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number were expected to enter austria from hungary today. they're going to release a report on what changes should be made in the city. the group of local leaders came together last year before a grand jury decided not to indict a ferguson, missouri, officer in the shooting death of michael brown. >> last nights, boston red sox slugger david ortiz became the newest member of the 500 club. he's the 27th baseball player to hit 500 home runs. the crowd chanted his nickname, big papi, as he ran the bases during last night's game against the tampa bay rays. >> we have so much more straight ahead in the news room, and it all starts right now. >> all right, hello again, and thanks so much for joining me. we're following several developing stories today. the governor of california has declared a state of emergency as two fires there explode. one growing to 40,000 acres in
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less than 24 hours. >> that is a very rapid rate of spread. very dangerous situation. it's just a reminder this is how the conditions are in california right now. and with the temperatures and low humidity, four years of a drought, conditions are very extreme. >> and thousands of people have been forced from their homes. and four firefighters have been injured trying to push back those flames. also today, kim davis' attorney is speaking out about what may happen when the kentucky clerk reports back to work tomorrow. will she continue to deny marriage licenses to same-sex couples? we'll hear from her counsel. first, we are just three days away now from the republican debate. and our john berman is in simi valley, california, where the stage is set. the candidates will be doing walk-throughs in the coming days. something tells me they'll look at air force one in the library and try to envision themselves, what if. >> if only they had that ride.
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thank you so much, fredricka. this is the center of the political universe for the next three days. what happens here, just three days from now, could be a turning point in this campaign. all the polls right now, they have donald trump out in front by a lot. 32% in the latest national poll. ben carson, you can see him there, he's surged into second place. iowa, largely the same situation. ben carson perhaps a bit closer there. but donald trump still the one to beat at 27%. that means the debate here wednesday night is the next big chance for the rest of these guys and carly fiorina to make their mark, to try to cut into that lead. so how might they do that? cnn's sunlen takes a look. >> it's the question at the center of each candidate's debate playbook, to play offense or defense against donald trump. this week, some have given a preview of what could be their
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upcoming play. >> believes he can insult his way to the presidency, and history is not a really good guide for that. >> calibrating their message, going more aggressively at trump. >> he doesn't believe in anything other than donald trump. he's a narsivist, an egomaniac. >> the differing tactics led afterwards to a massive reshuffling of the field. jeb bush with his strategy of staying out of the fray. >> i'm done. >> you're through. >> i'm through. i think we need to be much more hopeful and optimistic about our ideology. >> was overshadowed. in the time since, he's seen his support plummet and may be looking now to tee up a stand-out moment against trump to stop his slide. by comparison, carly fiorina. >> i didn't get a phone call from bill clinton before i jumped in the race. did any of you get a phone call from bill clinton. i didn't. >> strong debate performance helped earn her a spot on the main stage this time around. >> they have to make a strategic decision.
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go negative and take him down or offer something positive and introduce yourself in a positive way to the public. and that could help you when trump falters. >> a spotlight on ben carson, now with trump at center stage. aides to carson said he won't back away from drawing distinctions with trump. >> i'm not taking the bait, not going there. next question. >> but won't go after him in a personal way. the debate stage is unforgiving, creating a series of make or break moments for the candidates. >> i have as much experience in the congress as jack kennedy did when he sought the presidency. >> senator, you're no jack kennedy. >> or flop. >> i can't. the third one, i can't. sorry. oops. >> leaving a lasting memory tied to each candidate for better or for worse. and 24 million people watched last month's debate. so for the candidates, especially the ones that are really struggling, this is their
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best chance to try to reach a larger audience and hopefully in their case, get some momentum. john, as they try to move forward and away from the summer of trump. john. >> no doubt. a big audience. an engaged audience, an audience they all need. with me, ana navarro, a supporter of jeb bush, a friend of marco rubio. also joining me remotely, jeffrey lord, a cnn political commentator. a former political director for ronald reagan. i of course, am at the ronald reagan presidential library right now. jeffrey, i want to start with you. we have been talking about what donald trump we might see here in this debate here behind me wednesday night. over the weekend, donald trump said i may not be so aggressive. you may see a nicer guy. watch this. >> you said that it sounds like you're expecting a bunch of sleepers when you get to the debate this week. >> no sleepers. no, no sleepers. everyone is capable, everybody is competent.
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you do what you do. i've been doing this a long time. i want to make america great again. i know how to do it. >> that sounds like a very different donald trump than what you used to say before. capable, competent, talking about your opponents. >> i'm trying to be nice. >> well, you're laughing, jeffrey lord is laughing at the idea of donald trump saying i'm trying to be nice. what's so funny? do you not buy it? >> first of all, i know donald trump and he is a nice guy. i do think he enjoys keeping them off balance, and he does. but on a serious note, john, in a recent quinnipiac poll, way deep in the internals of the poll, there was a question to iowa republican likely caucusgoers about who -- whether they wanted somebody who was -- who had washington governmental experience or someone else. and 87%, 87% of the respondents said they didn't want anybody with washington experience or governmental experience. now, you know, arguably, that
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takes in some of the governors, but the fact of the matter is that donald trump has been sailing along here in poll after poll. i think that we're going to see some more of that during this debate. you know, i think this is an outsider's year. >> ana, in second place, in most of these polls, another outsider is ben carson. he has surged into second place nationally and in iowa. you know, in the first debate, he really was barely there until the end. he made a very capt vasing comment that a lot of people liked toward the end of the debate. he won a huge stretch without saying anything. this time, he's standing next to donald trump. what are the risks for ben carson this time? >> i'm not sure there's that many risks for ben carson. i think he's got a very singular style. very unique style. which he hasn't changed. and it's appealing to people. he is benefitting from that outsider trend, which we're not only seeing in the united
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states. we just saw it in the labor party in england. in guatemala, they just elected a comedian in the presidential primary. so i think we're seeing it around the world. and i think ben carson is the guy for the very evangelical, the ones that are religious in the republican party, which is a very important segment, who have questions about trump on some of those social issues and faith issues. and i do think that donald trump tries to be nice, but i'm not sure he can help himself. like in that "rolling stone" article that was talked about this week, he says, well, you know, i shouldn't say this. i'm supposed to be nice. i'm not supposed to say these things. but gee, look at carly fiorina's face. i think in his head, he knows he should be nice. when it comes down to it, i think it's a hard thing for him to pull off. >> jeffrey, ana brought up carly fiorina. that, in addition to ben carson being center stage, is the big difference in this debate on wednesday night. she will be on the main stage
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with donald trump. there has been this back and forth over the last several days where donald trump talked about her face. what do you think donald trump should do? if you were advising donald trump, what would you say? how would you tell him to deal with carly fiorina on wednesday? >> be himself. be nice, be polite. i mean, if this subject comes up about the "rolling stone" comment, i would bring up her comment about the physical appearance of barbara boxer which was caught on a cnn live mike when she was running for the u.s. senate. i would also bring up this business about she didn't get a call from bill clinton. ruth marcus of the "washington post" wrote a long piece the other week that said that when she was in a makeup room with carly fiorina, back in 2008, when carly was doing this -- some surrogate things for john mccain, she confessed to ruth marcus that, well, gee, if mccain wasn't in the race, she would be supporting hillary. so if i were donald trump, i
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would bring that up. >> you see, i wouldn't. i think it would give us all something to talk about. and i don't have any expectations that this happens. after all, donald trump has said he doesn't ask god for forgiveness. it would be amazing if donald trump said, you know what, carly, i shouldn't have said that. i regret having said anything about your face. >> intrigue. we'll find out if donald trump is taking advice from ana vuvario. >> essential republican presidential contenders, several are refusing to say they will support donald trump if he gets the nomination. so, is this the beginning of a mutiny, and how does trump respond to this? we'll discuss right after the break. fredricka. >> we look forward to that. thanks. also ahead, my exclusive interview with the attorney for kim davis, the kentucky clerk jailed after refusing to sign marriage licenses for same-sex couples. she's due back to work tomorrow. we'll ask her attorney if she plans on doing her job. (clicking noise)
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ronald reagan library. we're back with more election coverage leading up to the debate wednesday in simi valley, california. john and ana are there, and jeffrey joining us from pennsylvania. good to see all of you. let's talk about this gop pledge, which, you know, almost all of the candidates took, you know, a look at it at the debate. and donald trump refused to make that pledge, but eventually, he changed his mind and then signed it a few weeks later. so now, george pataki and bobby jindal say they will not vote for trump if he is the republican nominee. so earlier today, republican national committee chairman reince priebus spoke to jake tapper about that pledge.
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>> you got the republican candidates to sign these loyalty pledges. are you concerned at all? >> no. i'm not concerned. you know what, every candidate and all these campaigns are going to do whatever they need to do in order to benefit their own campaigns. and i suspect that there will be a lot more things happening over the next several weeks. >> all right, so annie, let me begin with you. what happened to the teeth in that pledge? >> well, let's remember that neither bobby jindal nor george pataki were on the main stage last time when the question was asked if they would raise their hands. >> why should that matter? >> well, i'm just saying they didn't do it in public. it matters in that it was a different standard. they didn't commit to doing that in public. the issue, though, is that if you want to get any attention right now, it almost has to be trump v. you. so what we have seen, i think, with pataki, with gendal, who
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are way down in the polls, is an attempt to get into the game. they want to be part of the trump versus somebody tell anovelo which we the media have been talking about for the last two months. frankly, i think donald trump, who knows tv very well, is very media savvy, was even, you know, more lethal towards these guys by not even dignifying their attacks with a response. he kind of waved them off and said i don't respond to anybody who doesn't have at least 1% in the polls. >> so jeffrey, you mentioned earlier in your discussion, you know donald trump. do you feel like he thought by signing that pledge that what also came with it would be this universal endorsement by the other candidates if indeed he's the nominee? >> yeah, i'm sure he did. frankly, i did. i thought everybody did. i thought that was the deal. i might add, i have said this before, before we got to the point of the signing of the pledge, that there has been this kind of problem in the republican party that establishment figures who lose
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senate nominations or house nominations or governor nominations will during a run-up to all this, say, well, you know, we all want to unite and support the party's candidate, thinking they're going to be the candidate. then they lose and the first thing they do is refuse to support their opponent. this is fairly typical. i can only say is all this does is add fuel to the notion that this is exactly why so many grassroots republicans don't want an establishment candidate. was they can't trust their word. >> it would seem that could bode well, especially for the nonprofessional politicians, the likes of your ben carson and your donald trump. that's the message they have been saying. >> yeah, you know, it's so interesting. from the minute this pledge came into being, fredricka, i thought it benefitted donald trump more than anybody else. they wanted to keep him from saying he would run as a third-party candidate. the pledge isn't binding. it's not enforceable.
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there's no gop marshals who say you promised to run as a republican. it's another indication of the lingering effect trump's candidacy has even if he doesn't engd up with the nomination, because ana's friend jeb bush said he would support the nomination. and you can bet hillary clinton or bernie sanders or joe biden would remind voters, voters who might not like donald trump down the line, would remind voters of that fact a month from now. >> hands down, everyone knows this by now. donald trump is kind of leading the charge. he's setting the tone on the debates, on the campaign trails period. when we hear, jeffrey, donald trump say this is my nice side, and he's using the word nice as both a compliment and an insult when he talks about other candidates. you know, is he already setting the tone for this debate? is it disarming that he's now talking about i'm the nice guy here? >> sure, it keeps the other side off base because they don't know what is coming next. i mean, you know, they think
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he's unpredictable, and this helps his strategy emenimmensel. he'll do exactly what he needs to do. as i said from the beginning, you're there at the reagan library, a lot of you there. we used to have a saying in the reagan white house. let reagan be reagan. the applicable thing here is let trump be trump. >> john, you have been seeing jake there, the moderator of this debate. he's been very busy, all over the place. he talked openly about how he's trying to prepare for this debate and how he also wants to pit certain candidates against one another in the line of questioning. do you know whether or not this pledge will be front and center in this debate as well? >> i will not reveal any secrets about what questions may or may not be planned. no, i will tell you, what jake has been preparing with a big team here at cnn, and this is so important. look, the first debate, it
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becauwas in august. now we're into september. kids are back to school. people are starting to pay attention. iowa is not that far away. you cannot, if you're one of these non-trumpian candidates in the debate, you cannot take a pass at another debate and not make your mark. they have to make a mark in just three days. or else they risk going the way of rick perry. >> we shall see. thank you so much, john, jeffrey, ana. appreciate it. of course, you can watch all of these dramatic moments to come of the second republican face-off right here on cnn wednesday night. two back-to-back debates. one at 6:00 and again at 8:00 p.m. eastern. two debates that night. also ahead, wildfires raging in california are forcing thousands of people from their homes. they're also exploding in size. the danger they're posing, next. if i want to go up... hello. if i want to go down... nooo... but, then if i want to come back again... yes. it's perfect. and there you have it. (vo) and now through september 13th save hundreds on select
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spreading fast. threatening homes, property, and lives. the valley fire in lake county, 115 miles west of sacramento, spread from 50 acres to at least 40,000 by sunday. >> that is a very rapid rate of spread. very dangerous situation. just a reminder this is how the conditions are in california right now. with the temperatures and low humidity, four years of a drought, the conditions are very extreme. >> of the 1,000 fire personnel battling the valley fire flames, so far, four suffered burn injuries. they have been transported to the uc davis medical center where they're in stable condition. >> the firefighters, i'm sure they're emotion aldrained, physically drained after being stuck in a situation where your life is on the line doing your job. >> mandatory evacuations have been ordered for many communities in the fire zone. a shaken joyce got out just in time. >> we were stuck in the middle of the fire for a while. and couldn't go either way, and
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hundreds of homes. just 20% contained now. those flames as you saw in the pictures are fast-moving, fred. >> amazing to see that kind of wall of smoke behind -- >> just incredible. suffocating there for the folks that did stay, but mandatory evacuations for many people. >> my goodness. terrible. we wish them the best. thanks. all right, coming up, she wasn't mentioned mump in the last presidential debate, but will hillary clinton be a major target for the republican candidates in round two? that highly anticipated debate right here on cnn wednesday night. our political panel weighing in next. ♪ col♪ i know, i know... ing.. ♪ color is a beautiful thing if you feel it, you can find it.
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all right, hello again, everyone. thanks for joining me. i'm fredricka whitfield.
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hillary clinton's latest campaign strategy. i'm a grandma. in a new tv ad, she talks about her granddaughter, charlotte, and that's the first time she has mentioned her grandchild in a campaign spot. but it is something that she has used regularly to connect with voters during her campaign stops. here's a clip. >> when i look at my new granddaughter, i think to myself, we're going to do everything we can to make sure she has opportunities in life. but what about all the kids? you should not have to be the grandchild of a former president to know that you can make it in america. >> all right, the ad will go into the rotation currently running in new hampshire and iowa. john berman is in simi valley, california, where the next debate is about to happen. john, there's never been a president who has also been a grandmother, but then, i remember hillary clinton saying, you know, never a woman as young or old as her. >> yeah, no, never a woman, never amotor, never a grandmother, never a sister either. this could be historic because,
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of course, on the republican side, just one woman in the race, carly fiorina and her presence will be a big, big deal here in the second republican debate. the candidates face off right here at the reagan library on wednesday night. the top candidates take the stage at 8:00 p.m. eastern. at 6:00 p.m. eastern the four remaining candidates will be on the stage. it will all be worth watching. there could be a turning point in the race. here with me now, democratic strategist van jones. also here, david chalian, cnn's political director. van, i want to start with you on the subject of carly fiorina because you have faced off with carly before. you have been on cable tv, you had to debate her before. she's good. >> she is unbelievably good. cnn used to put me and three other people against her, and she would just mow us down. she is an unstoppable force of nature. donald trump has never been on stage with someone like her. i think people are
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underestimating this. she is -- first of all, you have two business people. they know how to get their point made. they do not back down. i guarantee you the moment of this debate is going to be, if donald trump turns to her and says anything, it is going to be a thermonuclear event. carly fiorina is not to be messed with. >> they have been skirmishing. they have been doing shadow boxing before getting on stage together. >> she has shown reserve in responding to donald trump. in fact, some of the other candidates had a harsher reaction to trump's "rolling stone" interview, trump talking about carly fiorina's face. other candidates had sharper response s than she had herself. >> there's something called the rope-a-dope where you let people do stuff. she showed a lot of class, a lot of reserve. sometimes when you have female candidates, when you have candidates of color, people who are not that comfortable in the spotlight, they tend to want to be liked too much, you can hold
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back too much. carly has none of that. when she says she is the best person for the job, she means it. she destroyed everybody on stage with her at the last debate. she was up against real people. she gets to this big stage, it's going to be -- it will be lightning when she goes after donald trump. >> in the other big change from last time, besides the presence of carly fiorina is the location of ben carson. david, you know this all too well because you helped set it up. center stage because he's second in the polls right now with donald trump. didn't get to say a lot the last debate. this time around, i have a feeling he will be called on a lot more. and donald trump will have to deal with his presence there, too. he's running second. >> what he said was very memorable, and he scored really well with focus groups. we just saw this little back and forth between donald trump and ben carson over religion and over faith. and donald trump questioning ben carson's faith and if he really is a man of faith after ben carson was saying the same about
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donald trump. you mention he's never to donald trump in center stage. you know the body language tends to impact this. there's a little psychology that goes on. i'm curious to see if donald trump standing directly to ben carson sees it in his interest to draw a tough distinction. it's easier, like we saw with chris christie and rand paul on other sides of the stage. >> van, donald trump says ben carson is low energy. but do you actually think that that demeanor could be an advantage for carson here? >> it really could. sometimes you have the big blustery guy who goes up against the little guy, and the blustery guy gets his head handed to him. it could happen. in boxing, muhammad ali went up against ken norton. ali was a braggart. he adopted a crouching style and broke ali's jaw. there would be a moment where trump tries to say something smart to dr. carson and dr. carson with a single line
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could knock him down. so i just think it's a very hard opponent. how do you beat up dr. carson? it's a very, very tough opponent. >> trump said he's only an okay doctor. >> listen, your best sound bite against somebody who calls you a godless heathen is you're an okay doctor? that shows me weakness on the part of trump. i don't think trump knows how to fight this guy. i think this is an opportunity for dr. carson to do something. you know, you don't expect it, but it could happen. >> just one more reason, david, why this debate is so key and so exciting. we don't know which trump we'll see or ben carson or carly fiorina or the others. all right, do not forget, you can see all the drama here unfold at the reagan library. the cnn debate is wednesday night at 6:00 p.m., and then 8:00 p.m. eastern time, two back-to-back debates. do not miss either one. fred. >> we won't miss them. thanks so much, john. kentucky county clerk kim davis goes back to work tomorrow. coming up, i ask her attorney,
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will she continue to refuse issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples? or has she found a compromise? my exclusive interview with her attorney next.
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kentucky county clerk kim davis returns to work tomorrow, but will she do her job? i spoke with davis' attorney, and he says davis is undecided if she will obey the court and allow her deputies to issue those marriage licenses. davis spent five days in jail
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for contempt of court after she refused to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. she was released last week and hundreds of supporters gathered to cheer her on, including presidential candidate mike huckabee. her attorney told me that he is concerned about potential conflicts that could arise on her first day back to work. >> well, she's going back to work on monday morning. she's going to do her job. i don't know exactly what she will do on monday morning. that is kim's ultimate decision. she is aware of the court ruling and she's aware of her job duty. but she's also obviously a person of strong conviction and stron conscience, so we'll find out what kim will do when she goes to work on monday. she is asking for something very simple. that is just accommodate her by removing her name and title off the stifts. kind of like what you have with some of the other licenses in kentucky, such as the vehicle registration licenses and many other licenses.
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they're issued not under the name or the authority of a particular clerk, but under the authority of the commonwealth of kentucky. if the licenses were changed to do that, she could process them, she could give them out, she could file them in records just like she does other documents that she does as part of her job. >> you're saying if her name is not on the licenses and if she has the promise that her name is not on the licenses, tomorrow she will administer the licenses? >> that's right. if her name and her title -- i mean, if it's kim davis or a clerk of the county, it's the same individuals. >> why should that accomodation be made? she's an elected public servant. as an elected public servant, she has to help uphold the law and honor the law? >> well, because in this situation, you've got the kentucky religious freedom restoration act, you have other laws in kentucky that also protect her religious freedom. in this issue -- >> but the u.s. supreme court ruling supersedes any state or
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other jurisdictional laws or statutes. >> but not on the issue of religious free exercise. that was not before the court, and in fact, there's going to be a lot of cases like kim davis in both the public and private sector that no doubt will make its way back to the court so that we can look at how do you accommodate in light of this five to four ruling in june, just over two months ago, how do you accommodate people of faith like kim davis? >> is this less about religious freedom and more about the momentum that kim davis has received, particularly when you have presidential candidates who have been throwing their support for her cause, for her jailing? >> no, it's not about that at all. you talk to kim davis and she's a humble woman. she's private, a quiet individual. she never wanted to be in this position. and in a heart beat, she would go back to her previous quiet, tranquil life that she's done in this job and in this community for the beginning of her life in that county. she doesn't want to be thrust in
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the spotlight. the last place she wants to be is to have this very, very difficult decision that no one wants to have. that is choose your job or choose your faith. choose your conscience or choose your job that you love. >> didn't she know that came with the job when she put herself in the position to be elected into that position as county clerk? >> no, in fact, when she was elected, same-sex marriage wasn't on the agenda. >> one of my legal analysts yesterday reminded this audience that federal law says that as an individual and as a public servant, if you don't want to comply, you must step aside. as long as it's part of your public duty, you act on behalf of the public, not on behalf of yourself. that according to one of our legal analysts, joey jackson, yesterday. so tomorrow, when kim davis goes to work and same-sex couples come to the office and want a marriage license, whether her name is on them or not, will she
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administer those licenses? >> well, we're still talking with kim davis, and she's still making decisions. it's a difficult situation that she doesn't want to be involved in. it's a difficult situation she would rather never have had happen. and there would be a reasonable way for this to simply satisfy everyone. and we hope still that the governor and certainly the legislature and even the court will ultimately resolve that in a way that is satisfactory because this is a broader debate that we're going to happen to see across the country. these kinds of cases don't need to be like this. we don't need to have someone like kim davis in this situation. there are options. >> you think she's not alone, you're saying? do you worry about any potential conflict tomorrow when she reports to work? >> well, certainly i do worry about that. you know, i spent a lot of time with kim, and she's an amazing individual. she is someone who loves people. she loves god.
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she doesn't want to be in this situation. so we're concerned about the future. >> all right, matthew, thank you for your time. >> thank you, my pleasure. >> what can happen to controversial kentucky clerk if she doesn't uphold her duties on monday? our legal analysts join me to discuss her possible legal road next. (clicking noise) (ding) read text. (siri voice) adam, i'm sorry. i shouldn't have said that about your hair. it's not stupid. (ding) find hair salon. wow. yeah, that's right. (siri voice) ok, jack's boutique is nearby. alright, i've got another friend and his name is bryan adams. ok. this isn't going to work again. ♪"please forgive me, i know not what i do..."♪ introducing app-connect. the things you love on your phone, available on 11 volkswagen models. i started with pills. and now i take a long-acting insulin at night. i take mine in the morning. i was trying to eat right, stay active. but i wasn't reaching my a1c goal anymore.
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obey the court. davis has not spoken directly about the case leaving the key questions unanswered. what will she do when she goes back to work monday. joining me now, cnn legal analyst mel robins and joey jackson. you heard the attorney there say that they're requesting some sort of accommodation. that the first amendment as well as a kentucky law supports the fact that there could be an accommodation that her name, the office, her title would not be on the licenses that would go to same-sex or any couples. is that true? >> it's a great question because the way that her attorney presents it, it sounds like a really simple idea. just delete my name from a form. not that simple at all. there is a law on the books in kentucky that requires that all marriage licenses be issued from
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not only the county clerk, but also a signature from either the clerk or a deputy. and then there's a separate law that actually mandates that every single marriage license in the state of kentucky has to be issued in a uniform matter. so they can't simply disregard now kentucky law and delete her name. they would have to amend the legislation and the statutes in kentucky in order to change the requirements for a marriage license. >> so the general assembly would have to be involved. >> correct. >> so then joey, perhaps you heard the interview, i asked mr. staver about something you said to me on the air yesterday about upholding the law as a civil servant and this is what he said. >> one of my legal analysts yesterday reminded this audience that federal law says if you don't want to comply, you must step aside. as long as it's part of your public duty, you act on behalf
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of the public not on behalf of yourself. that according to joey jackson yesterday. so tomorrow, when kim davis goes to work and same-sex couples come to the office and want a marriage license, whether her name is on them or not, will she administer those licenses? >> well, we're still talking with kim davis and she's still making decisions. it's a difficult situation that she doesn't want to be involved in. and it's a difficult situation that she would rather never have had happened. there would be a reasonable way for this to simply satisfy everyone. and we hope still that the governor and the legislature and the court will resolve this sfak tory. it doesn't need to be like this. we don't need to have someone like kim davis in this
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situation. there are options and that's all she's asking for. >> so i wonder what your response is to that. because even say without the general assembly or even another judge perhaps even an appellate george to weigh in here, if she goes to work tomorrow, if she does not adhere to upholding the law and handing out the marriage licenses to all eligible, why would she not just be removed from the job right away or how quickly might she be jailed again? >> i think she'd be jailed immediately. we may all be sthet ik to the act that everybody has their own screws, no matter what they are. we have democrats, republicans, independents, people support same-sex, people who don't. but she's not acting in her individual capacity. that's the essence of this. i get and understand when he says she doesn't want to be in this situation. she is in this situation. as long as she's acting in a
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public capacity, you must uphold the principles of the constitution of the united states. could you imagine if every elected representative who has their own independent views, i know the supreme court said that, but i don't think i want to do that because i just believe it's against my religious freedom. while we may be sympathetic to her as an individual, this is a public office, not her own. she needs to comply with the law. if she doesn't comply, then of course she needs to step aside. >> i asked the attorney if this was common place. he said he thought he knew of at least 120 other cases that was sympathetic to kim davis' plight, that they felt the same way. why are we at this yungture? i thought it would be very clear to everyone who is sworn to be a civil servant that they would have to uphold the law. why is this now murky? >> it's murky because of kim
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davis. joey just summed it up beautifully. she ran for office and she took an oath to abide by the law and to uphold the law and to make sure that the rights, that the citizens of her county are entitled to. by the way, the supreme court in 2006 had a case where they made it very clear that when you take public office that might by necessity mean there are going to be certain limitations to your freedom. and kim is making this very clear to all of us that not one individual is going to stand above the law. >> mel robins, joey jackson, always good to see both of you. we'll see what happens on monday. coming up, the republican national committee chairman warned his party's presidential candidate today to watch their tone and proceed with caution. i'll tell you why right after this. it's perfect. and there you have it. (vo) and now through september 13th save hundreds on select tempur-pedic mattresses
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