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i have a good chance of getting new york, as an example. virginia. i'll get pennsylvania. i'll get michigan. came down. i'm at 48. the sitting senator is at 11 or 12, and a former governor is in the 8s. >> you may be getting a lot of the last-minute votes going your way. how does it feel? >> well, we've always felt great about our campaign here. we continue to feel that it's growing in support. we'll see what it leads to on monday night. ted cruz is clearly the front-runner going into the night. he has 10,000 volunteers on the ground. he's spent an exother tant amount of time here. and has gotten every endorsement he wanted. we know it's a tough hill to climb but we feel good about our campaign and very positive about what it means going into new hampshire. we'll be leaving aas soon as the caucus is over and we'll be in new hampshire ready to work. >> sounds like you're setting there.
what do you think of that? >> other than the fact that i -- it's kind of bizarre. ted is leading in a lot of the polls. he has a vast organization here and has spent a lot of money. his campaign has bragged repeatedly about how well they'll do here. it's strange that at the last moment they've pivoted all their attacks against me. they took a video of an interview i did in 2007 in florida and clipped it so it makes it sound like i support cap and trade. this has already been lampooned and mocked for years because others have tried to do the same thing. it's strange and a last-minute desperation attack. i don't understand why. he's got such a strong organization here in iowa but it's all fine. we feel good about it. >> make it means you must be doing something right? >> we've taken more than anybody else in attacks. jeb bush's super pac has spent close to $30 million on
every other attack on every candidate combined. you add ted cruz's attacks. when people don't attack a candidate that has no chance to win. we feel good about it and feel even better it's having no impact and we're continuing to work and move forward with our message. we're going to close strong here with our message. we like where that leads. we look forward to moving on to new hampshire and south carolina, which comes up shortly after that. >> let me ask you about those jeb bush attacks from his super pac. spent a lot of money attacking you. steven hayes of the "the weekly standard" said the lasting legacy of those attacks may be to make donald trump the nominee. what do you think of that? >> well, trump did the i don't believe will be the nominee. that said, yeah, jeb has the right to spend his money any way he wants. i think people have noticed that it's close to $30 million of attack ads against me. i knew that when i got into this race that the establishment, many people in the republican establishment didn't want me to run. they thought i needed to wait my turn or wait in line.
years of barack obama, this was years of barack obama, this was no time for patience. it was a time for action. and so i ran and i knew that i would face some of this. this is big dollar checks that were written into that super pac. i'm sure some of the people that wrote those checks are disappointed and others, perhaps, this is what they intended all along. in the end, this election is in god's hands, as everything is. we'll do our very best and we're confident about where that leads. >> i'm alex trebek. if you're age 50 to 85, this is an important message. write down the number on your screen. the lock i want to talk to you about isn't the one on your door. it's a rate lock for your life insurance that guarantees your rate can never go up at any time, for any reason. but be careful. many policies you see
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>> wherever i go in iowa, you know the crowds are always packed. >> god bless the great state of iowa. >> reporter: no matter how many supporters show up at their rallies -- >> i am thrilled to be here at marian. >> the weather is vermont weather. thank you, iowa. >> reporter: the only crowd count that really matters is on caucus night. >> so, there are 20 precincts in west des moines. >> reporter: in des moines clinton supporter, julie, is schooling her fellow caucus captains. >> our ultimate goal, as it says on a number of different papers s to get more people for hillary. >> hi. how are you? >> reporter: they need training because caucuses are a little confusing. >> what's a caucus? >> i mean, why not just vote? >> it means a meaning of chieftains. >> reporter: the good wife tried to explain in a recent episode. >> literally a gathering of neighbors trying to convince each other to support their candidate. >> reporter: even the sanders campaign attempted to sum it up
>> prove them wrong and caucus for bernie. >> it's going to be [ bleep ] awesome! >> reporter: here are the basics. for republicans, it's simple. voters express their preference and the process ends there. for democrats, though, it's more complicated. iowans separate into camping according to the candidate they support. any candidate who doesn't hit 15% in that precinct is eliminated and that candidate's supporters can then choose to back someone else. >> approach them with a show of respect for their candidate and for them. >> reporter: a unique process where neighbors convince neighbors to switch sides. >> have you heard about bernie sanders at all? >> reporter: the more precincts you win, the more delegates you get. that plays into the strategy. for the sanders campaign, for example, they have lined up volunteer drivers to take college students from their college towns to their hometowns to caucus.
support will be more spread out across the state. >> with more on the race in iowa, here's major garrett. >> we are going to make america great again. >> we need a political >> reporter: welcome to the presidential campaign that breaks all the rules. >> let me say, i'm a maniac. >> reporter: there's the, you can't say that rule. donald trump breaks it almost daily. >> isis is making a tremendous amount of money. i would bomb the [ bleep ] out of them. >> reporter: no oval office vacancy for socialists. >> bernie! >> reporter: tell bernie sanders. >> a democratic socialist certainly can and will be. >> reporter: and armada of campaign cash and famous last name can never help. >> incomes went up for everybody. >> reporter: then the all men rule. clinton has the best chance in history to break a 240-year-old glass ceiling. presidential politics, governors
supposed to have not built-in advantages. after 9/11. >> reporter: it worked for george w. bush, bill clinton, ronald reagan and jimmy carter, but not bobby jindal, and scott walker. they've all dropped out. while democrat martin o'malley struggles in single digits. and most bizarre of all -- >> donald trump has chosen not to attend this evening's presidential debate. >> reporter: attendance at a prime time televised debate isn't even mandatory. >> is it for me personally a good thing, a bad thing? will i get more votes? will i get less votes? nobody knows. who the hell knows. >> if i'm elected president. >> reporter: what go governing experience, politicians with the least, ted cruz, marco rubio, trump and even ben carson, have turned that question upside down. the only rule that seems to apply is the old rules no longer >> hi.
>> reporter: new ones are being written daily and the improvisational results in iowa and down the road are anyone's guess. by one count there have been 60,000 political ads run in iowa alone. one series of tv commercials is standing out. here's dean reynolds. >> this election is about the essence of america. about all of us who feel out of place in our own country. >> i have spent my life fighting for children, families and our country. >> there are those who say we cannot defeat a corrupt political system and fix a rigged economy. >> reporter: if you're lucky enough to live in iowa or new hampshire, political ads like these are just about all you see on television now. >> hippo-crit. one belose. >> reporter: all while, they all begin to sound the same. >> hi.
bank roll my political career tell me i'm running for president, so here i am. >> reporter: wait. what was that? >> i may not be qualified to be president but a dramatic camera angle can make me look like a president. >> reporter: he's not running for president, he's an actor. it's a satire that's been viewed more than 3 million times on social media. >> ideas, policies, morals. these are things i don't need. what i need is $2 billion. >> reporter: it makes you chuckle but there is a serious point to his pitch. >> he's just shining a light on how politicians are routinely being bribed by special interest lobbyists and swaying their votes in their favor and the people who are left out are, we, the american people. >> reporter: josh silver is the director of represent us, the grassroots organization behind gil fullbright that's working to
influence of monied interests in american politics. silver is talking about the strategy to basically end-run washington and begin by focusing on local government. building a movement from the ground up. >> we know that washington is not going to fix this problem any time soon. they don't fix anything any time soon these days. the only place there's a bright light is in the city and statements. >> reporter: from its office in florence, massachusetts, represent us, brought together an unlikely alliance. the group's advisers include republicans, democrats, prominent members of occupy wall street and the tea party. even disgraced lobbyist jack abramoff who served several years in federal prison after being convicted of conspiracy to bribe members of congress. dan is the political director of represent us. do you find that this is a
>> i'm a republican. and conservatives are fed up with the amount of corruption, the fraud, the waste and abuse in government. we're all essentially paying a corruption tax because of the -- of those problems in government. so, we want reform. >> reporter: represent us wants to stop elected officials taking money from special interests they regular. bar them from taking jobs from taking office, at least for several years, limit their donations from lobbyists and force organizations which fund political advertising to disclose their donors. >> we know that politicians are spending most of their time raising money, listening to donors. they need to listen to us. >> reporter: in november represent us backed reforms passed in maine, seattle and san francisco. and there are plans for more ballot initiatives this year. >> hi. >> reporter: honest gil not actually running and you can't actually vote for him.
kentucky senate race. >> i have a deep-seeded love for kentucky that is directly proportional to the amount of money i raise there, 25%. >> reporter: but he was so successful back then as a fund-raising vehicle for the represent us cause that he's been elevated to the big time. >> they said, do you want to run for president? i said, okay, sure, why not? so, now i'm running for president. >> reporter: gil fulbright will be reminding us of that for the next year. . that's a promise he intends to keep. >> i promise that i will work every day to suddenly misdirect that anger so my big money donors can continue to rip you off. >> "the cbs overnight news" will be right back. aco tuesday. man: you're not coming. i took mucinex to help get rid of my mucusy congestion. i'm go od all day. [announcer:] mucinex keeps working. not 4, not 6, but 12 hours. let's end this dry spray? that's fun.
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tomorrow is groundhog day. communities across the nation will spring is right around the corner. the tradition started in punxsutawney, pennsylvania, in the 1800s, but for one town in wisconsin, the whole event almost ended last year. here's steve hartman. >> reporter: when you think of groundhog day, you probably don't think of sun prairie, wisconsin, but there's as much passion here as punxsutawney. they have a wooden woodchuck in the town square. the local bakery sells groundhog cakes. in fact, the only thing they're missing is a real groundhog.
you may remember him from last year when then-mayor lent him his ear, and he took it. >> he suggests -- he says that -- that he didn't see his shadow. >> reporter: shortly after chewing his way through the mayor's ear, the sun prairie groundhog chewed his way through a metal cage and escaped. naturally, the town wanted a replacement woodchuck. and who wouldn't, if a woodchuck could be found. which apparently is easier said than done >> you cannot capture it to exhibit it. >> reporter: sun prairie's groundhog day event planner -- >> memorabilia from years past. >> reporter: she says they started celebrating in 1949 using groundhogs they caught. >> it's been a tradition ever since. >> reporter: but now it's not so easy getting a live groundhog >> it becomes very complicated. >> reporter: there's more than one license? >> oh, yes, there's more than one type of license. >> reporter: she says you need one from the state, one from the federal government, and if you can't find a certified groundhog breeder in your area -- >> so then you would need an import license.
about the groundhog ceremony -- >> reporter: the new mayor says it's hardly worth the effort. not just because of all the red tape or because he's concerned about his own ears. >> after last year -- >> reporter: he says it's simply not humane to hold up groundhogs like we do. >> i don't like that. no. >> reporter: his proposal? >> he's a wild animal >> reporter: to chuck the entire woodchuck idea completely. >> maybe we'll have somebody in a groundhog costume. >> reporter: what about a gerbil, would you have a problem with a gerbil? >> he's domesticated so i wouldn't. >> february 2nd isn't gerbil day. it's a groundhog. >> that's the way it's always been and that's the way i like it. >> reporter: around sun prairie groundhog of some sort. >> reporter: the consensus is clear. what do you think of a groundhog celebration without no groundhog? >> it would just be winter from there on. >> reporter: ahh. and you were worried about climate change. fortunately, ty did find a loaner groundhog for next week's
mayor, any time. it's one of the nhl's enforcers. john scott has spent plenty of time on the ice dolg out punishment and fighting. so, when fans voted him a captain in yesterday's all-star game, some thought it might hurt the league's image. >> reporter: john scott was never supposed to land in the all-star game. he's an enforcer, a so-called goon, hired for his muscle, not his hockey skills. >> i'm not normal all-star. i'm more of a grinder in the i obviously fight and do pretty well at that. >> reporter: pat iverson covers the nhl for sb nation.
john scott is bad. if he's so bad, how did he end up as captain of the pacific team at the all-stars? >> well, the nhl left the fan vote up to the internet. why don't we try to pick the worst player we could possibly think of, and that happened to be john scott. >> reporter: the nhl apparently wanted hockey stars in the all-stars, not brawlers. in fact, the league is trying to distance the game from fights on ice. they and his team, arizona coyotes, asked him to bow out. he wouldn't. >> my gm said, i got bad news. we traded you to the montreal canadiens so it came as kind of a shock. >> reporter: traded and sent to the minors in newfoundland which meant he was no longer able to play in the all-stars. how did the fans react to the john scott trade? >> it was swift and very -- very angry. his wife is pregnant with twins
of shoved around by the big wigs of the league. >> reporter: so the nhl backtracked, back to the position fans put him in. he'll play and, perhaps, even win. that would mean he'd take home more than $90,000 in prize that might come in handy now that his major league career's in jeopardy. >> this is it. hockey. i have a degree in engineering. >> that's a train. where did that come from? >> reporter: for now, the unlikely all-star is focused on enjoying his far-fetched moment in the spotlight. >> it's kind of weird that i'm here and definitely kind of an anomaly. >> reporter: maybe, but exactly how hockey fans like it. cbs news, new york. that is the "overnight news" for this monday. for some of you, the news continues. for others, check back a little later for the morning news and "cbs this morning." from the broadcast center in new