charlie: thank you for your time, secretary carter. sec. carter: thanks. ♪ john: i'm john heilemann. mark: and i'm mark halperin. "with all due respect" to chris christie -- he's baa-aack. ♪ john: hey chris christie, if you are still listening, we love you man. i am in columbia, south carolina, where my friend mark is in charleston. as expected, the race in south carolina has become the political equivalent of a ufc match, without the rule of hitting below the belt. our poll of republican voters , hot off the digital presses, may explain why.
john: he's quoting jimmy carter. mark: he's hitting trump harder than he has to. eventually we have to see some rubio action to make sense. there are two camps -- chris christie's and jeb bush's who are teaming up to do with they think is a center which is to take marco rubio down. christie every day keeps up a version of his boy in a bubble line. the bush super pac is lining up new ads to attack them. john kasich put out a new ad assailing all the other establishment candidates for slinging some mud. the central question in the establishment lane is still, can anyone stop rubio's rise? today at a press conference, a number of reporters asked rubio about the current attacks on him and how he is handling it. the other candidates think you have momentum. do you agree, and if so, do you need to do more to defend yourself or just keep talking about what you are talking about? senator rubio: i hope we have momentum. we are working hard at it, and we feel good. we are thrilled about the progress we made in iowa. when everyone is attacking, you must be doing something ri
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