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mark: i mark halperin. and i'm john heilemann. and with all due respect to house speaker paul ryan -- mr. ryan: i do not want nor will i accept the nomination for our party. count me out. let me say again, i am not going to be our party's nominee. i should not be considered, per iod, and of story. john: so you're saying there's a chance.
mark: happy just say no day, sports fan. on the show tonight, my conversation with ice cube. but first, the biggest conversation in the presidential race today came from someone who is not in the presidential race, and now, emphatically, he will not be. he addressed rampant speculation that he might potentially be a white knight running to the rescue should the republican convention in cleveland be terminally deadlocked. his resounding message today, not going to happen. mr. ryan: i want to put this to rest once and for all. i have remained neutral. my job is to ensure that there is integrity in the process, that the rules are followed by the rulebook. that means it is not my job to tell delegates what they should do. i have a message to relay
today. we have to much work to do in the house to allow this speculation to swirl her to have my motivations questioned. to swirl,be clear -- or to have my motivations questioned. so let me be clear, if no candidate has a majority on the first ballot, i believe you should only choose from a person who has actually participated in the primary. count me out. you want to be the nominee for our party, to be the president, you should actually run for it. i chose not to do this. therefore, i should not be considered. period. and of story. john: -- end of story. biggest start with the
question. does this truly close the door on sir paul ryan and his trusty white steed? lot, butcloses it a not completely. team paul ryan was very frustrated that people like us speculated he would be the republican white knight. i still believe that if the republican convention is deadlocked and none of the three running can get a majority any which way, that ryan still makes more sense. i happen to know he will be at the convention. but it makes things harder. he said as a principal it should be someone who has run in the race. i think it makes it much, much, much, much less likely that he would be turned to, but i don't because itds it, still makes logical sense to unify the party. john: i still think it closes the door, not for any good reason. , if he is nominated
as a white knight, the task of the white knight is to get the trump voters to come back and vote for him or her in the election. one, they will be mad to begin with. but now they will be angry and not only see this person as illegitimate, but would see him as being a total hypocrite who lied to the country and ultimately went around their back. itset himself up now so that makes it almost impossible for him to do what he would need to do as the nominee. mark: and he's presiding over the convention and is the chairman of the party, so it would look even worse. over.obably it's this could be a sobering reality check for republicans who don't like any of the current options. many of them have probably already started strategizing about who else the white knight could be.
here is our most act of potential republicans. mosaic of potential republicans. it is mostly speculative. where does this leave republican dreamers in search of somebody to be there if the current candidates deadlock? isn: i believe the phrase grasping at straws. there are a lot of esteemed republicans on this wall. none of them are really plausible in any kind of serious way. you need, ideally, to have for officeo has run before. george herbert walker bush and dick cheney are not going to be the white nights. mark: you see them as the knights who say no. it's hard. somebody like mitch daniels, maybe. the problem is, again, trump
will have minimum third ballot, minimum, even if he collapses, 500 delegates, and you are going to need those 500 delegates to be happy, and the people they represent, so it has to be aligned withis trump on a lot of issues. and they are not. many are four different policy on immigration. and on foreign policy and a whole variety of things. of thesexperience, all guys have said it at a national level. are overnow that we time, but the fact of ryan's decision means a lot of republicans are going to give up dreaming about a white knight and they are going to say john kasich, ted cruz, donald trump, pick one. john: now for what we are theing ryan's rule, argument that when it comes to only candidates who
are or were in the race should be considered. will ryan's rule prevail now? ofk: i think for a lot people it well. that will be an attitude thing. mathematically, if it's not trump on the first ballot, trump on the second ballot, cruz on the second ballot or third ballot, then the easiest way to break the deadlock is to say that's the ticket. and increasingly, and less john kasich and really move up -- and we will talk later about -- unless john kasich and really move up, and we will talk later about an important speech he , it, unless he can move up is just going to be people who are in play. the symbolism makes it very hard.
ryan won't do it. ryan won't bless it. very hard for anyone else to come in. everythingee with you just said. i think the reality is either donald will get to 1237 or there cut ae a mad dash to deal. trump could try to cut a deal with either one of those two guys. could have enough delegates to -- john kasich at have enough delegates to put trump over the top, so he could cut a deal with john kasich. no one -- what his name, the governor of wisconsin? scott walker left after 70 days. jeb bush, disaster. marco rubio, disaster. rick perry, disaster. john: and the only one who might have qualified was chris christie who has endorsed donald trump. paul ryan is the chairman
of the republican party convention in cleveland this summer. about his plans for the country no matter who the republicans nominate. those twoyan play roles effectively? john: i think he will try to, but i don't think he will very effectively play them because what we know about presidential politics is that presidential politics will blot out the sun. mark: the only way i think he can do it, and this is something paul ryan is capable of, is that he is super specific about policies. the problem is, once he is super specific, he will have to tilt left, right, or center. that will probably give the democrats a big opening. john: if you wanted to be a shadow party running in trump, he to donald
could be that. we might end up there. as a loyalserving internal opposition within the opposition. to propose going comprehensive immigration reform, entitlement reform, budget cuts? it's a problem. mark: and not politically popular. john: when we come back, to roadster verged in a yellow wood. stud and in the end it helped his campaign. ite -- long he stood, and helped his campaign. more on john kasich after this. ♪
ryan. now it's time to talk about presidential candidates who actually want to be presidential candidates. today, john kasich a for one of the most important and presidential speeches of his -- john kasich gave one of the most important and presidential speeches of his campaign so far. he laid out his vision for the the tonend lambasted of presidential politics. kasich: when we unite as a country, america always wins. for those who are angry and afraid, i want to assure that there is another, better way to deal with this. some who feed off the fear and anger held by some of us and their own, feed to insatiable desires for fame and attention. that could drive america down and not make us
great again. the path that exploits anger, encourages resentment, turns fear into hatred, and divides people, this path solves nothing. it demeans our history. it weakens our country, and it cheapens each one of us. it has but one beneficiary, and that is to the politician who speaks of it. the other is the path america fear turnswn before, to hope because we remember to take strength from one another. uncertainty turns to peace because we reclaim our faith in the american ideals that have carried us upward before, and america's suppose it decline becomes our finest hour because tocome together to say no those who would prey on our human weakness and instead choose leadership that serves, helping us look up, not down.
mark: did governor kasich do what he set out to today? john: if what he was trying to do was draw a very clear bright light in the sound between what he and many republicans see as a kind of republicanism embodied by both crews and trump, that is not embodied by reagan republicans, i think he did a good job of drawing a line and putting himself on the other side. mark: this was a good speech because he spoke from the heart and made the distinction clear. ironically, if paul ryan had made this decision yesterday and john kasich had made his speech today, or even vice versa, but it's not going to get very much coverage.
the other thing is if he had given the speech after he won the ohio primary -- today was a good day, but he got stepped on. it.he room, people loved it wasn't his crown though. can he keep it up? can he keep the message going. it's a message tens of millions of people in the party are interested in. seemedt's a speech that to be weeks in coming. there were many opportune moments to give that speech. you mentioned ohio. there have been many others. this one by sheer bad luck turned out not to be a great moment, but if he sticks with it, it could be important for convention strategy. mark: he was talking about trump he ted cruz, and i think will have to do that without taking the low road. john: speaking of the low road, donald trump was at it again last night.
he repeated one of his new favorite talking points that the nomination process is unfair, rigged, corrupt. wait, there is another way to describe it. mr. trump: its effects. we thought we were having an fix.ion, -- it's a we thought we were having an election, and they said we will do it by delegate. they will do it by delegate. isn't that nice. if i go to the voters of colorado, we win colorado. it's a crooked, crooked system. let me tell you a little secret as far as our country is concerned. we have a democracy, but we have to keep our democracy, and we are going to do that. politicallys a effective argument or just, as ted cruz puts it, whining and
going to fall on deaf ears? it abouthe makes himself, like when he says the rnc is not treating me well, it can be seen as whining. if he makes it about voters, look, the system is undemocratic , collocated, and intended to reward the inside game rather than popular -- complicated, and intended to reward inside game rather than popular feeling. i think he could get a lot of pr mojo behind it. john: part of the question for me about this, i think those who are already in the trump camp to believe the system is rigged. that's why they want to elect trump to begin with. i think this will get them more angry and upset. i don't think it will expand his voter pool at all. 56% of the delegates. he is going to need to do better. he can't get 35% in the coming states.
mark: i think he will. votersoes he want more or to keep a static pool? more voters would help him win the nomination. from the heart and has a lot of faqs on his side. up next, -- he is speaking from the heart and he has a lot of facts on his side. we's be to the former communications director for hillary clinton and -- we speak to the former communications director for hillary clinton. ♪
total amateur, you have to call in a pro. joining us now is a senior adviser to our boss, michael bloomberg. he is also the former communications director for hillary clinton's 2000 eight campaign. and from washington, d.c., bloombergs senior -- 2008 campaign. and from washington, d.c., bloombergs senior politics reporter. experience with this long, bitter, political cycle? >> people are getting tired and tensions are beginning to manifest themselves. i think at the end of the day, hillary clinton will be the nominee. she will not need superdelegates to become the nominee. we all know that in this process is is very difficult for the person in second place to catch up once they fall behind.
bernie sanders is going to win more states. he will collect more money. i assume he will go all the way to california. some point, the two sides will begin to ratchet down. in 2008, there was a point at conclusionme to the that we were unlikely to overtake barack obama. i assume something like that will happen, but it hasn't happened yet. margaret, since the primary results came in and sanders won big, what are some things the sanders campaign has done well? one is to continue to inspire his supporters with the notion that, math aside, a win is still possible. if new york could be close, perhaps california is a place the boundsing beyond
of statistical probability can be kept alive. but what hillary clinton is doing this week is much less of the differentiation on senator sanders part. what good does it do hillary clinton's campaign for twitter and engage in attacks and negativity toward the sanders campaign? what purpose does that serve? >> i didn't see it, so i don't know exactly what you are referring to. mark: the caustic back and forth using social media. that to a attribute general fraying of the nerves. does that serve a purpose? >> it serves as an outlet for people's frustrations. i am not sure if it serves an electoral purpose.
she was trying to prove that she is tough enough to take on donald trump and to handle tough questions. so, maybe a little bit of punch ball on social media may drive that a little bit. this is a bit of a mirror of 2008 in which hillary clinton barack obama and bernie sanders is hillary clinton. i want to do a psychological question. where was barack obama's head in 2008, and how did his aides deal with getting him to not be ly annoyed ative hillary clinton sticking around long after it was possible for her to win? has neverferences she been the underdog in this race. there was a point right up until the end where she led with the
popular vote and an was finally surpassed in the delegate vote. psychologicalnt game, but it's true in both cases that the aides and advisers had to keep reminding candidates to pace themselves and not act to presumptive. you dealt with hillary in 2008 in these circumstances. there came a point when you decided as a campaign not to make things worse. talk about how you got her to the point where she accepted that? >> it is tough, because when you are winning as senator clinton was late in spring, early in tomer, the temptation is think on some level that this is possible. people are voting for me. it's the charlie sheen
school of politics. winning. >> in senator clinton's case, she would vote to these rallies where there were in norma's numbers of people showing her a great deal of affection, and it was hard to square what was happening in her bubble with the delegate math. at some point though, and they give her a lot of credit, she is a lifelong democrat. partyderstood that the needed to come together and get a nominee who could win. we will keep this conversation going after this quick word from our sponsors. ♪
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howard wilson, the senior advisor to our boss, michael bloomberg. the president and the vice president both have talked about hillary clinton. the vice president talked about sanders and clinton. i am wondering how anxious you think they are to get this nomination fight settled so they can play a role in helping whoever the nominee is? >> i think they would like it to be settled. they both marginally think it is settled. they both have made a commitment not to jump in for voters in the party to decide. , to my mind, has almost been doing this for a year now. withis interview released mike. you see a situation where they don't want to be part of a
division. they want to unify the party. you have a situation where the public polling suggests hillary clinton is up by a dozen points in new york. it is safe to say that she's had as good a we guess sanders. week as sanders. the debate, something could lead him to win the primary, or is it done? debates do change things and it is conceivable he has an amazing debate. she doesn't have a history of many terrible debates. could the polls be wrong? >> you have to be concerned but all of the polling i've seen suggests she will get somewhere in the mid 50's. john: do you think on the basis of what you know, knitting the party back together was a
challenge. it will it be harder or easier this time around? people have sanders it might -- as much intensity. would say it was easier but now it feels like it may be just as complicated. it will take some work. d by: is that exacerbate being questioned about it? you know that this will go on until june and it is only april. you can't take your foot off the gas just yet. at some point, you will have to ease off the gas a little bit and recognize that sanders is going to win some states. not enough of them to be the nominee. the important thing is to have a unified party. john: one of the great
complexities is that she will be dealing with someone on the other side that is not what hillary clinton was to barack obama, a fellow democrat. mark: if you look at bernie sanders and get a read on where he stands, the you think he thinks he can be the nominee? or is this about accumulating delegates and influence? >> it is certainly about influencing the convention but if you are still in the race, you have to believe you can do it. and there is the fbi investigation. i think bernie sanders and his aides are smart people and can understand as well as anyone. you see him still competing very aggressively. this can change by california depending on what happens in new york.
what happens as we move west. what the president relish donald trump being the republican nominee? she thinks it would be relatively easy to beat him? >> unless it isn't. the entire establishment relishes unless they are wrong. then they will blame themselves for not doing more to stop it. it's a risk. i think they understand that. who do you want to run against? if you are hillary clinton? trump.ld he is not electable and he will put states in play that otherwise would not be. john: and that he is as unpredictable as he is isn't giving you pause? there might be some more difficult days emotionally because of donald trump, but i cannot imagine circumstances
under which someone with his numbers currently and his style of campaigning -- will she many states win, best case? ap is theama '08 m floor. in addition to those, you put arizona in play, utah in play, maybe georgia. mark: fewer than five additional states? john: not mcgovern. >> we don't live in that country anymore. canes become safe and you extend the map. you have in a norma's of taking the senate back. help taking the senate back. you are watching us in washington dc, you can listen to us a bloomberg 91 -- 99.1 fm.
mark: with the help of former president clinton and george w. bush, our next guest was able to connect with and learn about the unique challenges of raising a child with asperger's. he wrote about the experience in his new book "love that boy." two parents taught me about expectations. it is a hefty question to ask of an author but there is a great story behind the title of the book.
>> in 2005, i was covering bush 's reelection campaign. think the correspondent for their sacrifices. bush is doing it for me and i'm walking with my three kids and ise including my son, who five. tyler can only talk about barney the dog. he's going on and on. and he starts talking about roosevelt's dog. and i'm very anxious. i'm worried i'm taking too much of the president's time and my son is embarrassing himself. , you know how well he reads a room. the president grabs me and takes says, "love that
was a niceught it thing to say and i should love him despite the fact he is quirky and a little bit different. realize you've got to love your kids because of what makes them different. what did you learn from watching your son interact with president clinton who you've known for a long time? >> we started the meeting by clinton and i looking out over little rock. we were reminiscing on our career together. i fade to the background. they are talking about teddy roosevelt, bill clinton's favorite president. when clinton talked about roosevelt, his presidency, i am taking notes.
really fascinating and really smart. myself, billto clinton has been obsessed for one topic which is very much like my son and he's not picking up on the social clues. i wrote down, is bill clinton an aspy? i know he's not autistic. the greatestably communicator out there and can feel a nation's pain. got some social rough edges, why am i worried about my son? it's interesting that you are interacting with guys and took away some real insights from your interactions with presidents. as you look back, what was ,evealed to you, in some ways about tyler that you did not know before those interactions? i> he's probably the gutty
est person i will ever meet. what we are doing right now, it's not just uncomfortable for him, it's unnatural. we were watching a news conference. you do this, dad. i said, your mom wants you to do this. he walked in and did it. i learned not to sweat the rough edges. i learned to love him because of his idiosyncrasies. mark: you and i met when you were in little rock. you are covering bill clinton and came to washington when he came to washington. in all that time, you put a lot of time into your career. importance and the process of thinking about the book and writing the book. the transition that made a little bit of hard focus.
not just your son but your family. >> it came to a head when he was diagnosed. standing in the parking lot, just heard the scary word. i knewand asperger's nothing about. she said you've got to spend some serious time with him and bond with him. tyler's fixation, his obsession. the presidency is what took you away from the family so you will use it to help him. off he went on these trips. book really deserves a longer session but thanks for being here. next, we have ice cube to talk about donald trump, bernie sanders, and black lives matter. you do not want to miss that.
john: one of this year's inductees to the rock 'n roll hall of fame is nwa. i met up with one of the group's founders and certified movie star, ice cube. it was a good day. we talked about his music, barbershop: the next cut, and the group from straight out of compton. wasting with the ways nwa from the start, a defiantly political act. >> you about to witness the strength of street knowledge. meaning, you are about to witness, you know, a knowledge coming off the streets or out of
the streets you may not have ever witnessed before. we wanted to be real. to be honest. street knowledge is a term to me. it means, letting the streets no what the government, politics, police, authority figures are. what they are doing up to exposing them. and letting them know what the streets think and how things are going. hopefully, there's an understanding that can be made in all of this. john: you became a flashpoint in a lot of ways. does it seem totally crazy to you? ice cube: it was weird. speak on what was going on and compton and get this recognition was great.
but also, we had to realize and grow up real fast because we felt the powers that be were kind of converging on us at the time. and it became a freedom of speech issue. gore, youy tipper had dolores tucker and countless other people really trying to say that music was the cause of all evil in the world. we knew that wasn't true. john: the movie comes out last year, straight outta compton. it comes out at this moment where you have ferguson, baltimore, staten island, instances of police brutality. it was a lot of stuff you were talking about in 1988 and 1989 has become super relevant again. in a lot of ways, it's
a shame that the same thing we were going through is the same thing that's still happening. not too much has changed with ,he behavior of the authorities just realizing that it's not cool to prey on your own citizens. summer when the movie came out, the beginning of the black lives matter movement. thecube: one race in culture is being treated pretty unfairly and probably more than one. probably a few that are being treated pretty unfairly by the system. that has to be addressed. the fact that you have to say black lives matter lets you know how bad the problem is. when you feel like the government is against you, who will be with you?
john: a lot of protesters came in to try to shout him down. when hillary clinton talked about gang members as super predators, that kind of rhetoric to justify the notion of the and whatme policies her husband passed. nwa anday to talk about the culture you represented. it's crazy we are talking about this. ice cube: to call your own citizens super predators is pretty harsh. it's just an easy brush to paint somebody with. and it is really not solving the problem, just making it worse. the authorities feel like they
are justified having to treat these super predators. what is that? who is that? who, specifically, are you talking about? lapd did a and the war on gangs. i'm a black kid not in a gang. but i look like a gang member to this white officer, then it's a war on me. and for some reason, the democrats feel like they are exempt from these protests. go talk to the republicans. no, no. ofryone is a little guilty turning their back, passing bad legislation. the black lives matter
wants to prosecute that case, it seems totally legitimate. of course. it she might be the president of the united states. we need to know what she's thinking. how will she fix this? john: do you have a point of view about donald trump? donald trump is what americans love. he's what americans aspire to be. rich, powerful, do what you want to do, say what you want to say, be what you want to be. that has been the american dream. so he looks like a boss to everybody. americans love to have a boss. that's his appeal to me. do i think he will do anything to help poor people are people struggling? no.
he's a rich white guy. he's always been rich. being rich don't make you bad. but, how can he relate? how can he relate to the small guy? john: trump, before he ran for president, he was loudly going around saying president obama was not a legitimate president and he was born in kenya. do you feel like he's a racist. ice cube: i'm still mad he took down the usfl. i thought that was a cool league. anyway. nah, man. you know, he sounded crazy to me then. theuld see raising question, but once you get the answer, move on. and lie that on it you are sending investigators and all this stuff, to me, was
just a guy who couldn't say that he was wrong. john: you got any thoughts about bernie sanders? talking about the 1%. ice cube: he's been there 30 years, and what have you done? you've been up in there. what are you going to do different from outside congress now? was going to happen different? where you been? all of them, to me, got work to do to get my vote. john: thanks to ice cube and we will keep you updated on the cube primary. ♪
john: wait, wait. i heard you guys had birds in this place. mark: we had birds. bring them in. get out the way. lots more on bloomberg politics.com. on paulg billy house ryan and his fans in the republican establishment are taking the news that ryan won't run. legendary investor peter thiel. time, same bat channel. thanks for watching. sayonara. ♪
republican convention this summer. paul ryan: let me speak to the delegates. if no candidate has a majority on the first ballot, i believe they should only choose a person that has participated in the primary. count me out. the comments come as a contested gop convention appears likely. donald trump and a hillary clinton have double-digit leads according to a new wall street journal nbc news poll. trump lee's john kasich 54% to 21%. ted cruz has 18%. misses clinton leads bernie sanders 55%-40 1%. the new york primary is next tuesday. accusing the vice president of attempting to overthrow the government days before the full house is expected to start voting on her impeachment. without directly naming the vice president, they said a leak of a recording where he
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