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our amex helped us fill the orders. just like that. another step on the journey. will you be ready when growth presents itself? realize your buying power at >> there's a lot to talk about tonight. there is a lot of news about choosing the next president of the united states, for example. the contest ends tomorrow in nevada on the democratic side and in south carolina on the republican side there's tons of news to get to on that subject tonight. but before we do that, you just bear with me here a second. how about a little palette cleanser. wall-to-wale presidential race, a little palette cleanser. a tiny bit of news not on the subject of choosing the next president of the united states, at least not directly on that subject. this is the town seal, the official town seal of crystal
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city, texas. that's their official seal, bulgeing arms, a can of spinch a ready for the strength. pop eye is their town seal, because crystal city, texas, would like you to think of them as the spinach capital of the world. crystal city texas is more known for right now the amazing spectacle this month of the fbi swooping in, basically arresting the entire city government all at once. krystal city texas has council of five people. four of the five were arrested. mayor arrested. mayor pro temme arrested city manager, aest ared arc former city council member arrested all for food measure. the city attorney got arrested as well for allegedly man handling an elderly woman trying to enter a city council meeting. that sounds nice. pretty much every single official in that entire town was arrested. now i remember when this news
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first crossed the wire services. we're in the mild of our news meeting, me and the whole staff and pinged on the wires, somebody said there is an fbi raid on crystal city, texas. i remember talking with the show staff, oh, we should keep an eye on that. it's probably some corrupt local official. but it's a federal case, maybe that will make an interesting story somewhere down the road, let's keep an eye on it, see if there is a corrupt mayor there. it turns out it wasn't a corrupt local official. they arrested the whole city government. that was earlier this month. this week the mayor of crystal city out on bonn, despite his felony corruption indictment t. mayor got himself arrested again this week. he's out on bond he showed up at city hall. i understand there was some discussion about whether he would be recalled from office or resign. in the end, the mayor, on tuesday night, got himself
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arrested for disorderly conduct and resisting arrest. so that was tuesday night in crystal city. then wednesday in crystalle city, this happened. starting wednesday night, this is what started flowing out of the faucets in crystal city, texas. and there is an explanation it turns out. there wasn't wednesday night when they turned blood curdleing black, 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 town, they put out a notice to town residents, people might notice sediment, nothing to worry about. they announced they were cleaning out the old town water tank and that did this to the drinking water supply, which understandably upset people in town, particularly because they had no warning or explanation until long after the fact. it almost led to the shutdown of
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the schools in the town. if you are upset, where exactly are you going to cull call if you have a complain about this. if you call city hall, nobody will answer, what are you going to do, call the gayle jail and ask to speak the pa mayor? between a human trafficking ring and the fbi's multiple count bribery and illegal gambling stirngs which involved in the indictment of the city government and the subsequent additional arrest of the mayor for the second time this week, despite all of these things happening in krystal city, removing, thereby removing all city officials to various nooks and crannies in the criminal justice system. before today, not a single one of these officials who have been arrested in that town have actually bothered to resign from their jovenlts even tow they have been indicted, arrested, goen to jail. none of them have been doing their job. nobody else has been able do those jobs either. who do you call when the water turns black? so thank you, crystal city,
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texas, with your amazing town seal and in addition your bold downtown life size statue of pop eye as well. thank you for perspective at this auspicious and occasionally overwhelming moment in american politics because however crazy our presidential election looks right now, our presidential election is about the process of choosing elected officials for our country. and elect officials are a thing we need. that can stereotypes be easy to forget. until you contraft it with anarchy and a bathtub full of black water in pop eyeville, texas. thank you, crystal city. incidentally, while we are on the subject of terrifying water that makes you want to die, i have a glimmer, slightly positive news about flint, michigan. the governor rick snyder finally decided to cough up $2 million for the city of flint to at least start the flint mayor's
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plan of starting to replace flint's ruined pipes. through this whole crisis, not a single pipe has been replaced yet t. mayor of flint has absolutely forced this to happen, despite incredible continued resistance after every level. she has pride $2 million out of the governor t. mayor says it will be enough to start. it will be enough she thinks to pay for the first several hundred lead pipes to be replaced out of 15,000 that 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 sheer force of that city's mayor, they are finally going to start to fix the water system in flint next week. and, and i got one more for you, one more. do you remember, the porter ranch ginormous ranch in okay thousands evacuated, schools
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closed and moved. this thing was pumpening up a quarter of all of the emissions for the entire state of california every single day, seven days a week since october a. week ago tonight, we reported they finally managed to get a temporary plug into that billowing leak in southern california. now which can report it has been confirmed that r that the porter ranch leak is capped, it is cemented shut. so, you know, sorry about having to depopulate a portion of southern california for months. sorry about cooking the planet and making everybody sick for months. it finally stopped. it took them four months to stop that leak. good news about a very bad situation. so i know i digress, but there is news in the united states right now not at all related to the presidential election, except to the extent it can give us perspective on it. some is bad news, some is surprisingly good news. that very fact, the fact that
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the world continues to spin on its access and our national experience hasn't collapsed into the gaping candidates out there so used to this election that they find it hard to believe there is anything happening in the country or even in the world that doesn't relate to them. it's also i imagine a comfort to some of the candidates for whom the spotlight in the campaign have been burning a little too hot. >> that means, yes, i'm talking about former jeb bush of florida t. jeb bush campaign, god bless them, they woke up in south carolina today to this. this 5:00 a.m., bush machine running on fumes. the lead quote, some of jeb bush's moststead fast allies think saturday might be the end. governor bush's close confidants and lifetime frents are
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dejected. one allie is quoted saying the fact of the matter is there isn't strength anywhere. about the decision by south carolina governor nikki haly to not endorse jeb bush and endorse marco rubio, one of the cloetest reporters, forgive me, quote, what a kick in the balls. sorry. now i'm regressing. i want to go back if tin time a not say that. this is terrible for any campaign, it's terrible, dejected. we're done, morose quotes from bush's closest supporters, a fundraiser close to bush up until now remains optimistic about his chances, florida based bush donors, people described as being closest to jeb bush. this quote from somebody described as a florida bush supporter who has been close to the bush family for the better part of three decades, quote.
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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 are jeb bush. you wake up to this all these donors, these supposed supports and life long family friends the people that most want you to be president. these are the people helping you become president. instead, they're begging you through mind woets to do your duty and quit the race for the good of your country. if there was any more rail left on the jeb bush company that can enthat forever. >> that said, the kind of thing has been going on for a while with jeb bush and specifically with the publication if you look at these ings strings of stories politico has run about jeb bush just like this, it's been now a couple months of this from politico over and over again.
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this is like a spec beat they got at that beltway publication, foretelling of the doom of jeb bush. blind quoting people, supposedly close to him, saying terrible things about him. i mean, this is more than just a trend. it's almost weird. this is from the beginning of december, jeb bush is convincing donors, the polls are wrong. one bush donor quoted saying staff morale is low. s that in december. mid-january, bush donors await green light to jump ship. more blind support, one urging him to get out of the race. also bonus super sad picture of jeb bush with ellen. less than a week ago, politico again, the bush blame game begins. one person who is described as a florida bush backer is quoted as saying you might as well light all of this money on fire,
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february 34ri7g9co, again, bush loimists concede the end may be in sight. ten days later, bush struggles to mask mounting frustration. that came with a super sad picture. today the bush machine running on fumes. one, one, one, one, one after the other if politico. each one of these stories, all with the same angle, the same desperation, undercutting of any moment jeb bush might ever hope, any movement, any momentum jeb bush might hope to get from anywhere. and every one of them, every one of these pieces quotes his supposed donors and allies and supporters, just talking incredible smack about them. right? and, of course, that helps makes their worries about his campaign come true. they're not idly worrying about whether jeb bush's campaign has enough momentum. they're telling the press the horrible things about the campaign. so, of course, that becomes a true perception of the campaign, because you as a bush supporter
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and donor are telling these reporters these things, they're printing them. >> that becomes the weather the jeb bush campaign rains every day. '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 jeb bush headlines proclaiming that the end of jeb bush is near. it's a beat for them now. it must drive jeb bush crazy. who will they talk to when the stories stop? reporters aren't calling him, presumably all them tell all books blaming each other for what went wrong. as we head into tomorrow's south clone primary, the republican polls are tightening. there is no south carolina poll that doesn't show donald trump still in the lead, but in the few polls where we can do apples to apples comparison, the same poll being taken over time. so you can see sort of the trend within that same pom. it does look like there is some
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tightening in the race. we saw that, for example, in the augusta chronicle poll where mr. trump's lead has gone from 16 points to just three poempbints. we saw it where mr. trump's lead went from 20 points to 13 points. we saw it dramatically in the marrist poll. now it has him leading by 5. again, he is lead income every pom, leading by 5 isn't as good as 16, it's better than losing by 5. the tightening of all these polls may show the momentum of the polls in south carolina is working against mr. trump. sit possible that momentum could be moving fast enough that he will not end up winning tomorrow in south carolina? stay tuned. polls open in south carolina tomorrow 7 is:00 a.m. eastern. they close at 7:00 p.m. eastern. if mr. trump is going to have a run for his money in terms of 1st place in tomorrow's primary.
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you know, there is always a chance it could be from jeb bush. hard to believe, tear retically possible. more likely any challenge to mr. trump tomorrow will come from ted cruz and/or marco rubio. marco rubio did poorly in new hampshire. but he's been riding high recently, in part, because of an endorsement from south carolina's governor nikki haly. also, though, i have to say his campaign seems excited about marco rubio's prospects in south carolina, south carolina senator tim scott, he endorsed rubio, you see him between the governor and mr. rubio. tim scott probably went a little far out on a limb this week when he raised expectations sky high for how marco rubio will do in south carolina, tim scott told reporters this week, mr. rubio could place 2nd in the state or quote which have a long distance shot at 1st. 1st place. and that is awesome as a pep talk. right. that's awesome to show your psyched and confident. it's a bad idea, though, to say
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it to somebody other than your campaign volunteers. it's a bad idea to say that to the press, you raised expectation you may not meet. now if marco rubio doesn't come in first, his campaign might thought he might. nobody wants to show they placed lower than they expected to the latest endorsement did not go to senator rubio. this is a really intrigue one. in part, because we don't know what the influence will be of this endorser in south carolina, because of the unusual political history of the endorser. but it's also intrigue, because this particular endorser had a really hard time handling the donald trump factor in the republican race earlier on in the race, back in august, this was the post and courier newspaper in south carolina. quote, u.s. republican mark sanford hasn't decided which republican he will endorse? he knows who he won't.
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mr. trump. being crass and crude in your references to other people, is not the way to run for president. mark sanford rules out endorsing trump for president. well, it was a before donald trump started leading constantly for every poll for months an months and months. that led to one of the great on air humina moments when our own steve corn attack if he was sure he wasn't going to ever, ever, ever endorse donald trump. >> what about your role in all this? i saw you over the summer when donald trump made comments about megyn kelly. you said that would rule out donald trump for you want is that still true? >> i like every other pro craft -- -- what's the word i'm looking for, anyway, i couldn't,
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he has broken every single mold, every single police of political convention out there. >> every single mole could not find word that mark sanford was looking for there. today he did finally make up his mind. today in south carolina, he endorsed ted cruz. who knows? ted cruz may win this thing tomorrow. tomorrow. stay with us.
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>> week politics time, eb freak out! okay. here's what will happen for your week. tomorrow, we will be doing wall-to-wall crucial coverage of two states, starting if nevada, chris mathews will kick off the fast. coverage tomorrow afternoon 2:00 eastern. starting at 6:00, chris will be joining me and brian williams for full live coverage of the nevada returns and the primary. this is your friday night warning. get some rest. will you need it. saturday politics, attendance mandatory. i will secretly be wearing jeans with my suit jacket. (man) hmm. what do you think?
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donald trump said things about megyn kelly. he said it would rule him out for you, that still true? >> i like every procraft -- what's the word i'm looking for? he has broken every single mole, every single piece of political convention out there. >> it was a just last week. but today, mark sanford finally found the word he was looking for, he endorsed ted cruz in the state of south carolina. joining me is mark sanford's spokesman when he was governor. in good standing at a digital ad firm campaign grid. he joins us from msnbc unofficial south carolina headquarters, which fittingly is a bar t. liberty tap grill. it's great to see you. thanks for being here. >> thank you very much. i appreciate it. >> all right. so, all right, if the number line starts with at the low end bad news dentist visit and at the high end it's like the new roller coaster, how enjoyable
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would say this south carolina primary has been compared to others you have been involved with? >> oh, that's a tough calm. we have so many special ones here. you know, i'd give it a 7. it's good. it's a good south carolina primary, there haven't been those mean, terrible dirty tricks that everyone talks about that are on great television blotter. it's been good race with ups and downs and momentum shifts in endorsement. it's been fun to watch. >> the way things up and down, it looks without much assessment on it looks if you squint like the race is tightening. the momentum is against donald trump and if favor of the second tier candidates, like certainly ted cruz and marco rubio. is that your sense on the ground in south carolina that the polls are right about that? >> yeah, no, i think that's a totally fair assessment. donald trump's last debate was not good to be charitable.
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i think it was a bit of a moment item shift reported here. i think if you look at rubio's momentum with trey gowdy and following up with nikki haly, add to that, ted cruz has a good ground game in the evangelical committee to go get out the votes for him. the momentum is if their favor. donald trump will under perform in the polls here. i'm not ready to say he's not going to win yet. i think he will under perform. >> obviously, this isn't a caucus state or a state where you need to round up people to do something that takes hours and hours and hours him we have been hearing more and more the grounds game does matter in south carolina. ted cruz has been bragging about his ground game. if terms of doing voighter turnout, immobile iegz door knockers and stuff. do you see a difference on that score? >> i would say cruz and rubio
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have a really good ground game. cruz has made a lot of support in the evangelical community and the leaders he has rounded up to, you know, for his ground game. i think that south carolina as you noted rightly is a paid meaning of the first state. the ground game is not as important as it is here in iowa and new hampshire. it is important to do that i.d. the voters, getting them out to the polls tomorrow. >> bottom line, just a moment, it sounds like you think donald trump may be in trouble tomorrow. are you not expecting him to win? >> no, i'm expecting him to win. i think he will under perform in the polls. i do not think his margin will be a crazy margin. he's in a downward trajectory. it will be closer than people expect. >> former executive director of the south carolina republican party, just a moment, i really appreciate you playing with us in this lead up to the primaries. it will be a lot of fun. i appreciate it, my friend, thank you. >> good to be with you. >> all right in the other edirection tomorrow in the
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what? zblrnlgs. >> all right. in every election cycle, there is always the point one party raises the sector of crossover voting. republicans posing as democrats or democrats posing as republicans to sabotage the voting process for the other side. you right remember in 2008, talk show host rush limbaugh tried to do something he called operation chaos and have democrats in open primaries, spell to try to keep the long bloody race going between barack obama and hillary clinton. mr. limbaugh wanted that, he thought the longer it went on the worse it would be the chances in the general election. in every cycle, somebody rediscovers this idea and a lot of us suspect that it might be
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at work somewhere but you know what, it never amounts to very much t. main reason is the very people motivated enough to purposely register for the party they oppose the most excitable, most activist part of one party's electorate. that i have to give up something they value in order to participate in these schemes. that i have to give up their own vote in order to mess with the other party instead. honestly, there aren't a lot of people that want to do that. even though they get news attention every election cycle. honestly in the end, they never amount to much. but there is a contest tomorrow where that usual incentive structure, that usually means this isn't a big deal. that usual incentive structure is missing in tomorrow's democratic caucuses in nevada. republicans can mess with the democrat's caucuses if nevada tomorrow.
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they can do it for free without giving up anything they want to do for themselves. it's because of a weird little loop home that opened up in the process. republican caucus registration closed in nevada last weekend. on the democratic side, can you still register for the democratic caucus on site tomorrow day of. show up, register as a democrat and vote. and that can lead to some shenanigans. i will show you what i mean. right. let me set the scene him you are now looking exactly one day into the future this is a democratic caucus site tomorrow, undisclosed location in nevada. we got some people here, people in blue shirts are registered democrats showing up to caucus for their democratic candidate. but behind them, behind the people in blue shirts, that is wendy, sneaky wendy, wendy for the purposes of this is not a
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democrat, a registered republican. wendy wants to mess with the democratic process. she wants a particular democrat to when the caucus, one she thinks would be easier for the republicans to win in the election. nevada's rules allow her to register as a democrat and caucus with the democrats. she registers as democrat. she put on her blue democratic shirt. heads on into caucus with the other party, nobody is the wiseer. okay. so wendy voted. that's tomorrow. that's the november democratic caucus tomorrow. now, scene change. there we go, whohoo, well done, my people. it's now, tuesday. tuesday february 23rd. you are looking now at a republican caucus site if nevada. note all of the changes, new
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sign, new sweater, also grasses, very nice republican voting rolls in nevada closed more than a week ago. so you can't show up and register same day like you could as a democrat. only those registered as a republican can caucus with the republicans at this republican caucus. so you see, some of these previously registered nevadaens are here, these folks in the red shirts, they sign in, they're registered republicans. they have been registered since before february 13th. they head into their caucus. hey, look, there is sneaky wendy, as i said, she's a registered republican. while she just registers as a democrat three days ago, you know what, she's still on the republican voting roles from before then, each though she caucused for the democrats three days ago, she can shed her affiliation and caulk with us with her own republican party
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now too. and while this cross party voting in elections is illegal in nevada, there is no such law about voting in the caucuses. because the caucuses aren't real elections. they're things run by the parties. nobody seems to know if this is illegal. the democratic party in nevada is threatening to much for anybody who double caucuses on saturday and tuesday. but the nevada secretary of state put out an ambiguous thing saying voters would be reported to boat major political parties. whoo, we'll them pom. whatever that means. members of nevada's republican party, some have some out strongly against this idea of double caucusing. some are making an organized effort to show up in the democratic caucus tomorrow to we'll be right back havoc on the democratic side before they then vote again in the republican caucus on tuesday. in years passed, threats were crossed over voting to cause chaos, mostly meaningless, but
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worked for his re-election, his first election and his re-election, but i think it is really unfair to suggest that i have not been supportive of the president. i have been a strong allie on him, with him on virtually every issue. >> up until about a week ago, hillary clinton and bernie sanders were more or less competing over who had more lysle loyalty to president obama. hillary clinton had repeatedly accusing him of not supporting the president if you have. senator sanders repeatedly rejected. that i supported him on everything. we're friends. we had a fun get away in vermont. during the weeks and weeks of campaigning, debating, town halling, the democratic primary has basically until this week felt like a hugathon for the presidency. both attaching themselves to the sitting president. who remains popular among democratic voters. it's starting to feel like that bake fact, big picture fact, it's starting to feel like that
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is maybe shifting a little bit. plus the telemundo town hall, this question came up again when chuck todd played a tape of bernie sanders calling for a primary challenger in 2011. he asked senator sanders to respond. >> last week you called, you said it was a low proceed for secretary clinton to bring up the past criticism you have to president obama. you said you have every right to disagree with him. it went further than that. this is you calling for a challenge on the radio show. i will play it and get you to react on the other side. >> one of the reasons the president has been able to move so far to the right, there is no opposition to him. if people were thinking about candidates out there, to begin contrasting what is a progressive agenda as opposed to what obama is doing. >> all right. >> that would be in 2011. >> the washington democrat. i understand that. >> that is in response to a
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question on a radio show. >> no, i get that. but there are some democrats who want to continue the president's policy. why should they trust you? >> first of all, you know, by the way, there is one of the two democratic candidates here who ran against barack obama. it wasn't me. all right. second of all, you know, 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 disastrous position we were in when bush left office. but to answer your question, do we have a right to have differences with president obama? i have had a number. for example, i have disagreed with him very strongly on his views on trade. he is for the tpp. i am against the tpp. he has or several years ago
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continued bush's tax breaks for the wealthiest people in this country. 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 that there can be a primary where different ideas get floated and debated, i don't think that that is -- >> you actually think she should be primary. >> this is a meaty issue. this is one thing i said on one radio show many, many years ago. media likes the issue. >> there were a lot of points sand, may have answered that question. in answering it, he chose to announce, i have had a number of disagreements with president obama, for example, he proceeded to actually list them without having been prompted to do so. so none of this is to say that senator sanders is against president obama or that he hasn't been an allie of president obama and the democrats probably in washington. but he is shifting now in the presidential race in terms of how he positions himself with regard to the president i think
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senator sanders is a pro. i think senator sanders is a really good plichlths i don't think he does things by accident. so i think we have a shift, a invisible shift in the way the democratic race is now being run. we also just got an ad advanced clip of a bernie sanders interview that will air this weekend on bbt, in which senator sanders tries 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. all that. >> student: we know what that's about, trying to win from the president. he is popular. you know what, i have enormous respect for the president. he is a friend, we have worked together. he has done a dpriet job in many weres. you know what, like any other human being, he is wrong on certain issues. >> he is wrong on certain
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issues? this is an important moment for the democratic primary t. two contenders are fighting over what level of support and loyalty due to democratic president. how much distance, how much light there ought to be between themselves and the guy who is there now him one of the candidates, senator sanders is now saying that hillary clinton tying herself to barack obomb is pinnedering. he has now started in a new way, going out of his way unprompted to list things he thinks are wrong from president obama and his legacy. so these are two very different visions of what it means to be barack obama's successor. you can't say one is better or worse in terms of the electability factor now. we don't know. would al gore have done better if 2000, had he gone with the clinton legacy than away from it? i'm not sure history tells the truth. the history between hillary clinton and bernie sanders, we have quickly started to get a
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new race, a much sharper distinction between the two of them on whether they are running for president on the basis of president obama's successes or whether they are running for president against president obama's short comings. this is new. this is a few turn in the democratic race and has just started this week. legacy time. hey how's it going, hotcakes? hotcakes. this place has hotcakes. so why aren't they selling like hotcakes? with comcast business internet and wifi pro, they could be. just add a customized message to your wifi pro splash page and you'll reach your customers where their eyes are already -
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brace yourself. who is playing tonight? >> rachel tonight we have mark langley from kept, washington arc former public defender, a pro cancer survivor and he used to work right here at right here in the day. please meet mark. >> mark,s very noise to meet you. you see how he played that game of a guy introducing a guy from kent. >> impressive. >> does it look different than when you were here? in there the media village never changes, does it? >> i don't know what you mean. all right. >> emmore rer katherine. set up cardboard villages. >> we like to think we are a higher grade of cardboard, much better vigils in the neighborhood if you know what i mean. we're super happy to have you here. >> thank you. >> i'll tell you how this works. if you get two of the three questions we give you toon. you get two right, you will win this worthless piece of junk.
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>> oh, yeah, rachel maddow schak shaker. >> extra credit. >> this velvetine black cape which apparently we borrowed from stevie knicks. i don't know, it was in our office. here it is. >> yeah. mark. i'm sorry about that. we'll have it cleaned before we send it to you if you win. we will bring if steve, he will be the man that tells you whether you mark. >> good evening. >> good evening, disembodied voice. >> all right. first question, mark. tuesday, jeb bush told nbc news governor nikki haley's endorsement would be the most meaningful endorsement in the south carolina republican primary. the very next day, on wednesday, who did that most meaningful endorser actually endorse? was it, a, jeb bush?
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b, john kasich, c, marco rubio, or d, ted cruz? >> as much as jebped it, it went to his florida colleague marco rubio. >> steve, did mark get that one right? >> let's check tuesday's show. >> naturally today nikki haly did not endorse jeb bush, instead endorsed marco rubio. >> the correct answer is c, mark is one for one. >> never talk about the endorsement you don't yet have. a lesson we all learned from jeb bush this week. question two, on wednesday, we reported one of the presidential hopefuls, john kasich, actually did a pitch perfect job of keeping expectations nice and low for his performance this week in the south carolina primary. which of the following things did governor kasich say about how he thinks he will do in south carolina. did he say, a, it will be a
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three-by a split for 3rd place. b, if i get one vote, that's a victory. c, i think we'll go better than 5th, or d, i think we will do better tan squat? >> it was a race up from the bottom. i think he said, i don't think he said, he named a number. i think he said better than squat, he was talking about diddly squat. >> is squat the appropriate answer here, steve? >> let's check wednesday's segment. >> i don't think people expected many tow do squat and i think we'll do better than squat, but we'll see. >> much better than squat. the correct one is d. >> this is obviously your ringer here. ly throw you a little curve ball him for your last question, you get a choice, do you want a slightly easier question about donald trump or a slightly harder question that is not about donald trumped? s. >> i'll take the harder question, why not? it's better to die now than live in fear. >> i tell you, the answer to the donald trumps with an isis atang
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on the vatican. you don't get that one. here's your question. this week, we reported on three people floated as potential nominees to fill the supreme court vacancy created by the death of justice scalia. on tuesday, wednesday, and thursday of this week, weech one addressed the question with something between a dodge and a firm. 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, homeland security secretary johnson. c., amy klobuchar or d., vice president jodi biden? let's see, jamie klobuchar said she liked her job. secretary johnson didn't seem the least interested. joe biden said that was the one job he never wanted. so i would have to say this would be a, attorney general loretta lynch. >> process of elimination. steve you got the answer for us? >> let's roll the tape.
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>> i have to just can you, are you say tack if the president called you and asked if you would concept to be vetted and said he wanted to consider you, that you would say no or would you consider it if the president asked? >> i'm saying that i like my job now. i have it from a reliable source today that secretary johnson has told friends that he has and i quote a better chance to be pope than to be our nation's next supreme court justice. and i don't even think he's catholic. >> look at me now. i have no desire to sit on the supreme court. >> the correct answer is a, mark is right once again. >> okay. tell us the good news. did mark win everyone? >> he won. prize, you tell me. you tell me. >> mark, you are a ringer. it's great to have you back if spirit here on nsnbc. thank you. i win all the loochlt appreciate it. >> thank you. i enjoy every time i watch your
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show. >> that's great to say. your stuff is coming after it comes back from the cleaners. >> thank you, rachel. >> if you want to play the most awesome game on msnbc news. "weekends" with alex whit starts now. hey, everybody, good morning, i'm thomas roberts live at msnbc headquarters here in south cloiv carolina. it is roughly 7:00 a.m. polls across the palmetto state, who will survive into the final hours as we begin this moment in history. >> if the republican party had guts, they would have terminated cruz from that election. honestly, he cheated like a dog. >> i said that in the debate, he is literally making things up.


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