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with jake tapper. but right now, stay with us for "inside politics" with john king. bernie sanders is surging in the polls and packing his campaign rallies. >> in case you haven't noticed, there are a lot of people here. >> so should hillary clinton be worried? and is there still room for joe biden to run? plus, president obama takes note of the very crowded republican race. >> have enough for a national hunger games. that is an interesting bunch. >> it's donald trump with momentum on the republican side. >> i'm not happy being behind jeb bush to be honest with you because he's very weak on immigration, extremely weak on immigration. >> most gop leaders expect trump to flame out. but they worry he's first making the party's weak standing with latino voters even worse. "inside politics," the biggest
stories sourced by the best reporters, now. welcome to "inside politics," i'm john king. thanks for sharing your sunday morning especially this fourth of july weekend. with us to share the reporting, julie pace of the associated press. robert costa of "the washington post." cnn's sarah murray, and jonathan martin of "the new york times." the fourth of july means parades and when a campaign is gearing up, well parades mean politicians. >> happy fourth. >> rubio! >> hey, folks. >> good to see you. >> how you doing? >> now, it is said offen in politics that the numbers don't lie and bernie sanders is posting some impressive numbers. back in may he was at 13%, now sanders scores nearly three
times that up to 35%, just eight points behind hillary clinton. ditto out in iowa. clinton has a bigger lead there but sanders poll numbers from may have doubled. he's at 33%. and the crowds are just off the charts, including nearly 10,000 people this past week in madison, wisconsin. >> we believe that the time has come when people in wisconsin, vermont, and all over this country, create a political movement which says to the billionaire class, you can't have it all. >> so if you're in the clinton campaign, jewelry pace, or if you're watching this, one of the big questions is, is this a summer fling for democrats? or is bernie sanders emerging as a serious, credible threat? >> i don't know if he's emerging as the type of serious threat that could keep her from winning the democratic nomination. but he is emerging as a threat in the sense that he is someone who is going to have enough money to play for a long time.
he is speaking to a part of the democratic party that the clinton campaign has known for a long time could be a problem for her. and i think the bigger question is, does what we're seeing with bernie sanders, the enthusiasm, the money, the crowds, does that draw someone else in? a joe biden perhaps. does it show that there is space in the democratic party for someone to run a serious challenge against hillary. >> it's a great question. is it just that he's doing everything right? his timing was great. he had some people who had sort of hovered waiting to see if elizabeth warren would run. she didn't. he stepped in and took that spot on the left and blew martin o'malley away and took that group. is it because bernie sanders is doing everything right at the moment? or is hillary clinton doing something wrong? >> i think he's an ideal protest candidate for hillary clinton. his message is right on point. it's right there along with elizabeth warren's. he's shown he's been able to raise some money and he's getting these voters revved up. i think the fact of the matter is hillary clinton is not aiming to do these kinds of events. she's doing small, one-on-one house parties and for bernie sanders to be able to do the
opposite and show he can draw these big crowds just helps him out. i can't point to a single thing and say hillary is doing this wrong. but i think there are a certain number of voters unsettled by a hillary clinton candidacy and bernie sanders speaks to that crowd. >> also unsettled by what their expectations were for the obama presidency, too. there is a cohort, john, of white liberals that feels like the obama presidency has not lived up to the expectation. and obviously they blame part of that on republicans in congress. part of it on the supreme court. but there is a deep unease about where the country is right now, and the fact that obama has not been able to do more about issues like income inequality, and money in politics. and bernie speaks to those issues. and does so with 140 proof passion. in a way that hillary clinton is never going to be because that's not what her poll dicks are. >> you say never going to. is that it? the stylistic difference that bernie sanders is sort of the whoosh, here it comes.
you get full volume. hillary has been doing smaller events. she's in new hampshire, her staff has announced she's going back to iowa. i talked to a lot of democrats this week but somebody close to her, i said what's the problem here? and he said very simply, she needs to campaign and she needs to stand for something. is she leaves the impression that she has the fights, she mentions income inee cult but is it like a checklist, not a pangs? >> i'm with jonathan in the sense that this is more about substan substance, this is a liberal moment in america and everything that's happened with the courts the way the younger generation is trending and the democratic party a lot of the base wants to see how do they capitalize on this time, and that trend. with bernie sanders stylistically he's not better than clinton. she's a much more polished paent. he's resonating with those who want to see an active, democratic party. >> we're waiting to see if joe biden gets in. his staff is indicating we'll get a decision in august. there's some interesting reports that his son beau biden said
dad, you should run. we did get another candidate this week on the democratic side jim webb former senator from virginia he's very interesting guy unorthodox in many ways, with an online statement but he made clear i disagreed with you secretary clinton on the iraq war i think i was right. i disagree with how you handled libya. he also raised directly to the question of trust. now he's nowhere in the polls right now. and he's not out campaigning this first weekend after his announcement which is odd. but, should we should we view jim webb who is an interesting guy, is he potentially a threat? >> i think you can become a threat if you engage hillary head-on on some of these issues. if you talk about the iraq war, for instance. but that involves campaigning. it means that you can't just release this video saying you're announcing your run for president without any reporters knowing it's coming. you can't then take the weekend off, after you announce you're running for president. he has the points he could make and sort of pull hillary's feet to the fire and challenge her on these issues that are very important to the democratic base
but that involves getting out there and doing it. >> i think timing is everything in politics. if jim webb was the candidate in the summer of 2003, shortly after hillary clinton had voted for the iraq war authorization, he could have a pretty potent message as a decorated vietnam veteran. but it's the summer of 2015 and the issue for democratic voters, especially liberals, it's much more oriented on matters of economic fairness, money in politics and cultural liberalism. it's not the war anymore. and i think that's webb's challenge. >> i think the problem for webb is hillary now has an answer on iraq. she had a harder time a couple years ago on iraq. now she's got the answer where she has a harder time making the argument to liberals is on the points you're talking about. on big money. on wall street. and that's why i think bernie sanders, or whoever else is going to fill that space, presents a much tougher challenge than someone who is going back to fight iraq and even libra. >> the other democrat on the campaign trail cannot be on the ballot because he'll be finishing his second term and he can't run for three.
president obama went to wisconsin, shook hands with a man who would like to succeed him scott walker on the tarmac out there in wisconsin to make the case that his economic policies are working and he very specifically went after the republicans. we bring him into the conversation because the president's over 50% now. when a president's over 50%, that means the country feels better about the economy. that means his party will feel better about the president and the president seems eager to be part of the 2016 debate. >> one thing that the bus full of people who are fighting to lead the republican ticket all share is they keep on coming up with this same old trickle-down you're on your own economics that helps bring about the crisis back in 2007, 2008 in the first place. >> now we have been tempted, if you go back several months, to say okay forget about him. he's winding down. he's not going to be a factor. if he's at 52% and he's feeling good about himself and he's out there helping frame the argument against republicans, he could help the democrats. >> look barack obama won two decisive presidential elections. he is a good politician.
he getsinthese modes where he can be a little bit mopey. but when he is feeling it, and he is right now, he is a very strong politician. he -- and he really feels strongly about the positions that republicans are taking right now. particularly as scott walker. scott walker kind of drives obama crazy. and if he's feeling like this i think he can be a big asset to hillary clinton. >> i think that's spot-on. republican strategists are very concerned. because i thought in the general election if hillary clinton's the nominee, she would maybe be a flat candidate. but if you have an obama that's rising, that's popular with the electorate, that's a double lapmy for the democrats, and the gop's worried. >> hard to make the argument that hillary clinton would be a third term is a bad thing is what republicans want to say if the unemployment rate drops to 5%, if the economy is -- >> the two most important figures that shape next year's election are going to be the unemployment rate on election day and barack obama's approval on election day. if the unemployment rate is down below 5% and obama is up 50% that makes things a heck of a lot easier for hillary clinton.
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look at the map. wins convincingly over john mccain with 365 electoral votes. fast forward four years, 2012, the president gets 71% of the latino vote. wins again with 332 electoral votes over mitt romney. in both places nevada, new mexico, florida, virginia, colorado, places where latino vote matters going the president's way. republicans now without a doubt, look at the map have a major demographic problem and there's also little doubt at the moment donald trump is making it worse. >> they're bringing drugs, they're bringing crime, they're rapists. i'm not just saying mexicans. i'm talking about people that are from all over that are killers and rapists. somebody's doing the raping, don. i mean, somebody's doing it. just think it's women being raped? who's doing the raping? >> how worried are republicans? they know the demographics. they know they have to win more latino votes, african-american votes. they lost the asian vote bad
last time too. how much damage do they think donald trump is doing? >> it's july. it's early. they think eventually he's going to fwlam out. they're not fretting or about to have a major crisis moment. however they do fear he's going to drag everyone else into the fight and people who haven't even introduced themselves to the country yet, scott walker, marco rubio who are known, not well known, are going to be asked about trump. >> texas governor rick perry was in town, gave an interesting speech where he counted himself among the sinners saying republicans have not done a good enough job reaching out for african-american voters then he cited his experience in texas reaching out to latino vote and saying donald trump is flat wrong. >> i don't think donald trump's remarks reflect the republican party. i think the republican party is reflected in people like me. >> but does it hurt their cause in the sense they want to be making the case for themselves? instead right now they're making the case against donald trump or trying to stifle dojd trump? >> it's hard to see how this
hurts rick perry in particular? rick perry is nowhere in the polls right now. he needs to run a relatively safe campaign with some breakout moments to kind of show he's the elder statesman that he had hoped to be last time around. and wasn't. and i think this was a good way to do it. this is a way for him this week to step up and say, as far as republicans go, i'm the profile in courage here. i'll take on donald trump and say what he's doing is wrong. and that speech that we probably would have ignored otherwise has gotten play all over cable news for a week. >> i don't know if it says a lot of good things about republicans that a profile in courage is taking on something donald trump said about mexicans and other people from south america that's generally seen as incorrect. and i think that will be the challenge when you're on a debate stage with donald trump. if he says something similar to that. if he repeats that line, what does a marco rubio say? what does a jeb bush say? again it takes them off of their pro-active message. >> i don't question perry's sincerity. he's got hispanics in his family. he's the governor of a border state.
he lives in that community. but there's some politics here. you know, donald trump is now polling relatively substantially in iowa but perry is spending a lot of time in iowa. his hopes rest in part on a solid iowa showing. >> one of the things lost in the trump apal ooza as i'll call it, he's a factor in this crowded republican field, lost in that somewhat has been the jeb bush has stagized. if you look at the recent polls. a month or so ago we were talking about jeb. now he's first place in the national polls. no huge lead but first place in the latest new hampshire poll and if you talk inside the bush campaign they seem to have a sense that okay, they changed their staff. they shook up the staff a little but but they haven't changed their message. they feel things are better. fair? >> i think so. i think not only has bush stabilized but we're actually approaching what could be a boosh boomlet. when he comes out with a big fund-raising number somewhere
close to 100 million perhaps for all his different political committees that's going to be a significant time for him because it's going to depress the donors of his rivals and really show that he's the front iran-runner the establishment and that's not a bad place to be. >> look, bush is going to obviously post a large number here. he still hasn't quite figured out how to grapple with his family name. but this thing is so uncertain, and i think the bush theory of the case, john, is basically, this guy has played major league ball for quite a long time. and when the lights really come on he's going to be the one that can go beyond the early states and play well into march. "a," because he has the stature to do so, and "b" because he's going to have the resources. >> heading the wrong way at the moment and again it's july. july fourth weekend. heading the wrong way at the moment emphasis underlined. cruz, rubio, walker all suffering a little bit. a guy who says he's doing better and says i'm going to prove you all wrong is chris christie who's doing the john mccain town hall to death approach in new
hampshire. just stay there and keep answering the questions. he's got a staff that understands new hampshire. yes he has a steep hill but he thinks he's making progress. >> i think most times when people read these things, i've changed minds. it's just a matter of me working hard enough to make sure i change enough minds. >> just a matter of him working hard enough. >> you know it's very early and anything can happen in these early primaries. >> you sound a tad skeptical. >> i'm a tad skeptical only because we're talking about new hampshire and the voters in new hampshire are pretty familiar with chris christie. he's not introducing himself to a group of voters who have never heard of him before. or who are unfamiliar with his struggles, and with the bridgegate scandal. so i think that the challenge for him is his tough talk in the past has come off as, you know, i'm going to be cab did on both sides of the aisle and speak the truth and after bridgegate it started looking like i'm a bully. >> the last time i was up in new hampshire was a couple days after chris christie had been there, before he announced. and people were still talking about chris christie. regular voters.
people you know in manchester. he does have an impact. he is intriguing to people. obviously some of this is spin because he needs to win there. but he's popular. >> i was at his announcement in livingston, new jersey, and his campaign at this moment reminds me of a bruce springsteen song. the best springsteen songs are about someone who is in a tough spot and has to come back and rebound. christie kind of loves this right now because he knows he sees a comeback on the horizon doing the mccain style town halls and his personality can overwhelm. overwhelm with liveliness. have the personality be at the fore. see what happens. >> what trump and christie both have in cameras the cameras. >> yes. >> all right. look 16 candidates in the republican race. >> will get attention. >> up next our great reporters share from their notebooks including fancy jets and a long delayed pipeline. we live in a pick and choose world.
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let's around the "inside politics" table, ask our reporters to share a little from their notebooks. >> president obama is in a phase of his presidency where the contours of his legacy are starting to take shape and one of the next issues we expect to be clarified is the keystone pipeline. people i have talked to with a stake in this expect a decision could come as early as this month. after much participation. and it's interesting how obama's legacy is starting to influence the tea leaf reading around this. people who are pro-pipeline think he may now feel emboldened
to take a decision that angers democrats and a lot of his supporters. but people who are against this pipeline, environmentalists, see this as an opportunity for obama to really pad his legacy on climate and environmental issues. >> all debating their place. which wing do they get in the obama presidential library? >> donald trump is ascendent in iowa. so i spoke on friday with chalk lautner trump's chief strategist and he said why is he rising? he said his plane. donald trump is taking his private plane around iowa and uses it as an office. and chuck lautner said people want to see the full donald trump and they love these iowa power brokers, republicans that come on the plane, spend an hour with trump and it's winning over some people. >> why not. >> speechless. >> why not. wow i feel bad that i don't have more private jets to share. so the ad wars are already heating up. it is july of 2015. i can't believe i'm already
saying this but if you are a voter in an early state duck for cover. it is coming. so rick perry's super pac has already spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on the airwaves in iowa. they're making a case that being there early helps them get much better bang for their buck. he also bobby jindal's super pac going up on the air in iowa and marco rubio, his campaign tried to doed shrewd thing where they prebuy $10 million in advertising. this is the best indication that the waves are going to be crowded. a bunch of television stations said no you can't buy this early because we don't know how much demand there's going to be and how much inventory we have to sell. >> best thing to do on a campaign is on a tv station. >> this is going to be one of the most fascinating weeks of the preprimary campaign. a lot of gop candidates are going to put out their first fund-raising number for the last quarter. it's always this fascinating dance because some of the campaigns will want to put their number out early when there's nothing to compare it to. others will hold it back to wait for the others to put theirs
out. my understanding is what we're looking closely at is some of the super pacs. which have no limits on contributions are going to hold back until their campaigns are going to release their figure. then super pacs will come in and put out their number. so you have a sort of back-to-back showing to have a full impact of what candidate "x" and "y" are going to have on hand. >> all the money week. i'll close with this. the koch brothers are famous now in politics for their deep pocketed support of republican candidates and conservative causes. and the candidates just watch them so they're eeger to win their favor they're often appearing at conferences and gatherings sponsored by koch affiliated groups like american prosperity or the freedom partners. the kochs haven't settled on one qom prospect yet. it is clear they few some candidates more favorably than others. top aides to bobby jindal are complaining to friends their candidate is being excluded from the koch sponsored gatherings. jindal is the late toast claim
the rules of what republicans like to refer to as koch primary just aren't fair. that's it for "inside politics." thanks for sharing your sunday. we'll see you soon. "state of the union" starts right now. feel the burn. as huge crowds show up to see bernie sanders. >> in case you haven't noticed, there are a lot of people here. >> can the socialist senator derail hillary clinton? he'll join us live in minutes. plus, the donald doubles down on his comments about illegal mexican immigrants. >> who's doing the raping? who's doing the raping? >> some corporations might be dropping him but he is surging in the polls and dividing the gop. this as the republican race tightens. mike huckabee returns to iowa, the state he won in 2008. will voters there embrace him this time around? i'll ask him