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thicket. sayonara. >> coming up, "hardball" with chris matthews. stay classy, charleston. let's play "hardball." good evening, i'm chris matthews, in washington, with just eight days until south carolina's republican primary, a poll finds donald trump well in the lead. 36% of likely republican voters back him. according to the augusta conical survey, cruz comes in at 20%, rubio, third at 15. last night, nbc pollster peter heart focused group of republican voters in south carolina, and here's what they said about those three front runners. >> marco rubio. >> rising star.
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>> marco rubio. >> fresh face. >> marco rubio. >> still new. >> marco rubio. >> immigration. >> fin finish your term as senator first. >> needs experience. >> ted cruz. >> negative. >> give me a word or phrase for a feeling. >> feeling? divisive. >> opportunist. >> fake. >> fake. >> dock tore near. >> donald trump, go around the room, get ready, everybody got their word. i want one word, fast and i want it served up to me. >> leader. >> flashy. >> alpha dog. >> rich. >> dog matt particular. >> narcissistic. >> inspirational. >> divisive. >> greedy. >> that's something i can believe. i think they made sense.
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peter hart told nbc news, alpha candidate, he is polarizing, ex as baiting, mesmerizing, people not voting for him in the primary, everyone thinks he's going to win. cruz is getting nasty. trump tweeted today, how can cruz be an evangelical chris st sthan when he is so dishonest. stop cheating and doing negative adds, i have standing to sue him for not being a natural born citizen. nbc's hallie jackson is in greenville, south carolina. washington bureau chief for usa today and larry sabato is the politics. >> you're covering the cruz campaign, what are they doing to offset this big lead for donald trump?
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>> a couple of things, chris. first, in response to some of these trump a tacts, the cruz campaign is blowing it off. yet another trumper-tantrum, this word they've made up. cruz himself, i just spoke with him a couple of minutes ago here in greenville. he believes trump is out of options and turning to these political insults. as far as what he's doing in south carolina, what his strategy, he's going after trump on the air waves and b, trying to bring the christian conservative vote to try to topple trump here in south carolina. this something he was able to do in iowa and trying to replicate it here in south carolina. >> as i said, the cruz campaign has been hitting trump with a couple of negative ads, this one released yesterday. >> the home was all she had left. >> it stood in donald trump's way. >> the limousine parking lot he
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wanted for his cass seino. >> trump still supports eminent domain today. >> another ad marked trump by questioning his values. >> look, i got the trump action figure. >> no way, it's huge. >> what does he do in. >> he pretends to be a republican. >> don't take my house, mr. trump. >> that's a lousy house, i'm going to take your house with eminent domain and park my limos there. >> eminent domain. >> we wouldn't tolerate these values in our children. why would we want them in a president? >> child labor laws? >> any way, trump responded last night during a rally in baton rouge. >> cruz today, took an ad that is so false. it's so false. it's difficult, because i am a legitimate person. when i see these ads, remember, these ads are paid for by the
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special interest, the lobbyists and the donors. they're lies. they talk about eminent domain, without it, you wouldn't have a road. without it, you wouldn't have hospitals, you wouldn't have anything. >> hallie, what about these robo calls down there, has anybody pointed to the cruz campaign down there. >> the push polls happening in south carolina, reports that they're coming out, the cruz campaign is denying any involvement at all. >> they would. >> he said -- sure, cruz has said his campaign is not behind it and they're pointeding out -- >> what about the super pacs, aligned groups or super pacs. >> again, not from cruz world is what we're being told. >> yeah, well, we'll see how that develops. susan, this state has a history of pretty awful behavior, the
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200 race, they accused, they had all kinds of state about mrs. john mccain's drug use, they went after his daughter, adopted daughter who has a south asian background, they were throwing a lot of stuff down there. >> it worked. >> that's the sad thing about dirty politics, sometimes it does work. >> well, south carolina is not iowa. people in iowa are pretty clean living, not that people in south carolina aren't, but they're accustomed to a rough and tumbled politics. it's a place where some of these negative ads can work in a way that iowa and new hampshire where they don't work on retailing campaigning. it is a history, especially on the republican of really tough political attacks. >> how do you counter, does trump have to break his habit and spend some money to counter them? does have he have go on the air and go each hour. >> that's a dilemma. of course, he is in the lead, you know, so that gives him a certain advantage. >> that's why he is being attacked probably. >> the other thing that happened in previous states, he can be
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attacked and it doesn't have an affect on him. >> you teach this, larry. what do you make of south carolina as a place, as a culture of politics that goes back, you know, pretty far back to the bad days? >> chris, we know a couple of things about south carolina and republicans, first, they're very conservative. second, they are heavily, heavily christian evangelical, even more so than iowa. and so, you know, this particular candidate bunch, fits them quite well. but remember, it's a split field. i know john kasich is like 2%, but his positive style seems to be selling among the piece of the electorate there that doesn't like all of this negativism, and hyper conservati conservativism. >> so it goes back to lee at water of course, with when you talk about people going on jumper cables, if something had
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electric shock therapy it, was pretty rotten down there. do they have resistance of that, that's just politics, or they say that's blow the belt. what do they say when they hear the really bad stuff down there. iowa is resistance to it, that's just the jumble of politics down he here. >> they're more accepting than most, let's put it that way. they think it's just apart of the function of a campaign, and of course, they're right. even the quote, good guys, do it. i don't want to define good guys, but let's say the people that most campaign observers would call, you know, nice guys, positive oriented, that kind of thing. they still do it. >> like you and me. >> the bushes for example, the bushes have had participated in that dirty politics for some time. you mentioned lee at water, the dirty tricks against john mccain.
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they didn't hold back anything. i don't think most people associate that with george w. bush, who is coming to campaign for his brother, monday in south carolina. so i think we all need to be aware that something might happen. >> i always thought that the wasps were well turned out but when it came to winning the race, they would whip the hell out of their horses. reenforcements next week, the former president will hit the trail as you say larry in south carolina. here's how trump reacted to the news that the brother is coming to help the brother. >> now he's bringing in his brother. i won't say anything. i'm going to save that for after his brother makes a statement, because there is plenty to say about what happened. especially that last three months. especially getting us in that quicksand, you no. we got in quicksand. i was against the war in iraq. we have to be griffiven credit vision. you're going to totally
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destabilize the middle east. that's exactly what happened. it was destabilized. that was a horrible call to go in. >> you know, they call that in the south, the bloody shirt. the fact is, the north actually they call it. reminding everybody of the last bad war, iraq, cost the lives of 4,000 americans and 100,000 people altogether, because w decided to do that to attack a country that hadn't attacked us. >> so if there is -- >> and got us in the worst trouble we've been in, the quicksand. >> if there a state that he could be a help and not a problem, it would be south carolina, i think with his tradition. this is a calculated risk on the part of jeb bush. it is a sign he has to do better in south carolina than he has done anyplace else or he is out of the race thchlts is do or die for jeb bush. >> trump as you use of crass language, as we mentioned before here, let's watch. >> even in our political culture, i teach my kids to be respectful. there are certain words you don't say. no matter what setting you're
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in, act with dignity and act, hold yourself up. you turn on the tv, leading presidential candidate saying profanity from a stage. profanity from a stage. i mean, all these things, undermine what we teach our children. >> i think the voters are assessing who is prepared to be commander in chief. and i will say i'm not sure a lot of voters are excited about having a president who when he gets rattled, when he gets upset, begins cursing and yelling vulgarities. >> how pias those are. focus group to respond to a video to some of trump's language. let's see how they reacted. >> you can tell them to go -- themselves. >> oh, my goodness. >> wow. >> you all have a pretty strong reaction to this. is it something you would consider disqualifying or just not your cup of tea. >> it's crass.
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it's not -- it's not professional. >> it's not how you want your president of the united states to present. >> this is -- that is a bad imagine. >> this is who is going to be negotiating with other world leaders. >> is that the guy you want to speak at your kid's high school. >> he swar off the naughty words last night. >> i won't use foul language, i'm just not going to do it. i'm not going to. they're all saying do it, do it. no, i'm not. they always have -- even if it is not a bad word, if it's a little bit off, they kill me, so i won't do it. >> larry, what do you make of this? i think it's a piety overkill myself. everybody in a barker shop, do you hear these words, they're not curse words, they don't refer to the savior, not about religion, crass language, i guess you would say, crude language. what do people say when a politician uses it.
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>> yeah, well, of course, people would rather you not bleep them, chris, because they have no idea what those curse words are. they've never used them, and no friends of theirs have ever used them. look, the truth is. >> your sarcasm is wonderful. >> i'm sorry. i'm a faculty member. as far as trump is concerned, he is not going to lose one of his supporters. you heard people in that crowd encouraging him to curse. they eat it up. that's his 35%. notice, he got, what, 35 in new hampshire, 35 in south carolina. he was mid 20s in iowa. that's his group of people. he is going to keep them, because they're intense, but how will he grow the coalition, because even though people accept that kind of thing from time to time, as a couple of the people in your focus group said, they don't want that in a president. they don't want to think that that's going to be coming from
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the oval office on a daily basis. >> well, i would rather see an occasional bad word than the dirty politics under the table, which i think one of the other candidates is already guilty of. i won't name him tonight. you know who he is. hallie jackson, thank you, larry, thank you. coming up, if you wanted debate, you clearly saw hillary clinton strategy against bernie sanders, to full effect. >> president obama, president obama, president obama, president obama, president obama and i. president obama, president obama. >> well, hillary clinton's clinging to president obama last night was pretty tight in hopes that she can score with his supporters in south carolina. and force a real vision of distance between bernie sanders and obama on ideology, without having to say so. much more on the dirty tricks in the campaign trail. it has happened before in south carolina, and they're bracing for another season of dirt ball politics, especially by cruz.
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the kind of criticism that we've heard from senator sanders about our president, i expect from republicans. i do not expect from someone running for the democratic nomination, to succeed president obama. >> that is -- >> that's putting the shiv in.
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the democratic debate in for president obama. in other words, not sticking up for him. it wasn't the only time hillary clinton who out pointed her eight years ago. clung to president obama all night long, preventing no lay light between her and the man who appointed her secretary of state. >> before it was called obama care, it was called hillary care. >> i am a staunch supporter of president obama's principle accomplishment, namely the affordable care act. what president obama succeeded in doing was to build on the health care system we have. president obama, president obama, president obama, president obama and i. president obama and i, then senator obama, president obama, senator barack obama when he ran against me was against the war in iraq, and yet when he won, he turned to me, trusting my judgment, my experience to become secretary of state. president obama, president
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obama, i understand what president obama inherited. i don't think he gets the credit he deserves. >> sounds like marco rubio there the way she repeated herself. she kept repeating the name. skr kristin welker is following hillary clinton on the campaign. a hillary b. let me go to kristin, thank you. one was to say i'm with him, he isafrican-american. but also as a way of tagging, i think, tell me if i'm right or wrong, tagging him for being from the left of the president, without having to for being to the left which she is afraid to do. >> i think that's absolutely right, because she doesn't want to alienate his supporters, so the tactic to that point is to say i stand with president obama, and to take that to the next level, i'm the best person to carry on his legacy and that's why we heard her make
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that argument throughout the night. she mentioned his name more than 20 times, i think that was the final count. she talked about a whole host of issues, you played that clip there on healthcare, guns is another big issue, her argue. she is aligned with him on wanting stiffer gun control. she's going to stand up to the nra, and that's actually one issue where she can make the point that she is further to the left than senator sanders on that issue that is very critical to a lot of african-americans. the question is how will it be received. chris, if you look at the poll numbers right now, she has about a 50 point lead among african-americans in south carolina. president obama is widely popular in south carolina, particularly among african-americans. so this is a strategy that could likely benefit her, and she doubled down on it today, of course, senator sanders said that she was being unfair. and that it was essentially a low blow. she is not changing it. you can expect to hear a lot
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more on this point, as she hugs president obama, chris. >> the most common picture, casey was the candidate you're following, senator sanders waiving his hand in the air. there was only two people up there and he was the only one not talking. so why was he waving his fingers all the time. like waiter, i need more water. i don't know what he was doing. the point she was getting to him. the tact particulic she used, w gore used against perot. reduce the size of the ring, don't let the guy get big, working at him, so he can only talk in bites of desperation. your thoughts? >> well, in fairness, to senator sanders, he did get from a couple of zinners, including one about the president obama, she was the candidate who ran against him. he wasn't the candidate who ran against then senator obama. and it's funny you mention the
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hand raising. i was talking to somebody in the campaign who mentioned that he was told to do that in the first debate and has sort of kept it up as a habit. ever since the first one, he has raised his hand when he has wanted to get in there with the moderators. he he looking at the people at the table, getting an acknowledgment that he wants to speak. in a two person debate, unlike on the republican side, that's a lot easier to do. but you know, i do think senator sanders and his campaign feel as though he has not been aggressively personally critical of the president. and that secretary clinton is overstating this to some degree. but with that said, they know they have a lot of work to do with the african-american community, and he actually was in minneapolis today with a very diverse crowd, the most diverse crowd since covering him. we were in new hampshire and iowa. he was answering questions from a community organizing group,
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keith ellison, one of his few congressman lawmakers, fellow lawmakers who have endorsed him. in a heavily after can american district, minnesota coming up on march 1st, discussion on the ground that sanders could win, but he is is starting to take steps farther into these communities where he knows he has to make inn roads, and in particular, he needs to make inn roads with young african-americans. that's an area where they can do a lot of work and the crowd that sanders was speaking to today was made up largely of young people. >> okay, let's go to -- let me ask you this. john, the candidate you've been covering, the public figure, hillary clinton. she has good nights and bad nights. there is an unevenness to it. i thought she was very good last night. in the last debate, she was very good. other times i get the feeling, she doesn't want to be there. >> yeah, i think she has been struggling to find a message and last night she found it. it's surprise, surprise, bill
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clinton. it is i am obama's third term. a good message for her in the democratic primary. she has some ammunition to use on sanders. >> she's not going to be bill clinton's third term. >> a bitter pill to swallow. that she's riding the obama coattail. >> a huge development. >> what's the first time, sanders got tagged for challenging president obama. here is bern neeie sanders on t tom hartman radio program. >> millions of americans who are deeply disappointed in the president, who believe that with regard to social security and a number of other issues, he said one thing as a candidate, and is doing something very much else as a president who cannot believe how weak he has been for whatever reason, in negotiating with republicans.
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deep disappoint. my suggestion is, i think one of the reasons the president has been able to move so far to the right is that there is no primary opposition to him. and i think it would do this country a good deal of service if people started to think about candidates out there to begin contrasting what is a progressive agenda as opposed to what obama is doing. >> who out there would you suggest? ? who are you talking to? are you encouraging anyone? >> at this point, i have not. but i am now giving thought to doing it. >> well, let me go to kristin welker. this looks like great material tore the clinton campaign. there is no doubt then in that case, he is trimming the guy. he is disappointed with him. he didn't set out what he set out to do on social security. it is pretty strong and pretty clear he's knock the president. is not his best friend in that
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video. >> strong piece of video. you heard secretary clinton reference the moment last night and i participate she's going to do it again and again on the campaign trail. and i think that the challenge for senator sanders and casey can way weigh in on it, even in his talking points in this campaign, he is paying inting a picture of the economy. it's hard to walk that line saying president obama did a good job and at the same time, economy is in such dire straights, some democrats saying is he starting to go too far and pick up the republican talking points, in terms of how forceful he is being in his lane walangu. he is giving the clinton campaign an open. and they'll seize upon it, chris. >> we'll have more from you. i'm getting the call. great reporting, casey. you started all this with the right question, i'm sure you'll
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remember that. great reporting. jonathan allen, more from you as you develop more on hillary clinton, who seems to be -- she's growing in new directions. a hopeful sign in syria, another, really, a good success for john kerry, who may be in the perfect job for him right now. secretary of state. any way, dirty tricks in south carolina, brace yourself for a nasty week of campaigning, and this is "hardball," the place for politics. urgent diarrhea. you never know when ibs-d will show up. now there's prescription xifaxan. xifaxan is a new ibs-d treatment that helps relieve your diarrhea and abdominal pain symptoms. do not use xifaxan if you have a history of sensitivity to rifaximin, rifamycin antibiotic agents, or any components of xifaxan. tell your doctor right away if your diarrhea worsens while taking xifaxan,
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devastating toll, killing a quarter million people. this led to a worldwide refugee crisis to 4.5 million fleeing their homes. a hopeful sign yesterday, the conflict could deescalate, though it is very tenuous. the cessation of hostilities. the deal does not include a deal to end fighting with isis, but some skeptics if the assad government will stick to the deal. good question. a former state department spokesperson. you know, we argue about this stuff politically, but we hardly get to talk about the substance. this looks good. what does it mean, there is going to be a cessation of hostilities? >> well, if you look at this is the rubicks, the proxy group, the u.s. on one side, raush sha,
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iran on the other, backing up the assadry jij, challenge needs to be addressed. first thing on the table, cease-fire within the next week, some of the hardest hit areas. >> what to do about the fact that we have to choose sides and certainly haven't done it yet. against the assad regime. they want to knock it out for pretty good reasons, and also, the rest of us seem to be focused on killing isis. can we do both and how does this lead to doing both or should we focus on one of the two enemies. >> a combination of the two, right. you have leader who is bombing his own people and that's essentially what started this, a civil war, over the course of five years, the vacuum of power and the vacuum of stability led to growth by isis. russians are packing up the assad regime, u evidence, they're bombing civilians.
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welcome back to "hardball." republicans in south carolina will head to the polls next saturday, and dirty tactics are apparently already emerging in the palmetto state. according to the "washington post," a south carolina schoolteacher recently got a robo call which republican she liked. then, quote, when she selected senator marco rubio as one of her choices, she said nasty things got nasty. the teacher told the "washington post" that the caller said, negative things about rubio before taking shots at donald trump for being a supporter of eminent domain. well, ted cruz was asked if he or anyone connected to his campaign was behind the calls. >> do you know who is behind the robo calls. >> i have no idea. we have nothing do with it. >> do you denounce them. >> i don't know what they were. i have reports of what was being said, but somebody else is doing them, it's not us. >> i didn't hear an actual
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denial. he didn't say he wanted to doe delawa -- south carolina poll, the fight is on to try to topple him, of course, he is king of the hill. any way possible. the hardball round table, daily beast, michelle bernard is president of the bernard center for women and public policy and howard fineman, huffington post, political analyst. let's take a look at this fight now. there was a little hint of the cruz m.o. out in iowa, word that they put out apparently that they denied it was done maliciously, but he did apologize for putting out the word that dr. ben carson was out of the race. and then there was this official looking document that came out from the cruz world, that basically scared people into voting whatever, and those were the intimations. now we get the robo calls. >> now you get the calls and begins in south carolina, which is like a landscape with gasoline all over it, ready to be lighted by any match.
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it's the history of the state, politics is conducted there. presidential politics is conducted by a knife in the back. often racial. often that kiechbd tone. and also, very personal about people's religion, people's family, that's the way they play it down there. i think it's historical, because in south carolina, politics has been a matter of life and death in very personal going back to the very beginning. >> it could be directed from any source. makes a phone call, super pac, do this, you are power the guy. dirt can be thrown from any direction. >> any direction whatsoever. if you look for example, the woman who received this phone call, people will tell you that the voter sits on the telephone, well, who would do this. who would be responsible for this. could it have come from rubio, trump. >> attacking trump and rubio, so i would say somebody else, but. >> it could be, well, i just through trump's name out there. but it could be coming from anyone and also, this is not only an opportunity
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unfortunately on the republican side, but on the democratic side, you're going to go into south carolina and you're going -- who knows what we're going to see as we watch hillary clinton and senator sanders battle it out for the black vote. >> charleston post newspaper taking, see something, say something to a whole new level. developed an app, and it is spot on its website where readers can report dirty campaign tactics. do you think people will call, i hope they do. >> sure. i think they will. but you know, here's what is different this thyime. donald trump is different. >> they worked against mccain. >> they worked against mccain, romney, he lost the state to gingrich. i don't know if it's going to work against trump. he has been bullet proof so far. >> here, somebody comes up, his people, guess what they're doing, getting phone calls saying about your third wife or what are. >> he gets up there and gives a speech and he decides whoever it was, whether it's true, and he
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denounces them and that's that. >> something happens to my on or something happens i'll act. >> you don't care how. any way, donald trump tweeted, ranted on tweet, we are getting reports from many voters that the cruz people are back to doing very sleez ee push polls on me. we're watching and cruz got caught in lie, like lies with ben carson. how can he preach christian values. >> this is the brilliance, again, in donald trump strategy, because not only is he denouncing the cruz campaign and pointing the finger at doing it to him, but protecting ben carson. carson and cruz have the same supporters, and to the extent that donald trump can give ben carson cover, allow him to stand under his skirt so to speak. >> i like learning stuff here. >> and carson is protected. >> protecting ben. >> he also, because of what happened in iowa happened.
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>> yes. >> to ben carson, donald trump can be the defender of virt vue while putting the piano wire -- >> i don't mind crude language, everybody i think does it occasionally. i don't mean the anglo saxon words we're not supposed to use. they're not sins. dirty politics, if you're doing something in politics, there ought to be a name on it. i paid for this commercial, i paid for this. nobody ever owns up to dirty tricks. >> that's the whole part of the game. in south carolina, as you say, it goes in so many directions, so many times, and even though the newspaper down there in charleston is saying let's call out these people, it's a part of the culture there. >> why do they accept it? >> well, i think they accept it, for the reason that i said. it's always been that way. you go back to populous in the 19th century in south carolina,
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there was a huge racial undertone do it. a lot to do with the history of race that they're bravely trying to overcome. but usually in the past, it was that person likes those people. >> that's the word. >> and also, the civil war. don't forget, the home of secession. a life and death. the worst names you could possibly. >> the pepper trick in florida, african-american guy to shake his hand, put the picture in the paper, and they killed the guy. because he couldn't vote back then. in 2007, bogus christmas cards sent from gop candidate mitt romney as you mentioned from the associated press, the card contains messages that unscores some difference of latter-day saints and the south carolina. >> where south carolina falls in the calendar, i think which is a very important place in the calendar. because the field has been
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witling, and it will more after nevada. right at the point where it's got to get down. >> religion has been used as this tactic. jewish man who was a mayor of greenville, he wanted to become acongressman. would you think differently of this guy, max heller if you knew he didn't believe in the divinity of jesus. he lost the race, who was a guy who started all this stuff. >> rewarded, atwater did it against turnup seed. >> electroshock therapy. >> and the questions were, would you vote for john mccain, if you knew he fathered an illegitimate black daughter. >> an adopted daughter, and they used that to say it was his illegitimate daughter.
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>> things are about to get hot. call the situation room. michelle, this valentine's day, i'm going to treat you right. i'm going to make you some zucchini bread, then i'll spread out veg gees on a plate, just like the way you look them. then a massage while you watch ellen's design challenge on hgtv. because i love you so much. i obama care about you more than you even know. that's right. obama cares. but michelle, i've made a lot of great decisions as president, the best decision was choosing you. thanks for putting up with me. i love you. >> actually, she chose him as well. we'll be right back.
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michael, tell me something i don't know. >> nevada is on the democrat side. >> you pronounce it correctly. cruz doesn't. >> i've taken this to heart. believe me. it's going to be interesting. nevada releases new voter enrollment figures every four years. twice as many new voters in 2015 as in 2007 and 2011 combined. 92,000 new voters. >> of bernie?
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>> i don't know. if they're young voters it helps bernie. if they're latino, they help clinton. >> sharonda jones, be case of this young woman exemplifies what we will watch a contentious battle. >> who is she? >> she was sentenced to life without parole for being a drug mule. the only reason she got out is president obama granted her a pardon. bernie sanders is pointing the finger at hillary clinton saying what is your role in this. he supported the same crime bill that bill clinton. >> who did, bernie? >> what was the president's rationale reason for the pardon? >> it was a non-violent crime. >> sheldon adelson, the trill n
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trillionaire who bought the newspaper, used the paper to endorse marco rubio. >> they say he has nothing to do with it. >> and i have a casino to sell to you. i think both campaigns are praying that the paper doesn't endorse them because if you get endorsed by sheldon in a democratic primary, it's not a good thing. >> thank you to the round table. when we return, let me finish with valentine's day and what it means to your family and our family. you're watching hardball.
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let me finish with this, sunday's valentine's day. i offer this as a reminder, also warning to my fellow husbands to get it together. 38 years ago kathleen was stand ng hallw ing in the hallway in the mix mash of news people. it was a black tie dinner. as i've done before on this occasion, i'll talk about the family i'm happy to be part of it. it all began back in the 1970s
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before a lot of our hardball guests were even born. we really got committed to each other. i sometimes not often enough think of all that's happened since. as a friend of mine said it's good to have the pictures so you can prove to yourself we really did have those days when we went out on dates, got married and had our trio of wonders. a little girl now four years old named julia. a few years later along came brandon, a name my mom was going to give me. the there's been a lot of losses along the way like when kathleen led the family at her world war ii dad's internment. through the wonderous years there's been us. have a nice weekend. pull out your own pictures and
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happy valentine's day to all and to all a good night. that's "hardball" for now. "all in" with chris hayes starts now. tonight. >> i am not a single issue candidate, and this is not a single issue country. >> hillary keeps ma'hammering. >> he's called the president weak, a disappointment. >> tonight fight over the obama legacy. >> have you ever disagreed with a president? >> plus, what voters said about the debate. >> who do you think won the debate? how many would say senator sanders? >> my interviews with clinton supporter, senator barbara boxer and harry belafonte. the south carolina swamp fight gets higher. >> we win iowa and every day he comes out with a new attack. >> donald trump threatening to


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