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>> while insurgents start to back ted cruz. >> the washington establishment knows who's willing to keep the gravy train going. >> donald trump joins me this morning. plus, now it's the democrats' turn to worry and sanders surges. >> we are doing far, far, far better than hillary clinton
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other republican candidates. >> their establishment frets over nominating a socialist and wonder what is wrong with hillary clinton. >> i'm not interested in ideas that sound good on paper but will never make in the the real world. >> both hillary clinton and bernie sanders are with this morning. and if you thought this campaign could not get any more unpredictable, look who's considering jumping in, former new york city mayor michael bloomberg. joining us are nbc k'ssten welker, also from nbc kasie hunt and david brooks of the "new york times." trump versus cruz, clinton versus sanders, eight days to iowa. welcome to sunday, it's "meet the press." we've dug out so good sunday morning and welcome to the blizzard edition of "meet the
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with one week to go to iowa, both parties are in a bit of a panic mode. the republicans are fractured. with the establishment thinking the unthinkable. the best way to stop ted cruz might be to back -- donald trump. mr. trump will join me on that issue. but we'll start with the democrats where a more traditional split has developed, think carter/kennedy, gore/bradlee, even clinton/obama. if the clinton folks think they've seen this all before, perhaps they have, in 2008, again, clinton's big lead in iowa and a big lead in new hampshire seem to have vanished. again, clinton's big lead in iowa and new hampshire seem to have vanished. again she appears to face an enthusiasm gap and again the hand wringing among her supporters has begun over what's going wrong. if that weren't enough, the "new york times" is reporting michael bloomberg is considering a run at the white house in part because of clinton's troubles. this morning, there is good news for clinton. she won the endorsement of the
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marco rubio on the republican side but one would argue the "des moines register" would probably is a greater impact among democratic caucusgoers. joining me from iowa is hillary clinton. madam secretary, welcome back. >> thank you, chuck. it's good to talk with you this morning. >> you got it. let me start with this. your opponent 74 years old, calls himself a socialist, you started this campaign with next to zero name recognition. you have 12 of 18 democratic governors supporting you. he has zero. what happened? what's gone wrong? save me the we always knew this was going to be a close race answer. >> i think it's actuly good
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i'm pursuing the opportunity to reach every single voter in iowa and we'll see what happens. i feel good about where we are. obviously, we'll find out a week from tomorrow. if you look at the differences between senator sanders and myself, we can't wait to make progress on the myriad of issues we'll be facing in the next administration. i want to build on the promise president obama has made and he has a different approach. that's what voters are trying to determine, which they prefer. >> the caucuses sometimes are about passion, enthusiasm. something in "the new york times" from gayle collins. "nerlt nevertheless, you can't ignore the fact that hillary clinton is the candidate of the aging democratic establishment whose supporters pray for a low turnout on the election day. that might get her nominated in the long run but it's not the kind of image that makes you go whis whistling into the election booth." by the way, she wrote that in 2008.
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2008, madam secretary. is there a deja vu happening here? >> no, there isn't. i can only react to what i'm doing, the responses we have from people. i feel great we have the level of enthusiasm that we do and we also have a really good team on the ground that has been working for months to make sure it's not just here today, gone tomorrow. but people are involved. they are really reached out to and we believe they're going to come caucus. the speculation and all the rest of it is entertaining, i admit that. but we're going to keep moving forward and do the work we think is going to be successful on february 1st. >> are you worried that experience, your long resume, is not an asset in this wild year? >> no, i'm really not. i think at the end of the day people take this vote seriously.
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they prefer to be the next president and commander in chief, and i believe that when i am out there talking with people about what we have to go up against here at home, get economy working for everybody, not just those at the top, begin to raise incomes, which hasn't happened, deal with health care, going from 90% coverage, which is what we have under the affordable care act now, to 100% and i lay out what i intend to do to get there, i can only tell you they see people nodding, i know people are signing up as they leave my events. that's what matters here. it's very personal, and people look and they think, can we imagine this person to be president and commander in chief? and because of my experience, particularly my years as secretary of state working with president obama, i think that's something that people really take into account. >> what are you willing to -- you know, it's interesting, your husband used a lot of political capital -- you and your husband used a lot of political capital to do health care. president obama, arguably, used all of his political capital to
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what is it? what is the one issue you are going to be willing to use all your political capital to focus on? you and i both know you basically have one big shot at one big issue. what is it that you're willing to use all your political capital to do with? >> well, chuck, first of all, i don't agree with you on that. i think there are several really important issues, health care being one of them. we've got to get costs down. i met a man on friday who no longer can afford to pay for his hiv medication. i met a woman yesterday whose bill she has taken for 25 years has gone from a couple hundred for $14,000 for the same amount of the drug. that really hits my heart. i know what people are going through. i'll use whatever tools i can to get us lower prices, cap prescription drug companies and take that on. but i'm also going to focus on the economy because unless we create more jobs and get incomes
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that it doesn't in so many ways tilt toward the wealthy, people are not going to get ahead, they're not going to feel they're getting ahead and they're going to still believe the government is rigged against them which is bad for our democracy. >> as you know, your opponent senator sanders has been hitting you on wall street contributions and including some paid speeches you did for goldman sachs among other banks. let me ask you this -- why do you think one of these big banks paid you over $200,000 for a speech? >> well, look, i gave speeches to a wide array of groups from health care groups to auto dealers and many, many more, and i think what they were interested in because what we talked about was the world coming off of four years as secretary of state in a complicated world, people were interested in what i saw, what i thought, they asked questions about matters that were on their
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a lot of interest in the bin laden raid, how such a tough decision was made and what i advised the president. you know, i think americans who are doing business in every aspect of the economy want to know more about the world. i actually think it's a good conversation for people to be having. >> you don't think they expect anything in return? >> absolutely not. you know, first of all, i was a senator from new york. i took them on when i was senator. i took on the carried interest loophole. i took on what was happening in the mortgage markets. i was talking about that in 2006. they know exactly where i stand. and i'll tell you, chuck, it's really interesting to me that now karl rove has taken money from the financial interest to run an ad against me to influence democrats not to support me. why? ask yourself why. he knows number one i know what must be done and number two i know how to get it done to make sure that wall street writ large, not just the banks but the investment banks, hedge funds and everybody else, no longer can wreck our economy the way they did in 2008. >> two more quick questions. the "des moines register"
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your experience, did bring up the e-mail issue as one of those things that they're frustrated with how you responded to it. let me just ask you this question. last week you were asked about the fbi investigation. are you concerned? you said you haven't been contacted by them. are you concerned this investigation is taking too long? that it's putting an extra cloud over your candidacy and until it gets behind you, you're going to have these issues and michael bloomberg even cited it as a reason why he's thinking about running. >> no, i'm not concerned because i know what the facts are. i never sent or received any material marked "classified." i cannot control what the republicans leak and what they are contending. and i thought it was interesting, chuck -- you'll as a political observer understand why -- back a couple months ago kevin mccarthy spilled the beans that the benghazi investigation was all about bringing me down, something that i suspected but i
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hours, answered all their questions, and even they admitted there was nothing new. and now senator grassley shows up at a trump rally yesterday in iowa. he's the chairman of the judiciary committee who has -- and his staff have been behind and pushing a lot of these stories, and announces he's there for the simple reason, to defeat me. i can't control what the republicans are doing. but i know what the facts are and i will just keep putting them out there. this is something that i think is very clear about what happened and i know it will be over and resolved at some point. but i can't control what the republicans and their allies do. but i think it's important voters know what they're doing. >> and michael bloomberg? your reaction to his potential candidacy? >> he's a good friend of mine, and i'm going to do the best i can to make sure that i get the nomination, and we'll go from there. >> so you're not worried about him getting in? >> well, the way i read what he
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nomination he might consider it. well, i'm going to relieve him of that and get the nomination so he doesn't have to. >> madam secretary, stay safe on the trail. we'll catch up with you soon. >> thank you, good to talk to you. >> now let's turn to her chief opponent, senator bernie sanders, also on the campaign trail in dubuque, iowa. senator, good morning to you. i want to start with getting your reaction. i've not heard your reaction to this. your colleague, senator claire mccaskell, said that republicans were licking their chops getting ready. essentially "they won't touch him right now because they can't wait to run an ad with a hammer and a sickle." what do you say to her? >> well, what i say to her is that if she would look at the matchups taking place between bernie sanders and donald trump right now she would find that we were 15 points ahead of them nationally, that in states -- tossup states, battleground states like iowa and new hampshire or even further ahead
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look forward to a race against donald trump, a guy who does not want to raise the minimum wage but wants to give hundreds of billions of dollars in tax breaks to the top two-tenths of one percent who thinks wages in america are too high and who thinks that climate change is a hoax invented by the chinese. chuck, there would be nothing more in this world that i would like to take on donald trump. we would beat him and we would beat him badly. >> but as you know, a lot of democrats are concerned and not a single one of them has endorsed your candidacy, i just read through that. not a single democratic senator has endorsed your candidacy. not a single democratic governor has endorsed your candidacy. what does that tell you? >> it tells me that we are taking on the political establishment, we're taking on the economic establishment, the financial interest in this country and we're taking on the corporate establishment. that is what is unique about
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trying to make a political revolution bring millions of people into the political process that washington and all ofse on that our campaign is generating so much interest and enthusiasm is people think it's time that we take on the establishment. take on wall street, take on big money interests. and that's why i believe we're doing as well as we are. >> well, you have been calling for political revolution and there have been some critiques over it, though, that you're sort of narrow in where you call for revolution. ta-nehisi coates, one of the more respected thinkers in the civil rights movement these days wrote in the "the atlantic" why aren't you for reparations for having to -- because of slavery for african-americans when you're calling for economic justice on so many other levels?
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issue? >> well, for the same reason that barack obama has, the same reason i believe that hillary clinton has. that is that it's absolutely wrong and unacceptable that we have so much poverty in this country and it is even worse in the african-american community. that african-american kids between 17 and 20 who graduate high school have unemployment rates and underemployment rates of 51%. that 36% of african-american children are living in poverty. this is an issue that we have got to address. and my intention as president of the united states is to be very aggressive in dealing with those issues. to put our kids to work rather than see them go to jail. to improve our schools. that's what we have to do and i think that's what the american people want. >> i understand that. but you didn't understand the question why you were -- why you weren't in favor of reparations. >> well, again, the same reason that the president is not and i think hillary clinton is not. >> what is that reason? >> we have got to invest in the future.
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address poverty in america, something that very few people talk about and especially poverty in the african-american community and the latino community. if you look at my record, and if you look at my agenda, raising the minimum wage to 15 bucks an hour, focusing on high rates of youth unemployment, i think our candidacy is the candidacy talking to the issues of the african-american community. >> well, let me ask you, though, many african-americans hear that and some will say okay, he's talking about major economic justice but an african-american raises his hand and says can't get that through congress, can't deal with this because it's politically very difficult, a lot of your other plans will be politically difficult if not impossible. >> well, look, this is what i think: that is looking at politics today as a zero-sum approach.
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country is say, you know what? in the last election, 63% of the american people didn't vote. 80% of young people didn't vote in the midterm elections. that is why the rich get richer and that is why billionaires were able to buy elections. what we are trying to is do the say that in american democracy maybe it's a radical idea but congress should represent working families and the middle-class rather than just wealthy campaign contributors. so, chuck, what i am trying to do now is change the dynamics of american politics, bring millions of young people, working class people into stand up and fight for their rights. when you that, yes, we can raise the minimum wage, we can create jobs. we can make public colleges and universities tuition free. that is what we have got to do. >> in 1988, you talked about a major difference between yourself and, at the time, the sort of insurgent candidate on the democratic party, jesse jackson. and you simply said "jesse believes that serious social
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democratic party. i don't." do you still believe that? >> well, obviously not, i'm running for president of the united states in the democratic party. and, by the way, when you talk about my relationship to the african-american community, check out how many white public officials, elected officials, supported jesse jackson in 1988. i did. and he won my state of vermont, he came to vermont, jesse jackson is a friend of mine. i thought he ran a brilliant campaign. but what my view is right now and the decision that i made as the longest-serving independent in the history of the united states congress, i said if we are going to win this race, we have to do it within the democratic primary process, that's what we're doing. >> and if you win, apparently you're going to have a third candidate in the race. michael bloomberg has vowed if you are on your way to the nomination, he's running as an independent. what's your reaction? >> well, my reaction is that there will be -- if donald trump wins and mr. bloomberg gets in,
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multibillionaires running for president of the united states against me. and i think the american people don't want to see our nation move toward an oligarchy where billionaires control the political process. i think we'll win that election. >> bernie sanders, i'll leave it there. from dubuque, iowa, we'll see you next week, i imagine, as we head to iowa to find out what happens. thank you, sir, stay safe on the trail. >> thank you. when we come back, trump versus cruz, each guy knows the other is the obstacle to the nomination. donald trump joins me next. welcome to the world 2116, you can fly across town in minutes or across the globe in under an hour. whole communities are living on mars and solar satellites provide earth with unlimited clean power. in less than a century, boeing took the world from seaplanes to space planes, across the universe and beyond. and if you thought that was amazing,
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see if you're eligible for 12 months free at mybreo.com. welcome back, as tight as the democratic contest is, it's the republican race that's become to resemble the end of a quentin tarantino movie, think "reservoir dogs" where everybody winds up shooting everybody else. jeb bush spent millions attacking marco rubio. rubio has blasted chris christie with super pac adds. christie has questioned rubio's work ethic saying "dude, show up to work." donald trump ridiculed bush for being low energy. bush called trump a jerk. and then the non-aggression pact between trump and ted cruz crashed with each attacking the other. in fact, here's the latest trump ad going after cruz on immigration. . >> sounded like you wanted the bill to pass? >> of course i wanted the bill to pass. what -- my amendment to pass. what my amendment did --
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>> -- is take citizenship off the table but it doesn't mean -- it doesn't mean i supported the other aspects of the bill. >> and here's a cruz ad hitting trump on greed. >> i think imminent domain is wonderful. >> it made him rich, like when trump colluded with atlantic city insiders to bulldoze the home of an elderly widow. trump won't change the system, he's what's wrong with it. joining me on the phone right now is donald trump. mr. trump, welcome back to "meet the press." >> good morning, and i have to tell you, his ad is wrong because i never knocked down that house. i wanted to get the house to build a major building that would have employed tremendous numbers of people but when the woman didn't want to sell ultimately i said forget about it. so he's got me bulldozing down a house, i never bulldozed it down. it's false advertising. >> all right, i think the accusation was that's what you wanted to do -- >> no, the accusation was i wanted to and did do it. you know, if you didn't have
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haven't highways, the keystone pipeline because they need it if it's going to be built. you wouldn't have roads, schools, hospitals, i mean, i don't love imminent domain but you need it or you don't have a country. >> this race between you and ted cruz, hent wants to make it about who's the real conservative. here's what he said yesterday when it comes to you and conservatism. i want to get you to react to it. here he is. >> perhaps one of the reasons that the washington establishment is rushing so quickly behind donald trump is supporter. foundation. he's actively supported hillary candidate. he supported chuck schumer, he supported andrew cuomo, he ed ed rahm emanuel so they know he will cut a deal. >> i know you've embraced the idea of cutting a deal but some conservatives fear you're not a conservative, that 60 years you weren't a conservative, you've only been one the last eight or
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>> most conservatives love me or i wouldn't be having the poll numbers -- fox just came out, their numbers are through the roof. i would haven't the poll numbers i have that. i am a conservative but i get along with people. ted cannot get along with people at all. the biggest problem he has, he's a nasty guy, nobody likes him. not one republican senator. he works with them everyday. not one republican senator endorsed ted cruz. when you think of it, that's impossible to believe. not one. >> i'm curious. you've been theying into cruz the last ten days on this issue. for six months you talked about how much you liked ted cruz. >> he was very nice to me and i kept saying when is it going to happen, ted? i was waiting because i want to counterpunch. i don't want to be the first one. and during the debate which everyone said i won he got nasty and started hitting me and i hit him back. anything i said was okay to him. anything i said and he was really -- look i had people that
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i like the candidates on a personal basis. during that period of time i said come on, ted, when is it going to happen? i understand ted, ted is a nasty guy who is not a very well-liked person. >> it sounded like -- you said you wouldn't vote for him if he's the nominee. is that true? >> i talked about the fact that i'm not sure that i can vote for him because as you know, he has a major issue. in fact, illinois is looking at it seriously. i don't know if he's going to be okay to run in illinois in the state of illinois. he was born in canada, he was born on canadian soil, he was a citizen of canada -- >> can you sign a pledge? >> chuck, chuck -- >> can you sign a pledge that you will support the republican nominee? >> that was relating to canada. the question was that and relating to canada. the question is whether or not he can run. i tell you something, from the standpoint of voters in iowa and new hampshire and all these places that have to vote, how
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how can you do it when you don't even know if that candidate is able to run. laurence tribe from harvard said it's totally unsettled law. a number of top constitutional lawyers have come out recently over the last few days and said he's not allowed to run, he was born in canada, he can't run. so there's a real question and i said he should get a declaratory judgment. he has to do something because how can you have a campaign when it's very possible you are not allowed to run. >> let me ask you about "national review," i've seen your tweets, i know how you feel about the magazine and how you feel about this issue. let me get you to respond to one quote from erick erickson. he writes this "like the angels in heaven who rejoice for every new believer, we should rejoice for donald trump's conversion to conservatism, but we should not put a new conservative in charge of conservatism or the country. what do you tell conservatives that will make them believe you
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convenient or unpopular. >> well, that's not an insulting quote. it really is. i was going to hit him hard. it wasn't an insulting quote. the "national review" is a failing magazine and you get that. they did it because i'll get nice publicity. i'll say this, ronald reagan, he was a somewhat liberal democrat and over the years he evolved and became a fairly conservative -- not overly -- but fairly conservative republicans. he became a great president also and i've evolved and a lot of people changed positions on things over the years and by the way, ted cruz has changed his position. he was a very, very -- he was very weak on illegal immigration. and now all of a sudden because of my stance he got strong but cruz was weak on immigration now he got stronger. so let's see what happens.
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reagan, i use the name ronald reagan and that's pretty good to me. >> you know, just about -- well, about 15, 20 minutes ago mitt romney put out a tweet saying four years ago today he put out his tax returns and he believes that every 2016 candidate should release their returns before the first contest. just so you know, every nominee, mr. trump, has released their tax returns going back to 1980, but clinton, by the way, hillary clinton, we have every tax return that her name has been on since 1977 in the public domain. will you release any of your tax returns for the public to scrutinized but? >> well, we're working on that now. i have very big returns and i have everything all approved and very beautiful and we're working on that over the next period of time, chuck. absolutely. >> what's the period of time? before the voting begins? >> i don't know, this is not like a normal tax return, this is a big tax return and i will say this and i'm very proud to say it, i think the country is run horribly, i hate what they
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everybody else, i try and pay as little tax as possible because i hate what they do with my tax money. i hate the way they spend our money, the way they give it to iraq, the way they give it to iran, the way they give it to -- everything. they give it to everybody. >> you are going to release it? >> i hate the way our politicians spend our money. i hate the way they give it away to everybody but us. we have to rebuild our country. >> but you will release it? >> and i say it and a reporter said "that's the most refreshing answer i've ever heard on taxes." because everyone tries to build it up, like mitt romney, he built it up, tries to build up how much he pays. it doesn't work that way. at the appropriate time you'll be satisfied. >> finally i have to ask you about bloomberg. what do you make of the idea that if you're the nominee, if sanders is the nominee, that would inspire mr. boomberg to go third party. >> michael has been a friend of mine over the years. i don't know if we're friends
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i would love to have him run. i would love that competition. i'd do very well against it. i would love to see michael bloomberg run. >> all right, you embrace its. mr. trump, i'll leave it there. stay safe on the trail, see you next week in iowa. >> thank you very much. >> you got it. back in a moment, folks, with more on the republican race and the republican party's bank shot strategy of late. support donald trump now to defeat cruz then hope somehow you can defeat trump later. good luck with that. we'll be back. jake reese, " day to feel alive" jake reese, " day to feel alive"
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it's possible the republican field can be narrowed down to two candidates. both camps are making the electability argument. who's right? let's look at cruz. according to our latest nbc news
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among these five groups the republican party has struggled to win, cruz is underwater across the board. more people have an unfavorable view than a favorable one. that's bad news for the republicans, right? but now here is how trump's numbers look among the same groups. the negatives are much worse. look at where he is among african-americans. his net negative rating is 72 points in the wrong direction. in fact, trump's best numbers in these groups of voters, independents, suburban voters and latinos, his worst numbers are still better than cruz's worst numbers -- excuse me cruz's worst numbers are better than trump's worst numbers. so looking at it by the data at least suggests trump would start a general election campaign in a much deeper hole than ted cruz. when we come back, the republican party's double bank shot plan to support donald trump now in order to beat him later. and can you explain why you recommend synthetic over cedar? "super food?" is that
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. welcome back. while the democrats are experiencing the traditional mainstream versus insurgent split, the republican party is in a much different place. it appears totally talk from which you ared. the establishment is willing to back trump, at least temporarily, in order to beat ted cruz now. then they'll worry about how to beat trump later. let me bring in the panel, mr. fix, political reporter for the "washington post," two of our campaign reporters, i got them
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kristen welker who has been covering the clinton campaign a lot and kasie hunt, we've had you all over the place, most recently with mr. sanders and david brooks, columnist in for the "new york times." welcome to you all. before we get things started, we have this great little trump versus cruz this week. it's nasty and personal. take a look. >> right now the washington establishment is is abandoning marco rubio. they made the assessment marco can't win this race and the washington establishment is rushing over to support donald trump. >> his new line of attack is that i've become establishment. give me a break. [ laughter ] because bob dole is a terrific guy and said trump will do better than cruz which i -- believe he me, i will do better than cruz. >> if, as a voter, you think what we need is more republicans in washington to cut a deal with harry reid and nancy pelosi and chuck schumer, i guess donald trump is your guy. >> guys like ted cruz will never make a deal because he's a strident guy. "no, you cannot have that."
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surged, as donald's numbers keep dropping, he's getting more and more rattled. >> he's a very try strident person, nobody likes him. >> david brooks, before "national review" came out, you came out earlier in the week beggings by clay all of the -- the governing wing of the republican party you called this'm to revolt against both. >> this is going to go on for a long time. this is the iran/iraq war, i want them both to lose. i think that's going to happen. i'm the last person in america. this is not trump/cruz. this is going to go on for months and months and months. if you have a attacking b and b attacking a -- >> who's c? >> it'm telling you, it will be rubio. right now you have the conflict between the philosophical conservative wing, which is the "national review" crowd, and the rogue wing, which is talk radio and trump. so it's interesting to see how that breaks down. right now trump has the
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than it was 10 years ago. the financial crisis has hit people hard and they want a government on the side of the liberal guy as long as it's not filled with liberal values but trump in the short term. do not panic. there will be months of this. wait for rubio. >> if you are part of the republican establishment, you should not go through this scenario that you just talked about, chuck, this triple bank shot. what you want is in my opinion trump versus cruz for an extended period of time. this idea that well, okay, we'll get rid of cruz and handle trump, if trump wins, iowa, new hampshire, south carolina, there is no handling. the race is effectively over. i think you want cruz to win iowa, then trump wins new hampshire, then it's a muddle. that's the way that a rubio emerges. this idea that trump will win the first four or five states, we'll get rid of cruz and insert our candidate, that doesn't seem to be likely. >> kasie, you've been covering the republican side for a while. david -- i feel like he is the last man standing. i am starting to question
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even find a candidate. >> i think that's why you're seeing so many of them turn and focus on trying to figure out, okay, would i be okay with donald trump? most of them feel that trump -- and he said this again in his interview, trump's attack, that cruz is a nasty guy, is ultimately right. they all feel like he's a nasty guy and they feel like while some of those numbers you schroeder showed showed trump's egg in tifrs overwhelmingly, they feel that it could be worse. >> i think ha what's interesting in my conversation with republican members of the establishment, they have shifted their own when they talk about trump. they're now saying he's the best person to make deals, he's someone who we can work with whereas cruz is not. and he's also -- >> that's panic! that's establishment panic. >> that makes no -- >> we have such a sum establishment. >> by the way, you will get universal agreement. conservatives love to go after
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>> that is just embrace ago poison. i mean there will be an inauguration in january, 2017 and a man or woman will be standing up there, that's where abraham lincoln stood. that's where fdr stood. that's where ronald reagan stood. donald trump is going to stand there? i do not believe that. >> you sound like the "new yorker" cover. i should put it up. it was quite cute. it has all these former presidents watching donald trump on television with fdr with the remote and they're all like aghast at this. >> so there's -- i talked to a smart republican consultant who worked for a presidential candidate -- not one in this race but in past races and he said, look, yes, this trump thing is real, it's going to go on, the one question i have -- and i think this is interesting -- there the a can i imagine this person being president in a hurricane, in a blizzard, being the empathizer in chief after a mass shooting and that trump -- it's impossible for the majority of
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trump in that role and at some point, though it won't be on february 1 and it probably won't be on february 9 and might not be until march or april or may, that reckoning will happen at some point and the goal is to have someone who looks the role of the president, whether it's rubio or jeb, which is unlikely. but someone else other than him. >> that's the argument the republican establishment has been making ever since donald trump got into this race. >> june 16, yes. >> and here we are. and the reality is, the challenge for these establishment candidates is that you still have to prove to the voters that you are big enough to run for the presidency before you get to the point where you're handling hurricanes and none of these guys -- marco rubio, jeb bush -- none of them have been able to stand up in a way that makes them seem bigger than donald trump. >> if he gets an electoral victory under his belt if trump were to win iowa i think that perceptions but starts to change. and based on my reporting his ground game is more robust than initially thought. >> i'm just wondering, david, early-state voters, they don't vote with their head.
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