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MSNBC Is Growing Four Times Faster Than Fox, And That Could Be Very Good News For Democrats

MSNBC Is Growing Four Times Faster Than Fox, And That Could Be Very Good News For Democrats

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MSNBC is growing four times faster than Fox News in primetime, and research shows that increased viewership for MSNBC makes a viewer more likely Democratic in the next election.

MSNBC is growing four times faster than Fox News in prime time, and research shows that increased viewership for MSNBC makes a viewer more likely Democratic in the next election.

According to a statement from MSNBC provided to PoliticusUSA, the network’s primetime viewership is surging, “MSNBC’s weekday primetime programming (M-F 8-11pm) in 1Q17 topped CNN in total viewers for the 4th straight quarter and delivered its largest A25-54 demo audience in five years (since 4Q12). MSNBC prime’s year-to-year growth more than quadrupled its competition in total viewers (+68% vs. CNN’s -18% and FOX News’ +16%) and more than tripled the growth of its competition in A25-54 demo (+54% vs. CNN’s -12% and FOX News’ +15%) compared to 1Q16. MSNBC prime was the 3rd most-watched network in all of cable for the quarter in total viewers, behind only FOX News and ESPN. MSNBC is the 2nd fastest-growing cable network in weekday prime for both total and demo audiences (behind MLB Network) – the largest absolute gain of any cable network over 1Q16 for both demos.”

A 2014 Stanford University study revealed that increased viewership by Fox News viewers and MSNBC viewers increased the viewer’s likelihood of voting Democratic (MSNBC) or Republican (Fox News).

As Bloomberg reported on the study in 2015, “For those who end up watching Fox because of channel position, just four additional minutes of weekly viewing increases the probability of intending to vote for the Republican presidential candidate by 0.9 percentage points. For those who watch MSNBC, four such additional minutes decreases the probability of intending to vote for the Republican presidential candidate by about 0.7 percentage points. With one hour of viewing per week, the effects are greater. In 2008, an hour of MSNBC decreased the likelihood of a Republican vote by about 3.6 percentage points. In the same year, watching Fox for an hour increased the likelihood of a Republican vote by 3.5 points.”

Rachel Maddow’s more than one hundred percent increase in viewership could translate to real Democratic votes in 2018. The slow growth at Fox News could be taken as an omen of voter complacency that could spell real trouble for Republicans who find themselves already saddled with an unpopular president and disliked agenda.

Cable news viewership can be interpreted as a sign of motivation and involvement by voters. Potential 2018 Democratic voters appear to be extremely motivated while Republicans may be suffering from a 2016 hangover.

It all could change by next November, but the changes in cable news viewership that are happening should not be dismissed. There is something happening on the ground as Democrats could be readying for a major pushback in 2018.

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Rachel Maddow Makes History By Finishing In The Top 10 Most Viewed Shows On All TV

Rachel Maddow Makes History By Finishing In The Top 10 Most Viewed Shows On All TV

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Rachel Maddow’s MSNBC show is growing so much so fast that she is drawing more viewers than broadcast television networks. Maddow recently finished in top ten among all networks and programs in her timeslot.

Rachel Maddow’s MSNBC show is growing so much so fast that she is drawing more viewers than broadcast television networks. Maddow recently finished in top ten among all networks and programs in her time slot.

MSNBC announced Maddow’s unprecedented ratings growth via a press release:

MSNBC’s “The Rachel Maddow Show” (M-F 9-10pm) finished in the top 10 among all networks in the time period on Thursday, March 2, according to Nielsen.

The primetime show delivered 2.5 million total viewers on Thursday and ranked #6 ahead of three broadcast networks: Fox Broadcasting, Univision and ABC. “The Rachel Maddow Show” also finished in the top 10 multiple times – including 14 out of the previous 19 days.

Among cable news networks, “The Rachel Maddow Show” topped CNN in both total viewers and in the key news A25-54 demographic on Thursday (2.5 million total viewers and 610,000 viewers A25-54 vs. CNN’s 1.3 million total viewers and 497,000 viewers A25-54).

During primetime in February 2017, more people watched MSNBC than CNN. “The Rachel Maddow Show” saw significant growth across the board and finished #2 in cable news for both total viewers and A25-54 demo. “The Rachel Maddow Show” delivered its biggest total viewer audience ever for a month. “The Rachel Maddow Show” also beat CNN’s regularly scheduled programs for the 45th straight month. The show posted its best demo delivery in the time period since November 2012.

When a cable news show is finishing in the top ten over 14 of the last 19 days and is defeating broadcast networks, that is a sign that something special is happening.

It should be noted that The Rachel Maddow Show was almost the top cable news program in its time slot. Tucker Carlson’s show, which is available in more homes than MSNBC finished 4th and Maddow finished 6th. Fox News is both available in more homes and holds a virtual monopoly on conservative cable news viewership.
Maddow is growing at a faster rate than Fox News. As President Trump attacks the media, viewers are turning to fact-based programs for the truth.

Rachel Maddow is finally getting some of the audience that she has always deserved, while MSNBC sees the highest ratings in the network’s history.

MSNBC and Rachel Maddow are finally breaking through.

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Sales of ‘1984’ skyrocket after Kellyanne Conway invents “alternative facts”

Sales of '1984' skyrocket after Kellyanne Conway invents

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Sales of 1984, socialist author George Orwell’s famous 1949 sci-fi novel about a dystopian future ruled by oligarchical mega-states, have skyrocketed on Amazon after President Donald Trump’s counselor Kellyanne Conway coined the term “alternative facts” to describe blatant lies.

According to Mashable, 1984 rose to the sixth-highest place on Amazon’s best-seller list as of Tuesday afternoon.

Sales of '1984' skyrocket after Kellyanne Conway invents

Orwell’s book describes a nightmarish future where England is one province of a totalitarian mega-state called Oceania. It’s particularly renowned for its impressive additions to world lexicon — from “Newspeak,” Oceania’s official state language which lacks the words necessary to express dissent, to “unperson,” a perceived state traitor who is removed from all historical records.

Though the book is commonly interpreted as a cautionary tale about communism, Orwell was himself an ardent socialist and intended the book as a commentary on the USSR and other totalitarian governments, including Nazi Germany, that failed to match the promises of their revolutions and degenerated into oligarchy.

On Sunday, Conway described White House press secretary Sean Spicer’s decision to present complete and total falsehoods about the size of the crowds at Trump’s inauguration as merely “alternative facts.” NBC News’ Chuck Todd shot back, “alternative facts are not facts. They are falsehoods.”

Spicer backed Trump’s assertion 1 to 1.5 million people attended the inauguration, a claim that was widely mocked as a fabrication. Empirical estimates have concluded attendance was much lower and was likely in the range of 250,000 to 600,000, and thus dwarfed by either of former President Barack Obama’s inaugural celebrations. Protests the next day in D.C. also exceeded attendance at Trump’s inauguration by a significant margin.

Tom McKay

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Don’t Forget That Megyn Kelly Is a Racial Demagogue

Megyn Kelly

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The recent flattering coverage of her move to NBC leaves out the ugliest episodes of her work at Fox.

Megyn Kelly had a good 2016. Between her news-making stint as a Fox News debate moderator, a flattering profile in Vanity Fair, and a lucrative book deal, she cemented her reputation as a talented and no-nonsense journalist—one of the most highly paid in the industry. And now she’s making the jump to NBC News, where she will anchor a Sunday evening news show, host a daytime show, and cover major political events. “Megyn is an exceptional journalist and news anchor, who has had an extraordinary career,” said NBC News Chairman Andrew Lack in a statement. “She’s demonstrated tremendous skill and poise, and we’re lucky to have her.”

Another thing Kelly has demonstrated is racist demagoguery, which defined much of her tenure at Fox News.

In 2010, for example, Kelly devoted hours of coverage to the New Black Panther Party, a small group on the fringe of American politics, because two members of the NBPP were charged with voter intimidation after standing outside of a heavily black polling place in Philadelphia in the 2008 election. Those charges were later dropped, but the incident became the basis for a wide-ranging conspiracy disseminated by conservative writers, websites, and—most prominently—Megyn Kelly. Along with Republican activist J. Christian Adams, then a frequent guest of Kelly’s, the Fox News host spun a disturbing tale of voter intimidation and anti-white racism sanctioned by an Eric Holder–helmed Justice Department that she claimed wouldn’t investigate black Americans accused of criminal activity. “Well, think about that. Think about that. … Now you’re going to have instances like this where Black Panthers and others can go to the polling stations and do this if they so choose. And they just basically are gonna get a pass because while it’s not an official thing, it’s been made very clear to all the rank-and-file voting rights attorneys in the DOJ those cases are not to be pursued,” Kelly said during one broadcast before suggesting that Holder was, in fact, involved in a plan to protect the NBPP.

Over the course of two weeks and 45 separate segments, Kelly and her colleagues at Fox News aired video from the Philadelphia incident—where the NBPP members in question shouted insults at white Americans—connecting it to the Obama administration in an effort to paint the president as hostile toward white Americans, part of a broad conspiracy to intimidate white voters. Writing for the Atlantic at the time, Dave Weigel called it a “minstrel show” meant to inflame and exploit racial tensions.

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MSNBC’s Chris Matthews Asks Curt Schilling To Clarify His Remarks About Jews, It Doesn’t Go Well

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Schilling: “I’m Apparently An Anti-Semite Now,” “I’m Not Going To Play The Victim Game Because I’m A White Male Christian, Which Apparently Makes Me A Racist”

From the October 21 edition of MSNBC’s Hardball with Chris Matthews:

CHRIS MATTHEWS (HOST): Let me ask you about you, you had comments a couple hours ago, with Jake Tapper, talking about how the Jewish vote tends to go Democrat, even though the Democratic Party is not as hawkish as the Republican in the middle east — Republican Party is. Do you want to clarify some of that? Because that’s a tricky topic with people, anything to do with ethnicity or gender, I’ll tell you is tricky, very tricky. So, here’s a chance —

CURT SCHILLING: Well, I mean Chris, I’m apparently an anti-semite now, because I had the gall and the audacity to ask someone of the Jewish faith why or how they believe people of the Jewish faith vote Democrat! I mean, god forbid I listen to someone of the faith, rather than the media, who clearly are not biased and don’t have an agenda. I mean, that to me is just common sense.

I don’t want — I don’t need Chris Matthews to tell me why people of Jewish faith vote the way they do, I want to ask someone of the faith. To me, that’s much more relevant. I think that — and I don’t have a problem asking people questions like that, because I’m not trying to be offensive or racist. I’m clearly curious, because I’ve read my history. I understand my history, that, you know, that this country feels so anti-Israel in the last 15 years, more so than at any point in my life and I can’t figure that out.

MATTHEWS: Well, that’s a legitimate debate we’re all going to have. By the way, left, right on Israel, left, right on Bibi Netanyahu is a popular argument anywhere in the country, by the way. Especially in Israel they argue about that stuff, which is a great thing over there.

But the problem is, people will say is, and I’ll say it, you can’t ask a person of a religious faith or a race to speak for that religious group and to ask them to sort of account for it. You ask them to account for it as an individual.

SCHILLING: No, you can. Chris —

MATTHEWS: Go ahead.

SCHILLING: Not true. Liberals do it with Christians all the time. Liberals do it with Christians all the time, and I’m not going to play the victim game because I’m a white male Christian, which apparently makes me a racist to anybody, that as long as — if I don’t speak out in favor of whatever it is they want me to speak out of.

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Joy Reid drops the hammer on rude, snarling Trump surrogate: At least I’m not on Team Putin

Joy Reid, Malcom Nance, General Barry McCafferey, Carl Palladino --MSNBC (screen grab)

Joy Reid, Malcom Nance, General Barry McCafferey, Carl Palladino –MSNBC (screen grab)

This is the man (Carl Palladino) Trump uses as an “adviser” and “spokesman” for his campaign:  LINK.

As a New Yorker I am familiar with this vile character that Trump pulled out of the rat-infested sewers of NYC  to recruit him as an “adviser”.  (ks)

THE RAW STORY

One of GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump’s most avid defenders went on a rambling rant Saturday morning as he tried to convince MSNBC host Joy Reid that the New York businessman knows better how to deal with Russian strongman Vladimir Putin than the Pentagon generals and the entire U.S. intelligence network combined.

Reid wasn’t having it.

After showing a clip of former CIA Director Michael Hayden calling Trump “erratic” and suggesting that the GOP’s presidential candidate might be an “unwitting agent” of Russia, Reid turned to one-time New York gubernatorial candidate Carl Paladino for comment, saying, “You are pretty much fighting an armada of intelligence experts.”

“In your mind,” Paladino immediately retorted, with Reid shooting back, “No, not in my mind. Actually in my ears because we’re listening to them speak.”

“I think what’s happened to you is that you’ve been in a conditioned box, for a long time, of political correctness,” Paladino continued as Reid laughed.

“Political correctness” he continued. “And a certain way of doing things. And when a guy comes on the scene who shows real leadership qualities, who can talk to the America people, and they can find faith in him and confidence in him that he’s gonna do the right thing — when that man comes on the scene, you guys just don’t know what to do.”

“Yeah,” Reid responded with a tilted head and a smile.

“The progressives are gonna lose their influence and their power and their control of the American people’s minds, and you’re in a panic state right now —, ” at which point a smirking Reid cut him off with a sarcastic “Oh yeah, were panicking.”

As Reid tried to cut him off again from rambling, Paladino asserted, “You’re way out there making crazy accusations,” causing Reid to shoot him down.

“I think if you look at the polling, most of the public is standing by the generals and intelligence professionals, at least as we stand now.” she said.

“I know which side you’re on, mam,” Paladino blurted, causing Reid to pause and raise an eyebrow at him.

“Not on Vladimir Putin’s side, and I like that stance,” she told the Trump advocate.

Watch the video below via YouTube:

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Fox seeks to extend cable news domination in post-Ailes era

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THE HILL

Fox News dominated the cable news landscape for 20 years under Roger Ailes, but faces questions about whether it can extend its reign going forward.

The shocking departure of Ailes amid allegations of sexual harassment has left Rupert Murdoch, the 85-year old executive chairman of 21st Century Fox, in charge. But with a myriad of other major media properties to attend to and age considerations, Murdoch’s role running day-to-day operations out of Nee York will only be in an interim capacity.

A source familiar with the situation says it will be “multiple months” before any permanent successor to Ailes is decided upon.

The same source says there’s no rush to make a decision because current to management at the network is stable in the hands of Murdoch, Bill Shine ( executive vice president of programming) and Jay Wallace (executive vice president of news and editorial).

Rivals of Fox see an opportunity, while longtime political fans of the network, who saw it buttress the conservative political movement, are openly worried the network could shift under new leadership.

Murdoch’s sons, James and Lachlan, serve as co-chairmen and CEOs of Fox News’s parent company, and could use Ailes’s departure to reinvent the network.

“Fox News will be going through a dramatic transformation as it figures itself out without its creator,” said James Shepard, chair of the Communications Department at California State University, Fullerton.

“In the short term, I suspect we will see minimal turnover and experimentation,” he said. But in the long term, we may see softening of the most radical elements of programming and perhaps see more ‘fair and balanced’ news.”

Sky News in Britain, which is also operated by the Murdochs, doesn’t have the edge of Fox News in the United States. If there is a change, Shepard says it will be a sign that “the Murdoch sons want to put their stamp on the company by importing practices from Sky News in Britain.”

Shepard’s view isn’t necessarily a majority opinion.

The cable news network makes its parent company millions, and some think that alone means there will be no change.

Research firm SNL Kagan estimates Fox News generated $2.3 billion in ad sales alone last year. Pivotal Research analyst Brian Wieser says the operating profit for Fox News was $1.6 billion in fiscal 2015. That’s nearly 25 percent of 21st Century Fox’s overall operating profit.

“At this point Fox News is such a fine-tuned and well-oiled machine, I think even Mickey Mouse could step in and keep it running, says Doug Spero, associate professor of communication at Meredith College and TV veteran who includes ABC, CBS and NBC on his resume.

“They attract the same demos year after year and they’ve dominated with their prime-time lineup. Bill O’Reilly has been number one for years,” he said.

“As the saying goes, ‘If it ain’t terribly broken, don’t terribly fix it.’ Would they change the ideology or content? I don’t think so,” says Spero. “They’ve carved out their audience and if you’ve got the market, why mess with it? If the cash register keeps ringing, I can’t imagine the Murdoch family will allow that to stop.”

Fox has easily been number one in cable news for the past 15 years.

The network even recently finished at the top of all cable channels, including ESPN.

The competition with CNN and MSNBC hasn’t even been close, with Fox oftentimes at least beating the two audiences combined in both total viewers and the key 25-54 demo.

At the same time, many of Fox’s stars are aging, and it is not clear younger stars such as Megyn Kelly will stay with the network.

CNN has been making gains lately under industry veteran Jeff Zucker (who ran NBC before eventually going to CNN in 2012) and is clearly in a better positions of the two networks below Fox to make a serious challenge.

But is Fox vulnerable to a challenge?

The momentum of election years — particularly this one with the ratings gold that is Donald Trump — doesn’t always carry over into election off-years.

MSNBC, for example, finished second to Fox News after the 2012 re-election year of President Obama. The network finished so strong that MSNBC President Phil Griffin made the bold prediction that MSNBC would catch Fox in the ratings by the end of 2013. The exact opposite happened, with MSNBC falling backwards and behind a struggling-at-the-time CNN instead.

The key for both CNN and MSNBC, at least in terms of being truly competitive with Fox, is to have the kind of talent and compelling content foundation to keep audiences tuning in after the votes are counted on Election Day.

“Ailes has built a very strong machine. No one can deny that he’s built an empire at Fox News,”” says television veteran Doug Spero. “Yes, it’s bigger than one man, but it’s basically his baby. At this point, it’s so solid I don’t think it’ll budge even two ratings points even after he’s gone.”

Ailes was undeniably Fox’s most valuable employee.

But who will guide Fox News into next year and beyond?

Outside observers differ over whether the company will look outside for leadership.

Some media analysts see the top candidate as Bill Shine, Sr. EVP, Programming of FOX News and FOX Business. Under Shine, the business network has been enjoying its best 18 months in its history since he was promoted to handle the day-to-day operations in late 2014, even beating rival CNBC on some occasions, once an unthinkable feat.

Shine has been with the network since its inception in 1996, working his way up the ranks from producer to senior programming executive.

Jay Wallace is also seen as a strong contender for the job, having recently been promoted to executive vice president of news and editorial in April. Wallace replaced the now-departed Michael Clemente, who left the network last week for reasons — according to the network — unrelated to Ailes’ departure.

Wallace has also been with Fox News since Day 1, having started out as a tape coordinator. He now oversees daytime and weekday news programming.
The third and final serious contender internally is John Moody, executive vice president and editor. Moody has been with the network for four years and is Rome bureau chief for Time Magazine.

Another name making the rounds is David Rhodes. The current president of CBS News extended his contract last year through 2019.

But if the goal of the Murdochs is to use the Ailes departure as impetus to reinvent Fox News into a more traditional news outlet, Rhodes, 43, may be a viable option (if not costly given the existing contract) since he is also a former Fox News executive.

But David Parsons, a public relations executive for more than 40 years, with a focus on corporate and crisis communications, says another name with an impressive resume should be considered.

“I would see the candidate being embraced as having direct news experience, still young enough to navigate the digital world and all – someone like David Westin, former head of ABC News from 1997-2010,” says Parsons. “He was well respected and well liked, knows the political ropes and the talent handholding that are a big part of the picture.”

Chad Wilkinson, a longtime cable news producer and President of Liberty Media Strategies, sees Fox strongly considering a change but ultimately keeping with what’s worked for the past two decades in turning to Bill Shine, the EVP for programming and Fox Business.

“In the short term, I think Rupert taps Bill Shine to run the operation,” says Wilkinson. “
“Shine is respected by the staff and has done a strong job leading Fox Business since Kevin Magee has exited.

“Long term, I think Murdoch thinks long and hard about (CBS President) David Rhodes, but ends up staying the course with Bill Shine,” Wilkinson continues, adding, “Fox News is a money maker and staying the course with someone that knows the operation and what made it a success will win the job.”

By Joe Concha

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Howard Dean Blasts MSNBC For Focusing On Bill Clinton’s Tarmac Meeting: ‘This Is Crap’

CROOKS AND LIARS

Former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean (D) lashed out at MSNBC host Alex Witt on Sunday after she claimed that former President Bill Clinton’s impromptu tarmac meeting with Attorney General Loretta was “inexcusable.”

During a Sunday discussion about Hillary Clinton’s email server scandal on MSNBC, Republican strategist Susan Del Percio focused on Bill Clinton’s recent decision to board the attorney general’s plane unannounced on a tarmac in Phoenix.

“No one else would have seen the spouse of someone else under investigation,” Percio said. “It does play into Donald Trump’s issue that the system is rigged.”

“As innocent as it may have been,” Witt said, turning to Dean, “politically, isn’t it almost inexcusable?”

“Here’s what’s inexcusable,” Dean shot back. “We’re spending all this time on television talking about a visit between Loretta Lynch and President Clinton. Why aren’t we talking about how to get jobs back in America? Why aren’t we talking about what we’re going to do about healthcare? Why aren’t we talking about foreign policy? This is ridiculous. This goes on and on and on and on. Nobody wants to take the serious issues seriously.”

“Should it not have been done?” Witt pressed. “Should Bill Clinton have known better? Should Loretta Lynch have known better?”

“Maybe they should have known better, maybe all kinds of things should have happened,” Dean replied. “Can’t we starting talking about issues that effect the American people in this campaign? How long is this going to go on? When are we going to talk about substance? When are we going to talk about jobs? When are we going to talk about healthcare? When are we going to talk about education? When are we going to talk about prison reform?”

“When Bill Clinton stops doing unforced errors,” Percio insisted.

“Nonsense!” Dean exclaimed. “This is crap. We ought be talking about serious stuff, not who did what to who. The reason this happens is because the right wing has got nothing on the Clintons, and all they can do is make up stuff like this.”

By David

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Dissecting Trump’s ‘woman’s card’ comment

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Donald Trump concluded that the only reason why Hillary Clinton is winning primary contests is because of her gender. Chris Hayes talks with Katie Packer and Jess McIntosh about the two frontrunners and the women’s vote.

Duration: 6:31

Also…

Trump invokes infamous ‘America First’ slogan

Presidential Historian Michael Beschloss speaks to Rachel Maddow about the historical significance of “America First” which was invoked by Charles Lindbergh in 1941 to urge the U.S. to stay out of World War II and refrain from helping allies defeat Adolf Hitler.

Duration: 8:17

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An Exasperated Hillary Pushes Back Against Maddow: ‘I Am Ahead!’

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MEDIAITE

Hillary Clinton expressed some agitation during tonight’s MSNBC town hall when Rachel Maddowasked her about the primary race against Bernie Sanders.

Maddow was asking about Sanders potentially dropping out after California “if you’re ahead in the vote, if you’re ahead in pledged delegates.”

Clinton interrupted to cry, “I am ahead! I am way ahead on both!”

She touted the millions more votes she has than Sanders and said “what he and his supporters are now saying just doesn’t add up!”

Clinton went on and on about sharing goals with Sanders before again emphasizing to Maddow, “But I am ahead! And let’s start from that premise while we talk about what happens next!”

Watch above, via MSNBC.

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