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this sunday, holding court. anthony kennedy steps down from the supreme court. president trump is ready. >> we have a very excellent list of great hltalented, h educated, highly intelligent, hopefully tmendous people. >> the makings of a conservative court with little chance to stop it. >> women's access to safe, legal abortion, on the line. >> they want republicans to delay the vote again until after the election. >> our republican colleaguese i enate should follow the rule they set in 2016. >> but republican leader, mitch mcconnell says, not this time. >> we will vote to confirm justice kennedy's successor this fall. >> can democratsp president trump or will he shape the court
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for a generation? my guest this morning, republican senator lindseyah gram, and democratic senator, maria cantwell. a toppled house leader, a democratic anging party. al al alexandria ocasio-cortez is here this morning. and president trump says there is no longer a threat from north korea, but north korea is increasing its production of nuclear fuel post-summit. is the u.s. being deceived again by another north korean leader? joining meor analysis is halle jackson, democratic pollster, cornell belcher, and kimberly atkins. welcome to sunday. it's "meet the press."
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good sunday morning. happy july. the announced retirement of supreme court justice ant ahony kennedy this week helps make one political reality clear. president trump is winning, and the democrats right now are reeling. the supreme court, mr. tmp is about to shape the court for a generation by choosing a possible tie-breaking conservative justice, and he has already filled the lower courts with like-minded conservatives. how about the republican party? the president's approval rating among republicans is around 90%l ted republicans fear criticizing him, and the party has become a cult of personality, his. how about fake news? mr. trump has turned that phrase, which initially referred to the phony russia generation to support his story, to discredit reporting. if we faithfully fact check the
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president, we risk being considered biased. either way, mr. trump wins. erthe mue investigation. the president has succeeded in convincing millions that the despiigation is biased, trafficking an innuendo without evidence. the economy is doing well, but it was doing well before he took office. with unemployment doing well, anduch of trump's success is superficial. while he is more popular among republicans, the party overall is shrinking. his trade war, and north korea, all could turn against him. if the democrats' reaction this week to the kennedy retirement proved anything, it's that the democratic party has not figures out how ceed in the trump era. >> you know, we democrats are a big tent. >> reporter: the supreme court fight has exposed the party in mposition to the president, but divided over goalssaging and tactics.
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>> i think we will have a plan and it will be announced by the democratic leade at an appropriate time. >> reporter: but it's not clear what that plan is. democrats with 20/20 ambitions, eager to win progressive support, are promising the base of fight. >> don't tell me that thistt is one that's already lost. i do not believe that. >> fhis is aht that is born out of love of country, and we're nny going to let ae take our flag. we will fighttoday. we will fight tomorrow. >> reporter: but the senate's democratic leaders are reluctant ot give them that fight. >> then that we can stop them with 49 votes is just not in the cards. >> reporter: minority leader chuck schumer is stuck on a procedural argument. in 2016, democrats ridiculed senator mitch mcconnell's maneuver to deny obama appointee, merrick garland, a vote before the election. now they are adopting the same argument. colleagues in an the senate should follow the rule they set in 2016, not to
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consider a supreme court justice an electionyear. >> meanwhile, three red state democrats who voted for neil gorsuch are up for election in states mr. trump won, and they met with the president this we. >> i had a great conversation. >> reporter: in a house, defeat of joe crowley by a rising lest, democrats withhe no obvious to nancy pelosi, and the calls for pelosi to step aside for a new generation of leaders have grown louder. quizzed on that point, pelosi fought back. >> what's your problem. or>> reporter: the stakes democrats could not be higher. kennedy's retirement sets in motion the biggest change on the court in half a century. >> almost without exception, if it was a critical, ideological, hot button issue,wa i up to him. >> reporter: the trump travel ban being voted on this week, where he sided with the court's
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conservatives, to even same-sex and abortion, where he sided with the court' liberals. trump saide won't ask candidates on how they would vote. >> people say, you don't do that. you shouldn't do that, but i'm putting conservative people on. >> reporter: whens he asked whether he'll ask the court to overturn roe -- >> that will happen immediately because i'm putting pro-life justices on the court. joining me is maria cantwell, and lindsey graham of south carolina. we'll begin now with senator cantwell out in washing n welcome back to "meet the press". >> good morning. >> let me start with the basic question here. help me out. where do you sit? it feels as if senate democrats in general, have all sorts of ideas o t how handle this supreme court fight. what is yours? >> well, this is a very different supreme court
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everyone ibecause the united states senate who is going to vote on this knows that it will change t balance of power. so you're not just voting on whether you think trump should have his nominee. you're voting on wheer that nominee is going to change precedent when it comes to ae whost of issues of the women's right to choose, your accessar to health whether if you have diabetes or asthma. all of a sudden, a preexistins conditiono longer allowed and you have to pay more for insurance. so i think that my colleagues on both sides of the aisle know that this vote could be a -- one of the key votes o their entire career, and they know that no matter what comes out of the ite house, if they vote for somebody who is going to change precedent, it could bin a career-e move. >> okay. that's fine to s that in the aftermath, but the numbers are the numbers right? we know what the numbers are in
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the,sena and their majority decides this. it soundsik le you want to defeat this nomee for sure or inspire president trump to pick amoderate? >> i would love for. president trump to pickomeone who shows the views. we have an independent judiciary in tines of debate.e political we have a judiciary that will uphold the law is what's so great about our country. if he wants to throw an extreme tive who basically says i'm not going to follow precedent and follow these laws, then yes. that, to me, is a major change andomething the president should be sitting down with moderates on that advise and consent and say, what would be good for americ >> but the reality is i think we know where this is headed on a
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partisan scale considering the president is only looking at nominees pre-vetted by the federal society. so we know he is going to pick some more ofdi a tonal conservative. so i ask you. how do democrats then -- can you defeat this nominee if it comes from that? are y hoping to woo senators murkowski and collins? is that theellan here? >> the plan here is to speak out about the change in balance in the courts. you are not just voting as was with gorsuchor one more name you know tha justice kennedy was a swing vote and he was a libertarian, and sometimes he sided with the conservative justices and sometimes he upheld important issues on marriage equality, and iss s on the environment. my colleagues in moderate states whether that's democrat or republican, you have to decide, am i voting for a justice that's going to hold up thelean air act or the clean air act?
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am i voting for a justice that is really going to hold up roe v. wadn' or wo rights to have the freedom to do what she wants with her body? these are issues. it won't be about what they say. it will be about whether you really believe that justice givenhat the president has said he is willing to nomina g. he ing to be very -- >> i understand that, but there are some democratic activists ngo think you will have a confirmation hea and you won't do whatever it takes to stop any justice that the presidt nominates if it does come from a conservative era. there was one person quoted -- one activist quotedyo in the "n times" saying they would like to see civil disto beobedi in the senate. >> i would love for thatte to g ion, but i'm anxious so hear whatever this nominee has to say. is the president able to pardon?
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hims do you believe in the emoluments clause? that if there is a conflict of interest, the president shouldn't be able t participate. i want to know what he thinks about the process of how far the mueller invesgation needs to go, and will they fight to protect that? i'm interested in hearif what kindominee is going to be on the bench and if the president is under indictment what is that nominee going to do about that? so these are monumental questions, and this is a person who wants 40 years on the court4 or probably years. i want at least 40 minutes to hear what they have to saybout these important issues. >> so you would have anasier time i think getting your moderate if the rules of the sena hadn't been changed. i'll play for you a remark that mitch mcconnell made in 2013 when harry reid changed the rules for lower court nominations. here's what he said. >> my friends on the other side
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of the laisle, you w regret this, and you may regret it a lot sooner than you think. >> do you regret it? >> well, we're dealing w witt we're dealing with today, and i doubt that whatever tum ciances of the rules were then or now, that they would be preceding on this with 51 votes. the issue is there are so many things before the american people, and this position will change the balance of the the president has the right to nominate somebody as he said. >> but senator, you hadoun attempt --ant to just ignore that. i disagree with you. you want to ignore that path. that is why we are in this situation now where a bare majority decides to future the court. >> it's what we're dealingtoith y, and i'm not ignoring it. i have been around my state this weekend, and people are anxious about health care. they are anxious about the detention of people who are seeking asylum in the united states.
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they want to know what is goi to happen with this court nominee. they are so anxious that the rights bestowed upon americans will be rolled back. they want to know what we're going to do about it, and what i want to make perfectly clear is thats is not a normal supreme court justice vote. you know fha sure your vote is changing the balance, and i want all my colleues to have the time to take that is not a rushed process to know whether this nominee is going to uphold those america rights or no that is what we deserve to know. >> what is the definition of a rushed process? do you think this should be delayed until after the election or we should know before the election where people stand on this? >> well, i am sure that the president is in a hurry because he has already said hngis g to make a decision by july 9 in th. >> right. >> and what i would say about the advise and consent role, i would sit down with the sa moderates and what kind of
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justice do we need in the united states with this process to make sure that basic rights are upheld? >> do you want it delayed? >> they're going to skip that. >> do you want it delayed until after the electio >> well, i would love that because i want to make sure that we have enough time and that the issues are discussed and that we have our rigrss that's what i would like. >> all right. senator cantwell, i have to leave it there. thank you for coming on and sharing your views. i appreciate it. >> thank you. >> yesterday, i spoke with senator lindsey graham when he was in turkey in the middle east, and i began asking him what kind of supreme court justice he looking for. a strict constructionist like anthony scalia, or john roberts or seone more of a libertarian a centerist like anthony kennedy? >> conservative, not crazy. a solid, john roberts type myself. i'm not picking. president trump ran on e idea of what he would pick, a conservative judge, and he gave us a list. i would expect the name would come from that list.
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the people on that list are kwiely qualified. >> what will come up at the is theation hearing issue of abortion. overturning roe v. wade was said to happen autoically because his pick for the supreme court would all b pro-life. do you view that connection as automatic? that means you're for overturning roe v. wade and that should be how the public assumes when they hear of a supreme court justice a potential being pro-life? >> well, i'm pro-life and the job of a judge is to decidese before the court, but one of the concepts that means a lon america is you don't overturn precedent unless there is a good reason, and i wouli tell my pr friends, you can be pro-life and conservative, and also believe in roe v. wade, and it has been affirmed over the
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years. i would hope the justice that sits on the court, all of them would listene arguments on both sides before they decide it, but this is a well known concept in our law. >> that's important to you. are you going to vote for somebody that doesn't believe in that? on't believe in anybody that tells me they will decideoa case bthe facts are presented to them. i don't expect a judge to say, i will overturn roe v. wade or not listen to an argument about abortion. i have bill that says a baby can feel pain at 20 weeks during the birthing process, 20 weeks post-conception and there is a state interest to protect the child from an abortion. that's a nfl issue that has never been decided under roe. i hope the justices -- this one and all ofhem, will listen to the aren'guments before they decide. >> the president may have to rule on the issues having to do with the mueller investigation, and neil gorsuch didn't come up.
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he cam up before there was a robert mueller special counsel. now he exists. do y believe this nominee needs to commit to recusing hip or herself or anything having to do with the mueller probe directly if it makes its way to the supreme court? especiallyne hasaid flatout they don't believe a president should be susceptible to a lawsuit while in office. >> i was a lawyer bef i was a politician. to recuse yourself is proper in some cases. elena kagan recused herself from cases and you can't review your thatomework, but the idea you can't judge somebody who picks you is probably not a grnd for recusal. you have to show there is a connection between the case at hand and the activity of the judge. to me s perfect sense that jeff sessions can't oversee an investigation of the campaign heas apart of, but i wouldn't have a broad rule that you w, can't, you kreview anything against president trump because he chose you.
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>> there may be instances where you might think recusal is appropriate under having to do with this investigation? >> yes. >> so where would that line -- >> it depends what the facts ar i don't know. i don't know who he is going to pick, and, you know, i think whoevere will pick will be asked about the connections to the trump campaign, pending litigation, any conflicts of interest. a conflict of interest in the law is difrent than just, you know, again, you can't anything trump did because he chose you. that's not a conflict of interest under the law. we'll see where this goes. >> we'll move to your topic, foreign policy. i'llet you started with north korea. we'll hear from nbc reporting u.s. intelligence agencies believe that the north korean regime is cheating on the commitment kim jong-un made to president trump, and they have parently stepped up production of enriched uranium. is this deal already headed to
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failu failure? >> that's a good question, chuck. if it is true, they are saying one thing and doi another. nobody should be surprised, but here's what i would tell north korea. there is no place for donald trump to kick the can down the road you met with him in person. he is offering you a deal of a lifeakme. i would it. >> but senator, as you can tell, the president already knows information. we have learned it and he has been told this infocoation. does iern you he has yet to act or for instance he hasn't said, the exercises with south korea are back on? >> i just know what i read and i'll follow up when i get back. it would concern me a lot if they are nxpanding thelear program as they meet with the president. i don't want a war with north korea. it would be devastating. a lot of people would be killed and hurt. >> lete move to another summit that's coming up. you were very skeptical when president obama in 2015 was about to meet with president yo worried, no.
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putin. he is going to get walked all over, and president obama was there to confron him about crimea and confront him about some of these things. i have to ask you. dyesident trump is already hinting he is ro get out of syria, that he is ready to hand them crimea. how much concern do you have about this summit? >> i'm glad he is meeting, but i haot a lot. it'sobama's fault that crimea was taken by russia. it's russia's fault. it's up to president trump that we don'ta give rusran and syria. i'm in turkey today. this is a stratic ally, and we have many problems, but they look at us as an unreliable ally. we have isis in a good spot, but people are worried abouteang syria and giving it to the iranians and the russians. so i'm concerned by what i hear. i'm concerned when the president tweets, you know, russia denies they meddled in our election when they say they didn't
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meddle. they are lying, so i'm glad the hesident is going to confront putin, show the evidence you have got, mr. president. it's overwhelming. he'll shoually think him the evidence? again, the president is out there tweeting that he believes the yorussians. actually expect him to present the evidence that we have that is, like, you don't have it? >> well, here's what i would say. in many ways, this administration t has beegh on russia. we have armed the ukraine. we have imposedon sanc we have kicked out diplomats, but the idea that russia did not meddio in our ele is fake news. they did meddle in our election and they are doing itgain i 2018. >> one of the messages you have -- you regularly have brought back from the middle east during the obama era was u were concerned that you would say that our allies in the middle east for instance, theyw don't kf they can count on the united states. can our allies inonurope count he united states right now? >> yeah. congress is firmly in europe's camp. i think the president is trying
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to get nat nations to contribute more, but there is no serious effort to get outf nato. i think the president appreciates the alliance. i can't -- i'm notoing to be on this show and tell you what he should say or not say. i'moing to judge h by what he does. i like some of the things he has done against russia, but the idea that there is dbt of meddling in our election is not helpful as all. leaving syria means isis will come back.y the ohing i can tell president trump for sure is ify leave syria without thinking about the conditions on the ground being the reason that yoi leave, will leave, and if you come back any time soon, you're giving dascus to the iranians. everything you said about obama and iraq, you're going to do in syria. please don't do that. >> by the way, senator graham shared with me this is h first trip to the middle east without his normal traveling hncompanio ccain. he said he and his colleague were going to go out t his favorite hotel bar last night
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and that's why exxonmobil scientists think it's ll not small at. energy lives here. the panel is here. democratic plster cornell belcher. hallie jackson, kimberly at kins and david brody. all right. david, i want to start with you. this is what michael gerson rote. as alitical matter, however, the fight over kennedy's replacement is a gift tohe president. it is a reminder of trump's adherence heade with angelical christians and other religiously conservative supporters. ignore my bad behavior. all the kingdoms wille yours. pretty rough way to describe it.
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michael gerson's been critical of evangelicals and their sort of blind support for president trump over character but is he right? >> well, he's right to a degree and the degree is this. evangelicals votedor this president predominately, especially ones on the fence. not neein alabama at the rallies, but the ones that came with their nose he to a degree. they voted for him for the supreme court. here we are. many evangelibelieve, this is shocking to folks, but they believe he is god's chosen candidate for such a time like is. this is the word on the street in the evangelical world. along comes a second supreme court nomination. they're like, well, here you go. we as inevangelicals have a chance to shape this court for a long time. i thin it will interesting in terms of reshaping the court murkowski and collins. everybody talks about the big supreme court fight to come. i think the fight is right now.i how is candidate going to be defined in terms of trump's mind. how much murkowski and colins
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and others >> it is interesting, we did research on abortion among republican senators when kennedy was confirmed in 1988 to today. in 1988, ten republican senators, cornell, called themselves pro-choice when kennedy was confirmed. today it's two. do you buy the idea that this will be the bell end all on roe? >> it is, you know, the dog catching the car. look, be careful what you ask for. i've spent some te in focu groups across the country the last two weeks, right? democrats will likely lose this battle, right, besause like you the numbers just aren't there. there are only so many tactics yocan take. elections have consequences. chuck, i've been looking at gallup data over the last two decades and nowhere in this gallup data do i show anywhere approaching a majority of americans think that abortion should be god help these old men if they tick off these suburban women who have never really
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thought that their reproductive rights were at risk and all of a asudden for -- it's risk and it's real. >> i thought lindsey graham was trying to send a message tohe president when he said, precedenttlmatters. >> s law. right. w lindsey's way of saying -- he didn'tt the headline "lindsey graham support roe v. wade" so he started speaking in latin. political latin. i think lindsey graham agrees with cornell. be careful here. >> the president confirmed it on friday he is not going to specifically ask where she's candidates are.'t he doeave to. they wouldn't be on the list if you didn't already know wherey tood on that particular issue. one way that i have heard that people close to the president arerying to inoculate against some of that is push him towards picking a woman.en the pres has said he's leaning towards selecting two women who are on the short list of maybe five to seven. including amy barrett.
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as one person put it to me last night, s was dinged by dianne feinstein in her confirmation hearing for the circuit judgeship. there is aon calcula that some people close to the president are making. i've also heard the president himself sai essentially i' not going to think about gender politics. i want to pick the best hacandidate. ifs a man, it's a man. >> kimberly, she's getting to something i think both sides are torn on this t do they want fight or not? i don't know. i think it's a worth fight. i'm not sure that democrats want the fight because if you have the fight too harshly, do you blow the democratic red state senators, right? >> repubcans aren't sure they need the fight. they think they've already won it. the pot th cornell made aside that this could backfire in the polls, i think they n already think that they . for democrats the fight was in 2016. they missed the fight.he that is when was a supreme court justice being held up.
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maybe because merrick garland wasn't the progressive fireth bran stirred them up or they missed a pathologist to donald trumpy270, t didn't fight that fight now. now it's too late and they can ly message the way we saw senator cantwell do as best she could, but that's all that democrats have right now. >> something that strikes me so much, especially someone who covered the campaign in 2016. you look at the et poll data and how much that supreme court was such an issue fo the republicans. >> it was 1 in 5 voters said the court was their number one issut take a look what the percentage was. among those voters, 56% were trumpnd voters only 41% where clinton voters. >> that's the problem that ve now.ts you have groups like demand justice that are mobilizing now all of a sudden they see that the supreme court is, in fact, important. you're going to see that number grow for democrats. >> nowhat there is nothing that the democrats can do to
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stop it. well, look, you were talking about the support of evangelicals, donald trump is term limited. they have him at most for eight years. not just the supreme court but the federal judiciary. it will take a g fuleration to turn around the court that the judiciary that's b ng shifted so far to the right -- >> and that's why this is a 40-year decision, is what we're talking about here. i would also say this,ery important, amy barrett, as you mentioned. evangelical sources tell me that's the number pick for them, for sure. amy barrett. beyond that, we know donald trump likes optics. could you imagine roe v. wade, whatever it happens to be, five men on 5-4 decisions, whether it's roe v. wade or something along thoseines. it's an optics thing and it bodes well for the prehedent if cares about optics, and he does, to go with a woman here. >>hen he was selecting his cabinet, there was a lot of talk about optics, would he pick more male candidates or female
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candidates. this is a president who doesn't like to be told how theke optic im look. he will assess but i'm not sure that is the topotating factor for him. >> there is a political calculation omre. midtermsg up. hey, i picked a supreme court nominee who isom an. listen to the fake news media saying i'm woantn. fake news. think it plays for his base. >> i have to leave it there. but we'll pick up the coersation in a little bit. when we come back, though, meet the woman whoay represent ne could find thems. we perform over 50,000 operations a year in places like this. for the past 15 years, chubb has identified ways that we can strengthen our safety measures. and today, our hospitals have some of the best patient safety records in the country. now, we're constructing new buildings that will ne the future of piedmont
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that sound you may ha heard on tuesday night was the sound of a political earthquake in new york city that was rea iy felt more washington. alexandria ocasio-cortez, a 28-year-old political neo fight seems tocome outf nowhere to defeat joe crowley. he was not just anyone, he's currently the fourth ranking democrat in the house, the party boss of qens andseen by many as the next speaker of the house if the democrats won the majority well, no mor a giant win for the progressive wing of the party. but as my colleague steve kornacki put it, as shocking as her victory was, the more you look at the changing face of the democratic party, the more y wonder why didn't all of us see this coming? well, alexandria ocasio-cortez joins me now. congratulations. >> thank you. ank you for having me. >> you're not a congresswoman-elect yet, you cthave a general en but it is a pretty strongly democratic seat. let me first start with something that nancy pelosi said about your victory earlier th week. take a listen. >> they made a choice in one district. so let's not get yourself
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carried away as an expert on dem grams and all that within the caucus o outside the caucus. it is not to be viewed as something that stands for everything else. >> she was a b defensive. a lot of people coming at her saying your victory means a l more than just a primary win in the bronx. how did you reacto that? >> well, i think that there are a lot of districts in this country that are like new york 14, you know, with -- that have changed a lot in the last 20 years and whose representation has not. say whether to someone should be voted out or voted in, but i think it denitely speaks to us perhaps evolving in our messaging in at least how we do things.t so i thinkt, you know, i do think that there are a lot of districts in america that are like new york 14. >> i'm curious, if joe crowley found out you were thinking about running and called you up and said, what am ioing wrong, you know, what would you like to see from me,ul what w you like
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to see me do to make you say, thisnow what, i'll stand cycle and see what you do? >> what would i say to that? >> what would you say to him if he asked to advice on how to win your vote before you cided to run against him? >> i think the problem is that that never happened. the fact that that is not happening. >> meaning you never saw him in your mind? that the district never saw himw is that you're saying? >> well, i think -- without going toouhard,know, the congressman has had phenomenal service in our cothunity. k there was certainly a lack of presence. that was a big part of my win. it was -- there was, i think, a lack of listening on the ground, e groceryof going to store and saying, hey, how are you doing? of is an important part representation because we have a lot of work we have to do here in d.c., but that work needs to be rooted in the communities that we have been elected to represent. >> some of your energy and some of the energy behind you and some of the energy behind other progressives has to do with almost the tone and tactics of
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the democratic leadership. i'm c wious, wh your reaction to senator cantwell earlier today a how she described how she would like to ght on the supreme court opening? >> well, i think that what's going on is that there -- especially with the supreme court we have senators and folks he ing to figure out strategy, but in the meantime, the messaging isn't as clear to the communities that we're trying to represeng are we fight not? and i still don have quite a -- >> what do you want to see? >> you know, for me, i'm a fighter. i'm always one for a fight. especially when see what the gop has done. i feel like they're kind of gaslighting the country. when they want to fight, when they want to bend and break theh rules and stre the constitution to its limits, they'll do it, but when they're on the other side of the table it, whoa, decorum. >> do you want democrats to borrow some of those >> well -- >> because that's the tricky game here, right? >> yeah. >> which ois,know, do two
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wrongs make a right. >> i do see the point you're , makithe consistency point. i think from my point of view, i look at it more lisoccer. what are our positions right now? this supreme court seat is tremely serious. we have a president. there is a federal investigation going onplwith direct ations to the presidency and that presidency is talking about nominating a supreme court pickt is going to essentially hear this case out. this is the country. time in when is the last time that a president has been in this position. >> so what do you want senate democrats to do that you didn't hear from senator cantw morning? >> i would like the senate to delay, absolutely. we need to delay until after the midterm elections. lthat's my perso opinion. and i think that at the very least we need to -- if we going to -- if this appointment is going to happen at the very least we can do is delay the timeline in which women's health care is going to be taken away, delay thetimeline in which our civil rights could potentially
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be further eroded. >> let me tal about some of your policy positions but generally. first explain this to me. you werendorsed by a group, the democratic socialists. you have embraced this label. "the new york times" has a headline this morning nn "mills embrace socialism." what is your definition of democratic socialist >> well, fo me, again, there is so much focus on this endorsent, but i also think it's important -- an important part of my stra in winning was building a broad based coalition of people. so while there is a focus on this one aspect ofhe coalition, and to me, you know, to answer your question, the definition of democratic socialism,o me, again, that in a modern, moral and wealthy society, no american shoulto be poor to live. that means every working class americannhis country should have access to dignified health care. should actually be able to see a doctor without going broke. you should be able to send your kids to college and trade school
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if they so choose. nobody should feel precarious or nstable in their access to housing. >> some democrats are afraid of the "s" word. older americans he socialis and they tie it to ugly governments from europe and the past. >> yeah. >> do you -- how do you -- how do you sell this to an older generation? >> well,ou think,know, as the clip from schumer showedem earlier,rats are a big tent party. i'm not trying to impose an o idealo all several hundred members of congress, but i do thinkthat, once again, it'sinot about se an ism or an ideology or a color, it's about selling values. >> are you a democratic socialist? is that what you call yourself or you don't want that label? >> i mean, it's part what i am, it's not all of what i am. i think that's a ve important distinction. i'm an educator. i'm an organizer. and i believe wthat what're really seeing is just a movement
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for health care, housing and education in the united states. >> all right. you defeated a potential future speaker.os should nancy p be that next speaker of the house or should it be a new generation? >> you know, once again, i wan to see the options on the table. first of all, i'm not even an elected member of congress yet. secondly, we need wto seet is going on. think that it's just premature for me to commit to any kind of decision on this. i was just electe on tuesday, chuck. >> fair enough. i'm going to leave it there. exandria ocasio-cortez, again, congratulations on your primary victory. i imagine we will see you back here again. >> of course. thank you so much. >> thank you. all right. cten we come back, why ocasio-cortez's y may be more of a progressive outlier this primar season. as we go to break, we want to remember the five staff members who diedth in rsday's mass shooting at the "capital gazette" newspaper close to us here in annapolis, md.
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your rheumatologist about xeljanz xr. welcomback. data download time. alexandria ocasio-cortez's win on tuesday gave a lot of hope for progressives trying tore ke the democratic party, but if you look at the total landscape, this story isle li different. at this point in the primary season, of the 33ouse ndidates endorsed by the bernie sanders group our revolution, 14 havehe won primaries while 19 have host to the so-called establinhment of the democratic party. an upstart winning 42% of its lyraces, that's actu not bad. however, what happens when you take a closer look at the districts where the bernie wing is actuallyinng? only one of those 14 race is rated conservative by our friends at the cook political report. each then the republican candidate is favored win. the majority of the bernie wins re coming in safe republican
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districts like georgia's first and a few are in safe democratic districts where the democrat would win regardless of who won the nomination. think of ocasio-cortez and new york's 14th, for instance. in otherwords, these are not the districts where control of congress is being decided and not a way to prove that the movement can win over middle of the road voters in swing districts. so what about the districts ryere the democratic establishment is cg the day? well guess what, of the 19 districts where establishment candidates have prevailed over urrogate progressives, 11 are rated competiti cook. these are some of the races democrats have to win if they going to take control of house in november. so, is the sanders wing of the partyn having impact on the democratic party and its politics? suca. progressividates in safe districts like ocasio-cortez will likely serving in congress this time next year and wins do equal momentum for then move the left's success is also certainly being ovhyped and fox echo chamber is helping that
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now with end game and the debate over immigration.ou hundreds of tnds of people in cities across the country turned out to dagonstrate nst the trump administration's zero tolerance policy, especially the separation ofhildren from their parents at the border. of course the immigration issue is one that both political parties see as a potential advantage for them. the question is, is it for the democrats heading into 2020 or november and what about the so let's talk about this. cornell, i want to talk about this movement to get rid of i.c.e. and what this means. here is what the prehadent
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claimsit means. this is what he said today. i think we have thatn tape. >> i hope they keep thinking about it because they're going to get beaten so badly. you get rid of i.c.e., you're going to have ath country you're going to be afraid to walk out of your house. isove thate if they're going to actually do that. >> and i do already sense a split. the 2020 democrats are all on this program already, cornell. do you see this as a good issue for theat demo >> i see it broadly as a good issue for democrats because of the optics, right? >> right. >> listen, the pictures of the kids being torn away from their families at the borde you're a democrat or a republican or middle of the road, those images do not settle well, particularly with women voters, right. again, we're going to have a erar of the woman vot that is going to make '92 pale in comparison. overall, the optics don't look good. i'm not for getting into the policy weeds onta this.
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it from the standpoint these are bad optics, not our values and not get in the weeds on this argument. >> what you've already seen from the president anddministration officials. for every discussion that's up about apoll abolishing i.c.e. they bring out i.c.e. law enforcement officers to talk about their sacrifice and service to the country w a message that resonates with a lot of people in the country who have a brother or i cousin law enforcement and feel they can relate to this. for the president, this is exact lot what he wants to talk about. >> he's already linked to law enforcement. what's next? >> get rid of police. >> on the democratic side you're seeing this polarization, this pu l to thet. this is a perfect demonstration -- >> that's my point. don't give it to them. >> the irony is you have people inside of i.c.e. that actually say the thing needs to be >> yes.d. >> you have actually messed up -- >> nuance is lost these days. >> i know. nuance is lost. >> that's true. whenpu you saied to the left, and this is the macro version here.
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look, the democratic party has been pushed to the left.s forget socialir a moment, the democratic party has been pushed to the left and that's why trump got into wisconsin. you can make the casell that y clinton didn't play in wisconsin, that's fine. you can do that. wisconsin, pennsylvania, the blue collar donnile said that trump picked the locks in that state open.e we left the door that's very important to realize. >> you're going to make my head explode. re is a problewisconsin, he didn't win a majority, right? in pennsylvania, he didn't win a majority. >> but he won the state. >> his problem wasn't picking up -- >> hillary clinton didn't win a majority either. >> no, butd. obama d that's my point. >> okay. >> the problem is peprsylvania, thlem in wisconsin where a lot of these obama voters who, quite frankly, broke third party, they're protest vote and the millions who sat home. guess what? how is that not voting for you guys working? it's a problem. his winning in wisconsin and pennsylvania, quite frankly, against obama was a loss, right?
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he did not -- he did not go 2 mnints above what mitt roey did in those states, he coalesced a republican, picked up a couple of points but that should not be a win. >> you cannot scount the fact that blue collar democrats went more to this president than any otheblican president before. not just on permit but also it was on personality but it was also because of the shift of the democratic party. >> i can make the same argument that, quite frankly, there a romney/hillary voters, right? among did a lot worse college educated white voters than a republican has done in a long, long time. >> isihink you're m my point a little bit. this leftward shift in messaging sort of belies the fact that the democratic party is very, very divided. it's not divided between two different camps, it's divided among multiple t'camps. >> t what alexandria was pointing out. >> you have l folkse time ryan trying to talk about the middle class voters and you have theua
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old like pelosi and others at the top. there is no overall messaging gthat is bring that all together. that's why messages like abolish i.c.e. start catching fire because there is countermeasure out there from the democrats. >> i hate to be the one to take up for democrati however will say, this is all very, very reminiscent of a lot of conversation we heard in 2008, the old versus the new guard. look, where are democrats on the major policies? you know, minimum wagere ie, majority of americans are there, right? she ran on -- cortez r on people over the money. that's a winning strategy left, right -- that's a maddle of the inning strategy right now. i don't -- and this bernie movement, is it really a movement? if you look at --th >> that wa quote of our daily download. >> is it really a movement? n't see it >> i'm here to report from the front lines. this whole idea of make america i'm telling you, in democrats, independents and, yes, republican households it has resonated because democrats
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culturally, you mentioned minimum wage. that's fine. that's auecultural i i'm talking about culturally, socially, they've moved to the >> on what? >> on abortion, for sure. on same-sex marriage. i can goon and on. >> but on abortion, you're the outlier on abortion. nowhe is there a majority of mericans who want abortion outlawed. >> well, just real quick, i don't think there is an outlier on abortion when the'spolls sho ery evenly split. >> i got gallup right here -- >> when it comes to -- we're going to leave it there. i got to go. unfortunately, i got to go. but a majority have said they want to keep roe for what it's worth. before we go, i want to share this e-mail we got from a florida viewer. he and 22 of his friendsgo are g to be purchasing online subscriptions to thecatal gazette." that's their way of honoring what happened in annapolis. that's an honorable goal. support your free press at home. that's a good idea.
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