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president obama gave a press conference where he's been at a meeting of leaders of asian countries. he made some punchy, edgy comments about his plans for naming a supreme court nominee. we'll be talking about that a little more later on in the show including an interview with somebody who has been mentioned as a possible choice for that supreme court seat. president obama weighed in on the 2016 presidential race. he talked about how that race is making america look to the rest of the world and he said bluntly, that donald trump is not going to win. >> a couple of weeks ago you said donald trump would not win the presidency. do you think he will not win the nomination as well, and what about rubio and what about cruz? >> i think foreign observers are
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troubled by some of the rhetoric that's been taken place in these republican primaries and republican debates. i don't think it's restricted by the way to mr. trump. i find it interesting that everybody's focused on trump because he says in more interesting ways what the other candidates are saying as well. he may up the ante in anti-muslim sentiment, but if you look at what the other republican candidates have said, that's pretty troubling too. he may express strong anti-immigration sentiment, but you've heard that from the other candidates as well. i'll leave it to you to speculate on how this race will
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go. i continue to believe mr. trump will not be president. the reason is because i have a lot of faith in the american people. i think they recognize that being president is a serious job. it's not hosting talk show or a reality show. it's not promotion. it's not marketing. it's hard. a lot of people count on us getting it right. the american person are pretty sensible. i think they'll make a sensible choice in the end. all right. thanks, everybody. thank you. >> president obama at a press conference today in california. presidents don't usually play pundit but when they do it tends to be very interesting. they only do it when they just can't resist. they say i'll leave it to you. when ever a president does it
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it's because they can't stop themselves anymore. the nuance of what president obama said today was really interesting because president obama really did tell matt a couple of weeks ago what donald trump would never be president. what ron allen asked is do you think mr. trump will win the republican nomination. president obama, responded, i don't think he'll ever be president. do we take that to mean that president obama expects that donald trump will be the republican nominee for president this year. that was the end of the press conference. no further follow ups. the available data, at least so far, says mr. trump is the most likely person for the republican party to nominate for president this year. this is the latest south carolina polling on the republican side. this is a cnn poll out showing mr. trump with a 16-point lead in the state of south carolina.
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26 of the last 27 polls taken in south carolina show mr. trump leading in that state. the vast majority of those 26 polls that show him leading show him leading by double digits including all the polls taken in south carolina this calendar year. mr. trump came in second in iowa. he won new hampshire by a mile. unless things change over the next four days drastically he looks set to win south carolina. the race on the republican side will rejigger a little bit because after south carolina we should expect the republican field might shrink further. somebody will quit after losing badly in south carolina. in terms of the president's remarks about our allies around the world being horrified by the tone of the republican primary, but not necessarily more horrified by mr. trump than other republican candidates, there is some polling evidence out of south carolina thanks to the democratic leaning firm, ppp, which suggests that donald trump supporters in south carolina are significantly more likely than the rest of the south carolina republican
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electorate to support controversial policies like these ones. donald trump supporters more than other south carolina republicans want to ban muslims from entering the united states. 80% of donald trump supporters in south carolina want a muslim ban on entry to the united states. donald trump supporters, more than the rest of the south carolina republican electorate not only want to ban muslims, they are more supportive of the idea of criminalizing being a muslim. making the practice of islam illegal in this country. they are more likely to support creating a national database listing all muslims. they want the confederate flag flying over the state capital. they will also want to ban gay people from entering the united states. nice of ppp that they thought to ask that one. we know that nearly a third of donald trump supporters think
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gay people should be banned from the united states. once this polling came out today, the headline for a lot of people out of this very provocative south carolina polling is the specific finding that among all republican voters in south carolina, fully one in ten south carolina republicans is willing to openly admit they think white people are a superior race. that number hits double digits for the republican electorate. that's a little spooky. donald trump supporters are the ones who are driving numbers up. his supporters believe that even more than the rest of the republican electorate in that race. the polling is getting clear that not only is he likely to win, but he's likely to do so with support from voters who make up the most reactionary edge of the republican voter base. against that backdrop, president
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obama pointedly avoiding the question as to whether or not mr. trump is likely to win the republican nomination, basically skirting around that party of the question to what he sees as the ultimate bottom line that donald trump will never win the presidency. if we are reading that right, and if the president is right about this, what that means is that donald trump may yet win the republican nomination but he'll lose to the democratic nominee in november. that appears to be what president obama is predicting. the you ask democratic voters who they expect to be their nominee, the answer is a clear and consistent one from the beginning of this campaign. democratic voters have expected hillary clinton to be the candidate who would win the nomination in the end since the very beginning of this campaign. there's no shortcut between this place in time and the nomination. there's no national election to win the nomination. it happens state by state.
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ultimately, the democratic side has much less to go on in terms of predicting what will happen. in the republican and democratic presidential race there's one big difference in terms of commenting on predicting and explaining what's going on on the two sides. the democratic side has been a data waste land in terms of trying to predict what's happening in that contest. you can see that in nevada, bernie sanders and hillary clinton will face off this saturday, but there's no public polling about how that race is going to go. we have no idea. that's a black box. after that, they'll move onto south carolina next weekend. there is polling now that gives hillary clinton almost as a healthy lead as donald trump has. the polls have shown some signs of tightening there. we know the sanders campaign is working full board to try to close the gap and pull off an upset in south carolina. we got new ad spending data from nbc about the south carolina fight. on the republican side in south
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carolina, it's jeb bush who is the biggest ad spender. he's come in sixth place and fourth place in the first two contests in this primary. he's polling around that same territory. in all three of the first states, jeb bush has come in first in one metric which is spending his donor's money. he was first in spending in iowa, new hampshire and first in spending in south carolina. that's on the republican side. on the democratic side, look at there. bernie sanders out spending hillary clinton in south carolina thus far. so, on the democratic side, nevada is next and it's a total plaque box. we have no idea. we don't have any data. after that it's going to be south carolina. we have hillary clinton ahead in polls but we know bernie sanders is polling hard and spending hard the try to catch up. the democratic race isn't like the republican race which is that on the republican side
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there's still six people in the running. we expect that field to narrow as the pace of it goes on. we expect after south carolina or further races we expect people who are polling around the realm of ben carson and john kasich to make start dropping out if they continue to place well back in the field. we think that field on the republican side will narrow sooner or later. probably sooner. the democratic side only two people in the race. that's not going to narrow. the two campaigns both expect that bernie sanders and hillary clinton will stay in that race for a very long time. who's ultimately going to win it? well, tonight, we have exclusively some of the first data that anybody has pulled together on the extent that the two democratic campaigns are actually fighting for it. the extent to which they are up and running in a significant way for the contest that comes after nevada and south carolina. the 11 states that will vote all at once on march 1st.
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it goes nevada for the democrats and then march first. these two states will hold caucuses that day, colorado and minnesota. the sanders campaign has been willing to go on the record and say the states where they expect themselves to be competitive are the two caucus state, colorado and minnesota, and the two primary states that are either bernie sanders' home state or the state that is in some ways quite a lot like it that's just next door, massachusetts. they will compete in the two caucus states plus vermont and massachusetts. that's what they are saying publicly. all public statements are game. look at what we have discovered about the rest of the states they will be competing in that day. the biggest prize in terms of delegates on super tuesday is texas.
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hillary clinton has long been expected to win in texas, but it was the sanders campaign that planted its flag in texas first. the sanders campaign opened their first state office in texas back in november. the clinton campaign didn't start opening offices in texas until this month. we're also hearing that same story out of alabama where the clinton campaign has long been expected to do great, but it was again the sanders campaign that was first on the ground. the sanders campaign opened three offices in alabama back in december. the clinton campaign only opened their first alabama office this month. in tennessee, it's the same story. secretary clinton is expected to have a big advantage in tennessee. the last poll in tennessee was back in january. it had secretary clinton leading by 32 points. the sanders campaign in tennessee was first on the ground.
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they were first to open campaign officers in that state. they have offices in memphis, nashville. the hillary clinton, we're told, arrived in tennessee and opened its first offices in that state last week. now, there are some states that will be voting march 1 where it's hard to get perspective for a variety of reasons. for example, vermont is different than every other state because it's a home base and a headquarters for senator sanders. arkansas isn't exactly equivalent but it's home state for hillary clinton. oklahoma is going to be voting on march 1. nobody in the state seems to have any idea what is going on in the democratic race. we're having a hard time getting any intel out of oklahoma at all. if you have any, please tell us. rachel@msnbc.com. up in minnesota, the minnesota contest where it will be a caucus on march 1st, it's an
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evenly matched, hard fought battle. they have lots of volunteers and multiple offices throughout the state and both campaigns are spending money on tv ads already. minnesota is a state where it seems like it's tooth and nail. hillary clinton appears to have larger campaign operation on the ground in colorado. senator sanders appears to have larger campaign on the ground in virginia. there are individual narratives starting to shape up in all of these states that will be voting on march 1st. we have been trying to nail down the metrics. all of these state will be very important in the democratic contest once we're through nevada and south carolina. neither bernie sanders or hillary clinton will drop out no matter what happens in those states. the pundit class and beltway media have had this perception that the bernie sanders campaign is still a bit of a quirky phenomenon. it's not a full grown presidential campaign.
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sanders is not a candidate who is built to last throughout the long, grueling campaign process. we have been approaching this as an ongoing process on my staff. we have been having a totally open mind, having no idea what we'll find. out of all these 11 primaries and caucuses that they will have on march 1st, there's only one state where we talked to people on the ground, there's only one state out of everybody that will vote that told us that it feels like the clinton campaign has a clear advantage in that state. a clearly better campaign than the sanders folks do and that was the state of georgia. we got very solid news on clinton. the clinton campaign, vis-a-vis the sanders campaign in georgia. it's in that one state. other than that it's a mixed bag. a lot of tooth and nail battlegrounds. not what i expected to hear when
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we started calling around all these states and working sources in all these states. it's not been easy to get this data. the campaigns have been holding onto this data like it's gold. we expect these numbers, these profiles of the individual states to change as the campaign movers on and super tuesday gets closer. this portrait of what's happening on the ground is not at all the picture you're getting from the beltway press. oh, voting has started. georgia and tennessee started early voting last week. today, early voting started in texas and arkansas. it's on. the future is already here, and we have no idea what's going to happen. buckle your seat belts.
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today california state
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attorney general told reporters she's not in the running for the u.s. supreme court seat that was recently made vacant by the death of associate justice antonin scalia. she said she is in the running in the u.s. senate in california. she says she does not wish to be considered and she said president obama hasn't called. she's one of a number of basically non-traditional candidates who have been suggested as a potential nominee, non-judge candidates. they are being suggested because of the over the top political circumstances of this vacancy and how the republicans have reacted to it. today and here on out who's not in the running is big news. who is in the running is bigger news. that's ahead. stay with us. nominated by ronald reagan in
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nominated by ronald reagan in his last year of office, the vote was taken. there's a whole lot of democrats i'm sure who did not agree with justice kennedy on a variety of issues. they did the right thing. they confirmed him. if they voted against him, they didn't mount a filibuster to block a vote from even coming up. this is the supreme court. the highest court in the land. it's the one court where we would expect elected officials to rise above day-to-day
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politics, and this will be the opportunity for senators to do their job. your job doesn't stop until you're voted out or until your term expires. i intend my job between now and january 20th of 2017. i expect them to do their job as well. all right. see who we got here. jeff mason. >> thank you, mr. president. following up on that, should we interpret your comments that you're likely to choose a moderate nominee? >> no. >> okay. >> i don't know where you found that. you shouldn't assume anything about the qualifications of the nominee other than they will be well qualified. >> all right. >> okay. >> following up. would you consider a recess appointment if your nominee is not granted a hearing? >> i think that we have more than enough time to go through
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regular order, regular processes. i intend to nominate somebody, to present them to the american people, to present them to the senate. i expect them to hold hearings. i expect there to be a vote. >> president obama saying he expects there to be a vote. upon news that antonin scalia died this weekend, republicans took an instant stand that president obama should not pick someone to nominate that seat. he should hold the seat open for a year until there's a new president. basically because republicans do not want to consider a nominee for the seat. that was the instant and quite radical position that republicans staked out instantly once news came that justice scalia died. now that position is starting to wobble because of the shock it caused when they did. conservative senator tom tillis said republicans shouldn't be obstructionists about the court. chuck grassley softened his
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objection. ron johnson dialed back a bit his previous comments suggesting he would hold the republican line on there. maybe the shock of a plan by republicans to hold a supreme court vacancy open for a year, maybe this plan is starting to crack. president obama seemed to indicate he expects it to. how much does that prospect depend on who president obama will pick for the seat? some people who said they were in the running started taking themselves out of contention. some of them didn't. one of the people who didn't is here for the interview, live. mily outing is magical for all the wrong reasons. you may be muddling through allergies. try zyrtec® for powerful allergy relief. and zyrtec® is different than claritin®. because it starts working faster on the first day you take it. try zyrtec®. muddle no more®.
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i suppose you want your hearing to come to an end now. >> i'm sort of enjoying it. >> you may be the first person that said that. >> who enjoys their confirmation hearings? people who get confirmed unanimously. that was jane kelly. she was confirm bid the senate in 2013 to a seat on a federal appeals court. that's one level below the u.s. supreme court. i mentioned that part about her being from iowa because that ended up being important to the chairman of the judiciary committee when the nomination
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came up and she got her unanimous vote. everybody is trying to game out who might be confirmable in this senate when the republicans are trying to insist that president obama shouldn't send a nominee to the senate at all. that's led to some speculation, by jerks like me, maybe the only confirmable supreme court nominee this year might be somebody who is not a non-traditional pick, in the sense they are not only a judge, maybe the only person is somebody who is already in the u.s. senate. hello, there. who is that? member and good standing of the u.s. senate and the senate judiciary committee and a former prosecutor and somebody who doesn't have an enemy in the world. fancy meeting you here. >> it's great to be here for my
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confirmation hearing. >> you seem to be enjoying it. >> i'm in chicago where i gave a speech at the university of chicago. i said i love my job in the senate. there's a lot of work to do but more importantly to me, i have a duty as a member of the committee to review the nominee the president puts forth and also make the case that we cannot leave this job open. i think that is a very serious duty that i have. when you look at the facts here, you have to go back. it's in the last century we have never left a supreme court position open for over a year. we have never let this happen. it just can't happen in the way. what be republicans would be doing if they follow through on these initial comments which you have rightly pointed out that they are backing away from, they would be shutting down the supreme court because most of these cases are close.
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they are very important cases. that's why they get to the supreme court just as they shut the government down a few years back. >> we have started to see little wobbling on the republican side. senator grassley appeared to suggest he wouldn't even consent to there being confirmation hearings. he's not being so specific about that maybe in way to suggest he may be changing his mind about that. senator johnson has also walked back his comments. senator tillis is not taking a hard line stance on it. do you get the sense that maybe the initial threats here are not going to pass? maybe the initial stance isn't going to happen? >> i hope so. they were pretty firm about it. it was shocking to me that a lot of these comments were made immediately after finding out that justice scalia, a scholar, had died.
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this judge that has really many of his other justices have loved and to suddenly say, guess what, we're not going to have hearing, it just struck me as inappropriate. i hope they are now backing down from that. you look at the fact that all those justices, themselves, on the supreme court, the longest time was justice thomas. that was 99 days. the average time period since 1975 is 67 days. the way i look at this, if the president picks, as he has said, and shown in the past with the choices of justice kagen, if he picks someone who is very qualified, we will have, if you look at the time periods, it should be done by the fourth of july which is a good day to pick when you respect the constitution. >> i don't know you said you like your current job as a
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member of the judiciary committee, you'll have an important role, but this isn't the first time it's happened when you have been short listed and your name as circulated. your name came up as a possible nominee in 2009 when justice suitor retired. are you say if the president called you, you would say no or would you consider it? >> i'm saying i like my job now. i haven't talked about it. it's not like we have been plotting to get a job like this. we have jobs or she's hoping will be in the senate at some point. i know there's a race out there in california. the president will make a decision. i really enjoy being in the senate. i also think you need people that are willing to work across the aisle and get things done. that is what i've been doing since i got there.
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i think there's a real need for that. another interesting fact is that there are actually more women on the supreme court than on the senate judiciary committee. i have an important role to play. >> minnesota senator, well dodged. >> thank you. >> nice to see you. thank you. we got much more ahead. stay with us. we sent two women into a real guys night out to see if they could find the guy who uses just for men. it's me. >>no way. just for men gives you a natural gray-free look. just lather in. in just five minutes. great-looking hair made easy. just for men.
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they've released more new tests of the water in flint, michigan. they are testing for how much leads is coming through the kitchen faucets. the federal cut off to where you have to take action is 15 parts per billion. one home in flint tested at more than 10,000 parts per billion. hazardous waste times two. it wasn't the only home with astronomical leads numbers. still, still, almost two years into this crisis it's something that gets a lot more attention but the disaster is not over. nothing has been fixed. we reported about the mayor's ambitious plan. it could start right way. the governor has agreed in principle that the mayor's plan should happen.
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there's been no action from lawmakers to make it happen. the michigan house speaker's office told us that that request for actually finally starting to fix flint's lead pipes will be considered during negotiations for the budget which should go through may. no rush. why hurry? not one pipe in flint has been fixed yet, not one. if you're feeling a burning nugget of anger inside your chest over this, you're not alone. that story is next.
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30 days. 30 days. that's how long the president of the national naacp is giving governor rick snyder this michigan to take action to start finally replacing the pipes that continue to pump out poison water. cornell brooks spoke yesterday in flint and he said if flint's
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water system doesn't finally start getting fixed then the naacp will step up its attention to the flint disaster and start calling for quote, disruptive civil the obedience. joining is cornell williams brooks. thank you very much for being here tonight. i appreciate your time, sir. >> thank you. >> why direct action protests? what would that look like and why change to that now? >> well, in the face of what feels like for flint citizens infuriating action by the governor. we have to step up the pressure. what that means and what that looks like is civil disobedience that's disruptive and democratic. that can take the form of sit ins, dine ins, blockades or occupying offices and city hall. what it means is that we are intending to disrupt business as usual. think about this, the governor has yet to put forward a timeline, a deadline and a price
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tag on reform. the mayor has put forward a starter plan. 55 million to begin the process. the governor, on the other hand, has more resources at his disposal in terms of personnel and monetary, and he's not put forth a timeline, a deadline and a price tag on reform. meanwhile, we have young people literally ingesting poison water and citizens being asked to pay for water they can neither drink nor use. the national naacp, are you and locally in flint and all different kinds of civil rights organizations and concerned
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citizens get upset about this crisis and want to do something about this. stepping in is the president of the national naacp, are you calling for nationwide activism or locally focused? >> no, depending on the governor's response, we will call for national response. what we have seen all across the length and breadth of our country is americans inspired by a sense of generousty and compassion. americans have sent bottles to flint. we will have to call upon americans to send bodies and conscious to flint. we will issue a call for people to come across the country to flint to engage in a campaign of civil disobedience to convey that the governor has the address the replacement of the water infrastructure in flint. it's not enough to treat the water and hope it turns out for the best. we have citizens who cannot trust the water. the governor said trust looks like clean drinking water coming out of tap.
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right now we do not have clean drinking water coming out of tap as a consequence of poisonous pipes. the pipes have to be replaced. when the governor puts forward a timeline, deadline and a price tag for reform we can move forward. in the absence of that we have to respond vigorously and on the ground. >> cornell brook, president of the naacp nationwide. i knew there was going to come at some point. we have seen the pace of the response in michigan. we'll be checking back in with you over the course of these 30 days in hopes you spark something to happen. >> thank you. >> we'll be right back. stay with us. hey, you forgot the milk! that's lactaid. right. 100% real milk, just without the lactose. so you can drink all you want... ...with no discomfort?
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so, today, four days ahead of the south carolina primary, the ted cruz campaign released a five and a half minute long straight to camera video of ted cruz talking about his anti-abortion politics. in addition to that, we got a bright line from senator cruz that i would not have predicted. there is a way to go too far in the republican presidential primary process. we just found out what that is from the ted cruz campaign, and that's next. it's nuts. that's next. stay with us.
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so at the top of the show we reported on some new data about the character and nature of the republican party electorate that is expected to vote in south carolina this weekend and the data from the polling firm is kind of a doozy. three in five south carolina republicans say they want to muslims from the united states, nearly half of them with a nationwide region stri and a third want to shut down mosques. some one to ban muslims in the united states, one in five want to ban gay people from the united states. one in ten of them admit openly that they believe white people are a superior race.
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in addition to that one in ten say they're not sure about the superior race thing, they're still thinking about it. still thinking about whether or not white people are superior racially. so south carolina republicans are quite a bunch and the south carolina republican presidential primary is really early in the process and over the years you combine those two facts and you find that republican candidates have conducted themselves during the south carolina primary in ways that show they are fully cog distant of the views of the typical south carolina voter. george w. bush beat john mccain after a campaign of e-mails claiming that john mccain secretly had a black baby. in the 2008 primary somebody sent out fake christmas cards and out of text quotes from the
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in 2010 this is the tenure of the republican primary. >> in the next three days find out that her daddy wears a turbine around lexington and her mamma wears a ruby between her head and she is a sheikh and trying to be a methodist and it gets to greenville around the university they're not going to look that. with pat robertson sending out that e-mail today, people need to look at that. >> that was a south carolina senator named jake knots speaking in 2010. his defense after that tape surfaced is he wasn't saying what he thought, he was
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channelling what his south carolina republican constituents thought. south carolina is really important in republican politics, but the way candidates have tried to win that primary has not always been to appeal to the better angels. he's not exactly a pie ror athis year senator knots has supported donald trump and he's been doing campaign events in south carolina in advance of this weekend's vote. dr. ben carson did a radio interview where he said that for a muslim to be a good american he or she would have to be a psyche frenic. being a muslim by definition makes you a bad american. this time of year after year doesn't bring out the best in republican politicians, not at least on the specific issue of religious bigotry.
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one of the uglier moment from the past week was this image posted online by a board member of the national rifle association, it's the jews who are coming for your guns. a bunch of different jew issue figures with flags next to them. the new york mayor calls him the mayor of jewyork city. jew russian immigrants your tax money. the board member of the national rifle association who posted graphic is a board member named ted nuygent. this is beyond the appeal for gun rights people who usually like him. not for ted cruz though, not before the south carolina republican primary. despite ted cruz wanting to be seen as the most pro-israel republican in the race, he's
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campaigning on having ted's support for president. ted cruz bragging on his website about how ted says ted cruz is his favorite presidential candidate, even after he's done this thing about the jews come together get your guns. while on the subject senator cruz is on his website talking about support from this guy. >> let me tell you these less than 20 million jews worldwide, the lord says i'm going to give all 20 million of them the chance to respond to the fisherman. i'm going to give them grace. i'm going to give them grace. he says if they don't respond to grace, i'm going to raise up the hunters and the most famous hunter in recent history is hitler. >> god sent hitler to hunt the jews.
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a number of jewish groups have complained to senator ted cruz that maybe he shouldn't be campaigning on the endorsement from that guy, what the god sent hitler to hunt the jews guy. on friday we reported on that and on saturday ted cruz put out a statement saying they are not rejecting his support, they continue to tout that man's endorsement on ted cruz's website, but they now say they don't like the thing that guy said about hitler. ted cruz said saturday night the statements concerning hitler are not statements with which senator cruz agrees. he was the embodiment of evidently. adolph has an l in it. while we're tracking the muddy path of insightment, there is a bit of a bright spot in this story.
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courtesy of this guy. >> yes, it calls for the death penalty for homosexuals. yes, paul does say that homosexuals are worthy of death, his words, not mine. and i am not ashamed of the gospel of jesus christ. and i am not ashamed of the truth of the word of god and i am willing to go to jail for standing on the truth of the word of god. and i know i've taken the counsel, many have told us this weekend you be careful, you choose your words carefully, we have presidential hopefuls
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coming this weekend, but i am not ashamed of the truth of the word of god. >> so we've been reporting for a couple of months on senator ted cruz's decision to go to that event. we sent the kill the gays comments from that people, ted cruz would not distant himself from that pastor. he did it at that event before welcoming senator cruz on stage. they told us this call to kill all gay people in the country was not explicit to warrant criticism. in case you've been feeling like this republican presidential campaign is about to devolve even further before the proposals to ban muslims from the united states, here is a ray of sunshine, the ted cruz campaign tells us that even though ted cruz was not willing to distance himself from the kill the gays pastor, they were willing to do that to someone
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else. after telling us that this call to round up and execute all the gay people in the country was not explicit enough to warrant any concern from senator cruz from that event, they told usa today that it was a mistake for senator cruz to do the kill the gays event. they're sticking with the guy who said god sent hitler to kill the jews, he's sticking with that guy, just not his particular idea and they're still touting their support from the jews are coming for your guns guy, sticking with him, the cruz campaign is still campaigning on their support from the jewyork city guy, but the part where the guy calls for rounding up the gays and execute them for being gay, that's too far. in case we're drawing where the lines are in the republican race in south carolina, they didn't want to tell us, but they did
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tell somebody else that's too far so there's the line. that does it for us tonight. to tell us. >> "first look" is up next. it's wednesday, february 17th. right now on "first look" the republicans are feeling the pressure as the clock winds closer to the south carolina showdown. well the democrats are upping the odds. and obama takes direct aim at donald trump. a rare moment of pope francis losing his cool and the reason why as he greets the faithful. plus incredible images of a driver going straight into a tornado. world class athlete shares her darkest hour. meet c.j., he beat out more than 3,000 dogs to be named best in show. "first look" starts right now.

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