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here's a tiny bit of news for perspective that's not on the subject of choosing the next president of the united states, at least it's not directly on that subject. this is the town seal, the official town seal of crystal city, texas. that's their official town seal. bulging forearms. just the one good eye, a can of spinach at the ready for strength. popeye is their town seal. that's because crystal city, texas would like you to think of them as the spin amp capital of the world. that said, what crystal city, texas is more known for is the amazing spectacle there earlier this month of the fbi swooping in and basically arresting the entire city government all at once. crystal city, texas has a city council of five people. four of the five were arrested. mayor arrested, mayor pro tiem
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got arrested. pretty much every single official was arrested. i remember when this news first crossed the wire services. we're in the middle of our meeting where they are banging out what will be on the show and pinged on the wires. somebody said this is interesting. there's an fbi raid on the city hall in crystal city, texas. we all started googling where is crystal city, texas. i remember saying we should keep an eye on that. it's probably some corrupt local official, but it's a tral case. may maybe that will make an interesting story down the road. turns out it wasn't a corrupt local official. they arrested the whole city government. this week the mayor of crystal city out on bound despite his felony corruption indictment, the mayor got himself arrested
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this week. he's out on bond. i understand there was some discussion with local residents about whether he would be recalled. that was tuesday night in crystal city. then wednesday in crystal city, this happened. starting wednesday night this is what started flowing out of faucets in crystal city, texas. there's an explanation. there wasn't on wednesday night when the water turned blood curdling black and nobody had any idea why or what it was. the next day on thursday, yesterday, the city, whoever else works there still now, the city on thursday, the following day after this started happening all over the town, they put out a notice to town residents saying people might notice some sediment in their water for a while. nothing to worry about. nothing to see. they announced they were
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cleaning out the old town water tank. that did this to the drinking water supply, which understandably upset people in town because they had no warning or explanation. if you're upset about this sort of thing, where are you going to call in crystal city if you have a complaint about this? if you call city hall, nobody will answer. are you going to call the jail and ask to speak to the mayor. between a human trafficking ring run by one city council member and fbi's multiple felony count corruption and bribery and illegal gambling sting and the subsequent additional arrest of the mayor for a second time just this week. despite all of these thing happening in crystal city and removing all city officials to all nooks and crannies. before today not a single official who had been arrested had bothered to resign from
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their jobs. even though they have been indicted or arrested, nobody else has been able to do the jobs either. who do you call when the water turns black? thank you. crystal city, texas with your amazing town seal and your bold downtown life size statue of popeye as well. thank you for perspective at this auspicious and overwhelmingly moment in american politics because however crazy or presidential election is right now, our presidential election is about the process of choosing elected officials for our country. elected officials are a thing we need. that can sometimes be easy to forget until you contrast it with anarchy and a tub full of black water. thank you, crystal city. while we're on the subject of
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terrifying water and gives you nightmares and make you want to die, i have positive news about flint, michigan. the governor decided to cough up $2 million for the city of flint to start the mayor's plan of starting to replace flint's ruined pipes. through this whole crisis not a single pipe has been replaced yet. the mayor has forced this to happen despite incredible continued resistance, but she has pried $2 million out of the governor now. the first 2 million in funding the mayor says will be enough start. it will be enough to pay for the first several hundred lead pipes to be replaced in flint out of a total of more than 15,000 that will have to go. the mayor plans to start digging up flint's first pipe and training local workers how to do the pipe replacement as of next week thanks to the shear force of will of the city's mayor.
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they will finally fix the water system next week. i have one more for you. do you remember the natural gas leak in california. it started leaking back in october. thousands of people evacuated from their homes. schools closed and moved. this was pumping out a quarter of emissions. a week ago tonight we reported they finally got a temporary plug into that billowing hell mouth of a leak in southern california. we can report it's been confirmed that porter ranch gas leak is finally capped. it's cemented shut. sorry about having to depopulate a portion of southern california. sorry about cooking the planet and making everybody sick for months. it took them four months to stop the leak. it's good news about a bad
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situation. i know i digress, but there is news in the united states that's not related to the presidential election except to the extent it can give us some perspective on it. some of it is bad news. some is surprisingly good news. that very fact, the fact the world continues to spin on its own axis and our national experience hasn't collapsed. that probably would come as a surprise to some of the candidates who are used to this election that they found it hard to believe that there is anything happening in the country or the world that doesn't relate to them. it's also, i imagine, a comfort to some of the candidates for whom the spotlights have been burning a little too hot recently. i'm talking about former governor jeb bush of florida. the jeb bush campaign, they woke up in south carolina today to this. this 5:00 a.m. headline.
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bush machine running on fumes. the lead quote, some of jeb bush's most steadfast allies think saturday night be the end. quote, governor bush's close friends are dejected. one person who politico describes as a long time bush ally is quoted saying the fact of the matter is there isn't strength anywhere. about the decision to not endorse jeb bush and endorse marco rubio, a person says forgive me for this, quote, what a kick in the balls. sorry. now i regret saying that. i want to go back in time and not say that. this is just terrible for any campaign, right? it's terrible. dejected. we're done. these morose critical quotes from people described as bush's closest supporters. a fund-raiser close to bush who had remained optimistic about
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his chances, florida based bush donors, people described as being close to jeb bush. there's there quote from somebody who is a florida bush supporter who has been close to the bush family for the better part of three decades. the question is will jeb bush do what's best for the country especially with trump in a position to run away with it or is it too personal for him to quit? this is a gut check moment saturday, depending on the outcome. imagine you're jeb bush. you wake up and read this. all these donors and lifelong family friends who want you to be president, these are the people who are supposed to be helping you become president. they are begging you through blind quotes to do your duty and quit the race for the good of your country. if there was any morale left on the jeb bush campaign, this could end that forever. that said, this kind of thing has been going on for a while
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with jeb bush. specifically, with the publication politico.com. if you look at the string of stories that are been ran about jeb bush that are like this, it's been a couple of months. this is like a specific beat they've got at that beltway publication for telling the doom of jeb bush. blind quoting people close to him saying terrible things about him. this is more than just a trend. it's almost weird. this is from the beginning of december. jeb bush is convincing donors the poll s wrong. one bush donor quoted as saying staffer morali is e is exceedin low. that was december. in january we got bush donors await green light to jump ship. more blind quotes including one urging him to get out of the
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race. less than a week later politico again, the bush blame game begins. one person described as a florida bush backer said you might as well light this on fire. february 7th, bush loyalist concede the end may be in sight. that one came with an extra sad face. each story all with the same angle. every one of these pieces quotes his supposed donors and allies and supporters talking incredible smack about him. that helps make their worries about the campaign come true.
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they're not just idly worrying about whether the campaign will have enough momentum or gets too much bad press. they are telling the press about the campaign. that becomes a true perception basket y because you are the bush supporter are telling them. who knows. south carolina, it may be the end for jeb bush. if it's not, i'm sure it will not be the end of terrible politi politico.com headlines. they'll be so lonely. reporters aren't calling them to talk smack. as we head into tomorrow, south carolina primary, the republican polls are tightening.
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there's no south carolina poll that doesn't show donald trump still in the lead but in the few polls we can do apples to apples comparisons. you can see the trend within that same poll. it does look like there's tightening in the race. we saw that in the augusta chronicle poll where mr. trump's lead has gone from 16 points to just three points. we saw it in the fox news poll where the lead went from 20 points to 13 points. we saw it in the poll that came out in south carolina. that's month the poll had trump leading by 16. now it has him leading by five. he's leading in every poll and leading by five isn't as good as leading by 16 but it's better than losing by five. the tightening of all these polls may show the momentum in the race in south carolina is working against mr. trump. is it possible the momentum
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could be moving fast enough that he will not win tomorrow in south carolina? stay tuned. polls open at 7:00 a.m. eastern. they close at 7:00 p.m. eastern. if he will have a run for his money in terms of first place, you know there's always a chance it could be from jeb bush. hard to believe, but possible. more likely any challenge will come from ted cruz and or marco rubio. marco rubio did poorly in new hampshire. his campaign seems excited. tim scott who has endorsed mr. rubio, you see him there between the governor and mr. rubio at a campaign event in south carolina. tim scott probably went out on a limb when he raised expectations sky high for how marco will do. he said mr. rubio could place
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second in the stacy or quote, we have a long distance shot at first. first place. that's awesome has a pep talk. that's awesome to show you're psyched. it's bad to say it to somebody other than your campaign volunteers. it's a bad idea to say that to the press because you've raised expectations that you may not meet. nobody wants to look like they placed lower than they expected to. we don't know what the influence will be of this endorser in south carolina because of the unusual political history of the endorser. it's also intriguing because this particular endorser had a really hard time handling the donald trump factor in the republican race, earlier on the
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race. this was the post and courier newspaper. u.s. congressman mark sanford has not decided who he will endorse, but he knows which one he won't, donald trump. quoting mr. sanford, being crass and rude in your references to other people is not the way to run for president. i think the position of the presidency requires a measure of self-control and discipline. that led to this very clear headline in august. mark csanford rules out endorsig trump as president. that was before donald trump started leading in every south carolina poll for months and months and months. that led to up with of the all time great, on air humna, humna moments when steve asked mark if was sure he wouldn't ever endorse donald trump. >> what about your role.
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i saw you over in the summer you said that would rule out donald trump for you. is that true? >> i like -- what's the word i'm looking for. he had broken every single mold. >> every single mold. could not find the word that mark sanford was looking for. today he did make up his mind. today in south carolina he endorsed ted cruz. who knows. ted cruz might win tomorrow. stay with us. i will be out of the office until monday, and won't be checking voicemail during this time. i'll reply just as soon as i get back to work. sail with princess cruises, the number one cruise line in alaska. limited alaska fares from $699. call your travel consultant or visit princess.com.
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weekend politics time. everybody freak out. here's what's going to happen for your weekend. tomorrow, we're going to be doing wall to wall live coverage of the crucial elections in two states. chris matthews will kick off the nevada coverage tomorrow afternoon, 2:00 eastern. starting at 6:00, chris will be
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joining me and brian williams for full live coverage of the nevada returns and a south carolina primary. this is your friday night warning. get some rest. you'll need it. saturday politics. attendance is mandatory. i'll be wearing jeans with my suit jacket. hey, need fast heartburn relief? try cool mint zantac. it releases a cooling sensation in your mouth and throat. zantac works in as little as 30 minutes. nexium can take 24 hours. try cool mint zantac. no pill relieves heartburn faster.
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i've been blind since birth. i go through periods where it's hard to sleep at night, and stay awake during the day. learn about non-24 by calling 844-844-2424. or visit my24info.com. . what about your role in all this? i saw you over the summer when donald trump made some comments. you said that would rule out donald trump like you? >> i like every other -- pro -- what's the word i'm looking for?
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i couldn't -- he has broken every single mold, every single piece of political convention out there. >> that was just last week, but today, mark sanford found the word he was looking for and he endorsed ted cruz. joining us is mark sanford rep. the liberty tap grill in columbia. joel, it's great to see you. thanks for being here. >> thank you very much. appreciate it. >> in the number line starts with bad news, dentist visit and at the high end like front seat on the new roller coaster, how enjoyable would you say this south carolina primary has been compared to others you've been involved with? >> it's a tough call because we had so many very, very special
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ones here. i'd give it a seven. it's good. it's a good south carolina primary. there hasn't been this mean, terrible dirty trick that everyone talks about that make great television fodder. it's been a good race for some ups and downs and momentum shows and endorsements. it's been fun to watch it. >> in terms of the momentum shifts and the way things have been up and down, it looks kind of if you squint like the race is tightening. it's against donald trump and in favor of some of the cans like ted cruz and maybe marco rubio. is that your sense on the ground in south carolina that's what the polls are right about that. >> i think it's a totally fair assessment. donald trump's last debate was not good to be charitable. i think it was a bit of a momentum shift. if you look at rubio's momentum with trey gowdy and tim scott
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having a good debate. ted cruz had a very good ground game. i think that the momentum is in their favor and it's against donald trump. i think donald trump will underperform in the polls. i'm not ready to say he's not going win, but i think he will underperform. >> this isn't a caucus state. this isn't a place where you need to round up people to go do something that takes hours and hours. we've been hearing more and more that the ground game really does matter. ted cruz had opinion bragging about his ground game. do you see a big difference? >> i would say cruz and rubio both have a really good ground game. cruz had made a lot of hay about
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who he has rounded up for his ground game. >> bottom line, sounds like you think that donald trump might be in trouble tomorrow. are you not expecting him to win? >> i'm expecting him to win, but i think he will underperform in the polls. i do not think his margin will be a crazy margin. i think he's on a downward trajectory. i think it will be a lot closer than people expect. >> former executive director of the south carolina republican party. i appreciate you playing with us throughout this lead up to the primary. it's going to be a lot of fun. appreciate it. >> thank you. good to be with you. in the other election tomorrow, in the democratic caucuses in nevada, we think we have noticed a certain distinct and important turning point in that race and how it's being fought and how it's going to be won. that story is ahead.
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general election. that was 2008. in every cycle somebody really discovers this idea and a lot of us suspect that it might be at work somewhere. you know what, it never really amounts to much. the main reason is because of the basic incentives at work. the people who would be motivated to register pr the party they expose, the most excitable, in order to do something like this they have to give up something they value in order to participate in up with of these schemes. they have to give up their right to vote in their own primary, on their own side in order to mess with the other party instead. honestly, there aren't a lot of people who want to do that. even though these party crossovers shenanigans get a little news attention in every cycle, honestly, that don't amount to much. there is a contest tomorrow where that usually means this isn't a big deal, it's missing
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in tomorrow's democratic caucuses in nevada. republicans can mess with the democrats caucuses this nevada tomorrow and they can do it for free without giving up anything they want to do for themselves. it's because of a weird loophole that opened up in the process. republican caucus registration closed last weekend. you can show up tomorrow, register as a democrat and vote. i'll show you what i mean. all right. let me set the scene. you're now looking one day into the future. this is a democratic caucus site tomorrow at an undisclosed location in nevada. we've got some people here. people in blue shirts are registered democrats showing up to caucus for their democratic candidate. behind them, behind the people in blue shirts, that is wendy.
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sneaky wendy. wendy for the purposes of this production is not a democrat. she's a registered republican, hence the red shirt. she wants to mess with the electoral process. she wants a particular democrat to win the caucus. one she thinks would be easier for a republican to beat in the general election. nevada's rules allow her to register on the day of the caucus as a democrat and then caucus with the democrats that day. wendy gets to the location, registers as a democrat, puts on her blue democratic shirt. she heads onto caucus with the democratic party and nobody is the wiser. wendy just voted in the democratic caucus. that's tomorrow. that's the nevada democratic caucus tomorrow. now, scene change. the there we go. well done, my people.
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all right. it's now tuesday. tuesday february, 23rd. you're looking now at a republican caucus site in nevada. note all the changes. new signs, new sweater on nick and also glasses. very nice. republican voting roles in nevada closed more than a week ago. you can't show up and register same day like you could as a democrat. you see some of these previously registered in the red shirts sign in. they have been registered before february 13th. they head into their caucus. there's sneaky wendy again. she's a register republican. you can see her red sleeves. while she just registers at the democratic caucus three days ago, she's still on the republican voting roles. even though she just caucused
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three days ago, she can shed her democratic affiliation and caucus with her own republican party now, too. elections is illegal in nevada. there's no such law about voting in the caucuses. nobody really seems to know if this is illegal. the democratic party is threatening to push for felony charges for anybody who double caucuses on saturday and again on tuesday. they put out a super ambiguous statement who said voters who do this thing will be reported to both major political parties. we'll tell mom. whatever that means. members of the nevada's republican party have come out strongly against this idea of double caucusing but there are some republican groups making noise to have republicans show up to vote in the democratic caucus tomorrow to try to wreak
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havoc. in years past threats to cause chaos, mostly meaningless. in nevada the opportunity is there. it's a state that's hard to poll. it's hard to keep track of. it's race that's much closer than almost anybody expected and now this. tomorrow is going to be very exciting for lots of reasons. watch out for sneaky wendy, everybody. [ coughing ]
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obama for the last seven years. president obama and i are friends. as you know he came to vermont to campaign for me when he was a senator. i have worked for his re-election, his first election and his re-election. i think it's really unfair to suggest that i've not been supportive of the president. i've been a strong ally with him on virtually every issue. >> up until a week ago hillary clinton and bernie sanders were competing over who had more loyalty to president obama. hillary clinton had accused him of not supporting the president enough. senator sanders reject that. i support him. we're friends. we had a fun get away in vermont. the democratic primary has, until this week, felt like a hug-a-thon for barack obama's
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candidacy. it's starting to feel like that basic fact, that basic big picture fact, it's starting to feel like that's shifting a little bit. last night at the msnbc telemundo town hall this question came up again when chuck todd played tape for a primary challenger and he called for senator sanders to respond. >> you said it was a low blow for clinton to bring up past criticisms. you said you had ever right to disagree with him. this is you calling for a primary challenge. i'm going to play it and get you to react to the other side. >> one of the reasons the president has been able to move so far to the right is there's no primary opposition to him. i think it would do this country a good deal of service if people started thinking about candidates out there to begin contrast whing what is a
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progressive agenda as opposed to what obama is doing. >> that was you in 2011. >> that was in response to a question on radio show. >> i get that. there are some democrats who want to continue the president's policies. why should they trust you as somebody who wanted him primaried? >> by the way, there is one of the two democratic candidates here who actually ran against barack obama. it wasn't me. all right. second of all, i have worked very closely with president obama over the last seven years. he is a friend of mine. we have gone a long way together to move this country forward from the disasterous position. i have disagreed with him very
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strongly on his views on trade. he's for the tpp. i'm against the tpp. he has, several years ago, continued bush's tax breaks for the wealthiest people. i was on the floor eight and a half hours in disagreement with him. overall, i think the president has done an outstanding job. the idea there can be a primary with different ideas get floated and debated. >> you think he should have been primaried? >> this is a media issue. this is one thing i said on radio show. media likes that issue. >> there's a lot of ways senator sanders might have answered that question. he chose to announce, i've had a number of disagreements with president obama. for example. he proceeded to list them without been prommed to do so. none of this is to say that senator sanders is against president obama or he hasn't been an ally of president obama
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and the democrats broadly in washington. he is shifting now, in the presidential race, in terms of how he positions himself with regard to the president. i think senator sanders is a pro. i think senator sanders is a good politician and i don't think he does things by accident. i think we have a visible shift in the way the democratic race is being run. we also just got an advanced clip of bernie sanders interview that will air this weekend on b.e.t. in which he he seems to try to turn secretary clinton's relatively unqualified support for president obama against her. >> hillary clinton now is trying to embrace the president as closely as she possibly can. everything the president does is wonderful. she loves the president. he loves her and all that stuff. we know what that's about. they're trying to win support with the african-american community where the president is popular. i have enormous respect. he's a friend and he worked
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together. like any other human being he's wrong. he's wrong. >> this is an important moment fighting over what level of support from the sitting democratic. how much distance. how much light there ought to be between himselves and the guy. he's now saying that hillary clinton tieing herself to barack obama. he's started in a new way to think things are wrong. these are are barack obama's successor. would al gore have done better in 2000 had he run with the
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clinton legacy. in terms of the history we're living now between hillary clinton and bernie sanders we have started to get a new race. we have very quickly started to get a much sharper distinction between the two of them on whether they are running for president on the basis of president obama successes or running against president obama's shortcomings. this is new. this is a new turn in the democratic race. it's just started this week. legacy time.
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look at this great picture posted from the a.p. tonight. not the clearest shot but this is kind of a breathtakingly important picture when you know what you're looking at. look at the caption. president obama walks from the oval office with dossier on supreme court candidates. that's what's in the binder. looks like they have a long short list. in addition to that snapshot, we learned he started consulting with key senatorers about the nominee. he's already spoken with mitch mcconnell and harry reid. that outreach directly to the senate is something vice president biden prescribe ed wh i spoke with him. the process is very much under way. stay with us. ( melodic, calm music )
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and click to activate your within. brace yourself. friends, brace yourself. it's the friday night news dump. who's playing tonight? >> we have mark langley. he's a former public defender. he's a throat cancer survivor and he used to work right here at msnbc.com back in the day. please meet mark. >> it's nice to meet you. see how we played that game with a guy from kent being introduced by kent. does it look different than when you were here? >> it never changes.
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sg i don't kn >> i don't know what you mean. we like to think we're high grade of cardboard. >> that was always my feeling. >> we're super happy to have you here. you probably know how this works. if you get two of the three questions we're going to give you, if you get two of them right you'll win this worthless piece of junk. show it off. >> rachel maddow cocktail shaker, accept no substituted. >> what is the random office swag? >> this lovely velveteen black cape which we borrowed from stevie nicks. we will get it cleaned. >> good evening to you both.
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>> good evening. >> first question, mark. tuesday jeb bush told nbc news that governor nikki haley's endorsement said it could with the most meaningful endorsement. on the very next day, who did she actually endorse? was it a, jeb bush. b, john kasich. c, marco rubio or d, ted cruz. >> as much as jeb wanted it, it went to his florida colleague, marco rubio. >> did mark get that one right? >> let's check. >> naturally, nikki haley did not endorse jeb bush but did endorse marco rubio. >> the answer is c. >> never talk about the value of an endorsement you don't yet have. a lesson we all learned from jeb bush this week.
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question two, on wednesday we reported that presidential hopefuls did a pitch perfect job of keeping expectations nice and low for his performance this weekend in south carolina primary. which of the following things did the governor say about how he will do in south carolina. a, a three-way split. b one vote is a victory, c, better than a fifth or d, i think we'll do better than a squat. >> it was race up from the bottom. he named a number. i think he said better than squat. >> is squat the appropriate answer here? >> let's check wednesday's segment. >> i don't think people expected me to do squat. i think we'll do better than squat, but we'll see. >> the correct answer is d and mark is doing much better than
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squat. >> all right. this is your ringer here. i'm going to through you a little curve ball. for your last question you get a choice. do you want a slightly easier question about donald trump or a harder question that's not about donald trump? >> i'll take the harder question. the answer to the donald trump answer was an isis attack on the vatican. this week we reported on three people floated as potential nominees to fill the supreme court vacancy. on tuesday, wednesday and thursday of this week, each one addressed the question with something between a dodge and a firm no. which of the following potential nominees has yet to address speculation that he or she might yet be named to the court. is it a, attorney general loretta lynch, b, jeh johnson,
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or joe biden? >> amy clobuchar said she liked her job. secretary johnson didn't seem interested and joe biden said that was the one job he never wanted. i would have to say this would be a, attorney general loretta lynch. process of elimination. >> steve, you have the answer for us. >> let's roll the tape. >> are you saying if the president called and ask if you would consent to be vetted that you would say no or would you consider it if the president asked? >> i'm saying i like my job now. >> i have it from a reliable source that secretary johnson told friends he has, and i quote, better chance to be pope than to be our nation's next supreme court justice. i don't even think he's catholic. >> look at me now. i have no desire to sit on the
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supreme court. >> that leaves loretta lynch. >> tell us the good news. did he win everything? >> he won. prize, you tell me. you tell me. >> mark, you're a ringer. it's great to have you back in spirit here at msnbc. thank you. you win all the loot. really appreciate it. thank you. >> you do a great job. your stuffer coming after it comes from the cleaners. >> thank you. if you want to play. send us an e-mail. now i'm afraid you'll have to go up river. due to mature subject matter, viewer discretion is advised.

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