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MSNBC 4 Mar 2020

Sen. Doug Jones: Mike Bloomberg Dropping Out 'Extra Boost' For Biden

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Senator Doug Jones (D-AL) reacts to Hallie Jackson after Michael Bloomberg announced he was leaving the race for the Democratic nomination. Jones says that this, along with Mr. Bloomberg's endorsement, will only help former Vice President Biden in his pursuit of the nomination. Aired on 03/04/20.


President Trump responded to Sen. Bernie Sanders dropping out of the presidential election, adding commentary to his strategy to stay on the ballot to collect delegates. The president also made allusions to why former President Obama has not publicly endorsed former Vice President Biden.
COVID-19 has impacted U.S. politics during a crucial presidential election year. CGTN's Elaine Reyes and political journalist Steve Chaggaris discuss how the virus is affecting politics, including Bernie Sanders dropping out of the race.
Former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg will help create a "tracing army" that will help find people infected with the coronavirus and get them into isolation, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Wednesday. (April 22)
NPR correspondent David Folkenflik shares in-depth reporting on Mike Bloomberg's decision to kill an investigation into the wealth of Communist Party elites in China.

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STAND BY IF YOU CAN NEXT TO YOUR CAMERAS FOR A SECOND HERE
CAMERAS FOR A SECOND HERE BECAUSE I WANT TO BRING YOU BACK
BECAUSE I WANT TO BRING YOU BACK TO TALK MORE ABOUT THIS ALONG
TO TALK MORE ABOUT THIS ALONG WITH SOME PANELISTS BUT I WANT
WITH SOME PANELISTS BUT I WANT TO GET IN FIRST SENATOR DOUG
TO GET IN FIRST SENATOR DOUG JONES OF ALABAMA.
JONES OF ALABAMA. HE ENDORSED JOE BIDEN IN THE
HE ENDORSED JOE BIDEN IN THE PRIMARY RACE.
PRIMARY RACE. AND SENATOR THANK YOU FOR BEING
AND SENATOR THANK YOU FOR BEING BACK ON THE SHOW.
BACK ON THE SHOW. I HAVE TO GET YOUR REACTION TO
I HAVE TO GET YOUR REACTION TO THIS BREAKING NEWS THAT’S
THIS BREAKING NEWS THAT’S DEVELOPING IN JUST THE LAST FOUR
DEVELOPING IN JUST THE LAST FOUR MINUTES HERE ON THIS PROGRAM
MINUTES HERE ON THIS PROGRAM WHICH IS MIKE BLOOMBERG OUT.
WHICH IS MIKE BLOOMBERG OUT. AND BACKING THE CANDIDATE THAT
AND BACKING THE CANDIDATE THAT YOU ALSO SUPPORT.
YOU ALSO SUPPORT. >> WELL, IT’S VERY EXCITING.
>> WELL, IT’S VERY EXCITING. I THINK IT IS JUST A
I THINK IT IS JUST A CONTINUATION OF HOW TEAM BIDEN
CONTINUATION OF HOW TEAM BIDEN IS REALLY MAKING THIS RACE ABOUT
IS REALLY MAKING THIS RACE ABOUT ALL AMERICANS RIGHT NOW.
ALL AMERICANS RIGHT NOW. IF YOU LOOK AND SEE WHAT
IF YOU LOOK AND SEE WHAT HAPPENED LAST NIGHT, YOU KNOW,
HAPPENED LAST NIGHT, YOU KNOW, WHEN A CANDIDATE LIKE JOE BIDEN
WHEN A CANDIDATE LIKE JOE BIDEN CAN WIN BOTH TEXAS AND ALABAMA
CAN WIN BOTH TEXAS AND ALABAMA AS WELL AS MASSACHUSETTS, THAT
AS WELL AS MASSACHUSETTS, THAT SAYS AN AWFUL LOT ABOUT HIS
SAYS AN AWFUL LOT ABOUT HIS ABILITY TO BRING PEOPLE TOGETHER
ABILITY TO BRING PEOPLE TOGETHER FROM ALL WALKS OF LIFE, ALL
FROM ALL WALKS OF LIFE, ALL RACES, ALL RELIGIONS.
RACES, ALL RELIGIONS. I THINK MIKE BLOOMBERG
I THINK MIKE BLOOMBERG RECOGNIZES THAT.
RECOGNIZES THAT. I HAVE TO GIVE HIM CREDIT
I HAVE TO GIVE HIM CREDIT ESPECIALLY IN ALABAMA.
ESPECIALLY IN ALABAMA. HE NOT ONLY RAISED HIS PROFILE
HE NOT ONLY RAISED HIS PROFILE BUT RAISED THE PROFILE OF VERY
BUT RAISED THE PROFILE OF VERY IMPORTANT ISSUES THAT ARE
IMPORTANT ISSUES THAT ARE IMPORTANT IN STATES LIKE ALABAMA
IMPORTANT IN STATES LIKE ALABAMA AND OTHERS AND SO THIS IS GOING
AND OTHERS AND SO THIS IS GOING TO BE JUST AN EXTRA BOOST OF
TO BE JUST AN EXTRA BOOST OF WIND AT JOE BIDEN’S BACK.
WIND AT JOE BIDEN’S BACK. >> AND BLOOMBERG WAS JUST IN
>> AND BLOOMBERG WAS JUST IN SELMA OVER THE WEEKEND AS WELL.
SELMA OVER THE WEEKEND AS WELL. >> HE WAS.
>> HE WAS. HE WAS IN SELMA.
HE WAS IN SELMA. HE HAS BEEN AROUND.
HE HAS BEEN AROUND. HE’S BEEN UP ON THE AIR A LOT.
HE’S BEEN UP ON THE AIR A LOT. AGAIN, PEOPLE FORGET EVERYBODY
AGAIN, PEOPLE FORGET EVERYBODY LOOKS AT THIS AS JUST A PRO MIKE
LOOKS AT THIS AS JUST A PRO MIKE BLOOMBERG AD BUT WHAT HE WAS
BLOOMBERG AD BUT WHAT HE WAS REALLY DOING WAS BRINGING HOME
REALLY DOING WAS BRINGING HOME ISSUES, ISSUES THAT AFFECT
ISSUES, ISSUES THAT AFFECT EVERYBODY IN ALABAMA.
EVERYBODY IN ALABAMA. KITCHEN TABLE ISSUES OF HEALTH
KITCHEN TABLE ISSUES OF HEALTH CARE AND JOBS AND WAGES AND
CARE AND JOBS AND WAGES AND THOSE KIND OF THINGS ARE WHAT --
THOSE KIND OF THINGS ARE WHAT -- IT GOT PEOPLE TALKING ABOUT
IT GOT PEOPLE TALKING ABOUT MAYOR MIKE.
MAYOR MIKE. I THINK THAT THAT IS JUST AN
I THINK THAT THAT IS JUST AN IMPORTANT THING TO REMEMBER.
IMPORTANT THING TO REMEMBER. IT’S THE ISSUES THAT HAVE NOW
IT’S THE ISSUES THAT HAVE NOW BEEN ELEVATED AND THOSE ISSUES
BEEN ELEVATED AND THOSE ISSUES PLAY PERFECTLY FOR JOE BIDEN’S
PLAY PERFECTLY FOR JOE BIDEN’S CAMPAIGN.
CAMPAIGN. >> SO WHAT I’M STARTING TO HEAR
>> SO WHAT I’M STARTING TO HEAR FROM YOU, SENATOR, IS THE START
FROM YOU, SENATOR, IS THE START OF WHAT SOUNDS LIKE THE BEAR
OF WHAT SOUNDS LIKE THE BEAR HUG, RIGHT?
HUG, RIGHT? THE BLOOMBERG/BIDEN BEAR HUG
THE BLOOMBERG/BIDEN BEAR HUG MOVING FORWARD HERE.
MOVING FORWARD HERE. WHAT IS THE BEST WAY THEN FOR
WHAT IS THE BEST WAY THEN FOR TEAM BIDEN TO ESSENTIALLY DEPLOY
TEAM BIDEN TO ESSENTIALLY DEPLOY BLOOMBERG’S MASSIVE RESOURCES SO
BLOOMBERG’S MASSIVE RESOURCES SO TO TRY TO HELP HIM WIN AND AS
TO TRY TO HELP HIM WIN AND AS THE BLOOMBERG -- AS THE BIDEN
THE BLOOMBERG -- AS THE BIDEN CAMPAIGN WANTS TO DO, TAKE DOWN
CAMPAIGN WANTS TO DO, TAKE DOWN BERNIE SANDERS?
BERNIE SANDERS? >> WELL, I THINK RIGHT NOW, YOU
>> WELL, I THINK RIGHT NOW, YOU KNOW, MIKE BLOOMBERG STILL HAS
KNOW, MIKE BLOOMBERG STILL HAS PRESENCE IN ANY NUMBER OF STATES
PRESENCE IN ANY NUMBER OF STATES THAT HAVE YET TO VOTE.
THAT HAVE YET TO VOTE. I THINK FLORIDA IS AN IMPORTANT
I THINK FLORIDA IS AN IMPORTANT STATE.
STATE. MIKE BLOOMBERG WAS IN FLORIDA
MIKE BLOOMBERG WAS IN FLORIDA YESTERDAY ON SUPER TUESDAY.
YESTERDAY ON SUPER TUESDAY. FLORIDA IS AN IMPORTANT STATE.
FLORIDA IS AN IMPORTANT STATE. MICHIGAN’S AN IMPORTANT STATE.
MICHIGAN’S AN IMPORTANT STATE. ALL STATES ARE IMPORTANT RIGHT
ALL STATES ARE IMPORTANT RIGHT NOW.
NOW. WE HAVE A WAYS TO GO IN THIS AND
WE HAVE A WAYS TO GO IN THIS AND I THINK THAT THOSE RESOURCES CAN
I THINK THAT THOSE RESOURCES CAN BEST BE UTILIZED IN THE STATES
BEST BE UTILIZED IN THE STATES YET TO COME.
YET TO COME. BUT WE ALSO HAVE TO REMEMBER
BUT WE ALSO HAVE TO REMEMBER THERE’S A LOT -- GOING TO BE A
THERE’S A LOT -- GOING TO BE A LOT OF DOWN-BALLOT RACES THAT’S
LOT OF DOWN-BALLOT RACES THAT’S THE OTHER THING THAT MIKE
THE OTHER THING THAT MIKE BLOOMBERG WAS LOOKING AT WHEN HE
BLOOMBERG WAS LOOKING AT WHEN HE TALKS ABOUT THE CANDIDATE BEST
TALKS ABOUT THE CANDIDATE BEST POSITIONED TO WIN, HE’S TALKING
POSITIONED TO WIN, HE’S TALKING ABOUT THE CANDIDATE BEST
ABOUT THE CANDIDATE BEST POSITIONED TO HELP OTHER
POSITIONED TO HELP OTHER DOWN-BALLOT RACES IN STATES LIKE
DOWN-BALLOT RACES IN STATES LIKE ALABAMA AND IN TEXAS.
ALABAMA AND IN TEXAS. AND ACROSS AMERICAN.
AND ACROSS AMERICAN. AND CLEARLY, I BELIEVE AND HAVE
AND CLEARLY, I BELIEVE AND HAVE ALWAYS BELIEVED SO HAS JOE
ALWAYS BELIEVED SO HAS JOE BIDEN.
BIDEN. >> YOU TALK ABOUT AREAS WHERE
>> YOU TALK ABOUT AREAS WHERE BLOOMBERG CAN HELP.
BLOOMBERG CAN HELP. LISTEN, ONE AREA WHERE JOE BIDEN
LISTEN, ONE AREA WHERE JOE BIDEN ACCORDING TO THE EXIT POLLING
ACCORDING TO THE EXIT POLLING STRUGGLED IS WITH YOUNGER
STRUGGLED IS WITH YOUNGER VOTERS, RIGHT?
VOTERS, RIGHT? BLOOMBERG IS NOT NECESSARILY
BLOOMBERG IS NOT NECESSARILY GOING TO HELP ON THAT FRONT.
GOING TO HELP ON THAT FRONT. HOW MUCH IS THAT A CONCERN FOR
HOW MUCH IS THAT A CONCERN FOR YOU MOVING FORWARD?
YOU MOVING FORWARD? >> I DON’T THINK IT’S A CONCERN
>> I DON’T THINK IT’S A CONCERN AT ALL.
AT ALL. WE WERE TALKING ABOUT THIS JUST
WE WERE TALKING ABOUT THIS JUST LITERALLY AS I WAS COMING IN
LITERALLY AS I WAS COMING IN HERE TO THE STUDIO.
HERE TO THE STUDIO. AND AT LEAST IN SO MANY STATES,
AND AT LEAST IN SO MANY STATES, YOUNGER VOTERS STILL DON’T GET
YOUNGER VOTERS STILL DON’T GET ENGAGED THAT MUCH IN A PRIMARY
ENGAGED THAT MUCH IN A PRIMARY ELECTION.
ELECTION. I THINK THAT THEY -- AS THEY’RE
I THINK THAT THEY -- AS THEY’RE SEEING THIS ELECTION PLAY OUT,
SEEING THIS ELECTION PLAY OUT, THEY’RE GETTING MORE AND MORE
THEY’RE GETTING MORE AND MORE INTERESTED.
INTERESTED. I THINK THE FACT OF THE MATTER
I THINK THE FACT OF THE MATTER IS THAT JOE IS GOING TO DO
IS THAT JOE IS GOING TO DO INCREDIBLY WELL ACROSS ALL
INCREDIBLY WELL ACROSS ALL DEMOGRAPHICS.
DEMOGRAPHICS. HE DOESN’T ALWAYS HAVE TO WIN
HE DOESN’T ALWAYS HAVE TO WIN THE YOUNGER VOTERS RIGHT NOW BUT
THE YOUNGER VOTERS RIGHT NOW BUT HE WILL WIN THEM IN NOVEMBER.
HE WILL WIN THEM IN NOVEMBER. THERE IS NO QUESTION IN MY MIND
THERE IS NO QUESTION IN MY MIND ABOUT THAT.
ABOUT THAT. HE’S GOING TO WIN THEM IN
HE’S GOING TO WIN THEM IN NOVEMBER AND THAT’S WHY I THINK
NOVEMBER AND THAT’S WHY I THINK HE HAS THE BEST OPPORTUNITY TO
HE HAS THE BEST OPPORTUNITY TO TAKE THE YOUNGER VOTERS AND
TAKE THE YOUNGER VOTERS AND COMBINE THEM WITH ALL OF THE
COMBINE THEM WITH ALL OF THE VOTERS LIKE ME AND OTHERS ACROSS
VOTERS LIKE ME AND OTHERS ACROSS THIS COUNTRY TO WIN IN NOVEMBER.
THIS COUNTRY TO WIN IN NOVEMBER. >> WHEN YOU TALK ABOUT
>> WHEN YOU TALK ABOUT DOWN-BALLOT RACES I CAN’T HELP
DOWN-BALLOT RACES I CAN’T HELP BUT THINK OF YOUR OWN RACE
BUT THINK OF YOUR OWN RACE THAT’S UP HERE AND WHAT WE SAW
THAT’S UP HERE AND WHAT WE SAW OVERNIGHT.
OVERNIGHT. YOU’RE GOING UP AGAINST SOMEBODY
YOU’RE GOING UP AGAINST SOMEBODY OBVIOUSLY COME NOVEMBER.
OBVIOUSLY COME NOVEMBER. DO YOU HAVE A PREFERENCE, WHICH
DO YOU HAVE A PREFERENCE, WHICH OF THE TWO CANDIDATES WOULD YOU
OF THE TWO CANDIDATES WOULD YOU PREFER TO GO UP AGAINST?
PREFER TO GO UP AGAINST? >> YOU KNOW, WE’RE SEEING THE
>> YOU KNOW, WE’RE SEEING THE UGLY DIVISIVE PRIMARY THAT
UGLY DIVISIVE PRIMARY THAT DOESN’T REFLECT WHO ALABAMA IS.
DOESN’T REFLECT WHO ALABAMA IS. ON THE ONE HAND, YOU HAVE JEFF
ON THE ONE HAND, YOU HAVE JEFF SESSIONS WHO IS REALLY A
SESSIONS WHO IS REALLY A DIVISIVE FIGURE IN ALABAMA AS
DIVISIVE FIGURE IN ALABAMA AS WELL AS THE COUNTRY.
WELL AS THE COUNTRY. ON THE OTHER HAND, YOU HAVE
ON THE OTHER HAND, YOU HAVE TOMMY TUBERVILLE, AN EXTREME
TOMMY TUBERVILLE, AN EXTREME FIGURE THE WAY HE’S RUN HIS
FIGURE THE WAY HE’S RUN HIS CAMPAIGN.
CAMPAIGN. DIVISIVENESS VERSUS EXTREMISM,
DIVISIVENESS VERSUS EXTREMISM, LOOK WE’RE READY TO RUN AGAINST
LOOK WE’RE READY TO RUN AGAINST ANYBODY THAT THEY WANT TO THROW
ANYBODY THAT THEY WANT TO THROW AT US BECAUSE WE HAVE BASICALLY
AT US BECAUSE WE HAVE BASICALLY DONE THINGS FOR ONE ALABAMA, FOR
DONE THINGS FOR ONE ALABAMA, FOR EVERY PERSON IN THIS STATE, FROM

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