NOEL KING, HOST:
South Carolina’s main is on Saturday. After which three days later, it is Tremendous Tuesday. And folks in 14 states will vote.
DAVID GREENE, HOST:
Yeah. We’re stepping into that season. So the Democratic presidential candidates final evening had this chaotic debate in Charleston, S.C. Let’s hearken to them from CBS Information right here.
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PETE BUTTIGIEG: Let’s speak about it…
AMY KLOBUCHAR: If we spend the subsequent 4 months tearing our social gathering aside, we will watch Donald Trump spend the subsequent 4 years tearing our nation aside.
GREENE: Wow. That each one made sense, proper? So did this newest debate, not directly, alter the course of the Democratic main?
KING: NPR political correspondent Asma Khalid is on the road from South Carolina. Good morning, Asma.
ASMA KHALID, BYLINE: Good morning.
KING: In order that was rather a lot (laughter) final evening. We had suspected that the opposite candidates would go after Bernie Sanders, they usually did. He is the front-runner. What did it seem like?
KHALID: Properly, you are proper. It was rather a lot – quite a lot of bickering and quite a lot of shouting and quite a lot of ire directed at Bernie Sanders. Proper off the bat, Elizabeth Warren for the primary time actually tried to attract distinctions between herself and Sanders whereas additionally stressing their comparable coverage concepts. And she or he cited her capability to get issues achieved.
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ELIZABETH WARREN: Bernie and I each wish to see common well being care. However Bernie’s plan would not clarify tips on how to get there, would not present how we will get sufficient allies into it and would not present sufficient about how we will pay for it. I dug in, I did the work after which Bernie’s workforce trashed me for it. We want a president who’s going to dig in, do the onerous work and truly get it achieved. Progressives have gotten one shot.
KHALID: After which we additionally noticed that latest feedback by Sanders to “60 Minutes” additionally got here up. That put Sanders a bit on the defensive. In that interview, he had criticized Fidel Castro’s authoritarian regime but in addition did reward the federal government’s literacy applications, you understand, suggesting that there have been some optimistic advantages that occurred there. And Sanders says that that is one thing that President Obama additionally cited about Cuba and tried to emphasize that he was, once more, against authoritarianism.
But it surely was onerous for him to form of reward a few of these social welfare applications in addition to additionally drawing a form of nuanced distinction round authoritarianism. And it is not clear, I’ll say, although, that each one these assaults towards Sanders have been significantly efficient. But it surely was clear that the candidates notice that he is the front-runner. And he was focused greater than he had been in any earlier debate.
KING: So the stakes are excessive for him. The stakes are additionally probably even increased for Joe Biden – proper? – as a result of he is been saying, I’m going to win South Carolina. I will win massive. What’s his marketing campaign saying after the controversy?
KHALID: Properly, they’re projecting confidence. However onstage, there was a transparent sense to me that Biden felt a way of urgency, you understand? He was asking to talk, making an attempt to get extra time and indicating, I feel, that this week is admittedly necessary for him, and partially as a result of Biden has banked his marketing campaign on the idea that he would do higher right here as a result of a majority of Democratic voters are African American.
KING: And, actually, race got here up massive within the debate final evening, proper?
KHALID: That is proper. And quite a lot of the dialogue began with Mike Bloomberg and a number of the controversies round his stop-and-frisk program – that is a policing technique that was below the mayor of New York Metropolis that disproportionately focused minorities. And, you understand, when Pete Buttigieg was requested concerning the coverage, he tried to make this bigger level concerning the range of the candidates. To me, it was clear that the candidates knew their viewers. You understand, they have been tailoring their solutions to what they thought black voters wished to listen to. So that you had a number of candidates name-drop James Clyburn. He is the outstanding black congressman from South Carolina. At one level close to the tip, it appeared that Joe Biden was basically providing a promise that he would appoint a black lady to the Supreme Courtroom. It is a sign that black voters are actually necessary right here in South Carolina.
KING: Asma Khalid, thanks a lot.
KHALID: You are welcome.
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KING: All proper. Again to Tremendous Tuesday, a giant day, March 3. Folks in 14 states will exit and vote.
GREENE: That is proper. And NPR this election 12 months has chosen to deal with some key locations across the nation. We’re asking the place voters are – the place they’re on the problems, the candidates or simply the place they’re – as a result of your group actually can form your political opinions.
KING: Our co-host, Steve Inskeep, is kicking off this collection in Charlotte, N.C. Hey, Steve.
STEVE INSKEEP, BYLINE: Hey there, Noel. Hello, David.
KING: Why’d you find yourself in Charlotte?
INSKEEP: It is in a Tremendous Tuesday state, North Carolina. It is also town, Charlotte is, the place they are going to maintain the Republican conference this summer season. After which this fall, North Carolina is nearly sure to be one of many swing states. And it is a massive state. It is twice the scale of South Carolina, for instance. So it is a state that is going to be within the information all 12 months.
KING: OK. So you have got been out hitting the pavement, speaking to folks. How does the election look from Charlotte?
INSKEEP: The very first thing to notice is that it is a actually affluent metropolis. It is a banking metropolis. The skyline of this metropolis amazes you. For those who’ve by no means been right here earlier than, in your method in from the airport, it simply takes your breath away. However lots of people right here, Noel, really feel that they do not share equally in that prosperity. A examine a number of years in the past discovered that Charlotte is the least upwardly cell main metropolis. Some residents expertise the expansion right here as gentrification that pushes them apart.
Now, our colleague, Sarah McCammon, is a part of our workforce of reporters who might be speaking to voters right here all through the election 12 months. And she or he spoke with Maya Wells (ph), who’s a school pupil right here. And she or he desires radical change in each home and overseas coverage. And she or he stated which means she will solely vote – solely vote in any respect – if the Democratic nominee is one explicit candidate. Let’s hear.
MAYA WELLS: It actually relies upon. If it is Bernie Sanders, completely. But when it is Joe Biden, Pete Buttigieg; Buttigieg, Steyer; Steyer – what have you ever – it actually relies upon what their stances are on overseas coverage as a result of I’ve had it.
INSKEEP: You’ll be able to hear her there simply not even caring to pronounce the names of the opposite candidates…
INSKEEP: There is a dilemma right here for Democrats who really feel they actually must defeat President Trump regardless of who’s nominated. And the dilemma is clear if you hearken to a distinct view in a extra affluent, extra suburban space of Charlotte, which is the place our workforce discovered Colleen Willis (ph). She’s a mom of two, and says she would vote for anyone to get Trump out – or quite virtually anyone.
COLLEEN WILLIS: I might vote for Trump over Bernie. He is about the one one who would – perhaps Warren as effectively. If Warren or Bernie are the Democratic ticket, I will vote for Trump. In any other case, I will vote Democratic.
INSKEEP: Yeah. Our colleague Steve Harrison of WFAE right here in Charlotte spoke with Willis. He then went again and spoke together with her once more the subsequent day. And she or he stated, on reflection, perhaps she may vote for Bernie Sanders, she’s that against the president. And there might be rather a lot driving on that agonizing private choice, which is without doubt one of the subtleties we hope to seize by the way in which we’re doing this collection. We imply to linger on this metropolis for days at a time. We imply to come back once more later, circle again to voters we would met earlier than and get a fuller image of the place voters are.
KING: And simply actually shortly, you probably did communicate to conservative residents right here as effectively, proper?
INSKEEP: Yeah, completely. As you head to the perimeters of the metro space, folks get much more conservative. They usually’re voting far more typically on what we would consider as cultural points – issues like abortion and weapons, and simply the variations between attitudes and generations.
KING: OK. Steve Inskeep in Charlotte, N.C. That is town we’re adopting as we launch the venture The place Voters Are. Thanks, Steve.
INSKEEP: Glad to do it.
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KING: Public well being officers say that the coronavirus will unfold on this nation. It is only a matter of when.
GREENE: That is proper. Right here is Well being and Human Providers Secretary Alex Azar yesterday.
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ALEX AZAR: The fast danger to the overall American public stays low. However as we now have warned, that has the potential to alter shortly.
GREENE: Now, we must always say, San Francisco’s mayor has declared a neighborhood state of emergency yesterday. That is simply the newest effort by native authorities within the U.S. getting ready to tackle this virus. However when a coronavirus outbreak does happen in america, what’s containment going to seem like?
KING: NPR world well being correspondent Jason Beaubien is in Hong Kong this morning. Hello, Jason.
JASON BEAUBIEN, BYLINE: Hey. Good morning.
KING: OK. So you have been trying on the complete world right here regardless that you are in Hong Kong. Let me begin by asking you…
KING: …Why U.S. officers are actually saying that the virus is certainly going to unfold in america.
BEAUBIEN: Look, we have got thousands and thousands of people that fly into the U.S. each week from all around the world. So if you begin getting these giant outbreaks overseas, and it is hitting all of those completely different nations, it’s inevitable that you will get circumstances displaying up in america. In different nations which have responded effectively, they’ve recognized circumstances after they are available in. They’ve recognized folks with potential publicity. They’ve remoted them. They’ve stored it from spreading. They usually’ve managed to handle this effectively. Singapore is an efficient instance of that.
KING: Hong Kong can be instance, that is a part of the explanation you are there. The variety of infections…
KING: …Is low regardless that it shares a border with China. So has Hong Kong found out one thing that Iran and Italy and South Korea haven’t?
BEAUBIEN: Properly, Hong Kong was hit actually onerous by SARS in 2003. And folks right here bear in mind SARS. And they’re keen to take measures to fight this one to maintain it from turning right into a SARS. Nearly everybody on the road is carrying a masks. Folks do not shake fingers. Faculties are closed. I used to be simply speaking with Keiji Fukuda. He was one of many prime folks on the World Well being Group in the course of the West Africa Ebola outbreak. And he now heads the College of Public Well being right here on the College of Hong Kong.
KEIJI FUKUDA: I feel Hong Kong is a wonderful instance of why we will assume that these strategies work. Just some miles away, throughout the border, we now have a lot bigger numbers of circumstances. And but in Hong Kong, we see that over the previous 5 weeks, six weeks or so, the variety of circumstances has remained remarkably small.
BEAUBIEN: He notes that the measures that Hong Kong is taking will not be straightforward. Greater than 10,000 individuals are in varied types of quarantine right here proper now. However Hong Kong, regardless of having dozens of circumstances pop up in its hospitals, you haven’t had sustained transmission in the neighborhood such as you’ve seen in another locations.
KING: Jason, right here within the U.S., ought to we be ready for quarantines and faculties and companies closing?
BEAUBIEN: I feel that is most likely going to be a risk. You are undoubtedly going to have extra quarantines which might be going to be wanted as circumstances present up. And also you’re additionally going to must have native well being departments getting on the market and monitoring down folks. It’ll be a giant effort.
KING: OK. NPR’s Jason Beaubien. Jason, thanks a lot.
BEAUBIEN: You are welcome.
KING: And just a few information from this morning as we proceed to trace the virus. The primary U.S. service member has examined optimistic for coronavirus in South Korea.
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