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company. we sell water. we have trump steaks. trump magazine. trump airline. winery, you see the wine. trump university, we're going to start it up as soon as i win the lawsuit. michigan upset, bernie sanders surprises hillary clinton in michigan, giving his campaign must momentum. >> political revolution that we are talking about is strong in every part of the country. and frankly we believe that our strongest areas are yet to happen. coming up an msnbc exclusive, senator bernie sanders joins us live. lessons learned, the delegate math is still on clinton signs, but are there warning signs for her campaign ahead? >> we are better than what we are hearing in the political rhetoric of this time. we are better than what we are being offered by the
republicans. >> and good day, everyone i'm andrea mitchell in washington. after a night of upsets and surprises in both parties, the candidates are zeroing in on five critical contests only six days away. on tuesday night, bernie sanders proved everyone wrong defeating hillary clinton in michigan, winning independents, winning white voters and young people by huge margins. propelled by distrust of the front-runner. but the delegate math is still with clinton. she won more delegates for the night with an overwhelming victory in mississippi, increasing her delegate lead even without superdelegates to 200 plus. senator bernie sanders joins me now from miami after his big victory in michigan and congratulations, senator. thank you for joining us. >> thank you very much, andrea. >> let's look ahead. you're in florida then florida is, of course, one of the big
states coming up. what are your chances in florida and do you think ohio most importantly could be the new michigan? >> well, you know, what's going on from day one in this campaign is the polls always have us very, very far behind until election day. and then we have won state after state with huge margins. i think when people hear our message, and that message is a very clear message, and the message is that the middle class continues to disappear, people are working longer hours for low wages, they're worried to death about what happens to their kids and almost all new income and wealth goes to the top 1%. you know what the american people say, that is not the economy we need in the united states of america. particularly in michigan, ohio, illinois, missouri, the midwest, people are profoundly disgusted with trade policies in which corporate america shuts down in america, they run to mexico,
they run to china and they throw millions of people in this country out of work. people want to trade policy that works for workers, not just the ceos of large corporations. that is a message in our view that will resonate all over the midwest, not just in michigan and in fact in many other parts of this country. the difference between hillary clinton, myself, i vigs youly oppose all these trade agreements, she had sported almost all of them. >> she is now against the trance pacific trade partnership. do you think that that's a real opposition? why do you think that your message against the trade deals is penetrating with voters? >> well, she did come out at the very end of the process. in fact, after when we needed her. we needed her when we could have used her opposition a lot earlier and could have defeated fast track. but after all of the traders, all of the unions in this
company said this tpp is a disaster she finally came out against it after numerous times telling us that it was a wonderful agreement. but i think if you look at her record, whether it is criminal trade relations with china, whether it is her hesitantsy and long delay before she got into opposition to tpp, i think we know where she is coming on trade. i've been on the picket lines. i know since 2001 we lost almost 60,000 factories in this country and that we need a trade policy today which tells corporate america, you know what, you got to start investing in this country, not just in china, not just in mexico. that has been my position from way back when and it remains my position today. >> let me break that down just a bit because according to politifact, when we look at n t nafta, it was bad for michigan and some of those states but a
net wash nationally according to the oecd, the cbe, i know you quote the economic policy institute, that is a think tank that is supported to a great extent with labor money, with union money. so most independent economists believe that nafta was a net wash. now the china favorable nation status that president clinton approved towards the end of his presidency was bad for american jobs according to most economic analysts, but isn't trade a two-way street? and doesn't it mean in particular with the tpp that china would have much greater leverage in economic negotiation if we back out and are not part of -- if we're not at the table? >> andrea, to begin with, i believe according to the economists that i trust, nafta was a disaster and china was even worse. we're talking about the loss of
millions of jobs. now, when you talk about the tpp, in vietnam today, the minimum wage is 56 cents an hour. in malaysia, you have people who are working under almost slave-like conditions. these are immigrants who come into malaysia whose passports are taken away. so count me in as somebody who does not believe that american workers should be forced to compete against people who make a minimum wage of 56 cents an hour. and you know what, andrea, it is not only job loss, it is what we call the race to the bottom. it is that we're manufacturing jobs in the united states used to pay 20, 30 bucks an hour, enabling workers to make it into the middle clas. today you have new manufacturing jobs in this country paying 9, 10, 11 bucks an hour, 50% reduction in wages in some manufacturing sectors. that is because employers are saying, you don't want the is 11
buckss, fine we'll shut down and go to china. we need to rethink entirely our trade policies. we need to rebuild our manufacturing sector in this country. we need to demand corporate america invests here and create decent paying jobs and that's exactly what i will do if i'm elected president. >> i know your campaign has a strategy of expecting and hoping, but certainly expecting that superdelegates would come your way if you win states. that said, you are more than 200 delegates behind in pledge delegates, ignoring the superdelegates. how do you overcome that kind of a gap? barak obama was only 100 plus delegates ahead of hillary clinton. she never overcame it. yeah. >> if you look at the map of primaries and caucuses, it turns out that the early states really do favor secretary clinton because a lot of those delegates
came from the deep south. where secretary clinton was first lady in arkansas for many years and had a lot of contacts in that region where bill clinton in fact is very popular. he was governor of arkansas. but as the map moves forward and we move, for example, into the west, california, washington, arizona, oregon, wisconsin, you're going to see a lot of states where we believe we have an excellent chance to win. and here is what i also think, andrea, a lot of these super delegates were pledged to hillary clinton way back when probably before i got into the race or just shortly afterwards. and when they begin to look at the reality of politics today, and that is virtually every national poll and almost all of the state-wide polls that have bernie sanders against donald trump, we do better and in some cases much, much better than hillary clinton does against trump. just coming from , it
was a poll out there that had me 22 points ahead of trump. that is the state that obviously democrats have to win. so i think that many of these superdelegates who underthe most important issue is that we do not allow a republican to get into the oval office. some of them will rethink their commitment to secretary clinton if we can show that we're winning states around this country. we have now won, i guess, nine states and a lot more are yet to come. >> the republican national committee today filed suit against hillary clinton, wanting the state department communications after she left office or communications between clinton and her campaign. would you agree with that lawsuit? do you want to see more records exposed from the private server and from the clinton state department. >> as you know, andrea, we have discussed this many, many times. my concern is what's happening to the middle class in this country. my concern is about a corrupt
campaign finance system. and to point out that hillary clinton has received at least her super pac has received $15 million from wall street. there's an investigation going on. there's a process going on with e-mails. you know, what i am focussing on is the issues impacting the american people and one of the issues, by the way, is that we have received for our campaign 5 million individual contributions averaging $27 a piece. this is a campaign of the people and by the people. we don't have a super pac. we don't get money from wall street. i don't give speeches behind closed doors to goldman sachs and i'm very proud of that issue. i think the american people are taking note of that. >> why do you think in the exit polls you scored so well with people who value honesty and trustworthiness as their number one concern? do you think it's the goldman sachs transcripts she hasn't released yet?
>> i'll tell you something, andrea. as i said a million times, when you get paid $225,000 to give a peach behind closed doors to wall street, it must be a fantastic speech and i would urge the secretary to share that great speech with all of the people. but of all -- we've been won nine primaries and caucuses. obviously what was particularly gratifying to me to win my own state of vermont with 86% of the vote, 86% of the vote. and i hope that tells the american people that the state -- we're a small state in vermont. the state that knows me the best, that has known me as a mayor, a congressman, as a senator, you know, not everybody in vermont agrees with me, but they know i have tried to be as honest around truthful, i fight for what i believe in, that i am consistent, that i am prepared to take on wall street and the drug companies who are ripping off the american people, dealt with trade and i'm very proud that i have that kind of support
from the people who know me best. >> what do you make of what's happening on the republican side with donald trump? >> what i make is obviously, i mean, the republican leadership is little bit nervous because i think they understand that a donald trump will not become president of the united states if he becomes the republican candidate. i'll tell you why, andrea. the american people -- i'm not saying every american, but the vast majority of the american people are not going to be voting for a president who insults mexicans which really is insulting all of our latin american neighbors. who insults muslims. islam is one of the large religions in the world. who insults veterans by attacking john mccain because he was a p.o.w. who attacks women. who attacks the african-american community through his efforts in the so-called birtha business.
it's a funny thing. president obama's father was born in kenya. my father was born in poland. nobody asks me for my birth certificate. maybe it has to do with the color of my skin versus the color of president obama's skin. i don't think the american people will elect a president who is so divisive, who insults anybody who disagrees with them. that's why the republican leadership is nervous about trump's successes so far. >> and do you think that the democratic party can come together? this is not obviously as nasty a campaign as the republicans by far, but you and hillary clinton have serious policy disagreements. whoever becomes the nominee, will the democratic party, will you and hillary clinton come together in some fashion at the end of the convention and unit against whoever is the republican nominee? >> well, i think that the vast
majority of democrats, and by the way, the vast majority of independents in this country, understand that as a nation which has so much income and wealth inequality, that we don't agree with donald trump who wants to give hundreds of billions of dollars in tax breaks to the top .2 of billionaires like himself. we know that we have to raise the minimum wage above this starvation wage of 7.25 now. we all know that the scientists are telling us something very profound and important when they talk about climate change being real and being caused by human activity while people like donald trump, you know, think it's a hoax. so, to answer your question, i think the differences between donald trump and the other republicans and not just democrats and myself with secretary clinton, vast majority of the people are very, very wise. so to answer your question,
yeah, i think the american people are saying, will say, that we are not going to have a republican in the white house. >> well, senator sanders, thank you very much. again, congratulations. it was a very big night indeed for you. thank you, sir. >> thank you. thank you very much, andrea. and on the republican side, yes, donald trump was the big winner tuesday. no doubt picking up votes in reaction to mitt romney and millions of dollars in stop trump ads. marco rubio came up empty. ted cruz won idaho. hoping to build on that momentum in miami this morning with a surprise endorsement former republican candidate, carly fiorina joining him. joining me now is nbc's peter alexander live in west palm beach and in miami, gabe gutierrez. peter, you've been watching this for a long time and you covered mitt romney from every moment of the 2012 campaign. could anyone have anticipated the blow back against his speech and all of those campaign ads against donald trump?
>> reporter: yeah. no, i think your exactly right in making that point right now. there have been millions of dollars spent against donald trump. some of the anti-trump forces say they're really focussed on super tuesday. they have $8 million in ads that will be spent here in the state of florida. that will be a critical fight to knock donald trump off his perch going forward. one of the things that struck me at the event last night and i was in that news conference, some of the biggest supporters, the people he invited him, one woman said to me, you know, i just think donald trump is so brillia brilliant, he is still waiting to share with us his plan. some critics have been frustrated by the lack of policy that has defined this campaign. as for ohio and florida breaking down the numbers for you quickly, ohio first, john kasich trailing donald trump by six points, according to a new cnn poll. and here? florida, marco rubio, off that
dismal performance last night behind by roughly 16 points. a lot of ground to make up if they want to knock off trump in a winner take all states. back to you, andrea. >> thank you, peter. gabe, marco rubio will face some tough questions from chuck todd. we have a town hall this evening on msnbc. how can he spin anything after coming up empty, completely empty, no delegates last night? >> reporter: hi there, andrea, good afternoon. the rubio team is trying to spin the unspinable. a very disappointing night last night. this goes against the argument they're trying to scrape up delegates. rubio coming up short on any delegates and finishing fourth in michigan, a state where they had campaigned. the rubio team said they were really looking to florida and all in in florida. they are denying calls to leave this race. they say that's not going to happen. and they feel that their attacks against donald trump can gain some traction here. team rubio is spending a lot of
money, both his campaign and the super pacs, 6. $7 million here in the next few days attacking donald trump. the question will be, will that gain any traction and can rubio come back? so far he has only won two contests in puerto rico and minnesota. it could be a tough case to make that he could be the one to take on donald trump. and cruz is upping his game in florida. they run underdog campaigns before and they can pull this out. we'll have to wait and see, andrea. back to you. coming up, a caution flag less than a week to go until the next big contest, how is the clinton campaign responding to bernie sanders' stunning win in michigan? we'll talk to press secretary brian followen right here next on "andrea mitchell reports." you're watching msnbc. cash baca to take their act to the next level... before earning 1% cash back everywhere, every time... 2% back at the grocery store... and 3% back on gas...
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must-win contest. he outspent us on television by more than half a million dollars. but he earned it and we congratulate him, tip our cap. but it's important to remember that michigan was one of two contests that took place last night. the other one was in mississippi. and if you look at the margin that we won by in mississippi, it looks like -- while we're still tallying the numbers, it looks like me may clear four times as many delegates based on the margin of victory in mississippi than senator sanders won by his virtue of the win in michigan. this is really a battle of delegates. we've taken the approach from the beginning to try to maximize our delegate yield in all of these states. senator sanders has focussed on a handful of individual states and looked to pick off individual states and record wins there and he succeeded last night in michigan. again, we congratulate him, but we actually move closer to the nomination as a result of the combined results in mississippi and michigan together. >> granted that, but aren't
there some warning signs. mississippi was the last of the big delegate-rich southern states where you have a big advantage, of course. but now you're moving into states like ohio next week and then you've got wisconsin and indiana and pennsylvania and other states rust belt states as well, aren't there some warning signs because you lost young voters, big time. you lost with the white vote in michigan. you lost among those who care most about honesty and trustworthiness. so there are a lot of yellow flashing yellow lights here for you going forward. >> well, the next set of contest takes place a week from yesterday in five states. it's the biggest amount of delegates that will be up for grabs since super tuesday. and we are confident that on march 15th when those five states vote that we'll further add to our delegate lead based on the results in those five states. we have states like florida and north carolina where we enter in
very strong position and we'll be spending time there and investing there to try to ensure a good outcome in those two states. then in the other three states, the midwestern states we're very keenly aware that senator sanders is likely to now target those thr those three mid western states, illinois, missouri and ohio. we know that those are going to be tight contests. and based on the win being at his back from michigan, he'll look to parlay that win into those three wins across the midwest. we're going to contest those states very seriously because our strategy, andrea, has been to compete nationally everywhere, try to maximize tour delegate yield so that even if we can't win a state, we're maximizing the delegates that we get out of it, so we know that even if senator sanders runs competitively in those three midwestern states including ohio by virtue of our strong showings in those states plus good
performances in florida and north carolina, we could win the most delegates even if he has strong performances across the midwest. >> but doesn't that mean you would be very vulnerable if you win the nomination up against donald trump or any other republican nominee if you can't carry the midwest? >> look, we'll compete hard in the midwestern states. i think if you look at what happened in michigan, senator sanders came in with an argument on trade that mischaracterized secretary clinton's record. he talked about her supporting outsourcing, completely was wrong about her trade record. when in fact, she's taken a very strict approach to trade deals, said we need to renegotiate nafta, aposed kafta in the senate and said that she can't support the tpp deal. so she's assessed these deals as they come up and there will be nobody that will be tougher when countries like china are sitting across the table from secretary clinton. we'll take that message to those
midwestern states voice voeting next tuesday. she is an affirmative plan to boost our manufacturing sector. bernie sanders doesn't have a plan to compete, to bring those manufacturing jobs back to the united states. in fact, when the rubber met the road on certain key issues on manufacturing like he voted the wrong way. so we're going to bring that message to those states like ohio, illinois and missouri and we think we'll finish well even though we know senator sanders will be targeting them. >> brian fallon, thank you very much. thanks for being with us. good luck out there. >> thank you. coming up, the real deal after dominating last night, donald trump proved once again he is a successful pitch man. what does that tell us about the stop trump movement? you're watching "andrea mitchell reports" on msnbc.
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wisconsin, you're going to see a lot of states where we believe we have an excellent chance to win. and here is what i also think, andrea, a lot of these superdelegates were pledged to hillary clinton way back when, probably before i got into the race or just shortly afterwards. and when they begin to look at the reality of politics today and that is that virtually every national poll and almost all of the state-wide polls that have bernie sanders against donald trump, we do better and in some cases much, much better than hillary clinton does against trump. >> joining me now for our daily fix, chris cillizza, msnbc contributor and author of the fix blog and former republican chairman, michael steele. chris, first you. looking at these exit polls, bernie sanders doing so well in michigan and he obviously has a path going forward with ohio, illinois --
>> yes. >> -- potentially indiana, missouri, other rust belt states as well. that said, when you look at the exit polls, what are the warning signs for the democrats? >> well, so he started your interview exactly how he should have, which is talking about trade and how these trade policies have been so bad for the midwest in particular, he names missouri, he names illinois -- those are the places he's going to focus on. what is bad for them broadly is this means the race is going to go a lot longer. he is likely to win oregon. he is likely to win washington state. wisconsin he is more in the game. pennsylvania which is the end of april he is more in the game and could stay in for. it's going to, i think, make her weaknesses and that's with young people as we found many times in exit polling, that's with people who prize honest and trustworthiness, he continues to beat her as he did in michigan. i'm looking at the numbers here at 80% for people who prize
honest and trustworthiness. those problems won't go away, number one, and they'll be poked at every time we have a race and have exit polling going forward. so the delegate math is the delegate math and she is still ahead comfortably so in that regard, but there are problems for her that will get exacerbated. >> michael steele, what happened to the anti-trump movement? marco rubio was flattened and donald trump is triumphant. >> yeah. >> is that going to be the story going forward? >> yeah, it died on the vine. i was looking at some e-mails as i was waiting to come on from folks from around the country and that drum beat has not stopped for them. they are fervently aposed to the efforts by the national party and it's leadership and the establishment, as they're so called. the romney thing was a big flat egg, did not move the needle at all. in fact, it reassured the fervor
for donald trump and we saw that in the exit polling, particularly when you looked at mississippi and 76% of those folks identified themselves as evangelical, he won that group. so, donald trump is firming up and suring up his march to the nomination. and right now, just looks like the establishment is just in the way. >> and here is cokie roberts on "morning joe" today asking donald trump about some of the things that he has said. and the impact on children. >> there have been incidents of children, of white children, pointing to their darker skinned classmates and saying you'll be deported when donald trump is president. there have been incidents of white kids at basketball games holding up signs to teams which have hispanic kids on them, saying we're going to build a wall to keep you out. are you proud of that? is that something you've done in american political and social discourse that you're proud of?
>> well, i think your question is a very nasty question and i'm not proud of it because i didn't even hear that, okay? and i certainly do not like it at all when i hear about it. you're the first one that's been told me about that. >> that's not been the purpose of it. >> what does that do for the party if he is the nominee going forward? >> it's a problem. it's an ad that's waiting to happen. it's a conversation that, as you know, and cruz knows this, as you get to the general election, people start to focus more on the things that you said and how people respond to that. and i think it becomes a real problem for the trump campaign. they have to get out in front of these things. they have to make it clear that they're supporters. this is not the tenor of the campaign that they want. this is about making america great again. so let's talk about that in a positive way that's more inclusive, but right now it's a real achilles heel for the campaign i think if they don't get in front of it and it
doesn't seem like they're making much effort to do that in some respects. >> and chris cillizza, "the washington post" polling shows hillary clinton nine points ahead -- >> that's right, 50-41. >> that's right ahead. >> sanders said he would do better than trump than she. nine points, single digits, that's not that big of a lead. >> it's not, but i think some people think she would be ahead by 25. for all the folks on donald trump, hillary clinton is a deeply divisive figure both on the positive and negative side. you could run my phone against her as a republican candidate and get 46 for the phone and, you know, we would go in between on the rest. that's just the reality of the situation of who she is as a candidate. now, he is equally as divisive and that's a problem for republicans, which is if you run a nondescript sort of plain down the line republican, the focus of the race is on hillary clinton in the general election.
if you run donald trump, he may be the only person in america where the focus might not be on hillary clinton, it might be as chairman steele notes, act his language, his positions, some of the things he said. taking the focus off of her is not necessarily winning general election strategy for republican. >> agreed. >> thank you very much, chris cillizza, thank you, michael. thanks very much for being with us today. be sure to watch the marco rubio town hall hosted by chuck todd. that's tonight at 8:00 p.m. eastern right here on msnbc. much more ahead on "andrea mitchell reports." we'll be right back. he's agreed to give it up. ok, but i have 30 acres to cover by sundown. we'll be with him all day as he goes back to taking tylenol. yeah, i was ok, but after lunch my knee started hurting again so... more pills. yep... another pill stop. can i get my aleve back yet? for my pain... i want my aleve. get all day minor arthritis pain relief
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devise solutions that are very unique, can actually approach the cancer cell by understanding how the cancer cells protect themselves and then going for that, getting at them. >> have you found that this is actually being used in trials now? are there actual cases with humans where this has actually worked? >> for immunology, there are already some trials that have been successful and there have also been other approaches for addressing cancer that i think are very exciting, including the use of sirna and other genetic tools. those are still preclinical, but i think are very exciting. one example is work we've been doing in our lab we use s.i.r.n.a. to silence a gene that can help enable a cancer cell to survive chemotherapy in combination with the chemotherapy drug allows us to cut off the defense mechanisms
of tumor cells by delivering s.i.r.n.a. which blocks the gene that allows cells to get by and the chemotherapy drug in sequence. >> now, is there enough either private or federal funding for your work? >> right now although we have some federal funding available, we really need more to address the problem. this is a problem that requires a much larger scale effort and a much longer time frame in which we can actually incorporate some of the big developments that have happened in science over the past decade into real solutions. so right now we have a great start. we're very excited about the commitments that have recently come from the administration, but we recognize that we're going to need a continued increase in funding, especially funding that brings scientists, clinicians, technologists together in places like the coke institute and other places across the country in which
these people are coming together to work collectively toward a cure. >> dr. hammond, thank you very much. thanks for sharing your wisdom, your knowledge with us and good luck an all your research. obviously beneficial to all of us. we appreciate that. >> thank you. thank you very much. for more on our seven days of genius including your chance to participate in ultimate genius showdown, go to msnbc.com/genius. secret service agents past and present, serving as pallbearers carrying the former first lady's kcasket. we'll bring that to you live after our break. you're watching "andrea mitchell reports" on msnbc.
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♪ and you can see there live pictures of the funeral home in santa monica, california. secret service agents, past and present, given the honor of carrying the casket, which is about to be brought out from the funeral home. as you can see, they said prayers there. the minister had a ceremony inside with the family. of course the children of ronald and nancy reagan.
and as you can see, the casket is going to be brought out, then they will be driving to semi valley for the funeral which will take place on friday morning. the funeral will be attended by about 1,000 people. will take place friday our time at the reagan library. friday afternoon eastern time. and kelly o'donnell is already at the reagan library. kelly, it's going to be a funeral service in semi valley planned to the last detail by nancy reagan herself. >> and so many of those details, andrea, have been unfolding in the last couple of days that we have been here. there is so much work to be done, so much anticipation of the type of celebration of her life that is planned here at a place that she and her late husband loved so very much. there will be dignitaries,
including mrs. obama and other former first ladies, hillary clinton, laura bush, rose lin carter, president george w. bush will also be here and he will be representing his parents who sent word that they were not well enough to attend in person. and in addition, it will be a chance to see some of the people who are a part of her life in the white house. we expect the actor and personality, mr. t., will be attending the ceremony. that is important because he was so central to her campaign that was really the signature of her time in the white house, that campaign against drug use, known as just say no. and andrea as we see that the casket has been placed inside the hearse at the funeral home where we expect the journey to semi valley will begin soon. andrea? >> we can see now the family is going back inside the funeral home. they will be, of course, escorting the casket as well in
a procession all the way -- it's about an hour, little over an hour, to semi value lirks kelly, where you are. of course we'll see the former cabinet officials and white house staff and the people who have been memorializing nancy reagan, the role she played, the central role in his life. they were a partnership, a team unlike many others in the white house. and she really did transform the role of first lady. one of the most consequential first ladies in modern times, certainly since elenore roosevelt and perhaps making it a little easier for successor first ladies, first spouses hillary clinton notably who had actual an office in the west wing of the white house. that's something that nancy reagan said she never would have done. and in fact, i'm told she very rarely even came to the oval office, but she would call the chief of staff when her husband left the residence and give the
chief of staff about a ten or 15 minute heads-up of what he was thinking about, what were his concerns with newspapers he had read that morning so that the west wing staff could get ready for the president of the united states. that was pretty much a seamless relationship, kelly, between this president and his first lady. and i don't think anyone ever saw them cross with each other, behind the scenes, back stage at the white house. they were exactly as we saw them in public. >> and the bond, andrea, that was so much a part of that marriage has been one of the things that's been celebrated in these days since nancy reagan's passing. as you well know, she will be intured right next to her husband in what is a spectacular location here at the semi valley presidential library, one that they picked so that in essence they would be looking over the
vast mountain vista here and what i'm told is that her casket at the end of the services on friday will be placed at the site of his memorial and that at some time later she will be interred there as well. and so in many ways both spiritually and physically ronald and nancy reagan will be together again. as this is such a solemn day in my ways, andrea, on this end of the journey to semi valley, there's been a lot of activity, where there have been truckloads of equipment coming in, things to prepare for all of the different services here. they have erected a huge tent at the back of the property because there is some concern about weather on friday, rain in the forecast. today so far is a beautiful, beautiful day. but they have just been bringing in flowers and hedges and things to try to add a bit of decor to the setting here. they know there will be so many visitors and there will be so many camera positions along the route to the library as well as
the coverage over the next few days. so many things that are attention to detail. you will be struck when you get here, andrea by two enormous duplicates of the official white house portrait of nancy reagan, where she is resplendent in a long, red dress. those are far beyond life size that are on each side of the entrance to the library. so all of those who come to pay their respects will see those. she is really taking a very special place here in sort of a look of the library, although it is dedicated to ronald reagan, for these few days sit nancy as well. andrea? >> that portrait by her one of my personal favorites in the white house gallery. and it's just -- it captures the elegance, the grace of nancy reagan which was so much a part of their white house. as we think about the memorial service and the meticulous
planning, kelly, that you elude to, the way she planned her husband's interment and the service, both here in washington at the national cathedral and he was in repose in the capital as you well remember in the rotunda and then of course his final resting place in semi valley just as sun was setting on that beautiful hillside was just a remarkable, remarkable 24 hours. and she starting tonight will also be lying in repose, her casket, for the public to view for the next two days before the services on friday, which will be closed to the public. the hearse is now moving. michael joins us now on the phone. michael, you have witnessed so many of these sad occasions, but this is really a celebration of a life because she really was ready. she prepared for this emotionally and she was very lonely in