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those of us that are here in kentucky. >> i am the kentucky woman who my republican colleagues have so gentlemanly referred to as an empty dress that seeks to retire mitch mcconnell. >> six states are holding primary elections in the biggest single day of voting before november. with control of the senate on the line, it's another round of family feud between the tea party and the gop establishment. is mitch mcconnell really in trouble in kentucky? who will come out the winner? georgia's crowded seven-way republican free for all? and will family legacy pave the path to victory for michelle nun and jason carter in virginia. plus whatever happened to the southern white male democrat? we'll look at the trend of more women on the ballot in the south. we start in kentucky where mitch mcconnell is expected to cruise
to victory over businessman matt bevin. this morning bevin doubled down on his tea party challenge against the mcconnell establishment. >> what you will see are peopling turning out today who are weary of the mitch mcconnell of 30 years. there's a mcconnell fatigue that will be thrown off, i believe, in this race and time will tell. >> what we do know is that the fall campaign begins as soon as polls close tonight in kentucky. and the big question then will be whether any of the tired of mcconnell vote in november will go to a democrat. alison lundergan grimes. and with me to discuss the bluegrass state is kasie hunt. he's in louisville. let's start with turnout. how is turnout looking so far down there today? >> hey, joy. we're still starting to get a sense of how that's turning out. obviously people tend to come to the polls late in the day. this looks strong for mcconnell. he has already turned to
fighting the general election campaign against alison grimes. on the other hand, matt bevin's not wrong that there's a level of mcconnell fatigue. he's deeply unpopular here. i think the question going into this general election is going to be are people more tired of senator mcconnell or more tired of president obama. that's really the fight we're going to see being played out here. >> it's interesting because there's a piece in the national journal that talks about the party in kentucky no longer really being the mcconnell party. how it's moving more towards rand paul. mcconnell really relying in a lot of ways on rand paul to shore up his party and inoculate him. to what extent do you think the people coming out today are rand paul type voters? would the rand paul voter in your estimation be a mcconnell voter? >> there definitely is a sense that mcconnell was almost hiding behind rand paul. i was down here earlier this year and saw them do an event together. there have been all of these
points along the line, mcconnell had hired rand paul's former campaign manager to run his own campaign. but at the same time a lot of those rand paul voters are sort of libertarians here. there's this streak of anti-government. they're sort of fed up with washington generally. but at the same time it's not clear that there are going to be voters that jump to grimes. republicans will tell you that's what you're seeing in this polling now where grimes is so close to mcconnell. the question is whether those republicans who are currently with bevin are going to jump to mcconnell or jump to grimes. >> good questions. all right. kasie hunt, thank you very much. and now let's go to georgia where a crowded field of republican candidates is vying to advance to a two-man runoff on july 22nd. seven republicans are facing off in the peach state primary to fill the seat of retiring senator saxby chambliss. it looks like the race will come down to 20-year congressman jack kingston, david perdue, and former secretary of state karen
handel. meanwhile michelle nun is a shoe in her primary. but many wonder how she'll deal with the issue of obamacare. i got o a chance to talk to her on that issue. here's my question and her full response. >> whoever the republican is that faces you in november, they're going to run against you on obamacare. are you going to run affirmatively on the affordable care act? >> i'm going to say we actually need to put people ahead of politics and focus on what do we need to do to expand medicaid and to actually build upon the things that are working and change the things that aren't in terms of health care. >> okay. for more on how things are shaping up in the polls in georgia, we go to msnbc politics reporter benji who's in atlanta. you were at a rally last night for perdue, what's the mood there? >> they are very excited pretty much across the board every poll for about a month, two months has put purdue consistently in
the lead. but only about 25% of the vote consistently. people are excited. there is just a hint of nervousness. these are low turnout affairs often. perdue is the only one who hasn't run for office before. so it's not entirely clear he has the same turnout machine some of the other candidates have. i think they're eager to finally see their enthusiasm translate into real votes. >> georgia's gop senate candidates are literally racing each other to the far right. is there a sense that one of these seven candidates or at least one of the top five is actually the tea party candidate or they sort of more of a malange of tea party establishment. >> i put that very question to herman cain yesterday. a lot of people were surprised because he's so associated with the tea party that he endorsed perdue.
he said he agrees with me on everything i ran on in the presidential campaign and he's like matt bevin a successful businessman who hasn't run for office before. why isn't he a tea party guy? every candidate in this race has some plausible claim to tea party support. that makes it difficult. it's one of the reasons that conservative activists haven't coalesced around any one candidate in this race. >> thank you very much. and for more on super tuesday analysis, let's go to director and host of "the daily rundown," chuck todd. all right. let's go through this day. there's a lot going on. >> right. >> let's actually start with this question of whether or not there really is a distinct fight going on between the tea party and something we can call the establishment. >> there really is. it's really glaring in two places, kentucky and idaho. i thought you and benjy did a
great job talking about it. it's a more aggressive attempt by the bleestablishment to holdf the tea party is bit. you look at what mitch mcconnell has done in kentucky. he took bevin seriously. he defined him and disqualified him. he questioned his credibility on a personal and character level. you look in idaho, this was a different type of way to sort of defend the establishment. mike simpson saying, hey, you know what? yes, i'm in there governing but a conservative and making the case you can be a conservative but a part of the process. trying to hold off the tea party. let's talk about what we mean here. we mean as far as mainstream republicans are concerned, they're trying to avoid richard mourdocks. it's not necessarily ideology. it's the type of candidate they're getting. and if you look at what they're up to, it looks like they are avoiding. there are no christine
o'donnells right now. it appears that are popping up. that in itself is a victory. >> in georgia you'd have the gingreys and browns. they're going nowhere. so let's talk about the democrats just for a moment. when you look at georgia particularly, you've got two democratic dynasties up for re-election both the carters and the nunns. what does that mean and what's going to go on in georgia? >> look at the entire pattern of the red states. got the landrieus of louisiana, the pryors of arkansas, you brought up the carters and nunns. alison grimes is the daughter of a long-time powerful kentucky democrat. think about this. this is not an accident that in these red states where democrats are trying to over-perform the national number where democrats are these days, they're turning to brand names that they hope rise above the national democratic brand. and i think that that -- you know, why are we even talking about georgia? because of the power of michelle
nunn's biography and working across the aisle with george h.w. bush. and also her last name. mark pryor. the pryor name seems to trump so far some of the national -- neg ty national feelings that some arkansas folks have towards the national democratic party. i think that's why these dynasty candidates, it's not just gee whiz, it's strategic. all of those folks to me is not an accident. frankly they're the reason why democrats have a fighting chance to hold the senate. >> the name brand strategy. let's talk about some governors. one of the other themes in this campaign season is unpopular governors. and i'm thinking about corbett in pennsylvania. >> corbett's the poster child -- you think about the entire run on a blue state, particularly the blue state republican governors that got elected, corbett, schneider. and corbett probably the most
vulnerable and owl of them will have tough re-election fights. he's doubly hit not just fatigue perhaps with some swing voters with the republican legislature in pennsylvania, but the penn state scandal that was, you know, sort of happening when he got in -- he was state attorney gener general. that has also been a drag on him. tom wolf and i keep makes this running joke, i'll make it again, not to concerned with the famous white suited author, but a businessman sort of out of nowhere, used his own money. and just blie away the field before they had a chance to catch up. allison schwartz was hoping to use both gender and the philadelphia media market as a way to sort of win this democratic primary. and her struggles i think show the strength -- wolf just ran a better campaign. by the way, he's a nightmare for carr bet. >> it sounds like everything is a nightmare for corbett right
now. >> i think it would be, but if the folks could have picked their opponent, they would have picked something like allison schwartz because being tied to philadelphia doesn't always play well in the rest of the state. >> fascinating stuff. nbc political director chuck todd. appreciate you being here. >> good jb on the trivia this morning. >> you know what? i live for trivia. this is my life. thank you, sir. appreciate it. still ahead, we've got more ground to cover on today's big races including the battle between the republican establishment and the tea partiers that's pushing them farther and farther to the right. michael steele joins me next. and later, president obama's controversial judicial nominee and why progressives including civil rights leaders are speaking out and saying absolutely no thanks. all stations come over to mission a for a final go. this is for real this time. step seven point two one two. verify and lock. command is locked. five seconds. three, two, one.
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there's that sound again. the sound of wonderful elections taking place all across the country and of course our special super tuesday primary coverage right here. as we discussed at the top of the hour, there is also a theme playing out in today's election process. let's call it the tea party versus the establishment gop. looks like crushing losses are ahead starting in kentucky. but as the daily beast writes, the right wing of the republican may go down. he goes on to quote "the washington post" jamie fuller who pointed out the following key to republican success. stay comfortable with the tea party while networking with the establishment on the side. indeed, the lines between the two factions of the republican party have become increasingly blurred. asked about the tea party in his conference today, speaker boehner had this to say.
>> listen, there's not that big a difference between what you all call the tea party and your average conservative republican. we're against obamacare, we think taxes are too high, we think the government is too big. so i wouldn't continue to sing that same song. >> so the question is what's the republican strategy going into november and on into 2016? michael steele is a former rnc chairman and current msnbc political analyst. >> hey. >> thank you for being here. >> thank you. >> is there at this point a distinction between the tea party and the republican party? >> oh, i believe there is. and there has been for quite some time going back probably to 2004, 2005 where a number of activists around the country grew increasingly tired with big republicanism. the war, the spending, some of the personal intrusions like the terry schiavo case. this has been a trum beat within
the conservative base for quite a while. and the way the types have performed on the larger issues. that tension is real. so they may take a licking tonight, but they will keep ticking. there is more, you know, gains to be made down the road. they play long ball a lot better than i think a lot of people give them credit for. and they should. because the opportunities are right there to define the nature of what republicanism is, what conservatism in s in this era. i think that's what's they're trying to do. they've taken over a number of leadership roles as chairman, committee men and women. so this has been a process that's been underway for some time. and it is just a flesh wound with any losses tonight. because the bigger prizes are down the road. >> one thing the tea party has been known for redefining is a
star wars bar quality. i want to take you to georgia for a moment and take a look at the candidates who the furthest out. you've got phil gingrey who said to todd akin's legitimate rape comments were right. and you've got paul broun who says the big bang theory is a lie from the pit of hell. and you've got one saying the kids should mop the floors in order to get their lunches. and then you've got david perdue whose biggest problem is he's got a mitt romney problem. he had businesses that failed and took about 8,000 jobs with them. so when you look at that slate of candidates, does it surprise you that the guy at the front of that pack is the mitt romney guy and that mcconnell in a similar sense while the tea party may disdain him, he's going to win
in kentucky. >> let's start with mcconnell. i don't think that mcconnell's presumed win should be surprise to anyone who's paid attention to "a," mcconnell, and "b," that race with bevin who started out of the race. mcconnell went right for the gut from the beginning. i think chuck todd hit that out of the race. bevin was defined early by mcconnell. it wasn't even an anti-tea party. he personalized it. he made him less than credible as a candidate. i think you've seen some of that elsewhere around the country with the establishment recognizing we don't have to take on the tea party. we just take on the individual failings and flaws of the candidates that are coming up a la christine o'donnell. i think the tea party is slowly figuring that out as well. so you'll see in some states where you have candidates who are sort of liked by both tea party and establishment candidates, i think that's going
to be more of what you see down the road when tea party activists become smarter about the kind of candidates they put up and how they present the overall package that's required in politics. >> but at the same time you have the mcconnells saying they're going to crush these outside groups. that their candidates are being driven to the sidelines be i the e gop establishment. republicans are trying to crush those very candidates the grassroots likes. >> i think it's an important point, something i warned the party about for some time. be careful the friends you tick off. because you're going to need those same candidates this november. if you want to make the gains in the senate, you're going to need the bevin supporters to come around against a very credible and i think formidable democrat candidate in ms. grimes in kentucky. so you don't need them on the sidelines pissed off because
mcconnell has been so heavy handed that they stay home. that's always a big risk as we've seen in past elections whether it's '06 or '08 and even in 2012 when the base stays home, guess what? you lose. >> indeed. you lose to a democratic candidate. we'll get you to say that too. i've worked it with one of my republican friends. i'm going to work with you on that one too. thanks for being here. >> you got it. now to the nfl. a group of retired players sued the league today for risking narcotics to mask players injuries and speed up their return to the field. t this is a big story. we're definitely going to be following up on. we'll be right back. asked people a simple question: can you keep your lifestyle in retirement?
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perform the worst. this map brings into very sharp relief for the party that used to b the southern party. now the question can democrats bounce back amongst southern white voters and are women voters and candidates the ski? or will the factors weighing down the republicans in the south blunt attempts at a democratic southern comeback? tara is a democratic strategist and jimmy williams is executive editor at blue nation review.com. i'm going to start here at the table with you, tara. let's talk about this issue of democrats' problems in the south. they are myriad and widespread. not only did president obama perform significantly worse in the south than with voters around the rest of the country,
you're seeing white democrats in the south disappear. >> that's true. but there is good news. one of the things democrats need to do is attack into this populism. it's overused and we hear it a lot, but there is a sense amongst voters particularly in the south because if you look at what's happening in the south in terms of economics, how people are feeling, the amount of money they're making. that's where people are struggling the most when it comes to health care, jobs, wage stagnation. that's where we see some of the biggest struggles. you're starting to see them do this. is double down on this sense that people are feeling something's not right. it's not fair. i'm working harder and i don't have as much to show for. democrats need to tap into that. that angst is particularly strong amongst white voters. >> when we just showed president obama's performance among white voters in the south in 2012.
his national average was 39% among all white voters. which is in and of itself down significantly from '08. then if you look at how he did in the midwest in ohio or wisconsin, the president performed significantly better. it really is a southern phenomenon both for the president and for democrats at large. why do you suppose that is? >> you've got to look back at when this all began obviously with the goldwater revolution, if you will. with the southern doctrine. and this -- what we're having a conversation about is how did the identity politics come about. you just showed how he does everywhere but the south. it's a race issue. call it what it is. white men above the age of 50, they're never going to change their issue on race. they're already halfway through with their lives. why would they change? that's not who we should care about. there's a great study in 2006 by
a woman named karen kaufman who talked about the gender gap in politics. it's that white southern men were leaving the democratic party and that's why there's a jend for gap. we'll never get them back. to include white southern males. and if you can do that, you can win. that's happening in virginia, south carolina, and georgia. if you don't believe me, look at all the competitive races going on there. it's happening. >> let's zero in on georgia for a moment. what's happening to jimmy's point, you do have the diminishing. but you also have a smaller and smaller number of white voters, period. if you look at registered white voters in 2004, they comprise 62.7% of the electorate. for democrats how much of a strategy is trying to recover among white voters, white women
and how much is getting out black and brown voters? >> well, i think a big part of the strategy has to be motivating black and brown voters and motivating women. even though we don't -- we're not going to get back as jimmy stated a lot of the white voters that have been lost because of these issues, you cannot lose them by huge margins either. so we do have to stop some of the hemorrhaging to that point. if you look at enthusiasm, the good news is that enthusiasm is down amongst democrats and republicans. but the project is the most -- it is harder to get them out to vote. that is the reality. so we have to consider that in any strategy we bring about. but i think the united factor in this country will be what i said earlier. people are working harder and making less.
we have got to drill down on that and offer concrete tangible bite sized solutions to that problem. no matter what race you are, you know something unfair is happening in this country. and that's why you see this moral mondays. that's why you see these protests. >> but at the same time we're seeing that and nowhere truer than in the south. yet when you look at the republican party, 41% of the republican entire voting base comes from the south. more than half of house republicans were voted from the south. the very people who were facing the deepest economic hole essentially are still consistently choosing republicans. why do you suppose that's happening? >> well, i mean, it's the only thing they know how to do. again, these people are -- they're my relatives for gosh sakes. i understand their what their mentality is. i'll give you a great example. you want a good example how all this can change? the day that hillary clinton lost the primary to barack obama
in 2008, she was a big hillary fan. my mother is conservative. i call her and say what are you going to do now that obama's won? i just won't vote. that tells you everything you need to understand about the way the south is versus how it's trending. pew just put out a poll that said by the year 2040, the number of latinos will ride by a hundred million. that's the tanning of united states. where is that growth on the borders and the south because they can work there and work on those farms for free. that's going to change and if the republicans don't increase its base, they're not going to have a party left over in two cycle. >> it's going to be fascinating to see if those democratic candidates can change that by getting more women to vote for the democratic party. i wish we had much more time.
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learned more about one particular conservative whose nomination was critical. in order to move the package of nominations forward. but as more about boggs' record became known, his nomination proved too far right for some demes. moments ago, however, the white house reaffirmed their support for the deal saying this. >> our choice is and was clear. do we work with republican senators to find a compromise or leave the seats vacant. >> civil rights acon and georgia congressman john lewis doesn't have a vote on judicial nominations but whose support was considered crucial to the deal issued this statement. based on the evidence revealed during this hear b we do not support the confirmation of boggs to the federal bench. his record is in direct optician
to everything i have stood for during my career and his misrepresentation to the committee is more troubling. sir, thank you for being here. really appreciate it. >> well, thank you. i'm delighted to be with you. >> well, sir, i want to start with back in january yourself and reverend c.t. vivian along with john lewis the congressman from georgia stood together at an event and you all three expressed opposition to the boggs nomination. can you explain to us why you oppose him nomination to the federal bench? >> well, his record is clear on women's rights and freedom of choice, on civil rights, gay rights. his record is terrible. and we simply cannot support
him. i'm very disappointed that the president included him in his list of nominees although i understand his desperation in trying to work with our senators. i think it was a mistake. >> and you did call it a mistake back then. i want to play you what michael boggs has since said about his position on same-sex marriage. he actually at his confirmation hearing on may 13th said the following. if you would take a listen. >> my personal opinion was at the time over a decade ago that i was in support of a proposed constitutional amendment that would have banned same-sex marriage. my position on that, senator, may or may not have changed since that time as many have during the past decade. >> may or may not changed during that time. does that in my way change your mind about michael boggs? >> no. i think he has the same position
he had all along. i don't think he's changed. i think his voice may have toned down, but the meaning of his words and his position against same-sex marriage is the same. his position cannot change on his record on a flag and his record on civil rights. he doesn't deserve to have a life-long position on the federal bench. and i'm sorry the president had appointed him. i understand his need to compromise, but i think it was a mistake and i hope -- i'm glad john made it clear of where his position was. because he was a little fuzzy from perspective of some of his colleagues. but now he's clear, all is well that ends well.
and i'm grateful for his statement. >> indeed after senator diane feinstein indicated she believed congressman lewis was okay with the nomination, that he'd come to support it, his fellow member of congress tweeted in response to that story saying if lewis approved of that deal, he betrayed african-americans, women, and gays. it was a harsh response. do you think that harsh response to just someone else saying he supported the nomination, has that coalesced congressman lewis and those who oppose mr. boggs to hang together on this nomination. >> well, i think john had to make his position clear. that it was not only feinstein who was confused. but congressman koth was confused and a number of other people. as a matter of fact, we were considering calling a press conference yesterday. a number of people, members of
congress and other civil rights lewders asking which side are you on? and in the words about the civil rights chant. but thank god he's come out and all's well that end well. >> yeah. i had a chance to speak with the u.s. senate candidate michelle nunn from georgia. i want you to hear what she had to say about the boggs nomination. >> when i look at this particular nomination, i have some concerns. i share some of the concerns that have been raised. if i were in the senate, i'd want to sit down and talk with him and make sure i understand what his views were. and what i would need. i do share the concerns that have been raised. >> sir, do you believe the that the boggs nomination should be an issue in the united states senate race? ms. nunn said she would have potential concerns with the
nomination. >> i think that's one of the things that makes a senate race so critical for us is he president hasn't been able to get many appointments through. and he had to compromise against what i think is a better judgment against his better choices because he couldn't get the senators to cooperate. so that's what makes the senate race with michelle nunn -- excuse me -- critical for us. and i just voted as you may notice, i already voted today. and i voted for michelle nunn as senator from the state of georgia and would help this state considerably if we could get people in the senate from georgia who are fairer, who want to see the state move together.
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