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♪ welcome to "inside politics." i'm john king. thank you for sharing this very busy news day with us. joe biden now in command of the democratic race after a second super tuesday with big wins. we will hear from bernie sanders an hour from now. he now faces a very difficult choice, whether to go on in this race. there's a big debate planned sunday. plus, states scramble now to contain the coronavirus. big events are banned or discouraged. more colleges and universities moved classes online. and big march sporting events now also in limbo. and the coronavirus response ramps up here in washington, too. congress begins negotiations on an economic stimulus package as the number of confirmed u.s.
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cases passes the 1,000 mark. >> i can say we will see more cases and things will get worse than they are right now. how much worse we'll get will depend on our ability to do two things -- to contain the influx of people who are infected coming from the outside and the ability to contain and mitigate within our own country. >> and we begin the hour right there, with the rapidly growing number of novel coronavirus cases here in the united states and the now-furious public health response. now 1,006 confirmed cases across the country. that is a big spike, nearly 300 more cases just in the last 24 hours. the trump national security adviser this morning with very strong words for china, accusing beijing of a cover-up that let the virus spread around the world unchecked. this morning, more alarm bells for the economy. the markets falling sharply at the open. goldman sachs warning investors, the bull market could soon end.
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reports say the april 15th tax filing deadline could be put off to soften the economic body blow. that economic anxiety and uncertainty is a side effect of a much-rooming public health crisis. democrats in congress pressing the president to declaring a national state of emergency to allow disaster relief money to be directed at the coronavirus response. in some places, there is already dramatic action. more colleges and universities canceling classes, for example, telling students to stay off campus until further notice. ohio's governor last night asking joe biden and bernie sanders to cancel big events planned in cleveland. the new york governor establishing a containment zone around a cluster in a new york city suburb while warning the virus has "spread much more than we know." in washington state, governor jay inslee barring gatherings of 250 or more people. it is a tough decision to interrupt everyday life, but the risk of not doing it, governor inslee says, is also great. >> when something doubles every day, it gets to a very large
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number very quickly. so, if there are 1,000 people infected today, in seven or eight weeks, there could be 64,000 people infected in the state of washington, if we don't somehow slow down this epidemic. >> washington state hit hard, also massachusetts. we begin our coverage there with cnn's athena jones. athena, tell us the latest there. obviously a big conference there, blamed for a lot of the cases in massachusetts. the governor declaring a state of emergency. >> reporter: hi, that's right. a conference held last month by biogen at the hotel behind me is responsible -- or the case -- about 70 of the 92 cases in this state are connected to a conference held last month by that biotech company based in cambridge, but we're also here because of all of the schools and colleges that are taking precautionary measures across the country, canceling in-person classes. why? because college campuses can be conducive to contagion. we're talking about large groups of students, staff, faculties,
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living, working, studying, eating all in close quarters, so this is all about social distancing, trying to prevent large gatherings like this and prevent the spread of this virus. some schools here in the boston area and beyond are going even further than just moving classes online. they're essentially asking students to leave for spring break and not come back, at least until further notice. harvard canceling in-person classes, moving to virtual instruction. about ten days from now or so when spring break ends, they're asking students not to come back after spring break, and they're even saying, we need you to move out of your dorms by this weekend. m.i.t. is also now moving all classes online starting march 30th. classes are canceled march 16th to the 20th. previously, they had only suspended lectures with 150 students or more. now, the context here in massachusetts is that this is a state where the number of coronavirus cases has more than doubled just in the last day -- 51 new cases announced yesterday, bringing the total to 92. again, 70 of those 92 related to this biogen conference.
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but lots of schools taking these steps. and social distancing and virtual instruction, those are becoming the norm or the rule here, john. >> makes you snap back a little bit when you put it that way, doubled in just the last day. athena jones, appreciate your reporting from the ground in boston. march, of course, a marquee month on the sports calendar, but now with the public debate about the coronavirus extends to whether fans should stay home. this morning, dr. anthony fautschie says the answer to that question in his view is a very clear yes. >> we would recommend that there not be large crowds. if that means not having any people in the audience when the nba plays, so be it. >> cnn's andy scholes joins our conversation. andy, if you listen to mr. fauci, so about it, from the nba to major league baseball, wow! >> yeah, and that's got to be startling for those leagues to hear that, because as of now, we have not heard a definitive
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answer about what will happen say with march madness, john. the ncaa sent out mixed messages yesterday. a statement earlier in the day, president mark emmert said their advisory panel of experts they put together, nor the cdc had advised against holding sporting events, adding that if circumstances changed, they would make decisions accordingly. then later in the day, they released another statement just saying they were continuing to monitor the virus and will make decisions in the coming days, but they're running out of time. selection sunday is this weekend. teams need to know where they're going. fans need to know if they can go watch their teams play. as for the nba, they're holding high-level discussions today and tomorrow. and according to espn, they have a wide range of scenarios they are discussing. the league's considering moving some games to cities that have yet to suffer outbreaks, playing in empty arenas, or just postponing games altogether. and john, you know, we've already seen some events postponed around the country -- the ivy league conference tournament for basketball was
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flat out canceled. that was supposed to be held at harvard. there are college basketball tournaments being held, but in cleveland, the mid-american conference has no fans in the stands, same being said for the big west conference in anaheim. so, some people have already made the decision to have no fans in the stands. some big decisions still ahead, though, for the nba, and of course, march madness. >> big decisions to come, and that's both a cultural question and a big economic question. andy scholes, appreciate the reporting. keep in touch as we learn more about these big decisions. also up on capitol hill this morning, a sobering reminder from dr. fauci about the lethality of this novel coronavirus. >> i think if you count all the cases of minimally symptomatic or asymptomatic infection, that probably brings the mortality rate down to somewhere around 1%, which means it is ten times more lethal than the seasonal flu. >> dr. jean is the director of infectious diseases at the university of alabama at
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birmingham. dr. moratso, thank you for your time today. the most important thing for us as we try to get through this is to go to the experts and bring people facts. when you hear dr. fauci's talk like that, what does it tell you about what the federal government and the experts are learning about the lethality of this disease and their questions about, you know, the multiplication of the cases? he says it's going to get worse. >> yeah, i agree with dr. fauci, and i find that's always a good idea. he's an incredibly trusted source who's been through many epidemics and has access to great information. and the point he's making is that people need to understand that this is potentially a really devastating epidemic that is already gaining a foothold and shows no signs of slowing down in the united states. so, clear, consistent messaging from a trusted public health source like dr. fauci and some of our colleagues at the cdc is absolutely essential for people to have access to. >> and so, part of the question now is, are states prepared and are there different strengths and weaknesses as we go from state to state, especially in
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the community hardest hit? governor cuomo of new york yesterday creating that containment zone around the new york city suburb of new rochelle. listen to him this morning talk being how, well, we think we've got this now, but if we keep ramping up, there could be strain. >> we have enough equipment. we have enough hospital beds. but if these numbers don't slow, we're starting to plan backup quarantine hospital facilities, mobile pop-up hospitals, if you will, to make sure we have the capacity for acute cases that need hospitalization. >> what is your sense, dr dr. marrazzo, a, of what is the biggest need and what should the preparations be in places that are hardest hit, but also those who may be starting to see early cases, knowing what's around the corner for them a week or two or three down the road from now? and to the average american out there sitting hearing a governor talking about we may need a backup plan for quarantine and the like, what should you be thinking today? >> it's a great question. when you hear the governor of new york and people in new york city talking about needing a
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backup plan, you know that's really serious. new york is very crowded. it's got a very diverse community, lots of travel in and out. it's also got some of the top medical and research institutions in the world, and it's also a state that has generally excellent public health and insurance coverage. you compare that to other states where, for example, there's been no expansion of medicaid and other opportunities to really get people access to health care. not only that, many of those states have some of the highest co-morbidities that seem to have a big impact on the likelihood of mortality with this infection. we're talking about diabetes, hypertension, cardiovascular disease, things that you see in abundance in some of the states that have the least resources to do good public health or clinical care. so, i really think that the attention to those states needs to be early and aggressive. one huge challenge, john, has been our inability to really track what's going on with this infection because we've been
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hamstrung by the lack of availability of diagnostic testing. and i'm sure you've heard about this. the cdc has been very behind the curve on this. we are probably about a month behind where we should be in our capacity to test, and we can't do this type of aggressive and effective public health management, such as they're doing in new rochelle, without knowing where these infections are. >> let's hope we get caught up in that month, back month behind in the testing part. dr. jeanne marrazzo, thank you for joining us to help us understand this and i hope you'll come back as we deal with this in the weeks and months ahead. thank you very much. our washington correspondent kaitlan collins is here. and you hear the doctor talk about how important it is to get the testing ramped up. that's been a question for the administration, a frustration around the country. now you have pressure from democrats on capitol hill who want the president to declare a national emergency. this is a president who's been saying all along, the weather's going to get warm, it's going to go away, cases are going to
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disappear. what is the sentiment at the white house? they've already asked for a stimulus package which says we have a problem. a national emergency would mean we have a bigger problem. >> yeah, but as the days go by and you're hearing the sobering warnings from health officials, you are not hearing that reflected in the president's statements and today it's more on display than any other, when you have people like dr. fauci on the president's task force up on capitol hill saying you shouldn't be holding large gatherings, while the president is telling his campaign he still wants to move forward with these rallies. he's saying it's not like the flu. the president keeps comparing it to the flu. and he is saying it is going to get worse before it gets better, while the president is telling people yesterday, just stay calm, it's going to go away. of course, people should stay calm at a time of panic, but the question that people surrounding the president, his own aides and advisers have, is why is he not pushing the message that they are telling people, what exactly is going to help them prepare for this outbreak that is, of course, now happening and spreading across the united states. so you're still seeing that disconnect between the president and his own health officials, and he's still frustrated, because that's right, he did go
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to capitol hill yesterday. he walked out of that lunch with republicans, and they did not come out with any kind of concrete plan of exactly what they're going to do to try to blunt the economic impact of all of this. >> here's another disconnect. the president has said several times that he's in touch with president xi of china, that president xi is on top of this, and he believes president xi is doing the right thing. listen to this just a short time ago from the president's national security adviser. >> rather than using best practices, this outbreak in wuhan was covered up. it probably cost the world community two months to respond. i had a w.h.o. team been on the ground, had a cdc team, which we had offered to be on the ground. i think we could have dramatically curtailed what happened, both in china and what's now happening across the world. >> covered up? cost the world two months? >> saying they missed out on two months of potential response is really staggering. but also, we knew bi-b this in december.
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that's when it was first reported about this. there were warning signs flashing in january and people say the administration was slow to respond to that. it wasn't until the end of the month, something the president has repeatedly pointed out about the travel restrictions they have imposed, but officials we spoke to, people who used to work in this white house say they don't feel like enough was done in the immediate aftermath and they hope they start taking it seriously, the president starts taking it more seriously now because they want to be able to blunt the impact so it doesn't get worse than what we're seeing playing out across the nation. >> come back to this a bit later in the program, washington's response and what comes next. when we come back after a break, to 2020 politics. a massive night for joe biden. he now has command of the democratic race. bernie sanders planning to make a statement in about 45 minutes. he is standing at a very difficult crossroads. (dad vo) i saw them out of the corner of my eye. just a blur when they jumped the median. there was nothing i could do. (daughter) daddy! (dad vo) she's safe because of our first outback.
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their tireless energy and their passion. we share a common goal, and together we will defeat donald trump. we will defeat him together. >> that was joe biden last night in pennsylvania reaching out to a rival who now faces a moment of choosing. we are going to hear from bernie sanders in vermont at the top of the hour. let's take a look at last night and why the results in the second super tuesday caused such a big problem. michigan is really the only place you have to go. we'll look at other places, but look at michigan. 53%-36%. look at the map. every county in michigan. every county in michigan filling in with biden blue. contrast that to four years ago. that light blue is bernie sanders, when he had a stunning upset of hillary clinton. bernie sanders needed michigan last night to give himself momentum, a win and delegates to carry on. instead, wow! look at that for joe biden. joe biden also won missouri and he won mississippi. and out west, yes, bernie sanders won north dakota, but joe biden winning idaho last night with 49% of the vote there.
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again, go back four years ago, bernie sanders won this over hillary clinton with 78%. move back to today. we have yet to call washington state. it's a very close race here, though, 32%-32%. if you round that up, 33%-33%, if you round it up. 2,000 votes separating the two candidates. going back in time, bernie sanders won with 73% of the vote against hillary clinton. so, the overall map, if you look at 2020, filling in with biden blue. bleak for sanders. let's also take a look at this. one of the things sanders told us was that he would turn out young voters in record numbers. that was his coalition. well, that simply hasn't happened in 2020. in iowa, youth turnout was up a little bit, but in every other state, vermont, new hampshire, texas, michigan, missouri, youth turnout down from 2016. one other way to look at this. here's where we are. joe biden has won more than half of the delegates allocated so far. in the rest of the democratic contests, he only needs to win 49% to get the majority, to be the nominee. bernie sanders is getting 42% of the delegates so far.
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in the contests to come, he would have to win 55%, a little more than 55%. that math is daunting, overwhelming, some say impossible. senator sanders did not make a public statement last night, meeting with his campaign team today to discuss the road ahead. again, cnn is live in burlington, vermont, for us. we're going it hear from the senator at the top of the hour, we expect, ryan. what are you hearing from inside the campaign? >> reporter: you know, john, they are being very tight-lipped as to what exactly bernie sanders is going to tell us here in this 1:00 p.m. press conference. i have to say, i've talked to numerous aides over the past 24 hours. at no point has any aide even suggested the idea of sanders exiting the race, but they've also been very careful to acknowledge that he has really pe performed below expectations in both of the last two super tuesday contests. they expected to do much better in states like michigan in states like texas, you know, even in a state like california, where they expected to run up the delegate total, they fell well short of their long-term goal. so, what is the path forward for
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bernie sanders? that is perhaps what we're going to learn during this 1:00 p.m. press conference. now, what his aides have said consistently, even after the results last night, was that he had every intention of participating in the debate on sunday against joe biden and that one of the things that he had really been focused on since the beginning of this race was the opportunity to debate joe biden one on one, and that's the opportunity that is still in front of him on sunday, should he choose to participate. so, you know, there are a lot of mixed signals right now coming from the campaign. we know that for the most part, that senator sanders and his wife, jane, have been together, basically alone since they returned here to burlington last night, and that, basically, the counsel is between the two of them as they look for a path forward. we hope to get more incisight io the status of this campaign coming up in less than an hour. >> ryan, come back if you learn anything at the top of the hour. with me in studio, lisa lair with "the new york times," aaron haynes with the 19th, and molly
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ball with "time." it's a difficult moment for any candidate. senator sanders has run before. he knows the math of the race. i don't think he expected what we have seen in the last ten days, this remarkable joe biden surge. the question is, if you're bernie sanders, a traditional candidate would probably say, "i'm gone, the math is overwhelming." he's not a traditional candidate. he views himself as the leader of a movement. do you stay in, thinking you get that one-on-one debate, you have something to say to joe biden? maybe you dial back the tone a little bit in respect of the math? >> well, i could see it going either way, honestly. because on the one hand, you know, bernie sanders has always been more of a team player than a lot of his supporters. he was never bernie or bust. he did, you know, endorse and campaign for hillary clinton quite vigorously after the convention in 2016, but he also stayed in until the convention, and that bothered a lot of hillary's people because he stayed in past the point when it was mathematically impossible for him to win the nomination based on the delegate count. something weird would have had to have happened at the
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convention. so, did he learn from that, that something weird isn't going to happen at the convention, or do you look back on the last ten days and say, this race has been all up and down all over the place, everything could happen, we've got to stay to the bitter end, because who knows what is coming? so, not knowing what's on bernie sanders' mind, i could see either being the case. >> the calendar, the math next week is not favorable to bernie sanders if you look at what's happened demographically so far. looking at what happened so far, bernie sanders ran in 2016. he was the big surprise. we all underestimated him. we should all plead guilty to that. he ran a very strong campaign against hillary clinton, but look at this. his support among men from 2016 to 2020 is down. his support among independents from 2016 so now is down. among whites with a college degree, down. whites no college degree, down. union members, down. rural democrats, down. that's a pretty bleak outlook. >> right. and he has not made any progress with the base of the democratic party, which is black voters. so, when he's looking at the math, i think that's the main thing that has not changed from 2016, that he is not improved with black voters, which is the
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path to the nomination. if he is not able to do that, i don't know what he would be able to change or do differently, especially up against a candidate who has frankly had half a century of experience with black voters, you know? so, i don't know how he can change his strategy in a way that would get black voters on board or get him the kind of coalition, especially with older and more reliable voters, you know, between now and the convention that could really get him to make up that ground. >> and one of the fascinating things about senator sanders is he is an almost 80-year-old candidate, but he does represent -- he does represent these aggressive, activist young democrats, democratic voters and new democrats in congress like alexandria ocasio-cortez, who love his energy, love his issues, position, love his fight, loving his willingness to fight the establishment. this was her take last night, aoc, as she is called saying tonight isn't good. >> there's no sugar-coating it, tonight's a tough night. tonight's a tough night for the movement overall. older voters, which we know are much more reliable voters, which
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turn out, have decisively gone to former vice president biden. there's a generational divide in the democratic party on health care, on climate change, on foreign policy, on pretty much every policy imaginable. >> she's right about the generational divide. she's absolutely right, and it's going to be incumbent on joe biden. he started with an olive branch last night. he's going to have to do a lot more work there. but my question in this context -- we'll come back to biden later -- is what does senator sanders do now, in the sense that he knows the energy, to your point? he knows some of his supporters did not follow him in 2016 when he said it's time to get on board the clinton train right here. how do you think about that at the moment? not just his own future, but how does he get his supporters? if his goal is, as he says, beating donald trump? >> well, he certainly has to take steps in that direction. he has to urge his people to get behind joe biden. i think it may be a little easier for him this time around than it was in 2016. first of all, his relationship with joe biden is very different than his relationship was with
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hillary clinton. second of all, the democratic party is in this moment of existential crisis. you cannot overstate how petrified democrats are of doing anything that could inadvertently lead to the re-election of president donald trump or lead to them getting blamed for the re-election of president donald trump, whether they are actually at fault or not. and i think even bernie sanders, who has his own loyal base of support, does not want to be in that position. i think the aoc comments are interesting, because certainly, if he gets out of this race, it's going to set off a real scramble for who represents that wing of the party. who does the torch pass to? is it aoc? is it somebody else? what about elizabeth warren? and the final point is that these young voters that they are talking about, that they counted on, they just didn't show up. turnout went up among older voters. we didn't see that in the races that happened amongst younger voters, and that's a real big problem, not only for bernie sanders, but for his sort of liberal movement. >> right. i brought it up over there, but i want to bring it up again. if you look at this, just don't fault the effort. senator sanders has tried really
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hard. you see him on college campuses, and that is to be applauded. you want everybody to vote. if you're eligible to vote, no matter your age or ethnicity, whatever. it just has not happened and it's stunning in the sense that it's down. to the point of the relationship being different, we have seen joe biden and bernie sanders yucking it up during the breaks of the debate, talking to each other. and senator sanders has been quite clear on the campaign trail about his intentions. >> joe biden is a friend of mine. joe and i have known each other for many years. what joe has said, he will support me if i win the nomination. i have said i will support him. because we want to beat trump. that goes without saying. biden is a friend of mine. joe biden is a decent guy. what joe has said is if i win the nomination, he'll be there for me. what i have said, if he wins the nomination, i'll be there for him. joe biden is a decent guy, and i know that if i win the nomination, he'll be there for me. he wins, i'll be there for him. >> we always say, senator sanders is consistent on the issues and his policy views.
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he has been consistent on this. the question is at this moment, when the math is so daunting against you, if that is what you truly believe -- and we all believe that is what he truly believes -- if you stay in with the debate scheduled sunday, can you stay in and do sort of a polite debate with joe biden, or is the better option if you're trying to unify the party to make the painful decision to step back? >> well, but that's the other question is he really has nothing to lose if he does do the debate, except besides hurting joe biden potentially. that really is the only factor in that. it's going to be this debate where we're now all injeblcted with coronavirus concerns, there's going to be no audience, just the two of them. it will be different than the other debates, and joe biden is obviously well aware of this, and that's why you heard him mention bernie sanders so many times in his speech last night. meanwhile, bernie sanders was not speaking at all, which i think is really telling of how that night just went so differently than they expected i it. the fact that he went back to vermont, made no public address and we're just going to hear about him, not until 1:00 this afternoon, i think really tells
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that this outbreak is a pandemic, and this is a major, major announcement. it's a decision that the world health organization has not made lightly. and the fact that they are calling this a pandemic really shows that this outbreak has hit all continents, except for antarctica. it's spread across so many countries. the world health organization director general tedros said that this outbreak has hit a number of countries that has tripled recently. so, the number of countries that have been hit by this outbreak has tripled. and again, a pandemic declaration is pretty serious. this is a major moment, john. >> a major moment, and we'll watch now to see how it intensifies the world's response. jacqueline, appreciate the breaking news. coming up, bernie sanders has a decision to make because joe biden is building a remarkable coalition. that chad really was raised by wolves? which one is your mother? that's her right there.
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because being effective means getting results. we're waiting to hear from senator bernie sanders at the top of the hour. cnn is told through correspondent ryan nobles, the vermont senator is expected to stay in the democratic debate for president and attend the debate with just two candidates, sanders and joe biden in phoenix, arizona. again, we are expecting to hear from senator sanders at the top of the hour, but ryan nobles is told by a source familiar with senator sanders' plans that he plans to stay in the democratic race. let's bring in the people in the room. it's a big decision for the senator. we talked about this, he views himself as the leader of a movement, someone who's trying to challenge what he calls the establishment of the democratic party, to move aggressively on medicare for all, climate change, other trade issues as
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well, but he can also do the math and he understands that it is not impossible, but it is beyond improbable that he can make up joe biden's delegate lead. what does it tell us that he's decided, i'm going to have this debate? we assume that means he's going to go on through next week's contest. the map is not favorable to him -- ohio, florida, illinois, arizona. what's it tell us? >> and let's remember, he probably can't campaign, right? both of the candidates have been canceling campaign events because of the coronavirus. and so, if bernie sanders can't hold these big stadium rallies that he's used to doing, what is the campaign going to consist of, a series of, you know, video-taped statements that are released on youtube or twitter? so you know, my question would be, just because bernie sanders wants to debate on sunday, does joe biden decide to debate on sunday if they're both in the race, or does joe biden say, i consider myself all but to have wrapped up the nomination in all but name, and so, i am going to ignore this and focus on trump. that's what he was doing in that speech last night, a lot of shout-outs to sanders' supporters, but basically saying, from now on, the opponent we're focused on is
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trump. >> that adds an interesting wrinkle because that would be an interesting bit of defiance by biden, but at the same time, he needs the sanders voters, so what would the reaction be? that will be an interesting moment to play out. i want to run through the math. senator sanders ran last time, has a great base of support across the country. it's not turning into wins right now, but it's a strong base of support. but the math is overwhelming. he's won 42% of the pledged delegates so far, meaning he would have to win 55% of those remaining to get there. think about in at home. if you have been winning 42%, the odds of you suddenly flipping and winning 55% against the same opponent, especially as we move into states where the demographics are not as favorable to you, sorry. >> well, to your point, maybe it's not exactly about the math. maybe it is about the movement for him and his supporters who want to feel like this is a fair process for him, want to feel like he has gone through this, and even if he does not win, even if they know that he's not going to be able to win, any insinuation that he's being
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pushed out or urged to get out before he makes that decision is not something that's going to help get those supporters on board for a general election to vote for joe biden, should he become the eventual nominee, so that could also be part of senator sanders' calculation in staying in and letting this process play out, not just for himself, but for his supporters who may be skeptical about how he is being treated as this process continues. >> it's an interesting point. going to vermont, cnn's ryan nobles is back with us now. we'll hear momentarily from the senator. your reporting says to expect him in arizona, correct? >> reporter: yeah, that is right, john. a source with direct knowledge of senator sanders' plans here at his press conference that's scheduled to begin at the top of the hour tells me that senator sanders has every intention of staying in the race for the time being, and most specifically, we told you the last time we talked, that he's looking forward to that one-on-one debate with joe biden. and you know, despite what happened on tuesday night, i don't think this comes as that big of a surprise. you know, senator sanders has
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been very consistent in his desire to see that one-on-one debate with joe biden, and also, his campaign believes that no matter what, this is good for the democratic primary and the democratic process going forward. so, this is definitely something, though, that did require some deliberation from sanders and his team. i know he spent a lot of time with his wife, jane sanders and his other advisers over the past 24 hours, assessing what the path forward should be, but the news here, john, is that when senator sanders comes out here at the top of the hour, that is what we expect him to tell us. now, these plans are always fluid, and until it comes out of senator sanders' mouth himself, we are not going to know for sure, but the plan is right now that he is going to tell everyone that he is staying in the race and that he will be in that debate on sunday. john? >> we'll look forward to what he is saying around the tanel here. this is an interesting moment. if senator sanders does as ryan's reporting and stays in the race, congressman jim clyburn, who was absolutely critical to joe biden's win in south carolina says it's time to shut this down. my understanding is senior people in the biden campaign
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relayed to him, please, don't do that. we don't want to alienate the sanders supporters. but there will be a debate on his tone. what senator sanders says is as important as what he decides in terms of staying in. again, look at the michigan exit polls. women, joe biden gets 58%, black voters, 66%. white college voters 55%. union households 55%. urban voters 57%. suburban voters 53%. this is biden winning everywhere. and so, if you're sanders, again, i get he views his responsibility as the leader of a movement, but as someone who's also said goal number one is to defeat donald trump, where's the sweet spot? >> i think it's going to be a fascinating debate, right? because in some ways, you could see joe biden feeling the need to be really kind to bernie sanders, because he needs to keep his supporters in the fold. so, you could actually see him praising his opponent quite a lot. and bernie sanders also, you imagine, would be kind of delicate about this. he knows what the numbers are. that's why there was this discussion. that's why we didn't hear from him last night. but i just heard the same thing that ryan nobles heard from bernie sanders, one of his top campaign guys, that he's staying
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in, he's going to debate, but it's going to be a really delicate dance going forward. bernie sanders at this point is really waging his campaign for his side of the democratic party, for his ideology, rather than in any realistic view for the nomination. so, how this happens and how democrats stay together through this process is going to be rough. >> but not to mention that people do like bernie sanders' ideas, even if they are not voting for him. and i think that that is something that vice president biden is also aware of. >> and one of the things that was most striking from these numbers from michigan is you saw just how much 2016 was about a dislike for hillary clinton. and a lot of the issue with that was the bernie sanders supporters did not only go and vote for hillary clinton, a lot of them voted for donald trump. i don't think that's likely something that you'll see again, because what it seemed to be is that there are these college-educated white voters or not college-educated white voters who are voting for joe biden and going out and turning out for him. that was what helped boost donald trump so much in 2016, is instead of voting for hillary clinton, they wanted to vote for donald trump. so, it will be interesting to
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see how that factor plays into all of this. but it's also really hard to see how it's just going to be this lovefest between bernie sanders and joe biden on sunday night. they disagree on a lot. the trump campaign is trying to say they're really similar, two sides of the same coin. they disagree on a lot of things, so it's hard to see how if they're pressed on that, how bernie sanders is all of a sudden going to, like, not hit joe biden over his support for the iraq war. >> well, we're going to hear from senator sanders in a few moments. we'll take a quick break and come back and wait on senator sanders and also waiting on reaction from the biden campaign and his surrogates. a delicate moment in the democratic race. robinhood believes now is the time to do money.
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194. that's the number of senators and congressmen now in the cdc-declared zone of extra precautions when it comes to the coronavirus. it's not because of exposure. it's age. 194 members of congress are over the age of 65. get this from "the new york times" -- when a reporter in the capitol asked senator james inhofe of oklahoma -- 85 -- what precautions he was taking, he extended his arm with confidence -- "wanna shake hands?" meanwhile, 79-year-old senator patrick leahy told the "times" he had canceled travel plans and was preparing his staff to work remotely, if necessary. saying "i'm married to a registered nurse. i probably get told ten times a day what to do, and she's right." cnn's lauren fox is with us up on capitol hill.
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lauren, different members, different responses. >> reporter: exactly right, john. i'll tell you, i've seen a lot more purell stations here on capitol hill than ever before in my time covering washington. but i was riding the train yesterday with pat roberts, who is 83. he's the chairman of the senate agricultural committee. he was literally just using his elbows to try to hold on, because he's been told by his staff to try not to touch surfaces, try not to touch his face. he said, you know, that's really hard. there are some gestures i've had my entire life that now i find myself trying not to do because i'm trying not to touch my face. meanwhile, he's carrying around wet wipes, which is something a lot of lawmakers are doing. here's what other republicans said about how they're dealing with the threat of coronavirus. >> one of my colleagues said she just decided to put her hand over her heart, and that replaced the traditional handshake. >> my schedule's not changed at all. my structure, what i'm doing. still shaking hands, still meeting people, still going through the process. i'm not fist-bumping or giving a
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chicken wing or whatever it is we're doing nowadays. >> reporter: how you're changing what you're doing when you go back to your district during this spring break? >> not what i was gonna do. >> reporter: and of course, next week is recess and all right a lot have been canceled. i talked to senator dick shelby, chairman of the appropriations committee, 86 years old. i said, "are you nervous to be up here on capitol hill?" and he said, "well, i'm here," as he slowly backed away from the scrum of reporters surrounding him. john? >> lauren fox on the hill. i guess different strokes for different folks. we'll watch as this one plays out. a quick programming note for us here. a lot of questions about the coronavirus, right? join anderson cooper and sanjay gupta for a second cnn town hall, "coronavirus facts and fears" tomorrow night at 10:00 p.m. eastern on cnn. we're waiting to hear from senator bernie sanders at the top of the hour. thanks for joining us at "inside politics" today. we'll see you tomorrow. brianna keilar will bring you the bernie sanders news after a quick break. billions of mouths.
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i'm brianna keilar. and moments from now, senator bernie sanders will be speaking publicly, and we could learn the direction of his campaign just hours after joe biden racked up some major wins, leaving bernie sanders a distant second in the race for the democratic nomination for president. biden winning in michigan, a state that bernie sanders was hoping would be key to his candidacy, but a source with knowledge of his plan tells cnn's ryan nobles that sanders is expected to stay in the race.
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so, we will be bringing you his comments live as soon as he begins there in burlington, vermont. in the meantime, the latest on the coronavirus, which the world health organization officially declared a pandemic just moments ago. here's what we're seeing in the u.s. right now, a dramatic rise in the number of cases in just a week and a half. there were 71 cases at the beginning of march. now we are up over 1,000 cases and climbing. there are cases in 39 states. 18 have declared states of emergency, and that includes washington state and new york, where both are experiencing large clusters of cases. >> i can say we will see more cases and things will get worse than they are right now. how much worse we'll get will depend on our ability to do two things -- to contain the influx in people who are infected coming from the outside and the ability to contain and mitigate.


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