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tonight hillary clinton takes on donald trump on values. >> he doesn't even respect all americans.
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how can he serve all americans? >> this is "cnn tonight." i'm don lemon. meanwhile trump insisting he was against the iraq war from the beginning and he says his interview with "esquire" magazine proves it. >> and in august of 2004, very early in the conflict, extremely early in the conflict, right at the beginning, i made a detailed statement in an interview to "esquire" magazine. >> tonight the writer who did that interview tells me what else trump said. plus libertarian candidate gary johnson finds himself in the spotlight for all the wrong reasons. >> what would you do if you were elected about aleppo? >> about? >> aleppo. >> and what is aleppo?
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>> you're kidding? >> no. >> will johnson's voters jump ship and who will get their support? i want to go to executive editor mark preston. we're doing to talk about that. what a stunning moment. i saw it happening live. let's talk about the fallout from last night's military forum, a lot of back-and-forth attacks today. does any of this change the state of this race? >> i think what it does is it's setting up for what's going to be a very explosive first presidential debate between hillary clinton and donald trump that's going to take place in a couple weeks. the reason why is we're going to see these candidates now not solo standing on a stage casting accusations about one another. they're going to have to stair at each other in the face. when it comes to issues about foreign policy, you're going to see hillary clinton press donald trump for more specifics. on the issues of e ma-mailse-ma wouldn't be a moderator pushing
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hillary clinton, it will be donald trump. not only will their answers be interesting but their body language will be telling, don. >> and americans expect hillary clinton outperform, 53% and 43% think donald trump will be better. what can we expect? they'll be face to face with each other. >> we only have to go back four years to see how important they are. at that time mitt romney was losing to barack obama in the polls and he came out and a lot of people thought barack obama was rusty and mitt romney really cleaned his clock politically during that debate and for a few days anyway changed the course of that race. so these debates are really going to mean a lot. and quite frankly, don, while we have been focused and a lot of the country has been focused on this presidential race, the whole country is now focused on this presidential race. this debate is not only going to air on cnn, it's going to air on
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every television network practically. you can see upwards of 100 million people tuning into this debate. >> mark, appreciate that. i want to turn to what donald trump really said about the iraq war and when he said it. cnn's tom foreman break it is down for us. >> donald trump has attacked hillary clinton for opposing the war in iraq while saying he opposed it strongly quite early on and as evidence points to a profile of himself from "esquire" magazine. >> this is an absolute quote. "look at the war in iraq and the mess that we're in." it's right after the war started. i would never have handled it that way. does anybody really believe that iraq is going to be a wonderful democracy where people are going to run down to the voting box and gently put in their ballot and the winner is happily going to step up and to lead the
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country? >> so when did trump tell the magazine those words? let's go to the timeline. we'll start with september of 2002. there was a lot of talk about a possible war and trump was on the howard stearn show. this is what he said. >> are you for invading iraq? >> i guess so. i wish the first time it was done correctly. >> so we move through the holidays and we move into march. march 20th the ground war begins and the very next day trump says that it looks like a tremendous success from a military standpoint but less than a week later, he tells "the washington post" the war's a mess. what changed? well, there were a lot of successes but there were some casualties and an american service woman was captured. maybe that was it. we don't know. we do know by september this is what he was saying. trump saying it wasn't a mistake to fight terrorism and fight it hard and i guess maybe if i had to do it, i would have fought
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terrorism but not necessarily iraq. so where is that strong condemnation from "esquire" magazine? you're not going to find it down in these months. you have to go past the end of 2003 and deep into 2004, all the way till august before those statements were made. and a lot of people were now speaking out against the war. so we know this -- trump was for the war before it started. we know that he did say some things early on against the war but that strong condemnation that he said came right after the war started actually came a year and a half into the fighting almost. by that time, as we said, a lot of people were against it. "esquire" magazine was pushing this out online today as proof of what they say is trump's continued lying. i'm going to have to agree with him on that in terms of his claim of strong condemnation right after the war started, that is false. >> tom foreman, just the facts.
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here to discuss, cal husbaman. and mark preston as well. cal, donald trump has been using your article in "esquire" magazine. what do you make of it all? >> it's almost impossible to register how startled i am by all of this. the interesting thing is he went on a rant about that war and when he finished, my first thought was, wow, i think this is going to make some news. little diknd i know it was goin to take 12 years to do so.
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this is all startling to me. >> an editorial says the following story was published in the 2004 issue of "esquire," the iraq war began in march of 2012, more than a year before the story ran, thus nullifying trump's timeline but then again today he stood in front of cameras saying this was proof that he was against the war, again a year and a half after the war started. this was supposed to be a light, fun piece the concept was what it feels like to be donald trump. would you have ever thought that this man would really be running for president and would have made it this far? the thing on the side says "how i would run the country." that was the original article. did you think he would ever make it this far, cal. >> it's shocking to me. at the end of the story he says
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what am i going to do next? i don't know. but to give you the setup of how it all came about, this issue was about what it feels like and so my job was to go in and ask him what it was like to be donald trump. and his point was he looks at life in one question, how would i handle that? if he goes into a pharmacy and he needs shaving cream, he looks at all of the cans of shaving cream, looks at the prices, at the contents and he makes the best purchase. if he's watching a basketball game, he's wondering why did they take carmelo anthony third in the 2003 draft? how would i handle that? and then he got to iraq and he went on a rant. everything he said really seemed to make sense at the time. i wasn't thinking like this was
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a presidential interview. i didn't walk in saying, well, mr. trump, let's get down to business. it was a very light, fun time. in fact, in the middle of it regis phil bbin called up and hs saying, look at this, the trumster at the height of television, he's pushing me off the screen! it was a very funny, loose hour and i could have no idea that, what, 12 years later he'd be up on stage saying who's going to build a wall and people would be shouting "mexico." it's just startling to me. >> you could say if you put the cover back up, you could see it was sort of tongue in cheek because he's wearing the gold chains, sort of the popular account and then it was titled, "what's it's like to be me." you talked about more things that he would do as president that didn't make it to the interview. like what? >> well, i think a lot of it had
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to do with what he's saying now about like trade imbalances and it was all business related where he thought that america was getting screwed by foreign countries and he wasn't going to let it happen anymore. it's the same sort of rhetoric you're getting now only then it was more about two guys sitting and just throwing ideas back and forth. now it's serious. >> what do you say to him if you had the opportunity to be face to face with him or talk to him over the phone or however about using your article as proof that, you know, he was against the war when it was actually a year and a half after the war started. what would you say to him? >> here's the thing about it. i don't know exactly when donald's thought crystallized. and put him in a place where
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he's saying i am against this war. so it's hard for me to know outside of what i heard in the howard stern interview, which is what was on september 11th, 2002, it hard for me to know when his mind made that switch, although i just saw on your timeline there were several interviews where he was saying different things. so i can see why he's clinging to that story, which the interview took place in late spring 2004. i can see why he's clinging to it. but it's impossible for me to know when those thoughts really started. so i could see why he's saying it and i can also see why even "esquire" came out today and was saying that this nullifies those
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claims because he was saying other things beforehand. i kind of get it from both sides and i -- it's hard for me to explain to you how, like, startling this thing is. if you were in the room with me in the spring of 2004 and hearing regis over the speaker phone and this very convibial interview turning into the parsing of sentences and dates, it's hard for me to imagine how all this happened. i'd like someone to explain to me how did this happen? >> and you were the person involved in the interview. that's a good question. mark, how the heck did this happen? >> how the heck do i know? the bottom line is we don't know how and why donald trump makes decisions and how he goes back and forth and, look, we only have to look at his biggest
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policy issue, the one that propelled him really to win the republican nomination or certainly one of the major components that was building the wall with a big, beautiful door and sending home 11, you know, undocumented workers but guess what, i'm going to change my mind on that but i didn't really chang change my mind on that. just in the last week or so we've seen him flip flop back and forth on that issue. donald trump is a person and perhaps this is the way he has conducted himself throughout his life but he seems to be a person that whatever he says he believes himself and he kind of sticks to that and he wants everyone else to follow suit. i think that's what we've seen in this presidential campaign. perhaps that's what we're seeing with this iraq war vote. but, don, i don't think he's going to back down off the iraq war vote because he's trying to use that as a wedge and really a big political liability against hillary clinton, certainly in
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her judgment when it comes to foreign policy and making big, you know, decisions to the safety and security of the nation. >> well, it's important for both candidates. facts do matter and this one just does not weigh out in donald trump's favor with the timeline and with his own words. thank you, gentlemen. i appreciate it. cal, thank you very much. when we come right back, trump refuses to change his tune on iraq but what do voters think about all of this? ♪ there's more than one route to the top. the lexus ls and lx... each offering leading edge comfort, safety and performance technologies. the ultimate in refinement meets the ultimate in capability. this is the pursuit of perfection. hey, ready foyeah. big meeting? >>uh, hello!? a meeting? it's a big one. too bad. we are double booked:
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cleveland today to talk about education but devoting a lot of his speech to talk about the war in iraq. here is major general james spider marks and counter terrorism analyst buck sexton and andrew bauer, he sports donald trump. i want to talk about donald trump's false claims he's been against the war since the start. he doubled down today. listen. >> before the war, much closer to the war i gave statements we shouldn't go in and immediately after, a lot of reporters said, hey, right at the beginning he made this statement and that statement was a very major story in "esquire" magazine. so i just wanted to set the record straight. there is so much lying going on and hillary clinton lied last night about numerous things, including her e-mail but she also lied about this.
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>> general marks, what's your take on this? >> yeah, i must say a lot of people are finding religion on the legitimacy of the war in iraq. my concern is that this is more of mr. trump's ability and proclivity to say what's on his mind and not to be supported by facts. that's what concerns me primarily. you know, don, when i watched with great interest his national security speech and frankly he said all the right things, the military needs to be stronger, it needs to be larger, et cetera. however, what he said has been said hundreds of times before. this is a campaign promise. you really have to lead with some real legitimacy and with trade-offs. i'm very interested in the trade-offs and i very much want to hear what little little has -- hillary clinton has to say on the very same subject and my doubt is it will be too dissimilar.
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he has this tendency and he's being called on it as a matter of routine. >> why do you think he's insisting on this? >> he likes to double down on things, he doesn't like to change his mind in one direction. this is the weakest moment in trump's overall performance. i thought hillary clinton had some very weak moments as well, most notably the claim that somehow if something isn't marked classified in a header that it isn't classified. this is intelligence community, this is classification 101, she knows better than that. why is donald trump saying this? because he finds it to be a useful talking point. maybe he'll back away from it. given what he's done in the past, this seems to be something he's going to stay with. he was a private citizen and he can probably make the claim with a straight face that he didn't vote for the war, it doesn't matter all that much and when you decided -- when he decided before or against the war is anybody's guess. >> why say it if he's not? if he's a private citizen --
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>> he shouldn't say it, don. i waish he wouldn't. >> andre, you're saying it doesn't matter what his position was. it should matter that he admits the truth, especially if he's going to keep calling hillary clinton out for her false statements as well. >> looking back he was a private citizen with no intel briefings whatsoever. when howard stearn asked him that question, it wasn't unequivocally, yeah, we should go to war. it was, yeah, well, i guess so. john q citizen, no other information, talking about a total wide range of topics. >> aren't you making the point against him? he didn't say i'm completely against the war. he goes, yeah, if anything you're making the point against him because he's saying, yeah, i guess so. if he had said i guess not, then i'd understand your point.
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so in some tacit way, he's saying i support the war. it isn't the biggest takeaway but the moderator did not fact ch check them on -- >> the other one was hillary's completely -- >> why does trump do these things? a lot of people, certainly trump supporters and a lot of independents don't really care. hillary clinton was a sitting u.s. senator who voted for the authorization to go to war in iraq and now she says she was wrong. >> that's why we're discussing it. >> i get that. for donald trump, these are on the list of things that are tough to defend -- >> don't you understand that every single time to the general's point that he made at first that donald trump can say things that are not true and people continue to gloss over it, he says so many things. if you look at the fact checks that are not true and then every
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single time someone like you will come on the air and say, well, it doesn't matter, that's not the -- >> hillary lies a lot, too. >> not as much. if you look at fact checks, hillary clinton lies a lot less. >> she's been gone for so long, nobody could ask her a question to ask her in a lie. that's why she disappeared. >> the bar is set low in this election. >> let me jump in. the issue is that we probably shouldn't be talking about this. donald trump has offered up enough falsehoods and has thrown not only bromides but a fit as a matter of routine. we should talk about those things that really matter. his statement about putin is totally out of bound. putin talked well about me so i'm going to talk well about him. what is this, high school? that's absolutely crazy talk. he also talked about dumping the generals. if he is the commander in chief, he can do that -- >> can i play part of that for you, when he talks about the
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generals and be rubble? >> rubble, rubble. reduced to rubble. >> i think under the leadership of barack obama and hillary clinton, the generals have been reduced to rubble. they have been reduced to a point where it's embarrassing for our country. >> go ahead, general. i just wanted to get that in so the audience can hear it. >> this isn't about me but let me tell you, i take that personal. i was one of those guys. i don't think at any point i was reduced to rubble. i think the leadership and the military we have today is unmatched in our history. the leaders are the finest, the troops are the finest and the kit is the finest. don't talk to me about the number the ships and airplanes, that is a nonsequiter. don't come up front and say i need x number of ships and airplanes and, by the way, it's
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the smallest since before world war ii. that's a false comparison. let's talk about what we are trying to achieve at the policy level, i want predictability from a president and then we can figure out all that we, the leadership and the military and the national security staff can figure out all that stuff. i want calmness, i want measured approaches, i want our allies to be emboldened and our enemies to take a heck of a lot of pause and, frankly, i want them scared because they, our enemies, are concerned about what this president has said he's going to do with clarity and with purpose. that's what we need. >> if you can do it quickly in 5 seconds. >> 5 seconds is really quick. everything the general said is true. i think trump mostly misspoke. i think he meant the generals' opinions are reduced to rubble. i don't think he trying to defame our generals. >> don't you understand that every single time whether it's hillary clinton or donald trump that every single surrogate for either of them comes on and says, oh, that doesn't matter,
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it's not true -- >> i already told you trump shouldn't say the first thing. >> all of the things. >> everyone says it not important, no one cares but i think everyone should care about every single untruth. >> here i am and i haven't had a single chance to talk about what hillary said. that seems bizarre to me. >> that's not bizarre because -- >> it makes me sad. maybe there are other people who come on and talk about hillary clinton -- >> it makes me sad on the inside, general. thank you for your service, though, sir. >> thank you. appreciate it. >> my honor. >> when we come right back, the libertarian candidate is in the spotlight tonight for all the wrong reasons. ♪ k, , look alive. ♪ you've been saving for a big man-cave. ♪ (chuckling) good luck with that, dave. ♪ you made the most of your retirement plan, ♪ ♪ so you better learn to drive that rv, man.♪ ♪ so many things you're doing in your life. ♪
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that's why we want to make sure you won't have to wait on hold. and you won't have to guess when we'll turn up. because after all we should fit into your life. not the other way around. rudy giuliani says donald trump now believes that president obama was born here in the u.s. joining us, andy dean, bakari sellers, a hillary clinton supporter, democratic strategist maria cardona. so a former new york city mayor rudy giuliani in a heated
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exchanges with chris matthews of msnbc now saying that donald trump believes president obama was born in the u.s. >> a couple of his people, including the vice presidential running mate, mike pence and dr. ben carson have both come out in the last days, hours and said they believe president obama is a legitimately elected president of the united states. do you confirm that? >> i confirm that and donald trump now confirms that. >> when did he do that? when did he do that? >> two years ago. two years ago. three years ago. >> he has now accepted that birtherism was nonsense? when did he do that? >> chris, hillary clinton's campaign -- >> he did not do it yet. i'm waiting for him to do it. >> hillary clinton's campaign was the first to bring up the fact there was a question -- >> when did they do that? >> donald trump has said that
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three, four, five years ago. >> has hillary clinton ever accused the president of being foreign born ever? >> her campaign did that in the primary. >> the hillary clinton for president campaign did this? >> i was always responsible of my campaign. >> your candidate for president believes he would succeed a legitimate president or not? does he believe he would succeed a legitimate president? >> donald trump believes now that he was born in the united states. but that issue was raised originally -- >> when is he going to say that this president is will tlegitim? this is a fundamental question, mr. mayor. is the president of the united states is legitimate or not? why doesn't your candidate state it? >> are you speaking for donald trump tonight on live television? are you saying for him i'm saying he's about to buckle and say finally that barack obama is a legitimate president of the united states. >> he is the one who got him to
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finally produce the birth certificate. hillary clinton's campaign first raised this issue. he picked this up from hillary clinton. >> he has subsequently said he does not accept that as the final word. can you commit to your candidate saying within the next 24 hours that president obama is a legitimate president? can you say that? >> he has said it already. and the fact is -- >> no, he hasn't. >> that is an issue -- >> you're wrong on the fact here, mr. mayor. >> well, every once in a while i am but i think he did. >> wowsa. >> that was very interesting. does donald trump now believe president obama was born in the u.s.? >> by the way, it rough watching msnbc, even while we're on cnn. that is just brutal. but i will tell you this, don. donald trump was the only one that was able to get barack obama -- >> andy, can you please answer my question and then you can extrapolate and say whatever you want?
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does donald trump now believe that -- >> yes. yes. >> go on. >> so donald trump was the only one that got him to produce the birth certificate, which shows his negotiating power. >> hold on. point by point. why, then, was it necessary, why are you thinking that is some sort of point that you win points for getting someone to produce their birth certificate when he was wrong about having to produce it anyway? why is that -- >> look, there were questions. remember, he was born right around the time where hawaii even became a state so there was a question about that. there was a question -- >> look, i'm just telling you the reality. you guys make it seem like this is an anti-obama or racial thing. >> no one said race. i just asked you a question. >> that's the underlying thing here. we're not dumb here. >> no, i just asked you a simple question. >> that's a lot of the birther stuff. they make it into a race thing.
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ted cruz, who was born in calgary, canada -- >> perhaps because ted cruz admitted he was born in canada and it was known he was born in canada. president barack obama had said all along that he was born in hawaii and that he was actually not born in kenya. >> correct. we just wanted to see the long form birth certificate, trump got it, end of stories. >> because what? >> he's an american. we all know that. he's a hawaiian american. >> bakari, i'm going to let you jump in here. it has been fact checked over and over and over and over again that the hillary clinton campaign did not start birtherism. it did may have been started by supporters of her through an e-mail -- >> we all believe he's an american who was born here. and just to kind of piggy back
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on what andy was saying, just last year donald trump actually sent out a tweet and then again stated it that he didn't even feel as this the birth certificate was real. and so whatever andy's saying about the fact that he got him to show his long form birth certificate or whatever, it actually doesn't even hold water when you realize that donald trump is still a man who said that his birth certificate doesn't even appear to be real. the frustrating part for me is that usually i parse my words and try to be so politically correct but on this issue, donald trump is just plainly a coward. what he attempted to do and what he's done in his own eyes and his supporters' eyes is delegitimate the first african-american president we've had in the united states. for me to see him delegitimize the first american president and then to go and attempt to woo black voters, it just doesn't jive very well. >> that's not fair. >> it's very, very difficult for
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me it sit here and have someone who is running for president of the united states just exude so much cowardice when it comes to the delegitimatization of the first african-american president of the united states and i hope that in the next 24 hours -- rudy giuliani is just flat out lying. donald trump has never refuted his birtherism, he never stood up and said barack obama is an american citizen. the fact that we have to have this argument in 2016 is disappointing. >> john, to bakari's point, do you think since he's courting the black vote, do you think you'll see donald trump come out and say what rudy giuliani said, that he does believe president obama was born in the u.s.? >> well, it's one of the things that i'm envious of president obama over, being born in hawaii. look, i think this is on virtually nobody's mind except for maybe chris matthews here. >> that's not true. >> it's on every black voter's mind. >> wait, wait. he did the same exact thing in
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the republican primary with ted cruz, right? is that true or not true? >> john, you're doing the same thing when you say voters don't care that donald trump is lying, voters don't care that hillary clinton is lying, voters don't care about the taxes. voters do care. >> this is not in the top five. >> no one said that but it is important when you're courting black voters. >> john, listen -- >> he did the same thing with ted cruz. did he not? >> you have two black voters right here with you, me and don. let's poll it. does it matter? it matters to me, it matters to don. you're outnumbered. >> did he do it in the primary to ted cruz? yes or no? can someone answer my question? >> it is absolutely not the same thing. ted cruz not born in this country. >> so he's getting in their heads. that's what he does. >> he was accusing president obama of not being a legitimate
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american citizen and therefore delegitimizing his presidency. it is absolutely not the same thing. >> he was saying because ted cruz was born in canada that there is proof -- whether he could be president, not that he was -- >> he gets in people's heads. >> this is more than getting in people's heads. this is actually i think now backfiring with him and clearly we have seen the polls with african-american voters -- >> let me rephrase the question. do you think that because he wants the black vote and because african-americans, whether you think it's a big issue or not, because african-americans think it is a big issue, it is at the top of their minds, it may not be the number one issue, jobs like everybody else, supporting your family, health care, all of that, that's at the top, but it is somewhere along the lines. and it may stop them from supporting donald trump should he talk about this and apologize for being wrong on this issue, for his actions on this issue? >> i don't know why he's doing
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it. i've never believed in this conspiracy theory. i believe it is a conspiracy theory. i think it's been clear from long ago that president obama was born in hawaii. if you look at the poll, he's doing poorly among african-american voters right now but he's doing better in recent polls than mitt romney or john mccain did in 2008 or 2012. but if you want to know why he's doing it now, you'll have to ask him. >> that's not true. he's not doing better than those. >> he is in the cnn poll. >> all right, we'll be right back. you don't always use your smartphone to like something. how is it?
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and we're back with this very dull panel. i want to talk to you guys about -- let's talk about gary johnson, the libertarian candidate this morning. look at this. >> what would you do if you were elected about aleppo? >> about? >> aleppo. >> and what is aleppo? >> you're kidding? >> no. >> aleppo is in syria. it's the -- it's the epicenter of the refugee crisis -- >> okay, got it, got it. >> okay. >> well, with regard to syria, i
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do think that it's a mess. >> is this des qualifies as a presidential nominee? bakari, you first. >> no. i mean, it's not disqualifying. you forget that donald trump didn't understand that russia had annexed crimea or what the nuclear triad was. i'm quite disappointed of johnson because i'm a huge opponent of the decriminalization of marijuana. i think he set that movement back years if not decades by his statement today and not proving he could kind of show up when he needed to. >> john, do you think this is disqualifying? >> i'm a birther on gary johnson. i want to see his birth certificate. i think on the birth certificate it will say none of the above as his actual name. that's the role he's playing in
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this campaign. >> but the answer to my question is do you think it's disqualifying, it's a big enough gaffe? >> no. because, look, if jimmy kill mm were to ask that question to a hundred people in ireland -- >> they're not running for president. i don't think people will hold this against him as a disqualifying moment. he's occupying the real estate of none of the above because of the negatives of trump and hillary are so high. >> maria, go ahead. >> i don't think it's disqualifies. i was just mentioning this to you, don, donald trump has had those moments as well and, yes, they are embarrassing and they underscore why some of these candidates actually don't have the experience and don't have the knowledge to be commander in chief but i have to say i admire gary johnson for doing one thing, for owning it and for saying, yes, he should have been
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more prepared, he apologized, he should should have been more prepared, he owned it. >> this is him on "the view." >> i was thinking in terms of acronyms, aleppo. it's no excuse. >> i think it's a disqualifying -- >> fair enough. for those who believe this is a disqualifier, so be it. >> never heard a candidate say it. >> it's likability. >> it's honesty. >> especially when you contrast it with someone like donald trump who has never in his life apologized for anything and probably never will. >> especially when he's short circuited, right? >> if you watch that msnbc cli over again, he didn't think it
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was an acronym, he just didn't know aleppo was in syria. then the commentator explains it's the epicenter of the ref j -- refugee crisis, he was like oh, now i should talk about syria. it reinforces he's an isolationist and -- >> donald trump didn't know who the leader of hezbollah. >> i wouldn't go there if i were you, andy. >> gary johnson -- his biggest enemy sadly, he's actually an interesting guy. he's climbed mount everest. he lacks charisma and lacks the knowledge. >> so does your candidate. >> he's a pure isolationist. >> donald trump's got tons of charisma and tons of energy. >> not a lot of knowledge when it comes to foreign policy. >> people were surprised he did own it. he said i'm sorry, i screwed up.
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in this political climate, that's a rarity. >> but rick perry owned his massive error -- >> i'm not saying he's going to win, finally gaining extraction and to go on national television to say i screwed up. that is big of him. i don't see candidates doing that. rarely, rarely, if ever see candidates doing that especially in this election. >> thank you. >> gary johnson is still -- >> we'll be right back. mornin'. hey, do you know when the game starts? 11 hours. oh. well, i'm heading back to my room. (announcer) want to wake up at super bowl 51? super bowl! (announcer) enter courtyard's super bowl sleepover contest at for your chance to win.
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city at the epicenter of the refugee crisis. >> what is aleppo? >> i have no idea. >> i know the libertarian candidate got it wrong and i don't know it, either. >> one of those animals? >> not an animal. >> reporter: speaking of animals, someone tweeted "donald trump probably wouldn't know the difference between aleppo and alpo." wean you're criticizing someone for screwing up, be sure you don't screw up, yourself. a former u.s. ambassador to iraq called libertarian johnson aleppo johnson, then proceeded to mischaracterize aleppo. >> the capital of isis. >> reporter: actually, the isis capital is raqqah, not aleppo. "the new york times" made the same mistake and printed a correction, then a correction to the correction. candidates hate what they consider to be gotcha questions. though then-governor bush gave as good as he gotcha. >> can you name the president of chechnya? >> no, can you? >> reporter: what happened to johnson wasn't a gotcha. it was more like what happened to sarah palin. >> do you agree with the bush doctrine?
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>> in what respect, charlie? >> reporter: and when herman cain was asked if he agreed with president obama on libya -- >> okay. libya. >> reporter: the silence was deafening. >> got all the stuff twirling around in my head. >> reporter: what wasn't twirling in rick perry's head was the third department he would eliminate. >> what's the third one there? let's see. >> reporter: gary johnson said he first thought aleppo was an acronym. "i blanked. trying to guess could be worse." >> could it be a disease? >> reporter: one tweet framed his gaffe as if it were "jeopardy," a three-word sentence meaning end of campaign. johnson, what is aleppo? trebek sighing, that is correct, gary >> reporter: jeanne moos, cnn, new york. >> and what is aleppo? >> thanks for watching, we'll see you right back here tomorrow.
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