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the choice could not be clear. >> not exciting for decisions. >> thanks for your time. that is "all in" for this evening. stay tuned for continuing coverage of the republican nevada caucuses. the rachel maddow show starts now from las vegas. good evening. has won the nevada republican caucuses. in its current it ration where nevada is an important early state and goes right after south carolina and has this incredibly influential role in the republicans choosing their nominee, in the entire history of nevada, only one person has ever won. that guy is mitt romney. the first time the nevada caucuses were held in 2008, mitt romney not only won here, he won
by a mile. he came in with 51% of the vote. second place was a very distant ron paul. ron paul came in second with only 14% of the vote. awkwardly even though ron paul only got 14% of the vote, that was enough to give ron paul supporters a tow hold that they used that year to hijack the nominating prosays and take over the party to a point where the whole nevada state republican convention was shut down and replaced with a back room conference call where they picked their delegates instead. it should have been a sign. we should have known with that first contest in 2008 that nevada was going to be more than meets the eye. any way, the bottom line, that first one mitt romney won. second one, mitt romney won. the second one was in 2012. in 2012 it was a volatile moment
when nevada was having its caucus. mitt romney won for day and the republican party said it was a tie and they said rick santorum won and ultimately ron paul got the delegates. iowa was a contested mess in 2012 and came new hampshire. rom won new hampshire and newt gingrich won south carolina in 2012. that was crazy. south carolina had never picked a republican who didn't go onto win the nomination but in 2012, they didn't do that. in 2012 they picked newt gingrich. everybody freak out. heading into these nevada contests in 2012, mitt romney was the favorite to win again. he won here in 2008. the newt gingrich thing spooked everybody a bit. newt gingrich campaigned here. he campaigned in nevada. he was really trying to win here. mitt romney knew he better win here but he was going to have to fight for it. there was this great celebrity moment in the 2012 race. the last time we had a
republican presidential contest in this state right before the nevada caucus. newt gingrich hot on romney's heels. they decide to unveil their big but also super awkward celebrity endorsement for the nevada caucuses just ahead of the n nevada caucuses in 2012. they did an inperson appearance with the celebrity endorser. mitt romney looked like he just swallowed a small, live bird and it didn't go downright. he looked like he wished to be anywhere else but there. it was a big moment for him. it was a big moment for mitt romney when he got that big endorsement right ahead of the caucuses last time around. the person who was his big endorser was donald trump.
right ahead of the last nevada caucuses. that was such a weird moment. that is what happened the last nevada republican caucus. then mitt romney went onto win it. again, for the second time. it was closer in 2012 than in 2008 but mr. romney got 50% of the vote. ron paul was back. he came in third with 19% of the vote. to this day, it's weird, mitt romney remains the only human who has ever won the nevada republican caucus. he's the only one. because this caucus and this state is freaking crazy, this is what it sounded like. this is what happened when it came down for the nevada delegation to cast their official votes for mitt romney at the republican national convention in 2012. he had won nevada. this is what happened when it came down for nevada to submit their votes for mitt romney. this is what they did.
this is what happened. watch. >> in the spirit of freedom that inspired the founding of our country and in honor of the liberty that is made the united states the greatest country on earth, we proudly cast 17 votes for congressman ron paul. [ cheers and applause ] five abstentions and five for romney. [ cheers and applause ] >> and five for romney. mitt romney was the republican party's nominee. he was the only one who would get the delegate votes. nevada cast all their votes for ron paul any way. 17 votes for ron paul. republican party thought they changed the rules so that would be impossible. they fought the bound the delegates to vote for mitt romney. they said screw it and voted for ron paul. the nevada republican party is amazing. the nevada republican caucus is
nuts. now that neither ron paul nor his son is running anymore, nobody knows if the ron paul people will hijack and take over the process again this year like they have every other year the caucus has been run much to mitt romney's chagrin. nobody has any idea who will show up. they had 44,000 republicans show up in the first year. 33,000 in the second year. nobody has any idea how many will show up because the party is so disorganized and so strange, they didn't keep a list of the people who turned up the last time they did this in 2012. they can't even contact the people and say do you want to caucus again. they didn't make a list. they didn't write down anybody's name. there's been pretty epic problems in the nevada caucus even though they had the small turn out in 2012. it's still took them days, days
to count the vote in 2012 in clark county which is where most of the population lives. this year they decided to speed up the counting process by making the vote stop earlier in clark county than it does everywhere else in the state. the basic idea is to give themselves more time to count here where there's a lot of votes. the process by which they will count is at the 36 different caucus locations in this county, republican party staffers on sight are going to count the votes by hand at the caucus locations. then they will write the results of their hand count on an envelope, put all the votes inside the envelope and then i swear this is the official process. after they have done that they are supposed to take a picture of the envelope. they are supposed to take a picture of the envelope and what they wrote on the inside, they are supposed to take a picture of it with their cell phone and text that cell phone picture of the handwritten thing on the
envelope. they are supposed to text that picture to a guy named ed. ed williams is the county republican chairman in clark county and everybody is supposed to text him their pictures of what they wrote on the envelopes and the pictures of the envelopes with the handwritten counts will get sent to the state. that's the process by which we're supposed to find out who has become the first human being in history not named mitt romney to win the nevada republican caucus. the wall street did a long reported piece this week on the history of the total freaking bag of cats full of chaos in this contest we're about to have tiends. in the course of the reporting on the insane history, the journal talked to one former republican party chairman on nevada. his name is james smack. please, god, tell me he goes by jimmy snack. i cannot promise that high
pressu pressure -- his name is james smack. he said quote it's not a natural course of politics as usual and -- it's not a natural course of -- thank you. it's not a natural course of politics as usual and voting as usual as everybody is used to. quote, it's going to be scratchy no matter what. it's going to be scratchy. the official word. it's going to be scratchy. let's us check to see if it already is. joining us from a caucus polling sight is msnbc jacob. jacob, it's great to see you. how are things going? >> this is an extraordinary sight to behold. it's very different. as you've been talking about
people are not separating into preference groups. they are showing up to tables like this that are precincts. these tables are precincts. we're hearing speeches from people. donald trump has walked in live. follow me over here. donald trump has walked into this location. here is donald trump walking into this caucus location live. glen beck is speaking on behalf of ted cruz now and who are looking at right here is donald trump. he's shaking hands with caucus goers. i'm getting pushed out of way. it's a mad house. what i expect right now is donald trump moving up to the podium. he's going to be speaking live to the attendees here at the caucus. it's mad house. it's an incredible mad house here. people are rushing up towards him trying to touch him. the cell phones are out. elbows are flying. donald trump is approaching the
microphone as people are supposed to be voting, filling out their ballots. people are screaming. you're looking at donald trump inside this caucus location in summerland, nevada. i'm having a hard time hearing you. >> how's it looking? >> awesome. >> donald. here he goes. he's grabbing the microphone. we'll move over here. >> can you hear me? >> follow us. >> we didn't know. i'm hearing you spotting in and out a bit. >> are you feeling? >> feel good. look at the crowd. >> do you think you'll get the win?
>> we hope so. >> did you expect to see anything like this? >> no. this is incredible. thank you. >> thank you, mr. trump. >> thank you very much. this is an honor. it's great to be with you tonight. we are going to have a historic night in new hampshire. it was amazing in south carolina last week. hopefully this will be the same. i appreciate everybody being here. i wanted to be here myself and say a few words. our borders will be strong. we're getting rid of obama care. we're going to take care of our veterans. our military will be great again. no longer depleted. our military is depleted. we'll make it big and strong and respected again. i wanted to thank everybody. you're really, really
spectacular people. i really appreciate you being here. i'll be with you for a while. if you need anything, see me. much more importantly, get over there and vote. thank you. make america great again. remember that. make america great again. thank you. i love you. we love you, everybody. thank you very much. >> we're here with donald trump. i'm having a hard time hearing you because of the activity. we're in the middle of secret service. >> interview this man. >> live on the show with rachel maddow. >> i like rachel. >> you're here right now at the nevada caucus. what's the plan going forward right now. what are you going to do in. >> we're doing well tonight. this is amazing. it's record setting stuff already. it just started. i think we're going to do very well. we have the scc coming up.
hopefully we'll do well. rachel, i appreciate your charts. you make the most beautiful charts with the head on top. i love looking at them. i don't like my picture that much but it's okay. >> you continue to get hit by ted cruz and maybe now marco b rubio has been hitting you. what's your message? >> ted will start telling the truth. he lifts his hands up high, but he has to start telling the truth. people have gotten wise to him. if do you look what happened in south carolina, that was a disaster for him. i think new hampshire was a disaster also. he's going to start telling the truth. he'll learn to tell the truth. when he lifts his hands up high, i think he will be very happy and feel much better about himself. >> how about to the democrats? do you have any message to hillary clinton or bernie sanders. >> i wish them both look. hillary looks like she's very successful if she's allowed to run. we'll find out if she's allowed
to run. hello, rachel. >> i'm going to throw it back to you. donald trump in summerland, nevada. >> excellent. he cannot hear me to save his life at this point. that was amazing. mr. trump said he likes the way we build charts where we put his little head on top of them. that's through jacob from donald trump through me back to our graphics department. when you make bar graphs and pop a trump head on top bar, candidate likes it. we'll have a long ethical discussion on our team if we should keep doing it considering the candidate likes it. lots of come tonight. we're in las vegas where republicans are hoping one big thing changes tonight in the race. that story and a lot more is straight ahead. it will be fun night here. stay with us.
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pre-registered for tonight's caucuses. that's more than the entire turn out last time around. that's just the pre-registrations. some people have been saying turn out could hit 75,000 in the state this year. that's still a fraction of the voters but it might be enough turn out to spare nevada the indigty of losing this caucus. democrats haven't had a record turn out yet. they have been way down from what they had in 2008. if nevada republicans hit a record tonight, it will be four straight turn out records for them. that's the good news for nevada republicans. the bad news is that nevada republicans have a stupendously bad record of counting the votes even when they had terrible turn out and few votes to count.
we're now over an hour into the nevada caucuses although a bunch of them start at different times but the caucuses are under way. if we're lucky, we could get results tonight or tomorrow amp or sometime soon. we don't exactly know when we'll get numbers. we know we'll have a long and crazy night ahead. get your granola bars, settle in. hundreds of crash simulations. thousands of hours of painstaking craftsmanship. and an infinite reserve of patience... ...to create a vehicle that looks, drives and thinks like nothing else on the road.
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big spender. the first state was iowa. the biggest spender in iowa on the republican side was jeb bush. he got sixth place there but spent the most money there. next up was new hampshire, where the biggest spender was jeb bush. he got sixth place in new hampshire. got him fourth place. same gone for south carolina. no candidate spent more money trying to win than jeb bush did and despite the fact he was first in spending again, he got fourth in the results again in south carolina. now that governor bush has left the race, the caucuses will be the first contest in this republican race where jeb bush is not going to be in the running. interesting question. who's going to be the biggest spender here? now that jeb bush is out of race, who will have spent the most money in nevada. turns out the answer is jeb bush. yeah. the guy's been out of race since
saturday but even before he quit he racked up so much spending in the state of nevada, there's a chance he will still have spent more here than every other candidate even from beyond the political grave. from numbers that we have, looks like it's going to be close. he does have competition. the main competition for the dead jeb bush campaign in terms of spending will be the very alive marco rubio campaign. the super pac is thought to have spent around $900,000 in the state. ted cruz is choes lose to $8 mi. the winner in terms of thrift, the winner in terms of sheer bang is undoubtedly john kasich. if she gets one freaking vote here, if we get one delegate
here, he's got a great case to make that he's the most efficient politician alive. imagine how well i'd spend your $5. donald trump is really expected to do well. you heard the confidence when he spoke on the stump there. donald trump is expected to do well here. he's expected to do well in general. he's come in like second and first. he's heavily favored here in nevada despite a reliable polling. it might be second, first, first. that has a good proportion of the country well and truly freaking out with the realization that mr. trump might be unstoppable in the republican primary. the washington post editorial page went off on the subject
today like a roman candle with a fast fuse. they called mr. trump's campaign quote, moral poison. responding to the comment this weekend by the republican party chairman that the rnc would support mr. trump if he cwon th nomination because winning is the antedote to many things. party leaders who support and celebrate his victory will be accomplices to an attack on the fundamental values of american democracy. winning will not wash away the stain. that was the washington post today. up at the boston globe today, the editorial board there is going to far as to urge massachusetts voters who are registered independents that they should not vote in the democratic primary in the state on tuesday even if they like one of the democratic candidates. instead the boston globe says
independent registered voters in massachusetts should vote in the republican primary just to seize the opportunity to vote against donald trump. quote, stopping donald trump is imperative an not just for his fellow republicans. trump's campaign has revived some of the ugliest traditions in american politics. just his nomination by one of the nation's major parties would be an international embarrassment. as the race turns to massachusetts, the answer to john f. kennedy's question ask what you can do for your country has rarely been clearer. unenrolled voters should pull a republican ballot an vote for john kasich because it's a vote against donald trump. john kasich get the endorsement a while back. the newspaper isn't so much singing his praises again as they are begging boston globe readers to try to stop donald trump somehow, please. even if it means voting for john kasich.
there's also an anti-donald trump super pac making the same public pitch. they are even running ads since last month. the director of that super pac who was a senior advisor to mitt romney is now published a public three-page memo begging more republicans to step up to stop mr. trump. there's an increasing worry about among many republicans that we're about nominate a candidate who shares none of the values we hold dear for decades and lead our party to general election ruin in november. it's donds trump aald trump and is well founded. many have asked what to do to stop donald trump. the answer is try. then she begs for money for her super pac to run anti-donald trump ads targeting republican
voters. she says the best message they have come up with donald trump in terms of stopping republicans for supporting him is asking republicans how much they know about mr. trump and asking if mr. trump can be trusted. so give us money, we'll run those ads. will that work? i don't know. seems a little late to be trying to gin up a big national effort like that. if the republican party is going to stop donald trump from becoming their nominee, that plan, and late and haphazard add it seems, that seems like the better plan than the other thing the republicans are trying. that's the thing they are trying right here in nevada tonight and that is next. stay with us. machine your investments through good times and bad. for over 75 years, our clients have relied on us to bring our best thinking to their investments so in a variety of market conditions... you can feel confident... ...in our experience. call a t. rowe price retirement specialist
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republican polls. the latest to leave the race is jeb bush. an nbc survey monkey poll of jeb bush supporters asked where they might go now now with him out of race. the answer is they are not going any one particular place. they're going to scatter to the fore winds. 19% to rubio, 16% to kasich. 12% to ted cruz and 11% to donald trump. even something like jeb bush getting out doesn't go to a lot of anti-trump people. some go to donald trump. they are thinking with this general theory. they are picking marco rubio as the candidate. he's not one a state anywhere. he's not come within ten points of winning state. the list of endorsers he's picked up since he got clobbered by donald trump this weekend almost might make you think that
marco rubio was the front-runner. the surge of interest in him on the republican side couldn't come at a better time for senator rubio. he may not have won a state anywhere, but here in nevada, he's got a better shot than almost anywhere else. this is almost like a home game for him. senator rubio and his family lived this nevada for a while while growing up. he has a large extended family here. the senator and his family briefly converted to mormonism. in the past a quarter of the turn out has been mormons. he's also run a big campaign here. he's trying really hard to win this race. on paper he ought to win this race. he has all the establishment support in the world. if he can't win here, where can he win. if the rubio campaign is expecting to win, they are playing it cool. when the caucus report their first vote in tonight, ted cruz will be here in a watch party on
the strip. donald trump will be here at watch party on the strip. marco rubio, when the votes start coming in tonight in nevada, he's going to be in grand rapids, michigan which is either brilliant lowering of expectations, right. i had no idea i could win. i'm so out performing the expectations. it's either that or a good sign he's not going to win here, of all places. joining me is john ralston. great to see you. >> hi, rachel. >> we saw donald trump at caucus. he walked in as glenn beck was wrapping up his pitch for ted cruz and donald trump came in and did his pitch this person. everyone thinks there's no contest here and mr. trump will run away with it. does that seem like the case to you? >> seems like that's the case to me. not so much because of the
polling data but because of what the rubio and cruz campaigns are saying privately. a representative of one of those campaigns, today, this morning, when i asked for his prediction predicted that trump would win the race by 25 points. there's confidence for you. we probably see marco rubio in michigan giving a victory speech for getting 12% of the vote and finishing in second or third. that's what the race looks like now. before we go on, i want to say i agree with something donald trump said tonight. i'm a big fan of your charts as well. i want you to know that. >> thank you very much. i never knew my charts had a following. i have a feeling there will be a t-shirt soon. >> they do. >> let me ask you about this issue of turn out. we have been watching the turn out closely toward the general election. on the democratic side bernie sanders is saying i can excite all these people. i can turn out all these people.
the whole secret of how i'm not going to win the nomination but be a good president is i'm going to get so many people involved but democratic turn out has been down in every state they have competed. republican turn out has been a record where they have competed so far. does it look like that's going to happen tonight in nevada as well on the republican side? >> it does indeed. the democratics on saturday turned out about 84,000 people. that's compared to 120,000 they turned out in '08. the republicans have had terrible turn outs in these too early state caucuses. a little over 40,000 in '08 and 33,000 four years ago. the pre-registration was at 37,000. then it went up to 41,000 later. i don't know what the final number is. that's more than the total turn out. some people think it could be as high as 75, 80,000, which it
sounds like a low number and it is a low number in most other states. it's a low number in relation to the total number of republican voters in the state which are more than 400,000. it's clearly going to be much bigger than anyone anticipated here. you can see that. as i said earlier on twitter, i don't know of any organization less prepared to deal with higher than expected turn out than the nevada republican party. >> they had very low turn out this 2008 and 2012. they absolutely completely blew it. if they have giant turn out tonight and they do great, it will be a miracle on a miracle, which is starting to be what it will feel like. appreciate it. going to be a long night pu a fun on fun one. check you later. we're roughly 90 minutes into the nevada caucuses. i shouldn't say that because they start at different times. if things are like the 2012
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terrorists to the united states. >> tough guy. i don't know if that counts as an official response from senator pat roberts of kansas. in broad terms it represents the republican's position on president obama's new proposal to close the prison at guantanamo. crump crumple, crumple, not going to happen. tough guy. that's not all president obama heard from congress today. he heard from lawmakers today about the new vacancy on the supreme court after the passing of justice antonin scalia. he was seen heading home from work with a binder full of homework, possible names and resumes for supreme court nominees. turns out it doesn't matter who he picks. they will not give any nominee chance. they will not take a meeting with someone chosen by this
president. what would be the point of that? >> will you not meet with the nominee? >> i don't know the purpose of such visits. i would not be inclined to take one. >> senator cornyn would you not either. >> i don't see the point of going through the motions if we know what the outcome are going to be and we're united on that. i don't see the point of going through the motions and creating a misleading impression that something else is going on here. >> republicans do not want to create a misleading impression they will do anything about this crucial vacancy on the supreme court. they want president obama to know no meetings, no hearings and no vote on anyone who the president might dare nominate for the supreme court. there's two things where congress is telling the president no way, no how, not going to happen. on the supreme court seat the senate does have the power to block the president. the senate can stop any nomination in its tracks. the senate can guarantee that seat remains vacant for more
than a year despite the historically unprecedented nature of them doing so. they can do that by refusing to act even though they will pay a political price, they can do it. on the other one, on the question of closing guantanamo, it's not clear that congress has the power to stop the president from doing it. what the president proposed is not a new plan. it's a reiteration of what he has said previously. there's an argument that's been made by former obama administration officials in public that president doesn't need approval from congress in order to carry out the solution to guantanamo. the white house says they prefer that congress do it. they prefer that congress do it, go along and do this together. they have never ruled out executive action by the president to close guantanamo. the same way the president took executive action on immigration when congress refused to go along with reform on that issue despite the president giving them a big plan to do so. two big jobs for the president right now. nominating someone for the
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em. you can do it. >> thank you. there are some things that you just can't imagine happening in your life. this is one of them. of them. doesn't it look like he just swallowed a live bird there? just went down wrong, feths, dry. that was donald trump endorsing mitt romney just a few days before he won the nevada caucus in 2012. so far mr. romney has not endorsed donald trump in the republican race this year. mr. romney has not endorsed anyone at all. over the weekend the rumor was that it would be marco rubio and soon. that was going around on sunday, but still tonight there has been nothing from the presidential candidate, in a state where he won device, could hold some real weight no matter who he gave it to. in any case mitt romney is not
the only potential big wig withholding what could be an explosive endorsement in the race. in the 2012 primary in general elections. he has met with some of the candidates this year, including mr. trump, but other than that his lips and checkbook have been sealed. in december everybody thought it was a sure fire sign that he would be getting back in the game when he bought the largest newspaper in nevada, obviously a very powerful tool in an early caucus state, a huge mouth piece for somebody who wants to play a role in politics, a few months later the paper endorsed marco rubio, but he has stayed silent. not only has he not made an endorsement, he spent nowhere near the amount of money he spent last time around. he's made small donations with no particular focus. polling in nevada is
untrustworthy, but as a guide post going to tonight's caucus polls have shown donald trump ahead of everybody else which is why it's weird that given the polling situation and the amount of sway that endorsers could hold in a state like nevada neither person have made a peed about their preferred candidate so far. in a state like this those particular endorsements might have a big impact on a state where donald trump is swapping the rest of the field. so why haven't they? and boxes in every room. mother, we are settlers. we settle for cable. and the simpler things in life. like our drab clothing. that's right, daughter. and homemade haircuts. exactly, boy. besides, if it weren't for wires, how would cousin tobias get his privacy? hey - shut the blanket! i need my privacy! (vo) don't be a settler. get a $100 reward card when you switch to directv. every insurance policy has a number.
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portland, oregon. >> i have rented what? >> i have landed in portland, oregon. i am sitting here at the airport right now. >> i am sitting here at the airport right now. >> i will let the fbi come and bring me to the refuge and negotiable this exit. >> are you there? >> yes. >> hang in there. i think i got her and i'm going to try to patch her in this call, okay. >> okay. we've got michelle fiore on the phone right now. we're talking to here right now on the phone. she's hearing what you're doing. >> ask them to call me right now. i am willing -- i am mitchell fiore. i am willing to am co to the refuge right now. >> she's willing to come to the refuge right now and you guys are holding back a peaceful
resolution by not negotiating and letting her have her chance. so you are destroying the competition if you let her have her way because she's here and she's a congresswoman with high respect. you will be held accountable if there's blood shed. you are going to go to prison. she has connections, mark. there's lots of people with connections, mark. >> there's lots of people with connections, mark. you are going to destroy the constitution if you don't let her have her way. that was a congresswoman from nevada, but that sound was just from a few weeks ago when she jetted up to eastern oregon to try to be a go between between
the armed militants and the government. here at home she's running for congress and she's on the nevada leadership team for presidential candidate ted cruz. this is the thing that's flying a little bit under the national radar, but one of the ways that ted cruz is trying to run for president is by going for what you might call the bundy ranch vote. see that return our land banner behind ted cruz there? that's what the ted cruz campaign is like here. >> we need to take the 85% of the land in the state of nevada owned by the federal government and transfer it back to the state and back to the people. 85% of the state of nevada is owned by the federal government. that is going to end.
>> this is kind of an obscure issue in most of the country. even here in las vegas, nevada this is an obscure issue, but ted cruz is running ads in nevada and he's brought on board a central figure in both the clifen bundy sons and the other bundy family armed standoff in nevada in 2014. >> why are you there near the bundy ranch tonight celebrating? >> questioning why the heck the federal government felt the need to come in armed and collect an unpaid bill. >> he says he does not deny the authority of the federal government. do you recognize the authority of the federal government? >> i recognize our federal government overstepped and overreached in our state of nevada. that's what i recognize. >> that was during the armed
standoff between mill ant ranchers and their supporters at the bundy ranch in 2014. that was 2014. now this is the ted cruz campaign for president in this state and who knows, maybe it will win him the bundy vote. maybe it will win him some other votes. it might also be possibly hard to explain in other states that the armed militants is how he put together his campaign to the nomination. we'll see because that does it for us tonight and our team coverage starts right now from las vegas. do not move a muscle. he's the won the last two states. >> we won with everything. we won with women. we won with