And now the stage is set. President Obama bringing down the house one last time at the annual Washington ritual, the white house correspondents' dinner. Reflecting on his eight years. Poking fun at... See More
And now the stage is set. President Obama bringing down the house one last time at the annual Washington ritual, the white house correspondents' dinner. Reflecting on his eight years. Poking fun at the men and woman who want to take his place. My eighth and final appearance at this unique event. And I am excited. If this material works well, I'm going to -- use it at Goldman Sachs next year. This morning, it's all about who will succeed him. On to the future now. And three big unresolved questions. Will Tuesday's Indiana election breathe new life into senator Ted Cruz's bid to take the race all the way to the Cleveland convention? Or will it put a practical end to the 2016 primary season? We'll talk to the senator in a moment. Second question, how rough will the next stage be? We got a preview in the blistering back and forth over the so-called "Woman card." The first salvo in a contest that's likely to get even nastier, everyone more personal. And third, how wild? That image of Donald Trump surrounded by a small army of secret service agents, clamoring over barriers to avoid angry protests. A reminder of the passion behind the politics. That the anger that burned through the primaries could well intensify. This week, a hard look at the campaign and the country. And what's next. You know I've got to talk about trump. Reporter: Last night's white house correspondents' dinner, and once again, Donald Trump was the butt of the joke. I'm a little hurt that he's not here tonight. What could he possibly be doing instead? Is he at home eating a trump steak? Tweeting out insults to Angela Merkel? What's he doing? Reporter: Rewind to five years ago when trump was in the audience. But he wasn't laughing. Donald Trump has been saying he'll run for president as a republican, which is surprising since I just assumed he was running as a joke. In an episode of "Celebrity apprentice," you didn't blame little John or meatloaf. You fired Gary Busey. And these are the kinds of decisions that will keep me up at night. Reporter: Back then, he was just a reality TV star with a famous hairdo. You're fired. Reporter: But one year from now, Donald Trump could be delivering the punch lines. He believes he's halfway there. I consider myself the presumptive nominee, absolutely. Reporter: After sweeping five states in the northeast this week, it's now clearer than ever that trump will likely win the gop race. With just ten states left to vote, trump close to 1,000 delegates. Closing in on that magic number of 1237. So hold off on that talk of a contested convention. If trump can win Indiana on Tuesday, the math suggests he could win on the first ballot. That's why more of the gop establishment is inching toward him. If Donald Trump is our nominee, I'll vote for him. If Ted Cruz is our nominee, I will not vote for him. Reporter: And even Indiana governor Mike pence, who says he's backing Cruz in the Hoosier state, seemed to hedge his bets. I like and respect all three of the republican candidates in the field. I particularly want to commend Donald Trump. I'm not against anybody. But I will be voting for Ted Cruz. Reporter: But trump on Friday made this remarkable claim. Ideally, we're going to be together. I think I win even if we're not together. I mean, some people, I honestly don't want their endorsement. I just don't want it. Reporter: The republican establishment that's rejected the upstart outsider since he got in the race now seems to need trump more than trump needs them. Like with Ted Cruz. He's a wonderful guy. I don't want -- I mean, if he wants to endorse me, that's fine. But I don't care. Reporter: On that, trump need not worry. Team Cruz showing no signs of coalescing behind the front-runner. Cruz, instead, making his last stand in Indiana.
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