. everybody says, you're in des moines and you have to take home a smitty's tenderloin. let's find out why they wear the crown. what makes you guys the king? >> it's a combination of the breading and also the pork that
we use. smith said his family lived high on the hog more than 50 years, selling more than 1,200 tenderloin sandwiches a week. adding 500 during the caucuses. >> why is it so big? it's way bigger than the bun. >> that's really the tradition, is to have the big tenderloin hang over the bun. >> it must be good to be the king. >> it is. thank you. >> reporter: next stop on the campaign trail, jethro's bbq. home of all things smoked. if that's not enough to appease your carnivorous cravings, behold, jethro's food challenge, a 4 pound powtower of meat. >> from what i understand, if you can eat this sandwich in 15
minutes, you get it for free? >> yes. >> what's interesting, they serve thousands of these. >> yeah. >> only a dozen people have ever finished it in time? >> yup. there's a wall of fame and a wall of shame. the wall of shame is significantly bigger. >> this is the best i can do. >> spicy pickle? i don't blame you. the fries are special, too. after a pound, it gets to be a lot. >> that's good eating. >> reporter: the final on my great iowa food add schenn kruv us to zombie burger. >> what was the best seller? >> monte christie. >> even if he's not number one in the polls, this monster burger is number one. >> he was able to win something. >> a lot going on in there. >> reporter: even though they say never discuss politics at
the dinner table, one thing is for sure, iowa satisfies appetites and political taste. >> al, you definitely had the most fun of all of us. here to give us a taste of the iowa state fair is its ceo and manager, gary slater. >> welcome to iowa. >> you have an array of fried foods here. let's start with the corn dogs. >> the corn dogs are probably the most popular food item at the iowa state fair. we probably sell 10,000 a day to all our folks. you have the double bacon. >> right here. >> anything with bacon is wonderful, that's for sure. the big thing about corn dogs, folks, are you a mustard person or ketchup person? >> mustard. >> tell us about the fried dough. >> the fried dough is cookie dough that's deep fried. deep fried oreos at the top. funnel cakes. of course, you can't have a state fair without mini doughnuts. they are just to die for.
>> we have the huge butter cow here. savannah just asked an etiquette question. are you allowed to tough the butter cow? >> sure, go ahead. enjoy it. >> wow. it's butter, made of butter. i can confirm. >> how many things on a stick do you sell at the iowa state fair? >> we have over 70 things on a stick. about 175 different food stands. pork chops on a stick are always great at the iowa state fair, as well. >> how many days until the iowa state fair? >> 91 d191 days. come back august 11th through the 21st. >> we're there. these are from iowa city. >> i have to try this. >> from the hamburg inn no. 2. this is kentucky bourbon chocola chocolate. >> so good. >> blueberry. >> we put nour this? >> amazing.
>> you grind up the pie? >> grind up the pie and they put it in with a scoop of ice cream. also, the pullman bar and diner. >> you picked up the phone yesterday -- >> i called cory and also nate, who is a famous place kicker for the hawkeyes. you have to cry ttry the chicke boys and girls. >> why not? >> one more. >> drizzle it with local honey. >> oh, my goodness. >> oh, my gosh. >> that, my friends. >> so good! >> this is a cheat month right here. >> can we come back for the state fair? >> we're doing the show from the state fair. we're coming back. [ applause ] thank you so much. appreciate it. up ahead, another iowa tradition. we're going head to head in a friendly game of cornhole. first, this is "today" on nbc. >> nothing is friendly on this show. thank you.
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[ applause ] ♪ welcome back. we've just tasted some of the delicious foods of iowa. now it is time for good old fashioned iowa fun. >> cornhole is a huge hit at tailgates all across the state. it's a combination of a bean bag toss and horseshoes. here to teach us how to play. first from the university of iowa hawkeyes, running back travis perry. [ applause ] and from the iowa state cyclones, their quarterback, joel lansing [ applause ] linebacker? that was wrong. you're a linebacker. you keep tackling this guy. >> yeah. >> he's a linebacker. what's the basics here? >> you know, you have your teach and split up each side. so -- >> joel, you and me are a team. >> you're there and i go there. >> travis?
>> savannah, i think. >> you go there. savannah, you stay with me. >> savannah has never played. >> we'll be the judges. >> hold the bean bags. >> okay. >> you start. i don't know what we're supposed to do. >> all the bean bags start on one side. >> all right. we got them. different colors. take your color. >> so confusing. >> joel, we go first? >> i guess. >> alternating or -- >> alternate, yeah. >> savannah, i'll go first and then you. >> okay. >> oh! >> seriously? >> matt lauer. >> he's been practicing cornhole since 2:00 a.m. >> football. >> natural. >> beginner's luck. gutter ball.
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now on nbc-bay-area dot com... a good morning on your monday. it's 8:56. i'm sam brock. happening right now on nbcbayarea.com, the presidency race hits into overdrive with the iowa caucuses. go to our facebook page for a look at caucus events, rules and road blocks in the pivotal start of this 2016 election. also, propane tanks turn an
this morning on "today's take," christian slater is here, mixing it up as our guest co-host. decision day. we're live in iowa with sarah palin as the first votes are cast. shop till you drop. we'll show you the best deals for february. all that and more coming up now. >> announcer: from nbc news, this is "today's take," with al roker, natalie morales, willie geist and tamron hall, live from studio 1a in rockefeller plaza. welcome to "today" on this monday morning, february 1st, 2016. we've been counting down to this day a long time because iowa caucus day. here in studio 1a, we have a golden globe winner in the flesh, christian slater.
>> yes, good to be here. >> obviously, tamron hall and natalie morales. willie and al are in iowa. we'll check in with them momentarily. nice jam. you cannot go wrong with this song. you have to do the dance though. >> that's -- yeah, that's later. stay tuned. >> we have a golden globe for you if you do it. >> okay, good. >> but you have the real deal. when you won the golden globe, you came on our show and talked about this new show you were working on. you said, it's perfect timing for it because we're talking about cyber security. fast forward, the applause and the praise and the awards come. >> you never know how a show is going to be received, but it's been a great experience. the whole -- yeah, there it is. >> there you are. >> you won supporting actor. the show won as best tv drama. how has life changed for you? i asked you during the break, and you said -- >> yeah, not too much. pretty quiet. >> that's it?
>> yeah, that was it. >> the phone isn't ringing off the hook? >> it was a good party and went home and did the dishes. >> no way! >> yeah, that's how it goes. >> did you keep the golden globe on the side of the sink? >> no, no. my son had made me like two years ago for christmas, he carved this thing. it was really nice. it said, out of difficulties grow miracles. it was in this piece of wood. >> wow. >> i had it up there. he said to me before the show, dad, if you happen to get the thing, if you put the globe next to that, i think it'd be a good spot for it. i went, all right. we'll see what happens. yes, that is now its location. >> i love that. >> it's like he built the mantle for it. >> yeah, i was proud of him for that one. i liked that. >> you're on break. >> yeah. >> you resume taping in march but you and your son are hanging out? >> we're hanging out in the city right now. we went to the "star wars" consume exhibit yesterday, the museum. that was fun. good time. >> you told us about "star wars." you liked the movie.
our temperatures are still cool this morning. still in the 40s. but we are heading into the upper 50s today which is cooler than average but we will have some sunshine and breezy wind that will make it feel cool all throughout the day. san francisco, only up to 56 degrees. 57 in the east bay. in the tri-valley, also 56 degrees. 56 in the peninsula. the south bay is up to 57 degrees. we are getting ready for some rain that will be here as we head into tonight. it may impact tomorrow morning's commute. >> that is your latest weather. >> al, thank you very much. governor sarah palin is in iowa for donald trump. wel hea more from her about the rare and what's going on in the country bleeding gums?
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we're back now with our "today" exclusive, sarah palin, former governor of alaska, vice president candidate 2008, fresh off her endorsement on donald trump. welcome back. good to see you. >> you, sttoo. >> you were in the spotlight in 2008 and now here you are again, back on stage with donald trump. what does it feel like? >> i'm thankful for the position i have now. it's very freeing. no shackles. i can do and say whatever i want to. >> you've never had st thou -- shackles though, have you? >> they tried eight years ago and it was part of the problem, why things didn't go so well. no, a person is wired to be free, to be able to say what they want to say, go where they want to go. you know, that's the beauty of america, too. >> a lot of people have speculated in the press about
what a sarah palin endorsement of trump means for his campaign. is it a good thing or a bad thing? why do you think it's good for donald trump? what do you bring to the campaign and his supporters? >> i'm very, very conservative. very much a right-winger, proudly clinging to my god, my guns and my constitution. i think i speak for a lot of americans who have those same values. so to be able to lend that to the campaign, i think, has been helpful for mr. trump. but really, i don't think endorsements mean nearly as much as maybe those who are really on the inside baseball politico type discussions every day. i don't think endorsements mean as much to the rest of us normal people. >> i think a year ago, if we were sitting here saying, donald trump will be the front runner in the republican party and, by the way, bernie sanders will be neck and neck with hillary clinton, nobody would have believed you. what is happening in this
country, governor, that has cause d the rise of those candidates? >> i think people are craving honesty and candidness. folks who are outside of that permanent political class that have been part of the problem and, certainly, on the republican side of the fence, that's what we're getting in donald trump's candidacy. someone who is promising to restore constitutional government, which is what we've wanted and expected. and we worked really, really hard to send the congress a gop majority to do just that. to return us to constitutional government. yet, they disappointed. they didn't do what they said they were going to do. >> i had a thought as i was preparing to talk to you about hillary clinton. i know ya fan and you support trump. but if she were elected president, would there be a part of you that would be proud that a woman would be president of the united states? >> sure. >> yeah? >> yeah. >> i would prefer many, many other women to be president of the united states, but sure, you
know. it's not going to happen though. it's a hypothetical. >> do you think the donald trump doesn't win, she'd be a good president? >> not if she is -- would pursue the same agenda that barack obama has, that has racked up trillions and trillions of dollars in debt. that our children and grandchildren are never going to be able to pay off. not if the military is gutted. all those things that really have fundamentally transformed america into something it is becoming, unrecognizable. if she continued that agenda, which i believe she would, no, i can't say she would be. >> a couple weeks ago after you made the -- had the event with donald trump and made the sp h back to "snl" and broke out her sarah palin impersonation. you appeared on the snow. >> on tv, i'm a good sport about it. >> does that get old for you? what do you think? >> for the audience, it should get a little old, but she's really talented.
and lauren michaels knows what he's doing, in bringing in an audience by characterizing someone. i'm helping with her job security at "snl." >> does she do a good sarah palin? >> my kids say she doesn't. it's nothing like you. >> what, she's not as mean as i am? but i think she's very talented, yeah. the way that they make her up, i think she looks like me. >> she had the shirt and the wholg going on. now, do you, as you look at the next chapter in your life and career, what's next for you professionally? i know you take care of your family first and foremost, but what do you see yourself doing next? would you be in politics again? >> i appreciate, as i said earlier, what i'm doing now. that is helping to find candidates who are in it for the right reasons. they aren't looking at politics as government, as just a job, but as really a mission that
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jose policare sayg little about good monday morning. 9:26. i'm sam brock. a quick look at your top stories. so far, san jose police are saying very little about an apparent random shooting that killed a young father. it happened just before 1:00 p.m. yesterday on clements avenue near story road in east san jose. the mercury news is reporting the 20-year-old died in that shooting, killed outside the home where he lived with his girlfriend and young daughter. a family member told "the merc" this was a random drive-by shooting. today the u.s. department of justice getting involved in a high-profile and controversial case involving san francisco police. the doj will release details about its plan to conduct a comprehensive review of the police department and recent
scrutiny surrounding the police shooting death of mario woods last december. critics are calling for the resignation of the police chief and the officers to be criminally charged. a news conference is scheduled for this afternoon. a new art display going up in the south bay drawing attention to human trafficking and forced labor. the work is titled " -- it has been a very chilly greeting so far to your monday morning but we have nowhere to go but up. a look at your weather and traffic right after this.
also 5 in san carlos. the embarcadero, up to 57 degrees and oakland, 59. things are looking a little better on the roads. speed looking up here, northbound if that's your commute direction. crash clear from 280 north just off of the 680 interchange. a smooth drive for oakland and bay bridge toll plaza. the wind is persistent, as you can see behind me.
taking a look at the headlines. world health organization is holding an emergency urgent meeting today to decide if the zika virus outbreak should be a global economy. the virus carried by mosquitos reached about two dozen countries, and the u.n. health agency said it is explosively in the americas. there are confirmed cases in the u.s. among people who have traveled to other countries, but no infected mosquitos have been found here. the cdc is expected to declare an end to chipotle's e. coli outbreak as soon as today. the wall street journal says investigators still haven't pinpointed the cause of the contamination that sickened more than 50 people in nine states. the chain is planning an advertising and social media campaign to woo back customers.
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let's get a check of the weather right now from mr. roker, who is in iowa. al? >> they're serving waffles. you can't go wrong with that. let's look at your week's precipitation. the early part of the week we havezzard out of the rockies to the midwest. rain in the pacific northwest. as you get into the midweek period, heavy rain along the mid-atlantic coast to the southeast with severe weather. a real wintry mix out in the pacific northwest. nice in the midsection of the u.s. latter part of the week, things calm down. snow around the western great lakes. rain in the pacific northwest. temperatures, we're going to stay warm. eastern half of the u.s., much above normal through the southeast and northeast. much below in the rockies. midweek, the warm weather continues in the east. stays cold out west. though the cold air expands. the latter part of the week, much above normal temperatures move up to the wear some extra layers as you head out.
it is cooler than average with a gusty wind. highs today reaching 57 degrees in the east bay and the south bay. it stays gusty. in the tri-valley, up to 56 degrees. also 56 in san francisco and peninsula. north bay, 55 degrees with mostly sunny skies. but the clouds will be moving in late tonight. we are getting ready for some rain that will be here by early tomorrow. it looks like the rain is out of here by tomorrow afternoon. >> that's your latest weather. natalie, we're at the west end salvage, coffee shop and antique store. the table my monitor is on, this is the trunk of a 1963 studebaker daytona. >> i love that place.i want one. >> there's a lot of stuff here. >> thanks, al. get home safely. now to a friendly competition. we have a game of clean slate. >> we're about to find out how much we really know t keeping our homes tidy and germ free.
>> elizabeth is here to put us to the test. we have a clean slate because we have christian slater. >> hi. >> and you're writing your answers on a slate. >> yes. >> all i want you to do is write, t for true, f for false, the letters. the first question, true or false, you should always put the lid down when you flush the toilet. >> you better do it, christian. >> true. >> absolutely. you all got it right. of course, it spreads germs so keep it down. also, clean your toilet once a week and do a deep clean once a month. >> you're saying the whole lid. >> right, it spreads. >> good thing we have a golden pizza. >> question two, what should you clean once a year using vinegar, plastic bag and rubber band? a, cooking utensils.
b, toothbrush. c, pots and pans. d, shower head. >> shower head. >> tamron, wow. you guys are good. >>hygienic. >> there's a lot of germs that build up there. the bag with vinegar to the head and sit it overnight, run hot water through it and it'll be clean. >> the water will run better. >> once a month, clean your a, hair brush. b, tweezer. c, nail clippers. d, makeup brush. >> hair brush. >> i'm going to go tweezers. i don't know what number -- >> tweezers is b. >> no, no, yes. >> that's right. >> ladies, clean your makeup brushes. >> once a month? >> once a month is fine. >> i do it once a week. >> i take care of mine. i have a special case for it. >> really?
>> yes. >> golden case, yeah. >> shampoo, run it under warm water. dry it with a hair dryer. >> when you have oily skin, you have to do it more. i'm not doubting your expertise, but kind of. >> you guys can do it. christian and i are in the same thing here. doing a load of whites in hot water once a month will keep your washing machine free of germs. >> i don't know. >> false. >> true. >> it's false. your washing machine has a lot of germs. do your whites in hot water. once a month, take vinegar and take it through the hottest cycle. leave the door over if you have a front loading machine so mildew doesn't build up. question five, to keep shower and bath drains clean and clog free, because your hair gets in it, pour half a cup of baking
soda down the drain, followed by a half cup of, a, vodka. b, vinegar. c, bleach. d, rubbing alcohol. >> vinegar. >> you're right. there is a chemical reaction. put the baking soda down. chase it down with vinegar. put a damp cloth over it and pour hot water over it. the hair will go away. vin fwegar is the best cleaning product. baking soda and lemon and you're good to go. >> time for more one. >> true or false, plastic shower curtains should be run through a washing machine. >> what? >> true. >> false. >> you're -- tamron is right. basically, plastic shower curtains have the mildew buildup. put it in your washing machines with old towels and detergent and it'll scrub it clean. the winner of today's game, the magic plunger. >> just what i needed. >> could have been a tie.
>> no, no, no. i forfeit the title. >> after the golden pizza, you'll need that. >> too much! >> elizabeth, thank you. next, we are really going to get our game on with a super bowl snack that will win soup and sandwich and somewhere to go, and clean and real and nowhere to be, and warmth and looking good, and sandwich and soup and inside jokes, and dan is back! good, clean food pairs well with anything. the clean pairings menu. 500 calories or less. at panera. food as it should be.
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your game day menu. >> elizabeth, the debutante farmer, is here with favorite recipes. good morning. how are you? >> very well. >> we have a chipotle flank steak that's out of this world. it'll be in a flour tortilla and phenomenal. super bowl is like a snow day. it's all about the food. >> that's right. don't go anywhere. >> we have the grid here. flank steak, chipotle, sugar,o. it's a poor man's meat. i eat it at my house all the time. brown sugar. balsamic. we'll also put in peppers. >> yes. >> don't cut them up or anything. >> exactly. >> once we zip this top, would you add a little bit of that to the mayonnaise? >> yeah. it'll be spicy, right?
>> not too much. do that. i'm going to work on the flank steak. >> okay. >> this pan has got to be hot. it needs to be as hot as you were in the '90s, brother. >> he's still hot. >> i know, but that's when i fell in love. anyway, we're going to get it really hot and add it. we want to make sure we brush off a lot of the marinade. otherwise, we're not going to get the gorgeous -- >> i'm since the '90s. now i have skills. >> let's talk about the jam now. this is a recipe we made. >> oh, moving. >> this is a recipe we make a lot on the farm in the summer. we'll make it in the winter so use canned tomatoes, which is fine. we have our garlic, onions. sauteed and beautiful. >> caramelized, right? >> exactly. we're adding paprika, little bit of ginger. we have hot sauce. we have some soy.
lemon. little bit of salt and pepper. >> stand back, everybody. great recipe. >> this is phenomenal. honey of a biscuit with butter and crumble bacon on top. it's so good, it'll make you want to slap your mama. you've never had anything so fine. >> amazing. now we'll assemble, right? >> what we do, and you follow my lead. >> so good. how long did you cook the steak for? >> it's about five minutes per side. do it to the temperature you love. don't let anybody else dictate that. we have a little chipotle mayonnaise. who knows how to say that. is it chipotle, chipotle? >> chipotle. just say, the hot sauce. >> go that way, which is a different way. it's fine. we'll go up and up. beautiful. kind of like you're sewing.
isn't that fun? we also have caramelized bacon bites, or pig candy as we call it. wrap your bacon bites in the breadstick and roll it in brown sugar. it i phenomenal. tamron was stealing them a minute ago. aren't those good? >> you have to eat something, christian. >> okay. here we go. >> it doesn't matter that the caroli panthers -- >> oh, baby, that's good. >> doesn't matter the panthers are going to get their asses beat -- oh, can i say that? i can't believe i said that on the tv. you'll be a winner. >> you're not into the panthers? >> no. honey, no. >> thank you. >> take care. >> all the recipes on today.com/food. tamron, what's coming up? >> february is a great month for finding deals. we'll show you which products
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if being cooped up all winter gives you the urge to shop, february is one of the best months to find deals. >> stores are clearing out the last of their holiday and winter inv inventory with deep discounts. >> we have a research analyst here with us thi you. >> the first coinciding with the super bowl this sunday, tvs. >> tvs are interesting. no one thinks you would want to buy a tv during february. they're actually on massive discounts. back in january, there was a consumer electronics show where they debuted the new models. the older models, the retailers are trying to get them out. the retailers, you'll be able to get discounts.
walmart has rollbacks on the 2015 models. i saw a good samsung. >> a few budget-friendly items will make their way down the conveyer belt. starting with valentine's day chocolates and flowers. today is the 1st of the month but you say the sooner we purchase, the better. >> chocolate flowers, jewelry, everyone wants these. who doesn't want a bouquet of flowers, chocolates? >> right. >> stores like 1-800 flowers are having discounts two weeks before valentine's day. put in your order early, 30% to 50% off. as we get closer to valentine's, it goes up. jewelry, retailers like blue nile has a discount of 60% to 90% off of jewelry. godiva chocolate doesn't really go on sale, but it's affordable.
>> something on sale with taxes? >> i'm doing my taxes right now, with the help of my accountant. some of us don't have help from the accountant so you want software. turbo tax are putting their tax software on sale early. 30% to 50% off. on groupon, you can down count a coupon. get it 50% off. >> obviously, it's been a cold winter. where do we get good winter sales? >> it's been a warm winter. >> oh, my goodness. look at that. >> the reason why. >> cruise along with it here. this is what i look like in it. >> you're the model extraordinary. look how good that looks on you. >> i like it. >> a lot of the retailers are trying to get rid of old merchandise. it's winter stuff will be on clearance. l.l. bean, upwards of 50% off. >> 30 seconds.
mattress on the conveyer belt. >> they go on sale, like furniture. go to major retailers, sears, u.s. mattress, up to 50% off. >> home goods, too? >> home goods, general goods purchase this time of year. >> online, you'll find the best discounts there and might find free shipping. >> got your shopping done in your head? >> all set. valentine's day is coming. get ready. we're back in a moment. this is "today "on nbc. >> thank you so much.
the department of justice launches a new review of the san francisco police department. live updates will be tweeted when the prosecutors outline their plans for the probe. and at the mosconi center, the nfl experience is there. we'll check your weather this morning with kari. >> we had a cool start to the day but with all of this sunshine, we're looking at highs that will top out in the upper 50s all across the bay area. 57 degrees in the east bay and south bay. look for a high of 56 in the tri-valley peninsula and san francisco. the north bay today up to 55 degrees. it will still be breezy. we're getting ready for another system to move in tomorrow that will bring in some more rain. we're looking at one last dry day before the rain returns. in traffic, looking at a slow drive. still southbound 880 right there through freemont looks like someone hit their brakes a little extra hard, caused a little ripple back.
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. from nbc news, this is "today" with kathie lee gifford and hoda kotb live from studio 1a in rockefeller plaza. >> hello, everybody. look who is back. >> hoda woman. >> look who is back. back where she belongs. >> it's happened. four people are going -- everyone is in iowa. i was, like, where is everybody? >> it was special for you. it was all for you. >> you know, i was gone all of swran last year, and nothing