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nomination suggestion coming from coming from the president, to the fall jot of the politics of super super super tuesday, and the fourth super tuesday next week, if you can call it that. wolf blitzer takes over the helm right now. hello, i'm william william, noon in chicagwolf blitzer. thanks very much for joining us. >> announcer: this is cnn breaking news. we begin with breaking news. president obama chooses a nominee for the supreme court, setting the stage for a political showdown. the president made the announcement in a rose garden ceremony just a little while ago, our correspondent pamela brown has more on the president's choice and the challenge to senate republican leaders. >> today i am not naming chief judge merrick garland to join
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the supreme court. >> reporter: president obama made his case for why 63-year-old merrick garland, chief judge for the d.c. appeals court should be the next justice for the supreme court. >> i've selected a nominee who is widely recognize not only as one of the america's sharpest legal minds, but someone who brings to his work a spirit of decency, modesty, integrity, evenhandedness, and excellence. >> reporter: an emotional judge garland officially introduced himself to the country. >> this is the greatest honor of my life. other than lynn agreeing to marry me 28 years old. >> the white house tows judge garland as more judicial experience than any other nominee in history serving more than 18 years on the bench. the president considers the harvard graduate, as someone who
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garners praise from both democrats and republicans. he was confirmed by a 76-23 senate vote with support from both sides of the aisle. he clerked for the late justice william brennan, and also served at the justice department, where he prosecuted timothy mcveigh in the oklahoma city bombing. >> a ryder truck was seen there -- >> now the ballots begins to whether a divided congress will confirm garland to fill the open seat on the supreme court. >> mr. president, it's a great privilege to be nominated by a fellow chicagoan. i an grateful beyond words for the honor you have bestowed upon me. pamela brown is joining us live, also our senior legal analyst jeffrey toobin. quickly how would you characterize the president's choice of chief judge merrick garland? >> this is an extremely qualified nominee by any standards, someone who has impeccable legal background 18
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years on what is widely regarded as the second-most important court in the country unnormal circumstances, he would certainly get a vote and almost certainly get confirmed. these are not normal circumstances, and his chances for confirmation, at least at this point, appear remote. >> at least at this point. pamela you have some insight into the selection process, the reasons judge merrick garland was chosen. what have you learned about that? >> well, we know the white house already had a lineup in place, including merrick garland, because he was a front-runner for past high court seats, and they added to the list. they had people with elected and academics and others. they say the list says included individuals with a diverse range of personal backgrounds, men and women, republicans and democrats, individuals of different races, ethnicities, religions, sexual orientations. the white house says it consulted with every member of
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the united states senate about this vacancy. it also reached out to minority groups. there was consultation mobilization taking place. they reached out to 125 experts in the field, relevant experts to this, including former administration officials, elected officials. they said they really did their due diligence in getting input from all sides on this issue and from across both sides of the aisle. in the pa weeks, wolf we learned the president had interviews with a handful of candidates, including merrick garland. we're also told that sr sri srivistan and paul watford were also in the running, but ultimately the president decided on merrick garland. as the president said he's looking for someone with credentials, considered a consensus gnome near. he's garnered support on both sides of the aisle, and someone
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with the life experience outside of the classroom. the president talked about his story today, saying he tutored if kids in d.c. public schools, he helped prosecute timothy mcveigh in the oklahoma city bombing and kept in the touch with the victims after. the president has made clear this was a really important part, the empathy aspect of things, so in the end, wolf, he chose merrick garland. >> he certainly did. is jeffrey, give us an historic perspective. the controversy is that this is an election year and republicans and the senate say, wait until after the election, don't do this now. how unusual is it for a president to nominate the supreme court justice during an election year. what is the historic tradition? >> well, and the history about this seat in particular, the seat -- with justice scalia's death there are four democrats and four republicans on the vote. that makes the seat so significant. as for the timing of the
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nominees, it is true that it is unusual to have a nominee appointed and confirmed in an election year. but it's definitely been done many times in american history. anthony kennedy was confirmed in 1988, an election year. these confirmation battles are always more about power than they are about principle. the republicans have the power to deny president obama this incredibly important opportunity, and they're using that power. that's what it's really about. the principle is very much a secretary consideration. >> jeffrey, thanks very much. pamela brown, thanks to you as well. the republican national committee issued a statement today blasting the president's action, the statement saying among other things -- president obama is doing a disservice to voters with an attempt to tip the balance of the court with a liberal justice in the 11th hour of his presidency. with el will not stand by idly
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while the president attempts to install a liberal -- and protect his lawless actions. debbie wasserman schultz is the chair of the democratic national committee, a member of congress, joining us from capitol hill right now. i'll just get your quick reaction to this tough statement from the republican national committee. >> coming from the party that shut the government down to denight people health care and cost us $24 million, and the party of obstruction, and the president hayes made progress in spite of them, it isn't at all surprises that they refuse to do their jobs. the president has more than 300 days left in his term. i'm sure the american people think that we shouldn't leave a supreme court seat of which there are only nine, and a court that has the consequence quenchally issues facing them that this court does open for almost a year. it's ludicrous, it's
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unprecedented and unacceptable. >> when president obama was a u.s. senator, he filibustered the nominee justice alito, something he now says he regrets. when vice president biden was a u.s. senator back gh 1992, he said p.resident bush, should consider -- and not name a nominee until after the november election is completed. so if it was good for the democrats then to make these kinds of statements during an election year in the case of biden, why can't the republicans do that now? >> well, let's be clear. when barack obama was filibustering, he had that opportunity because there was a nominee that was being given a hearing. so i mean, they have the perfect right to filibuster, to you know, to debate it, do anything they want while letting the process unfold. but to suggest that they aren't even going to grant courtesy
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meetings to his nominees, to not have hearing, to not take this nominee through the process, vote the president's nominee down if that's what they choose to do. but they have a senior republican who has clearly in the past said judge garland was well qualified, he could do what he could to help him get confirmed, now he's back pedaling -- this is senator hatch. this is blatant brass knuckles politics. for a party who says they are strict instructionist iinstruct role to nominate, and the senate's role to advise an consent. its not in the instrument to do it when they feel like it, to do it when they want to make sure their candidate is able to appoint one. it's to just do it when there's an opening. >> this is an election season, obviously the presidential
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election, senate elections, house elections, this whole issue, which how oftenly is a critically important, four liberal justices right now, four conservatives with the passing of justice antonin scalia, which could shake the balance for 20 or 30 years down the road. >> it sure could, exactly. the opening on the supreme court makes the stakes of the outcome for this election even more significant. you know, we're going to make sure that americans are -- ask themselves the question -- do i really want donald trump nominating the next supreme court justice? that is going to be hung around the neck of every republican candidate around the country. you know, we're happy to hear them say, yes, that's what they want, because this is the most extreme divisive un-american, dangerous, vulgar republican candidate for president that has certainly been nominated certainly in modern times.
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you know, when you have a candidate that espouses torture, that has proposed unconstitutional policies, you know, that's who we want to place in the hands the balance of the supreme court? i think americans will reject his candidacy based just on this. >> are you working under the assumption that donald trump will be the republican presidential nominee? >> mathematically wolf, that's exactly where they're headed. donald trump only needs to win about 59% of the remaining delegates available. john kasich has to win 112%, i'm not even addressing ted cruz. mathematically the person this close to the nomination and basically has it almost locked down is donald trump. there's just no question. >> debbie wasserman schultz is the chair of the democratic national committee, congresswoman from florida. thank you for joining us. >> my pleasure, wolf. republicans are, setting
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the nomination set the stage for an potential epic showdown. chuck schumer is calling on republicans to act, but the majority leader mitch mcconnell stood firmly against even considering the president's nominee. >> its the senate's constitutional right to act as a check on a president and withhold its consent. the senate will continue to observe the biden rule so that the american people have a voice in this momentous decision. >> we hope the saner heads in the republican party will prevail on chuck grassley and on mitch mcconnell to do their job. >> joining us now republican senator john barrasso of wyoming, part of the senate leadership. thank you for joining us. >> thank you. hillary clinton the democratic candidate, a former colleague of yours in the senate just issued this statement -- this senate has almost a full year to consider and confirm
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judge garland. it should begin that work immediately by giving a full and fair hearing followed by a vote. that is what the american people deserve. it is what our constitution demands, and with millions of people's lives in the balance, anything less is entirely unacceptable. are you at least willing to welcome him into your office to sit down with him, to talk with him, to consider the possibility of hearings? forget about a vote for now. >> i don't know that that does anything fair to him. this has all right been excited. this nominee should come from ultimate next president. it's about the principle involved, and i want to give the american people a voice in this. it's interesting, you know, when ms. clinton makes this statement, both justice alito and justice breyer have said they can do their work with eight members. there's nothing about the magic number of nine. >> but almost a year until there's a full nine members of
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the united states supreme court. is that what the american people deserve, to have eight to consider some of the most sensitive issues? >> two of the justices, one republican appointed and one democrat appointed, and in our lifetime allot, when there was a resignation from the supreme court, that was open for well over a year. this is not that unusual. there's nothing about this, and i think it's most important in a presidential election when the president's time is running very short, we all to give the american people a choice. >> what do you think of judge garland, his reputation, forget about the fact that this is an election year. let's say it wasn't an election year. do you think he would be good? >> to me it's not about the person, it's about thesh so qualifications here don't really matter at all to me when this higher principle is involved, not the person that's been nominated. >> let's say the president decides -- let's say a democrat
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is electioned president of tof the united states in november. would you then consider it after a democrat is elected? >> if the democrat is elected, that person has an opportunity to make the case -- >> the president is still president until january 20th. let's say the president pushes the u.s. senate to do it between november and january 20th. >> it should be the next president who makes that nomination, that decision. that's what this upcoming election is about. this is a very consequential election for the country. that's the way we ought to deal with it. i've heard the president today talk about the constitution, your legal scholars will tell you what the president is saying is just a politically convenient fairytale. there's nothing in here in the constitution that says the senate needs to vote. there have been 124 supreme court members so far, but there have been 160 nominees. a dozen of them have never even had a vote. so this is not at all unusual.
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we know that members of the supreme court say they can do fine with eight. >> orrin hatch, a friend of yours, you know him well, a senior member of the judiciary committee said this about merrick garland. listen to this. >> based on his qualifications, i support the nomination of mr. garland, and i encourage my colleagues to do the same. to my knowledge, no one, absolutely no one, disputes the following -- merrick garland is highly qualified to sit on the d.c. circuit. his intelligence and his scholarship cannot be questioned. >> today senator hatch issued another statement saying i think highly of judge garland, but his nomination doesn't in any way change current circumstances. i remain quillsed the best way for the senate to do its job is conduct the confirmation process after this toxic presidential election season is over. you know, when there was a republican president who wanted to nominate justices,
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republicans at that point said to the democratic majority give them a chance, let they about 'full hearing, up or down vote. it all about politics? shouldn't the supreme court be at a higher level? >> the supreme court is a lifetime appointment justice scalia served for 30 years. so these are so consequential in terms of the future of the country, the direction of the country, the things that come in front of the president. the president was reelected in 2012, then the republicans picked up nine senate seats in 2014, taking over the majority. so clearly when you look at those two things, that's the reason you really want to say let's wait until after this election decides and that person should make the nomination. we ought to be spending this year on things we actually agree on, working in a bipartisan way. debbie wasserman schultz made some comments about obstruction. we just on monday confirmed the president's new secretary of education in a bipartisan vote.
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we passed a major opioid bill, bipar san. we ought to work on things we can get done in terms of jobs, the economy, national security. >> bottom line, judge garland, you're not going to consider it at all, no hearings, no -- nothing basically this year. you're going to wait until after the election. >> it's already been decided, we need to focus on working together on things the american people are very concerned about right now stimplts senator barrasso, thanks for coming in. >> thank you for having me, wolf. there's breaking news about next week's republican presidential debate that's been scheduled. that and a lot more, coming up after this. t. no tickets. no accidents... >>that is until one of you clips a food truck, ruining your perfect record. >>yup... now, you would think your insurance company would cut you some slack, right? >>no. your insurance rates go through the roof.
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breaking news here. apparently the debate scheduled for next monday before the next round of votes has been canceled. it was scheduled to be on fox news. donald trump was the first to say he would skip that fox news debate earlier this morning, citing a scheduling conflict. he's scheduled to deliver a speech monday night before the american israel public affairs committee, the annual convention they have here in washington. john kasich said he wouldn't attend if trump was going to skip the debate. now apparently fox has decided to postpone or cancel that debate. let's talk about what's going on with steven miller, a senior policy adviser to the trump campaign. thanks very much for joining us. what's your reaction to the word that this scheduled debate in salt lake city, utah, scheduled
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for next monday apparently is now going away? >> well, wolf, first great to be on your program, as exciting as it would have been to see ted cruz and john kasich debate for three hours, you think it makes sense to cancel the debate. and it suggests we're getting to the next phase. donald trump has a huge lead in delegates and state wins and is on the path to the nominee. i think people know the dimpleses and right now it's about bringing voters and the party together behind the nomination of donald trump. >> i just want to note that fox news source has told our dylan beyer that the debate has been canceled apparently because donald trump said earlier this morning, and i'll read -- i think we've had enough debates. how many times can the same people ask the same question? you know the criticism of donald trump, your man, will be that he was afraid to go one on
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one with cruz and kasich, if you will. your reaction to that? >> it seems like every time ted cruz and formerly marco rubio went after donald trump in the debate, their poll numbers went down. the debates have been a huge success for the trump campaign. look at the results, the polls, the delegates. his poll numbers went up. i think right now it's about unifying the party. i think voters are tired of watching these three-hour slugfests, and i think a lot of voters are relieved we're moving to the next part of the process. he was interviewed by chris cuomo and said this about the possibility of a contested or open convention in cleveland in july. listen to this. >> i think we'll win before getting to the convention, but i can tell you if he didn't and we're 20 votes short or if we're you know, 100 short because
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we're way ahead of everybody, i don't think you can say that we don't get it automatically. i think you would have riots. >> that's generated some commotion. what did he mean? >> i think he meant that a lot of people would be upset. obviously he was speaking metphoricly. millions of people voting for the first time rallying behind donald trump and there's an effort to deny him the nomination, obviously outrage would be the response. donald trump isn't just winning, he's winning in spite of an unimaginable flood, tidal wave of special interest spending against him. i think it was $40 million the last two weeks in florida. he's not just winning these contests, but winning them in spite of a coordinated all hands on deck effort to try to deny him the nomination and try to denial voters their choice of their nominee. >> even if he doesn't get 1237,
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that's the number you need to be guaranteed the nomination at the convention, the republican convention in cleveland, let's say he gets close, you think they should still give it to him even though he hasn't reached that magic number? >> absolutely. we're expecting to reach the magic number, and right now the delegate map looks very good. after last night's crushing defeat, and picking up those 99 delegates and the other state wins, and ted cruz, of course, and now we're heading into a part of the map that's even more favorable, so the delegate map looks great, and we really do expect -- and i want to emphasis we really do expect a coming together, so we expect to wrap it up before the convention. i want your reaction to what haley barbour, former governor of mississippi, said about the is trump phenomenon. quote -- a lot of people want to send washington the bird, and they think trump is the perfect
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giant middle finger they can imagine. your reaction to haley barbour's rather blunt comments. >> if i can speak can did ily. this isn't some irrational anger on the part of voters. this is a sincere and profoundly serious discontent with the direction of our country that is justified in every way, so if you look, for instance at one of the trump's big messages, our manufacturing jobs going overseas, americans have every right to want -- this isn't a flipping the bird. this is asking for a change in policy to revitalize middle-class wages. a change in policy on trade, a change in policy on immigration, a change in policy on health care, so these are very real serious policy disagreements, and gop voters and democrats and independents are saying the policies in washington, d.c. have been hollowing out our middle class, and we want to
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change those, so we can have a better future. >> donald trump had a very impressive night last night. we'll see where it goes down the road next tuesday. there are mo contests including in arizona, in utah. steven miller, thanks very much for joining us. >> thank you. a senior policy adviser to the trump campaign. up next, donald trump calls hillary clinton an embarrassment and says she doesn't have the stamina to be president of the united states what's hillary clinton's strategy for trump if she does face him in a general election? we'll hear directly from her campaign.
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a huge win for donald trump. >> we have to bring our party
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together. >> donald trump on on the way to the nomination. to try to deny him is typed. >> that i've come this far is evidence of how special america is. >> the establishment has been completely destroyed tonight. >> for those who supported marco for those who worked so hard, we welcome you with open arms. >> cnn projects that john kasich is the winner of the ohio >> imto thank the people of the great state of ohio. i love you. >> he has to prove he can win beyond his home state. >> this is a bitter result for bernie sanders. >> we have come a long way in ten months. >> we are moving closer to securing the democratic party gnome neighbo nomination. >> you can see them steamrolling toward an epic fall confrontation.
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welcome back. hillary clinton scoring some major wins last night in at least four key victories. missouri, by the way, is still too close to call. no final decision on missouri yet, but those victories do give hillary clinton about 700 more delegates than bernie sanders, if you include the super delegates. that is a huge number. without the super delegates she's up by about 300 pledged delegates joining us is the chief strategist for the hillary for america campaign, joe baron son. i know you have some laryngitis, but we'll get through this. let mess get to fox news was supposed to have a presidential debate next monday. donald trump earlier this morning said he was not going to participate, give a speech here in washington instead. they have gone ahead and
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canceled that debate. your reaction? >> i mean, look, that's up to fox news. i'm surprised they would let a candidate dictate whether they're going to air a debate or not. they still have a competitive race. trump has a lead. he's out in front, but ted cruz is putting up a strong fight. john kasich who's gotten traction late is not going away yet. i think it's unfortunate when a network decides to let one candidate dictate what they do. they've got a struggle in their party. i know mr. trump like toss read polls -- saying they aren't satisfied with their candidates. i think that says the candidates should debate more. >> are they going to continue their debates? >> i mean, look, i think our path going forward will see -- i don't even recall if we have any more scheduled right now. obviously we have more contests,
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big ones on our side, but the reality here is that the math, as you just shod really effectively precludes senator sanders from being able to make up this gap in pledged delegates. hillary clinton has a lead now in pledged delegates. that's just about twice of what barack obama ever had again hillary clinton in 2008. so it is substantial, and, you know, if you look at the ten states senator sanders has won, he has netted about 85 or 87 delegates. you know, we netted that ma'am just out of florida and ohio. so the math is just the matt. you can't get around that. >> do you want him to suspend his campaign? >> no, i think any decisions about his campaign will have to be up to him. obviously he's run a strong, spirited campaign. i'm sure they're spending a lot of time today looking over the math and what that means, and if
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they want to continue, what kind of campaign would they continue? we certainly can't speak for them. we're prepared to keep competing. right now we've won more states, obviously the delegate lead, and we've got close to 2 million more votes, a little more than 2 million votes than senator sanders. so i think that's for them to evaluate. we feel good about where we are today obviously and where we are going forward. i think on the past for hillary clinton to become the first woman nominee for a major party in the united states. >> i know you're upbeat as far as that is concerned. she took a swipe at donald trump in her victory speech last night. let's listen to this. >> our commander in chief has to be able to defend our country, not embarrass it. when we hear a candidate for president calls for rounding up
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immigrants, banning all muslims from entering the united states, when he embraces torture, that doesn't make him strong, it makes him wrong. if so is she working under the sump now that donald trump will be the from republican nominee and she's going to focus her attention on him? >> i think it's important to remember that she was the first person to denounce donald trump when he said he was going to ban all muslims. that was long before he won any delegates, long before the republican party was wrestling with what it means to have him as a front-runner there. what she did yesterday was bring together some of the things she's call out on the stump repeatedly. it wasn't just yesterday. she said in the last few weeks you can't make america great again by, you know, not doing the things that made america
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great in the first place. that kind of language and what she called out yesterday shows that donald trump really is not lining up with the values that made america great. we are strong because we embrace or diversity, now because we use it to divide americans. i think that message is -- is very important one for candidates for president who were in the race against mr. trump to keep making. >> well, very quickly. i know we're out of time. you know math, politics, strategy. looking at the math on the republican side, does he have the nomination virtually locked up? >> well, i mean if you look at the math, he's got an advantage. he's got -- still has to win at a high rate going forward, knolls at high a rate as example that -- and the question on that side is, as the field shrinks,
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because there are going to be some delegates that rubio has, kasich is in the low 100s, mid 100s, if kasich can stay in, the governor and senator cruz, can they hold down trump's margins very quickly in the upcoming states? otherwise that real estate is going to shrink for them as well. at some point trump will become the nominee, because the math will work. i think it's not quite there yet, but it's getting close. >> if he's the nominee on the republican side, hillary clinton is the gnome sneak -- we'll look forward to the three presidential debates in september and october. that could be lively instead. thank you, joel, for joining us. >> thank you, wolf. coming up, the fallout from last night's ballotses, forcing ted cruz to confront an unexpected obstacle john kasich. we'll talk about that and a lot more.
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yum dating the breaking news right now. next monday's republican presidential debate on fox news has been canceled. the decision came after trump
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said he would skip the debate because of a skl scheduling conflict. right now trump hoedle holds a huge delegate lead over the field, by 254 delegates. ted cruz believes he is the candidate with the best chance to beat trump. >> if he stick around, john kasich will become donald trump's best friend. >> let's bring in cnn political commentators. amanda carpenter the former communications director for senator cruz and doug high from the republican national committee committee. doug,eer your reaction. there was supposed to be a presidential debate monday night in salt lake city. fox news was hosting the debate. trump said this morning on fox news he has had enough of these
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debates. he is not going. kasich then said if he is not going, i'm not going. >> obviously there is no reason to have a debate if trump is not there. they have gotten more and more important. it's unfortunate but a smart decision politically for trump. more time for trump to speak, more room for error. he got out. >> less opportunity for his challengers like cruz and kasich to go after him skipping the debate. he is the front-runner right now. usual wheely what front-runners like to do, skip debates. >> it gives his opposition talking points. he doesn't want to air his views anymore, meanwhile i'm willing to talk to you anywhere, any time. donald trump is avoiding you. >> is it a two man race, cruz and trump or threeman? >> it's more of a two and a half man race right now. i think it was a big win for
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john kasich not just to put points on the board. but he didn't let trump run the table. if he had won every state ild he would not a higher delegate down and more momentum than he does right now. >> i talked to john kasich. he is staying in the race. they enthuse. he thinks winning his home state of ohio is a huge issue for him. >> what is his path? he is an unproven quauntd. so far he has refused to engage in donald trump. he hasn't faced the wratd of donald trump. the only thing that trump went after is john kasich was boosted by fracking. john kasich has a temper he has controlled very well so far. i don't know how that clash works out. i don't know whether kasich wins outside his home state. he has to show people where he can win. otherwise he is handicapping ted cruz. >> he says he is in pennsylvania right now. thinks he can win next door,
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ohio and pennsylvania they are neighbors. >> it's been a trump stronghold but it's somewhere where kasich has spillover. kasich should not get out right now. it is the argument that ted cruz should make. but after a showing like last night, he has to perform well. anything that takes away delegates for trump if you are a never trump or a never trump pac person or looking at those candidates to do so, it helps. >> trump told chris cuomo this morning on cnn's newday if he is close to getting 1237, that somebody, but let's say he is shy by 100 but everybody else is shy by 5 or 600 and they don't give it to him there could be in his word, riots. you heard him say that. >> that sound like a threat. certainly this is why people are turned off by donald trump. this is why people will do anything to stop him. if he doesn't have 1237
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delegates he has to prove to people he can unify get delegates from other people's camps. cruz to be frying to do that throughout the process. who will the people among the establishment in particular choose, ted cruz or the crazy candidate that is donald trump. >> you really like donald trump that much? >> you could have conservative or crazy. >> do you think there is going to be a contested convention or wrapped up in advance? ? if things continue as they are trump won't have the delegates. 23 he doesn't have 1237 then he didn't do what he needed to do to get the nomination. now what do we see from trump? rhetoric of violence, threats to the party. that's what establishment voters are rejecting in state after state. >> he has to win 54% of the contests going forward. that's a high standard. it's an open brawl until july. >> rubio drops out.
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he has support. why does that support go with the three remaining candidates. >> it certainly won't go to donald trump. their race was so personal. some will go to ted cruz. there are people who know him in the senate when he worked together with rubio. kasich folks are banking on getting financial support after their win in ohio as well. one thing to remember if you look at ohio, illinois, missouri last night, more than 40% of republicans in exit polls said i'll look at a third party candidate if it is a hillary goes donald trump match up. if that's the case, donald trump is not a unity candidate and the party is not coalescing around him. >> donald trump did win florida. trump seems to be slightly ahead in missouri. not good nice night for cruz. >> they will split the delegates in missouri. >> ohio and florida were winner take all. not the other states.
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