Clyburn on his endorsement of Hillary Clinton: "She has all that I think is required to make a very good president"
February 19th, 2016
05:57 PM ET

Clyburn on his endorsement of Hillary Clinton: "She has all that I think is required to make a very good president"

Today on The Lead with Jake Tapper, Congressman James Clyburn (D-SC), joined the program, to discuss his recent endorsement of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for president.  Please see below for a full rushed transcript.

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CNN Politics Story: South Carolina Rep. Jim Clyburn endorses Clinton

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Clyburn on why he chose to endorse in this election cycle: “And when South Carolina was granted a position in the pre-primary window, I promised them that I would not do anything that would jeopardize the credibility of the primary.  And one of the things they asked me to do is to be very careful about getting involved in one campaign or the other. So I swore off getting involved in anybody's campaign to keep from jeopardizing that primary.  This year I held off as long as I have held off simply because I did not want to get out too far in front of the primary day. But I decided after talking to family and friends last week that I held off long enough, and I talked to Jamie Harrison, the chair of the party, and he assured me that he did not think it would be harmful for me to do it today and so that's why we did it today.”

Clyburn on why he endorsed Clinton: “Well, I'll be glad to tell them exactly why I selected senator - Secretary Hillary Clinton over Senator Barry (sic) Sanders… And when you add up everything, taking a look at the resumes, a look at the set of experiences, it was just clear to me that where we are in the country today, that Hillary Clinton as a former first lady of the country for eight years, secretary of state for four years, first lady of a state coming out of law school, coming to the South, working among those of us who were trying to find various - mount challenges to the system.  She has all that I think is required to make a very good president… So both candidates bring strengths - would bring strengths to the ticket.  I just think that our chances to be successful are greater with Hillary Clinton, by far.”

Clyburn on Clinton’s relationship with younger voters: “Now, I will tell that to young people, because most of them may not be familiar with that history.  They know what their parents went through, but they may not know that Hillary Clinton was standing side by side with their parents.”


February 3rd, 2016
06:13 PM ET

Bush on Trump's performance in Iowa: "Donald Trump lost. And he'd better get used to it."

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Today on The Lead with Jake Tapper, former Governor Jeb Bush (R-FL), GOP presidential candidate, joined the program, to discuss the New Hampshire Primary and his GOP presidential rivals.  Please see below for a full rushed transcript.

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Bush on Trump: “Well, what I first make of it is that Donald Trump lost.  And he'd better get used to it, because it may happen more often than once.  He lost.  He talks about how he's going to win everything.  He didn't win this one.  And Ted Cruz gets credit for winning the Iowa Caucuses. But now the reset button has been pushed.  We're in New Hampshire now.  And look, I just think it's more important to focus on what - what people in the Granite State care about right now. And what they care about is someone with detailed plans to fix the mess in Washington.”



Bush reacts to Christie’s claim that New Hampshire is a race between himself and Rubio: “I love Chris Christie.  He is a - he's a great campaigner, he's a good friend and he's been an effective governor.  But the race is wide open.  The idea that it's between he and Marco Rubio is a, you know, look, that's just the way politics works. We're - we're working hard and - and so is Chris.  You know, I admire that.  But I'm working really hard.  And my message of having a proven conservative record of accomplishment matches up pretty well against Senator Cruz and Senator Rubio, who have nothing in their background that would suggest they can make a tough decision.”



Bush on his new Trump attack ad: [TAPPER]: “I did find it kind of interesting that you didn't mention the one group, Muslims, that Trump has suggested should be barred from entering the United States. Why didn't you mention them?”

[BUSH]: “I do mention it on the stump all the time, that we should - we should be respectful of people of the Muslim faith.  Americans that are patriotic that are of the Muslim faith are just as American as I am.  And I do that all the time, Jake.  And I'm not sure why in that riff, it was not mentioned.  But it's - I bring it up all the time. And it's also - it makes it harder for us to have the appropriate foreign policy to destroy ISIS when you say you're going to ban Muslims, who you need to rely on to create a coalition to be able to defeat ISIS and bring about stability in Syria so that we can be kept safe.”



Bush defends his attacks on Rubio: “Look, you - you think it's tough right now, wait until Hillary Clinton's hit machine hits the party's nominee.  This is beanbag compared to what's going to likely happen when if she wins. She has no compelling positive message.  She's going to scrape the bark off the Republican nominee.  Everybody ought to be, you know, getting ready for it. And Marco's got an ad, his super PAC has an ad attacking me.  You're not seeing me crying crocodile tears about it.  That's just the way it is.”



January 14th, 2016
06:44 PM ET

Priebus on Cruz: "he is eligible" to be President

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Today on The Lead with Jake Tapper, RNC Chairman Reince Priebus joins the show on the day of the 6th Republican Presidential Debate in North Charleston, South Carolina. Please see below for a full rushed transcript.

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Priebus on Cruz’s eligibility to be president: “He is eligible, and I said that. This story you're referring to is three days old which, you know, is like three months ago. And, I've done many interviews, and I have said that he's eligible. All of our candidates are eligible. But, you know, the fact is, you know, what you're referring to is sometimes my knee jerk reaction to a lot of these things when I just say, look, I'm not getting in the middle of this - this argument, but as far as that question, my opinion is that he is. So, there you go.”


Priebus on conservative backlash following Gov. Nikki Haley’s rebuttal to the State of the Union: “. I was hearing from a Governor who's gone through some enormous tragedy, and a lot of things down here in South Carolina has led the way. Not just here, but our entire country. I also remind people - and I think everyone involved, all of our candidates would agree with this too, and I'm sure Donald would too. You know, there's really only two doors people could walk through. It's the Republican door, or the Democrat door. And, the people that walk through these doors, they're just not going to agree with each other on everything. And, they shouldn't…we have to accept the fact that we're a huge party, and the Democrat party's a big party, and people have differences of opinions. And, that's going to happen, it's going to continue to happen.”



November 4th, 2015
06:39 PM ET

Gov. John Kasich on suspected ISIS bomb: "We need to make sure we have robust intelligence"

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Today on The Lead with Jake Tapper, Governor of Ohio and Republican presidential candidate John Kasich, joined the program to discuss the crash of Flight 9268 over the Sinai Peninsula and its potential impact on U.S. national security and foreign relations. Please see below for a full rushed transcript.

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Kasich on the need to rebuild the United States’ intelligence capabilities: “We need to make sure we have robust intelligence.  And, Jake, the fact is, is that we don't have all the human intelligence that we need.  It's very difficult.  But it is absolutely critical that we rebuild our intelligence capabilities.”

Kasich suggesting the possibility of American troops on the ground: “And if that means that U.S. boots have to be on the ground, so be it, because to allow this to linger, to put this off, to think that somehow this is going to go away is naive at best. And so, if I were president, I would be working the phones.  I would have been working phones a lot sooner than this to deal with worldwide menace and particularly a menace to our way of life.”


October 27th, 2015
05:05 PM ET

Carson explains how he would fund public schools


Ben Carson denied Tuesday that he supports the redistribution of public funds to fund public education, despite comments in a 2014 interview that indicated otherwise.

"If you happen to be in an affluent community, there's a lot more money for the schools, better facilities, everything. All that does is perpetuate the situation," he said in an interview with Politico published in April 2014. "Wouldn't it make more sense to put the money in a pot and redistribute it throughout the country so that public schools are equal, whether you're in a poor area or a wealthy area?"

To read more about Ben Carson's interview, please view the full story here.



October 15th, 2015
05:02 PM ET

Programming Alert: Jake Tapper will interview Democratic Presidential Candidate Hillary Clinton, Friday Oct. 16

CNN's Jake Tapper will interview Democratic Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, tomorrow at 4:00pmET on The Lead.  Tune in!

August 14th, 2015
04:47 PM ET

U.S. Embassy officially reopens in Cuba

CNN's Jake Tapper talks to Senator Leahy (D-VT), Senator Flake (R-AZ) and Senator Klobuchar (D-MN), in Havana as the U.S. Embassy officially reopens in Cuba.

July 29th, 2015
05:37 PM ET

Huckabee: I believe Trump now opposes abortion

"If he says he does, I believe it," Gov. Mike Huckabee says to CNN's Jake Tapper, of fellow GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump's assertion that he is now anti-abortion.

July 29th, 2015
04:04 PM ET

Trump lashes out at 'vicious, horrible' lawyer over breast pump break

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Donald Trump lashed out Wednesday at a female lawyer whom he had called "disgusting" several years ago for requesting a break to pump breast milk in the middle of a deposition, calling her a "vicious, horrible person."

In an interview with CNN's Dana Bash, the Republican presidential candidate claimed that the attorney, Elizabeth Beck, had wanted to pump breast milk in other people's presence. Trump alleged that Beck was now retaliating against him because she was unhappy about having lost that legal battle, and that she had fabricated a story about Trump losing his cool and storming out of the deposition room.

"She wanted to breast pump in front of me and I may have said that's disgusting, I may have said something else. I thought it was terrible," Trump said. "She's a vicious, horrible person."

Elizabeth Beck described the 2011 encounter - first reported by the New York Times late Tuesday - as Trump having "an absolute meltdown" in an interview with CNN's "New Day" Wednesday morning.

"He got up, his face got red, he shook his finger at me and he screamed, 'You're disgusting, you're disgusting,' and he ran out of there," Beck said.

Trump strongly refuted this characterization in Wednesday's interview, saying Beck had distorted the events.

"She made it up. She made it up," he said. "She's saying, 'Oh, he was so violent and he was so, so wild and she was afraid.' She was afraid of nobody. She's a tough killer in Miami everyone knows she's a killer. They all hate her."

Well-known for his colorful language and imagery, Trump went on to compare Beck's interview with CNN earlier in the day to the way people who had never met Michael Jackson discussed the iconic pop star after his death.

"So many people are on television that don't know me and they're like experts on me," Trump said. "You know when Michael Jackson died - I knew him very well - and everybody was talking about Michael Jackson. They didn't know him, they knew nothing. Some of them never even met him."

Pressed on how the 2011 incident reflects on how Trump would behave as president - and how he would react if challenged by a world leader like Russian President Vladmir Putin - Trump answered: "Believe me, I'd do very well with him. I get along with people."


July 21st, 2015
05:39 PM ET

Jake Tapper interviews presidential candidate Carly Fiorina

Jake Tapper interviews Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina.

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