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assemble in philadelphia in july, at that convention, we are going to see the results of one of the great political upsets in the history of the united states. >> a day after south carolina and nevada, sorting the winners from the losers, the survivors from the also rans, both braces with new twists and fresh intrigue as most of the candidates took to the airwaves this morning. you'll hear the latest because this is the place for politics. >> hey, everybody. good morning. i'm thomas roberts live in columbia, south carolina. we remain here at the liberty tap room. this is msnbc's headquarters for our primary coverage. there in the front row, we have cindy and kelly, the dance moms who didn't get to vote, but they said they would have voted for
donald trump. their daughters have been here competing. these folks, like me, we all have a political hangover, but we're getting twlou it today. if you woke up this morning imagining clarity, it could be more muddied in some ways. here's what's new from overnight. billionaire donald trump rode to victory in south carolina, much as expected. he outpaced his closest rival by ten points. the real battle came for second place with marco rubio prevailing by a slim margin over ted cruz. rubio, just 1,000 more votes from cruz, from 738,000 that were passed. trump is making the rounds on the sunday shows. less than 24 hours after clinching south carolina, he's striking a humbler tone about the nomination process. >> you have a couple other people who are very talented too. we have a five-man race, and i think that it's going to be, you know, going to be not easy. i have a big advantage, but a
long way from being won. >> the most surprising storyline, perhaps, of the entire campaign, the one-time gop favorite, jeb bush, leaving the race after three republican contests. >> the people of iowa and new hampshire and south carolina have spoken. and i really respect their decision. we put forward detailed, innovative conservative plans to address the mounting challenges that we face. because despite what you might have heard, ideas matter. policy matters. >> well, in the end, after bush 41 and bush 43, there will be no bush 45. as we look to the democrats and a big win for hillary clinton out of nevada and the caucuses there, though bernie sanders made up a lot of ground in the last few months. clinton received some 53% of that vote to sanders' 47%. here's their reaction this morning. >> we always have to work hard for every single voter, and we intend to do that in every place. i'm in texas right now.
i'm in houston, about to address a large crowd that has gathered here late at night. we're reaching out to everybody. and we want to do as well as we can with everyone. >> i wish we had had a larger voter turnout, but by the way, we did phenomenally well with young people, well with working class people. we were taking on a candidate who ran in 2008. she knew nevada a lot better than we did. she had the names of a lot of her supporters. >> for the latest in the twists, we have gabe gutierrez covering the rubio camp in franklin, tennessee. kerry sanders is covering the trump and bush campaigns in columbia, south carolina. so kerry, let me start with you because you have a lot to talk about, not only from what your witnesses last night for jeb bush, but also the victory for donald trump. so let's start with how trump was actually successful in extinguishing jeb bush, a legacy candidate, and now trump rolls forward. >> well, he started out really
since the moment he began campaigning, attacking jeb bush. donald trump made a point of hitting what appeared to be the establishment front-runner, criticizing him on everything from simply putting on his posters jeb with an exclamation point and not having his last name, suggesting he was running away from his family's legacy. then saying at one point when barbara bush, his mother, came to campaign for him, tweeting, oh, you need your mommy to help you. it was a full on assault at every one of his speeches that donald trump gave to the crowds for the last seven weeks. at some point or another, hitting hard on jeb bush. so as we know, jeb bush drops out. donald trump takes the victory here in south carolina. and as they like to say in south carolina, they have a history here of picking winners minus that newt gingrich nomination. and so there is a sense among the trump campaign that their juggernaut is beginning to roll. they did well in iowa.
they did number one in new hampshire. now number one here in south carolina. and so momentum, they believe, is beginning to roll. this is donald trump. >> just want to congratulate the other candidates. it's not easy running for president. it's tough, it's nasty, it's mean, it's vicious. it's beautiful. when you win, it's beautiful. we're going to start winning for our country. >> so donald trump continues to run his campaign in his typical unconventional way. he will be in atlanta later today, where he will be holding a rally. he's in florida right now. he made his way home to mar-a-lago there. he'll be in atlanta and then he makes his way to nevada where he'll be holding rallies. as for jeb bush, the more
conventional candidate, the one running the campaign in the old style, stressing long discussions on policy, being what many say was a little too wonky, not being quite as aggressive until the very end, getting into the back and forth with personalities. he last night came out to a rather small crowd. he saw his position early in the polling, and then of course, the final results indicated that there was a lot of money being spent in south carolina. $13 million just on television commercials. but his campaign never really got traction. and so he suspended his campaign, and this is what he had to say last night. >> i'm proud of the campaign that we've run to unify our country. and to advocate conservative solutions that would give more americans the opportunity to rise up and reach their god-given potential. but the people of iowa and new hampshire and south carolina have spoken and i really respect their decision. so tonight, i'm suspending my campaign. yeah, yeah.
thank you. >> so jeb bush is now out of the race. he flew out late last night to his home in south florida where he said he would be sleeping with his number one friend, his wife columbia, and he is with his family. barbara bush, his brother, all came here along with his son. the family all campaigning on his behalf, but it just wasn't enough. i spoke to some of the supporters last night who were there with jeb bush. i asked them if donald trump becomes the eventual nominee, would you be able to support him? remember, there were a lot of hurt feelings in the room about the way donald trump took down jeb bush, and at least one of those in the room said, they do not think they will be able to support donald trump if he's the nominee. forget about republican party unity and everybody coming together. they just don't think they'll be ail to do that. that may be an early indication of division in the republican party.
>> he may have some bridge building to do to get that support. kerry sanders reporting for us. great to see you. thank you, sir. want to check in with gabe gutierrez. he has been covering the rubio campaign. he was there last night at marco rubio's victory speech for coming in second place. and is this where we start to wonder, gabe, as jeb comes out, which is rubio's mentor, we see the protege moving forward, and this is where the establishment candidate can kind of start to form for the gop? >> yeah, that's exactly right, thomas. jeb bush suspending his campaign was really a water shed moment for the marco rubio campaign. as you mentioned, he was his protege. two floridians went into south carolina. only one of them emerged. now the rubio campaign is hoping the establishment wing of the party really coalesces around him. this is now a frenetic time for the rubio campaign. they're crisscrossing the country right now. we're in franklin, tennessee. later today, a rally in little rock, arkansas, before he heads
on to las vegas and nevada, and then on tuesday, he's heading to minnesota and to michigan. marco rubio clearly trying to really look ahead for the super tuesday, for the super tuesday primaries. i asked marco rubio in an overnight charter last night what he needs to do to take on donald trump. and here's what he had to say. >> it's not about taking on trump. there's differences between us and we're going to talk about them. in particular on policy. i think donald now that the race has narrowed needs to step uponx his foreign policy. >> that's clearly what the rubio campaign will stress from now on. his foreign policy credentials. this is a battle, will be in nevada between ted cruz and marco rubio. the cruz campaign saying, look, all this talk about marco rubio. he has yet to win any state. the criticism going forward is can he really use the
endorsements from nikki haley and from tim scott. can he really be the establishment candidate? the cruz campaign says no. the rubio campaign says they have the wind at their backs now, thomas. >> gabe gutierrez, thanks so much. joining me on the set is ed mcmullen. ed is donald trump's south carolina chairman and adviser to the campaign. good to have you with me. you were up late last night? a political hangover. >> no. >> good to go? so what do you make of the re-sounding support donald trump got in south carolina? what is it that he speaks to in the voter here? >> look, every single category of voter in south carolina came out and supported mr. trump, whether it was wealthy, middle class, low income, across the board. all across black, white, all across religions. this is a man who has tapped into, mr. trump has truly tapped into in south carolina and around this country, a message
of opportunity and truly needing to reform and change the way this country works. that's the message. >> this is the same guy who has gotten into a spat with the pope, most recently. then insulting women in a way, misogynisting issues being brought up, muslims, mexicans, john mccain. i think i have run out of ms. he's taken a no surrender approach, and anything he says, he's willing to continue to barrel through. and is that what people like to see? and that he's self-funded? >> the reality is mr. trump is honest. he's real. he's somebody that american people, the american people and south carolinians really understood and heard loud and clear. they trusted him. he leads by example. he stands by his word. and he doesn't vacillate. he's not out taking polls and different types of focus groups that some of the candidates can't make to their events because they're out focus
grouping. the fact of the matter is this is a man who doesn't do that. he's got a message that's absolutely amazing. people all across the state, i have never seen the intensity of support like we saw in south carolina for the last six months. >> even with calling out john mccain, saying he's not a hero, john mccain carried south carolina. this is a heavy military, an example of south carolina being a heavy military state, not only with active duty but retired. when folks think about donald trump and foreign policy, we have not gotten a lot of specifics. when you have private meetings about carrying the day here in south carolina, did you advise mr. trump about foreign policy? and talking about those issues in a way that demonstrates presidential leadership, that steady hand? what we see is a lot of reactionary rhetoric? >> this is one of the brightest men i have worked with in pa politics. he reads, he's focused, he has great advisers. he listens to people. but he himself makes decisions.
nobody is telling him what to say. nobody is doing a focus group. he knows what the message needs to be. he's an amazing leader in that way, and i think the american people are finally ready for someone not looking at a teleprompter reading a speech, but truly leading based on what he knows is best for the country. >> as we look at the delegate wipe-up and think about what happened in south carolina, and you forecast the future after the s.e.c. primary, you think donald trump is running away and untouchable? >> mr. trump showed he's absolutely tapping every single demographic in this country. they're ready for serious change and leadership and there's absolutely no doubt he moves forward into the s.e.c. states on super tuesday, has an amazing victory there because he really understands the south, really understands the message. i think he goes out west and does the same thing. he's going to be a great president and a great leader. >> ed, thank you for your time. so early after a long night.
ed, who was a chairman and working in south carolina for donald trump and his campaign. >> we turn to last night's other big winner out west, hillary clinton, after polling neck and neck with bernie sanders, clinton walked away with 53% of the vote. kristen welker joins me from las vegas with more on this. have you been able to drill down on what made the difference for hillary clinton in nevada? a state she carried handily back in '08. >> thomas, i think it's a great question, and there were a number of factors. the first is that she started putting down an aggressive and robust ground operation six months prior to senator sanders. she had that campaign manager, robby mook, who helped her to win in 2008. she lost the delegate count. this time around, they focused more on the rural delegate rich areas, focused more on their ground game, quite frankly. she also tweaked her message in recent days. she focused it more on talking
about breaking down barriers and taking down wall straight. those are themes that have energized sanders supporters and she had that aggressive outreach to african-americans. her campaign officials tell me they're celebrating and also breathing a huge sigh of relief this morning. >> hello, houston! >> hillary clinton taking her campaign to the lone star state saturday night. >> we just won nevada. >> a texas sized celebration coming on the heels of a pivotal win for clinton, who clinched the nevada caucuses earlier in the day. >> this one's for you. i want to congratulate senator sanders on a hard-fought race here. >> senator sanders conceding before a crowd of dedicated supporters. >> they ran a very aggressive, effective campaign and i applaud them for their efforts. >> the loss raises questions about sanders' strength in more diverse states. african-americans chose clinton 76% to 22%.
still, sanders urged his supporters not to give up. >> i believe that when democrats assemble in philadelphia in july at that convention, we are going to see the results of one of the great political upsets in the history of the united states. >> and there are some encouraging signs. sanders won more latino votes here, and trounced clinton among young caucusgoers, netting 72%. clinton ramping up her outreach. >> it's not enough just to make college more affordable. you need help right now with the debt you already have. >> the win gives clinton a bump, as she heads into south carolina, super tuesday, and southern states, where african-americans make up a large part of the electorate. actor morgan freeman narrating yet another ad for clinton, suggesting hillary has always stood with us. >> and makes their mothers fight for justice her own. >> for her supporters in nevada,
it's all about savering this moment. >> thank you. >> and secretary clinton will spend the next two days fund-raising in california. thomas. >> then we know they'll be traveling here on to south carolina in advance of the primary here next saturday. kristen welker reporting there for us. great to see you. thank you. in just a moment, we're going to get back to the republican race and look at where ted cruz may be headed next. what are the prospects for him come super tuesday? stick around. you focus on making great burgers, or building the best houses in town. or becoming the next highly-unlikely dotcom superstar. and us, we'll be right there with you, helping with the questions you need answered to get your brand new business started. we're legalzoom and we've already partnered with over a million new business owners to do just that. check us out today to see how you can become one of them. legalzoom. legal help is here.
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>> we have reaction from donald trump this morning, having a conversation with joe and mika today on "morning joe." a special edition of that program. i want to bring in jamie self, government and politics reporter for the state, and in washington, d.c., my msnbc colleague joy reid. good to have you with me. i want to have you answer this question, both of you. what kind of message does this send to the greater republican party? i'm going to hold this up from the free times, party of who, question mark, but it is of donald trump riding an elephant off into the sunset. jamie, what message does this send via south carolina and donald trump? >> sure, i think trump's win last night sends a message, especially to the establishment, that the candidates that got backing from the political elite, they didn't want them. you know, he had a significant lead against cruz and rubio. rubio had backing from three of the state's most popular republicans. he couldn't pull off a victory
though he's claiming he finished well and that sets him up for super tuesday. also, jeb bush, who had backing from lindsey graham and who inherited most of his support around the state, also he's out of the race now. >> here's the cover of your paper, trump cheers, quote beautiful sc win, and we see him at his victory speech surrounding by his family. almost lost everything, but joy, let me ask you, as we look at the exit polling out of what we saw yesterday, donald trump supporters decided to vote for him. 22% on primary day. 14% in the last few days. 31% in the last month. and 56% decided before that. so basically, joy, folks were trump in love a long time before he said anything that could have tripped him up on a debate stage, in an interview, or with a spat with the pope. >> that's the pamark of the passion of trump supporters.
they're in early and in for the long haul, and it's part of trump's strength. if you look at the stage where donald trump was giving his victory speech last night, it was trump and his family. if you look at the stage where marco rubio who finished a distant second and is getting media credit for finishing second, he had tim scott on the stage, who was the african-american senator from south carolina. he had the support of the governor, nikki haley on that stage, the governor of south carolina. he had the support of trey gowdy, very important member of congress from south carolina. all of the pan aply of the establishment standing on the stage with marco rubio could not vanquish donald trump after he got in a fight with the pope and essentially accused george w. bush of lying about iraq and being partially responsible for 9/11. i think that the establishment is in very genuine and very legitimate fear, if not panic, because they -- their weight is
now being questioned. their ability to influence voters is literally in question right now. >> and joy, i think for democrats, too, to see rubio and his gop super friends all assembled in one place, that has to frighten them because they have a message. they have an optics that looks diverse, interesting, and they also seem to have steady hands within all of their positions. so can they actually go against this gentle giant of trump and do damage as we move into the s.e.c. primary states or is this really donald trump's and we're riding along watching what happens. >> i love that you call them his gop super friends. i have to steal that. the reason democrats look at that, and on the one hand, it's ironic that the democratic party, an all-white contest where they're fighting over who did more good things in the '60s, where the establishment visage of it looks viderous.
the problem for republicans is their diversity goes stage deep. if you turn the camera to the audience, you don't see the same diversity. their voters are more than 90% white. it sends a signal to white suburban voters that this is a party you can still feel comfortable in, but the biggest, most important message is that group of super friends lost. they lost. all of their perswas frb powers and patina of diversity, they got beat by the showman, by donald trump. >> i know, but they would probably counter that by saying, you know, marco rubio had a horrible debate performance. he bounced back. he course corrected. he insulated himself with sup superpowers and came in second place here in south carolina, which gives confidence to the establishment and then the shakespearean side of things, vanquishing his mentor in jeb bush, he could have the juice to go all the way. >> i'm very skeptical of that argument because the other issue is he tied with ted cruz, who
also has not had strong performances, has been accused of being a liar and a cheat in the last several elections. at some point, for marco rubio to be taken seriously as the trump killer, he has to win a primary, a state. thus far, he has won none. there is no second place in politics, you win or lose. trump is winning. >> all right, so it was interesting last night in cruz's speech, he hardly conceded much of a victory to trump by reminding all republicans he won iowa. and that he is going to continue on. so jamie, plelet me ask you, wh evangelical voters turned out for donald trump yesterday, 34% for trump. cruz drawing 26%, rubio, 21%. that's the base that's supposed to be for cruz. that's supposed to be his firewall in moving forward. why would trump steal those folks away? >> i hear that trump supporters, you know, evangelicals, they're not always going to vote on the
values. they want a candidate who reflects their values, but with trump, they're looking for a candidate who will keep them safe. they see him as an authentic candidate. with cruz, if he should have won anywhere, it would be south carolina where he has been blanketing evangelical communities and campaigning really hard. if you look at the map of south carolina, he didn't pull down one county in south carolina. that's telling. >> definitely about values. we did a very informal ladies in the 18th district in lexington county. we were asking folks on the way out the door, who they had voted for. most people would share with us. one of the ladies at the end of the night, and trump was leading, this informal, unscientific poll the whole time. i asked one lady at the end, who did you vote for? she goes, i voted for tom cruise. i like his values. i look eed at her puzzled, i sa,
you mean ted cruz? oh, yeah, him. so i thought she was pulling my leg about voting for tom cruise. but anyway, she likes ted cruz, and she likes him for his values. that's just some of the stuff, joy reid, you'll find when you're out there for eight hours at the polling station trying to get people to talk to you. >> indeed. >> some of them, more than friendly in telling you who they voted for. other people a little more protective. didn't want to give it up. we didn't make them. it was just interesting to find out what they had to say. jamie self right here in columbia with me. joy reid in washington, d.c. thank you, ladies. appreciate your time. wheer rr going to turn to the left and talk about hillary clinton celebrating a big win out of nevada. what does her victory tell us about the race going forward? that's ahead. >> i am heading on. [ cheers and applause ] i am on my way to texas.
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above sanders who got 47%, despite secretary clinton's wider lead in the polls, are you satisfied with the margin? this is very status quo. are you concerned there's not more electricity behind her message catching on? >> no, we were very thrilled with last night. the fact that she overwhelmingly got african-americans in clark county, if you look at how well she did with working families, with people of color, and with women, we're very pleased that she won and we're moving on to super tuesday. >> when we think about super tuesday and those are going to be some states that will favor secretary clinton, and we have the polls here in south carolina demonstrating that she leads by nearly 40%, is there any reason for concern as the campaign then gets out of south carolina? and the fact that bernie sanders folks have had a more aggressive team on the ground here. >> i think that you will see
that hillary will do extremely well in not only south carolina, we're very pleased that congressman james clyburn has endorsed hillary, and that's huge. he has a huge following. he is a great leader. and hillary is touching the individuals there. african-americans are coming onboard because she has always been out front with the issues for working families and for women and african-americans. i think you're going to see that support. i think she's also going to pick up more of the young folks, because i think once the excitement is all over about promises that can't be fulfilled, they will start asking the tough questions. how do we make this happen? they will hear hillary outline, it's not only about affordable college, which she's for, but also relieving the debt that so many of our young folks have. real excited. hillary is going to move
forward, and we're going to be right with her. >> i know you bring up congressman jim clyburn. he gave that endorsement early, before the primary here in south carolina. also before the nevada caucuses. he told me he reached out to his friends in nevada to bolster support for her there. again, that endorsement came on friday around 11:00 in the morning. this is big for hillary clinton coming into south carolina ahead of the primary here on saturday. but are you surprised that she has not had a more demonstrative lead over bernie sanders at this point, that he has been such a strong candidate to her message? >> i think it's actually a good thing that we are rallying democrats to get excited about having candidates and that we're going to have a democrat as the next president. it's going to be hillary. i think we've seen a lot of momentum. 40 members of the congressional black caucus pac endorsed
hillary last week. i think joined by jim clyburn, that's going to be great in south carolina. it's going to be great in florida. and texas, and arkansas, and certainly i have to mention ohio. >> well, there's no way to get to the white house without going through ohio. >> absolutely right. >> thank you for your time. >> thank you. >> thank you again. appreciate it. for jeb bush today, a day to reflect after bowing out last night. he's home in miami, and politico called the bush campaign a $150 million failure. what went wrong? we'll take a look. i take pictures of sunrises.
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have spoken, and i really respect their decision. so tonight, i am suspended my campaign. yeah, yeah. thank you. >> we have jeb bush making that announcement last night that he would suspend his race for the presidency. let's bring in right now karen floyd, the former chair of the south carolina republican party. and a lot of people talk about the fact that this is bush country. did we just watch the bush dynasty end because of the voters of south carolina? >> i mean, clearly, he suspended his campaign, so the bush dynasty perhaps there's some offspring down the road. i think everything in politics is timing, message, and the art of entertainment. and i think what we saw last night was mr. trump, who actually enraptured that idea of entertainment, and he succeeded. the populist groups have come
together across all sectors and lauded him with a resounding win. >> meanwhile, the old campaign strategies of have the most money, try to outcommercial the other guy, is the approach that this campaign took. that strategy. the deep pockets, the deep thinkers of the establishment. all of that backfired. how do you look at the success of donald trump and try to explain that through your political prism? >> there's something no one else has mentioned and i have to give a shout-out to ed mcmullen who was on your show earlier today. there was a stealth movement that i was btd even aware of. i thought it was all populist driven. if you look at numbers, specifically the absentee ballots, that means someone was triggering a comprehensive campaign, an early campaign to turn folks out. 60-plus percent absentee ballots went to donald trump. tells me there was an
organizational structure people weren't talking ub. it wasn't like the cruz campaign where folks were canvassing, 7,000 folks, it was said, and not with an endorsement strategy with the trifecto. this was something that was stealth, coupled with this populist movement, and frankly, it was just a grand success for mr. trump. >> so karen, a couple weeks ago, you predicted whoever won the primary here would go on to be the eventual nominee. do you stand by that? >> you know, i'm a history buff. and it's well known that every person that's won both new hampshire and south carolina have become the nominee for the republican party. until this last cycle, when newt gingrich spun out when he performed so well on camera, it would have been the case 100% of the time through south carolina, you would be the winner. >> all right, so do you think it's going to be donald trump going all the way? >> i do. i must tell you, if you base it
on numbers, history, and what we have seen, and you categorically doing an analysis, i would say he probably has the best chance, unless he stumbles. >> all right. you heard it here first, folks. karen floyd, thanks for your time. we appreciate it. >> thank you. i appreciate it. >> now, we move over to the democrats. they're focusing on south carolina now, this week ahead of the primary coming up on saturday. sanders is campaigning in greenville today. here's what he said this morning about the chances of moving forward through south carolina. >> we are in this race to the convention. i think we have states coming down the pipe that we're going to do well in. if you look at national polling, our support is growing. >> joining me on set here at the liberty tap room, msnbc's kasie hunt. she's been following the sanders campaign. as we look at what happened in nevada and the delegate count, slowly but surely rising for secretary clinton, does bernie sanders have that national path
forward, especially as we get to super tuesday? >> i think it was a pretty fundamental shift for bernie sanders last night, and i think the question has always been whether or not they were willing to do what it would take to beat her in this nominating process. and that's going to take more negative ads, sharper attacks, kind of an all-out war, and he's not been willing to do it. i don't think he will be going forward. the path forward is pretty difficult if you look at south carolina, very difficult for the sanders campaign. doesn't look like they're going to spend much time here in the course of the next week. then the march 1st states, you have a swath of states across the south, huge delegate counts, texas, georgia, alabama. there are some states that are friendly to sanders. massachusetts might be one, minnesota, colorado, but the way that the democrats allocate delegates, it's proportional, which means he would really have to run up the score against her in those states to stand a chance of running neck and neck. in some ways it's a mirror of what happened to barack obama when he ran against hillary
clinton and to the clinton campaign then, it became more and more clear, they couldn't overcome it. >> is that something else? >> i -- >> in terms of hillary/obama, is this really crystallizing to be that same type of energy that coalesced behind obama in a surge past hillary? the the campaign now is in a position the obama campaign was at this point in the race in 2008. she's kind of on this path, inevitable path of rolling up delegates and it's going to be impossible for sanders or likely impossible for sanders to catch up. that's not to say he won't have a significant delegate total. you heard them talking about how they want to go to the convention. they want to have an impact on the way the race is discussed, and they point out they have. hillary clinton has adjusted her stump speech, adjusted their campaign because of the success. >> she calls herself a progress chb. >> she does. but it's getting harder to see. we have to wait until march 1st
to know for sure, but harder to see how sanders movesforward in a way that's an aggressive challenge to her. >> always great to see you. thanks. up or down, where is the cruz campaign headed after finishing third here in south carolina? we take a look at their numbers and their path forward after this. ♪ ♪ [car driving] ♪
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he had the governor, a popular senator, a popular member of congress. the entire south carolina republican establishment circled around with him. marco, even with $50 million of advertising, has yet to finish better than third place in any of the primary states. >> so ted cruz last night after finishing third in the south carolina republican primary, close behind senator marco rubio. pretty razor thin, but rubio pulls it out. elise jordan, former policy adviser to rand paul and msnbc political analyst. you said on our air that cruz had among the worst nights last night. why is that? >> well, south carolina is a very evangelical state. the turnout was estimated to be about 72% evangelical of the republican primary voters yesterday. and cruz didn't win evangelicals. trump did. so going forward, that really prevents -- that really is a severe problem for cruz going
into the super tuesday states where he wants to win these s.e.c. primary states that are similar to south carolina, but he apparently isn't pulling the evangelical support, and he was hoping for a similar to what santorum did back in 2012, when santorum was able to win evangelical voters, but it just isn't happening. >> well, we know that santorum took iowa back in 2012. that's different from this time around. and ted cruz was very fast to remind everybody last night in losing to donald trump that he did win in iowa. is there a real path for him going forward, especially with marco rubio coming in second here? >> i just don't see where ted cruz goes from here. because going into nevada, donald trump is going to sweep that state. rubio might also have -- rubio is probably going to have the second's place showing. he's been polling well there. going into super tuesday, i don't see where ted cruz beats trump because trump has, he has
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>> so i want to thank everybody. i love you all. again, south carolina. let's go. let's have a big win in nevada. let's have a big win in the s.e.c. let's put this away. >> as you know this morning, the real battle was for second place. senator marco rubio edged out senator ted cruz by, listen to this, just about 1,000 votes. now, each declared victory in their own way last night. >> many thought it was over. some had doubts about whether we would end up here even now. for me, the state of south carolina will always be the place of new beginnings and fresh starts. >> friends, once again, we have made history. you, the good people of south carolina, and our incredible volunteers all over the country,
continue to defy the pundits and to produce extraordinary results. >> the night was not without its political casualties. jeb bush, the former governor of florida, and once considered the legacy candidate for the gop, left the race after coming in fourth place. >> the people of iowa and new hampshire and south carolina have spoken and i really respect their decision. so tonight, i'm suspending my campaign. in this campaign, i have stood my ground, refusing to bend to the political winds. we put fordetailed, innovative, conservative plans to address the mounting challenges we face, because despite what you might have heard, ideas matter, policy matters. >> let me get you caught up on where things stand. the surviving candidates are already on the move, as you can guess today. ted cruz is appearing with glenn beck in henderson, nevada. we have seen them on stage
together before south carolina, and ben carson who is still hanging on in the race despite being in the single digits will be in reno, nevada, where the next big contest for the gop will be held two days from now. marco rubio also in nevada after holding two events on the way. first he hit tennessee and then little rock, arkansas. as for the front runner, donald trump, he's in atlanta, setting his sights on that big super tuesday state. and its 76 convention delegates. in nevada yesterday on the democratic side, hillary clinton claimed victory and senator bernie sanders made up a lot of ground in the last few months. closing a sizable lead, but clinton pulled out a very important victory for her campaign. >> i want to thank each and every one of you. you turned out in every corner of this state with determination and purpose. hotel and casino workers who
never wavered. students with too much debt and small business owners who never go off the clock. tens of thousands of men and women with kids to raise, bills to pay, and dreams that won't die. this is your campaign. >> i believe that on super tuesday, we have got an excellent chance to win many of those states. but i also know that on super tuesday and before, we are going to be taking on a very powerful and well funded super pac. a super pac that receives significant amounts of money from wall street and wealthy special interests. >> and today, sanders will hold a rally in greenville, south carolina, ahead of the democrat,
primary there next saturday. hillary clinton, meanwhile, is attending a series of fund-raisers in california. now, the south carolina primary marked the end of the campaign as i mentioned for jeb bush. and perhaps for the bush family dynasty, political dynasty, anyway. >> the people of iowa and new hampshire and south carolina have spoken. and i really respect their decision. so tonight, i am suspending my campaign. yeah, yeah. thank you. >> once perceived to be the likely republican front-runner, let me go to kelly o'donnell because clearly we have gone to her already. let's talk about what happened here and why we have chosen to leave this with jeb bush. the question at this point is who will jeb bush endorse? are we going to see him make a move? we know the relationship between
jeb bush and donald trump was toxic toward the end. so what's next for bush? >> well, certainly the immediate future for bush is just simply taking in this experience. for any candidate who has been through a grueling process, especially one where expectations were so high, he had all that donor money behind him. sort of the political version of shock and awe, outraising everyone to be that prohibitive front runner, and then everything changes when donald trump got into the race. over time, certainly other candidates like marco rubio, his prote protege, many who thought he wouldn't run if jeb bush were putting himself forward for the nominati nomination. this has been an emotional, complicated path for jeb bush. he left south carolina. back home in miami-dade county in coral gables. when you look at the potential for an endorsement, i think it's too soon to get into when or how or whom, but in terms of the most likely, in terms of
friendship, political overlap, that would be marco rubio. again, that's in some ways the most bruising part of this experience, because the protege challenging the mentor. that's complicated. in terms of how not only jeb bush spoke about donald trump but also former president george w. bush putting out a statement congratulating jeb and his sister-in-law for how they conducted themselves during the campaign, and talking about ideas and solutions for real problems. that's a subtle way of going after donald trump and trying to say to a wider audience of gop voters that ideas and seriousness matters from a former president who is still well thought of in the republican voting community. even though that did not extend to his brother. will the dynasty go on? jeb's son george p. bush is already a state-wide office holder in texas as the land commissioner. an important role in a -- that's
your home state, tamron. you know about that. that could be a big stepping stone. so perhaps the dynasty will jump a generation for jeb bush, the former florida governor, still well regarded by many voters, but really a sense in talking to voters along the trail as i did, there really was a common theme of just wanting to turn the page. even from people who respected and like jeb bush. so for him, this is the time where you sort of lick your wounds, sort of say your thank yous, and you regroup a little bit in order to see what comes next. an endorsement will be a big question. too soon to know exactly how that will play out. tamron. >> all right, kelly, thank you very much. as kelly o'donnell mentioned, the protege, where does he go now after a rousing speech claiming victory even though he got the silver. let's go to nbc news correspondent gabe gutierrez. he's in franklin, tennessee, where senator rubio will be speaking today, and gabe, senator rubio was on with chuck
todd on "meet the press" not long ago, and chuck pressed him on what is his strategy now. you can't keep claiming a win if number one is not behind your name. he guarded their strategy. what are you hearing there? >> hey, there, tamron. you're right, many of his critics are saying exactly that. he can't claim a victory after not winning any of these primaries so far. third place in iowa, fifth place in new hampshire, second place in south carolina. but for the rubio campaign, this was an incredible rebound from that devastating fifth place finish in new hampshire. they're now saying this is a three-person race. a race that they feel very comfortable that they can position themselves as the anti-trump. now, it was key that marco rubio got this endorsement from governor nikki haley in south carolina. a very popular governor, as well as senator tim scott. the campaign is trying to position itself as the new faces of conservatism. that's a message that they're hitting over and over again.
take a listen to marco rubio's speech last night in front of his supporters. >> the message is pretty clear. this country is now ready for a new generation of conservatives to guide us
into the 21st century. ronald reagan made us believe it was morning in america again. and it was. well, now the children of the reagan revolution are ready to assume the mantle of leadership. >> certainly, the cruz campaign will now take on marco rubio as they both head to nevada. the cruz campaign saying it is marco rubio who does not have the experience, and the cruz campaign is the only one who has beaten trump so far. marco rubio is already looking ahead to super tuesday. it's in franklin tennessee this morning and then heading to a rally in little rock, arkansas, before heading to nevada. tuesday, heading to minnesota and michigan. the campaign feels it got the jolt from the finish in south carolina. something they had been waiting
for. the rush is on now for also the establishment donors, donors that had supported jeb bush before, on the other hand, tamron,
just because you have those donors, it didn't seem to work so well for jeb bush, so the question is how can marco rubio position himself as he faces off against donald trump. tamron. >> and gabe, let me get you to stick around on that point about the amount of money that jeb bush put in his campaign, and a staggering amount. bernie sanders was asked about campaign finance reform, something he's pushing. and this cycle is really making us rethink some of the things we assumed about money and influence, granted donald trump gets incredible amount of free tv time, but it did nothing for jeb bush as far as having millions of dollars at his disposal. >> that's exactly right. the trump juggernaut spending much less than the jeb bush campaign, and he is now the front-runner. many people say that, you know,
a year ago or even when donald trump got in the race, no one thought he would be in this position. the republican front-runner, winning these two consecutive primaries by a significant amount. and that has been the criticism against marco rubio. can he really get this gop establishment to coalesce around him? and all the money in the world, will it make a difference against donald trump? we shall see. donald trump feeling very confident going into super tuesday. but then again, so is the rubio campaign. this is what they had been waiting for. they had been telling their supporters and people in the press not to write them off after new hampshire. now, we shall see whether he can really take on donald trump. tamron. >> all right, gabe, thank you very much. for more on what this all means for the future of the gop presidential race, i'm joined now right here by south carolina state representative kirkland finley and matthew nichols, former political director of the south carolina republican party. gentlemen, thank you for joining. let me start with you. what's the headline this
morning? what's the first thing you thought when you woke up? >> donald actually did it. the trump machine pulled off the victory that they said they were going to pull off. i mean, my second thought was, i really feel bad for jeb bush. a good man. you know, came home last night, my wife said his speech, getting out of the race, the grace, the emotion, i wish we heard that earlier in the campaign, but a great plan. great family. donald won, and i'm sorry jeb's out. >> matthew, let me pick up what he said about the supporters of jeb bush. last night, my colleague kerry sanders was at the campaign with jeb bush. spoke with a supporter who was in near tears, and vowed there was no way that she would support donald trump. she in fact said for the first time in her life, she may consider a democrat. so when you look at the map and this was something that got the attention of donald trump when he said the pundits are wrong, assuming that all of those supporters of jub would go to rubio and not to him.
is he the second choice for jeb bush supporters? is donald trump the second choice? >> absolutely not. not even close, i would say. you mentioned math. let's talk about the math. can donald trump get to 1237 delegates he needs to win the nomination? that's very likely. he has a captive audience among 30% of our base electorate. all right. the other 70% are decidedly against him. the idea that bush supporters are somehow going to coalesce behind bush is a complete -- >> behind trump. >> sorry, behind trump, that's absurd. you're going to find them, a three-person race. the majority of supporters are going to move to rubio and it's a three-man race. >> when you look at the delegate, the math, and donald trump has used the phrase run the table, that seems to be his strategy. if you're marco rubio, again, and joe scarborough mocked him this morning like saying the little league soccer team, everybody's a winner. everybody is not a winner. there's somebody who walks away
the loser. and marco rubio has been masterful at making second and third place winners. >> but the delegate mathematers. right now, donald trump has twice the number of -- more than twice the number than all the other candidates combined. >> that is something to think about. if you are -- if you are strategizing right now for marco rubio, or ted cruz, what is the number one thing, the have tried everything. they threw the book at donald trump in south carolina, and nothing worked. >> that's right. i think that they just have to talk to reasonable republicans. i think that frankly kasich, i don't see a path for him. i think he needs to get out of the race. i think a lot of the other folks in there, they need to get out. and make it truly a three-person race so they can have the true competitiveness for those voters. >> kirkland, when we dug into the numbers and i'm fascinated why people behave the way they do, evangelicals supported donald trump. they saw him as the most
trusted. yet, marco rubio, the person who could perhaps live in november, you have lived here your whole life, tell me what happened and how it might affect forward? >> it occurred to me last night maybe what we're seeing is the impact of newt gingrich four years ago. it hit me that was sort of a fist shaking at the establishment. newt gingrich won here, mitt romney went on to win. but i think everybody said south carolina is an indicator of things to come. i think south carolina four years ago was indicating the populist movement that we're now seeing, and maybe we didn't do a very good job. when i say we, the party of understanding what was coming. >> forecasting. thank you. a great pleasure talking to both of you. >> and coming up, with a loss in nevada and hillary clinton showing a big lead in south carolina, where does bernie sanders see his next win? a key adviser for the sanders campaign will join me with some of their strategy. and much more ahead from the heart of liberty tap room. as we head to break, i want to
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first, that secretary clinton won big among african-americans. 76% to 22%. that is a huge margin among african-americans. you saw her aggressively reach out to them in the days leading up to the nevada caucuses. we also learned that senator sanders continues to have really strong support when it comes to younger voters. moving forward, what does this mean? it means that secretary clinton will undoubtedly do well in south carolina. in fact, senator sanders all but dismissed south carolina and started talking about super tuesday last night in his speech. there is going to be a lot of support for secretary clinton among southern states. senator sanders, however, did pretty well with latinos, and again, younger voters. so he has a window in states like colorado, new mexico, and states where you have those larger latino populations. still, tamron, there's no doubt that last night's victory is putting secretary clinton on a very strong footing, moving into south carolina, heading into
super tuesday. what you can expect to see moving forward, she's going to continue to emphasize things like breaking down barriers, taking on wall street. she's been emphasizing those things more in recent days and the campaign believes that has resonated with voters. those are themes we hear senator sanders talk about a lot. she's going to continue that very robust outreach to cafc african-american voters. it made a difference in nevada. that's for sure. >> and kristen, what about the o outreach to women? we talked about the concerns, a beautiful morgan freeman ad that is as emotional as that new day in america ad for bernie sanders. i think they evoke the same kind of emotions in many ways. what about the strategy as it relates to young female voters? are they in a comfortable spot out of nevada? >> they're in a much more comfortable spot. she won women voters here. so that's encouraging. but tamron, they're certainly not taking that for granted as they head into other states. obviously, she got trounced
among the younger women voter in new hampshire. we have seen the outreach to that voting block increase as well. when i talk to younger women voters, they're saying we're not really factoring in the fact she would be the first female president. that's not a part of their calculation. the clinton campaign has got to do a better job reaching out to not only young women voters but young male voters. she spoke directly to them, spoke about college affordability and some of the issues they really care about. i suspect we'll see more of that. as you point out the morgan freeman ad which is so emotional, touched a nerve with women voters and i suspect we'll see those themes echoed in the coming days. >> kristen, thank you so much. >> hillary clinton may have won nevada yesterday. and bernie sanders certainly may have claimed his close loss was a victory of sorts, but our next guest believes the real winner in the silver state may have
been the most powerful lawmaker in nevada, minority leader senator harry reid. joining me noum frau d.now from jon ralston. it was incredible to watch you last night give this insight. how much credit is harry reid due and how much might he claim for what happened in your state? >> well, he would never claim it, if you know harry reid. he would play everything close to the vest. what he did was behind the scenes. he came back to the state. he saw hillary clinton was in trouble. he hasn't endorsed, but it's been clear for a long time that he, just like other democratic establishment types, want hillary clinton to win. he saw the internal polls. he knew the culinary union, the most powerful force in democratic politics in nevada, was staying neutral. acting like they didn't really care who won, but i think they were leaning towards hillary clinton, too. he called the leader of the union, juiced the turnout at the six casino sites, all of which she won handily, not a
coincidence. he talked to other unions, their leaders who endorsed hillary clinton, got them to turn out. he was a huge factor in what happened in nevada, as he always is. >> let's dig in to the electorate. we have heard over and over bernie sanders has to win where there's a diverse electorate. we didn't see that in new hamp hr. certainly, we know that in iowa as well. there are some interesting numbers as it relates to latino voters and interest in bernie sanders despite his loss in nevada. >> i'm still not sure when all those come out, tamron, if indeed he's going to be as close as he was with hispanic voters. maybe so, but his message of economic inequality, economic justice, social justice, really did resonate with some of the younger latinos in nevada. that was clear from some of the rallies that i attended. but i have to tell you, the appeal of hillary clinton to the african-american voters in nevada were almost every elected
official, african-american elected official endorsed hillary clinton. people forget this about nevada. the african-american turnout in the 2008 caucus was just about the same as the hispanic turnout. that's a good omen for her going forward. i think bernie sanders is going to have a lot of trouble both with african-americans and with most latino voters going forward. >> and listen, i mean, we saw in his speech last night, bernie sanders skipped on and did not mention initially south carolina. he talked about super tuesday. the odds and the numbers here are greatly against him. they were greatly against hillary clinton in new hampshire. nevertheless, there was some interest because there was a belief that maybe she could with all of her name identity and her money close the gap. it doesn't seem to be the same conversation here, jon. it's like, you know, people have concluded this is her state. >> yeah, i think that's right, tamron. i mean, after what happened in nevada, and i really do think that nevada was a must-win for hillary clinton. as you said, bernie sanders had
to show that he could win outside of the all-white, almost all-white first two states. the dynamic on super tuesday, i think, would have changed no matter what happens in south carolina, if bernie sanders had been able to win in nevada. i think some of the polling would have moved. that's the media narrative overcomes everything. now, it looks like hillary clinton is going to roll into south carolina, have a big victory there, she's ahead in the polls in about three quarters of the super tuesday states. she may even start to win in some of the other ones, too. it's going to be very tough for bernie sanders, barring something unforeseen, to make the case that he has a chance to knee the nominee after super tuesday. >> all right, jon. i know you have already said many times on air this morning, donald trump looks like he might secure a victory out of nevada. we'll talk about that later. jon ralston, thank you. and speaking of donald trump, won the evangelical vote here in south carolina. we know what religion means to the folks in the state. can he keep up the support on
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they voted for him anyway. what do you make of this? >> exactly right. what we have is a little bit of a puzzle in south carolina, but an important one to unravel for looking ahead, as you said, to super tuesday, when we're looking at, you know, two thirds of the delegates being offered in states that have more than 50% white evangelical protestant gop primary voters. what i think is happening is that this should have been home ground for ted cruz. he had son of a baptist pastor, great ground game, including connecting with pastors. but what happened is at the end of the day, he came in, trump won not only the state but among white evangelical voters. what i think is happening here is that trump has maybe given us a revelation that evangelical voters are thinking differently in this election season, and what i would say is that i would argue that white evangelical voters are showing themselves in this cycle not to be values voters the way many of us have been trained to think, they're
really what i would call nostalgia voters. what i mean, we had hits in the exit polls that show that the ones who are favoring trump favored banning muslims from entering the u.s., they favored deporting immigrants in the country who were here illegally. they're angry with the government. in our own polling, we show white evangelical protestants saying they're much more likely to say that america has changed for the worse since the 1950s. i think what donald trump's make america great again slogan is perfectly calibrated to, this disaffected group of voters, particularly conservative white christian voters who feel their cultural world in many ways is passing from the scene. he's holding out a promise to them and saying if you elect me, i'll bring it back. >> and a cynical person, dr. jones, would say then, what you're just saying, in a more harsh way is that religion perhaps does not matter, but the white culture and preservation of what they saw as a
nationalist attitude or nativist attitude is what matters more. they're looking for a guy who can win it for him and putting religion and faith aside. that's what a cynical person would say about what you're describing here. >> these things are wrapped together. so if you believe that the best thing for america is for a kind of conservative christian moral outlook, to be -- to kind of rule the day, and to kind of be dominant in the culture, then this is not cynical at all. this is actually in a kind of round about way, pushing for values. it means they don't need a person who they identify with at the top of the ticket leading the charge. now, this is actually caused some factions within white evangelicals as a whole. so we're going to see this battled out. >> yeah, and what's interesting and to your point, it's like when you have a donald trump who is on stage at a gop debate and he says there are good things from planned parenthood, ted cruz tries to hit him on that. that does not work. ted cruz brings up his lifelong
adult position on abortion. now, donald trump says that's not where he stands. and evangelicals say, okay. but i have been in the state now for five or six days and we'll be here another five. i can tell you, to a person it seems that the folks here have just decided the gop voters, they want to pick a winner. and they hope that winner will then follow through on their values. but they need a winner first. >> i think that's right. we see that in the exit polls. people who think he can get things done. he won by 70 points. so this is at the top of the ticket what they think they can get from donald trump. maybe not someone who shares their values but someone who understands their values and who is going to at the end of the day deliver on them. >> thank you for your time. great pleasure speaking with you. >> thank you. >> as i mentioned, a win in south carolina seems unlikely for bernie sanders, but you never know. hillary clinton maintains a strong lead due to big support from the african-american community in the state. coming up, we'll get a strategy
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battle for her. what do you believe was the key difference there? was it harry reid? >> harry reid, i think, played a role. i think congressman clyburn's endorsement played a role. >> even though south carolina, obviously, loved iconic civil rights leader. >> here's what i think was most important. having been in the business at a long time, at the end of the day, it's about your ground game. about the fact we had people on the ground in nevada for months now, and they have been there working in the communities, talking with people, going door to door. you know, making phone calls. they were organized. they knew where their caucusgoers were, where they needed to go in order to caucus, what time to be there, all that information. that's what makes the difference. >> all of the things you just named, karen, those are the reasons bernie sanders believes that he had some of -- somewhat of a victory out of nevada as well. he said he was down 20 points, and with that formidable list that you just named, he still made it a close race.
>> well, at the end of the day, hillary won. so that's two states, and now we're in a place of the part of the campaign where as we move here to south carolina and the super tuesday states, it's a much more diverse electorate. which i think is something -- this is the first time i think we have seen senator sanders have to compete in a diverse electorate. very different than vermont. i think part of what we're seeing is the strength not only of the organizing but the strength of hillary's message when she's talking about breaking down barriers, that is something that pretty much every american can understand and relate to. whether it's job creation, whether it's discrimination, whether it is, you know, the high cost of sending your kid to college, a lot of things that i think, sort of a message that brings everybody together. >> what states, if you can admit this, concern you at this point? we'll talk with a representative from senator sanders campaign after this. they're looking at vermont,
virginia, minnesota. there's a couple of the places where they believe this message that bernie sanders believes that hillary clinton is co-oping. he actually said jokingly, he needs to get a copyright because she's yusing some of his lines. >> that's a little desperate talk, but i understand why they're talking that way. talking about bringing america together y have known hillary clinton for over 20 years and heard her talk about these issues for more than 20 years. she started talking in the fall, she gave this speech last week specifically talking about african-americans and the need to address some of the systemic racial inequalities. that's something she's been talking about since the beginning of the campaign. if he wants to talk about co-opting lines, we could go toe to toe, but that's silly. it's the candidate and their message and do people trust them to deliver results? when it comes to that, hillary
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we did not do as good of a job as i wanted to bring out a larger turn out. we have a good shot in colorado and minnesota. a good shot in massachusetts. i think we are looking pretty good in oklahoma. my own state of vermont had us at 80%. we have a shot to win there. i think we will surprise people in some other states as well. >> with me now is senator bernie sanders's press secretary,
simone. i heard the senator run down the list. i heard people doubt he can win in a diverse electorate. >> i don't know why that's true. secretary clinton was pulling 40 points ahead. we came in yesterday and closed the gap in nevada. what we have been saying is that we have demonstrated that senator sanders can go toe to toe on the debate stage and on the real campaign by the virtual tie in iowa. yesterday we demonstrated we can go toe to toe and win a diverse electorate. we are feeling great about our performance in nevada. we would have liked to win. >> simone is reading a page from marco rubio and ted cruz. a win is a win and hillary clinton won. >> they spent millions of dollars and they have been
organizing for a long time. they had a good infrastructure and kudos to their campaign, but we had a hard fought battle. we are committed to going into south carolina and beyond march 1 and competing. we have demonstrated our message resonates. >> we talk about hillary clinton and donors. your campaign spent a lot of money as well. that's a high burn rate when you look ahead and he has hard fights ahead. >> we are happy it is fuelled by the people. we have a people-powered campaign. we are not raising money from billionaires and we don't have a super pac. we are meeting with people where they are. those people are putting their money behind senator sanders. we are glad the average contribution is $27 and we will have the resources. it will be a long fight. >> you heard senator sanders
tell chuck todd, it's about getting the people out. it's clear. that's what happened in nevada. yes, you closed the gap, but he was disappointed in the turn out. looking ahead, where do you see bernie sanders making headlines again in a diverse state with a big turn out? >> we think we can do well in colorado and minnesota. we think we can do well in oklahoma. you didn't say diverse. we think we can do well in vermont and michigan. and massachusetts. i think you are going to see larger turn outs other places. we are disappointed, but we are proud of the campaign we have been running. we are going to compete. last night we demonstrated that we can compete. >> selfishly, i will ask you about texas. hillary clinton looking at an event there. what do you see as the
possibilities? >> i'm not sure about the turn outs, but we will work for votes in every part of this country. we think that we have to visit places like texas and places like colorado and minnesota. we plan to compete. >> do you see the doubt seeping in? maybe not from your supporters, but we saw last night the general consensus is that wow, after south carolina if hillary clinton holds on to this huge lead with the african-american voters, this becomes it. >> south carolina is just the beginning. nevada was the first electorate in this nominating contest. we showed we could close the gap. three months ago nobody thought we were going to do as well as we did. this conversation around yesterday was a bit of a shocking blow and south carolina. >> have you given up in south carolina? >> we are here right now. the first stop we made was
nevada. woe made over a million attempts. the senator is holding a rally and we are here today and tomorrow and we have not given up. >> the congressman clyborn endorsed hillary clinton and he broke a rule. >> we're have tons of respect for him, but we want the endorsement of the american people. voter turn out, we don't know what it's going to look like, but absentee ballot voting is low. they have not gone to the polls and made their decision. >> thank you, simone and thank you it everyone who showed up. a special thank you to crissy. we met the the came caulks game. she is a six-year veteran of the army like my dad. served in the army.
i love the vets here. thank you to everybody who showed up. that's my girl. when i come back we are going to eat. we are heading to charleston later tonight and will be back at 3:00 p.m. eastern time. live from columbia. chris jansing continues our coverage. thank you, crissy for your service. i think it landed last tuesday.
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>> we do not do well when the turn out is not large. we did not bring out a large enough turn out. >> this is a state considered not significant, but boy oh, boy this year besides clinton, critical for his campaign and hers, tuesday will be especially important for republican who is know time is running out to stop donald trump. he won two of the first three contests and ahead in almost all of the super tuesday states. voting here on tuesday becomes critically important. we will have much, much more on the democratic race coming up. let's start with what happened. the major winnowing on the race in south carolina. bush is out and rubio rising. just 4% of the delegates have been awarded. hardly a done deal. momentum matters.
nearly a third will be up for grabs on march 1st. billionaire donald trump racking up a double-digit margin of victory last night. >> i want to thank everybody. i love you all. >> let's go and have a big run. let's put this thing away. >> trump continued his victory lap today on "morning joe." >> i am surprised that i got the kind of numbers i got. i won every congressional district. i won all seven. i got every single delegate. that's sort of unheard of. >> last night with a definitive
loss, jeb bush suspending his cam bane despite or because of his last name. >> the people of iowa and new hampshire and south carolina have spoken and i respect their decision. i am suspending my campaign. i refused to bend to the political winds. we put together detailed conservative plans to address the challenges we face. because despite what you might have heard, ideas matter, policy matters. >> so as republicans head out of south carolina to nevada and beyond, the battle escalates. fewer contestants and fewer prizes. marco rubio edging out ted cruz. both declare victory. >> many thought it was over. some had doubts about whether we would wind up here even now. for me the state of south carolina will always be the place of new beginnings and
fresh starts. >> friends, once again we have made history. you, the good people of south carolina and our incredible volunteers all over the country continue to defy the pundits and produce extraordinary results. >> joining me from the trail is katie who is on the move with the trump campaign heading to his next rally in atlanta this afternoon. let's talk about trump defending his liberal positions on health care, planned parenthood and on "meet the press" with chuck todd this morning. we going to play that first? we heard exactly what he was going to say. >> let's try to have you and we were having technical problems with him. >> we are republicans that's
that is part of the problem. they got fed into the horrible position. we will take care of people. one of the candidates said we will not spend that kind of monowomen's health issues. planned parenthood does good in a lot of areas, but not on abortion. >> the question is, it's interesting that this becomes what we start with on the day after he has this big win. the question is how it's going to play with republican voters and what the strategy is moving forward. >> i think that is a good question. how is he going to play with republican voters. it doesn't hurt him. he did things that no republican has ever done this last week. may be thought he was trying to sabotage the campaign. he called the former president a liar and praised planned parenthood and talked about a mandate for health care and got
into a fight with the pope. another thing that would ruin another candidate. he was able to get past it and get a strong victory in south carolina. what that means is donald trump is speaking to a portion of the electorate that is so frustrated with washington they literally want anything over an establishment politician or even a politician, period. the two options are donald trump and ben carson. what donald trump is doing is proving he is the winner and he is the one who can be electable and by winning south carolina and new hampshire by large margins. he is getting more to that argument that he has electability. this is only 30%. same thing for new hampshire. there arguments against that and if the establishment coalesces around marco rubio and after jeb bush dropping out, that could
happen. he could get more support to beat donald trump. the south is where donald trump has done well. he has drawn huge crowds and huge rallies. people seem to like him. the majority decided they liked him and decided they liked him months ago. nothing he has said in the months since they decided has deterred their support. we will see if he is able to gain on that and bring more to gain this nomination. winning all 50 delegates is a big deal for donald trump. it gives a lot of momentum and should be a scary proposition for the other republicans in the field right now. >> katie is on the road traveling with the trump campaign in that rally. that leads us to the battle for second place. marco rubio narrowly edging out ted cruz for the number two
spot. after last night's results, the senator declared that the field is down to just three candidates, ignoring john kasich and ben carson who finished behind those leaders. >> this has become a three-person race and we will win the nomination. here is south carolina, the message is clear. this country is now ready for a new generation of conservatives to guide us into the 21st century. >> gabe gutierrez joins me from franklin, tennessee where rubio will be speaking a couple of hours from now. we have a situation where rubio didn't win last night and he has yet to win a single primary and they are treating south carolina has a victory. what's the move going forward to take on trump? >> you're right. despite that juggernaut.
this is what they have been waiting for. jeb bush spent his campaign with a watershed moment for the rubio camp. now they anticipate that many of the bush donors and the money will come to the rubio campaign. this just a short time ago. nevada senator announced he was endorsing marco rubio and he was endorsing jeb bush and now throws support behind rubio. that will cascade now as the establishment coalesces. rubio had that disappointing fifth place finish in new hampshire and they rode the endorsements and as you played in the sound byte, they are talking about the new faces of the conservative movement. i was on the overnight charter plane that rubio took from south carolina to tennessee and he was asked about jeb bush.
here's what he said. >> jeb worked really hard and put a lot of time and energy into it and we wish him and his family the best. we will see how it plays out. we feel like a lot of people on jeb's team we will welcome on to our team. >> ted cruz's campaign said marco rubio hasn't won anything. he got third place in iowa and fifth in new hampshire and second in south carolina. he has not won any primaries. what makes him in the best position to take on donald trump and stresses the establishment can coalesce around him, he has the foreign policy experience to beat donald trump. then heading to arkansas and already looking forward to super tuesday before heading on to nevada later tonight.
chris? >> a 30 of the delegates at stake on super tuesday. traveling with the campaign. i bring in here in las vegas, kate dawson, the former chair of the republican party and lynn sweet, the washington bureau chief from the chicago sun times. good to see both of you. here we are on the strip in vegas. let's talk about the idea. the establishment will coalesce around marco rubio. what can the establish do if they are bent on beating donald trump? >> they can consolidate and the super pacs can try if they can figure out how to get a message to hit at trump. the big, big super pac money has not been there in a coordinated attempt to attack him.
we focused so much on three states and this will be a national campaign. you will have a lot of factors come in and there is not one establishment, but many. they have increments of what you made in the states. increasing focus on getting delegates. south carolina and is there anything you saw in the results that gives somebody who is not donald trump a clue about what they do going forward. >> donald trump did take on george w. bush and lost four or five points. >> you think that was behind it? >> donald trump took a good punch and handled it and changed the conversation with the pope. i had him at a hard 28.
he grew. he didn't grow to the 40 he needed to end the race. you have rubio and cruz and kasich looks like he is running for vice president maybe. ben carson should get out and george bush did. what the establishment did, you have a three-man race. trump has a full head of steam. donald trump no longer early in the race to get along with attacking the other people and not answering the press's questions. he has gotten to put substance in a national campaign and started to spend some real money. donald trump only spent $8 million. >> jeb bush is no longer in the race. the best organized and none of that mattered.
the son and the brother of the emotional as he suspended his campaign. >> the people of iowa have spoken and i really respect their decision. so tonight i am suspending my campaign. yeah, yeah. >> we love you, jeb! >> thank you. >> he has flown back home to florida. that's where we find kelly o'donnell. what are you hearing from the bush camp this morning? >> people in the bush world comment governor bush for pulling the plug last night at a time when it was clearly painful and disappointing to him and his campaign and staff and allies. being able to grab hold of the
narrative for a bit instead of people talking about would he dropout. he was able to resolve it last night when the results were clearly convincing and be able to turn the page. part of what jeb bush was able to do in addition stunning some of those in the room waiting to hear him speak, by saying he was suspending the campaign, he was able to one more time give the message that in his view, ideas matter, policy matters and the seriousness about the approach to the presidency. without naming donald trump, he send the message to those in the republican party that he believes those things are important, even in a year that has been loud and crazy and difficult. on the trail, bush was often much more willing to talk about trump directly. in sort of the moment of
confronting his loss and the message, he did not name donald trump. others say that given the enormous amount of money that they spent, this was a failure on a grand scale. many say it's not just about jeb push, but we always talked about the drag of the push family name. finding people who admired them and feeling it has been too close in time. wanting to move to a different face and a different part of the party. they wanted someone tougher and different this year and that echoed the sentiments that grabbed ahold of the voter. we don't really know at this point. you have to give candidates a chance to catch their breath and
get sleep after a lot of travel will he continue to be a player in the republican party? that will remain to be seen. he tried to carve out positions on policies that may in fact be useful at other points for the party going forward. the protege are like minded. there were many in bush's circle in universe that he ran that they would wait for another time. he would be told to wait his turn. >> this is one of the most interesting things going on. we had a fractured friendship.
will he endorse him because he thinks it's best for the party or because he thinks i will do anything so that frankly donald trump does not become the nominee. where do i send my donors. do i make phone calls and say you need to put your money behind marco rubio. we may have had differences, but he is better than donald trump. what do you say? >> would marco rubio right now want the jeb bush indoersment? he wants his money and donors. >> and apparently wants part of his staff. >> yes, but if you want to be critical as he has been, you have to have repair time. not long. for the moment when the recalibration that is going on, he wants him, but he has to be on his terms. i don't know if bush would be
ready to do that. we have the nevada vote coming up and a few days go bay and it could happen. one of the most important thing, the super pac money is more important than the donor money. >> one of the things is they showed us advertising hasn't mattered, money hasn't mattered. where do the votes that were jeb bush's go? >> the votes weren't that big, 8% of the vote, it will probably go towards rubio and kasich. kasich is going to lay out middle ground. i felt my thumb start tingling. the one thing about this is jeb bush made marco rubio. every time he got in trouble,
that was his big brother there to help him. the worst they think is going to happen, he is leaving the senate. he is going to be the governor of florida. >> jeb bush wears his heart on his sleeve. he won't go out and give a resounding endorsement and be believable unless they repair that. >> i talked to the kasich people and they think they have a chance with the primaries coming up to show themselves and the gift that jeb bush can give us. >> as promised, we will talk about the democrats. hillary clinton heading to texas as the winner and how does
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a second place finish, trying to turn it into a win as he heads to south carolina and he lost to si hillary clinton by six points. today, was nevada behind him? democrats are looking to south carolina less than a week from today. today bernie sanders is moving on from yesterday's defeat. he spent part of his morning at a brooklyn baptist church in south carolina and traveling to a rally in greenville. chuck todd asked about a strategy moving forward on "meet the press." >> don't you have to beat her in a place like texas or virginia or tennessee to say i can win this nomination and not just come close. >> you're right. at the end of the day what you are saying is true. we need delegates. we are looking hard at michigan.
we have a good shod in parts of texas. trust me, we are focusing hard on trying to get as many delegates as we can. >> casey hunt joins us live in columbia, south carolina. a reality check for them. they are retooling in places like michigan, minnesota, colorado and places where sanders's message may resonate. >> this was a fundamental shift for bernie sanders's campaign and what happened in nevada. it strengthens hillary clinton. the math will start to be really, really difficult for bernie sanders very quickly unless he can not just win, but win by a significant margin the way way they allocate delegates. the number will be based on how wide the wins are. if you think about how far ahead hillary clinton is, yes, bernie sanders is here today, but he
will spend much of the week elsewhere. they are looking past and into the march 1st states. you have these big southern states, primary states where hillary clinton has an opportunity to rack up delegates. texas, alabama and georgia. they are trying to look elsewhere on the map at massachusetts and caucuses in colorado and minnesota. virginia they think they also have a shot. there is a significant african-american vote in virginia as well. the reality for them at this point is it's going to be harder to move past being just a movement into become the democratic nominee. >> msnbc's casey hunt. we will be going back to her as she travels around with him. as the campaign looks ahead to super tuesday, can he get back some of the lost momentum. here to talk about it, the d.c. bureau chief for the chicago sun times. i guess to start with you, the
question is will we look book this as the moment when hillary clinton solidified her position in the race? >> that is certainly possible. we have to consider that turn out is not as high as it was in 2008. there was a 40,000 caucus goer drop from 120,000 democrats to 80,000. i think that's substantial enough to make a difference. i think part of what we have to see is what happens in south carolina and clinton is short of her base with african base that make up 50% of the electorate. those things are important and could be decisive like they were yesterday. >> two numbers that are important. that is her super delegate lead is 449 to 19. when you talk about watershed in nevada, we will talk about super delegates even more. these are in case you don't
know, the party officials. the big honchos who get to be a delegate automatically. she worked those precincts far more than sanders. the other big number out of here is the entrance and exit polls are not just a little african-american support, but it's 72%. >> we have bernie sander who is seemed to have all of this momentum and big crowds and enthusiasm. the money you can't argue with. the number of donors and the grass roots feeling is incredible. how does he ride there to a win he only won once. >> where is the momentum that he has? most of it is anti-establishment and folk who is were not old enough to vote in 2008 and 2012. what we have to consider is do they have enough momentum to move to a ballot box? what we saw yesterday with the
caucuses is they did not turn out. are they so anti-democratic establishment and government, they wouldn't move to support him. is this verbal support right now and support from a dollar standpoint which is feasible? >> we will see a little bit of the evolution. that means that the message may be changing a little bit because i think the lines of attack that they have is he is single issue. >> maybe two. >> i think it might be, i'm not his adviser, he has to explain how to get things done and address a week point to say how he can get it done in washington because that's one of hillary clint an's messages. >> she 55ed on theed to that and hit on that yesterday when she said it's not about what we are going to give you, but how to
get things done. she hit on that a little bit more. >> when we got there, you look at it and you saw the strategy just in her speech last night. she gives a shout out to flint and ferguson. she said i am the person who has got your back. >> she has been working it strongly. she was in chicago a few days ago. we have been focusing other places. >> illinois is coming up. she met once again with victims of violence and she has been organizing african-american women particularly on this. we talk about the youth vote. one other thing with bernie sanders, let's hear it for the over 65 vote. she is winning and that's a reliable vote.
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with the political director for the culinary workers union. we see them all over vegas here. here's the argument from hillary clinton's campaign. you cannot win nevada by six points and lose the hispanic vote. does she have an argument? >> she absolutely does. if you look at the results by precinct, in the majority she won by an overwhelm being amount. while there is a debate to be had, that is politicking and the results come from the numbers and that shows she has a clear advantage. >> the union didn't endorse either and a lot of members were clearly for hillary clinton. what do you think? what was it about her message that resonated and what is the lesson going forward in states that have a heavy union population? >> it's hard to say what was the driver for their support. we do have our membership at 57,000 folks. there was a faction of bernie
supporters. overall sanders didn't have the name recognition and in the early contests, that helped clinton with union members and latinos yesterday. >> that is down to 11% and once it was this force in the democratic party and states with some very low union membership of coming up. south carolina, georgia and texas. what do you see as the path forward for unions and influencing the political discussion? >> unions have a high density of states and maybe not so much in the primary, but places like ohio and michigan and pennsylvania. i think using the primary for engagement and making sure that unions have their members registered and ready to vote and they can make the difference by keeping them in the white house. >> thank you very much. great to see you here.
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down to three. our campaign gives us the best chance not just to come and unify our party, but to unify our country. >> we are the only campaign that has beaten and can beat donald trump. >> let's bring in seth richardson and still with us, the former chair of the south carolina republican party. you are already in trouble. >> maybe marco rubio could be right. >> the worst thing that could happen is he is no longer a senator, but this will go further. john kasich will win ohio and one of the things we will talk about, there a couple of contests coming. the texas and the florida contest. donald trump has been leading in both of those too. this will be a long time until april fools day. we will see what kind of nominee we get to.
>> give us the lay of the land. >> donald trump has a big lead. >> he can hold that. >> it's kind of hard. you saw the polling that shows clinton and sanders in a dead heat and won by six points. it's a caucus and it's about who gets to the polls. ted cruz and marco rubio have strong games and jeb bush dropping out of the race helps marco rubio. >> what is the role of a ground game? do we know because it seems when you look at what happened last night, huh at least three candidate who is had a better ground game. >> trump did buy the game coming in and to cruz's credit, that kept him in there. rubio is not as sharp as cruz is. one thing with the nevada republicans, this is different, you can walk in and leave and not caucus. they are coming close to a primary than a caucus.
the ground game matters in the universe whether it's the sandoval universe of nevada or the senator's universe. it ought to be sportier than we think. >> bring us up to speed. it's hard to follow when we go from one state to the next to the next. >> the polls and the sights will open. what's the difference in the electorate and what we will see with the republicans? >> they are less evangelicals and libertarian-leaning here. he does have a strong ground game and he does have that libertarian appeal. he is not unpopular by any stretch of the imagination. we have the more mainstream or
establishment republicans and they will probably go for marco rubio. >> as you talk to republicans, what are those people looking for on tuesday night? >> trying to figure a way out. >> make his lead narrower? >> he ended up with people still in the race. he needs to go as long as he can. it was john mccain versus george bush and mitt romney versus john mccain. my point is this field had gotten tighter and it didn't. they got to a broken convention will have to get quickly to a two-man race. >> how close is it going to be if you were betting and since we are in vegas. >> i would say it's trump's race to lose. never bet against donald trump has been the theme of this
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>> we are back live in las vegas, nevada nine days away. the map expands dramatically with contests in 12 states nearly 900 delegates are in play. marco rubio in arkansas with just three of the southern states. this is known as the sec primary and let's talk about how this race looks now and what it looks like going forward. good to see you.
let's start with what happened. you were talking about how hillary clinton defied expectations and at least put a big sigh of relief for supporters. she really worked the union workers. >> she did. she was there at midnight and shift changes which was important. you have people coming in and out. you maximize the bang for your buck and sent out a ton of surrogates. they let them know she wanted their vote and she wanted them to caucus for her. >> there remains a certain amount of star power that bernie sanders doesn't necessarily have. >> she brought more star power. we had an actress and civil rights icon and beloved in many communities was stumping for clinton. louise gutierrez is known for fiercely defending the immigrants on the floor of the house of representatives, she
brought the big guns out. >> there a lot of debates about whether or not surrogates make a difference and how much difference it made that nicky haley endorsed marco rubio. let's look at the latino vote that is important in any number of states. is it different? >> she was smart about the people she brought in. last tuesday she spoke there and as soon as she got up to the microphone, people were on their feet applauding and cheering her. this is a woman who gets a standing ovation before she says hello. >> she is there for hillary clinton. there has been talk about expanding the tent. you have marco rubio and ted cruise. you have this outreach at least on the rnc trying since the last
campaign when they took a shelac to expand that. are they making any progress? >> it's a tough road. even though they are latinos. you have a lot of people feeling like they are latinos, but not one of us. they don't understand what we are going through. i think there is a lot of ground republicans have to cover if they are going to win the voters over. >> donald trump said i'm going to make america great and bring back jobs. >> according to trump, who doesn't love him? >> you make a good point there. do you think he can win the latin vote? >> i think that's going to be extraordinarily difficult for him. there groups out there who are registering more voters than ever and encouraging people to naturalize and one of the things they say is you really have to
fight for your family. this is a family issue for a lot of latinos. when you have donald trump saying we will build a big beautiful wall to keep them out, a lot of people hear that will keep out my mom and dad and aunts and aurchgles. it's personal for a lot of people. >> that will do it for us. we'll be right back here reporting from las vegas at 4:00 eastern time to bring you up to speed. we will find out what's happening inside the campaigns with key supporters joining us as we look ahead to tuesday in nevada for the republicans, saturday in south carolina for the democrats and beyond. two-week stretch of states is upon us. we will see you back here later this afternoon. coming back on my long-term control medicine, i talked to my doctor and found a missing piece in my asthma treatment. once-daily breo prevents asthma symptoms.
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politics. >> very good. it has been a busy, busy day after they forced at least one candidate from the campaign trail. donald trump won for the evening and marco rubio prevailed over ted cruz for second, but just barely. marco rubio gets 23% and ted cruz gets 22%. appearing on "meet the press" this morning and striking a pragmatic tone. >> we have a couple of other people who are talented. we have a five-man race and i think that it's going to be not easy. a long way from being one. >> trump calls it a five-man
race. they are calling this a three-person race and here's what they had to say about chances on taking down trump. >> i feel great that now that the choices are less and less, that will coalesce around us. >> if you want to beat donald trump, one of the clearest indications, donald spends every wake moment attacking me. his campaign views us as the only real threat to him. >> the republican heads to nevada. this state's primary on how she will combat an issue on how they placed the issue from the start. >> the underlying question that may be in the back of people's minds. is she in it for us or herself?
that's a question that people are trying to sort through. i will demonstrate that i have always been the same person fighting for the same values and fighting to make a difference in people's lives. >> bernie sanders said she will bring up clindo's ties to wall street as the race heads into the convention. >> she is now going into the super pac she has that comes from wall street and wealthy individuals. she will be outspending us in the next number of weeks precisely because of that super pac. do these things matter? yes, they do. >> sanders will hold a rally in greenville about two hours from where we are now. hillary clinton comes back on tuesday. on the republican side of things, we have this switch going on with everybody flying west. ted cruz and ben carson are in nevada. we have marco rubio arriving in nevada tonight after holding two
events of the first in tennessee and second in little rock. donald trump is in georgia setting sights on that super tuesday state. first, as we showed you, trump not only appeared on "meet the press," but he made the rounds, sitting the talk circus, taking aim at his biggest competition. >> he said on a retweet suggesting that marco rubio might be ineligible to be president and said both cruz and rubio are ineligible to be potus. do you really believe that? >> i think the lawyers have to determine that. that was a retweet not so much with marco. i am not familiar with marco's circumstances. >> why retweet it? >> because i'm not sure. let people make their own determination. >> i want to bring inicaty in atlanta. you know this all too well.
you have been following donald trump. he knows how to keep the headlines. this is typically reserved for ted cruz's campaign. is marco rubio a threat to trump? >> i think that marco rubio is definitely a threat to trump. you are seeing him test his line of attack on marco rubio with that retweet and talking about it this morning on abc. we will see if he goes harder on him. at first it was gentle and he got harder and harder. i am at a diner in atlanta called homegrown. it's one of the most popular diners and i am talking to voters this is will and jared and jesse. what they think atlanta will think of donald trump. are you going to go see him? >> no. i am not quite a fan of donald trump. >> why not? >> i don't think he stands for much and i think he preys on base line, base level thinking
that doesn't have a lot in common with my values. >> got it. are you going to see him? >> yes, i am. >> why do you want to? >> to be part of the political process and see coming from him what's going on and what he feels he can do for the country. i'm with him, i don't really share many beliefs with him. >> you think you should hear it? >> absolutely. be part of the process. >> do you think atlanta will go for donald trump and do you think he will win this state? >> i don't. i don't agree with his views. his views are not good. >> you think the state might go for him? >> to be honest, i don't think so. >> you don't think so. got it. south carolina won by a wide margin. what does it mean for him. is he inevitable out here. are people talking about it? >> you don't hear about him down here.
you won't hear about it very often. people don't agree with him in this area. i don't know. i'm sure outside of atlanta proper there will be popularity, but i don't see it much around here. i can't personally say the feeling behind it in georgia or atlanta. >> what do you like right now? >> there is no one i have connected with yet. i feel what bernie has to say and seen what he is doing in the past and how he helped underprivileged area and people in general. he definitely has interesting things going on and interesting things to say. i haven't chosen anybody yet. you a democrat? >> i am. >> is there anything that donald trump says that you agree with? any position that you think is better than the other republicans? >> i think his view on civil liberties are better than a lot of republicans, but i don't feel his views on race are things
that i agree with or not. i have a hard time differentiating him from the pack and it's a tough pill to swallow to see the party swarm and enamored with a guy who is similar to him. >> despite not having a lot of fans here, he will be here in atlanta at 4:00 for a rally where they are expected to get thousands of people. he got thousands of people. maybe not in atlanta proper, but around georgia, there a lot of supporters and he hopes to win the state. >> katie is reporting from atlanta. i want to pass along the program. last night on stage with donald trump, you saw the lieutenant governor. he will be our exclusive guest this hour. the first interview since being on the stage last night with donald trump. we turn to the democrats and the other big winner. hillary clinton. as the nevada caucus rolled in,
the secretary of state addressed lingering doubts that voters might have about the candidacy. >> i think there is an underlying question that maybe is really in the back of people's minds and that is, is she in it for us or herself. that's a question that people are trying to sort through. i'm going demonstrate that i have always been the same person fighting for the same values and fighting to make a real difference in people's lives long before i was ever in elected office. >> joining me now from las vegas, kristen welker. she went in tied with bernie sanders in the polls. explain the strategy of how she was able to carry the state. >> this was a nail biter until the last minute, that's for sure. there were multipronged approaches that the clinton campaign took to win this state. the first is they set up a
robust ground game here. six months before senator sanders. they have been going out, urging people to caucus for a long time. secretary clinton made a number of stops here. we saw her strategy shift in the wake of that bruising defeat in new hampshire. she started to focus more on breaking down barriers and taking down wall street. those resonated and energized sanders supporters and saw her increase outreach to african-americans. that was a key part of this victory. she won the vote here 76-22%, a huge margin. then we also saw her pore millions into the campaign ad. all of that paid off and untils what we will see in the coming weeks. particularly into states like
south carolina and all the states throughout the south. thomas? >> kristen welker from las vegas for us. thank you so much. joining me now is the mayor of south carolina and a clinton supporter, steven benjamin. i haven't had a lot of sleep. it's hard to talk. when we look at the win out of nevada and we know the numbers for hillary clinton and she has double-digit lead over sanders. >> they are waiting for the votes to be counted before you assume anything. people in nevada had a nail biter and clinton won big. she won big in clark county and in rural nevada as well. we are proud of the victory there and senator sanders said
she was going to look forward to march 1st. hoe has to stop in south carolina fertilirst. >> in the hillary clinton candidate, would you expect more dominance against an unknown socialist. we have seen tens of millions of dollars. he was talking about the positive or negative eve of the candidates. i am excited about what we are seeing on the democratic side of the aisle. every demographic getting engaged in the vote. on saturday they had those came out for secretary clinton. >> when we look at the numbers initial low, bernie sanders outpaces against the pop republicans. why do you thinks that? >> i'm not going to -- i have no
idea what the politics are. i am still looking at my advanced age. we have no idea how to compete against the republicans. clinton has been the object of attacks by republicans. every time she fought back and fought back hard and has been victorious. not only do we have a strong ground game, but we have a record. hitting the ground and working for the children's defense fund and establishing strong real relationships that will go to her benefit. >> they were on our air in the last hour talking about they have 200 paid staffers here trying to get the word out for bernie sanders. sanders tweeted not that long ago on super tuesday.
in his teach with clinton. it's not taking this place for granted. >> that's good. we need as many people engaging as possible. that's a good thing. for the last almost year, they had a team on the ground engaging with voters. she has been here repeatedly talking with people not only about her record, but about her vision fighting for every american making sure each has a chance to give up to god-given potential. that history of hard work for people and all people in the u.s. will resound to our benefit and a strong victory. >> we shall see how it goes. we are not done with it yet. your hospitality here has been so nice. mr. mayor, thank you, sir. thank you. what happened with jeb bush's campaign. it was a few days ago he was talking about being in it for
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the people of iowa and new hampshire and south carolina have spoken. tonight i am suspending my campaign. >> that was last night where the nation realized south carolina is not bush country anymore. jeb bush making the announcement he is spu spending his campaign after seeing the results of the primary.
joining me is kelly o'donnell to talk more about the sense of the bush campaign. we watched the efforts made here in south carolina. the spirit he was trying to push forward and he had this and he could do this. even had his brother and mom on the trail with him. you had the opportunity to speak with him many times, but he seemed like he was in it for the long haul and the floor dropped out. >> i got that impression as well. as candidates will do before, the writing is on the wall. they don't want to reveal a sense that they might have doubt and there might be a trap door coming if they don't perform at a certain level. they have a plan to go forward. they had a reach to do that although they burned through quite a bit of money.
we are now in jeb bush's home neighborhood. they come home to florida and we don't know what is next for him, but the moment came down to them banking so much by bringing in his mother who was a volunteer, he said. also his brother, the former president who has been very noticeably out of politics for the years that he has been out of the white house and with president obama in there. he has really tried to stay out of the fray even on behalf of his brother. risking perhaps the bush fatigue by bringing his loved ones along. they made that play believing that the history of the bush family in south carolina might come down to jeb. it did not in this year and what i was being told is when they looked at the numbers, it was a bit closer between rubio and bush. there might have been an
argument, but with the gap we saw, rubio and cruz clumped together closely and a big, big spread before they got to jeb bush. that was a profound signal to him that it was not his year. surprising some people that he decided to make it official by withdrawing last night instead of sleeping on it or thinking about it. he had in his mind a real sense that it was time to turn the page, however painful that was. thomas? >> we will see after time and healing. if whether or not bush comes out to endorse marco rubio. the bush legacy to live on through his word. kelly o'donnell, great to see you. thank you. we want to get perspective from the daily beast political reporter and in las vegas, i have the national reporter for the boston globe. great to see both of you. let me start with you. they is narrow of the
establishment. is it coming together. trump is the leader. there is no way to stop that giant now. >> the sense that i get is cruz is more nightmarish than trump is. they see trump as potentially more competitive in a general and more likely to syphon off the reagan democrats that cruz loves to talk about. in the past trump has been more of a team player in the republican party, especially the last few cycles. trump has not spent the last few months vilifying the rnc. they are making peace with him being the front-runner. >> with rubio and cruz teaming up and not working together, we are going after donald trump to tear him down. does that create a path for john kasich to emerge? >> it would be a winding path and very fraught one perhaps. what kasich has going for him is they have better relationships
with the governors than rubio and cruz did. jeb bush spent months and months saying not only that he was better qualified, but rubio would be a bad president and he was not honest. he was not forthright and didn't have the skills necessary. it would be odd to endorse rubio, but if he was the last guy standing, he is in an awkward position. >> time heals all wounds. let me get your read on the democrats in las vegas. hillary clinton carried nevada in 08, but this was very tight that clinton was able to carry it all. this margin though is giving the sanders campaign the encouragement they need to push through. >> certainly that's the sanders campaign's spin on this, but no doubt that the campaign wanted either a win here or a tie like they had in iowa.
there is no way that you can call this a tie. more importantly when you look into the entrance polls, you are seeing no movement of the african-american voters to sanders. that's what he needs if he is going to breakthrough on super tuesday when you have four of the deep south states voting on super tuesday. when you look at the hispanic votes, the exit polls show he won the hispanic voters that should be a big encouragement for him. when you look at the precincts that cast doubt on whether they were accurate, the clinton campaign did an effective job pointing out that she won the majority of the precincts. that makes you wonder whether there is veracity to the exit polls. the problem for sanders, he didn't go through in a way even
his own campaign acknowledged he needed to to break that fire wall. it shows they were a lot stronger than she thought. i don't want to diminish this. three months ago or two months ago, this was supposed to be a run away win for clinton. she had to work very, very hard here. her hard work clearly paid off. >> we know that the party in vegas stayed neutral. they tried to tilt towards hillary. explain how "star wars" was involved? >>. >> i went to one of the trainings and it was a party training where they were trying to walk people through how a caucus works. it's a complicated process. they have stand ins for the sanders and the clinton campaign and the stand ins were princess leia and darth vader. it seems like it was clear who
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joining me here and as you look at the country and the carve out of being able to get the delegates needed, is there a path for him. >> the range of clinton, he could potentially have a different role. the numbers don't work very well in his favor. think about the states of these huge primary states. texas and alabama and georgia that give hillary clinton a chance. if they are looking at it, they are aware that obama was in 2008 and eventually the math gets too
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trump's failure to offer real policy details. >> campaign that will restore our confidence and what we will restore as a people. rhetoric is not enough. donald's campaign has been about how bad things are. we need to recognize that, but you can't say you will make america great again, you have to explain how you are going to do it. >> with the rubio camp in franklin, texas. you are among supporters there. what are they saying coming off of a big win in second place here in south carolina. >> good afternoon. we are here in franklin, tennessee. the rubio campaign came here on a charter plane and they are heading to arkansas and then las vegas. they are trying to build this momentum and they argued it's a three-man race. they said they would bounce back
from the fifth place finish in new hampshire. this crowd is among the largest we have seen here for marco rubio. you are a marco rubio supporter. what is your name? >> heather from franklin, tennessee. >> why are you supporting marco rubio? >> we are here checking him out. it's exciting to see how he raced ahead. my husband and i had our eye on him since the last election. we are here checking it out. >> what are is it about him? some people say he may not have enough experience. >> i love his heart for family. it's what we need in this country. i love his humility. that's an incredible quality for the country and his vision for the country. >> his campaign is trying to make the argument with nicky haley and south carolina. they are the new face of the
conservative. >> he is in my generation and i consider myself young and this is a new season for the generation. >> thank you so much for talking to us. we have been talking to a new undecided voter. it will be a big issue going forward. the battle between remarko rubio and ted cruz. what are you leaning towards? >> i was leaning towards cruz, but a lot of people i know are marco rubio fans. i want to find out what he is about. >> what is the difference between the two? >> cruz tends to be more of a traditional conservative and rubio has taken positions i am uncomfortable with, but he is coming around on a few issues important to me. >> do you have concerns about the immigration issue?
>> i want to hear that we will get control of the process again. we are a nation of immigrants and i'm only third generation this this country and it's bringing in people who want to follow the tradition. >> hopefully you will hear what you need to today. certainly a lot of voters looking to see if marco rubio is going to end up being the candidate. back to you. >> it was just three weeks ago that he earned his high ranking state official. he didn't let that go unnoted. >> we have a wonderful
lieutenant governor. >> of south carolina, i will pick him over the governor any time. >> joining us now is for a sit down interview. the lieutenant governor of south carolina. look at all the people here having a good time on a sunday. why did you make up your mind on january 27th to endorse donald trump? >> i have been studying him and listening to the candidates and i decided that's the man that can make america great again. his experience and accomplishments and a variety of fields demonstrate he's an unusual man. he says says what he means and means what he says. hoe has a vision of the greatness of america and it is
based on three main strings. he wants to rebuild and the trade and the border and all those things. the military might is very important. those things make a country great and protect the citizens to live their lives in peace and harmony. >> a lot has come around with what donald trump tweets. >> i have noticed. >> is anything giving you cause for concern with the hope and an issue with john mccain that has given you maybe i shouldn't have endorsed this man? >> john mccain is probably the least worried man on earth. i campaigned pardon for him in 2008. why is he the man for you? >> he speaks clearly and we know what he wants to do and streez
are central to the and he sees the big picture. >> a lot of people asked about his foreign policy and he won't release them. he talks about wanting to build our military to make us the strongest and the greatest on earth. to hit anybody very hard. he is not willing to give the influencers or military minds. >> that's not what you do in the process. he was providing all sorts of details and he was an incumbent for the president. he advised him to just speak from your heart and tell them what you want to do. i will make america safe. all the details come later. the thing is that mr. trump
knows these people and had experience with people that can go to the core issues. he will have a terrific group helping him. he can recognize talent. the people in south carolina recognize it and i have never seen anything like these rallies. we have 1,000 people coming and we don't have to beg them to come. we can't find thinks big enough and it speaks wonderfully for the country. >> thanks for your time. we appreciate it. we are going to talk about the kasich campaign. we know that there has been wind under the wings of the governor after south carolina and the voters are not really responding. why do you think that is?
why didn't their message catch on? >> it totally caught on. he came in fourth and did well in new hampshire and he is the right man to lead our country at this time. that's why the poll that shows him. hillary clinton will be the nominee and we need the job creator that john kasich represen represents. he has done what he needed to do and he cleared the field and that's why he will continue to rise. >> we know that jeb bush did dropout and one of the top strategists said it would boil down to donald trump and john kasich. he will be the last two standing. >> it's virtually identical. >> given that jeb bush had
higher numbers here in south carolina, why is he confident moving through the primary? >> he has an organization built and the voters are responding. the more they get to know john kasich, the more they like him. he will continue to consolidate the base of support. you saw that with the christie supporter and the more people get to know him, the more they like him. the debate in houston is going to give him a platform for him to be able to communicate with voters. he excels in that. hoe has a great message and the more people get to know him, the more they like him. >> he definitely takes that approach and we appreciate the
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republican party and former demparty chair in south carolina amanda. they were sitting on bar stools here and i asked them to turn around and we threw this together. great to see all of you. reaction last night? surprise? >> not surprised. trump was leading coming in and led going out. he won the race. the question becomes what happens with bush voters and bush money. i think kasich tries to make a big play for that. he should. they are banking on super tuesday. the thing about the south that gets lost, the 11 states that seceded from the union, if you win those 11 states today you win 59% of the electoral college. you need less than 30% of the rest of the country to become president of the united states. super tuesday matters. cruz, rubio beat each other up. that is what is going forward. >> hogan, with jeb bush out who goes after donald trump? is anybody brave enough to take
him on? >> ted cruz started going after him pretty hard. >> successfully? >> not successfully. we thought it would be closer and then he ended up winning by about ten points. i thought two or three or five. it is still spread to 11. i think the story is less about rubeio's live and more about cruz's collapse. he barely beats donald trump. he was head and ends up behind rubio. and he is in a state tailor made for evangelicals. >> now everything switches especially if you are watching tv here. the republican ads will go away. the democratic ads will be flying up. who has the better ground game in south carolina, hillary clinton or bernie sanders? >> i think after last night we see a huge surge for hillary clinton. she got her swagger back last night. >> based out of nevada.
>> the speech she gave after she won will bring her into south carolina with huge momentum. >> you giving the early endorsement on friday, looking at the calendar that had to give a huge lift or encouragement to her to go out there and fight for it. >> absolutely. i think it helped her win in nevada. i think we saw the numbers close between she and senator sanders and the endorsement was huge both here in south carolina and nevada. and was really what turned the game for her. >> as we look down to super tuesday donald trump can clean up and start to run away with this whole thing where he is uncatchable. >> south carolina is a gateway to the rest of the primary states. he has done well here and looks ahead with the exception of texas. he can use that to his advantage by saying a lot of illegals coming to texas. if he cleans up the south it is
going to be virtually impossible to stop him. >> are we supposed to start to mentally prepare for a national debate stage of hillary clinton and donald trump? >> i think it is premature for that but we should be. hillary -- the southern states, african-american populations hillary clinton does very well with the african-american population. the question becomes trump. trump lost 67% of all republican voters yesterday. he lost almost 70%. you take away other candidates where does he go with that? i'm not convinced that donald trump is going to be the nominee for the republicans because at some point he has to implode. >> hillary clinton? >> we have to leave it on that cliff hanger right there. jimmy williams, hogan and amanda
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