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has sent shockwaves across the political and legal landscapes. last night president obama expressed his condolences to the scalia family. >> at this moment, we, most of all, want to think about his family. and michelle and i join the nation in sending our deepest sympathies to justice scalia's wife maureen and their loving family. a beautiful symbol of a life well lived. >> he also said he'll nominate a replacement soon. >> i plan to fulfill my constitutional responsibilities to nominate a successor. in due time. there will be plenty of time for me to do so and for the senate to fulfill its responsibility to give that person a fair hearing, and a timely vote. >> but republicans like senate
majority leader mitch mcconnell are vowing to block any obama nominee. demanding we wait until after the election. mcconnell says, quote, this vacancy should not be filled until we have a new president. and that was the view from all the gop candidates at their debate last night. >> i think it's up to mitch mcconnell and everybody else to stop it. it's called delay, delay, delay. >> i do not believe the president should appoint someone. and it's not unprecedented. in fact, it's been over 80 years since a lame duck president has appointed a supreme court justice. >> i believe that the president should not move forward and i think that we ought to let the next president of the united states decide. >> this is a huge moment for the supreme court. and for the country. do we really let a seat on the court go empty for a year or more? and what would a vacancy mean for the pivotal cases facing the
court, like the case on affirmative action? joining me now is harvard law professor charles ogletree. professor, thanks for being here. >> my pleasure, reverend sharpton. happy to be here. >> let me ask you, first let me ask your thoughts on the scalia legacy. his significance. even for those who disagree with him, like you and i. >> let me say this, justice scalia was a very talented supreme court justice. and he and i disagreed on so many different issues. but i have to say that what he had to say, what he was willing to do, was very understandable and very approvable. i have to say this, too, but when you think about affirmative action, i can't believe he's against affirmative action as an italian american. people had to be qualified, like me, to go to places like stanford, and go to places like
harvard and be teaching there, and have a chair in my honor. i, you know, disagree with him on many respects, but i think he made friends across the board. what i thought was very important with him, was that ruth gad bader ginsburg, a very clear democratic candidate and very clear person who was on the other side of him, they had a good relationship. they went together, they were on an elephant together, and ruth bader ginsburg talked about that. and i think that she was surprised. i have to say this. one of his great friends, and people would be surprised to hear that, was elena kagan. my former student and now supreme court justice. >> but he also, on the court, he was also divisive figure. we certainly give our
condolences to his family. but we don't want to just be hypocritical or sugar coat our views on some of the comments. for example like he made during the affirmative action case you referred to last year. i was in the court listen to this. >> there are -- there are those who contend that it does not benefit african-americans to -- to get them into the university of texas, where they do not do well, as opposed to having them go to a less-advanced school, a less -- a slower-track school where they do well. >> i mean, how did his willingness to be polarizing affect the court? >> you know, i think that it's going to be a problem in trying to figure out who's going to be the person who replaces him. but you know, you think about it. he wasn't the most conservative justice. the most conservative justice was an african-american man. clarence thomas. >> very much so.
>> who i had my battles with when i represented anita hill. over and again, who worked for him for many years. but, you know, the reality is that i think the people will say, even though he was a conservative, we have to really understand how much he was able to do, and how hard he was working, how good a relationship he had with the rest of the court, like justice thomas, and i think that was going to be a -- that's going to be a legacy that people are going to remember for a very, very long time. >> now in your opinion, should the seat be filled as soon as possible by president obama? >> i think that president obama should fill the seat. i know republicans are having fits and i'm sure i'll get negative press about this, but he should have the opportunity, as any president has, to appoint the successor, and that should be a woman, i think, a woman of
color, i think, and there are a lot of people, and i won't mention names because i don't want to in a sense prevent anybody from being appointed, but i think president obama should appoint somebody right away, and somebody who will fill that seat, and there will be five democrats appointed by president obama on the supreme court. >> do you think that the president's appointment should be resisted no matter what, as mcconnell has said, no matter who he nominates? >> well, you know what? i think that no matter what, the republicans are going to resist whatever he does. because they're trying to say, you know, this president's going to end the office pretty soon, 2016 is almost over, he's going to be out of office, and they want to -- the next president, and they don't know if it's going to be a republican or a democrat but they're assuming it's going to be republican. but i think that president obama
knows exactly what he's doing, smart guy, younger guy, and i think that he will make the right decision and i think that he will, as he said already, his condolences for the death of justice scalia, and to his family, and i think that's important. and the thing about, the reality is that, how much has happened in the past. i think that now there's an opportunity for all of us to think about what is the court designed to do. what is it willing to do? what is it -- >> that's going to be the big question, professor. thank you for your time this morning. >> my pleasure. >> there were big rulings expected this year on issues like affirmative action, abortion, unions, and immigration. so what happens now? let's turn to nbc news justice correspondent pete williams.
pete, how will justice scalia's passing affect the court this year? >> well, it's going to cast a huge shadow over it, al. this is a court that was divided 5-4 ideologically. basically conservative to liberal. now it's 4-4. most decisions aren't divided -- aren't decided that closely but the ones you're talking about probably would be. so, here's what would happen if the major pending cases are decided by a tie. a tie leaves, in essence, the supreme court's decision doesn't count. it leaves the lower court rulings intact. so whoever won below would prevail. a tie vote, for example, would be bad news for president obama's hope to put his new immigration policy into effect. the one that would let up to 5 million people stay or who are here illegally, because the lower courts blocked that policy. and that ruling would stay. it would also leave standing a tough new restriction on access to abortion services in texas, and that might prompt other states to try the same approach. it would probably be a victory for unions that represent public
employees. they won in the lower courts, defeating an effort to cut back on their ability to collect union dues. and you mentioned affirmative action. interestingly enough, the court was already at eight justices, because elena kagan was sitting this case out. >> was recused. >> right. because she was involved in this when she was at the solicitor general's office and the justice department before she came to the court. it's the second time the university of texas affirmative action case has been before the court. she sat this one out. so now the court is basically probably 4-3 on that. so it stale may decide that. but now that there are just seven justices to decide that case, it's not going to be a tie. so the court will continue functioning with just eight justices. it will likely produce at least some tie votes now, and that delays the kind of final resolution that only the supreme court can provide. >> pete williams, thank you for your reporting this morning. >> you bet. still ahead, more on the
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but the facts are not exactly on their side. and that came up in last night's gop debate. >> we have 80 years of precedent of not confirming supreme court justices in an election year, and let me say, justice scalia -- >> i'm sorry to interrupt. were any appointed in an election year? or is that just there were 80 years -- >> 80 years of not confirming. for example lbj nominated fordis. he did not get confirmed. he was defeated. >> but kennedy was confirmed in '88. >> no, kennedy was confirmed in '87. >> he was appointed in '87 -- >> that's the question. is it appointing or confirming? >> in this case it's both but if i could answer the question. >> i just wanted to get the facts straight for the audience. i apologize. >> a remarkable moment the debate audience booing the facts. but of course history shows that
justice kennedy was confirmed in an election year. 1988. and senator mitch mcconnell, along with every single other gop senator, voted to confirm him. even though it was during a presidential election. joining me now are joan walsh from the nation, and clarence page from the chicago tribune. thank you both for being here. >> thank you. >> pleasure, reverend. >> clarence, what's the gop argument here? >> well, they're saying that it -- there's -- not a precedent for an appointment during an election year. the -- argument -- and democrats are saying there is. this is something that, of course, is critical this year because the court is so evenly divided, without scalia there. so we can expect more of a fight in any case, and president
obama's supporters are certainly in favor of him making a decision before he goes out of office. because the court is -- current court is getting older and older. the next president could have as many as four appointments, just rationally speaking. this came up in the debate last night, too. so this is not like one of those years where a liberal being replaced by a liberal president or a conservative by a conservative presence, we have really the future of the court could swing 180 degrees, depending on this decision. >> yeah, this is going to be a huge decision, with huge implications, joan. what do you think? will the president appoint a moderate or will he appoint a more left leaning person based on the fact that he does have to deal with a senate confirmation? but this is definitely his last appointment. but it would give him three appointments as president, which
we've not seen since ronald reagan? >> right. i think, you know, knowing the president's temperament, and his decisions in the past, he probably will look for someone who's fairly moderate. i mean this is part of why justice ruth bader ginsburg has said she could not be appointed again in this kind of climate so she expects that the president, if and when he replaced her, would replace her with someone less liberal. that concerns us. but let me tell you what concerns me a lot more, reverend al, i mean mitch mcconnell is single handedly, unilaterally rewriting our laws to say that president obama actually only gets three years in his term. every other president in our history, he's gotten four years to his terms. but this president is only going to get three years. we have almost a full year left in president obama's term. he has more than 11 months left. this is unprecedented. yes it's rare that this occurs because supreme court justices rarely die in office. this was a surprise. but there's no precedent for saying that this president can't
or shouldn't make this appointment. or that the senate should block it. and i hope that we see a lot of media and political outcry, because this is outrageous. and this is the way that -- this is the new normal is to -- is to have this president be blocked in -- obstreperous way and for the media to go, well, that's just the way it is in washington. that's not the way it should be. >> clarence, let me ask you about the politics of it. and i certainly see joan's point about cutting the president down to three years. but the politics of it, could this affect, impact turnout in this election this year, on either side or both? >> i think the president making this -- making his decision now, before the election, puts this in front of other issues, as a big election issue. obviously it becomes very critical for democrats to turn
out to get a democratic president, and a democratic senate, if they can. to help their appointees get through right now we have i've lost count of how many judicial appointments are still in limbo. being stalled by the senate. one woman who had been a very capable supreme court nominee was just recently withdrew after having been delayed for two years. this is the kind of thing that is quite unprecedented but indicative of the kind of polarization that we've seen in the last few years during the obama administration. >> joan, let me go back to your point about the unprecedented state of denying or saying the president should make an appointment. the fact is that for the last half century, we've had a conservative court. so whatever the president does, is going to have huge implications because this possibly will change and transform the next 50 years.
>> right. >> if, in fact, the appointment is made and confirmed. >> right. no, it's an important appointment for the president to make. especially because, you know, i want to -- i want to extend my condolences to the scalia family. by all accounts he was a wonderful father and husband and grandfather. but he was a really divisive figure on the court. and he really was a major culture warrior from the bench on issues of abortion rights, on voting rights, gun control. i mean, gay marriage, go down the list. affirmative action. you know, he really used his perch not just to decide on the cases at hand, but he was happy, he was happy being out there as a speaker. he once in a speech said that he didn't think the 14th amendment applied to women. you know, he really was on the far fringes of the right when it comes to jurisprudence and we should appreciate his intellect and appreciate his work ethic. but also look at what he did on the bench, and how he helped
push not just the court, but the country, to the right. so, this is going to be a very important symbolic and real battle coming up. >> absolutely. >> but the president has the right to do this, and he must do it. le. >> joan walsh and clarence page, thank you both for your time this morning. >> thank you. >> thank you, reverend. >> up next, the republican debate in south carolina. candidates calling each other liars. and trump going directly after the bush family. it takes a lot of work... to run this business. i'm on the move all day long... and sometimes, i just don't eat the way i should. so i drink boost to get the nutrition that i'm missing. boost complete nutritional drink has 26 essential vitamins and minerals, including calcium and vitamin d to support strong bones
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happy about it. >> he spent $22 million -- >> i am sick and tired of him going after my family. my dad is the greatest man alive in my mind. and while -- while donald trump was building a reality tv show, my brother was building a security apparatus to keep us safe. and i'm proud of what he did. while donald trump was building a reality tv show, my brother was building a security apparatus to keep us safe. and i'm proud of what he did. but he's had the gall to go after -- >> the world trade center came down during his reign. remember that. >> let me finish. he had the gall to go after my mother. i won the lottery when i was born 63 years ago, looked up and saw my mom. my mom is the strongest woman i know. >> she should be running. >> it's not about my family or his family. this is about the south carolina families that need someone to be a commander in chief that can
lead. and i'm that person. >> trump was trading shots with just about everybody. including, ted cruz. for most of his life his policies have been very, very liberal. for most of his life he has described himself as very pro-choice. and as a supporter of partial birth abortion. >> you probably are worse than jeb bush. you are the single biggest liar -- >> all right. >> this guy lied. let me just tell you. this guy lied about ben carson when he took votes away from ben carson in iowa and he just continues. and today we had robo calls saying donald trump is not going to run in south carolina, where i'm leading by a lot. this guy will say anything. nasty guy. >> mean time cruz and marco rubio rekindled their feud over immigration. >> marco went on univision, in spanish, and said he would not
rescind president obama's illegal executive amnesty on his first day in office. >> i don't know how he knows what i said on univision, because he doesn't speak spanish. and second of all, the other point that i would make -- >> [ speaking spanish ] >> in espanol. >> joining me now s&l republican south carolina congressman and former governor mark sanford. congressman, thanks for being here. >> my pleasure, reverend. >> before the debate, you said you expected sharp elbows. but did you think things would get this pointed? i didn't. it was a raucous evening. elbows were certainly flying and i think the consequence is going to be interesting. i said all along that i don't think trump will maintain the lead he had in the polls over the last couple of days. i always believed the field was going to narrow. it would end up a jump ball between trump, cruz, and either rubio or bush.
i don't know which. and i think that that's going to be -- i think part of the consequence of the elbows we saw flying last night. >> i know you have not endorsed yet, and you mention a jump ball. i saw last night jeb bush came after trump harder than he has in the past. he has his brother, former president bush coming to south carolina tomorrow. do you think his performance last night, and former president bush's appearance, will help him in your state? >> my sense is yes. my sense is he has some degree of forward momentum. although rubio had a good debate last night. kasich did, as well. i mean you got those three vying for that top spot, but nobody gets to play the card or bring in a former president, which, i think matters in south carolina. the south carolina voters, if you will, have been good to the bushes over the years. and a lot of surrogates are in
town will remind folks of those ties over the years. >> now, let's look at the fact that the polls have trump at a double digit lead in south carolina. did anything slow him down last night in your view? >> again, as i alluded just a moment ago, i believe that part of the consequence of last night is that lead is going to narrow. to what degree i don't know. but i think it is indeed much more of a jump ball. i think that trump hurt himself. he was taking on a lot of shots from a lot of different directions, but some of the way in which he responded was particularly coarse which matters when people listen to it. it's one thing for folks to talk about something he said in new jersey, or on you know the upper midwest or the west coast. it's another thing to be hearing those words if you're sitting in the audience in greenville, or if you're watching as closely as you might be given the fact that the local affiliate might be
showing coverage that they didn't show when, you know, there was coverage of somebody else. so i think he hurt himself. i think the field is going to again narrow. >> i've got to go, but i have to ask you quickly, any prediction? >> just what i said before. i think it's a jump ball. i think it's going to be tight. i think it's going to be, again, the three i talked about. i don't -- i think basic again did a great job last night. but i just don't think it's his time given the demographics of this state. i think it's rubio or bush and i'd give the edge to bush. >> congressman mark sanford, thank you. >> yes. straight ahead, we turn to the democrats, two candidates making their case for your vote. right here on "politics nation." sorry i missed you. i'm either away from my desk or on another call. please leave a message and i'll get back to you just as soon as i'm available. thank you for patience at this busy time.
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i met with bernie sanders in harlem. it was the morning after his win in new hampshire, and the crowd was clearly energized. we went to the famous restaurant sylvia's. a place i've been before. in fact, we sat at the same table where i spoke to then-senator barack obama about civil rights issues back in 2007. thank you, senator sanders. >> well, it's great to be with you, reverend. >> you had a great victory last night. >> we did. >> and you are now moving in to nevada, and south carolina. how do you intend, because clearly new hampshire and iowa are mostly white states, if not lily white, how do you intend now to deal with a diverse populous in both south carolina and nevada? >> well, in a couple of ways. first of all, we are going to do well when voters turnout is
high. that's what happened in new hampshire, and actually happened in iowa, as well. and i think we have the issues, we have the agenda, we have the ground troops. to rally the people of nevada, and south carolina. and i think it comes down to two things. number one, it comes down to what we believe and what we are fighting for economically, and what we're fighting for in terms of social justice, and criminal justice. in terms of economics, the people of nevada as well as any state in this country know what wall street has done to them. they were devastated. by the wall street crash. and our view is that at the end of the day, it is time for the american people to tell wall street enough is enough. you have a wandful of banks with incredible economic and political power. and you know what teddy roos belt, good republican would have done today if he were here? he'd break them up and that's what we've got to do. second of all economically you've got to raise the minimum wage to a living wage, 15 bucks
an hour. third of all we need health care in the united states for all people. as is the case in every other industrialized country. fourth, we need to make public pollages and universities tuition free. we need to create jobs. we need to ask the wealthy and the powerful to start paying their fair share of taxes. i think we have an economic agenda that makes sense. in nevada where you have a large latino community we are working very, very hard on immigration reform. on a path toward citizenship through comprehensive immigration reform. so i think we have the agenda. in nevada and i think we have the agenda in south carolina. that once the word gets out, who i am, what we stand for, we're going to do just fine. >> how do we put race in the economic agenda? because even when you deal with taking down the banks, and all, you still have an inequality in terms of wealth, and in terms of income, based on race. we have the fisher case in front of the supreme court. we may lose affirmative action. so how do we deal with the economic equality issue, and combine the racial inequality issue?
>> that is a hugely important question. and the answer is that it's not good enough to say, for example, that we're going to create millions of jobs by rebuilding our crumbling infrastructure. what many african-american leaders are concerned about, you can give money to the states, it doesn't get to the people most in need. we've got to write legislation that those jobs create gd to the people most in need. terms of education, south carolina, you have a disaster there. we have to make sure that federal funds get directly to the children who need them most. >> now, mrs. clinton is meeting with heads of human rights organizations including myself and you said you've agreed to meet. i must say ben jealous head of the naacp has come out and endorsed you, has a whole lot of weight in the community -- >> well, ben has done, you know, an extraordinary job at the naacp.
and i think we're very proud to have him on the campaign. >> i think it's important, though, that we ask you as you move around there seems to be a majority of team voting for you in new hampshire. young people you've energized. are you targeting certain groups, demographics? are you just putting a message out there that's sounding like it's resonating- >> i think it's the latter. that's really true. i think we're talking about the real issues facing the american people. what's on the minds of the people. middle class working class people are scared to death that rg being equal their kids are going to have a lower standard of living than they do while almost all new income and wealth is going to the top 1%. all right? the african-american community real unemployment for high school graduates, 51%. i mean that's insane. >> right. >> that's a disgrace.
in america today we still have 29 million people don't have any health insurance. those are the issues we're talking about. at the end of the day in this country, people in their hearts of hearts, say you know what we're supposed to be based on fairness. right? not everybody's going to have it all. but fairness. it is not fair when the top 1% owns almost as much wealth as the bottom 90%. who thinks that's okay. who thinks it's okay that almost everybody gets poorer and a few people on the top get richer. >> flint, michigan. i must ask you about that. i know you and mrs. clinton are debating there. this is a state that neglected its people and led to the lead poisoning of a whole population. it's amazing. >> unbelievable. it is one of the worst -- i mean we don't know the full extent yet. i don't even know if, you know, they're even beginning to adequately study the impact of this disaster. clearly it is one of the major public healths c disasters in t
modern history of this country. it is so horrible to think about the possibility of what's going to happen to children in terms of brain development, years from now. i have asked for governor snyder's resignation. and i don't do that lightly. but i think the irresponsibility of state government knowing what they knew and not acting is just indefensible. >> you have asked for the michigan governor to resign? >> i do. and i did not do it lightly. but i think the irresponsibility there, their neglect of what was happening refusing to act, unacceptable. >> senator bernie sanders, we appreciate you coming to harlem and we appreciate you doing it on a day that you could have gone a lot of places. >> well, thank you so much. thank you so much for inviting me. >> all right. thank you. next, our interview with hillary clinton. how will she respond to the sanders surge? can she cool the bern? ♪
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shore up support in south carolina, maintaining her fire wall among minority voters. she has a big lead over sanders among african-american voters in the state, 74% to 17%. but can she hold that lead? this past week i talked to clinton about her campaign, and her record on civil rights. it was a few kdays before justie scalia's passing, but we did touch on the supreme court. joining me now is former secretary of state hillary clinton. thanks for being here this morning, secretary clinton. >> thank you so much, reverend al. it's great to talk to you. >> let me ask you this. we go to nevada, then south carolina. nevada is a caucus state. are you going to retool, do anything different in this caucus state than iowa? >> well, we're going to work
really hard, just as we did in iowa. we've got a great team on the ground. we have a really broad, diverse group of supporters. so we're going to just reach out and spend as much time as possible answering questions and making the case, as to why i would be the best president for not only nevada, but america. >> now, your meeting this week with leaders of the top civil rights organizations, and i'll be in that meeting. and you're going in to south carolina. what distinguishes you from senator sanders to people of color? >> well, first, thank you for joining the meeting that we are having with civil rights leaders. of course, many of them i've known for a very long time, i've worked with on issues of importance to the african-american community, tackling systemic racism, injustice and inequality. after going after the poor quality schools that many kids
are trapped in. a general emphasis in what poverty, racism and inequality altogether does to holt people back. >> your opponent came to see me in harlem this weekend and you and i spent a lot of time over the years in harlem. but the thing that i found interesting is given your history, what you've also went to flint the last sunday, flint is right now and the issues around policing is right now, and i saw you at the funeral of reverend pinckney in charleston, south carolina, so your emphasis right now seems to be as current as your past has been. >> that's absolutely right. i am very grateful that i've had so many experiences and have learned so much from so many great leaders. but now, it's our time. to make sure that we continue to break down all the barriers that hold people back. you know, one of the most emotionally, and incredibly moving experiences i've ever had
was meeting with mothers of the movement a few months ago, and al, sitting around that table, listening to these mothers talk about the children they have lost to violence, and then going to flint, which is a different kind of challenge, but just as serious in the sense that it short cuts the lives and the development and the opportunities of children who deserve so much more it's truly immoral. it should call out the conscience of every single person. but i want to make one additional point. there are other flints in america. you know, the air that you breathe. the water that you drink, the food that you eat should not be shortening your life, limiting your horizons. and that is what's happening in too many places in america today. and it falls particularly heavily on communities of color. this is going to be right at the center. not just of my campaign, but as president, i will do everything
i can to remedy the big injustices, to reform the criminal justice system. to get the economy going. >> on march the 6th, i believe, you and senator sanders will actually debate in flint, and republican senator ted cruz compared flint to new orleans, saying both cities were governored by, quote, far left democrats for decades. what's your response to senator cruz? >> i really want this campaign to get off the theoretical ground, and get on to the real ground. let's talk about what's really happening. let's talk about what's we're going to do to make real progress right now. and so, the fact we are debating in flint helps us keep that big, bright spotlight on what's happening there. and in places like it around the country. so, i don't know what senator cruz is talking about half the time he talks and i'm sure not going to respond to everything he says. whatever world he lives in is not the world i've lived in my whole life and the world i'm going to govern as president.
>> let me ask, according to polls, young women, millennial women, are going with senator wanders. how do we deal with the younger voter if you believe these polls are to be true? >> well, first of all, i'm really grateful for all the support i do have among young people. and i think it's great that any candidate, including my opponent, senator sanders, can bring in young people to this political process. after all, as you know so well, elections are about the future and that's really important to the young people of our country. and i have said everywhere i go, i'm proud they're part of the process. and even if they don't support me, i support them. i'm going to be a president who will try to knock those barriers down, whether it's high student debt holding young people back, the lack of funding to be able to go to college, the lack of jobs that provide good ladders of opportunity. we don't want to go backwards. that's what the republicans are offering. they don't really have a plan to help us make sure that all the young people in this country have the best possible future.
i do. and i think it builds on the progress that we've made. >> the fact that the supreme court is looking at labor laws, at labor rights, and affirmative action, and women's rights and voting rights, it's frightening to people like me. and there's a lot at stake in this election. what are you going to say that will inspire people that no matter how difficult it is, this is a real time in american history, they have to vote? >> boy do i agree with that. there are a lot of reasons why people have to vote in this election. but the supreme court is one that is right at the top. what this court has done is not just to turn the clock back on the great advances that were made in the 20th century, honestly i fear they're going back to the 19th century. our job should be to make it as easy as possible for hard-working americans to vote. i want to see every 18-year-old automatically registered. for the life of me, i don't know
what it is about democracy that the supreme court majority and republicans are so afraid of. and when it comes to workers rights and union rights and the right to organize, and to really have a claim on a good, middle-class life, again, the supreme court is acting as though the world isn't what it is. so on every one of these issues whether it's women's rights, immigrant rights, voting rights, the role of money, the unbelievable equation of corporation with people, money with speech, that this court has been engaged in it is a very threatening time, because this court can undo the progress of more than a century. people voted for, people marched for, people died for. and i'm going to do everything i can to make sure that doesn't happen. >> secretary hillary clinton, thank you so much for your time this morning. >> it's great to talk to you. thanks for talking to me. see you in new york. >> see you this week.
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we close this morning once again with the passing of justice scalia. i've been in court for oral arguments. there was no denying his intellect or his passion. even his critics admit he had a huge impact on the court. and this morning, my condolences go to his family. justice school yeah believed in the constitution. and the constitution says the president has the power to nominate men and women for the supreme court. the country needs a full bench. with the important issues that is facing this court, this term, affirmative action, labor rights, women's rights, the affordable care act, we need to have a full bench.
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