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News on The 700 Club: March 02, 2016

As seen on "The 700 Club," March 2: Trump, Clinton pound the competition in Super Tuesday romp; High Court to hear biggest abortion case in 25 years; South Dakota Governor rejects transgender bathroom bill; and more. Read Transcript

Well, are we ready need to select a president yet?

I think the people would say so.

There's more to go, it's not over yet.

But it sure does look like The Donald is

going to be up against Hillary.

That is, if Hillary doesn't get indicted.

So that could be our presidential race,

or the Democrats may have to get in a substitute

before it's all over.

But both of those candidates won smashing victories

in the Super Tuesday primaries.

They sure did.

Trump is the clear leader among Republicans

and Clinton seems to have the Democratic nomination wrapped


But their rivals say they're not giving up.

George Thomas has the story.

GEORGE THOMAS: One thing is clear from Tuesday's

primary results-- Republicans are fired up

and they can thank billionaire businessman Donald Trump.

This has been an amazing evening.

GEORGE THOMAS: Voter turnout in Virginia, Georgia, Texas,

Alabama and Oklahoma shattered previously held records

in 2000 and 2008.

While Democrats struggled to get out the vote on Tuesday,

Republican enthusiasm is at an all time high.

Regardless of the difference in enthusiasm between the two

parties, Tuesday's primary results

had the Democratic and Republican front runners

racking up huge gains in the march

to their party's nomination.

The stakes in this election have never been higher.

And the rhetoric we are hearing on the other side

has never been lower.

GEORGE THOMAS: Both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump each

won seven states.

I am a unifier.

Once we get all of this finished,

I'm going to go after one person.

That's Hillary Clinton.

GEORGE THOMAS: But Trump's GOP rivals

aren't giving up just yet.

Ted Cruz won his home state of Texas

and added Oklahoma and Alaska.

Tuesday night he asked fellow GOP rivals

to step aside and get behind his campaign to stop Trump.

So long as the field remains divided,

Donald Trump's path to the nomination remains more likely.

And that would be a disaster for Republicans.

GEORGE THOMAS: Senator Marco Rubio

captured his first victory in the contest,

winning the Minnesota caucuses.

I will campaign as long as it takes

and wherever it takes to ensure that I am the next President

of the United States.

GEORGE THOMAS: And now Republicans

are looking to the upcoming primaries

in Michigan, Ohio and Florida, as Trump

tries to build on his lead and his rivals hope

to start catching up.

George Thomas, CBN News.

You know I listened to Marco, and it's like he's delusional.

I just don't know.

These guys, it's so easy when you're

in the middle of all that and you're

surrounded by partisans who are shouting, go forward Marco!

To step back and say, hey I'm losing it

but this business about my leading opponent is a con man.

They keep saying that over and over and over again.

I mean it just doesn't sound presidential to me.

But what role do the evangelicals play in this?

It's amazing how many evangelicals went for Trump.

And our CBN News political correspondent David Brody

is going to tell us his take on it.

David, you've been out there with these candidates and why

are evangelicals going for Trump?

Well, I think there was a movie called It's Complicated.

And I think that pretty much sums it up.

But to get into the numbers, look let's start with the exit

polls from Tuesday, Pat.

If you go to Tennessee, and Georgia, Alabama,

the deep South, Trump is winning evangelicals

by about 15-20 points.

And if you look specifically at the numbers,

he's winning with evangelicals that

make either $75,000 or less.

They are either high school educated or have some college.

And then when it gets to be college educated

and making over $100,000, Ted Cruz does much better.

Trump still wins those evangelicals,

but Cruz is much closer.

And so it's fascinating to watch the numbers.

I think terrorism is a big aspect of all of this.

Donald Trump talks tough, you know?

Bomb the oil fields, you know?

We're going to take it to ISIS.

And look, ISIS is in your face and Donald Trump

is in your face and I think evangelicals, that

resonates with evangelicals.

Plenty of evangelicals.

They like his political incorrectness.

They think he's a fighter.

He talks about fighting for Christianity.

No one's quite sure exactly what that means,

I guess we would find out if he ever did become president.

But they trust him.

They trust him at his word, which

is fascinating that this is actually happening, but it is.

And I don't quite see how the Trump Train gets slowed

down unless somehow, some way Rubio or Cruz or someone

gets out of the mix.

But even then, I think this Trump Train may

be leaving the station, Pat.

Listen to Marco Rubio.

A couple of-- they taped him and it was a re-run

and I'm thinking, this guy is living in fantasy land.

What do you think is going on in his mind?

Well he figures, his campaign figures,

the only way to stop Trump is to become Donald Trump

and that's what he's doing.

He is in essence-- and they'll admit it,

he's going into the gutter with Trump.

He's trying to out-Trump Trump.

And look, the reality is you can't out-Trump Trump.

There's no way.

Donald Trump feels very comfortable

doing some of what he has to do to win

during the primary season.

But the problem for Marco Rubio is that this is not

who Marco Rubio is.

He's a young, energetic guy who talks about enthusiasm

and brightness for America and the better day ahead,

and then he decides to basically call out Donald Trump's spray

tan and he's talking about body parts.

I mean, the whole thing is just not Marco Rubio,

and so ultimately voters are looking for authenticity.

And the problem for Rubio is that he's not really

being authentically who he is and I

think that's a big problem, especially in politics.

The campaign feels he has to do this politically to win,

but is it worth winning an election

to lose some of who you are at your core?

That's very well said.

Well now, Cruz did what he expected, he won his state

and he had won statewide offices in Texas before.

And he won convincingly.

And he also won Oklahoma.

And it looks like he got Alaska, as well.

What do you think about his chances?

Well he's got a puncher's chance,

I don't think there's any question about it.

Look, I think he has-- what he's been trying to do all along

is to do this idea that Donald Trump will be this implosion

candidate at some point.

That he will somehow mess up and it never has happened.

And so that's been a problem for Ted Cruz.

So Ted Cruz is going to continue to point out the differences

and see what happens.

He's thrown the kitchen sink at Donald Trump.

It hasn't worked so far, it's been very hard.

Part of the problem here, Pat, if we

can talk frankly about this.

Why not?

We're on television, and it's live.

But here's the thing, with the narrative

as it relates to Ted Cruz, it has gone south on him ever

since Iowa.

You know, he got labeled with the dirty tricks out of Iowa.

And then Marco Rubio and Donald Trump

piled on with the liar and phony label.

And look what happened to his numbers in South Carolina.

He tanked with evangelicals, even though he won evangelicals

in Iowa a few weeks before that.

And so the narrative started to stick.

And look at Super Tuesday yesterday.

What happened?

He didn't win in Tennessee, Arkansas, Georgia, Tennessee,

all of these places where he was supposed to win.

So it's a problem.

Evangelicals are questioning whether or not

Ted Cruz is the guy, and I think that's a problem for him.

And let's also be honest here, Pat, Trump

is an outsider who speaks like an outsider.

Ted Cruz, on the other hand, is trying to be an outsider,

but he speaks kind of like an insider

and it doesn't quite match.

David, I don't know who's going to have-- if Rubio loses

in Florida, if Kasich loses in Ohio,

you wonder what's going to happen.

But it seemed like when Donald Trump was here talking to me,

the path was open before him.

And he talked about running the table.

He pretty much ran it yesterday, and he's

going to keep on winning it looks like.

I don't see anything to stop him, do you?

No, I don't think so.

They have to hope that there is an implosion

moment for Donald Trump.

They thought it was coming.

It hasn't come yet.

I'm not convinced it will ever come at this point,

because Donald Trump is too close to this nomination

and I think he can smell it, he can taste it,

and I don't think he'll do anything

that stupid at this point to blow it.

And look, it all comes down to this for Rubio.

It's Florida or bust.

He goes home on March 16th, the day

after the March 15th Florida primary, if he does not

win his home state.

And John Kasich also, Ohio, that's it for him as well.

So this thing is coming to an end

pretty quickly in the next two weeks.

It'll be Florida or bust and I think

after March 15th, in other words March 16th,

we'll have the final clear picture of exactly

what's going to go on.

Well David, stay with it, buddy.

You're doing a good job.

I appreciate it.

Well with the death of Justice Antonin Scalia,

the vacancy on the Supreme Court has become a major issue

in this presidential election.

And today, a divided court is taking up its first abortion

case in nearly a decade.

Now this deals with whether a state can enforce safety

standards at abortion clinics.

The issue is, can they make doctors at abortion clinics

have admitting privileges at another hospital?

Heather Sells has that story.

HEATHER SELLS: Pro-lifers and abortion supporters agree,

the Supreme Court's decision could influence abortion laws

across the country for years to come.

The court is hearing a case on a Texas statute

that requires abortion doctors to be able to admit patients

to a local hospital.

It also requires that abortion clinics meet the same safety

standards that ambulatory surgical centers use.

A hallway has to be large enough

to have an ER gurney come down the hallway

if there is a complication.

That makes sense.

That protects the health and safety of a woman.

What the Texas law case is asking the court

to decide is this-- how important is health and safety?

And do the states have the right to set medical standards

for abortions?

Abortion supporters say the Texas law

threatens access and is merely an excuse to shut down clinics.

They note half the state's abortion

clinics have closed their doors since the bill passed in 2013.

But pro-lifers reject that argument.

The law, of course, doesn't close any clinics.

It sets standards that clinics are

choosing not to comply with.

It's really an interesting and troubling situation

in our country where veterinary clinics, and manicurists,

and tanning salons are more regulated

than abortion clinics, which involves

an invasive surgical procedure for women.

HEATHER SELLS: No one really knows

why so many abortion clinics in Texas and across the country

are closing.

It could be a declining abortion rate,

but that's impossible to verify since the federal government

does not require clinics to report their numbers.

What pro-lifers do know-- Planned Parenthood

is making money.

Its 2014 excess revenue, $127 million.

They could comply with these regulations in Texas,

they just don't want to spend the money.

HEATHER SELLS: What's also clear,

safety has been an issue for Texas abortion clinics.

Planned Parenthood admits to at least

200 post-abortion hospitalizations every year


The state health department has cited

four clinics in recent years.

The violations include improper sterilization procedures,

expired equipment, and expired CPR training.

Heather Sells, CBN News.


Ladies and gentlemen, I just cannot understand how somebody

can say they are pro-women and for women's health,

and yet at the same time, they want some charnel house

available for a woman to get butchered by somebody who is

incompetent and they don't want the latest medical technology

available to women.

And if a state makes those standards,

why anybody would say that's limiting

a woman's access to abortion?

The argument is absolutely nonsense.

And it's before the Supreme Court.

It should never have gotten there, that should never

have been federalized.

Roe vs. Wade was a disaster.

It was called Blackman's abortion.

He's the one that wrote that decision, Roe vs. Wade.

And there's been confusion on abortion ever since.

But it should be a matter of the state police powers

and the states should have the right

to regulate the safety and health

of the women in their state.

And the idea that there's somehow a constitutional right

to be butchered by some hack that doesn't know what he's

doing, just doesn't hold water.

And it's a shame that Justice Scalia, if he was there,

there would be clearly a 5 to 4 decision

upholding the Texas statute.

They may come out that way or they could hold it off.

They could hold a vote and say, well we'll

hold it until another justice is appointed.

We don't know what they'll do, but that's a possibility.


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