Skip to main content

tv   The Last Word With Lawrence O Donnell  MSNBC  February 25, 2014 10:00pm-11:01pm PST

10:00 pm
reputation for doing the right thing even when it's hard. but if this is now in the hands of the justice department, we're also now waiting on attorney general eric holder. this story has not yet been the focus of a lot of national now even mitt romney is telling arizona governor jan brewer to veto that bill. >> pressure is mounting moment by moment on arizona governor jan brewer. >> the krien esing pressure on arizona governor jan brewer. >> to decide whether to veto a landmark state law. >> a controversial measure that would allow business owners -- >> let businesses deny service -- >> to refuse to serve gays and lesbians.
10:01 pm
>> this law, i mean, where do you begin? >> john mccain, jeff flake. >> the five republican candidates for governor -- >> apple, american airlines and marriott. >> and even three republican state senators who voted for the measure have all come out against this bill. >> the bill attempts to create an exception. >> based on their religious beliefs -- >> for people who invoke their religious beliefs. >> legislation touted as a religious freedom bill. >> just to cloak or prejudice. >> i believe again this is about protecting people of all faith. >> kathy howard is defending the bill. >> the outcry is a political tactic. >> i'm not sure what she's saying there. this is an untenable position. >> pressure is mounting moment by moment on arizona governor jan brewer. >> jan brewer is under heavy pressure to veto a controversial new bill. >> because it's wrong. still no word tonight from arizona governor jan brewer on whether she will sign into law senate bill 1062, the bill
10:02 pm
passed by arizona legislature last week would allow businesses to turn away customers for religious reasons. opponents say it would particularly target the lgbt community last night. george takei explained why he's threatening to boycott arizona if the governor signs that bill. >> it is not religious freedom bill at all. ironically, their religious freedom is being well protected by gays and lesbians in the military. and the economic vitality of arizona is being contributed to by gays and lesbians. the so-called religious freedom is just a cloak for prejudice. >> nbc news reports that three people close to jan brewer say she will likely veto the bill. her long-time political adviser chuck coughlin said, quote, it's been her proclivity in the past
10:03 pm
to focus on the priorities she wants them, the legislature, to accomplish, and this was clearly not part of her agenda. jan brewer's office quickly responded to that report telling "business insider" governor brewer hasn't yet made a decision. she will take the time necessary to thoroughly review and evaluate the legislation before taking action. tomorrow, jan brewer is expected to meet with the three republican state senators who voted for the bill but now want the governor to veto it. they've changed their minds. governor brewer has until saturday to make that decision. in the meantime, most of the business community continues to oppose it. in addition to apple, american airlines, marriott and the arizona super bowl host committee, today the nba's phoenix suns, the wnba's phoenix mercury, as well as intel and delta airlines, all released statements against the bill. in its statement, delta also mentioned georgia, which is
10:04 pm
considering a bill similar to arizona's sb-1062. delta said, if passed into law, these proposals would cause significant harm to many people and will result in job losses. delta strongly opposes these measures and we join the business community in urging state officials to reject these proposals. also against the bill, mitt romney, who tweeted today, governor brewer, veto of sb-1062 is right. romney joins republican arizona senators john mccain and jeff flake in supporting a veto. here's what john mccain told nbc news radio today. >> the business community in arizona has been galvanized by it. >> do you think she's going to -- >> well, i don't know. i can't predict. that's up to her. i can't make a prediction. but there certainly has been a very big reaction to it.
10:05 pm
particularly amongst the business community, which is the base of our city corps. >> do you worry about the super bowl? >> i worry about everything. >> here's what arizona state representative damian clinco had to say about the bill last week. >> i believe i'm the only openly gay member of this house of representatives. and so it's pretty appalling to hear a dialogue that talks about using religion to discriminate against both myself and my community. you know, when i was in high school, i was actually assaulted because i was gay. as a result, i spent most of my life down playing the fact. you know, i don't ride in pride parades and i don't really wear it on my cuff, but i really feel compelled to really put it out there. you know, i don't think that we deserve a bill like this anywhere in this country.
10:06 pm
>> joining me now, damian clinco, the arizona state representative you just heard from and washington post columnist jonathan capehart. what made you speak about the bill the way you did, using your own personal reference, which as you said is not something that you are inclined to do. >> i used my own story because this is a personal attack against me and everyone in the lgbt community in the state of arizona. the community doesn't deserve this sort of treatment. and i don't think there's ever an excuse that we should sanction discrimination against a minority group. it makes me sad and disappointed in a state that i was born in and that i've been raised in. a state i'm very proud of. >> jonathan capehart, in the delta airlines statement, they made a very important point, both about arizona and georgia.
10:07 pm
this kind of bill will cost jobs. that goes straight to one of the classic republican talking points about, you know, you don't do anything at all that in any way causes job loss. >> and delta is making it clear that they're more than willing to relocate, to take jobs out of arizona, to take jobs out of georgia if they need to in order to not be in a state where such discriminatory laws are passed. you know, the interesting thing here in your intro, lawrence, you've got the two senators from arizona, the 2012 republican presidential nominee, the businesses all breathing fire down governor jan brewer telling her not to do this. and there's no republican, no conservative of any stature calling for it to -- calling for her to sign it into law. and while -- as horrible as this
10:08 pm
measure is, i think that's a sign of progress, that there is unanimity around the fact that this law is just -- this bill is just wrong. >> representative clinco, i want to get your reaction to something that was said on msnbc by one of the republican senators who voted for this bill and now says he regrets that, that it's a mistake. he's one of the senators who will meet with the governor tomorrow, steve pierce. i want you to listen to what he said. >> when i voted on it, i did not look towards any kind of discrimination at all, i didn't see that in there. as the days went on after we voted, it was from constituents and the public and the outcry from it. and, you know, i've been listening to things all day about the discrimination. and there is none in my view, and i don't -- if there is, i'm totally against it. we made a mistake, and that's about all i can tell you.
10:09 pm
we went the wrong way. >> representative clinco, was he simply not listening to your side of the debate in the arizona legislature? or did you and the opponents of this bill simply not frame it in a way that indicated that it would be a form of discrimination? >> i don't think that we could have framed it any clearer. we articulated that we were concerned about the economic impacts to our state, the loss of major sporting events and jobs and major businesses. we articulated that it was specifically targeting, it was a clear attack on the lgbt community and the reaction would be massive in scale. and it was ignored. it's often ignored by the extremist right wing opponent. >> what do you make of steve pierce's reversal on this? it sounds like we should not accept his explanation of the reversal. no one told me that it had this element to it. >> i mean, it's our job as
10:10 pm
legislatures to review these bills and create analysis and really make sure that we're doing the right thing for our communities. and if somebody votes on a bill and doesn't fully understand the implications, then really they're not doing their job. and perhaps the voters will make that clear in the coming election this november. but it is really -- it is really disappointing to see this type of vitriolic bill move forward and then as soon as it becomes national attention, there's a quick reversal. this is part of a pattern in our legislature. even in this week, we see another bill coming forward in the next few days that's targeting the lgbt community, specifically around who can and cannot officiate a wedding. so this is just one of a series of bills that really are attacking the lgbt community. >> jonathan capehart, the meeting tomorrow is with the three republicans who publicly changed their minds and said this is a mistake.
10:11 pm
that seems like it's a pretty good sign indicating a veto may be coming. >> i hope you're right. i hope that it is a sign that governor brewer is going to veto the measure. and it comes on top of the report, as you reported on nbc news that people close to jan brewer is going to veto this. it wouldn't be the first time that governor brewer has stood up to the far right wing in her state, staring them down and going against their wishes. it's my sincere hope she'll do it again before saturday. that she does it tomorrow. because it's clear from state representative clinco, to the national uproar over this, that this law just should -- this bill -- i keep making the mistake, this bill should not become law. >> representative clinco, do you have any sense now of what the governor is going to do, working there inside the legislature? what's the word that you're hearing? >> i don't know what governor
10:12 pm
brewer will do, but i sincerely hope in the interest of arizona both economically and from a social justice point of view she vetoes this bill. it's wrong for arizona and wrong for our country and under no circumstances should we be legitimizing discrimination in any way. >> thank you both very much for joining me tonight. >> thanks, lawrence. coming up, president obama and speaker john boehner did something today that they haven't done in years. they actually talked to each other. face to face. in the same room. in the white house. and in the rewrite tonight, when you're banning atheists from your annual meeting, do not pretend that the founding fathers are on your side. that's what cpac did today. why thomas jefferson would hate just about everything about the conservative political action committee, especially the fact their buddies misquote him. that's in "the rewrite" tonight. ]
10:13 pm
[ car alarm chirps ] ♪ [ male announcer ] we don't just certify our pre-owned vehicles. we inspect, analyze, and recondition each one, until it's nothing short of a genuine certified pre-owned mercedes-benz for the next new owner. [ car alarm chirps ] hurry in to the mercedes-benz certified pre-owned sales event. visit today for exceptional offers. ♪ and a hotel is the perfect place to talk to you about hotels. all-you-can-eat is a hotel policy that allows you to eat all that you can. the hotel gym is short for gymnasium. the hotel pool is usually filled with water. and the best dot com for booking hotels, is it's on the internet, but you probably knew that. or maybe not, i don't really know you. bellman: welcome back, captain obvious. captain obvious: yes i am. all those words are spelled correctly.
10:14 pm
there was a boy who traveled to a faraway place. where castles were houses and valiant knights stood watch. for the kingdom was vast, and monsters lurked in the deep, and the good queen showed the boy it could all be real. avo: all of great britain, all in one place. book on expedia before march 16th and save up to thirty percent.
10:15 pm
what'swithout the thinking capitathat makes it real?? what's a vision without the expertise to execute it... and the financing to make it grow? whatever your goal, it can change more than your business. it can change the future. that's why, at barclays, our ambition is to always realize yours.
10:16 pm
the white house promised the law would bring down health insurance premiums by some $2,000 per family. instead, according to the administration's own bookkeepers, premiums will go up for two out of three small businesses in our country. another sucker punch to our economy. another broken promise to hardworking americans. >> that was john boehner about
10:17 pm
90 minutes after he had a private meeting with the president at the white house today. both sides characterized the meeting as, quote, constructive. they met for about an hour according to the speaker's office. they discussed several hours worth of material, including manufacturing, trade promotion authority, flood insurance, immigration, the president's health care law, afghanistan, the appropriations process, california drought relief, wildfire suppression, and the highway bill. not on the list is the legislative dream of both parties, tax reform. the republican version will be officially unveiled tomorrow by the chairman of the house ways and means committee, but the leaders of both parties in the senate held out no hope for getting tax reform done this year. joining me now is msnbc policy analyst ezra klein and david corn, washington bureau chief for mother jones. it looked to me like john
10:18 pm
boehner had exactly one thing on his mind when he left the white house. i've got to go out on the house floor and prove to my fellow republicans that i am still one of them, even though i was in the room with that guy for about an hour. >> i thought you were going to say golf. i'm glad the guys are talking, but i think we've come to really complete paralysis here in washington. and not surprisingly, i kblam the republicans for much of that. whether it's immigration reform, tax reform, here's some of the things of substance. both parties now are figuring out what to do in terms of having something to talk about for the midterm elections this coming november. there is not a single
10:19 pm
legislative policy check that boehner could write that he could cover. so if that's the case, i hope they had a good lunch or at least nice snacks. >> ezra, one indication the meeting is not all that serious is the length of the agenda list that they allegedly talked about. i mean, if they got all the way down to the drought in california, they were giving each one of these subjects about 90 seconds. but one subject they list there is a traditional serious agreement point between democratic presidents and republicans in congress, and that is trade promotion authority. that is the ability to advance trade bills as was done under nafta and the trade organization. those were done with the fast track authority and with a heavy dose of republican votes to get them passed, especially in the house of representatives.
10:20 pm
but even that, it seems like boehner is unlikely to go to work with the president on that. >> first i enjoyed the image with a two-minute clock and then they have to move on to wildfires. the trade promotion authority isn't is in trouble. and it isn't just republicans. a lot of democrats do not want to see this mega trade deal go through. a lot of them don't like what they think is in it. we haven't seen anything, of course, like a final version. to some degree there isn't one. but we're in a moment in american politics where there is not a lot of trust at any level of government, making deals kind of behind closed doors. with either frankly congress, but much more the point of government is going to get a lot of leeway. so you see not just a lot of skepticism from republicans who are deeply skeptical of president obama on anything he might do, but a lot of democrats just don't like what they're hearing coming out of the
10:21 pm
process. and so they don't want to allow for a process in which they won't be able to make alterations to the final bill which is what this kind of fast track authority would offer. that said, if you don't have that kind of process, if you do kind of have to relitigate each trade deal after you've made all the concessions and all the negotiations with your foreign partner, there's no way to get the deal done. at the moment it looks like ttp is going to join the long list of action items right now that's just completely paralyzed. >> which seems to include tax reform. david corn, i don't want to make light of the meeting. there's a real value to it and a real value to them talking about, however minimally, every subject on that list, including california drought, all of it, and even in a world where they can't get anything done, because these two people do have to fundamentally be able to talk to each other. they should be able to talk to each other in nonconfrontational, non, you know, one minute to midnight brinksmanship situations. and this may be one of the only
10:22 pm
times they have had where they ear not trying to in that moment desperately solve an incredible crisis created by congress. >> well, i think you're right there. i think there should be good lines of communication. i think it's terrible every time house speaker john boehner talks to the president, he has to go back to his caucus and make it seem like he had an argument with the guy. half his caucus doesn't like the idea of civil conversation with this particular president in the white house. so maybe that was a bold, brave move on the part of john boehner to sit down and be civil with the president. but i still look at the agenda they put out and also the agenda that exists in washington now. and i see very little room for any -- you know, for productive conversation, for real movement. and i think that's largely because, you know, boehner doesn't have a party to really represent in terms of negotiations.
10:23 pm
representative camp is going to put out the tax reform plan tomorrow, but before he even does that, mcconnell today said is tax reform is dead. >> ezra, can you quickly run us through tax reform? i know dave camp was working really hard with max baucus on it when baucus was chairman of the finance. baucus is gone, now ambassador to china. so camps decided to go it alone. what are the highlights and low lights of what he's introducing. >> first of all, that's like saying baucus is going to be replaced on jart white who is about the biggest fan of tax reform as anyone in the senate. i did not think camp was going to come forward with a full plan. i'm surprised that republicans are letting him do it or he's going rogue enough to do it. but it appears to bring down the code down to two brackets, 10 and 25. kind of, except if you're reach, then there's a 10% surtax on top of you so you're actually at 35%. but until we see what deductions
10:24 pm
he's eliminating, it's hard to say what the plan will be and who it will fall. >> when we say tax reform, when we say ron wyden is a fan, and i'm a fan of tax reform, we're almost never talking about the same thing when we use that phrase. i certainly am not a fan of republican tax reform and republicans are not fans of democratic tax reform. but it's the phrase that everybody uses for wildly different ideas. david corn and ezra klein, thank you both for joining me tonight. >> they haven't cast the movie yet because the story is still playing itself out right now. the disappearing of a president. and that story is so hard to believe the details of it. including the girlfriend who's on the run with him. that's coming up. and michelle obama uses snl grads to get her message out there. my sinuses are acting up and i've got this runny nose.
10:25 pm
i better take something. truth is, sudafed pe pressure and pain won't treat all of your symptoms. really? alka seltzer plus severe sinus fights your tough sinus symptoms plus your runny nose. oh what a relief it is my dad has aor afib.brillation, he has the most common kind...'s not caused by a heart valve problem. dad, it says your afib puts you at 5 times greater risk of a stroke. that's why i take my warfarin every day. but it looks like maybe we should ask your doctor about pradaxa. in a clinical trial, pradaxa® (dabigatran etexilate mesylate)... ...was proven superior to warfarin at reducing the risk of stroke. and unlike warfarin, with no regular blood tests or dietary restrictions. hey thanks for calling my doctor. sure. pradaxa is not for people with artificial heart valves. don't stop taking pradaxa without talking to your doctor. stopping increases your risk of stroke. ask your doctor if you need to stop pradaxa before surgery or a medical or dental procedure. pradaxa can cause serious, sometimes fatal, bleeding. don't take pradaxa if you have abnormal bleeding or have had a heart valve replaced. seek immediate medical care for unexpected signs of bleeding,
10:26 pm
like unusual bruising. pradaxa may increase your bleeding risk if you're 75 or older, have a bleeding condition or stomach ulcer, take aspirin, nsaids, or blood thinners... ...or if you have kidney problems, especially if you take certain medicines. tell your doctors about all medicines you take. pradaxa side effects include indigestion, stomach pain, upset, or burning. if you or someone you love has afib not caused by a heart valve problem... ...ask your doctor about reducing the risk of stroke with pradaxa.
10:27 pm
♪ ♪ ♪ [ male announcer ] the all-new 2014 lexus is. this is your move.
10:28 pm
in the spotlight tonight, a president escapes. friday night, immediately after leaving a public signing ceremony of an important agreement, the president went straight to the helicopter at his residence and disappeared. viktor yanukovych flew to eastern ukraine, close to the russian border where he spent the night in a state residence. while there, he went on ukrainian television to say defiantly that he would not
10:29 pm
resign and that he would not leave the country, but then he did not show up for a gathering of his allies. instead, he got back in his helicopter and flew 200 miles to his hometown, also in eastern ukraine near the russian border. everyone thought that eastern ukraine was safe territory for viktor yanukovych. but when he arrived at the airport in his hometown, he discovered that authorities were blocking the takeoff of the two private falcon jets that were waiting for him. he then fled by car, heading to the peninsula 400 miles away where his allies, the russians, base their black sea fleet. according to ukraine's new interior minister, the last we know of president yanukovych's movements is when he was heading for the airport in the south peninsula. but he must have been alerted to the fact that authorities were waiting for him there, and so yanukovych gathered his team and
10:30 pm
asked who wanted to remain with him and who wanted to leave now that the parliament had stripped him of power and charged him with mass murder for the dozens of people shot during the uprising. he's off with his much younger girl friend, leaving his wife and son to fend for themselves. one has him safely on a russian ship. others have him hiding in the historic port of baklava, a submarine base. it was also the site of the world famous 1854 battle commemorated in the poem "the
10:31 pm
charge of the light brigade." joining me now is rueters foreign affairs reporter david rode. he is a two-time pulitzer prize winner. david, let's try to finish this movie, okay? >> you're off to an amazing start. what does he do next? what are his moves? you're down there, who can he trust? everyone thought he's going east towards russia. he gets more and more support from ukrainian people as you get closer to russia, but what's happening? >> what's so surprising is how the people have turned against him. >> even in the east? >> yes, in the east which is the most sort of pro russian part of the country. who he's going to turn to? vladimir putin. will putin hide him is the question, which is a big, you know, decision he faces. but who knows. he could be in this monastery in bosnia.
10:32 pm
>> that's the other one, yeah. >> gadhafi tried to hide from his people. that did not work out well for him. saddam hussein. this is the latest example of a massive manhunt. >> look, the way -- i mean, for it to be a successful movie, the way this thing is going to have to end is preferably an american, to be played by an american actor will show up in some one-on-one confrontation with him after the girlfriend has escaped or whatever. but seriously, there was a feeling when he went to the eastern side of the country that okay, he's going to be able to hold on here. i mean,er that was my sensation of the way this was going to develop. he's going to be over there. the parliament is going to maybe try some maneuvers, but he's going to be in a power base over there. >> it's a good sign he does not have a power base. there's over 100 dead and he's being personally accused of doing this. and it will be interesting to see how this works out. putin expected more people to
10:33 pm
support the deposed president. and that's not happening. >> can putin make him his next snowden. can he actually have him on a russian ship right now over there and just slide him back into the country? can it become known that putin has taken care of him? >> i think eventually it could and that's probably his best chance to get out. it's extraordinary that -- >> how does that benefit putin? what does it kwost putin if he does that? >> it's a gamble for him in ukraine. ukraine is a mess economically. they're asking for $35 billion in aid. and putin's smartest play is to wait and see if this new government falls apart and can't hand. if he takes the ex-president out and protects him, that's going to turn ukrainians more against russia. >> does it win putin anything in russia? >> it might.
10:34 pm
for strong men he supports in different places. assad in syria, it shows how loyal putin is. but it's amazing sh he's in such a weak position so quickly. and that he was set to fly out with the private jets and border guards in the east that should have been loyal to him and russia blocked the flights. it's just extraordinary. >> thank you very much for joining me tonight. coming up, what brought the first lady together with amy poehler and will ferrell. and what thomas jefferson did say about religion and what he did not say about religion. and why he wouldn't much like cpac banning atheists from their meeting this year. that's next. this is interesting. it says here that a woman's sex drive increases at the age of 80.
10:35 pm
helps reduce the risk of heart disease. it seems that 80 is the new 18. grannies, bless your heart, you are bringing sexy back! eat up. keep heart-healthy. live long. for a healthy heart, eat the 100% natural whole grain goodness of post shredded wheat. doctors recommend it. [ car alarm chirps ] ♪ [ male announcer ] we don't just certify our pre-owned vehicles. we inspect, analyze, and recondition each one, until it's nothing short of a genuine certified pre-owned mercedes-benz for the next new owner. [ car alarm chirps ] hurry in to the mercedes-benz certified pre-owned sales event. visit today for exceptional offers. ♪ i'm saving a ton of time by posting them to my wall. oh, i like that one.
10:36 pm
it's so quick! it's just like my car insurance. i saved 15% in just 15 minutes. i saved more than that in half the time. i unfriend you. that's not how it works. that's not how any of this works. [ male announcer ] 15 minutes for a quote isn't how it works anymore. with esurance, 7 1/2 minutes could save you on car insurance. welcome to the modern world. esurance. backed by allstate. click or call. welcome to the modern world. (voseeker of the you can separate runway ridiculousness... from fashion that flies off the shelves. and from national. because only national lets you choose any car in the aisle... and go. and only national is ranked highest in car rental customer satisfaction by j.d. power. (natalie) ooooh, i like your style. (vo) so do we, business pro. so do we. go national. go like a pro.
10:37 pm
from the classic lines to the elegant trim in each and every piece, ♪ kohler will make your reality a dream. you want everything.orks an expert ford technician knows your car's health depends on a full, complete checkup. the works. because when it comes to feeling safe behind the wheel, going the distance and saving at the pump you want it all. get our multi-point inspection with a a synthetic blend oil change, tire rotation, brake inspection and more for $29.95 or less. get a complete vehicle checkup. only at your ford dealer.
10:38 pm
predibut, manufacturings a prettin the united states do. means advanced technology. we learned that technology allows us to be craft oriented. no one's losing their job. there's no beer robot that has suddenly chased them out. the technology is actually creating new jobs. siemens designed and built the right tools and resources to get the job done. ameriprise asked people a simple question: can you keep your lifestyle in retirement? i don't want to think about the alternative. i don't even know how to answer that. i mean, no one knows how long their money is going to last. i try not to worry, but you worry. what happens when your paychecks stop? because everyone has retirement questions. ameriprise created the exclusive confident retirement approach. to get the real answers you need. start building your confident retirement today.
10:39 pm
♪ legs, for crossing. ♪ feet...splashing. better things than the joint pain and swelling of moderate to severe rheumatoid arthritis. if you're trying to manage your ra, now may be the time to ask about xeljanz. xeljanz (tofacitinib) is a small pill, not an injection or infusion, for adults with moderate to severe ra for whom methotrexate did not work well. xeljanz is an ra medicine that can enter cells and disrupt jak pathways, that comes with ra. xeljanz can lower your ability to fight infections, including tuberculosis. serious, sometimes fatal infections and cancers have happened in patients taking xeljanz. don't start xeljanz if you have any kind of infection, unless ok with your doctor. tears in the stomach or intestines, low blood cell counts and higher liver tests and cholesterol levels have happened. your doctor should perform blood tests
10:40 pm
before you start and while taking xeljanz, and routinely check certain liver tests. tell your doctor if you have been to a region where certain fungal infections are common, and if you have had tb, hepatitis b or c, or are prone to infections. tell your doctor about all the medicines you take, and if you are pregnant, or plan to be. taken twice daily, xeljanz can reduce the joint pain and swelling of moderate to severe ra, even without methotrexate. ask if xeljanz is right for you. >> the conservative political action committee is gearing up at the gaylord resort in maryland. the one thing cpac had to do as the great event approaches is rewrite its imaginary rules
10:41 pm
about who can participate. since there are no real rules about who can participate, rewriting their imaginary rules can be quick and easy. they did it today in hour whence they suddenly decided that an organization american atheists could not participate. american atheists had come up with the $3,000 necessary to secure booth number 439 in the exhibition hall. there are some bigger, more expensive booths which have been rented by bigger, richer organizations like the national rifle association and the tea party patriots, but the atheists booth was a standard sized booth in a great location, right beside the republican national committee booth which is the same size as the atheists booth. cpac was happy to take the atheists money because, as megan snyder, a spokesperson told, conservatives have always stood for freedom and religious and freedom of expression. if you didn't know that
10:42 pm
conservatives, and specifically cpac have always stood for freedom of religion and freedom of expression, you're not the only one. other participants had no idea that conservatives have always stood for freedom of religion and freedom of expression because they don't. as cpac them proved decisively. tony perkins is a conservative who has never stood for freedom of religion and freedom of expression. as he proved once again today. perkins, who spoke at cpac in 2012 said in an e-mail to cnn today, does the american conservative union really think the liberties and values they seek to preserve can be maintained when they partner with individuals and organizations that are undermining the understanding that our liberties come from god. thomas jefferson warned against such nonsense.
10:43 pm
well, in fact, thomas jefferson warned against the nonsense that tony perkins peddles. many conservatives mistakenly believe come mas jefferson said, quote, without god liberty will not last. the very first time thomas jefferson said that was in 1966 when that quotation -- 1996 when that quotation was invented in an article by thomas g. west. the quote has been debunked as false, but that won't stop conservative christians from clinging to it. the thomas jefferson foundation note, that quotation has not been found in any of the writings of thomas jefferson. in debunking that quote, the thomas jefferson foundation notes that he said something about god and liberty in notes on the state of virginia. where jefferson wrote, can the liberties of a nation be though
10:44 pm
secure when we have removed their only firm basis, a conviction in the minds of the people that these liberties are of the gift of god, that they are not to be violated, but with his wrath. now notice carefully here, you'll notice that jefferson does not say that the liberties are the gift of god or that jefferson thinks they are the gift of god. what he says is that a firm basis for our liberties, for maintaining our liberties is the belief in the minds of the people that our liberties are the gift of god. you can't tell from that line whether jefferson himself believes in god. but you can tell that jefferson believes that the best way to keep our liberties security is for the people who do believe in god to believe that they would incur god's wrath by violating our liberties. in jefferson's view, those
10:45 pm
liberties include freedom of religion and freedom of expression, which, of course, includes the freedom to express that there is no god. jefferson wanted people to believe that if they interfered with the freedom to express anything, including atheism that god would be unhappy with them. not just a constitution. if they interfered with the free expression of atheism, they would incur god's wrath. that's what jefferson wanted them to think. so when tony perkins tries to cite thomas jefferson who support his intolerance, he is simply lying about thomas jefferson. but it is very unlikely that tony perkins knows he's lying because it's very unlikely that tony perkins knows any oof thomas jefferson's any actual writings on religious if tony perkins could have asked what thomas jefferson thought of
10:46 pm
atheists having a booth at cpac, jefferson would have told him, it does me no injury for my neighbor to say there are 20 gods or no god. that's another line that jefferson wrote on notes of the state of virginia. reason and inquiry are the only effective agents against error. nothing about god showing you the way to the truth. just reason and free inquiry. jefferson went on to say difference of opinion is advantageous in religion. tony perkins certainly doesn't think that difference of opinion is advantageous in religion. and now cpac doesn't think so. as soon as they heard that tony perkins doesn't think so. cpac will allow no difference of opinion on religion now that tony perkins has objected to the presence of people who have a difference of opinion on religion.
10:47 pm
jefferson wrote his notes on the state of virginia years before the constitutional convention, when most states still had established religions. jefferson hated that. and was very jealous of pennsylvania and new york because they had no legally recognized religions at all. jefferson admired the boldness of pennsylvania and new york for making that choice. the experiment was new and doubtful. when they made it. it was answered beyond conception. they flourished infinitely. they do not hang more malefactors than we do. they are not more disturbed with religious dissensions. on the contrary, their harmony is unparalleled. and can be ascribed to nothing but their unbounded tolerance. unbounded tolerance. that is not what tony perkins is famous for. and it is certainly not a value represented at cpac.
10:48 pm
thomas jefferson added, let us reflect that the world is inhabited by a thousand millions of people and that these profess probably a thousand different systems of religion, that ours is but one of that thousand. that is not something tony perkins reflects on. and that is not something that will be reflected at cpac. hours after welcoming the atheists to cpac today and saying conservatives have always stood for freedom of religion and freedom of expression, the poor cpac spokesperson, megan snyder had to say the atheists would be getting their money back for the booth number 439 and they were not welcome because american atheists would not, quote, engage in positive dialogue. you know the positive dialogue that cpac is just famous for. >> more background checks, dandy idea, mr. president. should have started with yours.
10:49 pm
another only evidence they have for the republican war on women is apparently that some taxpayers don't feel obliged to play for sandra fluke's birth control. i think that hair cut is birth control enough. >> with obama, you have a guy who wants to remake the space agency into an international outreach agency for muslims. >> people go to cpac, a lot of young people, to engage in a festival of condemnation of the vast majority of americans, including many republicans who do not agree with the extremist right wing and libertarian cpac agenda. those people have a lot of fun at cpac, but they do not have
10:50 pm
one moment, not one moment of positive dialogue with anyone they disagree with. when tony perkins and cpac are kicking the atheists out of the building, they really should not be pretending that thomas jefferson would be cool with that. they should not try to rewrite thomas jefferson. hotel. and a hotel is the perfect place to talk to you about hotels. all-you-can-eat is a hotel policy that allows you to eat all that you can. the hotel gym is short for gymnasium. the hotel pool is usually filled with water. and the best dot com for booking hotels, is it's on the internet, but you probably knew that. or maybe not, i don't really know you. bellman: welcome back, captain obvious. captain obvious: yes i am. all those words are spelled correctly.
10:51 pm
so i'm going pro. [ male announcer ] new crest tartar protection rinse, the only rinse that helps prevent tartar build-up and cavities. a little swishing. less scraping. yes! [ male announcer ] new crest pro-health tartar protection rinse. it helps you escape the scrape. humans -- we are beautifully imperfect creatures, living in an imperfect world. that's why liberty mutual insurance has your back, offering exclusive products like optional better car replacement, where, if your car is totaled, we give you the money to buy one a model year newer. call... and ask an insurance expert about all our benefits today, like our 24/7 support and service, because at liberty mutual insurance, we believe our customers do their best out there in the world, so we do everything we can to be there for them when they need us.
10:52 pm
plus, you could save hundreds when you switch -- up to $423. call... today. liberty mutual insurance. responsibility. what's your policy? >> michelle obama is using snl grads for her campaign on better food for children. that's next. [ tires screech ] [ car alarm chirps ] ♪ [ male announcer ] we don't just certify our pre-owned vehicles. we inspect, analyze, and recondition each one, until it's nothing short of a genuine certified pre-owned mercedes-benz for the next new owner. [ car alarm chirps ] hurry in to the mercedes-benz certified pre-owned sales event. visit today for exceptional offers. ♪
10:53 pm
visit today for exceptional offers. does it end after you've expanded your business?? after your company's gone public? and the capital's been invested? or when your company's bought another? is it over after you've given back? you never stop achieving. that's why, at barclays, our ambition is to always realize yours. save you fifteen percent or more on car insurance.ould yep, everybody knows that. well, did you know the ancient pyramids were actually a mistake? uh-oh. geico. fifteen minutes could save you fifteen percent or more on car insurance.
10:54 pm
>> this is so fun. mrs. obama is standing next to me like she's my audience and i'm just telling her jokes. this is like a dream. getting kids outside and challenging them to be physically active is a great cause. and let's move is such an amazing initiative. it's taking off a little happier than my initiative, let's help me move. >> president obama took her campaign to miami today with amy poehler. she seems to be rely on saturday night live graduates to get her message across. >> is there one trick to having, you know, a great beach bod for the summer? getting healthy? >> it's not about tricks. getting a good body and staying healthy is about dedication and consistency and eating right. >> so no entire honey baked hams? >> sorry. >> mrs. obama's day began at the white house where she made two
10:55 pm
announcements for the fourth anniversary of let's move. >> the first is that we're issuing new school wellness guidelines to help build healthier learning environments for our kids. and as part of this effort, we'll be eliminating advertisements for unhealthy food and beverages in our schools. because i think we can all agree that our classrooms should be healthy place where is kids are no, ma'am bombarded for ads for junk food. our second announcement focuses on school breakfast. i cannot possibly overstate how important this is. right now millions of children in this country are showing up to school hungry every day. and that's why we're expanding our school breakfast program, ensuring that nearly 9 million kids in 2,000 schools start their day with a nutritious breakfast.
10:56 pm
>> joining me now, chef and owner of kraft restaurants. tom, we have come such a long way, when you consider what michelle obama has been campaigning for. >> pretty much dent kept at bay now for other children. the message is definitely getting across. the importance of school breakfasts, it really gets them learning. there was a study done recently that kids that get breakfast, not before the bell, but after the bell in school, math scores go up by 17%. so there's a real educational outcomes to feeding kids frorp nutrition. >> she said something today about some of the things we now take for granted about no longer smoking and drinking.
10:57 pm
and these are all messages that came from the white house prior to the obamas being in the white house. let's listen to how she put it. >> just as we no longer smoke or drink when we're pregnant, just as we no longer let our kids ride their bikes without a helmet or sit in the backseat of the car without a car seat, today we know that we can no longer let our kids eat whatever they want. >> now, you can still get some republicans and sarah palins make fun of what michelle obama is doing on health. and you have to wonder, what would sarah palin have said about seat belt whence the government was making them mandatory. what is her attitude towards bike helmets on kids? things that are completely taken for granted. >> i would imagine it's the same rhetoric she's talking about today. if kids eat healthy early on in age, they're not going to have diabetes or heart disease.
10:58 pm
right now, health care costs, cost us about $1 09 billion a year. if you want to lower the money our government spends on health care, this is a good place to start. but also was the message that we're going to stop advertising to kids in schools especially on healthy food. we spend about $150 million advertising in school. this isn't commercials for movie theatres or whatever. this is in school. they're typically advertising food that's unhealthy. it undermines the gains in making fool lunch healthier. and undermines parents' ability to teach their kids and feed them a healthy diet. you know, it's a great step. but what i didn't hear today. this is interesting. i didn't hear pushback from the beverage companies or food companies on what the first lady is saying. they're going to take this $150
10:59 pm
million and just move it away from school to other places where they reach kids. the white house and the administration, to get a break from congress, they could actually, make a difference. but the real difference is in the tax code. it's being treated as a business expense. and therefore it's subject to a write uhoff. and so if we actually look at the dollars being used to advertise for unhealthy foods and no longer allow the tax break, then actually they'll take those advertising dollars and start advertising for healthier foods and then we'll really have something. >> the biggest possible push is from consumers asking for, demanding the healthier food. >> of course. if consumers started demanding healthy food they'll no longer advertise unhealthy food. but i don't think beverage companies, where they make their money isn't in water. they all own water companies as well. where they make money is sugary drinks.
11:00 pm
>> sweetening the water and coloring it in and i sticking it in a giant can. >> how do we get people to stop moment? tax it. thank you very much. appreciate it. biden enters the ring. let's play "hardball." >> good evening. i'm chris matthews in washington. let me start tonight with this. earlier today, barbara walters popped the question to vice president biden. if hillary clinton runs for president, does that mean you won't run? isn't that what you have said? biden couldn't have been more emphatic. he said he never said he wouldn't run if hillary did. quote, whether she runs or not will not affect my decision.