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HILLARY CLINTON, FORMER SECRETARY OF STATE: Please go out in caucus tomorrow night, the storm is not coming until after midnight, plenty of time to caucus --

SEN. TED CRUZ (D), VERMONT: Monday night could be a historic night for this country.

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MARIA BARTIROMO, HOST, MORNINGS WITH MARIA: But of course, there are new questions for Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton this morning in her private e-mail situation.

The State Department is now refusing to release 22 e-mails, they say, contain top secret information.

Turning to markets this morning, Futures are pointing to a lower opening at the start of trading today.

We had the so-called PMI reports out overnight, that's the Purchasing Managers Index throughout Asia and Europe.

Europe was OK, although Italy fell short, Asia was largely weaker than expected. We're seeing weakness in Europe as that data out of China is weighing on markets across the board.

As well, oil prices are lower, and that's weighing on sentiment. The issue in China was the manufacturing sector showed contraction for a sixth month in a row, according to that Purchasing Managers Index.

The news weighing on the Shanghai Composite, it was down nearly 2 percent. The Nikkei average though still smarting on the Bank of Japan moves.

Japan showing strength, telling the Bank of Japan's move on Friday to cut interest rates into negative territory.

The Nikkei average up 2 percent. The World Health Organization meeting today on the Zika virus.

The group will determine whether the outbreak should be declared a global health emergency.

Finally, some good news today for Chipotle. The Centers for Disease Control expected to announce the restaurant's chain's E. coli outbreak is over.

That coming as early as today. Investigators still find it a mystery as to what caused this breakout from the beginning.

And Super Bowl 50 less than a week away. The Denver Broncos and the Carolina Panthers arriving in California to prep for the big game next Sunday.

Panthers quarterback Cam Newton drawing some attention with his Versace zebra-print pants. Look at those pants. Hot stuff!

Turning to the race for the White House. The big day is finally here, the first votes for the 2016 election will be cast today, kicking off a highly anticipated nomination process for both parties.

Blake Burman is on the ground in Des Moines, Iowa, right now with the latest. Hi, Blake.

BLAKE BURMAN, FOX BUSINESS: Hi there, Maria, good morning to you as well. Welcome to caucus day here in Iowa.

There are so many questions heading into tonight and we'll get answers here in a matter of hours.

Among them Donald Trump, can he take that enthusiasm that he has seen in his rallies, the support that he has seen in his polling and turn that into a victory here to tonight to propel him going forward.

Ted Cruz, he has an exceptional ground game here in Iowa, will that matter? Will that be the difference for Cruz.

Marco Rubio, he has seen an uptick in polling here, he's been polling third, but those numbers have been on the climb.

Those three have been one, two, three, will it stay that way tonight? We'll see. On the Democratic said, Hillary Clinton, she had what seemed to be an insurmountable lead months ago, 40, 50 points.

The latest polling shows, it is just a matter of a few points. Can she hold off Bernie Sanders tonight who has -- is kind of in the same boat as Trump, newer support, big crowds, will that translate into caucus goers tonight?

I just mentioned five of the candidates to you on both sides, there is another 10 more tonight.

The results are at least ten more. The results will start coming in at about 9:00-10:00 Eastern Time, we believe a new report exist at that point.

The entire narrative changes, who wins? What happens going forward and then we get the expectations game coming out of that. Maria, back to you.

BARTIROMO: Yes, great to lay it all out for us, Blake, thank you. Blake Burman with the latest there --

BURMAN: Thank you --

BARTIROMO: In Des Moines. Joining me now on a Fox Business exclusive is Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus. Reince, it's good to see you, thanks so much for joining us.

REINCE PRIEBUS, CHAIRMAN, REPUBLICAN NATIONAL COMMITTEE: Good morning Maria.

BARTIROMO: So, how do you see it? Why are the stakes so high for Iowa? What are your expectations and what does this tell us for the rest of the election once we do get the results out of Iowa?

PRIEBUS: Well, I mean it's a great test case. I mean all these four states are tests for each of these campaigns, to see how they do in different environments.

Ultimately, though, you know (AUDIO GAP 00:03:59-00:04:07) --

BARTIROMO: Reince, we have a technical issue that we're going to get back to Reince Priebus in a moment. Reince, are you with us?

PRIEBUS: Yes, I can hear you --

BARTIROMO: OK, great, yes, I know, we lost you for a second. I think you know --

PRIEBUS: OK --

BARTIROMO: What you're saying is -- it really makes a lot of sense because it's -- first couple of states.

It's a test to see how people are feeling, what do you think is the most important issue for voters today?

I know that it keeps going back and forth, national security, the economy. But what do you hear when you speak with voters today in terms of what they want from a candidate?

PRIEBUS: I think it's a perspective of what kind of leadership do you want. I mean, what type of person do you want leading this country in a world that's unstable?

And an economy that doesn't seem to be getting on track. And where people are just looking for answers and someone that's going to get this job done.

And I think that's really what presidential elections are all about. It's very different than a midterm.

You know, in fact, I think midterms are far more issue-driven even in some ways more candidate-driven.

And it sounds odd to say it that way, but when you have a smaller electorate, that's what happens.

But ultimately -- and I'm not sure if you heard when I was -- what I was talking about before. At some point in these conversations, especially after March 1st when so many states go.

The narrative is going to get to delegate count. Because the delegates of the -- of the Republican Party on the floor of a convention choose the nominee.

And so, these state contests direct delegates to act a certain way, but ultimately, it's in Cleveland in July, when those delegates on the floor are going to choose who the Republican nominee is.

BARTIROMO: So, based on the number of delegates then, what states are you looking at closest?

PRIEBUS: Well, look, I mean, obviously, the first states are really important, we all know that.

And that's why these test case are so important. But you know, you look at the March 1st super Tuesday, it's proportional, but it's going to -- it's going to tell you a lot about the strength of these campaigns to compete in multiple state-type contests.

Then you get to March 15th, which is in most cases a winner take all primary.

And I think -- and the 16th of March, we're going to have a pretty good idea of the direction of this race.

And so tonight is the first night, and as you've all talked about, and you did it correctly.

It's all about who turns out, and with so many candidates, obviously, they're all pushing their pockets of people to turn out.

BARTIROMO: Yes, that makes a lot of sense. Here is Senator Scott Brown, Reince.

SCOTT BROWN, FORMER UNITED STATES SENATOR: Maria, actually it's to you. I think after --and Reince obviously as well.

I think, obviously after Iowa and New Hampshire, you're going to see a few others drop out.

And as we move forward in these process, you're going to -- as Reince is saying, get a more realistic feeling about the numbers in these specific issues.

The lower-tier candidates after -- they're out of money, they can't compete on the big basis, so you're going to have a shift I think in the -- you know, where those folks end up.

BARTIROMO: Reince, do you agree with that? --

PRIEBUS: Well, and I also think --

BARTIROMO: With that same people that this list narrowing down now --

PRIEBUS: Well, I mean, he's right because there's not enough hard money to go around.

I mean, you actually, in order to compete in New Hampshire and South Carolina in the next state and the next state and the next state, you need a lot of cash to pay people on the ground.

And so, what I look for tonight or in New Hampshire, South Carolina is something that you don't expect.

I mean, that's when things can change, momentum moves and shifts. So, things that happen that you don't expect is what you look for out of a day like today.

BARTIROMO: Here is David Webb, Reince.

DAVID WEBB, RADIO HOST: Reince, good to see you again. The question is a rules --

PRIEBUS: Hey there, buddy --

WEBB: Question, because the American people need to understand the difference between a contested and a brokered convention and education, we've talked about this before.

Explain the difference for people.

PRIEBUS: Yes, sure. Well, you know, there's a lot of words to use. The first to use word, a brokered convention, and suddenly, it just doesn't happen.

In the old days, all the delegates would run in their own states, they'd show up at a convention, and they would actually vote right then and there.

There was no conversations like this about Iowa and New Hampshire. And you just went to the convention and voted.

But the brokers were people that had votes in their pockets, so it might be the state delegation chairman of Wisconsin.

He's got 50 or she's got 50 votes in their back pocket. She goes to the candidate and says, hey, you know, I've got this or I've got that.

What can we get over here? That just doesn't happen anymore because we have rules that say you can't vote in a bloc like that.

So, the real -- the correct word is a contested or an open convention, which just means that a candidate is going to the convention without the majority of delegates already committed to them.

And if that happens, then that's when you get to a contested or an open convention. But you never have a situation where you have a brokered convention.

So, highly unlikely, but that's the distinction David.

BARTIROMO: Do you feel like the candidates at this point on the Republican side have been able to articulate their plans and their beliefs, their policies to the American people?

I mean, the debates now seven debates, have they had the opportunity to be heard on the important issues that are key for America?

PRIEBUS: Yes -- no, I think so, Maria. I mean, look, we've got 24-hour news, you've got a great program, people can go anywhere they want to get their information on the internet.

BARTIROMO: Yes --

PRIEBUS: And you know, satellite radio all over the place. Clearly, this is a process that is a long process, there's plenty of time.

And then you also have these test cases where if people can't get out to the entire country, they can get to New Hampshire and Iowa, and make their case and drive around and talk to people.

And so, this is the great American way, and so what happens tonight is really important in that process.

We're looking forward to getting this thing started. The debates have been great, there's been plenty of them.

And we're really satisfied with where we're at so far in the process.

DAGEN MCDOWELL, FOX BUSINESS: But Reince, does it make you nervous with more than seven years with President Obama in the White House, lackluster economy, slowest recovery since World War II.

Wages not growing. However, people maybe don't want more of that, they want to go even further left.

You look at the record number of people that have given to Bernie Sanders, they look at the Obama administration and say, hey, he wasn't liberal enough.

I want more government, I want higher taxes, I want uncle Sam to take care of my life. Doesn't that worry you?

PRIEBUS: Well, sure, I mean, free all, it sounds great, except when people realize how it's all going to get -- how it's all going to get paid for.

So, yes, it worries us, I mean, and you look at Hillary Clinton, which you know, we haven't talked about this.

But it just really does tell you a pretty good story about what's happening with her.

I mean, the fact that you have a former first lady senator, secretary of state, that is really losing to this gadfly from Vermont who is not even a Democrat in Iowa or at least tied in New Hampshire.

It tells you a lot about her situation. And her e-mails, you've talked about that.

You know, does she get indicted? Does she get a gross negligence charge? No one really knows.

I think the odd part about all of this conversation, not just this one, but for now months, is that it's possible.

And maybe likely that the Democrats are going to have a more unsettled primary in 60 days than the Republicans.

BARTIROMO: Yes --

MCDOWELL: Yes --

PRIEBUS: And who would have thought that?

BARTIROMO: You're right --

PRIEBUS: Six months ago, but here we are.

BARTIROMO: Yes, it's true. Well, there's a lot of uncertainty in there --

PRIEBUS: I mean, they're adding -- they're adding three debates now.

BARTIROMO: Now, they're adding --

PRIEBUS: To their schedule --

BARTIROMO: Yes --

PRIEBUS: Because it's not -- yes, right, because it's not working out. That tells you a lot. I mean --

BARTIROMO: Well --

PRIEBUS: When they start adding the debates in March and April and May --

BARTIROMO: It does tell --

PRIEBUS: Pretty wild --

BARTIROMO: You a lot. Because they've been like bearing these debates, right, Reince?

I mean, doing it on a Saturday night.

PRIEBUS: Right --

BARTIROMO: Doing it during playoff season.

PRIEBUS: Yes -- no, we don't --

BARTIROMO: Yes --

PRIEBUS: Absolutely, and it tells you when you see these polls. You know, Hillary should be acting like an incumbent.

And she's behind -- most of our candidates are ready. That's pretty bad for her. She's got to -- she's going to have a tough sell to the American people.

When people don't trust you or like you, that's a bad place to be.

BARTIROMO: Reince, it's good to have you on the program this morning, thanks so much for spending the time.

PRIEBUS: Thank you, guys.

BARTIROMO: We appreciate it, we'll see you soon, Reince Priebus there.

Don't miss our complete coverage of the Iowa caucuses with Neil Cavuto, beginning at 8:00 p.m. Eastern tonight right here on the Fox Business Network.

Coming up, an emergency meeting being called as more concerns over the spread of the Zika virus emerged.

We've got those details. Then tonight is the night. Iowa residents preparing to be the first in the nation to cast their votes for the next president of the United States.

Will weather affect turnout? The forecast next.

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BARTIROMO: Welcome back. The World Health Organization holding an emergency meeting today to discuss the Zika virus outbreak.

Cheryl Casone on that and the other headlines now, Cheryl.

CHERYL CASONE, FOX BUSINESS: No, Maria, hopefully we get some more answers today from the World Health Organization.

They're meeting to decide whether Zika should be considered a global health emergency.

Now, this virus which is spread by mosquitoes is linked to birth defects and it's a danger to those with weakened immune systems.

The World Health Organization saying Zika is spreading explosively and it could affect as many as 4 million people just in the Americas each year.

U.S. health officials say 31 cases have been reported in 11 states and the District of Columbia.

Well, experts are making a final attempt to salvage a cargo ship that has been adrift off the coast of France for five days after a Spanish helicopter team rescued crew members from the lifting (INAUDIBLE).

Look at this video, guys. Officials say that as the effort to attach a towing cable to the vessel failed, the ship was going to run aground, and that would smash into the southwestern coast of France.

By actually tomorrow, (AUDIO GAP 00:07:21-28) -- and finally, pretty -- January for an initial public offerings.

There were no U.S. IPOs for the month, that suggest a pretty horrible Winter for fledgling biotech firms and other private companies.

Essentially, Maria, because according to Dealogic, it's the first month long drought since September of 2011.

That was the Eurozone crisis, but just to be clear, the ones that have been postponed this week were more financial services companies (INAUDIBLE).

But we do have more biotechs next week. So, and that's why the group that seems to be -- that's (INAUDIBLE) of the group as far as investors go.

Those are the companies who wants to go public. So -- but January, nothing --

BARTIROMO: No surprise, the banks have been getting crushed and the asset managers have been getting crushed this year.

Why would a company take a financial firm --

BROWN: Well --

BARTIROMO: Public in this market?

BROWN: Well, there's no regulatory attack certainty, you have the political -- as Dagen was saying earlier.

The political kind of outcome is not really defined yet, and they're saying, oh, like why?

And then we also talked about well, you know, maybe they should. No, they're not going to because there's a complete lack of --

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Question --

BARTIROMO: Yes --

BROWN: In this economy right now --

BARTIROMO: Wow --

BROWN: And every time you turn around, there's a new rule, new regulation, new tax, new attack on that industry --

BARTIROMO: Yes --

BROWN: From not only the politicians, but from the regulators.

CASONE: Yes --

MCDOWELL: This is a critically important, because again, this gets right to job creation. This gets down to the nitty-gritty of funding available for start-ups.

Because again VC's(ph) become reticent if you've had the private market valuations on a lot of these tech companies get cut.

But then it gets to -- it's the funding going to be available, the VC's(ph) won't step up if they don't think that there's some exit at least down the road.

So, it becomes this vicious cycle if you're not careful.

BARTIROMO: Yes --

CASONE: And these were small IPOs. I mean, (INAUDIBLE) was going to be like a $75 million IPO.

I mean, this is not chump change that we're talking about --

MCDOWELL: I was thinking more about like tech and biotech. You know, the Varenos(ph) problem, that scared a lot of investors out in Silicon Valley about the efficacy of those, the blood-testing that was being done.

And then with biotech, are you going to take a company public in an election year, where you know particularly if you're developing cancer, cancer drugs you're going to get hammered by people on the left.

CASONE: Well, there are on the books now --

BARTIROMO: Hillary -- I said it right? Wants to control drug prices.

MCDOWELL: Right, exactly.

CASONE: Well, they're on the books now, but I'll keep you posted.

BARTIROMO: I think --

CASONE: I don't know --

BARTIROMO: If any group can get it through, it's biotech and healthcare as opposed to banks.

CASONE: Yes --

BARTIROMO: If the markets stay troubled.

BROWN: And here we are --

BARTIROMO: Well, we'll see.

BROWN: We are the most innovative society. You have obviously the medical device area where, you know, it's amazing opportunity for jobs and job growth there, being attacked.

You know, the medical device tax and a whole host of other things.

Then you look at the FDA with a lot of the drug approvals, you know, disjointed, dysfunctional, always changing the rules mid stream.

It's no wonder that they're saying, you know, we're just going to hang tight --

MCDOWELL: The FDA --

BROWN: There for a while --

BARTIROMO: Regulation --

MCDOWELL: We got to just quickly point out the FDA has done a bang-up job of getting through a lot of these --

BROWN: Better --

MCDOWELL: Cancer drug --

BROWN: Better --

MCDOWELL: Approvals in the last couple of years. They've been pushing them through --

BARTIROMO: Yes --

MCDOWELL: It's become a lot easier --

BARTIROMO: Going faster --

MCDOWELL: Yes --

BARTIROMO: It's going faster --

MCDOWELL: Yes --

BARTIROMO: Less bureaucracies, Cheryl, thank you. We'll take a short break, no matter which candidates win in the Iowa caucuses tonight, their supporters may not have much time to celebrate.

The state of Iowa is bracing for a major blizzard. We got the details next.

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BARTIROMO: Welcome back. Forecasters are now saying that a blizzard in Iowa that was projected for today now will not hit the state until after the caucuses.

Fox meteorologist Maria Molina with the details. Maria.

MARIA MOLINA, FOX WEATHER CENTER: Hi, good morning, Maria, and hello everybody at home. That's right, we're tracking a potential blizzard across portions of Iowa.

But the worst of the conditions are forecast for very late tonight, mostly into the overnight hours, and also into the day tomorrow.

But ahead of that, we're going to be looking at some cold temperatures out there, and those wind-chills.

So, what's going to feel like when you head out the door will be pretty bad too.

Ranging anywhere from the teens into the low 30s out here throughout the entire day today, and that continues as well as we head into the ninth time hour.

So, you could see by 8:00 p.m. tonight, you could be looking at wind-chill temperatures only in the 20s in places like Des Moines and even farther north.

Now, a storm system right now is in place across the Rockies and also spreading snow into portions of the plains.

And it's going to be ramping up out there, producing blizzard conditions, first across places like Nebraska and then eventually reaching parts of Iowa.

I'm not going to rule out a couple of isolated snow showers or rain showers this evening where people do head out to the polls.

But overall, again, the brunt of the storm not forecast until the overnight hours tonight and also into the day tomorrow.

You could see we have blizzard warnings in effect. So, the worst of the conditions forecast across north, western Iowa.

That's where we're expecting potentially up to a foot of snow and very strong winds that will produce whiteout conditions. Maria.

BARTIROMO: All right, thanks so much, Maria Molina, we'll keep checking back. Coming up, the State Department still refusing to hand over 22 Hillary Clinton e-mails.

Will the decision help or hurt her today in Iowa? And one decision that did hurt somebody, check out this video of a cyclist in Belgium.

You would have thought he won the race, the way he celebrates, but turns out he still had one lap left.

He ended up finishing second. Back in a minute.

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BARTIROMO: Welcome back. Hillary Clinton's e-mail scandal back front and center as voting in Iowa kicks off tonight.

The State Department says it has 22 e-mails that were sent or received to the former Secretary of State's private computer server that are now deemed top secret.

I spoke with former House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa yesterday on "SUNDAY MORNING FUTURES" about this scandal.

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REP. DARRELL ISSA (R), CALIFORNIA: I don't want it all made public. The information that is sensitive, I'd like to select intelligence committee to see it.

But I want to make sure that it's not made public because that's exactly what she's got to be held accountable for.

When you fill an elected official or an appointed official's head full of highly classified and sensitive information, they're not required to live up to when it says secret or top secret on a document.

They're required to keep those secrets for life, not say them on the air, not put them in a book and candidly not take them with them when they leave government.

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BARTIROMO: Joining us now is former Hillary Clinton's chief presidential campaign strategist and Stagwell Group President Mark Penn.

Mark, good to see you, thanks for joining us.

MARK PENN, FORMER HILLARY CLINTON CHIEF SRATEGIST: Thank you.

BARTIROMO: How damaging is this latest revelation that the State Department won't even release the e-mails because they're too top secret?

PENN: We don't really know how damaging it is or not, because we don't know whether there is an investigation, how deep it is, the truth of the matter is, this is not a primary issue. She has an over 80 percent favorable in Iowa. Bernie Sanders took it off the table. This may or may not be a general election issue. It's played out in some of the general election numbers, but it's not a primary issue and I don't think you're going to see it have any effect in Iowa.

BARTIROMO: Here is David Webb. Go ahead, David.

DAVID WEBB, FOX NEWS CONTRIBUTOR: You know, Mark, I've just got to get past the election. Let's put the election aside for a moment and talk about the security. If, as other intelligence officials and high administration officials have talked about it former, that we have been penetrated at high levels, the likelihood of penetrating Hillary Clinton's servers, we will never see the e-mails nor should we, but if those 22 e- mails can't be released, what about the security of the country?

PENN: Well, I think this is really a political issue.

WEBB: No, I'm talking about a process in security, not political. Forget the election for a moment that it exists. Let's talk about the security, penetration, and the penetration of the server that's potentially there, as well as security.

BARTIROMO: That's what the issue is about, right, Mark?

PENN: Well, that's something experts are going to have to look at. I think the voters are going to say, look, Hillary Clinton has had a long history and experience served as secretary of state, was.

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WEBB: I asked you about security with all due respect. With all due respect, hang on, mark. If any administration official exclusively used their server, their private server, Chinese have penetrated, Russians have penetrated, Iran, Syria, other actors, criminal actors, have penetrated our government systems and she has a private server. Is this not a security issue? And e-mails on her server cannot be released because they are that sensitive.

PENN: Look, I think it's speculative who penetrated what. I think there's a professional investigation looking into what those issues are. I think eventually those will be made public and the public will make the judgment on that.

BARTIROMO: The judgment really is, Mark, is I mean, doesn't this episode reveal something about what a Clinton presidency would look like? I mean, the fact that she had this private server in her house, Mark, and she has all of these e-mails sent and received, many of which were so important and so top secret, doesn't this tell us or sort of suggest what a Clinton presidency would look like?

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