With Biden leading in South Carolina, candidates spread to Super Tuesday states


JUDY WOODRUFF: Now we turn to the race for
the Democratic presidential nomination. Our Lisa Desjardins is in South Carolina,
and reports on the push to win over voters there before the stakes climb on Super Tuesday. LISA DESJARDINS: The Democratic march toward
a nominee is now a multistate sprint, starting in South Carolina, which votes Saturday, and
where billionaire businessman Tom Steyer today focused on rural votes. TOM STEYER (D), Presidential Candidate: Honestly,
this whole state couldn’t have been nicer. LISA DESJARDINS: A new Monmouth University
poll shows Steyer virtually tied for second place in the state with Vermont Senator Bernie
Sanders in the state, but both are well behind former Vice President Joe Biden. Tatanshia Palmer told me why it’s Steyer for
her. TATANSHIA PALMER, South Carolina Voter: I
think that Tom, with his economic policies, I feel like that he could actually grow this
community. LISA DESJARDINS: Also storming the Palmetto
State today, former South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg. CROWD: Let’s go Joe! LISA DESJARDINS: But Biden is seen as the
leader here, stressing his health care vision as an extension of President Obama’s. JOSEPH BIDEN (D), Presidential Candidate:
I’m not suggesting we start from scratch or something new. I’m running to protect it and
to build on it. LISA DESJARDINS: Last night, at a CNN town
hall in Charleston, Senator Elizabeth Warren said she’s ready to fight all the way to the
convention, even if someone else has more delegates. SEN. ELIZABETH WARREN (D-MA), Presidential
Candidate: As long as they want me to stay in this race, I’m staying in this race. That,
and I have done a lot of pinkie promises out there, so I got to stay in this. I have told
little girls, we persist. (CHEERING AND APPLAUSE) LISA DESJARDINS: Otherwise, though, the pack
is spending more time on the 14 states that vote on Super Tuesday, like North Carolina,
where Sanders made a get-out-the-vote pitch to his strongest supporters, the young. SEN. BERNIE SANDERS (I-VT), Presidential Candidate:
On Tuesday, Super Tuesday, you are going to be voting here in North Carolina. I’m here today to ask not only for your support,
but to ask you to bring out your friends, and your family and your co-workers. (CHEERING AND APPLAUSE) SEN. BERNIE SANDERS: I’m asking you to help
create the largest voter turnout in the history of the North Carolina primary. (CHEERING AND APPLAUSE) LISA DESJARDINS: And 1,000 miles away in the
Super Tuesday state of Texas, former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg is fighting the
Sanders’ hold. MICHAEL BLOOMBERG, Presidential Candidate:
If you want somebody who has the resources to beat Trump, that’s me. (CHEERING AND APPLAUSE) LISA DESJARDINS: Indeed, Bloomberg voter Rodney
Shipp told “NewsHour” he thinks Sanders’ ideas are unrealistic. RODNEY SHIPP, Texas Voter: I get that, when
Bernie comes and says all these things that he’s going to do, get rid of college debt,
and free health care, and free college, and I don’t know if all that is practical. LISA DESJARDINS: Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar
held events in both North and South Carolina Thursday, including a voting rights roundtable
in Greensboro. SEN. AMY KLOBUCHAR (D-MN), Presidential Candidate:
We should be making it easier to vote. We should have national reforms. LISA DESJARDINS: Time is getting sort, and
the candidates still are many. For the “PBS NewsHour,” I’m Lisa Desjardins
in South Carolina.

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