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>> announcer: starting right now on "this week" with george stephanopoulos -- chaos at crunch time. just one week to iowa and a fractured gop taking aim at its front-runners. >> donald trump is getting really rattled. >> i would stand in the middle of 5th avenue and shoot somebody and not lose any voters, okay? >> we're on the ground in iowa with eight days to go. plus, fight to the finish. >> stick with me. >> as sanders surges ahead of hillary clinton. could he really pull off a stubbing upset? bernie sanders joins us live
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bloomberg considering a 2016 run, could he change everything? >> announcer: from abc news, it's "this week," here now, co-anchor martha raddatz. good morning and we're almost there, it's the final sprint in iowa, just eight days until the very first votes of 2016. and both party facing an identity crisis. with just surprise outsiders on both sides. insiders. just last night, the des moines register went with the insiders. giving their endorsements to marco rubio and hillary clinton. there's that breaking news -- michael bloomberg, billionaire and former new york mayor, putting together a plan to potentially mount a third-party bid for president. all that in just a moment. but we start with the massive winter storm with millions of americans waking up this
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feet of snow. abc news senior meteorologist rob marciano has all of the latest from new york city, which came within just one-thent of an inch of topping it all-time snow record. good morning, rob, just how bad was it? >> over 2 feet of snow, as you mentioned. that record. much snow. the city has done a fair job of digging things out. in areas just to the west, check out some of these numbers. this a huge swath of incredibly heavy snow. shepardstown, west virginia, 40.5 inches of snow. somer somerset, pennsylvania, 35.5. for the big cities, you literally shut it down, no place to put the snow.
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yesterday in times square, you never see it like this, people kind of walking the streets. there was a travel ban that has since been lifted. big cities like new york, philly brought to their knees with this crippling snowstorm. >> what do you see in the next couple of days? >> today, it's going to be right around the freezing mark. some sunshine. taller buildings will see snow melting. you got these huge mounds of snow that pedestrians have to navigate. this will be become a little bit slushy monday tuesday wednesday as it warms up. today it's treacherous to get around. the roads aren't too horrible. i mean, new york's finest having to deal with getting out here. first responders struggling to
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the city itself they're hiring people, anybody over the age of 18, they'll hires you as day laborer to shovel snow. >> rob, thank you for joining us this morning. >> you bet. and joining us now here in our nation's capital is c. muriel muriel browser. i saw trucks all night plowing the roads. >> we finished 36 hours of snow last night and we have been working, pushing and plowing snow throughout the entire storm. but once the snow finished, that's when the real digout has become in washington, d.c. >> and give us an assessment about tomorrow, monday morning, what will it look like in d.c.? government opened? roads cleared? what do you think. >> we're doing that assessment
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i was out all night looking at our roads across the city, so, our crews are doing an excellent job on our main thoroughfares and now, today, they'll move into secondary and residential roads. this is not a one-day digout, i have to emphasize to our residents. we'll be dealing with snow throughout this week. we'll make an assessment of our operations, schools and government in the coming hours. >> and what is the likelihood with the metro, how long do you think this will take? i know it's always a problem with those huge snow banks and melting snow and ice? >> well, i know metro brought in tremendous resources over the weekend to clear stations. but also, to clear their track and keep their tracks de-iced. and so, they're not going to be opened today and it's not likely that the metro bus will get opened tomorrow. we're hopeful they'll have some
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but i know that the general manager will make announcement about the entire metro system by the end of today, late afternoon today. >> thanks very much, mayor bowser. >> thanks, martha. new york city got hit much harder than first expected. mayor bill deblasio joins us. welcome, mayor. you didn't expect this much snow, so, what are the challenges this morning? >> well, martha, we've ended up with the second largest amount of snow in the history of this city, going back a century and a half. you're right the original estimates were for half that much. i have to say, our city workers did an amazing job and the people of new york city, they get credit, too, they heeded the travel ban we put in place, which allowed our sanitation workers to get out and clear the streets. so, things in most of the city
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we still have some areas that we have to a lot more work on. >> so, how long do you think new york city will feel the effects, that snow could be there for a long, long time, those giant piles? >> well, yeah, i think today is going to be a very intense cleanup day, i have to emphasize, people are going to have to stay off the streets. there isn't a travel ban anymore. i think tomorrow's going to be pretty good. we'll be broadly up and running tomorrow as a city. you're right, the snowplows will with us for a while. >> that's good news for everybody up there and here. i what want to ask you a quick question, listen to what donald trump said about -- >> which one, martha? >> you a lot of them. listen to what donald trump said about his candidacy yesterday. >> i could stand in the middle of 5th avenue and shoot somebody
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okay? it's like, incredible. >> any reaction to that, mayor? >> it's incredibly insensitive. we're dealing with a surge in gun violence. for someone to be president to say that, it's not presidential and it's incredible arrogant. you know, this is another indicator that donald trump is not ready for primetime. >> and the reaction to the possibility that former mayor michael bloomberg might get into the race. >> well, i respect my predecessor for sure. two things. my candidate is hillary clinton. and the second thing is, i don't think the people of this country want to give more power to billionaires at this point. i think that what this election is increasingly about. i don't think most americans
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who are going to help us give us a more fair economy. >> thank you for joining us. mayor debalas owe balas owe. we turn to the political chaos engulfing the 2016 race, with only a week to go until the first votes are cast, the candidates are scrambling all over iowa this morning. and we're right there with them. abc's devin dwyer is right there covering the gop race and we begin with cecilia vega, live in davenport, tracking bernie sanders' surge ahead of hillary clinton in the latest iowa polls. >> martha, good morning to you. on the front page of the des moines register, this is what the candidates are waking up to, that coveted endorsement. hillary clinton right there. this might be the brightest spot in what has been a very tough week for her. that new poll showing bernie
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it wasn't necessarily a ringing endorsement. the paper said she's, quote, not a perfect candidate. as coveted as this is, listen to this. no democrat with this endorsement has ever gone on to winnetter iowa or the party nomination. i have been following both camps as they cross the state. i can tell y the attacks have been swift, they have been fierce, they have been nonstop. just yesterday, both clinton and sanders had dueling effects a few blocks away from each other, in clinton, iowa. the sanders' event was packed. he was confident. he was on the offensive. clinton campaign had a packed house, too. she did, though, repeat a line that she's been using a lot over the last few days. both campaigns are telling me it's all boil down the next eight days to the ground game. using these teams, getting people out to caucus. the gop race just as tight on
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for that we turn to my colleague devin dwyer in des moines this morning. >> thanks, cecilia. this incredible republican campaign is down to the wire. for the first time last night, both front-runners spent the night in iowa. ted cruz this morning, taking the day off before he finishes visiting all # 9 counties. donald trump is headed to church, but the top talker here, how personal and negative this fight has been. trump overnight said he would not vote for cruz if he wins. donald trump began running his first negative tv ad hitting cruz. cruz is fighting back. >> if donald trump wins it's going to be a snowball to hell. >> i was at that rally, martha, the cruz's case against trump is getting sharper, it's electrifying his sporters.
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day, but the big question here is, will those huge crowds for trump actually turn out to caucus? his iowa operation of course has been untraditional. the underdog, marco rubio getting endorsed this morning by the des moines register. rubio trails in the polls here. worth noting in every election in the last 20 years, the register has endorsed the republican candidate who went on to win the nomination. martha? >> thanks, devin. the supercharged battle playing out this morning over whether donald trump should be the new face of the republican party. just got even more intense. the billionaire, now, taking his feud with general bush, the one-time favorite of the gop establishment to a whole new level this weekend and governor bush joins me now. good morning, governor. i want to begin with that endorsement, calling rubio the
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>> well, i would have loved to have the des moines register endorsement. i didn't get it. congratulations to marco. ultimately it's the caucus goers that decide this and voters in new hampshire and south carolina and nevada to start all this off. i'm confident when we get to that the pundits might be surprised. >> let's talk about the front-runners right now, you have a party that can't even decide not to support among the front-runners. the national review with that ooent-trump issue. bob dole has endorsed you is saying trump could probably work with congress because he's, you know, he's got the right personality and he's kind of dealmaker. it seems like he's supporting donald trump, what is this doing to your party and your candidacy? >> look, bob dole -- i'm proud to have his support. here's the deal, donald trump is not a conservative.
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the conservative into the general election. he's not a conservative based on gun rights or abortion or taxes or spending or single-payer system for health care and you can't insult your way to the presidency as well. he views as a strength. and we're not going to win an election by praying eying on people's angst. you have to get to 50. you do that with a solid conservative record with conservative ideas to change the course of direction in washington, d.c. >> do you think people will -- do you think trump would work better with congress than cruz? >> all i know we need a president to work with congress and right now we don't have that. that's what i pledged to do, to build consensus, to fix the taxes, the regulation that is a complete mess for our country. to begin to build a bipartisan
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leadership in the world creates peace and security. those are the things that i talk about and it seems to be resonating not amongst the punditry class but among voters. >> in an article this weekend you talk about trump. the weekly standard says that you and the superpac that supports you bears some of the blame for the rise of donald trump. saying right to rise like an all-pro right guard helped clear a path for trump by blocking several of his would-betacklers in particular marco rubio. with each passing day, it become becomes more and more likely that the lasting legacy of jeb bush's 2016 presidential will be its prom note role in making donald trump the nominee and contributing to the crisis of conservatism that will follow. >> i'm the only guy taking on you trump on, because i don't believe that he's a conservative
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conservative cause is going to be validated by having a guy being b our nominee who's not a conservative. so, the weekly standard can say what they want. but i'm the only guy who consistently goes after him. i'll continue to do it as i advocate my plans. >> and word yesterday that former mayor of new york michael bloomberg might getting into the race as an independent. >> he's a great man. a great mayor. he's much more liberal than i am. he's a great person. i don't think he'll get in the race unless it's donald trump and bernie saeshdz. >> right now, we're focused on eight days of getting our caucus voters out. >> i want to move to some of the domestic issues.
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in the city of flint, michigan, hundreds of americans have been bathing, brushing their teeth in lead-contaminated water, while government officials were telling them it's safe to use. they'll need millions of dollars of care for the rest of their lives. how is this possible in the united states of america and who's responsible? >> it's horrific and it is related to the fact that we have created this complex, no-responsibility regulatory system where the federal government, state government, regional government, local and county governments are all pointing fingers at each other. it's a tragedy. we need to have a 21st century set of rules. there should be transparency. >> how much blame does government snyder bear? >> well, he's taken
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he's not saying it's someone else's fault. he has a responsibility and he's admitted >> it should he resign? >> no, he needs to do what he's doing which is to accept responsibility and begin to solve the problem. >> you once called him a spectacular governor, do you still think so? >> i think he's been a great governor for michigan, michigan was on its knees when he became governor and he's led to a rebound and forged consensus. this is a tragedy that we ought to focus instead of blaming people, what he's doing is creating a strategy to fix it because it's a complete disaster. >> it's hard to fix, the health care of those children at this point. but we thank you x very much, governor bush. next, our close look at the gop in crisis, inside the fight for the future of the republican party. how the brawl for the party's
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ahead in iowa. plus, senator bernie sanders is here, could he deliver early-state upsets to hillary clinton, once considered the inevitable nominee. and the powerhouse roundtable on a possible newcomer on the campaign trail that could seriously shake up both sides of the race. >> announcer: "this week" with george stephanopoulos is connected by blackberry priv. [beekeeper] from bees to business expenses, i'm in charge of it all. so i've been snapping photos of my receipts and keeping track of them in quickbooks. now i'm on top of my expenses,
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as the reality sets in that the republican nominee could really be an outsider, it's an
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republican party. nearly two dozen leading conservative thinkers banding together against trump in the review. while others, like bob dole, warming up to the billionaire, saying he could at least work with congress. support. >> and you know what, there's a point at which, let's be to the establishment. we got to get things done not x. >> george caught up with senator ted cruz on his campaign bus in new hampshire this week and asked the texas senator about why he prefers not to have the support of dole or anyone else in washington? >> you seemed to welcome the attack from bob dole, but how about the argument he's making? he said he believes your candidacy, if you're the nominee is going to cause cataclysmic
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>> he omitted two words, nobody in washington doesn't like cruz. >> that doesn't bother you? >> the biggest divide we got in this country politically it's not between republicans and democrats. it's between career politicians in washington in both parties and the americans. >> somewhere, a lot of republicans are coming around to the idea donald trump would be a more electable nominee -- >> it's not a question of electability, listen to what they're saying. you're right we're saying, the establishment is abandoning marco rubio and they're rushing to donald trump and they have explained why. bob dole yesterday explained why. he said donald trump is someone we can make a deal with, we can cut a deal, we can work with him. listen, if you're someone in this country who thinks we need more republicans in washington to cut a deal with the democrats to agree with harry reid and
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then you ought to vote for donald trump. >> and joining us now, rich lowry, the orchestrated effort to take down the billionaire and republican alex castellanos, campaign strategist to bob dole, george bush and mitt romney, who thought about blocking trump then had a change of heart. >> rich, is ted cruz correct there, you saw that interview with george, has donald trump become the establishment candidate? >> yeah, the reason, martha, we did this issue, we wanted to make two issues. number one, donald trump is not a conservative. and two, we wanted to make the point, not the so-called establishment that's opposing trump, in fact, as we speak, you have elements of the political
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hiding under their desk, figuring out how they can co-op or deal with donald trump. we want to win this election. we want to do it with a consecutive and we think we can. >> rich, you wrote this morning, this is what national review exists to do, to plant the flag for conservativism, have you missed your chance, has trump led for too long? >> i object the notion because he's at 30% at the polls. this thing is effectively over. look, we knew we could get a lot of blowback from this issue. it's particularly rich that donald trump invoked william f. buckley and said buckley would be ashamed of what we have done. in fact, buckley wrote about donald trump in 2000, he called him a nar sissist. >> alex, you have a different
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month, you tried to get an anti-trump thing going, you had no takers. is the gop going to have to live with a trump nominee? >> as much as i love national review, i think they have shown up at the war long after the last shots have been fired here. they're telling the republican party to pull the rip cord long after we have hit the ground and gone splat. seven days to go before the iowa caucus and national review saying, we should be the party of ronald reagan but not donald trump. that's great. i check, reagan is not on the ballot. the choices we have been left with, ted cruz who has thrown the conservative cause under the bus for his own political gain many times and donald trump who some voters are beginning to see as well, he's not ronald reagan, he's not the long-term future of
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the turnaround ceo the interim leader who can clean up our books, keep our country from going bankrupt. >> alex, you wrote just months ago that trump was a power-hungry strong man, why is suddenly the man the gop should trust? >> well, i wrote actually last august, what rich is saying in national review is not news. i wrote trump is a strong man we year. guess what, we don't have any. whose fault is that? i think a lot of the fault actually becomes to conservative intellectual leadership of america. with the conservative cause that an mates the republican party, we don't appeal to young people or millennials. we don't appeal to minorities. we appeal to cranky old white
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>> i want to ask both of you quickly, alex, who's going to be the nominee on the republican side? >> right now, it looks like it's going to be donald trump. by the way, if he's against hillary clinton i would probably support him. >> rich? >> i have no idea. there are good consecutives in this contest. don't surrender to alex to trump just because you couldn't muster these republican donors to go with you because they're too -- >> consecutives are going to stand up, alex. we are going to stand up. don't surrender to donald trump before a shot has been fired. >> that's the perfect way to end. next the case on the democratic side. bernie sanders joins us live as he takes the edge in iowa and
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clinton in both iowa and new hampshire. taking a new tone this weekend and shifting his focus of attacks to republicans. hes he already looking ahead to the general election? good morning, senator sanders. the des moines register has endorsed your opponent, hillary clinton, saying, the presidency is not an entry-level position, whoever is sworn into office next january must demonstrate not only a deep understanding of the issues facing america, but also possess the diplomatic skills that enable presidents to forge alliances to get things down. done. even though the des moines register has never endorsed a democrat has won, that seems directed at you. >> well, you know, i have a lot of respect for the des moines register. but i think, in every instance, we're more than capable of doing the job of president of the united states. foreign policy, let us be clear,
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voted against this disastrous war in iraq. go to youtube and fieptd out what i said in 2002 and feared what happened. much of what i feared in terms of what would happen did happen. hillary clinton voted the other way. in terms of domestic issues, the reason our campaign is generating so much excitement we're focusing on the issues that american people care about that is the decline of the middle class, people are working longer hours for lower wages. that income inequality is sustained by a corrupt campaign finance system. martha -- >> senator sanders, i what want to go back to what you said on foreign policy. the con card paper is endorsing hillary clinton as well. they said you're a foreign policy nave. >> look, for a start, we're
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we're taking on the economic establishment. we're taking on the political establishment. in all due respect, we're taking on the media accomplishment. i expect that secretary clinton will get a lot of the endorsements from main stream media. but i have the endorsement of 2.5 million individual contributions to my campaign. when people are allowed to vote, as they are in martha, i can't argue that the establishment is supporting secretary clinton, that's the way it is. >> senator sanders -- >> saying it's too late for the establishment. >> you have sounded more and more confident and aiming your remarks at republicans as you said. but clinton supporters have focused on you as a -- senator mccaskill said the republicans won't touch him because they can't wait to run an ad with a
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your reaction? >> my reaction is two things. look at every all of the national polls that have been done, that has bernie sanders running against trump. trump. we run significantly better than hillary clinton. last nbc poll had us beating him by 16 points. in new hampshire, we're doing better than that, better than hillary clinton here in iowa. second of all, democrats win when voter turnout is large. republicans win when the american people are demoralized. our campaign is exciting millions of people. we'll have a large voter turnout. i think we cannot only win the white house but regain the senate and regain governor chairs up and down this country. i think this campaign is about who's exciting the american people. >> senator sanders, you said something to your spotters yesterday that caught my ear,
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street journal article calling you a viable candidate, saying, it appears that we are making wall street a little bit nervous and that's a good thing. the article was quoting blackstone ceo, who said the markets are uncemented because of you, a slowdown in china and geoj political risks. you're laughing. i want to know, why is it a good thing that markets are in turmoil? >> martha -- >> it's not just wall street. everybody's affected by this. >> the reason that i am laughing i fully admit to having a big ego, like many other politicians. but the idea that bernie sanders' candidacy, which has growing support all over this country is unsettling world markets is absolutely absurd. the point that i was making we're getting the attention of wall street. wall street's greed and
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behavior drove this economy into the worst recession since the great depression. millions of people lost their homes, life savings and their jobs. i believe we have to break up the major financial institutes. we know gaining the attention of wall street, tell us me that our campaign is doing very well. >> what do you think about the possibility of former mayor michael bloomberg getting in the race? >> well, you know, i think it would be interesting if donald trump became the republican candidate who's a multibillionaire and michael bloomberg became the independent candidate who's a multibillionaire and it will tell people that this country is
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oliog oligocray. >> okay, thank you for joining us this morning, senator sanders. good to see you again. >> thank you. and now, let's bring in the powerhouse roundtable. with me, republican pollster kristen soltis-anderson, michael eric dyson. former michigan governor jennifer granholm and steve ins keep. so much to talk about. let's talk about bernsie sanders and the democrats. polls this week showing bernie sanders beating hillary clinton. clinton has come out fighting. her spotters are questioning his viability. is he a viable candidate, will that work? >> he's the situation, bill clinton when campaigning for his
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rather perceptive point, he was dissing bernie sanders by saying it, sanders has simpler slogans. he's also though admitting to hillary clinton's problem. if you look at an issue to public education just to take an example, sanders has a very simple talking point, he wants to make public colleges and universities free for everyone. hillary clinton wants to make college more affordable but still wants people to pay. it's a different philosophy, really, and it's a little bit harder to talk about and you can see a situation where sanders with that simpler slogan, more direct approach, is more in that moment. he's more about this moment as donald trump is. does that translate to support ultimately? i don't know. >> how about the charges he's a socialist? that the hammer and sickle. not quite the socialist. >> first of all, one, i don't buy the premise that she's losing to bernie sanders in
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if you look at the god father of all predictions nate silver, he gives her an 84% chance of winning iowa. there are headwinds in new hampshire. the socialist label is something that he applies to himself, right in so the, question is, how does that play across america. the governor of missouri tough state, middle of the road state, what they know is the same thing that the republicans know when in the last debate the republicans kept cheering bernie sanders on social media is that hard word. i love bernie sanders, really, i appreciate the fact that''s bringing out young people. if you look at the word socialist the gallup poll did the analysis, what are the characteristics you would vote for in a president? would you vote for an atheist --
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it's even less popular than voting for -- it's an issue. >> so, hillary clinton is saying, socialist, socialist, as they're saying that, but if she loses to a socialist, what does that do to you? >> yeah, well, it's tough sledding to be sure. i don't think that the major prohibition -- the major obstacle for bernie sanders is not going to be the socialist label because he's tracking so well among people, we -- i think the question is, how does hillary clinton tap into the kind of class consciousness and so much the racial rebellion that's out there and figure out a way to engage it and exploit it in the best sense of the word as bernie sanders is making an attempt. on the other hand i think that polling is probably misrepresentative of the larger outside poll.
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one thing, young people have been a driving force behind the sanders' surge, look at these numbers. why don't they consider his support socialism a liability? the monmouth university national poll registered voters who identify themselves as democrats or lean toward the democratic party. clinton 52%. sanders, 81-18. >> bernie sanders doesn't sound like a typical politician. whether it was bernie sanders in this election, or rand paul in the last election. they sound very different and they sound very authentic. voters particularly younger voters find that to appealing. i don't think the socialist label is not necessarily going to do in bernie sanders. young republicans, young voters rather don't really remember the
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when we talk about the hammer and sickle in the ad -- >> remember that simon and garfunkel song. >> but there's a mom in flint who's not going to wait for the revolution to be able to give her child clean water. there's a guy in cleveland who lost his job not able to wait for the revolution. you'll have to wait, even if you brought in a senate, he wouldn't bring in a house, getting stuff done is the thing that moves me, that makes -- that gives me goosebumps. free college for all. her response, why would we give donald trump's kids free college? >> okay, we'll pick up on that in just a minute. because we have more important things to do. our powerhouse puzzler, very appropriate for this snowy weebd. one year since inauguration. which president holds the record
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inauguration dates? bonus points if you can guess the temperature. >> announcer: the powerhouse puzzler is brought to you by
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and we're back with the answer to our powerhouse puzzler, which president holds the record for both the coldest and warmest inauguration dates. kristen, you're up. >> i said reagan. coldest 15 degrees. warmest, 40. >> wow. those are impressive stats. >> those are impressive. >> a good guess. i was really good. i said obama. >> both cold. i asked fdr. >> all three of you can leave. kristen. >> the answer is ronald reagan. anyone want to guess the temperatures? you did. the coldest was 1958 when the morning low was 4 degrees below zero. the warmest was in 1981 when it was a balmy 55 degrees. you were very close. republican inside knowledge.
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now we'll switch to the gop. struggle we saw this week for the heart of the gop, let's just go right to it and steve, inskeep, eight days from now the real test for the candidates. the poll out of iowa friday gives trump the commanding lead in iowa. if trump wins iowa does he become the nominee? >> i don't think that's insured. maybe ted cruz wins somewhere. somebody like jeb bush has a problem. kristen has been very insightful about this. he's arguing that donald trump isn't a conservative. >> how about that support they got. glenn beck friday. palin. what will these endorsements do for the general election? >> whether it's donald trump or ted cruz, i don't think the
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for ted cruz, his support comes much more from tea party-type folks, folks who get concerned about the things that jeb bush brought up earlier today. trump's support comes from the populous wing of the party. there's this big divide on the right. >> mike, very quickly, 20 second and jeb bush keeps saying he's not a true conservative. but the consecutives don't care. donald trump has managed to galvanize an entire range of people outside of the republican party. >> way to stay inside time. thanks to all of you. back in a moment with bob
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cc2 test message it's called an alive day, and this week our abc colleagues and friends, correspondent bob woodruff and cameraman will celebrate their tenth alive day. hard to believe that it was ten years ago, that bob and david were badly injured by a roadside bomb in iraq. that morning after somewhat encouraging calls, i got a call saying that bob might not make it. just as i was heading into the
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program to deliver the news of the bombing. >> good morning, everyone. we have to begin today with some news that has hit close to home at abc news. bob woodruff and his cameraman were reporting today in iraq when their convoy was hit by an i.e.d. >> they were in a convoy with u.s. military from the 4th infantry division. the i.e.d. went off. both immediately injured. both have injuries to the head. we delivered just the facts. but at that moment n a small combat hospital so far away, military surgeons were removing part of bob's skull to relieve the pressure on his brain. once stabilize both bob and doug would begin the journey thousands and thousands of our wounded service members have taken through landstuhl, germany, then finally to
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home. for nearly 40 days bob lay in a coma, his wife lee, their four children and extended family at his side. then slowly and miraculously -- >> he is one special guy. >> after multiple surgeries to rebuild his skull, an intense cognitive surgery. bob was well on his way to recovery. >> good evening. i'm bob woodruff. >> remarkably just over a year later, bob was back on the air. and since has spent the last decade reporting from a around korea. >> we're told that 10,000 to 15,000 have actually come here. >> to deep down a colombian mine. >> that's the most frightened i have been. >> but through it all, bob had never forgot what the military had done for him. who treated him like one of
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bob and lee have devoted their lives to helping our wounded veterans and the families who support them. the bob woodruff foundation, with its annual stand up to heroes gala in new york, has raised more than $30 million. reaching more than 2 million of our veterans and families. >> and i'm proud to be part of that organization and proud that bobd woodruff joins me now from his latest assignment, beijing, where he began his career. happy alive day, my friend and of course to doug who continues to shoot beautiful video for abc. bob, i want your thoughts on this anniversary? >> well, you know, it's been -- it's hard to believe it's been ten years. time has flown past so quickly, so quickly -- i mean, we -- i got so many friends, i talked to my other teammates to celebrate this as well.
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so lucky really to be here at all and to be here, martha, you have been such a huge supporter from the beginning. all of us love you. >> let's talk about those wounded veterans that you have helped. it's remarkable how much you and lee have done and what that's meant for you and your own recovery. >> you know, i think i'll never forget that story. i was in a coma for five weeks as you know, and my wife told me later on, on that same floor, there was an another marine that while we were surrounded by our family and friends, but there was no family members or friends surrounding him and she said to herself and my brothers as well, they said, when we're done with this, let's do something so it doesn't happen. all of our medical care was the same. the surgeons the nurses were amazing. but in terms of how to deal when
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communities, they fit in again and they do that transition well, we got to do some organization. martha, as you also know, this is probably the most fulfilling i have ever done in my life. >> the most fulfilling for me. bob woodruff, thank you very much for joining us, my friend, this morning. that's all for us today. thanks for sharing part of your sunday with us. check out "world news tonight" and we'll see you back here next week.
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