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MetroFocus: February 27, 2020

We will take a look at which Democratic candidates are likely to still be in the race after the upcoming South Carolina and Super Tuesday primaries. Also, we’ll examine how President Trump is handling the coronavirus threat.

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>>> TONIGHT ON A SPECIAL EDITION

OF "METROFOCUS" IS THERE ANY

STOPPING THE BURN?

AND ESTABLISHMENT DEMOCRATS ARE

SOUNDING THE ALARM.

CAN SANDERS BRAND OF DEMOCRATIC

SOCIALISM SELL IN THE SOUTH?

OR WILL VICE PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN

TURN OUT THE VOTE?

AND WITH A THIRD OF THE

DELEGATES UP FOR GRABS, WILL

MAYOR BLOOMBERG'S STRATEGY

FINALLY PAY OFF.

THOSE STORIES AND MORE AS

"METROFOCUS" STARTS RIGHT NOW.

>> Announcer: THIS IS

"METROFOLKETS" WITH JENNA

FLANAGAN AND METRO FOCUS AND SUE

AND EDGER WALKENHIEM III,

BERNARD AND AILEEN SCHWARTZ.

>>> GOOD EVENING AND WELCOME TO

THE SPECIAL EDITION OF

"METROFOCUS" AND NEXT WEEK.

SENATOR FROM VERMONT IMPEDED AND

SOMETIMES CHAOTIC DEMOCRATIC

DEBATE ON TUESDAY AND IF THERE

WAS ANY QUESTION BEFORE THERE,

IS NOT ONE NOW.

THE SELF-DESCRIBED DEMOCRATIC

SOCIALIST IS INDEED THE

FRONTRUNNER.

MEANWHILE, OUTSIDE THE NATION'S

CAPITOL PT WILL BE RALLYING HIS

TROOPS.

A GATHERING THE PRESIDENT HAS

APPEARED AT EVERY YEAR SINCE HE

TOOK OFFICE.

TO DO THAT, WE'RE DELIGHTED TO

HAVE TWO OF OUR FAVORITE GUESTS

TO DISCUSS THE STATE OF THE

RACE.

POLITICAL COLUMNONISTS, AMY

HOLMS AND COMMENTATOR.

ALWAYS A PLEASURE TO HAVE YOU

TWO HERE.

SO, WE HAVE A WHOLE LOT TO GET

TO.

ONE OF THE INTERESTING COMMENTS

WAS SENATOR SANDERS SAYING A LOT

FROM THE OTHER PEOPLE ON THE

STAGE.

WHAT DOES THAT MEAN?

>> HE WAS THE FRONTRUNNER.

WHEN YOU'RE RUNNING FOR

PRESIDENT, YOU HAVE A CHOICE AND

YOU HAVE TO DO THE BEATING UP

AND CAUSE ENOUGH OF A RUCKUS

THEY PAY ATTENTION TO YOU AND IT

LIGHTS UP.

THE FRONTRUNNER ROAD IS BETTER.

WHEN THEY'RE NOT THE

FRONTRUNNER, I'M OKAY.

I'M IN THE HUNT.

I'M NOT THE HUNTED.

>> YOU WANT TO TRADE PLACES?

HOW ABOUT THAT?

WERE YOU SURPRISED AT ALL ON THE

ATTACKS, INCLUDING SENATOR

WARREN DIRECTED AT SENATOR

SANDERS?

>> I WASN'T SURPRISED BUT I HAVE

TO TELL YOU I WAS EXHAUSTED

AFTER THOSE TWO HOURS.

I WATCHED SO OUR VIEWERS AT HOME

DIDN'T HAVE TO.

IT WAS WEIRDLY TOO PERSONAL AND

TOO VAGUE.

IT WAS SUCH A PILE ON AND I

THINK THE CANDIDATES FORGOT

THERE WERE VIEWERS AT HOME

WATCHING, WANTING TO SEE COULD

THEY HAVE A VIRAL MOMENT BUT

WHAT WAS THEIR PITCH FOR THEIR

OWN CANDIDACY?

IF THEY WERE COMPETING FOR THE

LEAST APPEALING CANDIDATE, I'D

HAVE TO SAY A SEVEN-WAY TIE.

>> LET ME TALK ABOUT SPECIFICS.

JOE BIDEN.

HE DID WELL.

THIS WAS MAYBE HIS BEST

PERFORMANCE.

LOOKS LIKE HE'S GOING TO WIN IN

SOUTH CAROLINA.

IS HE OLD?

YES.

THE SAME JOE BIDEN WAS TEN YEARS

AGO?

MAYBE NOT.

BUT AS WE SIT HERE NOW, HE IS

THE MOST PLAUSIBLE NONBURN BURN

CANDIDATE ON THE STAGE.

I THINK HE DID.

HE SUGGESTED 150 MILLION

AMAIRCAMA

AMERICANS DIED FROM GUN

VIOLENCE.

THAT WOULD BE HALF OUR

POPULATION.

BUT I THINK HE DID QUELL GROWING

CONCERN ABOUT HIS ENERGY, HIS

ABILITY TO FOCUS.

ONLY EARLIER THIS WEEK SAID HE

WAS RUNNING FOR THE UNITED

STATES SENATE AND THEN SAID HE

WAS THROWN INTO JAIL HELPING

NELSON MANDELA.

BUT THEY SAW SOMEBODY THAT COULD

HANDLE HIMSELF.

>> AND THE FACT THE PRESIDENT

AND AMY ARE BOTH POUNDING ON HIM

SUGGESTS HE'S THE STRONGEST

CANDIDATE AGAINST DONALD TRUMP,

WHICH IS HIS KEY ARGUMENT .

MAYOR BLOOMBERG?

>> LESS UNLIKABLE THAN LAST

WEEK.

LAST WEEK HE WAS EVISCERATED.

SENATOR ELIZABETH WARREN STUCK A

KNIFE IN WHEN SHE SUGGESTED

HEEDS -- NEEDED TO REMOVE THE

WOMEN FROM NDAs.

IT'S CLEARLY NOT WHERE HE SHINES

AND I HEARD A CAMPAIGN AD COMING

OVER HERE AND I THOUGHT HE HAD A

PRETTY GOOD LINE.

HE'S NOT GREAT AT DEBATSZ, NOT

DEBATER BUT HE'S A DOER.

>> AND WE'VE HEARD THAT FROM

INSIDE HIS OWN GROUP.

BUT YOU CAN BE PREPARED FOR

CERTAIN -- THIS IS GOING TO

COME -- THIS IS -- HOW YOU DO

DEAL WITH THE PROBLEM?

HE DIDN'T SEEM TO BE IN A

POSITION TO TAKE ADVANTAGE.

>> HE CERTAINLY SET THE BARLOW

ENOUGH THE FIRST WEEK SO -- IT'S

FUNNY BECAUSE PEOPLE WHOOL ARE

COMFORTABLE WITH IT AND THE

THREE OF US ARE NATURAL AND A

LOT OF US AREN'T.

I HAVE TO TELL YOU IT'S HARD TO

TEACH SOMEONE TO DO THAT WELL

AND ME, I GREW UP IN A BIG LOUD

FAMILY WHERE WINE WAS SERVED.

S

SO, IT CAME NATURALLY.

>> MAYOR BLOOMBERG IS A

THREE-TERM MAYOR IN THE MOST

POPULAR CITY IN AMERICA WITH AN

ECONOMY LARGER THAN MANY

COUNTRIES.

I DON'T THINK THAT TRANSLATES TO

BEING GREAT AS PRESIDENT OF THE

UNITED STATES .

HE KNEW --

>> I LIKE THAT HE HAS A SENSE OF

HUMOR ABOUT IT.

AND TO BE FAIR WE'RE NOT

ELECTING HIM TO BE A GREAT

DEBATER.

AS MAYOR, HE WAS NEVER A GREAT

SPEAKER.

>> AS YOU GUYS KNOW PRESIDENTS

HAVE PASSED ON DEBATES.

I THINK HE COULD LEAN ON THE

FACT I'M NOT GREAT AT IT.

I HAVE A CAMPAIGN BUTTON IDEA

FOR HIM, I LIKE MIKE QUESTION

MARK.

>> I LIKED ONE OF THE WRAP-UP

QUESTIONS THEY DID WHERE THEY

WERE ASKED ABOUT MISPERSEPGSZ.

AND WHEN THEY ASKED SENATOR

SANDERS THAT, WHAT IS THE

MISPERCEPTION YOU THINK YOU'D

LIKE THE ADDRESS OUT THERE?

>> HE GAVE A JOBS INTERVIEW.

>> LET'S HAVE A LOOK AT WHAT HE

HAD TO SAY THERE.

>> MISCONCEPTION AND YOU'RE

HEARING IT HERE TONIGHT IS THE

IDEA OF SOME TALKING ABOUT A

RADICAL.

THEY'RE NOT, IN ONE FORM OR

ANOTHER, THEY EXIST IN COUNTRIES

ALL OVER THE WORLD.

HEALTH CARE IS A HUMAN RIGHT.

WE HAVE THE NECESSITY, THE MORAL

IMPERATIVE TO ADDRESS THE

EXISTENTIAL THREAT OF CLIMATE

CHANGE.

UT

OTHER COUNTRIES ARE DOING THAT.

WE DON'T NEED MORE PEOPLE IN

JAIL, DISPROPORTIONATELY,

AFRICAN-AMERICAN THAN ANY OTHER

COUNTRY ON EARTH.

NOT A RADICAL IDEA.

>> YOU KNOW, CHANGE IS ABHORRENT

IN SOME WAY SHAPE OR FORM.

WHAT ABOUT HIM SAYING IT'S NOT

RADICAL?

>> MAYBE ONE OF HIS BEST ANSWERS

OF THE CAMPAIGN.

IT REMINDS PEOPLE ANYTIME YOU'RE

TALKING ABOUT CHANGE, THERE IS

ALWAYS RESISTANCE AND IT'S TRUE

OF SO MANY OF THE THINGS WE

TREASURE IN AMERICA FROM SOCIAL

SECURITY TO CIVIL RIGHTS TO GAY

MARRIAGE, ALL OF THESE THINGS

THAT AT FIRST SEEMED TOUGH, IT'S

WORTH REMEMBERING EVERY OTHER

COUNTRY IN THIS WORLD IS AGE TO

PROVIDE UNIVERSAL HEALTH CARE TO

THEIR COUNTRY, WHY CAN'T WE?

>> YOU'RE CONFLATED UNIVERSAL

HEALTH CARE WITH MEDICARE FOR

ALL WHICH IS SINGLE PAYER AND

WOULD RAISE TAXES, SOME SAY, UP

TO 37% FOR MIDDLE CLASS

FAMILIES.

WHEN YOU'RE ASKED WHAT IS YOUR

GREATEST WEAKNESS AND YOU SAY

THAT I'M A WORKAHOLIC.

HE WAS ASKED WHAT IS THE

MISCONCEPTION ABOUT YOU, NOT

YOUR IDEAS.

AGAIN IT STAYED ON MESSAGE,

WHICH HE DID FAIRLY WELL IN THE

DEBATE.

BUT IT DIDN'T TELL US VERY MUCH

ABOUT BERNIE SANDERS, OTHER THAN

HE'S VERY LOGICAL.

>> DO THESE REALLY HAVE ANY

SUBSTANTIVE VALUE ANYMORE OR

HAVE THEY MERELY BECOME THEATER?

>> WERE THEY EVER NOT THEATER?

>> A LOT OF PEOPLE SAY NIXON,

KENNEDY.

ASKING SUBSTANTIVE QUESTIONS

ABOUT POLICY.

YOU DIDN'T SEE AS MUCH OF HE'S

AN IDIOT, NO, HE'S BIGGER IDIOT

THAN I AM KIND OF THING.

>> AND PEOPLE WHO WATCHED

TELEVISION THOUGHT KENNEDY DID.

HE IMPACTED THE CAMERA.

THIS IS NOT THEIR FIRST TIME IN

FRONT OF A CAMERA.

IT ACTUALLY IS IMPORTANT AS

PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES

TO COMMAND THE AUDIENCE FROM THE

OVAL OFFICES.

>> THE SUBSTANCE AND TRY

CONTACTS SUBSTANTIVELY.

WE SAW A HOT OF SHIPPING THE

COMPETITOR.

>> I'M AN OUT LIAR ON THIS.

I LIKE POLITICAL THEATER.

AND THESE ARE GREAT POLITICAL

THEATER.

>> THEY ARE.

>> YOU CAN'T DISAGREE WITH THE

FACT THEY'RE THEATER.

>> IT'S ONE OF THE FEW TIMES WE

SEE THEM OPERATING IN REAL TIME

WITHOUT THEIR AIDS AND WITHOUT

PRESS RELEASES.

IT DOESN'T NECESSARILY TELL US

THEY'D BE A GREAT PRESIDENT IN A

CRISIS.

IT'S A CHARACTER STUDY A LITTLE

BIT.

OF COURSE THERE HAVE BEEN

SEVERAL TIMES THIS ROUNDS OF

DEBATE THAT SEVERAL CANDIDATES,

AGGRESSIVE AND PEOPLE JUDGE THAT

AND SAY I DON'T NECESSARILY LIKE

THE WAY YOU BEAT UP ON JOE

BIDEN.

>> I WAS GOING TO DRAW A

DIFFERENT CONCLUSION, WHICH IS

WHEN KAMALA HARRIS BEAT UP ON

JOE BIDEN, HER POLLING WENT UP

AND SHE GOT BUMP IN CAMPAIGN

DONATIONS BUT WHERE IS SHE NOW?

SHE'S DROPPED OUT OF THE RACE.

ELIZABETH WARREN?

DIDN'T WORK.

I'M NOT SO SURE THESE VIRAL

MOMENTS ACTUALLY SERVE THE

CANDIDATES LONG TERM.

.

>> HOW ABOUT THIS?

WE HEARD THE DEMOCRATS BEFORE

THIS WHOLE PROCESS AND THE TEN

DEBATES.

WE HEARD PLEDGES SAYING WHAT'S

IMPORTANT TO US IS TO TAKE BACK

THE WHITE HOUSE.

WE'RE GOING TO PLAY -- WE'RE NOT

GOING TO PERSONALLY ATTACK EACH

OTHER ANYMORE.

>> COME ON.

COME ON.

HERE'S THE BOTTOM LINE.

IF I'M INVOLVED IN THE TRUMP

CAMPAIGN, I'M PULLING BITES

WHERE ONE SAYS YOU WON'T BE A

GOOD PRESIDENT, I WILL.

AND WHO IS RUNNING, I'M SAYING

EVEN FELLOW DEMOCRATS SAID THAT

WOULD NOT BE A GOOD PRES

PRESIDENT WHY WOULD YOU VOTE FOR

THEM.

IT FEELS LIKE.

MORE BODIES?

>> AND HAVE YOU SEEN HOW UGLY IT

GOT ON THE REPUBLICAN SIDE?

>> AND TRUMP HAS BEEN SAYING

STUFF THAT WORKED PRETTY WELL.

HALF A DOZEN CORONAVIRUS CASES

AND THERE'S A LOT HE SAID THAT'S

GOING TO COME BACK TO HAUNT.

>> YOU DON'T AGREE WITH DAVE?

>> I LOVE -- AND --

>> I THINK HE'S CALLING YOU OLD.

>> HE IS.

THE THING ABOUT BEING OLD IS YOU

CAN EMBRACE YOUR NOSTALGIA.

THIS IS PUBLIC TELEVISION PPT

>> AND IT'S THE YEAR 2020.

IT BEHOOVES ALL OF THESE PEOPLE

TO LEARN THESE NEW FORMATS.

FIGURE OUT HOW TO SHINE.

HOW AGGRESSIVE SHOULD YOU BE?

TO ME, AS A FAN OF POLITICAL

THEATER, IT'S NOT THE SAME.

>> AND LOOKING FOR THE MOMENTS

TO SHINE TOO, CONNECT TO THE

PEOPLE WHO ARE WATCHING.

I FELT LIKE THEY'RE SO FOCUSSED

ON OEACH OTHER AND THE MODERATOS

THAT THEY'RE FORGETTING THERE

ARE PEOPLE AT HOME WHO WANT THEM

TO REACH IN THE SCREEN AND TALK

WITH THEM.

>> AND PEOPLE WILL TELL YOU AND

THERE WERE PEOPLE RIGHT BEFORE

THIS SAYING WHAT DO YOU WANT AND

THEIR RESPONSE IS I WANT THEM TO

TELL ME WHAT THEY WANT TO DO IF

THEY'RE PRESIDENT.

HOW WILL THEY PAY FOR IT AND YOU

SEE PEOPLE BEING DISAPPOINTED

SAYING I DIDN'T GET THAT.

>> AND THEY ALL HAVE THE

OPPORTUNITY TO RUN ATTACK ADS.

SO, THEY CAN PLAY NICY ON THE

STAGE AND TURN --

>> WE GOT A LOT MORE COMING UP.

SO, LET'S START WITH SOUTH

CAROLINA.

PRIMARY ON SATURDAY.

JOE BIDEN HAS SAID ALL ALONG

BASICALLY IT'S HIS STATE.

IS THIS THE LAST GREAT BATTLE?

>> IF HE DOESN'T HAVE A VICTORY

AND DOESN'T HAVE A COMMANDING

VICTORY, HE'S FINISHED.

BUT AS WE SIT HERE NOW, LOOKS

LIKE HE'S LIKELY TO DO PRETTY

WELL.

BERNIE SANDERS HAS LEFT THE

STATES.

THE POLLING IS SUGGESTING A

DOUBLE DIGIT WIN.

IF IT HAPPENS, IT COULD VERY

WELL LAUNCH HIM INTO SUPER

TUESDAY.

>> I THINK ANOTHER INTERESTING

THING WE'RE SEEING WITH SOUTH

CAROLINA IS HOW WELL TOM STEYER

IS DOING.

HE'S SPENT ALL OF HIS TIME AND

RESOURCES IN SOUTH CAROLINA

SPEAKING TO VOTERS AND IT

SUGGESTS AFRICAN-AMERICAN VOTERS

IN SOUTH CAROLINA, 60% OF THE

DEMOCRATIC PRIMARY VOTERS, THEIR

VOTES ARE UP FOR GRABS AND IT'S

NOT OBVIOUS, NECESSARILY THEY'RE

GOING TO WANT TO GO WITH THE

ESTABLISHMENT CANDIDATE AS

OVERWHELMINGLY AS THEY DID, SAY,

A YEAR AGO.

>> HOW ABOUT SUPER TUESDAY AND

LET'S TALK ABOUT MAYOR

BLOOMBERG.

YOU CAN MAKE AN ANALOGY OF HE'S

RUR IN THE MIDSH OF A

HEAVYWEIGHT FIGHT AND HIS

TRAINERS HAVE SAID THIS BOB AND

WEAVE DON'T LET HIM PUT A GLOVE

ON YOU.

AND THAT'S KIND OF -- IS THAT A

FAIR ANALOGY FOR WHAT MAYOR

BLOOMBERG IS LOOKING FOR FOR

SUPER TUESDAY, THAT THIS IS HIS

ARMAGEDDON?

>> MAYOR JEGIULIANI DID AND IT

DIDN'T WORK OUT VERY WELL.

HE BOMBED IN FLORIDA.

>> WITHOUT ANY MONEY, IT'S NEVER

GOING IT WORK.

LISTEN, IT MAY WELL NOT WORK.

THERE ARE FOUR CANDIDATE WHOSE

ARE RELEVANT.

THE REST OF THEM OUGHT TO LEAVE,

AS FAR AS I'M CONCERNED.

MICHAEL BLOOMBERG HAS A FIELD.

PUT A GUN AT MY HEAD AND ASK ME

TO GAUGE ITS LIKELIHOOD TO

SUCC

SUCCESS,IT PROBABLY WON'T BUT I

GIVE HIM CREDIT TO IT COULD

WORK.

>> $400 MILLION LATER WE'LL

TESTS THE THEORY.

IT'S BEEN PARTICULARLY FOCUSING

ON CALIFORNIA WITH A RICH

DELEGATE POOL THERE.

BUT HE'S NOT EVEN MAKING THE 15%

THRE

TH

THRESHOLD TO GET ONE CANDIDATE.

I GUESS HE'S HOPING HE'LL

FRACTURE THE FIELD AND THEY'LL

GO INTO THE CONVENTION --

>> IT'S ONE THING TO SAY 15

MILLIO

MILLION WATCHED THE DEBATE.

>> REMEMBER MONEY AND POLITICS,

OF COURSE IT'S VALUABLE AND MAKE

AS DETERMINATION ON THE

MARGINS -- YOU CAN'T BUY AN

ELECTION.

>> HOW DOES THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY

GET PEOPLE OUT?

THEY MIGHT SAY IF WE WANT TO

ATTRACT THE MODERATE VOTES TO

JOE BIDEN OR MAYOR BLOOMBERG,

WHAT DO WE DO WITH SENATOR

KLOBUCHAR?

HOW DOES THAT HAPPEN?

DOES SOMEBODY GO TO THEM AND

SAY, LOOK, YOU'VE FOUGHT A GOOD

FIGHT, IT'S TIME TO GET OUT.

DOES SOMETHING HAVE TO BE

OFFERED?

>> YOU CAN'T OFFER SOMETHING

THAT CLEARLY.

THE PIECES AREN'T GOING TO BE

VERY LARGE AND THE ONLY WAY YOU

HAVE A STRONG FRONTRUNNER AND A

FW

BUNCH OF OTHER PEOPLE DIVYING UP

WHAT'S LEFT, I THINK IT COMES

FROM PRESSURE AND WHOEVER IS

RUNNING OUT OF MONEY AND SOME

MAY JUST SAY NO.

>> YOU CAN'T UNDERESTIMATE EGOS.

>> AND THAT'S FINE.

BUT AT SOME POINT IN TIME WHEN

THEY SAY I WANT TO STAY IN AND

FIGHT, WHAT CAN THEY DO?

>> YOU WOULD BE ON THE TICKET IF

YOU BOW OUT NOW.

SO, YOUR SUPPORT BEHIND WHOMEVER

IS THE FRONTED FRONTRUNNER, YOU

DO BACK ROOM DEALS.

WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE AS A

CABINET?

>> SECRETARY OF SOMETHING.

>> ELIZABETH WARREN, SECRETARY

OF EDUCATION F YOU LIKE THAT.

AND FOR THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY TO

TALK TO SOME OF THE CANDIDATES,

IF YOU WANT A FUTURE IN THIS

PARTY AND US TO SUPPORT YOU IN

YOUR POLITICAL AMBATIONS, THEN

YOU'RE GOING TO PLAY BALL WITH

WHAT WE NEED YOU TO DO.

>> WHO ON THAT STAGE DO YOU

THINK PRESIDENT TRUMP WOULD MOST

BE CONCERNED ABOUT IF THAT

PERSON WAS GOING TO BE THE

DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATE?

>> I GET THE IMPRESSION MAYOR

BLOOMBERG.

YOU SAY MAYOR BLOOMBERG IS

WILLING TO GET IN THE GUTTER

WITH TRUMP, WITH THE PERSONAL

JIVES.

HE RAN AN AD A COUPLE OF WEEKS

AGO SHOWING PRESIDENT TRUMP

GOLFING AND INSINUE WAITING

TRUMP IS FAT, OVERWEIGHT AND

CHEATS AT GOLFING.

I THINK PRESIDENT TRUMP SEES

MIKE BLOOMBERG AS -- WHEN WE

WERE BOTH BIG BILLIONAIRES IN

NEW YORK CITY, WHAT ARE YOU

DOING CALLING ME NAMES?

YOU'RE THE GUY THAT USED TO GOLF

WITH ME.

I THINK AT AN EGO PERSONAL LEVEL

MIKE BLOOMBERG RATTLES TRUMP.

>> I DON'T KNOW THAT MIKE AND

TRUMP WERE REAL BUD AIDES BUT

IT'S CLEAR WHAT THEY THINK.

THEY WANT TO RUN AGAINST BERNIE

SANDERS.

>> THAT'S WHO THEY FEAR THE

LEAST.

>> HE THEY WANT TO RUN AGAINST.

AND IF -- I THINK THEY MIGHT BE

MORE SCARED OF BIDE NL.

IN STATES LIKE PENNSYLVANIA AND

MICHIGAN AND WISCONSIN, THAT HE

KICKS THE PRESIDENT'S BUT WITH

THOSE VOTERS AND I THINK THEY

UNDERSTAND IN THE ENDS THAT'S

LIKELY WHERE THIS RACE IS GOING

TO BE.

HOY ABOUT NAT ARGUMENT TO THE

DEMOCRATIC PRIMARY VOTERS THAT

SAYS THE PRESIDENT WOULD LOVE TO

RUN AGAINST BERNIE SANDERS?

IS THAT SETTING UP FLAGS?

>> DOESN'T APPEAR TO BE GIVEN

THE FACT BERNIE SANDERS IS DOING

SO WELL AND CONSIDERED THE

FRONTRUNNER.

I'M NOT SURE VOTERS NECESSARILY

LOOK AT ELECTABILITY.

I THINK THEY LOOK AT DO I WANT

THIS PERSON COMMANDER AND CHIEF.

DO THEY HAVE THE ENERGY, DRIVE,

C

CONNECTION, FOCUS TO BE THE

PERSON I WANT TO SEE RUNNING THE

COUNTRY.

I THINK BERNIE SANDERS, HE'S

CASE AND POINT.

>> ELECTABILITY IS AN ISSUE.

THE ONE THING I CARE ABOUT IS

BEATING DONALD TRUMP.

I'D HAPPILY SUPPORT ANY OF THEM.

BUT YOU GHOE BEST WAY TO PROVE

YOUR ELECTABILITY?

WIN SOME STUFF.

UNTIL THAT CHANGES -- IT'S ONE

THING TO SAY YOU HAD YOUR

CHANCE.

>> AND CONGRESSMAN JIM CLYBURN

ENDORSED JOE BIDEN.

HERE'S THE THING.

IN MAKING HIS CASES.

I DON'T WANT TO SAY BERNIE

SANDERS IS UNELECTABLE.

HE SAID SOCIALISM DOES NOT FLY

WITH A LOT OF SOUTH CAROLINA

VOTERS.

NOT JUST -- BUT ARE THESE IDEAS

CONNECTING WITH VOTERS?

AND HE SAYS NO.

>> WE SAW THE PRESIDENT AT A

PRESS CONFERENCE YESTERDAY AND

TALKING ABOUT THE CORONAVIRUS.

NOW, ONE OF THE THINGS YOU LOOK

FOR IN A PRESIDENT AND SOME SAY

NUMBER ONE, THE ABILITY TO

PROTECT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE.EEN

THE PRESIDENT SAYING HE COULD BE

DOWN PLAYING IT.

HOW DO YOU THINK ABOUT HOW HE'S

HANDLING THIS?

THE POLITICAL UMBRELLA --

>> THE PRESIDENT ACTS LIKE IT'S

NOT A PROBLEM.

THE EXPERTS HE BRINGS ON TO THE

STAGE DON'T CONTRADILCT HIM AND

SAY NO.

IT'S NOT GOING TO GO FROM 15

CASES TO FIVE.

IT'S GOING TO SHOOT UP.

AND I THINK THE RECEPTION THAT

VICE PRESIDENT PENCE HAS

RECEIVED IS THE MAIN

QUARTERBACKING.

THIS IS A GUY WHO LITERALLY DOES

NOT BELIEVE IN SCIENCE.

DO YOU WANT A PERSON WHO

BELIEVES CIGARETTES DON'T CAUSE

CANCER, WHO IS AGAINST CLEAN

NEEDLES FOR ADDICTS, WHO

QUESTIONS STRAIGHT DOWN THE LINE

CLIMATE CHANGE?

I DON'T THINK IT'S WORKING OUT

VERY WELL.

>> I THINK THERE'S A DISCONNECT

WI

BETWEEN WHAT PRESIDENT TRUMP HAS

ACTUALLY DONE AND WHAT HE'S SAY

THAG PUBLIC.

FROM WUHAN, CHINA, GROUND ZERO

FOR CORONAVIRUS.

AND FINGERS CROSSED, KNOCK ON

METAL, BEEN SUCCESSFUL AS FAR AS

ON-THE-GROUND APPROACH TO THIS.

ON THE ONE HAND, YOU WANT THE

PUBLIC TO BE READY.

YOU WANT HEALTH AUTHORITIES TO

BE READY.

BUT YOU DON'T WANT TO CAUSE A

PANIC THAT COULD HURT THE

COUNTRY AND HIM POLITICALLY.

I DON'T THINK HIS MESSAGES HAS

BEEN CLEAR BUT I THINK HIS

APPROACH TO IT, SO FAR, AGAIN

FINGERS CROSSED, HAS KEPT A LOT

OF AMERICANS SAFE.

>> I GOT UP THIS MORNING AND

SAID IT'S GOING TO BE A GOOD

DAFRT.

I GET TO WAKE UP AND TALK TO

KENNY AND ALICE.

>> THANK YOU.

>> AND THANKS ALL OF YOU FOR

JOINING US.

V

HAVE A GOOD NIGHT.

>> "METROFOCUS" IS BROUGHT TO

YOU BY BARBARA HOPE ZUCKERBERG

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