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talk on long distance phone calls meaning from boston to springfield, massachusetts. they would can you hear me? can you hear me. >> do you still have pete buttigieg has your guest this hour. >> guess who is going to teach me how to pronounce his last name. >> he's going to join news this hour. i got great questions from twitter. i solicited questions on twitter today. i now have 100 great questions, rachel. i'm going to get, i don't know what, ten maybe? if i'm lucky. >> if i get off the air let you do your show, you'll get in more. >> thank you, raich >> well, you know, i've never seen a more surprising and sudden rise of a presidential candidate than the candidacy of 37-year-old pete buttigieg who has come from really nowhere to be nowhere in politics to be a powerful new voice in the democratic presidential campaign. we've seen surprises before. we have seen in 1968, for example, senator eugene mccarthy
challenge the sitting democratic president in primaries but very slowly build a level of support that became threatening to president johnson in new hampshire. we saw senator bernie sanders last time start off in single digits in the polls and climb slowly and steadily and strongly to present a very strong challenge to hillary clinton. but gene mccarthy was a very well-known united states senator who almost got the nomination for vice president four years earlier. bernie sanders was a well-known united states senator when he started his presidential campaign. but most of us didn't know who the mayor pete buttigieg was just last year. i certainly didn't. i was still practicing how to say his name a couple of weeks ago when we first mentioned him on the show. it is the speed just that stunning speed with which pete buttigieg has risen to national prominence in this campaign we have not seen before. tonight we're very excited to
have mayor pete as he likes to call himself joining news tonight's segment of the contenders for his first interview on the "last word" as a presidential candidate. and we will of course, begin by letting the mayor give us his own lesson how to pronounce his last name because i'm not completely confident on my pronunciation yet. as i said, i solicited your questions for the mayor today on twitter. and you have sent me some really great ones which i will be using including the very last question that i'm going to ask pete buttigieg tonight. it is a question i keep hearing from democrats. it's a question that voters are asking themselves. it's a difficult question. it's not an issues question. but it is a difficult question for the mayor and for some other candidates to answer. it's an important question that could determine the voting decision of most democrats. and i will read you that question exactly as i found it on twitter and the voter who
sent me that question will get tonight's last word with pete buttigieg. that voter will get the very last question for mayor pete later in the hour tonight. but we begin our coverage tonight with congress's attempts to get a look at the complete mueller report and our first guest tonight has a history with president trump. preet bharara was fired by president trump as the u.s. attorney for the southern district of new york. from that point early in his administration, president trump has made it very clear that he wants federal prosecutors in his justice department whom he can control. the president spent years bitterly complaining about his first attorney general, jeff sessions because jeff sessions did the right thing and recused himself from supervising special prosecutor robert mueller's investigation of the president during that frustrating period for the president, donald trump said he wanted a roy cohn as his attorney general. he was the criminal lawyer by which i mean the lawyer who was
himself a criminal who represented donald trump in his private business dealings for years and no doubt taught donald trump his vision of how the law should be bent and twisted and abused in pursuit of whatever roy cohn and donald trump wanted. and so we're eager to get preet bharara's view of how donald trump's new attorney general william barr is handling the mueller report. we're on the eve of the deadline set by house judiciary committee chairman jerry nadler for the attorney general to turn over the full mueller report to the chairman and a letter to mueller on friday, the attorney general ignored the chairman's deadline and said we will in a position to release the report by mid-april if not sooner. powerful committee chairman don't like having their deadlines ignored. jerry nadler has scheduled a vote in the committee the day after his deadline on wednesday of this week to "authorize subpoenas for special counsel
robert mueller's full and complete report its underlying evidence and related matters. if the committee votes to shore rise those it will be left to chairman nadler to decide when to issue those subpoenas. in an op-ed which will appear in print tomorrow, nadler writes we require the report because congress, not the attorney general has a duty under the constitution to determine whether wrong doing has occurred. special counsel declined to make a traditional prosecutorial judgment on the question of obstruction. but it is not the attorney general's job to step in and substitute his judgment for the special counsel's. the judiciary committee will also vote on wednesday to authorize several other other subpoenas for documents from five key witnesses in the committee's investigation of alleged obstruction of justice, public corruption and other abuses of power by president trump, his associates and members of his administration. those witnesses are former white house counsel don mcgahn, chief strategist steve bannon,
communications director hope hicks, reince priebus and anne donaldson, the former chief of staff to former white house counsel don mcgahn. the latest nbc/"wall street journal" poll shows president trump's attempts to claim he has been completely exonerated by the mueller report which no one has actually read that those efforts are actually failing. 29% say that they believe trump has been cleared of wrongdoing. that means not even every trump supporter believes that donald trump has been cleared of wrongdoing. 40% say they don't believe trump has been cleared and 31% say they're not sure. eric columbus a justice department official in the obama administration says that the biggest question about the mueller report is what new facts are in it. in an op-ed piece for the "washington post," eric columbus wrote whether there is sufficient evidence to meet all the elements of a criminal offense is beside the point. the key question is whether
there also evidence of wrongdoing that would make americans either at the ballot box or via the impeachment process more inclined to remove the president from office. the ultimate jurors are the american people and their elected representatives who for good reason are not limited to the criminal law in deciding whether to remove a president from office. leading off our discussion now is eric columbus, former senior counsel to the deputy attorney general under president obama. eric columbus was also the general counsel in the department of home land security in the obama zprags, has experience dealing with the kind of classified material attorney general barr says he's redacteding from the mueller report. we're eager to get his view of what should and should not be redacted are from the report. preet bharara was the u.s. attorney from 2009 to 201 for the eight years of the obama administration. that will position is considered the most important u.s.
attorney's office in the united states and is of particular interest to president trump since it has geographic jurisdiction over the trump businesses, the trump company located in midtown manhattan. president trump decided he did not want his new york city businesses subject to any possible investigations. supervised by preet bharara. so the president fired him which means preet bharara is free to join us tonight and his new book is entitled "doing justice, a prosecutor's thoughts on crime, punishment and the rule of law." preet bharara, what would doing justice mean for the attorney general who now has the mueller report in hand. >> the first thing, the most important thing and the thing everyone is waiting for and all your viewers care about is to get access to the actual mueller report. a four-page summary written in 46 or 47 hours after a volume an news report whose length we didn't understand until the last day or two of almost 400 pages,
not including appendices and other attachments. you can't do justice to it. i have no suggested bill barr has somehow distorted or misled. he has portions of sentences from the mueller report that are not great for the president including that mueller didn't think he was exonerates on the issue of obstruction. there's no way you can do justice to a 400-page report that probably will have as eric points out in his piece new information especially about obstruction. so the most important thing for justice is not only that it be done but seen to be done. one of the ways it can be seen to be done is providing the information to the public consistent with other obligations possibly but doing that really, really fast. >> what would have done if you were in that position and robert mueller handed you that report? would you have attempted to write some kind of letter to congress or would you have found the task of the letter ultimately not worth it because
it would inevitably lead to tortured interpretations of it, possible misunderstanding? >> so n in fairness to bill barr, i think he was in a tough spot. the report gets delivered to the attorney general at around 5:00 p.m. on a friday. the whole world wants to know what's in it. presumably the amount of time it would take to do a redacted report let's say it would take a week. i don't think it should take much more although now it's taking many weeks. i don't think people would sit comfortably waiting for a week. conspiracy theorists would come out of the woodwork. you would have to put something out. i haven't seen the report so it's hard to judge but i think he had to say something about the principal conclusions in a way that's fairly favorable to the president. he jumped in and grabbed the punt. and you know, by virtue of his power as the recipient of the report which is required set forth in the guideline, and the
requirement of confidentiality of the report, he was kind of in a good position. had a lot of leverage in how he was going to play it to the public. again, i don't necessarily criticize him for putting out a letter. i'm not sure it's the right letter and there should be a delay between the summary letter and the time when the rest of us see the whole thing. >> eric columbus, preet just said that the attorney general grabbed the punt meaning that he took what he describes in his letter to be the special prosecutor's inability to reach a final conclusion, legal conclusion of some sort on obstruction of justice and just then declared that there was no obstruction of justice committed or certainly not one that could be proved beyond a reasonable doubt. was that the right role for the attorney general at that point. >> well, i thought that was somewhat of an odd thing to do in large part because as bill barr floated in his letter, the department of justice policy is that it would not be comport
with the constitution to indict a sitting president. therefore, when we were asking whether president trump obstructed justice, we are not asking whether he could be convicted, whether a jury would find he had done so beyond a reasonable doubt or ask him whether he engaged in behavior that is inappropriate for a sitting president and that be worthy of his removal either via the impeachment process or at the ballot box next year. >> preet, do you believe that what jerry nadler is asking for is reasonable, what they're going to vote for to subpoena which is to say the full report plus underlying investigative documents? >> i have worked in the congress like you did and oversaw some investigations myself. i think it's reasonable for oversight committee chairmen to ask for what they think need. as you and i also know, these things end up being accommodated somehow in the future. idea this will be resolved by a court in short order is not likely to happen.
so i think you ask for everything. and then maybe there's a negotiated way at the end of the day to get more than what you ask for. it's important to lay the groundwork. it may be we get a report in mid-april as promised by the attorney general that gives us virtually everything with minor redactions that reasonable people believe have to be made because of ongoing investigations. i don't think it makes sense for a committee chairman. we would not an advise them to wait idle by and you have to lay the groundwork now and that's appropriate. >> i assume what you're saying, it's one thing to decide what you show chairman nadler and possibly the committee. there's a different decision to be made about what would be public. >> i think so. you know, bear in mind these issues of classification don't apply necessarily to certain chairmen and ranking members in the house and senate. >> especially not the intelligence committee. >> part of what's going on here is not just i hope to stick it to the president on the obstruction point which i think
is already really significant but also for members of congress in their oversight role and legislative capacity to understand what happened to the country in connection with the interference in the 2016 election. my presunnion is there's going to be new information in there that don't necessarily mean that folks on the american side committed a crime but would help congress i think properly and appropriately figure out how to prevent against this in the next election and maybe hold other people accountable not necessarily criminally but in the other ways congress can do so. >> eric, with your experience in dealing with classified material and investigations what do you think should reasonably be redacted in this report, what kind of things should be redacted? either in delivery to congress or in delivery to the public which are two different standards? >> well, certainly. congress has the right as you know to seek classified information. a trickier issue may be grand jury materials.
most notably testimony of witnesses before the grand jury which the attorney general cannot unilaterally disclose to the public. the grand jury secrecy rules are kind of tricky. they're maybe somewhat uncharted territory. there are good arguments he can disclose things to congress which congress may not be able to disclose directly to the american public. there are other routes which may involve going to the judge who oversaw the mueller grand jury and asking her to use her authority to release some of the grand jury materials that are quoted in the report. and now again, we don't know how much of the report contains grand jury materials because mueller may have written it in a way to minimize the use of that if he was hoping for wider dissemination. >> it's fascinating see preet bharara, the other subpoenas that jerry nadler wants to issue because presumably, he's trying to find out elements of the
obstruction case. of that could have involved the white house counsel and others, white house chief of staff abso forth. presumably robert mueller has covered all of that and presumably seen all of those documents and they are presumably all referred to within the mueller report. and so those subpoenas separately targeted to individuals seem to be either something that wouldn't be necessary if they had the full mueller report or is a replacement route to not having the full mueller report. >> that could be. what the chairman is doing which i think is appropriate is in advance of knowing what is going to be given and making clear that they're not going to stabbed for something minimal, they want something maximal is they're laying down the gauntlet and saying we want to interview these people and prepared to compel them to testify ifness. thatth happens all the time when subpoenas are issued not just in congress but regular legislation. jerry nadler clearly means
business. and then if it's okay and you have satisfaction that you're getting the information from other sources or it's coming voluntarily or laid out in the mueller report and not redacted then you can say we'll withdraw the subpoena. until you know that, it's important to have all guns firing. > eric columbus, do you expect a big court battle over those subpoenas to those veterans of the trump administration? >>. >> i think it's likelier than not that they will comply in the end. >> eric columbus, we'll have to reeve it right there. thank you both very much for joining us. preet bharara's book is "doing justice a prosecutor's thoughts on crime, punishment and the rule of law." and when we come back, mayor pete buttigieg will be answering your questions and mine. you sent me great questions from on twitter today and the very last question he gets tonight toward the end of the hour in the in interview will be one of
the questions that you sent on twitter, one of the important questions. also tonight before we get to the presidential campaign, president trump is trying to destroy the affordable care act in court. and that has republicans in congress especially in the senate very worried. and hoping that president trump will lose in court. we'll be right back with that. p will lose in court we'll be right back with that. t. i switched to geico and saved hundreds. that's a win. but it's not the only reason i switched. geico's a company i can trust, with over 75 years of great savings and service. ♪ now that's a win-win. switch to geico. it's a win-win.
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senate have proved many times that they are incapable of passing a health care bill to replace the affordable care act. so it should come as no surprise tonight that the hill is reporting that an senate republicans are disappointed that president trump is trying to kill the affordable care act in court because they know they are incapable of legislating any replacement of any kind of the affordable care act and those republicans do not want to pay the political price for taking
health care away from over 20 million people. "the washington post" reports that according to numerous lawmakers staffers and aides "republicans have no intention of heeding president trump's urgent demands for a new health care plan to replace affordable care act fearing the potential political damage such a proposal could cause in 2020 and hoping he will soon drop the idea. last week be president trump said republican senators rick scott and john barrasso would "come up with something that's really spectacular." those were his words. yesterday rick scott said he has nothing spectacular and is waiting for something spectacular from donald trump. >> i look forward to you know, to seeing what the president is going to put out being with nancy pelosi in the house it's going to be tough to get something down did you just say you expect the white house to come forward with a proposal first. >> i know in the end the white house is going to have to have their plan.
>> both of our guests know the policy and politics of the affordable care act and how the act affects the lives of real people. joining us neera tanden, veteran of the obama administration who worked on the affordable care act, currently the president of the center for american progress and maria teresa kumar that worked on outreach to the latino communities for the affordable care act and an boko haram snbc. the hill is reporting tonight that republican senators are hoping, hoping that president trump loses in court in his attempt to destroy the affordable care act because they have no idea what to do if they have to replace it. >> yeah, i think it is a case where fool me once, shame on me, fool me twice, three times, four times, five times, shame on you. i think the reality here is that the president of the united states has never had a plan on
health care. he campaigned on having something better than the affordable care act. that never materialized. he had a plan that went up in flames in a republican senate and now we have a democratic house and there is absolutely no plan, no thought of a plan that would pass the house and the senate. and the idea that he's going to risk 20 million people's health care on the figment of his imagination is i think what is going to be a very potent issue for democrats in 2020, just as it was an extremely potent issue in 2018. >> and chuck todd had senator barrasso on yesterday and asked him about what the republican plan would be. senator barrasso said he had been working on one forever but they don't have one. "the washington post" reporting a senior white house official directly involved in the discussion said there was no specific proposal. mcconnell also has no plans to
put together a working group of republican lawmakers to draft a health care blueprint as he did in 2017. according to one official familiar with party strategy. senator grassley said no hearings are planned on replacing obamacare in his committee. one said his focus is working on reducing health care costs and emphasize bipartisan efforts to do so. maria teresa, if the court strikes down the affordable care act, 20 million people are absolutely going to lose their health care coverage because there is no legislative plan to replace it. >> there is absolutely no plan b and the republicans have had over six years to come up with a plan b. let's be clear. the fact right now there are briefs coming out in support of the affordable care act, yes from the traditional progressive route routes but there are two governors asking the court not to strike it down.
for the american people, most understand without health care coverage they and their loved ones may not only lose the ability to be healthy but also the shirts on their back. lawrence, prior to the affordable health care act, the number one reason americans were filing bankruptcy was because they couldn't pay their medical bills. this is completely a nonsec which tar. this is cruel and playing politics solely for trump because the republicans know it's a losing issue. it's the reason why they lost the midterm election because they recognized that pulling the literally the rug from under the constituency means not only will people with pre-existing conditions not get coverage but even individuals that are beacon the middle of the road of whether or not they're going to be able to pay for their pills or not are also going to be incredible vulnerable. there's, for the very first time in american history, we have the majority of americans who feel that not certain people should have health care coverage but that the majority of everyone hud have universal health care coverage. >> we have a fox news poll
showing just how unpopular the president's position is. a fox news poll showing only 37% of a prove of president trump's handling of health care, 52% disapprove of the president's handling of health care. and near ra, republicans in congress officially republican senators know how to read those polls. >> yeah, i think this is a real chasm between republicans who are going to face elections in 2020 and donald trump. you know, the last couple weeks he started out with an attack on john mccain because of his health care vote. then we find out that the white house overruled the view of the attorney general and the hhs secretary in saying that they should overturn basically it's the trump administration position that the courts should overturn the aca. and i think what you see is there are republicans who recognize that trump has a deep disadvantage on health care and they remember that senators like
josh holly, right before the election said he was for pre-existing conditions though his record was totally opposed to that. and then a few months later, they turn around and try and get rid of pre-existing conditions for over 100 million people. let's remember pre-existing conditions protections are at the heart of the affordable care act. if you have a pre-existing condition then when this, when the aca goes out or if it is ruled unconstitutional as the trump administration would like it to be, you lose your pre-existing conditions protections from your insurer private or in the exchanges. so i think everyone recognizes so many republicans recognize this is a lethal issue for democrats. and why they hope that trump will change his mind. >> maria teresa. >> something for the most of americans to realize under this idea of what encompasses pre-existing condition, pregnancy is considered a pre-existing condition.
35% of women who have had children their not being able to apply for health karat a simple level. this is how qult notice weeds we have to get for folks to understand what is at risk. >> nearra, the reason this is such a potent political issue and such a hot political issue and the reason we're talking about the polling on it is that it affects repeople's lives. that's the kind of thing that polls strongly in politics real issues that really change the quality of people's lives. and we're talking about over 21 million people whose lives would be shockingly changed by a court one day saying the affordable care act is no longer law including all sorts of provisions a lot of people forget about liking that 22-year-old who can remain on the parents' health insurance policy only only because of the affordable care act. >> that's right. >> what's incredibly ironic about the situation we're in is that the conservatives have
attacked you know, run away judiciary for overturning the will of the people and here we have a situation where the conservatives tried and failed to overturn the aca and the congress and couldn't get that done and now we're using the courts. now, i think the courts will be a little concerned because they will be responsible for 20 million people losing health care or 100 million people losing pre-existing conditions protections or millions of people 18 to 26 who are on their parents' plan. remember the affordable care act touches so many aspects of the health care system. and you're absolutely right, lawrence. health care is different from so many other policies, policies affecting taxes or wall street because it relates to the most important decisions we make. as human beings. taking care of our children, et cetera. that's why i think trump is either giving a great benefit to democrats or will have to reverse himself.
>> near ra and maria, thank you both for joining us tonight. appreciate it. when we come back, it is presidential campaign time. and we have mayor pete buttigieg joining us tonight. this will be my very first conversation with the mayor and he will be joining us as a presidential candidate. he is a fascinating person, and he was before he became a politician. and he is an intriguing politician. so he is worth an extended interview even if he wasn't a presidential candidate but is he now the fastest rising presidential candidate we have seen. he is in the thick of it now and he will join us next. he is in td he will join us next when you rent from national... it's kind of like playing your own version of best ball. because here, you can choose any car in the aisle, even if it's a better car class than the one you reserved. so no matter what, you're guaranteed to have a perfect drive. [laughter]
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was on that same campus as elizabeth warren as a senior at harvard college writing a thesis about u.s. foreign policy and on his way to graduating magna cum laude laud in history and literature. now they are all top tier contenders for the democratic presidential nomination. anyone could have easily predicted that senators warren, harris and sanders would be presidential contenders this year. but pete buttigieg has come from out of nowhere politically to surge in the early and highly unreliable polls and to surge in fund-raising. so quickly that he is the biggest surprise in the campaign so far. you can actually watch the rise of pete buttigieg in this graph that google released today showing google searches of presidential candidates this year pete buttigieg starts at the bottom in january and he ends up in what is essentially a tie up there at the top.
as of today. watch that again. watch him just fly up there in google searches over time. at a speed we haven't seen before. joining us now in his first interview as a contender here at "the last word" is the mayor of south bend, indiana, democratic presidential candidate pete buttigieg. mayor, thank you very much for joining us tonight. we really appreciate it. >> good evening, glad to be with you. >> lou am i doing so far on the pronunciation of your last name? i'm from boston so the entire english language is a challenge for me, but how am i doing? >> you've got it. bud buttigieg. it's a very common name in the country of malta, not so much anywhere else but you got it. >> roll it off your tongue one more time. i know tv news people around the country will rewind this so they can practice the pronunciation. >> buttigieg.
some people say you just say boot edge edge. other people say the word buddha and judge and that will get you there. three times fast either way. >> thank you very much. all right. so i want to get to a bunch of questions that were sent in on twitter today. some of them were really great and some of our own here. and i want to consider things you would do as president. so one of them might involve the mueller report, for example. so it is possible that attorney general barr and the trump celebration will in effect hide the full mueller report for the rest of donald trump's term. if you become president and the mueller report has not been released in full, would you order the full release of the mueller report? >> yes, i believe the public has a right to know what's in that report. i hope that it will be made available long before the new president takes office but certainly it would be something i would believe in if it hasn't happened by the time i get there. >> the hr-1, the very first bill
that the democrats and the house of representatives first major bill they're trying to put through contains a provision that requires all presidential candidates to release ten years of tax returns. do you support that? would you sign that into law as president? >> i do. you know, this kind of transparency should be table stakes especially when we want to know the financial interests of the person we're putting into the highest office. the sad thing is it used to be you didn't need to enforce this by law. it was customary and understood if you expected the american people to trust with you that kind of power, you were going to release your tax returns. at least over a reasonable period of time. unfortunately, we can no longer take that for granted. it's going to have become a matter of law. >> will you be releasing ten years of tax returns? >> yeah, it might take work for me to dig up the last ten years but it's not very complicated. they're all pretty thin filed. so i'll be prepared to do that for sure. >> how about is your 2018 tax return? will you be ready to file that
by april 15th this year? i will be. i've got to admit, i haven't gotten around to putting it in just yet. again, i believe in this kind of transparency and obviously i want to practice what i preach. >> senator gillibrand as you might know released hers for her 2018 return that she's filing before april 15th and so that's -- she's the first one in the group to release this year's return. on tax policy, would you repeal the trump tax cuts? >> yes, we -- at least the tax cuts on the wealthiest because that has blown a huge hole in the treasury that my generation is going to be forced to pay. we're going to have to pay for it probably in the form of reduced services if we don't come up with revenue. there's no need for some of these giveaways to the wealthiest people in the country. but we also need to rethink the way that our revenue is structured right now. that's why i think at least three ideas that have been
floating out there among many people in the 2020 conversation deserve to be part of a portfolio of revenue for the future. that would include a wealth tax, some reasonable percentage on those who are sitting on the largest amounts of wealth in this country. it would mean a financial transactions tax to deal with the fact that people are in some cases making preposterous sums of money off of millisecond transactions that don't seem to contribute very much to the real economy. if they do fine, but that needs to be shared with the country so that we can have a more robust infrastructure and education and national security and all of the things that make the accumulation of that kind of wealth possible and we also need to reconsider the taxes for the income brackets that are making the most. you know, over the last probably 40 years, democratic and republican politicians have accepted what you might call the reagan consensus. this idea that the only thing you would ever consider doing to
taxes is to cut them. and the only arguments over whose taxes to cut. obviously we want to keep taxes low and reasonable especially for working people struggling to get by and members of the middle class but we also know that some people in this country are not paying their fair share. and whether it's individual taxes like some of what i've been talking about or making sure we use some kind of instrument like perhaps sales apportionenment to get a better share of u.s. corporate taxes now being hidden offshore or not appropriately taxed when it comes to global business, we could be doing a lot better to fill the treasury before it has to hit the working and middle class. >> we have a lot more questions for you and so after this break, when we come back, you just mentioned the wealth tax which is elizabeth warren's idea. when we come back after the break, i'd like to ask you what is the best idea you have heard from one of the other he democratic candidates for president. we're going to squeeze in a break here and we'll come back with thatting with pete buttigieg. e back with thatting with pete buttigieg. ing with pete
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and we're back with presidential candidate pete buttigieg. and so we gave you the commercial break to think about it. what is the best idea you've heard from one of the other democratic candidates for president? >> well, i think each of the candidates is offering something really helpful. we talked about the wealth tax. i think that's a good idea. i think the baby bonds concept or some way to make sure we are starting early on addressing some of the gaps not just in income but in the accumulation of wealth especially for our most disadvantaged. also a really good idea that's already been contributed in this debate. and you know, even some of the ideas i'm not on board with, i'm glad we have a bit more range coming from left through center to kind of stake out where our party ought to be. so i don't think it's a bad thing for us to have perspectives in this party from ones that are more centrist than i am to folks calling themselves democratic socialists if only to make sure we remind ourselves we ought to have as much a range as
the right has. >> i want to get to some of the questions from twitter from some viewers. gina ingle tweeted what does he infend to do about our troops in afghanistan? >> we're leaving afghanistan. the only i think it's a good sign there are paesz talks going on but i'm concerned about the progress of the peace talks. the democratically elected government is being left to the side as an after thought. frfrs but the bottom line is we can't be tguaranteers of prosperity. look, when i was there five years ago in 2014 as a lieutenant i thought i was among the last u.s. troops to be there. you can be old enough to enlist
and not have been alive when 9/11 happened. the departure has to be accelerated in a contex toot make sure people dont get sent again in the future. >> twitter is allowing us to turn this into a min a town hall. so what is the biggest regret unyour professional life? sthu something you wish you could go back and change. your if i knew that then now moment. >> earlier unmy professional life i turned down the job offer for obama for senate because i had a chance to work for john kerry. i can't say that's necessarily a regret and i'm a great admirer of president obama but not sure i'd be doing that today. you think of things you could have done better.
certainly on each of my campaigns i would have it done differently. you're going to make mistakes as you go. it's simply more to your credit if you make a different mistake each time. >> let's squeeze in one more before the commercial break. a former republican who tweets as at ks finch. he says i'm a 45-year-old white male southerner. and until 20 sf17 i always vote gop. i'd like the vote for a democrat and will not vote for trump. what can mayor pete offer a voter like me? >> most americans agree. statistically the question as one of the 80% or so of republicans who believe in
universal backgroundchucks. maybe part of the majority of americans believe we should raise waujs for everybody and probably part of the bipartisan majority that believes comp a comprehensive immigration reform includes a pathway to citizenship. as well as whatever measures are appropriate on border security. and that was the bipartisan compromise that made it through thesont and died in the house. they can't be delivered by the american congress because the center of gravity is so out of wack with the center of gravity of the american people. and among the american people commands some respect is treated as too far out for washington to deliver. >> we're going to have to squeeze in one more commercial break and when we come back the
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incluned to support as a woman choosing a candidate to make a difference for women and equality >> i think you should choose the person you think is going to nocbest president. i am who i am and i'm passionately committed to making sure that top leadership in this country and in our party just as i work hard to make sure it's in our demonstration and reflects the full diversity and mocking sure we're in the same positions. everyone else has been underrepresented and i would argue it takes many shapes. and if a millennial son isn't part of the diversity of our party then i dont know what else i can say. all of this brings the unique experience we have and hopefully
motivates us to stand up for other people who for whatever reasons of their own have been disadvantaged so we're all helping each other get ahead. you have a standing invitation to join us to continue to discuss the issues of the campaign. we really appreciate you accepting that invitation and jouning us tonight. thank you, mr. mayor. he gets tonight's last word. "the 11th hour" starts right now. tonight supeen aa fight. and the ag saying he won't hand it over until late april. both sides appear dug in and bracing for a stand off. a whistleblower reveals two dozen white house officials were granted a security