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He dropped out of the race in March. At 10pm Fiona Bruce will be here

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with a round-up of the news, but first Newswatch.

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Accusations that outrageous sound bites and media stunts have trumped

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the discussion of policy in the BBC's

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coverage of the US presidential campaign.

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It is not the Boris Johnson show, it is the

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Andrew Marr Show, I get to ask the questions.

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A struggle for sovereignty on the Andrew Marr Show

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between the presenter and the mayor of London.

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In a month's time, voters in United States of America

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You may have had an inkling of this already as the various candidates

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for that role, and one in particular, have featured

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In a moment we will hear from the BBC's North America editor,

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but first where have we got to so far?

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Although the front runners for both parties are pretty clear by now,

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there is still a long way to go in this race.

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The process of choosing the Republican and Democratic

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candidates began on the 1st of February.

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Each date there is an election with a winner klaxon number of collection

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points. Next Tuesday's primaries,

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including Florida and North Carolina, page proved

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decisive in this process. The delegates then have the right

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to vote for the chosen There the candidates

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will be formally Then the real campaign starts

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commentating on a nationwide It is too much for

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some who wrote last I am going to build a wall

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and Mexico is good to pay for it. To the surprise of

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some, many Americans have already been

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voting for this man. But has Donald Trump's success be

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mainly down to media attention? I think in the run-up to super

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Tuesday, Trump was pulling the media strings and there was lazy

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journalism in that the BBC journalists were reacting

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to the latest Trump big show or comment, rather than helping us

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understand the policy issues behind it and rather than giving us balance

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coverage of the several people We were not hearing from the other

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candidates, or Hillary Clinton, instead we were having response

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to the latest outrage, Taking a brief respite

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from the campaign show back in the UK is the BBC's

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North America editor. The field has narrowed that many

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viewers felt that the BBC's coverage has focused too much

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on Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton from the start, and that other

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candidates never really got Then you could have been

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in danger of boring If you covered everyone equally,

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even though you need the researching candidates had next to no chance

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of being in the race, then you could have given us

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the criticism that we are doing too much on marginal figures who do not

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stand a chance of being president. There have been times

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when I thought we have done too much in that has been

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will be focused on the minor There is a phenomenal

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situation that the next president of the United States

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of America with the biggest nuclear arsenal in the world could be

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a billionaire businessman who has never held any elected office,

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who has said some pretty extraordinary things

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in terms of building a 200 mile wall between Mexico

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and the United States, who would like to ban

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all Muslims from the country, there is an inevitability

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that you're going to focus on a character

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like that and we did that and focused on Hillary Clinton

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and Bernie Sanders He is very smart at playing

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the media to maximise attention without scrutiny and consider

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audiences, like some of our viewers, that the BBC is along for the ride

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and they're not really analysing him I think we have tried

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to scrutinise his policies I have done a number of pieces that

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have tried to look at health care or international

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relations to try and... It is trying to nail blancmange

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to the wall in terms He is out in front,

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he is going to be the Republican But the process of that is

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part of the concern. In Britain he is widely

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seen as Maybe we should have taken him more

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seriously all along? Last June it seemed

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like a joke and without -- we thought it would

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be over in six weeks. I heard from an authoritative

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source that he was planning to back out of the race

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after a few weeks having had the publicity and he

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was going to back I have felt, and I have been

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saying to BBC bosses, that we need to take

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him seriously as it could

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be the Republican nominee. He could be the next

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president in the United In the UK he would have

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a policy release every week in the run-up to a general

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election, but here there seems to be no policy coming out of Donald Trump

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so you cannot hunt for it. There are flourishes but if you look

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beyond the detail of that to any policy positions,

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and other toppings as diplomats and other day from a number

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of countries, the normal processes and Election Day will mark

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who these candidates are, so they know who the key people

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are if they win the election they will be in office

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with. Donald Trump stands up

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and says things that we do not know who the policy people

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are over the detail of anything. That is one of the things

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that is good to come under closer scrutiny as the election

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process was forward. I think broadly

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in the balance of our coverage, there are some

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things we have gone wrong, but I would defend that we are told

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an extraordinary story pretty well about the phenomenon that is Donald

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Trump on the populist right and a phenomenal

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that is Bernie Sanders on the left. Political nerds and journalists get

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very excited by the detail of that. There are viewers who said

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that it is November when the election happens and they

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feel they're getting too There was a debate before Iowa

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which kicked off the election It is a caucus as opposed to a

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primary. I said at the end of the day it is an election but letters

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not get bogged down in the process of voting. We know there is going to

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be a winner emerging and whoever wins was any better position than

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they were before the election. If we did not start coverage until

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October, we would not have explained to Donald Trump is, we would not

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have explained the rise of Bernie Sanders, and is yearning of young

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people in particular for a socialist solution in the most capitalist

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country in the world, I think we would have been doing the viewers a

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disservice. We still have a monster called and this election. Can you

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promise us that we will not get bored? Where do we go from here? It

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will not be wall-to-wall. I'm sure there will be a lot about the

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European Union in the coming months. It is only on when it is

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interesting. If the Pope launches an attack on Donald Trump, we should

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cover it. It was incredible. Like so much of this US election race. Thank

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you. No doubt we will be hearing more

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opinions on that before the election in November. A vote that is more

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imminent is also been concerning this week, coverage of the EU

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referendum has again arose the attention of viewers, specifically

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an interview on the Andrew Marr Show with the most visible figure on the

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B-side, Boris Johnson, clashed with Andrew Marr on several issues. That

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is exactly what he said. This report says very clearly that the best

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future is to get out often unreformed EU. But he says... Can I

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just explain for the benefit of our viewers who remain listening to this

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conversation why I think... What I think the problem with the EU is. I

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give you the chance to do that. Let us move on. We do need to move on.

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I'm good to tell you what I'm going to cover. It is not the Boris

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Johnson show, it is the Andrew Marr Show. I get to ask the questions. I

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have sovereignty over this programme. To viewers recorded

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reactions. I was totally disgusted by the way their Boris Johnson was

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treated. She was never allowed to answer a question and he was being

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interrupted all the time. This is an important issue. We heard plenty

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from the we must seeing campaign and the threats and the come out and I

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could see Boris Johnson's frustration and we need to know

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more. I just want to explain the single market... You have explained

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it three or four times. I need to explain the difference between what

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we have in Europe... I watch programmes like these to get as much

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information as possible so I can make an informed decision. This fell

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short of my expectations are left me none the wiser. The consul

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interrupted to the extent the Boris Johnson was unable to finish

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answering the questions. If all of the interview was the shot it and

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the feel of the interview was uncomfortable, verging on road. The

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editor of the Andrew Marr Show, who also oversees Newswatch, had this to

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say in response: thank you for all your comments this

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week. If you want to share your opinions on BBC news and current

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affairs or appear on the programme, you can call us on this telephone

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number or e-mail us at the address on screen. You can find us on

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Twitter and a look at our website. -- do look at. That is from us. We

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will be back to your thoughts again next week. Goodbye.

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