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reporters now. welcome to "inside politics." i'm the other john. john king is off this week. with us to share the reporting in their insights julie pace of the associated press, manu raju, and knee yuma lee can henderson. it's been quite a week. even if she has her groove back, the benghazi committee and joe biden's to stay out of the democratic race. she's still hillary clinton. cautious, measured. at last night's big jefferson jackson dinner in iowa she took the subtlest of swipes at the populism of senator bernie sanders. >> it's not enough just to rail against the republicans or the billionaires. we actually have to win this election. >> all right. clinton's big week included a
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former president stumping for her. which is a first for the election psych -- cycle. >> there's been a lot of talk about breaking the glass ceiling. i want to talk about one barrier that hasn't been broken. i want you to support hillary for me, too. i want to break a ceiling. i'm tired that the strangle hold that women have had on the job of the presidential spouse. >> do it for bill clinton. julie, i work in manhattan which is next to brooklyn where the clinton campaign has a headquarters. there was something between a sigh of relief and shriek of joy. >> absolutely. this was the best week that clinton had since she announced her candidacy. she needed this week if you look at trat jekt i are of her campaign throughout the spring and summer was an downward. she cleared joe biden out of the race. she got through the benghazi
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hearing. for people who were on the fence for hillary clinton showed them the strength they wanted to see in her. the challenge for clinton, though, will be she's never at her best when she's ahead. she's great when she's a fighter coming from behind. now she reasserted herself as a frontrunner. how she handles this position will say a lot about her candidacy. >> you were hip on the hill. they said it was like a sports game the moment when the momentum shifts you can feel it. what was it like? >> it felt that way. republicans were trying to get her to own the libya policy and suggest she didn't do enough to get back enough to respond to those concerns that ambassador chris stephens raised. instead was listening to people who didn't know enough like libya like her friend and advis advisor. unfortunately for them they ended up chasing a lot of rabbit holes. when they were going after hi
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hillary in a lot of areas they ended up stepping in it themselves by making it look trying to create the got you moments rather than playing into the larger narrative. in the end the republicans were frustrated about how it turned out. it ended up going a few hours longer than they probably wanted. even though she may have survived this there are episodes from the hearing that can turn out to hurt her in a couple of months particularly when 90 to 95% of the e-mails were on state department servers. we don't know where she claim up with the figure. maybe we'll figure out she wasn't telling the truth. >> build on that. besides just this and what was said maybe used against her from the hearings, what else are the risks for hillary clinton going forward? >> there's the defensive game and offensive game.
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she has shown she's got at the defensive game. in terms of breaking new ground and going forward that's the challenge. her lead in the primary looks large enough that it's entirely possible she can keep playing a defensive game until february and be okay. even if she becomes the nominee she faces a challenge of, you know, how does she present herself? how does she shape it on her terms. the likability factor and stuff. my 11-year-old who is my sometimes barometer for the stuff said wait now she likes katy perry and chipolte. there's instability factor kind of the natural on the fly do people like you. it is important in campaigns. even in the evolution of the speech she began very strong and likable calm demeanor but by the end of the speech there was more of an insistence, you know, in her tone. her finding the right pace the right mood to present herself on her terms the way she wants to continues to be a challenge. >> i want to talk about, then,
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what the rest of the candidates in the democratic race do about this. let me play you sound from the jj dinner last night bernie sanders. she seemed to go directly after hillary clinton. without naming her in a way that was at least a minimum more firm than he has before. let's listen. >> i pledge to you that every day i will fight for the public interest not the corporate interests. i will not abandon any segment of american society whether you're gay or black or latino, poor, or working class. just because it is politically expedient at a given time. >> politically expedient at a given time. >> right. >> those are the words directly meant for hillary clinton. >> i think this is a preview of what we're going to see from bernie sanders in the debate that is coming up in a couple of weeks in mid november. he was in some ways mr. nice guy
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in the first debate. gave her a solid by saying we don't care about your e-mails. i think he has to get tougher on her. whether or not it works for him. we'll have to see. he has a lot of work to do. i talked to his campaign. he has a socialism speech where he's going to explain socialism. >> something every candidate has to do. >> right. he's going put it in the context of american traditions like the fire department. if you like the fire department like you like democratic socialism, too. and he may do more speeches in terms of policy. whether or not that moves the needle particularly with these different audiences. if you look at most of his audiences they don't really look like the democratic party. they look more like the republican party. that remains his challenge and the idea whether he's plateaued. >> how much risk is there for bernie sanders in going after hillary clinton directly? how much can he do that before he alien ates democratic voters? >> it's a fine line because sanders has been talking about
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how he's never run a negative television ad in his political career. he's not going negative. in this campaign he needs to find the sweet spot where he's challenging her but sticking to policy. i think nia mentioned this a little bit. he's starting to turn a little bit toward the personal in the sense he's saying she's only taking positions because they're politically expedient which gets to the trust factor. how can he try to stay a candidate who is not going to go negative while reminding people there are personal elements of her he may not like. >> i want to talk about a democrat who went negative this week. that's joe biden. joe biden announced he's not getting in the presidential race but only after he seemed to take a swipe at hillary clinton. let's listen to that. >> i don't believe, like some do, that it is naive to talk to republicans. i don't think we should look at republicans as our enemies. they are opposition. they're not our enemies. >> that was a third time that joe biden said that in the last
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ten days. of course, reference to what hillary clinton said at the cnn debate. was it odd that he, you know, decided not to get into the race bt at the same time got some body blows in on hillary? >> to some extent until the last day or so he was preserving his options to get in the race. it was like within the last day or two of his announcement he made the final decision. i think part of the calculated risk if i'm going to run i need to set the parameters. at first it was like everybody is welcome. we welcome joe. it wasn't like that by the end. finally, i think he wants to be remembered and treated with respect. he felt a little disrespected. >> personally affected biden and so many of his close friends on capitol hill consolidated behind hillary. she was a standarder bearer even though he's the vice president.
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>> it happened a long time ago and it stings. let's talk about the republicans. up next donald trump stares up at a new leader in iowa polling as jeb bush stares down into the political abyss. but first politicians say or in this case they sing the darnest things. here is martin o'malley covering taylor swift for the ladies on "the view." ♪ ♪ baby now we got bad blood hey! ♪ withof my moderate to severe rheumatoid arthritis... ordinary objects often seemed... intimidating. doing something simple... meant enduring a lot of pain. if ra is changing your view of everyday things orencia may help. orencia works differently by targeting a source of ra early
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running nine points ahead there. trump's response? go after carson's religion. >> i'm press betyri press baa t >> so, nia, when candidates went after mitt romney's mormon faith, they did it behind closed doors. there were whispers. >> yeah. wow. that's rough stuff. particularly because this is a real strength, right, for ben carson. he, for years, has built up a real base among evangelicals. it's true that some evangelicals are skeptical of the adventous faith. i don't know if donald trump is aware of that. he's highlighting that. i think it's dangerous, though,
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for donald trump because this is ben carson's strength. he talked about him being low energy. i think ben carson's come back is i've done 12 to 18 hours of surgery. >> do you know which candidate talked about faith which we rare rarely heard? ben carson. has he opened the door a little bit? >> kind of. >> donald trump has proved so far you can do the most whatever political, you know, conventional wisdom would tell you not to do like on women, you know, whatever. and here he is, though. i think he's decided to live or die by this on his own terms. he's doing it his way. >> part of it, too, john, trump had the campaign how he points to first place leading in all the polls iowa and northbouew hampshire. what happens when he starts to splip in what is his talking point then?
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how does he deal with that? can he handle that? >> nobody is going to do to him what he is doing to them. >> yeah. >> what does ben carson do about this now he's winning somewhere? >> that's a fascinating question. ben carson hasn't been campaigning very often. we haven't seen him on the trail. he's on a book tour. a lot of his support is grassroots people who have followed him throughout the career. there's a lot of focus on him in the debate next week. he'll get more time and questions on policy which hasn't been a strength of his. this is a cycle where some of these standard things that we expect candidates to rise and fall on have not mattered. >> so one of the things we expected in the campaign is jeb bush to be largely be leading for much of the campaign. he's cutting staff and salaries. it's a big thing. he was asked about what is going on on the campaign trail and he's getting combative about it. listen. >> if this election is about how
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we're going to fight to get nothing done, then i don't want any part of it. i got a lot of really cool things i can do other than sit around being miserable listening to people demonize me and me feeling compelled to demonize them. that's a joke. elect trump if you want that. >> you know megyn kelly on fox news asked jeb bush this week when will you drop out? can you imagine? could you have imagined that five months ago? >> no. he came in saying raising expectations very high. they raised hundreds of millions of dollars per quarter they would blow everybody out of the water and it hasn't taken shape. the donors is driving the cuts in the staff salaries and the laying off of employees is because they just feel there's not any return on their investment. i think that, you know, we'll see if anything changed, john, when advertisements start taking shape and the air work starts
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to -- that's really what is driving a lot of the -- >> this week talking to jeb supporters in the first four states and one of the interesting things that i heard repeatedly from jeb's supporters, people who like him, they aren't sure if he has it. they aren't sure no matter the changes they make on the campaign, no matter how often he's on tv. they're not sure that jeb bush the man matches the moment. there's nothing you can do to change that. >> it's like they want steak. they want red meat and sizzle. and jeb bush is kind of like meat loaf. he's perfectly fine but nobody gets excited about meat loaf. >> people say he needs a hillary clinton-like performance at the debate to set this back on track. that's a high bar potentially. >> that's true. when we talk about pannish there's a measured panic going on here. the racial part of jeb bush says there's no way that donald trump and ben carson will be the
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nominees of the party. i need to retrench and pace my assets a little bit longer and be a little more strategic. new hampshire is a bigger problem than it should be for him. he's realizing that. >> he's got to do it now. of course. stay with cnn for more from the presidential contenders. at the top of the hour bernie sanders, donald trump, and marco rubio. next the reporters open up the notebooks to get ahead of the political news including information that is ahead for the next speaker of the house. ♪ ♪ the beautiful sound of customers making the most of their united flight. power, wi-fi, and streaming entertainment.
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let's head around the inside politics table and ask our reporters to share a nugget from their notebooks. >> in talking to republican vote terse feels like they reached a turning point in the race. when you talked to voters earlier this year they would say we're happy to have a big republican field. now voters are saying when is the field going to whittle down. at this point in the 2012 election there were seven candidate on this stage. this week has ten on the main stage, four in an undercard debat debate. >> john, paul ryan is going to be elected speaker on wednesday. that's the easy part. the hard part will happen
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needily after wards. even before this week congress is going to start to try to address the debt ceiling, raise the debt limit. it's been an issue that divided republicans badly since the john boehner era. paul ryan has to cast a vote to increase the debt ceiling and have a short term debt limit increase. it will be on paul ryan's lap as soon as he gets in. plus a december 11th funding deadline. he has to cut a deal with the white house engage in the talks to anger the right wing party. he is stepping in the same problems that john boehner had. it's like a congratulations with a question mark. >> no joe. what impact will it have? we saw david former delaware bond together. joe is out. so what. what about the union money and the support. how quickly does it consolidate
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now? around hillary clinton maybe some around bernie sanders. the news coverage about joe biden evaporates. and then the kind of final two joe factors is he going to be a thorn in hillary clinton's side or not. and when are we going to see his sort of the rest of his legacy emerge. the cancer activism he told us he's going to be doing. >> he focussed on that in the speech. >> two big events for hillary clinton on friday. one in atlanta where she will launch african-americans for hillary clinton. the other in charleston, south carolina, which, of course, the site of the terrible shooting the african-americans in the church and the walter scott shooting. she'll address the ncorth carolina -- naacp there. it will be interesting the
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spectacle as well. what does she draw in terms of crowd size? how enthusiastic are the crowds? and everyone knows that the comparisons with obama will be made as well as bernie sanders who has been able to draw big crowds. she's trying to put a marker down in those states and former connections to african-american voters. >> the bar is pretty high there. now that vice president announced he's running for president. the biggest mystery left involves donald trump. why won't he advertise? he spent zero dollars running zero commercials in zero key states. i've heard from republican and democratic consultants who call it malpractice. trump's explanation is he doesn't need it. he's on tv every day. we have an interview with trump coming up in a little bit. political ads boll ter yoster y message. strategists who don't like trump tell me that the ad could be huge for him to put them in a
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language he might understand. they tell me with the trump's numbers slipping in iowa it's time that the billionaire put his money where his mouth is literally. that is all for "inside politics." thank you for sharing your sunday morning with us. see you soon. "state of the union" starts right now. one on one with donald trump. showing a crack in the armor. >> i think ben carson is lower energy than jeb if you want to know the truth. >> what is trump's next move. >> plus, bernie sanders. does he need a new strategy now that hillary is on a roll? >> it's been quite a week, hasn't it? >> i'll ask him live. >> and marco rubio on hillary, hispanics and who can take down trump to win the republican nomination. an exclusive


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