Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX)
Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL)
Bernie Sanders (I-VT)
Todd: it's a very special edition of
'Meet The Press'!
Todd: we're excited and heavily caffeinated!
Todd: Trump and Clinton have narrow leads!
[ break ]
Todd: welcome Ted Cruz
Cruz: good morning Charles
Todd: is Ben Carson going to
cost you the win?
Cruz: Washington D.C. wants
to divide conservatives
Todd: they do?
Cruz: I am running scared!
Todd: if Trump wins Iowa
he's unstoppable isn't he
Cruz: no doubt
Cruz: but the good people
of Iowa can change America
Todd: you think this is the
last chance to save the nation
Cruz: I am the only true conservative
Todd: are you tough enough to take a punch
Todd: [ punches Cruz ]
Todd: just checking
Cruz: that really hurt
Todd: I know many many people
who wanted to do that
Cruz: Donald Trump loved me
until I passed him in the polls
Todd: he's like that sometimes
Cruz: then it was all personal
insults and attacks
Todd: that's the Donald for you
Cruz: I focus on policy and ideas
Todd: people don't those either
Todd: you don't attack Trump
but you do attack Rubio
Cruz: Marco Rubio is an illegal immigrant
and Trump loves Obamacare
Todd: is that right
Cruz: Rubio advocates amnesty
for all the illegals
Todd: okay then
Cruz: Trump wants to expand
Obamacare and is a socialist
Todd: strong words
Cruz: when I President will kill
Obamacare with a stick
Todd: you call ethanol a gravy
train but people love gravy
Cruz: its socialism!
Todd: but their economy
is dependent on ethanol
Cruz: that's bad!
Todd: perhaps but people
in Iowa have so little in their lives
Cruz: I'm going to tear down
the EPA ethanol wall!
Todd: that is so inspiring
Cruz: it's all lobbyists and Democrats
who like ethanol
Todd: but you would hurt the
Iowa economy which is dependent
on corn and campaign ads
Cruz: I will save Iowa by pledging
to end the Blend Wall
Todd: are you going to be able
to work with Nancy Pelosi?
Cruz: yes I treat everybody with respect
Todd: Mitch McConnell wouldn't say that
Cruz: I like Donald Trump – he's just corrupt
Cruz: I'm like Reagan since I
too want to cut taxes
Todd: thanks for coming Senator
[ break ]
Todd: welcome Senator Rubio
Rubio: hi Chuck
Todd: look at this Ted Cruz ad
Ad: 'Rubio is the poster boy for amnesty'!
Rubio: that was three years ago!
Todd: oh never mind then
Rubio: Obama is a dictator!
Todd: got it
Rubio: secure the border!
Todd: I think your operating
system may have glitch
Rubio: we must first stop
all illegals immigration
Todd: do you regret pushing
so hard for amnesty?
Rubio: Obama is a tyrant!
Todd: I see
Rubio: each year we're
overrun with immigrants!
Todd: do you have a reset button
Rubio: build a wall!
Todd: is this issue holding you back?
Rubio: hey I'm a solid third in
a field of eleven candidates
Todd: well that's something
Rubio: I've got more negative ads
against me than everybody else combined
Todd: you supported cap and
trade or a carbon tax
Rubio: I hate the government!
Rubio: look Obama is a very wily Muslim
Todd: um all right
Rubio: you didn't show the whole clip!
Todd: voters are not happy
with technical explanations
Rubio: voters want someone
who can work with everyone
Todd: no they don't
Rubio: we can all work together
and repeal Obamacare
Todd: people personallly like
you so why aren't you winning?
Rubio: hey I'm beating Governors and
Senators and Doctors and businessmen
Todd: how can you win the nomination?
Todd: what about Iowa?
Rubio: I will finish a strong fourth!
Todd: good luck Marco
Rubio: thanks! I need it!
[ break ]
Todd: panel what about Ted Cruz
Brody: Cruz would win easily if
he won all conservatives
Todd: sure but that's easy to say
Brody: Trump is winning 20% of evangelicals
Reporter: who do you support?
Voter: Cruz because our nation is Biblical
Voter: Trump because he
will make America great
Voter: Trump because I'm scared of illegals
Voter: Trump because
he's not politically correct
Voter: Trump because I'm very afraid
Todd: will Trump supporters show up?
Jacobs: they love him!
Reid: they are very loyal
Brokaw: Trump thrives on celebrity culture
Brokaw: he's a divorced New Yorker
why do evangelicals like him?
Brody: evangelism are sick of
being played with like toys
Todd: but why Trump?
Brody: they are fake phony evangelists
Brokaw: let's remember that in Iowa
losing is as important as winning
[ break ]
Todd: welcome Senator Senaders
Sanders: good to be here Ted
Todd: don't you have to win Iowa?
Sanders: I was 50 points behind
and now I can win the nomination
– isn't that amazing
Todd: yes it is
Sanders: people want to see America
boldly go where no one has gone before
Todd: I like the ambition but
you pretty much must win Iowa
Sanders: that would be great but
in terms of delegates it doesn't matter
Todd: perhaps not
Sanders: we are strong all over America!
Todd: Clinton says you health plan
is like a Philadelphia sports championship
– a dreamy fantasy that will never
ever come to pass
Sanders: I've spent my entire life
fighting for health care for all
Todd: how's that coming along?
Sanders: the United Kingdom does it right!
Todd: but you would raise taxes
Sanders: Chuck! Chuck!
Sanders: I would save middle class
families thousands of dollars per year
by giving out free health care
Todd: okay then
Sanders: we have to destroy
private health insurance!
Todd: but people don't like high taxes
Sanders: people love me which
is why I will win the fall of 2016
Todd: all right
Sanders: it's a rigged economy
and a corrupt system!
Todd: do you think Obama let progressives down?
Sanders: no he did a fantastic job
Todd: you think so
Sanders: he rescued the economy!
Todd: fair enough
Sanders: the rich get richer because
they've bought our political process
Todd: it's a good deal
Sanders: we just need a political revolution!
Todd: what about her e-mails
Sanders: it's a serious issue but not
as serious as the disappearing middle
class and elections bought by billionaires
Todd: thanks for coming Bernie
Sanders: you too Tim
[ break ]
Todd: so - what is a caucus?
Todd: Republicans cast a secret ballot
Todd: Democrats give speeches and
voters wander around aimlessly
Todd: then the loser's supporters wander
around even more for a while and this goes on all night
Todd: and of course this is just how
the founding fathers envisioned our
Voter: I supported Obama and now Clinton
Voter: she's too scandal ridden
Voter: Bernie talks about the big banks!
Voter: I can't decide between
Bernie Sanders and Ted Cruz
Todd: so that last guy is kind of a nut
Todd: but Bernie people are
Jacobs: actually all our polls show
Clinton supporters are enthusiastic
Todd: but the uninformed
Jacobs: is wrong
Todd: that doesn't look good for Bernie
Reid: yes but he represents the two
big disappointments of progressives
the past eight years
Todd: what are those
Reid: no prosecutions of Wall Street
and no single payer health care
Todd: I see
Reid: but Obama is very popular
Brokaw: but what about war?
Todd: it ended Tom
Brokaw: Bernie doesn't talk
about defeating ISIS!
Brokaw: then there's the FBI investigation
Todd: do voters care about the e-mails?
Reid: the e-mails weren't classified at the time
Brody: it taps into the narrative
Todd: Sanders won't go for the
jugular like Obama did
Reid: Sanders' problem is that
this is not a change election like in 2008
Jacobs: also Clinton fights back strong
Brokaw: Bernie reminds me of
Howard Dean when he finished third
Todd: the Dean people were louder
in 2004 but there weren't more of them
Brody: Clinton supporters are enthusiastic
about Clinton because they want her to win
Jacobs: and enthused about
voting for a woman
[ break ]
Todd: welcome Rand Paul
Paul: very grateful to be here Charlie
Todd: you campaign has been
a train wreck – what went wrong
Paul: young people love me
Todd: If you say so
Paul: we're doing better than the polls say
Todd: are you getting the
same voters as Sanders?
Paul: audit the Fed!
Brokaw: what about the
war in the middle east?
Paul: John McCain wants to bomb
Assad and ISIS which is stupid
Paul: the neocons want to shoot
down Russia jets is insane
Reid: well they are beating you
Paul: there's a silent majority
Jacobs: your Dad did much better than you
Paul: your polls are terrible lady
Brody: Trump stole your libertarians
Paul: carpet bombing is idiotic!
Paul: Ted Cruz won't audit the fed!
Paul: Cruz wants to collect
all our phone records
Todd: what's your goal in Iowa?
Paul: I think we should do well
Paul: I will do three times better
and maybe even win Iowa
Brokaw: what happens when you drop out
Paul: after New Hampshire I will
drop out just like Christie and Fiorina
Todd: next week we forget we ever
cared about Iowa and move on to
pretending to give a shit about New Hampshire
Todd: and that's another
episode of Meet The Press