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the doctor herself underwent a double mastectomy. she is doing great. glad she's doing well. thank you so much for watching us. "state of the union with candy crowley" starts right now. >> iran nuclear talks falter, obama care struggles and white house nominees blocked. the president's dismal fall. >> today, no go in geneva. >> the window for diplomacy does not stay open indefinitely. >> despite an all in diplomatic effort, a deal to slow iran's nuclear program hits a snag to the relief of a growing bevy of critics. lindsey graham joins us with his take on the talks with tehran and the latest twist in the tanning that will is benghazi. then -- >> welcome to new jersey. >> virginia, thank you. >> reading the results of 2013 through the prism of 2014 with
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the party chair. democratic debbie wasserman shultz and lance pref previous. and what do they use flash point legislation with no chance of passing? election oon. abortion gay rights, minimum rights, immigration, our political panel suits out the doable from the political. plus -- >> we are obligated to be sure they get everything they need. >> a reunion with former republican senator, presidential conditioned date and world war ii veteran bob dole on the two things he knows best, veterans and politics. good morning. i'm candy crowley in washington. three days of intense negotiations failed to produce that hope for interim deal to freeze iran's suspected nuclear weapon programs in exchange for easing the sanctions. but the united states, european allies and iran are expressing
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hope an agreement can be reached. so leading up to the past three days were close. we're going to do it and then nothing. what happened? >> there was clearly d disdisappointment last nightment you had the secretary of state from all the key players flown in. everyone is at the table. they sensed a deal was close in the final hours. then it didn't happen. and key, there was distention in the ranks, disagreements within the p-5 plus one. and the key disagreement is on enrichment and iraq heavy water facility which is the second path to a bomb. the key question there is does iran suspend all enrichment or up to a certain level? does it agree to cease operating to agree not to operate the iraq facility or not to keep building it? those disagreements came out in public. there is still a lot of work to do. >> there is. it's always been my experience in politics or international affairs, time is never on the side of an agreement.
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what happens now? >> that's exactly right. and this delay gives time to the opponents of this agreement to build their case and to set up roadblocks. you're going to have a tough case for the administration on the hill pushing back on new sanctions while they try continue the negotiations. you are going to have more loud protests from allies such as benjamin netanyahu the but they have agreed to a second round of talks. it will be another round of talks on november 20th. this will be at the political director level, not the minute steeral level. so a level below secretary of state. i did reach out to a member of the team this morning who said it will start at the political director level. who knows how it will end. that's exactly what he troo toid do here and it didn't happen. >> sounds like hope springs eternal. wee see we'll see in the next couple weeks. joining me now, lindsey graham, senator, let's start off with this deal that did not quite happen in geneva. i want to ask you directly, what
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would iran have to do before you would believe the u.s. could ease some of the sanctions? >> that's very big question. i think you'll see a bipartisan push by the congress to do two things, to introduce another round of sanctions, we believe that, sanctions and the threat of military force is the only things that going to bring the iranians to the table. but what would a good outcome look like? there will be a bipartisan resolution i resolution introduced into congress soon that has four parts, sensible outcome would mean that stop enriching, dismantle centrifuges, stop the plutonium producing reactor at iraq, let the international community control the fuel cycle for the iranian program looks like mexico and canada, not north korea. and turn over highly enriched
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uranium that they have in their possession to the international community. those four things, i think, would be a good outcome for the world and quite frankly iran. >> well, that sounds like the end deal as opposed to an interim deal. is there any way that you think congress could approve in a resolution which i'm assuming doesn't have the force of law but correct me if i'm wrong on that. but what they were looking for it sounds to me like what secretary kerry and the president is looking for is something to kind of put iran on hold as far as its nuclear program was concerned while they work out some of those big things that you're talking about. >> well, my fear is that we're going to wind up creating a north korea type situation in the mideast where we negotiate with iran and one day you wake up, they don't give up their enrichment capabilities, they don't die vest themselves of plutonium producing reactor, centrifuges continue to spin and you're going to have a nuclear
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iran and that is far more destabilizing for the mideast than a nuclear northeast. so i'm about the end game. i'm about where does this end? how does this movie with iran ends? if it ends with the four things i said, i would be satisfied. if it ends with anything less then the world will regret this. the israelis are worried about what we're doing. i've never been more worried about the oebd's administration approach to the middle east. we want deals worse than anybody else in the region. thank god for france and thank god for pushback. >> well, there are words you haven't heard recently. but let me ask you. >> yeah. they're becoming very good leaders in the mideast. >> you have suggested that you want more sanctions against iran and you might put them on a defense bill which we think will come up next week in the senate. you would push for more
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sanctions and do you think there is a majority there that would agree to that? >> the best way is to start in the banking committee. we believe that sanction as long with the threat of credible military force by the united states and israel got us to this point. if you back off now, you're sending the worst signals. the new rauound of sanctions cod be waived if they do the right thing. let's look at the 30,000 foot view here. you have a regime that is lying about what they're trying to do. they're trying to build a nuclear weapon. for 30 years they've been terrorizing the region and the world. they're the largest state sponsor of terrorism. why in the world would anybody want this regime with their agenda threatening to wipe israel off the map at the end of the day to have any highly enriched uranium in their
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possession? they have the capability to enrich uranium to make a nuclear weapon. given their behavior and the -- >> do you think that more more sanctions are needed at a time when the u.s. is trying to come to an interim deal? they seem to be opposing each other. >> i think the only thing that got them to the table, and i'll give the obama administration credit for this, they created really good international sanctions. if we back after now that, is the wrong signal. i want to come up with a deal, a conclusion that will make sure that iran doesn't possess the capability and the future to produce a nuclear weapon. that should be the goal of the world given who we're dealing with. given the threats they lodge against israel and destabilizing effect if they develop a nuclear capability, the sunni arabs the want one. then you're marching down the road of armageddon. a new round of sanctions will be coming from the congress.
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the congress will define the end game. we're worries about the end game, not some interim deal. you can't trust the iranians. they're lying about their nuclear program. they're hiding from the international community. very important aspects of the nuclear program. i want a peaceful resolution to the problem. i don't want a north korea in the mideast. that's where we're head philadelphia we continue to negotiate the way we are. >> okay. about benghazi, i want to get you on the record about this. cbs aired a piece that was centered around the man, british man who said he was there. that he got into the compound where the four americans were killed. he seemed to substand yat some of the suspicion that's this clearly was in the a well fortified place. there were signs ang along. now turns out that cbs is backed away from their eyewitness because it does not appear he told the truth. now you based on that report
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went after the president's nominees and said any nominee that comes up here i'm going to block. we can talk to american eyewitness eyewitnesses. i want to remind you of something you said at the time. >> how can i explain to the people in my home state that story they told us about benghazi holds water after the "60 minutes" story. >> but it was not true. will you now end your threat to place a hold on the president's nominees? >> noment my request has been going on for a year to talk to the five survivors of the state department. i never asked for the british contractor. i didn't know he exited. we wrote one letter to the president, myself, kelly, john mccain, two to secretary kerry on the 24th of september. we said we would like to interview the survivors. the five state department officials who have been interviewed by the
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administration but not by congress. the "60 minutes" story says the attack was not a protest but a preplanned al qaeda attack you could see coming for months. and people who said that were not the british contractor. i want to ask the survivors who never been interviewed by the congress -- please let me finish here -- did you report a prot t protest? did you ever indicate there was a protest? did you say this was a terrorist attack from the beginning when you were interviewed by the fbi four days later, did you ever mention a protest? if the survivors never said there was a protest, where did the story come from? and did these survivors, would they tell me if i asked them was therein adequate security in your mind? could you see al qaeda build up in benghazi? did you tell anybody about the threat of al qaeda and how did they respond? to me, that's the essence of what i'm trying to get at. >> right. i understand. you've been at it for some time. but what spurred your action to block the president's nominee
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was the "60 minutes" report. so that's what prompted you to do this. you did it the day after. you cited it. and so my question is are there other ways to get out -- to get what you want without threatening the president's -- the head of the fed or the head of homeland security agency? >> i met with the state department thursday about my desire to talk to the five survivors. american personnel, state department employees, american citizens, independent of state department's accountability review board. nobody in congress got to talk to these people. i released two ambassadors that i a hold on because we're trying to work out a bipartisan way to interview these witnesses. oversight is important. i want to perform oversight. i'm not trying to prosecute a crime. i'm not trying to defend the british krror. i want to hear from the people that worked for us that americans citizens if harms way.
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what did you feel like when you were told nobody was coming to help you? did you see a protest? did you report a protest? did you tell the fbi about a prote protest? if they didn't, did you see security concerns before the attack? did you report them? who to? 14 months after the attack we don't -- we haven't heard from those who survived the attack. congress has an independent duty to find out what happened in benghazi. and that's what i'm after. i hope we can find a way to get the interviews and release all of the holes. >> i understand. i want to clarify two things. right now your threat to hold up nominees stands? >> i released two. i released two. with the understanding that we're going to have a bipartisan process to interview the survivors and ask the basic questions. was there ever a protest? did you report a protest? were you concerned about security before the attack? >> right. >> but depending on the situation, your threat holds?
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>> yes. >> and finally -- >> can i just say the only reason is i've been trying for a year to get the interviews without holes. and you just can't allow something this bad and this big of a national security failure for the administration to investigate itself. i don't want to hold anybody. all i want to do is talk to the survivors, protecting their security, protecting their identity. find out exactly what did happen. was the a protest? how did it happen? how did president obama and secretary clinton miss the rise of al qaeda in libya? >> and let me just say quickly and see if i can get a quick answer from you. we know that one eyewitness in the region has testified at least on the house side behind closed doors. cnn learned there will be three former security people there described as former seal, former ranger, a former marine will testify next week. how many is enough for you?
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>> that's good. >> okay. there are five state department survivors that were interviewed by the accountability review board appointed by secretary clinton. those five and the cia officials who have relevant information about benghazi. that's all. less than 30 probably. all i'm trying to do is establish the protest story. >> right. there are 30 folks you want to talk to. all right. >> i don't know -- i don't know how many in the cia. the cia has been pretty good. they're providing witnesses to their oversight committees. the state department has thus far refused to allow anybody in congress to talk to these five. and we're going to talk to them. they possess the best information about what happened in benghazi more than you and i know. >> certainly more than i know at this point. thanks so much, senator. i appreciate your time. >> me, too. >> four republicans turning the corner nowment a close loss of virginia, a big win in new
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joining me now debbie wasserman shultz. she is chair of the democratic national committee. i want to take you a little bit off topic at the beginning. i want to ask you about this interim deal with iran that u.s. and other nations have been pushing so far.
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it hasn't come together. but you have heard some of the criticism particularly from israel, but there are other problems looking at this. how comfortable are with you what you have heard about what the u.s. and others are seeking? >> well, i think any time that you are actually at the diplomatic table negotiating on a question that just a year or so ago would have been unfathomable, the idea that we could actually get iran to back off its pursuit of nuclear weapons, number one, it demonstrates that the sanctions that we've imposed thus far have been extremely painful and infective and that president obama's emphasis on trying to do all that we can to make sure that iran cannot attain the nuclear weapons is working. and we're going in the right direction. but, of course, any deal has to be one that makes sense and has to be one that makes sense for the united states security interests and also the interests
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of our allies in the region. >> all right. let me turn you back to the topic and that is the election that's we had last week. i want to put up an exit poll from the virginia he leelection where terry mcauliffe won. what is your opinion of obama care? 46% of virginia voters supported it. 53% opposed it. i want to add on to that a meeting at the white house wednesday with collection of 15 senate democrats, most of whom are up for re-election who rang the alarm bell at the white house and said do something. this is hurting us. is there a fix that the president could put in place now that would ease the concerns of both those voters in virginia and those senators having to run for re-election? >> let's take a look at what the election outcome in virginia means. terry mcauliffe won virginia. he won it with the same
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percentage just about that president obama won virginia just a year ago. and what election day this past tuesday in virginia a very competitive state showed you is that when the voters are presented with a candidate who focuses on creating jobs and investing in education and working together versus a candidate who double down on the politics of shutdown, who embraced tea party extremism, who was a leader in the war on women particularly on women's health, they overwhelmingly chose terry mcauliffe the democratic candidate and elected him. they're going to be having the same choices all across the country with tea party governors that were elected in 2010 having to run on similar records against candidates who are going to give them a similar choice. when it comes to obama care specifically, obama care did not have anything to do with tues y tuesday's outcome. >> you don't think it made the
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election closer? >> no, i really don't. they were about the same. >> right. if you look at 2014, if you look at this through the prism of 2014, you don't think that obama care will weigh heavily on democratic elections? >> i think obama care, because americans have been feeling the benefits since 2010 where young adults can stay on their parents' insurance until they're 26, where on january 1st if you have a pre-existing condition like i do as you know, as a breast cancer survivor, the peace of mind that those americans are going to have knowing that they can never be dropped or denied coverage for that pre-existing condition, the preventative care that is available without a co-pay or deductible, those are benefits that americans have been feeling and will increasingly feel as obama care is fully implemented. i think actually that democratic candidates will be able to run on obama care as an advantage leading into the 2014 election. >> how many floridians have lost
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their health care insurance in the private market? >> the situation that floridians or any person whose gotten a transition letter from their insurance company are in is that they'll have an opportunity to shop on the exchange and compare plans. >> right. >> and when they have -- the ceo of florida blue was on a sunday show just a week or so ago talking about how they were -- they are offering a replacement plan for the plans that they're transitioning and in most cases the plan that the person is going to benefit from is actually lower cost than has more benefits. so it is a real significant distortion to say that people are -- that hundreds of thousands of people are being canceled. what is happening is they are very likely going to get a better plan for less money. >> nonetheless, 100,000 people -- hundreds of thousands of people have had insurance canceled.
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some of them, certainly not all of them. some of them expressed an interest in keeping it. would you support -- should the president support any kind of move? are those in congress and some of them are democrats who say, yes, people who have insurance, they want to keep it and the private market should be allowed to keep it. that's not just republicans pushing that. >> well, and the president himself said that to the extent that his commitment and our commitment that if you liked your plan can you keep it is not possible which is actually about less than 5% of the folks in the individual market, then we are going to work towards making sure they can do that. what we're not going to do is we're not going to allow the republicans embracing the idea that we should stop people from being able to get access to quality affordable health care, we're not going to let new plans be sold like the upton bill would do to allow insurance companies to drop them or deny them coverage for pre-existing conditions, to charge women double just because we're women and, you know, to suggest that we have to do that and create
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two separate tracks that are going to allow people to be discriminated against again and not have good quality health care, that's unacceptable and unacceptable to americans. we're not going backwards. >> and just a yes or no. i've got to run. you believe that democrats will win running on obama care in 2014? >> i think because americans reject the tea party extremism, they want us to focus on creating jobs and working together and because -- >> that's not exactly a -- >> yes. >> all right. thank you so much. i really appreciate your time. thank you. now to the chairman of the republican national committee. mr. chairman, i talked the other day to bob dole, a man some called in his time in '96 too moderate to be president. i asked him about chris christie and here's what he said. >> you know, he has some very liberal views. he'll go to iowa which is, as
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you know, quite conservative. i think the republicans are so anxious to win that the conservatives if he's the nominee are going to hold their nose and vote for him. i mean they're tired of losing. >> so his take at this moment is there's no front-runner and that chris christie is too liberal but nonetheless republicans will accept whoever they get because they're so anxious to win. your comment? >> well, i don't know about that. i certainly respect senator dole a whole lot. but quite frankly, you know, for about a month mitt romney won the iowa caucus and john mccain was the nominee before that. as far as our party only looking at conservatives, look, chris christie is a conservative. i think he's going to do very well in all of his endeavors.
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but the fact is we've got stars all over our party, candy. weav we're going to be the party that is fresh and new in 2016. it's the democrats that are going to be rolling out the same old names that you would expect them to rollout. i love our chances. i love our bench. we're going to have a great primary season come a few years from now. >> well, you know, part of the problem i'm having so many stars is that it has created certainly what looks like a rift in the republican party, certainly a difference of opinion about direction. i want to read to you something that a tea party activist said about what he perceived to be the lack of support for the virginia candidate who is tea party backed candidate. this was reported in politico. he was running around new jersey boosting chris christie instead of helping the guy that barely lost by awe few thousand votes in virginia who was the con
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seventive that and that to me doesn't bode well for how conservatives will be treated moving forward. in other words, there is suspicion inside the republican party or republican leaning people that the party itself, the party mechanism is not friendly to tea party types like cuccinelli who lost the governorship in virginia. >> this is totally ridiculous. the rga and rnc together put $11 million into va va. >> far less than you did last time. >> right. and then four years before that the rnc put in $1.5 million. here's the one thing that i think we need to get straight. in 2009, mccain-palin, much to the chagrin of john mccain had $23 million that they transferred into the rnc. the rga and rnc sat down, i was there, by the way, and they decided to take a larger chunk
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of that transfer from mccain-palin and put it on the television into virginia. the rnc outside of a presidential election is never in the business of buying millions and millions of dollars of ads. so what we decided early on is that we would put together the best possible ground game about $3 million worth into virginia to help turn out. the ground game, obama care came together and closed the gap. i'm really proud of the ground game that we put together in virginia. i know ken is. i know their campaign manager is as well. so the day that the so-called republican establishment puts $11 million into a single governor's race is not enough, i think we're living a crazy world. so, look, we have a lot to pay for on the ground across the country coming into 2014. do i wish the outcome was
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different? of course. obviously, it didn't work that way. and we've got to just keep doing more across the country. >> let me ask you about a few things that turned up in the exit poll that's point to continued problems for republicans. one of them was, let me show you the exit polls and the voting by gender. cuccinelli took 42% of the female vote. mcauliffe 51%. there is a continued problem in tracting female voters. they played that card very well in that virginia race. it was part of your autopsy from the last election that republicans have to do better in attracting women. certainly didn't happen in virginia. what do you advice candidates to do? >> first of all, you can cherry pick all sorts of numbers.
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what happened in new jersey? chris christie won the women vote. you no he what? christie is pro-life. christie is pro traditional marriage. so here you've got two people that are fairly conservative on these same issues and you have two different outcomes. and so, you know, now going back to virginia, candy, actually ken cuccinelli won married women. he won women over 35. we have to speak to, on this number, if you want to break it down, what we're talking about are single women under 35. and in what closed the gap was obama care. but closed the gap was the idea that single women were going to be losing their insurance. and that's what's happening all over the country. debbie wasserman shultz has over 300,000 people in florida not transition letters, these are cancellation letters. can i just -- one thing that is fundamental to this discussion that no one is talking about is what the president promised the american people. and what he promised them wasn't
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misspeaking. what he promised them exactly was this -- he said, and i quote, "any insurance that you currently have would be grandfathered in so you could keep." i could keep my acme insurance, just a high deductible, catastrophic plan. he went into the specifics of the grandfather clause in the legislation and said if you want to keep your catastrophic plan, he didn't equivocate like debbie did in saying that, well, it's a better plan and it might be -- he said if you want to keep your catastrophic plan, you could. and this issue is going to be toxic for the democrats and, believe me, we will tattoo it to their foreheads in 2014. reel one on it and they'll lose because of it. >> chairman, always so many more questions than i have time. please come back and join us again. >> sorry. >> that's all right. when we return, signs that the republican moderates are starting to flex their muscles. our all star panel is next. p! i'm re-workin' the menu.
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joining me around the table, a republican in virginia, brown brownstein, editorial director at the national journal, and hillary rosen, a cnn political commentator. welcome all. so i'm going to give you your chance to pull out one thing
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that tells you everything you need to know about 2013 going into 2014. >> you got the cuccinelli strategy which is the basically communicate with 35 as you he% electorate. hope negative ads get you 15% and you have the christie strategy to suspend a year and a half of communicating with every segment of the lekt rat. i'll take the latter over the former because i wins. i pull out one stat we haven't heard enough this week, chris christie got 22% of the african-american vote. considering how much that community loathes republicans, that's a big deal. >> i want to say, i think the christie win is significant for 2016. it positions him to be a strong candidate for what i call the managerial upscale oriented wing of the party. i think while winning always
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beats losing both sides should be terrified. if you look at the fact that even against a nominee as flawed and absolutist as cuccinelli, terry mcauliffe still lost white voters by 20 points. two-thirds of whites disapprove of the health care law. that suggests that democrats are still not winning this poor argument about the role of government among white voters as does the defeat of the ballot initiative in colorado to raise taxes. but if you're the republicans, you look at the fact that he wins white voters by 20 points in virginia and he still loses by 55,000 vets because they're still giving up 80% of the minority population. i think if you look at that 80% number, they voted to put him over the top. chris christie's phone should be ringing if you're looking at solving that problem. >> well, you know, the other big story, of course, in virginia is women, women, women, consistently bring democrats over the top.
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when you look at chris christie and you try and take that forward, you've got an anti-choice candidate who vetoed planned parenthood funding five times over the course of his governorship. so if you want to keep going, women continue to make a huge difference for democrats. >> more women vote and, you know, there are greater numbers. >> if you look at the exit poll in virginia, terry mcauliffe won 30% of white women without a college education. what the democrats rely on are the college educated white women who he split evenly and the sing the white women. and where the voters are present in big numbers and can be combined with the growing minority population, that are the -- those are the states that moved towards the democrats, colorado, virginia, north carolina and along the coast. and really christie's potential is to deal with both ends of that problem. he also won places like bergen
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county. >> okay. i'm going to not give you a raise your hand question. but i am going to throw this out. do you believe that if chris christie becomes the nominee for the republicans and hilly clinton is the nominee for the democrats that african-american voters will 20% of them will go vote for chris christie and hispanics vote for hillary clinton? >> no. african-americans, young voters, well educated women, single women, they are looking to see not so much if they agree with the candidate on every question. they don't expect. that but they're looking to see if someone is interested and respectful of their opinions. they will tolerate a conservative if you seems to be a conservative who is actually using the gears of his brain to think through problems and not just giving the party line. >> i don't buy that. >> christy has the opportunity to be that kind of candidate. you can't run as this reflexive, ideological person who doesn't even want to hear what the other side thinks. you can run as a conservative
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who is pragmatic. >> there are base lines, particularly for minority voters and women and baseline for inkpent and democratic women is always choice, will be planned parenthood, will be supportive minimum wage. there are a series of issues where chris christie has not been able to approach them. >> i'm going to hold you there. we will be back. next up, the party's double down on the core issues with voters. sounds like 20 sh 14 already started here in washington. hundreds of dollars of savingst on the table by not choosing the right medicare d plan. no one could have left this much money here. whoo-hoo-hoo! yet many seniors who compare medicare d plans realize they can save hundreds of dollars. cvs/pharmacy wants to help you save on medicare expenses. talk to your cvs pharmacist, call, or go to to get your free, personalized plan comparison today. call, go online, or visit your local store today.
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we're back with archer davis, ron brownstein and hillary rosen. whatcheapest ways to campaign is from the house floor. i'm going to list some topics for you. you all pick one and tell me whether it's a political move or there's actual possibility they're going to get legislation. harry reid says he's going to put a minimum wage, raise the
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minimum wage to $10 plus next week. lindsey graham has a bill he's pushing to ban abortions after 20 weeks. immigration, president still pushing and the senate has passed which would ban discrimination in workplaces against gays lesbians in the workplace. which one will end up as law? >> it's interesting. this will be kind of a test for whether the republicans are going to move more towards building a broader majority for congressional elections or not. in the past with ten senate republicans, really the future of the gay rights movement is actually in the republican party. democrats have already been there. so it's one thing that actually if he would -- if speaker would let go off his majority of the
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yesterday former senate republican leader and presidential candidate bob dole was where he has been nearly every single spring and summer saturday. he was at the world war ii monument greeting veterans arriving from honor flights which bring the greatest generation from around the country to see their monument opened nine years ago when mostly were in their 80s. this was the last honor flight of the season. >> i have a bad knee. >> join the club. >> dole was in charge of the raising private funds and getting the world war ii monument built. it's a place that captures time. >> whatever they did, in combat or some place in the rear, they did what they were asked to do.
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>> that's bob dole's mission now and it is across generational effort. always a visitor to walter reed hospital in recent years he spent a lot of time as a patient rehabbing, talking. >> this is a great group. >> getting to know the country's greatest veterans. it took him back to 1945 on a hill in italy where he nearly died and was permanently disabled by german machine gun fire. he remembers his years in the hospital and his long journey home then makes him worry about them now. >> when they're there surrounded by people who are caring for them, nurses, technicians, doctors, i often wondered if they realize what happens when they roll out in their wheelchair and go home if they understand in some cases this is
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what this is forever. it's a shock. >> what would you tell these young vets it was that kept you persevering? >> well, if you think you've got a problem, just look around. i mean, i used to go to pt at walter reed and some of the cases were -- you can't describe the condition these young men and women in some cases were in. >> at the age of 90, bob dole remains a believer in the soul of america. he says he doesn't know how much longer he'll be around but think veterans are in good hands.
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that's what makes america so great. we don't forget those that fought for us. >> certainly bob dole has not. on another subject, if you would like to hear how bob dole feels about ted cruz, chris christie, hillary clinton, go to our website. thank you for joining us. >> this is gps, the global public square. welcome to you around the united states and around the world. we have an important show for you today starting with the failure to reach agreement on a nuclear deal with iran. despite the presence top diplomats in geneva this weekend. why were they unable to make a deal? would it be sellable back home in iran, in the united states, in france? and then an assassination. this ma