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onder woman. >> it was incredible. but she's incredible. >> what did you learn? you only got a couple seconds. >> billy corgan i'm a big fan. i'm still a big fan. i'm glad he's involved with vets and is actually trying to bridge a divide that is there between a lot of my heroes musically and the real heroes out there, the men and women that put on the uniform and fight for this country. >> what time is it? >> stick around because "the rundown" is coming up next. good morning. i'm jose diaz-balart. first on the "rundown" this morning, isis claiming responsibility for the attack on a prophet muhammad art contest in texas. if confirmed, this would be the first time isis has taken credit for an attack in the united states. we've also learned the identity of the two gunmen. elton simpson and nadir soofi,
roommates, opened fire and police shot and killed both men. simpson had been on the fbi radar for more than a decade. let's get the latest from garland where jacob rascon is. >> jose good morning. this is a first for the terror group making that claim on their official radio broadcast calling the gunmen behind the shooting soldiers of the caliphate and brothers. this as we learn new information from family and relatives of the gunmen who say that they cannot believe that this happened. this morning as authorities widen their investigation, garland is getting back to normal. the mangled car that once belonged to elton simpson and nadir soofi is now in the hands of the fbi. this video showing amanda gellar being interviewed just as the gunmen opened fire. >> we have to stop this right now. >> now the focus of the investigation turns to phoenix, home of the two roommates killed
in the gun battle with police. >> i was very shocked. >> the president of the islamic community center phoenix says simpson has extended services regularly for years but he never thought of him as violent. >> he was not that kind of person that you would think that he would carry a shotgun and go and try to kill other people. >> simpson was known to the fbi, added to a terror watch list five years ago after being convicted of lying to federal agents about plans to move to africa. soofi was not on any terror list and speaking to his grandmother says he's not a terrorist. >> that's just not something nadir would do. he wasn't that type of person. he wasn't violent. >> meanwhile, leaders of the council on american islamic relations in texas said they strongly condemn the shootings but also sunday's event. >> people like pamela gellar and her american freedom difference initiative are disrupting peace of our city and are inciting
hatred. >> important to note jose that isis has not put forth evidence to support their new claim. one of the gunmen did pledge allegiance to the calf it ittate on twitter before the shooting but did not mention isis specifically. a reference to al qaeda, a rival terror group to isis. all of this part of the fbi investigation. >> jacob rascon thank you for getting us started. this attack in texas is rekindling the debate over free speech. i want to play for you what the organizer of the muhammad art contest had to say as well as terrorist analyst evan coleman. >> everyone has the right to free speech and it's good to stand by that principle. but these people are standing by the principle of hatred for other people. when you provoke people and invite people that doesn't make violent actions right but don't be surprised that it happens.
they're putting american servicemen abroad at risk and that's what they don't seem to understand. the same thing with the guy down in florida that wanted to burn a bunch of korans. you pay the price for this are american servicemen in afghanistan iraq elsewhere targeted by extremists. and that's simply not fair. >> we see in muslim countries the wholesale execution of those who blaspheme. here in the states they assassinate your character, you're a racist anti-muslim bigot and all these names destroy. they try to destroy the messenger. >> let's bring in the seen year fellow of the southern poverty law center. >> thanks for having me. >> you have labeled those that planned the event a hate group. >> well let me say it was not a difficult call in her case. this group, the idea that this
was some kind of defense of free speech or that it was the beginning of some kind of serious policy debate is absurd. i think that what evan said was absolutely correct. this is a group that does not differentiate in any way between radical islamists and all other muslims, despite their protestations to the contrary. to them islam is an evil religion. gellar has described it as the most radical and extreme ideology on the planet. and she is also a bit of a nut case frankly. this is a woman who has promulgated the idea that barack obama is the love child of malcolm x, that barack obama's mother posed for pornographic magazines, that he himself was involved with a quote, unquote crack whore. et cetera. they posted to their website, for instance a video suggesting that muslim men regularly engage with bestiality with goats, and
it goes on from there. >> so mark mark. >> this saul aboutis all about getting attention. >> it may be all about getting attention but it is ra critique. she says it's all about a political critique. and political critique isn't always pretty. i'd like to show you some of my twitter feeds. when i have a segment on that somebody doesn't like political critique is important and it's freedom. why not have this discussion? >> well let me say, first of all, that pam gellar and her friends absolutely have every right to do these things to say these kinds of things as incendiary as they are. so i don't say that we need to muzzle the woman but i'm arguing that pam gellar and her friends bring absolutely nothing useful to this debate. it's about prom ilgating hatred
that is based on fantasies, the move to impose shariah law in this country. >> what is different between what they're saying and, for example, charlie hebdo. >> that's a good question. and a real -- and there really is a difference. "charlie hebdo" is a magazine that satirized virtually everything in sight. there have been content analyses done that have found that a very tiny percentage of their satire was aimed at muslims. they were more about sa tierizetirizing the catholic church. pam gellar's group is simply about demonizing muz lime sps period. >> yet, mark no one that -- "charlie hebdo" made fub ofn of the
pope catholics, and no one there attacked them or in garland, texas. >> well that is true. but i think the argument i'm making is that the vast majority of muslims -- >> sure. >> the people who follow islam have nothing to do -- >> agree. >> -- with like the attack in paris or texas or at "charlie hebdo." but what i'm saying is that gellar really brings absolutely nothing other than as i say, unvarnished hatred to the debate. >> good to see you. thanks for being with me. appreciate your time. >> a pleasure. thanks for having me. >> now to a new development in baltimore where attorney general loretta lynch will head to meet with community officials. president obama is working to keep the unrest in baltimore at the top of the national ajend daz he pushes for more action.
he talked about it twice on monday, first at an event in the bronx, then later on "the late show" with david letterman. >> the first step in curing any problem is being able to diagnose it and acknowledge it and not hide from it. and we still have racism in our midst. we still have problems of ignoring poverty in our midst. kids are locked in situations where it's very hard for them to pull themselves out unless they get some help. and the more we're aware of it we can solve it. >> meanwhile, the uneasy peace in baltimore was briefly shattered monday after mistaken reports that a black man had been shot by police. it drew both protesters and officers into the streets, but turned out the shot fired had come from the man's own gun that he dropped when he ran from the cops. >> he was checked out thoroughly by the paramedics. he has no injuries on his body
whatsoever. no injuries whatsoever. he is not shot. >> joy reed joins me this morning. what a pleasure to see you. >> great to see you, as always jose. >> let's talk about the attorney general's visit today. what do we know about it? >> so i'm told by justice department officials that there are going to be four stops to this trip today. the attorney general is bringing with her the three democratic congressman, ben cardin barbara mikulski and elijah cummings. and they're going to meet with the mayor and with the city commission. they're going to meet with law enforcement officers. i'm told that the attorney general wants to not just meet with the community but she also wants to meet with law enforcement officials to sort of give them some sort and say we understand that they have families, too, and the good officers who are doing a good job shouldn't be overshadowed by the others. they'll start at the university of baltimore with the community and they'll wrap up with a meeting with young people.
and that's going to be the culmination of the attorney general's trip here. >> joy reid thank you very much. at the center of all this the family of freddie gray is watching and waiting as the police officers charged in his death prepare to go to court. the family spoke exclusively to lester holt about their loss. >> freddie was your baby. >> mm-hmm. >> talk to me as a mother the pain that you're experiencing. >> i wish it had never happened. it had never happened. i will never be the same. i will never be the same. >> joining me now is debby hines, a trial attorney and the founder of the blog legal speaks.com. thank you for being with me. >> thank you jose. >> you wrote recently that you were surprised by the charges announced on friday. what were you surprised about? >> i was surprised at the
swiftness of how they were announced. i mean in reality, how it normally works, which is where my criticism has been is that the police investigate the police then they turn over their files to the state's attorney and the state's attorney decides whether or not they're going to charge or not. and in similar cases before the other states attorney who was greg bernstein, cases like this did not generally get charged. so i was very glad that marilyn mosby did do what she did, which is basically run her own investigation. she did not rely on the police to do the investigation, although she reviewed it. she did her own investigation on her own. >> and you know this parallel investigation because it was going on the same time the police were carrying out their investigation, what was pretty surprising is that there were no leaks, nobody knew that it was essentially being carried out. we all found out last friday. >> that is phenomenal.
i mean i don't even know how she pulled that one off. because baltimore, even within the states attorney's office within the sheriff's department deputies it's like a little family there and people talk and there's a lot of things that get out and do get leaked out. and the police department did leak out their investigation. that's how they generally got out leaks that were favorable to them. but she kept it very tight. and what i think that shows is the strength and the power of baltimore states attorney marilyn mosby. her people stood behind her and there were no leaks from anywhere. >> do you think there can be a fair trial in baltimore for these officers? >> absolutely. because in having a fair trial all that it means and the judge always instructs the prospective jurors is knowing what you know about the case can you set aside what you know and only rely on what you hear in this courtroom and base your evidence solely on that to come to a fair
and impartial verdict and that's all a fair trial really means. yes, there can be one in baltimore city. >> debbie hines, thank you so much. now to the white house where the republican field is growing for the second day in a row. in 90 minutes we're expecting mike huckabee to formally enter the presidential race. the former arkansas governor and 2008 candidate is making that announce frnt had his home in hope arkansas. msnbc's kacie hunt has made her way to hope. good morning. >> jose good morning. yeah you know they don't just share the same home town of hope. bill clinton and mike huckabee were actually born in the same hospital according to an interview from the '90s that huckabee did with the local paper which has splashed his announcement all over the front page. the mcdonald's here in hope has huckabee's name on top of it. we met one of his classmates
from kindergarten who once play in a carport band with huckabee. the class of 1973 at hope high school. a lot of excitement here. the question is whether that translates across the campaign trail. huckabee comes into a really crowded field here, especially on the right. you have people who like ted cruz who is a fresher face than huckabee might be. he came out of nowhere to win the iowa caucuses back in 2008. that sent him on to a fox news tv show that he's had ever since then. but like you said he should be here shortly. we're going to hear some music from tony orlando who is just up on stage rehearsing. we're also expecting the duggar family from the tlc show "19 kids and counting" to be here in attendance. >> we'll see you again next hour as we get closer to huckabee's big announcement. we're just getting started on this tuesday edition of "the rundown." hillary clinton heads to las vegas.
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has taken a hit. clinton's favorable/unfavorable rating stands at 42 positive 42 negative and since march it's down slightly. unfavorability ratings up 6 points. while her marks for being honest and straightforward have dropped 13 points since a year ago. something clinton addressed with nbc news. >> not a single solitary fact has been adduced that she has done anything wrong. people should live to be as honest as she is. >> joining me from las vegas, ahead of her campaign stop there and buzzfeed's editor. good morning. >> good morning, jose. >> good morning, jose. >> alex on the same day hillary clinton heads to las vegas we're learning new information about her upcoming benghazi testimony. what do we know this morning? >> this is the product of months of negotiation between her attorney and the republicans in
charge of that committee. she agreed yesterday to testify, but just once the week of may 18th instead of the twice that republicans had wanted. she said she'll stray as long as possible but that's still less than republicans wanted. she had originally agreed to testify way back in november but they said they wouldn't bring her until they were assured she had turned over all the e-mails related to benghazi. now the chairman will take that under assessment and get back to us. we could see her coming up may 18th. >> on the political front, let me bring in a live shot of the strip there in vegas while i ask you this question. a big day in terms of her latino outreach. you spoke to her political director a latina herself, about all this. >> amanda renteria has been talking to immigration activists really trying to do what hillary's doing on her on in these roundtables which is taking feedback and figuring out
what community leaders want on immigration. >> this is the headline to your latest piece. you say hillary clinton supports immigration reform but is that enough. what are some latino leaders telling us about this? >> it's become now taken for granted that every democrat will support comprehensive immigration reform and a path to citizenship, but they're saying that's not enough. they want assurances from her that if congress fails to angtct, she'll take additional actions if she gets to the white house to extend deportation relief to more people. obama has extended deportation relief to 5 million people but there's still 4 to 5 million people that are in limbo who are not prioritized for deportation and don't have that relief. they want something from her. they're not expecting her today to say anything specific to roll out some big plan but they'd like her to address that and say she's thinking about these people. >> from the leaders you've
spoken to do they not want a repeat of the beginning of the obama administration where, from even the campaign he said first hundred days he'd have immigration reform and that never came through. >> that's exactly what they were talking about. they were saying that they've been through this so it's easy for somebody to say i'm going to do this, i'm going to do that. what a lot of folks talked about, this is about creating a contrast between jeb bush marco rubio, i was in houston last week and jeb spoke to a group of hispanic evangelicals. he supports earned legal status for undocumented individuals. sort of a nod to ding bush say she does not believe in second class status. >> thank you for being with me. we'll have more from las vegas and clinton's latino outreach push later in the hour with someone who has been talked about as a potential clinton running mate julian castro. we'll talk about the president's
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we're learning new details about the death of prominent silicon valley executive dave goldberg as friends and family prepare to hold a memorial service later today. mexican authorities say the 47-year-old who was married to facebook coo sheryl sandberg die from head trauma while exercising during a vacation. the new reaction is pouring in including from president obama. joe fryer joins me from los angeles. what's the very latest authorities are saying? >> good morning, jose. authorities in mexico are saying it was simply a tragic accident that happened while he was exercising during that vacation in mexico. goldberg of course was one half of a prominent silicon
valley couple. he was a well respected ceo and entrepreneur. his wife facebook coo sheryl sandberg. today he'll be remembered during an invitation-only memorial service in california. dave goldberg and sheryl sandberg were vacationing with friends and family last friday when authorities say he was found on the floor of a gym at a luxury resort outside of puerto vallarta. according to a statement from officials in mexico it's believed goldberg was on a treadmill when he fell and hit the back of his head. eventually discovered by his brother, goldberg died at the hospital from head trauma and a loss of blood. no autopsy was performed in mexico so it's unclear why he may have fallen. in america the consumer product safety commission says injuries related to exercise equipment send nearly 460,000 people to the emergency room a year. >> i think that's what the poll results say. >> meanwhile, goldberg is being
remembered in the tech world as a successful ceo and entrepreneur. >> silicon valley is full of people who really want to tout themselves, people that want to hype themselves. david was the antithesis of this, which is why this lawsuit's enormous for the community. >> reporter: overnight president obama posted a facebook message writing, david goldberg embodied the definition of a real leader someone who was always looking for ways to empower others. adding, we're heartbroken by him leaving us far too soon but we celebrate a remarkable legacy. in response facebook ceo mark zuckerberg left a comment, thank you for this beautiful tribute. goldberg leaves behind two children. for his memorial service today there are reports that men who attend are being asked not to wear ties because apparently goldberg had a lifelong hatred of neckwear. so everyone is being asked don't wear ties as they really remember and celebrate this remarkable well-respected man.
>> joe fryer, thank you very much. john kerry's surprise visit, an earthquake update and the death of an officer. secretary of state john kerry is in somalia, the first top u.s. diplomat to ever visit that country. kerry's stop was not announced. it was meant to show solidarity with the government trying to defeat al shabaab militants. nepal, police and volunteers are digging through rocks, mud and debris in a village entirely buried after the deadly earthquake ten days ago now. the village sits on a trekking route popular with tourists. villagers say 200 people may still be buried. on everest, climbers who stayed near base camp are packing up and returning after the quake. the government hasn't formally canceled the climbing season but sherpa guides are refusing to rebuild the route. flags are flying at half-staff in honor of fallen
nypd officer brian moore who died yesterday two days after being shot in the head. fellow officers saluted as the ambulance carried the 25-year-old's body from a queens hospital. moore had always wanted to be a police officer like his father uncle and cousin. the charges against dimitrius blackwell, seen here in court, have now been upgraded to first degree murder. coming up much more from baltimore. the debate about how you make lasting change continue. it's one topic i discussed with the president's hud secretary julian castro at the conference in miami beach. >> the lasting legacy of this administration will be that we have broken it down and encourage local communities to do the same whether baltimore or ferguson i believe that we're trying to put the pieces together so that it equals success for folks in those areas. >> more of that interview and what he said about hillary clinton and his own political
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good morning. >> jose good morning. yesterday was obviously a very interesting day here. we saw for the first time some emotion from dzhokhar tsarnaev in this trial, but we also heard through the transcripts about one of the side bars where the defense asked to a mistrial and in would say if your defense attorney doesn't ask for a couple in a case like this they're not doing their jobs. but this involved a question on redirect on cross-examination, i should say, from the governments to one of the family members who had reported that dzhokhar tsarnaev when he was a little boy cried during "the lion king" movie when mufasa the lion king father was killed in this battle. wouldn't you think that there's a little difference from -- and i'm paraphrasing here -- from the cartoon character dying and from hundreds of people suffering. there was an objection. the defense asked for a mistrial which was denied. the first up today is someone from the russian community. later we're expecting to hear
from someone with the bureau of prisons who is likely to describe what the conditions are like if dzhokhar tsarnaev is sentenced to life in prison without parole what the conditions inside that prison out in colorado would be like. >> now to colorado a courtroom there. the movie theater shooting trial will resume in an hour. james holmes charged with killing 12 people and injuring 70 others after opening fire in 2012. yesterday jurors watched video of detectives questioning holmes after he was arrested on the night of the shooting. >> can we get your name? >> i already gave you my name. >> all right. i haven't talked to anybody who has your name. can you just tell us what your name is. >> it's james. >> james what? >> holmes. >> how do you spell that please? >> like sherlock. >> so h-o-l-m-e-s? >> yeah. >> janet shamlian is live outside the courthouse in colorado. what more did holmes say to
detectives that day? >> jose good morning. we really only saw the beginning of tahat interrogation. there's likely much more to come. after last week's emotional opening to this trial, it seems prosecutors are moving into a different phase now trying to prove that holmes was sane at the time of the shooting. here is more of what they played for the jurors yesterday. >> so you hear holmes there asking were any children hurt. prosecutors trying to make the case that only someone sane would ask that question. the trial seems to be moving into a more technical phase. for example, we heard yesterday from a cell phone official verifying holmes' cell phone records.
also have a caretaker for a gun range who testified that he saw holmes practicing there in the weeks before the shooting. we did hear from one victim who was -- who lost his leg in the attack and as he limped forward towards the jury he lifted up his jeans to show his prosthetic and all the jurors leaned over to take a look. testimony continues here in about an hour. jose, back to you. >> janet shamlian thank you very much. coming up we'll turn back to politics on this busy day on the 2016 campaign trail. hillary clinton in las vegas staking out her immigration position. meanwhile on the right plenty of angling for that critic ically important hispanic vote. the ceo of the hispanic chamber of commerce joins me on "the rundown." it looked like las vegas in new york city for the costume gala at the met. the theme of the night, barely there. social media buzzing about what both beyonce and jennifer lopez were wearing or maybe were not
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secretary clinton, and i have no doubt that if she's elect president, she's going to do a spectacular job and really lift up the prospects for america in the 21st century. but i've been staying out mostly out of electoral politics. at some point when the time is right i'll make a decision about getting involved in it. >> what do you see your job be in, i don't know january of 2017? your ideal world? >> at least until june on january 20th, of 2017 i'll be the hud secretary. >> that's not my question and you know it. >> who knows? throughout my life and for joaquin as well we tried to do a very good job with what is in front of us wa we're doing. i believe in one of the beauties of our country is if you do a great job with what's in front of you that means you'll have a bright future. i feel like if i do a great job at hud, then i can have a great
future. >> would you be interested -- look, your brother is much more forthright. why? because he can be. he told me in panama i hope my brother's the vp candidate. let's do it. >> no comment. >> how about governor? are you thinking of the race in texas for governor in 2018? >> no. i missed my home town of san antonio and the chances are i may well go back to texas right after the administration is over but that's not on my radar screen. it's not impossible. i'm not saying that i'm completely ruling it out, but it's just not something that i'm thinking about right now. >> that was great politics, right? are you thinking of running? no. well, no because i'm going to wait until later and then -- but great sport. i thank hud secretary for being with me yesterday. another key voice in the latino
community. president and ceo of the united states chamber of commerce. good to see you. >> good to see you, jose. thank you for having me. >> you think someone like julian castro would be a strong running mate to affirm secretary clinton's position with latino voters? >> absolutely. i think julian has an amazing track record of working with community leaders throughout this country to bring desperately needed funding. he had a fantastic track record in san antonio raising literally billions of dollars for housing units for people in communities where it was needed most. and if you think about it he is an access point for literally millions of people living in the united states who are desperate for decent living conditions. and so i think he is an amazing running mate for hillary. >> and secretary clinton is expect to come out later today in vegas for a full equal path to citizenship.
how is that going to resonate in your community? >> we've been talking to hillary's team and very happy to see her continue to engage local communities. i think that kind of engagement will inform her strategies as she moves forward. what we have made a point of discussing with her is that we hope that she will continue to look at this from an economic perspective as well. if you look at the impact of immigrant entrepreneurs to the american economy as we stand, some $780 billion of economic output comes from immigrant-owned companies in this country. one out of ten american jobs is created by an immigrant-owned company. and 20% of america's small businesses are immigrant owned. so the track record is fairly clear, and we're hopeful that all the candidates but certainly hillary, will look at the economic impacts and the commercial interests of this nation as they continue to evolve on this issue called immigration reform. >> and javier i know you just
recently sat with senator ted cruz. what did you tell him and what positions do you think it was important that he know? >> again reremindwe reminded the senator of the impact of america's business community certainly the hispanic business community. what this community means to the continued well-being of this nation and the american way of life. our association represents 3.2 million hispanic-owned firms in this country that collectively contribute over $486 billion to the american economy every single year. we continue to grow at a rate that outpaces the general market by a rate of 3-1. and so the reality of it is our voice should be heard and anybody running for the presidency and the highest office in this land should sit with our constituents and explain his strategies and allow himself to kind of articulate why he or she thinks that they're the right person for that job. >> why do you think -- and you
and i have spoken about this at length over thor yooe eryears that i've gotten to know you, why is it so difficult for mainstream america to really understand the strength, size vigor and growth that the latino community has in the united states and the impact that it's having throughout the country. >> yeah that's a great question jose. and i think you bring light to this issue and i thank you for that. i think the average american should recognize that in this nation every 30 seconds a hispanic turns 18 and becomes an eligible voter. that's going to be somethinglike 52,000 brand new voters every month for the next 22 years in a row. if you want to run for the white house, if you want to assume that role as the highest, you know leader in this nation, you would do well to begin to engage
america's burgeoning hispanic community. our community, i think, is an asset to this nation if you look at the entrepreneurial spirit that is alive and well in our community, you'd be hard pressed hard pressed to argue that america's hispanic community is nothing but a boon for the american way of life. >> javier thank you for being with me. >> thanks for having us bye-bye. >> thank you. by the way, we're going to head back to vegas next hour for more on hillary clinton's immigration push there. but still ahead, united states new relationship with cuba and what it means for the number of cubans attempting the perilous trek to the united states. first, yesterday we broadcast from the floor of emerge america's conference in miami beach, where innovators are gathering with the goal of advancing technology to make the world a better place and today you get to chat with me about emerging technology. i'm going to learn, as well. join me after the show on twitter. send me your questions at
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the recent breakthrough in relations between the united states and cuba has also resulted in the increase of cubans attempting the dangerous journey to reach the united states. just this past friday a group of eight cubans made the journey, coming ashore along florida's hollywood beach. nbc's mark potter joins me now, good morning. >> good morning to you. >> how big of an increase are we seeing? >> last year u.s. officials saw 21,000 cubans trying to come to the u.s. by sea or land by mexico up over 16,000 up over 16,000 the number in 2013 and the numbers are even higher now this year as more and more cubans are trying to take advantage of a special
immigration privilege for cubans only. >> reporter: from the north coast of cuba the coast guard says it's seeing a steady increase in cubans sailing rickety boats to the united states trips often financed by their families in the u.s. last year more than 3,600 were spotted. >> several children and a couple of adults on the pontoons. >> there's a smuggler and network building the boats and organizing what people can go in the boats for each trip. >> reporter: this grainy cell phone video shows a boat secretly being built for passengers hoping to eventually reach the united states. there are three main routes in which cubans come to the u.s. by boat to florida, by plane to ecuador and north through central america and mexico to the u.s. border or by boat to honduras or the yucatan for, again, a dangerous land trip through mexico. by far, most of those cubans now enter the united states at the mexican border in texas.
>> 2014 we had over 17,000 cubans that were processed along the southwest border. >> reporter: outside the u.s. port of entry in brownsville, texas, buses take newly arrived cubans to cities across the country, with many heading to miami. most of these arriving cubans say they hope to improve their lives economically. she says i need to be free and independent. under a unique law from the cold war era designed to protect against cuban political repression, almost all cubans arriving in the united states are allowed to stay here indefinitely. >> this shift in u.s. policy represents a turning point for our entire region. >> reporter: but with better diplomatic relations now between the u.s. and cuba some question whether that law should be restricted to no longer accept those just seeking a better life. the obama administration says it has no current plans to change the protective law, but the debate is growing.
>> now, to be clear, those trips are very very dangerous. by land and by sea, and also i want to point out, that cuban adjustment act are still in effect, there are no public plans to change it but there's talk now that eventually that change or a tightening of the law is likely to become inevitable. >> only thing that hasn't changed since 1959 is the government in cuba that remains exactly the same. >> still today. >> mark potter thank you very much. good to see you. coming up on "the rundown," we're going to have a reset from texas, where isis is claiming responsibility for the attack on a prophet mohammed art contest. a live report as officials try to confirm that claim. plus another big day in the 2016 race for the white house, hillary clinton in vegas, mike huckabee in arkansas. we're going to be right back after a quick break. stay with us. boys?
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attacks on a prophet mohammed art contest in suburban dallas. isis is now claiming responsibility. the terror group saying that elton simpleson and nadr soofe were isis soldiers. if confirmed, this would be the first time isis has taken credit for an attack on u.s. soil but right now there's no evidence to support the claim. for the first time we are hearing from the family of nadir soofi, who say they are stunned what happened. >> whoever he was with talked him into it. >> that's how you feel about it? >> yeah. no other way it would have happened. he's not that kind of person. he just got influenced by some kind of extremist or whatever you want to call them. >> let's get the very latest from garland, texas. ayman mohyeldin is there. ayman, good morning. >> reporter: good morning, jose. we are learning more about the identity of these two suspects
one of them in particular elton simpson, was a man known to the fbi, he was first spotted on their radar back in 2006 because of his activities and plans to travel overseas so much so that the u.s. government accused him or brought him to trial over those specific charges. he was convicted to lying to federal authorities about his plans to travel overseas, but he was not convicted, according to a judge, of joining or wanting to join a terrorist organization and did have to serve probation. this is according to court documents. in addition to that the other suspect involved in this shooting, according to sources, was nadir soofi, a man born to a texas mother american mother pakistani father and has an 8-year-old son so certainly, all of these factors are going to be important as officials try to piece together the timeline of what led them to carry out this particular attack but more
importantly now that isis has put out this claim of responsibility, whether or not the group had any kind of operational link to this attack or whether or not this was simply an inspired attack by these two individuals trying to carry out an attack in the name of an international terrorist organization. jose? >> ayman mohyeldin, thank you very much from garland, texas. i want to bring in director from the center of extremism with the antidefamation league. thank you for being with me. >> thank you for having me. >> this is sparking debate about free speech. let me play what the organizer of the event had to say about the shooting. >> others would say that i was endangering others. that's like saying that the rape victim is guilty because she wore a short skirt. i will not abridge my freedom so as not to offend savages. this is freedom of speech and these cartoons is political critique. i do not think i put them in danger.
i think violent jihadists put them in danger. >> pamela geller says this was all about political critique. what do you say? >> well i mean pamela geller has the freedom of speech to be as bigoted as she wants to be, and she's very good at being a bigot. to that degree she's correct. she has the right to say what she wants, and there's no justification for any violent attack against her, despite her offensive language. >> and why do you -- offensive language, you know and we've talked about this earlier on the broadcast, "charlie hebdo" put some caricatures of mohammed among other things and they were attacked. is that also offensive language is that also bigoted? >> sure. listen the people around the world who have various ideologies, various beliefs, you know in a democracy we believe that those beliefs should be heard, but we also belief that
people should use their freedom of speech to speak out against that bad speech. pamela geller again, can be a bigot if she chooses to be and the best way to combat that is with speech pointing that out. those who want to resort to violence to try to silence that there's no justification for that at all. >> where do you draw the line between free speech and hate speech? where do you define the difference? >> hate speech is free speech. you can be a hater in this country. pamela geller is known to be an antimuslim bigot. she's made a whole sort of history based on that. she has tried to you know peddle in fear try to conflate you know muslims around the world with the most extreme elements, those motivated by radical interpretations of islam. she can have those opinions. those are fair to express, but when you know you want to combat that you don't resort to violence, you do what you're allowed to do in this country,
and that is to point it out and say, hey, we condemn that speech. we believe she is a bigot. the same speech that protects her right to be a bigot is the same speech that protects my right to call her out on what she's saying. >> thank you for being with me appreciate it. >> thank you. also developing this morning, new nbc news/wall street journal poll numbers in the race for the white house, and there's good news and bad news for hillary clinton as she hits the campaign trail in nevada. we're going to get to those numbers in a minute first, andrea mitchell is in vegas ahead of clinton's visit today. andrea? >> reporter: hillary clinton hits the campaign trail today in nevada the scene of her fierce battle with barack obama when they ran against each other in 2008. leaving democrats here bitterly divided. clinton won the popular vote while obama won a majority of delegates. as clinton tries to mend fences here, she and her husband are facing a bigger hurdle, the controversy of foreign donations to the clinton foundation.
in an exclusive interview, the former president insisted those donations were not influence peddling and he defended his wife. >> not a single solitary fact has been introduced that she has done anything wrong. people should live to be as honest as she is. >> reporter: republican candidates are pouncing questioning the clintons' trustworthiness. >> bill clinton is saying what hillary clinton has said on many occasions, just trust us just trust us. and unfortunately, trust is earned through transparency. and i think they have not been particularly transparent on a whole host of things. >> reporter: with a new book "clinton cash" released today, analysts say the controversy is not going away. >> it looks really really bad and it's more than what bill clinton said it's more than a perception problem, it's a reality problem. >> andrea mitchell joins me now from las vegas, along with nbc
senior political editor mark murray. good morning to both of you. andrea, the new numbers, hillary clinton's unfavorability rating is now 42%, just 25% of voters say she's honest and straight forward. 13-point drop since last summer. how serious are these numbers, andrea, being taken by the campaign? >> very serious. in fact today the campaign has gone up with a new website and new social media campaign to try to debunk the "clinton cash" book, which is officially released today. they are taking it so seriously, they are trying to go after it rather than brushing it off or dismiss the author as a republican antagonist. they are going to go point by point, because they feel they need to deal with continuing problems, which are overshadowing days like today. i'm standing at rancho high school here outside las vegas, which is 70% hispanic jose. she will be unveiling her policy on immigration, a path to citizenship, she's going to be
meeting with dreamers and here this is going to be overshadowed again today by all of these continuing questions trailing her, and mark murray knows this so well just by looking at poll numbers. >> mark, hillary clinton, however, is still holding her own against republicans, she's beating all her potential rivals in hypothetical numbers. >> general polling this far out, jose, it is very early right now, polls can change particularly when you have a republican presidential nominee, when we get that person in the spring or summer in 2016 but she is holding up really well and it's instructive to note that our poll also ended up matching joe biden, the sitting vice president against jeb bush. while hillary clinton ends up beating jeb bush by six points joe biden ends up trailing jeb bush by eight and it shows you hillary clinton has some demographic and other things that make her a very formidable candidate. she does very well among female voters, well among african-americans, and it's
worth noting among latinos she ends up leading marco rubio and jeb bush by 30 points similar to the ratios we saw in 2008 when obama versus john mccain in that presidential contest. >> andrea hillary clinton's lawyer said she's going to be testifying once in public on benghazi in a couple of weeks. how important is this for hillary clinton she get behind this? >> it's important to get behind it, but what they first of all said, david kindle her very tough lawyer lawyer that's represented the clintons going back to the white house years and all those issues they are refusing to testify in private and the congressional committee, trey gowdy's committee and the house side has voted on that and acknowledged it will be a public hearing. the last thing she wants is a private hearing where they can then leak out whatever they think are the headlines from their perspective. she wants it all out there and it will be she against all of these republicans, and, therefore, you know she is somewhat of an underdog in that
context, but she's saying she'll only do it once. she'll testify on benghazi and answer all their questions on benghazi, on the e-mails, everything else they want, but it's not going to be a two-day extravaganza, so we have yet to hear back from the house side at this hour at least as far as i know here in las vegas as to how they are responding to that ultimatum. >> mark just to bring it back to what hillary clinton is doing in vegas today when she's talking about immigration, how big of an issue is immigration going to be in the political campaign season? >> well it's going to be very big for her and her campaign. it's worth noting jose she hasn't had a whole lot of campaign events so far, made her stop in iowa and new hampshire, as andrea knows well now she's out to nevada talking about immigration reform and that is something that's important to the democratic coalition, i just mentioned she has a lead very early on against marco rubio and jeb bush democrats want to keep that and one way is saying how big of a priority comprehensive
immigration reform is. >> mark murray andrea mitchell -- >> quick note if i may, just quickly, they are anticipating that they may be facing marco rubio or jeb bush they don't think ted cruz but they may be facing republicans who have deeper roots in the hispanic community than certainly, mitt romney, so they may have a bigger challenge on that front than barack obama did in 2008. >> very important point, andrea mitchell and mark murray thank you both for being with me. by the way, andrea will have much more on the day's news today at noon eastern time live from nevada on "andrea mitchell reports." president obama has chosen a new man to lead the u.s. military. less than two hours from now, president will nominate joseph dunford as the new chairman of the joint chiefs in a rose garden ceremony. for more on general dunford, i'm joined by jim miklaszewski. jim, good morning.
>> good morning, jose. general dunford is described as a straight talking, hard charging marine to the very core who his supporters say would be just as skilled and comfortable in a boardroom as he is on the battlefield. dunford led a marine corps regimen during the invasion of iraq. most recently last year he was head of all coalition forces including american forces in afghanistan during an especially difficult and sensitive time as elections were under way and the u.s. was withdrawing troops. that tour was cut short so he could return to the pentagon to become the commandant of the marine corps. he's proven himself time and again on capitol hill. he can face down some of the toughest questions that he'll get from lawmakers during his confirmation, and everybody assumes that he'll breeze through that process. >> jim miklaszewski, always a pleasure to see you, thanks for being with me. >> you bet.
developing right now across the pond queen elizabeth is at kensington palace to meet her new great, great grandchild born on saturday. we learned of her full name charlotte elizabeth diana right here yesterday on "the rundown." remember that? i couldn't everyone sleep last night thinking we got to break the story on "the rundown." just posted this official birth register for the princess. you can see the duke of cambridge, prince william's signature. is that his signature right there? is that really his signature? in the old days it used to be -- me the king. also the baby's name and birth date. best part the occupations of william and kate are listed as prince and princess of the united kingdom. we're going to be there live with an exclusive look at the police report surrounding the death of freddie gray and later, mike huckabee about to make it
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the police department's task force, joining me now, good morning. >> good morning, jose. >> tell me where were the police in the progress of their own investigation when these charges were announced? >> they had made significant progress. i would say they were more than three-quarters done on friday when marilyn mosby announced the charges. they were still working on several parts of the investigation, they were still gathering evidence. what they were going to do and still will do is turn that over to the state's attorney's office. >> state attorney's office said on friday actually she said on friday that everything she learned from the police her office already knew. did the officers you talked to believe that could be true? >> i'm sorry, i didn't hear that. >> she said on friday she said everything that the police investigation told her, she already knew that her office already knew via their own investigation. do the sources you've spoken to think that's possible? >> well i don't know.
and i think police only had limited knowledge of what the prosecution investigation was like. i do know that the police investigation was very intensive, the case file was, you know several notebooks thick. i do know that they were still, like i said gathering evidence testing things actually going out and looking at the road doing speed camera work to try to gauge the speeds of the wagons. there was a lot still going on and there was a lot of technical things i'm not sure the state's attorney's office could do but again, i don't have knowledge of what their investigation was like. >> tell me what's next. do the police have a role in assisting the state's attorney's office now? >> absolutely. as far as i've heard, police are going to continue their investigation and everything they find out, again, they will be turning over to prosecutors for this case. >> justin george thank you for being with me, appreciate your perspective and information. >> thank you. up next we're going it zoom
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half staff today. i'm joined by karen desoto good morning. >> good morning, jose. >> now what happens with the prosecution's case? obviously, the charges against the suspect are being upgraded. >> yes, of course now that the officer has sadly passed away it's going to be upgraded to a first-degree and in new york thankfully, we don't have the death penalty, however, this unfortunate suspect at this point is going to be facing life in prison without the possibility of parole. >> and do we know i mean what happened? >> well you know the facts aren't 100% clear right now, but it appears, or the reports say, that they pulled up and they were in an unmarked car and that they saw a waistband, and in the waistband a gun or object in the waistband of the subject and, you know it sounds like he got panicky and shot and a police officer wound up passing away in this case shot in the head
through the glass of the car. and this would be the fifth shooting in new york since december of a police officer. >> this is the fifth shooting i mean, in five months. >> yeah this is becoming quite a problem in new york and a lot of people are saying or trying to link it to the fact there's so much civil unrest with baltimore and police shootings. and, you know this does make police officers hesitate and hesitating, unfortunately, can get you killed. it's kind of a scary time in new york for police officers. >> it is indeed i mean fifth time in five months and in this case, a young man, 25 years old doing his job, and then you know, this is a city where handguns aren't really kind of you know you don't see them everywhere. they are not -- you can't buy them legally on the streets or at stores and yet this is happening over and over again in new york. >> in fact the gun use in this case jose allegedly was from a burglary down south in 2011 and the guns wound up in new york
city. so you know that's another aspect of the situation. this particular defendant has a long history and rap sheet, so again, this is a very scary time for police officers when you figure this is the fifth since december, you have to start, you know hesitating and putting police officers together on the street. and you have to wonder the correlation with all of the civil unrest and what kind of effects that now is going to have on police and how they are going to do community policing. >> karen desoto thank you for being with me appreciate it. now to a story here in south florida, the tech world is in miami beach right now for emerge americas conference and in just a couple of minutes the mayor of miami-dade county will be announcing a new tool for residents, it's an app on your phone intended to help citizens report criminal and suspicious activity. joining me now from miami beach is the mayor of miami-dade county, carlos jimenez, good to see you.
>> good to see you. >> tell me about what you're hoping to accomplish with this sort of crime fighting app. >> you know, we're used to having people interact with each other through social media, facebook twitter all the time. now we need our citizens to interact with us to keep our community safe and this application is the first step in that. we are launching it actually in the summer but we're here to announce it because we're going to need some volunteers to do the beta testing. basically what it does it allows our citizens to be community on patrol app, called copa. they can download it and with it they can give us tips they can download video, information, even commend a police officer. all of this will be rolled into one application that all the citizens of miami-dade county can download. we're looking for 2.6 million of our residents to help our police department keep ourselves safe. and so we put a lot of things on
police, but they can't do it all. in order for us to be a safer community, we need participation of our citizens and that's exactly what we're doing. >> and mayor, how's it going to work? who's going to get all this information, how is that information going to be filtered, and how is it you're going to be able to determine what is a real good report and maybe something that is exaggerated or not at all existent? because, you know this is potentially very, very helpful for a lot of people. >> yes it is. that's why we're going to start to walk before we run. we need a testing period. we need volunteers to help us. so we're going to start out with our own employees in miami-dade county and then a group of volunteers from around the county, so as we start to get the information, how do we filter it? how do we make sure we react to information that is more serious in nature and put the other stuff to the side? those are things we need to do to test the application, and
that's why we're here ask for volunteers. once we get that down and we know how the filters work and how the application should work then we'll launch it some time in the summer. again, with various applications or various products inside the application. eventually we will enhance the effectiveness of the application by adding more and more layers to it so that it gets to do what we eventually want it to do which is really keep ourselves safe. and we need our community to do that. >> mayor carlos jimenez, thank you for being with me on "the rundown." i appreciate it. >> i appreciate being here. >> thanks. and a quick reminder i'll be talking tech and emerge after the show today starting at 11:00 a.m. eastern time. you can join using the the #msnbcchat. i want to take you now to the intersection of venezuela and major league baseball and a fascinating new report.
"the wall street journal" is documenting baseball's exodus from the country, being blamed on a combination of violence of volatile economy, and widespread political corruption. just this season 65 players on major league rosters hail from venezuela. that number is second only to the dominican republic. some of the most famous current players are from there, including miguel cabrera, felix hernandez of the seattle mariners. with me now, reporter brian costa of "the wall street journal." good morning. >> good morning. >> why are so many teams leaving venezuela? >> it's been a small trickle for teams who once had academies there, more than 20 in the late 1990s, and these academies would help teams bring in talent nurture talent and produce a lot of major leaguers but it's becoming much more dangerous and much more complicated for teams to operate there. >> and talk a little about what these academyies have meant to
one guys growing up in places like venezuela. >> they mean a lot. major league baseball teams are saying, look they are still going to sign the very best most promising venezuelan teenagers, but what this really hurts is there's a lower tier of teenaged prospects in venezuela who maybe don't have an eye popping ability at age 15 but still have a chance to become major leaguers and those are the kids that really are losing out on an opportunity to prove themselves in a setting that's close to their homes, that's accessible to them. >> yeah and when you think about it you know there are dangerous situations, i guess, throughout the world, even here in the united states but the fact that venezuela is being shut down says a lot about those combinations of issues right? corruption violence, and uncertainty. >> it does because this is a place major league baseball has a lot of incentives to operate. it's a great source of talent. it's sort of a lose-lose for
both sides. you have teams that want their scouts to be able to operate freely down there and that's become more and more difficult. you have kids in venezuela who would love the opportunity to try to prove themselves to those major league teams, and really both sides suffer from this. >> brian costa of "the wall street journal," thank you for being with me. election day in new york train crash in mexico city. and a soccer brawl. polls are open in new york city for a special election to fill the seat left vacant by michael grimm. the republican representative stepped down after pleasing guilty to federal tax evasion in september. the 11th congressional district is more conservative than other districts in new york city. staten island district attorney dan donovan is the republican candidate, facing democrat vincent gentile. you may remember donovan last year when a grand jury panel did not charge an nypd officer in
the chokehold death of unarmed black man eric garner. virginia state senator is running for re-election. he has been in the general assembly since 1991. his son critically wounded him before committing suicide in 2013 highlighted mental health care reform as one of the issues driving his desire to stay in office. two mexico city metro trains carrying passengers crashed on monday leaving at least 12 people injured. the accident happened near the city's international airport. local media reported that one train reason into another one that stopped at a platform but authorities are still investigating the cause of the crash. finally, a huge brawl in brazil, as fans stormed the field sunday after the final, the game ended in a 2-2 draw but the title went fans rushed to the field to celebrate, but attacked their rivals with
sticks seatings and parts of the stage being prepared for the awards ceremony. police made several arrests outside and inside the stadium. and melissa rivers is opening up about the life and death of her mother she's authored a new book about her life with her mom, including stories from her childhood, how her mother was a horrible driver and melissa believes her mom's death was preventable. it's called "the book of joan." here's melissa earlier on "morning joe." >> i want to call it "cheaper than therapy," that's what it became, but it would end up in self help and this is not a self help book. i'm 100% positive it's not a self help book. >> it's been eight months since joan rivers passed away. melissa is suing the doctors responsible for her mother's care. coming up a live look in hope, arkansas we're expecting mike huckabee to make it official announcing his 2016
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looking for. kasie, good morning. [ inaudible ] i think we're having an audio issue. let's go to your package, to your story, kasie, because we can't hear you. we'll be right back. let's hear it. >> reporter: a blue-collar baptist preacher who plays the bass and loves chuck norris mike huckabee's down home charm and support helped him to a surprise win in iowa 12 years ago. >> tonight, i love iowa a whole lot. >> reporter: but his bid fizzled as he struggled to raise money and faced attack ads on his record of arkansas' governor. >> now huckabee is back launched in the hometown of hope, arkansas he shares with bill clinton. >> every day of my life in politics was a fight and
sometimes it was an intense one. >> reporter: ahead of the announcement huckabee gave up the fox news show that made him a familiar face to many republicans and he's been back in the headlines for his new book that calls beyonce's music "mental poison." >> she is half a page in a 245-page book. >> he also drew notice when he said women swearing is just trashy. >> we are not only swearing we're drinking smoking, having premarital sex, and sometimes boss around a bunch of men. >> the focus on cultural issues goes right to huckabee's evangelical base but it's his overall message that could set him apart, huckabee said he could win over disaffected american workers because he's one of them. >> i grew up on the other side of the economic spectrum. they act like they know what poverty means. >> and now kasie is back this time with a working microphone, i understand. kasie, let's hear if we can hear you. >> hopefully.
>> great. >> jose sorry about that. thank you. i was going to say, that huckabee picked this town of hope, arkansas for this second announcement. his hometown is very excited to have him here. the question overall is going to be whether he can appeal to those republican voters across the country. and from what we've heard so far, you know he's planning on previewing the same message that he's had across the country with his book tour where he focused a lot on what you heard him talk about there, the fact that he has these blue collar roots and focus on everyday americans that he says he's had for a long time and many in the rest of the republican field are sort of just coming around to. the one other thing i did want to point out, jose we have not yet gotten official confirmation from huckabee's team that he will announce he's running for president, but i'm going to grab this envelope here they are using to fundraise and it says across there, huckabee for president inc. he's at least got the committee out there already.
>> right now they are not even saying what this event is all about? you've got 52 american flags all over the place behind you, you've got an auditorium there, you've got the whole thing in the works, and this is just like i guess it's like a surprise? >> the surprise officially a surprise, unlike the other candidates he didn't do a social media announcement first. my media credential does say huckabee 2016. >> there you go. >> take that for what you will. >> kasie, great to see you, thank you. you know what so important to have your mic, because, you know, we need to hear you, thank you, appreciate it. >> i agree. i want to go to this video we have been talking about all morning. check this guy out, this is in london goes to the high board during the diving world series. they are trying to stop him. he gets through security then goes, nope sorry, he holds his nose. my favorite part watch, take a
look. i'm going to hold my nose. here's two questions i have number one, why is he doing this? number two, why do you take your pants off? you can jump with them. the third thing, apparently when he fell he somehow, because i don't know how, he had the keys to his house, i guess, in the pants, must be because he didn't have them. then they fell into the pool so apparently here when he's taking the clothes off, then he gets caught here, bad timing the keys must have fallen in the pool here. look at this that moment he was about not to be able to do the prank. he got it. he got arrested. got 90 pounds of a fine but look here he is on television holding his nose as he goes into the pool in london. up next you may have noticed it's may 5th better known for many as cinco de mayo. and jeb bush's latest holiday
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so take a look at the calendar, you may notice it's the 5th of may, which may or may not make a difference to you, but does make a difference to some. here are today's, number one, what is it? it's a celebration of a victory mexico had over the french in 1862 in pueblo mexico. this is a reenaction. thunderstorm two number two, not mexican independence day. that holiday takes place on the 16th of september when a catholic priest announced a war in mexico to break away from
spanish rule. these are pictures of some of the celebrations from last year. number three, even marked at the white house, the president hosts a cinco de mayo reception this evening, you're looking at pictures from last year's celebration. number four you can't deny this cinco de mayo has grown into a big business in the united states this jetblue pro promotion, cinco de fly-o. number five my favorite of all of them not one, but two of my producers, brian weekland and david chef celebrating their birthdays today. look at the guy in the middle he's not happy to be black and white when you have two colorful figures beside him. by the way, these two guys right now are celebrating their birthday. for us i want to say happy birthday to david and brian, two of the finest human beings i know. that's the celebration of cinco de mayo. why am i mad in that picture?
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every someday needs a plan. let's talk about your old 401(k) today. good morning everyone. i'm tamron hall and this is "news nation." we begin with breaking news. we have live pictures for you out of hope arkansas where former governor mike huckabee is expected to announce he is running for president again. that will bring the number of republicans who have now entered the field to six, with huckabee joining senator ted cruz rand paul, and marco rubio, as well as dr. ben carson and carly fiorina. and there are many big names yet to join the race including jeb bush, scott walker chris christie, and rick perry. the former texas governor though, may make his announcement around june 1st. and joining me now, msnbc
political correspondent kasie hunt. kasie, let's talk about the strategy for governor huckabee this time around after he had pretty decent success his last run, eight wins in eight primaries, i believe the number is. >> reporter: tamron good morning. yes, well i think what we've seen on the ground here in hope arkansas, so far shows you why governor huckabee was so popular. he was so well liked here. he's got, you know friends going back to kindergarten who remember playing in band with him and it's that sort of down home charm that led him to win, starting in iowa both contests in 2008 forgive me we're getting started here with the national anthem. but the question of course for him is going to be whether or not he can make it in a much more crowded field on the christian evangelical front. that, of course is something that -- forgive me that's not the national anthem. we're expecting tony orlando to do a performance behind me. there you go. again, i thi